Ready for the ring? Then make sure you (and he!) know exactly what you want.

Are you ready for the ring? Congrats! Not only are you about to embark on one of the most exciting journeys of your life, you and your future fiancé are undoubtedly prepping for one of your most important purchases—your engagement ring! Whether it's a diamond, sapphire, or birthstone, this precious piece of jewelry demands a large chunk of change, no matter the budget. With such weight connected to its meaning, you'll want a gem that expresses both your personality and the love you and your future hubby share.

When it comes time to drop hints, you'll need to delineate more than just round-cut, cushion-cut, or emerald-cut. Aside from your diamond shape and metal of choice, there are a variety of styles available that can express your personal style. For instance, you might be a romantic bride, who prefers delicate details including thinly twisted bands and floral diamond arrangements. Or maybe you're a classic bride-to-be, who adores the timelessness of a solitaire or sleek three-stone setting. Let's not forget the boho ladies out there, who appreciate a brushed metal and never-before-seen diamond cut or the glamour girls who believe "more is more" (yes, that means double-halos and a whole lot of pavé).

No matter which category you identify with, we've grouped some of the most gorgeous engagement rings by style, to help you narrow down your choices. Here, our some of the most beautiful, unique romantic, eclectic, classic, and glamorous engagement ring styles.

On the model: Two diamond rings set in platinum (on ring finger), Cartier; Diamond set in platinum (on middle finger,) Premier Gem for Forevermark

Photo: Patric Shaw

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