Engagement Ring Buying Guide

The Ben Bridge guide to finding the perfect engagement ring


For over a hundred years, we have had a singular mission: to help customers celebrate their special moments. And there are few moments more special, more anticipated, or more lovingly remembered than your engagement. With a commitment to quality jewelry, the best possible values, and exceptional personal service, we will help you bring a lasting sparkle to your forever moment.

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SET A BUDGET

Decide how much you’d like to spend

When choosing an engagement ring, you will need to select a style, shape, metal and ring size. It is important to consider her personality & lifestyle. If she's adventurous and spends a lot of time outdoors, look for lower profile, less ornate choices, which are less likely to get knocked or caught on things. If she's more of a glamour girl, look for statement settings with accent diamonds and more intricate details. There is an endless ammount of varity in style, details and metal choices. We've categorized our engagement rings into six overarching styles to help you on your journey towards finding the perfect engagement ring.

A perfect ring for every budget

We are proud to offer engagement rings that fit every budget and consider it our privilege and responsibility to help you find the perfect ring within your desired price range. We also offer no interest financing for 12 months on engagement ring purchases, in addition to financing options up to 48 months (on approved credit) to help make it easier to buy the ring of your dreams. You can get more details on financing options at your local Ben Bridge store or by calling us at 888.448.1912.

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DETERMINE A STYLE

What is her style?

Think about the type of jewelry she already wears. Is her style more classic or modern? Edgy or sophisticated? Does her jewelry tend to be more simple or more bold? Making these observations will help you learn about what kind of ring might suit her personal style.

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Get some inspiration

Not sure where to begin? Reach out to her friends or family for ideas and guidance. Or you can even go a step further and browse her pinterest board for hints. Our Weddings catalog is also a fabulous source of inspiration, featuring a beautifully curated collection of our most dazzling engagement rings and bridal jewelry.

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CHOOSE A DIAMOND

The perfect shape

The first step to choosing a diamond is deciding on a shape. The most popular cut is a classic round diamond, known for its brilliant sparkle. A princess or emerald cut diamond offers more modern lines and symmetry. Or, for something more unique, consider a pear or marquise diamond.

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Size and Quality

Once you’ve decided on a shape, the next step in choosing a diamond is to consider the size or carat weight, cut, color, and clarity--also known as the Four C’s. The Four C’s provide a way to compare and evaluate diamonds, but these standards can only tell you so much. The best way to actually choose a diamond is, quite simply, to look at them. Diamonds each have a unique beauty and you will often find one that simply catches your eye. We invite you to call or visit a Ben Bridge store to make an appointment with a Personal Jeweler. They’ll be able to show you diamonds in person and answer any questions you might have throughout the process.

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CHOOSE THE PERFECT RING

Setting style

Now that you’ve chosen a diamond, the next step is to choose the ring it’s going to be set in. When considering the ring and setting style, it’s important to consider her lifestyle. If she’s adventurous and spends a lot of time outdoors, you might want to look for lower profile, less ornate choices that are less likely to get knocked around or caught on things. If she’s more of a glamour girl, you could look for statement settings with accent diamonds and more intricate details.

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Metal Type

There are a number of things to consider when choosing a metal. First, what color do you think she’d like best? Typically, rings are set in either white or yellow metals to fit an array of styles and also to best accent the color of the stone. You might take a quick look at the color jewelry she already wears for a hint. Our engagement rings are available in a variety of metal types from white gold to yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum. When thinking about metals, you’ll also want to consider durability. While we only set engagement rings in strong, durable metals, a Personal Jeweler in your local Ben Bridge store can help make sure that you make the right choice for her lifestyle.

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Ring Size

If she wears rings, the easiest way to determine her size will be to borrow a ring she already owns. you can either trace the inside of the ring on a piece of paper or bring the actual ring into a Ben Bridge store near you to figure out the size. If you two are working together to find the perfect engagement ring, you can use our printable ring sizer to measure her approximate size. And if you have no clue at all, don’t worry - most settings can easily be re-sized, so we can work with you to take our best guess and then re-size it after your proposal to ensure it fits her perfectly.

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PURCHASE

Financing

We want to help you get the ring you want in the easiest, most comfortable way possible. That’s why we proudly offer no-interest financing for 12 months on engagement ring purchases, in addition to a variety of financing options up to 48 months (on approved credit). You can get more details on financing options at your local Ben Bridge store or by calling us at 888.448.1912.

Buying with confidence

We invite you to make an appointment with your Personal Jeweler, visit your local Ben Bridge store, or reach out to our customer service online to do more research or take that step to purchase. Ben Bridge is a certified member of the American Gem Society and the Responsible Jewelry Council, so you can be assured that you are working with a professional who adheres to the highest standards of ethics and knowledge. We are dedicated to providing consumer protection at every step along the way.

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