Quick and Easy Buying Guide

Carat weight: 1 carat = 200 milligrams = 6.5 mm diameter. Doubling weight doesn't double diameter.

Diamond clarity: FL/IF/VVS/VS = super expensive, near perfect. SI = best value if you can check a photo for obvious inclusions (defects).


Color: D-G = colorless, expensive, only if you have money to burn. H-J = best value. Can go lower in gold metal settings than white metal.

Cut: Better cut ratings let more light into a diamond, making it sparkle more. Very important property, don't skimp here.

Set a budget and minimum cut (Premium). Go J color for gold and I/H for white metals. Go searching for SI1/SI2 clarity diamonds at James Allen. Pick a diamond with small/no inclusions. Choose a ring setting and buy it risk-free (60-day returns).

Engagement Rings For Men

In years gone past, the thought of a man wearing an engagement ring would probably never have crossed most people's minds. Even today, most men do not wear an engagement ring in addition to their wedding ring.

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However, there is an increasing trend of men wearing engagement rings, especially amongst young people. Some men like to have a reminder of their engagement as well as a wedding, or feel having both an engagement ring and a wedding ring complements the two rings that their wife wears.

There are a wide variety of types of engagement ring that a man can wear. Often a man's engagement ring is much simpler than the ring worn by their wife. Often it is just a simple band without any stones similar to a wedding.

However there are options for more fancy or showy rings. A very popular choice is a two tone ring using two different metals. The advantage of this type of ring is that you can make it much more visually attractive without needing to add any stones and hence can keep the profile of the ring quite low, which is a big advantage for sportsmen or manual labourers.

Men can get stones set in their engagement ring. Usually a man's engagement ring will not have a single centre stone like a diamond solitaire ring. Instead, it may have a number of smaller diamond set in the channel, or a single small stone set into the band, not necessarily in the centre.

Like for female engagement rings, men's engagement rings can have other stones apart from diamonds in them. A gemstone of particular significance to either the man or the couple can be used.

You should insure a man's engagement ring just like you do a woman's. While a man's engagement ring will typically be less expensive than a women's engagement ring set with a large diamond (just by virtue of the man's ring having smaller diamonds, it can still be quite expensive especially as the ring is typically larger and has more metal in it.