Post # 1
I was hoping someone could help me out with this. My SO is supposed to propose in 2013 sometime, however we decided that I would pick out the ring after he pops the question b/c he has zero knowledge re: jewelry and I want to have a say in something that I will wear forever. The issue is this: I’m a total newbie when it comes to engagement rings!
Honestly, I never thought I would have a chance at this as I didn’t think I would ever find a guy to be on my level and put up with my feistiness (I’m a very strong-willed opinionated independent female and have scared off many potential dates b/c of it, lol). But it looks like I just may have found the One this time, and I want to have an idea of what I want when the time comes.
I’ve never been into rings, but told myself that I would wear an engagement/wedding ring if I ever got engaged/married. So where would be a good place to research engagement ring types/cuts/all that other fancy stuff that goes into that whole process? I want some kind of easy guide so that when it comes to shopping, I can say I like this cut and that shape or whatever – again, total newbie.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Blue Nile is a really great resource for that sort of thing.
Post # 4
I suggest going into an actual store before looking online. You may like something in a picture but not on your hand and vice versa. Chain stores, mom and pop places, pawn shops – anywhere you can try on rings. After you find a style you like, you can start looking online for pricing/deals. Good luck and HAVE FUN!
Post # 5
I was never a jewelry person. Since we got engaged, my e-ring is the only jewelry I’ve worn since middle school (basically). Considering that, I knew I wanted something simple (round cut, solitaire). You may be the same way or completely opposite! I agree with pp that you should go to some jewelry stores and see what you like.
Post # 6
What ever you do just make sure you find the best cut diamond you can…I would say that’s the most important thing. I would also recommend learning about diamonds or gems before going into a store that way you know what to look for and that way youll also know if the sales person is pushing something at you that’s not quite up to par.
Post # 7
Pricescope.com is an excellent source to learn about jewelry and see a bunch of different styles of engagement & wedding rings. Go to a store and try on all color metals (white, yellow, rose), try on all types of stones (diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, moissanite, etc), and try on all types of styles (solitaires, three stones, halos, etc) including ones you would “never” wear. You might surprise yourself! Then narrow it down to a couple of things, 1. What color metal you prefer 2. What stone type and shape you prefer. Take your time choosing the perfect setting. Good luck!
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park
My biggest regret is neither me or Jacob (husband) really took the time to learn more about diamonds before he bought the ring. I would suggest reading up on the type of stone you want. Then decide which shape you like. If you are considering diamonds, start here:
At least then when you go to the jewler’s you know what you are looking at and for.
Post # 9
Thank you, ladies! These links/ideas are super-helpful.
I also have a BFF who works at jewelry store, so she will give me a “tutorial on e-rings.” Only thing is she lives far away – that’s why I was seeking out other sources as well.
Post # 10
@MrsNewDay: I would also ask any older women you know who have stuff you admire. you’d be shocked at how many tricks they know about where to get a deal on high quality items!
Congrats on your impending engagement
Post # 11
that is so exciting! find a setting you love then let him pick the stone that is in his budget and that he wants to get you. that is my advice, so you know you have a setting you love but he still has the choice to pick out a component of the ring. the most important component!
Post # 12
Been doing some research thanks to your helpful advice, and this is the ring that calls out to me now. Basically looking for this style, cut, etc..
I saw it and was like, “That is SO me.”
Post # 13
@MrsNewDay: That looks a lot like my ring!! My ring is a RB diamond, bezel set with diamonds around the center stone but no diamonds on the shank of the ring itself like that one. Bezels are extremely low maintenance, and the most secure setting for the stone. They’re also the most labor-intensive setting to create so they’re not always easy to find. Here’s a link to my setting. I don’t want to jack your post, so let me know if you want pictures 🙂