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Engagement Rings

We’re shoppers too, so we know that while choosing your engagement ring is one of the most exciting experiences of your life, it can also be one of the scariest. When looking for an ideal engagement ring, Diamond Exchange recommends you consider the following guidelines to find one that’ll colour your friends and family green with envy.

One of the first things you should know is that every classic engagement ring from Diamond Exchange consists of three parts: The diamond, the metal and the style of your ring.

The Diamond

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Because of its high significance and value, selecting the right diamond for your engagement ring will be one of your most important decisions. Do your research and look at all the information available so you can find a diamond which has right balance between size and quality, and that best fits within your budget as well.

There are four basic steps when choosing your perfect diamond:

  1. Choose Your Diamond Shape
  2. Choose Your Diamond Size
  3. The 4Cs of Diamond Quality (Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat Weight)
  4. Choose Your Perfect Diamond

For more advice on choosing your perfect diamond, click to read Diamond Exchange’s Diamonds Explained quick guide.

The Metal

It is quite likely that you already have some idea about your preferred metal type and colour. However if you’re still unsure of where to begin, here’re a couple of quick tips to help you make the right decision.

At Diamond Exchange, we have three different types of ring metals for you to choose from. If you are building your own ring with us, you will be able to select any one of the three to make up your ring.

18ct White Gold

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While it has the same composition as that of the 18ct yellow gold, the 18ct white gold metal consists of different alloys, giving it an off-white colour that resembles that of platinum. Highly valued with its 75% pure gold purity level, it is also plated with rhodium for a shiny polish, and has a high resistance to tarnish and rust.

Features:

  • Easy to polish and repair
  • Impervious to tarnish and rust
  • Rhodium-plated for high polish
  • Purity levels of 75% gold, 25% pure alloys

18ct Yellow Gold

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A classic metal widely used in fine jewellery, its natural and rich gold colour makes it the popular ring metal choice. While not as pricey as platinum, 18ct yellow gold is still highly valued with its 75% pure gold purity level, making it resistant to tarnish and rust.

Features:

  • Easy to polish and repair
  • Impervious to tarnish and rust
  • A softer, more malleable metal
  • Purity levels of 75% gold, 25% pure alloys

Platinum

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Extremely rare and valuable, platinum is a very strong metal that requires little maintenance and will last you a lifetime. One of the most expensive metals in the world, its high purity level of 95% pure platinum makes it hypoallergenic – the perfect choice for those with allergies to certain metals.

Features:

  • Impervious to damage, tarnish and general wear
  • High resistance to corrosion and high heat
  • Hypoallergenic precious metal
  • Highest purity level

The Engagement Ring Style

Choosing the right ring style should be one of the biggest considerations behind your purchase. Referring to the design in which your chosen stone(s) is placed, each setting produces a different effect and has its own unique advantages.

At Diamond Exchange, our in-house jewellers work with a varied range of settings and styles. If you are building your own ring with us, you will be able to select any one of the following styles to make up your stone setting or even custom design your own ring

Solitaire

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Considered one of the most popular and classic setting styles, Solitaire rings often feature one diamond set against a plain metal band, making the single stone the entire focal point of the ring. Due to the style’s simplicity, it is typically one of the less expensive diamond settings as well. This allows you to focus your budget on getting the right stone without having to worry about the price of your setting.

Side Stones

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If you would like some added sparkle, you might want to consider rings with side stones. A classic alternative to the traditional solitaire ring, this style features smaller accent stones set into the shoulders to complement the centre diamond. Also a very popular choice, the side stones are meant to enhance the overall look of the ring without diminishing the full impact of the centre stone.

Three-Stone

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Relatively similar to rings with side stones, the three-stone style also features multiple diamonds in its design to further accentuate your selected centre stone. However while rings with side stones often set visibly smaller stones in the shoulders, three-stone rings allow for your personalisation as the accent stones can be specifically chosen by you to match with the centre diamond.

These rings are often referred to as ‘trilogy rings’ and the three stones are typically said to represent a couple’s past, present and future.

Cluster

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For a more dazzling and modern look, this style features a group of stones in a cluster setting. Plain and simple or intricately designed, the possible combinations are endless, allowing you to create a ring that is special and unique. Usually consisting of one large stone surrounded by several smaller stones, it is a popular style choice for engagement rings for those who want something out of the ordinary.

How much should I spend?

Your engagement is a significant life event, and you should consider your purchase very carefully before making the buying decision. As tradition goes when deciding on a budget, a two-month combined salary is a common starting point for most couples. However we would also advise not to get too caught up in the amount to spend. No matter how big or small your budget is, Diamond Exchange believes you should always focus more on value and quality.

If you would like some tips on stretching your dollar, click to read Diamond Exchange’s guide to Choosing your Diamond and extending your budget.

Should you have any further questions, simply fill in our contact form and a highly trained Diamond Exchange consultant will be in touch with you within three business days. For more urgent requests, please call 1300 929 888 or email us at sales@diamondexchange.com.au

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