Guide to Buying An Engagement Ring

At Anna Sheffield, we aim to make the process of looking for the perfect ring inspiring, educational and yes, even fun!

Designed with the non-traditional bride in mind, our collections include a variety of stone options, materials and styles. It’s important to note that any ring you see can be customized and made-to-order, as part of our bespoke service. And if your vision requires something totally unique, you can work with Anna to create a piece that’s completely custom.

Looking to pop the question and not sure where to begin? We’re here to help! Read on for everything you need to know about buying an engagement ring in 4 easy steps.

The best place to start, is to consider rings by their style and silhouette. To make this simple, we group our Engagement Rings into five distinct Silhouettes : Solitaire, Multi-Stone, Halo, Cluster, and Band. From each of the below, imagine which best suits your better half.

Next, let’s identify some elements of your partner’s personal style. Is it on the true-blue traditional side? Would you consider him or her to be more modern? Delicate or bold? This will help you narrow down the selection further.

Perhaps you have an heirloom stone, or you’re looking for a truly one-of-a-kind design to match a unique vision. A custom or bespoke spin on one of our Silhouettes would be the way to go.

Next you will want to think about the shape of the stone. Does your partner pine for the perfect symmetry of a Modern Round Brilliant? Or maybe they would appreciate the alluring asymmetry of a Pear cut? If you need a crash course on all of the different options, click through each of the below for a quick lesson before moving on.

Cut & Shape

Next, you will want to think about what your ring is made of – both the stones and the metal. At ASJ we appreciate the perfectly-imperfect beauty of included and colored diamonds and gemstones as much as we do a flawless one.

When selecting the stone, it’s important to explore all the options – and there are many! First, let’s look at White, Black, Champagne, and Grey diamonds.

Do any of these seem like “the one”?

Perhaps you’re more curious about other gemstones. There is much beauty to be found in vibrant precious and semi-precious stones such as Emerald, Ruby, Opal Sapphire and Spinel to name but a few.

See some of our favorites below or learn more about gemstones here.

Next, let’s chat about metal colors, specifically Rose, Yellow, and White gold.

Lastly, you should have a general sense of what you would like to spend on your Anna Sheffield Engagement Ring. Diamond carat weight and sizing of stones often inform pricing. No matter your financial requirements, we work with rings (and budgets) both big and small to create a uniquely meaningful engagement ring that you and your partner will treasure for a lifetime.

Already have an engagement ring (ASJ or otherwise)? Download the Anna Sheffield Stacking Guide to explore ceremonial suites and signature nesting bands to fit perfectly with your engagement ring.

Now for the really fun part: getting the process started.
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