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Engagement Rings: The Essential Guide

Engagement Rings: The Essential Guide

 

The Best Engagement Ring Resources

On The Internet

 

FROM DIAMOND GRADING TO YOUR IDEAL SETTING, USE THIS GUIDE TO FIND THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO RESEARCH AND CHOOSE YOUR PERFECT ENGAGEMENT RING

 

Engagement ring

If you’re looking for a beautiful engagement ring, then bookmark this page and use it as a reference as you explore the world of diamonds, gemstones and precious metals.

 

Whether you are researching your own dream engagement ring, or choosing one as a surprise for someone else, the sheer choice can be quite overwhelming. Not to mention a myriad of other concerns such as understanding how to purchase a vintage ring, engaging a designer for a custom engagement ring or ensuring that your diamond is conflict free…

I have taken the different elements of choosing an engagement ring and scoured the internet to find the very best information out there. You will find links to the most helpful and informative sources set out in the chapters below. Have fun exploring!

 

 

CHAPTERS

 

1. Diamond Grading 2. Diamond Shape 3. Setting Metals 4. Setting Style 5. Diamond Alternatives 6. Coloured Gemstones 7. Custom Rings 8. Vintage Rings 9. Inspiration

 

 

Brilliant Cut Diamond

CHAPTER 1

 

Getting To Grips With Diamond Grading

 

You have probably heard of the 4 C’s by now!  Certified diamonds come with an independent grading report from a grading entity, such as the Gemological Institute of America. Diamond graders evaluate a diamond’s cut, clarity, colour and carat weight. An understanding of these 4 C’s is essential when choosing a diamond.


 

 

 

Engagement ring

CHAPTER 2

 

Which Diamond Shape to Choose…?

 

When selecting a diamond, your first decision will likely be which diamond cut (or shape) to choose. Each shape has its own aesthetic and your choice will have a significant impact on the look of your engagement ring. The classic round brilliant shape is the most popular cut, but there are many other fancy cuts that you may wish to consider.


 

 

 

Rose Gold Engagement Ring

CHAPTER 3

 

The Different Setting Metals Explained

 

The very stongest fine-jewelry metals are used for engagement rings as they must stand up to a lifetime of wear. The metal you choose should compliment both the wearer’s skin-tone and the chosen gemstone(s). Platinum and various shades of gold are the most popular metals, but you could also look at others such as palladium or titanium. Recycled metal is an ethical option that is growing in popularity. 


 

 

 

Engagement ring

CHAPTER 4

 

The Setting Style Defines The Ring

 

More than any other factor, the setting style that you choose will define the look of your engagement ring. Go for a setting that showcases your stone to its best advantage and that reflects your personality. The choices are endless, from timeless and elegant solitaire settings to elaborate styles with lots of detail and multiple stones. 


 

 

 

Moissanite engagement ring

CHAPTER 5

 

Ethical Alternatives To Mined Diamonds

 

A growing number of women are opting for alternatives to mined diamonds for their engagment rings. Some are choosing coloured gemstones (see Chapter 6), while others are embracing lab-grown diamonds or simulants such as moissanite and cubic zirconia. These are ethical choices that bypass the murky world of diamond production and can result in a far less expensive ring.


 

 

 

Emerald engagement ring

CHAPTER 6

 

Exploring Coloured Gemstones

 

Coloured gemstones create unique and eye-catching engagement rings and are currently very much in vogue. You can use them to compliment a diamond centre stone in a three-stone ring or halo setting. Or for an even more individual look, you can do away with diamonds altogether and let the coloured gemstone take centre stage in a simple solitaire ring.


 

 

 

GTG Engagement Ring 17

CHAPTER 7

 

Step By Step Custom Design Rings

 

Do you want a truly one-of-a-kind and meaningful ring? If so, you may wish to engage a fine-jewelry designer to help you build your own engagement ring. Bespoke engagement rings are a more expensive option, but they can be completely personalized. The articles below will help you understand the custom design process and equip you with lots of useful tips.


 

 

 

Vintage engagement ring

CHAPTER 8

 

Choosing the Right Vintage Ring

 

Do you love objects with a rich history? Vintage engagement rings can be a unique, environmentally friendly and cost effective choice. There are antique rings to suit every style – think Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco… A little background knowledge will ensure that you purchase a vintage ring that is not only beautiful, but also good quality and durable.


 

 

 

Engagement ring

CHAPTER 9

 

And If You Need Inspiration …

 

You now have a lot of facts under your belt and can shop for your engagement ring with confidence! But first of all you deserve a rest. So grab a cuppa, put your feet up, and spend some time browsing through these collections of truly amazing engagement rings. Enjoy!


 

 

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