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The Beginner's Checklist Before The Ring Search

Choosing the perfect engagement ring may seem like a daunting quest, but fear not, we have broken down the process to guide you through your options, and make this journey an enjoyable one. Now, let’s get started on working out your partner’s dream engagement ring.




Step 1: Framing your mind

Most of you will probably start off the ring search process by getting help from trusty Google. In return, you will get more than 10 pages of search results filled with brands screaming for your attention with titles like “All you need to know about rings” or “The engagement ring guide for beginners”. (We are guilty as charged but read on and we promise you won’t regret clicking on our link!)


Instead of overwhelming yourself by starting with research, the first step is to grab a pen and paper and start listing down EVERYTHING about your partner - from their personality to preferences, style and even occupation. This information will help you frame your mind and guide you along in the ring selection process later.


Step 2: Start your research

Now that you have framed your mind, you are ready to conquer the world wide web. Browse through the various designs and remember to look out for the types of gems, gem shapes, ring settings, types and colour of metal.

 We recommend starting wide and then narrow down as you go. You won’t want to miss out on any gems along the way! ;) Check out our guide on the different types of ring settings


Step 3: Diamonds and other gemstones



Diamonds have always been the standard for engagement rings but times have changed. Some prefer coloured gemstones and some prefer sustainable alternatives. There is no right or wrong answer as it all boils down to personal preference. Revisit step 1 and discover what your other half truly wants. 


Step 4: Picking a good quality diamond or gemstone

The next and arguably most important step would be to learn how to select quality gemstones. It is perfectly normal to be stressing out at this point of time because you’ll want to make sure that you are going to make a smart and informed purchase.  Here are our in-depth guides to selecting the best diamonds or gemstones for you.  


Step 5: Getting the details right




By now, you should have an idea of key details you’ll want in your engagement ring -- in terms of the gem type, gem shape, material and the preferred style of ring setting. Found something close but not exactly what you want?  Approach the brand to see if they are able to customize the ring setting by adding or removing some details. Browse our engagement ring selection here.




For a ring that is one-of-a-kind, designed around your own special story, consider taking the road less travelled: commissioning a bespoke design. Creating a bespoke engagement ring is a process in which you work in collaboration with the jewellery designer to realise your vision of a perfect engagement ring from scratch. Find out how you can co-create a bespoke Carrie K. design here.


Step 6: Enjoy the process!

Whether you choose to go with a ring that is a ready design,  customised, or bespoke engagement ring, we hope you enjoy the whole process, from doing learning more about your partner, researching options to figuring out the style and gem options, to receiving the ring from the jeweller, to planning the Big Day. For each journey is as meaningful and valuable as its destination.

Our jewellery consultants have helped many first time jewellery buyers work out the style and design preference of their partners to find the perfect ring. If you would like to see how we can help you, book an appointment at the Carrie K. Atelier or schedule an online appointment with us here. We would be honoured to play a part in this momentous milestone of your life story!

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