The best engagement rings offer the highest standards of quality and workmanship. Traditional designs feature solitaire diamonds (a single diamond) normally held in a setting with six prongs (referred to as the Tiffany mount). Other designs include smaller side stones in addition to the solitaire.
Black Hills GoldAttractive designs, such as Black Hills Gold engagement rings, offer a touch of true American beauty. These designs are made in America, all being made in the Black Hills of South Dakota and birthed out of the last great American gold rush of the late 1800's. Black Hills Gold jewelry features pink and green colored leaves and gold grapes and grapevines. Combining gold with copper makes the pink color, while the green color is attained by combining sterling silver with gold. Of all the manufacturer's of Black Hills Gold jewelry, Landstroms is the oldest and the original, dating back to the 1800's.
Celtic JewelryFor timeless elegance that honors her Irish, Scottish, or Welsh ancestry, consider choosing Irish engagement rings adorned with Trinity Knots. These symbols of the Holy Trinity represent faith in God and eternity. For some brides, lovely Celtic engagement rings or Claddagh rings offer a touch of mystical beauty that is straight out of a medieval fairy tale. The Claddagh's distinctive design features two hands grasping a heart, typically surmounted by a crown, representing the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).
Usually, you wear your Claddagh ring on your right hand with the heart facing outward to tell the world your heart has not been won. But worn on the right hand with the heart facing inward, you show you have friendship and love under consideration. And worn on your left hand with the heart facing inward, it means that two loves have joined forever.
These are just a couple of unique suggestions. The choice you make should depend on her personal style. If she loves classic clothes, art, and traditional style, a Celtic ring might be an excellent choice. Or you could also look for antique rings or other pieces with a sense of history. And if she's as comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt as she is in a fine wedding dress , she might prefer a ring that can be dressed up or down. Look for flexible pieces.
QualityQuality and beauty should be your key priorities as you begin the hunt for a perfect engagement ring. The ring you choose should always be stamped (or assayed) to prove the purity of its precious metals. As well, you should be furnished with proper paperwork about the diamond you choose. Every diamond is different, some are almost flawless, and others contain microscopic inclusions that lower their price.
Learning more about the carat weight, color, clarity, and value of diamonds can make your choice easier. However, you will probably choose the best stone you can find, within the confines of your own budget, being sure to choose a conflict-free diamond in the process.
Look for handcrafted quality and proof of a trustworthy dealer. The best jewelers (whether online, or bricks and mortar) will be there to answer your questions and make your shopping experience as smooth and pleasant as possible. Reputable dealers will have a wealth of happy customers, and they will often be registered with business associations. These sorts of dealers will back up their merchandise with good warranties.
BudgetMany men choose to spend two month's salary on an engagement ring. This rule of thumb is a good one, but rules are made to be broken! Most women will appreciate a dazzling ring that fulfills their secret dreams and fantasies. Generally, a solitaire stone of a decent carat weight (the bigger, the better) is what she is really looking for! Shopping for an engagement ring may not be the best time to cut corners and save!
If you are really stumped, sit with her as she reads a fashion magazine, and ask her which types of jewelry she prefers as she turns the pages. Magazines like Vogue and Instyle are often filled with jewelry ads.
She may suspect something's up if you take this route, but rest assured, she will be more than happy to show you what appeals to her. Occasionally, women prefer to be more involved in choosing their own engagement ring... it depends on the woman and the relationship. Often, the most romantic option is to surprise her with a lovely ring of your own choosing... this is definitely the most traditional way to do things.