kreyrey : First of all, congratulations on your upcoming engagement and welcome to WeddingBee. 🙂
Rings are my favorite thing to talk about so I apologize in advance for the novel!
I would suggest not only perusing/stalking (lol) the ring boards here to get ideas of styles that speak to you, but I would also suggest going to a store and trying on different shapes and styles on your hand. Sometimes something can look amazing in a picture, but when you put it on it’s just not…you. I would also buy from an online vendor and not from a chain or big box store–they have an insane markup and most of the time, their quality is not worth what you pay. If you need advice on where to shop I would get advice from the Pricescope forum, which is another website where they know diamonds, and could be a great help to you
I didn’t know anything about diamonds or jewelry in general prior to getting engaged so I didn’t even know what my options truly were. Now I know probably way more than I need to, haha!
If you go with a round diamond you can either get a modern cut, a transitional cut, an old European cut, or an old mine cut. If you are interested in seeing the older cuts, check out Jewels by Grace or Love Affair Diamonds as that is their specialty and you can really get a sense of what the older cuts look like and whether or not they speak to you. If you go the modern round brilliant route I would (highly) suggest getting an ideal cut diamond (try Whiteflash or Brian Gavin for amazing ideal cut stones–again Pricescope could help you with this in their RockyTalky forum.) Once you do a bit of research you will find that cut is king when it comes to diamonds.
I found that I prefer the older cuts of diamonds–Old European & transitional cut stones are my absolute favorites. I also found that I don’t mind a little color in my stones which is a help because the lower you go in color the more you save a bit of money. Below is a ring I purchased for myself just for funsies–it’s a .76 ct old European cut, K, VS1. I wear a size 6, so pretty close to what you are asking for.
My engagement ring is a sapphire and my now husband got me the absolute perfect ring. I love the square emerald cut in the halo–it is dreamy to me and I can’t imagine any other engagement ring. I just love the step cuts in stones with color (and without, emerald cut diamonds are delicious too…see what I mean? There are just so many to choose from!)
Finally, here is a picture of a transitional cut that I purchased and had made into a bangle–it is a .99ct, J, SI1
Here’s one more picture of it next to my engagement/wedding ring now that it’s in a bangle:
So in summation, I would look, look, look–see what’s out there, what calls to you, and what looks amazing on your finger and then go from there.
We’re here to give opinions when you need them too, so come on back once you’re trying to make some final decisions & let us help (if you’d like!)
Hope this was useful info and congrats again. 🙂