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What women should know before buying Engagement Rings

Ah, yes – engagement ring shopping – it can be one of the most exciting moments in a woman’s life. You’ve shortlisted a few potential buys and now you’re ready to select the one that’s going to stay with you for lifelong.

While shopping for engagement rings for women can be full of excitement and adventure, it can also turn out to be time-consuming and even confusing, particularly if this is your first time. Before saying your “I do” on the big day, it’s always good to know these things when you go engagement ring shopping:

Budget myths are just that: Myths!

Is your heart set on a diamond engagement ring? Great, go for it! There’s no such thing as “this engagement ring is too expensive or too cheap for me”. If you like it, then that’s the one for you, whether it costs $1,000 or over $10,000.

While it’s entirely up to you how much you are comfortable spending on an engagement ring, you may want to reconsider your options if the ring in question might set you back by half a year’s salary.

Also, keep in mind that bespoke engagement rings tend to be significantly more expensive than ready-made ones, and when we talk about diamond engagement rings specifically, lab-grown ones tend to be more wallet-friendly.

In any case, spend as little or as much as you want, as long as the ring boasts quality, style and aesthetic you both will love.

Do a little research beforehand

You’ve likely heard of ‘the 4 Cs’ of diamond rings.

If your engagement ring has to be a diamond one, then you need to be aware of what this universal standard means. The 4 Cs essentially refer to cut, colour, clarity and carat Weight or size of the diamond. So,

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See Kandi Burruss Tucker’s Engagement Ring from Todd Tucker

One of our favorite Bravo love stories has to be that of Kandi Burruss Tucker and Todd Tucker. Fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta got to watch their romance blossom from the very beginning, when the couple met on a Season 4 cast trip to South Africa. (At the time, Todd was working as a line producer on the show). 

As we all know, that story had a happy ending: Kandi and Todd got engaged in 2013, were married in 2014, and have since had two kids together in addition to their two children from a previous relationships. 

Kandi wears a symbol of that love story on her finger in the form of a stunning engagement ring from Todd.

Kandi Burruss’ engagement ring from Todd Tucker

Kandi and Todd were engaged in January of 2013, and a stunning ring sealed the deal. According to Us Weekly, Kandi first spotted the ring in Las Vegas on a cast trip, and she called Todd to tell him about it. He then had the ring shipped from Vegas to Atlanta, and he carried it around for “three to four months” before officially popping the question. 

The ring that caught Kandi’s eye: a gorgeous white diamond sparkler by Gregg Ruth. The ring features a cluster of diamonds in the center in the shape of an oval, and the combined carat weight of the center stones is two carats. 

The ring also has a halo of diamonds, and its band is a triple shank outfitted with even more diamonds. 

Kandi Burruss defended her engagement ring from Todd Tucker

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Kyle Richards’ Massive Cushion Cut Engagement Ring (PHOTOS)

There’s been a lot of chatter about Kyle Richards and her engagement and wedding rings.

For starters, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member sparked rumors about a potential separation from Mauricio Umansky when she was spotted without her wedding ring in February 2023. (We since learned that Kyle and Mauricio are separated.) 

Then, in Season 13 of RHOBH, a new ring on Kyle’s finger had the women wondering if it was a “make-up band” that resulted from cheating rumors. She denied that Mauricio had bought the new ring for her.

Most recently, she’s been spotted without the rings again.

Kyle Richards’ Engagement Ring and Wedding Band

Kyle’s engagement ring features a cushion-cut diamond in a split-shank pave halo setting, according to Glamour.

In addition to her engagement ring, Kyle also has a diamond wedding band, which Glamour reported is actually three bands together: a pair of plain diamond bands with a channel-set diamond band between them.

Prior to her split from Mauricio, she often wore the two rings together while out and on the red carpet. 

Kyle Richards was spotted without her rings prior to the separation news

During the November 1, 2023 episode of RHOBH, Mauricio’s mother, Estella, asked Kyle about rumored struggles in the longtime couple’s relationship after seeing several online reports. “Generally I don’t believe these things, but it’s too much,” Estella said. “Who started this?”

Kyle explained, “I was seen without my wedding ring, and people started the rumor.” In an interview, she noted she was “very taken aback” by her mother-in-law’s questions because that photo wasn’t a completely accurate representation of what was going on in her life at the time.  

“Yes, [Mauricio] and I have been having a hard time, but the picture of me without my ring has

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Jennifer Aydin’s 9-Carat Engagement Ring Was an Upgrade

When Bravo fans first met Jennifer Aydin in Season 9 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, we quickly learned she had a strong appreciation for the finer things in life. That appreciation included a massive engagement ring and diamond wedding ring, which she wore on her left ring finger.

How to Watch

Watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 14 premiere May 5th at 8/7c on Bravo and stream next day on Peacock.

Fast forward to Season 11, and Jennifer upgraded her marriage bling even further when her husband, Bill Aydin, gifted her a 9-carat canary yellow diamond for their 18th anniversary. 

That ring truly deserves a moment in the spotlight.

Why did Jennifer Aydin get a new, larger engagement ring from her husband Bill?

