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How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

Choosing the perfect engagement ring is an important moment, and knowing where to start can be daunting. Whether choosing a ring on your own or with your partner, your engagement design involves several factors. Below, we break down your choices for each part of the ring and provide some helpful tips to guide you through a thoughtful and enjoyable design process.

The anatomy of the ring

We broke down the components of the engagement ring to three sections, so you can focus on what is the most important.

  1. Center Stone: The focal point of the ring, the center stone is often a diamond.
  2. Setting: A design feature, the setting is the structure holding the center stone and any side stones securely in place.
  3. Band: The band is the section of the ring that wraps around your finger. Its inner circumference determines your ring size.

The center stone

Our diamonds are sustainably created in our zero-emissions foundry, have the same optical and chemical characteristics as mined diamonds, and are graded in the same manner.To get started, choose the shape of the center diamond that best suits you and your personal style preferences from our selection of shapes.

Selecting the right stone begins with understanding the 4C’s and what makes one diamond more valuable than another. The cut, color, carat and clarity determine a diamond’s value but prioritizing what’s most important in a stone is a personal preference.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What’s our overall budget?
  2. Which diamond shape reflects my individual style? Are there shapes that would be linked to our love story?
  3. Do I want a more modern shape (like the Trillion, for example), something more classic (like a Round Brilliant or Emerald) or vintage-inspired (like a Marquise)?
  4. Which of the 4 C’s is my highest priority?

The setting

The setting is the structure on top of the band that holds the diamond in place and is best determined after you select the shape of your diamond. While this is primarily a stylistic decision, there are few things to keep in mind when choosing from our selection of settings.

Some questions to ask yourself: 1. How do I want my setting to compliment my diamond? 2. Do I want my diamond to sit low to the finger, or be slightly raised? 3. Do I like side stones, or other finishes?

The ring style

The ring style is very personal, as it symbolizes your shared love and commitment. Below are some useful tips to help lead you in the right direction:

  • Has your partner previously hinted at a style? Their subtle (or not so subtle) preferences can serve as a guide.

  • Search your partner’s favorite brands on social media for inspiration.

  • Reach out to family and friends who know your partner’s taste or have previously spoken about a design.

  • Take notes on your partner’s personal style. Would you describe it as classic, modern or unique? To get some inspiration, refer to our selection of engagement rings.

  • Book a virtual appointment with our diamond experts to assist you in choosing the perfect engagement ring.

The band

The color of your band is another stylistic preference, influencing the overall tone of the design. Created by the combination of pure gold and alloys, we offer our engagement rings in 18k recycled solid gold in yellow gold and white gold and 14k recycled solid gold in rose gold. In addition to gold, our engagement rings are also available in platinum, a naturally-white metal favored for its strength and longevity.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Which metal color will look best on my skin tone?
  2. Do I want my gold color to match my partner’s ring?
  3. Do I need to prioritize affordability or maintenance?

The ring size

Whether you're determining the ring size on your own or collaboratively, it can be a challenging process. Our guide on how to ring size will provide you with all the right information to ensure your engagement ring fits perfectly from the start.

Still need help deciding?

Your engagement ring marks the start of a new journey you are embarking on together. Our diamond experts are here to assist you as you make this special purchase. Book a virtual appointment and receive a $100 credit towards your dream ring.

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