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How to choose the perfect engagement ring

Choosing the perfect engagement ring is a big moment, with so many ways to start. Whether choosing a ring on your own or with your partner, your engagement design involves several factors. Below, we break down your choices for each part of the ring for a thoughtful and enjoyable design process.

 

The anatomy of the ring

We broke down the components of the engagement ring to three sections, so you can focus on what is the most important.

1. Center Stone: The focal point, the center stone is often a diamond.

2. Setting: A design feature, the setting is the structure holding the center stone   and any side stones securely in place.

3. Band: The band is the section of the ring that wraps around your finger. Its inner circumference determines your ring size.

 

The center stone

Our sustainably created diamonds have the same optical and chemical characteristics as mined diamonds, and are graded in the same manner. To get started, choose the shape of the center diamond that best suits your style preferences from the options below.

Diamond shapes +

Choosing the shape of your diamond is a crucial part of your final engagement design as it determines the look and mood of your ring. Our shapes have distinct characteristics - some classically timeless and others modern and unique. Learn more about our diamond shapes here.

Emerald

This rectangular shape features step-cut facets running down the sides to draw attention toward the center of the stone. The long, narrow facets add depth and dimension while drawing in light and spotlighting clarity, making this shape look modern and elegant.

Oval

Sleek symmetry merges with a soft silhouette, creating an elongated shape with perfect brilliance. It’s also one of our most popular diamond shapes as it lengthens fingers, hides inclusions and looks large with its generous surface area.

Asscher

The Asscher diamond is the embodiment of the elegance and glamour of the art deco era merging a modern style with fine craftsmanship. The step cut X-shaped facets with clean geometric lines spotlight Asscher’s mesmerizing lustre and gives it a distinctive appeal.

Princess

The Princess diamond offers striking brilliance and beauty. This cut effortlessly marries the femininity of the diamond’s sparkle with the modern appeal of its strong edges - ranking it one of the most sought-after diamond shapes in engagement rings.

Pear

Our sustainably created Pear diamond is designed to be distinctively different. A teardrop silhouette leads to a single point, balancing sparkling facets with a pleasing proportion and brilliant depth while elongating the fingers.

Cushion

Called a “Cushion” for its pillow-like appearance, this soft square shape features rounded corners and a brilliant cut. Large facets highlight clarity, disguise blemishes and maximize radiance, creating the look of crushed ice when reflecting light.

Marquise

An appealing balance of proportion and symmetry, this stunning elliptical shape features sharp edges that spotlight carat weight and brilliance. With a notable, vintage-inspired silhouette, the Marquise is the picture of tradition and romance.

Trillion

A thoroughly modern shape, today's Trillion cut is both soft and sharp. This triangular shape with large facets creates brilliant depth and dimension to maximize radiance.

The 4C's +

Selecting the right stone begins with understanding the 4C’s and what makes one diamond more valuable than another. The cut, color, carat and clarity determine a diamond’s value but prioritizing what’s most important in a stone is a personal preference. In addition to these specs, we've also introduced what we call the 5th "C" of a diamond - its carbon footprint.

1. Cut

A diamond’s cut refers to the arrangement of its facets. Masterfully cut by our own foundry, our sustainably created diamonds are cut to perfect proportions to reveal a superior, striking sparkle ranging from Ideal to Excellent.

2. Color

A diamond’s color refers to the absence of color. We only offer colorless and near colorless sustainably created diamonds. At this level, color differences are difficult to detect unless compared side-by-side.

3. Carat

A diamond’s carat refers to its weight. Our cutting-edge technology, developed over years of research and development, allows us to sustainably create diamonds from less than a carat to more than 5 carats.

4. Clarity

A diamond’s clarity refers to the visual purity of a diamond. All our sustainably created diamonds are high clarity graded at VS2 and above with no eye-visible inclusions to deliver maximum brilliance.

5. Carbon footprint

Traditionally, a diamond’s value is based on the 4Cs, but we consider a diamond’s carbon footprint, the fifth ‘C’, to be just as important. Our diamonds are sustainably created by our foundry, Diamond Foundry, the one and only diamond producer with zero carbon footprint. This achievement is made possible by utilizing hydropower, a clean renewable source of energy.

Explore our inventory of sustainably created diamonds.

The setting

The setting is the structure on top of the band that holds the diamond in place and is best determined after you select the shape of your diamond. While the setting is a stylistic decision, we share a few tips to assist with your decision.

Our settings +

The Signature

The Signature is our response to the enduring simplicity of a classic solitaire engagement ring.

The Signature Bezel

The Signature Bezel engagement ring combines historic sensibility with modern and thoughtful details.

The Signature 6 Prong

The Signature, reimagined. Elegant and timeless, the Signature 6 Prong setting is the quintessential engagement ring.

