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Guide to First Time Engagement Ring Buying

Ready to pop the big question? Read some of our tips and tricks to engagement ring buying. 

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After finding the love of your life, the search for the perfect engagement ring to match your bride-to-be begins.

With all the options available for modern engagement rings, shopping for your ideal engagement ring might seem overwhelming, but at Clowes Jewellers, as part of our “Clowes Commitment,” we make it our mission to assist you in commemorating all your special moments with as little stress as possible.

As such, we would like to ease some of the burden of bridal jewellery shopping with this simple guide of considerations for when you buy your partner’s engagement ring.

The following are just some of the things you should mind when engagement ring shopping.

Start With the Basics: Budget & Authorized Retailer

Firstly, consider figuring out what your budget is.

Customers who come in with some sort of budgetary plan tend to have a better shopping experience and make the most of their options. Working with a monetary plan not only allows guests to browse from the designer engagement rings perfect for them, but also allows us to work with you on exploring the customizations available for each ring that ultimately affect pricing.

In addition, to ensure you get the most out of your engagement ring purchase, we suggest you shop at an authorized retailer, such as Clowes. Shopping at an authorized retailer guarantees that what you are buying is the absolute best and most luxurious designers available.

At Clowes Jewellers, we’re proud to carry a large assortment of quality designer engagement rings that do not compromise craftsmanship or design for the sake of price.

Noam Carver Engagement Rings Available at Clowes Jewellers

Choose Your Material: Precious Metals

Another very important detail that will ultimately affect the overall look of your ring is the precious metal that you choose for it to be constructed with.

At Clowes, we are thrilled to be able to provide our beloved customers an array of lovely options such as 10-karat, 14-karat, and 18-karat white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold, as well as models made with “alternative metals” such as palladium, platinum, and sterling silver (925).

Typically the most common engagement ring choices include platinum, yellow and white gold, but each metal has its own distinct, special look in addition to price point, so keeping these things in mind helps when ring shopping.

Hearts on Fire and Simon G Engagement Rings Available at Clowes Jewellers

Select a Center Stone Shape: Diamond Cut Options

The next important engagement ring consideration is center stone shape.

At Clowes Jewellers, our selection of center diamonds shapes seem endless. Among the thousands of available options in our Red Deer, Alberta, showroom are today’s top two most requested cuts, round brilliant and princess cut, but we are also proud to carry a plethora of rarer cuts including asscher, cushion, dream, emerald, marquise, mosaic, oval, pear, and radiant.

With such a diverse range of sparkly, brilliant diamond cuts, finding your fit is conveniently easy at Clowes Jewellers.

Diamond Adorned Engagement Rings Available at Clowes Jewellers

Finding the Right Look: Style and Embellishments

Perhaps the most fun part of engagement ring shopping is choosing the individual elements that end up making your engagement ring one-of-a-kind.

At Clowes, our rings come in both modern and contemporary styles, and include such stunning looks as halos, three stones, and solitaires type rings. Additionally, our friendly staff will work with you to show you all the other detailing and special looks that make engagement rings look unique such as pave bands, milgrain designs, colored side stones and many more options!

Clowes Jewellers is “Where Central Alberta Gets Engaged!”

Here at Clowes Jewellers, we specialize in the latest bridal fashions. As an authorized retailer of Hearts on Fire, Simon G, Noam Carver, Frederic Sage, Canadian Rocks, and many others, we are confident our customers can find exactly what they are looking for.

For more information on our extensive inventory of engagement rings, browse the full assortment at, call us at 800.890.4767, or visit us in-store at our Red Deer, Alberta showroom. 


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