Getting engaged? Congratulations, you’re about to enjoy of the most memorable moments in your life! Now that you’ve found ‘the one’, choosing the perfect engagement ring is the cherry on top. Hoskings Jewellers guide to different types of engagement rings will help you find your perfect ring.
Different Types of Engagement Ring Settings:
- Solitaire – a classic engagement ring with one precious centre stone.
- Pave Settings – small diamonds inserted in the ring’s band for non-stop sparkle.
- Three Stone Rings – representing past, present, future. Beautiful with multiple gemstones.
- Halo Rings – a ‘halo’ of stones surrounding a centre stone for that ‘wow’ factor.
- Bezel Setting – sleek modern look with stones set into a metal surround.
Proposing to your life partner is one of the most emotional and memorable moments of your life and choosing the perfect engagement ring is something you want to get right.
There’s no hard and fast rule for how much to spend on an engagement ring, but generally it’s expected that you’d spend approximately 2 month’s salary. For example, if your annual salary is $60,000, you’d spend around $10,000 on the engagement ring. Buy-now, pay-later services like Humm or in-store lay-by are a great way to make it work for your budget.
The most popular engagement ring shape is a solitaire with a round-cut center stone, followed by the bezel set engagement ring. The Halo engagement ring where the center stone is surrounded by accent diamonds is also very desirable.
Engagement rings come in many different carat sizes. Carat simply refers to the weight of the diamond, with 1 carat = ⅕ of a gram. A higher carat diamond is often thought to be more expensive, but the cut, clarity and colour of a diamond are also key to determining the value of the diamond.
Engagement rings like the solitaire engagement ring will usually feature one heavier or higher carat stone. Styles such as cluster engagement rings have multiple lower carat stones that when added together combine to a higher carat weight. In Australia the most popular carat size is a one carat engagement ring, or just below one carat.
Diamonds have been the traditional favourite engagement ring stones for centuries, but times they are a changing! Now we have many different types of engagement rings to choose from. Fancy diamonds in different colours are becoming more popular. In Australia, we’re lucky to have some stunning blush pink diamond engagement rings. There’s also a growing market for lab-created diamond engagement rings.
Because there are many different types of engagement rings, some wider bands might need to be sized larger than a narrow band for example. The safest way to pick the correct engagement ring size is to try the ring on in store where our expert team can help you choose the right size.
If you want the engagement ring to be a surprise, then the next best option is to bring a ring your partner has worn on that finger into the store, and we’ll use that as a guide. If you can’t make it in store, then the Hoskings’ printable finger size guide will help you estimate the ring size or you can request a free ring sizer here.