The Signature V

A future classic, the Signature V engagement ring is at once timeless yet untraditional.

The Classic

With clean fluid lines, the Classic engagement ring honors its moniker with a touch of modernity.

The Cathedral

A toast to everlasting beauty and elegance, the Cathedral engagement ring is our modern take on a traditional design.

The Knife-Edge

The Knife-Edge engagement ring is our contemporary rendition of a classic style.

The Duet

Inspired by the beauty of two things coming together, the Duet engagement ring merges a balanced form with a graceful silhouette.

The Trio

A romantic reminder of the past, present and future - the Trio multi-stone engagement ring is our refined interpretation of a classic style.

The Halo

The Halo engagement ring is our rendition of a classically romantic setting.

The Hover

Created to inspire joy, the Hover engagement ring features a floating solitaire diamond with surrealistic appeal.

The Curator

The Curator engagement ring is decidedly different from any other design in our collection. A freshly rounded band balances symmetry and substance, creating a pleasing proportion with an artistic edge.

The ring style

The ring style is very personal, as it symbolizes your shared love and commitment. Below are some useful tips to help lead you in the right direction:

Ring style tips +

  • Has your partner previously hinted at a style? Their subtle (or not so subtle) preferences can serve as a guide.
  • Search your partner’s favorite brands on social media for inspiration.
  • Reach out to family and friends who know your partner’s taste or have previously spoken about a design.
  • Book a virtual appointment with our diamond specialists to assist you with the selection of the right setting and center-stone for your engagement ring. You can also reach out to our customer experience team at hello@vrai.com or LiveChat by clicking the icon on the lower right corner for any questions.

The Band

The color of your ring is another stylistic preference, influencing the overall tone of the design. Created by the combination of pure gold and alloys, we offer our engagement rings in 18k recycled solid gold in three different colors; yellow gold, white gold and rose gold. In addition to gold, our engagement rings are also available in platinum, a naturally-white metal favored for its strength and longevity.

Our Metal Colors +

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold combines pure gold, fine silver, and copper, resulting in a rich and warm golden hue. Yellow gold is more forgiving of a centre-stone with a lower color grade, as it offsets the added warmth of the diamonds giving you more flexibility within your budget.

White Gold

To achieve its white color, pure gold is often mixed with zinc, palladium, or nickel alloys. White gold rings are also dipped in rhodium, giving them a brilliant, chrome-like color, while also protecting them from scratching. However, to maintain this white luster, white gold should be “re-dipped” every few years– a complimentary service we offer with your purchase of a VRAI engagement ring.

Rose Gold

Known for its romantic and feminine appeal, Rose Gold is a mix of pure gold and copper which gives its pink finish and ethereal nature.

Platinum

Platinum is a naturally occurring white metal with the same coloring as white gold but tends to be stronger. While it has a higher price point, platinum requires less maintenance and doesn't have to be "re-dipped" in rhodium like white gold.

The ring size

Whether you're determining the ring size on your own or collaboratively, it can be a challenging process. In this section, we provide tips to assist you with this step of your engagement ring purchase:

If the ring is a surprise +

  • Ask your partner’s friends or family if they know his or her ring size.
  • See if you can borrow one of your partner’s existing rings (for the correct finger).
  • If neither of these options are a possibility, you can reach out to our engagement specialists to offer guidance on sizing.

If you're working together +

  • Should you make this a collaborative activity, ring sizing is simple with our ring sizer, a straightforward, reliable measuring tool. Like a belt for your finger, secure the end through the "buckle" to form a ring shape. Slip your finger through the loop and pull the end through. Similar to a belt, you want this to be tight, but not uncomfortably so. You should be able to slip it back over your knuckle. When it feels snug, look to the little black arrow to determine the ring size.

General tips for finding the perfect ring size +

  • A well-fitted ring should be easy to put on and slightly snug to take off.
  • Ensure that the plastic slider (if using a ring sizer) fits over your knuckle - if you have thin fingers but larger knuckles, you may need to order a half size larger.
  • Temperature affects sizing. Fingers appear smaller when cold, and larger when warm. Measuring at the end of the day when your extremities are warmer ensures a more accurate reading.  
  • Size the exact finger for the ring, as your left and right hand’s fingers are not identical (the dominant hand tends to be larger).
  • Avoid eating salty foods and alcohol before sizing, as they make your body retain water, which can result in a larger ring size.
  • Size multiple times, multiple different days, as your body swells and shrinks daily.
  • We offer all our engagement rings in quarter sizes so if you're still unsure, your best bet is always to order a quarter size up.
  • Should you ever need a different size, just reach out to hello@vrai.com.

Still need help deciding?

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