An engagement ring is a considerable expense, so it’s crucial to do everything right. If you are not sure where to begin, don’t rush to panic. We asked Urte Tylaite, a New York-based designer and the owner of a fine jewelry brand SHW, to share some important ring-picking tips and tricks with us. We hope Urte's advice will help you find the perfect bling.
Tell us, please, what is the first step?
If you are thinking about an engagement ring to propose to your partner, consider asking them if they prefer it to be a surprise or much rather choose the ring together. With an engagement ring being such an important purchase, some couples opt to choose it together, with the proposal still sometimes being a surprise.
Which type of metal is the best to choose?
As for choosing a metal, I would recommend selecting the one that you already wear all the time. If you don’t wear jewelry, consider matching it to your favorite accessories, such as your watch. If you are open to any metal options, review the care instructions, as that will help you make a decision. Platinum and 14k white gold are the strongest, with yellow and rose gold showing more scratches over time.
What about the design?
Look for a design that feels the most timeless and speaks to you personally. Maybe it reminds you of a family heirloom or the design is distinct and feels like you. If you have a little bit of time to consider different options, go back and revisit your favorite before making a decision. If it’s still your favorite, then you know you will love it forever.
How to choose between different designs?
Consider the wear of the ring. An engagement ring with a pavé setting on the band will require slightly more careful handling because of how intricate this type of setting is. If you prefer an engagement ring that can be worn all the time, a design that features a solid metal band would be a good option. Additionally, when shopping for an engagement ring, try it on with different wedding band options. Even though the wedding band is usually purchased later, it’s good to know how the rings will stack together.
What else is important to remember?
Always ask for a resizing policy before purchasing an engagement ring. Some places offer ring resizing free of charge, while others might charge a fee. Rings with more intricate designs sometimes cannot be resized.