Engagement Ring Guide
Steps to Choosing The Perfect Engagement Ring
Step 1: Choosing a setting/setting style
Solitaire settings feature a single center stone. It is very popular because it is simplistic and it accentuates the diamond or gemstone that is placed in it.
This setting is created with many tiny diamonds into smaller holes that are drilled into the ring. The appearance is that of a studded surface. Pave settings create a stunning visual effect.
This style holds diamonds within the band of the ring itself. The stones featured are typically small. It is possible to have a channel setting without a center stone, however, the purpose of the small stones is to compliment the center stone. In this case, the center stone is usually combined in a different type of setting such as a bezel or a prong.
This ring style features a main (center) stone with multiple other stones encapsulating it. The number of side stones and layout/display can vary depending on what you prefer.
Another very popular setting, it features a main center stone with two side stones placed to the left and to the right. The diamonds can be either held by prongs, bezels, etc.
The tension setting contains the stone by compressing it between two metal bands. It is the pressure force that allows the stone to stay in its position. Each setting is uniquely crafted for each unique center stone placed in between.
The Halo style setting features smaller diamonds or stones encapsulating the main (center) stone. This style is most commonly seen with smaller center stone choices as it often accentuates the center stone.
These settings are created to resemble characteristics possessed by a given period in time to give a "vintage" feel.
Step 2: Selecting your stone
There are actually a few things to take into account when selecting your stone. The main things you have to consder are the four C's, which are color, cut, clarity, and carat.
Color of a diamond is based on the absence of color and is graded from D-Z.
Cut of a diamond is how well the diamond's facets interact with light. The three main types of cuts are Deep, Ideal, and Shallow
Carat of a diamond is simply the measurement of how much a diamond weighs. A carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams
Clarity deals with how small imperfections of the diamond are on the surface and internally. Imperfections on the surface are called blemishes and those internally are called inclusions.
Last but not least, there's the shape of the diamond. There are ten different shapes: Round, Princess, Emerald, Cushion, Marquise, Radiant, Oval, Pear, Asscher, and heart shaped.
Step 3: Considering Metal Options
There are a large variety of metal options, but here are some that we offer. The following are classified as "precious metals":
It is the strongest out of the precious metals. Damage resistant, hypoallergenic, highest purity level, rare and more expensive than the others.
Malleable, easy to clean, polish, and repair if needed, tarnish resistant.
Strong, rust and tarnish resistant, not as colorful as 18k yellow gold, less expensive than the former.
Lighter than platinum but still very strong. Easy to clean, polish, and repair if needed, does not scratch, and is hypoallergenic.