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Choosing an Engagement Ring

Jan 9, 2008
Engagement rings have been used as a sign of commitment for many centuries. As a ring is circular it represents something that is never-ending. Even today they are an significant and meaningful symbol of a couples love for one another. Getting engaged is a serious and important decision to make but picking an engagement ring can be even more difficult.

In the dark ages, engagement rings were fashioned out of locks of hair but today they are manufactured out of much more expensive metals. There is so much to choose from these days; not only to do you have to choose the material and thickness of the band but there is also the type and size of the stone. Gold is viewed as the most traditional and popular choice but many other metals are now widely available.

However, some skin tones are far more suited to a silver colored band and there are many different metals which have this appearance. If you like the idea of a ring which has the quality of gold but do not like the yellow tones it possesses, why not try white gold?

White gold has a slightly lighter appearance than silver and complements diamonds beautifully. If you are looking for something a little more special and expensive, you can also find bands which are made out of platinum. Platinum is a now a very popular choice for many couples but it does carry a hefty price tag and as it is quite a soft and delicate metal, it can be easily misshapen. For those who are prone to jewelry breakages, titanium is the strongest material to choose and it will still provide you with the delicate look of other metals.

When it comes to selecting a precious stone to sit within the engagement ring, there are even more styles and stones to choose from. Diamonds are the classic choice and their clear and elegant look is bound to look good with any outfit. They are also the most expensive choice, depending on the size you select. Many people also like to place their birthstone in their engagement ring. You will find that their is a stone assigned to each month of the year and it can also be related to your star sign.

If you would like to choose your birth stone, it is easy to research online. If you are still unsure of which stone you would like, pick your favorite color. Sapphires carry a wonderful shade of deep blue and emeralds are renowned for their strong shade of green. A ring with a colored stone can make it more eye-catching. Whatever you decide to choose, it will still be a special token of love and affection.
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Jonathon Hardcastle writes articles on many topics including Gemstones, Shopping, and Clothing
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