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The traditional engagement ring is made of two parts: a gold or platinum setting and a solitaire diamond.
However, many couples prefer something more unique and are looking for an engagement ring that can
be customized to fit their style. With options like three stone engagement rings, engagement rings with
side stones, and vintage engagement rings, you have a lot more variety when it comes to choosing the
perfect ring. You can start by selecting a setting type that fits the ring style you are looking for and then
focus on customizing the diamond quality and size to fit within your budget. If you need help finding
her ring size, you can use our online ring sizing tools.
How much should one spend on an Engagement Ring?
In the past, an engagement ring was expected to be a two to three months gross salary investment, but there is really no precise amount to spend. We advise you to look for a high quality ring that fits your style and budget. Our guide will help you select the best engagement ring setting, and decide on the right balance of diamond quality and size. If you have any additional questions about choosing an engagement ring, please contact email@example.com.
Channel Set - Channel set gemstones are placed into a metal channel. The gemstones flow in a continuous row,
because no metal is used to separate them.
Bezel Set - Diamonds and other gems are held in a bezel setting by a metal rim that encircles the sides of the stone
and extends slightly above it.
Prong Set - A prong setting, sometimes called a claw setting, is the most commonly used gemstone setting
and is especially popular to display solitaire engagement rings.
Pavé - Made up of lots of small gemstones, often diamonds, set closely together. The gems are separated and held
in place by little beads of the setting metal. The result is what looks like a continuous surface of diamonds or other gems.
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When it comes to selecting the right metal type for your engagement ring, consider which metal type she tends to wear regularly. Anjolee offers the following metal types: 10k, 14k, 18k yellow or white gold and platinum. The main components to remember about selecting 10k gold are that it is the lightest of the metal types and is mixed with the most alloy percentages; therefore it is the least expensive. The main features of 14k gold is that it is the most popular choice for fine jewelry and is 58.3% pure gold with the rest comprised of alloys. 18k gold is the softest of the metal types because it is the highest percentage of pure gold compared to the others. It is 75% pure gold with 25% alloys. Platinum has a beautiful white finish and is the heaviest of all the metal types. It has a 950 mark which means it is 95% pure platinum combined with alloys. Platinum costs more, but has a luxurious reputation and greater longevity than gold or silver.
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Choosing the Right Ring Setting
There are many different ring settings to choose from when deciding on an engagement ring. Each setting type has unique properties that enhance the beauty of the diamonds.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
A classic solitaire engagement ring puts a lot of emphasis on the diamond. Usually there is a simple prong setting, along with a solid gold or platinum band. The most popular stone shapes for solitaire rings include round, princess, emerald, marquise cushion, heart, pear and oval. Click here to learn more about diamond shapes.
Three Stone Engagement Rings
Three stone engagement rings feature three diamonds or gemstones set in a continuous row along the top of the ring. Typically, the stone in the center is the largest, with the two stones on its side slightly smaller. Three stone rings can represent your past, present and future as a couple and are a wonderful alternative to the classic solitaire ring.
Engagement Rings with Side Stones
There are many options for engagement rings with side stones. From classic to vintage, red carpet to modern, this category is full of ring designs to get creative with. Usually the center diamond is secured with prongs and flanked by more diamonds along the sides. One popular ring style is the halo design. A halo ring features a center diamond encircled by smaller round diamonds. The sparkle does not end at the center stone – it continues to dazzle along the ring shaft where more diamonds are set. An engagement ring with side stones is an incredibly modern and romantic choice to consider.
Selecting a Center Diamond
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When choosing the best diamond for your diamond engagement ring you should consider the four c's. These are universally accepted characteristics that all diamonds are graded by and refer to the Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight of a diamond. By changing any of the characteristics, you can dramatically affect the diamond's value, all other factors being equal.
For a customized engagement ring, start by choosing the engagement ring styles you think she'll love and then focus on finding a beautiful, certified center diamond. Anjolee's diamond ring collection offers the ability to customize both the side stones and center diamond independently. Explore our huge selection of round and princess cut diamonds, and click on the diamond certificate link to view specific details about the cut, clarity, color, carat, polish, and symmetry of the center diamond before you add it to your engagement ring.