Your engagement ring will most likely be one of the largest purchases you’ll make (aside from a house or a car) as an almost married couple. And while your future spouse might be the one picking it out for you (or not…mine didn’t!), the more you know what you like, the easier that purchase can be.
From the 4 C’s of diamond buying to trying to figure out what type of metal you want, all the information surrounding engagement rings and wedding bands can get overwhelming, and fast. Sometimes the best way to explain all the information is with infographics, which we’re a big fan of for most things wedding related (including figuring out everything from how much wedding invitations cost to how much weddings cost in general). Below are a few of our favorite engagement ring infographics to help you navigate the diamond-studded waters.
Looking for more content you can actually read? Check out our guide to Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring as well as everything you need to know about diamond alternatives such as Morganite and Tourmaline. You can also figure out your Vintage Engagement Ring Style here, or drool over these Princess Cut Engagement Rings.
First up? Figuring out what type of stone you want. From diamonds to emeralds and diamond alternatives, there are a ton to choose from all at different price points.
This pricing guide is basic but shows you the difference between diamonds and other popular gemstones’ price per carat.
Once you figure out the stone you want, next is on to shape and style!
Your metal choice IS important. I have White Gold and I’ll tell you that 5 years later, it’s starting to yellow on the bottom. It’s not visible, but it does bother me a bit and will most likely have to be replaced at some point.
Color/clarity are extremely important when it comes to picking out your diamond (even more important than size). It should definitely be quality over quantity!
Once you’ve got the color/clarity worked out, next is carats. Here’s some great visual guides as to what the different sizes might look like.
If you can’t afford the carat size you REALLY want, a halo effect will do wonders.
Trying to find out your ring size is hard! These tips might help.
This guy’s guide on how to propose is fun to check out. NOTE: The average cost of an engagement ring in the U.S. is closer to $6,000 (more than what is listed after you convert the pounds to dollars, below).