With more than 40 years serving the Charlotte area as one of the nation's finest antique and estate jewelers, we get asked often how to find the perfect engagement ring. Does it all come down to having the biggest budget? Is an ideal diamond key? Is there anything you might be forgetting about when shopping for an engagement ring?
Finding the perfect engagement ring is a big deal! Like most big steps in life, communication is the first step, and picking out an engagement ring is no exception. Even if you or your partner are planning a surprise proposal, it's a good idea to discuss a few key factors as a couple.
Your engagement ring will likely be your most worn piece or jewelry— on your hand for years to come, through all seasons and all life events. No small decision, now is the time to explore, discuss, and try on different shapes, styles, and sizes to find a ring that feels just right for you.
While you can visit our showroom today and purchase an engagement ring from our cases, there is a lot of value in a little preparation. Start with the questions below and visit our team of engagement ring experts when you are ready to find your dream engagement ring.
Which engagement ring styles catch your eye?
Before you get wrapped up in the specifics, it's a good idea to get a basic understanding of different engagement ring styles to start things off. Consider a classic solitaire, a dazzling halo, or a timeless vintage design to get started. You can explore different engagement ring styles on our website here.
What kind of diamond or gemstone would you like?
While diamonds are still the standard, many couples are opting for engagement rings featuring a center or accent colored gemstones. Consider if you want only white diamonds, or if you'd like to include some color as a nod to your favorite color, birthstone, or the month you plan to marry. Consider sapphires, emeralds, rubies, or fancy-colored diamonds.
What shape do you love?
While there are many different diamond shapes or ‘cuts’ available, it is likely there are only a few you will prefer for your own ring. Round, pear, heart, and emerald are just a few! Knowing which shapes to look at will make it much easier to find the perfect gem for your engagement ring. The diamond shape might be the most visually significant choice you make, so be sure to consider shapes that reflect your personal style. Explore different diamond shapes and sizes here.
What does your budget look like?
It might not be the first thing you want to talk about when considering a proposal, but getting an idea of budget is healthy and helps set expectations for both partners. There are a lot of engagement rings out there, and getting an idea of budget early helps narrow the choices and keep you on track.
Do you know your ring size?
There are two ways you can find your or your gift recipient’s ring size. Use the ring size guide here using a few household items. Be sure to measure both at the beginning of the day and at the end, as your fingers are prone to change size slightly throughout the day. Or, bring her in and we can find her ring size with added accuracy!
Finally, try it on for size.
While it's easy to fall in love with engagement rings online or on the hand of another, it's also a good idea to try on different styles in person. You’ll want to know how the ring really feels and fits on your hand until you actually see it up close.