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Buying the Engagement Ring: Style Trumps Size

September 25, 2012

Rule #2 in Buying the Engagement Ring: Selecting the Style and Size

Last week we started this series of posts on Buying the Engagement Ring with the most important Rule: Pick the Ring Early. Today we’re going to dive into the next important step: Selecting the Style and Size.

Bigger is not always better. It’s true that some brides-to-be want a really ostentatious engagement ring that they can show all their friends (and if you have one of those fiancés, watch out!) Just kidding. Every woman loves to show off her ring, but most agree that the color, setting, and cut of the stone are just as important (if not more so) than the size.

There are tons of styles to choose from, ranging from traditional single-stone Solitaire or Princess Cut rings or elegant three-stone arrangements to more modern rings. Many of the latter feature intricately crafted or shaped bands with Square, Emerald Cut, or Asscher Cut stones—thank Sex In The City for that one. (For excellent examples of these non-traditional ring styles, take a look at Tacori or Mark Schneider rings).

You can even buy rings that are designed to interlock with your chosen wedding ring no matter the shape. These matching bridal sets are a good option if you want to create an overall theme with your rings or want to make sure that both rings “go” together.

Our next post will cover the Stone/Metal choices out there and how to choose the right one for your bride to be.

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