Are you planning on popping the question this spring or later in 2020? We’re sharing our top engagement ring shopping tips to help you take this next step with ease. Like most big decisions in life, communication is key, and picking out an engagement ring is no exception. Even if the proposal will be a surprise, it’s a good idea to discuss a few key factors as a couple.

Your engagement ring will likely be your most-used, most-treasured piece of jewelry. It will be worn for years to come, through all seasons and all life events, so now is the time to explore, discuss, and try on different shapes, styles, and sizes to find a ring that feels just right for you.

While you can visit our showroom today and purchase an engagement ring, there is a lot of value in a little preparation. Start with the questions below and visit us when you are ready to find your dream engagement ring.


Get to know the different engagement ring styles.

It’s a good idea to get a basic understanding of different engagement ring styles to start off with. Consider a simple solitaire, a bold halo, or a pretty vintage design to get started. You can explore different engagement ring styles here.

Decide which type of gemstone or diamond you want.

Many couples are opting for engagement rings featuring a center or accent colored gemstones. Consider if you want only white diamonds, or if you’d like to include some color as a nod to your favorite color, birthstone, or the month you plan to marry. Consider sapphires, rubies, emeralds, or fancy-colored diamonds.

Get an idea of budget.

It might not be the first thing you want to talk about when considering a proposal, but getting an idea of budget is healthy and helps set expectations for both partners. There are a lot of engagement rings out there, and getting an idea of budget early helps narrow the choices and keep you on track.

Decide on the shape.

There are a number of different diamond shapes or ‘cuts’ available, and having an idea of which you prefer (round, pear, heart, and more!) will make it much easier to find the perfect gem for your engagement ring. The diamond shape might be the most visually significant choice you make, so be sure to consider shapes that reflect your personal style.

Explore different diamond shapes and sizes here.

Figure out your ring size.

There are three common ways you can measure your ring size right at home so you can finally get your ring measurement right, for good. Be sure to measure both at the beginning of the day and at the end, as your fingers are prone to change size slightly throughout the day. Find out how to measure easily at home HERE.

Try it on for size.

While it’s easy to fall in love with engagement rings on Pinterest or Instagram, it’s also a good idea to try on different styles in person. You’ll want to know how the ring really feels and fits on your hand until you actually see it up close.

Don’t forget the important stuff.

We’ll make sure you are set during and after purchasing your engagement ring. We are happy to provide complimentary cleanings and jewelry repair to make sure your engagement ring stays as stunning as the day you said “yes!” Learn more about our services HERE.


If you are ready to plan your perfect proposal, we invite you to click here to explore engagement rings online, or visit our Chico, California, showroom to find your perfect engagement ring for you.


“I first went into Gabrielle Ferrar in Chico during my College years to get my Rolex watch serviced. Since then, I bought an exceptional 3 carat diamond for my wife’s wedding ring. They also helped design the ring with their world class jewelry designer Lisa Nolta. Their team is extremely knowledgeable and offer first class service. It’s always a pleasure to visit their beautiful store. Highly recommended!” — Chris B. on Yelp