How To Buy An Engagement Ring
Congratulations! You're ready to propose! But how do you find the perfect engagement ring? We know you aren't out buying diamonds every day. You're not used to dealing with diamond-specific terms like "carat weight" and "clarity". That's why we created the ultimate guide on how to buy an engagement ring - to help you make the best educated choices. We've got practical information you need to negotiate your way through the engagement experience – from popping the question to putting that perfect ring on her finger. So don't worry. It's going to be great!
Her perfect ring is out there. If the two of you are shopping for it together, you’ll know when she has found it. But if you’re going to look for it on your own, here’s something to keep in mind – the right ring should fit her personality as perfectly as it fits her finger. But really, it all boils down to three basic styles.
A single diamond set in a plain mounting.
This normally refers to three primary diamonds, or other stones, set in a single band.
The all-in-one style that includes the wedding band. It’s usually multi-stoned, with a larger center stone.
Choose the diamond. Select the setting. Make it unique, individual and one-of-a-kind that captures her personality and style perfectly.
Learn About Diamond Shapes
Actually, diamonds come in a range of shapes. Some highlight the sparkle, some enhance the glow and others bring out the brilliance. All are designed to make a diamond come to life. Chances are, she has a favorite. One she has always imagined on her finger. If you don’t know what it is, see if you can find out. Look at her other jewelry, ask her friends, search her pinterest page or try and get her to tell you – without letting the cat out of the bag!
Color, Cut, Clarity, & Carat Weight
It can seem a little complicated when you first start looking at engagement rings, but its actually something very simple and extremely helpful.
First, set a budget. You have to decide how much to spend. We can only recommend that you spend wisely. So don’t be shy about asking your jeweler lots of questions to learn just exactly what you’re buying.
Then, "C" for yourself. Diamonds are not only beautiful – they’re valuable. So a system was created to grade them and let us all compare their quality. It’s called the 4'Cs and it breaks diamond information into four categories. Here they are, in order to importance:
How shallow, how deep, determine how to find a diamond that will dazzle with a brilliant, fiery light.Learn More
Diamond color is graded by letter. That letter indicates the whiteness and rarity of the diamond.Learn More
Inclusions, birthmarks, blemishes... the natural identity marks within each diamond define its clarity.Learn More
Measured in carats, a diamonds carat weight will determine its size.
Learn About Metal Types
It's the setting's job to make the diamond look brilliant. But it still has to shine on its own. That's why it's made from precious metals.
Gold has warmth and a lustrous glow that is unmatched. Its purity is measured in karats (not to be confused with carats). Pure gold is 24 karat. 18K, 14K and 10K gold all contain alloys for added strength and color. Yellow or white, gold is the most popular choice for engagement rings.Learn About Gold
Platinum is considered the "King of Metals." It is rare, naturally white and known for its durability. It is one of the purest precious metals, making it naturally hypoallergenic and perfect for people with sensitive skin. Platinum is five times as rare as gold, making it very valuable.Learn About Platinum
Learn About All Metal Types
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FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR JEWELER
An Helzberg Diamonds store associate will be happy to show you your diamond under the ASET device, a tool developed by the American Gem Society, to clearly demonstrate light performance in full 3-dimension. You can schedule an appointment on the site or call your local store to schedule your viewing.
At Helzberg Diamonds, we demonstrate the light performance of your diamond under the ASET Device. You can easily see the performance of your diamond with your own eyes. The ASET Device is leading-edge gemological technology and is only available at American Gem Society member firms.
Helzberg diamonds specializes in helping you select the perfect diamond coupled with a beautiful mounting that reflects her unique style and personality and, most importantly, is breathtaking symbol of how much she is loved.
Helzberg Diamonds is a proud member of the American Gem Society® and the only national jeweler to have earned this prestigious membership. The AGS sets the standard for the jewelry industry through its dedication to consumer protection, education, ethics, and integrity. Helzberg Diamonds is also a Berkshire Hathaway company under the leadership of Warren Buffet, who is widely recognized as the standard bearer of ethical business practices.
Our goal at Helzberg Diamonds is to become your jeweler for life. Our associates love our customers. We are committed to taking the time to truly understand the wants and desires of our customers while engaging on a very personalized level that is uniquely Helzberg Diamonds. If we have served you to Helzberg’s standards, we understand that you would never consider shopping anywhere else for jewelry.
Pick a date & time
It can be a special occasion or a random day.
Select a location
Choose a location that is meaningful to you both. Make all the necessary arrangements with the location ahead of time and coordinate with the family and friends that you might want involved.
Choose the ring
Find the ring that fits her personality. Some couples shop together – or perhaps your fiancée can send you an e-hint from helzberg.com. Another trick is to look at her current jewelry to discover her favorite shape and ring style.
Ask her parents
No matter how long you’ve been dating, this is always a classy move.
Decide what you want to say and rehearse it
Writing your proposal ahead of time will make sure that when the moment comes you don’t forget what to say.