Choosing an Engagement Ring
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Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Rings

If you haven’t caught up on my previous posts on weddings, check out some wedding inspiration! This is definitely not a one size fits all kind of a post, but let’s talk engagement rings! There are so many different varieties, shapes and sizes, so how do you know which one is best for you?

Engagement Rings shape

First of all, before you even decide on the shape… let’s talk diamonds. There are so many different things that is necessary to understand before you make a huge purchase like this one. Although I wasn’t as educated in this as Erik was, I wish I was! It’s super important to be an educated consumer.

Engagement Ring anatomySource: Pinterest

So, with all of this gibberish… what the heck does this really mean?! Well, picking engagement rings are tough. The higher the clarity, the higher the carat and lower the colour (closest to white), the more expensive it will be. I went shopping with my fiancé to different places to find out what size my ring finger was as well as see which shapes and bands I liked. Different stores will have different policies with what they can show you, but we were thankful enough to go to a store which allowed us to look at different stones under the a microscope. This allowed us to see the different imperfections, or lack thereof, and determine which clarity we liked the best.

Clarity DiamondSource: Aurora Diamond

Keep in mind that although the diamond may look a certain way under the microscope, it can change one it has set. The band can change the colouring as well as clarity. Depending on your style, you may want a more classic look with a round cut diamond and traditional band, or you may like a more vintage feel with an emerald cut and filigree band. In order to get an idea on which shape or style you like best, I loved checking out Pinterest. But the best way to find out is to try on different styles and see which you like best.

Engagement Rings fingerSource: Heidi Gibson

Last but not least, the size of the diamond isn’t what determines his love for you… but most often girls want a larger diamond. Try on different sizes and see which fits your finger the best. If you have a smaller finger, a 0.5 carat may actually look like a 1.0 carat! In order to avoid an awkward looking ring like you’re wearing a Ring Pop, definitely try out different sizes and in different shapes so you’re absolutely sure that you’ve found the right one for you.

Engagement Rings girlsSource: Delightfully-tacky

  • Follow My Gut

    I’m super single and go back and forth on the idea of getting married so I’ve always been the ring pop girl, but when I saw that emerald cut oh em gee, every bone in my body was like “get married”!!!! Or maybe I should just get the ring. Whatever, it’s sooooo pretty. And you’re making me want to get all of these rings!!!

    Basically, you’ve created a ring monster =]

    • Haha, having your own jewelry that you bought yourself is nice too… independence! Let me know if you spot any rings I need to drool over too! 😉

  • Kim

    Great guide! You definitely covered all the things you would need to know!

  • Ashley @ Candor & Coffee

    Yikes. It’s been a long time since I went engagement ring shopping, but I don’t remember it being this complex! So many gorgeous options. <3

    • I feel like a lot has gotten more complex over the years! Definitely important for others to keep informed!

  • Mostly Simple Life

    So many choices! I love my wedding ring. But if I had to pick an extra ring to wear, I’d want something in rose gold!

    • Agreed! Rose gold is definitely on trend right now!