Engagement Ring Guide

Your Complete Engagement Ring Guide

Planning to get engaged? Congratulations! We know you’re thinking about how you have only one chance to get buying an engagement ring right. Hey, it’s the most important ring of your life, so no pressure!  Most people take about three months to find the right engagement ring. But buying an engagement ring doesn’t have to be stressful. You’ve got this and we can help. Here’s an engagement ring buying guide with just seven easy steps so you can relax and enjoy getting engaged.


Engagement Ring Guide Step 1: Set a Budget and Stick to It

Heard the one about spending three months salary on an engagement ring? Forget it. You should only spend what feels right to you. Thanks to advances in technology, you can buy a beautiful lab grown diamond engagement ring that’s worthy of your love for a few thousand dollars. (And a seriously breathtaking ring like the one you swoon over on a celebrity’s finger if you can spend $20k.) It’s up to you. Just shop our engagement rings under $5000 or call us and let us create Britney’s ring or Ariana’s ring or whatever you’re dreaming of for less than you imagined possible. All our rings are crafted to last and competitively priced with no pressure or commissions: just pure value.


Engagement Ring Guide Step 2: Consider the Impact

Not every cost of an engagement ring is on the price tag. When choosing a ring to represent your love, consider the impact your engagement ring will have on the earth and communities around the world too. If you prefer not to support diamond mining, you can select a lab-grown diamond. Lab grown diamonds have transparent sourcing and you can be sure that they are conflict free too.

At Carbon Atelier, we source our created diamonds from a lab that offsets its energy use with certified emission reductions from the United Nations Framework on Climate Change issued projects. That means you can be assured that our lab-created diamonds are carbon neutral too.


Engagement Ring Guide Step 3: Brush Up on the 4Cs

We believe that quality makes a difference and when you see a fine high-quality diamond you’ll never settle for less. You can judge how good the quality is with the Diamond 4Cs. That’s why lab-grown gems are so exciting. You don’t have to sacrifice quality to get the size you want. Our lab grown diamonds are grown by Chemical Vapor Deposition, which produces Type IIa diamonds, which are the most pure type of diamond with almost no impurities that make a diamond yellow or appear as inclusions. Only 2% of mined diamonds are Type IIa. 

The Diamond 4Cs apply to lab grown diamonds in exactly the same way as mined diamonds. Our engagement rings are set with near colorless G-H VS1-VS2 certified lab diamonds. We also sell the best quality lab diamonds available with E-F color and VVS1-VVS2 clarity which we can set in any of our rings for you. And all of our created diamond have a very good or better cut grade so you can be sure they’ll sparkle in every light. You’ll be mesmerized by what a really fine quality diamond does with light: dancing with brilliance and shooting rainbows around the room.


Engagement Ring Guide Step 4: Think Size, Not Weight

Of course, carat weight is the first thing that everyone notices about a diamond. “How many carats is that diamond?” will always be the question, not “What is the color and clarity?” or “Is it mined or lab grown?” The good news is that big beautiful lab grown diamonds are less expensive than smaller, lower quality mined diamonds so you can now afford the size you really want.

But don’t get too hung up on the exact carat weight. A 1.90 carat diamond will look the same size as a 2.00 carat diamond. In fact, it can be exactly the same face-up size, since the larger carat weight diamond might be a little but deeper. You can get the size you want for a little bit less by not obsessing about round numbers. Use your eyes, not a calculator to pick the size lab grown diamond you want.


Engagement Ring Guide Step 5: Fancy That Engagement Ring

Although round brilliant engagement rings are the most popular, we’re seeing growing demand for fancy shapes like oval engagement rings, princess cut engagement rings, and emerald cut engagement rings. A more unusual cut adds personality to even a simple engagement ring design like a solitaire or a pave band ring. In fact, diamond shape is often the first choice that couples make when choosing an engagement ring style.


Engagement Ring Guide Step 6: Get It In Writing

The last step to falling in love with your gem is to make sure it’s a certified lab grown diamond. Your lab grown diamond or mined diamond should come with a diamond grading report from an independent laboratory like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the International Gemological Institute (IGI). Don’t settle for a report from a no-name lab or a retailer. A report from a widely known and respected lab means you can be sure of the quality of your lab grown diamond. At Carbon Atelier, we provide free IGI grading reports for all our lab grown diamonds above 0.33 carats.


Engagement Ring Guide Step 7: Style Your Engagement Ring Setting

Now that you have your lab diamond sorted, it’s time to select the style of your engagement ring. Most people choose classic styles that have withstood the test of time. Simple solitaire engagement rings, Pave engagement rings with a diamond band, halo engagement rings, and three stone engagement rings are the most popular styles. But that doesn’t mean you can’t customize the details to make a classic silhouette your own. Choosing a fancy shape diamond, or a unique wedding band stack can add your personal touch to a timeless style you’ll love forever.

Solitaires are trending because they are the easiest style to wear for active women. The simple sophistication of classic solitaire engagement rings can be styled many ways by stacking them with different bands and accent rings. Solitaires with a pave diamond band have the same minimalist silhouette with the addition of more sparkle across your finger, enhancing the look of the center diamond.

Halo engagement rings surround the center stone with a frame of accent gems, making it look larger and brighter. Lab grown diamond halo engagement rings combine technical innovation with a vintage flair. Three stone engagement rings have been trending since Meghan Markle received this style from Prince Harry. 

The final touch for styling your engagement ring is choosing your favorite color of gold. Gold is the preferred metal for engagement rings because it’s durable and doesn’t tarnish or react with your environment. And it’s beautiful and shiny, of course! Pure 24-karat gold is naturally yellow but alloys like 14-karat gold can include other metal colors in the mix that tint it white or rose. Yellow gold is classic and warm, white gold is subtle and blends perfectly with colorless diamonds, and rose gold is unexpected and flattering next to your skin. Choose your favorite color of gold to make your engagement ring setting your own.

That’s it! A complete engagement ring guide in seven easy steps. Congratulations on your engagement. Now go out there and pop some champagne.



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