The 101 on Engagement Ring Terminology
July 2, 2015
Shopping for an engagement ring is also like taking a short educational course in the world of jewellery, diamonds and coloured gemstones. You will quickly discover that there is more to it than picking a beautiful ring, handing over the $ and then getting down on one knee. It is highly recommended to familiarise yourself with the world of jewellery before setting out on your jewellery purchasing expedition.
To armour you with the basic here is a breakdown of 8 of the most common jewellery terminology:
The Setting: This refers to where your diamond sits. One of the most popular styles is a ‘6-claw solitaire setting’ which would normally house a Round Brilliant diamond.
Stone: You probably have this one down, as it suggests the stone refers to your diamond or coloured gemstone.
4C’s: The 4C’s (carat, colour, clarity and cut) is the grading system used to determine a diamonds quality. Read up on the 4c’s here: /blog/the-4cs
Fluorescence: Fluorescence is the visible emission of light which occurs when a diamond is exposed to ultraviolet light. It is a natural characteristic, observed in nearly one-third of all gem-grade diamonds, resulting from the presence of trace amounts of Nitrogen, a common substance in diamonds. To read more about Fluorescence visit /blog/learn-about/diamonds/fluorescence
Solitaire: A solitaire engagement ring is one with just one diamond sitting proudly on its own.
Halo: A halo is an engagement ring featuring a group of smaller diamonds that circle your centre stone. You may or may not choose to have diamonds set into your band as well.
Setting Styles: There is more than one way to set your diamond. The centre stone most commonly will be set in a claw setting but this is not your only option. A bezel setting surrounds your centre stone with a wall of metal providing extra security against everyday knocks and bumps – a great option for those that work with their hands. It is not just the setting of your centre stone that needs to be considered, your side / smaller stones need to be consider as well. The setting style you choose for your smaller stones can completely change the look of your piece. A sleek channel setting housing a Princess cut diamonds will give a clean, modern look but for a fine, dainty and almost vintage look you may go for pave setting, a very fine style of claw setting allowing your diamonds to throw off optimum brilliance.
Metal: For an engagement ring your main choice is between Golds and Platinum. White metals, white gold and platinum, are the most popular choice but others love the look of rose or yellow gold. If your choice is between platinum and white gold read our helpful guide to assist you in making that final choice: /blog/the-difference-between-white-gold-and-platinum