Letting the one you love choose your engagement ring for you and presenting it to you with a proposal of marriage is incurably romantic, however you might want to drop some hints about the designs and styles you like to ensure that you are pleasantly surprised. Whether it will be a complete surprise or if you are choosing your own engagement ring, we have chosen five engagement ring styles for you to consider before taking a trip to the jewellers.
Engagement ring and wedding band sets
Very popular in the Sixties and Seventies, engagement rings with accompanying wedding rings have made something of a comeback. It is frustrating when you have the engagement ring of your dreams but when it is time to choose a wedding ring the two rings do not seem to sit properly together. Well, this is the answer. Many of the styles are interlocking meaning that the two rings sit perfectly with each other and most are available in complementary styles.
The solitaire ring is a classic. This design is a single diamond, usually set into a slim band of platinum or yellow or white gold. The price of the ring largely depends on the quality of the band as well as the cut and grade of the diamond. This sort of ring is available with different shapes of diamond as well as the classic round shape. Other popular cuts include princess (which is square in shape) as well as heart and oval.
Although diamonds are considered to be classic engagement ring stones, you can also add a splash of colour with gemstones such as emeralds and sapphires. The most popular way of using coloured stones is to have a coloured stone surrounded by diamonds, however a stylish alternative is to have a larger diamond and surround it with smaller splashes of colour. Brightly coloured gemstones tend to be more expensive so this is important for grooms to note!
If the size of the diamond is a consideration then it is important to find one which has a high carat size, which refers to its weight. The important things when choosing a diamond are carat, clarity, cut and colour and in bigger diamonds it is more difficult to get all of these things right. When you do, there will be a high price to pay for it!
Three stone rings
Some women prefer to have a ring with three stones, rather than a solitaire as there is more scope for variety and each stone can have its own meaning, such as the past, present and future of the relationship. Most rings with three stones have a larger centre stone with two smaller ones on the outside, although three stone rings where all the stones are the same size are also popular.
Whatever ring you choose it is important to remember that this will be on your finger for the rest of your life so make sure it is a classic design which will stand the test of time, as well as ensuring that the metal and stones that are used are of good quality and will last for many years.