Engagement Ring Guide
As the largest online retailer of certified diamonds and fine jewelry, we can say with confidence that you’ve come to the right place. Our selection, quality and expertise are unsurpassed. We’re here to help you design an engagement ring that reflects your intentions, your budget, and basically everything and anything that matters most to you.
What Does An Engagement Ring Symbolize?
An engagement ring has long symbolized a proposal of marriage, and our Instagram feed is full of these magic moments.
You know the ones, right? Where excited, and slightly nervous, proposers are down on one knee. The meaning of an
engagement ring speaks volumes: It’s a clear and tangible symbol that you are beloved, and that the person presenting the
ring wants to make your relationship official.
While any ring can be considered an engagement ring, by far the most popular
engagement ring contains a diamond. Of course, the sky’s the limit when it comes to finding your perfect ring.
There are no rules—and that includes, what finger the engagement ring is worn on. Traditionally in Western cultures,
an engagement ring is worn on the third finger of the left hand, and, like a wedding ring, it’s a clear and very visible way
to indicate that you’re in a relationship. However, some cultures wear engagement rings on the right hand, because
the left hand is considered unlucky. What feels right to you? However you celebrate, we’re here to help make it happen.
How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?
The old adage about spending three months’ salary on your engagement ring is nothing more than that—and old adage that
doesn’t necessarily line up with your priorities, needs or personal budget. (And that, after all, is what’s important.) And while
it may be helpful to know that the average engagement ring cost in the United States is $5,900 according to a survey
conducted by The Knot, what really matters is that Blue Nile offers incredible values and engagement ring prices that
suit your comfort zone. Our experts are passionate about helping you make the most of every dollar whether your
ring is $1,000 or $10,000.
We know from working directly with millions of customers and conducting surveys of our own, that there’s a
tremendous amount of anxiety around saving up for and financing an engagement ring—especially among Gen Z and Millennials. So with that in mind, we’ve partnered with a savvy financial expert and put together tips that can help you smartly budget and save.
Choosing The Right Diamond For You
It’s likely that the first thing that you’re going to run across when you start researching diamond engagement
rings is a mention of the 4Cs (cut, color, clarity and carat.) Trying to master the nuances of these principles
might even make you feel overwhelmed. But don’t worry. We have experts with years of experience who can help
you find the perfect diamond based on your budget and style. That said, if you love to deep dive into the nitty gritty, we also have great resources that will help you navigate the nonsense and quickly master the basics.
But before you check out more of our awesome education section, we’ll answer two things that everyone
always wants to know. What is the most important of the four Cs? Answer: Cut. And, How many carats should
an engagement ring be? Answer: Our best seller with a single center stone averages out to slightly under 1.0 carat. Of course, that doesn’t mean that your diamond needs to be that weight, but people have told us it’s
helpful to have a benchmark. If you’re curious why cut is so important, it’s because a great cut will give you the most sparkle. Carat weight, however, is not related to how well a diamond reflects light.
Why Do People Love Fancy-Shaped Diamonds?
There are many details that go into creating a beautiful engagement ring, but it’s probably no surprise that a major factor defining the look of our most popular engagement ring styles is the shape of the diamond centerstone. In addition to round diamonds we offer nine fancy shapes including pear, oval and emerald.
People love fancy-shaped diamonds because they are a stunning way to create a truly distinctive design. As an added bonus, many fancy-shaped diamonds can save you up to 25% over a round brilliant diamond of an equal carat weight. Plus, many of the fancy shaped diamonds are well suited to vintage-inspired designs. So if you’re interested in customizing a ring to create an heirloom-like feeling or you just want a style that’s uniquely you, a fancy-shaped diamond may be a great way to go.
How To Customize Your Engagement Ring With Blue Nile
Our customers tell us that they love our quality, selection, above-and-beyond service and so much more. But the thing that really makes our customers happy is the ability to create absolutely any style of ring imaginable. Whatever you can dream up, we can help you design. Every engagement ring is handcrafted by an exceptional team of artisans in our Seattle workshop—and then quadruple-checked before it goes out the door. Ready to find your perfect ring?
Finding Your Ring Size
We have some great tips and tools for how to measure your ring size. The first method explains how to figure out your ring size with our printable guide and a ring that you already own as a point of reference. The second option is the most accurate, but requires a little bit of patience as you'll need to order our free ring sizer. (Both options are available via the link below.)