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Ask The Expert: The Best Way To Shop For Engagement Rings

March 5th, 2020

Between the number of options out there, the different designers to choose from, and the seemingly endless variety of different styles, there are a lot of different aspects to consider. Where should you get started?


To help you on the journey to find your perfect engagement ring, we sat down with one of our expert staff members at Heller Jewelers San Ramon, Jamie Garcia-Marrow to ask her some of the most pressing questions we?ve received.

Q: WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PICKING OUT AN ENGAGEMENT RING?

1. CHOOSE YOUR SHAPE

Before you start searching for an engagement ring, it?s always important to know what your significant other wants in terms of the diamond shape, or cut. Each shape is priced differently with a different price per carat. For example, round brilliant or round cuts are typically the most expensive, as they capture the highest carat level. On the other hand, pear and marquise cuts are often less expensive due to their unique shape. If size is the most important factor, opt for one of these alternative cuts to get a higher carat level for a lower price. Before heading out to shop, have a few different options in mind for consideration.

2. CHOOSE YOUR METAL

Traditionally, engagement rings are made from 14 or 18-carat yellow gold, white gold, or platinum—although in recent years rose gold has emerged as a soft feminine alternative. While platinum may look quite similar to silver, platinum is significantly more expensive as it has a greater density (and is also rarer). Some metals scratch easier than others, so be sure to consider lifestyle. Of course, your budget should be a deciding factor, as some metals require more maintenance than others, and the initial investment cost can vary from metal to metal.

3. CHOOSE YOUR PREFERRED CARAT SIZE

Quality versus quantity applies to engagement rings. Some brides look for a larger stone rather than a whiter stone, while others prefer a clear diamond no matter what the carat count. This is really where knowing your overall budget really comes into play, your sales professional will be better equipped to help you find the perfect balance of