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The 5 Essential Steps to Buying a Diamond Ring: A comprehensive guide for all beginners

This article is by popular demand. The no-frills, all-in-one, ultimate guide to buying a diamond ring - in only 5 essential steps.

1. Find out what gemstone you want 

There are many gemstones you can choose. While this means that there is definitely something for everyone, the downside is having too many options to choose from as this can give you a headache.  Find out from your partner if they have a preference but if you wish to keep it a surprise,  you should consider their lifestyle, taste and preference. It is important to consider their lifestyle as different types of gemstones have different levels of hardiness. For instance, if your partner leads an active lifestyle and is constantly out and about, it would be more practical to get them a harder gemstone (like diamonds and sapphires). Also have a budget in mind and share all these information with your jeweller to get their recommendation.
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2. Decide on shape of the gemstone 

Gemstone shape is a personal preference so it would be good to get hints from your partner if they have any preferred shapes. Try asking their close friends as they might be able to give you helpful tips! 
engagement ring gemstone shapes

3. Choose a ring setting

A ring setting is essentially the ring design and is best decided after you have selected the shape of your gemstone. Here’s how you can understand the different settings.

Essentially, there are 2 parts to a ring setting - the center stone setting and the ring shank (band) setting.

As the name suggests, the center stone setting is how you want the center stone to sit on the ring. Classic settings are Prong and Halo, while Three-Stone and Bezel are increasing in popularity too. Each setting comes with its pros and cons which you can read about here.


engagement ring settings


Next, the ring shank setting. Decide if you want to keep it plain or add gemstones (such as diamonds) on it. You can have gemstones all around the ring shank (full eternity) or halfway around (half eternity). Then you can choose how you want the gemstones to be set on the ring shank: prong, bezel, pave etc. See the different types of ring shank settings here.

engagement ring setting

Again, the ring setting should be based on your partner’s taste and lifestyle. Solitaire setting is suitable for those who likes a classic and simple ring, Bezel setting is good for those who are active and Pavé setting is for those who like as much bling as possible. 

4. Know your 4Cs

Once you have an idea of what ring you'll like, you’ll need to understand the 4Cs to pick a gemstone. The 4Cs are Carat, Cut, Colour and Clarity. Understanding the 4Cs will allow you to select the best value gemstone without paying for the 'industry premiums’.  Did you know cut is the most important out of the 4Cs as it can allow a half-carat diamond to look like a 1 carat diamond? 
We always strongly discourage our customers to pick their gemstones without understanding the 4Cs beforehand. You may like to read about the 5 Myths of Diamond Rings and learn about the 4Cs of a diamond 
  4Cs of a diamond

5. Metals for your ring

As a last step, you should consider the colour and material for the metal part of the ring (also known as the ring shank/band). Gold is the most common material for engagement rings. Traditionally, people tend to choose higher value gold such as 18K and 14K. However, for those who value practicality over tradition, they may opt for lower value gold which is harder than its higher value counterparts. 
engagement ring material metal
There you go! Now you know the 5 essential steps in buying your engagement ring. For more information, join our complimentary diamond and gemstone workshop and let our jewellery experts take you through the process. 

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