Long weekend brunch #3: how to choose an engagement ring?

Another year another Monaco Grand Prix has flown by, Memorial Day Weekend in the US has come and gone, Africa Day celebrations in Namibia and Zambia, as well as a public holiday in London – it is now back to reality, and a speedy four day work week. The sun is shining, the mood is convivial, which can only mean one thing – wedding season is upon us. As such, we have engagement and wedding rings on the mind!

How to choose an engagement ring is based on several factors. The starting points include the budget, as well as the design/style preferences, lifestyle and hobbies of the person wearing it.

The setting determines the aesthetic as well as functionality of the ring:
– Prongs are widely used because of durability
– Pavé setting has strong historical links and provides a great visual design
– Flush setting (no prongs) allows imagefor an extremely secure ring
– Invisible setting is both aesthetically pleasing, and ensures longevity. This is famously used by Jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels
– for a unique take on engagement rings, a tension setting (requires a stone that is high level hardness) is perfect for boho chic. Unique pieces of wedding Jewellery include uncut (rough) diamonds set in the base metal

Speaking of which, it is worth choosing the base metal for the shank, at the same time as selecting the stones and setting style. Gold, white gold, platinum, and silver are widely used, and complement a variety of gemstones.

Other considerations include choosing a ring from the wearer’s favourite epoch, vintage, antique, a precious family heirloom, auctions. Or perhaps a brand new or bespoke design.
This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a wedding duo (engagement and wedding ring) or trio (engagement ring, and both wedding bands).

There are a host of specialists and advisors to consult from jewellers, jewellery experts in the auction house, and of course family and friends. Ultimately, like planning and finalising the proposal, choosing an engagement ring comes from the heart!