5 Tips for Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring

5-Tips-Finding-Perfect-Engagement-Ring-jared-galleria-amixofmin-6Thank you to Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry for sponsoring this post. All opinions are authentically my own.

A year before S popped the question, I researched the little details I would love in a dream engagement ring. While I didn’t want to have a single hunch when he’d ask [hence why a year passed!], he did want guidance on my personal taste in engagement rings so that he could feel confident while picking out the perfect one! You’ll be wearing this sentimental accessory your entire life and there are so many options out there, so there’s no harm in giving a bit of direction 😉 This was totally our preferred process and everyone is different, but if you want to provide your guy some direction to help him during his engagement ring quest, I’m here to help!

Today I’m so excited to partner with Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry to share what details are important while your guy is on the engagement ring search. Jared has a vast selection of jewelry for any milestone, of course including engagement rings, at all price points. They work with renowned jewelers and can even create a custom design that you’ve dreamed of! Jared is currently holding a sweepstakes, now through December 8th, giving you the opportunity to win one of four #JaredTimelessMoments prizes, featuring your choice of jewelry valued up to $400! Grab all the details at the end of this post.

5-Tips-Finding-Perfect-Engagement-Ring-jared-galleria-amixofmin-5Alright, let’s chat engagement rings! Guys can get overwhelmed so being clear, concise and decisive is important. Really vet through the points below so that by the time you bring him this information, you’re certain. And, avoid giving him new direction every week, haha!

There are so many beautiful diamond shapes available. From classic round or princess to statement-making pear or marquise, decide which shape appeals the most to you! I knew for years that I loved oval cut so that was easy to check off, but if you’re torn just grab your bestie and try some on at your local Jared. Trying on rings in-person may make it easier to see which shape you’re most drawn too!


For the setting, there are a few things to consider:
Halo – While halos are all the trend at the moment, they are very tasteful and can really jazz up your ring. The halo’s sparkle plays off the center stone in a beautiful way. This double halo engagement ring from the Neil Lane Bridal® collection at Jared is beautiful!

5-Tips-Finding-Perfect-Engagement-Ring-jared-galleria-amixofmin-13Band- Side stones? Diamond pave? Sleek metal? All three of these options can really set the tone for your ring. While a diamond pave band or two gorgeous side stones will add some extra sparkle, a traditional, sleek metal band can also allow your center stone to be the star of the show. The options here are really endless! I adore how the delicate pave band on this emerald cut beauty, also from the Neil Lane Bridal® collection at Jared, compliments the center stone.

5-Tips-Finding-Perfect-Engagement-Ring-jared-galleria-amixofmin-7THE METAL:
For most rings, you’ll be vetting through yellow gold, white gold, platinum and a new trend – rose gold. To break them down:

Platinum – If you’re hard on your hands, this is a great option! The density of this metal makes it an extremely durable metal. Another great selling point is that platinum is hypoallergenic so sensitive skin won’t be irritated.

5-Tips-Finding-Perfect-Engagement-Ring-jared-galleria-amixofmin-11Gold – Both yellow and white gold are very traditional and timeless metal options. You’ll also find that due to the abundant supply, they are oftentimes both more affordable options compared to other metals like platinum.

Rose Gold –The feminine touch that rose gold brings to an engagement ring has really made this option rise in popularity. Pairing rose gold with a morganite gemstone, like this one from the Earthly Treasures Smithsonian® collection at Jared, adds a unique touch as well!


Diamonds are the traditional stone for engagement rings and are always a great choice! For the bride who wants something slightly different, Jared offers other beautiful options outside of the traditional diamond. This rose gold engagement ring boasting a stunning morganite stone by Jared, for example, pairs seamlessly with the dazzling diamonds accompanying it on all sides! Perfect for the non-traditional bride.

5-Tips-Finding-Perfect-Engagement-Ring-jared-galleria-amixofmin-145-Tips-Finding-Perfect-Engagement-Ring-jared-galleria-amixofmin-16THE FINGER SIZE:
Last but not least, know your ring size! Nothing blows your guy’s cover like finding him snooping through your jewelry box. If you don’t know it, you can hop into Jared, to get your finger sized!

Once you know your preference to all five of these areas, let your boyfriend know. He’ll be equipped with the right information to feel confident when selecting the ring.

5-Tips-Finding-Perfect-Engagement-Ring-jared-galleria-amixofmin-9After providing him with this direction, I’d then suggest he read up on the 4 C’s so he can understand the quality of the diamond he selects. At Jared, they are dedicated to helping their guests find or make the perfect piece to express the way one feels about their loved ones. So, they will definitely be able to provide some education and guidance to him in this area as well.

