Your Guide to Buying an Engagement Ring on eBay

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Your Guide to Buying an Engagement Ring on eBay

An engagement ring is a statement that you have found the person you are going to marry. In the United Kingdom and North America engagement rings are usually only worn by women. However, in some cultures both men and women wear engagement rings, and are even used for the wedding ring. An engagement ring is a serious purchase, and with the variety of metals, gemstones, and styles, it can make for a complicated purchase.

When you are considering buying an engagement ring, there are a number of things to consider, such as whether you want a new or used ring, or perhaps a vintage ring, the type of metal you want in the band, whether you prefer diamonds, gemstones, or plain rings, and how much you intend to spend on the engagement ring. When you are planning to buy an engagement ring, rather than focusing on traditional jewellery stores who are limited in the number of rings they can keep in stock, choose to explore eBay instead, where the selection is much more varied.

You can find an extensive collection of engagement rings on eBay from which to choose. There are new and used rings, diamond rings, gemstones rings, as well as a variety of ring styles. Before you buy your engagement ring, you should research the different types and styles available on eBay.

A Short History of Engagement Rings

The custom of giving engagement rings began in Ancient Egypt where the circular band was said to symbolise the never ending cycle of life, and the centre of the ring represented the gateway to the couple's future. Customarily, engagement rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand due to the Ancient Greek belief that a vein ran from that finger directly to the heart. In Europe, engagement rings were once called posie rings and were a promise of love and fidelity, while in America a thimble was given to represent eternal companionship. A woman would remove the outer ring of the thimble and wear it as a ring. In Nordic countries engagement rings are worn by both men and women. It was only in the 20th century that engagement rings really entered the mainstream and became popular. They are now commonly given to women to wear until the wedding. The wedding ring is then presented by the groom on the wedding day.

Types of Engagement Rings

Engagement rings are available in quite a few different types and styles. Typical bands are made from gold, platinum, titanium, silver, and stainless steel. A variety of gemstones are also used in crafting engagement rings, such as diamonds, emeralds, and rubies. The styles of engagement rings range from solitaires to rings with side stones. Another style is the trilogy ring, which is a set of three matching diamonds or gemstones set horizontally on the band, and the design is said to represent the past, present, and future of the engaged couple.

Searching for Engagement Rings on eBay

To begin your searching for an engagement ring on eBay, enter a generic keyword phrase like 'engagement rings' into the search bar on the homepage. Such a generic search phrase will return thousands of listings for engagement rings. The next step is to sort the listings based on the colour of the gold band, the gemstone and setting, and the ring size. To sort the listings, one simply selects and deselects the search filters on the results page.

Filtering Results Based on Metal

The bands on engagement rings are traditionally crafted from gold and silver. As gold is quite soft, it is alloyed with other metals to make the gold harder and more durable. Mixing yellow gold with other metals causes the gold to take on different colours. The purity of the gold is measured in karats and you can sort listings for rings based on the purity of the gold.

White Gold Engagement Rings

White gold is actually made from yellow gold into which nickel has been mixed to create a lighter coloured metal. A white gold engagement ring can be a solitaire, or a band with three or more stones. eBay has variety of white gold solitaire engagement rings in styles from square cut, round, marquise cut, and channel gems. Be sure to look closely at the picture of the ring you are interested in buying. If there are any areas that appear to be tarnished it could be that the finish is starting to wear off the ring. White gold rings are generally plated using rhodium to achieve a shinier appearance, and sometimes that plating starts to rub off due to wear. Study any close-up pictures of the ring provided by the seller to see if any of the stones appear chipped or if a setting looks like it may be loose. Read the description of the ring to see if it is used or new.

Yellow Gold Rings

Yellow gold is one of the most commonly used metals for making fine jewellery and especially engagement rings. Because the metal is so soft, it can easily be moulded, repaired, and maintained. To create different shades of gold and sturdier rings, various metals can be mixed with the yellow gold. When you have searched the listings and found a yellow gold engagement ring that appeals to you, read the description carefully. What carat gold is the band composed of? What type of stone does it have? If it is diamond, does the description include information about the cut, clarity and carat of the diamond? Does it have any areas where the gold appears to have rubbed off? This could be an indication that the ring is gold-plated.

