The popular practice of getting engaged, or “putting a ring on it,” as younger generations like to say, is full of perks (ring selfies are a favorite). It all begins with possibly the most important piece of jewelry you’ll ever own: an engagement ring. Whether you’re just beginning your search or already deeply entrenched in it, here are five suggestions to create your ultimate dream ring.
Begin with a budget. According to CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison website that publishes finance and data-driven research, the average couple in 2020 spent $5,225 on an engagement ring and $7,750 in 2019. Ultimately, couples should buy the best diamond their personal finances will allow. “The only budgetary rules that should apply are the ones that are correct for you and your situation,” says Clean Origin, the world’s largest retail dealer of lab-grown diamonds. When picking a diamond, remember that man-made iterations can cost thousands of dollars less than mined ones, and their origins are always certain. Also, remember that carat size does matter. If you’re a budget-conscious bride-to-be and you know you want a large two or three-carat stone, work with a simpler setting to bridge the cost gap. Consider a halo setting or a princess cut ring if you’re looking at smaller stones and want the center diamond to appear bigger.
Get inspired. With so many beautiful styles, settings, shapes, and cuts to choose from, ring shopping can feel a little scary. Banish those frights by checking out the sparkling stunners your favorite celebrities are sporting or sourcing fresh ideas from online sites like Pinterest and Instagram. If the folks over at Clean Origin know one thing, it’s diamonds (plus, their IG is always packed with images of drool-worthy engagement rings and wedding inspiration). Every ring is one of a kind. Clean Origin’s lab-made diamond center stones and accent diamonds have been independently verified and graded for superior quality.
Let your heart be your guide. We’ll repeat it: There are millions of breathtaking rings on the market but finding the one that speaks to your heart means you’ll cherish it forever. Figuring out the shape you want is a great place to start. It’s a known fact that classic round cuts are pricier than, say, a marquise or pear. The same can be said for carats. For a better price, opt for an alternative shape instead of a round cut. The band metal is also important, so consider your lifestyle when choosing. Traditionally, engagement and wedding rings are crafted from precious metals such as yellow gold, white gold, and platinum, which range in appearance and durability. Alternative metals are popular for men who like their bands to be masculine and scratch-resistant. Platinum is an excellent choice.
Green is good. It always feels good to feel good about the ring you’re wearing. That would explain why ethically sourced gemstones like lab-grown diamonds and recycled metals are such hot topics right now, especially among millennials and Gen-Zers who are buying more diamond engagement rings than any other demographic. In addition to being less expensive than their mined counterparts, man-made diamonds only take approximately two months to create. Because they’re made in a lab, you can rest easy that there are no disruptions on local ecosystems from mining practices.
Create your own ring configuration. Designing a bespoke treasure with your husband-to-be is a satisfying experience you can share together. Clean Origin streamlines the process with its online ring builder. Simply choose a diamond and a ring setting, and, voila! Your personally crafted, custom engagement ring will arrive within a few short weeks. Clean Origin understands that customizing a ring can be tricky, and some things look different in real life than they do on a computer screen, which is why they offer a 100-day return policy. If you’re not in love with your ring, don’t fret. Just return it for a full refund or an exchange. Your happiness, after all, is the top priority.
To find your perfect lab-created diamond or a dream ring you’ll forever cherish, visit Clean Origin’s website to arrange a virtual appointment with a diamond expert.