You finally decided to pop the big question; you have decided you want to get engaged. Now you have to pick out the perfect ring to show the person you wish to marry just how much they mean to you. Choosing a diamond engagement ring is a very big step and, unlike choosing a pair of earrings or a necklace, takes special consideration, time and some money saving.
There are so many things to learn and research when choosing a setting for your engagement ring. When selecting a setting for your stone think about choosing something that will really make the diamond stand out, think of the diamond on a stage or a pedestal. Whatever setting you select will determine how well the light reflects and how vibrant it will appear.
First, what kind of gold or platinum or other precious metal will your diamond be set in? Second, will it be one large diamond as a solitaire or will it be surrounded by other smaller diamonds? Next, what will the diamond look like; round, square, pear, etc.? This is a very big step in a person’s life and each of these criteria must be looked at very carefully.
There are four things to look for when choosing a diamond. How many karats you want the ring to be, the color of the diamond, the clarity and the cut. The number of karats is one point in determining how much the ring will cost. The color and clarity of the diamond are also factors in calculating the cost of the ring. Then you have to figure out if you want an oval diamond, square, pear, marquise, etc.
The setting of a diamond ring is everything except the diamond. It consists of the type of the band, the accent stones and the prongs; essentially, everything that holds the diamond in place. Before you choose a setting you must know first which shape diamond you intend on purchasing so that the setting can be set up accordingly.
The number of prongs in your setting can be an important item in choosing your engagement ring. If the stone is round, it is probably best to select a six-prong rather than a four-prong setting so that the stone doesn’t move around much and there is less chance of the diamond becoming lost or damaged.
There are so many different types of settings to choose from including bezel, pave, prong and tension. Also available is a single band, a double band, and even a triple band which can hold dozens of little diamonds or other precious stones along with the larger diamond of your choice.