Do you want to design an engagement ring that’s as unique as you are? Keep reading for the 5 main factors to consider as you go about selecting the perfect ring!
If you are in the very early stages of planning your wedding and still need to pick out this important piece of jewelry, it is necessary to devote some real attention to the selection process.
Since you’re breaking tradition by planning a destination wedding, you might want to be unique all across the board and design your own engagement ring.
If that’s the case, below are some helpful tips on how to choose a style that fits your personality and budget.
5 Tips to Help You Choose and Design an Engagement Ring
If you are overwhelmed by the sheer number of styles available at jewelry stores and online engagement ring shops, it might help to seek inspiration in trends. For example, some of the latest trends have been vintage diamond engagement rings, and engagement rings with alternative stones (such as sapphires, emeralds, etc.). These ideas may help to give you a starting point.
2. Personal Preference
If trends don’t do it for you – or if you still need to narrow down options – personal preference is the most important factor in your decision process. This may seem obvious, but many couples get too caught up in quality and trends, and forget about what they like! Consider your own preferences when looking into the following three factors.
For many people, the metal is the first major choice, simply because it alters the complexion of a ring. From a color perspective, the obvious choice is between “silver” and “gold” – though in reality options generally include yellow, rose and white gold, as well as occasionally platinum, titanium, and silver. Think of the ring’s metal as its “base.”
The setting does much to distinguish an engagement ring, and essentially determines how the diamond or alternative stone is held atop the ring. Claw settings and Bezel settings are arguably the most popular choices, but there are many specific options available, each of which changes the look of a ring.
Finally, you will have to decide on a stone. The first decision is whether to go with a traditional diamond or an alternative, as alluded to previously. If you do choose a diamond engagement ring, however, it is also important to understand how to discern the quality of an individual stone. A great place to start is understanding the 4 c’s of diamonds, which together measure quality quite thoroughly.