Every great proposal has two key elements: true love, and a dazzling engagement ring. You’ve finally found the one, so first and foremost congratulations! and now you’re scouting for the perfect engagement ring for your significant other.
Finding an engagement ring that captures your history, your future, and the depths of your endless love is no trivial task considering the plethora of options when it comes to diamonds.
Just like snowflakes, every diamond unearthed is one-of-a-kind. Similarly, every individual is unique in their own way. If you are starting to feel overwhelmed about embarking on your search for the ideal engagement ring for your special person, don’t worry.
Here are SIX things you need to consider before you make the monumental purchase.
This is the starting point of your ring’s design. There are an unending variety of patterns to choose from, but when it comes to choosing a diamond, a minute difference can make a significant impact on the price.
You must consider the diamond grading system of the 4Cs : cut, color, clarity and carat.
Cut – A diamond’s cut is often misunderstood as the shape (round, oval, heart, pear etc.), but the cut essentially refers to how a diamond's facets interact with light to give off desirable visual effects such as brightness (the light reflected from a diamond), fire (the scattering of light into colors of the rainbow), and scintillations (the amount of sparkle produced).
Color – Diamonds are graded from D to Z based on visible body color. D is colorless and the rarest grade and Z has the maximum traces of yellow or brown body color. Although the color difference is not noticeable to most people, it greatly affects the pricing.
Clarity – Nature is known for its imperfect creations and diamond is no exception. Clarity of the diamond is determined by the degree of inclusions (birthmarks) and blemishes (external characteristics).
Carat – the metric ‘Carat’ is simply used to weigh a diamond's weight. While it indicates how big/heavy the diamond is, it is only one of the factors that determines any diamonds value.
Here is a brief overview of the popular shapes of diamonds for an engagement ring.
Round : The round shape is known for its sparkle. This classic shape is the most popular when it comes to engagement rings.
Oval : This is perfect for those looking for a unique and classic shape to complement slender fingers.
Princess : This distinct and contemporary shape is the perfect fit for a “princess”. The square shape makes it easy to adapt in any style.
Emerald : Characterized and loved for its Art Deco aesthetic . Its large facets are known for dramatically capturing light.
Cushion-cut : This cut was a big deal in the 19th century. It resembles a pillow due to the rounded corners of its square cut. They have less intense sparkle as compared to the others, but they look seamless in modern settings.
The metal used for a ring can really add to the personality of the design and make your diamond radiate. We recommend choosing the metal of your engagement ring by surveying your partner’s everyday jewelry to see which color they prefer.
Yellow gold - This is the most traditional and undeniably perfect metal for a classic or vintage diamond engagement ring. Yellow gold is also one of the most popular gold colors for a ring. Be sure to check the ‘carat’ before your big purchase. 24k is the purest form of gold, however 18k or 14k are ideal for a diamond ring. High carat yellow gold is often too soft for everyday jewelry and is prone to scratches.
White Gold – Gold mixed with white metal such as palladium, nickel, or manganese is ideal if your partner has an active lifestyle. This contemporary silvery-white color is suitable for all skin tones and it is more durable than traditional yellow gold. Do check our website <website> for unique diamond rings in white gold.
Rose Gold - This could be the right choice if your love is fashion-forward. Its pinkish hues work particularly well with white and pink diamonds and give a softer, more romantic look. The copper component mixed with gold makes rose gold the strongest metal for a ring. It is also referred to as ‘red gold’ or ‘pink gold’ and is undeniably flattering against darker skin tones.
Platinum – This extremely rare and strong metal is an archetypal choice for an engagement ring. It effortlessly highlights the diamond while being very low maintenance.
The right setting can make all the difference. Think of the center stone as a piece of artwork and the setting as the canvas frame. The setting plays an important role in accentuating the look of the ring and can make the diamond appear more conspicuous. Here are some popular setting types used for engagement rings:
Prong Setting – Also referred to as ‘claw setting,’ this is the most classic and the most popular of them all. The setting gives the diamond the center stage whilst minimizing the presence of the metal. As the metal does not completely cover the diamond, it allows light to disperse more easily which enhances the sparkle. While four-prong and six-prong are the most common, shared prong setting is a variation that has gained popularity in recent times.
Channel Setting – As the name suggests, a row of diamonds is secured by two vertical metal walls/channels that protect the diamond from all sides. Although it can be tricky to keep the ring clean, it significantly reduces the risk of damage caused by snagging.
Bezel Setting – A very chic and versatile setting, this has the ability to create an illusion of making the diamond appear larger. Known for its incomparable durability, bezel setting accommodates all shapes and sizes of diamonds.
Halo ring setting – A halo setting is perfect to add additional sparkle to the center diamond and create a stunning statement ring. This versatile setting offers possibilities to mix different colored diamonds and metals in one ring.
Tension ring setting – The late 1970s saw the arrival of this contemporary setting due to the availability of more sophisticated gold and alloys. “Springing” - A physical characteristic of the metal, holds the stone in place which makes the diamond appear suspended.
Pavé setting – This dramatic yet elegant setting holds several small diamonds very close together using small beads of the setting metal. The encrusted stone surface gives a dazzling effect.
Flush ring setting - Popular among both men and women, this setting is a modern alternative to a traditional engagement ring. The diamond is set into a hole in the band of the ring, exposing only the crown of the diamond.
Your budget is a personal decision based on your unique financial circumstances. Only you get to decide what the “RIGHT” amount is. So, feel free to spend as little or as much on your engagement ring. At Orsini, you are sure to find a ring that matches your budget.
Absolute no-no's of buying an engagement ring.
Don’t guess his/her ring size
Although it may seem like a small detail, this is an important factor when purchasing an engagement ring. Apart from the design-related technical difficulties of having a ring resized, it can be a disappointing experience to not have the correct ring size on the big day.
We understand that secrecy is a key element to every proposal, but try to find out your partner's size without them knowing. Try using our online ring size chart to find your ideal ring size.
Another clever way to find out their correct size is to measure the ring finger with a piece of string by tying a knot around it.
The important thing to remember is that our fingers can be different size on different hands. So, it is important that you have the measurement of the finger you are intending to put the ring on.
Don't forget to consider their tastes before buying the ring.
Your partner’s personality, their style, and preferences must be kept centre-stage. You might prefer a standalone band or may have read that elaborate halos have been all the rage for a while, but neither of that matters if your partner’s heart is set on a solitaire!
Your partner will wear the ring lifelong and through every occasion. So, make sure that the ring you purchase matches their style and taste. You may choose exquisitely, and go above and beyond your budgets, but you must always put your partner first and ask yourself if this is something that they would enjoy and be able to blend with their personal style statement. Think about the words you would use to describe your partner’s style - is it classic, vintage-inspired, or is it contemporary? Are they minimalist, or do they go all out to make a statement?
Take cues from their current style. A great way to go about this would be to take a look at their existing pieces of jewelry or get a trusted friend to help you out.
Use these pointers to find the perfect ring to propose. Don't hesitate to get in touch with Orsini, at (email address) in case you need any further help with finding the right combinations of metals, stones, cut, settings, and clarity. Feel free to share your perfect proposal story on our Instagram handle(@orsini.world)