Gerard McCabe

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Service Area
Adelaide
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Monday to Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 4:30pm
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Expert Advice

As a wedding professional, Gerard McCabe offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.


Is it cheaper to get a matching wedding band or find a mis matching one?

Gerard McCabe

At Gerard MCabe Jewellers we would always recommend you wear a matching wedding ring or a well suited style with your engagement ring. We have plain gold bands that suit all our engagement rings as well as the matching diamond set bands for this reason. You may find a suitable plain gold band will fit perfectly with your engagement ring and offer you a cheaper alternative. 

The reason that we suggest the rings should match is because firstly the overall look of the set will be much nicer than mismatched rings. Secondly, they will wear better together over the lifetime that you will wear the rings. Mis matched rings will rub and wear on each other far more than those that are made to sit together. This is likely to cost you much more in the long run in repairs and maintenance of your rings whereas matching rings will be much more gentle on each other and should be more economical to maintain over their lifetime. 

how big is too big for engagement ring diamonds/stone?

Gerard McCabe

There is no such thing as "too big" when it comes to engagement rings. It really just comes down to what you love the look of and what suits your style and personality. Remember that this ring will be with you for life, so try to choose a design that you feel you will love forever, but don't be afraid to find something that is uniquely you. 

whats a cheap alternative for an engagement ring?

Gerard McCabe

Depending on your style you have a few options. 

1. Vintage, secondhand and antique rings are worth considering for beautiful and unique rings that can often be a bit cheaper. 

2. Combine your wedding and engagement ring in one ring. 

3. Some coloured stones offer a more cost effective alternative for an engagement ring than diamonds. Some gemstones are not suitable for daily wear. Gemstones like sapphire, Ruby or aquamarine are good choices.

do engagement rings have to match the wedding band?

Gerard McCabe

Engagement rings and wedding rings do need need to specifically match in style or colour. They are your rings and you need to love them, so you should feel free to create a set that is unique to you. One important consideration is to ensure that your rings sit well together and will not unduly rub on each other. This will ensure your rings wear well together and require less maintenance over their lifetime. 

At Gerard McCabe Jewellers we have a number of engagement ring and wedding ring styles that will all fit well together. This gives you the freedom to create your own personal set, as opposed to having only the option of one matching ring. We also offer a bespoke ring design service if you would like to create something truly unique.

what do couples usually pay for an engagement ring?

Gerard McCabe

The old rules of "three months salary" for an engagement ring really do not hold true anymore. We see couples pay vastly different amounts for their rings depending on their stage or life and their style. We always recommend that our customers should buy the best quality that they can afford. This may mean a smaller diamond but with a higher colour or cut grade that looks beautiful rather than a larger diamond that is yellow or doesn't sparkle as much. 

You could spend between $3,000 and $7,000 for a very beautiful, fine diamond engagement ring.

how much are engagement rings USUALLY ? (average price)

Gerard McCabe

The old rules of "three months salary" for an engagement ring really do not hold true anymore. We see couples pay vastly different amounts for their rings depending on their stage or life and their style. We always recommend that our customers should buy the best quality that they can afford. This may mean a smaller diamond but with a higher colour or cut grade that looks beautiful rather than a larger diamond that is yellow or doesn't sparkle as much. 

You could realistically spend anything on an engagement ring. You could get a beautiful, top quality, fine diamond engagement ring from around $3000 upwards. 

How do you clean your ring?

I've heard people having their ring "re-dipped"? I'm new to expensive jewelery and I don't know how to keep my ring looking new.

Gerard McCabe

White gold jewellery is naturally a dull grey colour, so it is electroplated (coated) in Rhodium which gives it the lovely bright, white colour you see when your ring is new. Over time the rhodium plating will wear off. We recommend that white gold rings are rhodium plated (or re-dipped as you have heard) every 2-3 years to keep the metal looking as new. This is a straightforward process that most jewellers can do in a reasonably short turnaround. 

Generally we recommend our clients visit our showroom regularly for a free ultrasonic cleaning of their ring while they wait. Diamonds attract grease and dirt which can make them look dull. Cleaning regularly will keep your ring looking its best. At home you can clean your ring in a solution of warm soapy water and gently brush it with a soft tooth brush.


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