Man proposing to girlfriend in window

Is this the perfect engagement ring?

A jewellers is claiming to have found the formula for an engagement ring that every bride-to-be will love, from stone to cut. But what do you think of it?

Who chooses the engagement ring? It’s a question plenty of people struggle with. There’s something romantic about the idea of your partner spending time picking out a sparkler they think you’ll love – but what if you don’t like it? Even though they know you really well, everyone has their own individual taste. And people’s feelings about engagement ring styles can be unexpected. Your partner may assume your love of colour in your everyday personal style means you’d want a colourful engagement ring, whereas you can’t think of anything lovelier than a classic ring that will stand the test of time. What’s more, engagement ring shopping can be really enjoyable – why would you want to miss out on that? But going back to the other side of the argument, if your partner picks, you get a surprise….


Whether your partner plans to propose with a placeholder ring (meaning you can choose the real deal together later), or to try to pick your forever ring solo, making the choice isn’t easy. But according to new research, there is such a thing as a ‘perfect’ engagement ring – or at least, a style of ring that consistently proved most popular among 2,000 British women surveyed by jewellers William May. So what is the perfect engagement ring? Drum roll…

The most popular style of engagement ring
The perfect engagement ring? | William May

The dream engagement ring has a white-gold band and a round-cut half-carat diamond. This is, of course, a popular stone – but there are some things about diamonds that may surprise you, such as the fact that the word ‘carat’ stems form the word ‘carab seed’!

Solitaire-cut diamond engagement ring
Are diamonds your best friend, too?

The setting is solitaire. This is a type of ‘prong setting’, with a single stone, where small metal claws hold the gem in place. This allows lots of light to get to the diamond, drawing the eye straight to the gem. This is a classic setting for good reason – but one disadvantage is that the elevated position of the diamond can mean it catches on clothes. The solitaire/prong setting isn’t just for diamonds – you can have a gem such as a sapphire, too!