Going in with fairly specific parameters will help us find the right engagement ring to fit your budget.

It’s always better to buy a ring a bit bigger than you think she’ll need, because sizing a ring down is much easier than increasing its size.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering shape:

shape preference

If you’re uncertain about her shape preference, stick to the classics.

require higher quality

Cutting styles with fewer facets, such as emerald cut or rose cut, require higher clarity.

pair more successfully

Certain shapes pair more successfully with other gems in multi-stone rings. Round, Oval and Marquise all work well. Pear and Heart shape are more challenging.

prefers clean, modern lines in furniture

If she prefers clean, modern lines in furniture, for example, it’s likely she’ll react well to the same aesthetic in Rectangular or Square shapes, like the Emerald Cut or Princess Cut. If she tends towards the traditional, a round shape rarely misses. More bohemian types tend to favor more unusual shapes, like Trilliant or Marquise

While there are an unending variety of patterns, details and metal choices, there are four basic types you are likely to encounter:


A single stone. The head secures the diamond.

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Diamonds or other gemstones, flank the main stone for additional sparkle or color.

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One diamond for the past, one for the present, and one for the future. Typically, the center diamond is larger than the two side stones.

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The main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds to add sparkle and the illusion of greater size.

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As to actual setting design, consider her lifestyle, and how well a certain setting will fit into it. If she’s more active or outdoorsy, look for lower profile, less ornate, more sturdy choices, which are less likely to get knocked or caught on things. If she’s more of a glamour girl, look for statement settings, with a higher stone profile and more intricate ring detailing or unique motif.