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31Aug/18Off

How To Determine Her Engagement Ring Size

How to Determine Her Engagement Ring Size

If you are planning a surprise proposal, it will help hugely having an engagement ring that fits your love's hand perfectly. One of the biggest mistakes made by hopeful grooms is not being fully sure of the ring size and using guesswork instead. This can end up costing more than you realise in the long run – especially if you have not taken any steps to ensure that the ring is one that will be adored at first site. If the ring is not quite her style and not even the right size, you will have to get it resized and possibly even redesigned.

Make sure that your love is sufficiently wowed from the moment that engagement ring is slipped onto her finger with these surprisingly practical tips.

Getting Her Engagement Ring Size Without Her Knowing

How exactly do you go about figuring out her ring size, then? For starters, you could try one of these simple tips to make sure that you have a good idea of her engagement ring size.

Ask her friends or family.

One of the simplest ways to determine her ring size is to get a bestie or sister involved in the process. Most women have a good idea of ring sizes. A co-conspirator will be able to sneak into her jewellery box and borrow or size a ring, then tell you the size. She may also be able to give you some tips on the type of ring your love would love the most, which will help make your ring quest even easier.

Be smooth.

You could also try a bit of subterfuge and pretend to be trying to find out how ring sizes work for a ring you want to resize for your mom or sister. The upside of this approach is that she will give you her ring size if she knows it or allow you to use a string or cable tie to measure her finger in relation. The downside is that she may well see through the smoothness and know exactly what you are plotting.

Wait until she is asleep.

For those who don't mind a bit of danger, another tactic is to wait until she falls asleep and then very, very carefully tie a cable tie or string around her finger without her waking. This move can be daunting and should only be attempted on heavy sleepers. Make sure that you choose the right finger, too. Getting the wrong hand may make things a bit tricky as most people have a hand that is slightly bigger than the other.

Do a ring trace.

If you are not able to borrow a ring or get outside help, you could also take one of her existing rings and trace it onto a piece of paper when your love is not in the room. Make sure that you trace carefully, enough times to provide a clear outline. You can then take this bit of paper to your jeweller. They will be able to work out the size from there. This should be a last resort however as tracing is not always as accurate as having a ring that is worn daily or having an exact size.

The good news is that you should only need to try one of these moves to get a reasonable idea of her ring size. We suggest starting from the top and taking it from there depending on your success. Once you have an idea of her ring size, you can get onto the fun part... choosing the perfect engagement ring for your love.

22Aug/18Off

Exquisite Asymmetrical Engagement Rings

If perfectly balanced engagement rings are not your cup of tea, you may find that asymmetrical rings offer something a bit more your style. As the name implies, these rings do not follow standard design principles. Instead, they feature off-centre stones, interesting arrangements, off-beat designs, and, very often, unusual details that further add to their charm.

These rings are popular with future brides who prefer a modern bohemian style over a classic style. Keep reading to find out how asymmetrical engagement rings infuse interesting visual detail into their design.

Fall in Love With These Quirky Asymmetrical Engagement Rings

Ideal for those who prefer to colour outside of the lines, asymmetrical engagement rings are proof that rings can be just as beautiful without being symmetrical and balanced. Here are some lovely asymmetrical rings to inspire your ring choice.

Three Stone Twist

Exquisite Asymmetrical Engagement Rings - Three Stone TwistImage: rommdiamonds.com

The style is a great choice for any bride-to-be who wants to add just a little asymmetrical charm without going too overboard. The twist style engagement ring is a popular choice in many ring designs. The three stone design is also popular, symbolising your past, present and future. Adding these two styles together creates a visually interesting ring that is still simple enough to be classic and understated.

Delicate Side Stone
Exquisite Asymmetrical Engagement Rings - Delicate Side Stone
Image: artemerstudio.com

If you have a love for delicate rings, you are sure to love the subtly of this design. A round centre diamond is set on a fine gold band, with scattered side stones added to one side that add detail. While this ring looks gorgeous in yellow gold, it would be equally beautiful in platinum, white gold or rose gold. You could further mix things up by choosing coloured diamonds or your choice of stones for the centre and side stones or even add a single coloured diamond to the side for emphasis.

Minimal Clusters

Exquisite Asymmetrical Engagement Rings - Minimal ClustersImage: fascinatingdiamonds.com

Another pretty ring in the minimal ring style, this ring uses tiny diamonds that are clustered in an interesting off-centre arrangement. This ring also has a delicate band and very small stones rather than one large stone. Whether kept in cool tones of platinum and white diamond or done in warmer tones such as morganite and rose gold or coloured diamonds and yellow gold, this ring is elegant and feminine.

Ruby and Sapphire

Exquisite Asymmetrical Engagement Rings - Ruby and SapphireImage: danawaldenbridal.com

This one is sure to appeal to those who adore all things vintage, old-fashioned, and dramatic. A spectacular dark sapphire takes centre stage, with an equally impressive ruby sitting to its side. With a bold setting and a simple gold band, the combination of colours is what makes this engagement ring so eye-catching. This style would work with just about any type of stone and metal, however. Warm toned coloured diamonds, emeralds, white diamonds, morganite, moonstone or even tanzanite would be equally magical.

Infinity Baguette

Exquisite Asymmetrical Engagement Rings - Infinity BaguetteImage: zejoy.com

Perfect for feminine brides who favour all things ladylike, this delightful ring uses an ultra-romantic infinity sign and a simple baguette to create a sweet ring that is interesting and oh-so-charming. The rose gold metal further adds to the ring's femininity but yellow and white gold would work, too. Tiny pave stones add extra sparkle while a morganite stone as the baguette could be replaced by a white diamond or a coloured diamond.

Modern Twist

Exquisite Asymmetrical Engagement Rings - Modern TwistImage: shopping.rediff.com

Brides who prefer their rings modern and understated will adore this modern twist ring that includes just two small stones on each end of the twisted band. A desaturated rose gold works especially well for this ring, adding a hint of colour without going overboard. White gold, yellow gold and platinum would also work well. Use white diamonds or add a pop of colour to one or both of the stones to mix things up a bit.

Pink Halo

Exquisite Asymmetrical Engagement Rings - Pink HaloImage: kwiat.com

Exceptionally girly and unapologetically bold, this halo ring has a band that is set just a little off-centre. This adds interest while keeping the overall ring design classic and timeless. A coloured pink diamond takes centre stage with tiny white diamonds adding sparkle on the halo and the pave encrusted band. This style would work equally well with a white centre diamond or even a precious stone such as emerald or sapphire.

Black Diamond

Exquisite Asymmetrical Engagement Rings - Black DiamondImage: lpriorijewelry.com

Another dramatic ring, this black diamond ring is set on a dark rose gold band, with a few tiny white diamonds flanking the centre stone. The cut of the centre stone is kept simple, which helps the black diamond stand out to perfection. Although it is the colour of the stone that makes this ring, you could try a stone of just about any colour for a similarly eye-catching effect.

Looking for more inspiration for your engagement ring? Browse the collection from Cape Diamonds or get in touch with our team today to learn more about diamond engagement rings in Cape Town and beyond.