Engagement ring education
All you need to know about your ring
Engagement Rings 101
Choosing an engagement ring can be a stressful process. However, it doesn't have to be. By taking a little bit of time to understand all the components of the engagement ring, the decision can be a simpler one. You'll also have a beautiful ring to celebrate your engagement. Learn all about metal, ring styles, diamonds, gemstones, and how to buy an engagement ring in order to make the best decision. You can also start by learning the parts of an engagement ring with our 101 guide so you can get on the right path to the perfect ring for a perfect proposal.
The Four C's
Often mistaken for the diamond’s shape, cut is a measure of how well light can dance through the stone’s facets. That’s what gives them their irresistible sparkle and fire. Though there are four cut grades, With Clarity only carries the top three to make sure you get a diamond with maximum brilliance.Learn more
Perhaps most well-known of the 4Cs of diamonds, the carat of the stone is the measure of its weight. Diamond size is measured in millimeters, but each shape holds its weight differently. That means a princess cut diamond and a round diamond that both weigh 1 carat will have different measurements in millimeters.Learn more
Graded on a scale from D to Z, diamond color is the degree of colorlessness or tint of yellow/brown. The more colorless, the rarer and higher the value the diamond.Learn more
When diamonds form in nature, tiny imperfections called inclusions form in the stones. Clarity, which is graded from FL (flawless) to I (included) is a measure of how many of these imperfections are in a stone. But many of these imperfections can only be seen with magnification, which means your stone will still look gorgeous to your eye.Learn more
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Gemstone ring education
Gemstone rings offer a striking alternative to diamond engagement rings in their hue and color. Choose one for your engagement or to celebrate an occasion.LEARN MORE
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What are the parts of an
engagement ring setting?
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On average, people spend $5,300 for an engagement ring. In terms of budgeting, our expert gemologists advise people to set aside time to save between two to three months' salary. Or spend ~10% of this year’s post-tax annual salary. While this is a commonly quoted benchmark, it’s not the end-all figure that all couples have to follow. That goes on to say, choose a figure that is comfortable for you. Nowadays couples have been splitting the expenses of proposal and wedding rings/bands. More on this in our diamond budgeting & pricing guide.
Yes. For most people, an engagement ring is a substantial purchase. Most of the time, jewelry stores including online jewelers offer a financing option for their customers. We offer a 12 months interest-free option using the “With Clarity Credit Card” through Synchrony Bank. More About With Clarity Consumer Financing .
Engagement ring styles come in many shapes and forms. Here are the classics that are commonly chosen:
- Basket: When the center stone is held in place with 4 or 6 prongs and has openings underneath that allows light to pass through.
- Cathedral: Like the architectural building, this has archways on either side of the head that is left open for a lifted look. This style enables light to pass through and attracts more attention to the center stone.
- Bezel: Usually for round or oval shaped gems, a bezel setting has a center stone set flush within a metal enclosing. This contemporary style uses more metal than other ring styles and has a very secure hold.
- Halo: A halo head cradles the center stone, and has accent diamonds that encircle the full diameter of the center gem. They make the center stone appear larger.
- Three Stone: A three stone ring has a center stone flanked by two smaller stones on either side. This ring setting already carries sentimental value as it represents the past, future, and present of the couple.
- Channel-set: Accent stones are suspended between metal two borders, with micro metal prongs in-between each stone. Thus creating an illusion of floating gems.
- Pave/Shared Prong: Imagine two peas in a pod. This is how pave/shared prong accent stones look like within a ring band. Each pair of accent stones tightly next to each other, and are held or “share’ the same metal prong.
- Simply ask her size. This may ruin the surprise, but you can keep the details a surprise like: the ring style, how the proposal will happen, and when the proposal will occur.
- Take a ring she owns to a jewelry repair shop. There the experts can quickly access her ring size. Make sure the ring you bring is one she wears on her ring finger!
- Take a piece of string to measure. Now there are two ways to go about this. You can measure the inside diameter of a ring she wears on her ring finger. Or to keep this a surprise, wrap the string around her ring finger to measure while she’s sleeping. To be sure, take that measurement and see if it matches the inside portion of a ring she currently has. Take the measurements, determine the millimeter diameter, and compare it to our sizing chart. Ta-da!
- Ask a close friend or family member. When in doubt call in reinforcements! Have a close friend ask for her ring size for “friendship rings.” Or a family member work-in her ring size into a conversation. Make sure they keep it a surprise! If anything, most rings and bands can be resized within about two sizes of their original size. With Clarity offers complimentary resizing for engagement rings and wedding bands within 30 days of receipt (with the exception of eternity bands and infinity rings because it will compromise their design).
The engagement ring is a reminder of the wedding that is to come. Many wear an engagement ring and then stack the wedding ring/band on top. Therefore the engagement ring would be the "closest to the heart." However, many women may choose to wear only the engagement ring after marriage since it's usually more extravagant than the wedding ring/band (which is a band that could be paved with or without gemstones). For LGBTQIA+ marriages, it's likely to see both partners wearing engagement rings. All With Clarity rings come with a perfectly matched wedding band to easily complete the set.
- Get your supplies ready: Dish or hand soap and a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Close the sinkhole (Very important! Let’s prevent taking apart the sink.).
- Dip the clean toothbrush into soap.
- Gently brush the gemstone(s) and band.
- Then rinse the ring under light-pressure warm water.
- Pat dry with a non-fibrous cloth.
- *Bonus Step* have annual cleanings at an expert jeweler who has ultrasonic tools. These tools will clean your engagement ring’s setting in addition to the gem(s). With Clarity offers a complimentary lifetime warranty with every purchase, which includes ultrasonic cleaning and polishing.
An engagement ring appraisal is an estimate of a diamond’s worth, and should verify the facts (e.g. quality, materials) about the ring(s) you paid for. It is important to obtain this from a certified gemologist who will use a gemstone or diamond certificate (a paper containing all gemstone specs and grades) to issue an estimate. Remember an appraisal, and a gemstone or diamond certificate are two separate things! At With Clarity we have all appraisals done by an accredited Gem Lab for $60.
We know and understand the high-value of your jewelry purchase. Therefore, we recognize the importance of protecting your precious gems for a lifetime. With Clarity recommends working with a reputable insurer that focuses on jewelry such as Lavalier. Coverage typically costs 1-2% of the value of your jewelry. We recommend having an appraisal done, then calling the insurance provider beforehand for an estimation on coverage and costs. We recommend your insurance includes:
- Protection against loss, theft, and damage
- Worldwide coverage
- If loss, theft, or damage happens you can work with your preferred jeweler to fix or replace it
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What is the average cost for an engagement ring?
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What is the average cost for an engagement ring?