To choose a ring setting, you’ll need to select a style, metal, stone, and carat (if you opt for a diamond engagement ring). If you are buying a diamond ring, you’ll need to keep the 4Cs — color, clarity, cut, and carat weight — in mind when finding the best stone that fits into your budget. You’ll want to pay special attention to the last C, carat weight, for traditional solitaire ring styles so you can ensure that you proportion your ring correctly. To learn more about diamonds, visit our Diamonds 101 page.
Another thing to consider is the band that will protect your ring. Classic engagement rings feature a host of band styles, such as smooth, pavé, or halo bands, and the type of band you get will affect how much focus will go to your stone.