by Melissa Schreiber

How to Buy an Engagement Ring

You’re about to embark on one of the most important journeys of your life – proposing. But before you even think about proposing you have to first find the right engagement ring. This handy  guide on how to buy an engagement ring will show you how it’s done, and our customer service team of dedicated diamond professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

How to buy an engagement ring

 GUIDE: HOW TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING

1. Decide a budget

Love doesn’t have a price on it, but engagement rings do. You certainly don’t have to (and shouldn’t) abide by silly antiquated rules like spending 2 or 3 months’ salary on the engagement ring, but it is important that you decide on a price that you’re comfortable with. When advising customers on how to buy an engagement ring, we always tell them to know how much they wish to spend first. You can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best possible quality at James Allen for your budget, and we offer payment options to help you make the engagement ring purchase.

2. Choose a metal type

3 diamond halo engagement rings from JamesAllen.com

Engagement ring metal types

The next step in our how to buy an engagement ring guide is choosing the metal type. There are four metal types to consider: Platinum, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. They each have their advantages. You can learn about choosing the right metal type for your engagement ring here:

ENGAGEMENT RING METAL GUIDE

3. Select an engagement ring setting

online diamond engagement ring styles

Engagement ring style guide

If you’d prefer, you can start with finding the diamond or gemstone instead – the choice is yours. Browsing through engagement ring setting options can seem overwhelming, but it’s not as difficult as it seems. Determining her personality type and style will help you decide what type of ring to look for (solitaire, halo, vintage, etc.). Once you have that figured out, choosing the exact ring setting that suits her best will be much easier. Learn more about engagement ring styles here:

ENGAGEMENT RING SETTING GUIDE

5 popular engagement rings:

KNIFE EDGE SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

solitaire engagement ring with four-prong diamond

Knife edge solitaire engagement ring

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CUSHION OUTLINE PAVÉ HALO ENGAGEMENT RING

pavé engagement ring with cushion halo

Cushion outline pavé engagement ring

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TAPERED BAGUETTE ENGAGEMENT RING

Diamond engagement ring with baguette side-stones

Tapered baguette engagement ring

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DIAMOND FILIGREE ENGAGEMENT RING

Vintage art deco engagement ring with filigree

Diamond filigree engagement ring

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BOW-TIE CHANNEL-SET ENGAGEMENT RING

Round-cut engagement ring with channel-set diamonds

Bow-tie channel-set engagement ring

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4. Determine her ring size

Don’t worry if you have no idea what your fiancée-to-be’s ring size is – it’s very easy to find out. We provide you with easy ways to figure out her engagement ring size, and you can even watch a tutorial. You can learn more about finding her ring size here:

RING SIZING GUIDE

5. Choose the diamond

Engagement rings with different diamond shapes

Various diamond cuts for the perfect engagement ring

Much like choosing an engagement ring setting, you can also decide on a diamond shape according to her personality. Once you have the shape figured out, make sure you learn a bit about the 4 C’s so that you know what you’re looking for in a loose diamond. Learn more about finding the right diamond shape here:

DIAMOND SHAPE GUIDE

6. Plan the proposal

Proposal stories from JamesAllen.com customers

James Allen Customer Engagement Moments

Congrats! You’ve made it through the engagement ring purchase process and you bought the engagement ring of her dreams. Now you get to plan the proposal. Lucky for you, our customers can help you out with that. They’ve shared their proposal stories (and you can too!) to give you proposal inspiration. Check out their stories here:

PROPOSAL PLANNING INSPIRATION

7. Propose! You’ve bought her dream engagement ring, you’ve planned the proposal, now all you have to do is get the YES! Good luck! We hope we’ve helped you learn how to buy an engagement ring! Remember, the James Allen team is at your service, 24/7!

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Melissa Schreiber

Melissa Schreiber

Melissa is a lover of love, writing, cupcakes and pretty things (James Allen sparkle included).

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