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Engagement ring guide

Engagement ring guide


Countless couples around the world can attest to the fact that seeing your ring for the first time is one of the most memorable and exciting moments of your life. The engagement ring has long been established as a profound symbol of the beginning of you and your fiancé’s life journey side by side; the engagement ring should reflect the beauty and love you two share with one another. Buying an engagement ring can be a stressful experience, to say the least.Tianyu gems is here to make the process of selecting and purchasing your perfect ring effortless, so you can rest assured you’ve made the right choice.

Take Your Time Buying an Engagement Ring.

Finding the perfect engagement ring takes time, considering the seemingly infinite ring styles and jewelry stores there are to choose from.Tianyu gems suggests starting your search at least two months prior to the date you’d like to have the ring in hand.


Budget

The first thing you should know is that the old rule of “you should spend 2 or 3 months salary on an engagement ring” is long gone. The truth is you should spend what you can afford and feel comfortable with. There is no exact number you should spend on an engagement ring because everyone's tastes and budgets differ.

Once a budget is established, a professional jeweler will work with you to ensure you select the finest quality stone available at that price. You should never feel pressured to spend more, reputable jewelers will make you comfortable and guide you toward the highest quality within your engagement ring budget. Most jewelry stores also offer financing, lay away or other payment plans.



Material


The most common engagement ring bands are made up of yellow gold, rose gold, white gold or platinum. All gold rings come in either 10K, 14K or 18K options. A karat measures how pure the gold is, therefore, the higher the karat, the larger percentage of gold.


Yellow gold--best for those who enjoy vintage styles and classic jewellery design.


White gold -- a timeless metal that works best for those who like traditional, understated style.


Rose gold --best for those who like to keep up with the latest trends, bear in mind that if rose gold goes out of fashion they may consider an updated ring.


Platinum –- a similar look to white gold but a hard wearing material.

(While platinum and white gold look almost identical, there are some significant differences. The main one being that platinum is a much more expensive option. Platinum used in jewelry is more pure, therefore higher in cost. This material is also stronger and more durable than gold.)


Gemstones

One of the most wonderful lures of diamonds is that no two diamonds can ever be exactly alike, even though they may sometimes look identical. Diamonds and gemstone quality are graded by the 4Cs: cut, color, clarity and carat weight. Cut is considered the most important as it relates most to a diamond’s magically brilliant sparkle, while color is most important for colored gemstones. 



Diamond alternatives to consider

Diamond alternatives to consider If your darling tends to skew more alternative than classic when it comes to style, then you may want to consider a different gem to diamonds. When shopping for gemstones, the same four Cs apply, with a particular focus on colour. “Colour has many more aspects here, including shade, saturation and dispersion across the gemstone,” advises Fenton & Co founder Laura Lambert. “Some shades are considered more valuable than others but we would say that it's important to choose one that you really love more than anything.”


Sapphire - Represents Faithfulness and Sincerity.The second hardest mineral after diamonds, sapphires are traditionally beloved for their deep blue shade, but are also available in myriad colours, including yellow and pink . The stone became a popular engagement ring choice when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with a 12-carat oval blue sapphire and 18-carat white gold ring that originally belonged to his mother.


Ruby – stands for Love and Passion.Ranging in pink to blood-red shades, the ruby is held with high esteem in Asian cultures and is said to symbolise passion, wisdom and success. While it tends to be less common than sapphires and emeralds, Orlando Bloom recently proposed to Katy Perry with a floral-inspired ruby engagement ring surrounded in a halo of eight diamonds.

 

Emerald - means Luck and Longevity. The love legends of the emerald are rich and plentiful, so if you seek an engagement ring with symbolic or spiritual meaning, emerald might be the perfect choice for you. Emeralds open and nourish the heart chakra, eliciting boundless patience, and embodying unity, tenderness, and unconditional love. Emerald bolsters friendship and encourages balance between romantic partners, and is especially known for ensuring loyalty, security, and “domestic bliss.”


Shape

The stone shape is the most prominent detail of an engagement ring, which can make it the most important choice of a ring’s details. Fortunately, there are various options of elegant cuts that can create the ultimate wow factor. Here, we recap some of the most popular stone shapes for engagement rings.


Round: This satisfying circular shape is the most popular diamond option. A round diamond is incredibly versatile and can make an engagement ring that is timeless, modern, natural or another style, depending on the other accents in the ring.


Oval: A more dramatic style than a round shape, the oval-shaped diamond has been around for centuries. It creates a unique style that you can either display as a narrow or wide oval, depending on the setting of the diamond.


Marquise: An oval shape that comes to points on the side creates a marquise diamond. It's a narrow style that gives the illusion of a larger diamond as the center is the widest point and draws the eye in. A quality marquise shape will be symmetrical for a balanced look.


Pear: teardrop or “pear” shape,rounded bottom with pointed top.This teardrop style has a vintage feel that can have a slimming effect on the ring finger. If you choose this shape, be sure to tell your partner that the pointed end is intended to point out toward the end of their fingers. Symmetry is also essential in this diamond shape.


Emerald: The eight sides of this diamond shape are made to highlight its best qualities. The emerald shape is beloved for its beveled corners and table-top cut. The emerald cut needs a very clear, high-quality stone because it is less faceted than other shapes and can easily show  inclusions.


Princess: Princess-shaped when viewed from above, often with sharp corners. Created decades ago, it has been a popular choice for engagement rings since then because it makes the stone appear larger. Princess cut diamonds should be in a setting that protects the four corners of the diamond.


