Expensive Engagement Rings

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.

The stone

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.

The band

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.


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Diamond Engagement Rings – diamonds explained

263647463 b599b28a4d m Diamond Engagement Rings   diamonds explainedThere are 4 factors that determine the price of the diamond: Color, Carat, Cut and Clarity.

Color

Diamonds are usually colorless but they can go from no color to a lightlu tinted yellow. Most people look for a colorless diamond, but they are also the most expensive.

Colored diamonds are very rare and therefore very pricey. Pink is the most expensive of them, as it is the most rare one, with Blue being second most expensive, starting at about $30,000 per carat and going up to $200,000.

Carat

Speaking of carat, they are not all alike. Price of the carat varies and depends on the clarity of the diamond and the quality of the cut . A Carat weights 200 milligrams, 1/5 of a gram, so the carat rating is based on the stone weight, not size.

Cut

Cut of the stone also affects the price. Round cut diamonds are the most popular and most expensive ones. Asscher and Cushion cut diamonds follow closely. Here you can find more information on diamond engagement rings cuts.

Clarity

Clarity is a quality of diamonds that is related to the existence and visibility of internal characteristics of a diamond, inclusions, and surface defects called blemishes. Inclusions can be either foreign materials in the diamond or structural imperfections such as tiny cracks. The size, color, number, location and visibility of inclusions all affect the relative clarity of a diamond. Clarity grade is based on the general appearance of the stone under 10x magnification.


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Diamond Engagement Rings Shapes

Shape or cut is one of the main characteristics of a diamond and one that determines the look of the stone and the ring. Here you can see the most popular ones and after the image you will find a bit of explanation and more examples for each one.

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Round
Modern version of a classical shape and the most preferred shape, more than 75% of diamond ring have a stone cut like this. Refined and precisely cut for most brilliant it is the shape most flexible with color.

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Princess
Second most popular shape, and most popular non round diamond shape. Made in the 1970s it is often found on solitaire engagement rings. Perfect choice if you want a square outline with the brilliance of a round diamond.

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Emerald
A rectangular shape with cut corners, the Emerald has a unique optical appearance. Larger, open table of this shape allows the original clarity of a diamond to be seen. Available in different length/width ratios, depending on the look you want.

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Marquise
With its elongated shape with pointed ends, Marquise tends to flatter the fingers, making them look longer. The shape can maximize the carat weight, giving it a look of a much larger stone. Looks great in a simple solitaire setting or with side stones, especially baguette or trillion shapes.

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Pear
Also called a teardrop diamond because of its single point and a rounded end. A hybrid cut, combining the best of Oval and the Marquise shapes, these diamonds are cut brilliantly so that maximum shine can be obtained.

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Asscher
Asscher is quite a unique shape, also called the “square emerald cut”. It first became popular during the Art Deco era, but has been making a comeback recently.

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Radiant
What makes this diamond unique are his trimmed corners. As the shape shows off color so well it is an excellent choice for fancy colored diamonds. Amazing as a solitaire stone it also look great with side stones.

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Cushion
Quite popular during the Victorian era, the Cushion shape is  back with the latest vintage styles. The corners of these diamonds are rounded and the facets are cut larger to increase their brilliance.

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Heart
The most romantic of all the diamonds, Heart cut diamonds are unique and that makes them a favorite with the jewelers. If you are buying a color grade diamond the corners of a Heart cut diamond may show the color. Symmetry is a big consideration for this shape, when buying look for a stone with an even shape and a well-defined outline.

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Trilliant(Trillion)
Often used as a centre stone, Trilliant(or Trillion) shaped diamonds are especially attractive when used as sidestones to a more blockier centre stone like Radiant, Cushion or Princess. The cut makes the diamond shine in a more brilliant manner. It may be a traditional triangular shape with pointed corners or a more rounded triangular shape.

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Oval
Oval is a very popular choice for three stone rings, with two matching diamonds on the sides. Also and excellent cut for colored diamonds because it shows off color very well.

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Modern Engagement Rings

Unlike the vintage ones the modern engagement rings come in all shapes and sizes. The technology advanced and allows for more interesting designs than ever before. From the different cuts of the stone to the mixed metal ring bands, there is almost nothing that cannot be done.

Although the variations are many, there are a couple of popular styles.

Three stone rings

Instead of just one center stone, these rings have 3 stones. Stones are usually the same size and karat weight, as opposed to older rings that had the center stone be huge and the other two a lot smaller and down on the band .

The stones represent the couples past, present and future and this kind of ring is a great gift for a romantic woman.

Bridal rings

These rings are actually a combination of two rings, an engagement ring and a weeding band. Both are in the same style so they go well when worn together.

They come in two styles, as two separate rings or interwoven as one. The latter is an excellent option for a woman that doesn’t like to wear more than one rings.

And in some cases even the 2 separate rings can be welded/combined into one.

Two tone rings

These rings made from two different metals, making for and interesting and unique look. Popular metals are gold, white gold, platinum and tungsten, but local artist can use almost any metal you choose.

Singular rings

The simple rings, with one single stone. Usually made with diamonds, but if you are not into diamonds other precious stone like sapphire, ruby or topaz are also a good choice.

It can make a simple statement or a bold claim, depending on the size and shape of the ring.

And remember, big stones, small stones or no stones at all, gold, platinum or both, the modern engagement ring is a statement for the future.


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Best Engagement Ring – How To Find It

477626318 6caac626f4 m Best Engagement Ring   How To Find ItIt’s that time in your life. You’ve found the girl you want to spend the rest of your life with and now it’s up to you to find her the best engagement ring in the world.

But, how do you find it? That one ring that she will love and that will make your proposal even more special.

The main thing to know is that a perfect ting is unique for everyone and you should take your time to find it.

First thing you have to decide is your budget. I know, nobody likes to think about money, but you have to. Once you’ve settled on the amount you can spend try and find out what kind of jewelry she likes. Look at what kind of jewelry she already wears. Because the rings are as different as the girls who wear them, there are a lot of things to take into consideration.

Is it gold, silver, something else? Does she wears jewelry with lot of colors or not so much, are there some shapes that are a recurring theme? The shape and the color of the stone can make a lot difference.

Also see if she is into modern design or does she prefer older, vintage looking stuff?

If you girlfriend is really romantic, vintage rings can be perfect. They have some history of standing for love for years/centuries that she will love.

On the other hand, if she is into modern look what kind of design she likes. Modern rings are made of new materials, have unusual shapes and cuts that weren’t possible before.

Of course, you need to decide on the stone itself. One stone? 3 stones? Or something like Pave engagement rings that have smaller stones covering the band.

A lot of choices, I know. But do not worry, we will help you match the ring to your girl and choose something that she will love and be proud to wear and show to her girlfriends.


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