Is there anything more exciting than a marriage proposal? It’s a moment symbolic of who you are as a couple. It could be a grand gesture on one knee or a simple discussion about life together – no matter what it looks like, a proposal is always a special moment.
Your proposal is part of your special story, and your choice of engagement ring should be unique, too. There’s a reason that engagement rings come in so many different stones, cuts, and styles. It’s a symbol of love and dedication that you’ll keep forever.
With so many choices, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing the perfect engagement ring. Luckily, simple tips can make the process less stressful and more fun for everyone involved.
So whether you’re picking out the ring for your partner or you want to give your partner some tips on the best ring for you, start with the basics. Before you know it, your perfect ring will be ready for that perfect moment.
1. Know your style
An engagement ring is a piece of jewelry you’ll wear every day. Choose a style you'll love for years rather than getting caught up in current jewelry trends.
Know what kind of jewelry you (or your partner) wear regularly. Also, consider the range of ring styles available, from timeless or traditional to contemporary or ornate. This knowledge will steer you towards a ring that fits in with an established jewelry collection.
2. Decide on a setting
“Setting” refers to how the gemstone is set in the ring band. There are classic options for a ring setting, such as a solitaire setting, which features a single gemstone held in place with multiple prongs. Other popular setting options include a halo (one center stone surrounded by multiple small stones), pavé (a row of tiny stones), or a three-stone setting. If you want to branch out into more unique engagement rings, you might even consider a custom ring design.
Lastly, don’t forget to explore different metals when it comes to setting. White gold or platinum are classic choices. But gold engagement rings and even rose gold engagement rings are beautiful and unexpected options.
3. Find a quality gemstone
Diamonds are probably the most popular engagement ring gemstones, and it’s easy to see why! You’ve also probably heard of the four “C’s” when choosing a diamond, standing for color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. These categories can help you assess gemstone quality.
While diamonds are popular, they aren’t the only beautiful gemstone that will work for an engagement ring. Emeralds, rubies, and sapphires are also lovely options. But no matter the gemstone you choose, remember to get an expert to help assess its quality.
4. Pick your gemstone cut
While choosing your gemstone, you’ll also want to find the perfect cut. Diamonds are often cut to enhance their qualities – to make them sparkle and reveal clarity. The right cut will allow a diamond to reflect light rather than dull its shine.
Many people prefer specific gemstone cuts, so go with what feels right. Feeling like a classic piece? Princess, pear, or round cuts could be your choice. Looking for something unexpected? Oval engagement rings or even a heart shape might strike your fancy.
5. Imagine your wedding band
Don’t forget that the engagement ring will eventually shine alongside a wedding band! Wedding bands come in various styles, from simple bands with no stones to quilted diamond bands and everything in between. And while starting with the engagement ring, you’re probably considering how the wedding band might look, too.
The two rings don’t have to match perfectly, but they should complement one another for a unified look. Imagine your wedding band alongside your engagement ring – if you’re excited to see them together, you’re on the right track.
Finding the ideal engagement ring is simple when you know where to look. Contact us at Moody’s Jewelry for help finding a beautiful, high-quality engagement ring you’ll enjoy for years.