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5 Questions To Ask Before Buying An Engagement Ring 

Asking questions before purchasing an engagement ring ensures you make the right decision on what ring to go for. These questions will help you discover which ring is perfect for you and what aligns with what you have been searching for.

Does the ring come with a GIA or IGI certificate?

A GIA or IGI certificate provides in independent, unbiased evaluation of a diamonds quality. Details on the report include the stones characteristics, such as, cut, carat weight, measurements, symmetry and polish. These certifications help establish authenticity and quality of the diamond, which provide assurance to you, the buyer. 

Can the ring be sized?

Just in case the ring is bought in the wrong size, a ring that can be altered is important. People’s fingers also fluctuate over time, so it being able to be resized offers flexibility and longevity.

What are the four c’s?

Knowing the four cs (cut, colour, clarity and carat weight) of a ring helps you make a decision that aligns with your preferences and budget. 

Where is the ring made?

All Anelli’s rings are made in Hatton Garden and by knowing this, you can be put at ease that if the ring were to ever need altering, it can be done locally so you won’t need to go without it for weeks on end. 

What metals can the ring be made in?

The choice of metal for an engagement ring can significantly impact the appearance, durability and maintenance of the ring. Style, skin sensitivity and budget can influence your decision. 

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Lab-Grown Diamonds VS Natural Diamonds – what you need to know.

The main differences between lab-grown and natural diamonds lie in their origin and formation:

  1. Formation – Natural diamonds are formed deep within the Earth over millions of years through natural geological processes, while lab-grown diamonds are created in controlled laboratory environments in a matter of weeks using high-pressure, high-temperature or chemical vapor deposition methods.
  2. Origin – Natural diamonds come from mines, whereas lab-grown diamonds are created by replicating the conditions that facilitate diamond growth within a lab setting.
  3. Cost – Lab-grown diamonds are more affordable than natural diamonds due to their controlled production process, while natural diamonds’ prices are influenced by rarity and the cost of mining.

Both types of diamonds share the same physical, chemical, and optical properties, making it challenging to differentiate them without specialised equipment or certification.

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Which finger should you wear your engagement ring?

It was once believed that there was a vein, which ran from your fourth finger, on your left hand, straight to the heart. This made for a very romantic story of how and why wedding and engagement rings, are put on the fourth finger on your left hand. It is now known that this is a total myth. There are, of course, veins in your hands, but they go to many places around the body and not one that links directly from the fourth finger, to the heart and although we now know that this is now known not to be true, westerners in particular, have kept to wearing the rings on this particular finger.

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The 5 Most Important Things To Remember On Your Wedding Day

The run up to your wedding can feel like a whirlwind and a little chaotic. I hate to say it, but it’s best to be prepared and organised to keep your wedding day being as stress-free as possible.

To help, here is a list of the five most important things you need to remember on your wedding day.

  1. Your outfit! Whether it’s a dress or a suit, what you are wearing is (probably) the most important item to remember and it’s not just a single item. Along with the dress, you will need the shoes and the accessories you have chosen – a veil, jewellery etc. A belt, tie and cuff links usually go along with a suit, so they they also need to be at the top of the to do list!
  2. The wedding rings! Even though you can legally exchange vows without rings present, you do not want that awkward moment searching for the rings. Designate the ring bearer role before the day, then that’s their job to make sure the rings make it to the ceremony!
  3. Speeches! Although you may know what you’re going to say off the top of your head, having something to refer to is always a good idea. Minds go blank, a little alcohol may be consumed… so it’s a good idea to have it down on paper, just in case you need it.
  4. Itinerary! Your wedding planner will have your order of the day figured out but having your itinerary to hand will smooth out any bumps or large gaps that occur on the day.
  5. Your wedding overnight bag! Most couples don’t go back to their homes the night of their wedding and will stay either at the venue or a different hotel, so make sure you have your overnight bag! This may include clothes for the next day, make up remover and wedding night attire…

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Should You Spend Three Months Salary On An Engagement Ring?

This is a question that I received not too long ago, so I did some research. I obviously always knew what I believed, but I also wanted to see what other media sources told people. I’ve read, “3 months salary minimum on the ring”, “4% of your annual income” or even “the average amount to spend on an engagement ring in the UK is £5000, so this is how much you should spend this too”.

Firstly, how much you spend on your partners engagement ring is no one’s business.

There is absolutely no “rule” on how much you should spend on an engagement ring. The only thing to go by, is to choose something that, you believe, they will love. Im not trying to diminish how important this purchase is, of course its a big – huge, you’re probably never going to spend more on a ring in your lifetime, but you shouldn’t worry about where it’s going to leave you financially and it’s definitely not worth going in to debt for. 

When all is said and done, if they’re the right person for you, if thought and consideration have gone into the buying process, they are going to love it, no matter what.