Choosing an engagement ring is a significant milestone in everyone's life. It symbolises love and commitment. Finding the perfect engagement ring can be overwhelming, with so many options available. In my guide, I will walk you through everything you need to know to choose the perfect engagement ring for your partner in crime! I believe engagement rings should be timeless and elegant whilst made to last for you and your future generations as an heirloom piece of jewellery.
Understanding the 4Cs:
Whilst looking for your engagement ring, if it’s a diamond you are looking for, you may have heard of term the “The 4 Cs”. Every diamond, like a human fingerprint, has certain characteristics that make it individual; indistinguishable from any other diamond. The globally accepted standards for assessing the quality of a diamond are Colour, Cut, Clarity, and Carat, this is what the 4 Cs is referencing! Click through to each page where I will explain to you exactly what each C means. If it is a coloured gemstone you would like, it is a lot more about personal preference.
Choosing your metal:
The choice of metal for the engagement ring sets the tone for the overall design and durability. It also wants to be to your partner’s taste; I advise taking note of what colour metal fine jewellery or costume jewellery that they wear in the near future. Popular options include platinum, and white, rose and yellow gold. I can recommend which metal I think will work for your design and compliment the colour of your chosen gemstones, for example pink stones look beautiful in rose gold, or green stones work really well in yellow gold.
Engagement rings come in various styles with different settings, from classic solitaires with claws to intricate halo designs with pave set diamonds. Sometimes the design dictates which setting style should be used, or you can choose what you would like. If your partner has a particularly hands on job, it may be worth considering some setting styles over others, but I can help guide you through this.
A claw setting is a classic and popular choice for engagement rings. It features small metal claws or prongs that securely hold the gemstone. I always make them in proportion to the size of the stone so that they are secure as possible. The claws allow maximum exposure of the stone, allowing it to catch and reflect light from all angles, enhancing its brilliance and sparkle. This versatile setting can be used with various gemstone shapes and sizes as well as various styles of rings.
Rubover setting is a technique that involves a metal collar wrapped around the gemstone. This setting provides excellent protection to the stone, as the metal encircles the entire perimeter of the gem, holding it securely. This setting can be customised to have a thin or thick metal border, depending on the desired aesthetic. It was used a lot in vintage rings so if it’s a dainty and vintage ring you would like, it can work for this look as it is not as chunky as it sounds! It offers a sleek look while ensuring the gemstone is well-protected and secure.
The pavé setting is a technique where small diamonds or gemstones are set closely together, creating a "paved" appearance on the band or surface of the ring. The stones are held in place by small beads, giving the impression of a continuous sparkle. This setting adds a touch of glamour and brilliance to any engagement ring. The pavé setting can be used as an accent to enhance the centre stone like a halo, or cover the entire band for a more elaborate look. It offers a delicate, intricate design that complements vintage and modern engagement rings.
Customisation and Personalisation:
A bespoke engagement ring is already very special and unique, and if you would like that extra special touch we can explore customisation options like engraving, choosing unique gemstones, and incorporating sentimental elements into the design. There are lots of things we can do! In my Orchard Engagement Ring Collection I have a selection of pre-designed rings that you may customise to suit you, which will then be made to order.
Choosing the perfect engagement ring is an exciting and memorable experience. By understanding the 4Cs, selecting the right metal for you, exploring a range of styles and settings, and considering customisation options, you will be well-equipped to find the engagement ring that perfectly captures your love and commitment.