Engagement ring advice


by - Gillett's Jewellers


What to look for when Choosing Your Engagement Ring

Engagement rings are stunning. Though with so many engagement rings to choose from and all that engagement ring terminology it can be hard to know where to start when embarking on your quest to choose the perfect engagement ring.

This engagement rings advice page provides engagement ring information to help you through the process of choosing your engagement ring design.

Wedding Rings: If you are looking for wedding rings please visit the ladies wedding rings advice page or the men's wedding rings advice page. You can also view beautiful ladies wedding rings or men's wedding rings.

To choose your engagement ring, there are essentially three components that you need to decide on. The engagement ring components are:

Engagement Ring Diamonds

You may have already made some sense of the Diamond grading system, called the Diamond 4 Cs - known as the diamond Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. For detailed information on selecting a diamond for your engagement ring, have a look at What to look for when buying a diamond information page.

Which Metal to Choose for Engagement Rings

diamond engagement rings Next, you need to consider the quality of the Metal used in the construction of engagement rings.

Most Engagement Rings are made in either Gold or Platinum. The Gold can be 18kt, 14kt or 9kt and be either white, yellow and/or rose gold.

18kt gold, whether it is white, yellow or rose gold is the best and preferred choice for Gold Engagement Rings followed, by 14kt.

For more information about Gold see the jewelry metal advice page.

You can also choose Platinum for your Engagement Ring, although you should note that Platinum is significantly more expensive than Gold. For more information about the differences between White Gold and Platinum visit the White Gold vs. Platinum information section.

Almost all of the engagement rings that appear on this web site can be made in platinum. If you would like a platinum engagement ring and you see an engagement ring on this web site that you would like to be made in platinum for you, please send us an e-mail asking for a quote.

Engagement Ring Designs


diamond engagement rings The final and most exciting decision to make is the Engagement Ring Design.

When choosing an Engagement Ring Design there are 4 factors that you should consider.

Examples of engagement ring designs and the 4 factors are discussed in the article below entitled the 4 important things to look for when choosing your engagement ring design.



Four important things to look for when choosing your Engagement Ring Design

Diamond engagement ringsHow do I choose my engagement ring design? - After 30 years of custom making engagement rings and helping people select engagement rings, I'd like to think that I had the answer to this question - but I don't.

Explaining how people choose an engagement ring design is a bit like explaining how people select a baby's name. You can't mathematically or scientifically analyse how you made your final decision - it's simply a matter of personal preference.

However, although the final choice of your engagement ring design is a mater of individual preference I can help you by providing useful engagement ring tips and by pointing out some pitfalls in engagement ring design.

This article deals with the 4 important things that you should look for when choosing your engagement ring design.

An Engagement Ring has to do 4 things:

  1. It has to be easy and practical to wear
  2. It has to withstand everyday wear
  3. It has to hold its gemstones securely
  4. It has to look good

If an engagement ring lacks any of these properties it is not of good design and is not the Engagement Ring for you.

1. Easy and practical to wear

diamond engagement ring What is easy and practical depends on your lifestyle. The higher the setting of the diamond or gemstone in your engagement ring, the more often it will catch on things. If you work behind a desk all day you may be able to wear a very high set ring. On the other hand, if you are a preschool teacher you will have to wear a safe ring that won't get caught.

2. Withstanding everyday wear

diamond engagement ring
Good solid construction -
good well constructed shank
Your engagement ring must withstand constant every day wear. Some environments are more destructive to engagement rings and jewelry than others. For example, a work area near a factory that uses abrasives is bad news for jewelry. Surprisingly one of the worst places for jewelry is an office where you use a lot of paper. Paper is mildly abrasive, and constant daily exposure to that type of environment will wear your jewelry over the years. So if you are in an environment where your engagement ring is likely to wear, a heavier style will last longer, and cause you less worry. However, "heavy" doesn't necessarily have to mean wider, it just means a sturdy, strong shank/band should be used. If you prefer finer more delicate styles, you can consider Platinum, as platinum will out wear gold many times over.

3. Holding gemstones securely

Prong engagement rings
Six prong engagement ring
to securely hold the diamond
Your engagement ring must hold your gemstones securely. The following is a general guide for engagement ring gemstone settings:
  1. 6 prongs (claws) are best, though a good secure 4 prong is also good; See prong engagement rings
  2. A bezel (rub over) setting is safer than a prong setting. See bezel engagement rings.
  3. A heavier setting is stronger than a light setting; and
  4. A lower setting is less likely to be damaged than a higher setting

4. Looking good

This one is up to you!

If you are looking for a diamond engagement ring you will find information about choosing the design of a diamond engagement ring on the diamond engagement ring design ideas page. The diamond engagement ring design ideas page provides information and advice for choosing the diamond shape, the diamond setting style, the number of diamonds and the metal to use for your engagement ring.

If you find an engagement ring design that you like and it complies with these four requirements you may have found the engagement ring for you.

Happy engagement ring hunting!

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sapphire engagement rings

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If you have any questions about engagement rings design or if you would like a quote to have an engagement ring made for you please send us an e-mail.

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