Tips for Selecting an Engagement Ring

Wes Battoclette

You’ve found your soul mate, now it’s time to find the perfect ring. The ring that your future fiancée will cherish for the rest of her life may seem like a daunting task, but the knowledgeable staff at Richter & Phillips has a few tips that will help finding the perfect engagement ring easier.

Before you begin your quest, you need to establish a realistic budget. That will help the jeweler determine which rings are and aren’t in your price range.

Instead of guessing your sweetheart’s ring size, borrow a ring from her jewelry box and bring it to Richter & Phillips. The jeweler will be able to size the ring and give you a better idea of what size she wears. While you’re digging around her jewelry box, take note of the type of jewelry she already owns – is it mostly silver or gold, bold or simple and so on.

Talk to her friends; chances are her close friends know exactly what her dream engagement ring looks like, including cut, metal and design. Finally, consider the four C’s – cut, color, clarity and carat weight.

A well-cut diamond reflects light, creating sparkle. Diamonds come in a number of colors. The color of a diamond is determined on a scale that ranges from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow). Clarity refers to imperfections within the diamond. Carat weight refers to the weight of the diamond.

As you’re shopping for an engagement ring, it is important to remember what it symbolizes – your love. 


Richter & Phillips is located at 202 East Sixth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. You can reach them at 513.241.3510 or visit their website at