How to choose an engagement ring stone

There are so many engagement ring styles on the market. It can be hard to find the right ring for your fiancé or yourself. You need to know your sapphire from your turquoise and your oval from your emerald cut. It’s a lot to digest, especially if you have never bought a ring before. 

Here is a quick guide to help you find the perfect engagement ring stone.  

Their birthstone

Gemstone engagement rings were bang-on-trend a few years ago. Like Katy Perry and Scarlett Johansson, many A-listers flaunted their gemstone engagement rings online. There are plenty of gemstones to choose from – but you could narrow it down to your partner’s birthstone. 

Take a look at the Mohs hardness scale to see whether their birthstone is appropriate for an engagement ring. The scale measures the resistance of each stone to scratching and abrasion. For example, diamonds are the hardest, while emeralds can be quite fragile stones. Sapphires are perfect for engagement rings, with a hardiness score of 9 on the Mohs scale. Do your research and make sure your gemstone can withstand everyday wear. 

Their personality 

An engagement ring should reflect your relationship and your partner’s personality. They will, hopefully, wear this ring for the rest of their life. It needs to match their personal style and character. A diamond ring is the most traditional and classic option. Diamonds will never go out of style, and they look fabulous with every outfit. However, some people prefer a unique engagement ring. You could incorporate a turquoise stone into the design with flecks of copper and aluminium. 

Their job 

An engagement ring needs to be beautiful, romantic, and practical. Your fiancé needs to be able to wear it every day without worrying about whether the stone will fall out. It’s best for medical professionals to go for a flat cut that won’t catch on surgical gloves. High set rings are likely to get caught on things throughout the day. They are also more prone to damage. Think about your fiancé’s profession and the practical qualities of the engagement ring. 

What they like 

Look at your partner’s current jewellery collection for some inspiration on their engagement ring. You might find they only wear gold jewellery or prefer dainty pieces instead of statement rings. 

Write down some key qualities of their jewellery and use them to find the perfect engagement ring.