Choosing an engagement ring can be a daunting task. It's something you or the woman you love (depending on who's doing the picking) will be wearing for a long time to come. That's why it can be a good idea to narrow down what kinds of engagement rings appeal to you before you start shopping.
One of the big style choices for couples about to be engaged can be whether to go with a diamond solitaire or halo engagement ring. Some brides-to-be already have very definitive opinions about this, but for those who don't, knowing the pros and cons of each style can be helpful.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
Solitaire engagement rings are always a classic choice. They are called solitaires because they're characterized by a single diamond on a band. The band itself can have a fancier design, but the main focus is on the stone. And unlike trendier engagement ring designs, solitaires will never go out of style or show what decade they were purchased in.
If you're not sure what your future fiancé will like, going with a solitaire is almost always a good choice. And picking a solitaire doesn't mean boring. If she desires something a little flashier, you can always pair it with a diamond wedding band—a solitaire ring gives you a good jumping off point for mixing in other styles. You can also buy a fancy cut diamond so that the shape of the stone is unique, or put it on a rose gold or engraved ring.
Halo Engagement Rings
Of course, there's a reason halo settings are so popular. They bring just a little bit more sparkle and glam to engagement rings for those who want to make a statement. A halo ring offers endless possibilities for design.
They also offer more bang for your buck, so to speak, than buying a diamond solitaire. A halo is a circle of diamonds surrounding the center stone. They give your center stone the appearance of being bigger, while being more affordable because many smaller diamonds cost much less than one larger one.
Some brides may desire something that is a little less "of the moment" than a halo setting, however, and the many small diamonds means more maintenance and chance for a stone falling out. These are all factors to consider when deciding between a halo or a solitaire style. The best thing to do is to just start looking (or ask your future wife to)! Peruse a variety of engagement rings, and you'll start seeing a pattern of what appeals to you.
Shop for Rings at Albert's Diamond Jewelers
Getting expert help is always a good idea as well when shopping for engagement rings. Our staff at Albert's Diamond Jewelers love helping couples with their happily ever after. And with more than a century in the business, we have done it many, many times! Our jewelry stores carry all of the top bridal jewelry brands, including A. Jaffe and Verragio.
You can browse our selection on our website, and even purchase online if you want. We also offer custom design, so can make the ring of your dreams. No matter what style you choose, we'll make sure the next chapter of your love story starts off special!