One of the first steps when starting the search for engagement rings is narrowing down which stone shape you want. Every shape is priced differently and will have a different price per carat. You can save money by getting a less common carat size.
The second tip is choosing a metal for your band. Traditionally, wedding rings are made from white gold, yellow gold, platinum, or silver. Silver and platinum look similar but platinum costs more. Consider your budget and lifestyle before you determine what metal choice is right.
When searching for wedding rings, it’s important that you both get your fingers properly measured. You don’t want a ring that is too loose and could fall off but you also don’t want one that will cut off circulation. The ring should feel snug but still comfortable.
The engagement ring is just part of the equation. You also need to consider how your wedding band will look with an engagement ring. Some engagement rings don’t allow for a band to fit flush against it so you may want to consider the full package before deciding on a style.
When shopping for the stone for either the engagement ring or wedding band, be smart about the clarity and cut. You can save money by purchasing the lowest color diamond that still looks colorless to the naked eye. As for clarity, this is also true. Look for the lowest clarity diamond that looks clean to the naked eye. One thing you don’t want to skimp out on is the quality of the cut. It’s the cut of the diamond that gives it the sparkle. It’s possible to take a so-so diamond and cut it perfectly in order for it to look stunning. If a stunning, top-of-the-line rough diamond is cut poorly then it may not look as good.