Ring Education


How to Buy an Engagement Ring

We offer 3 ways for you to get your perfect engagement ring. 


Setting a budget for a diamond purchase requires careful consideration of your financial situation, the occasion, and your personal preferences.

At Calico Jewellers what we tell all our clients is that when you set your budget we want you to “Stretch Yourself, but don’t Stress Yourself.” Some occasions, like buying an engagement ring, are a once in a lifetime event, so you want to make sure that you are doing it well without having financial stress looming over you.

We highly recommend that you take the time to educate yourself so that you can find a diamond that meets your needs and fits within your budget. Here are a few tips for setting a budget when choosing a diamond. Whatever your budget, we can work within it!

 Educate yourself
The 4C's of diamond quality (cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight) can have a significant impact on the price of a diamond. Educate yourself about the 4Cs and determine which factors are most important to you. This will help you prioritize your spending and assign your budget accordingly. We will gladly explain how to maximize the 4 Cs for the best value.
Determine what you can comfortably afford
Set a realistic budget. Consider your income, expenses, and any other financial obligations so that you can determine how much you can afford to spend on a diamond without putting yourself in financial strain.
Consider the occasion
An engagement ring is an extremely significant and symbolic purchase. This once in a lifetime event and you want your significant other to forever love the ring that you give them. They will look at it every day of their lives.


We have a wide variety of ring settings to choose from and we can assist you in narrowing down your options by considering your partner's style preferences, lifestyle, and personality. Choosing the right engagement ring can be challenging, whether it's a halo engagement ring, solitaire ring, or custom engagement ring, which is why we are here to help. By considering your significant other's fashion choices and accessories, you can determine if they prefer a classic, modern, nature-inspired, glamorous, or a combination of styles. It's important to keep an eye out for any hints your partner may drop.

Choose A Metal Type
Before making a decision on the metal for your engagement ring, it is important to educate yourself on the different precious metal options available. While yellow gold is often the most sought-after choices, Calico Jewellers provides a range of metal options for engagement rings, including yellow gold, platinum, rose gold, and white gold, so you can select the perfect one to suit your taste.
    Choose A Setting Style
    We offer a broad range of ring setting styles. Beside having your significant other send you ring styles, you can considering their fashion choices and accessories, to determine certain style preferences. However, you can also go to other sources to find out more about what they like. Either go to their Pinterest Boards or ask their siblings/best friend.
    Find Your Partners Ring Size
    Knowing your partner's ring size is crucial when it comes to buying an engagement ring or any other kind of ring as a surprise gift. If the ring is too small, it won't fit on their finger, and if it's too large, it may fall off and get lost. Resizing a ring can be time-consuming, so it's better to get it right the first time. Knowing your partner's ring size also shows that you have paid attention to their preferences and put effort into finding the perfect ring for them, which can make the moment even more special. 
    Read through our Ring Size Guide to help you.


    When selecting the perfect engagement ring diamonds are a timeless choice. Understanding the 4 C's - cut, colour, carat weight, and clarity - can help you make an informed decision that fits your budget and preferences. Start by selecting a diamond shape, and then strike a balance between size and quality. Don't be afraid to consider smaller diamonds with higher quality or diamonds of slightly lower colour and cut grades to get a larger carat weight stone that fits your budget. Additionally, lab-grown diamonds offer a more affordable option while providing the same quality and carat weight as natural mined diamonds. By following these guidelines, you can find the ideal diamond for your engagement ring that meets your budget and style preferences. Alternatively, you could select a beautiful coloured gemstone for your engagement ring. These add a pop of colour that is sure to be eye catching. Review our “How to Select A Diamond” Page to learn more

    You have now found the perfect diamond that meets your criteria and budget! Whichever exquisite diamond you choose it is sure to be stunning.
    Add it to your cart, or set it into a ring, and complete the checkout process. Make sure to review the details of your purchase, including shipping and return policies, before paying.
    If you have any questions our Calico Team is happy to answer any questions that you may have.


    5. PROPOSE
    It's now in your hands! You have had us create an exquisite engagement ring; it is now time to propose and make this significant occasion one to remember. We are honoured to be a part of this important season of your life and welcome into the Calico Family.
    Please share your engagement photos with us! We would love to see them.