Whether you’ve spent years dreaming about the perfect engagement ring, or your spouse surprised you with the rock, you have it and you want to show it off!
However, now that you have this permanent symbol fixed to your finger, it is important that you keep it safe, sparkling and in perfect condition.
Life is busy! Few people realize that their everyday activities can damage their wedding and engagement rings. It is important that you know what types of activities can cause daily wear and tear on these sentimental pieces and how you can protect them.
Are you ready to get down on one knee and ask your partner’s hand in marriage? Before your bride shops for a perfect wedding dress, you need the perfect engagement ring for the once in a lifetime occasion.
Engagement is a timeless ceremony having originated several centuries ago and introduced to the world by the Romans. The engagement ring is symbolic of love and commitment. It marks the first step a couple takes to embarking on a path of togetherness. Traditionally, the engagement ring is worn on the left hand’s ring finger as the Romans believed it to have the vein that runs straight to the heart. It is circular indicating that love goes beyond life itself and has no beginning and no end. Many people across various countries and cultures still wear this ring on the left hand.
Purchasing an engagement ring can be one of the most important decisions that you will make in your wedding process. It is also the decision that will last the longest – engagement rings often become heirlooms, passed down through generations. The process of researching your options can easily become overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!
Some people may purchase a ring they are drawn to upon walking into a store – we love you for that! Others are meticulous researchers who are curious about every aspect of the process.
Whether you opt for a brand name or an independent goldsmith, there are a multitude of factors – big and small – that you’ll need to consider when shopping for an engagement ring. As with most important tasks, my advice is always to divide and conquer.
Most of us, regardless of if we are male or female, love rings and appreciate wearing them. However, buying a wedding ring can be quite challenging as your partner’s tastes may be unique, or we may not know what would suit them. They are fantastic for symbolizing eternal love, but you want to be sure that that the ring you choose is just right.
We will start by giving you a brief introduction to the anatomy of the ring, so you know precisely what we are referring to, then move on to the types of band, settings, and finally, the different kinds of metal that you can use.
All rings comprise of the similar component parts. Every ring will have a shank, which is more commonly referred to as the band. However, some rings will have some other features, and just a few of these are detailed below:
The setting which can sometimes be referred to as the head is where the main stone will be situated. There are many different styles of setting; some are designed to allow maximum light to enter the stone, while others focus more on protection.
The gallery is located under the setting and is visible from the side. In some rings, the gallery can be barely visible while on others it is a prominent feature and can sometimes house another stone.
Shoulders or Accent
The shoulders, also commonly known as the accent, are the sloping sides from shank to the setting. On some rings, they will remain plain, but often they are adorned with a series of small gemstones.
Prongs are a series of small metal claws rising from the setting which will hold the stone in place. Typically, there will be four to six prongs, and they will allow a large amount of light to pass through the stone displaying a gem’s, such as a diamond, famous sparkle.