Finding your soul mate may be a challenge, but buying an engagement
ring she’ll love is easier than you might think.
At Brilliance, we’re committed to making the shopping process as smooth
and seamless as possible. We’ve compiled some guidelines to help you
find a ring that meets your standards and your budget.
When it comes to choosing an engagement ring setting, there are virtually unlimited possibilities catering to all tastes and styles. While some prefer the
elegant simplicity of a solitaire setting, others may opt for a setting with side stones. Gemstone engagement rings add a pop of color to any ring, while
halo settings are sophisticated and graceful. Here are our 6 favorite styles when it comes to engagement ring settings:
In the world of diamonds, cut and shape are not synonymous terms. While a diamond’s cut refers to the number of facets and their proportions, its shape is used
to describe the overall form of the finished stone. Below are a few of the most popular engagement ring diamond shapes:
A brilliant cut, round
diamond exceeds all other
shapes in its ability to reflect
light. One of the most
popular choices for engage-
ment rings, a round diamond
is extremely versatile and
looks striking in a variety of
A square stone with 90-de-
gree corners, the princess
shape originated in the
United States in 1980. Due
to the unique cutting and
polishing method that is
used, inclusions are not as
visible in a princess cut as
they would be in another.
Introduced in 1902 by
renowned diamond cutter
Joseph Asscher, the asscher
cut utilizes many of the
same cutting techniques as
the emerald cut. What sets
asscher diamonds apart are
their uniquely angled and
Radiant cut diamonds are a
stunning hybrid of the tradi-
tional round cut and the
elegant emerald cut.
Radiant diamonds tend to
emit a beautiful glow, and
can have a square,
near-square, or rectangular
First introduced in the early
1800’s, the cushion cut is
considered by many to be a
vintage version of the
round cut diamond. A
cushion diamond is cut into
a square or rectangular
shape and features rounded
corners and sides.
Emerald cut diamonds are
usually rectangular in shape
and are distinguished by
beveled corners and step
facets. The emerald diamond is more transparent
than other shapes, often
requiring higher standards of
The marquise cut is rumored
to have been specially
designed for Louis XIV of
France who wanted it to
match the smile of Marquise de Pompadour. The
Marquise stone has grace-
fully pointed ends for a dra-
matically beautiful appeal.
Cut with the same number
of facets as a round
diamond, an oval shape
emits nearly the same level
of brilliance and fire. Due to
its elongated shape, the oval
cut can appear larger than a
round diamond of equal carat weight.
Exuding elegance, the pear
shape diamond (also
referred to as a drop cut or
teardrop diamond) is cut to
resemble a drop of water
with a single point and
rounded end. The result is a
cross between a round and
When selecting a diamond shape, consider the style and figure of the wearer. For instance, if she has longer fingers, a wider band with a round or square center stone will look especially attractive. If she has shorter fingers, a thinner band with stone shapes like the marquise or pear would be a beautiful choice and would make her fingers appear longer. Engagement rings with a larger stone, wider band and bolder styling make the perfect complement to a curvier bride.
If you are looking for a loose diamond that meets specific criteria, or need assistance narrowing your diamond search from the
thousands of options we offer, a diamond expert can find the highest quality diamond within your price range.
An engagement ring is likely the most significant jewelry purchase you’ll ever make. Shopping for one is an emotional event, and it can be
tempting to over-spend. Before starting the process, establish a budget for what you can afford. While an amount equivalent to two month’s salary
is a common starting point, many couples choose to spend more or less.
Keep the following factors in mind when establishing your engagement ring budget:
You’ll want to purchase a diamond with the highest possible quality within your budget. Many couples sacrifice in other areas to get a better stone. For instance, you may want to start with a simple, inexpensive setting so you can invest more in the cut, color, and clarity of the diamond. You can always upgrade to a more elaborate setting later.
Discount jewelers may be the least expensive, but may not offer the value, warranties, or services you need. Make sure the jeweler
you choose is a reputable seller with a history of satisfied customers. With more than 30 years in the business, Brilliance has built
a steller reputation, so you can purchase from us with confidence.
Consider all financial obligations when determining your engagement ring budget. Take into account wedding and honeymoon
expenses, the cost of setting up a new household, student loan debt, credit card balances, and vehicle debt. You don’t want to start off your new life together with financial strain.
When you’ve finally selected “the”
ring and are ready to buy, it’s import-
ant to obtain a gemological appraisal
that confirms the ring’s value for
insurance purposes. Reputable
jewelers should also provide a certifi-
cate from an independent diamond
grading facility, such as the Gem-
ological Institute of America (GIA) or
American Gem Society (AGS), which details the center diamond’s
grade. In case the style isn’t quite right and you need to return the
ring, verify that the jeweler offers a money-back guarantee and a
hassle-free return policy.
With every loose diamond and diamond engagement ring pur-
chased, Brilliance includes a gemological appraisal certified by our
Master Gemologist, along with a diamond grading report from one
of the five most reputable independent gemology labs. Our 30-day
money back return policy provides peace of mind and ensures that
our customers are completely satisfied with their purchase.
While priceless in terms of senti-
mentality, an engagement ring is
likely to be the most valuable
piece of jewelry a woman will
own. When purchasing an
engagement ring, it’s important to
get insurance to protect your
diamond in the event that it is lost
or stolen. To insure your engage-
ment ring, you’ll need a detailed
appraisal that documents its
value. The most commonly
offered policy for jewelry is
replacement coverage, which
guarantees a payment that will
purchase a ring identical in quality, design, metal, and setting.
Other types of coverage may be available depending on the policy
of your insurance company. For your convenience, we have part-
nered with Lavalier Insurance Services to provide our customers
with Jewelry Insurance that will keep you protected.
While it’s not uncommon for a couple to shop together for an engagement ring, some grooms still prefer to
surprise the bride-to-be with a ring of their choosing.
After deciding on the metal type, diamond shape, and quality level your budget allows, you’ll be ready to
narrow your search to a few finalists. To ensure that you select the perfect ring while maintaining an
element of surprise, ask for a second opinion from one of the bride-to-be’s close friends or from her mother.
You’ll want to slip the ring on her finger with ease, so proper sizing is important. If her friend or mother can’t
assist you with the ring size, try to obtain one of her rings and size it using our printable ring sizer. If you
can’t take the ring with you, measure or trace the inside diameter on a sheet of paper and contact a Bril-
liance diamond and jewelry expert at 866-737-0754 for sizing assistance.