11 Pro Tips No One Tells You Before Shopping For an Engagement Ring

Ring Concierge

Just because you can distinguish between a cushion- and princess-cut diamond doesn’t make you an engagement ring pro. At least, that’s what I learned after talking to Ring Concierge‘s founder and CEO Nicole Wegman for merely 10 minutes at the NYC-based brand’s Madison Ave. location. An accredited jewelry professional from GIA (Gemological Institute of America), Wegman launched her now-renowned company in 2013 with the goal of providing women with accessible fine jewelry.

Her bespoke bridal business, in particular, is known for its signature Whisper Thin band – the thinnest on the market – that achieves the illusion of a “floating” diamond. Future brides flock to the store just to try it on – and while there, Wegman is always willing to share expert advice. Among the many tips I learned from her, Wegman revealed the busiest months for engagement ring design: October and November, just in time for holiday proposals.

In total, she shared 11 facts about engagement rings exclusively with POPSUGAR, including the importance of diamond make – and what exactly that means. Scroll through to learn why oval shapes are so popular right now, the one mistake everyone makes when designing a ring, and the importance of adding a stacking ring next to your wedding band.

She even highlighted the problem surrounding the ever-popular Toi et Moi setting, which has been worn by celebrities such as Megan Fox and Emily Ratajkowski. Keep reading for our full interview, condensed and edited for clarity.

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