Jennifer and Bill celebrated their 18th anniversary with a lavish dinner at home in the company of three of their four children, which was shown in Season 11 Episode 13 of RHONJ in May 2021. During the dinner, Bill surprised Jennifer by upgrading her engagement ring with a jaw-dropping 9-carat canary yellow diamond ring.

Not only did the ring have a dazzling center stone, it was also surrounded by a diamond halo and a diamond-studded triple-shank.

“Small present,” Bill joked as he presented his wife with the gift. “Half a carat per year.”

“No f-cking way,” Jennifer gasped as her husband opened the ring box. “I’ve always wanted a yellow diamond.”

Jennifer Aydin’s Previous Engagement Ring

Jennifer’s previous engagement ring was nothing to sneeze at.

Before she got her yellow diamond ring, Jennifer wore a large, square-shaped diamond on her left finger. The main stone was also set in a diamond halo and had another diamond on each side. She paired it with a pave wedding ring with large

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Scheana Shay’s Engagement Rings from Brock Davies, Mike Shay

Scheana Shay has gotten engaged and married twice on Vanderpump Rules:first to Mike Shay, whom she wed in 2014 and divorced in 2017; and now to Brock Davies, with whom she tied the knot in 2022 and shares daughter Summer Moon Honey Davies. 

How to Watch

Watch Vanderpump Rules on Bravo Tuesdays at 8/7c and next day on Peacock. Catch up on the Bravo app.  

Of course, there’s a lot of bling to go with those unions. Scheana has actually had three engagement rings — one from Shay (who goes by his last name) and two from Brock. 

Brock Davies proposed to Scheana Shay with a 12-carat pink morganite ring

In July of 2021, Brock popped the question with a massive 12-carat pink morganite engagement ring and Scheana, naturally, said “yes.”

The gorgeous engagement ring was crafted by the Vanderpump Rules cast’s go-to jeweler, Kyle Chan (whom you may recognize as Tom Sandoval’s friend Kyle from Season 11). 

On his feed at the time, Chan shared more details about the rectangular, cushion-cut ring. At 12.74 carats, the center stone is a rare pink morganite; the band is 14-karat white gold with diamonds.

“This gem also possesses a rare fancy pink reflect with insane fire,” Chan wrote. “Morganite is all about Divine Love. Pure and simple, it is representative of unconditional love.”

Why did Scheana Shay start wearing a diamond band before her wedding?

In January 2022, Scheana addressed fan questions about why she was wearing a diamond band next to her engagement ring before her August 2022 wedding. 

“For those wondering about my band, I had Kyle Chan Design make me a simple diamond band that I can wear every day because my [engagement] ring is a little too big to wear 24/7 but I always want

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Teresa Giudice’s Engagement Ring May Be Worth $1 Million [PICS]

Teresa Giudice takes a shine to the finer things in life — and her jewelry collection is no exception. Among The Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member’s most precious baubles is her engagement ring from her husband, Luis “Louie” Ruelas. In October 2021, the diamond sparkler became hers after an epic proposal in Greece, and ever since, we’ve been excited for every glimpse we get of that hefty rock.

How to Watch

Watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 14 premiere May 5th at 8/7c on Bravo and stream next day on Peacock.

Of course, this isn’t the first engagement ring we’ve seen on the mother of four’s finger. Before she married Louie in August 2020, she was married to Joe Giudice — and the ring she got from her first husband was no small stone.

Teresa Guidice’s Engagement Ring from Luis “Louie” Ruelas

On October 19, 2021 Louie (who had been dating Teresa since July 2020) popped the question while the couple was on vacation in Greece. Louie got down on bended knee on the beach, where the romantic decor included scattered rose petals, candles, and a giant sign that said Marry Me. In his hands: a dazzling ring with a gigantic oval stone, as well as a thick silver band that was studded with diamonds. 

At the time, Page Six consulted an expert jeweler who guessed the ring’s center stone was approximately eight carats, and the entire ring could be worth up to $300,000, depending on the quality of the diamond. Another jeweler estimated the ring was 10 carats and worth up to $1 million. 

At their wedding, she added a diamond band to the set.

Why Louie Ruelas Picked an Oval Diamond for Teresa Giudice’s Ring

Louie may have had a little hint

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See Tamra Judge’s Engagement Ring That Eddie Got from Costco

Although we didn’t always know them as a pair on The Real Housewives of Orange County (we actually met Tamra when she was married to Simon Barney), it feels like they’ve been together forever.

After two years of dating, Eddie proposed to Tamra with a stunning ring he picked up from a surprising store. 

Where did Tamra Judge’s engagement ring from Eddie Judge come from?

Tamra told The Daily Dish in 2012 that the huge cushion-cut diamond in a halo setting over a double pavé band came from the unlikeliest of retailers: Costco.

“Eddie and I are big Costco fans and go together once a week,” she said in the March 2012 interview. “Everyone knows that the jewelry is right when you walk in. For the past year, I would look and try on the rings, and he would always drag me away telling me if I didn’t stop he would actually buy me a Costco ring one day.” 

