Christmas Proposal Guide

It's the season of "yes"!

The holidays are all about celebrating love, which makes the Christmas and New Year season one of the most popular times to pop the question. Read on for inspiration to help you choose the perfect ring.

Tip #1 – The Four Cs
Tip #2 – Choosing the look
Tip #3 – What makes a premium diamond

FAQs

There are several factors that affect the price of your diamond (known as the Four Cs), and the carat weight is just one of them. Diamonds with exceptional colour and/or clarity grades are highly desirable and very rare, meaning they will cost more. The cut of the diamond is considered the most important ‘C’, and it requires a skilled artisan to create an expert diamond cut with the ideal sparkle, fire, and brilliance – which also factors into the diamond’s price.

The old ‘rule’ would have it that you should spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring. Some couples may still choose to follow this guideline; however, there is really no set rule on how much you should spend. It is more important to choose a ring that your fiancé-to-be will love, at the right price range for you.

If you want a diamond engagement ring, focus on the diamond shape, quality of cut and ring style. If you want a large look for a smaller budget, consider multi-stone styles as opposed to a high-carat solitaire – for instance, a halo, three-stone or cluster style, or a ring with a pavé diamond band.

Your engagement ring is traditionally worn on the ring finger of your left hand, the same finger as your wedding ring. For many cultures this is where it is commonly worn and so it is recognisable as a symbol of your commitment to your partner. It’s thought that this custom may have originated in ancient times when it was believed that a vein ran directly from your left ring finger to your heart.