Intro to Engagement Rings

Even if you aren’t involved in the selection of your engagement ring or wedding band directly, there are a number of things every bride-to-be should know...even if it’s just to drop hints.  And today, more and more women are involved in the selection of their rings just to make sure that they are getting something that they will like.

So without further ado, here are some of the words and characteristics of rings that you should be familiar with:

We think that one of the most important words in the diamond world is “budget”.  First and foremost, you won’t want to forget what this word means to make sure that your ring is within you and your fiancé’s means.  The rule of thumb historically is equivalent to the man’s two-month salary, but that is a little outdated.  The average price tag is reported around $5000, which is a little steep for most couples just starting out, but Kim Kardashian is sporting a $4.5 million monstrosity.  

From Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for The Girls' Lounge

Next, you’re going to want to know your diamond shapes.  The most common is round, but there are plenty more to choose from.  Princess cut is square, cushion is more rectangular with rounded corners, emerald is also rectangular but are flatter and clearer, ovals, and pears which are like teardrops.

From Jared

You’ll also want to consider the type of stone that you want.  While diamond is classic, there has been a movement to sapphires of different colors and the warm-pink Morganite.  And if you’ve been browsing Etsy or Buzzfeed lately, you’ll notice an uptick in vintage rings that feature all sorts of non-traditional (or actually very original-traditional) stones.

You may also want to consider if your diamond was ethically sourced.  Ethically sourced diamonds come from mines that abide by labor, trade, and environmental standards and aren’t involved in violent conflicts related to human rights abuses and economic inequality.  To learn more, click here.

Some other things you may want to know:

  1. Halos are a series of smaller stones that surround the center stone.  This can make the center stone appear larger.

  2. You’ll want to decide which type of metal you’ll want.  Platinum is the most expensive, but a white gold can achieve a similar effect for a more economical price.  Yellow gold and rose gold are always popular options as well.

  3. You will also want to figure out what kind of band you want.  Maybe you want diamonds set in the band.  Maybe you want two bands.  Maybe you don’t want a band at all.

  4. Settings can be important for your lifestyle.  If you are particularly active, you’ll want to consider how high the stone sits or if you’d prefer something more flush against your finger.

Watch out for an upcoming post on the 4 Cs of diamonds (carat, cut, color, clarity)!  We will be posting soon, so stay tuned!

Have fun shopping (or dropping hints)!