When finding that perfect engagement ring, is bigger always better? If you’re looking for an engagement ring to encapsulate your own style then there are definitely a few things to think about.
Engagement rings have been part of our lives for thousands of years. An engagement ring is traditionally placed on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was believed, since the time of the Ancient Greeks, that within this finger there was a vein going straight to the heart (the vena amoris).
The Platinum Ring
Platinum has been an incredibly popular engagement ring colour for a long time. The colour is understated and complementary to a wide range of style ensembles. However, future brides nowadays seem to adopt more adventurous colours such as white and yellow gold rings as well as other precious metals.
Kate Middleton’s style has always been tailored, sophisticated, and feminine. Whenever Kate makes her public appearance, her style choices were often scrutinized and many times applauded. Since her engagement, many jewelers have seen an increase in emerald and yellow-coloured stones over the typical and more traditional white diamond design. Leading the pack is Marks and Spencer, which became famous for selling a replica of the platinum-plated royal ring worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. More than 5,500 pieces were already sold just after seven months of its date of release.
Over the last few years, the celebrity world has continually given us larger engagement rings. The standard platinum setting for a simple understated diamond is definitely not the norm any more in this circle. If you don’t have the same budget as J-Lo or Kim Kardashian, then it is advisable to go for quality and style over quantity. Bigger sometimes isn’t always better.
Finding An Engagement Ring
When discussing engagement rings the 4 C’s are often discussed (Carats, Colour, Clarity and Cut). The final ‘C’, cost, is related to the previous four. It is important to set a budget for the engagement ring and not purchase what you can’t afford. Make sure to start your search early so you will know how much money you will set aside for that ring. This will make it easier on your pocket.
Throughout the ages and still today, engagement rings have been a sign of means and style. At Urbanity Chic we hope that whatever your budget and style you find that special something that will keep you happy, both for its style and what it represents.