If you are in the beginning stages of planning your proposal, there’s a chance you have a few things you already know about engagement rings. Whether it be the best size, the ideal shape, or the rules for budget, we all have ideas of what is right.

An engagement ring is a big purchase— both emotionally and financially— so of course it is a purchase you will want to get right. Just like buying a car or putting a down payment on a house, it’s best to go into it informed.

We’ve pulled together ten of the biggest engagement ring myths we’ve heard from couples coming into our Houston showroom at iTouch Diamonds— along with what is actually true— for discerning brides- and grooms-to-be.

10 Engagement Ring Myths You Need to Know 

You have to spend XX% of your salary on the ring.

We’ve heard it all: that you should spent two months pay, three months pay, and a certain percentage of your annual salary on an engagement ring. This is a myth; the best budget is the one you come up with and that feels comfortable in your own financial situation. Remember, you can always finance, or pay with a credit card. Learn more about financing HERE.

Diamonds are indestructible and can’t be damaged.

While diamonds score a 10/10 on the Mohs Scale of hardness (meaning of all minerals, they’re one of the hardest and most difficult to destruct), it’s possible for a diamond to chip or crack if struck at the right angle with the right force. This is why it’s a good idea to leave your ring in a safe place when working with your hands or playing hand-contact sports.

Platinum engagement ring settings are indestructible.

Just like its white gold and yellow gold counterparts, your platinum engagement ring setting can be damaged through excessive wear or blunt force. Learn more about jewelry repair HERE

A solitaire is a ring with a single round shaped diamond.

Solitaire comes from the word ‘solo,’ meaning a single diamond when referring to an engagement ring. A solitaire ring can actually have any shape of center diamond. The only real criteria for a solitaire engagement ring is that it has no additional diamonds on the band. You can absolutely have a pear shaped diamond solitaire engagement ring, for example!

Round diamonds appear the largest compared to other shapes.

While round diamonds have the potential to sparkle more than any other diamond shape, their symmetry also makes them appear slightly smaller in comparison to a fancy shaped diamond of the same carat weight.

The apparent size of any diamond, when viewed from the top down, can vary depending on the shape and size of the wearer’s hand. This is why it’s a great idea to try on different diamond shapes and setting styles when beginning your engagement ring search.

The engagement ring and wedding band should match.

Gone are the days of the engagement ring and wedding band having to be a perfect match (thankfully). There are endless opportunities to create your own unique look with a mix of metals and styles between your engagement ring and wedding band. If you really want to create a unique look, choose more than one wedding band for a stacked look.

A true engagement ring has a diamond center stone.

While we love a diamond engagement ring, emeralds, sapphires, and other gemstones are stealing center stage in some stunning engagement rings. Each gemstone has its own beautiful hue and meaning, so there is no need to feel like you have to choose a diamond when finding or creating your perfect engagement ring.

The setting is just a stage for the center diamond.

While your center stone might be more expensive than the setting, both combine to make the whole package. If you view an engagement ring setting as simply a stage for the diamond, you could be missing out on some beautiful details. Give thought to the setting as much as the center stone.

The engagement ring has to be a surprise.

While most couples still prefer a surprise proposal, discussing what she likes and dislikes in engagement rings— or even stopping by the showroom to try on rings together— will help ensure your partner will love the final ring you choose. Don’t worry— the proposal will still be a surprise!

Designing your own engagement ring is hard.

While custom designing your engagement ring can be a tedious process, it can actually be very easy (and cost efficient!) to design the ring of your dreams. 

Touch the Diamond® with our Jewelry Design Studio Platform.  It is a fully interactive touch screen computer that allows you to design a more unique ring.  We will guide you through a more personal design experience.  You will love the process.

We can start with a blank slate, or you can select a setting from our showcase to start with as your foundation. Together we will manipulate their features to fit your personality.  The process happens in a matter of seconds.

Become the designer using the latest Jewelry Design software and services.  iTouchDiamonds will provide you with the most extensive custom settings imaginable.  We will collaborate, create, sketch, render, or cast any setting you desire.

Learn more about custom design HERE.


Explore our full selection of engagement rings at our Houston, TX, showroom, or view a selection online here.




“I was searching online for engagement rings and luckily came across iTouch Diamonds. Sandra and Nora couldn’t have been nicer. I asked Sandra to make me a deal I couldn’t refuse — and she didn’t disappoint. I highly recommend iTouch Diamonds to anyone looking for diamond jewelry. It’s a very intimate location and the best part is the low pressure atmosphere. We will definitely be back.” — Todd B. on Yelp

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