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.
Tightly formed by carbon crystals one hundred miles below the Earth’s crust, the diamond is the hardest gemstone reaching a 10 on Mohs Hardness scale. It is 58 times harder than any other mineral found in nature. A diamond’s resilience and incomparable luster when cut and polished are one of the many reasons it is so desirable. Though diamonds are known for their colorless sparkle, they are also produced in an array of vibrant colors ranging from pink to black. The more saturated the color, the higher the value. These color-treated diamonds are created in a lab and may be priced higher than colorless diamonds of equal size.
Tips: The 4Cs of diamond quality is a language jewelers everywhere use to describe the attributes of a diamond, that when taken together, help to determine its overall quality. Quality is ultimately tied to price, so it’s crucial that you learn the 4Cs so that you understand what you’re buying. (Source: GIA)
Each gemstone has its own special color, birthplace and story. Available in almost every color of the rainbow, gemstones also known as precious stones are typically sourced from all over world, depending on the stone. Every gemstone is uniquely created to possess its own special shade of color, truly making them one-of-a-kind additions to your fine jewelry collection. Whether colored gemstones signify something special, mystical or tell a unique story, they all share a common beauty and provide the opportunity for uniquely personal expression.
Tips: The beautiful color of a gemstone is its most defining characteristic. When deciding upon gemstone color, examine hue, tone, and saturation.
Choosing the perfect engagement ring setting is just as important as picking your center stone. A quality setting—the metal framework in which your stone is mounted—can set the tone for a ring. There are many ways your stone can be set on a ring, and some even allow the stone to seem larger than what it actually is. Consider what is practical for her lifestyle and what best fits her personality. Learning about the all difference setting styles can help narrow down your many options when determining which is best for your partner.
Tips: Her everyday style and her daily activities are the main considerations that should guide your selection of a setting.
The type of metal you pick for an engagement ring band affects the overall look of the piece. Each metal – platinum, gold, white gold and rose gold -- has unique characteristics that can make it appealing to any individual, perfectly complimenting their skin tone. Not all metals can be used in its purest form when used in jewelry, so they are usually combined or alloyed with other metals to increase durability and luster. While some metals are more common and affordable, there are others that are much more rare and expensive.
Tips: If you're set on gold, a lower karat is a better choice—the higher the karat, the purer the gold is, which means it's more susceptible to scratching.
Your engagement ring and wedding ring should complement one another. Wedding rings come in different setting styles and metals, with and without diamonds or gemstones. There’s no rule saying that if an engagement ring is a certain style, the wedding rings have to be, too. Although matching bands have been tradition, it can be impractical for many reasons such as the shape of your center stone, a preference for a stronger, more scratch-resistant metal, or just due to changes in personal style.
Tips: The ring width is measured in millimeters—increments small enough not to make a noticeable difference to some, but for others, even the slightest jump in width can make a statement.
We want you to love your ring as much you love each other. When shopping for your perfect engagement ring, the ultimate goal is to stick to your budget and pick a style that perfectly matches her taste and style. Gabriel & Co. is here to help you find the right ring for you. With an artisan jewelry design team that collectively have over 150 years of fine jewelry experience and over 800 trusted retailers nationwide, Gabriel & Co. is committed to offering our customers quality jewelry and impeccable service. Browse through the limitless styles of engagement and wedding rings on our website, and visit one of our many retailers to start designing your perfect ring.
Tips: Shopping for engagement rings is time-consuming and can be stressful. For a more seamless experience, we’ve established a Free Preview program giving customers a chance to experience the rings they want before making a commitment.