Engagement rings are potential heirloom pieces that will be passed down for generations. They are the beginning in the story of your marriage. No matter what side of the engagement ring you are on, giving or receiving, it is a memory that will last forever. Selecting the right engagement ring is as unique as selecting a spouse. There are so many styles with different features, but here are a few to guide you in your search for the perfect engagement ring.
- The center stone is where the magic begins. It can be a traditional diamond or a gemstone. Gemstone center stones are very popular recently. This might be because of Kate Middleton’s engagement ring and the late Princess Diana. However, this has been popular for generations. The diamond is a normal center stone. Diamonds are beautiful, and if the right diamond is selected, it radiates fire from across the room.
- The ring opens a vast area of possibilities for future brides. Some ladies love solitaire center stones, usually diamonds, for simplicity. Other ladies want flash, so a diamond bezel and diamonds on the band are great. The vintage look is also very popular. There is something beautiful about new jewelry that replicates regal periods. For an edgy look, a tension set diamond is a great way to have a unique engagement ring. Selecting the right style of band is the second most important part of buying an engagement ring.
- The type of metal is the last selection to keep in mind. Gold comes in several colors. Popular colors are yellow, white, and pink gold. Since yellow gold is naturally yellow, color enhancers are not added to the metal when they are in liquid form. However, white and pink gold have additional alloys added to create a desired color. White gold is yellow gold with a white metal alloy added, usually nickel. Keep in mind, white gold is more of a milky white color. The white look it has in the jewelry store is because of the rhodium plating on the ring. The rhodium will wear off over time and require replating to keep the white look. Pink, or rose gold, is yellow gold with copper added to it for a pink or rose color. Rose gold looks beautiful when a pink center or accent stones are used in a ring. Rose gold gives a very romantic feel to an engagement ring. Sometimes the alloys in the gold, especially white or rose, can cause skin irritation. If this is a potential problem, platinum is another choice, and it is naturally hypo-allergenic. The benefit of platinum is that it is naturally white. It is malleable; so when the band is scratched, you don’t lose metal like gold or other metals. Platinum isn’t as shiny as gold, but it can be polished to keep a shiny finish, or high-polish finish, on the ring. Titanium is another metal used now in jewelry. The most important thing to remember is that titanium is not sizeable. The benefit is that it is relatively inexpensive.
If you don’t know what style of ring your sweetheart would like, you can always present the center stone in a box. Then you can incorporate her in the final decision on the style and metal. When this happens, you must be ready to share the budget with her. Don’t be surprised if you surpass your budget if she finds something she loves as much as you. How you start your story begins with the engagement ring. This is the first major purchase in your relationship, and it should be exciting and magical.