Getting engaged should be incredibly fun, easy, and comfortable.
We’re going to make it all three! That’s what shopping at Ray-Ward Fine Jewelers is all about. Most couples want to know where to start. For us, it starts with getting to know you. It starts with asking some important questions. What engagement ring styles do you like? What’s your lifestyle? What’s your favorite diamond shape and cut? Have a few? And last but not least, we want to understand and discuss your budget. We’ll show you a wide range of diamonds and settings to ensure you find the right one. An engagement ring that speaks to you! And, one that fits your budget. That’s our ultimate goal.
Let’s face it, an engagement ring should be an expression of who you are. That ultimate expression. An engagement ring that you’ve always dreamt about. Is your style classic, contemporary, modern, traditional, or do you have a flair for all things vintage? If you’re going for something exclusively “you”, custom designing the ring of your dreams may be the perfect option.
Thinking of color?
The majority of engagement rings you will see include a white diamond as the center stone. It’s obviously the traditional way to go. Looking for something a little different? Consider color. A colored gemstone can be utilized as a center stone or as a great accent. It can range from blue sapphires, red rubies, green emeralds, and yes, considering a colored diamond to some is the ultimate choice. It really comes down to personal preference and your individual style.
If you want to consider a colored gemstone, you can learn more about it here.
The custom route.
Sometimes you have a vision for a ring you just aren’t finding in any showcase. Sometimes you want to have something unique to you. And sometimes, you want to take a ring handed down generation to generation, but just want to give it an update that matches your style. There's nothing like bringing your creative vision to life! Our talented designers can create an engagement ring that's one-of-a-kind. The only limit is your imagination! Make an appointment or simply stop in. We’ll take the time to get to know you and get a feel for exactly what you are looking for. The process is easy. And surprisingly, it’s not necessarily more expensive to go the custom route. Find out more about custom design and what we can do for you!
Trends and Styles
The styles that never go out of style.
It’s nice to know trends. But, when it comes to engagement rings, which we hope will last a lifetime, it’s also important to select a style you love. Here’s a mix of what’s popular now and what has endured.
Round diamonds cut to perfection are by far the most brilliant, which is why they remain popular each and every year. A classic that can’t be beat if you are looking to take her breath away.
Fancy cut diamonds are back and we love that they are! Emeralds have always been one of the most traditional diamond cuts that have endured. Ovals are totally back on-trend and provide a larger appearance, while a pear-shaped diamond has that wonderful elongated look.
This style, with two bands running off the center diamond, is both dramatic and a trend that’s here to stay. It makes your center stone look suspended and gives you plenty of sparkle.
For quite some time, we have paired a diamond band with the main engagement ring. The look is fabulous. But, we are also seeing more than one band being added right away or when celebrating an anniversary. Popular stacking combinations of white, rose and yellow gold have been trending and are so versatile.
Yellow & Rose
White gold and platinum are by far the most popular metals. But, we’re seeing a resurgence in yellow gold and rose gold. Both tend to make the diamond pop. No wonder they’ve become so popular!
Simple & Stunning
A basic metal band that puts the emphasis on the center stone will never go out of style. We’re seeing both thin and thicker bands.
Halo settings have been popular for several years. Aside from being classic, they provide a bigger look and feel when smaller diamonds surround the center stone.
More is Better
Can’t decide on one? 3-stone rings used to be largely marketed for anniversaries to celebrate your past, present and future. Now we’re seeing multiple diamonds purchased to celebrate one great love. Yours.
The metal you choose matters.
Believe it or not, what metal you choose not only changes the way your ring looks, it also matters when it comes to your lifestyle. Skin allergies? You will probably want to consider platinum, which is hypo-allergenic. Gold is by far the most popular metal - and always has been! However, if you’re selecting white gold as your option, you should know that in order to keep its shine and white appearance, it will most likely need to be rhodium dipped every so often. For men’s wedding bands, there are the traditional options and a number of less expensive metals we see growing in popularity.
Here are a few things to know about metals that matter.