How to Start off Shopping for Engagement Rings
Know Her Style
This experience is like no other purchase you’ve made. There are countless variables and every diamond is unique; and the ring in which the diamond is set presents countless options as well.
Many people focus first on the 4Cs (color, clarity, carat weight and cut) before they consider the style. But once your fiancée puts the ring on her finger, she's going to show off her beautifully designed and sparkling engagement ring; not share its rating.
That’s why we recommend focusing first on finding the perfect style for your fiancée — and then finding the right diamond to fit that style.
Set a Budget
As with any life-changing expenditure, it’s a great idea to sit down first and see what makes financial sense. Immersing yourself in an evening of income vs. expenses now can save you immeasurable headaches later.
You’ll need to compare your income to your expenses, while taking into consider where the money will be coming from. Decide how much from your bank accounts you’d like to earmark for the engagement ring, while also considering your financing options.
Beyond the affordability, you need to make sure you are comfortable with what you decide to spend. Knowing what your bride-to-be’s expectations are will also help. But it’s easier than you may think — and can result in a satisfying purchase when you finally decide on the perfect engagement ring.
Selecting the Center Stone
The center stone is the ”heart” of the ring... and usually the most valuable.
For most, the center stone is what will catch the eye. The diamond on her finger should uniquely express how pure and everlasting the love between you truly is. So when shopping for that special ring for that special someone, it is important you know what to look for to maake the right decision.
This is where the infamous "4 C's" come into play. You'll need to consider the stone's Cut (this will determine its brilliance), its Color (the less color you see, the better), the Clarity (fewer imperfections are more valuable wiht a higher clarity grade) and its Carat (mass of the diamond). Our certified gemologists will assist you in choosing the perfect stone.
Choosing the Setting and Metal
A quality setting -- the metal framework in which your stone is mounted -- can set the tone for a ring. A classic round engagement ring stone gets a fresh and modern makeover in a bezel setting. A trendy oval can look more traditional in a four-prong setting. Getting the right combo of shape and setting is key.
When it comes to the band, you've got a variety of metals to choose from. One popular choice is platinum -- it's extremely durable and especially pure, making it a great hypoallergenic choice for brides and grooms with sensitive skin. There's also gold, which comes in a variety colors, including white, yellow, rose, and even green. Beyond platinum and gold, you might also consider palladium (which has a grayer hue than platinum) or even a recycled metal band, which might include a mixture of platinum and gold. Think of it as a "something old" and "something new" all rolled into one.