17 Best Places to Buy Engagement Rings Online for Every Style and Budget (2024)

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    An engagement ring is a significant milestone on the journey to "I do." However, finding the perfect ring can be overwhelming. There are endless options, and it's a considerable investment, so it's important to do your research before buying. Don't worry, we're here to help! We surveyed Brides editors, interviewed jewelry experts, and spent hours researching the best jewelry brands online—from companies that have been around for decades to small businesses and artisans that specialize in creating one-of-a-kind pieces.

    "Shopping for an engagement ring online allows you to browse thousands of options," explains jewelry designer Katherine Kim.To narrow your search, first, decide on your budget. Then, think about which style of engagement ring you're looking for, from timeless to modern and vintage-inspired, and whether you want anatural diamond, alab-created diamond, or anon-traditional center stone.

    Once you know what you want, finding a trusted diamond retailer is essential. Choose a jeweler with a reputation for using quality stones and precious metals, providing plenty of customization options, and backing up their pieces with certification, a reliable warranty, and long-term care and cleaning services.

    Whether you are scouting out rings with your significant other or shopping solo, we've created an extensive guide to the best places to buy engagement rings online.

    If you're in the market for a lab-grown engagement ring, Grown Brilliance offers an excellent collection to choose from. Go for one of the brand's iconic, pre-designed styles, or customize your own by selecting the stone, setting, and metal. In general, you can expect to pay less for a lab-grown diamond ring than you might for a mined diamond. The good news is that lab-grown diamonds are chemically the same as natural stones, so you're not missing out on quality.

    In addition to engagement rings, Grown Brilliance offers a range of other fine jewelry pieces to mix and match with other pieces in your collection. Loose lab-grown diamonds are also available in an assortment of carats, sizes, and cuts.

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    With the site's "Heroes Rewards" program, teachers, medical professionals, first responders, and part of the military can receive 10 percent off their purchases. The brand will also match the price of a competitor if you feel that another U.S. retailer offers a similar diamond at a better price. If you have questions or need guidance, it's easy to schedule a virtual appointment with one of the brand's jewelry experts.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    In a rush? Grown Brilliance offers free 2-day shipping through FedEx on all orders. Made-to-order styles take about two weeks to create but are shipped with FedEx 2nd Day at no extra charge. Returns are also free through FedEx when sent within 45 days from when it ships. You'll be eligible for a full refund as long as the ring doesn't show any signs of wear or has been engraved or resized by another company.

    Blue Nile is the largest online retailer of certified diamonds and fine jewelry and has been a pioneer in the online diamond engagement ring business for over 20 years. Bringing high-quality GIA-graded diamonds directly to consumers, Blue Nile carries thousands of independently-certified diamonds to choose from and guarantees a great value on every stone purchased by eliminating the “middleman.” As a result, prices are significantly less than traditional retail. The brand also stands by a Diamond Price-Match Guarantee to ensure that customers are getting the best prices.

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    Blue Nile is all about letting customers control the jewelry shopping process, whether you choose to use the “Build Your Own Ring” feature, shop the “Ready-to-Ship” ring collection, or want to buy a loose stone. The brand provides expert guidance with in-depth educational materials and unique online tools so customers can feel confident in their purchase. The brand has 24/7 customer service year-round and has introduced virtual appointments for those interested in learning more from their own home. If in-person guidance is more your style, Blue Nile has showrooms in Salem, New Hampshire, Long Island, New York, Portland, Oregon, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Bellevue, Washington.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    Every engagement ring from Blue Nile is hand-crafted and quadruple-checked by diamond and jewelry experts to ensure the quality of a piece before it is shipped via secure delivery methods. Every order includes a 30-day return policy and lifetime guarantees. Blue Nile also offers a Diamond Buyback program that allows customers to sell a loose diamond or piece of diamond jewelry for a cash offer based on current market value.

    For an impressive collection of conflict-free and lab-grown diamond engagement rings, Look no further than James Allen. Founded in 2006, the brand's mission is to offer brides the highest quality diamonds at the best price point. What's more, they understand that buying an engagement ring online can be an overwhelming process, so they created an online tool called the Ring Studio. This features aims to streamline the customization process and allows you to design a custom engagement ring that not only celebrates your personal style but fits your budget, too.

