Getting engaged is one of the most memorable and special moments of our lives. But choosing the right engagement ring can be difficult. We all have different tastes when it comes to shape and color, plus there’s such a huge variety available.
So, we’ve put together a handy guide detailing everything you need to know about engagement rings and what to look out for when selecting the perfect one.
As we mentioned, we all have different preferences. So, before you even think about heading out to your local jeweler or going online, ask yourself what your partner’s personal ‘style’ is. Are they boho and quirky? Classic and traditional? Chic and understated? This will affect how much they adore your ring choice.
To help you, why not have a glance in their wardrobe and check out their clothing choices? Or even better, peek at their current jewelry to get the right vibe. If you’re still unsure, ask their family and friends what they think to make sure you hone in on the right ring.
Shape and cut
Now, you’re ready to start searching. Firstly, you need to consider what shape and cut you want, as this will have a huge impact on the overall look and style of the engagement ring (probably more than anything else). There are many varieties to choose from including:
Basically, the shape refers to the appearance and geometry of the stone while the cut will affect how light is reflected (or how sparkly it is!). So, make sure you check out all shapes before choosing the one you believe your partner will like best.
Many people now love white gold more than traditional yellow gold. However, there are more choices you should know about. Platinum, for example, is durable and exceptionally pure — great for those with sensitive skin. But have you considered the pretty hues of rose gold, too? Then of course, there’s silver and palladium (which has a slightly grayer look to it than platinum). Again, check out all of your options.
The four ‘Cs’
You’ve probably already heard about the four ‘Cs’ if you’re searching for a diamond engagement ring. These stand for: color, clarity, carat, and cut (not necessarily always in that order). Here’s a basic overview of each:
- Color: diamonds are often colorless or nearly colorless with the former usually being the most sought after. However, many people find diamonds with a hint of color more modern and quirky.
- Clarity: diamonds contain flaws and inclusions and these affect price (the less they have, the more expensive they are). But don’t worry, most inclusions can’t be seen by the naked eye.
- Carat: refers to the weight of the stone.
- Cut: indicates the symmetry and angles of the stone, which affect how it sparkles.
Make sure you can say to yourself that you have considered each of the four ‘Cs’ above before making your final decision.
How about the ring’s setting? This refers to the metal framework that your stone sits in and a few of the most popular include:
- Channel: a row of stones set between two strips of metal.
- Halo: a row of stones surrounding a larger stone in the center.
- Bezel: metal wraps around the edge of the center stone.
- Prong: a claw that holds the stone.
- Pave: row of stones placed very close together.
- Three-stone: two smaller stones sit beside a larger one in the middle.
- Tension: pressure and grooves are used to hold a large center stone in place.
Obviously, the setting greatly affects the aesthetic of the ring. So, make sure you consider this before purchasing.
Typically, engagement rings aren’t cheap. However, you have a huge range of options that include some beautiful varieties for great prices. So, we recommend doing plenty of shopping around to find the right deal.
Some ways to cut the cost include going for a halo setting (this gives the illusion of extra carats and larger stones) and choosing gold instead of platinum.
Now, you’re clued up on all things engagement ring! For extra help and information on engagement rings, check out: https://www.whiteflash.com/about-diamonds/tips-and-advice/top-12-engagement-ring-designers-1515.htm.