How to Choose a Timeless Engagement Ring

A timeless engagement ring in a box.

Whether you’re shopping for the ring together or you’re still in the secret Pinterest board planning phase of looking at engagement rings, one thing is for sure: we all want our engagement rings to be timeless. But what exactly makes a ring stand the test of time? Will the ring that you love right now be the one that you love forever? And which styles of ring are more “classic” than others? After all, your engagement ring is the accessory you’ll never take off. Let’s go over everything you need to know when choosing your timeless engagement ring.

Choose a Quality Diamond (or Other Stone)

One of the best ways to ensure that your engagement ring won’t go out of style any time soon is to choose a diamond or other precious stone that’s of high quality. For example, a high-quality diamond will have great clarity and be low in color. If you’re unsure of what to look for in a diamond or another stone, consult with your jeweler to see what kinds of qualities are important and will make for a lasting, beautiful engagement ring for years to come.

Go with a Classic Shape

A timeless diamond ring in a princess cut with small stones on the band.

There are certain shapes of rings that will always be in style, no matter the decade. The shapes that you’ll always see circulating in a jewelry store will be round or princess cut. These are the rings that often litter up your timeline and your Instagram feed—but it’s for a reason. They are super classic and will always be a popular choice for brides.

Think About Durability

Engagement rings aren’t exactly like tires—but you should still think about their durability. They are, after all, going to be on your finger for a very long time to come! The band is specifically what you should be looking at when it comes to durability. Silver, gold, or rose gold may be more stylish, but a metal like platinum is going to be less malleable and not get soft over time.

Think About What Kind of Style You Have

A woman opening up a jewelry box with a timeless engagement ring in it.

One mistake couples can make when looking for an engagement ring is to think about what the modern style is—without taking into account the bride’s personal style. Sure, the halo engagement ring style is super hot right now, but would this actually fit with the bride’s personality, or is she more of a simple, solitary diamond kind of gal? Your ring should reflect your own sense of fashion—whether that be preppy, boho, or something inbetween.

Visualize Your Ring in the Future

Okay, just stay with us here for a minute. If having a classic, timeless ring is really important to you, it’s worth it to visualize what your ring will look like on your hand when you’re in your forties, fifties, and beyond. Is the ring that you’re looking at now something that you think will just be trendy in this day and age? Can you visualize wearing it to your future daughter’s wedding? Or what about wearing it at your spouse’s retirement party? Sometimes just doing a little visualization exercise can help you determine whether or not this ring is really the one that will stand the test of time.

Focus on the Stone

A timeless diamond engagement ring on a woman's hand.

When all else fails when trying to choose your perfect timeless engagement ring, you should just focus on the stone—and not about all of the decoration surrounding it. Generally, the more decoration surrounding the stone, the less classic it will look.

Choose What You Love

Above all, a classic engagement ring really is in the eye of the beholder—which would be you! Get an engagement ring that speaks to what you love, no matter how trendy or even how outdated the ring may be. All that matters is that you’ll love it for years to come.

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