RockNGold’s Beginners Guide to Engagement Rings

Couple shopping for engagement rings.

Before heading out to shop for an engagement ring take some time to research terminology and insider shopping tips to make the most of your visits to the jewelry stores and reviewing online jewelry stores.

Tip #1 Decide what is her favorite diamond shape.
Tip #2 Learn what the 4 – C’s really mean. Visit our Diamond Education Page for more information.
Tip #3 Learn her style and what type of metal appeals to her. Keep notes, save images and take photos.
Tip #4 Allow a few months to shop; an intricate custom design can take several months to complete.

Wedding Wire, another jewelry industry authority, offers this Engagement Rings 101 Guide.

Here is basic terminology used when shopping for an engagement ring:

  • Setting: The way the diamonds or other gemstones are arranged on the ring; for example: four prong setting, channel setting, bezel setting, bead setting etc.
  • Design: The overall look of a ring, including the setting, colors, style, and stone arrangement.
  • Appraisal: A professional evaluation of a ring’s financial value and overall condition.
  • Certificate: Authorized documentation that states a diamond’s condition, including its dimensions, quality characteristics, the 4 – C’s and other features.
  • Band: The part of an engagement ring that encircles the finger, often with accent stones, engraving, or other details.
  • Solitaire: A ring with a single stone, typically a diamond, rather than an arrangement of multiple stones.
  • Bridal Set: A set of two or three rings that includes not only an engagement ring, but matching wedding ring for the bride and possibly the groom.

RockNGold Creations offers private complimentary Engagement Ring Consultations.
Call 858-571-4560

Co-owner of Rock N Gold Creations

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