This post brought to you by Blue Nile UK. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Bridal Musings.
In case you haven't noticed, it's Engagement Week here at Bridal Musings.
So all this week we're inspiring and advising all those who are planning to pop the question over the coming months, with gorgeous rings, beautiful proposal ideas, and lots of tips to help you on your way.
Which is why, it's pretty perfect that we've teamed up with the awesome folks at Blue Nile, to tell you all about their incredibly helpful Diamond Education and how they can make your search for the perfect ring, an effortless one.
Whatever your budget, we know that choosing a diamond and dropping your hard-earned savings on an engagement ring is one of the most daunting things you can do, (besides actually proposing of course!).
But Blue Nile is making the process as straight-forward as possible, with a dedicated area of their site that can teach you everything you need to know, to feel like a pro when you're making your big purchase.
From how to set your budget, to sussing out what kind of precious metal to choose, and how to find the perfect fit, to of course, the ubiquitous 4 C's of selecting a diamond, with video tours, buying guides and plenty of advice and images, the Blue Nile website is an invaluable resource for anyone planning to propose.
The tone is simple and helpful, so even a total jewellery novice will know their emerald cuts from their Asscher, and their carat from their clarity, in no time.
It even has a sliding scale so you can see how a poorly cut diamond looks, next to Blue Nile's own Signature Diamonds.
There's also a guide to the certifications so you can make sure the diamond you're getting is conflict-free and of the best quality possible. Plus, lots of tips on finding your dream ring with their dedicated engagement ring style guide.
Blue Nile has sold over 500,000 engagement rings, so they have a pretty good idea what they're talking about!
And as for the rings themselves, well, they're pretty gorgeous. Blue Nile offer a vast selection of engagement rings, with something for almost every style and every budget – just check them out for yourself.
You can even watch 360° videos of each ring so you really get an idea of how it will look and their nifty website makes it so easy filter your favourite styles and find the ring that's The One for you.
And if you can't find something you love, you can Build Your Own Ring® with Blue Nile's vast selection of naturally coloured diamonds and gemstones or customise an existing design. One of our favourite features they offer is diamond upgrades, so you can swap out an existing diamond for something a little more special down the line – pretty cool, right?
Their phenomenal customer support offers free secure delivery, a 30-day return policy, and a product warranty among other amazing services.
So let's be honest, we're all about sapphire sidestones and marquise halos, but really, the most important thing when you're investing in jewellery, is peace of mind.
And Blue Nile's transparency and education services make them of the most reassuring places to shop for an engagement ring (and that's a pretty big deal!).
Now all you have to do is choose the ring and eh, propose. Simple!
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Popping the Question.