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What women want in their engagement ring (+infographic)

An engagement ring is a symbol of commitment and love. Photo / Lucy Rice
An engagement ring is a symbol of commitment and love. Photo / Lucy Rice

Valentine's Day is one of the most popular days to propose.

If you're planning to pop the question and confused about how to craft the right ring for your lady love, Kiwi jewellery designer Mike Piercey from MICHAELHJOHN has some insider tips.

Piercey has designed thousands of unique engagement rings. The first thing he wants to know is what the lucky lady is like? What does she love and hate? What kind of things does she wear?

Gallery: Check out Mike's favourite pieces

"I'm not going to give away all my trade secrets, but I try and extract as much information about the person as I can," he tells, gushing about the perks of his job.

"My clients are at one of the happiest times of their lives and I get to be part of that. I get to work with a lot of happy people, it's amazing."

Piercey says classic platinum single stone and clusters are the most popular pieces right now, and gold has lost it's appeal.

However, every lady has a different wishlist. Check out the infographic below to help ease engagement ring stress. Liberton's - an international market for antique and luxury jewellery - surveyed 400 women asking what they're looking for:

Buying an Engagement Ring Infographic
Source: Libertons


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