Engagement Ring Guide For a Breathtaking Proposal Your Sweetheart Will Never Forget
Engagement rings are the quintessence of romance. They should always tell your story, represent who you are, and the future you want to build together. With such high expectations, it’s only normal to get butterflies in your stomach when the time arrives to pick-out the perfect ring amongst hundreds of choices.
The good news is that you’ve come to the right place! This is an easy and stress-free guide with details to help you navigate the world of engagement rings. But, before getting into the nuts and bolts, let’s answer frequent questions about rings.
When is the right time to give an engagement ring?
There are no rules to state after how long you should give a ring to a sweetheart, nor the best way to do it. The choice of when and how to propose is always very personal. There is no right time or way in absolute terms. Each couple is unique, like engagement rings.
The important thing is to experience every step with heartfelt devotion and enjoy it. The engagement ring will undoubtedly be one of the first steps for preparing a proposal that will bring you much joy.
Are engagement rings and wedding rings different?
Both engagement rings and wedding bands symbolize love, but they represent different stages of your relationship.
Engagement rings are offered during a marriage proposal, set up as a surprise, followed by the question, "Will you marry me?" Engagement rings tend to be more elaborate and feature diamonds larger than what we see on wedding bands, which are wider and more subtle, exchanged at your wedding ceremony, right after the vows.
Which engagement rings are the most popular?
There are endless engagement ring styles available. Some styles are timeless, others evoke romance, and other styles are picked because of the radiant effect of their diamonds.
It all comes to the person who is to receive it. At this stage, we invite you to bring forth your inner Sherlock Holmes and investigate your partner’s preferences carefully. To help you understand all the options available, we’ve lined up a list of much-talked-about engagement ring styles:
Solitaire engagement rings are elegant and timeless and, as a result, this is one of the most popular ring styles due to a meticulous well-thought-out design to emphasize the center diamond.
With two smaller diamonds flanking the center stone, the concept behind a three-stone engagement ring is that each of its diamonds represents your past, present, and future together.
The halo engagement ring style features a center stone surrounded by smaller diamonds, creating the illusion of a bigger ring and looking absolutely gorgeous.
For fans of a dazzling effect and Victorian, Art-Deco, and Edwardian art periods, antique-inspired engagement rings bring alluring angles, carved leaves, flower patterns, and many more delicate details to melt hearts.
Pave engagement rings have one thing in common-lots of sparkles! A shank accented with tiny diamonds reflects off the radiance of the center stone, creating a dazzling effect.
For those in the market for a ring brimming with class and sophistication, a single row engagement ring is a style your sweetheart will gaze at adoringly for many years to come.
Multi row engagement rings will surely get your partner’s attention with a cleaved shank running to the center of the ring allowing for an intriguing peek of the finger.
Bypass engagement rings represent the encounter of two souls. This design has two halves of the ring “bypassing” the other and creating quite the effect. The lovely top can be made even more gorgeous with accented diamonds.
Selecting the diamond shape
You know which ring you prefer. Now is the time to select the diamond shape to bring it all together!
ROUND Also known as the brilliant cut, this shape uses angles and proportions to optimally favor the dispersion of light, sparkle, and brilliance.
OVAL A more elaborate take on round diamonds, oval shapes are characterized by an elongated stone, which often gives the illusion of a larger diamond.
MARQUISE The marquise cut is adored by romantics and requires well-balanced techniques to achieve, resulting in a symmetrical diamond we love to see from all angles.
PRINCESS The princess cut resembles an inverted pyramid. It emits particular brightness and showcases the centenary art of stone cutting in every sharp corner. EMERALD The emerald cut is distinguished by using rectangular veneers distributed parallelly to the gem's sides. This shape looks spectacular flanking the center stone of a three-stone ring.
PEAR Considered a fancy cut, the pear shape resembles a drop and always adds considerable charm and uniqueness to any ring.
When selecting a diamond, you need to consider diamonds’ properties. You might have heard of the 4C’s before. The term stands for carat, clarity, color, and cut. Explore our diamond education page to learn more about the 4Cs.