    Choose from a wide range of diamond (and other gemstone) shapes, settings, metals, and shank styles to create an engagement ring that feels uniquely you. Not sure where to start? Don't stress! James Allen also offers an inspiration gallery of other customers' engagement rings as a helpful jumping-off point.

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    One of James Allen's most helpful online tools is its 360-degree Diamond Display Technology. With this tool, you can view over 200,000 conflict-free diamonds in highly magnified 360-degree HD to give you a clearer picture of what a certain engagement might look like in person. This video technology combined with their 24/7 customer service aims to help you to make a more informed and confident decision. Plus, it's incredibly easy (and fun!) to use.

    Shipping & Return Policies

    JamesAllen.com provides fast, free shipping on all order destinations, regardless of order amount. If you're not completely satisfied with your engagement ring or need to resize it, they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, as well as a one-time free ring resizing within the first year of purchase. Loose diamonds must be accompanied by the original laboratory grading report or you’ll be charged a fee to replace the certificate.

    Etsy Engagement Rings

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    If there's one place guaranteed to yield a wide assortment of unique and alternative engagement rings, it's Etsy. With an entire section of the site dedicated to weddings and engagement rings, you'll be sure to find a design that catches your eye and stays within budget. From romantic morganite rings to classic oval solitaire styles, it's possible to browse endless options from trusted artists and vendors. We also love Etsy as a resource for high quality antique and vintage rings that are rich in history.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    Since each seller has their own set of shop policies, make sure to check the payment plan options and estimated delivery date, as well as return policy as these details will vary from shop to shop.

    With an impressive selection of price-sensitive styles, Ritani is proof that a beautifully crafted engagement ring doesn't have to break the bank. If you're not sure where to start, Ritani makes it incredibly easy to discover their designs by breaking down their rings by setting. Choose from striking solitaires to double-stone "Toi et Moi" styles, vintage-inspired stunners, and rings flocked with delicate side stones. Once you've landed on a setting you love, you can filter by price, center stone shape, metal, side stone and even by delivery date if you're in a time crunch.

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    If you'd rather design your own ring, Ritani has got you covered there too. Start by choosing a loose stone (either an ethically-sourced mined diamond or a lab-grown one), or begin with the setting and go from there. Rianti also offers a unique budget tool feature where your dream ring can be built by answering a series of questions based on your price point, the cut and type of diamond. Once you've narrowed down what aspects you're looking for, click "Show me my ring" and the site will generate a customized ring recommendation for you.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    Ritani offers discreet packaging to keep your proposal a surprise, as well as a 30-day return policy for all items except for custom rings. If you find yourself in a position where you need to return a custom ring, Ritani also offers a diamond buyback program.

    For those looking for a more sustainable engagement ring, Brilliant Earth is the place to shop. The brand established its own higher standard, "Beyond Conflict Free", and only accepts diamonds from specific mine operations and countries that follow internationally recognized labor, trade, and environmental standards. In addition to using recycled gemstones, many of the brand's jewelry pieces are made from recycled precious metals. Brilliant Earth also uses sustainable packaging and partners with Carbonfund.org to offset its carbon emissions by contributing to tropical rainforest conservation in Brazil.

    In terms of style, you'll find a wide variety of engagement and wedding rings to suit your taste. The site makes it easy to shop by type of metal, diamond shape, and design. Brilliant Earth offers both natural and lab-grown diamonds, as well as other stones like moissanite and emerald.

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    Brilliant Earth has taken ring shopping into the 21st century with its offering of digital-forward features like a virtual try-on service and one-on-one video consultations. If you use your smartphone to shop the site, you can upload a photo of your hand to match with various ring styles in their collection. It's possible to then completely customize your ring—from the band design to the diamond shape and carat. You can even virtually stack it with other rings, and then save and share the final version. Another perk is the brand's complimentary 45-minute online consultation with one of the brand's jewelry experts—they'll go over everything you need to know when selecting and styling your ring.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    Brilliant Earth offers free shipping and returns within 30 days of purchase. Better yet, they provide an easy FedEx return label so you have one less thing to worry about.

    Zales has been known as "the diamond store" since 1924, and for a good reason—the retailer carries an impressive selection of engagement rings and wedding bands to suit any taste. Plus, there are plenty of stunning options for anyone shopping on a budget. With popular wedding and engagement collections from Vera Wang LOVE, Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry, and Marilyn Monroe, customers can shop for everything from classic styles to trendy stacking suites and bold bands. For those craving lots of glitz and glamour, there's an array of dramatic and ultra-fancy rings, too.

