So you have decided to get engaged, congratulations! This is one of the biggest purchases you will make in your life and the only time you will ever have to do it (hopefully!). You’ll need to choose the perfect ring that your partner will wear for the rest of their lives so read our top tips before you hit the shops.

Take your Time

The most important thing to do when buying an engagement ring is to take your time! Don’t allow yourself to be pressured by friends, family or shop assistants. This is a big decision and should be taken at your own pace.

Ask for Help

If you are feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices available and don’t know where to start, you are not alone. Ask for help from a family member who knows your partner well or someone who has been through this before. Jewellers are always willing to help just make sure you book a visit in advance so they can give you their undivided attention.


How much you spend on an engagement ring is a completely personal choice depending on personal earnings and savings. Decide a budget before you enter a shop and stick to it. It’s easy to be swayed into spending over budget in the moment but it’s not worth getting yourself into debt over a piece of jewellery.

Avoid Holidays

Don’t start shopping for the ring around Christmas or Valentine’s Day. The shops are so busy that you won’t get the care and attention you deserve from stressed and tired shop assistants.

Consider Their Style 

Take note of your partner’s current style and try to choose a ring that will match. If your partner usually wears gold, match the metal and choose a gold ring. It sounds simple but it’s easy to forget in the moment.

Wedding Ring

Your partner will eventually be wearing a wedding ring and possibly an eternity ring on the same finger as the engagement ring so make sure the ring is designed to accommodate both.

Ring Size

A simple thing that a lot of people forget. Take one of the rings they usually wear to the jeweller under the pretence of having it cleaned and have it sized accurately.

Ring Style

Ring styles are a very personal choice and can vary completely from person to person. We recommend you avoid trends and opt for a more classic style. This ring will be worn for decades and you’ll want something timeless that will last forever.

Diamond Cert

You should always choose a trusted and reputable jeweller to purchase your ring. Ask about the history of the stone to make sure it came from a reliable source and ensure you get a diamond cert. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Do it Together!

You could save yourself a lot of stress if you choose the perfect ring together! Buy a ‘dummy’ ring for a fraction of the price and give that to your loved one to wear until you choose the ideal ring together.

If you are looking for a wedding venue as perfect as your ring, consider Ocean Sands Hotel in Sligo for your nuptials. Our picturesque background is only bested by the fantastic service and delicious food served at our weddings. Call our talented and dedicated wedding planning team today for more information or to arrange a visit.

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