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
is the traditional center stone for an
engagement ring, but sapphires
of various colors,
, 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
There are endless engagement ring settings to choose from, including solitaire 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
or yellow gold
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
See our engagement rings