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Welcome...Thanks for stepping into our Bridal Boutique; where we can offer some  sound advice on Engagement rings.  Click on our links for a selection of many styles from our Best Bridal Companies.      


Engagement Ring Advice - What to look for when choosing Your Engagement Ring

Engagement rings are stunning.  Though with so many engagement rings to choose from and all that engagement terminology it can be hard to know where to start when embarking on your quest to choose the perfect engagement ring.

To choose your engagement ring, there are essentially three factors that you need to decide on. They are:

  • The Diamond
  • What metal to choose
  • The engagement ring design

Engagement Ring Diamonds

You may have already made some sense of the Diamond grading system-called the 4C's- (Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat) For detailed information on diamonds, please see our Diamonds 101 tab.

Which metal to choose for Engagement Rings

Next, you need to consider the quality of the metal used in the construction of engagement rings.

Most Engagement rings are made in either Gold or Platinum.  The Gold can be 18 kt, 14 kt, or 10 kt and be either white, yellow or rose gold.  Platinum is a very durable metal.  It is also heavier and significantly more expensive - however, it usually wears better than gold.

Engagement Ring Designs

How do I choose my engagement ring design?  After over three decades of helping people by selling and custom making engagement / wedding rings - You would think I would have the answer to that question -  I don't.

Explaining how people choose an engagement ring design is a bit like explaining how people choose a baby's name.  You can't mathematically or scientifically analyze how you made your final decision.- it's simply a matter of personal preference.

However, although the final choice of your engagement ring design is a matter of individual preference I can help you by providing useful engagement ring tips and pointing out some pitfalls in engagement ring design.

An Engagement Ring has to do 4 things:

  1. It has to be easy and practical to wear
  2. It has to withstand everyday wear
  3. It has to hold the diamond securely
  4. It has to look good.

Easy and practical to wear
What is easy and practical depends on your lifestyle.  The higher the diamond in your ring, the more often it will catch and wear. (But it allows more light into the diamond)
Are you working in an office...a teacher...manufacturing plant?

Withstanding everyday wear
Your engagement ring must withstand constant everyday wear.  Some environments are destructive to engagement rings and jewelry than others.  Remember, everything your hand touches / rubs against, so will your ring and the setting of the diamond.  Even paper can be abrasive over time.

Holding Diamond Securely
Your engagement ring must hold your diamond securely.  The following is a general guide for engagement ring settings.

  1. 6 prongs (claws..fingers) are best, ( lets in the most light ), though a good heavy duty secure 4 prong would work also.  This should be either platinum or 14 kt white gold for holding the center diamond.
  2. A bezel or (1/2 bezel) setting is safer than a prong setting, however, diamond usually sits down lower and doesn't allow as much light in/.
  3. A heavier setting is stronger than a lighter setting. (The sturdy shank/band)
  4. A lower setting is less likely to be damaged than a higher setting.

Looking Good
This one is up to you.!

Thanks for stepping into the Bridal Boutique and catching a glimpse of the Engagement ring process .  Please click on some of the links to view some of our Best Bridal companies.

Thanks again..Be well and Congratulations-
Warmest Regards-

Jeff Karrow




"If you don't know your hiamonds, know your Jeweler"