Size



One of the trickiest parts of buying an engagement ring is figuring out your girlfriend’s ring size. An engagement ring needs to be the perfect fit. Too big, and you risk having it fall off and losing it. Too small, and you won't be able to slip it onto your partner's finger during your romantic proposal. Guessing a ring size means you risk getting it wrong and having to get the ring resized. To get the right ring size, you could:

If she does wear a ring, take a piece of paper and pencil or pen when she’s in the shower and trace the circumference of the inside AND outside of the ring. You’ll be able to take that trace to a jeweler and they’ll be able to get a pretty good idea of her size.

Speak with family and friends: Maybe your significant other's family or friends know the ring size based on past conversations. If they don't know already, have them do a bit of sleuthing. Make sure they can keep a secret and be casual enough that it doesn't tip your partner off to your plan if you want the proposal to be a big surprise.

Just ask:If your partner already knows you plan to propose, you may want to ask about their ring size directly. You can also ask for ideas for the style of ring to choose, and keep your final decision a surprise until the proposal.



Setting


An engagement ring’s setting refers to how the stone is mounted to the body of the ring. The significance of the setting contributes to how the stone is displayed and ultimately, the overall design of the ring.


Three-Stone--includes a trio of stones, the most common style being two smaller stones set on either side of a larger stone. As the name already implies, a Three-Stone Ring Setting consists of three stones and is basically just a particular version of the Side-stone Ring Setting. In this ring, the center diamond is flanked by two other precious stones. The side stones are usually other diamonds or sapphires.The good thing is that the side stones blend with the center diamond well and creates a flashier effect! However, the center diamond can appear smaller to the eye than it really is. But do take note that the smaller the side stones, the larger the center diamond will seem.

 

Solitaire--Perhaps the most popular of them all, this prong engagement ring setting makes your center stone the star of the show while. It’s timeless and classic, and a smart pick for those who like to keep it simple.

 

Pavé – from the French word, “pave,” as in “paved in stones, the body of the ring is completely adorned with smaller stones. Diamonds in pavé ring settings are inserted into smaller holes within the ring metal and are held in place with mini prongs. The disadvantage is that the mini pave diamonds can slightly distract from the beauty of the center diamond.


Halo-- a collection of smaller diamonds or gemstones encircles the center stone. This setting features small stones that encircle the center stone for a result that's glamorous and extra-sparkly. It can also make your diamond appear larger than it is, which is a welcomed side effect.  All in all, Halo ring settings are a great choice for those on the hunt for maximum amount of sparkle!

The above are only some of the settings, if you don't like it, you can consult me and I will recommend you more.



Moissanite Ring


What Is Moissanite? Moissanite is a precious gemstone that has become an increasingly popular and less expensive alternative to diamond engagement rings.

“Moissanite is a great alternative to diamonds for several reasons,” says Don O’Connell, the CEO and President of Charles & Colvard. “With moissanite, you don’t have to sacrifice color, clarity, or size of the gemstone due to an astronomical price tag. Since it’s lab-grown, the quality is fantastic and you can feel good about wearing a socially responsible gem.”

Moissanite is nearly as hard as diamond, a 9.25 on the Mohs scale, which means moissanite rings are incredibly durable and perfect for daily wear. It’s also way more affordable than diamonds of comparable shapes and sizes, like a tenth of the cost, even. And that sparkle. It’s refractive index is higher than diamond’s so yes, you’ll get even more rainbow flash, instead of the mostly white sparkle of a diamond. 

You've probably noticed Moissanite engagement rings cost less? There's a good reason for that! Because the Moissanites on the market today are all lab-grown they lack the usual cost of mining, shipping & rarity of traditional mined Diamonds. Thus, these gems cost far less per carat than traditional Diamond engagement rings, yet are no less beautiful! This means more bang for your buck. Bigger sparkle, smaller price tag. So when you're on a budget, consider moissanite rings.


Lab grown diamond Ring


What Is a Lab Grown Diamond? Lab grown diamonds (also referred to as man-made manufactured, or lab created diamonds) are grown in a laboratory using cutting-edge technology to replicate a natural diamond by a process of growing crystallized carbon.  When perfectly executed, it is possible to create a manmade diamond with the identical carbon atom structure and physical and optical characteristics as a natural diamond created billions of years ago beneath the Earth’s surface.

Man-made diamonds are not fake. They have the same physical and chemical properties as a natural mined diamond.


Lab created diamonds vs mined diamonds


Contrary to popular belief, lab grown diamonds, which are often referred to as man-made or lab created, are in fact “real” diamonds – they have the same chemical and physical properties as their natural counterparts, the only difference is the way they are made. ,Man-made diamonds have been created in a laboratory- a setting that has been engineered to perfectly emulate the natural process of a diamond’s growth Natural diamonds can take up to 3 billion years to grow, whereas manufactured diamonds provide the option for beautiful lab created diamond to be produced through a much faster process.


Why choose lab created diamond jewellery?

Lab diamond jewellery is increasingly popular among proposers and ring buyers, offering both exceptional quality and impressive sparkle. So, what are the benefits of choosing a lab diamond?


Responsible choice - When choosing between lab grown and naturally occurring diamonds, the decision often boils down to ethics. Lab grown diamonds are far more ethically responsible as there is no mining required.

Value - cost is a factor for most when choosing between natural and lab created diamonds – man made jewellery tends to cost around 30% less than natural diamonds of the same quality and size.

Brilliance and beauty - as these lab diamonds are man-made, with the same optical and chemical properties as natural diamonds, they offer the same brilliance and sparkle as earth mined diamonds.



What if I can’t find what I want?

If you’re looking for something specific or have an heirloom ring you want to change slightly, You might consider going to our custom service, Any idea in your head, we can turn it into reality for you,and it only takes a few weeks


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