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Picking the Right Engagement Ring

Let’s face it – when it comes to beautiful engagement rings there are huge amounts on the market, therefore making it extremely difficult to decide on which one to buy. There are traditional diamond ones, emerald rings, sapphire rings and everything in between and more and more people are looking to buy more unusual and less common designs. This willingness of people to try something new has led to more and more designs being produced by jewelers, who are simply trying to cater to the demand of the public.

The proliferation of different designs has raised one important question though, as people need to know exactly how to pick the most beautiful engagement rings possible. It is one thing going for beautiful, yet odd, designs, but it is another to make sure that they suit the person wearing them!

tacori solitare diamond engagement rings with pave halo

There are a number of different factors that need considering when trying to pick the most beautiful engagement rings, some of which are to do with the rings themselves, and others which regard the way that the person wears them. The primary focus for most people though is the stone that the engagement ring has, which doesn’t seem like a bad place to start. People often buy a ring with the biggest stones possible and while these might be the most beautiful engagement rings out there, the size of the stone often doesn’t suit someone with dainty hands. The same can be said for smaller stones, which often are not suited to those with larger fingers.

The stone – especially if it is diamond – should also be properly examined. The ring might look like one of the most beautiful engagement rings when it is in the cabinet, but what does it look like up close? A thorough examination could well reveal that the stone has some kind of imperfection or blemish, or that it has been damaged – something that will make the ring a lot less beautiful than originally thought! When buying really expensive diamonds, it is good practice to ensure that they have been verified by an authority on the subject, as this will be proof that they are perfect.

The final thing to think about when looking at the most beautiful engagement rings is the type of setting that is used. The setting can make a massive difference to how the ring looks when it is on the finger, and like the stone itself, the size of the setting often looks wrong on different hands. The moral of the story here is that all rings should be tried on before being bought – regardless of how beautiful they might look beforehand! There is no way to tell how a ring will look and feel before it has been placed over the finger.

Vintage Engagement Ring For Beauty And Style

Vintage is often a term that is used when describing fashions from the past that aren’t quiet at the level of being considered antiques but are still classics. Vintage engagement rings can be from any time period considered to be more modern than ancient, typically from the early 1900’s to the retro period of even into the 1970’s. 

Determining if engagement rings are vintage or not depends on the year that the ring was made as well as the elements of the ring design. Most rings considered to be vintage will have a combination of yellow and white gold in the band and setting. There are some vintage rings that are made of platinum or some with one metal only. 

gold vintage engagement ring

Narrow bands at the back widening to larger settings at the front of the engagement rings from this time period are very common. Generally if the band is two tone, the white gold will be located on the front of the ring to provide reflection for the diamonds and add to the overall design. Mountings and settings were commonly done in white gold during the early 1900s and continue to be very popular. 

The stones in vintage engagement rings tend to be somewhat smaller than are seen in many of the new diamond engagement rings however they are also more of the moderately large stones. Often other gems are also combined with diamonds in beautiful settings that highlight both the diamond as well as the surrounding gems. 

For those vintage rings with a single, larger diamond a cushion cut diamond is very popular. Engagement rings with this type of diamond cut tend to be simple yet elegant and true classics. Cushion cut diamonds can be oval to rectangular in shape and provide a softer overall appearance to the ring than round or princess cuts. 

Historically the name for cushion cut diamonds was candlelight diamonds. This is because lighting was from candles and the beautiful cut of the diamond gives off a soft, firely glow in any type of direct or diffuse light. Typically shapes for the cushion cut diamonds include oval to rectangular with rounded or blunted corners. 

Open, long facets on many of the diamonds on older engagement rings give a unique light reflection to the interior. The colors are still vibrant and there is fire, it is just less sharp. Many people see these types of cuts as very romantic looking and may be enhanced on the band with smaller diamonds. 

Looking at all the detail and filigree work on some of the older vintage engagement rings will help you gain an appreciation of their beauty. If you are designing your own engagement rings or wedding set you may want to incorporate design ideas from some of the vintage sets you view.