IT’S one of the most important pieces of jewellery someone will ever buy, so the pressure is seriously on to get it right.
But when it comes to engagement rings, there are five things you should always avoid – as one expert has revealed.
There are many factors to consider when purchasing an engagement ring for someone specialCredit: TikTok/@gems_bygemma
Gemma Watts, who sells engagement rings and specialises in them, posted a video on social media, as she filled her followers in on the main do’s and don’ts.
The jewellery lover, who can be found on TikTok at @gems_bygemma, told them: “Here are five things that I would not do, or recommend, as somebody who sells engagement rings.”
She began the list with a strict warning to those looking to buy a ring anytime soon – and how she can always tell when a ring will break in the next few years.
Gemma continued: “No more delicate, dainty, super thin engagement rings and wedding bands – please no.
“You are going to break it, you are going to damage it. Unless you’re hoping that your relationship only lasts a few years – then that’s fine as that’s how long your ring is going to last.”
Gemma’s second point was to majorly avod “micro pave disco balls” or designs covered in the small gems.
She then went on to her third point, as she explained: “Any gemstones under 7.5 or an 8 on the Mohs hardness scale are a no-go for engagement rings.
“I want you to have something that you can wear every day. I get lots of questions about things like moonstone, or opal or pearls and all of those are just a hard pass.”
Gemma then said another thing on the no-go list was a ring featuring “lab grown diamonds” as they are not a “good substitute” for the real thing.
While her fifth and final warning was to never propose without discussing it with your partner and “making you’re on the same page” about design.
Gemma concluded: “It’s a pretty big investment and you want to get it right and too many times I have people come to me and say, ‘Oh no, I know what I want for them.’”
She added: “It really doesn’t work out in the end.”
There’s an easy guide to getting the ring rightCredit: Getty