Ring Metal Types
Shopping for an engagement ring more than just how big the diamond is as the band can be equally as important. The best place to start is to examine her other rings. This should give you insight into whether she’s a gold or platinum type of woman.
Platinum is the strongest, most pure metal. It will last a lifetime.
Platinum is rarer than gold. Platinum jewelry is composed of 90-95% pure platinum.
– Strongest jewelry metal
18k gold is the most common engagement ring setting.
18k gold is composed of 75% gold and 25% metal alloys to give it strength.
– Softer, malleable metal
Ring Cut Types
There are several different types of cuts to diamonds with Round and Princess cut being the most popular. Here is a visual of each:
Ring Setting Types
A four-prong setting shows a bit more diamond, while a six-prong setting offers a slight security advantage.
|Settings with Sidestones
Adds additional sparkle or color. Channel settings protect sidestones from abrasions by keeping them flush.
The three-stone ring has one diamond for the past, one for the present, and one for the future.
|0.5||4.91 – 5.3mm||$1,200|
|0.75||5.76 – 6.07mm||$2,600|
|1.0||5.98 – 6.66mm||$3,500|
|1.5||7.04 – 7.63mm||$7,300|
|2.0||7.77 – 8.35mm||$9,700|
|*All prices from Blue Nile|
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