Choosing an engagement ring is an incredibly personal and meaningful experience. As the co-owner of Morgan & Co, a bespoke jewellery design studio on the Sunshine Coast, I've had the privilege of guiding many couples through this process.

Here are the top five decisions you'll need to make when choosing an engagement ring —


It's essential to establish a budget early on. This will help narrow down your options and ensure you find a ring that fits both financial constraints and style preferences. At Morgan & Co, we understand the importance of staying within your budget when designing your dream engagement ring. That's why we offer a personalised approach to selecting the diamond or gemstone for your ring. By individually selecting each stone based on your budget and preferences, we ensure that you get the best value for your money without compromising on quality. Our expert team will guide you through the selection process, providing you with options that fit your price point while still meeting your criteria for cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. With our help, you can create a stunning engagement ring that not only reflects your unique style but also stays within your budget.

Contact our team to arrange a complementary consultation to view a range of gemstones and choose your forever stone with the help of our experienced team.

Stone Choice 

One of the first decisions you'll need to make is whether you want a coloured stone or a diamond. Coloured stones can add a unique and personal touch to the ring, while diamonds offer timeless elegance. At Morgan & Co, we believe that the choice between a coloured stone and a diamond is a deeply personal one, and we're here to help you explore all your options. We can bring in a range of coloured gemstones, from vibrant sapphires to rich emeralds, for you to view and choose from. If you prefer the classic beauty of a diamond, we offer a selection of both lab-grown and natural diamonds, each with its own unique characteristics.

Our team is dedicated to educating our clients on the specifications of their desired gemstone, including cut, clarity, colour, and carat weight, as well as the pros and cons of each option. Whether you're drawn to the rich hues of a coloured stone or the timeless allure of a diamond, we're here to help you make an informed decision that suits your style and budget.

Stone Shape

The shape of the stone is another crucial consideration. Round, princess, cushion, and emerald are just a few of the popular options. Each shape has its own unique characteristics, so it's essential to choose one that reflects your partner's personality and style. We also suggest trying on various shapes, as the shape you initially prefer may not always complement your finger. For example, if you have shorter or fuller fingers, an oval or pear shape might be more flattering, as they can create the illusion of length. Our bespoke team is here to assist you in making this decision. If you're planning a surprise engagement and need guidance, we can help by reviewing photos of your partner. With our experience in assisting numerous couples, we excel at finding the perfect match for every finger and style.

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The setting of the stone plays a significant role in the overall look of the ring. Common settings include claw, bezel, pave, and channel. Each setting offers its own advantages in terms of security and aesthetics, so it's important to choose one that complements the stone and the wearer's style. 

The setting of the stone is crucial as it not only secures the gem but also influences the ring's aesthetic appeal. There are several common settings, each with its unique advantages. Prong settings are classic and allow more light to enter the stone for added sparkle. Bezel settings offer a more secure hold and a modern look. Pave settings feature small diamonds set closely together, creating a shimmering effect. Channel settings offer a sleek and contemporary appearance, perfect for those seeking a more understated look.

When it comes to the setting's metal colour, options typically include yellow, white, or rose gold. Yellow gold offers a warm, traditional look, while white gold provides a sleek, modern appearance. Rose gold adds a romantic and vintage touch. Platinum, although more expensive, is durable and naturally white, making it an excellent choice for those with metal allergies.

When choosing the setting colour and metal type, it's important to consider the wearer's skin tone and personal style. Some hues may complement certain skin tones better than others. Additionally, the wearer's lifestyle and job should be taken into account. For example, individuals with active lifestyles may prefer a more secure setting that protects the stone from damage. Our team takes the time to understand your lifestyle and preferences to guide you towards the perfect setting that suits your needs and style.


At Morgan & Co, we specialise in creating personalised engagement rings that tell a unique story. From incorporating meaningful gemstones to engraving a special message, there are countless ways to personalise your ring and make it truly one-of-a-kind.

Choosing an engagement ring is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I'm honoured to be a part of it for so many couples. If you're ready to begin your journey to the perfect ring, I invite you to schedule a consultation with us. Together, we'll create a ring that captures the essence of your love and commitment.

Contact our bespoke team today and book your appointment at our intimate Buderim studio — we look forward to going on this journey with you. 

With love,
Morgan xo

March 18, 2024 — Morgan Gaskin