“I told him I wouldn’t have it any other way. Guess what? He did!” she added. “We often joke that we will get married at Costco. I love my ring and it is the exact ring I had been looking at for the past year.”

That said, Tamra’s wedding band — actually two pavé eternity wedding bands that surround her engagement ring — were custom designed by Brian Hassine of Nuggets & Carats in Orange County at her request.

Valued at over $35,000 and called “The Condo,” the white- and rose-gold metal ring has another five carats worth of stones, which adds up to 368 diamonds. Hassine created the ring in eight separate parts; it features the removable center engagement ring band and was finished with an engraving of the words “T and E.”

Eddie, for his part, received a wedding

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Melissa Gorga’s Engagement Ring: Everything to Know

Even though Melissa Gorga loves jewelry — after all, she launched her own line with HSN in 2014 — her engagement ring from husband, Joe Gorga, is one piece that stands above the rest.

How to Watch

Watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 14 premiere May 5th at 8/9c on Bravo and stream next day on Peacock.

“Jewelry, it’s easy for me — I don’t have a stylist, it’s something that I love, and I’m good at decorating,” The Real Housewives of New Jersey boutique owner said to melissa-gorga-hsn”Fashionista around the time of the launch. 

Though Melissa hasn’t spoken much about the sparkler specifically, we’ve caught glimpses of it throughout her years on RHONJ and, of course, when she’s being photographed while out and about. 

What shape is Melissa Gorga’s engagement ring? 

The appears to be a round diamond in a diamond halo with two triangular-shared side stones (called “trillion cut” stones) on either side of the center stone, Glamour reported in 2016.

They are set in a split-shank design, with three bands that are all part of a single ring. 

Why doesn’t Melissa Gorga wear a wedding ring?

Melissa has often been photographed wearing her engagement ring sans wedding ring — which is common for women who own a split shank ring. (Plus, plenty of people opt not to wear a wedding ring.)

Melissa does tend to wear a number of different stunning rings on her right hand.

Where does Melissa and Joe Gorga’s relationship stand today?

Today, the couple — who wed on August 20, 2004 — has been married for nearly 20 years. 

“I’m so grateful for the life you have given me. We made some strong, amazing kids together & I couldn’t be happier,” she wrote to Joe in 2017

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You’ve Heard of Engagement Rings, but What About Divorce Rings? Here’s Why the Trend Is on the Rise

Don’t resell your engagement ring—refurbish it into a divorce ring instead to celebrate your newfound independence and the next chapter of your life.

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There’s a new fashion statement on the rise thanks to Emily Ratajkowski, sparking a trend for the newly single. After the model’s divorce from ex-husband Sebastian Bear-McClard was finalized, she posted about refurbishing her engagement ring into two “divorce rings” on Instagram to celebrate a new state of independence. And the idea is getting so popular, jewelers are starting to add divorce rings as it’s own product category in their stores.

We spoke with a jewelry expert about this trend to learn what it’s really about, how to get the style best suited for you, and all the best ways to show it off.

What Are Divorce Rings?

“Traditionally, engagement rings and wedding rings symbolize the commitment and union between partners, says Rachel Akmakjian, Director of Jeweler Relations at BriteCo and Graduate Gemologist. “‘Divorce rings’ are seen as a way to mark the end of a marriage and celebrate newfound independence.”

Akmakjian adds that “engagement and wedding rings can often have lower resale value when associated with a divorce or breakup, which is oftentimes the reason for trying to sell a former ring in the first place.” However, this new trend has “changed the narrative” by repurposing the jewelry into something new with a different and positive meaning.

Tips for Picking a Divorce Ring

Divorce rings can vary in design and meaning, and will ultimately depend on the individual wearing them. “People tend to rework the stone(s) in their former ring into a new modern fashion ring,” Akmakjian says. “Women may choose to wear this on their ring finger or switch it to another finger or hand.”

While engagement rings symbolize commitment and unity, divorce

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Engagement ring pro reveals 7 signs your partner’s about to propose – there’d be nothing worse than ignoring an ‘urging’

AN engagement ring professional has shared the telltale signs that your partner is about to propose.

They explained that a few flags help signal whether or not it’s time to go wedding dress shopping.

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An engagement ring pro shared the seven signs that your partner is about to proposeCredit: Getty

Joanna Wyganowska, a gemologist and engagement ring expert at Queensmith, shared her tips on what to look out for.

She explained that friends and family urging you to get your nails done is a telling sign.

“This is one of the biggest signs that your partner is going to propose and [wants] you to feel and look your best for those all-important engagement ring pics,” she said.

“If you suspect this might be the case, ensure you agree to get them done. There would be nothing worse than having chipped nail polish when your partner slips the engagement ring on!”

Other signs include a partner’s increased proactiveness, like planning a trip or making more effort to speak to your family.

“If your partner typically isn’t involved in holiday planning but suddenly becomes very hands-on, it could signal they’re planning a special proposal abroad,” she explained.

“Secondly, If you’ve been together a while and you have a special day coming up (such as an anniversary or your birthday), this could be another sign that they are planning on proposing to you.”

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