Welcome to this new issue of Monederosmart where you will find all aspects related to the most famous symbol of eternal love, fidelity and devotion in the world, the engagement ring. This small but huge accessory is one of the most desired by women and we want you to make the right choice if you are going to choose.
Engagement rings since 1477 are distinguished by being gold pieces that hold one or more diamonds or precious stones. They are worn on the ring finger in the belief that the "vena amoris" runs from the finger to the heart. Although it is a symbolism it has a strong and marked cultural influence.
It is not easy to choose an engagement ring, because you must take into account many aspects that will make a perfect piece. This investment is not only a strong one, but also a lifelong one. That's why we want to help you and we assure you that after reading this article you will be able to choose one like an expert!
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 First the most important thing
- 3 The Best Engagement Rings: Our Picks
- 4 Buying Guide
- 5 Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of an engagement ring
First the most important thing
- Engagement rings are a symbol of love, commitment and promise. They are given to women as a sign and expectation of marriage. They are used on the ring finger with the belief that this finger has a vein that reaches the heart, so the love of both is united.
- Within the great variety of engagement rings that we can find there are 3 variables that segment them according to their design. These are solitaires, halo rings and rings with additional diamonds.
- Before purchasing an engagement ring you should know all the aspects that make it up and the characteristics that make it a quality ring. Factors such as stone, cut, weight, colour, purity, cut, type of gold and gold karatage are explained in detail so you know how to make the right choice.
The Best Engagement Rings: Our Picks
If you are thinking about buying an engagement ring we want to advise you and give you all the information you need to know to make the right choice. Remember that this piece will be for life and it is also a symbol that represents purity and love, so you need to make the best decision, don't miss it!
What is an engagement ring and what are its advantages?
According to this culture the ring finger has a vein that reaches the heart, so it is used on that finger, to unite the love and affection of both. The custom is that they are made of gold, another very valuable material, so with the passage of time they acquire greater value.
Nowadays you can find all kinds of models and designs of engagement rings, with one or several stones. In addition, in any fine jewellery shop you can buy low priced pieces and other very exclusive and expensive ones.
Solitaire engagement ring, with halo or with additional diamonds - what should you pay attention to?
Solitaire. The pieces known for having only one precious stone. The style of these rings allows the characteristics of the stone to stand out more than its design, so the size doesn't matter. If you choose a very small one this is a good option to allow it to show off even if it is small.
With halo. This type of ring is ideal to make it appear that the central stone is much larger. The halo surrounds the entire stone in a way that visually enlarges the ring up to two times or more. It is made up of small diamonds that also add a lot of sparkle to the piece. With any type of stone, these rings are very elegant.
With additional diamonds. Perhaps this type of ring has the widest range of designs. The additional diamonds can be on the arms of the ring as well as on the halo. You should consider that they are more expensive but if you like a lot of sparkle and originality, it is definitely worth it.
|Solitaire||With halo||With additional diamonds|
|Price||Medium - Very High||Medium - Very High||High - Very High|
|Size||The size depends on the stone||Visibly it will always look bigger than it is||Depending on the design it can be visibly bigger than it is|
|Design||Simple||Simple - ostentatious||Ostentatious|
Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of an engagement ring
You may not know where to start when choosing an engagement ring. Although it may seem like you don't, there are many factors to consider, so we'll explain each one below. We are sure that this information will help you make an accurate decision.
- Ring material
- Gold karatage
The most common and best-selling engagement rings are those with a diamond, however in the sea of tastes and preferences there are also rings with other gemstones. Below we tell you what these other stones are and what qualities they have.
Sapphire. Its characteristic blue colour makes it one of the most valuable gemstones. It belongs to the corundum family, the hardest stone after diamond. It symbolises fidelity, truth and sincerity in a relationship. It is also believed to be a source of peace, joy and wisdom. If you like originality you may want to consider this stone.
Ruby. Belonging to the same family as the sapphire, the ruby is characterised by its intense red colour. It symbolises passion, pure and strong love. It is also believed to harmonise physical and spiritual love. Although it is rare to use this stone for an engagement ring, it can be an interesting choice.
Emerald. From the beryl family, this gemstone is characterised by its distinctive green colour. For centuries it has been used as a symbol of hope. It is a stone that was widely used by royalty because of its association with good luck. If you want to add a touch of royalty to your ring, this is a good choice.
Yellow diamond. Known as the gemstone with the colours of the sun. It symbolizes light, happiness and joy. It is not a very common stone which also makes it unique and attractive. In China it has been used by emperors for centuries for its extraordinary beauty. If you like originality and have the budget for a large piece this is a good choice.
Pink diamond. One of the strangest but most beautiful gemstones in existence. They are not very common, so they are very expensive. Their extraordinary colour is due to the concentration of nitrogen in the stone during its formation. They represent romance. If your partner is very romantic this is a good choice.
