ely16: A. Determining Ring Size:
I agree with PPs that the easiest way to figure out your ring size is to go to a local jeweler so they can size your finger for you. I also agree that it’s a good idea to take into account the time of day and weather, etc., because fingers can swell a bit. I also like my rings a bit loose, so I tend to go up a quarter or half size. Also, once you put a band with your ERing (if you are planning to do that eventually), both rings will feel tighter.
So fair warning that what I’m about to say (type — lol) is a bit weird, but … here goes. I’m an introvert, so going into a jewelry store and talking to someone who works there and getting sized is actually pretty stressful for me. I tend to get really nervous, and my fingers react to that by getting puffy. So I tend to get a more accurate size reading in the comfort/privacy of my own home.
If you want to get your own set of sizers, I’m sure you can order them off of Amazon. You can get free ones from Blue Nile, as a PP mentioned already. Also, there is a site called e-weddingbands.com, which will send you a free set of sizers. I got a set from them, and I think it took about 3-5 days for them to arrive.
B. Rings that are lower profile / more comfortable: Lower profile and more comfortable totally depends on the setting. The type of basket, the type of prongs, the type/style of band … All of these things can make a difference in both how low or high the stone sits and how comfortable it is. Since you mentioned you don’t wear a lot of jewelry right now, your best bet would probably be to go and try on all different types and styles of rings and settings. It’s the only way you can get a good feel for what looks best on you and what feels the most comfortable to you for daily wear. It is absolutely possible to get a low profile solitaire or three stone ring.
C. Color of Gold: This is totally a personal preference thing. I think all colors of gold look fabulous together. I love mixing yellow gold and a white metal (platinum in my case). And I also love the look of white and platinum together. Personally, I’m not as much of a fan of yellow and rose gold together ON ME, but I have seen some yellow/rose sets on the Bee that are stunning. The main thing is that you should get what you LOVE, and what you will be the most comfortable wearing. When you wear your ring with confidence, it will be beautiful — no matter what the metal!
D. Sapphire Side Stones: I actually quite like the picture of the set you posted. (Although I read in the later comments that you might be leaning away from this style …) I think it might look a bit “off” in the picture because it’s a CG image. In real life, I think it would be a beautiful style and set. My original engagement ring is set in yellow gold. It’s a 5-stone with a larger center diamond flanked by smaller baguettes and rounds. I recently had the baguettes replaced with square blue sapphires. I love the look of the blue side stones and the way they contrast with the whiter color of the diamonds.
I hope you have lots and lots of fun looking and deciding what style of ring is perfect for you! This is such a fun time. I’m excited for you!