Otherwise, arm your partner with key words (think metal color, any accent details like a halo or pavé band, and the shape of the stone) so they can bring that information to the jeweler of their choice.

The best way to both know you’ll love your ring and also be totally surprised is to narrow it down to three or four rings you adore, then let your partner make the final tweaks and decision. Seeing what they pick for you will be super romantic and exciting, even if you’ve had every ring on your finger once before.

Another great hint to set your partner in the right direction? Invite them to your curated Pinterest board. To make the process easier, narrow it down to only a few rings (five-ish) so they don't get overwhelmed with choices. And don't forget your one of the best tools in your arsenal—your BFF. Tell them, show them, hammer it into them what exactly you want so they can relay the info to your S.O. Even better: if your BFF and your partner have a friendly relationship, have your friend tag along when your partner goes shopping. That way, you'll have a touch more confidence that your voice will be heard (even if by proxy).

The Ring is Exactly What You Want. You are going to be wearing this ring for a very long time, so it’s important that you love it. Trust me when I say there are countless different ring styles to choose from and oftentimes, you will be surprised that the rings you thought you liked when looking online are not what you love in person. By going ring shopping together, you will have the opportunity to try on various diamond ring styles and settings and select the one that best suits you. So, when the time comes for your partner to propose, you will be wearing a ring you truly love.

It Will Take Pressure Off Your Future Fiance. Because an engagement ring is a substantial expense, your future fiance will want to make sure you absolutely love it. By accompanying your future fiance to choose the diamond engagement ring, you will make the shopping experience less stressful for him; he can rest assured knowing the ring selected is something you both love. Shopping together can alleviate a sizable amount of pressure in choosing the “perfect” ring.

Making a Big Decision Together. An engagement ring is one of the biggest purchases a new couple will make. Since marriage is all about making compromises and joint decisions, choosing an engagement ring together is the perfect opportunity to begin to understand the cooperation necessary for future decision making.

It Can Serve as a Bonding Experience. Choosing and designing an engagement ring together can create an emotional bond and bring you closer as a couple. Your future fiance will get to learn more about you and your style, and in turn, you will get to learn more about his personal style and preferences.

Cons of Shopping Together:

The Proposal Will Lack The Surprise Factor. An element of surprise adds an extra degree of romance and can create a nostalgic experience that you will remember forever. The idea of choosing your own engagement ring may take away some of the magic associated with a marriage proposal. By selecting your own ring, you already know exactly what the ring looks like and additionally have an idea that the proposal is in the near future.

The Ring You Want is Out of His Budget. You finally pick out the ring of your dreams and unfortunately it is outside his ideal price point. This can become a potentially uneasy situation for both you and your partner and can also lead to disappointment on both ends.

You Know How Much He Spent. Honestly, most people dislike discussing money and finances. If you go ring shopping with your future fiance, you will know how much he is spending on your engagement ring, which might put you in an uncomfortable situation.

The Process May Seem Less Personal. As with most gift giving, part of the appeal is the amount of time, thought and effort that was put into it. Although the ring your future fiance choses may not be the ring of your dreams, it may mean more to you because of the time he spent searching for the perfect ring, specifically for you.

DECIDING TOGETHER

“I consider bespoke jewellery to be a bit of a speciality of mine and an area where my creative passion can really take full flight!

 

I have always worked in a very bespoke way - paying special attention to details such as movement and intricate construction - so it makes perfect sense for me to approach all of my work as if it were one of a kind. 

 

Creating a special piece for a client and being able to tease out an idea that they may have been mulling over for years is the most important part of the process and  sharing this special journey with them makes each experience exciting and unique.

 

Be warned though – commissioning jewellery is highly addictive!"

 

ANNALOUCAH

 

If you are considering having a special piece made then how about calling into Anna’s studio for a cup of tea and a chat? There you can find inspiration by looking through her portfolio or flick through her library of dazzling jewellery books.

 

If you can’t make it in person then a telephone conversation or email exchange will do the trick.



However you choose to approach this initial consultation, please feel free to provide images that inspire you and also, give some thought to the following ideas.



1. Do you have some old jewellery with sentimental value that you would like remodelling or simply scraped against the final cost of a new piece?

2. Is there a non-jewellery memento that you would like mounting or transforming into a wearable treasure?

3. Have a think about budget and timeframe.

4. Do you feel drawn to a particular gemstone or colour? There are so many beautiful gemstones available, each with their own unique story. Anna has a background in gemmological training and is always ready to offer advice and guidance on gemstone selection.

When you are ready for an initial discussion, Anna will help clarify things by sketching out a few ideas for you to respond to. Then, after further discussion, she will require a few days to put together a more complete selection of designs to be presented to you for consideration.

Once agreed upon, Anna will then calculate a cost for your choice and ask for a 50% deposit to begin making your piece.

Ordinarily four weeks are required for the making process but there may be occasion for you to view the development of the design and perhaps approve a silver model – each journey is different and Anna will personally keep you updated on progress.

And finally Anna will contact you to arrange final payment followed by either collection or delivery of your handcrafted unique piece of jewellery.

Wear and enjoy!

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