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Learn How to Design the Perfect Engagement Ring

There is no such thing as the perfect engagement ring, but there is such a thing as the perfect engagement ring for her. All you need is to put some thought into it, and you’re sure to make the right choice. Don’t worry – you’re not alone; we’re here to help you every step of the way.

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Design Her Perfect Engagement Ring in 3 Easy Steps


Selecting the metal for your perfect engagement ring

This is the easiest to scratch off your list and help you feel like you’ve accomplished something, so let’s start with this!

Engagement rings are typically made from one of four metals: Platinum, white gold, yellow gold or rose gold ring.


Durable and great for those who work with their hands. Most expensive, since it resists tarnishing. However, it is also the most expensive to repair.

White Gold:

Easily matches most other jewelry. Has a silver-like appearance which will eventually wear off and need to be replaced. Comes in 14-karat or 18-karat gold.

Yellow Gold:

Can show scratches or other abrasions, but repairs quite easily. Comes in 14-karat or 18-karat gold.

Rose Gold:

An alternative, more delicate metal to yellow gold, with a vintage feel.


Perfect Engagement Ring Style

Good job! You’ve chosen the metal. Now it’s time to figure out what her ring style is. In order to do this, you don’t need to be Calvin Klein. You don’t even need to know who Calvin Klein is, for that matter. All you need is to know your partner. You can choose the ring setting based on her personal style.

Let’s walk you through it:

If she’s:

Classy, modest and reserved

She’ll like:

Solitaire engagement rings

solitaire engagement ring

Browse solitaire rings

If she’s:

Delicate, elegant and refined

She’ll like:

Pavé engagement rings

Pave engagement ring

Browse pavé rings

If she’s:

Stylish, practical and modern

She’ll like:

Channel-set engagement rings

Browse channel-set rings

If she’s:

Bold, daring and passionate

She’ll like:

Side-stone engagement rings

Browse side-stone rings

If she’s:

Social, established and traditional

She’ll like:

Three-stone engagement rings

Browse three-stone rings

If she’s:

Courageous, non-conformist and artsy

She’ll like:

Tension engagement rings

Browse tension rings

If she’s:

Extroverted, feminine and playful

She’ll like:

Halo engagement rings

Browse halo rings

If she’s:

Sentimental, romantic and classic

She’ll like:

Vintage engagement rings

Browse vintage rings

Well done! You’ve chosen the setting type for the engagement ring.


ring size

Now it’s time to determine her ring size. This step is easier than you think. You can even do it online with our free online ring sizer. Alternatively, you can request a free plastic ring sizer that will be delivered to your home. No matter what, rest assured that your ring can be resized for free within 60 days of your purchase.

If buying the ring as a surprise:

A. If you don’t know your girlfriend’s ring size, ask her close friends or family members. Tell them to keep it hush-hush so that they don’t accidentally ruin the surprise!

B. Borrow her ring (from the correct ring finger!) and use James Allen’s online or plastic ring sizer to determine the ring’s size.

If finding your own ring size:

A. Measure your finger at the end of the day, as your fingers tend to be warmer and larger at the day’s end.

B. Re-measure to make sure your calculations are accurate.


Congrats – you’ve chosen the engagement ring setting! Now let’s give that ring its sparkle – it needs a center diamond or gemstone!



If you need help at any step of the way, that’s what our friendly Customer Service team is here for, available and happy to help you 24/7.

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