Selecting an engagement ring is one of the most important and emotional decisions you will make in your life. This ring represents your love and your future life together. You want it to fit your bride’s personality and fashion sense, and of course, meet all her desires so she will cherish it for a lifetime.
You may choose to shop for rings together, which will give you more of an idea of the type and style of ring she likes. Or you may prefer to shop alone, and hope to surprise her with the perfect ring. You might be lucky and get hints from her friends or family to take some of the pressure off.
In the end, however, it’s up to you to pick out a ring that suits you both–as well as your budget and lifestyle. Of course it’s always a good idea to keep an ear open for any hints she might be dropping!
How much should I spend?
While you may be tempted or even feel obligated to splurge, typically, the cost of the engagement ring is based on a sum equal to two or three months’ salary.
How do I select a style?
Most often, you can tell a woman’s style preferences from her everyday wardrobe. For example, take notice of her watch: Is it white, yellow or two-toned gold? Is the face round or square? Does she like to make a statement with bold pieces or is understated elegance more her style?
Metal Colour and Type
Engagement rings usually have one predominant metal; usually white (platinum or white gold) or yellow gold. However, it is not uncommon for a ring to have features and accents in another colour. Diamonds are often set in platinum or white gold, even if the band of the ring is yellow gold, in order to keep the diamond pure in its colour and reflection.
Recently, white gold or platinum engagement rings have become more popular–but yellow is making a comeback, along with rose gold and pave settings. What’s best for your bride? If she wears a yellow gold watch, she may want a yellow gold ring. Otherwise, white gold or platinum is likely to please!
Many brides would be thrilled to receive a round, brilliant-cut diamond, which is perhaps the most universally appealing style. The round shape is available in all qualities, sizes and prices. Recently, the princess-cut, or square shape has become more prevalent, and is increasingly available in a range of sizes and prices. Other diamond shapes include pear, marquise, emerald, oval, and even heart shapes.
Pear or marquise shapes are believed to elongate the finger and are well suited to those with shorter digits, while emerald cut is best suited to longer fingers and provides a classic, tailored look. The oval is a play on the round cut, but certainly more rare.
Keep in mind: A bride who wishes for an unusual stone will probably let you know!
Solitaire or More?
Because she’s The One.
The solitaire diamond ring lets a groom focus on choosing a single diamond in a lovely setting, which also leaves room for a classic wedding band. This is a good option if the bride would like a larger diamond, and is less interested in the setting. Yet, today even solitaire rings see more styling: Smaller diamonds, hand-engravings on the band or halo settings, among other features, have made this classic look new again.
There are brides who wish for a more intricate style, from a multi-diamond look with side stones enhancing the centre diamond, to a larger band that will replace a typical wedding ring set. If your bride likes more traditional styles, she will likely appreciate the multi-band look. A fashion-conscious bride who looks for bigger and bolder might be interested in mixed metals, pave settings and a more open weave supporting her central diamond.
Whichever ring you select, your bride will be happy enough knowing that you picked it out especially for her.
The Three-Stone Diamond Ring
For your past, your present and your future.
The three-stone diamond ring is a classic and stunning design for any bride. With one stone for your past, one for your present, and one for your future, this design offers all the symbolism and romance a bride could ask for.
The three-stone design is equally enchanting as an anniversary ring, providing the perfect symbolism for a couple who now has even more shared experiences.
Look for the three-stone ring in tones of white, yellow or rose gold, as well as platinum. While round brilliant-cut stones are the standard for this design, princess-cut, oval or emerald stones can also work well.