woman wearing an engagement ring and wedding ring with drop earrings
woman wearing an engagement ring and wedding ring with drop earrings

Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring for Your Lifestyle

Alicia Briggs | February 10, 2024

Choosing the best engagement ring for your lifestyle merges personal preference with practicality. Whether you lead an active lifestyle, value sustainability, or seek a certain level of durability, your lifestyle factors into your ring selection. It’s important to find a ring that resonates with both your style and daily life.

This guide covers the nuances of selecting an engagement ring that aligns with your lifestyle. We delve into various ring styles and materials to provide insights into which details are better for certain lifestyles.

VRAI offers exquisite lab-grown diamonds set in versatile, customizable designs that cater to every lifestyle.

How Does Your Lifestyle Affect Your Engagement Ring Choice?

Your lifestyle plays a pivotal role in choosing an engagement ring that's right for you. Most people choose to wear their engagement ring daily, so it needs to suit your day-to-day activities.

A ring that’s easy to wear at a desk job might not be the best fit for people with a more hands-on career. Consider the engagement ring recommendations for the following lifestyles, below.

  • Professional Setting: For career-focused professionals, an elegant design that pairs well with your office attire is key. Classic, minimalist Solitaire settings are best.
  • Social Butterflies: For people who juggle multiple roles with an emphasis on social events, prioritize versatile settings that effortlessly transition from daywear to evening glam, like Halo settings.
  • Active Lifestyle: For people who are always on the go, or work with their hands, choose a practical engagement ring that offers extra durability. Streamlined settings, like a Bezel setting, with a 1-2 carat center diamond are best for an active lifestyle engagement ring.

How to Choose Engagement Rings According to Lifestyle

You don't have to compromise on your sense of style or your love of adventure when you choose an expertly crafted engagement ring. Knowing a few key details will help you choose an engagement ring that suits your lifestyle and your preferred aesthetic.

  1. Engagement Ring Setting

There are several different styles of engagement ring settings, so let the setting style match yours. For classic elegance, versatility, and extra durability, the Solitaire setting is a popular choice. For subtle glamor that’s still easy to wear to most occasions, a Halo setting is preferred.

If you’re a true romantic who loves to express yourself through your style, intricate, diamond-forward designs, like the Three Stone or vintage-inspired settings, are best. If you work with your hands though, you may want to avoid heavily detailed designs and opt for a low setting.

Whether you're about the glitz and glamor or the subtle and sophisticated, the best engagement rings will reflect that. The engagement ring design should also feel comfortable for everyday wear.

  1. Material Considerations

The precious metal you choose impacts your ring style and durability. Solid gold is an all-time favorite. Whether it's the warm hues of yellow gold, the cool elegance of white gold, or the romantic blush of rose gold, each gold color offers its own style.

Yellow gold is the classic choice because of its rich and traditional appearance. White gold, on the other hand, is the modern favorite because it is sophisticated and sleek. And then there's rose gold, the rising star which exudes romance.

Another popular metal type is platinum. Strong, durable, and the champion of security, a platinum engagement ring has a white sheen that's eye-catching and lustrous. Platinum is also hypoallergenic, making it a great choice for those with sensitive skin. Platinum does cost more than gold, however, but it’s considered the most durable engagement ring metal.

Let's not forget about the star of the show – the diamonds. A quality, expertly cut, and polished center stone ensures your diamond engagement ring shines beautifully.

  1. Sizing and Comfort

Your engagement ring needs to fit just right, not too tight, and not too loose. If your ring isn’t sized properly, it won’t be secure or feel comfortable to wear every day.

Our fingers can be a bit fickle, changing with the weather, exercise, and even the time of day. We recommend measuring your ring finger throughout the day to find that happy medium.

Ring size aside, there’s also band size and diamond size. Bandwidth and shape will influence how comfortable your ring is to wear. A thinner band might be your go-to for a more delicate look and feel, while a thicker band can offer a sturdier, more pronounced ring.

When selecting the right carat weight for your center diamond, consider comfort and lifestyle. The setting should offer the right security for higher-carat weight diamonds, while lower-carat-weight diamonds might be more comfortable and durable for active lifestyles.

Engagement Ring Maintenance and Care Tips

No matter your lifestyle, caring for your diamond engagement ring is key for lasting security and beauty. To maintain your engagement ring for everyday wear:

  1. Clean Regularly: Regular cleaning not only keeps your ring looking its best, but also prevents the build-up of lotions, soaps, and everyday grime. You can easily clean your ring with a soft cloth, mild soap, and warm water. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive surfaces.
  2. Proper Storage: When you’re not wearing your diamond ring, store it properly. A fabric-lined jewelry box or a soft pouch is perfect for protecting your ring from scratches and other jewelry.
  3. Professional Check-ups: Take your ring to a professional annually for a check-up. A jeweler can catch any loose stones or wear and tear before they become bigger issues.

VRAI Engagement Rings: Suited to Every Lifestyle

Expertly crafted, and fully customizable, there’s a VRAI engagement ring for any lifestyle. Our expertly crafted engagement rings are symbols of your love and values.

Grown in the world’s first zero-emission foundry through 100% renewable energy, VRAI created diamonds are unmatched in traceability. Unlike other jewelers, we 100% know the origin of our Carbon-Neutral Certified lab-grown diamonds from the very first atom.

VRAI also offers an unmatched level of customization for every engagement ring setting. You can personalize any design to suit your lifestyle and preferences, from the center diamond shape to the band details. Our team of expert craftspeople make each engagement ring according to your specifications.

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two engagement rings next to a ring sizer and package

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Choose Your VRAI Engagement Today

Finding the perfect engagement ring is a lot like finding your soulmate – it’s all about the connection. We've walked you through how to choose an engagement ring while considering your lifestyle. Now it’s time to select your unique ring design.

Remember, your ring should be a reflection of you and a piece that complements your everyday life. Explore VRAI's expertly crafted collection of customizable engagement ring designs to find your ideal fit.

Choosing an Engagement Ring FAQ

Consider the following if you have any further questions about choosing the perfect ring.

The best engagement ring for active lifestyles is one whose setting provides extra security, like a Bezel setting or a prong setting. Yellow gold and platinum make excellent metal choices for an active lifestyle ring.

To choose a diamond ring for active lifestyles, prioritize the most durable materials and a secure setting to minimize snagging or chips.

Yes! A custom engagement ring is perfect for those who want to represent their personal stories. With custom designs, you can choose every detail to infuse personal symbolism into your ring.

A yearly professional check-up and cleaning is recommended for engagement rings. Even the best engagement rings are subject to wear and tear when worn daily for years.

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Speak with our diamond experts and enjoy personalized guidance to select your ring, in-depth diamond 4C education, exclusive in-store fittings or virtual try-ons, custom design options.

Speak with our diamond experts and enjoy personalized guidance to select your ring, in-depth diamond 4C education, exclusive in-store fittings or virtual try-ons, custom design options.