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Should I Purchase a Diamond Solitaire or a Different Style of Engagement Ring?

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Do you want to go it alone or do you want to come full circle? While you're out shopping for an engagement ring, think about what kind of approach will work best for you in terms of sweeping your beloved off her feet.

When you walk into a jewelry store's bridal section, you'll be greeted by a vast array of wedding and engagement jewelry that has been laid out before you. Typically, you'll notice that the store has divided the rings into two categories: engagement rings and wedding rings.

  • Diamond solitaire rings
  • Other engagement rings

The solitaire engagement ring is what many people envision when they think of an engagement ring: a single, beautiful diamond set in a simple or lightly adorned setting that is simple or elegant. It's a timeless design that has stood as a symbol of betrothal for many generations.

Your only limitations are your imagination and your financial means: you can find an engagement ring to suit virtually any taste, lifestyle, or personality.

In terms of engagement rings, however, there are a plethora of options to consider: rings with multiple diamonds or colored gemstones, rings with three diamonds or colored gemstones, rings with stones adorning the circumference of the ring... Another option is to use a diamond band (often referred to as an anniversary band) as the engagement ring instead of a diamond solitaire. So, what is the best course of action? Take a look at these suggestions.

The solitaire is distinguished by the fact that all eyes are focused on the diamond.

Because the diamond is the star of the show when it comes to diamond solitaire engagement rings, it steals the show. This ring creates a pure and striking appearance, and it is an unmistakable symbol that the woman who wears it is the one who has been spoken for. The single diamond may be set atop a simple or ornately designed ring, but the stone stands out on its own as a centerpiece.

When purchasing a solitaire ring, you will almost certainly spend more money on the diamond than on the ring itself.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider a solitaire engagement ring:

  • You're not sure what kind of engagement ring your future bride-to-be might prefer. Women can "dress up" a solitaire ring with enhancer rings or a more ornate wedding band to make the ring more unique. Solitaire rings are timeless.
  • You want the diamond to be the focal point of the design. You've made a significant investment in a stunning diamond and want to show it off.
  • An engagement ring with a diamond solitaire complements your fiancée's style and personality because of its classic simplicity and elegance.
  • You already know that she'll want a diamond-encrusted wedding band to go with her engagement ring, and you've planned accordingly (and want to avoid too much flash).

Other Types Of Engagement rings: A Little More Glitz And Glamour

When it comes to other types of engagement rings, the glitz and glam come from the glitter and gleam achieved by a large number of stones. Rather than opting for a simple, classic solitaire, you've decided to go with a ring that has more design, allowing your future bride to express herself through her own personal style and taste. Your only limitations are your imagination and financial means — you can find an engagement ring to suit virtually any taste, lifestyle, or personality. (And if you can't find what you're looking for, you can always design it yourself.)

Here are a few reasons why you should consider a non-solitaire engagement ring:

  • You want a bigger diamond look, like a three-stone ring or a beautiful center diamond with a micro-pavé halo.
  • You want a larger diamond look by using many stones of varying sizes and shapes.
  • You want a unique look with your fiancee's favorite gemstones.
  • You want a vintage look or something romantic and luxurious for the ring.

Awe-inspiring

Engagement rings often look different from wedding bands or anniversary bands (which often have uniformly sized diamonds running around the ring). But sometimes a diamond or gemstone band is the best choice for an engagement ring.

Some eternity or anniversary bands have a lower profile than traditional solitaire engagement rings, though they can have more overall shine and sparkle depending on their design.

The diamonds or gemstones in this type of engagement ring are smaller and less expensive because there are more of them. Because the stones are smaller, you may be able to make more diamond quality compromises. This style is suitable for:

  • You want an engagement ring that isn't a diamond solitaire.
  • You're buying for someone who prefers a diamond band over an elevated stone for lifestyle reasons.

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