Here at T. H. Baker we know there's a lot to consider when selecting a Diamond Engagement Ring for that special someone. So, we've put a helpful guide together to get you started. It could be love at first sight or it may take a little longer, either way we're committed to finding you the perfect ring for your significant other.
It's up to you and your partner (unless you're planning a surprise proposal!) to propose a budget and decide which features of the diamond matter to you most. If you are planning a surprise proposal and not sure where to begin with choosing an engagement ring, our friendly and expert team are on hand to help.
Shape and Style
Perhaps a good place to start is to think about the shape of the diamond and the style of the ring.
The traditional shape for a diamond is the classic Round Brilliant. However, other popular shapes include Princess, Emerald and Marquise.
There are also many styles of ring. You may want a classic and elegant Solitaire (single diamond) or a more elaborate engagement ring such as a Halo, Cluster or Three Stone design. We have a vast variety of vintage, traditional and modern designs.
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The cut of a diamond refers to the quality of the facets and the way the light reflects off the stone. It's the reflection of light that creates the signature sparkle effect. The brighter and more vivid the brilliance, fire and scintillation, the more valuable the diamond.
If it's sparkle that you're after, then we can recommend our Mastercut Diamond Ring Collection, with 30% more sparkle than a traditional diamond.
It's the pure white diamond that traditionally features on an engagement ring. The less colour on a white diamond the more valuable it becomes. Although extremely rare, diamonds are also available in luscious pink, red, yellow and blue.
This refers to the level of flawlessness a diamond has. All diamonds have minute naturally occurring inclusions and blemishes, most invisible to the naked eye. These blemishes are unique to each stone like a ﬁngerprint or birthmark. The more ﬂawless a diamond, the rarer and more valuable it will be, although perfect clarity is extremely rare.
The Carat is an indicator of the weight of the diamond and not to be confused with the size. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier the diamond, the more valuable it becomes. However, this is not always the case as the other significant factors are taken into account when assessing the quality of a diamond.
All our diamonds in the 1888 and Signature Collection are ethically sourced and come with an EDR or GIA Certificate. This is an independent diamond report which certifies that the stone is genuine and grades the Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat.
Our certificates can help give you peace of mind when it comes to the authenticity and quality of your diamond.
Aside from the centrepiece of your diamond engagement ring, there are other parts to consider such as the type of metal you want and the setting, or shank.
At T. H. Baker we offer a range of high-quality precious metals including yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, palladium and platinum. All our metal bands in the 1888 and Signature Collection come with an exclusive THB Hallmark.
The setting refers to the part of the ring that holds the stone or stones in place. Popular settings include the Cathedral, Pave, Twist and Bead Set. The Interlocked or Bridal Set is a style designed to fit the wedding band perfectly inside the engagement ring.
We also offer complimentary finishes to some of our engagement rings including a basic matt or brush finish.
Our Diamond Engagement Ring Services
Although you can order your engagement rings online, we strongly recommend visiting one of our stores for expert advice, friendly customer service and a chance to look at our engagement ring sample box.
With over 160 diamond engagement ring variations in stock, we're sure to have the right one for you. However, we also offer a bespoke service for various diamond weights and styles so you can have the exact ring you have in mind. Alternatively, our exciting partnership with bespoke jewellery designers can help bring the ring of your dreams to life. If you want to design an engagement ring from scratch and have something specific in mind, this could be the perfect option for you.
If you are choosing a surprise engagement ring pay attention to your partner's taste and style, perhaps ask some casual questions about their preferences when it comes to jewellery. We recommend having a trusted confidant who knows your significant other well for a second opinion. Finger size may also affect your final choice of engagement ring. We advise using our Ring Size Guide to determine what size your partner needs.
Once you have specified all the particulars for your engagement ring and we have the correct measurements, we can begin the process of crafting your diamond engagement ring in the historic Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham.
Find The One at T. H. Baker...
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* Diamond Engagement Rings featured in this article, top to bottom:
T. H. Baker
9ct White Gold Diamond Cluster Ring SKR15202-50
T. H. Baker
18ct White Gold Illusion Set Three Stone Diamond Cluster Ring SKR15119-100TB
T. H. Baker
9ct Gold 0.75ct Diamond Bridal Set SKR15237-75