5 Tips for Choosing an Engagement Ring 2017-10-30T10:32:47+00:00

5 Tips for Choosing Engagement Ring

Choosing a diamond engagement ring is a big milestone in your life and a very special event. It should be fun and exciting, but is sometimes unnecessarily stressful.  We’ll take a look at how to make choosing a diamond ring easy with 5 top tips from our jewelry experts.  Some basic knowledge of diamonds and precious metals can put you one step ahead when you start shopping online. Our top tips will tell you everything you need to know about buying engagement rings for women and will make your budget go a lot further!

Diamonds are Forever

Diamonds really are forever! They’re incredibly durable and nothing that you will encounter in day to day life can break, erode or age them. When you’re choosing an engagement ring you’re making a lifetime purchase. Buy your diamond ring on the basis that you’ll be (hopefully) wearing it for very many years to come. Then select a style that will always look good regardless of changes in fashion and personal circumstances.

Set a Budget – and then Shop Around

When you shop for diamonds online you’ll see all kinds of designer collections. Very ‘conveniently’ the online diamond retailers also offer credit, store cards and financing. Decide how much you want to spend before you go online, and then take your time. There are loads of online diamond boutiques and stores to choose from. If you’re patient, and search systematically, you’ll probably find your dream engagement ring – within your budget!  

Keep your Options Open

Check each online stores returns policy. You don’t want to buy a ring that looks great in 360° HD on your screen, but doesn’t meet your expectations when you see it on your finger. The best stores will offer a free 30 days returns option on all rings.

Size is Everything

Measure your finger before you order. In fact, measure it twice and get a friend to double check. You’ll be really disappointed if your beautiful new ring doesn’t fit. It’s worth remembering that any sudden weight loss or gain can also affect sizing.

Try and get Lucky with Online Sales

Many online diamond stores run promotional offers and sales. It’s always worth checking these out. If you’ve got the patience to shop around you can save hundreds of dollars – or perhaps even more. Stores are always introducing new rings and discontinuing old lines. There are also special seasonal and holiday offers and other promotions that can make your diamond dreams come true!

Ask Our Engagement Ring Expert

See the top questions that people are asking before they buy an engagement ring online:

When you buy a diamond from a reputable online store it will always come with a certificate. The best online jewelry stores will sell diamonds and gemstones with GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certificates. The GIA sets a global standard for diamond and gemstone appraisals and is recognised internationally. Any online jewelry store that we recommend has been thoroughly checked out and you can trust their diamonds 100%.
There’s a convention that men should spend the equivalent of three month’s salary on a diamond engagement ring. We disagree and say that you should shop around, get the best possible deal, and spend as little as possible on the best possible ring! There are all kind of insider tricks for getting great rings at cheap prices.
There’s no easy answer, but try checking out her other jewelry and fashion sense. If you trust them to keep a secret, try asking her sister or her friends. Either way, you shouldn’t worry too much. Most sites offer free returns and upgrades. 
Yes, most online jewelry stores offer free engraving as part of their service. You can choose a short personal inscription to make your diamond engagement ring truly special.
That’s a very personal decision and there is no right or wrong answer. Most women secretly want to be surprised by a romantic proposal and a beautiful ring, but they also want to take part in choosing the ring – you’ll have to figure it out for yourself…
The easiest way to measure her ring size is to loop a piece of string around her finger while she’s asleep. All the big online jewelry stores also provide a choice of free ring sizing tools to get an exact measurement. If you make a mistake most stores offer a free 30 or 60 day resizing service.
Vintage rings are engagement or wedding rings that are designed in a traditional or old fashioned style. They’ll often feature a cushion, marquise or emerald cut diamond. Vintage rings are popular with people who like the classic old world look.
Absolutely, there’s no law that says you have to buy a diamond engagement ring! We’ve seen many beautiful rings featuring gemstones such as sapphires, emeralds and rubies – or combinations of these stones. Some people like to uses semi precious stones like opals or lapis lazuli. It’s all a question of personal taste.
It’s all a question of personal taste and budget. Most people opt for traditional yellow gold, but rose gold is very fashionable right now. Some people like the sophisticated look of white gold or platinum and we occasionally see unusual choices like palladium or even titanium.
A very small number of people can experience allergic reactions when their skin comes into contact with nickel or other metals. Some white gold contains a small amount of nickel as an alloy. If you’re allergic to nickel make sure that you buy a rhodium plated white gold ring or consider buying platinum instead.
Fancy diamonds – fancies – are colored diamonds. The coloration is caused by impurities such as boron that were present millions of years ago when the diamonds were formed. Fancies can range from a slight yellowish hue, through the spectrum to a bright pink. Brown fancies are marketed as chocolate or cognac diamonds. Bright yellow stones are called canaries. Smoky grey stones have become quite fashionable in recent years.
Yes, most big online jewelry stores allow you to custom create your own ring using their online tools. You can choose a ring style in the metal of your choice and then match diamonds and gemstones to the ring. You can then make the ring completely individual by adding a personalized engraving.
The 4Cs – cut, color, clarity and carat weight – are standard ways of measuring the quality of a diamond. The 5th C is certification (every registered diamond comes with its individual certificate).
Conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds, are stones that were mined in war zones and sold to pay for armaments. The trade was controlled by various rebel factions and guerrillas and human rights abuses were widespread. The trade in blood diamonds has almost been suppressed and no reputable online store will sell them.
Most online jewelry retailers offer some kind of payment plan or customer credit. Smart customers will try to shop around for a good deal before they think in terms of payment plans and buying on credit. You will be surprised at how you can make your budget go further with some smart shopping.
Dont’ panic if she doesn’t like the diamond engagement ring that you just bought. What’s important is that she likes you…All the big online jewelry stores will allow you to return your ring with no questions asked. If you contact their customer service you can usually arrange to change the ring for one that she prefers.
Your ring will be insured for free during the shipping process. If it goes missing or is damaged during delivery you are fully covered. After that it’s up to you to arrange your own insurance. Some online jewelry stores will offer a special policy in association with an insurance company.
Generally the shipping process is very secure. Online jewelry stores usually send rings and other fine jewelry via FedEx or UPS secure delivery. All shipping comes with free insurance and rings are sent in plain packages. Companies care about their reputations and customer satisfaction and will ensure that all deliveries go smoothly.
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”
Coco Chanel • Quote of the Day
“Trends come and go, and style evolves. It’s important to have pieces of jewelry that are timeless and look chic despite ever-changing fashions.
Karen Elson