Engagement Ring Shopping 101

Love is in the air this spring and with it comes engagement ring shopping! Thinking of popping the question this year but feel overwhelmed? Just follow this easy guide on how to find perfect engagement rings in Chicago!


First thing’s first, you will want to establish a budget. Unless you are a billionaire, you will be guided by your budget. In Chicago, engagement ring prices are dictated by the size and quality of the center stone.  If you have a tight budget, you can choose a smaller, higher quality diamond or a larger, lower quality stone. 


Sometimes it is difficult to know what type of ring your partner might want.  One foolproof style is a classic solitaire engagement ring which only has a center stone.  If you are looking for something more personalized, check out your partner’s social media for clues as to their style such as their Pinterest page and Facebook likes. 


Another good question to ask yourself when shopping for engagement rings in Chicago is whether or not your partner is fashion-forward and on top of the latest trends.  If this is the case, we can certainly show you the current trends in engagement rings. 

Ring Size

You will notice that there is somewhat of a trend with engagement ring shopping; it requires some detective work if you truly want it to be a surprise! In Chicago, engagement ring shoppers frequently are not sure how to find out what ring size to shop for. A good way to know your partner’s ring size is to sneak into their jewelry box and borrow a ring to show us. Don’t want to risk it? No worries. You can always resize the ring after the engagement!


With these simple tips engagement ring shopping will be a breeze, and you can start focusing on the proposal and the prospect of spending the rest of your lives together. Be sure to stop by any of our James and Sons jewelry stores, and we will help you pick out an engagement ring that is as special as your significant other.

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