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Today we are bringing a little sparkle into your life by giving you tips & advice on one of the most exciting parts of getting married – picking the ring! The first thing everyone wants to hear about the moment you announce your engagement is, of course, the bling! The perfect engagement ring can come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles, and is a highly personal item; it can be one of the most important pieces of jewelry that someone will receive in their lifetime. Choosing the ring kicks off the whole wedding planning process, and Jared has everything you need to make your future spouse’s dreams come true. From custom designs to recommendations and style advice to an amazing selection from the world’s top jewelry designers, Jared is the place to find the ring that will begin your life together.

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We absolutely love the fact that at Jared’s you not only have an exceptional selection of designer rings but also have the ability to create a custom design that fits your sweetie’s personality perfectly! If you’re not sure quite where to start, or even if a custom design is the right choice for you, we’ve got you covered! Jared and UWL are here to help you begin your journey with tips on choosing the ideal engagement ring.

Start with Style – You don’t want to push the boundaries too much with the engagement ring because it will be a piece that will be worn each and every day. Pay attention to the pieces that your loved one wears every day and what can be found in their jewelry box. Do these pieces tend toward classic? Bold and glamorous? Modern? Vintage? Once you have determined the overall style, you are one step closer to the perfect ring! Check out Jared’s ring style guide to see which one fits your honey’s aesthetic.

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Shape and Setting – Picking the perfect diamond can be hard! In addition to paying attention to the four C’s – cut, color, clarity, and carat – the stone shape and setting are very important. There are so many different shapes to choose from, including some of the classics – round and princess – and some of the more unique shapes – pear, heart, marquise, and more. Choosing a metal will then be your next step. Do you think that your partner wears a lot of gold? White gold? Platinum? This can easily be determined when you pay attention to the everyday jewelry worn.

Establish Your Budget – Just as with the overall planning of your wedding, managing your budget is key when choosing an engagement ring. Make sure you know what you want to pay when you begin shopping so you don’t get too overwhelmed and fall in love with something that is out of your price range.

Take Your Time – Since this is a once-in-a-lifetime decision, we think that not rushing the process is super important. Really think about your partner’s personal design aesthetic and what you think will light up their face when you open that box! You won’t be disappointed.

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Jared knows diamonds—and they know that no two are quite the same which is why they are introducing Chosen. Chosen by Jared is a new loose diamond program that we think is super unique!   Rough stones are cut and polished in Jared’s own diamond cutting facility and then can be put into any setting that your heart desires! We love that Chosen allows for some serious creativity and customization.  Specially designed packaging holds the ring and a specialized book telling the diamond’s story with additional space available to store treasured mementos of the couples’ time together.  We love how this new experience is personalized each and every step of the way.

We completely understand that you might need a little more personalized attention when it comes to determining the items above, and Jared is there to help you out! There are many DC area Jared locations, so stop by today!

If you want to see a little more bling bling before you begin your journey with Jared, check out some of our engagement ring inspiration and see all of the stunning designs chosen by UWL’s local couples through some of our stunning engagement photo sessions!

Photo Credit: Jared, The Galleria of Jewelry

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