As a first-time buyer, it’s understandable that you have countless questions you want to ask before committing to an engagement ring: What’s the right size? How do I make the most of my money? We’ve taken a few of the questions we hear over and over again and answered them for you here:
Can My Diamond Fall Out?
Unless your engagement ring suffers a serious blow, there’s very little chance that your diamond will fall out. While settings are designed to be stylish, their main purpose is to hold onto your precious gem or gems. Some settings are a bit more secure than others, however. And if you’re the worrying sort, you might want to consider a setting such as bezel or channel that uses more metal to help protect and secure the stone.
I Want Something Different. How Do I Choose a Ring That’s Unique?
If you yearn for a one-of-a-kind design, you can have your engagement ring customized specifically for you. This option tends to be a bit costly, however. It also takes longer to craft. As a happy medium, choose a preset ring that offers unusual features such as an east-west setting, split-shank band, or vintage-inspired design. Some contemporary engagement rings offer multiple unique personalizations like these that make them stand out from the crowd.
How Many Carats Should I Request?
This one is easy to answer. Your carats should fit your budget. If you’re counting dollars, choose a more modest stone and then use the cut and setting to maximize its appearance. Encircle your smaller diamond with a halo of semi-precious gems or choose a more economical cut such as emerald.
We understand your need to ask questions before you make a major commitment like purchasing an engagement ring, and we’re here to help guide you through the process from beginning to end.
There are many factors to consider when you’re shopping for that one perfect engagement ring. After all, you plan to wear this ring for the rest of your life; make sure it’s designed to flatter the shape of your hand.
The length, width, and shape of your fingers play huge roles in how a ring sets on your hand. Every bride-to-be has uniquely shaped fingers, meaning there is no one ring to please them all. Fingers can be long and slender, slim and petite, or short and wide, and the style of ring you choose determines whether it flatters or fails. Fortunately, we carry a comprehensive selection of stunning possibilities. Consider the following:
The Width of the Band
A wide band makes slender fingers appear more substantial. Similarly, a too-dainty band on a wider finger may look too small. For the best fit, Pick your band with the width of your finger in mind.
The Size of the Stone
Larger stones complement long fingers, smaller stones petite fingers. If your fingers lean to the slender side, consider a wide band with a small- to medium-sized stone. Wider fingers look best dressed in a stone that’s fairly substantial, or that’s made to look that way by the band, setting, or accompanying stones.
The Cut of the Gem
Round- and princess-cut gems work well on most fingers, but especially so on fingers that are long and slender. If your fingers are shorter, opt for an elongated cut such as a marquise, oval, or teardrop to help lend the illusion of length.
The Type of Setting
If you’re looking to beef up your ring to make it appear more substantial, opt for a setting that includes a halo of smaller gems, or a floral or vintage design. This setting is perfect for a wider finger, If your finger is petite and slim, a simple channel-cut band is complementary.
If you keep these factors in mind while engagement-ring shopping, you’ll find the right fit — a ring that’s the perfect size, shape, and cut to perfectly flatter your hand.