An engagement ring is one of the most important pieces of jewelry in a person’s life. It has been a symbol of commitment since ancient times when such pieces of jewelry were made of materials like wood or leather however today we mainly use gold and precious stones. There is a wide range of options to choose from for men, from simple pieces to lavish jewelry that will be appreciated by all lovers of sparkling jewels. And in this article, it’s the latter one that we will focus on.
The radiance of diamonds – an elegant classic
By far the most popular stone for an engagement ring is a diamond. In history, the first engagement ring with a diamond was given to Marie of Burgundy in 1477 by her future husband, the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.
For a long time, however, such jewelry was the prerogative of the highest classes in society. That changed only in the 20th century after the discovery of diamond mines. Luxury jewelry with a dazzling sparkle was suddenly more affordable. Today, women are also enchanted by what are known as fancy diamonds (diamonds in various colors) such as champagne or blue. With diamonds, you simply can’t go wrong.
Gemstones as far as the eye can see
If we move away from diamonds, rings with various color gemstones have also become increasingly popular. Often a central distinctive gemstone is combined with several neutral stones. For example, emeralds or tourmalines surrounded by diamonds stand out very nicely on an engagement ring made of white gold.
Unusual diamond cuts
An important feature of any stone in jewelry is its shape and cut. These affect how light is reflected from the stone and how much it sparkles. By far the most traditional are engagement rings with diamonds in a round cut. Less traditional but even more special are cuts such as an oval, princess (square), pear or a heart. But there are many options and being original in what you choose is welcome.
A wide range of styles means that there is a perfect ring for every woman
The most common design for engagement rings is a solitaire, where a single precious stone is set on a band made of precious metal. However this is a very simple look and many ladies prefer their rings with more stones.
For this reason, halo designs with a larger central gem surrounded by a series of smaller stones have become very popular in recent years. In this design, the central stone appears larger and at the same time it sparkles even more. Especially after Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was revealed, many women have been won over by a design with three gemstones – one in the center and two on the sides. The stones can also be in different cuts so there are endless combinations possible.
How to match an engagement ring with a wedding ring
Speaking from experience, at the Prague KLENOTA jewelry studio their advice is to consider matching the engagement ring with a wedding ring before purchasing it. Once you have an idea of what you would like, choosing a ring becomes easier. For many ladies, it may be more comfortable to choose thinner bands that are also easy to pair up. On top of the usual classics, the shape of the wedding ring could also copy the shape of the stone on the engagement ring – a shape which points to a peak or a ring with a wave shape are both interesting features. Also consider the number of stones which you would like to have on both rings. The sets of engagement and wedding rings which we have put together might make your entire selection easier.
Given the fact that today’s engagement rings are usually worn for life compared to the original ones made of reeds or ivory, it is essential that they are made of quality materials. They will then last for a long time and will need only simple care. And no matter what jewelry you end up choosing to wear as an engagement ring and a reminder of this important step in your life, the ring you have lovingly chosen will make you happy every time you look at it.