    Zales uses ethically-sourced metals and stones as well as a variety of lab-created diamonds and gemstones. Plus, customers also have the option to shop pre-set ring styles or create a custom design (your imagination is the limit!).

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    Offering high-touch customer service, Zales provides an online "Engagement Ring Education" guide featuring the different types of settings. It also includes information about the "five Cs"—in addition to the standard tenets of cut, carat, color, and clarity, Zales also includes "care" as one of the most important factors to consider. What's more, the fine jewelry retailer has a 24/7 online concierge service so customers can ask any additional questions before buying the ring of their dreams as well as financing options.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    You can either choose to have your engagement ring shipped to a local Zales store which takes about 3 business days or to have your order shipped straight to your door which usually takes up to 2 business days. Returns and exchanges in good condition are permitted within 60 days from the purchase date and online purchases can be returned to any Zales location or returned by mail. Keep in mind that it might take up to 30 days to process any refunds.

    With over 274 stores in 41 states, you've probably spotted a Jared store at one of your favorite shopping destinations. What you may not know is that Jared has created an online shopping experience that is equally easy as stepping into one of their stores.

    With endless offerings from their impressive roster of notable designers such as Vera Wang, Neil Lane, Tacori, and De Beers Forevermark, Jared truly has an engagement ring style for everyone. Choose from vintage-inspired marquise rings, three stone rings set in rose gold, oval-cut diamonds traced with pavé halos and more. If you don't see the right style for you or if you know exactly what you want, Jared offers the ability to custom make your engagement ring online with options to choose your diamond shape and weight right down to the setting and engraving.

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    Since shopping for an engagement ring may not be as straight-forward as you think, Jared has online experts on hand that offer virtual appointments to answer any and all questions and to walk you through the process.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    For in-stock items that aren't customized, you can pick up your order at your local Jared location within 2 business days at no additional charge. For delivery straight to your door, choose UPS ground shipping or expedite your shipment by choosing next day delivery.

    Kay Jewelers

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    We all know the jingle, "every kiss begins with Kay". The jewelry retailer prides itself on connecting with customers and understanding their needs—Kay knows that buying an engagement ring is a significant milestone, and it’s the company’s goal to make the engagement ring buying process one of the most memorable moments in a person’s life. The site makes the process as easy and relaxing as possible, while offering a beautiful assortment of rings that include romantic bridal sets to vintage-inspired designs and engravable styles.

    With popular engagement ring collections like Neil Lane Bridal from fine jewelry designer Neil Lane, Adrianna Papel, and The Leo Diamond, Kay’s assortment of engagement rings, wedding bands, and promise rings are vast. Think dazzling diamonds with Hollywood glamour, intricate designs that elegantly incorporate trends, and unique cuts that emphasize the sparkle and light of a stone. All of Kay’s metals and stones are ethically sourced and additionally offers a variety of lab-created diamonds and gemstones. Kay caters to a range of price points, too, with diamond rings available for under $100 to $10,000+.

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    If you’re into the idea of a one-of-a-kind engagement ring, Kay offers a customization process where customers can dream up their perfect design in-store or online. For additional guidance, the retailer provides a library of helpful jewelry education content to customers, including an online ring sizing guide. Plus, a 24/7 online concierge for any questions.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    Kay offers safe shipping and for your security, merchandise orders over $1,000 will only be shipped to the billing address for the payment method you've chosen to use. Choose from Ground, Overnight, or Saturday shipping options and allow for additional time for personalized orders. Kay is now offering free returns by mail for online purchases. You may return your ring via mail or at any Kay location after 30 days of receiving your order or exchange your order within 60 days of the purchase date.

    If your dream engagement ring is delicate, has a unique design, looks vintage, or is from an independent jewelry brand, then Catbird undoubtedly for you. With a stellar assortment of engagement rings and wedding bands (including unisex and men’s styles!), Catbird has its own line of spectacular styles, which includes three signature collections: the Swans, Fairy Lights & Snow Queens, and Classic Band. Catbird also carries beautiful designs from smaller jewelry brands like Jennie Kwon, Kataoka, Polly Wales, Sofia Zakia, Wwake, and more. From classic diamonds to colorful gemstones like emeralds and rubies, the engagement rings and wedding bands from Catbird are utterly romantic. Most of the rings Catbird carries are budget-friendly, too, with the majority of designs coming in under $3,500.

