Engagement Rings 101

As Valentine’s Day approaches, plenty of girls are hoping to see their man on one knee with a little box in hand. If you haven’t already started dropping hints about your favorite rings, here are a few of the basics things to know about engagement ring style!

The Most Common Cuts

cuts

1. Round. This cut has the most facets, giving it the highest level of brilliance among the cuts.

2. Oval. An elegant, vintage-y take on the traditional round stone.

3. Princess. The square cut. This cut gives a modern and unique look to any ring.

4. Emerald. Elegant and classic. This ring has a bit less sparkle than other cuts due to a fewer number of facets, but it is one of the most classically beautiful cuts if you don’t want a round stone.

5. Cushion. Think of this as a hybrid of the round and princess cuts. This cut has come into serious popularity in the last few years.

6. Ascher. This is a sort of combination emerald and princess cut. The facets are more long and straight than angular.

7. Marquis. This is probably the most unique of the cuts. This long and brilliant stone is sure to make you stand out.

8. Pear. Very vintage and very pretty. This cut is so unique, but is becoming more and more popular.

Ring Settings

settings

1. Solitaire. The most classic of the ring settings. This ring will put your stone in the spotlight.

2. Three-Stone. Two complimenting stones set on either side of the main stone. The theory is this ring represents your past, present, and future together.

3. Halo. A center stone surrounded by smaller stones. This style is become increasingly popular over the past few years.

4. Vintage. Typically this style has intricate detailing on the sides of the setting and along the band. This style can take on several looks depending on what you prefer.

5. Swirl. This romantic setting showcases the center stone as the band seems to swirl around it.

Stone Settings

stone settings

1. Prong-set. Prongs are placed around the stone, clamping the stone into place.

2. Channel-set. A row of stones are set into the setting, creating a channel of sparkle within the ring.

3. Bezel-set. The stone is encircled in a band of metal, completely surrounding it.

Metals

metals

1. Yellow Gold. Yellow Gold is strong and classic. Because of its wide availability, Yellow Gold tends to be a bit less expensive than other engagement ring metals.

2. White Gold. White Gold is a classic and simple alternative to Yellow Gold. It can also be a less expensive option if you love the look of Platinum. Be aware, though, White Gold is Yellow Gold with a coating, so after some time the coating my wear off and the yellow tones may come back out.

3. Rose Gold. Copper alloys added to the metals give Rose Gold its pinkish hue. This metal is mostly found in vintage styles and can give a vintage or unique look to any modern ring.

4. Platinum. The most pure (and rare) natural metal, Platinum is durable and perfect for sensitive skin. It’s pure white tone also lets the true colors of your stone sparkle.

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