How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

Did you know that, on average, grooms spend approximately five months looking for the perfect engagement ring? In addition, over 33% of couples research rings together online.

Whether buying a ring for a loved one or yourself, you must put a plan in place. You also need to give yourself enough time to make a decision.

Luckily, you’ll just need to keep reading this guide to learn everything you need to know about choosing the perfect engagement ring!

Decide on the Diamond Shape or Cut

Your first step is to settle on a diamond shape, also known as a cut. If you know what your significant other prefers, this step is easy. If not, then you have some research to do.

It’s important to realize that every diamond cut has a different price point per carat. Round cuts will cost more since they’re the most classic cut. On the other hand, marquise and pears are less expensive.

If you want a bigger diamond, you’ll need to choose a different shape than a classic round cut. Before going engagement ring shopping, it’s best to research the different cuts and price points for each.

Finally, even if you buy from a local jeweler, it’s best to understand more about the qualities of real diamonds so you get what you pay for.

Choose a Metal for the Band

Next, you’ll need to decide on the type of metal you prefer for a band. This choice is easy enough if your significant other wears a specific type of metal jewelry.

Ring bands are usually made from metals that include:

  • White gold
  • Yellow gold
  • Silver
  • Platinum
  • Rose gold

Some gold metals will scratch easier than others, while a metal like platinum is dense and won’t scratch as easily. Be sure to consider your loved one’s lifestyle to assess overall wear and tear. 

In addition, you’ll also need to consider if you’d like multiple stones set in the band or a single stone that’s high set.

Choose a Carat Size

Your next step is to choose a carat size. In this case, your significant other might have mentioned a particular size if you’ve been open about discussing getting engaged. 

It goes without saying that you’ll pay more for a larger stone. However, you’ll also need to keep the quality and clarity of the diamond in mind.

The best way to choose a size is to figure out a reasonable budget and stick to it. Remember, once you settle on a size, you can always change the clarity and color to fit your budget to find the best engagement ring for your loved one.

Get Accurate Measurements

Keep in mind getting accurate measurements isn’t always so easy. If you’re trying to keep it a surprise, obtaining your significant other’s ring size can be challenging without giving things away.

In addition, getting an accurate ring size is essential to prevent the ring from falling off or cutting off circulation.

Therefore, it’s best to size the ring, so it feels comfortable but is still snug on the finger. The best way to get an accurate measurement is to go to a jewelry store and let the professionals help you with sizing.

Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

Now that you know the steps to find the perfect engagement ring for your sweetheart, the process will go much smoother.

Remember to start early and research diamond sizes and styles so you’ll have time to incorporate your creative spin into the design.

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Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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