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    If you’re in New York City, you can experience the store’s charm by visiting the lower Manhattan or Brooklyn boutiques or the dedicated Wedding Annex in Williamsburg.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    While shopping, keep in mind that due to government restrictions, Catbird has halted manufacturing until these restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, if you order from Catbird's "Ship Now" collection, your order will ship within 3-7 business days. For custom rings, you can choose from standard shipping to next day delivery to instore pickup once Catbird has resumed normal business operations. Catbird accepts returns for online purchases within 10 days of the purchase date. Simply fill out the return form and mail your ring back. At this time, Catbird does not offer exchanges.

    When it comes to buying an engagement ring, the direct-to-consumer model is becoming more popular, and Gemist is the first digital platform (with an app and website) that lets users custom-design rings and try them on at home before buying them. Think of them as the Warby Parker of jewelry. Less in-store stress and more at-home comfort.

    Whether you’re shopping for a diamond engagement ring, a stackable wedding band, or gemstone ring, Gemist has set out to streamline the process of shopping for a ring and at an accessible price point, too boot. First, customers can get inspiration by scrolling through various collections that range from from classic to ultra-contemporary. Think traditional diamonds, rose-gold settings, gemstones from sapphires to emeralds, and styles meant for stacking. Then, customers can design their ring and customize various elements of it, including the metal color, setting, and cut of the stone.

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    Gemist offers up to three identical faux “stand-in” ring options to try on at home before committing to the real thing which customers can hold on to for up to two weeks (a prepaid label is included for easy return!). If you’re so inclined, you can purchase a stand-in ring for activities like travel and sports, where you might not want to wear the real thing. Once you’ve decided on your perfect ring, the final design is made with ethically-sourced stones, handset in Los Angeles, and ships in three to four weeks.

    If you feel like you want more guidance from an expert, Gemist’s On The Hunt program offers customers a 15 to 30-minute consultation with one of Gemist’s stylists so you can discuss ideas and design options for a customizable experience. To complement the ring of your dreams, Gemist has launched a line of earrings from studs to hoops and huggies.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    Genuine rings will ship approximately 3-4 weeks after the order is placed and a signature will be required upon delivery. Everyday rings can be returned within 14 days of the purchase day but fully custom engagement rings cannot be returned.

    For super-modern takes on classic diamond engagement rings, look no further than KatKim’s utterly striking assortment. With clean lines with unexpected silhouettes as the brand’s signature, the LA-based brand perfectly balances tradition with contemporary style while prioritizing sustainability throughout the design and development of every piece. From core collection engagement rings (the Marquise Crescendo Ring, Duét Pear Ring, floating rings, and split duet bands are all popular styles among modern brides) to bespoke designs, every KatKim piece is handmade in Los Angeles by artisans that the label is dedicated to supporting in the local community. Every diamond used in a KatKim piece is conflict-free and adheres to The Kimberley Process, while settlings are made with recycled gold whenever possible.

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    While KatKim’s line of engagement rings are already stand out and have a custom feel to them, the brand offers bespoke services to customers seeking out a truly exceptional design. From customized takes on some of the brand’s popular design details like the Crescendo open band, split duet bands, floating stones, and two-stone duet settings to entirely one-of-a-kind creations featuring uniquely-cut stones and innovative settings, every bespoke ring is utterly radiant and unmistakably KatKim.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    Since all items are custom and handmade, expect 2-4 weeks for your engagement ring to ship. All custom rings cannot be returned however if you wish to make an exchange for store credit, all unused jewelry must be returned within 7 days of the delivery confirmation date.

    For a non-traditional engagement ring, look to the Brooklyn-based jewelry brand, Mociun, for distinctive designs that truly stand out. Founded by California native, Caitlin Mociun, the brand is known for using rare and unusual diamonds and gemstones in engagement ring designs and working one-on-one with clients to create exceptional, one-of-a-kind pieces.

