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Choosing An Engagement Ring Is A Matter Of Individual Taste And Personal Style
By Brian
When you think about it, buying an engagement ring, and more specifically diamond engagement rings, requires a lot to be considered. It has always been a tradition to present a woman with a diamond engagement ring, and this practice is believed to have begun when Archduke Maximilian presented one to Mary of Burgundy in the year 1477. To begin with, you must first of all establish how much you can afford to spend and a two month salary figure should do you well in this regard.

Diamonds Are The Top Choice

Diamonds are obviously the top choice when it comes to choosing an engagement ring and there are many shapes to choose from. You will find round shapes, square as well as rectangular shapes, as also oval and pear shaped diamond rings. Furthermore, according to the Gemological Institute of America there are three types of diamond cuts, and these include the brilliant cut, step cut as also the mixed cut.

Cuts are not the same as the shape as they refer to a diamond's proportion that includes its depth as well as width and also the uniformity of all of its characteristics that control the diamonds brilliance, durablility as well as other features. A popular shape often chosen for a diamond engagement ring is the oval shape. Also, you will see a lot of pear shapes in diamonds that can be cut in various proportions. And, similar to the pear shape is the heart shaped diamond that is often fat or elongated.

What the best engagement ring is depends on individual taste as well as choice, and it can be something simple such as a solitaire, or is more decorative


having side stones or baguettes, which though very pretty, end up costing a pretty packet as well. A typical engagement ring will have a setting as well as the band. The setting is what holds the diamond and the band is what surrounds the finger.

It is usual for the setting to be made from platinum, and given its strength as well as durability, is even used on gold rings. In addition, you would need to verify whether you want a four or six prongs ring with four prongs being used to show off more of the diamond while the six prongs is used to hold the diamond more securely. It may be better to use the six prongs so that there is little risk of losing the stone.

When selecting the band of the engagement ring you will need to establish the size which can be accomplished by visiting a jeweler and having the finger ring size taken, or you can borrow a ring from your partner to get the size in such a way. In addition, you need to decide on what materials to use and the typical engagement ring is most often made from platinum and gold, though this is a matter decided by individual tastes and style.

All in all, deciding on the setting and the band should allow you to then narrow your choice to the typical engagement ring that best fits in with these two criteria. If you do not wish to have prongs in your setting you may opt for pressure to hold the diamonds in place, or use can be made of channels in which to insert the diamond.

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