Expensive engagement rings are in essence no different than your usual engagement rings. Sure, they cost more money and are of higher quality, but as with any other engagement ring there are two main things to think about: the stone and the band.
When you think about expensive engagement rings you think diamonds. No other stone can come close to the beauty, class and sophistication of the diamond. And if you want the best you must what to look for.
There are 4 factors that determine the price of the diamond: Color, Carat, Cut and Clarity. Each of these can influence not only the price but also the beauty and quality of the diamond. You can read more about that on our page about diamond engagement rings.
Besides the quality of the diamond, next most important thing is the shape. Round, Pear or maybe Emerald, each is unique in it’s on way and makes a big part of the rings beauty. To learn more about the shapes check out our diamond engagement rings shapes page.
Other than stone, the choice of metal for the band also adds to the price and affects the beauty of the ring.
The classical choice for the most expensive rings is Platinum. Pure-white as it is, platinum doesn’t cast any tint onto the center stone keeping it clear and shiny the way it is.
Platinum is also quite dense which makes it the most durable metal used for the ring bands, meaning it will keep your diamond protected and safe. When platinum band gets scratched there is very little loss, and platinum rings are known to last and look good for a long time. Another good thing is that it’s naturally hypoallergenic, so it is perfect for people with sensitive skin.
Other popular choices are different Yellow/White Gold combinations.
Although it is naturally yellow, gold gets combined with different metal alloys for added strength which result in jewelry available in a rainbow of colors, including white, green, and pink. White gold is made when the surface of yellow gold is plated with rhodium, so it can eventually wear off and return to its natural yellow color.
Not quite as expensive as platinum it is a popular choice because it’s more widely available and the various added alloys mean you can personalize your hue.
Vintage engagement rings
If you are a more romantic soul or you are looking for something with unique and intricate details your other option are vintage diamond engagement rings.
“Vintage” or “antique” are terms usually used to describe items older than 50 years.
Expensive because of their uniqueness, especially when the setting was detailed around a very large diamond, they are also an investment that increases in value over time. The incredible attention to detail with which these rings are made is considered way too expensive to duplicate today. So, quite literally, “they don’t make them like they used to”.
With that in mind you should know that standards for diamonds in those days aren’t quite as they are now. The ideal diamond today is clear/white but years ago diamonds with a hint of color were most wanted. Also, the technology of cutting has changed, so don’t expect them to be by today’s industry standards.