Narrowing Down the Options When Buying an Engagement Ring
Ready to start engagement ring shopping? Get organized by considering all the choices you’ll need to make on your journey to finding the right ring.
Use this checklist to decide which options you might want to look at as you start exploring.
Diamond & Gemstone Options
Number of stones: One center stone; Multiple stones
Color of stones: White diamonds; Fancy colored diamonds; Colored gemstones
Diamond & gemstone shape: Round; Square/Princess; Pear; Marquise; Cushion; Heart; Emerald; Radiant
Diamond or gemstone size: Carat weight; Millimeter length, width and diameter
Diamond quality: Whiteness (on a D to Z scale); Clarity (number of inclusions or blemishes in the diamond); Brilliance (how much it sparkles)
Metal: Platinum; White gold; Yellow gold; Rose gold
Setting: Solitaire; Halo; Three Stone; Channel; Pavé
Design: Clean and straight-lined; Engraved; Swirled; Modern; Vintage; Classic; Wedding Set (matching band)
Designer / Brand: Designer/Branded (such as Neil Lane Bridal®); Non-branded; Custom design
Payment options: Cash; Personal credit card; store financing/payment plans
Your engagement ring journey will present you with many paths to consider. Learn about the choices you’ll have to make as you begin exploring engagement rings for your upcoming proposal.
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