Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How to Choose Your Engagement Ring

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Engagement is a special occasion in a woman’s life, which is why the ring she chooses also needs to be equally special. Engagement rings not only depict “eternal love” but also act as a token of acceptance of a delightful lifetime commitment.

However, choosing an engagement ring can be a challenge if you’re not prepared. In the following article we look into how you can choose the right engagement ring for you.

Choosing the Ring Style
If you look around, you’ll find that there are many different types of diamond engagement rings. However, what ring you choose depends on factors such as your budget, taste, etc. Here are the common options:

1. Solitaire Rings – The Solitaire ring is a classic engagement ring that has always been a popular choice. It’s basically a ring with just one diamond that is held in 4-8 claws of “prong settings” (where the prong may be made up of platinum). Cubic Zirconia solitaires tend to make a wonderful engagement ring choice.

2. Diamond Accent Rings - Here the side stones are usually set right into the diamond engagement ring using various settings. This not only protects the diamonds but also leaves a smooth edge. Diamond accent rings are great for active women who like stylish elegance.

3. Three Stone Diamond Rings - These rings have three diamonds (which are also called past, present and future, signifying power of eternal love). A three stone diamond ring usually has a centerpiece diamond along with two other diamonds on the side.

Choosing the DiamondSelecting a diamond that goes with your taste is not as hard as people make it out to be. You basically need to look at two main aspects:

1. Shape – Most brides are known to choose round diamonds. However, your might be an exception. Other good choices include oval, pear-shaped stone, elongated marquise or a square/emerald cut diamond.

2. Quality – When it comes to quality, the value and the brilliance of your diamond depends solely on how much importance you give to the 4 C’s of a diamond - namely cut, color, clarity and carat, which represent/determine the four basic qualities of a diamond and value.

Choosing the Setting
1. Prong Setting - The prong setting, which is also known as the claw setting, is commonly used in diamond rings like Solitaire.

2. Bezel Setting – Bezel set ring is known to make the ring larger due to the way it is mounted and helps you enhance the color of your diamond.

3. Illusion Setting – Also called as the “invisible setting”, is the right option to go for if you’re going for a large diamond on a tight budget.

Finding that perfect engagement ring is not rocket science. As long as you’re focused on the basics, you will be able to easily find one that appeals to you.