There are a range of choices for the style of engagement ring that you go for, but the major issue, especially in this financial climate is the budget. The budget will be determined by the cut, carat size and the precious metal that you use to mount the gem.
Luxurious - These rings are a cut above the rest, quite honestly concerning price, your ring will be larger or have more diamonds if you decide on a multistone above a solitaire ring. The clarity is going to be increased and if your bead is a diamond, it is going to be clearer and colourless with hardly any imperfections.
Split Shank - These rings have a split in the shank or the band, this may be split in a number of ways and even have more than 1 split, giving the appearance of more than 1 band. The band can be decorated with diamonds or diamonds or may be simple and plain with a large central stone.
Antique - Antique rings are usually greater than 100 years old, and unless you are purchasing from an Antique Jeweller you are unlikely to discover antique engagement rings from a high street shop.
Classic - Vintage rings are usually at least 20 years old and may be from any period. Typical Periods are show below, you can see from this that some rings may be both antique and vintage but not all vintage rings are antiques.
Vintage Georgian Jewellery (1714 - 1837)
Vintage Victorian Jewellery (1837 - 1901)
Vintage Edwardian Jewellery (1890 - 1905)
Vintage Art Nouveau Jewellery (1714 - 1837)
Vintage Art Deco Jewellery (1910 - 1935)
Vintage Retro Jewellery(1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's)
Inherited or Estate - These rings, as the name implies are rings that are a part of the Estate of a deceased person, and may either be inherited by relatives/friends as ordered by a will or a living petition. Estate jewellery tends to be sold in auction lots or by experts and is pre-owned, but does not have any age attached to it. If you are thinking about an inherited engagement ring, things to consider:
Does it match, if it does not it's usually easy to alter, your local jeweller can advise you on this
Does it need a through clean, again visit your local jeweller for the best results
Do you like it, if not probably not worth giving or wearing as the sentiments of committing an inherited ring won't be honoured if quite frankly you don't like it!
Would you be able to change that, so that you like it and you are honouring any sentimental worth.
Birthstone - If you love your birthstone colour there's absolutely not any reason why you couldn't incorporate that into your engagement ring. You get the benefit that wearing your birthstone brings in terms of good luck and fortune and you have an engagement ring that you will love, not to mention that many birthstones are cheaper than a diamond.
Celebrity Style - This type of ring is very much based on what and who is in right now, and is subject to change, so if you go for this option make certain that you truly love your ring and won't alter your mind when the next celeb flaunts her bling.
Solitaire - These are fairly traditional rings with a single big diamond solitaire that can be trimmed in any different fashion and shape, so you may have a square princess cut or a round brilliant cut solitaire the options are endless especially if you are open to various shapes of the diamond.
3-5 or 7 Stone - These rings have three, five or seven diamonds in the plan, often with a central large rock surrounded by some smaller diamonds which may be the same cut or different. So you may have a round central rock with emerald cuts both sides, or some other combination that pleases your eye and budget. As you move towards the seven stone engagement rings these tend to be in a line, like a half eternity ring, or you may design a central large stone again surrounded by smaller stones.
Gemstone - Some examples of gorgeous gemstones that can be used on your engagement ring include your birthstone but also the following less known gemstones:
These can all be designed in any of the aforementioned ways replacing the diamond or diamonds with the gemstone of choice.
Precious Metals Used - The precious metal that you use will add to the appearance of your engagement ring depending on your personal choice and available budget.
Platinum - Platinum is silver in colour and tend to be whiter in colour than white gold, for this reason they are remarkably popular.
Yellow Gold or White Gold - Yellow and white gold are the obvious choices for the precious metal used in their engagement ring. WoW gold may be 9ct, 14ct, 18ct 21ct or 24ct and as the amount increases the purity, softness and yellowness of the gold increases.