Engagement Rings for Women in 8 Simple Steps

For many couples, a proposal is one of the most significant milestones in life and the start of an important new chapter together. In many cases even the most modern couples, forgoing tradition in every other area, will choose to mark the moment with an engagement ring; a symbolic promise immortalized in a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Helping couples find the perfect engagement ring is one of the great honours of working in the world of diamonds. We believe information should be as simple as transparent as possible so that everyone can find a beautiful engagement ring. This guide is going to direct you to our detailed pages that can support your engagement ring buying journey every step of the way.
Our collection of engagement rings for women is the perfect place to begin your search, but here you will learn the ins and outs of choosing and buying your ring, as well as how to prepare for the big moment; the proposal!

Step One: Set a Budget

Set a Budget
Only you can decide your budget. The average spend on an engagement ring (US) is around $6,000, however the range is wide. Our best advice is to be realistic – big diamonds have been romanticized but many individuals have very little reference for how much they actually cost. Don’t be disheartened if you find that a particular carat weight is out of your price range – there are some incredible budget friendly engagement rings for women. Familiarizing yourself with the four C’s and working out what is possible within your budget is the best place to start.

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Step Two: The Four C’s

Education Center
Before you get into the style and look of the engagement ring, first focus on a good understanding of the Four C’s; cut, color, clarity and carat. The qualities of a diamond will dramatically influence the price so a firm understanding is key in maximising your budget and getting the most beautiful diamond possible. Selecting a certified loose diamond and pairing it with a stunning setting is a sure-fire way to get exactly what you want, as well as allowing you to itemize your budget and apportion it wisely. All Whiteflash diamonds carry an AGS or GIA lab report – as internationally recognised certification bodies, they offer reliable and consistent grading that you can trust.

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Step Three: Cut is King

Diamond Imaging
So you’ve brushed up on the Four C’s – now it’s time to go into a little more detail. Cut quality will have the greatest impact upon the brilliance, fire and scintillation of a diamond – in simple terms? The sparkle! Diamond cutting and the analysis of cut quality is complex, but understanding it is easier than ever thanks to advanced diamond imaging. A diamond imaging report tells you precisely how the diamond is handling light.

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Step Four: Research Engagement Ring Settings

Vatche U-113 6-Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring
Vatche U-113 6-Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring
This might be the first time you’ve ever considered engagement rings, or indeed, any style of jewelry! Your first search may feel a little overwhelming as the choices are vast and the details can feel technical and complex. But embrace the incredible variety of engagement rings for women and try to narrow it down to 3 to 5 styles that you believe your partner will love. You may also consider your partner’s occupation to ensure your choice aligns with the best engagement ring for her lifestyle.

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Step Five: Consider Designer Engagement Rings

Trade Up
Once you’ve got the basic ring styles under your belt, it’s time to tighten up those finishing details by exploring designer engagement ring options. Opting for a designer ring offers the chance to experience the intricate craftsmanship and careful balance of expertly designed rings, while offering a greater variety of unique settings. Our portfolio of designers encompass a wide spectrum of tastes a price points. For example, budget conscious buyers are likely to find Valoria designs to be a great value, while those looking for something exceptional will be impressed with Simon G’s unique designs.

Step Six: A Surprise Endeavour or Choosing Together

Is she dropping hints? Does she already wear a certain style of ring? Are her friends going to help you out? Or are you going to bravely go it alone! While we typically still see partners choosing rings for their intended as a surprise, we also help plenty of couples find the perfect ring together. There are no rules here, it is whatever works best for you.

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Step Seven: Future Proof Policies

Money Back
Buy back options, warranties, loyalty programs and trade-up guarantees are just some of the policies to look for when you’re ready to buy an engagement ring. These policies demonstrate a company’s desire to build lasting relationships with their customers and should offer you great peace of mind for this all-important purchase. We are extremely proud of our customer focused benefits and enjoy following our customers’ journeys in the years after their proposal.

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Step Eight: Plan the Proposal

Proposals come in all shapes and sizes and are inherently personal. So, why are we mentioning it? The main reason is so you can factor acquiring the ring within your timeline. If you are pressed for time, an in-stock diamond and in-stock setting is your best bet. Remember you can always resize the ring at a later date. However, on average, people take 3 months to find the perfect ring. The jewelry manufacturing process can take time, particularly for bespoke orders. When it comes to your proposal, plan accordingly so that you have a stunning ring to present her with on the big day! We love hearing our customers proposal stories – they are a great source of inspiration for others too!

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And Finally…

You are not alone! We offer open communication and expert help from our GIA qualified diamond specialists who are on hand to answer any questions you may have. We can guide you through every step or the process, or simply be there at the end when you’re ready; the decision is entirely yours. So good luck and get ready to begin you search!

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