Six Rules of Engagement Ring Shopping

Here are six rules you need to know before you start shopping for engagement rings.

1.Rules of Buying an Engagement Ring: Diamond Shape

Even before you consider the 4 Cs of a diamond cut, clarity, carat and colour you should determine what shape of diamond your future fiancée would want or has mentioned in the past. Remember that a diamonds shape is not the same as a diamonds cut – shape indicates the visual geometry of the stone, where as diamond cut refers to the number of facets and angles the diamond has to measure the amount of light the stone reflects for brilliance and sparkle. Here are the diamond Shapes available.

Round, oval, marquise, radiant, princess, pear, cushion, heart, emerald, Asscher

2. Rules of Buying an Engagement Ring: Diamond Settings

You need to pick a setting she will love. The setting is the head of the metal ring where the diamond or diamonds are mounted. Here some examples of popular engagement ring settings. Prong Set engagement rings – The diamond is held with 3, 4 or 6 metal claw prongs either mounted on the head of the ring or in a basket shape on the band. The prongs can either be V-shaped, pointed, flat or rounded.

prong setting engagement ring

4 prong setting engagement ring example

Three Stone Setting engagement rings – Also called trilogy diamond engagement rings, three diamonds are either set in a row all the same size or the centre stone is slightly larger than the two other diamonds for a tapered effect.

three stone diamond engagement ring setting

Three stone diamond engagement ring setting example

Bezel setting engagement rings – a modern engagement ring setting where a metal rim fully surrounds the shape of a diamond. Tension setting engagement rings – The diamond looks like it’s floating in the setting as it’s tension set in-between the metal.

Tension setting engagement ring

Tension setting engagement ring example

Shoulder set diamond engagement rings – the shoulders of an engagement ring are set with a number of diamonds –

  • Channel set – a row of diamonds set in-between the two horizontal grooves of the shoulders.
  • Pavé set – where clusters of small diamonds are set in tiny beds of the metal to make the shoulders look like they have been paved in glitter.
  • Claw set – where smaller diamonds are set in metal claws on the shoulders of the ring.
  • Channel End – vertical thin strips of metal between the shoulder stones to securely hold them in place.

3. Rules of Buying an Engagement Ringe: Which Metal

You need to determine what metal you want for the band and setting of the engagement ring. The top choices are; Platinum – extremely durable and hard wearing that is 95% of its purest form. White gold and yellow gold – Both different in colour and comes in a variety of carat weights including 9ct, 14 ct and 18ct. Again gold is a strong durable metal so is perfect for use in every day jewellery. For more info on metals for engagement rings read this metal comparison page.

4. Rules of buying an Engagement Ring: Determine your Budget Well –

You need to establish the amount of money you have to spend on an engagement ring without going into major dept. Read this artical on how much to spend on an engagement ring for more advice on budget. 5. Spy on her Jewellery Style If you are shopping for an engagement ring in secret without your partner you should do some reconnaissance of the styles she would like. You could ask her best mate or a sibling for advice, or if you want to keep the proposal a surprise to everyone, pay attention to the jewellery she already wears. Does she wear platinum/silver jewellery or yellow gold? Does she prefer vintage style jewellery or more modern simple styles?

6. Shop for Engagement Rings Safely

Make sure you know the jewellers you are buying from. Check that they are part of the BJA (British Jewellery Association) or sell GIA diamonds (Gemmological institute of America). You should always find out what the jewellers return policy is– you may need to exchange the stone if it is not right.


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