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Engagement Ring FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Engagement Rings

You have found the one with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. Congratulations! Now you may be wondering, “What’s next?” If you have never shopped for an engagement ring before, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the mountains of new information about designers, settings, and diamonds. Lewis Jewelers’ jewelry experts have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you begin your shopping journey.

What are the Most Common Engagement Ring Settings?

Solitaire rings are one of the most popular choices when popping the question. This setting is arguably the poster child of engagement rings. These rings are characterized by their classic and minimalist appearance, with a simple, unembellished band and a center stone as the star of the show.

Side stone settings are also favored among brides-to-be for their chic and sensational appearance, with petite, accenting stones positioned along the band. As designers create new, innovative designs, side stone settings can be as modest, understated, dramatic, and bold as you like. Other well-liked engagement ring settings include halos and three stones.

What are the Most Common Engagement Ring Diamond Cuts?

Round cut diamonds make up over 75% of all engagement rings sold. With 58 glittering facets, this timeless cut is guaranteed to turn heads everywhere you go. Princess cuts are the next most popular, featuring a perfect square with sharp corners and parallel lines for a wonderfully geometric effect.

Similarly, cushion cuts are distinguished by a squared shape but with rounded corners that faintly resemble a pillow. If you are searching for a more distinctive cut, consider oval, pear, and emerald cuts. Although these diamond cuts are not as popular, they are just as exquisite, perhaps even more so. Visit our diamond education page to learn how to find the best diamond for you.

How Much Should I Spend on an Engagement Ring?

In reality, there is no wrong answer here. Traditionally, the “proper” amount to spend on your beloved’s engagement ring is equivalent to two or three months of your salary. But, as the economy fluctuates, this is blatantly impractical for many. According to a survey done in 2020, the average cost was about $5,500. A good portion of those surveyed only spent around $1,000.

We also offer financing services to those who qualify to help make buying your forever ring easier. Another thing to remember is that you can always upgrade her engagement ring later if you cannot afford your vision of grandeur right now.

How Do I Find My Ring Size?

A proper ring size ensures that your ring fits snuggly. The easiest way to get your proper ring size is to visit our jewelers for precise measurements. However, since proposals are usually a surprise, this might not be the ideal way to find your beloved’s ring size. Fortunately, you can get a reasonably accurate measurement at home, but this method requires creativity to keep it discreet.

Printable ring sizers are available online, or you can use a flexible material, such as yarn or masking tape. Wrap whatever material you use around the ring finger and mark where it overlaps. From there, use a ruler and record the final measurement in inches or millimeters, and find a ring size chart online to determine her approximate ring size. Remember, our jewelers can always resize most rings with their expertise and tools.

How Do I Clean My Engagement Ring?

Rings should be cleaned regularly to prevent future issues. While you should get a ring cleaned professionally twice a year, your ring should also be cleaned at home once a week to remove dirt and debris. It is important to use non-abrasive materials when cleaning, and expensive jewelry cleaning chemicals are not required. Simply soak your ring in a bowl of warm water and a drop of gentle dish soap for 15 minutes. Afterward, gently scrub your ring with a soft, clean toothbrush and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Let the ring air dry on a cloth.

How Do I Select a Matching Wedding Band?

After your loved one says yes, it is time to consider a matching wedding band. Many designers name their wedding band collections after their engagement ring collections, indicating that these are ideal for pairing together. Tacori is a prime example, making it easier than ever to find the perfect wedding band. However, there is no strict rule here.

You can mix and match wedding bands to tell your unique love story and cater to your specific taste. A sleek, classy solitaire can pair beautifully with a diamond pave wedding band. Or you could use a rose-gold wedding band to add an elegant air of romance to your engagement ring. The choice is yours.

Shop Engagement Rings at Lewis Jewelers

Proudly serving the Detroit region for over a century, Lewis Jewelers is committed to becoming your diamond store. We have a superior selection of loose diamonds, gemstones, and fine jewelry from choice designer brands. Our non-commission-based advisor team is happy to be a part of your monumental moments as they guide you through finding the right piece that suits your needs. And our customer service continues after you leave our store with your purchase. Our in-store jewelers provide maintenance and repair services to keep your valuable treasures in pristine condition for years to come. Schedule an appointment at our Ann Arbor location to begin your shopping experience with us.

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