Buying an engagement ring and wondering where to begin? Scroll down for expert advice!
We sat down with Sarah, one of James Allen’s senior customer service reps, to talk about some common questions she encounters on a daily basis from customers. Whether it’s about buying an engagement ring or making proposal plans, read on for her top engagement ring tips and more!
1. Shape Your Thoughts
When you’re just getting started, we recommend thinking about shape preference. ‘A round center stone is never going to go out of style, and it is by far the most popular shape’ explains Sarah. If you don’t know where to begin, play it safe and go for a round center stone. Oval cut and pear shaped diamonds are a good choice for those who prefer something more trendy.
Three Stone Engagement Ring
This stunning engagement ring features two beautifully matched round shaped rubies as an accent to the exquisite center diamond of your choice. All three stones are set in a wire basket with a slightly rounded, airline shank.
Split Shank Engagement Ring (Pear Center)
Featuring a pear-shaped center diamond, this solitaire ring gracefully accentuates the center stone with a delicate split shank. A minimalistic design that will not go unnoticed!
Graduated Halo Engagement Ring
This dashing engagement ring features a graduated diamond halo for a romantic yet dramatic look.
2. Timing Is Everything
When you’re thinking about the proposal, consider timelines and how long it takes to make your ring. ‘I always remind our customers to allow themselves enough time because all our rings are made to order’ adds Sarah. So, remember to give yourself enough time for that sparkler to arrive! Whatever you choose, allow yourself a few weeks before getting your hands on these stunners:
Petite Pavé Engagement Ring
This French Cut pavé diamond engagement ring is created to maximize the amount of light that hits the diamonds from all sides, set with a small V-shape under the diamond, increasing their individual sparkle. The custom tailored prongs are set into the shank of the ring, allowing a variety of bands to sit flush with the engagement ring.
Bird Of Paradise Engagement Ring
Marquise shape sapphires add a touch of something unexpected and dynamic to this unique, gorgeous ring.
Two-Tone Swirl Tension Engagement Ring (Pear Center)
For a uniquely modern take on the engagement ring, this style features the ability to add a pear-cut diamond of your choice to a two-tone tension ring. Distinctive and statuesque, it is the ultimate way to showcase the perfect diamond.
3. Let’s Talk Budget
You may have heard about the ‘three month salary rule’, but we think you should establish what you’re comfortable spending overall. How much you should dish out isn’t an exact science! ‘Once we know what style the customer wants, the best-sellers are a good reference’ adds Sarah. These are stunning options that won’t necessarily break the bank:
Split Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring
This solitaire ring gracefully accentuates the center stone with a delicate split shank. A minimalistic design to keep it simple, but sparkly!
Bow-Tie Channel Set Engagement Ring
This beautiful tapered engagement ring is channel-set with eight round shaped diamonds designed to draw the eye to the center diamond of your choice.
Looking to sparkle and save? We teamed up with proposal expert Stacy Stahl to cover all your ring budget questions, including:
- How much should you spend on a ring?
- Does bigger mean better?
- How can you save money?
- What’s the average amount spent?
Listen to her tips in the video below to find the best bling for your buck:
4. A Two-Way Street
Engagement ring shopping is usually a two-way street. ‘You should always keep your partner in the loop and follow their lead’ advises Sarah. Your partner is going to be wearing the ring every day, so make sure they love it! If your SO hints for something other than a classic solitaire, try something different, like these vintage rings.
Vintage Infinity Engagement Ring
This eternity-style ring is crafted in a curving white gold band and features beading and milgrain detailing for infinite style and sparkle.
Regal Frame Engagement Ring
If you are looking for a romantic yet bold design, this engagement ring will match your highest expectations without any compromise. The cathedral shank with pavé stones meets an elegant diamond frame to set the stage for the center stone of your choice.
Looking for real-life proposal inspiration? Or just want to read some feel-good engagement stories? See how our customers have popped the question in our “Engagement Moments” section.
Ready to purchase your engagement ring? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!
- 14K Gold vs. 18K Gold: Which Is Right For You?
- Creative Proposal Ideas: Our Top Picks
- 2021 Engagement Ring Trends: Our Predictions
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