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CHOOSE A Setting

Ring styles can range from halo engagement
rings to a solitaire ring, or even a custom engagement
ring so you must have help in finding the
perfect setting for your partner.

I. SELECT RING BASED ON SETTING STYLE

Setting refers to how gemstones are set, or mounted, into a metal band. The ring setting is meant to highlight the beauty of an engagement diamond. Style refers to the overall design aesthetic that the ring setting helps create—whether it be solitaire, halo, or three stone.

Solitaire Setting

Honoring its namesake, the solitaire setting showcases a single, stunning diamond. While the round brilliant diamond is the most popular stone for solitaire engagement rings, any diamond shape is a beautiful centerpiece in this classic setting. Prongs act like a claw, holding the single diamond in place in a visually unobtrusive way. When deciding between four and six prongs, note that four prongs will show more of the diamond, while six prongs will keep it more secure, but possibly overwhelm a smaller stone.

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Halo Setting

The halo setting features a dazzling center stone surrounded by a luminous circle of smaller diamonds. This is a popular style because the diamond halo maximizes the visual impact of the center stone. Your ring could have a subtle single halo, two or more halos, or a more intricately designed halo (think: latticework, twisted bezels, or floral motifs).

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Three Stone Setting

The three stone engagement ring setting showcases a dazzling trio of stones balanced in perfect harmony. Round and fancy shaped center stones are paired with complementary side stones to create a vision of superlative beauty. The three stones, set closely together, are said to symbolize the couple’s past, present, and future. These stones can either be all the same size or, as is often the case, the center stone is larger than the two side stones. The most popular diamond shapes for this setting are the round brilliant cut and the princess cut.

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Side Stone setting

Any setting in which side stones (diamonds) are put around the ring is referred to as a 'side stone setting.' Prongs, bezel, channel, and pave settings are some of the most common designs of side stone settings. Side stones are just little diamonds or gemstones that are set next to a bigger center diamond to enhance the beauty of the ring.

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Vintage Setting

Many of the antique/vintage engagement ring styles are designed to fit specific periods of jewelry fashion, such as Art Deco, Edwardian, and Victorian era styles. Often these rings feature intricate detail work such as filigree and milgrain.

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II. CHECK OUT RING STYLES BASED ON YOUR PERSONALITY

Figuring out which engagement ring you want can really be a daunting process. Why? Because they're all beautiful, they all sparkle and your S/O is going to wear it forever! Honestly, we should start a new trend that you get 7 engagement rings. One for every day of the week (just kidding - that's crazy talk). However, as of now, you will only give one engagement ring and it better speak to who your beau really is.

To help you figure out which engagement ring screams your love’s name, we break down the rings that go with different personality types. Scroll down to find the perfect engagement ring based on beau’s personality traits.

Bold and Outgoing

If she’s bold and outgoing with a love for sparkle, a halo engagement ring may be just what you’re looking for. A shimmering halo of diamonds is eye-catching and will make your center stone appear larger.

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Sophisticated and Worldly

If she is a sophisticated and worldly personality type, a vintage-inspired engagement ring may be perfect. With beautiful and intricate detailing, a vintage style engagement ring has a unique and elegant look that is absolutely stunning.

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Adventurous and Outdoorsy

Does her personality fall on the adventurous and outdoorsy? A solitaire engagement ring may be just right for her lifestyle. This classic design is simple and lovely while still offering the option to have gorgeous side detailing. A solitaire ring can also be paired with any style of wedding band.

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Classic and Traditional

If she has a classic style but also loves a little sparkle, a side stone engagement ring is a lovely choice. Whether you choose a simple side stone setting or an infinity design, side stone engagement rings offer a shimmering twist on the classic.

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Time to Pick a Metal of your choice

Durability
Price
10K Gold

Durability

From the three gold purities, 10k gold is the most durable. It has the lowest gold content of up to 41%. The rest of the components are mixed metals and alloys. It is best used in everyday-wear jewelry such as chains, rings, and earrings. 10k gold could cause skin irritation if you are allergic to any of the metals.

Price

10KT gold is the cheapest form of gold. It is best used in everyday-wear jewelry as it is an affordable option.
14K Gold

Durability

14kt gold has the perfect balance between purity and durability. 14kt gold has about 58% gold content while still being more durable and affordable than 18kt gold. It is most popularly used in minimalist engagement ring designs.

Price

While being more expensive than 10k gold, 14kt is the more affordable option when it comes to gold jewelry. 14kt has an advantage over 18kt in terms of affordability and durability
18K Gold

Durability

18kt gold has about 75% gold and 25% metals, making it one of the purest forms of gold used to make diamond-studded jewelry. This form of gold is less durable than 14kt and 10kt gold. 18kt gold is most popularly used in engagement rings with large diamonds and other exquisite pieces.

Price

18kt gold is more expensive as it has a higher gold component. However 18kt gold is yet more affordable than Platinum making it a more commonly used metal for jewelry. It is usually used in jewelry with larger diamonds and other exquisite pieces.
Platinum

Durability

Platinum is more durable than gold because of its extreme density and chemical structure. For example, the prongs holding the center stone of a platinum engagement ring are less likely to break than those of a gold engagement ring. Platinum will take longer to wear away than gold.

Price

While gold and platinum costs similar by price per gram, platinum is denser, so more of it is used when making jewelry. Additionally, platinum rings are usually 95% pure, whereas gold comes in different purities. Because platinum jewelry is heavier and more pure than gold, it is more expensive.

Choose the metal color of your choice

Yellow Gold
Naturally, gold is yellow and is considered a timeless color that won’t become dated. Yellow gold is featured in all engagement ring styles ranging from antique to modern. Yellow gold acts as a beautiful background, elevating the look of white diamonds on it. Go for Yellow gold as your metal color choice if you’d like your ring the classic, traditional way. Shop Yellow Gold Engagement Rings
White Gold
White gold as a choice for engagement and wedding ring bands has skyrocketed in the last decade. So much, that it has replaced yellow gold as the most popular choice!
It has a silvery white appearance making it a stunning choice for modern and minimalistic designs.
One downside to white gold is its tendency to emphasize the yellow or blue tone of a diamond that has a low color grade. Shop White Gold Engagement Rings
Rose Gold
Rose gold is created by combining silver, copper, and gold. It’s the combination of copper and silver that gives it a rosy glow. Rose gold gives that dreamy, romantic pink hue to your engagement ring. Go for rose gold to make your ring stand out as a unique creation. Shop Rose Gold Engagement Rings

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COMPLETE The Ring

Now that you chose a budget, selected a diamond,
and choose a setting, it's time to finish the ring
that will speak volumes of the love you and your
significant other share for years to come.

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