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Engagement Ring FAQ

Engagement Ring FAQs

Buying an engagement ring is not something to be taken lightly, as this ring is one that you or your partner will likely be wearing for many years to come. Thus, one should consider all options carefully, ensuring the piece they finally purchase best suits their personality, aesthetic, lifestyle, and more.

For decades these rings have been worn to symbolize a commitment and the eternal nature of marital love. You must seek out pieces that will communicate the uniqueness of your particular love story and fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. Our experts here at BENARI JEWELERS are here to help you do just that. We’ve put together a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we received about shopping for engagement rings.

Why Do We Wear Engagement Rings?

Before you even begin the shopping experience, you’ll likely want to assess the tradition of exchanging and wearing engagement rings to discern whether or not this is a practice you and your partner would like to continue, whether it aligns with your values, etc.

The history of engagement rings is vast and varied. In ancient Egypt, it was believed that a ring’s circular shape was representative of never-ending love. Those in Victorian England crafted silver, wire, and gemstone rings to profess their affection and romantic intentions. The first diamond engagement ring recorded in history was given to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximillian of Austria. In Europe and America in the 1900s, diamond engagement rings were given to ladies as an assurance – a guarantee that a suitor had intentions of marriage. If those intentions weren’t followed through with, the woman would be left with monetary consolation.

Today, however, many think of engagement rings as a public proclamation of love and the intention to marry. Diamonds, in their extreme strength and glittering beauty, symbolize the incredible strength of the love between spouses.

What Are the Most Common Engagement Ring Cuts?

The cut of an engagement ring’s center stone helps to determine the overall aesthetic of the piece. Many diamond cuts are available, each communicating its own feel and personality. The following are some of the most common engagement ring cuts you’ll likely encounter as you shop.

  • Round: The round cut is timeless and minimalistic. It makes up over 75% of all engagement rings sold, as it is the most brilliant.
  • Princess: Regal and elegant, the princess cut features a square silhouette from above. It resembles an upturned pyramid from the profile.
  • Cushion: Similar to the princess cut, cushion cut stones are squared with slightly rounded corners, resembling a pillow or a cushion, as its name suggests.
  • Emerald: The emerald cut is rectangular with parallel facets that create a mesmerizing “hall of mirror” effect. Its form communicates an Art Deco flair.
  • Oval: Similar to the round cut in brilliance and rounded edges, the oval cut's elongated shape makes the wearer's fingers appear longer and more slender.
  • Pear Shape: Characterized by one rounded and one pointed end, the pear shape cut is unique in that it is one of the only cuts that is not symmetrical vertically and horizontally.
  • What Are the Most Common Engagement Ring Settings?

    Everything other than the ring’s center stone is considered its setting. Engagement ring settings can range from minimalistic to eccentric, classic to modern. The setting works with the center stone to determine the piece’s overall style. These are some of the most popular engagement ring settings.

  • Solitaire: The most conservative setting is the solitaire, characterized by only the stone and the band. These minimalist pieces can be made quite visually interesting by vivacious metalwork.
  • Three Stone: It is said that this setting, featuring a large center and two smaller, identical stones flanking it on either side, represents the past, present, and future of a relationship. The center stone – representing the present – is the largest as it reminds the wearer to remain engaged in the current moment.
  • Halo: Halo rings are phenomenally glittering and unparalleled in brilliance. In these settings, the center stone is surrounded by a “halo” of accent stones that increase its sparkle and make it appear larger.
  • Side Stone: These rings are inlaid with accent stones along the band that draw the eye and add interest to the band. These stones can be set by pave, channel, prong, or bezel settings.
  • How Much Should I Spend On An Engagement Ring?

    Engagement rings, as they are meant to last a lifetime, must be forged in high-quality materials that are certain to last. Luxurious metals and diamonds are your best bet for a ring that will retain its beauty over time. These things, as we know, can be quite costly, however.

    Financial comfort is the most important thing to consider when setting a budget for your engagement ring purchase. The beginning of an engagement ring would be an unfortunate time to be in uncomfortable financial debt. Many have heard the imposed “rule” that one should spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring. For some, though, this is just not feasible.

    It is essential to note that this “rule” was first developed as a marketing scheme by the DeBeers group to influence the world’s belief of the diamond as the essential engagement ring center stone. In short, you and your partner should, perhaps together, consider carefully the amount that can be reasonably spent on an engagement ring according to your lifestyle and financial circumstances.

    How Can I Make My Diamond Appear Larger?

    Many customers inquire about the settings or stone cuts they can choose to make the center stone appear more prominent. Large diamonds are pretty costly, of course, and any tips and tricks that can be used to create the illusion of a larger stone are typically welcomed.

    We suggest a few things. One, elongated stone cuts such as oval and emerald cut stones can appear to take up more space on the finger of the wearer, suggesting a high carat value. Halos also bring added brilliance to a ring and help it appear more prominent.

    Can I Have My Engagement Ring Resized?

    There are several reasons one might seek to have their engagement ring resized. Perhaps their partner chose the ring as a surprise and didn’t get the size exactly right. Or, maybe it's been a few years since your engagement, and your ring no longer fits the way it did initially, and you need it to be sized up or down.

    Seek out the help of trusted, professional jewelers for seamless work. For a genuinely skilled jeweler, a ring resizing should be a breeze, depending on the intricacy of the ring’s design and metalwork, as well as the discrepancy between the ring’s current and desired size. Our team here at BENARI JEWELERS would be more than happy to provide this service for you and assure the highest quality result.

    Shop Engagement Rings at BENARI JEWELERS

    It is our pleasure here at BENARI JEWELERS to assist you in finding the perfect engagement ring. We’re immensely proud of the selection of bridal jewelry we’ve carefully curated in our Exton and Newton Square, Pennsylvania jewelry stores.

    Allow our highly experienced and amiable team to guide you through our inventory to find the ring that best suits your or your partner’s style. Request an appointment for a personalized consultation with one of our team members, or feel free to browse our inventory online at your convenience.

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