Engagement Ring Guide: How To Pick The Perfect Ring For Her Like A Pro
So, you’ve decided it’s time to pop the question. Congratulations! Now, the hunt for the perfect engagement ring begins. But, with so many beautiful rings to choose from, we know picking the ring of her dreams can seem like a daunting task - but there’s no need to worry.
To help you with that, we’ve put together this handy engagement ring guide, which will teach you everything you need to know about these stunning jewelry pieces and how to find the perfect ring for your loved one. Dive in!
Start by picking out the engagement ring style of her dreams
We often get asked which engagement rings are the most popular, but instead of following trends and going for the most popular ring, the best thing for you to do is to opt for a style which you know your sweetheart will love. A ring that will take her breath away.
To make sure you choose a ring that truly captures her unique style, think about whether your bride-to-be would prefer a traditional design, a modern silhouette, or a ring with a vintage flair to it.
For you to better understand all the options available, here’s a breakdown of engagement ring styles, and what each one looks like.
A solitaire engagement ring is a timeless choice. This style features a single diamond in the center of the band, making sure all eyes are on the ring’s main feature. This minimalist silhouette is designed to highlight the beauty of the centerpiece, so if she’s all about understated elegance, a solitaire is the perfect choice for her.
As the name suggests, this ring features three diamonds, gemstones, or a mix of both. Three-stone engagement rings are not only an elegant choice with an unexpected twist, but they’re also super romantic because the three stones represent your relationship’s past, present, and future. It doesn’t get any sweeter than that.
This stunning design features a halo of small diamonds surrounding the main one, adding to the ring’s alluring shimmer and giving the impression of a bigger center stone. With all those diamonds reflecting light off each other, halo rings are anything but discrete - and we love that! This glamorous design makes this the perfect ring for those who love some glitz and glam.
While designs can vary widely, antique rings tend to feature milgrain details, scroll patterns, and Art Deco design features to give these rings that beautiful antique look. If your loved one is a hopeless romantic who loves the dreamy aura of times gone by, then antique rings were made for her.
This dazzling setting combines the minimalism of solitaires with the glamour of eternity rings. Single row engagement rings feature shimmering diamond-accented bands, which beautifully complement the centerpiece without detracting from the daintiness of the silhouette. Definitely an elegant and timeless design.
These stunning rings manage to be both unique and timeless at the same time. As the name suggests, these rings feature more than one band, usually with a negative space between them to get a peek of the wearer’s finger. Not only are multi-row rings exquisite, but they also have the perk of providing more support for the centerpiece - a win-win!
Bypass engagement rings have been around since the Victorian era, which gives this setting a whimsical, vintage feel. These rings feature two bands that overlap around the centerpiece, forming a design which looks almost wave-like. The sweetest part is that this unique design feature serves as a symbolic representation of you and your loved one coming together to become one.
Choose her favorite precious metal
Deciding on the right precious metal for an engagement ring is just as important as picking out the perfect setting or the diamond centerpiece. So, let’s take a look at the most popular precious metal options for engagement rings.
● Platinum’s beautiful icy hues are timeless, and its cool metallic shade looks particularly stunning paired with diamonds. This precious metal is also the best choice for those with sensitive skin, as platinum is naturally hypoallergenic.
● Rose gold has a beautiful warm blush that gives an extra-romantic touch and a vintage feel to any engagement ring. Definitely a unique choice!
● Yellow gold is iconic. Its amber shades add a dramatic flair to any engagement ring, making yellow gold a bold choice - and one that works particularly well for those who love to add an unexpected twist to their outfits and jewelry.
● White gold’s frosty hues make it more understated than its yellow and rose counterparts, but it’s just as timeless and elegant as any other shade of gold.
Select the perfect diamond
They say diamonds are forever, which makes them the perfect choice to celebrate the everlasting love you and your soulmate have for each other.
When choosing the perfect diamond for the ring of her dreams, there are two things to keep in mind: the so-called “Four Cs” - which stands for clarity, color, cut, and carat - and the shape of the diamond. To learn everything about the Four Cs, click here and explore our Diamond Guide.
As for diamond shapes, they all radiate beauty in their own unique way, so your choice ultimately comes down to personal preference. Here are some of the most popular diamond shapes:
Round, Princess, Emerald, Asscher, Cushion, Oval, Pear, and Marquise.
Where to get the best engagement rings in South Carolina?
We know this is a lot of information to take in, and that’s why our experts at Galloway & Moseley are ready to help you find the perfect engagement ring to ask your loved one to spend the rest of her life by your side.
At Galloway & Moseley, you'll find a curated selection of the highest-quality engagement rings crafted by renowned designers like Gabriel & Co., Hearts On Fire, Simon G., and more. And, if you’re after a special, one-of-a-kind ring, then we can work with you to create the perfect custom engagement ring for your future bride.
Visit us today at 444 North Guignard Drive, Sumter, SC, or 2001 Hoffmeyer Rd., Florence, SC. And, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our latest news and stunning jewelry inspiration.