16 Things Everyone Should Know Before Buying An Engagement Ring

    Everything you need to know to put a ring on it.

    1. Understand what EXACTLY it is that you're looking for in a diamond.

    2. Know what different size carats would look like on your finger.

    3. There's a big difference between a 1 carat and a 2 carat diamond.

    4. Get a handle on diamond and gemstone cuts.

    5. If you're considering a diamond, think about if you want it cut for *sparkle* or ~color~.

    6. Here's a closer look at the difference between the two:

    7. If you want a big stone (without the $$$), look at rose cuts.

    8. See how rose cuts compare to brilliant and old European cuts:

    9. If you want something a little more *unique*, check out salt and pepper — also known as grey or included — diamonds.

    10. If you want the grey diamond look for less, go for rutilated quartz.

    11. If you were hoping for a pink diamond, take a look at morganite.

    12. If you're not into diamonds, check out diamond alternatives.

    13. Know how to pick a damn perfect gemstone.

    14. If you want an impressive AF-looking ring without the high price tag, get a halo.

    15. Compare different types of gold to get the perfect color.

    16. And watch a video about everything you need to know when it comes to engagement rings here:

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    To learn more about all of the rings pictured, visit Catbird and Anna Sheffield.

    Over and OUT.