In the words of Beyonce, “If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it,” but since you’ll be wearing that ring for a lifetime, what is put on needs to be well thought out. Whether you have an heirloom stone to set, or you crave a ready-made ring, being well-versed in what you’re searching for is critical. Although not many will receive an 18-carat stunner from their fiancé —go Jay-Z—here are a few things to know about wedding ring settings before you make your purchase.
Most likely, you’ll be wearing your wedding rings daily, so there are points to ponder about your life and habits before finalizing your decision. When choosing a wedding ring setting, consider your taste, budget, and how much light you wish to reflect.
Finances aren’t a favorite topic, although it’s best to go into the purchase with a verdict about how much you’re willing to spend as a couple. Trust us, sparkly diamonds and intricately designed wedding bands can distract enough to cause an impulsive purchase, so keep a price range in mind before you look.
Whether you adore the delicateness of decorative flourishes, or you crave a bold, geometric design, you really can’t go wrong unless you go against your taste. If you have trouble figuring out your engagement ring style, take a look at how you wear your hair and the clothing in your closet. Doing an inventory of your flair can help determine which diamond ring mountings are suitable for your style.
What you do for a living can significantly impact the types of ring settings that you can consider. If you use your hands a lot to make things—say as a chef or woodworker—you should probably stick with low setting engagement rings and less detailed designs. Those who work with machinery could encounter dangerous situations, which should also be taken into account. If you don’t want your job to determine your wedding ring setting, then consider budgeting for a plain gold or silicone band to wear to work.
Whether you’re shopping for ring settings for loose stones or looking for a complete wedding band set, consider the carat weight, depth, and shape of the stone. Some gems work best when placed in a bezel setting, and others show best in a high profile prong setting. If you don’t care to wear a diamond, contemplate other options, such as sapphire, pearl, or emerald.
Your metal choice is determined partly by your budget and style, but ponder what hue catches your eye when shopping for a diamond engagement ring. Platinum, rose gold, and tungsten are all different colors, and they vary quite a bit in price point. Durability can factor into your metal choice, as titanium is lightweight, hypo-allergenic, and extremely strong.
If the terms bezel setting and prong setting have you baffled, never fear, as we demystify the various ring mountings. Consider these options for either solitaires or statement gems accented by smaller ones.
These terms characterize both wedding bands and engagement ring styles that include smaller surrounding stones. Using the words below will help you search the web or talk to your jeweler with ease.
Celebrity or not, everyone deserves to have a ring that fits their style and is comfortable enough for daily wear. Your wedding ring setting determines the overall look and feel of your piece. Even though you’ll no longer be able to raise your hands like all the single ladies—or men—your hands will bear a jewel that you’ll be proud to wear for a lifetime.