Picking out an engagement ring can be daunting. However, not only do you have more options than ever before, but you also have the convenience of purchasing online rather than having to go to brick-and-mortar stores. From the comfort of your own home, you can select a quality piece that has a money-back warranty. Many merchants are members of the Better Business Bureau with outstanding ratings, so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting products of the same caliber that you would in a local shop.

Here are five ways in which you can personalize that big-ticket item and make it one of a kind for your beloved.

Get it Engraved

Even the simplest, most modest baubles can be transformed into something truly special if they have a one-of-a-kind message inside. You can get anything engraved on an engagement ring, from your two sets of initials to your engagement date to a funny or sweet phrase or inside joke that only the two of you share. This is a really economical and sentimental way to make a piece personal.

Choose Your Metal

While most people focus only on the diamonds in a ring, they can be overlooking a huge opportunity to customize a piece by paying special attention to the metal used. You can choose a precious metal for the ring based on the preferences and the coloring of your loved one. If your fiancé-to-be has olive skin or golden undertones to her complexion, yellow gold can be best.

Likewise, if she has blue undertones (pale skin that tends toward rosy and looks best in greens, blues, and deep colors) she might look fantastic in white gold.

Unsure about her coloring or want something that’s universally flattering? Rose gold may be the ticket.

Think About Stone Colors & Types

One of the areas in which you have the greatest freedom is in terms of color and the kind of gemstone you want to include as a focal point. For instance, if white diamonds aren’t your thing, you can choose from pink sapphire wedding rings, black, blue, brown or canary yellow diamonds, blue sapphires and more!

Picking a precious stone that isn’t a diamond-like sapphires or rubies – could give you more cost-effective options to choose from, while various colored diamonds give you the individuality you crave from a piece of jewelry your betrothed will wear every day.

Get it Sized Properly

Sizing is important because if the band isn’t small or big enough, it will either slide off your girl’s finger or it will be impossible/uncomfortable to get off! Luckily, many items can be resized, especially if you buy them larger than you expect they’ll need to be.

Think About Gemstone Cut

Finally, you can get really specific and fun with the cut of the diamond or gemstone. Classic shapes include princess or round cuts. Antique/retro looks can be baguette cut, pear or marquise. Square is a nice option for the modern woman who likes a chunkier jewelry look.

Mason is an expert in fine stones and jewelry. He also loves when people have fun with gemstones, even bucking tradition when it comes to things like engagement and wedding rings. He hopes this advice will help readers to try something different and special for this momentous occasion.