engagement ring guide

  1. How Did Engagement Rings Come to Be?

    Juleve 18 Karat White Gold Marquise Halo Ring Featuring an IGL Certified 1.45 Carat Marquise Light Yellow Diamond (I1 Clarity) and .58 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant White Diamonds

    An engagement ring is likely to be the most important piece of jewelry you will ever give or receive. Once you say yes and slip that ring on, you will likely realize it is more than another piece of jewelry. Your engagement ring is a symbol— a promise of love and commitment between two people. Its roots dig deep into the history of humankind.

    The practice of wearing a symbol to mark the bond between two people can be traced back as far as the pre-historic era, when cavemen fastened adornments of braided grass around their mates. Although these objects looked much different than the diamond engagement rings we’re familiar with today, it is a vague premonition of the traditions to come and it set in motion a practice that would influence culture throughout the ages.For centuries, ancient Egyptians believed that the third finger on the left hand was directly connected to the heart by a vein that ran between the two. This meant that it carried with it a great deal of significance in the realm of life and love. They were often buried with a gold wire tied around this finger. Today, it is known as the ‘ring finger’. Here we see the humble beginnings of the modern day golden ring and it’s relationship to a very special place on the human hand.

    Fast forward to 1477 and we have the first documented instance of a diamond ring gifted as a symbol of betrothal by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy. And just like that, the engagement ring comes to life. Jewel studded rings gain popularity amongst the wealthy and become a staple of European fashion.

    In 1867, diamonds are discovered in South Africa and Cecil Rhodes founds the DeBeers Mining Company, setting the stage for the triumphant rise of the diamond as the premiere symbol for a marriage proposal. It’s not long before the undeniable beauty of the diamond ring becomes a far-reaching symbol of the wonder of life long love.

    Hollywood stars and popular culture embraces the diamond engagement ring. With the availability of these precious stones on the rise, affordable rings make their way to the pages of Sears & Roebuck’s mail-order catalog, extending the reach of the diamond ring to the masses. The rest is just history in the making.


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  2. How to Buy the Perfect Engagement Ring

    18 Karat White Gold Graduated Diamond Accent Setting Featuring a 2.00 Carat Round Center Diamond and 1.375 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds

    Whether you've already asked or are looking forward to popping the question in the near future, finding the perfect engagement ring is a big deal! Like most big steps in life, communication is the first step, and picking out an engagement ring is no exception. Even if you or your partner are planning a surprise proposal, it's a good idea to discuss a few key factors as a couple.

    You will wear your engagement ring for years to come, through all seasons and all life events, so now is the time to explore, discuss, and try on different shapes, styles, and sizes to find a ring that feels just right for you.

    While you can visit our showroom today and purchase an engagement ring, there is a lot of value in a little preparation. Start with the questions below and visit our engagement ring experts when you are ready to find your dream engagement ring.


    Which engagement ring styles catch your eye?

    It's a good idea to get a basic understanding of different engagement ring styles to start off with. Consider a simple solitaire, a bold halo, or a pretty vintage design to get started. You can explore different engagement ring styles here.


    What kind of diamond or gemstone do you fancy?

    Many couples are opting for engagement rings featuring a center or accent colored gemstones. Consider if you want only white diamonds, or if you'd like to include some color as a nod to your favorite color, birthstone, or the month you plan to marry. Consider sapphires, rubies, emeralds, or fancy-colored diamonds.


    What shape do you love?

    There are a number of different diamond shapes or ‘cuts’ available, and having an idea of which you prefer (round, pear, heart, and more!) will make it much easier to find the perfect gem for your engagement ring. The diamond shape might be the most visually significant choice you make, so be sure to consider shapes that reflect your personal style.

    Explore different diamond shapes and sizes here.


    What does your budget look like?

    It might not be the first thing you want to talk about when considering a proposal, but getting an idea of budget is healthy and helps set expectations for both partners. There are a lot of engagement rings out there, and getting an idea of budget early helps narrow the choices and keep you on track.


    Do you know your ring size?

    There are two ways you can find your or your gift reciprient's ring size. Simply use the ring size guide here using a few household items, or if you have time to spare, you can order our exclusive plastic ring sizer here. Be sure to measure both at the beginning of the day and at the end, as your fingers are prone to change size slightly throughout the day.


    Next up: Try it on for size.

    While it's easy to fall in love with engagement rings on Pinterest or Instagram, it's also a good idea to try on different styles in person. You’ll want to know how the ring really feels and fits on your hand until you actually see it up close.


    One more thing: Don’t forget the important stuff.

    At Gold and Diamond Source, we'll make sure you are set during and after purchasing your engagement ring. Here are a few things to consider:


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  3. The Best Emerald Shape Engagement Rings

    More of today's brides are choosing unique, fancy shape diamond engagement rings. While many brides still love a dazzling round diamond, engagement ring styles are as varied as the women who wear them. At Gold and Diamond Source, we are seeing brides opt for princess cut, pear, heart, and emerald shaped diamonds more than ever.