    With a simple aesthetic that always reads unexpected and elegant, Mociun’s engagement ring designs are handmade in New York and range from clean and geometric to maximalist cluster settings with playful uses of color and spacing. As the company’s only designer, Mociun herself hand-selects all of the materials, sketches each design, and works closely with her production team and New York City-based jewelers to bring every piece to life.

    With a selective inventory of unique gemstones, Mociun engagement rings often feature rare-cut diamonds such as an asymmetrical hexagon diamond, a step-cut kite-shaped diamond, a rhomboid step-cut yellow diamond, and an octagonal old mine cut diamond. Plus, innovative settings to make more classic cuts like ovals, round cuts, cushions, and emerald cuts appear unique as ever.

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    Mociun welcomes ideas and questions from customers, too. So, if you’ve been dreaming up a custom engagement ring, you can fill out a Custom Jewelry Inquiry Form to send in inspiration, design preferences, stone and metal ideas, your timeline, and budget details. From there, the team will reach out to set up an appointment with Mociun to discuss your project in-person at the brand’s Brooklyn showroom, by phone, email, or video chat. After reviewing your ideas and collaborating with the Mociun on the final bespoke design, you will be able to start the gem and metal selection process. Once final material selections have been made, the production of your ring will take approximately six to eight weeks to be made with a complete project timeline averaging between eight to ten weeks.

    Mociun also carries a selection of antique and vintage rings and offers an in-depth gem guide that details everything from the brand’s ethical approach to design to information on various gemstones and cuts, as well as the differences between newly mined diamonds and antique diamonds.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    Mociun jewelry is made to order so it takes approximately 2-3 weeks for production. For all domestic orders, expect delivery within 5 business days if you choose ground shipping. If you live in New York, you can also pick up your ring at Mociun's store located in Brooklyn, NY. All customized or resized rings are final sale and cannot be returned. All eligible purchases can be exchanged for store credit within 14 days of your delivery date.

    If you're a fan of Emma Stone, then you may know that her luminescent pearl engagement ring comes from fine jewelry brand, Kataoka. Known for his exquisite and delicate jewelry, Yoshinobu Kataoka prides himself on creating wearable works of art. Kataoka's pieces are for the bride who is looking for an engagement ring that has an heirloom vibe. Browse beautifully handcrafted rings with unique pairings like pearls nestled between gorgeous green emeralds and striking amethysts or go bold with a smokey blue sapphire ring dotted with twinkling diamonds.

    Since many of Kataoka's rings are delicate in design, they make for excellent stacking rings. Stack your engagement ring with a thin matching or opt for one of Kataoka's colorful creations in aquamarine or tourmaline to set your stack apart from the rest.

    Shipping & Return Policies

    Since every piece of Kataoka's jewelry is handmade, it takes about 4 weeks for an order to be completed but in special cases, they are more than happy to prioritize shipping.

    If you’re in the market for an antique, estate, or vintage engagement ring, Doyle & Doyle offers a hand-selected collection of spectacular engagement rings. Based in New York City, the company was founded in 1998 by sisters Elizabeth Doyle and Irene Pamela Doyle, both of whom have worked to curate an impressive collection of rare and unique vintage gems that mix edgy elegance with glamour and beauty. The curated selection includes rings from a wide range of periods, including classic mid-century diamond solitaires, romantic Victorian cluster rings, and timeless Art Deco designs. They even carry vintage rings from famous jewelers like Tiffany & Co. and seek out rings that are a little more off the beaten path, including fancy colored and shaped diamonds, rare gemstones, and unique designs.

    Doyle & Doyle also has an in-house contemporary line of jewelry called Heirloom by Doyle & Doyle label with engagement rings designed by Elizabeth Doyle and created locally in New York. They feature antique and vintage diamonds set in modern and antique-inspired settings – the best of both worlds if you prefer a new ring, but want a more unique and sustainable diamond.

    Whether you want a solitaire stone, three-stone design, or multi-stone ring, Doyle & Doyle delivers on distinctive style and a “no pressure” approach to shopping for an engagement ring. The company prides itself on gently guiding customers without making them feel pressured to purchase. From popular vintage cuts like Asscher, Old European, and round brilliant, to colored stones like orange-brown diamonds, yellow diamonds, and pink sapphires as well as unique cuts and settings, Doyle & Doyle’s curations of engagement rings are nothing short of stand out.

