If you’re being completely honest, most of you would probably want to choose your own engagement ring. With the huge choice available, a fiancé certainly has his work cut out to get it right. So how does he choose?
What’s Your Style?
What type of person are you? If you’re a traditionalist, then you’ll probably opt for the classic, round solitaire, or perhaps an emerald cut diamond such as those from Chisholm Hunter.
If you wear both silver and gold coloured jewellery, you may like a ring that combines either white gold or platinum with yellow gold.
When everything about you says vintage, then you should be able to find a suitable piece by scouring the antique shops. The ring should reflect who you are.
One Engagement Ring: Many Guises
Claw or prong setting is by far the most popular, as they lift the stone up, allowing light to get at it from all angles and enhancing the sparkle. If you lead an active lifestyle however, a bezel setting may be more practical, as the gem is completely surrounded by a rim of metal with no claws or sharp edges to catch on things.
A cluster setting is one where a central gem is surrounded by smaller ones. You could choose to have a different gem encircled by tiny diamonds if you have a small budget.
If you prefer the look of an eternity ring, then a channel setting is for you; you can also get a combination, e.g. where the band of a solitaire or cluster is channel set with gems.
A round brilliant with 58 facets is similar to an ice cream cone in shape. When claw set, it provides the most sparkle of any of the cuts, which is why it’s also the most popular. Princess cut is similar, except the gem is square.
Marquise (oval with points both ends) and pear cuts are less common, and useful if you wish to elongate your finger. Although originally developed for another gem, the emerald cut is now regularly chosen for a diamond solitaire. The shape is rectangular with cropped corners and long, stair-step like facets.
Regardless of style and budget, an engagement ring is a symbol of love, and should always hold a special place in your heart, even if your fiancé doesn’t get it quite right!
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