Engagement Ring Tips


You’re getting ready to ask one of the most important questions of your life, but before you begin to shop for a diamond engagement ring, you will need to know what you are looking for. We will share the top five things to know when beginning your diamond engagement ring shopping.

1. Research

Know about the “4 C’s.” It’s important to understand the 4 C’s before choosing a diamond. The 4 C’s of a diamond are; color, clarity, cut and carats. These characteristics determine the quality of any diamond. Before choosing your diamond engagement ring, be sure you understand these four questions to ask.

  • Color - lack of color is best and according to GIA’s D-to-Z color-grading system, it starts with D as being colorless.
  • Clarity - refers to the lack of inclusions or blemishes. The GIA Diamond Clarity Scale includes 6 categories, and some divided to create 11 different grades, ranging from Flawless (FL) to Included (I1, I2, and I3).
  • Cut - most commonly refers to the shape, however, the cut grade is how the diamond interacts with light.
  • Carat – diamond carat weight is the measurement of how much the diamond weighs. You can learn more about the 4C’s through our Diamond Education.

To learn more about the "4 C's" visit our Diamond Education page.

2. Budget

Before beginning your engagement ring shopping, determine what you are willing and able to spend on a diamond engagement ring. If you set your budget prior to shopping, you will be comfortable with what price range to discuss when you are asked by the jeweler. The jeweler will then be able to suggest diamond rings within your budget.

3. Shape

There are many diamond shapes to choose from. For example, round, pear, oval, emerald or princess. What style does your soon-to-be fiancé like? Do you envision stones or diamonds alongside the center stone? Save some photos of the styles you like and bring them with you when shopping, so that your jeweler can use them as a guideline. 

4. Size

Know the size of the ring you need to buy. A few ways to do this are to either borrow a ring from the person you are buying for, trace one of their rings on a piece of paper or slide their ring on your finger and measure where the ring lands. With these methods, your jeweler will be able to identify the ring size.

5. Choose a Jeweler

Buying a diamond engagement ring from a certified diamond dealer is important because of the knowledge that comes along with the experience. Yes, you can buy a diamond from many places, however, you want to be sure you receive a good experience, service, and guidance from experienced staff and a reputable business helping you to choose the perfect diamond ring. Ask for referrals from friends and family and research local diamond dealers and jewelers with a great reputation.


If you are getting ready to buy a diamond engagement ring and you see a proposal in your future, make sure to be prepared for ring shopping. By doing your research, determining your budget, having a good idea on the shape, style, and size and looking for a reputable jeweler, you will be prepared when you begin your shopping and you will be ready to make a decision on the perfect ring for your perfect person.