Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Wink & A Smile

Whether you’re a secret agent or a straight shooter, check out our pro tips for finding her engagement ring style.

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Everyone has a personal style. Some are more understated than others and, therefore, harder to discern. Your job as Buyer of Rings, Proposer of Marriage, is to hone in on that style by whatever means necessary. Put on your detective hat and do some snooping around or straight up ask your partner what she’d like. Either way, finding her engagement ring style needn’t be a chore with our handy guide. Just pop on some good music and get sleuthing.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: Cut to the Chase

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Let’s start by clearing something up: the ring doesn’t have to be a complete surprise.

There, we’ve said it.

These days, it’s perfectly acceptable – preferable even – to bring your partner into the design process. No one knows the wearer’s style better than the wearer herself, so why not involve her in the decision making? Goodness knows you’ll need all the help you can get when confronted with terms like pavé, halo, and tension! (That last one’s a setting style btw, not a headache.) By promoting your partner to Chief Ring Adviser, you’ll come across as the sensitive and considerate human being you are while eliminating much of the guesswork. It’s a win-win.

Now, the direct approach won’t work for everyone, mind you. Some customers – proposer and proposee alike – have their hearts set on a solo ring selection, culminating in the Big Reveal. To those irrepressible romantics, we say… read on!

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Spy on the Wall

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Like all good detectives, you’ve been waiting for the right case to come along; a case worthy of your powers of deduction. Finding her engagement ring style is right up there with #WhoBitBeyoncé and that whole Yanny vs Laurel thing – except the odds of you solving this one are far higher!

Seriously though, your partner’s online and offline activity might give away key clues about her ring preferences. If she has a Pinterest account, it’s worth checking to see if she’s created any boards with sparkle-related titles or pinned any specific rings. Assuming you have access to her Facebook account, check her profile and activity log for any ring posts she’s liked or shared.

What’s the Buzz?

Even if she’s been careful not to leave a digital trail, she may have confided in her best friend or sibling. Once you’ve got a sparkly bee in your bonnet, it’s almost impossible to keep it to yourself! Listen for subtle hints that might come up when she’s chatting with her inner circle, especially if the topic of celebrity engagement rings comes up.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: How She Rolls

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When finding her engagement ring style, it often helps to draw on your own personal experience. Presumably, you’ve spent a fair bit of time with your SO and have gleaned an insight or two about her day-to-day.

What kind of lifestyle does she lead? If she has a job or hobby that requires her to wear gloves, she’d be better off with a setting that doesn’t have exposed diamonds on the band. Solitaire and channel-set rings are both practical options as they minimize the risk of the diamonds getting caught or falling out. A less hands-on lifestyle would allow for more exposed diamonds on the band – pavé being the obvious example.

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14K White Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring
Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

If your girl is more Devil Wears Prada than Devil Wears Nada, you might consider a more daring setting. Pay close attention to her wardrobe. If she dresses to impress and won’t touch anything unless it’s by a top designer, go for something with character, such as a vintage engagement ring or hyper-modern tension ring.

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Glow-Key Glam

14K White Gold Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

If, on the other hand, her idea of glamour is a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, we’d recommend opting for something simple like a baguette side-stone engagement ring. Understated yet elegant.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Sure Thing

14K White Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)
Six Prong Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

If none of the above tips speak to you, no one would fault you for playing it safe and going with a classic style such as a solitaire. This is essentially a single center diamond mounted on a plain setting. Solitaires are considered classics for a reason: they work with practically any individual style and never go out of fashion.

Once you’ve figured out your setting style, it’s time to consider the diamond shape. If you have even the slightest doubt about what shape to get, you can’t go wrong with a round cut. Round-cut diamonds are by far the most popular shape for engagement rings, owing to their perfect geometry and abundant sparkle. These timeless classics are tried and true, but if it’s a little more edge you’re after, a princess or cushion-cut diamond should suffice.

Walk a Mile in Her Style

How did you manage to pinpoint your partner’s style preference? Did you go undercover or were you upfront about it? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

For more invaluable ring-buying tips and tricks, check out the previous posts in our men’s FAQ series.

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Jonny Hart

Jonny is passionate about puns, adores alliteration, and finds diamonds positively facet-nating! Since joining James Allen, he has written the word 'sparkle’ 9,732 times and counting.

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Round Cut Diamonds with Brilliant Sparkle

The most popular diamond shape for engagement rings by far, round cut diamonds are a surefire way to shine.

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Round cut diamonds are sometimes called round brilliant diamonds because of the brilliant cut most of them feature.

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Why Round Cut Diamonds?

Round cut diamonds are brilliant by all meanings: in the British sense, they’re awesome; in the American sense, they’re a smart choice; and in the diamond cutting sense, they’re cut in the brilliant style. Brilliant round cut diamonds contain kite-shaped facets that reflect light off of each other.

Halo and Twisted Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Pavé Halo And Twisted Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Cut is the most important of the 4 Cs to consider when selecting a quality round diamond. A cut with symmetry is crucial.

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Solitaire Six-Prong Engagement Ring

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Who Rocks Round Diamond Engagement Rings?

Alison Brie, Tia Mowry, Miranda Kerr, Michelle Obama, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Carrie Underwood, Olivia Wilde, Emily Blunt, Jamie Chung, Kate Upton, and Mila Kunis… to name a few.

Three-Stone Ruby Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

Put simply, you can’t go wrong with this classic and dazzling diamond shape.

What to Know About Round Cut Diamonds

When you’re using’s 360° HD SuperZoom display to view your round cut diamond, here’s what to look out for:

1. Cut

As you move the round cut diamond around, watch the spots that sparkle and the symmetry of the diamond from each angle.

Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Tapered Pavé Engagement Ring

2. Color

Look at how the light is refracted into color (referred to as the diamond’s fire). There should be flashes of red, blue, yellow, or orange inside the round cut diamond as it tilts.

Engraved Channel-Set Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Engraved Channel Set Round Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

3. Clarity

When looking at the round cut diamond from the top (table), you want to be able to see a distinct pattern of bright and dark areas. At the same time, be on the lookout for distracting dark areas inside the diamond (called inclusions).

Infinity Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Infinity Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Art Deco Octagon Halo Engagement Ring

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Modern Leaf Bypass Engagement Ring

14K Yellow Gold Modern Leaf Bypass Engagement Ring

Blue Sapphire Sunburst Engagement Ring

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Tova is a lover of fantastic stories, and although she is skeptical of romantic comedies, she can quote most of the classics by heart.

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