How to Choose Your Engagement Ring
Step 1: Choose your Diamond
Over the years, the most popular cut for diamond engagement rings has always been the round brilliant, consisting of 58 facets that divide the stone into a top and bottom half. Runners up include the princess cut, the emerald cut and the oval cut, with the cushion cut quickly gaining popularity as a recent trend.
In choosing a diamond the shape is often the toughest choice, and there is really no exact formula. In the end, it’s really up to what you personally like. While the diamond certainly can’t speak, it is telling the world exactly how you feel about her. Think about it. For years to come this ring will be the one thing she wears every day that she didn’t buy for herself. When she looks down at it she will think of only one thing...you. That is why what she likes really matters. If you feel strongly about a particular shape, go for it.
Step 2: Choose your Setting
All options are on the table for you when choosing the setting. The setting should express her personal style while complimenting the diamond. If her style is classic, consider a solitaire or three-stone setting. If she has a bold style, add a diamond shank, halo or consider mixed metal. A vintage, bezel set or free form setting would be a great pick for an eclectic style. Tip: Pay attention to the jewelry she wears and do some digging on her social media.
Step 3: Choose your Metal
White, yellow or rose, that's usually a pretty easy choice. Unless she has specified yellow gold and wears mostly yellow gold jewelry, she probably prefers white. The avant-garde choice is rose gold. Today, tradition rules, and white is the metal most brides desire in an engagement ring and wedding band.
Platinum is clearly the best choice in white. Most Platinum is 95% pure platinum with only 5% iridium or palladium alloy blended in for hardness and polish. The hallmark inside the ring is important: it should read 950 Plat or simply Plat. Platinum is by far the best choice for all diamond settings. Its steely white color won't change over time, and, because it is more dense and malleable than gold, the prongs are less likely to break off. The weight, feel and durability of platinum is unsurpassed. If you choose white, we strongly urge you to choose Platinum.
White Gold is your other option. White gold is made by blending pure gold with alloy and nickel. It is the nickel that changes the gold's natural yellow color to white.
White gold's biggest appeal is price. White gold offers the look of platinum at as much as 1/3 the cost. In smaller rings, white gold is also a better choice because white gold is less malleable than platinum.
14k Gold is composed of 50% pure gold and 50% alloy. It is rugged, holds it's shine and will last for many years. It's the best choice when durability is most important. Basic gold fashion jewelry is most often produced in 14K. 18K Gold is composed of 75% pure gold and 25% alloy. 18K is a richer, more lustrous color and is always used in finer designer gold pieces. While it is a bit softer than 14K, it is still the best choice for normal wear lifestyles It is certainly more expensive than 14K, but, for gold purists, it is the only way to go.
Rose Gold is the softer side of gold. Rose gold is made by blending pure gold with alloy and copper. It is the copper that changes the gold's natural yellow color to a warm pink. As with yellow gold, rose gold in 18K is a richer, more lustrous color when compared to 14K. Rose gold is quickly gaining popularity as a recent trend.
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