In the first part of this how-to feature Choose and Engagement Ring I discussed choosing a shape for the center stone. In this post you will find out a little bit about the type of metal to pick. An engagement ring is something that she will wear every day, hopefully for the rest of her life. You want a precious metal so that her finger does not turn green. The first step is whether you are looking for silver or gold tone. This is important because your wedding bands will be the same type of metal / color as the engagement ring. Some people are allergic to gold and wearing it on a finger day in and day out can become a problem. White gold is made with a coating of Rhodium which gives it the white/silver color. The problem with white gold is that the Rhodium will eventually wear off and you will see the yellow color of the gold. If there is an allergy issue a different metal is best. Platinum is a white precious metal.
The differences between gold and platinum vary.
Gold is harder than platinum and it will keep a shine longer.
Platinum will develop a satin / matte finish over time but this does not affect the quality of the metal. Platinum is heavier than gold.
The thing that will make the biggest difference when buying platinum vs gold is the price. Platinum is 2.5 to 5 times more expensive than gold.
There is also a gold tone called rose gold which is beautiful. The option of two-tone rings is also very popular.
Gold Engagement Ring
A couple of my choices in yellow gold are shown. Clicking on the links will take you to an area where you can easily search for a ring. You can enter the size of the stone, the quality, the type of metal and more into the search. This will make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for.
Two Tone Gold
I picked one of the many rings in the Solitaire section. I recommend a six prong setting if possible. It is harder to loose the stone and it makes the diamond look bigger.
This is one of my favorite designs with stones on either side. There are many more gold engagement rings with more than the center stone.
Choose a platinum engagement rings
How to Choose an Engagement Ring
Engagement rings are a once in a life time investment for most people. Finding the perfect ring for your girl can be a daunting experience. You might wonder how so many pieces of jewelry can be marked down 50 to 70 percent. There must be something wrong with the stone or the quality of the entire ring for it to be priced so low. Stop trying to figure out why it is so cheap because it isn’t. I spent many years selling fine jewelry in some of the biggest retail companies in America. Jewelry has a mark up of 300% which is why a huge sale might look so attractive. The first thing to remember is don’t buy something that is at full price. If it is truly a one of a kind made to order item the price is between you and the jeweler to set but even then you should find the cost of similar size and quality stones to come to a dignified amount. With all the choices available to you with the click of a mouse there should not be a problem with getting a deal. I don’t think that anyone will want you to take your business elsewhere because they insisted on not budging on a price.
Before you start to shop you need to figure out a few things. You can always just go out and pick the first thing that catches your eye but here are a few pointers to keep in mind.
Shape of the main or center stone / diamond
The shape of the stone will not affect your price. Not until you are looking at size and quality will the shape play a part in the overall ring. The shape will be the first thing that most people will notice when looking at the ring on her finger. It is best to find out what your fiance prefers when it comes to shape since she will be wearing it. I am certain that she will be happy no matter what you choose but it is not hard to figure out her preference without coming right out and asking her. When you see someone else wearing a ring make a remark about the shape. Don’t be obvious, wait for someone showing off their ring and 10 out of 10 times she will give her opinion. You probably won’t even have to ask.
These are the basic shapes that you will find.
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