While it is true that engagement rings are valuable because they are made with precious materials like gold, silver, platinum, diamonds and gemstones, the sentimental value they embody often far exceeds their monetary value. For that reason it is important that you give extra consideration to making the ring as meaningful as possible by matching the style to the prospective bride. If a big stone is important to her, for example, then you may want to focus on getting the largest one you can afford. If you know that she would like something other than a simple four-prong setting then you might consider looking at designer settings. Or she may prefer a white metal or want the engagement ring to match the wedding band. As you can see, the options are quite varied. With a little research on your part, you should be able to come up with the "perfect" engagement ring for your bride-to-be.
Consider Your Budget
As you are probably well aware, the most important consideration is your budget. In this regard you have to proportion the budget between the diamond and the ring in which it is set. For example, you might want to choose a simple mounting in 14kt gold and the biggest and best diamond you can afford or you might opt for a smaller diamond with a more elaborate platinum setting with diamond accent stones to enhance the center stone beauty and durability. Fortunately, the range of choices is so vast that almost anyone can find something within their budget. Here are some factors to consider.
Select the Right Metal
The first aspect to consider is the metal which your ring will be made of. If you are not sure which metal to choose, consider platinum or 18K gold, the two most popular choices. Both are lustrous, durable and, most importantly, beautiful materials to work with.
Select a Right Setting Style
Next up is the way in which the stone will be mounted, also referred to as its setting. A solitaire setting is one in which a single diamond is held securely atop the ring by several prongs, or by a circular band of metal around the edge of the stone. This latter is called a bezel setting. Solitaire settings are the most common way of displaying a diamond on an engagement ring. A popular option to the solitaire setting is a ring with side stones. These are diamonds or gemstones that are set into the body of the ring and can be done as an addition to a solitaire setting or as a way to mount the main diamond. If your bride wants to wear her wedding band on the same finger as her engagement ring then you can opt for settings with matching bands. You can be as ornate or as plain as you wish. Take some time to look at the range of options that are available to you. A popular approach that has gained a lot of traction in recent years is the three-stone setting. Three stones, usually all diamonds, represent the past, present and future of your relationship.
Choosing the Right Diamond
A diamond engagement ring is one of the most important - and often one of the largest - purchases you will make in your life so you will want to be sure you do it right. For many, the choice of a diamond is the most difficult part, but with the help of the information provided here, you will be much more informed and hopefully more confident about the process.