When choosing engagement rings, there are many factors that you should consider. These factors go well beyond budget and may make the difference between choosing engagement rings that your fiance will love and selecting one that she will like. Among these are styles, metal and fit as well as when or not to design your own engagement ring.
There are many different styles of engagement rings. This fact may make the selection of one seem overwhelming. But you can make this task easier by making note of your future fiance's style. Some questions to ask yourself are: What types of jewelry does she where? Is it modern or vintage inspired? Is it extravagant, overstated or understated? Does she wear lots of gemstones? If so, does she have a favorite gemstone? Does she wear a lot of custom jewelry? The answers to these questions can help you start to understand her taste in jewelry.
They may also point you in some very obvious directions. For instance, if she really loves vintage jewelry, you would probably be safe selecting from vintage engagement rings. If she loves a certain gemstone, you could select from gemstone engagement rings or design your own engagement ring and incorporate that gemstone in it. You could also use her favorite color to select a gemstone to use.
The metal consideration is more straightforward. Does she wear yellow or white gold or platinum exclusively? Does she wear one metal more than any others? Does she mix metals and wear a lot of jewelry that is both yellow and white gold, etc ..? Whatever she wears exclusively or the most of is a good bet to please her. You can find engagement rings or for that matter design your own engagement ring in all of the above in many different styles.
When I mentioned fit as a consideration in selecting engagement rings, I was referring to the appearance of the ring on her finger. Just as there are clothing styles that flatter each shape, there are engagement rings styles to flatter every finger size. Wider bands and longer stones are more flattering on longer fingers. Thinner bands and more symmetrical stones tend to flatter shorter fingers by making them look longer. Small stones and petite bands can look lost on large hands. If you are looking for substantive engagement rings that will not get lost on your fiance's finger and your budget does not allow a larger diamond, moissanite or other gemstone engagement rings are options. Another option is choosing an engagement ring setting with lots of melee or pinpoint diamond accents and a modest sized center diamond. The effect is the same but the cost is much lower.
Style, metal and fit are all very important when choosing an engagement ring. Be sure to pick up as many clues as possible from your fiance and be sure to listen to any subtle hints she might give. These hints could come in the form of commenting to you how much she likes other peoples' engagement rings or, even more important, how much she dislikes them. If you are still in doubt, you can purchase a diamond and propose with it, allowing her to choose or design her own engagement ring afterward. With some companies, you can also purchase proposal or loaner rings to propose with and receive credit when you purchase or design your own engagement ring.