Styles of Engagement Rings
By Ashley Bailey , Thursday, November 16, 2006 12:00 AM
It is traditional for Americans as well as Europeans to place an engagement ring on the left-hand ring finger of a woman who has accepted a man's proposal for marriage. The engagement ring is a symbol of the devotion and intent to be the one and only woman in her beau's life. It lets everyone know that your bride-to-be that is spoken for. In the classical history of engagement ring styles and traditions, the ring was fashioned from a plain gold band. Today, engagement ring styles have evolved into a plethora of choices that rival, in quantity, the purchase of the wedding ring
Traditional engagement ring styles often deal with a precious metal band that showcases a diamond or other precious gem. Over the years, the modern engagement ring style seems to incorporate a wide range of band varieties, including silver, gold and the increasingly popular platinum option. Since the 1940s, a single diamond solitaire is practically considered standard in today's society. The well-known diamond company, De Beers
, who pushed a highly successful advertising vision for the gem, made all of this possible.
It is not uncommon to see emeralds, rubies or sapphires taking the place of a diamond, but it is the diamond that symbolizes strength and purity; something that will last a lifetime. Engagement ring styles are often based on their durability, which is seen through the gems, as well as the bands. Gold and platinum last longer and represent higher quality than silver.
A growing trend among band materials includes titanium and stainless steel, which costs less, but also have a higher level of durability. It is these materials that allow a tension setting that projects the illusion of a stone that is floating.
There are many different engagement ring styles to choose from including classic and modern looks. With classic engagement ring styles, the settings are usually platinum in the bands with a round or princess-cut for the diamond. Many modern engagement ring
styles use a bezel-set design, making daily wear a compatible addition to any wardrobe.
As with all jewelry there are trends in engagement ring styles that are hitting the scene which includes antique rings that present a vintage flair that allows you to feel like you are wearing an heirloom. Some of the characteristics of these rings include floral accents, as well as filigree settings.
Platinum rings tend to be more expensive, but they will not only last longer, but will also keep its brilliant shine. It will not tarnish or yellow like other metals. These bands also make a variety of hand-carved, customized options possible.
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