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27Nov/18Off

Looking for Genuine Engagement Ring Advice?

Looking for Genuine Engagement Ring Advice

Getting accurate engagement ring advice is not always as simple as it sounds. Whether you are planning to pop the question or you are trying to find ideas for your own ring, it is natural to get input from friends, family and other people when making the decision. Some may know instantly what they want – most need a bit of time to think. This is, after all, a ring that will be worn forever. As such, it makes sense that you would want to make an informed decision.

In this short guide, we share some tips on who best to NOT ask for advice when planning an engagement ring, and who to rather ask instead.

Engagement Ring Advice Sources to Always Ignore


No matter how well-meaning these sources may be, it is never a good idea to take engagement ring advice from any of the following:

Moms or any other relative.

The exception to this rule is, of course, any relative who truly knows your style. If you are proposing to your love and asking for advice from family, it is best to speak to the relative that is closest in age or the relative who frequently goes shopping with your love has brought her jewellery before or has a very current idea of the type of jewellery she wears. Asking moms, grannies or aunts who may not have an accurate idea may end up in suggestions that are outdated or based on the relative's own preferences. Moms may want you to consider the family heirloom ring that is in storage or tell you plenty of stories about what she loved when she got married.

Salespeople looking to close the deal.

This sounds a bit obvious, but it can be easy to get a bit overwhelmed if you step into a ring shop. Whether you are looking at rings for someone or yourself, the sheer volume of choices can make the process more than a little flustering. Often, salespeople will make the experience even more confusing by offering suggestions that may not be right at all. They may draw your attention to pricier rings or tell you about certain rings that are popular with customers. They may also pressure you into making a decision without giving you time to think things through. Finding a good jeweller online can often take away a great deal of this stress, helping you find time to think and weigh up your options.

Friends who do not know your style.

Asking a best friend or close family member is often a far better option. Asking friends who do not really know your style or your future bride's style can be risky. If you ask more than one person, you are likely to get many different answers. Most people tend to give advice based on what they themselves would do or wear. Although this can be great for finding ideas, it is not always the most helpful. When you are getting input to help you pop the question, it is even less helpful. Someone who genuinely knows you would be able to tell you what suits you, what you would wear often, and what would be just as stunning in a decade as it is today.

On our blog, we work hard to find and share a wide range of tips and tricks to help make the shopping process that much easier. Be sure to follow us to get objective, no-frills engagement ring advice, every time.

20Nov/18Off

Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings

While diamonds remain the preferred choice for engagement rings (and for good reason, too, we might add), another stone that has a good hardness rating, plenty of impact and an incredible range of colours is tourmaline. This stone falls between 7 and 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it a durable engagement ring that will last forever. While it is technically classified as a semi-precious stone, tourmaline has become sought-after due to its vast colour range, which often includes two or more colours within the same stone. Certain tourmaline stones, such as the watermelon tourmaline, are especially valued for their unusual properties that make no two stones alike.

Coloured stones are not everyone's choice and should definitely be considered carefully. If you love colour and you are seeking something original and a little off the beaten path for your engagement ring, tourmaline is sure to add all the sparkle and colour you are seeking.

Get Inspired by These Gorgeous Tourmaline Engagement Rings


If you're looking for an eye-catching ring that is sure to be unique and dazzling, this gemstone is well worth considering for your ring. Add a bit of colour to your engagement ring with these beautiful tourmaline rings.

Double Ring
Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings - Double RingImage: capucinne.com

A ring set that combines your engagement and wedding ring (or two rings layered over each other) can create a rather lovely double ring. This style uses a half circle, tiny pave stones and an emerald cut tourmaline, resulting in a layered effect that has a touch of Art Deco glamour. A set like this would work with any colour tourmaline and any metal. The warm tones of rose gold work well with the pink tourmaline shown here.

Halo Pave
Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings - Halo PaveImage: phillipstoner.com

This classic style remains a popular choice for many brides. The bright colour of the aqua tourmaline adds even more impact to the ring, working well with a cool-toned metal such as platinum. Tiny pave diamonds provide extra sparkle, further adding to the beauty of this ring. White gold would also work well with this colour of tourmaline.

Three Stone
Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings - Three StoneImage: riordanjewellers.com

Another timeless engagement ring style, three stone rings are rich in symbolism. The stones are said to represent each stage of your life together – your past, present and future. There are many ways to make this ring shine. You could make all three stones the same, choose different tourmaline stones for each setting or add in a diamond to mix things up a bit.

Rose Gold
Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings - Rose GoldImage: madeyoulook.ca

Rose gold acts as the perfect backdrop for a dark green tourmaline that is almost black. The depth of colour in darker toned tourmaline is truly amazing. Although these stones are not known for their clarity, they have a deep, rich level of colour that does not dim or lose any impact. Yellow gold would also work well with this colour.

Watermelon Pave
Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings - Watermelon HaloImage: pavandbroome.com

This stone gets its name from its watermelon-like colour range. The inner part of the stone is a deep pink, spreading out to a delicate pale colour and deepening into a dark shade of green. Dramatic in any type of metal, the addition of tiny halo stones add even more beauty to this unusual ring.

Split Band
Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings - Split BandImage: thejewelleryeditor.com

Split band rings are another classic style that will never date. In this ring, a deep green baguette tourmaline is set between two yellow gold bands, with tiny pave diamonds added to each band. This style would work with any colour tourmaline and any metal, with or without the pave stones.

Triple Band
Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings - Triple BandImage: donnahourani.com

Triple band rings go one step further, adding an additional band for effect. There are many ways to customise this style, from mixing and matching metals to changing the location of the stone, adding in additional stones, changing the size of the stone or changing the position of the stone.

Marquise Halo
Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings - Marquise HaloImage: jupitergem.com

In vibrant aqua, this marquise cut tourmaline is enhanced by tiny pave diamonds and set on a simple platinum band. This style of ring is classic and flattering, and also versatile. Change the colour of the stone, add an extra halo or remove the halo and keep the setting simple or add side stones for emphasis.

Considering a bold ring? Read our tips on choosing a colourful engagement ring to learn more. If you would like help in crafting your dream engagement ring in Cape Town, get in touch with Cape Diamonds today.