In a previous post we gave some tips on things to know before you begin to look for engagements rings. Now that you’ve thought about budget, diamond shape, and a setting, we’ve broken down the buying process into 3 steps for you:

  1. We always recommend starting with the diamond first. Our diamond education section will provide you with all the information you need about the 4 c’s and various diamond shapes to get you started. Each diamond shape is unique in its own way and offers something a little different in terms of look.
  2. After you choose your diamond, the setting is next. The setting, regardless of metal type or style, should always enhance the stone. The diamond should “stand out” and be the focal point of the ring.
  3. Lastly, metal type – A majority of settings you’ll look at are available in 18kt white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. If you like the look of white metal, platinum would be the way to go. Platinum should also be your choice if your significant other has metal allergies.

Now that you’re prepared, shop for the perfect engagement ring using our Create Your Own Engagement Ring three-step process!

#1 is always to establish a budget

Know how much you can spend.  Then you need to ask yourself:

What diamond shape does she like?

Some research has shown that diamond shape and personality are connected.  Here’s a brief example:

Round – home and family centered, dependable, easy to get along with, and security conscious

Oval – individualistic, creative, well-organized, dependable, and willing to take chances

Heart – sentimental, creative, feminine, sensitive, trusting, dramatic, and a dreamer

Rectangle/Square – organized, conservative, efficient, honest, and open

Pear – conforming, considerate, adaptable, and home & community centered

Marquise – extroverted, experimental, exciting, innovative, and career centered

What type of setting does she like – solitaire, traditional, modern, or antique?

Does she prefer a setting with diamonds or without? If with, what type?

Think about her lifestyle – is she athletic, what type of work does she do? This will help you decide on a setting (if she didn’t already give you pictures or tell you!) and we can recommend how the diamond should be set – prong or bezel.

What type of metal?

What color will match her other pieces – white gold, yellow gold, or platinum? Important to know – does she have a metal allergy? If yes, or you’re unsure and this is a surprise, platinum should be your choice.

Learn at least the basics about the 4 c’s – you can maximize your budget by looking at different combinations.

Once you’ve thought about the above you’re ready to start looking. I always recommend starting with the diamond first. Once you pick the shape, color, and weight you’ll be able to pick the perfect setting that will show off the stone you chose beautifully.

Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong type of engagement ring. Choose what you like and what will make you both happy.

Shop now using our Create Your Own Engagement Ring three-step process

There is no set dollar amount on what you should spend on a ring, but the average is about 2 months of your personal salary. We know, we did mention in another post that this was a myth and not a fact, but in reality most people do spend this amount. Some people do spend more and some need to, or just prefer to spend less. Whatever your price range, it is possible to get a beautiful ring. You can stretch your budget by looking at various combinations of shapes, color, and clarity.

Find the perfect engagement ring, regardless of your budget. Shop now using our Create Your Own Engagement Ring three-step process.

Resizing of engagement rings is a fairly easy process. The most common question we receive is, “do you need to remove my center stone” and the answer in most cases is no.

Making a ring smaller

Most engagement rings can be made smaller by heating the metal and cutting a small piece from the bottom of the shank. Once cut, the bench jeweler will again heat the metal and reshape it back to its original shape. It is then soldered and re-polished. When done correctly you will never notice where the ring was cut. If not done correctly, you will see a small blackish line or the metal will not be smooth.

Making a ring larger

There are two ways of making a ring larger. If you are going up a very small amount the bench jeweler can heat the metal and stretch it to the desired size. If you need to go up a larger amount the bench jeweler will cut the bottom of the shank, add a piece of metal, heat, soldered, re-shape, and re-polish. Once again, if done correctly you will not notice a piece was added.

Some things to consider – if you look at rings that have scroll work or intricate detail you will notice on many the bottom portion of the shank is left plain for sizing. In most cases, the jeweler can add or take away from this piece and the scrollwork/detail will remain in tact. There are times however, when the jeweler may need to cut into the scrollwork/detail and this is something to consider. Also, certain settings such as pave or channel set diamond settings can be sized if the side stones go approximately half way around the band, but when sizing they may not be able to be brought back to the original circular shape. Often times, the ring may need to be made more oblong to prevent the diamonds from falling out. The shape should not bother your finger nor should it be visible, but if done this way you’ll want to have your wedding band re-shaped as well so they sit flush together on your finger.

The most common reason for re-sizing rings is either weight gain or weight loss. If you are in the process of loosing weight, until you reach your goal, I would suggest adding stabilizer balls to the inside of the ring as you go along and then re-size it one time when you hit your goal weight. Stabilizer balls are small gold balls soldered inside the ring on the bottom of the shank. They may be somewhat uncomfortable at first, but after a day or two you will no longer notice them.

If you have any further questions, please call 1-800-979-1910 or email to talk to a certified graduate gemologist.

If you’ve heard about the two month salary rule you have probably heard about the three month salary rule as well. Both rules are a myth and not a fact. There is no set dollar amount or percentage on how much you should spend on an engagement ring. This is an individual decision that you’ll need to make. Like any large purchase, we suggest establishing a budget first before you even begin to start looking. Once you’re budget is established and you have been provided with all the options available within that budget you’ll then be able to make an informed decision on which ring is right for you and your significant other.

While we’re talking about myths there is one other to bring up here. Bigger is better – so untrue. When shopping for diamonds, size is not the first thing you should look for. The cut of a stone should be your priority followed by color, clarity, and then weight.

Talk to one of our Graduate Gemologists who will guide you through the shopping process and help you find the perfect fit. By phone 1-800-979-1910 or by email

The earliest record of the giving of a diamond engagement ring dates back to 1477, when Mary of Burgundy received a diamond ring from Archduke Maximilian of Hamburg. The ring was given as a symbol of commitment and promise of marriage. Within 24 hours of becoming engaged they were married.

However, there are other legends of engagement ring giving prior to 1477. Here’s one of our favorites from over the years: In pre-historic times it is said that a man tied a woman’s arms and legs together (the circular pattern creating the ring) so she couldn’t escape (romantic, wasn’t it!) or that a string was tied to a woman’s finger indicating she was taken.

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Some do and it’s actually more popular than you may think.

Over the years, we’ve met more and more men that wear engagement rings (what some are calling a “man-gagement” ring). Unlike women’s engagement rings that are mostly all diamonds, men’s engagement rings are usually more understated. Most men prefer rings that are simple, such as a plain band or band with some type of scrollwork or etching because of work or sports. There are some men however, that prefer a bolder ring such as a larger two-tone band or one with bezel or channel diamonds and/or gemstones.

Learn more about this trend and see our own Brad Gross on ABC’s Nightline article, If You Like Him, It’s Now OK to Put a Ring on Him.

The giving of engagement rings containing all diamonds is believed to have started around the 18th Century when diamonds became more readily available and affordable. Diamond cluster rings were popular during this time as smaller stones were less costly than larger stones.

Diamonds are the hardest material on earth and are considered pure and strong. Because of this they are used in engagement rings as a symbol of a bond that that is strong, pure, devoted, and cannot be broken by outside forces.

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It is believed that the Romans were the first to wear engagement rings or as they called them truth rings on the third finger of the left hand.

The tradition today of wearing not only the engagement ring, but wedding band as well on the third finger on the left hand stems from the Egyptian belief that the vein in that finger leads straight to the heart. Given this theory, when wearing both rings the wedding band is put on first followed by the engagement ring, so the wedding band is closer to the heart.

Shop our collection of engagement rings and wedding rings and share in this tradition today!