While many women prefer discussing engagement rings with their male partners before the proposal, there are just as many women who are dazzled when their husbands-to-be get down on one knee and surprise them with a gorgeous ring.
However, there are so many options that if you’re a man shopping in the dark, the breadth of options can be paralyzing. But have no fear! For the men who want to choose the perfect engagement ring for his perfect woman, we’re ready to put our passion and experience in jewellery to work for you!
Keep reading for the basics on engagement rings, as well as some tips to help with the engagement ring shopping process.
The Basics of Engagement Ring Settings
The “halo” in halo engagement rings refers to a disc of precious metal and jewels surrounding a central stone. The effect of the halo is that to the casual observer, the halo and the centre stone are indistinguishable, adding a carat of “visual weight” to the centre stone.
In the 2010s, solitaire engagement rings have taken on a special aesthetic power thanks to the rise of minimalist, simplistic trends in the larger culture. Of course, the single diamond doesn’t mean “boring,” its beauty coming from settings, delicate etching, and high-quality gold.
Three stone engagement rings have become ultra-popular in recent years thanks to the engagement ring of the now-Duchess of Sussex. They’re usually chosen for symbolic value. The centre diamond is framed by two jewels, and this pattern can refer to any important triad in a woman’s life.
Side-stone engagement ring are largely divided largely by the way those side stones are set into the shank. For example, a smaller number of large side stones can be prong-set, jutting them out from the band; the pave setting allows a “ribbon of light” to tie the centre stone against a woman’s finger.
4 Things to Keep in Mind When Shopping for an Engagement Ring
When choosing the ring your lady will love, there are handy tricks to pick the right setting for her. First, if your partner has already picked out a wedding band, or she’s expressed fondness for a certain style, you can pick an engagement ring that complements its features—an eternity band’s richness would pair well with a side-stone engagement ring, for example.
Also, many of the issues of choice can be side-stepped entirely if you invest in a set. Many designers plan both their engagement rings and wedding bands around a central theme, making the two pieces structurally and aesthetically matching.
Keep in mind that certain settings are better for certain lifestyles. What do we mean by that? Take solitaire rings. If the ring’s centre stone is projected far from the shanks, it may be more vulnerable to sudden shocks, making it a difficult choice for a woman who works with her hands. Rings with more prongs, like side stone rings or halos can get caught in loose fabric, too. However, halo rings surround a centre stone with diamonds and metal, making them resistant to impact.
And on an aesthetic level, remember that women prefer different amounts of glitter in her ring. Some women want a halo that’s so packed with diamonds that it’s like fireworks on her finger; some women prefer a minimalist solitaire ring that compresses a lot of beauty in a little space. Remember to check out her other jewellery to get an idea of what she likes!
Find the Engagement Ring of Her Dreams at Golden Tree Jewellers
If you’d like to find out more about the diamond engagement rings we offer at Golden Tree Jewellers, don’t hesitate to contact us at (604) 530-7221, or visit us at our Langley, British Columbia showroom today!