Diamond engagement rings are one of the most important pieces of jewelry a woman will ever receive. While the selection process can be a bit intimidating, we want you to feel empowered as you shop for the perfect ring. Educating yourself on a few key elements will make engagement ring shopping a pleasure! If you need more information or have any other questions, our friendly and knowledgeable jewelry specialists would love to hear from you. Let’s get started!
Determine Your Budget
Take some time to determine your budget. Doing this will help narrow your search and provide a great starting point. Many things can affect the price of solitaire engagement rings and diamond bridal sets. Some items to consider are diamond carat weight and quality, the type of precious metal used to craft the piece, and other diamond accents or gemstones.
For example, if you know she loves white metals and princess cut diamonds, she’ll adore our Timeless Princess Cut Engagement Ring. At Anjolee, you have the option of choosing from six different diamond carat totals, and you can decide on 14k white gold, 18k white gold, or platinum. The ring also has channel set diamonds that enhance its elegance and beauty.
When it comes to selecting the right metal type for an engagement ring, here is how to determine if gold or platinum is best.
- 14k gold is the most popular choice for fine jewelry and is 58.3% pure gold with the rest comprised of alloys.
- 18k gold is the softest of the metal types but has deep rich tones, especially in yellow and rose gold. The reason for this is the highest percentage of pure gold compared to the other gold qualities. It is 75% pure gold with 25% alloys.
- Platinum has a pristine, crisp white finish. It also feels so luxurious to wear because it is more dense than other metal types. It is 95% pure platinum combined with alloys.
Vintage engagement rings, like our Enchanting Halo Diamond Engagement Wedding Ring, that are inspired by the past look incredible when fashioned with platinum. The gorgeous halo illuminates the center diamond in the striking white metal.
Pave set diamonds also look exceptionally stunning in white metals. Our Cloud Nine Engagement Ring is the perfect example. Of course, 14k yellow gold, 18k yellow gold, and rose gold are also elegant choices and favored by many.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
A classic solitaire engagement ring showcases the center diamond. Usually, a simple prong set, or even bezel set, is accompanied by a solid gold or platinum band. Our Six Prong Diamond Solitaire Ring is an example of a classic solitaire.
Three Stone Engagement Rings
Three stone engagement rings, such as our Brilliant Cut Round Diamond 3 Stone Ring, feature three diamonds or gemstones set side-by-side along the top of the ring. Traditionally, the stone in the center is the largest, with the two stones on its side slightly smaller.
Side Stone Engagement Rings
An engagement ring with side stones is a timeless choice to consider. Typically, the center diamond is secured with prongs and joined by more diamonds along the sides. One popular ring style is the halo design which features a center diamond encircled by smaller round diamonds. The sparkle does not end at the center stone but continues to dazzle along the ring shaft where more diamonds are set.
Selecting a Center Diamond
When choosing the best diamond for your engagement ring, you should consider the Four C’s. These are the accepted characteristics by which all diamonds are graded. They are; cut, color, clarity, and carat weight of a diamond.