The Last Engagement Ring Guide - You'll ever need!
It starts with choosing the right ring model. First and foremost, your taste sets the tone, but in many cases, it is worthwhile not just to look at the outside. Because each ring shape has its advantages and disadvantages, which should be included in the decision. Some rings are particularly suitable as engagement rings, others better than wedding rings.
The Solitaire Ring
The solitaire ring is the classic among engagement rings and is most often given away as an engagement ring by all ring models. The ring is available in different variations. It consists of a ring band and a diamond, which is held by 3-6 prongs (“claw-like or claw-like holding elements of a special gem setting”).
The solitaire ring is characterized by the fact that it only contains a single stone (usually a brilliant-cut diamond). The unique diamond symbolizes the only true love.
The diamond is held in the traditional form by a total of six prongs. The prong setting has the advantage of barely hiding anything from the diamond. Due to the incoming light, the diamond can develop its luminosity optimally (fewer claws hold the diamond, the more light).
Three prongs release more of the diamond, but they don’t hold the diamond as securely as a six-prong posture.
The ring band can be narrow or wide. A narrow ring band is particularly advantageous if you want to use the engagement ring as a push-on ring after the wedding.
Furthermore, a narrow ring band has the advantage of making the diamond appear larger than a diamond of the same size on a wider ring band (contrast effect)!
Narrow ring bands are also particularly suitable for narrow and elongated fingers.
White gold is the most common material used for the solitaire ring. All other precious metals are also possible (a comparison of the precious metals can be found here ). Almost all shapes and cuts are conceivable for the diamond. The most popular is the brilliant.
Last but not least: Compared to other ring shapes, a decisive advantage of the solitaire ring is that the size can be changed very quickly.
The Pave Ring
Pave ring has diamond all over the ring band; however, in the middle of the ring, there is one large diamond. So many stones are placed close together that ideally there is nothing left of the actual ring band. The ring consists solely of diamonds, which are held together by small joints that look like claws.
Since the ring is made up of many stones, the pave ring does not have to place as much emphasis on the individual diamonds. This also means cheaper diamonds of inferior quality are suitable because they do not disturb the overall picture (unlike the solitaire ring, here the single diamond is essential).
There are two main variations of the pave ring. One type has diamonds all around the ring band, and the second type is only having half of the ring band.
One disadvantage of the pave ring is that they are somewhat challenging to adjust afterward. The more stones there are, the more difficult it becomes. You might be better off just having the ring re-made.
Ring with Side Stones
The three-stone ring is a variant of the ring with side stones. The three-stone ring, also called trinity or trilogy, consists, as the name says, of three stones: a main diamond in the middle and two smaller side stones.
Usually, the side stones are smaller than the main diamond in the middle. With good reason: Up to a certain size, the smaller the side stones, the bigger the main diamond will look.
But it is also possible to buy a three-stone ring with three diamonds of the same size. The general blinking effect of these rings is greater than that of a ring with a single large diamond. The three-stone ring is rarely given away as an engagement ring.
The Tension Ring
The tension ring is one of the simple ring models and, along with the solitaire ring, is one of the most popular engagement rings. The tension ring can be described as a modern classic. No wonder, because the simple design is fascinating: the elasticity of the ring band alone holds a gem in the middle of the ring. There are two clear advantages:
1. The first advantage is that there is less risk of getting caught when wearing the tension ring. For example when pulling on a sweater. This can happen quickly with a solitary ring with the protruding ring head.
2. The second advantage is the look: no other ring has such a clear view of the diamond. This makes the expensive diamond stand out particularly well.
Contrary to the general assumption that the clamping ring does not offer a secure hold for the diamond (the diamond can be lost quickly), it is one of the safest ring shapes available.
For optimal hold, most jewelers notch two small hollows in the sides, between which the diamond is clamped. This practically eliminates the risk of slipping. However, no ring shape is 100% safe. If you choose a diamond, it can happen that the diamond splits due to pressure or very strong impacts.
In contrast to the normal tension ring, the ring band of the engagement ring with tension ring optics is not interrupted. Only the precious metal that surrounds the diamond is removed. Thus, the look of the clamping ring, safety and suitability for everyday use have been combined in one ring.
Similar to the pave ring, it is much more difficult to change the ring size afterward.
The Halo Ring
Like the pave ring, the halo ring is adorned with several diamonds. In contrast to the pave ring, these stones usually surround the main diamond and cannot be found on the ring band. The main diamond can also be surrounded by several diamond circles.
The biggest advantage that the halo ring brings with it is a small optical illusion, which makes the medium diamond appear much larger than it actually is. That can make a difference of up to 0.5 carats!
How does it work?
The optical illusion can be explained by the surrounding smaller circles. If you look at the two circles in the middle, the left circle in the middle will probably appear much larger than the right circle in the middle.
Both circles are the same size! Our brain can be misled by the environmental stimuli (the other circles), since the size is automatically taken into account in the environment.
This means that the objects are compared with each other. The same principle also applies to halo ring. If the ring band is not set with diamonds, it is relatively easy to change the size afterward.
The Memoire Ring
The memoire ring, also known as the memory, alliance or eternity ring, is characterized by a ring band set with diamonds throughout.
That is why it is also called an eternity ring, which means “ring of infinity“. Because if the ring is completely set with precious stones, there is no end and no beginning.
In contrast to the pave ring, the memoire ring does not appear to be paved, as only one diamond is lined up with the next.
The Memoire Ring was founded in the 2nd century BC. Christ given away in ancient Egypt. At that time, it was more common not to completely set the memoire ring with diamonds right from the start, but to initially only admit three to five diamonds.
Every single stone symbolized an important life event, such as a birth or a wedding. With every further important life event, the ring was supplemented with another stone until the circle was closed.
The memoire ring is characterized by a high level of comfort and is suitable for everyday use. Since the surface is relatively flat, there is no risk of getting caught.
If the memoire ring is set with diamonds all around, resizing like the pave ring is difficult and could be expensive. The memoire ring is often given as a wedding ring, less often as an engagement ring.
The Band Ring
The band ring is the simplest of the engagement rings and is characterized above all by its high level of comfort and suitability for everyday use.
As the name suggests, the band ring consists of a continuous ring band. In contrast to the Memoire Ring, the band ring usually has a somewhat wide ring band. A wider ring band is well suited for more complex or longer engravings on the inside of the ring.
Like the memoire ring, the band ring is preferably given away as a wedding ring. If you like it simple, you can choose the ring without diamonds. On the other hand, if you want to enhance it optically, you can also buy a band ring with small, inserted diamonds.
The ring width of the band ring is either uniformly wide or becomes wider / narrower at certain points. A typical variation would be to make the ring wider at the top.
The band ring is particularly recommended if you work a lot with your hands.
The Wedding Set
This is particularly problematic if you choose to continue wearing the engagement ring as a front ring in front of the wedding ring (i.e. wearing both rings at the same time).
To counteract this problem, some jewelers offer so-called “wedding sets”. With wedding sets, you buy engagement and wedding rings that are visually coordinated.
The two rings complement each other perfectly. This can be not only visually but also financially advantageous under certain circumstances.
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