Men's Guide to Buying an Engagement Ring

You're finally searching for an engagement ring after finding the perfect match. We don't know your significant other, but we're pretty certain that they will be ecstatic when they see you down on one knee. Especially when they see you've done your research to find the right ring.


Follow our step-by-step guide to make sure you get the best engagement ring to represent your eternal love.

Decide Your Budget

There are no rules on how much you have to spend on your engagement ring. The old myth of "spending 2-3 months salary" is long gone. Your jeweler will help you find the best value for the amount that you feel comfortable spending. However, you should have an idea of what that number is before you start shopping. This way, your jeweler knows how to make your budget stretch to get the most out of your purchase. One thing to consider is how much of your budget is going to the stone vs. how much of your budget is going to the engagement ring setting. If you find something that is out of your budget but feel that it's the perfect ring, then you may be interested in looking at some financing options.

Choose the Gemstone

Antique Diamond Engagement Ring

As most customers know, a majority of engagement rings feature diamonds as the center stone. In fact, 66% of purchasers use diamonds as their gemstone. Meanwhile, only 21% of people use a colored gemstone, with the most common being sapphire. This makes your second decision one of your easier ones. Chances are that your soon-to-be fiancé is going to be craving the always popular diamond as his/her center stone. However, you may need to inquire about their preferences if they tend to be a more unconventional to see which colored gemstone they would prefer.

Sapphire Engagement Ring

Diamonds are the common choice because their hardness lends itself to last the longest, as all good engagement rings should. When looking at colored gemstones, however, sapphires have the most hardness. This makes them a popular choice for those who do not want to go the traditional route of getting a diamond ring. Sapphires can also be less expensive than typical diamonds. Search through some sapphire rings to see if it's right for your soon-to-be fiancé.

Choose the Gemstone's Shape

Round Diamond Engagement Ring

Diamonds are cut into many different shapes, with round brilliant diamonds being the most popular. Round brilliant diamonds also happen to be the most expensive due to their popularity. In fact, you can save a little money by going with some non-traditional diamond shapes like cushion cuts, princess cuts, or oval shapes.

Choose a Precious Metal

Rose Gold Engagement Ring

Historically, white gold was the most popular metal to match with customers' center stone of choice. However, recent Google trends show us that rose gold has overtaken white gold as the most popular. Besides the more common rose and white gold, customers can explore yellow gold or platinum options. This is a decision you may want to consult with your significant other's family and friends on. If you can't, then we the safest bet is going with the timeless look of white gold.

Choose the Engagement Ring Setting

Uneek Rose Gold Halo Diamond Ring

Would she prefer something sleek and modern, or detailed and vintage in feel? Dazzling with diamonds or more understated? Selecting a setting and ring style may be the hardest part of buying an engagement ring. For guidance, think about the clothes she wears and the art and furniture she appreciates—that should give you some clues as to whether she’d prefer a ring that’s classic, modern, nature-inspired, glamorous, or some combination of those. And, of course, you can check out her Pinterest boards to see if she's dropped any hints. Read our earlier blog, Engagement Ring Settings Explained.

Don't Forget Custom Engagement Rings

Custom Engagement Ring

If you’re an artistic type or if it’s important to you to propose with a ring that’s completely unique, consider collaborating with a jewelry designer to create a custom engagement ring. To learn more about the process, read about How to Create Idyllic Custom Jewelry.

Contact Us

If you still aren't sure which engagement ring is right for your soon-to-be fiancé, then you can schedule an appointment with any of our trained sales associates.

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