Build Your Own Engagement Ring

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You are in the driver’s seat and in control. Just like driving, to build your own engagement rings is empowering (in an expensive kind of way), but hard work as well. You’ve got to know your stuff when it comes down to choosing the various components of the ring….otherwise you may crash and burn.

One of the first things you must consider is the kind of setting that you want for the ring. The setting is what holds the rock in place and maximizes its sparkle. It will influence the design, style and overall look of the ring. You must choose from a number of settings available such as baguette engagement rings, cathedral settings, flush settings, prong settings, bezel, channel, pavé, cluster, bead, and ballerina.

The next thing you want to consider is diamond cut. Many guys confuse diamond cut with diamond shape but they are two separate diamond characteristics so don’t make this mistake. The cut of the diamond will determine how light reflects off of it so chose wisely, chief. 

What’s in a shape? Everything! Tread very carefully here. Your proposal (and life) are depending on it. God forbid, you give a traditional, round-diamond kind of woman, a heart-shaped diamond, and you may be in the dog-house forever. Popular shapes are assher cut engagemetn rings, cushion cut diamongs,round, princess engagement rings, emerald, and radiant. Marquis engagement rings, pear shaped engagement rings, oval diamond engagement rings or heart shaped engagemetn rings tend to be less popular but every woman is different in their preference.

For many women, the most important C is carat size.  To choose the best carat weight of diamond, consider the size of her finger, the size of your setting, and your budget.  If a large carat weight is important to you, yet you’re working within a strict budget, consider a diamond with a good cut, SI1-SI2 clarity, and an I or J color grade. 

You’ve got to consider the actual band that the diamond is going tp go on as well. One key decision to make when you build your own engagement rings is the metal.Gold wedding bands and platinum engagment rings are most common.  Titanium bands, silver engagement rings and tungsten rings are less so.  Rose gold engagement ringsor copper are pretty rare.

Lets talk more about the band. Lots of cool things can be done with the band. For instance, check out split shank engagemnet rings.   And speaking of bands, how many do you want to get at once? Do you want to buy your engagement ring as part of an engagement ring wedding band set?

 Finally, now that you’ve plunked down a few g’s for the ring, you may want to consider protection in the form of engagement ring insurance.


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