For many women, an engagement ring is the one piece of jewelry that you will wear all day, every day – much different than a fashion ring you wear on occasion or that special occasion necklace that you wear to fancy events. Because you’ll be wearing your engagement ring every day, it’s important to ensure that your ring stays in the best shape possible. To start, it’s important that you consider your lifestyle when picking out your engagement ring. Read on to learn more about matching your engagement ring to your lifestyle.
Picking the Best Ring for Your Job/Extracurricular Activities
When shopping for engagement rings and wedding rings, it’s essential that you think about when and where you will be wearing your rings. If you work at an office every day, you may be able to pick any ring you like, but if you are particularly active or you use your hands a lot (say as a nurse or an arts and crafts teacher, for example) you will want to select an engagement ring that matches your lifestyle.
If you have a more “hands on” job, or if even if you just have a tendency to be rough on your jewelry – which may just mean that you wear your ring all day long, as opposed to taking it off when cleaning, cooking, or showering, all of which are common activities that use chemicals or materials that are in contact with your jewelry — you will want to consider the type of metal that your setting is made of. Tough doesn’t mean unattractive, however; one of the toughest metals is actually the most desirable metal for rings: platinum. Platinum is more durable than gold and is a pure, naturally white metal. Comparing platinum to white gold, “white gold” is actually naturally yellow gold, which is mixed with other alloy metals and coated in rhodium or another white metal for a brighter white shine. Should you choose a white metal setting, it’s important to understand that a rhodium coating can scratch and wear off, and may need to be re-coated periodically, whereas platinum is a naturally white metal which will give off its bright silvery shine forever.
Again, depending on your occupation, pastimes (rock climbing anyone?), and overall past treatment of jewelry, you will want to consider that when choosing the setting of your ring’s diamonds. Prong settings are some of the most popular for engagement rings – especially for solitaire rings. The fact is, designers are the experts in creating designs that are unique, of high quality and will have longevity and a promise of service. Ultimately, you both want to be proud of the ring that she’s wearing, especially considering that she is going to be wearing this ring every day for the rest of her life.
If you want something as unique and as original and as special as the love that you have for each other, you should look at a designer label first to see if there is a style that works for you both, that is perhaps more detailed and has more care and attention, and a higher level of craftsmanship. We encourage you to ask your jeweler about brand name quality, service and design originality, so that you feel comfortable with your decision.
What if your Partner has Already Chosen your Engagement Ring
If your partner has already chosen your engagement ring in order to surprise you, celebrate the romantic effort with a big “yes”! But that doesn’t mean you can’t “revamp” your ring a bit in order to make it more in line with your lifestyle. Generally the most expensive part of the ring is the diamond(s) and these can easily be reset in a new setting that matches your lifestyle. And we’re pretty sure your partner won’t be offended if you ask for a new setting. Just put it this way, you want your ring to stay safe and secure for as long as you’re married, right? So start with a good foundation and you’ll ensure your ring stays on your finger for the next fifty years or more!