What type of engagement ring you buy is very much a personal choice and will depend on many things, including style, design and budget. A traditional ring is a solitaire diamond, and this style of engagement ring has been popular for many years. When opting for this design, you will have a choice of a carat and a choice of metal.
A more unusual but very exquisite style of engagement ring is the halo diamond ring design. This design features a diamond set surrounding the centre diamond, which also spreads down to the cross brace of the ring.
A variation of the traditional design is where the diamond is set into the ring. This is not only a beautifully simple design but is also practical, as it is less like to get caught. As an engagement ring will be worn for many years, it can be a good choice for those who are especially active or who have certain jobs involving practical or physical work.
Choosing an engagement ring can be daunting. For those planning on surprising their loved ones with a gift of an engagement ring, the decision can be overwhelming. It is a good idea to get some clues as to the type of ring your partner would like, and this can be done in several ways. First of all, casually point out rings in shop windows and in magazines and judge their reaction. Secondly, speak to their friends and family and get a second opinion. Finally, consider, making an appointment with a jeweller to get measured and chose the ring together. This way it will still be a surprise and you can feel confident you are getting the right one.
Once you have decided on the ring you like, as an extra token you could consider getting the ring personalised, either with initials or a date. This will make it even more unique.
Shape and Colour
The shape of the diamond is another consideration, with many choices available, varying from traditional, including oval and pear shape, to more unusual shapes such a marquise and princess. Some opt for a combination, such as a white gold flower cluster ring, which has a traditional cut diamond surrounded by pear-cut diamonds, representing a flower.
Once you have chosen the design, the cut and the metal, your final choice will be whether or not to include other gems and add some colour to the ring. For example, the amber-coloured Manderin Citrine gemstone.
For a grand design, consider a platinum diamond marquise ring with a clarity diamond. This extravagant design will be tailor-made to your exact specifications and be truly original.
Whatever type of ring you choose, an engagement ring is a symbol of love and devotion and one which can be passed down from generation to generation.