Engagement Ring Style Guide
Everything You Need To Know About Engagement Rings
We strongly encourage men (and women) to discover what it is their partner likes by way of diamond shape, size, setting and metal colour preference.
It can be very daunting walking into a jewellery store knowing you are faced with so many decisions and let’s face it, it’s probably one of the biggest purchases you will make so you should equip yourself with as much information as possible. You will soon discover that because there are so many attributes and qualities that a diamond possesses you are unlikely to always be comparing “apples with apples”.
Alternatively, if you’re like a growing number of couples, you may find yourselves making the decision jointly. When making the decision, make sure that you keep the following in mind.
There are numerous ways in which a diamond can be set. You will find some of the most popular settings below.
Another consideration is the type of metal you will use in your engagement ring and wedding bands. Gold in either yellow or white is very popular, although rose gold is becoming increasingly common. 18ct gold is the most common used metal as it retains its rich colour and contains fewer alloys that can sometimes provoke allergies in some people. Gold does scratch easy and will be subject to wear and tear over the years.
An alternative metal is platinum, which is a much rarer metal to acquire and is almost twice the weight of gold. It is one of the purest and finest metals available and is naturally white in colour.
Platinum, unlike gold, will not blemish or scratch easily and can be easily brought back to life with light soaking and buffing. Gold on the other hand needs to be re polished in order for it to return to its original lustre.
Most of the engagement rings shown on this site are 18ct gold however if you would like prices on different metals then simply visit your nearest Showcase Jeweller for a free consultation.