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A Man's Guide to Engagement Rings

Engagement rings are often statement pieces, so it's important that you find the right one for your bride-to-be. With such a wide range of gold and platinum engagement rings to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to find one that you know she'll like.

For this reason, many men choose to pop the question using a temporary ring, often loaned from a family member, before going out together to choose an official engagement ring which you both love. Choosing an engagement ring together after you've proposed can be an excellent idea, as even the most devoted lover might struggle to know the exact size to choose, especially as women's fingers can vary in size throughout the day and depending on the temperature.

Although gold is traditional, platinum engagement rings are an increasingly popular choice for couples who want a really stunning and individual piece of jewellery to treasure forever. They say that diamonds are a girl's best friend and there's no doubt that this perfect precious stone is a favourite with many modern women.

Diamonds look particularly good when set in platinum engagement rings, as the silvery colour of the metal really shows off this ravishing rock off to its best effect. Platinum also works well with Sapphire and amethysts as their cool hues are reflected in its icy finish. Gold and platinum wedding rings are both popular and you may choose to match the material of your engagement ring with that chosen for your wedding bands.

However, it's not necessary to have the same metal for your wedding ring as for your engagement ring – many brides opt to combine platinum engagement rings with traditional yellow-gold wedding rings to make both stand out. If you want to keep the continuity by having the engagement ring and wedding ring made of the same metal, it's often best to pick thicker styles for your wedding bands as these are more distinctive to the eye. Chunkier 4mm platinum wedding rings will look great teamed with a platinum engagement ring, while daintier 2mm platinum rings are often better with a gold engagement ring.

Your rings, as with your spouse, should stay with you "until death us do part", so it pays to think carefully about the style – gold and platinum engagement rings can both be a stylish choice, but consider how they will work with your wedding rings for maximum impact.