Searching for the perfect engagement ring may seem difficult, but it’s not if you take the time to do a few things first. To keep it simple and avoid problems decide on a metal, figure out her style, determine your diamond, and then pick a setting.

Decide Your Metal

Deciding which metal she will like is simple. Chances are she wears jewelry. Take note of the type of metal she wears. Is it gold, silver, or platinum? If you’re unsure, just ask, “Hey, what type of metal are those earrings? They look so pretty on you?” If she doesn’t wear jewelry, again, just ask. It’s always better to ask her then to spend tons of money on something she won’t like.

Figure out Her Style

This is not as hard as you think. Her style has been right there in front of you. What kind of clothes does she like to wear when she’s all dressed up? Is it classy or modern? Is it fun or simple?

If she is a classy type of girl, why not look at an antique engagement ring from the Victorian era? Chances are you will find the perfect Victorian antique diamond engagement ring to suit her style.

Determine Your Cut

The traditional engagement ring comes with a diamond. Diamonds come in a variety of styles. For example, you could get her the square shape diamond referred to as the princess cut. Or, you could get her the rectangle shape referred to as the emerald cut. How do you know which one? Again, pay close attention to what she already wears, or, as a last resort just ask.

Pick Your Setting

If you decided to go traditional and have a stone like a diamond, the next step is to determine how you will mount the stone. Your goal is to allow as much of the stone to show, without weakening the hold the setting has on it. A common setting is the prong setting. The more prongs you have, the stronger the ring’s grip on the stone, but the less of the stone that shines through.

Some other factors that influence settings are side stones and the shape of the main stone. For example, you may like the shape of a solitaire cut diamond and want to also have small diamonds on the band. You could use a tension setting for the solitaire diamond, and then use a bezel setting for the small ones.

If you remember to decide on a metal, determine the style and cut, and get the correct setting for the stone, you will not only keep it simple, but avoid most problems associated with buying an engagement ring.