How to Choose the Right Engagement Ring #2
Understanding Engagement Ring Metals and Settings
After you have selected the right stone stone for your engagement ring, it’s time to start thinking about what metals you would like the ring to be made of and how the gem will be held.
If you are the type who would rather not think about this factor too much, then the easiest way of making this decision is by choosing the same metal they already prefer to wear! Just take a peek into their jewellery box and pay attention to which metal makes up most of what they own.
That being said, if you want to be more thoughtful about the metal choice, there are a few factors to consider: maintenance, colour combination, durability and value.
White gold for example makes a fantastic base for richly coloured gemstones, because it allows them to appear more vibrant against he neutral backdrop it provides. However, white gold requires annual maintenance to stay at it’s best, so it’s not a good choice for someone who is easy going and wouldn’t like having to worry about maintenance.
While yellow gold is classy and reliable in terms of durability, the free spirited and eccentric may feel it’s too generic for them. Other materials such as palladium and platinum provide the best of all worlds, offering a neutral coloured base, low maintenance and high strength, but at a typically higher cost.
Platinum is twice the density of palladium, so it also offers a nice heavy feel which makes the ring feel even more premium than other metals.
Many people also like to match the metal of their wedding bands with the metal of the engagement ring, so keep in mind that they may want the same metal for the wedding bands.
Setting Styles, Gemstone Arrangement and Budget
The setting of a ring is the piece of metal attached to the band that holds the gemstone firmly in place. There are two main styles of engagement ring setting – prolonged and invisible:
Prolonged settings usually have four or more claws (prongs) that hold up the gemstone, allowing light to enter from different angles. This allows the gemstone to exhibit more sparkle and fire than invisible styles.
Prolonged settings are generally considered to be the more secure of the two but as the stone will be positioned higher on the ring it may also be prone to catching on clothes etc.
In invisible settings the gemstone sits directly into the metal surface.
Invisible settings work better if the ring wearer lives an active lifestyle, where there is lore chance of catching. With wear and tear, there is the risk that gemstones may loosen in the setting so always best to ensure the ring is checked regularly and maintained over time.
Claw (prong) Setting
Solitaire or Halo Arrangement?
To ‘Halo’ or not to ‘Halo’? That is the question.
If you know that your wife to be likes sparkles more than anything you can add an extra bling with a ‘Halo’- pave diamonds set around the centre stone. In the quest for bling, the classic single halo has birthed double and even triple halos. A triple is three rows of pavé stones circling your center stone. Each “circle” of pave makes the ring look bigger … and bigger … and bigger, so the triple wrap may make sense if you have a very small center stone.