Journeys of the Heart
The early Egyptians believed that the vena amoris (vein of love) ran directly from the heart to the top of the third finger on the left hand.
Hence, this finger on which your rings are worn is a sign to the outside world that you are planning to be married.
The selection of a ring is usually a joint venture, however if the man surprises the woman with an engagement ring, she may not wear it until the engagement has been formally announced.
A couple’s own good taste or budget will guide them in selecting the most appropriate ring.
While a diamond is the most popular choice, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, amethysts and birthstones are also popular and a combination of stones can be effective.
Styles vary between a classic solitaire, a cluster, or a centre stone with baguettes on each side.
When buying a diamond, consider the four characteristics that determine the value of a good diamond - cut, clarity, colour and carat weight.
Go to a reputable jeweller and remember that you may ask to see rings other than those on display. When designing your own ring, you will find the jeweller’s advice invaluable.
Bear in mind that the engagement ring is usually worn with a wedding ring so it is a good idea to ensure the two rings complement each other in colour and style. The rings you choose will become a constant reminder of your ‘bond of love’.
For advice on your engagement and wedding ring selection, see Suzy’s Fine Jewellery staff.