How to Select an Engagement or Promise Ring?

If you are thinking of proposing to your partner or expressing your commitment to them, you might be wondering how to choose the perfect ring for the occasion. There are many types and styles of rings available, and it can be overwhelming to decide which one suits your partner's personality, preferences, and your budget. In this blog post, we will give you some tips and advice on how to select an engagement or promise ring that will make your partner say yes!

1st Step

Decide on your budget

The first step is to decide on your budget. You should be realistic about how much you can spend on a ring and keep to that budget. There is no set amount that you must spend on a ring, but some people follow the guideline of spending two- or three-months’ salary. However, you should not go into debt or compromise your financial goals for a ring. You can find beautiful rings in any price range, and what matters most is the meaning behind the ring.

2nd Step

Ring's metal

The second step is to decide on the ring's metal kind. The most popular metals for rings are titanium, silver, platinum, and gold. Each metal has pros and cons unique to it, such as durability, color, appearance, price and upkeep cost. You should consider your partner's skin tone, style and lifestyle when choosing the metal. For example, if your partner has sensitive skin, you might want to opt for 18k gold or higher as this means more gold and less of the other metals in the alloy.

Ring's design

The third step is to decide on the ring’s design. There are many styles of rings to choose from, such as solitaire, halo, three-stone, pave, vintage and modern. When selecting the style, keep your partner's preferences and personality in mind. For example, if your partner likes classic and elegant things, you might want to go for a solitaire or a three-stone ring. If your partner likes glamorous and trendy things, you might want to go for a halo or a pave ring. Also, there are many types of settings, such as prong, bezel, pave, halo, solitaire, and more.

Shape & Size

The fourth step is to select the shape and size of the center stone. The overall appearance and feel of the ring may differ depending on the stone's shape. The round, princess, cushion, oval, marquise and pear forms are the most common. When selecting the shape, you should consider the length and shape of your partner's fingers. For example, if your partner has long and slender fingers, you might want to go for a round or an oval stone. If your partner has short and wide fingers, you could wish to choose a princess or a cushion stone.

Most Popular stones

The most popular stone for engagement rings is diamond, which is known for its brilliance, hardness, and rarity. However, there are also other options, such as sapphire, ruby, emerald, pearl, and more. Each stone has its own characteristics, such as color, clarity, cut, and carat. The size and cut of the stone may also have an impact on the ring's design and price. Carat weight, which differs from actual size in determining the size of the stone, is used instead. The physical size depends on the shape and cut quality of the stone.

Diamond Cut & Weight

If you choose natural diamond stone engagement ring, then you must know that certain diamond cuts can make an engagement ring look bigger. For example, a 0.5 carat round brilliant diamond engagement ring might look smaller than a 0.5 carat emerald-cut diamond because emerald diamonds have fewer facets but still create an impressive brilliance with their rectangular shape and step-style faceting pattern on each side of the stone’s pavilion (bottom). However, the re-sale value of a round brilliant engagement ring will always be higher compared to other shapes because it has been in high demand among buyers for many years now. You should balance your budget and your partner's expectations when choosing the size and the shape.

Final Step

The final step is to make sure that the ring fits your partner's finger perfectly. You can either ask your partner for their ring size directly or secretly measure one of their existing rings with a ruler or a ring sizer. You can also ask their friends or family members for help if they know their ring size. If you are not sure about their ring size, you can always choose a slightly larger size that can be resized later. Choosing an engagement or promise ring can be a daunting task, but it can also be a fun and rewarding experience. By following these steps, you will be able to find a ring that will make your partner happy and proud to wear it for years to come. Contact an ANTY ambassador at to help you design your dream bespoke engagement ring!

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