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    Doyle & Doyle is also able to work with customers who have a family diamond they want re-designed. Or, they’re able to help to source a diamond or gemstone to customers' exact specifications and then set it in one of their vintage mountings, an Heirloom by Doyle & Doyle mounting, or in a custom design.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    Shipping aDoyle & Doyle will ship your ring through FedEx, fully insured. They also offer free 2 day delivery or next-day shipping for $75. For online purchases, under $2,500, you have 7 days from the delivery date to return your item and for purchases over $2,500, you have 14 days to complete your return.

    De Beers Forevermark

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    Integrity is at the crux of De Beers Forevermark, a diamond brand with over 130 of diamond expertise and a network of approximately 450 trusted independent jewelers throughout the US. Each one of the brand's diamond undergoes a rigorous 17-step selection process to meet the company's exceptional standards. Every diamond is natural, responsibly sourced and conflict-free, hand-selected, untreated, and cut and polished by master craftsmen.

    These meticulous standards mean that less than one percent of the world's natural diamonds are eligible to be inscribed as De Beers Forevermark. What's more, the company strives to create opportunities for women worldwide (including providing access to education, healthcare, professional training, and enterprise development programs) and is dedicated to protecting the natural world (with a focus on landscapes and ecosystems throughout the diamond-producing regions of Southern Africa and Canada, De Beers Group conserves six acres of nature for every acre of land used for mining).

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    The company's selection of engagement rings and wedding and commitment bands is vast and ideal for those who have classic-with-a-twist taste. Whether you choose a ring from the Engagement & Commitment Collection, the De Beers Forevermark x Micaela Bridal Collection, or opt for the "Design Your Own Ring" service, every design is both timeless and unique. Think solitaire, halo, and three-stone designs to accents and details like side stones, bezel settings, and split bands. If you want to dig deeper into diamonds before buying, De Beers Forevermark offers a range of guides, including the ins and outs of diamonds to sizing and care.

    Shipping & Returns Policies

    Depending on the size and style of the piece you can expect to receive your ring within 5-20. However, since every piece of the De Beers Forevermark's diamond jewelry is handcrafted, some pieces may take longer to arrive. the brand accepts returns within 30 days of the purchase date and currently doesn't accept exchanges.

    What to Look for When Buying an Engagement Ring Online

    • The Four C's: Since viewing an engagement ring online is a little different than viewing it in person, it's essential to do your research. Familiarize yourself with the different types of metals and thefour C's of diamonds(cut, color, clarity, and carat), so you know what you're getting.
    • Cost and value: An engagement ring can cost anywhere from less than a hundred dollars to tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of dollars. A ring's value is mostly based on the size, provenance, and quality of the center diamond, other stone embellishments, and the materials used in the setting.
    • A trusted retailer: A trusted retailer website will have an in-depth FAQ page highlighting how and where they source their stones and other materials and details on certification, shipping, and return policies. When in doubt, contact the brand directly to ask questions or set up a virtual consultation to gain more insight into a particular piece.


    • Is it safe to buy an engagement ring online?

      "It is completelysafe to purchase yourengagement ring online but you'll want to make sure you are working with a reputable jeweler so you know that your piece will arrive safely with a certificate and a warranty," says Kim.

    • How much should I pay for an engagement ring?

      You may have heard that you should budget three months of your salary on a ring, but the rules of engagement rings have changed. The bottom line: find something special that you can afford. Luckily, with all of the choices available online, there are plenty of options in every price range. What's most important is that you find a stunning ring design that your future spouse will absolutely adore.

    • Can I return an engagement ring that I purchased online?

      In general, many retailers accept returns or exchanges. However, since every retailer is different, it's important to read all shipping and return policies before you purchase your ring. Engagement rings that are custom-made are usually not eligible for returns or refunds, so be sure it's the perfect pick before you make your final purchase!

    Why Trust Brides

    Contributing writer Laura Lajiness covers fashion, accessories, and fine jewelry. Her work can be seen across various outlets, including ELLE, InStyle, Glamour, Refinery 29, The Zoe Report, Popsugar, Well+Good, and Barneys New York, among other titles and brands.

    Contributing writerSophie Mooreis a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, wedding parties, and more.

    • Katherine Kim is the founderof the Los Angeles-based jewelry brand KATKIM. She was trained at Central Saint Martins College of Design in London and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

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