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Shopping for an Engagement Ring in Santa Barbara

Bridal details including an Engagement Ring in Santa Barbara Weddings

Finding the Right Engagement Ring If you’re shopping for an engagement ring, that probably means you’re thinking about proposing! Congratulations! We are so excited for you and for this huge next step in your relationship. There are so many beautiful places to propose and have an engagement session in Santa Barbara, but we’re getting ahead […]

Finding the Right Engagement Ring

If you’re shopping for an engagement ring, that probably means you’re thinking about proposing! Congratulations! We are so excited for you and for this huge next step in your relationship. There are so many beautiful places to propose and have an engagement session in Santa Barbara, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves! If you’re shopping for an engagement ring in Santa Barbara there are a few things you need to know so you can find the perfect ring for the person of your dreams!

A bride's Engagement Ring in Santa Barbara and the couple's wedding bands.

Choosing the Perfect Diamond for Your Love 

Engagement rings come in many different sizes and shapes. They can range from having incredibly detailed bands to simple, classic, and smooth. When searching for the perfect engagement ring for your soon-to-be fiancé you’ll want to determine which diamond shape they like. A few of the more common shapes are round, oval, and princess.
Round cut diamonds are by far the most common and are known for the way the light shines off of the center stone. Oval is an elongated version of the round shape and tends to look best on long slender fingers. Princess cut diamonds are a square version of the round shape and is considered a fancy cut.
The bride's wedding band and engagement ring propped up on the groom's wedding band. A beautiful Engagement Ring in Santa Barbara, California.

Grading a Diamond

Diamonds are graded by four categories, cut, clarity, color, and carat. The cut refers to the symmetry and polish of the diamond and how it will return light. If you’d like to see a lot of sparkles and shine from the center stone, then getting a higher grade cut will be important.
The second grading criteria is clarity. The clarity of the diamond refers to any blemishes, imperfections, or bubbles in the diamond. If you can’t see them without a microscope, then you should be good to go!
The color of the diamond refers to how clear or transparent it looks. Some diamonds show more of a yellow tint which means they would score lower on the color grading.
Lastly, you’ve probably heard someone talk about how many carats of gold something is, or how many carats a diamond is. This refers to the overall weight of the stone and usually correlates to the final price of the diamond.

Bridal details including an Engagement Ring in Santa Barbara Weddings

Shopping for an Engagement Ring in Santa Barbara

Whether you’re local to Santa Barbara or you’re planning a visit to the Central Coast for your proposal or engagement session, we’re sharing about two of our favorite jewelry stores in the area.

Bryant & Sons

Bryant and Sons have a grand selection of engagement rings and wedding bands. They have two locations in the Santa Barbara area. The first is located on State Street in downtown, and the second is a short drive to Montecito.

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Truong & Co

Truong & Co also has a location in downtown Santa Barbara located on State Street. They specialize in custom made jewelry so if you’re dreaming about the perfect design but haven’t found it yet, we’d recommend stopping in.

Elizabeth & Michael

"Jocelyn and Spencer are very talented at what they do. They are genuine and authentic in their interactions with you and each other. Hands down the best experience throughout the wedding planning process, the day of, and after."

"Do not even consider anyone else."

Woodland Events

"Since they’d been so focused on building a personal connection with the couple in the months leading up to the wedding, the couple was relaxed and comfortable all day, knowing they were in very good hands."

"They captured every moment perfectly."

Angela & KEvan

"We could not have been more pleased with being a JS couple. Jocelyn and Spencer are not only talented they make the entire process enjoyable and are just genuinely wonderful people. I would recommend Jocelyn and Spencer 100%."

"Jocelyn and Spencer made all of our photography dreams come true."

Candy & Gino

"Should you need a great photographer in Santa Barbara, in California or any where else, look no further. "



Everything seemed personalized, nothing forced, nothing copied. The quality of our photos and the photography style exceeded our expectations.

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