To design your own engagement ring, begin by choosing the shape of the diamond. Other important decisions include carat size, cut, color and clarity. Finally, choose the setting you want for the ring.
Diamonds are cut in about eight different shapes, including round, princess, oval, square and emerald cuts. The shape refers to the outward appearance of the stone.
Color is listed as a specific letter with D meaning there is no color at all and J meaning there is a slight color, for instance. There are ranges in between these as well. D is the most expensive and most rare.
Clarity refers to the presence of imperfections in the diamond. The most perfect diamonds are said to be flawless. Diamonds typically available at jewelers contain up to three imperfections.
Another step is choosing the carat, or unit weight, of the diamond. Carat sizes range from 0.25 to 18.75, where one carat is equal to 0.2 grams. Carat is often chosen after cut, color and clarity in order to stay within a certain monetary budget.
Settings are available in different metals and styles that vary in terms of the location of the diamond. Also available are matched sets of wedding bands and engagement rings that are meant to go together.