How to Buy an Engagement Ring

Determine a Budget

There are many options when it comes to engagement rings. It’s best to start out with a price range in mind. Knowing about how much you want to spend will help us find the right engagement ring to fit your budget.

Know Her Ring Size

Borrow a ring she already owns. Trace the inner circle on a piece of paper, or press the ring into a bar of soap for an impression. You can also slide it down one of your own fingers and draw a line where it stops. These measurements can be used to identify her approximate ring size.

Know Her Style

What kind of jewelry does she already wear? Does she wear more silver or gold? Is she drawn to modern designs or vintage designs? Do her pieces tend to be more delicate or chunky? Simple or elaborate? If you buy something similar to what she already likes, you can’t go wrong.

If her preferences are hard to pin down, you may consider buying a loose diamond. If you choose the diamond first and setting later, you can include her in selecting the style and final details of the ring and avoid choosing a ring that’s more to your taste than hers. It is sensible to stick to the classics if you’re uncertain about her diamond shape preference. They became classics because they appeal to most people most of the time. Keep in mind that shapes with fewer facets, such as emerald or square, require higher clarity. The fewer the facets, the more visible any inclusions will be.

While there is a huge variety of patterns, details and metal choices, there are four basic types you are likely to encounter:


Solitaire
– A simple, elegant, classic setting that lets your center stone speak for itself. Still the most popular choice in engagement rings. Prongs allow the diamond to catch the most light. You can go with a four-prong-setting that shows more of the diamond, or a six-prong setting which is more secure.

 

 

Three Stone – Symbolize the past, present and future with this sentimental and elegant setting. Typically, the center diamond is larger than the two side stones.

halo

 

Halo – A glamorous setting where the main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds to add sparkle and the illusion of greater size.

 

When choosing a setting, consider her lifestyle, and how well it will fit into it. If she’s more active or outdoorsy, look for lower profile, less ornate, sturdier choices, which are less likely to get knocked or caught on things. If she’s more of a glamour girl, look for statement settings, with a higher stone profile and more intricate ring detailing or unique motif.