Silver Engagement Rings

There are several grades of silver that are used for making jewellery, each with a different amount of additional metals blended with the silver to add strength, durability, colour, and brilliance. The higher the percentage of silver in the alloy, the purer the silver jewellery. Most jewellery made of silver, of any grade, is plated with 0.99 percent fine silver to provide a nice shine.

When you examining photos of silver engagement rings on eBay, be sure to study them closely. Does the band appear completely circular, or does it seem slightly bent? Does the diamond or gemstone sparkle or is it a bit dull? Read the description carefully, looking for information that indicates that the ring was damaged in the past and was repaired.

Filtering Results Based on the Gemstone

Not all engagement rings include settings for diamonds, although it is diamonds that a person thinks of when they imagine the perfect engagement rings. Many other gemstones are used in the creation of fine engagement rings, including emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and several other types.

Diamonds have a distinct beauty that is the result of the cut, clarity, shape, and carat weight of the stone. When sorting listings for diamond engagement rings, you can sort them based on shape, clarity, cut, carat weight and colour.




Different cuts include princess cut, oval, marquise, pear shaped, cushion cut, emerald cut, asscher cut, heart-shaped,or radiant cut stones


All diamonds have tiny imperfections, or inclusions; highest clarity grades are assigned to stones with the least inclusions

Carat Weight

Related to the diamond's weight


Grade related to the lack of colour; little to no colour gets the highest grade

The size of your emerald is really a personal choice, but for superior sparkle, a larger emerald is a better choice.            Emeralds are available in a variety of colours, from light green to deep, dark green. Rubies are one of the most popular gemstones, and are available in colours that range from light pink to blood-red. Rubies should be clear and lacking any inclusions.

The choice of setting is an important part of selecting an engagement ring. Simple solitaires are traditional and classy, but you can also choose to add filigree, side stones, or additional large stones.

Filtering Results Based on Ring Size

To determine the correct size, the buyer should 'borrow' a ring that the buyer knows fits the wearer, and take it to a jeweller to size the ring. Some jewellers determine the ring size based on the internal diameter on the ring. But most jewellers measure the internal circumference of the ring and then compare the measurement in millimetres to the standard ring sizes expressed in letters of the alphabet.

Inside Circumference (mm)

British Standard Ring Sizes




A 1/2




B 1/2




C 1/2




D 1/2




E 1/2




F 1/2



When buying an engagement ring online, consider the type of ring you are interested in and determine whether it is sized according to UK or another system's standards. A ring fits differently depending upon the width of the band, the presence of a high dome, or the presence of a gallery. For a broad ring band over 8mm, one should go up half a size to ensure a looser fit. For a narrow band under 7 mm, one should choose a snugger fit.

Assessing the Seller

If you are new to buying jewellery on eBay, it is better to do business with an eBay Top-Rated Seller. Sellers who have earned this distinction consistently receive high feedback scores from buyers. They can be counted to deliver top-notch customer service and only deal in quality merchandise. Top-Rated Sellers are also very knowledgeable about the rings they sell. To sort the listings such that only listings by Top-Rated Sellers appear, simply tick the box next to 'Top-Rated Seller' under 'Seller' on the results page.


The type of precious metal the band is made from, the particular stone or diamond, setting, and the cut of the stone, are all important factors to consider when looking for the perfect engagement ring. eBay has an easy to use search platform that allows you to start with a generic search phrase and then filter the listings based on the important characteristics mentioned above. Shops on the high street, or traditional brick and mortar jewellery stores cannot compete with eBay when it comes to the sheer variety of engagement rings on offer. The choice of engagment ring is an important one. It is one of the most significant jewellery purchases a man makes in his lifetime. But buying an engagement ring needn't break the bank. By doing a little homework before venturing onto eBay, you can find the right engagement ring at the right price, with just a few clicks of the mouse.

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