If you’re planning to pop the big question, nothing is more important than the engagement ring. You can make a great impression with a spectacular choice, but you can also fall flat with the wrong type of ring. Here at Catanach’s Jewellers, we know what makes a great engagement ring in Melbourne. That’s why we’ve put together this handy checklist to help you make the right decision when proposing to your loved one. Settle on Your Budget Buying an engagement ring for the person you want to marry is a romantic occasion. So, while we don’t want to dull the romance in the air by talking about money, it’s an important consideration. Budgeting for a ring is very individual, and you know more than anybody how much you can afford. You can also do this step well before you make a ring purchase, because it gives you time to save up some money. Ring Size This should be a pretty obvious step in the process, but it’s definitely the most crucial. Imagine being on bended knee trying to slide a beautiful engagement ring onto your beloved’s finger and it won’t fit. Even if it means going through the jewellery box, make sure you’ve got the correct ring size before purchasing. Choosing the Stone When it comes to choosing a gemstone, this is again a very personal preference. It’s worth having a sneaky look through your partner’s jewellery collection to find out some of her favourites. However, to make a big impression, many people go straight for a diamond engagement ring. However, not all diamonds (or other gemstones) are created equal. Diamonds and other stones are usually classified according to the 4 C’s. Colour, cut, clarity and carat weight. All of this combines to determine the stone’s overall quality. You can read more about the 4 C’s right here. Which Metal Do You Want? The type of metal you choose can be influenced by a number of factors. Firstly, your partner’s preference. If they’ve never worn yellow gold before, it may be because they simply don’t like it. You can generally choose from yellow, rose, white gold, or platinum. Diamonds work best with silver or gold tones, while coloured gems look great with any metal. The Stone Setting Choosing the stone setting can make or break an engagement ring, and this is where you can really use a master jeweller’s advice. Do you choose one stone in a simple setting? Or perhaps several stones around the band for some extra sparkle. This choice may also be influenced on the stone size. Engraving Finally, don’t forget about the engraving. Most engagement rings should have a romantic, heartfelt message engraved in them. Whether it’s just a simple phrase, or even your engagement date, make sure it’s special to both of you. Get the Best Engagement Ring in Melbourne Make the right choice for your dearly beloved. For the best engagement ring Melbourne has to offer, contact us at Catanach’s Jewellers today. From beautiful diamonds to custom jewellery, we can make your big moment even more special.