Guide to Buying The Perfect Engagement Ring

 

 

An engagement ring is more than just a piece of sparkly jewelry. It is a symbol of the biggest commitment in a couple’s relationship. That is why it is so vital that you find the perfect engagement ring. To guide you along this path, start by learning how to find your ring size. Then discover how to choose a stone for your engagement ring. Finish the process with the engagement ring style guide that showcases the most sought-after styles. You will be fully prepared with these engagement ring tips to buy a ring.

How to Determine Ring Size for an Engagement Ring

Even if you currently know your ring size, when it comes to buying a wedding ring you want to double-check this information. Did you know that the size of your ring finger changes throughout the day? The best time of the day to check your fit is in the morning before you have exercised or worked. As the day rolls on your fingers are more likely to swell due to exertion. In addition, if your fingers are hot they will swell, while cold fingers shrink. You’ll want to wait until your ring finger is comfortably at room temperature before measuring the ring size. 
The methods for how to measure ring size varies. The easiest way to do this at home is to use a piece of string or dental floss. Take the string and wrap it around the base of your finger where the ring will fit. If your knuckle is wider than the base of your ring finger, you will want to measure the knuckle as well. Then take the measurement of the knuckle and that of the base of the finger. The perfect engagement ring size for you will be in the middle of those two measurements. 
Make a mark on the length of string to indicate the size of the ring finger. Find a ruler with a millimeter measurement and measure the string. Using the following international ring size chart, you can easily see how your size in millimeters matches up to ring sizes around the world.

 

INTERNATIONAL RING SIZES

 

 

Size in MM

US & Canada

Great Britain

Japan

France

Switzerland

Germany

44.1

3

F

4

44

4

14

45.4

3 1/2

G

5

45 1/4

5 1/4

14 1/2

46.7

4

H 1/2

7

46 1/2

6 1/2

15

48.0

4 1/2

I 1/2

8

47 3/4

7 3/4

15 1/2

49.2

5

J 1/2

9

49

9

15 3/4

50.5

5 1/2

K 1/2

10

50 1/4

10 1/4

16 1/4

51.8

6

L 1/2

12

51 1/2

11 1/2

16 1/2

53.1

6 1/2

M 1/2

13

52 3/4

12 3/4

17

54.3

7

O

14

54

14

17 1/4

55.6

7 1/2

P

15

55 1/4

15 1/4

17 3/4

56.9

8

Q

16

56 1/2

16 1/2

18

58.2

8 1/2

R

17

57 3/4

17 3/4

18 1/2

59.4

9

S

18

59

19

19

60.7

9 1/2

--

19

60 1/4

20 1/4

19 1/2

62.0

10

T 1/2

20

61 1/2

21 1/2

20

63.3

10 1/2

U 1/2

22

62 3/4

22 3/4

20 1/2

64.5

11

V 1/2

23

64

24

20 3/4

65.8

11 1/2

W 1/2

24

65 1/4

25 1/4

21

67.1

12

Y

25

66 1/2

26 1/2

21 1/4

68.3

12 1/2

Z

26

67 3/4

27 3/4

21 3/4

69.6

13

--

27

69

29

22

 

If you are going to surprise your special someone with an engagement ring, you will need to be covert about this process. There are a few ideas to help you out. Consider calling a friend or family member to see if they know what the ring size is. If they do not, you can ask them to take your soon-to-be fiance shopping for jewelry. While shopping, have them encourage your partner to get their ring size, either as a joke or just for fun. Another option is to measure your girlfriend’s ring finger while she is asleep. If you do not get the size just right, it is not the end of the world. At the end of the day, you can always get the ring resized if it does not fit correctly.

Choosing a Gem Stone for An Engagement Ring

The type of engagement rings most commonly purchased in the US are diamond engagement rings. In other countries and cultures, different stones are sourced for these special rings and the right stone is truly up to you to decide. Take Kate Middleton and her giant sapphire, for example. This stone, while unconventional, holds special meaning to the couple it represents. However, if you want a traditional engagement ring, then opt for a diamond.

 

For those who want a ring with some color, there are a growing number of colored diamonds that have gone mainstream with bridal jewelry. Yellow, chocolate, champagne pink, blue…these colored diamonds look amazing and are a welcomed alternative to crystal clear diamonds. Right now, morganite is even trending as a popular engagement ring pick. It is truly up to the couple in question, so be sure to pick a gemstone that means something to you.

