How to buy an engagement ring in 2020

In this article, we will be covering everything you need to know about getting engagement ring for your significant other.

Engagement Rings vs. Wedding Rings

(According to Pink Book Weddings)

Engagement ring is usually:

  • Flashy ring with a large gemstone, used to propose marriage. (Large diamonds & gems, thicker bands embellished with more stones and probably a hefty price tag.)

  • This ring is worn as a symbol that you are betrothed to someone else, but not yet married.

Wedding Rings are usually:

  • Exchanged during the wedding ceremony which serves as a lifelong promise between spouses and are usually worn every day (where possible) by both men and women.

  • Wedding rings are usually more simplistic in design and don’t necessarily feature gemstones. (Often with the same design and metal)

  • Women wear both their wedding and engagement rings on the same finger, so it is important that the two compliment each other.

Ring Metals & Materials

It is recommend choosing the metal of an engagement ring based on the metal type of your significant other's everyday jewellery.

Here are a few key points to highlight:

Platinum is known for its extreme hardness and its beautiful white colour that never fades, but it comes with a hefty price tag.


  • Yellow Gold - Traditional

  • Rose Gold - Trendy and popular.

  • White Gold rings - plated but can lose its white colour over time.

Silver is inexpensive and yet beautiful, and note that Silver can easily scratch.

Titanium is a darker metal but it is super strong and durable despite the lighter weight. And it is hypo-allergenic, good for those with sensitive skin.

Stainless Steel is inexpensive, strong, durable, hypo-allergenic and scratch resistant.

Remember: Whichever metal you choose for your engagement ring, make sure it matches the wedding ring in future! Think about it, silver and gold ring together on the same finger might look a little weird.

The Stone

Some people would even say this is the most important part of the ring. However, it is important to note that diamonds are the most popular choices when it comes to engagement rings, but they are not the only option.

How did the diamond trend started:

World famous marketing campaign, "A diamond is forever" started in 1930s when there is a worldwide decline of diamond prices. The campaign helped to secure diamonds' status as the choice for engagement ring stone.

The four C's (Source)

One of the terms you see a lot when you start researching engagement rings and diamonds, is the "four C's." Diamonds are graded and priced based on the four C's. These C's are:

  1. Cut

  2. Colour

  3. Clarity

  4. Carat

#1: CUT

A well-cut diamond will look larger to the naked eye than one with a lesser quality cut, so opt for the best cut possible.


Colour also has a rating system:

D, E, and F coloured diamonds are the rarest and have an icy white appearance.

G and H diamonds are more common;

I and J diamonds have a warmer colour which goes well with rose or yellow gold and vintage styles.


Clarity is how clean or clear the diamond is and how few microscopic flaws or inclusions it shows under magnification.

If you want a completely flawless diamond, choose an SI1 clarity rating. The flaws or inclusions in a diamond may be almost impossible to see with the naked eye, so one with a lower clarity rating can be a good option if you are looking to stick to your budget.


Contrary to popular belief, carat is a measurement of weight and not size. The average diamond engagement ring tends to be around 1 carat weight. You’ll probably worry about the size of the diamond you choose, as this is often interpreted as a status symbol and measurement of love, but the most important thing is to buy an engagement ring you can afford. Getting engaged is a promise of your future together and a symbol of your love and commitment, so you don’t want to start out by going into debt.

Ring Size

Please note that some rings can be re-sized, some cannot be sized at all, and some can only be re-sized a little bit. So make sure you have checked with an experienced jeweller about the style you’re considering if you don’t know what is the exact size of your significant others.

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