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  • BUYING THE PERFECT

    ENGAGEMENT RING

    the definitive guide to

    M A K E I T M E A N M O R E

  • CONTENTS

    INTRODUCTION 1

    GETTING STARTED 3

    RING STYLES 8

    DESIGN YOUR RING 18

    DIAMONDS 21

    GEMSTONES 30

    PRECIOUS METALS 37

    CARING FOR YOUR RING 41

    ETHICAL SOURCING 43

  • Planning on popping the big question? Congratulations! Now that you’ve made one of life’s biggest decisions, your next step will be to find the perfect engagement ring. But where do you begin? With so many different factors to consider, it can be difficult to know where to start.

    For more than a decade, Ingle & Rhode has helped thousands of couples find their perfect engagement ring. Now, we’re passing

    on our knowledge to you through this comprehensive guide. Combining expert advice with years of experience, we’ve included answers to all the most important questions.

    We hope that you’ll find this both informative and enjoyable. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to give us a call on 020 7499 2012 or drop us an email at enquiries@ingleandrhode.com.

    INTRODUCTION

    mailto:enquiries@ingleandrhode.com

  • ABOUT THE AUTHORS

    When searching for an engagement ring in 2006, Ingle & Rhode co-founder David Rhode was unable to find a jeweller who could tell him where any of their diamonds came from or under what conditions they were produced. The more David searched for a ring, the more he discovered about blood diamonds, dirty gold and child labour. Wanting to make a change, David and his friend Tim Ingle decided to create a truly ethical fine jewellery brand as an alternative to traditional out-of-touch luxury brands.

    TOGETHER, DAVID AND TIM LAUNCHED A PIONEERING FINE JEWELLERY BUSINESS THAT HELPS TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE, ENSURE HIGH STANDARDS OF HEALTH AND SAFETY AND FAIR PAY FOR MINERS, AND SOURCES ONLY CONFLICT-FREE, TRACEABLE DIAMONDS AND GEMSTONES.

    Each and every piece of jewellery we’ve created has been made in the UK, and all of our materials can be traced back to their source; from our Canadian diamonds to our Fairtrade gold and recycled platinum.

    Our clients come from all walks of life, but whatever their background or budget, they all share the same desire – to choose a high-quality piece of jewellery without compromising on their ethical, social and environmental beliefs.

    We continue to lead the way as an ethical fine jewellery brand and have been named by Vogue as,

    “one of London’s number one jewellery destinations.”

    Find out more about our ethical sourcing policies in chapter eight.

    Tim Ingle & David Rhode, Co-Founders of Ingle & Rhode

    WE’VE CREATED THOUSANDS

    OF ENGAGEMENT RINGS USING

    ONLY ETHICALLY SOURCED,

    TRACEABLE PRECIOUS METALS

    AND GEMS.

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  • CHAPTER ONE

    GETTING STARTED

    3

  • We commissioned a survey of 500 women who had just got engaged and asked them if their preference would be to select their own engagement ring. Of those whose partner chose the ring for them, nearly three-quarters said it was the right thing to do. The good news is, from that same group, nearly 90% said were happy with the ring.

    If you’re unsure about what type of engagement ring your partner would like, there are three steps you can take to help spark inspiration.

    1. REMEMBER, IT’S ALL ABOUT HER

    It’s easy to get caught up in the buying process, but your fiancée-to-be will be the one wearing the ring for the rest of her life. Make sure you keep her at the front of your mind every step of the way.

    2. LOOK FOR CLUES IN WHAT SHE OWNS

    Think about her personal style and the clothes she wears. Does she prefer to keep things practical or is she more modern? If you’re still not sure, have a look in her jewellery box. If an engagement ring clashes with her current jewellery, then it’s probably not the right one.

    3. ASK A FRIEND OR A FAMILY MEMBER

    This can be tricky as you run the risk of her nearest and dearests ruining the surprise. If you do feel that you can trust them to keep your secret, getting a second opinion can help to give you an extra boost of confidence and keep you on the right track.

