What to look for in a Ring
With the ever increasing cost associated with engagement rings, wedding ceremonies, attire, and decorations, many people are now seeking a more cost-effective route when considering purchasing their engagement rings. Preowned engagement rings are the newest trend in pre-martial money saving strategies. Not only are these just-like-new alternatives growing in popularity, but with proper knowledge of ring selection, there is no reason why this new ring selection strategy should not be utilized.
Here are a few easy tips and tricks to look for when selecting an engagement ring:
Regardless of preference in gemstones, the odds are that the purchaser of the ring would prefer that the gemstones do not come loosely set in their structures, in order to reduce the possibility of losing them. This is an important element when shopping for any ring, but specifically engagement rings, as the gemstones tend to be larger and worth more. The most secure style is the six prong setting, which has six claw-like fingers that wrap around and secure the gem against the band. The next best option would be either the four prong setting, or the bezel, which is simply a setting level to the top of the gemstone. Whichever route is utilized, the odds of losing the gemstone are going to be greatly reduced.
Additionally, be careful when selecting a preowned engagement ring, as some of the more costly rings are a direct product of a more expansive band material, such as platinum. While platinum and gold are both extraordinarily popular when it comes to engagement rings, gold is the most cost effective, but platinum takes the cake as far as durability goes. If the ring is being bought for an individual who tends to be rather hands-on, or works a job that involves manual labor, a gold ring may not be the right choice, as gold bands are more easily bent and misshapen. However, gold comes in a variety of colors and shades, which can entice most buyers when accompanied with a more affordable price.
Finally, reverting back to the idea of stone setting, one must be particular about how high the actual gemstone is set. Again, if a ring is being purchased for an individual who works in a field that is hands-on or is constantly handling people, a high-set gemstone may not be the most appropriate option, as the ring can get caught on various mediums. Low-set rings are best for individuals who find themselves frequently in such positions. That being said, a high-set ring with appropriate gemstone setting can most likely withstand most labor-intensive scenarios.
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