Arguably the most important aspect of any engagement ring is the precious stone that is embedded within it, and to choose a diamond there are a few things to keep in mind.
Firstly, you will need to work out which shape is right for you, which can be based on a combination of personal taste as well as objective aesthetic qualities.
For example, the most popular shape is round, and this may suit anyone looking for a more traditional design. However, if you want to push the boat out then opting for a more elaborate configuration, such as a pear-shaped stone, an oval diamond or even one in the iconic princess cut.
There are also more modern stones with heart-shaped cuts made to their surface. Whatever your preference, as a rule of thumb you will need to opt for a larger stone if you want any of the more complex shapes, because smaller carat counts will make any uniqueness harder to perceive at a distance.
Clarity and color also need to be taken into account, and as you might expect the higher the quality of the stone, the more expensive it will be, sobalance your budgetand expectations accordingly.
Compare Materials & Factor In Your Own Style
If your are aiming to order a custom engagement ring, it is likely that you will be willing to stray away from the norm in terms of the band design as well as the stone choice. This could mean picking something other than silver, platinum or gold, or even sticking with one of these precious metals but putting your own stamp on it by choosing a more elaborate stone configuration within the band.
Most importantly, make sure that the design complements your own style, not only in terms of fashion but also with regards to fitting the things you get up to every day.
The ring needs to match your wardrobe, fit the size and shape of your hands and fingers, and also be practical to wear regularly, rather than being overly cumbersome and so less likely to make it out of your jewelry box.
Ask An Expert
Professional jewelry designers are definitely worth consulting for any of your in-depth custom engagement ring questions and concerns, even if you do not necessarily plan to buy from them directly.
Finally, do not rush this process but be patient and take your time so that you can think things through carefully and make sure the decisions you make are the correct ones.