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What to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring

Here is everything you need to know before buying an engagement ring – from size, price, and material.
by
Julie Abelstedt
Founder of Abelstedt

Engagement rings are a lasting sign of love. It has been so for hundreds of years. The engagement ring has been a religious symbol expressing lasting camaraderie, love and togetherness between two people. And even though this tradition is hundreds of years old, it’s a tradition men and women have held on too. The engagement ring connects couples and shows others that they belong together in the name of love.

Browse Abelstedt’s engagement ring collection to find the ring that suits your preferences. We have a wide range of styles to choose from as well as a tailor-made service. This gives you the chance to customize the perfect ring for you or your partner using our expert design team.

Here’s a small guide on how to choose the right engagement ring for yourself or your partner.

How Much Should an Engagement Ring Cost and What Is the Typical Price of an Engagement Ring?

There is no right or wrong amount to spend on an engagement ring. Some people may tell you that it should cost a certain percentage of your salary. However, these three factors should determine the actual amount you should spend on an engagement ring:

  • Your budget
  • Your partner’s expectations
  • The significance of the ring

An engagement ring is personal to the couple whose love it symbolizes. For that reason alone, it’s impossible to link the cost to an accurate figure or calculation.

Try to find a ring that you can afford and that you know your partner will cherish.

How Do I Find Out What Ring Size My Partner Needs?

The best method to figure out her size is to take one of her old rings to a jeweler to get them to measure the size. Make sure the ring is about the same width as the ring you want to give her. Rings can sit differently on the finger depending on whether it is a wide or thin ring. However, if you are unable to visit a jeweler or jewelry store and are not aware of your partner’s ring size, you may need to discreetly ask friends and family.

When you borrow one of her existing rings, make sure it’s one she wears on the same finger as the new ring you are planning to buy. Our ring size guide also gives you advice and guidance on how to find her ring size at home. 

Should I Buy My Engagement Ring Online?

In most cases, engagement rings are 20-40% cheaper online than in physical retail stores. Due to the way diamonds and sapphires are sold and distributed, diamonds and sapphires are cheaper for online suppliers. By shopping online, you get a large selection of conflict-free diamonds and sapphires and beautiful surroundings at competitive prices. We engrave your 10 -18 karat gold ring for free and deliver your engagement ring in a superior wrapping.

Why Should You Buy Your Engagement Ring from Abelstedt?

Abelstedt has access to over 60% of the world’s polished diamond and sapphire market. This means that you can choose exactly the diamond you want if you want to make a special design. We are a leader in affordable, certified, and ethically manufactured gemstone rings. We offer comprehensive customization options that allow you to purchase a ring that matches your most precise preferences. We can make all kinds of rings in white gold and gold. Feel free to send us an email with your design wish and we will return with a non-binding offer on her or your dream engagement ring.

Purchasing an engagement ring can be a lengthy process and it’s perfectly normal to feel a little apprehensive. Our team of dedicated jewelers offers you personalized customer service, both before and after your purchase.

Our passionate and highly experienced craftsmen will provide you with exquisitely designed engagement rings that will eventually become family heirlooms.

For this reason, Abelstedt is proud to supply jewelry of the highest quality and elegance.

Through your purchase, you will also benefit from the following policies:

  1. Lifetime warranty on your engagement ring
  2. 30 day return policy
  3. Free engraving
  4. Beautiful wrapping
  5. Extra small gift when buying a diamond ring

Engagement Rings in Silver

Make your proposal a memorable moment and give her a beautiful silver engagement ring that she will cherish forever. With all its sparkle, a silver engagement ring will certainly not be a bad choice. Many people today choose to buy a cheaper engagement ring.

The reasons can be many. In some cases, the couple would rather spend the money on a better honeymoon or a larger wedding. In many cases, an engagement ring in silver is also used as a stand in for of a ring with real diamonds and white gold. You should always go for the kind of ring that means something to you and your partner, no matter the price or metal.

Engagement Rings in White Gold

An engagement ring is traditionally made of gold, although it does not necessarily have to be gold colored.

White gold is just as popular due to its discreet and elegant look and it can also match the white stones better. At Abelstedt, you can choose from 10, 14, and 18 karat white gold. 10 karat is less pure than 18 karat. But 10 karat can be more durable than 18 karat. The purer the gold, the softer it’ll be. Purity is an important factor for all our engagement rings in white gold. Are you looking for an engagement ring or maybe just a nice ring for yourself? We have both. If you want to see the entire selection of white gold rings, click here.

White (colorless) sapphires and diamonds are the traditional choice for the stone. But again, feel free to let your own instincts—and her style—influence the final decision. Pink, yellow, or blue sapphires are valued for their rarity. They therefore make for an extraordinary choice for an engagement ring that is completely unique.

Explore all Abelstedt engagement rings here.

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Men's Ring Size Guide
Abelstedt Size Inner diameter (mm) Inner circumference (mm) US Size UK Size
XXXS 16.3 52 6 L
XXS 17.0 54 7 N
XS 18.0 57 8 P
S 18.8 60 9 R
M 19.6 62 10 T
L 20.4 65 11 V
XL 21.2 67 12 X
XXL 21.8 70 13 Z
How to Measure

The Tape Method

1. Grab a tape measure, string, or strip of paper.

2. Wrap it around the finger you’ll wear your ring on—if you’re creating a ring stack, consider where on your finger the ring will sit—and mark where it joins with a pen.

3. Lay your string or paper strip on a flat surface and measure the length up to the mark using a ruler. Use the chart above to match the measurement to the closest Abelstedt ring size.

Measure finger for ring size

Measure an Existing Ring

1. Choose a ring that already fits the finger well.

2. Measure the inner diameter of the ring in millimeters (mm).

3. Use the measurement chart above to match the size of your ring to the closest Abelstedt size in mm.

Measure ring size
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Abelstedt Gifting Tips

  • If you’re between sizes, go for the larger size if the ring is wide and the smaller size if the ring is narrow.
  • There’s not a large difference between two subsequent sizes on the size chart. If in doubt, go with your gut. You can always exchange the size through our easy returns process.

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Our customer service is always ready to help. Chat with us live or send us an email.

Find Your Ring Size (Women)
Abelstedt Size Inner diameter (mm) Inner circumference (mm) US Size UK Size
XXS 15.3 48 4.5 I
XS 15.9 50 5.5 K
S 16.5 52 6 L
M 17.3 54 7 N
L 17.7 56 7.5 O
XL 18.5 58 8.5 Q
XXL 19.1 60 9 S
How to Measure

The Tape Method

1. Grab a tape measure, string, or strip of paper.

2. Wrap it around the finger you’ll wear your ring on—if you’re creating a ring stack, consider where on your finger the ring will sit—and mark where it joins with a pen.

3. Lay your string or paper strip on a flat surface and measure the length up to the mark using a ruler. Use the chart above to match the measurement to the closest Abelstedt ring size.

Measure finger for ring size

Measure an Existing Ring

1. Choose a ring that already fits the finger well.

2. Measure the inner diameter of the ring in millimeters (mm).

3. Use the measurement chart above to match the size of your ring to the closest Abelstedt size in mm.

Measure ring size
Abelstedt Blue Box

Abelstedt Gifting Tips

  • If you’re between sizes, go for the larger size if the ring is wide and the smaller size if the ring is narrow.
  • There’s not a large difference between two subsequent sizes on the size chart. If in doubt, go with your gut. You can always exchange the size through our easy returns process.

At Your Service

Our customer service is always ready to help. Chat with us live or send us an email.

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