Mastering the Moment: A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Engagement Ring in 4 Simple Steps

We understand that choosing the perfect engagement ring is a significant decision. Here at William May, we've crafted a comprehensive step-by-step guide to simplify your journey. Our guide walks you through various options, styles, and considerations, ensuring a stress-free experience. 

Trust in our expertise and let our guide support you to find the ideal ring for your special moment.


The initial step in discovering the ideal engagement ring is to select the preferred style that resonates with their unique taste and preferences. Here, you'll find a selection of our frequently chosen engagement ring styles:


A solitaire diamond engagement ring is the most popular style of engagement ring. This is a single, central diamond - timeless and classic, suitable for almost every fashion preference. It effortlessly complements any wedding ring or other jewellery.


Cluster rings achieve a distinctive appearance through the combination of variously sized gemstones grouped together. The halo setting encircles a central stone with smaller ones, which can create the illusion of a larger size.


Bridal sets include both your engagement ring and a matching wedding ring. With this option, you can be confident that the engagement ring and wedding band will complement each other perfectly when worn together.

Next, it's time to decide on the metal for the ring. We would suggest taking a glance at the colour of the jewellery your partner typically wears. Do they generally lean towards the warmth of yellow gold, or do they prefer the elegance of white metals like silver or white gold? It's advisable to pick a metal that complements their existing jewellery collection.


Choosing white gold offers a versatile and contemporary aesthetic that complements various styles and gemstones.


Opting for yellow gold as the metal for your engagement ring imparts a timeless and traditional allure, providing a warm and rich setting for your ring.


Selecting either a palladium or a platinum ring (known for their exceptional durability) ensures a premium and enduring choice. 


Time for the thrilling part: selecting the diamond cut! This is where your partner's unique style can truly take centre stage. There are many different cuts to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect one! Below, you'll find our most sought-after diamond cuts:


The round brilliant cut is the most popular choice for engagement rings, maximizing sparkle through optimised internal reflection.


Next up are the modern princess cut diamonds, featuring its signature square shape and clean lines that enhance light reflection.


Choosing the marquise cut, defined by its elliptical shape and pointed ends, is a favoured choice for those seeking a one-of-a-kind allure.


The pear-cut diamond seamlessly combines elements of the marquise cut with the brilliant round cut, resulting in a distinctive and unique shape.

Selecting the budget for your engagement ring is a personal choice, unique to your preferences and financial considerations. At William May, we understand the individuality of this decision and offer a diverse range of rings tailored to accommodate any budget. From exquisite options to more affordable selections, we ensure there's a perfect ring for every budget, allowing you to find a symbol of love that fits both your style and budget seamlessly.