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Guide to Buying Her the Perfect Engagement Ring

To make the unforgettable occasion one that she will gush about to family and friends for years to come, here’s what you need to know.

With every monumental milestone in life, being prepared with the information you need to succeed is critical. There are few life-changing moments that equal the moment you ask your future partner to embark on a lifelong journey of love and commitment. To make the unforgettable occasion one that she will gush about to family and friends for years to come, here’s what you need to know. 


As the saying goes, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” There are a few pieces of information you will need before you start browsing rings. The most important piece of advice when buying an engagement ring is to never surprise her with something you bought according to your own taste without taking her personal style into account. This is where your investigative skills come into play. You can surreptitiously ask her family and friends for hints about cut and style she may have talked about with them. Be sure to approach the ones you know can keep a secret! You can also sleuth clues from the style of jewellery that she already owns. Does she have more modern or traditional style jewellery? Does she favor white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, two-tone (mixed metals) or platinum (currently the most popular metal for engagement rings)?

Next, you will have to uncover your girlfriend's ring size. Stealthily borrow a ring from her stash to take to the jewellers and they can tell you the size. If you think she might notice and don’t want to give her a heads up, use a pencil and a piece of paper to trace the inside of the ring, and bring that instead. If she's an in-between size, it’s a good idea to round up. It's easier to size-down if you have to later.


Before you even enter a store, you should narrow in on a budget. Be realistic about what you can afford. Many top retailers offer lay away programs and financing options which helps make the purchase less of a financial strain. Compromising on certain features, such as opting for less expensive white gold rather than platinum, for instance, can help you stay within your budget while leaving wiggle room to upgrade in other areas. 

The 4 C’s

Now that you have gone undercover to get the information you need to get started, and calculated what you can afford to pay, it’s time to turn your attention to the central feature of the engagement ring: the stone. There are four parts to a diamond’s quality. Let’s take a quick look at the 4 C’s.

1. Clarity: The clarity refers to the stone's "inclusions" or imperfections. These are minuscule mineral deposits and fractures in the rock.

2. Color: It’s not about whether it's a pink or black diamond—it refers to the color of a white diamond, from totally colorless to yellow.

3. Cut: Cut refers to the quality with which the diamond is cut and to the shape. This is where personal style and sparkle come in. The cut grade is important, it determines how a diamond reflects light. The more light reflected the brighter the brilliance. And after all, it’s that blinging sparkle that makes her heart flutter when she looks at a diamond jewel.

You have already dug around for hints about what shapes your girlfriend likes: Round, princess, oval, emerald, pear, marquise, radiant, heart or cushion. The most popular for engagement rings is the round cut. The princess (square) is the second most in-demand option, and a current popular trend. Cut is where you want to invest. Get as close to excellent as your budget allows to get maximum brilliance and durability.

4. Carat: The carat is the weight of the rock. The average for most engagement rings is about one carat. Again, carat is one place you might want to splurge. 


The style will give the engagement ring it’s overall character. The most popular engagement ring styles are: 1. solitaire (a single center stone), 2. halo (features a center stone surrounded by tiny gemstones in a pave setting, usually with diamonds, that creates the appearance of a larger center stone) 3. three stones (typically with all stones of the same cut, and the center stone the largest of all three), and 4. sidestones (smaller diamonds or other gemstones that flank the larger center stone for additional sparkle or color).

This is where you take into account if your future bride is more understated in her personal aesthetic, or bolder and more daring in her style. Perhaps she is into vintage looks, or maybe contemporary chic is more her speed. There are seemingly limitless options, so getting some guidance from a family or friend and examining her wardrobe will help if you are not sure which fashion mold she fits into best.

Time to Shop

An authorized retailer of top designers, Golden Tree Jewellers offers a vast selection of diamond engagement rings in all styles and settings. Conveniently located in Langley, British Columbia, the family owned fine jewelers welcome you to their showroom wheretheir friendly experts can guide you through this exciting and precious purchase of a lifetime. Financing is available to help make this monumental event as easy as possible. Want to browse online? Visit Have a few questions or want to make an appointment, give us a ring at(604)-530-7221. We would love to be part of this, and all, your biggest life’s milestones! 

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