In the United States, as well as many other countries, an engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. This tradition is thought to be from the Romans, who believed this finger to be the beginning of the "vein of love," the vein that leads to the heart. They are promise rings. They are the promise of commitment and of things to come.
The ring is a symbol of two peoples love and obligation towards each other. It is an important time in the couple's lives and therefore choosing that perfect ring is the first step towards building a life together and therefore a lot of emphasis is placed on getting it right. It is a representation of your love and dedication and hence an extremely important piece of jewelry. The classic engagement ring is composed of two parts: a diamond and a setting. For the best value, find the ring setting she will love, then devote the remainder of your budget to a beautiful, certified diamond.
Diamonds are used in most settings, mainly because of their durability and strength. These qualities are meant to symbolize the relationship, so the diamond is usually the centerpiece of the ring's setting. Diamonds are the best of all jewelry stones available to the serious jewelry buyer. Platinum has become the new "it" metal for engagement rings, but it comes with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, there are plenty of metals on the market that are still beautiful, elegant and less expensive. Designer rings are always more expensive because they offer you the quality that comes with their name as well as a lifetime guarantee. You can find ready made rings in almost every jewelry store or you can custom make one to match your requirements, special design and budget.
Choosing the Right Engagement Ring
Picking the right engagement ring is a process that shouldn't be rushed. Since your fiancee will be wearing this ring for the rest of her life it's very important that you choose a ring that she will love. Many women dream about their engagement rings and already have a good idea of the type of ring that they want so if you pay attention to the clues that your girlfriend drops you should have a decent idea of what kind of ring she wants.
When you're picking out a band and a setting for the ring try to use the style of jewelry that she normally wears as a guide. If your girlfriend doesn't wear a lot of jewelry and the jewelry that she does have is quiet and sedate then she will probably prefer a simple ring without a lot of decoration or embellishment. But if your girlfriend loves big, bright flashy costume jewelry then she will probably want a ring that is that is bold and has a lot of sparkle.
In order to make sure the ring is the right size try to snag a ring that she wears on her ring finger when she's not looking, or ask one of her friends to find out for you what ring size she wears. Paying more attention to the kind of jewelry that your girlfriend wears on a regular basis can help you learn a lot about what style of engagement ring she will prefer. If you never see her wearing yellow gold, then look for a white gold.