Is there another activity that walks the fine line between pure terror and unbridled excitement like choosing an engagement ring? Perhaps there is, though it’s unlikely that is what led you here today. There’s no denying that choosing the perfect engagement ring can be a daunting task. With so many metals, diamonds, gemstones, designs, and settings to choose from, it’s no wonder that many partners feel overwhelmed. But don’t worry, nervous ones! The Diamond Guys are here to help guide you through the process. In this ultimate guide to engagement rings, we’ll break down each category and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.
The metal you choose for your engagement ring is essential as it sets the foundation for the design and decides the durability and longevity of the ring. There are three primary metal options to consider: platinum, gold, and palladium.
Platinum is an excellent option for those who want a durable, hypoallergenic metal. It is resistant to wear and tear and has a beautiful lustre. Platinum is your VIP option, your Rolls Royce choice.
Gold is a popular and versatile option for engagement rings, and you can choose from yellow, rose, or white gold. Gold is the classic choice: reliable but still able to turn it on for any occasion.
Palladium is a white metal that is hypoallergenic and durable, making it an excellent choice for an engagement ring. If your budget is particularly strict, palladium is the metal for you.
Yes, the diamond will likely be the star of the show. However, there are also other beautiful gemstones that you can consider, such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. If you’re going for a diamond, it’s essential to consider the four Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.
The cut is the most crucial factor as it decides how well the diamond reflects light. A well-cut diamond will have a beautiful sparkle and shine. Think of it like choosing a haircut for your diamond. You want it stylish, but with a bit of bounce.
The color of the diamond also plays a significant role in its beauty, and it’s essential to choose a diamond with minimal color. No yellow diamonds, please.
Clarity refers to the number of flaws or inclusions in the diamond. Remember, the fewer inclusions a diamond has the better. Just like a relationship.
Carat weight refers to the size of the diamond. Yes, size does matter. But it’s important not to forget or neglect the other Cs.
There are several design styles to choose from when it comes to engagement rings, and it’s essential to pick a style that fits your partner’s personality and style. Here are some popular options:
Solitaire: A classic and timeless design that features a single diamond or gemstone. This design will never burn out or fade away.
Halo: This design features a center diamond or gemstone surrounded by a ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones, giving the ring a beautiful and sparkling look. For the partner who loves attention, like when they make you watch their TikTok videos.
Vintage: If your partner loves old-fashioned things, a vintage engagement ring is an excellent choice. These rings typically feature intricate designs and unique details. Like fine wine, this design just gets better with age.
Three-stone: This design features three diamonds or gemstones, representing the past, present, and future of your relationship. If symbolism in jewellery is something your partner is drawn to, or might be drawn to, a three-stone may be the option to set their heart alight.
The setting of the engagement ring is just as crucial as the design style. Here are some popular setting styles to consider:
Claw: This setting style features metal prongs that hold the diamond or gemstone in place. It allows for maximum light exposure and is a popular choice for solitaire and three-stone rings. Think of it like a crown for your diamond.
Bezel: This setting style encases the diamond or gemstone in a metal bezel, which gives maximum protection. The bezel setting hides more of the diamond, yes, but there’s no denying this setting is built to last.
Grain: This setting style, also known as the Pave setting, features small diamonds or gemstones that are set closely together, giving the ring a beautiful and sparkling look. If your partner is the kind that spreads glitter—both literally and figuratively—this setting will be perfect.
Last, yes, but certainly not least. Once you’ve chosen the metal, diamond or gemstone, design style, and setting style, it’s time to add some finishing touches to your engagement ring to make it extra special. Here are some options:
Millgrain: The millgrain technique will create tiny beads along the edge of your engagement ring. This effect pairs particularly well with the grain setting. If you want a ring that reminds you of your grandmother’s wedding ring, this might be the choice for you.
Filigree & Wirework: This is when your ring has open sections at the top that are filled with intricate details. If the Elves of Middle Earth were real-life jewellery makers, these are the rings they would make.
Engraving Detail: If you want the band of the ring to have hold all the details, enlist an expert engraver to bring it to life. If you want your ring to be certified unique, engraving is the way.
Message Inscription: If you really do want the one ring to rule them all, consider getting a message to your loved one inscribed on the inside of the band. But remember, you won’t need fire to reveal the message.