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Knowledge

Choosing an engagement ring should be fun. There are really only 4 things you need to know and they are right here. Let's get started!

  • The Stone

    The "heart" of the ring and usually the most valuable component. More >>

  • The Setting

    Showcases the center stone. With thousands of choices, it's the most stylish and unique aspect of the ring. More >>

  • The Metal

    The choice of metal determines color and durability. More >>

  • The Price

    Stone, setting, and metal determine the price. More >>

The Stone

Along with all the excitement that comes from just getting engaged, also comes the revelation of what the ring looks like. For most, the center stone is what will catch the eye. The Diamond on her finger should uniquely express how pure and everlasting the love between you truly is. So when shopping for that special ring, for that special someone, it is important you know what to look for to make the right decision.

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  • Cut

    The manner in which the diamond is cut will determine its brilliance. More >>

  • Color

    The less color you see, the better. Colorless will have a greater value. More >>

  • Clarity

    A diamond with few imperfections will be more valuable and have a higher clarity grade. More >>

  • Carat

    Measurement of the mass or weight of the diamond. More >>

The Setting

There are various ways in which the center stone can be placed on a ring. Some even allow the stone to seem larger than what it actually is. There are a variety of settings available in the jewelry industry, below are some of the most common settings for engagement rings.

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Channel

In a channel setting the stones lay side-by-side forming a continuous row and are settled into a metal channel or pathway.

Bezel

A bezel setting is when the stone is completely enclosed by metal making it completely secure. It is usually known for its longevity and simplicity. This setting can accommodate any diamond shape.

Pave

The pave setting consists of many small stones being set close together, creating a brilliant surface. A good setting will not have any stones raised above the surface, the surface should be completely smooth and the stones evenly set.

Prong

This is the most common and traditional setting used for an engagement ring. This setting exposes the stone, allowing the maximum amount of light to enter the diamond. The prong is lifted above the shank, making the stone completely visible and attractive.

The Metal

Not all metals can be used in its purest form when used in jewelry. This is because metals can be either too hard or too weak and usually must be combined or alloyed with other metals to make it more durable. Some metals are rare and more expensive while others are more common and affordable. Yet, each metal has unique characteristics that can make it appealing to any individual.

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  • Platinum

    Its hardness and strength do not allow the metal to chip. More >>

  • Gold

    Gold is an enduring metal that is naturally yellow, but it is also the most malleable. More >>

  • White Gold

    Popular for having a similar look to platinum, but more affordable. More >>

  • Two-Tone

    Unique pieces having a combination of the different metals. More >>

The Price

Although true love does not come with a price tag, price can definitely be a factor when making that special purchase. You want to make sure you get the best that you are able to get for such a significant moment in your life.

As you shop for your ring you will see that all the components from the stone you choose, to the setting you like and which metal you prefer, will all take part in how much you will spend. It is important you know your budget. What can you afford and what are you willing to spend? This will put you a step ahead in the process of choosing that special piece for the one you love.

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