The Rules of Engagement

To find the ring she’ll love, be sure to do your homework. Ask her friends and family for help, pay attention to the jewelry she’s already wearing and take a look at these top choices for

1. Fourth Finger Stunner This Art Deco engagement ring in platinum features a European- cut diamond flanked by baguette and round- cut dazzlers. $13,750 at Lang Antiques (SF). 415.982.2213,

2. Bling, Bling For a ring that has it all—cut, color, clarity and carat­—look to the Distinction Ring from the Perfection in Platinum Collection, showcasing the Dream Diamond by Hearts on Fire. Price available upon request at Johann Paul Jewelers (Greenbrae). 415.461.1866,

3. Timeless Tradition Imagine her opening that little blue box and seeing this diamond-encrusted Legacy Collection ring inspired by period jewels. $3,960 at Tiffany & Co. (SF). 415.781.7000,

4. Captivating Design For the bride with an eye for modern aesthetics, choose the Intrigue engagement ring. Shown in 18k white gold with princess-cut diamond and channel diamonds.Price available upon request at John Atencio (SF). 415.674.7750,  

5. Passion for the Gem You don’t have to be born in July to wear this custom-made Burmese ruby engagement ring. Set in platinum and 18k yellow gold, it’s a stunner. $9,800 at Arth & Co. (SF). 415.986.3660,

6. Propose With the Heart This diamond heart- cut engagement ring in platinum is sure to make her say yes. Price available upon request at Cartier (SF). 415.397.3180,

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The one-style-fits-all wedding ring is a thing of the past, these days it’s all about options. The traditional solid yellow gold band has been replaced with endless choices, including intricate designs, matte or shiny finishes and a variety of metal possibilities. Whichever ring is chosen, make sure it reflects the groom or bride’s individual style, because it’s going to be worn for a very long time.

1. Goes Both Ways This brushed platinum folded leaf wedding band can be made thicker for a man or kept thin for a woman; it’s your choice. $2,250–$3,000 at Lorinczi Jewelry (SF). 415.566.7394,

2. The Gorgeous Gardener She doesn’t have to be a horticulturist to fall in love with this White Rose wide platinum wedding band. The openwork of roses, leaves and vines—all set with diamonds—is sure to please. $10,000 at Stephan Hill Jewelers (San Rafael). 415.459.5808,

3. International Flair The global man will appreciate the labor-intensive hand-carved leaves on this 18k gold band; they were influenced by Italian museum pieces but crafted locally. $2,000 at Van Craeynest (SF). 415.362.1025,

4. Color Conscious The metal choices are endless when choosing the Lucida men’s wedding band. Is he in the mood for platinum, 18k yellow gold or both? $600–$1,700 at Tiffany & Co. (SF). 415.781.7000,

5. All Locked Up The aptly named Love collection from Cartier includes this 18k white gold men’s wedding band with screw design. $1,625 at Cartier (SF). 415.397.3180,