 

The stone shape is the next aspect you’ll want to consider when choosing an engagement ring. There are more than a dozen shapes including oval, pear, heart, the triangular trilliant, Asscher, and the round cut. Perhaps you have heard of the popular princess cut, which is a square or rectangle shape. This is a more modern style that looks particularly splendid on long fingers. 

Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring with Infinity Twist

 

Another highly priced stone shape is the emerald with its rectangular outline with flat planes that look like stairs. The emerald cut requires the stone to be rather large, as well as near perfection since any inclusions are easy to spot on this surface.

The marquise is a more traditional yet appealing stone shape of an oval with a point on each end. In fact, it was designed to resemble a beloved marquise’s smile on the commission of Louis XIV of France.

 

But the most popular of all stones, by far, is the classic round cut. Circular in shape, the round diamond stands out on its own as a bold choice. It is simple and refined, making for the ideal diamond for a traditional lady. Due to their popularity, round stones can cost more than other shapes. In fact, if you choose another shape, such as a princess or emerald cut, you could save up to 40 percent. 

Round Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring with Filigree Scrollwork

 

Choosing a Precious Metal for an Engagement Ring

We are long past the days when perfect engagement rings were set in 24 karat gold. Today there are almost as many precious metals as there are diamond colors. You can still opt for gold, but you will also see platinum, white gold, and rose gold, which has a pink allure to it.

White gold and platinum are the options to go for when choosing a silver-toned engagement ring. Keep in mind platinum engagement rings are the most expensive compared to either of the gold metals. However, you are paying for its durability so for active women this might be the ideal choice. Gold metal is easy to bend since the metal is so malleable. 

Round Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring with Matching Halfway Diamond Band in 14k White Gold

 

Yellow gold is a traditional style, while rose gold with its pink tone is an increasingly popular metal for engagement rings. While newly popular, a rose gold ring lends the look of an antique or heirloom ring. Another consideration is whether the future fiancé likes to match their metals when wearing jewelry. Check their jewelry collection. Do they have a lot of yellow gold or white silver? Do you see them wearing different colors of metals at the same time? If not, then you will want to choose a metal type that matches her current collection. This is a great way to guarantee she will love the metal you pick.  

Diamond Engagement Ring with Teardrop Accents and Split Shank Pave Setting in 14K Rose Gold

 

Choosing an Engagement Ring Style

You also want to match the ring to your partner’s personal style. Consider their overall sense of style. Do they have a modern, contemporary style that you would consider minimalist? Are they into vintage and antique looks? Some people are more bold and sexy in their style choice, while others prefer a more toned down and sophisticated style. When selecting an engagement ring, consider the intended wearer’s personal style.

Set Your Budget

Engagement rings can be costly and are an investment. Unless you plan to take out a personal loan, you may want to keep your budget in mind when shopping for an engagement ring. Start with the type of metal you intend the ring to be crafted from. As for the cut and shape of the diamond, round tends to be the most expensive of all the shapes. Meanwhile, the popular princess and emerald cuts are right along with radiant and Asscher shapes for the least expensive diamond shapes.

Another way to reduce costs is to select a ring with prongs around the diamond. The use of prongs reduces the amount of precious metal in the ring, which cuts costs. The average national cost for an engagement ring in 2016 was $6,163. This is an increase of 21% from 2011 and the prices are not expected to decline anytime soon.

However, you can find affordable yet stylish engagement rings in the most desired metals and shapes at Adrianna Papell. These budget-friendly engagement rings range from $1,399 for a 1/2 carat two-tone gold ring to $2,999 for a princess cut style. There are affordable engagement rings available in the collection, as well as rings that are closer to or above the national average. The price range is completely up to you based on your and your partner’s tastes.

Ready to Find the Perfect Engagement Ring?

You’ve got the engagement ring shopping tips, now it’s time to find the perfect engagement ring. Our exclusive Adrianna Papell wedding and engagement ring collection is now available at Zale’s Outlet. For the budget-conscious ring shopper, we recommend the 1 CT. T.W. Certified Diamond Scallop Frame Engagement Ring in 14K Two-Tone Gold. For someone looking for the highest level of style and sophistication, the 1-1/4 CT. T.W. Certified Princess-Cut Diamond Vintage-Style Engagement Ring in 14K Two-Tone Gold is the perfect fit. See Adrianna Papell's Diamond Wedding Band and Engagement Ring Collection here.