    Spotlight on the Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

    Many brides choose emerald cut diamonds for their elegance and vintage-looking beauty. Emerald cut engagement rings are rare and distinctive— which makes sense that powerhouses Beyonce and Amal Clooney wear this shape diamond in their engagement rings.

    The emerald cut dates back to the 1500s when stone cutters began cutting emeralds in a rectangle shape with stepped facets to provide more stability to the stone. The cut was originally performed on emeralds, which are softer and more prone to damage than diamonds. Like most other diamond shapes, an emerald cut diamond has 57 or 58 facets.

    Elongated cuts like emerald cut diamonds tend to look larger and elongate the fingers due to their large top surface, which is far bigger than a round cut diamond of the same carat weight.

    Emeralds tend to be set in a simple solitaire setting to showcase the cut of the diamond. Many couples opt for a halo around their emerald cut diamond to accentuate the stone's beauty and vintage flair.

    Only roughly 3% of the cut diamonds are emerald cut, which makes this shape more rare than other options. With their elongated table, budget-minded shoppers might be pleased to learn that the emerald cut diamonds' elongated shape and larger table makes this shape appear larger than diamonds of the same carat size.


    18 Karat Gold Emerald Style Halo Ring Featuring a 1 Carat Emerald Cut Center Diamond and .375 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Accent Diamonds
    This halo style engagement ring features a rectangular halo accented by 1.00 carat total weight of round brilliant diamonds.
    This halo style engagement ring features a rectangular halo with a 1 carat emerald cut center diamond and 0.875 carats total weight of round brilliant accent diamonds.


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  4. Guide to The Perfect Ring Selfie

    He popped the question, you said yes, and now you can't stop staring at your gorgeous ring! Once you've told your family and closest friends, the next step is taking the perfect ring selfie. This is the shot your friends will love to revisit over and over again as they share this exciting time with you. For many, the ring selfie has replaced the traditional method of calling to tell the good news.

    If you plan on celebrating your engagement with a ring selfie, we've gathered the very best tips to do it right and enhance the natural beauty of your diamond to achieve a stunning, true-to-life engagement ring selfie.

    Guide to The Perfect Ring Selfie

    Get it just right

    It all starts with the hand! A little hand lotion and a manicure can go a long way in making your hands look their best for their close-up. If you're planning on getting engaged soon, consider staying away from trendy nail art and choosing a more timeless look that wouldn't distract from an engagement ring.

    The perfect angle

    Regardless of the actual size of your center diamond, certain angles and setups can change the appearance of its size. In most cases, we recommend taking a top-down shot of your ring. This shot is called a “table view”, and it will give the most accurate impression of the diamond’s size.

    In most cases, side-view photos of an engagement ring can be totally misleading. For instance, a large diamond ring that sits low on the finger will look tiny in a side-view image, where capturing it from a table view will help show its true size.

    Bonus tip: remove all other jewelry and accessories from your hand and wrist before snapping a selfie to truly let your engagement ring shine. The shapes and sizes of your other jewelry, especially larger watches, can skew how big the center stone appears.

    What details to share

    Exactly how much ring details to share has been long debated even before ring selfies were a thing. Generally, we err on the side of sharing less about your ring and simply letting friends and family marvel at the good news and the ring's beauty. Sharing details of price and carat weight can lead to discussions and feelings of jealousy and comparison that take away from your special day.

    Bonus tip: We do recommend sharing anything that tells of the ring's special meaning to you. If there was inspiration behind a part of the ring, if you used a family diamond, or if you chose a certain engraving, these details are unique and sweet to share with others.

    Details to remember

    Try to find natural light for the best ring selfie results. When natural light is not possible, avoid using your camera's flash as it can reflect the stone's brilliance in an unflattering way.

    Avoid using zoom for the perfect shot. Zoomed in photos often come out blurry. Avoid using the zoom feature to guarantee a crisp, high quality photo.

    Don't take a close-up table shot if you have an Asscher or emerald cut diamond. With such large, open tables, inclusions appear more obvious in these cuts. Avoid highlighting minor inclusions with a farther away photo or slightly turned angle.


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  5. All About Vintage-Inspired Engagement Rings

    Vintage-inspired engagement rings— detail-oriented designs with a timeless allure— continue to grow in popularity with today's bride-to-be's. If you appreciate classic fashion, vintage finds, and old photos, you might fall for this engagement ring style. Unlike a simple solitaire on a polished band, vintage-inspired engagement rings feature rich details from every angle. You can expect to see miligrain details, beaded edges, touches of yellow gold, and colored stones with this unique ring style.

    Some of our favorite Vintage-Inspired Engagement Rings:

    Diamond Tapered Milgrain Vintage Ring
    Diamond and Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring
    Vintage Diamond Octagon Milgrain Ring
    Diamond and Sapphire Vintage Ring
    Round Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring
    Round Diamond Halo Ring
    Vintage Three Stone Halo Ring


    Do you think a vintage-style engagement ring might be right for you? We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of vintage engagement rings here.


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