The Women's Journal

You Have Found “The One”… Now The Perfect Ring

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By Jim Stein

Father and son, Jim and Edward Stein continue in the family business founded by Jim’s father in 1930, Maurice Stein. Stuart Kingston Jewelers is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE

Selecting the ideal engagement ring can be somewhat daunting.  However, with a little know-how, it can be a very rewarding experience. I have over 45 years in the business of helping our customers select the perfect ring.  They can be confident that they are purchasing the highest quality, customized service, engraving, certifications, and special design that reflect each client’s unique style, not to mention the “Wow!” factor.

Here are the steps you need to follow to find that perfect ring.  First, find a reputable jeweler, someone whom you trust.  This is crucial as you sort out the various options you will be exposed to: quality, grade, size, and settings and design options.

Next is finding that distinctive ring.  What drew you to her in the first place?  What is her unique style?  Is she all about traditional or classic design?  Is she a business woman with very modern clean lines and sharp contrasts? Maybe she’s more eclectic, likes to “mix it up”. She may cherish the details from vintage designs–wanting to redesign her grandmother’s ring, perhaps using the family diamond or setting?  As a jeweler, I am very passionate about helping our customers with this momentous decision.

Finally, know what to ask from the jeweler.  What are they offering?  Are the diamonds and precious gems certified and if so, what kind of certifications?   Do they give you an appraisal with the purchase so you can have your ring properly covered by insurance?  Can they make changes to the design or settings to accommodate your budget or design taste?  Do they offer financing programs?  Are they willing and patient to help you search for that perfect ring?

Here at Stuart Kingston, we have a very knowledgeable and caring staff to help you find that special engagement ring along with many other beautiful items needed to make your wedding complete, including matching bands and memorable bride and groom gifts.  One thing that sets us apart from other jewelers is our ability to customize any ring design or setting with our very own in-house jewelry designer.

We have built our business one relationship at a time and are very grateful for the reputation we have established for offering quality pieces, superior service and attention to detail.  Please see our general overview of how a diamond is graded, different shapes of diamonds, and much more at .

We invite those interested in learning more, to make an appointment with our experienced team Jim Stein, Edward Stein or Mary Garten.

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Mary Barnes is SK Jeweler’s resident Custom Jewelry Designer.


Melanie Krummel, G.G., C.S.M. Independent Gemologist/Appraiser with over 20 years experience.


Buying a ring is a daunting task, especially for someone like me who really had no clue where to begin. Edward and the team at Stuart Kingston walked me through every single step of the process. I went down to learn about the differences and Ed gave me some great advice.  I started gathering some information about what styles she liked and sent them some pictures.  His team helped me design and customize a ring that would be perfect for her.  It only took a few weeks to build and they updated me every step of the way.  Once it was completed, I was blown away and it made my proposal a lot easier knowing I had a beautiful ring from Stuart Kingston by my side. I would recommend this place to anyone as you won’t find a better team to help you from beginning to the end. – Brad Rittle

I recently purchased an engagement ring from Stuart Kingston Galleries and cannot sing their praises loud enough. I’m a dude, through and through, and had no practical knowledge about buying diamonds; let alone building a ring. They walked me through the entire process, from picking the stone, to custom designing the setting, to getting the ring insured. When they didn’t have the diamond I wanted in house, they shopped around for the diamond and found something that hit all of my wants and stayed within my budget. When they delivered the ring, I couldn’t have been happier. Best of all, when I delivered the ring she said yes. Thanks Ed, I couldn’t have done it without you! – Maximillian Osswald

I would never go anywhere else to buy an engagement ring…and I live in Los Angeles.  The Stein’s are the classiest, most trust worthy people in the jewelry business.   I even got my friends in NYC, NJ and CA hooked on the Stein’s.  We did everything seamlessly through the phone, email and Fed-Ex.  When making such a big purchase you really need that trust factor…and you can absolutely trust Stuart Kingston Galleries. – PJ Byrne

My cushion cut diamond engagement ring from Stuart Kingston Galleries is absolutely exquisite. My fiancé collaborated with Edward for months leading up to our proposal and was so grateful for Edward’s incredible knowledge and guidance. The design is breathtaking, and the quality impeccable. We couldn’t be happier! Not only are we in love with the ring — but it means the world to us to have worked with such an honest and trustworthy jeweler whose expertise is above and beyond. I look forward to designing our wedding bands with Edward and to visiting Stuart Kingston for other meaningful pieces in the years to come. – Brooke Lyons