Monday, October 4, 2021

How Big Should An Engagement Ring Be? Your Ring Shopping Guide


If you are planning to get engaged soon, or perhaps you just love planning for your dream ring, you will know just how many options are out there when it comes to engagement rings. Your engagement ring is such an important component; you’ll wear it all your life, after all! You want your engagement ring to be timeless, and to represent your personal style, as well as your love and commitment to your partner.

One crucial factor many people struggle with when they are shopping for an engagement ring is the size. Size doesn’t always correlate with price, contrary to popular belief, and the size of your ring can also be tricky to configure with your lifestyle too.

In this post, you’ll find helpful criteria for choosing the right size of engagement ring, so you can pick the perfect ring to wear for the rest of your life!

#1: Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle is a highly important factor to consider when choosing an engagement ring. Yes, engagement rings are tough and sturdy, especially if you pick a dense stone like a diamond or sapphire. But even so, you need your ring to suit your day to day activity level.

If you work at a desk and don’t do much heavy lifting or moving around, you could opt for a larger, more statement ring. You are unlikely to catch this ring as you use your hands day to day. 

Unless, of course, you have a lifestyle that requires you to lug boxes around, pick up kids and pack backpacks for school, do a lot of cooking or deal with pets. In this case, a more subtle ring, or a ring set within the metal itself (called a Bezel) might be more suitable.

#2: Your Budget

Budget is often the defining factor for couples choosing an engagement ring. The tradition is that the proposer should spend three months’ salary on a ring - but when you’re saving for a home and planning to have a family, that’s a high price to pay for a piece of jewelry 

Most couples opt for a classic 1 carat diamond ring (more information on buying a 1 carat diamond ring can be found here  However, how far you can stretch your budget to get the biggest ring possible depends on the next criterion: the stone you choose.

#3: Your Stone Of Choice 

The classic diamond ring is, of course, the most popular choice for an engagement ring. However, other precious gemstones, such as emeralds, sapphires and rubies, are becoming increasingly popular as ‘alternative’ engagement rings. Most of the time, these stones have a slightly lower price point than diamonds (despite being rarer!), so you could acquire a larger engagement ring for your budget.

In addition, if you do buy a diamond engagement ring, the quality of diamond you choose, including the color and cut, will affect its price. 

Final thoughts…
Choosing an engagement ring is a crucial decision to make, so ensure you use this guide in order to pick the perfect size ring for you or your partner!


  1. Great post! I dont think people always take lifestyle account when buying an engagement ring! I work in hospital and so many coworkers cannot wear their rings as it's actually dangerous we are so hands on!

  2. I prefer gemstones so I'm glad they are gaining popularity as engagement rings.


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