14 Karat Gold Oval Diamond Solitaire Ring Featuring a 2.00 Carat Oval Cut Diamond

Whether you are planning on proposing now or planning ahead for a fall or winter proposal, now is an ideal time to get started planning your magical moment. From finding your perfect engagement ring to making sure the right people are nearby to celebrate with you during or afterward, proposing marriage to your partner is one time planning ahead of time will really pay off. 

We've been sharing engagement tips for years— and helping couples find their ideal engagement rings in our Clearwater showroom for even longer. Today we are sharing a round-up of our proposal tips:


1. Find her engagement ring style.

Look at the jewelry she already wears. Does she wear minimal jewelry, or does she layer on her favorite pieces? Does she love the simplicity of a diamond, or is her jewelry box full of different colors? It’s also a great idea to ask trusted friends and family members. It is likely that she has mentioned different styles she prefers— and maybe even some she doesn’t! Learn how to uncover her engagement ring style here

2. Explore different engagement ring options.

While your engagement ring turnaround time might be quick, it’s always better to begin your search early in case you want a custom piece or decide to include existing jewelry in your design. While you might have an idea of what you like, seeing and feeling different designs might point you in a whole new direction! Learn more about different metal options here and diamond shapes here.

3. Consider colored gemstones.

Fancy color engagement rings (rings with gemstones or fancy colored diamonds as their center stone) are continuing to grow in popularity! At Gold & Diamond Source, we are happy to offer customers a variety of color engagement ring options including rubies, sapphires, fancy yellow diamonds, and more— in addition to classic colorless diamonds. Learn more about fancy colored diamonds here.

4. Budget and finance. 

It is important to stay on budget when shopping for an engagement ring. It is important to take the next step of your relationship feeling financially confident, and you want to take this next step with nothing but positive feelings. With countless different options, custom design, and financing options, it is easier than ever to get the most ring for your dollar.
Exactly how much is the right amount to spend on a ring is a loaded question with a different answer for each person. In this post, we've dug into how much you should spend on an engagement ring, some of the factors that will make your ring more or less expensive, and how to stay on budget! Bonus: learn more about our financing options here.

5. Scope out the specifics. 

Now it’s time to scope out the specifics of your proposal.

Intimacy of the Moment— Do you envision a moment with just the two of you or something more grand? Now is a great time to think back to whether your partner has mentioned a preference for intimate moments like these to be kept close or shared.

Timing— Are there upcoming events where loved ones will be near? Even if you don’t want to propose in front of others, you might enjoy having them near to celebrate with after!

Location— Clearwater and greater Florida have beautiful locations ready for a romantic holiday proposal! 




Visit our diamond experts at our Clearwater, Florida, showroom, or begin your search online here.

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"My husband and I went to the G&DS before we got engaged to look at diamonds and settings. We were immediately impressed with the friendly, professional atmosphere and the incredible selection of beautiful stones and jewelry. Cale and Debbie were extremely knowledgable and super helpful. We ended up buying all three of our rings from G&DS, and they were very accommodating making sure everything fit perfectly. Their customer service is superior and the quality and prices of their jewelry is unbeatable. Highly recommend!!!" — Kathi Y. on Yelp