There is an old foreign saying that translates roughly as follows: It is no use arguing over taste or smell. The proverb requires little interpretation – it is not worth arguing over matters as subjective as taste and smell. In the context of this adage it may have referred to food, however it is equally as applicable when used in the context of fashion. After all, if we all had the same taste in clothes or jewelry, the fashion industry would be a tiny size in comparison to the giant that it is today.
When it comes to selecting something as significant as an engagement ring, there is an enormous range of styles to select. Consequently, there is definitely something out there to appeal to you – you just have to find it. In fact, the selection is so great that it may seem as though you are looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack; however, if you tackle the task at hand, or should that be at finger, in a logical manner, you are sure to be rewarded with the ring of your dreams.
Styles of Ring
Without getting into too much detail, a ring is comprised of its center stone and the setting. There may be side stones, pave settings, halos; the permutations and combinations are absolutely endless. There are also different styles of ring according to era, for example Art Deco/Art Nouveau, Victorian, and then there are classical and modern styles. And to confuse matters further, there are classical styles with modern elements and vice versa. The choice is literally endless.
There are even designers such as Henri Daussi with different collections that transcend stylistic borders by missing styles and then adding an artistic twist of their own resulting in something truly unique.
Where to Start
The most important factor to consider within the scope of your budget is the diamond. Almost everyone has heard of the 4Cs of diamonds – Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat (weight); however, it is shape of diamond which will be your first choice. Shape differs from cut and it is not enough for you to like a certain shape, it should also match your hand type. As certain shapes suit different hand sizes and finger lengths. Although Round and Princess shapes are by the far the most popular shapes bought accounting for approximately 75% of sales, that doesn’t mean that they are right for you or your hand type. Luckily there are plenty of other shapes such as Marquise, Pear, Oval, Cushion, Emerald, Asscher, etc., with one sure to suit your taste and finger.
Now that you have found your diamond, it is time to have it set. If your stone is relatively small, there are settings to make it look bigger. In short, there are numerous ways to maximize the beauty of each stone.
The shape and size of the stone will help you to deduct many potential styles of setting. If you have your heart set on a certain style, then go for it within the parameters of your diamond. There is literally thousands of setting styles that you can view online and this will help make your task fun and easier as you can make your choice at your own speed. Even if you speak to a jeweler, you should have seen enough to accept their advice as just another piece of valuable input.
You will only ever select one engagement ring, do your homework and make sure it suits your taste and is the perfect one for you.