You're ready to pop the question, and it's time to pick out a ring. While there are many distinct ring designs, figuring out your preferences on certain common ring features will help you narrow down your options and decide on a ring that your partner will love.
First, consider what style of ring you prefer. Traditional solitaire rings have a single center stone. Solitaire is a classic style and is especially flattering on women with dainty fingers. Diamond accent rings have small diamonds that may be used as a side decoration around a larger stone, which increases its brilliance. Gemstone accent rings include small gemstones, such as rubies or sapphires. This is a great option if you want a ring with some color.
You should also consider certain features of the central diamond, particularly carat, color, clarity and cut. A diamond's weight is mentioned in carats, and this is usually used to determine its overall quality. Most diamonds are clear in color, but in some cases various minerals come into contact with the carbon during the diamonds formation, which may yield diamonds of distinctive colors, such as pink. The clarity of a diamond indicates a lack of blemishes or inclusions. The diamond's cut determines the amount of light reflected off it. A good cut will be highly reflective.
Finally, consider what material you prefer for the band of the ring. Options include silver, yellow gold, white gold, platinum and palladium.