Radiant silver engagement rings have never gone out of style, even with the advent of new engagement ring materials in the last century. If silver is your wedding ring metal of choice, use the guide below to learn more about some of the commonly used design options and terms you may encounter on your way to finding your perfect ring. If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please comment at the bottom of the page to send us them!
1. Set Your Budget
These days, there are engagement rings to fit any budget. You can buy quality rings for under £100 or luxury rings for over £1000. Silver engagement ring prices vary depending on the gemstone you choose for the band. Lab-made gems, though of equal splendor, are often cheaper than those quarried. And of course a sterling silver ring is an affordable choice because it is both beautiful and relatively inexpensive compared to platinum, gold, or white gold.
2. Choose the Perfect Stone
There will be plenty of options for you. For simplicity, we'll break it down into 3 steps: Stones, Shapes, and side Stones.
Diamonds are the traditional, classic, timeless choice for engagement rings. Diamond is the hardest natural substance that cannot be scratched by anything other than another diamond, so it will retain its luster longer than all other gemstones. Diamonds are also prized for their ability to interact with light, bringing out the wonderful sparkles that are characteristic of diamonds.
Colored diamonds have also been a perfect choice in recent years. Diamonds occur naturally in many different colors. Yellow diamonds are also increasingly popular and can range in color from vivid to very subtle. Pink, red, blue and green natural diamonds are among the most beautiful and rarest gemstones in the world.
Colored gemstones are a trendy way to create a unique engagement ring that accentuates the personality of its wearer. There are many different colored gemstones available, but not all are suitable for everyday wear. The hardness and durability of a gemstone are important considerations. Common stones are sapphires and rubies.
The round brilliant cut is the most popular shape worldwide, accounting for more than 75% of diamond and gemstone purchases, followed by cushion cuts (square with rounded edges) and oval cut.
3. Choose the Ring Style
If a gem is too flashy for you, a plain band is the optimal choice. Also, to keep things simple, we've categorized engagement rings into the following main categories:
Solitaire: Rings with a single stone (often round stone). This style is elegant and minimalistic.
Shoulder Stones: Rings with shoulder settings have smaller stones running along the band on either side of the center stone.
Halo: Rings with a circle of small stones surrounding a center stone, giving the illusion of extra sparkle and emphasizing the size of the center stone.
Cluster: Rings with, often, larger stones surrounding the center stone.
Trilogy: Rings with 3 stones. In general, the center stone is the largest and the stones on the sides are smaller, but they can also be about the same size.
Another thing to consider is whether an engagement ring can sit flush with a wedding ring. If you are too confused, a Bridal Set combining an engagement ring with a matching wedding band is a good idea to kill two birds with one stone.
4. Wrapping Up
Hopefully when you stop here, you already have in mind the image of the ring you dream of. Enjoy the joy of shopping for an engagement ring, one of those rare, life-changing memorable experiences!
You can buy engagement rings online at reputable jewelry brands such as Vrai, Blue Nile, Zales, Catbird, and Kay Jewelers. You can also buy sterling silver jewelry at 925SHINE with good quality and reasonable price.
You can inspect the ring with a professional jeweler twice a year. If you want to take care of your rings at home, scrubbing with a soft-bristled toothbrush or a soft cloth with silver polish can also get the job done.
It is significantly easier for a jeweler to make a ring smaller than it is to make it larger. So if you are not sure about the ring size, please choose a ring that is relatively bigger
Interesting Facts about Rings
- The custom of giving and receiving rings dates back over 6000 years.
- The earliest rings were made of simple iron, but gemstone gold rings were in medieval fashion.
- Ancient Egyptians believed the vena amoris (vein of love) connected the ring finger to the heart.
- English monarchs traditionally wore a special coronation ring, signifying that they were spiritually wed to the country.
- The custom of men wearing wedding rings was not common until World War II when men fighting overseas wore rings as reminders of their wives and families at home.
- The most expensive ring in the world is ‘The Pink Star’ which boasts an impressive 59.60-carat pink diamond. It sold for $80.9 million in 2017.
- The world’s heaviest ring is the Najmat Taiba - weighing in at over 132 lbs, and adorned with 11 lbs of precious gems.
- It is possible to have your mortal remains treated and compressed into a diamond, then mounted on a ring. A poignant memento for your grieving loved ones.
Rings at 925SHINE are crafted from high quality sterling silver with a variety of designs, at reasonable prices