How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring


By Danielle Sebastian | December 2013

Ready to pop the question but you have no idea about engagement rings? Here are some tips and advice for choosing the perfect engagement ring.

1. Equip yourself with the basics
In the jewelry store, you’ll be asked for your preference such as carat, color, clarity and cut and you’ll have to be able to communicate effectively. If you can’t grasp these concepts, find a buddy who can accompany you to the store. You don’t have to know everything but make sure you know what you are buying. Don’t be afraid to ask questions as your jewelers would be more than happy to help.

There are many diamond shapes to choose from. There’s round, emerald, asscher, radiant, princess, cushion, pear, oval and marquise. Each has its own unique characteristics in terms of size, face shape, sides and even personality.

Metals range from white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, silver and platinum. Each color has its merits depending on your chosen gem stone and its shape, or even your future wife’s preference. This brings us to the next tip.

2. Know her tastes. 
Being an engagement ring guru won’t matter if you don’t actually know what your lady love wants. Try to be observant for a few weeks of her taste in jewelry. Does she normally wear yellow gold jewelry or is she more of a vintage kind of girl? Does she have long fingers or short fingers that would look smaller with an elongated gem stone?

You can also think about sharing the moment with her. You can surprise her with your romantic proposal before you buy an engagement ring.

3. Have a fixed budget
You may be overwhelmed with the wealth of choices your jeweler can offer so it helps to have a budget that you can work around with. Ask your jeweler for their best suggestion for your budget range. No need to look at the most expensive rings that you won’t be able to buy anyway. Find something of best value that you’re sure your girl would love.

4. Be practical
An engagement ring is something that your future wife will have to wear every day. Some occupations like pre-school teachers or physical trainers will require simpler jewelry that would fit for their everyday tasks. Big stones would not work well with highly physical activities that might scratch surfaces or get caught in clothing. If you’re girlfriend on the other hand is a fancy corporate high level employee, then big stones may not necessarily be a problem.

5. Find a jeweler you trust. 
Metro Manila is home to the finest jewelers such as V-Gem JewelryMatus JewelleryJewelry by FrancoZoeyDiamond with Love, and Diamond Fire Fine Jewelry. You can drop by their shops or read about them online from websites and reviews. You should be able to trust your jeweler to help you choose the most important jewelry that will accompany your first big step towards marriage.

If you’re looking for engagement rings or wedding rings, you can search the Supplier Directory by province/city. Regularly check the website for special promos and discounts that may come your way. Good luck finding the perfect engagement ring!