Buying an engagement ring – correction, buying the right engagement ring – can be challenging enough for the nervous groom-to-be without being confronted with the huge range of styles on offer! Even though the first question about an engagement ring is the size of the diamond, there’s a lot more about a ring than that. A whole lot more.

If the purchase of an engagement ring is on your agenda soon, this simple guide to styles is a must-read. Once you have a clearer idea of the styles available, you will be able to make a decision with a certain amount of confidence! We’ve got Maninderjeet Deo to tell you more…

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The metal

The metal of the ring comes down to four different options – white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum. Yellow gold gives a warm appearance; rose gold provides an affectionate glow; white gold and platinum are both considered timeless and elegant. The colours of these two are definitely similar and the pros and cons between them are discussed right here!

The style

Ring style is generally classified under four different designs:

  • Classic engagement rings are very clean and simple, and the diamond takes centre stage.
  • Contemporary engagement rings combine geometric lines and pure shapes.
  • Vintage engagement rings feature a central diamond surrounded by smaller decorative diamonds.
  • Trilogy engagement rings have a central diamond balanced by matching diamonds available in a range of flattering shapes and styles.

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The diamond

The style of diamond is naturally the headline act and is, therefore, the critical choice. Although the ring and metal will complement the diamond, it’s the stone that attracts the eyes!

The 4 Cs – the carat (the weight of the stone), the cut, the clarity and the colour (of the diamond itself) – are all important factors to consider and you can learn more about them here. When it comes to buying a ring, it’s so important you understand these!

In terms of style of the engagement ring, however, the shape of the diamond must be considered too. There are more shapes available than people think, and while there is no real difference in value associated with this, the choice is primarily about taste and individual preference. Eccentric, elegant, subtle, sweet or glamorous – diamonds come in all shapes and sizes.

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The 11 shapes of diamonds

  • Round Brilliant: This is the classic and popular choice; more than half of all diamonds sold today are in this shape. It provides more sparkle than any other shape so any man selecting this should be on safe ground.
  • Emerald: A glamorous, rectangular Art Deco cut – this is particularly stylish and accentuates the clarity of the diamond because of its broad flat pane.
  • Pear: Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor had a pear-shaped engagement ring, meaning this shape has iconic status. It is also sometimes known as a teardrop shape, too. A particularly feminine shape, it has a delicate appearance.
  • Oval: If you can’t choose between a round brilliant and a pear shape, the oval is an option. The shape can make it appear larger to the naked eye than a round stone of the same weight, and it helps make shorter fingers look longer.
  • Heart: A little more usual, this might be considered the choice of the romantic and it definitely stands out. It’s a rare and symbolic cut. Heart shapes may differ slightly in appearance and good symmetry is essential.
  • Princess: This cut is the square version of the brilliant round cut, and with four beveled sides it creates more light dispersion than any other square-shaped diamond. It’s the ideal cut for long fingers.
  • Asscher: Another cut influenced by Art Deco, this is referred to as a square emerald cut on a laboratory certificate. It creates the optical illusion known as the ‘Hall of Mirrors’ effect.
  • Radiant: The clue is in the name – this cut has the most brilliance of all square shapes and also hides inclusions more efficiently than other shapes. It’s a strong all round choice.
  • Cushion: This is a square shape with rounded corners, so it looks a bit like a pillow. Cushion cuts have large facets which means it can disperse more light through the stone and therefore achieve a better sparkle.
  • Marquise: The Marquise is a vertical oval so it’s dantier in appearance than the traditional Oval and an alternative to the Pear.
  • Trillion: This triangular shape offers great fire and sharp brilliance and gives a unique look. They are often used as side stones to complement larger solitaire stones but can be used as the main stone themselves.

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There you have it – knowledge is power, and after reading this you’ll be confident of walking into any jewellers in the UK and speaking with a genuine level of understanding.

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