When buying an engagement ring, three key decisions you have to make are what metal to choose, what setting to select, and what size band to go for. Below, we explore the options you have available to you…
Firstly, let’s take a look at ring alloys. Yellow gold has long been the most traditional option, yet variations of gold are very popular nowadays, namely rose gold and white gold. Platinum is widely considered the most desirable metal, and it is also the most expensive. It is incredibly hard and durable, and it does not tarnish or oxidize. As it is 30 times more rare than gold, it is also rather expensive. Sterling silver is the most wallet-friendly metal, but it is softer than those mentioned, which means it can scratch quite easily.
What about band thickness when buying diamond engagement rings? Most bands tend to be around 2.5 mm in width. However, you can opt for a wide design, i.e. 3 mm and above, or you can choose a skinny band, which is between 1.5 mm and 2.0 mm. You can’t go too wrong with the average sizing. Nevertheless, there are some reasons to consider the other two options.
Wider bands are great for those with larger fingers. They are also a lot more durable. You can get the ring re-polished regularly and you don’t have to worry about it becoming weaker. On the other hand, thinner bands are perfect for those with slim fingers. They are also suitable if you have a smaller budget. You won’t pay as much for the metal, as there is less of it. Also, you can choose a smaller diamond, as the ring is smaller it will make the diamond appear bigger.
When looking for an engagement ring, one option that is certainly worth considering is the channel setting. This ring involves small diamonds or stones being set in a channel around the band. Rather than prongs being used, small metal lips are created on each edge to ensure the small stones are held in place. There are many benefits associated with this type of ring.
One of the great benefits associated with this ring setting is that you can save a bit of money by going for a lower clarity grading. Minor imperfections will be hidden with this type of ring because the diamonds aren’t exposed to as much light as they would be if they were held in prongs. This means you can choose a grade or two lower yet it will not impact the beauty of the ring.
This ring style also allows the diamonds or stones to attract all of the attention. When prongs are used, the metal can sometimes distract from the diamonds, but this is not the case with a channel setting. A lot of people also choose this setting for a wedding ring because it is easy to stack with an engagement ring.
Perhaps the most significant benefit associated with this ring style is the fact that it is exceptionally practical. Rings that feature prongs often snag against clothes. This is avoided with the channel setting, making it the perfect choice for any busy woman, especially mums. You won’t have to worry about the stone or the setting catching on anything.