Choosing an engagement ring can be stressful for both the bride and groom. It's one of the most important purchases you'll ever make; a symbol of your love, a sign of commitment, and the only piece of jewellery that gets inspected by every friend and family member! Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas...

Establish Your Budget
It might be an uncomfortable conversation, but it's absolutely necessary. You might have heard that a groom should spend two month's salary on the engagement ring, the problem is, that's just a marketing gimmick that was created by a jewellery store to sell higher priced rings! Find out what your guy can really spend, and then buy the best ring in that budget - there is nothing romantic about going into debt.

Try Different Jewellers

Sometimes we get caught up in the hype of making a purchase from a big name store, or getting a certain colour box just because it's what everyone else is doing. However, many smaller family businesses offer quality craftsmanship and a large selection of engagement rings (not to mention the lower prices could mean a better honeymoon). Check out our preferred jewellery vendors here.

Learn a Little About Diamonds but Don't Obsess
While it's important to have some understanding of what you are investing in, don't get carried away. An engagement ring is an emotional purchase; it should be valuable, but more importantly, perfect for you. How it feels for you is much more valuable than the cut and clarity of the diamond.

Choose a Classic Style
This is traditional and sometimes boring advice, but true. If you go too trendy you may regret it five years down the road, but no one regrets a princess cut diamond.

Have the Ring Appraised and Insured.
Some jewellers offer in-house appraisal, but be sure to talk to your insurance agent about it's validity. Don't skip this crucial step.