Types of Engagement Rings
It’s hard enough to find a girl to buy an engagement ring for but figuring out what types of engagement rings are out there and which one she will actually like is a true nightmare for almost any guy. Don’t panic, below we try to explain how to navigate through a maze of engagement ring cuts and styles.
At the cornerstone of all engagement rings lies the golden four C’s rule for selecting a diamond that stands for clarity, cut, color and carat. The cut of an engagement stone is the only parameter that is human made, the rest is the works of nature. There’s really no other way of figuring out which cut or clarity to pick for your engagement ring but to go to your local jeweler and see them for yourself. The carat types of engagement rings will ultimately dictate the price of your engagement ring as estimated 85-90% of the price accounts for the actual cost of diamonds.
An average price of engagement ring in 2010 was estimated to reach $3,500; however it really does not mean you have to spend as much money for your engagement ring, especially if it’s a far reach for your budget. Many professional jewelers recommend that by purchasing a wedding set, which is a combination of an engagement ring and a wedding band you should expect to slash down overall wedding jewelry costs by almost 50%. Many jewelry chain stores offer incredible seasonal promotions allowing you to save hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars on various types of engagement rings.
Many couples are choosing non traditional engagement rings to celebrate the decision to join their lives together. Diamonds might be girl’s best friend but the financial burden of paying for them can quickly dissipate the excitement. If you are a cost savvy couple who would like to start off your relationship financially right, there are other options for off the beaten path engagement rings that are just as beautiful. Due to their hard surface, sapphires and rubies stones make excellent stones for non traditional rings for engagement purposes. These could be further offset by smaller and less expensive diamonds to create more affordable and unique engagement rings.
If you are just not sure which types of engagement rings your girl will fancy, pop a question and once she accepts try to design your own engagement ring through a local jeweler by hand selecting individual stones, settings and styles. However, this route might mean more money you will end up paying for your custom made engagement ring.