HOW TO BUY AN ENGAGEMENT RING

It should be one of the most memorable moments in your life. You pull an engagement ring out of your pocket and ask the love of your life to marry you. Allow ROCKED by Rob G make the answer a YES!

Follow these tips below to pick out the perfect engagement ring:

Decide How Much You Want To Spend

You will be confronted with an array of choices when it comes to engagement rings. Have a price range in mind before you start to shop.

Do Your Homework

There’s a lot you can learn about diamonds before you head out looking for a ring. Start with the 4Cs – Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight – so you understand how each influences the value of the diamond and adds to the overall appearance of the stone. You’ll learn what is most important to you and where you might want to compromise to fit your price range.



Know her ring size

If she wears rings, borrow one she already owns. Trace the inner circle on a piece of paper. You can also slide it down one of your own fingers and draw a line where it stops. Rings can be resized any time after, so don't worry, we will make sure its sized exactly to her finger.

Know her favorite shape

If she hasn't made it easy for you by already voicing an opinion on the subject (or admiring someone else's engagement ring), keep these thoughts in mind when considering shape:

If you're uncertain about her diamond shape preference, it's sensible to stick to the classics, such as a round or square shape. They became classics because they appeal to most people most of the time.

Certain shapes pair more successfully with other shapes in multi-stone rings. Round, oval and marquise shapes work well sitting side-by-side. Pear and heart shapes are more challenging.

These diamonds feature a range of shapes. From left: cushion cut, Ascher cut, emerald cut, princess cut, oval shape, marquise shape, pear shape.

 

A diamond’s cutting style refers to its facet arrangement, rather than its shape. Round-shaped diamonds, for example, are cut in the brilliant style − an arrangement of 57 or 58 facets designed to maximize the diamond’s sparkle and minimize the appearance of inclusions. The fewer the facets, the more visible any inclusions will be, so a cutting style such as a step cut (a.k.a. emerald cut), for example, requires higher clarity in the diamond.

Decide on a setting

Consider her lifestyle and how well a certain setting design will fit into it. If she's more active or outdoorsy, look for lower profile, less ornate or more secure mountings, which are less likely to get knocked against or caught on things. If she's more of a glamour girl, look for statement settings, with a higher stone profile, more intricate ring detailing or a unique motif.

While there are endless design choices you can make for her ring, there are some basic setting types you are likely to encounter:

Solitaire


A single stone and still the most popular style choice in engagement rings. If prong set, the head secures the diamond and the prongs allow the diamond to catch the most light. A six-prong setting is more secure than four prongs. A bezel setting is even more secure and protects the girdle of the stone, but allows the diamond to catch less light than a prong setting.

Sidestone


Smaller diamonds or other gemstones that flank the larger center stone for additional sparkle or color. Popular sidestone settings include prong, channel (which protects stones by keeping them flush), and bar-channel (which allows more light to enter the sidestones).

Three Stone


Typically, the diamonds are the same shape with the center diamond larger than the two sidestones.

Halo setting


The center stone is surrounded by tiny gemstones in a pave setting, usually diamonds, to add sparkle and to give the appearance of a larger center stone.

Decide on a metal

A diamond engagement ring is meant to last a lifetime so it is often made of gold or platinum - highly durable metals that can withstand many decades of daily wear. Metal color is a matter of personal preference with gold providing more color options: white, yellow or rose. Metal color is also a consideration since the appearance of a diamond’s color is affected by its surroundings.