I hope this post is valuable to you when vetting through options. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below! Also don’t forget to enter the sweepstakes below! Xo Mindy
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  1. These are great tips! The shape and the metal were important to me. Ring size shocked me I was a size smaller than I thought.

  2. Rach says:

    These are great tips! To me the cut and color and clarity is so important! Love your ring!


  3. Lacey says:

    Obsessed with the Rose Gold one! I’m obsessed with rose gold engagement rings! I want to add a band so I can at least have a little pop of rose gold in there!


    The Glitter Gospel

    • Min says:

      I totally agree! Rose gold is gorgeous! Adding a band with rose gold would add the prettiest pop of color! Xo Mindy

  4. Shelby Back says:

    these are great tips! ring shopping with your beau is my number one tip!


  5. Belle says:

    These are such great tips! And those rings are really gorgeous!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  6. Shelby Lynn says:

    WOW that emerald cut diamond is seriously my DREAM RING! I love the halo on it as well Hopefully I can convince my boyfriend to stop by Jared to try it on!!!!

    Shelby Lynn

  7. Emily V says:

    I LOVE that morganite ring!!! I am already married, but think I want that for my other hand LOL My husband and I purchased our wedding bands from Jared in Portland, Maine and had a wonderful experience – Emily

    • Min says:

      Hi Emily – Thanks so much for reading! I know the exact Jared you’re referring too!! I’m so happy you had a wonderful experience shopping for your wedding bands! Xo Mindy

  8. Melissa says:

    Oh man. So many pretty options!! Love them all. Can I just have them all?

  9. Karina Reske says:

    Such a nice post MIndy! I love your choices of shapes and metals!!

  10. Laura says:

    These are such great tips! To me the most important part was the shape (cushion) and color of the diamond (yellow). I knew I wanted a fancy yellow diamond and finding the right shade was so important. My hubby and I did the ring shopping together one weekend and since he was stationed in another state while trying to finalize ring shopping he ended up having me go in and check out 3 loose diamonds to select the one I wanted. Not conventional by any means but that’s how we did it.

    xo, Laura

  11. I love all of these tips! I am the pickiest when it comes to my engagement rings. Even on marriage #2 I never let my fiance pick the ring out! ha! We did everything together both times and that helped astronomically!

  12. Angelle says:

    AHHH, those rings are both gorgeous!! I wish that I would have known all of this 20 years ago!! I would have been a little better at dropping the clues and hints. And, Jared’s is the best.


  13. Azanique says:

    All of these rings are stunning! I would never be able to chose.

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

  14. Kileen says:

    These rings are so gorgeous!! I would definitely say the shape was more important to me!

    cute & little

  15. Anna English says:

    Your ring is absolutely stunning!

  16. Tomi Obebe says:

    I’ll definitely be keeping these in mind. Love each option. Thanks for the tips!

    xx, Tomi

  17. Jenna Colgrove says:

    that one is definitely perfect!

  18. Sara says:

    Navigating the ring/diamond world is tough! It’s like a whole different language! This post is beyond thorough and will be such a great guide for soon-to-be engaged couples 🙂

    xo, Sara

  19. Jessica says:

    These are all such great tips! Love how gorgeous those rings are too!
    xo Jessica

  20. Jaime says:

    Loving the selection of rings! All so gorg!!!

  21. Stephanie says:

    Jared seriously has a beautiful collection of rings! It’s where my fiancé got my ring and I’m obsessed. Mine is rose gold with a morganite stone and a halo of diamonds surrounding and along the band. I love yours as well. You got me excited all over again about these stunning jewels!

  22. StuartBrazell says:

    These are such great tip sweetie! I’m already married but can I still get the rose gold one? Xo xo

  23. Such a great giveaway & awesome tips for choosing an engagement ring!

  24. Whit says:

    These are great tips and these rings are freaking gorgeous hun!

  25. Your ring is BEAUTIFUL. My hubby did sooooo much research before choosing my ring – there’s really so much to it!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Min says:

      Thanks Erica! These aren’t my engagement ring, but perfect options for someone that’s soon-to-be engaged. Thanks for reading! Mindy

  26. Whit says:

    Love these tips! The rings are gorgeous!!

  27. Sarah K Tripp says:

    Great tips! These rings are gorgeous!

  28. Megan says:

    I love love love morganite engagement rings … I think colored stones are so cool.

  29. Lindsay says:

    Such a gorgeous post! Great tips as well.

  30. Ruth Ridley says:

    Great tips!! This ring is FLAWLESS!!!

  31. Molly says:

    I love your ring and that pretty pink, too! Thankfully my husband picked out a ring that I still love 12 years later!

    • Min says:

      Thanks, Molly! These aren’t my engagement ring, but beautiful options for anyone that’s about to get engaged. Thanks for reading! Xo Mindy

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