Step 1: Find the Right Style for Your Engagement Ring

Before finding the diamond center stone, it’s best to have an idea of what you want the final ring to look like. This way, you can subtract the cost of the ring from your total budget to get your budget for the stone.

For a one-carat diamond ring, any style will look great. At this size, a solitaire diamond will still look large. If you’d like to make the solitaire appear larger, consider a thin band.

If you’d like more sparkle, consider a halo setting. Surrounded by smaller diamonds, the center stone will look larger.

Three-stone settings are another great way to add sparkle. Smaller side stones will make the center diamond appear larger.

For any of these styles, you could add pavé or channel-set diamonds in the band. This adds extra sparkle but can cause problems when re-sizing.

Consider Different Diamond Shapes

If your heart’s not set on a round-shape diamond, check out other diamond shapes. At the one-carat mark, average prices of fancy shape diamonds are up to 43% less than round. That’s a lot of savings.

Princess-cut diamonds are the most popular fancy shape, while…