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Guide to Choosing the
Perfect Ring

Finding the love of your life was the hard part. With the right knowledge, finding the perfect ring can be a fun expression of your love. Choosing the ring your loved-one will cherish for years is easy with a few simple ingredients.
Step 1

Consider Their Style

Begin by gathering details that will help your decision making process. Finding a ring that makes your bride-to-be gush starts with understanding their preferences. The ring should feel natural and a choice that truly compliments their style.

There are many pieces of a person’s style. Does your partner tend to choose classics, or is not afraid to try something new? Do they gravitate toward feminine, vintage, modern, or practical objects? If they work with their hands, you might not want a ring that can scratch easily, which makes metal options an important factor.

Is your future bride active and sporty? If so, you might want to rethink a micropavé halo, and instead opt for a solitaire as this tends to handle getting knocked a little better.

Another factor to consider is height. The higher the positioning of the center stone on the ring, the easier it can get caught on clothes, gear, or hair. A higher setting however, can have an incredible impact if “wow factor” is high on your list of priorities.

Step 2

Narrow It Down

Listening to your partner’s idea of what they like or don’t like in jewellery is invaluable when deciding what kind of ring to choose. Most people may drop a hint or two on the type of ring they like, while others may show you exactly what kind of ring they want. Make sure you listen intently anytime they talk about jewellery.

Make a mental note of how your future bride reacts to other engagement rings. Keep an eye on what type of rings and jewellery they currently wear. Is it delicate? Bold? What type of metal do they prefer? Our goal at ADX is to help you create a moment where you present a ring that is exactly what they wanted.

Some couples even decide to create a ring together, and this process can be just as enjoyable.

Choosing the Center Stone

The first step in choosing your center stone is to decide on its shape. Diamonds come in a variety of shapes, including round, oval, princess, pear, marquise, and emerald. To understand a little more about diamonds, have a read through our Diamonds 101, or contact us today to book your diamond education consult.

Choosing the Metal

Every type of metal has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, white gold has more of a shine to it than platinum, but may require replating over time to make sure it stays brilliantly white. Take a look at our most popular precious metal choices for engagement rings.

Choosing the Ring Style

Classic solitaires, contemporary designs, three-stone rings, or vintage-inspired looks? No one ring setting is better than the other, it’s all a matter of personal taste. Here’s a quick guide to ring styles:



This is the most popular engagement ring style, usually featuring a solitary center stone held with four or six prongs (a prong is a little metal claw that helps secure the stone). Many different people prefer this classic ring style over more elaborately designed rings.


Rather than holding the center stone with prongs, a thin metal rim is custom made to surround the center stone and hold it in place. This style of ring has a more modern look and is not as prone to snagging.

Diamond Accented

Diamond accented engagement rings are a popular choice for adding a little extra bling and sparkle. The accenting diamonds can be set channel, pavé, or prong-set.

  • Channel-set accents are placed closely together in the grooves of a metal channel.

  • Pavé-set accents are placed together with barely visible tiny metal beads or prongs.

  • Prong-set accents are placed together with slightly more visible prongs.

A halo style ring features smaller diamonds surrounding the center stone. This style of engagement ring is a great option to boost the appearance of the center stone and increase the overall sparkle of the ring.


This style of engagement ring symbolizes the couple’s past, present, and future. While all three stones can be the same size, the center stone is usually larger than the two side stones. This ring style is a great option if you’re looking for a timeless and classic engagement ring.


A vintage-inspired engagement ring often features intricate and delicate details such as filigree and milgrain. Filigree is a delicate process that results in ornamental designs placed onto the metal of the ring. Milgrain is small bead embellishments usually set as rows or a border on a ring. A vintage style ring is perfect if you’re looking for an art-deco or antique look.

Step 3

Establish a Budget

The old myth of needing to spend three months of your salary on an engagement ring is simply not true. Whatever your budget, we will find you the best options.

Step 4

Contact an Expert

You’ve narrowed down the style and figured out your budget. Now it’s time to find someone just as passionate about this engagement ring as you are.

At Alberta Diamond Exchange, we are all passionate and driven individuals who have extensive knowledge of fine jewellery. Whether you’re looking to create your own custom designed engagement ring, or need a little assistance understanding diamonds, we’re here to help. Contact us today and we’ll help you find the perfect ring.