How to Choose an Engagement Ring
Our guide to finding the engagement ring you'll say yes to.
Select your engagement ring setting to put your love on full display. But remember that the setting, or style of ring, is all about your partner’s personal taste. Before browsing options such as Solitaire, Halo, Three Stone settings, start by considering how they dress.
Do they love minimalist style? Do they wear vintage-inspired looks? Are they drawn to all things bright and patterned? There are ring settings for minimal and maximal taste, as well as traditional and contemporary styles. Consider the fine jewelry they already own, as well. Look at their preferred metal color and favorite diamond shapes before choosing an engagement ring.
If they wear lots of yellow gold jewelry, for example, choose a yellow gold or Two Tone setting to match. If they prefer solitaire jewelry, you should lean more towards Solitaire settings rather than a Three Stone setting. Lastly, it’s always good to speak with their loved ones. A sibling or best friend might know exactly what ring engagement ring setting they’ve always dreamed of.
Diamond shapes are the “personality” behind an engagement ring. Understanding your partner’s style and what shapes they gravitate toward is an important step in finding the right ring. Look at their current diamond jewelry to start, if possible.
If they favor straight lines and squared edges, consider Emerald, Princess, or Radiant diamonds. If their look is very classic and traditional, then you might consider Round Brilliant shaped diamonds. Do you want to pair a special shape with their expressive, avant-garde style? Try shapes off the beaten path, such as Pear, Marquise or Trillion.
Want to find a ring with vintage appeal? An Asscher shaped diamond is an excellent choice. Are you looking for maximum brilliance to pair with their maximalist style? Consider the large faces of Oval and Cushion shapes. As always, when selecting a diamond, take the 4Cs into consideration. Understanding which C to prioritize can help you find the perfect diamond to complete your setting.
Create a unique engagement ring that celebrates your love in a personal way. Most couples who choose a custom engagement ring want to simply add a small detail to an already existing design.
Others want to create something entirely new. Book an appointment now in order to discover the range of design possibilities. Do you and your partner want a half-pavé band on your Cathedral setting engagement ring? Do you love the Three Stone, but want a bezel setting around each VRAI created diamond? Start with an initial consultation with our diamond experts.
They will guide you through the design process and bring your dream ring to life. Before your design is made, you’ll select your VRAI created diamond(s). Then you’ll receive a computer-animated design of your future engagement ring while you wait for it to be completed. Once it arrives, you’ll have a bespoke engagement ring that is truly one of a kind.
Now that you have found your VRAI created diamond and engagement ring setting, it’s time to propose! And while we have many ideas on ways to pop the question, we’ll leave that decision up to you. But you can be assured that the sustainable engagement ring you’re offering is a reflection of both your love and values.
Not only is your VRAI created diamond free from the human and environmental toll of mining, but it is created by the world’s first and only diamond producer certified carbon neutral. And with modern, timeless styles, as well as master craftsmanship, you can be assured that your ring will last a lifetime. Because we believe in true transparency, we invite you to learn more about our process. Discover why the VRAI created diamonds in our sustainable engagement rings are truly unmatched.
After exploring our settings and browsing our diamond collection, letting our diamond experts assist you is always encouraged. They offer in-depth diamond education and guidance through your many options. Booking an appointment with our team means that you will receive immediate feedback on all your questions concerning the 4Cs, budget, setting styles, and more.
These well-loved appointments are often quite celebratory. Not only can you and your beloved attend the appointment together and enjoy selecting an engagement ring side by side, but you can also return to select your wedding bands, or invite family and friends to select wedding jewelry later on.
Our diamond experts are available to speak with you inside our Los Angeles and San Francisco diamond showrooms. But they are also available wherever you are in the world! Book a virtual appointment and you can choose the ring you’ll say yes to from the comfort of your own home.
Frequently Asked Questions About Engagement Rings
A lab-grown diamond engagement ring is an engagement ring that features a man-made, laboratory-created diamond instead of a mined diamond. The only difference between the two diamonds is the point of origin. Because a lab-grown diamond did not have to be mined, the engagement ring’s history is free from human and environmental toll.
A VRAI created lab-grown diamond engagement ring goes even farther, however. Our diamonds are created in a zero-emission, hydropowered foundry, the first and only in the world to be certified carbon neutral.
It was once believed that an engagement ring should cost the equivalent of two months’ salary. But your budget is personal to you and your partner. VRAI offers settings at a variety of prices, depending on metal and band details. Starting with diamonds at 0.50 carats, there are center stones available for each and every budget. Rings with pavé bands, halo settings, or three stone settings will naturally be at a higher price point because of their multiple diamonds. Diamonds of greater carat weight, and higher quality of cut, clarity, and color are also more valuable and higher in price.
We are vertically integrated — we create the diamonds that we use in our designs. Our diamonds have no middlemen markups. Therefore, the price of your VRAI created diamond is often lower than that of mined diamonds.
You have options as to where you should buy your engagement ring. Your first option is to complete your purchase on VRAI.com. Choose your setting, metal color, band details, and VRAI created diamond entirely online! Then finalize your purchase and have it shipped straight to your home. Many of our customers choose this effortless option.
We also encourage customers to book an appointment with our diamond experts. You can attend a virtual appointment and buy your engagement ring with their help from the comfort of your home.
We also have showrooms in Los Angeles and San Francisco. If you live or are visiting these cities, make an in-store appointment with our diamond experts and select your engagement ring in person.
How you wear your engagement ring is personal. Many choose to wear their engagement ring on their left ring finger, however. Once married, both partners wear their wedding band on this finger as well.
If you want to wear your engagement ring and wedding band together, you have the option of stacking one on top of the other. Most choose to wear their wedding band first, then stack their engagement ring on top. VRAI designs the majority of our rings to perfectly pair together. If you’d like to wear your engagement ring on a separate finger post-wedding, that is always an option, as well. You might consider re-sizing the band, however, since size differs for each finger and each hand.
Depending on the level of cleaning your engagement ring needs, there are multiple ways of caring for it. Lightly soaking your ring in warm water with a teaspoon of dishwashing soap is usually plenty. For deeper cleaning, VRAI is proud to offer annual comprehensive cleaning and polishing of your ring as part of our Lifetime Care Package. Learn more about how to clean your engagement ring.
Go to our Custom Engagement Ring page to begin the process. You will book an initial consultation with our diamond experts to discuss your style options. Then your original inspiration will be translated into a VRAI design. Once you set your budget, we will assist you in selecting and purchasing your VRAI created diamond(s) so that the creation process can begin. You are provided with a computer-animated design (CAD) for your customized piece.