Our top 4 tips and tricks for your engagement ring.

A little on the worried or concerned side when it comes to choosing and buying an engagement ring? You should and shouldn’t be. It is a big choice, but if you know your partner and what they are like and what they prefer, this will be a walk in the park.

We are here to give you engagement ring tips & tricks so you can buy a beautiful, affordable engagement ring.

1. A Smaller Carat

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Our first advice to you is to buy slightly under the carat weight you were initially thinking of buying. Usually, carat’s appear bigger in real life than what you thought you saw or knew online. If you were looking to purchase a 1 carat diamond, invest in a .90 carat or .95 carat diamond instead. This can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

2. Ignore the 3 month salary rule

This is one of the biggest misconceptions in the wedding industry. People still think they have to spend 3 months’ salary on an engagement ring. It is a difficult though process on deciding how much to spend on an engagement ring or how much an engagement ring should cost, however everyone’s situation is not the same. You should spend whatever is right for you. You don’t need to spend tens of thousands of Rands to get a beautiful, sparkly engagement ring!

At Ralph Jacobs, we will take your budget and work out the best available quote – We work with various metals like 9k, 18k and Platinum and can customize the center stone with either Diamonds, Evermore Moissanite and Precious Gemstones.

3. Study up on the 4 C’s

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You will have to brush up on your gemstone and diamond education. Most importantly is to familiarize yourself with the 4Cs. The 4Cs are a universal diamond language and they consist of cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Knowing this will help you determine where your opportunities are for saving money.

If you want to save on clarity grade, it’s best to go with a brilliant-cut diamond. Princess and round diamonds are the most well-known brilliant shapes. Brilliants will hide lower clarity grades because of the faceting pattern on their table.

4. Choosing Your Setting

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Different Ring Setting Types

Settings are crucial to your engagement ring, as they can enhance or limit the feel of your center stone. Choose a setting that holds your center stone up high, like a cathedral setting. A center stone set higher up will appear slightly larger than it really is.

If you choose a Round Cut Moissanite in a halo setting, your stone size can be slightly smaller. The Halo will increase the look of the center stone, and you can opt for a smaller stone.

A smart setting choice for your engagement ring that will help to save money is to opt for a halo setting. The tiny stones surrounding your enter stone will assist in making it look larger. Therefore, you can settle for a slightly smaller carat weight for your center stone if you choose a halo setting and this will cost you less.


Whether you are looking for the perfect Diamond Engagement Ring, or would rather opt for a sparkling Moissanite ring, using these Engagement Ring tips and tricks can save you a lot of money in the long run. At Ralph Jacobs we believe that each customer has the right to knowledge in order for you to make the right decision. Speak to on of our Sales Consultants should you need any additional info regarding a ring design. We will gladly assist in making your dream design a reality.