There’s a variety of options in terms of engagement ring style that you can pick from, but the primary issue is your budget and how much the ring might cost.
Factors that are involved in a ring budget include the cut, the carat size specifically, as well as the precious metal that is used to mount your gem.
Platinum or gold are obviously going to cost more, but if you want a special ring from Brighton jewellers that lasts a lifetime, no other materials are honestly up to the challenge. The diamond size or the total number of the diamonds on the ring also moves costs up.
Do remember that you don’t have to actually get a diamond, given the number of gemstones that are possibly used in creating a dream engagement ring.
You’ll often find smaller, yet clearer diamonds or other gems that might actually have more sparkle than a gemstone that is larger but less clear. It might even be better to use a smaller one that’s in good shape over a bigger one that has imperfections.
This article doesn’t cover much about carat size or cut. Store consultants and websites go over that a lot. This content does focus on style though.
With luck, the various styles listed in the following paragraphs help you shop for the ring style you want or at least make informed decisions and know some industry terminology.
Luxury: Such rings are definitely a cut above all else, most often in terms of the price points. These rings are going to be bigger than most contemporary jewellery designs by Goodman Morris.
If the gemstone is a diamond, expect more clarity, fewer imperfections, and less colour. Carat size is bound to be bigger, but particular cuts cost more money, although this does increase your options in a larger budget.
Split shank: These are rings which feature a split in either the band of the shank. There can be a number of ways of doing the split, and there can even be multiple splits, which gives off the appearance of there being multiple bands. The band might be decorated with gemstones, such as diamonds, or it might be plain and simple, featuring a larger centralized stone.
Antique: These rings often are more than a century old, but unless you buy especially from a specific antique jeweller, you’re not likely to find any antique engagement rings in high street stores. What you are going to find is rings that just look antique, which could be any ring looking like a period from more than a century ago.
Vintage: These rings are typically a minimum of two decades old, but they can be from any actual period. The typical periods are listed in more detail just below, and you can see here that some rings might be vintage and antique, but not all rings called vintage are actually antique:
1714 – 1837: Vintage Georgian jewellery
1837 – 1901: Vintage Victorian jewellery
1890 – 1905: Vintage Edwardian jewellery
1714 – 1837: Vintage Art Nouveau jewellery
1910 – 1935: Vintage Art Deco jewellery
1930s – 1980s: Vintage Retro jewellery
Estate or Inherited: These sorts of rings, as implied by the name, are any rings that were inherited from the estate of someone deceased, either by familial relationship or as dictated in a living request or will. Estate jewellery is often sold off together in auction lots, through specialists, or just listed as preowned yet without serious age or era assigned to it.