Thinking about popping the question?

Here’s what you need to know before purchasing an engagement ring.

Congratulations on making the first step towards one of the most important moments in your life! To know you’ve found the one you want to spend the rest of your life with is very rare, something to be cherished forever. Every day we help all kinds of people finding the perfect engagement ring for their partner, the matching wedding band and memorable anniversary rings for years to come, but before we get there let’s talk about budgeting.

When you’re thinking about proposing, and eventually getting married, you may begin to ask yourself- “How much should I spend on the engagement ring verses how much should I spend on a wedding band?” “How will I know what they’d like?” “How big should the stone be?”

There are a few things to consider when you’re looking at purchasing an engagement ring including why budgeting for your ring is important, important factors to consider when buying any ring and ways to pay for it.

Wedding Budgets! And Why You Need to Have One

It doesn’t matter whether you’re having a $20 wedding or a $200,000 wedding. Budgeting is crucial so you’re focusing your time and money on the things that matter to you and your partner. For some couples, food is a big part of their relationship, so allocating a bigger budget to the catering would make sense. For other couples having a big guest list is important so venue might not matter too much.

At Secrets Shhh we believe in affordable luxury, offering an opportunity where you can have the best of both worlds- celebrating your love with an exquisite piece of fine jewellery with a price tag that doesn’t cost the earth.

One of the amazing benefits of purchasing a Secrets Shhh Signature Diamond Simulant engagement ring is the incredible value. You’re already saving up to 80% less than an equivalent mined diamond engagement ring* by purchasing one of ours.

To the naked eye, our stones are virtually indistinguishable from a mined diamond equivalent and crafted in solid 14ct gold mounts. With a lifetime of fire and brilliance, the ring will forever sparkle and shine. If you’d like to learn more about our engagement rings read here.

All of this information means you can have the wedding of your dreams and a beautiful engagement ring that 200 people can stare at. Choosing a Secrets Shhh engagement rings means you don’t have to sacrifice anything, to wear the ring you’ve always wanted.   

What You Need to Look out for in the World of Jewellery

Once you know what your budget looks like, you will need to read up on a few jewellery and diamond terms so you know what to keep an eye out for in regards to quality, craftsmanship and value. Don’t panic, we’ve summarised it below to get you started. 

Carat: This is the weight of the stone, it’s described in “carats” and will determine how “big” the stone looks like.

Cut: This is how well the stone has been cut from the rough, it will determine the fire and scintillation.

Colour: This is how “clear” it appears, also known as how “colourless” the stone is. Diamonds can come in a range of colours, yellow being in the lower quality pieces.

Clarity: This is the quality of the stone itself- whether there are any marks or imperfections found within the stone and not caused by the cut or colour.


Secrets Signature diamond simulants are graded D-E-F on the colour chart, they have better clarity meaning our stones are near flawless
and better cuts for the best light dispersion.

These four factors are commonly known as the 4 C’s. Interested in learning more? Read our other blog on the 4C’s here.

Know Your Payment Options

Gone are the days of old school payments methods, there are plenty of different ways to pay for your engagement set so you can pop the big question on your own timeline.

Financing options like Afterpay, Humm and ZipMoney means you can easily fit within your weekly or monthly budget. Using these services also help give peace of mind, and come with a bunch of benefits like no interest ever from Humm.

Secrets Shhh is the home of the diamond alternative, crafting beautiful jewellery with the world’s finest diamond simulants. We offer every popular stone cut, made in your choice of white, yellow or rose solid gold mounts. Find the perfect engagement ring with a variety of carat equivalent sizes and styles to choose from.

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