Trying to find the perfect engagement ring is nowhere near as simple a process as some people think it’s going to be.
With so many different options available to pick and choose from, so many different diamond types to pick out, so many different metals and materials to choose, and a literally endless some of ring styles available to be selected it becomes really easy to get overwhelmed – especially if you aren’t perfectly prepared for this process right out of the gate.
By taking advantage of the inside information we are able to share with you below, however, you should be able to really narrow down your options and find the perfect ring without a lot of hassle and headache.
Let’s dive right in!
Understand your budget first and foremost
The very first thing that you should do is figure out exactly how much money you’re going to have available to purchase this engagement ring, regardless of whether or not you are saving up for it until you can pay it all off at once or if you are going to be financing it over time.
Without knowing EXACTLY how much money you have available to spend you’ll never really feel completely comfortable browsing different options. Even just a ballpark figure is going to result in a lot of confusion, and you’ll inevitably be lured into spending a lot more money than you probably would have otherwise if you had set up with a concrete budget to start with.
Get your budget set in stone and you’ll be good to go!
Figure out the cut of diamond you are going to be getting
The next thing that you’ll have to figure out is the kind of the diamond that you are going to be moving forward with, something that will absolutely inform every other aspect of the diamond ring that you are purchasing.
Different cut diamonds will look different in specific settings, and there are definitely some settings that are going to be ideal for one particular cut but not look nearly as nice in another. Until you know the cut of the diamond that you are going to be working with (and ideally the carat weight as well), it’s going to be a really challenging time trying to find a setting type that you are comfortable with.
Once you know the cut, however, you can decide to move forward with a prong or solitaire setting, a Tiffany setting, a bezel setting, a tension setting, or something else entirely. This decision – the decision about the kind of your diamond – is going to really help you narrow things down completely.
Choose the kind of material you’ll use moving forward
After figuring out the kind of your diamond and the setting of your diamond, you’ll then need to figure out what kind of metal and material you’re going to use throughout the rest of the ring.
Some folks are going to want to have something really simple and straightforward, something truly classic – and they may trend more towards the solitaire setting with a princess cut diamond, with the ring completely manufactured out of yellow gold.
This is about as classic and as traditional as it gets, and for a lot of people it is the epitome of a perfect engagement ring.
On the other hand, you can definitely go completely crazy when it’s time to set up your engagement ring, playing around with different metals and materials, surrounding your diamond with other diamonds or other gems, and coming up with a funky design and a funky setting that really shows off your personality and your uniqueness.
A lot of people these days are shooting for something less than traditional and a bit more modern, but many are also looking to breathe new life into antique styles and settings that had almost been completely forgotten.
That’s definitely an approach to go down if you’re looking to come up with an engagement ring that is totally different than anything else you’ll find in stores today, and it solves having to worry about someone else having the exact same engagement ring as you – or even one that looks kind of close to the engagement ring that you have selected!