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How to Buy an Engagement Ring

From center stone to setting and size, we’re simplifying the process of buying an engagement ring to help you find the perfect piece to treasure for a lifetime. 


1. Set a Budget

Before selecting an engagement ring, you should decide on a budget you feel comfortable with. Many old wives tales suggest that an engagement ring should cost three months' worth of your salary, but truthfully there is no rule to dictate the budget you set. Your budget should depend on your significant other’s preferences and your own financial circumstances. The best plan is to find a gemstone that balances size with quality at a price point that works for you. 

2. Choose a Setting

Once you’ve determined your budget, it’s time to select a setting. A ring setting refers to the entirety of the design besides the center stone — the prongs, gallery, and band (as well as any accents that adorn it). While settings are very important to the way a style looks, they’re also important structurally: they hold the center piece and should provide comfort for everyday wear.

2.1 Ring Styles 

Ring settings can range from luxurious halo styles to classic solitaire silhouettes and completely custom designs — so it’s definitely helpful to have guidance from a professional in picking the perfect piece. Selecting the setting can be one of the most difficult decisions to make during this process, so take the time to consider what you and your partner want: whether it’s modernnature-inspired, or something unique. It can also be helpful to consider what types of clothing and accessories your partner typically gravitates towards to inform the style of setting you go for.

2.2 Metal Type

Engagement rings generally come in four different metal types: white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum (though you can choose any metal that works best for you). Trends are constantly changing, but white gold and platinum are classic choices, with yellow gold becoming increasingly popular. For those with metal allergies, platinum is the hypoallergenic choice.

2.3 Size 

Don't worry if you don’t know your partner’s ring size (or your own)! Determining your partner’s ring size without asking can be tricky — but not impossible. We’ll teach you a few simple tips and tricks to help figure it out:

  • Sneak a ring from your partner’s jewelry box and take it to a jeweler to have it sized or trace the inside of the ring on a piece of paper. 
  • Recruit friends or loved ones to help you covertly determine their size.  
  • It’s always best to err on the large side (so that you’ll be able to fit the ring on their finger when you propose).  

3. Select a Center Stone

Once you’ve decided on what style of setting and metal type your ring will be, it’s time to find the right center stone. Traditionally engagement rings are set with diamonds, but colored gemstones are also a great choice for anyone looking for something unique or a pop of color. Whatever type, shape, or color of gemstone you fall for, selecting a center stone is a vital and exciting next step to designing the perfect piece.


Gemstone 

Gemstones are a beautiful alternative to a more traditional diamond engagement ring. They add beautiful color, sparkle, and come in all the shapes diamonds do. If you’re looking to pop the question with a pop of color, designing the perfect piece with a gemstone is a fabulous idea.

Sapphire

While diamond is the hardest mineral with a 10 on the Mohs scale of relative hardness, corundum (the mineral family for sapphires and rubies) is the next hardest with a rating of 9. Because of their toughness, sapphires are great gemstones for everyday wear and jewelry pieces that will get a lot of use like engagement rings. While most people are familiar with sapphires being a rich royal blue color, sapphires also come in almost every color in the rainbow!


4. Complete the Purchasing Process

Our seamless digital and in-person experiences make the purchase process quick and easy. Our specialists are available to help complete the process and ensure that everything is accurate and up to date. We also offer financing options, a warranty, and can help coordinate insurance for complete peace of mind.                   

Warranty and Insurance

We stand behind the quality and craftsmanship of our jewelry, so we offer a free lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects on all GJ1 fine jewelry. If you experience issues with your purchase due to manufacturing, we recommend you contact us so we may evaluate your piece. If a warranty issue is found, GJ1 will repair the warrantied damage or replace the item without charge.

While we do not offer insurance directly, we do work closely with Lavalier to provide coverage that goes beyond most homeowner's and renter's insurance policies. Purchasing coverage through Lavalier is simple (you’ll receive a quote in one minute!) and it typically costs only 1-2% of your jewelry’s value.

 

5. Propose! 

The rest is up to you! Whichever beautiful engagement ring you decide on, your proposal should be a meaningful moment the two of you will always cherish. However you decide to propose, we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

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