Three tips to help you pick the perfect diamond ring for your Christmas proposal

Three tips to help you pick the perfect diamond ring for your Christmas proposal

The festive season has arrived! If you’re thinking of proposing over the holidays, now is the time to start preparing.

We are delighted to be joined by Jack Jahan from Ramsdens Jewellery who gives his expert advice to help you pick out the perfect diamond ring for your Christmas proposal.

According to research conducted by Chillisauce, Christmas is the most popular time of year to propose, with more couples getting engaged between the 24th December and 1st January than any other time of year. And, considering the festive season is full of magic, love and family, it’s no surprise that people choose this time of year to get down on one knee. Plus, the Hampshire countryside can serve as a beautiful backdrop for your proposal (and maybe even your wedding photography!)

After you’ve planned the perfect Christmas proposal, you’ll next need to think about the ring. The sparkle of a diamond ring is sure to add a touch of Christmas magic, but finding the perfect one can be a difficult feat. To help, I’ll be giving you my top tips to help you choose an engagement ring for your Christmas proposal.

Engagement Ring photo by Hampshire Wedding Photographer, moroe&moore photography

Tip 1 : Consider their style

When buying jewellery for someone else, you should always think about their personal style first, as well as make sure it’s something they’ll love forever. Remember that they’re going to be wearing their engagement ring every day, so you’ll want it to match the rest of their jewellery. So, you might want to take a look at the rest of their collection. Do they prefer small, understated pieces or something bold?

You might also want to consider their lifestyle. If they work in a corporate setting, work with their hands or do a lot of sport, a large piece might not be appropriate or practical. If this sounds like them, then it’s best to stick to something on the smaller side.

Tip 2 : Pick the band

You’ll also want to think about what colours they usually wear. If they wear a lot of a particular metal, it’s best to stick to that to make sure that their engagement ring will match. But, if they tend to wear a mixture, you’ve got a bit more freedom with your choice.

Yellow gold is a traditional metal and can really bring out the white sparkle of the diamond. But silver and white gold can give the ring a more modern look. I’d try to stay away from trend-based metals like rose gold, though. Although these may be fashionable now, they might not stay that way forever, which isn’t a good idea for jewellery that’s intended to be worn for years to come.

Tip 3 : Choose the diamond

The most important part of the diamond ring is, of course, the diamond itself, but it can be difficult to know which one to choose. There are a few things you’ll need to consider when you’re out shopping for your ring, and we usually refer to these as the 4 C’s — carat, colour, clarity and cut.


Diamonds are usually measured by their weight, which we call their carat, rather than their size. The diamond’s carat weight is what affects its price the most, with the larger carats being the most rare and expensive diamonds. If you’re on a budget, you can choose a carat weight just below the whole carat mark. For example, instead of a 1 carat diamond, you could select one that’s 0.9 carats instead. This could save you a significant amount of money, and the difference in weight will be barely noticeable.


Most diamonds are classified as colourless, however some can appear slightly yellow. The colour of the diamond is measured on a scale from D–Z. Diamonds rated D–F are considered completely colourless and are the most desirable. However, if you’re on a budget, a G–J rating is still a great option. These are considered nearly colourless, and the difference is barely noticeable. However, I wouldn’t go any lower than this, as diamonds beyond a J grade start to appear more yellow.


Since diamonds are made naturally by the earth, no stone is unique and each one will have its own characteristics (known as inclusions). When shopping for your ring, I’d look for a diamond with a clarity grade of at least SI1 or SI2 (slightly included). These stones have inclusions that are noticeable at 10x magnification, but are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.


The cut of the diamond is essential to its sparkle. One that’s cut poorly won’t allow the light to bounce back, which can make it appear dull. The cut is measured from poor to ideal, and even the most high-quality diamonds can appear dull if they’ve not been cut correctly. I’d recommend a cut rated at least ‘good’ — that way, your diamond will have that Christmas sparkle.

Three tips to help you pick the perfect diamond ring for your Christmas proposal

A Christmas Proposal

Christmas is the ideal time for a proposal and, with these tips, you can find the perfect ring to propose with.

To remember the care and effort you put into your proposal, you could even hire a wedding photographer to capture the special moment!

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Like your wedding photography that will follow, your marriage proposal is probably one of the most romantic and beautiful moments of your life.

Let us help capture that magical moment with beautiful photographs for you to cherish.  We specialise in crafting beautiful and elegant pictures that will truly reflect this amazing moment.

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