Diamond engagement ring guide

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Among the many remarkable properties of diamonds, the fact that no two are ever the same is one of their most alluring traits. Similarly, every bride- or husband-to-be is unique in their own way. So when it comes to buying an engagement ring, it’s important to choose a ring that appeals to their special sense of individuality.

First and foremost, of course, your partner’s personality and style must be allowed to shape the process. “Increasingly, mainstream jewelry design is influencing the bridal arena with brides-to-be opting for more adventurous jewelry,” says Federica Imperiali, De Beers Forevermark’s Trend Expert and Head of New Product Development. “With the rise of social media, millennial brides are much more trend aware. Today’s bridal customer is able to solicit opinion and make style-led choices with ease.” 

But before you begin your search, it’s important to also understand a ring’s characteristics. The following practical guide contains all you need to know, including help on choosing the right diamond size, cut, shape, ring setting, metal type and style. 

Did you know?

The first known use of a diamond engagement ring took place in 1477, when Archduke Maxmillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring featuring an M spelled out in diamonds.

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Diamond size and diamond carat guide

Although there are several important considerations that will guide you in your quest, the size of diamond is often the first thing that comes to mind when buying a diamond engagement ring. Find out more hints and tips, and a take a look at our diamond carat chart.


Diamond color
and clarity guide

The color and clarity of a diamond are two important aspects of the 4C’s to consider when buying a diamond engagement ring. Learn more about diamond color and clarity.


Diamond ring
setting type guide

Different ring settings can greatly enhance the natural beauty of a diamond. Having an understanding of the different types of settings before you visit a jeweler is recommended so you can be sure to pick the perfect design.


Diamond shape and diamond cut guide

The cut and shape of a diamond are often confused. Read about how the cut of a diamond effects its sparkle, and discover how different diamond shapes suit different personalities.


Engagement ring budget considerations

When buying a diamond engagement ring, it’s the promise of your eternal love that your partner will see first, not the price tag. However, budgeting can be tricky for many, so we’ve compiled a list of tips and considerations to help you navigate the process.


Precious metal
types guide

Selecting the ideal metal for a diamond engagement ring may simply come down to personal style, but you should also consider the durability and maintenance of certain metals. Take a look at our informative guide to help decide which precious metal is right for you.


Diamond integrity, certification and insurance

Choosing a diamond engagement ring is an important decision and a significant investment. Find out more about the sourcing of diamonds, diamond certification and the responsibility of owning one.


Finger shape and
size guide

Make sure the diamond engagement ring you choose is the best shape for your partner’s hands. Finger shape and size are often overlooked, but both are important considerations to take into account before you purchase that dream ring.


The Ultimate Proposal Guide

A proposal is perhaps one of the most important moments in your life and there are many different ways you can make it a personal celebration of the occasion. From romantic to unique marriage proposal ideas, we have created the ultimate proposal guide to help you create the perfect Forever moment.

Read the ultimate proposal guide  

Beyond the 4Cs

Throughout history, diamonds have dazzled and amazed. At De Beers Forevermark, we individually select diamonds against additional rigid criteria to ensure that only the most beautiful diamonds can become De Beers Forevermark.

Now, Forever

We are believers in Forever. Through the twists and turns, the ups and downs, everyone goes on a different journey towards true love. Every step you take now, is a step towards your Forever.