There are enormous styles of engagement rings to select from. Ultimately, your selection will be determined to a large degree by personal choice and your budget. Regardless of this, there are still a few basic principles that apply to any engagement ring design to ensure a lifetime of happy wear.
Pleasing to your eye. Once you start looking at engagement rings it will become apparent which styles you are drawn to. Perhaps you prefer a more vintage look, or totally contemporary. Some girls find that they just naturally favor a particular setting or stone shape. Once you have decided this basic you will need to check for the following points.
Secure the stones firmly. It is vital that an engagement ring secures those diamonds or stones firmly. No-one wants to lose a stone. Prong sizes should be in relative proportion to the size of the stones. Generally 6 prongs will be more secure than 4, but a good jeweller can ensure that 4 prongs are just as firm. Bezel and channel settings will be more secure long term than a prong setting.
Survive everyday wear and tear. You may well be planning on removing your engagement ring when you come home, but the fact remains it will be on your finger for a good portion of every day. If you have a job that is heavy on jewelry you may want to select an engagement ring with a more substantial shank. Those with extremely active lifestyles may prefer platinum for their engagement ring as this will wear a lot better than gold. Flatter engagement ring settings will face less trauma than higher settings that get caught and knocked around more frequently.
Easy to wear. This can be an important consideration. Think about your lifestyle. If you are an art teacher or gardener or avid cook, you may tire of removing debris from an intricate setting. Prong settings do look fantastic, but prongs do tend to catch. Bezel settings can secure diamonds more firmly long term, and prevent your engagement ring being knocked around as much. Many engagement rings are also made with comfort bands to ensure minimal slipping. These are not only more comfortable, but help reduce wear and tear as your engagement ring setting will be sitting in the middle of your finger and not constantly sliding around to the back where it will encounter more wear. These can be done in a couple of ways.
Allergy issues. Any girls with sensitive skin may prefer to consider a hypoallergenic metal for their engagement ring. No girl wants to get a rash every time she wears her engagement ring. Hypoallergenic metals include palladium, platinum, and titanium.
Your engagement ring needs to look fantastic on your hand today, next year, and ever after. The above tips will ensure just that.