Choosing A Ring

All that you need to know about ring styles, diamonds, gemstones, metals, and sizes to make the best choice for your special day can be found in this guide.


Whether you are choosing an engagement ring together or planning to surprise your sweetheart, you will need to consider ring style, gemstone, and precious metal.

Set a Budget

Start your search by establishing a realistic budget. Over the past few decades, diamond companies have marketed the idea that an engagement ring should cost the equivalent of one, two, or even three month’s salary. These “rules” should be ignored in favor of what feels right for your partner and you. An engagement ring can cost anywhere between three to six figures. How much you spend is a completely personal choice.

Choose a Style

Beyond what’s in trend, the style you choose should be compatible with her lifestyle and personal style. Is there a ring she’s always dreamed of or pointed out to you recently? Pay close attention to any hints she may be giving you. Study the jewelry she already owns. The ring selection process can begin with a style, a gemstone shape, or a gemstone type, depending on the information you have available.


If she is drawn towards the traditional, look for designs that are timeless. No ring style is more classic that a solitaire in an elegant four or six prong setting. For a touch more glamour, consider a ring with a delicate diamond band or halo.

Natural & Fuss-Free

Does she prefer to keep her style fuss-free? Maybe she doesn’t wear jewelry at all. In that case, a low-set solitaire or bezel-set ring might be the right choice. A secure bezel setting is particularly suitable for women with hands-on jobs or active lifestyles. If she’s a nature lover, consider a nature-inspired design.


If she loves a touch of glamour, her preference might be a halo or accent stone ring. Embellished with gemstone accents, these styles will give you maximum sparkle. A halo will also make the center stone appear larger than it actually is.


Is she more of a dreamy romantic? A woman drawn to other eras might love a ring with the antique look of milgrain or filigree. Rings that combine diamond and colored gemstones also have a very vintage feel. Classic pairings include diamond and ruby, blue sapphire, or emerald.


common colored gemstone ring. Black diamond rings make a particularly bold statement. A cluster ring is another alternative to the traditional center stone ring.


If you have a dream ring in mind or are looking for something that is absolutely one of a kind, we can help. Our Custom Design Service can help turn your vision into reality. For a complete guide to gemstones, visit Gemstone Education.For a complete guide to ring styles, visit the Design Guide.

Choose a Gemstone

Whether you select a diamond, precious gemstone, or semiprecious gemstone for your ring, it will depend on both personal preference and budget.
Today, white diamond is without a doubt the most popular choice for engagement rings. Diamonds offer incredible brilliance and unmatched durability, both highly desirable qualities for jewelry.
However, the popularity of colored gemstones rings is growing. The stunning blue sapphire ring is worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, for instance, inspired thousands of women to choose sapphire. Colored gemstones offer a wide variety of hues, from the deep blood red of ruby to the vibrant sky blue of blue topaz. Couples often choose a colored gemstone because it has personal significance, whether it’s her birthstone, favorite color, or representative of something meaningful.
If you are shopping on a budget, colored gemstones can also be a more affordable option. Just remember to keep durability in mind, as hardness varies significantly by gemstone.

For a complete guide to gemstones, visit Gemstone Education.

Choose a Metal

Most engagement rings are made from platinum, white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold. Each has its own pros and cons, such as cost, durability, and required upkeep. For a comparison of metal properties, visit Precious Metals Education.
However, the best place to start is color. Identifying which precious metal color she prefers may be as simple as noticing the jewelry she wears. If all her jewelry is white metal, she is likely to prefer a ring that’s platinum or white gold.
Another factor to consider is your chosen gemstone color. Some gemstones look better paired with certain color metals. Blue sapphire, for instance, looks most radiant set in white metal. Green gemstones like emerald, on the other hand, can look beautiful in a white or yellow setting.

Be Certain of Ring Size

The last step before ordering your ring is to confirm the ring size.
Visiting a jeweler for a professional ring sizing is undoubtedly the most accurate method for determining the finger size. But if that’s not possible, don’t worry! There are easier methods you can try at home. Visit the size guide page for tips on how to use our printable ring sizer.
If you want to determine your partner’s ring size without ruining the surprise, you can try measuring a ring she already wears on the same finger or asking someone close to her.
What if the ring you order turns out to be the wrong size? We offer a 7 day return policy, so you can exchange your ring for the correct size.


Engagement rings range in price from just a hundred dollars up to millions of dollars! Of course, how much you spend will depend on how much you earn, with the consensus being that you should spend two month’s salary on an engagement ring. In effect, you should spend $4,000 on a ring if you earn $2,000 per month.
There are several ways that you can measure your ring size at home. Most online jewelry stores will be happy to send you a free plastic ring sizer, while it is also easy to download paper ones. Another method is to use a piece of paper or string, wrap it around your finger, mark the size and compare it to a sizing chart. You can also check out our ring size guide for more information.
In the West, an engagement ring would typically go on the ring finger (third finger) of the left hand. According to the Ancient Romans, a vein known as the Vena Amoris (Vein of Love) travels from the finger directly to the heart. It is, therefore, viewed as being a symbol of love.
It is important to recognise that the price of diamonds doesn’t increase proportionately with the number of carats. A 2 carat diamond will range in price from $5,000 to $60,000 in the current market conditions. The large price differentiation is due to the quality of the cut, the clarity and the colour of the stone along with numerous other factors.
As an engagement ring is intended to be kept for life, you mustn’t focus on current trends. You should also select a ring that both you and your partner will like and will hold sentimental value. Usually, you would expect to pay around two month’s salary for the ring, so this should give you some indication.
The size of a diamond will depend very much on the cut, but assuming that the stone is a two-carat round brilliant cut diamond, it will have a diameter of roughly 8.1mm. Of course, this can vary significantly, but this would be regarded as the “industry” average.