For centuries, the diamond engagement ring has been used to signify the promise of marriage. Today, the tradition continues.
When shopping for engagement rings, there are many things to consider: styles, stones, metals, and a budget – just to name a few. Here’s a crash course to get you started.
Engagement ring styles
Solitaire – This classic style feature one diamond with at least 4 prongs. Since 1886, this has been a popular style. Any shape stone can be set in a solitaire mounting. Round brilliant cuts are the most popular and are typically set in 4 or 6 prong mountings.
Three stone – Another classic design, three stone rings have been used as engagement rings to represent the past, the present and the future. These rings feature one stone in the center with smaller stones on either side.
Filigree – This is a pierced engraving style that has an antique look. It is very popular in platinum designs.
Halo – This popular design has row(s) of diamonds that surround a center stone.
Typically diamonds are set with prongs, bezels, half bezels, or channel settings.
Prongs – prongs are “claws” that hold stones in place. They are bent over stones to secure the stones tightly. Prongs are the most traditional style for solitaire rings.
Bezels – a bezel is a solid piece of metal that hugs the stone in place. It is a durable setting style and has a more modern and contemporary look.
Semi bezel – semi bezels or half bezels are not completely surrounding the stone. It is typically two pieces of metal with space between. It is a style in between prongs and a full bezel.
Channel – channels are metal walls that secure stones. This is typically used for smaller stones as accent stones on a ring.
Traditional engagement rings feature diamonds but a variety of stones can be used. Visit Diamonds 101 and Colored Gemstones 101 to learn more about stones!
What type of metal will your significant other prefer? White gold? Yellow gold? Platinum? Palladium? It’s a good idea to see what other jewelry she wears to get an idea of her metal preference. Each metal has different properties and advantages.
It’s good to have a budget in mind when shopping for an engagement ring. This will help our team guide you in the right direction from the start. We’ll help you find the perfect ring for your budget. We promise!
Have a better idea of engagement rings or totally confused? We’re here to help. Your job is to find the perfect person, let us help you find the perfect ring (that’s our job)!
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