Engagement Ring Tips
Although the diamond is the crown jewel in every engagement ring, the type of setting as well as the material of the ring can make a dramatic difference on its final appearance.
Some engagement ring tips include finding a diamond that is proportionate to woman’s fingers without overpowering her entire hand and choosing a setting that brings out the best qualities of the diamond.
A channel setting will sometimes obscure the best qualities of the diamond and some settings will hide the flaws of a diamond. A prong setting is a common and appropriate choice for an engagement ring, but other choices include a bezel, flush, tension or an arch type of setting.
Our engagement ring guide can be downloaded when you register with usmuslimengagement.org and it covers more engagement ring tips and a checklist to go over before making your selection.
Engagement Ring Material
Gold has for hundreds of years been the best choice for which rings were to be made. However, platinum has now succeeded in becoming the premiere material due to its hardness and preservation of colour. Below are some options that are available, please follow the links to learn more about the metals.
Currently, the most expensive engagement ring material is platinum. My jeweler informed me it was harder to work with than gold as it is a harder metal. It will take more abuse than gold and also appears whiter in colour than white gold.
Platinum does not project any colour on to the diamond and it will neither tarnish nor fade in your lifetime. It is also non-reactive and it is hypoallergenic. The one drawback of platinum would be that is is harder to keep a nice polish if it is scratched and has a more dull finish when compared with white gold.
Our platinum engagement ring information page has more information and can be used as an engagement ring guide to platinum rings.
Platinum is More Precious
When I was quoted on my custom setting, it was $1200 for a platinum setting and $800 for white gold.
14k, 18k and 19k white gold is actually “yellow” gold mixed and plated with other metals like nickel, palladium and zinc to create a white alloy. Usually, the higher the concentration of gold the softer the material is. 19k white gold settings will maintain its color and is sometimes preferred over platinum.
Usually, yellow gold settings are 18k gold. Again, the higher the gold content the softer the metal, therefore a 14k gold ring is stronger. White and yellow gold does not oxidize or tarnish.
Gold is Durable
Shine it, buff it and shine it again.
Tip: If you want a longer, lasting finish, insist on a palladium plating for white gold.
PALLADIUM PLATING VS RHODIUM PLATING
Palladium is a better material to plate gold rings with. Rhodium plated items can be burned off or be damaged during the setting process. This leaves the item with an uneven finish. Rhodium is also more susceptible to everyday wear and tear than Palladium.
Titanium is also hypoallergenic and will resist corrosion as well. This metal has a high strength to weight ratio and it is even harder than platinum. The drawbacks of this metal include oxidation at high temperatures, the inability to resize the ring, less shiny and it is silver grey in colour.
Titanium is Really, Really Strong
The engagement ring tip here is that there is a possibility your finger may lose your finger if ever got into an accident where your finger was trapped by the ring. The hospital needs a special machine to cut a titanium ring off.
More engagement ring material tips and information on the different metals can be found here.