Do you know your 4 c's? The difference between a radiant cut and marquis cut? Platinum and rose gold? These are just a few of the things to consider when you set out to shop for the ring. While some engagees-to-be still love to be surprised, more and more couples shop together for an engagement ring. This takes the guess work out of what the wearer wants and ensures it’s something they positively adore. Here are four tips keep top of mind when bling shopping.

When it comes to gem shopping, the sky truly is the limit when it comes to cost. The quality, size and type of stone as well as the type of metal all contribute to the price tag. How much do you need to save for this sweet little purchase? It all depends on the ring in question! This is where homework well in advance of a proposal is essential so you can budget accordingly.

When it comes to diamond shopping, it’s all about the four C’s: cut, colour, clarity and carat. The cut of a diamond is what makes it sparkle, giving it fire and brilliance (consider this the most important C). Diamonds with no colour are the most coveted and stones are graded on a scale from D (no colour) to Z (slight yellow tinge). Clarity references the imperfections or inclusions in a stone (perfect, flaw-free diamonds are extremely rare!). Lastly, carat refers to a diamond’s weight and an important point to note here is a stone with an exceptional cut will make it look larger than it is.

Has this topic come up in conversation and you have no clue what it means?! We’re talking about gemstones and cuts outside of the norm. Yellow and pink diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies are just a few of the fancy stones common for engagement rings. There’s also fancy stone shapes with marquis cut, heart and asscher cut being a few of the most popular ones.

Platinum is the most precious and popular choice for engagement rings. It has been a top choice for several years as many believe it best showcases a diamond’s brilliance. White gold delivers a look similar to platinum and is also extremely popular (and more affordable). Another metal to consider is rose gold, currently on trend as the metal-of-the-moment in jewelry—many prefer it for it’s warmth, richness and romantic vibe. 

Alison McGill

Alison McGill is the editor-in-chief of Weddingbells and the Editorial Director of Mariage Québec.