How to Choose Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted by Nate Barsky on

When it comes to choosing your diamond engagement ring, the possibilities are endless. The process to finding the perfect engagement ring can be daunting. You’ve probably heard about clarity, grades, colors, and certificates, but you’re not sure where to start.

By the time you’re done reading this short guide, you’ll be ready to make a well informed decision about both your diamond and ring setting.

The anatomy of a diamond

It’s hard to tell by looking at it, but diamonds are actually divided into several complex parts. Below is a quick overview of each part often highlighted in a diamond’s GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certification.

Table – the large flat top facet of the diamond
Crown – the upper portion of a diamond above the girdle
Girdle – the narrow rim that separates the crown from the pavilion
Pavilion or Base – the lower portion of the diamond below the girdle
Diameter – the width of the diamond as measured through the girdle
Culet – the small facet of the diamond at the bottom of the pavilion
Depth – the area of the diamond from the culet to the table

diamond anatomy

Understanding the anatomy of a diamond will also help guide you in selecting your preferred shape and setting.

Crafting your custom engagement ring

Both online and in-store, you have the ability to craft your own ring. This gives you the option of selecting the diamond and setting separately to create something truly special.

There is no wrong way to begin. Some choose a diamond first and then a setting, while others will choose a setting first and then a diamond to fit. Either way, it is important to take your time and remember what your future bride prefers.

Since most people tend to fixate on the center diamond, it may be easier to start by selecting a center stone. We have a wide selection of diamonds that are hand-picked by our sparkle specialists. If you are shopping online and unsure, just give us a call and we can walk you through the process.

Also, let your creativity run wild. If you have an idea for the perfect ring, let us know and our jewelry artists can create your masterpiece.

Just remember: this process is about finding a symbol of your love. The ring you select is personal and should reflect the style and preferences of you and your partner. There are some general guidelines that have helped others in the past, but there is no “right” or “wrong” when it comes to buying an engagement ring. If you trust your instincts and feelings, it’s hard to go wrong.

After you get a “yes!”

The diamond engagement ring that you are about to purchase will last a lifetime, so be sure to get it insured against loss or theft. Most homeowners insurance companies will cover your partner’s ring once you live together. Talk with your insurance agent to see what coverage is available and be sure to put all of your ring’s documentation in a safe place. For additional coverage, special jewelry insurance is available from several sources.

The next step is planning the wedding, but be sure to come back and ask us about wedding bands, anniversary gifts and more. We’ll be thrilled to help you find the perfect diamond for all of life’s occasions.

But for now, remember to have fun when choosing your ring! It is a fantastic symbol of your relationship and future.


I’m Nate Barsky, one of a long line of Barskys who have been creating diamond engagement rings in Philadelphia’s famous jeweler’s row for over 100 years. I’d love to help you find your perfect engagement ring: Get in touch today so we can help you find the perfect ring for you.