The cut refers merely to the shape of the diamond. There are 12 different presentations in which you can find diamonds. This choice is simply based on your taste. If you're on a budget, we recommend choosing between the brilliant, princess or pear cut, which look great even if they're small.
The most common cuts are brilliant (the most used shape, round), princess (perfect square), emerald (rectangular with cut ends), baguette (elongated rectangular), pear (pear-shaped) and oval (oval).
Other less common cuts are marquise (elliptical shape), heart, tapered baguette (elongated with one side wider than the other), cushion (square with rounded tips), trillante (three-sided), asscher (emerald-like but square) and pear (pear-shaped).
The weight of a diamond is measured in carats. 1qt is equivalent to 0.20 grams and can also be expressed in points. 100 points are 1 qt. This aspect is also related to the size of the stone. It is worth mentioning that its caratage has nothing to do with the measurement of gold alloys, which are measured with K.
The weight or, as it is more commonly sought, the size of a diamond is the first factor that influences the cost of the stone. Visually the relationship of weight and size can vary depending on the cut of the piece. Clearly the larger the stone the better it looks and the more attractive it is.
The purity of a diamond is determined by the degree of flaws or inclusions (small pieces of carbon) in the stone. This aspect influences the refraction of light within the stone. This is why it determines the price so much. The purer the stone, the more expensive it is. It is very rare to find diamonds that are completely pure.
The purity is assessed by an examination with the naked eye and a magnifying glass with 10x magnification. In order for a diamond to be determined to be completely pure, no flaw must be found with this magnifying glass. Here's how purity is graded according to the charts. We recommend choosing between VVS1 and VS2.
|FL||100% without inclusions|
|IL||Pure to the magnifying glass 10x|
|VVS1||Very very small inclusions|
|VVS2||Very very small inclusions|
|VS1||Very small inclusions|
|VS2||Very small inclusions|
|SI2||Small and visible inclusions|
|I1,I2,I3||Inclusions to the naked eye|
In order to classify diamonds according to their shade or colour, the industry has classified them on a scale from the letter D to the letter Z. The letter D (which is the first letter) represents a colourless diamond, while Z (the last letter) represents a light yellow shade.
The colour considerably influences the price of the diamond, as well as the brilliance it has. We recommend that you choose one whose colour characteristics are between the letter D and the letter I. Below is a table.
|E||Tiny traces of colour|
|F||Very white diamond|
|G||Extremely slight warmth|
|H||Very faint yellow hue|
|I||Slight yellow hue|
|K-Z||Yellow colours visible to the naked eye|
Material of the ring
The ring is the structure on which the stone(s) of the ring are mounted. For this type of ring, gold is the most common metal used, as it is a pure, resistant and durable material. It is also the most precious and valuable metal for man.
One of its main characteristics is that it is very malleable, which is why it is used so much in jewellery. In its pure state it is a very soft metal so it must be mixed with other metals to make a resistant alloy. These are the materials that you can find an engagement ring:
Yellow gold. Yellow gold has been the most commonly used over the years in engagement rings. Either it is a pure material, or it is an alloy of silver and copper to give it more strength. If the stone you choose does not have a slight yellow tone, we recommend using this colour of gold, so you can hide it very well.
White gold. In recent years this has been the gold colour of choice, as it enhances the brilliance and reflection of the diamond. It is a very elegant colour and goes perfectly with any type of stone. If Ali planes it is usually with nickel, palladium, silver and platinum.
Rose gold. Definitely a unique and tempting colour. This type of gold will undoubtedly give originality to the piece, although you must take into account that the stone must be as pure and white as possible. It is made up of gold, silver and copper, mostly the latter which is what gives the pink tone.
Silver. This metal is very common in jewellery. It is not as malleable as gold but it is also very resistant. It is much cheaper but requires a lot of maintenance. If you are on a budget this may be the option for you.
You should know that the measurement of gold karatage (K) is not the same as that of diamonds (qt). It is important that you know how to choose the quality or purity of this material correctly because, although it may not seem like it, the strength of your engagement ring depends on it.
14 K. This is the most commonly used type of gold in jewellery as it is the most resistant due to its alloys. It has 58.5% gold in its composition. It is the ideal type of gold to be used in rings.
18 K. Widely used in jewellery, it is slightly less resistant than 14 K and is significantly more expensive. It has 75% gold in its composition. It is not recommended for rings.
24 K. This is known as pure gold as it is made of 100% of this material. For this reason it is very delicate. It is rarely used in jewellery as it is not recommended due to its consistency.
It is important that when buying a diamond engagement ring you get a certificate that guarantees the authenticity, value and properties of the stone. This document will serve as a back-up for your purchase and in case you decide to sell it later. Associations that issue these documents include:
- AGS (American Gem Society)
- GIA (Gemological Institute of America)
- EGL (European Gemological Laboratory)
These associations are internationally recognised, however they can also issue you with a certificate from the jewellery store where you purchase your ring. This document should contain the same information as one issued by these institutions.
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