Finding the right engagement ring can be a daunting task. After all, it’s probably the most important piece of jewelry a woman will ever wear. But whether you’re a man looking to propose or a couple about to go shopping together, picking an engagement ring doesn’t have to stress you out! It’s all about taking a few easy steps ahead of time to think about what you want.
Figure out a budget that works for you—the three months’ salary guideline is a myth, by the way—and start browsing to see what designs jump out at you. And follow these tips to narrow down what engagement ring styles might be right for you, whether you’re the one giving the ring, or the one wearing it.
Shapes, Settings, and Lifestyles
Knowing what shape you want your stone to be is probably the most important step, even before how you want your diamond to be cut. Do you gravitate toward something rounded? Something more square? After that, you can start narrowing down what diamond cuts you like.
Next comes the setting. Some brides-to-be will prefer a simple, classic solitaire, with a diamond mounted alone on a band. Others may like a more glamorous, dazzling setting, such as a halo of diamonds surrounding the center stone. The woman’s lifestyle may play into this as well. A more active lady might want to stay away from a setting that has many small stones that can be damaged or lost.
It’s also important to note what engagement ring might fit a woman’s personal style. Something vintage? Something timeless? Something modern? If you’re a man who’s unsure, ask her friends for advice, or start paying attention to what kind of jewelry she wears for a few weeks, including whether she gravitates towards yellow or silver-hued metals, and if she likes colored stones.
If you’re wanting some serious bling with a modern sensibility, Tacori’s Petite Crescent, Simon G’s Classic Romance, and Coast Diamond’s Rose Gold and Charisma collections are perfect for you. For a more vintage style, look to Tacori’s Dantela and Simon G’s Vintage Explorer and Passion collections. And if simple and timeless is your thing, shop Tacori’s RoyalT and Coast Diamond’s Romance collections.
Time for Engagement Ring Shopping
A trusted jeweler can help you sort through all of your options. Since 1979, our staff at Costello Jewelry Company has been helping couples find their perfect engagement rings. Our motto is service, value, and integrity, and we love helping with happily ever afters!
We carry many top designers for engagement rings and wedding bands, including the ones mentioned above. And ladies, if you think your man might need a little hint, we have a wish list function on our website that can help you both! Then stop into one of our jewelry store locations to see our vast selection in person. We can’t wait to assist you!