After tossing and turning the question a good many times in your head, the conclusion is clear today, you have found your better half! The one you think you’ll go a long way with, and hopefully walk the whole way together. It’s time to take the plunge and show him your total commitment. Traditionally, this involves a formal marriage proposal. Whatever the way, we are not unaware that it is almost automatically accompanied by a pretty engagement ring. It is when choosing this jewel with a strong symbolism that one can sometimes encounter certain difficulties. What type of ring to choose? What materials? What size ? So many questions whose answers, not fixed, will depend on the tastes of the future bride as well as the budget you wish to dedicate to this jewel. There’s nothing like being able to rely on the advice of professionals in the jewelery to guide you in this choice. Here are some tips to enlighten and inspire you throughout this thorny stage
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Before tackling the question of the tastes of your half or the budget you have, here is a short reminder on the difference between an engagement ring and an alliance.
The engagement ring is a piece of jewelry that is traditionally offered to your better half on the day of your marriage proposal. If your partner accepts it (we wish you!), she will wear it on her left ring finger. Typically, the engagement ring is a gold band (mostly white) and topped with a diamond called a Solitaire . If the tradition is that the man chooses the engagement ring alone before making his request, the choice is made more and more often by two, or by the woman herself.
The wedding ring is a gold ring which seals the union, and which is also placed on the left ring finger on the wedding day. Contrary to what many men think (us included!), a woman can absolutely decide to wear the engagement ring and wedding band together after getting married. As a general rule, the investment is greater for the engagement ring than for the alliance. Both jewels are intended to be kept for life, hence the importance of choosing quality rings.
What are the different types of ring?
To find your way around the different types of engagement rings, here are some pointers that may be useful to you:
Silver: for an engagement ring, silver is generally not recommended. If its shiny and stainless appearance may seem like a serious argument, silver is a metal that will age less well than gold and platinum. It is therefore not the best choice for a piece of jewelry that is supposed to last a lifetime!
Platinum : used in fine jewelry, platinum is a precious metal which, like gold, has a long life. On the other hand, platinum is very difficult for jewelers to work with, which makes platinum jewelery particularly expensive.
Gold: this is the main metal used. Pure gold jewelry (24 carats) is rare because the metal is not strong enough to last over the long term. The majority of jewelry is crafted in 18k gold, which means it is combined with other metals. It is this association that defines its color of gold (yellow, pink, white or black). For example, a rose gold is due to a greater amount of copper in the alloy.
Fine (or semi-precious) stones: they are more affordable than precious stones. It is generally not recommended to select a ring with a semi-precious stone. If these may seem tempting, they are of lower quality and may not last a lifetime.
Precious stones: there are 4 precious stones: diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire. The diamond is more regularly chosen for this type of ring. This is the strongest stone (10/10 on the Mohs scale). The way the stone is worked also has an impact on its solidity.
Models similar to those worn by certain celebrities are generally popular. This is the case of the ring offered by Prince William to Kate Middleton that you can admire below.
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