    If you’re still uncertain, then your best option is to check if you can exchange or refund the ring if she doesn’t like it. Most good jewellers will offer a 30-day returns policy on rings from their collection. Just make sure you know their terms and conditions before you buy. Custom-made rings are generally not exchangeable or refundable, so you need to be fairly confident before deciding to go down this route.

    THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO GETTING IT RIGHT

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  • Some people will tell you that you should spend between one- and three-months’ salary on an engagement ring. However, rather than focusing on a multiple of salary, we recommend that you think about what’s affordable for you.

    IN A RECENT SURVEY, WE FOUND THAT

    40% OF MEN IN LONDON SPEND BETWEEN

    ONE- AND TWO-MONTHS’ SALARY,

    COMPARED TO 33% IN SCOTLAND AND

    NORTHERN IRELAND. IN SOME PARTS OF

    THE UK, SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OF MEN

    SPEND LESS THAN A FORTNIGHT’S SALARY.

    You should budget enough so you can buy a ring you really like, but you shouldn’t spend so much that it impacts on your overall quality of life. It isn’t always the case that bigger is better. It’s far more thoughtful to invest time and effort into thinking about what she would really like, instead of just spending a large amount of money.

    HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND ON THE RING?

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  • HOW CAN I MAKE SURE I GET

    THE SIZE RIGHT?

    Unless you ask her to have her finger measured, or you already know her size, then you may not be able to get her ring size 100% right. But this isn’t necessarily a problem.

    One thing you can do is borrow a ring from her jewellery box and get it measured. Just try to remember which finger you’ve seen her wear it on.

    If it’s the fourth finger of the right hand, then it’s likely to be accurate within a size or so for her engagement finger. If it’s a ring she wears on her middle finger, then it’s likely to be between one and four sizes too big for her engagement finger.

    Most engagement rings will likely need resizing after the proposal, but this isn’t an issue and usually only takes a few days. At Ingle & Rhode, we offer a complimentary resize.

    It’s worth being cautious if you’re thinking of choosing a ring with diamonds all the way round the band. These are harder to resize.

    For some people, a ring that is big enough to pass over their knuckle is too big once it is actually in place on their finger (i.e. it feels loose except over the knuckle) The best solution for this is to add sizing beads (small ‘domes’ of gold or platinum) to the inside of the ring. This allows the ring to pass over the knuckle, but stops it from feeling loose once it’s on.

    If you can borrow your partner’s ring and bring it in, we can measure it for you. If that’s not possible, use our sizing chart on the next page to estimate the size. UK ring sizes run from A (the smallest) to Z (the largest).

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  • RING SIZING CHART

    This ring sizing chart is intended to help you obtain an estimate of the size of a ring, but for the greatest accuracy, please have a ring or your finger measured by a member of the Ingle & Rhode team.

    1. Print at 100%. Make sure you do not select the ‘scale to fit page’ or ‘shrink to fit page’ options.

    2. Place the ring over the circles below. Ideally, the ring should be of a similar width and style to the one you wish to purchase.

    3. The ring’s size corresponds approximately to the letter in the smallest circle that completely fills the inside of the ring.

    Ring Sizing Chart

    This ring sizing chart is intended to help you obtain an estimate of the size of a ring, but for the greatest accuracy, please have a ring or your finger measured by a member of the Ingle & Rhode team.

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    3.

    4.

    Print at 100%. Make sure you do not select the ‘scale to fit page’ or ‘shrink to fit page’ options.

    Check print size. This line should measure 10cm

    Place the ring over the circles below. Ideally, the ring should be of a similar width and style to the one you wish to purchase.

    The ring’s size corresponds approximately to the letter in the smallest circle that completely fills the inside of the ring.

    www.ingleandrhode.co.uk020 7499 201214 Gees Court, London W1U 1JW

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    CHECK PRINT SIZE. THIS LINE SHOULD MEASURE 10 CM.

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  • CHAPTER TWO

    RING STYLES

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  • There are many different engagement ring styles to choose from. From understated solitaires to beautiful trilogies, elaborate vintage styles and more, the options are endless.

    Having such a vast amount of choice can be great, but it can also be a little daunting.

    A good place to start is to think about what would best suit her personality.