In this month's mag, FHM presents a man's guide to weddings, looking at everything from how not to pop the big question to nailing the best man's speech to what really goes on at hen parties.

For a lot of you, the most nail-biting bit (before the day itself) is picking the right ring. You might have seen the giant rock belonging to the recently hitched Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (the artist formerly known as Cheryl Cole) but don't panic about having to match that.

While we have a look at finding the right ring for your budget in the mag, we've also asked David Rhode, co-founder of ethical London jeweller Ingle & Rhode, what questions to ask to avoid ballsing up buying the right band.

And because we're nice, we've also included a couple of photos from the incredible wedding shoot in the mag too...


01 How much should I spend?

"Cost should not rule the decision-making process and jewellers worth their salt should be experienced and flexible enough to work to a range of prices. So…choose your budget and stick to it."



02 How individual should the design be?

"Given the highly personal nature of engagement rings, it is important to carefully consider design aspects that appeal to each of you (especially true if being purchased without the other partner).
Selecting a single or multiple stone design is the first consideration but there are a wide variety of other aspects that can impact on ring design. Vintage and art deco influences are popular at the moment, so it is well worth considering whether your partner likes the art, architecture and fashion of any particular era when making your decision."


03 What rock should I pick?

"This is important, as the type and number of gems selected has a direct bearing on the price of an engagement ring.
Diamonds are clearly a popular choice, but knowing how these are categorised will help you get value for money…
The cost-based value of a diamond is determined by its weight (carats) and its quality (colour, clarity and cut). The most well-known aspect of these is the number of carats, with one carat equal to one fifth of a gram.

It is also worth remembering that the colour of diamonds is graded from D (perfect white) to Z (severely discoloured).

Similarly, as a buyer, you can determine the number of imperfections in a stone by referring to 10 ratings from IF (internally flawless) to I3 (the lowest grade of clarity)."



04 What about colour and cut?

"Coloured diamonds are graded on a different scale and can often be astronomically expensive. If you’re looking for colour, it might be worth considering sapphire, which can come in yellow and pink as well as the more traditional royal blue.

The term ‘Cut’ is often used to refer to the shape of a diamond. However, in diamond grading, the ‘cut’ refers to the diamond’s proportions, symmetry and polish. It is these factors that determine how well a diamond reflects and refracts light. Fundamentally, a stone with a poor cut won’t sparkle as much as one with a good cut."


05 And the band?

"Gold, platinum and silver are obvious choices, but beyond this many now consider sustainability (as well as ethically sourced stones) a major factor in the decision-making process. As well as Fairtrade gold, many jewellers now also stock rings comprising recycled metal.
However, the most important thing is to buy a ring you truly love and that you feel represents the commitment you will show to each other in marriage. Good luck!"

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