So you’ve decided to propose. Congratulations! This is certainly an exciting time in your life. But, when it comes time to shopping for the ring, it might start to feel a little overwhelming. What kind of ring does your partner want? Should you go with gold or platinum? What is a princess cut and is that something your significant other would prefer? If you’re not sure where to start, follow this guide for picking out the perfect engagement ring! We’ll take all the guesswork out of shopping for the ring so you can focus on how to pop the question and spend the rest of your life with the person you love.

Put Together a Shopping Strategy and Budget

A growing trend is for couples to shop for rings together. However, if you’re more of a traditionalist, be sure to do some scouting to discover your partner’s preferences. Ask your jeweler, friends or relatives for ideas if you plan on presenting the ring as a surprise.

You’ll probably want to begin your search several weeks before you plan the actual proposal. It can take some time to find the perfect diamond and ring. Factor in three to four weeks to order the perfect setting and have your jeweler set the diamond. And it will take at least eight weeks to create a custom, one-of-a-kind engagement ring.

While some sources indicate that most people spend somewhere between one and three month’s salary on an engagement ring, there is no set rule. Don’t feel pressured to “go big or go home,” as they say. Spend what feels comfortable for you, and remember that most jewelers offer financing options so you can spread out the payments. Your best bet is to decide on a budget before you start shopping and let the jeweler know what it is upfront. That way you won’t fall in love with a ring that’s thousands of dollars more than what you can spend.

Consider the Four Cs

When it comes to diamonds, it’s all about the four Cs:

  • Cut
  • Color
  • Clarity
  • Carats

The cut of the stone affects the amount of light reflected back from the facets, and thus, its brilliance. The shape of the diamond (round, marquise, princess, emerald, oval, cushion, pear, etc.) affects how it can be cut.

Perhaps because its shape and proportions provide the most sparkle, the round brilliant cut is the most popular, accounting for as much as 75 percent of all diamond sales. However, round diamonds typically cost a bit more than their fancy-shape cousins.

Choosing the color is a major part of selecting an engagement ring. When we talk about the color of a diamond, the less color you see, the better. The GIA grades diamonds on a scale of D (colorless) through Z (light color). All D-Z diamonds are considered white, even though they contain varying degrees of color. However, a colorless diamond (D-F) will cost more than a near-colorless (G-J) or diamond with some color (K-Z), so keep that in mind when shopping.

Using colored stones in engagement rings has actually never been more popular! Maybe your sweetheart would prefer a sapphire over a diamond, and they make beautiful engagement rings.

You can also think of color in terms of using alternative stones to diamonds. Using colored stones in engagement rings has actually never been more popular! Maybe your sweetheart would prefer a sapphire, and they make beautiful engagement rings.

Clarity of the center diamond in the engagement ring is more important to some people than it is to others. Nearly all diamonds contain imperfections called inclusions. In many cases, these are not visible to the naked eye.

Carat refers to the weight, not the size of the stone. But you will find that the higher the carat, the larger the diamond appears. It also has a significant impact on the price. Many people feel pressured to buy a large carat diamond, but if you’re significant other has a more minimalist style and personality, a smaller half-carat diamond may be the perfect thing.

Think About Size

Do you know what size ring to buy? If not, raid your partner’s jewelry box and snag a ring he or she wears on the ring finger. You can simply take it to the jeweler and have it sized. Or you can put the friends and family to work again and ask if they know what size ring your partner wears. If you can’t determine the ring size, don’t fret. You can always have the ring re-sized later. Just remember that it’s easier to size a ring down to a smaller size, so if you’re second guessing between two sizes, go with the larger option.

Buy from a Reputable Jeweler

Where you shop may be one of the most important choices you make when buying an engagement ring. Did the business just open or do they have a solid reputation? What kind of jewelry do they specialize in? Does the jeweler seem committed to helping you make informed decisions or more interested in making a quick sale? Do they have in-house goldsmiths for ring maintenance, sizing and repairs? These are all questions you should ask before you settle on a jeweler. Not only will you ensure that you have a pleasant shopping experience, but you’ll walk out knowing that you got a top-quality diamond engagement ring.

Visit Worthington Jewelers

At Worthington Jewelers, we are committed to the highest professional standards and offer exceptional choices in engagement and wedding rings to celebrate you and your partner. We’ll work one-on-one with you and answer any questions you might have to make sure you find the perfect ring to present to your future spouse. Stop by our showroom today and we’re sure you’ll find the engagement ring of your significant other’s dreams.

Ready to pop the question? Let us help you find the perfect ring!