So, you think you’ve found the one? Congratulations! If the time has come to take your relationship to the next level and you want to ask the all-important question, you need to buy a ring first! We understand that jewellery isn’t everybody’s bag – but it’s certainly ours! If you aren’t sure what ring to choose for your one and only, we are here to help.

With a dizzying array of endless options, we know it can be easy to get confused. Cuts, colours, clarity and carats may all be way over your head. But there’s no need to panic – the experts at Marlow’s Diamonds are on hand to help. One of the many choices that you may have to make is whether to opt for a single stone diamond ring or a diamond cluster ring. Both beautifully stunning on any finger and will be treasured for years to come. So, which one to choose? It’s important that you consider your options carefully. DON’T just choose a single stone diamond because that’s what you have seen in the movies and DON’T just choose the diamond cluster just because there are more stones. When making the important choice, here are the real factors you need to take into consideration.

THE SINGLE STONE DIAMOND

It’s true – the single stone engagement ring (also known as a solitaire ring) is still the most popular choice for an engagement ring. It’s also the one that will sparkle and shine best in natural light. It’s a common misconception that more diamonds equals more sparkle, but this simply isn’t the case. You must also take into consideration the carat weight of the ring, which will impact the overall cost. A single stone diamond will usually be equivalent to the weight of around one carat. It is also important to consider the metal in which the stone will be set. A four-prong-setting will showcase much more of the diamond, while a six-prong will generally be more secure. When it comes to the single stone diamond, it’s all about quality not quantity.

THE DIAMOND CLUSTER

Despite the fact that the single stone diamond engagement ring is the most popular, the diamond cluster engagement ring is certainly making a pretty huge comeback. Many brides-to-be are dropping subtle hints that this is the kind of ring they would like for their incredibly special day. A cluster diamond has a collection of smaller diamonds that are usually of a similar size. These little diamonds will be quite low in terms of the carat weight, although you can have a bigger diamond in the middle. This will give the effect that the cluster ring is one large diamond, in comparison to just the single stone diamond. Think of it this way, with a cluster diamond you may be getting a little more bang for your buck. However, always remember that the carat weight in a diamond cluster will always be lower than the single stone counterpart. So, if you want more diamonds for less money – the diamond cluster is definitely the best choice for your partner.

Both the single stone diamond and the diamond cluster rings are exquisite choices for your life partner to be. Remember to take into consideration your choice of wedding band, to ensure that the engagement ring and the band will both complement one another. View the Marlow’s Diamonds range of engagement rings here when making the most important purchase of your life.