Engagement Ring Cheat Sheet

New York
January 9, 2017

harrywinston_margome_203_reva harrywinston_margome_297 harrywinston_margome_217 harrywinston_margome_384 harrywinston_margome_481 harrywinston_margome_537From Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Eve, and all the way through Valentine’s day, the world has coined yet another holiday: engagement season! It’s one that women all over the globe are rejoicing over. Because if you and your guy have been throwing the idea of marriage around, you may be on your way to getting engaged during these special months. 

With a proposal, comes a ring. But what if you haven’t had the ring talk yet with your significant other? Not to worry! I recently sat down with the impeccably elegant Harry Winston team to get their advice on how to make the most educated decision on one of the most important investments of your life. 

Here is my cheat sheet and your quick reference guide to shopping for your engagement ring! 

No. 1 Learn the Language 

Admittedly, this is something I didn’t know much about before I went ring shopping with my now husband Freddie. Once you start your ring researching and shopping, you’ll hear about the “Four C’s” often. The “Four C’s” are carat (size), cut (shape), color (The ABC’s of “D, E, F’s) & clarity (how flawless it is).

No. 2 Think of it as Quality vs. Quantity

I truly believe a small perfect diamond is far more precious than an imperfect one, no matter how big. 

No. 3 Research the Ring’s History

Harry Winston engagement rings are held to the highest and most exacting quality standards in the industry, so you know that whatever you are trying on is in the upper echelon of diamonds in the world. With the name, you are investing in a Heritage American brand that prides themselves on quality and craftsmanship. Harry Winston pieces are ones that will last a lifetime.

No. 4 It’s Possible to Find a Stunning Ring that’s Affordable

Harry Winston Engagement Ring Collections start at $7900, which aligns with the rule of thumb that you should spend three months’ salary on a ring. So, though you may think of them just as a multi-million dollar jeweler, Harry Winston offers seriously stunning pieces that are surprisingly affordable.

No. 5 Remember the Experience

You will wear your engagement ring forever, but you also want to always remember the shopping experience! In addition to their gorgeous jewels, one of Harry Winston’s most beautiful attributes lies in what I saw while visiting their New York Flagship store on Fifth Avenue family and company culture. Their team isn’t just there to sell you a ring; they are there to be your personal guide to finding “the one” and beyond for years to come. From gifts for your bridesmaids (you will want to thank them for all of their hard wedding-planning work!) to your wedding bands to first anniversary gifts to “just because I love you” presents, the Harry Winston family will quickly become new members of your own family.

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Thanks to Martha Stewart Weddings and Harry Winston for sponsoring this post.

Every Harry Winston engagement ring begins with a diamond chosen for its exceptional character and superlative quality.

it’s funny that you mention the “experience” because my fiancé walked out of a store that had very bad customer service, he took his business elsewhere.


These all look so beauitful!

Your dress is so precious! Reminds me of the mini dress I wore to my wedding last year with a pair of patent Orla Kiely Mary Janes.
I managed to find my rings through an estate jewelry site based of the Pacific Northwest and couldn’t be happier. It’s small and delicate and harks back to the 1920’s. Definitely knowing what you want out of a ring is important! It’ll be on your hand for a long time to come, so make it count!

I want them all. they are all so gorgeous

I know right?!


these photos are gorgeous! the angles and the tones…just perfect!!


These pictures are so beautiful and glam, wish I was getting engaged now so I can have a fabulous ring.


Ohh that looks like a great time! I just recently got engaged and I had no idea about the 4 C’s either. My fiance did a great job all on his own!!!


Such stunning photos! I didn’t know about rule #1 either, so I’m glad you shared the four C’s tips!

Thanks for the insight!

Style by Pear

oh so stunning! it’s totally worth the investment – I smile inside every time I look at my ring… still!


Can’t agree more with the Quality over quantity- smokey diamonds don’t sparkle as much!

C’s Collection | http://chelseascollection.com

You must be an expert!!


So dreamy! You must have had the best time creating these images!

I was in heaven!


La Bijoux Bella | by mia

A very beautiful post . . . Love the tips! 🙂

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Thank you lovely!


These rings are absolutely gorgeous and I would love to have a shopping experience as glamorous as this one! Thanks for sharing these tips! It’s hard to know what you should be looking for when you’re a jewelry noob like me. 🙂

XO, Emily
Epicurean Emily

I’m happy to help!


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