So how should you buy an engagement ring? Itís likely to be one of the most meaningful purchases in your entire life, so itís something that you need to be sure to get right first time! Here are seven important steps to remember when you start your search for that perfect engagement ring.

1. Figure Out Your Budget

First of all, before you do anything else, figure out what your budget is. You can buy a diamond engagement ring costing anywhere from a few hundred dollars to upwards of tens of thousands. Pick a ballpark figure to begin with. You may find that you will want to adjust it as you do your research and discover possibilities which are just beyond your budget but worth the stretch for a much better deal.

2. Decide on the Center Stone

A diamond is the traditional center stone for an engagement ring, but sapphires of various colors, emeralds, and rubies are popular choices too. Once you decide on the type of stone you want, youíll need to decide on the shape you prefer, too.

If youíre interested in a diamond, youíll want to find out about the 4Cs

3. Choose the Setting Style

Setting Style
There are endless engagement ring settings to choose from, including solitaire settings, three-stone and multi-stone settings. Sometimes, the setting you choose will be influenced by your lifestyle. Bezel or similar settings may be more comfortable for those who lead active lives because the stone is recessed more than in a prong setting. However, prong settings are popular, too, because more of the stone is visible and the stone is usually easier to clean.

4. Decide on the Metal

Choosing the metal to use for your engagement ring is largely a matter of personal preference. You might decide on white gold or yellow gold to match your existing jewelry collection, or you could opt for platinum for a splash of extra style.

5. Design Your Own Engagement Ring

This isnít compulsory, but itís a tempting possibility. If you donít fall in love with an engagement ring in our ready-to-wear collection, consider designing your own. Itís really very easy, and youíll get exactly the design youíve always dreamed of.
Find out more about how the process works and learn how to design your own engagement ring.

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