Your engagement ring: It's only the symbol of your eternal commitment, a piece of jewelry you'll wear every day for the rest of your life. No pressure there, right?! Here, some pointers to help you decide on a dazzler that's ideal for you.
Photo: Bryan Gardner"I want something timeless."
If you want a sparkler that stands the test of time, go for a prong-set solitaire, which is as classic as it gets.
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"I'm a tomboy."
If you're outdoorsy and active, try a bezel setting, where the metal surrounds the gem, holds a stone securely and won't snag spandex during workouts.
"I'm torn between silver and gold."
Select a band that combines different metals, or choose a setting with a single metal and mix it confidently with your other jewelry.
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"I'm a traditionalist, but don't want round."
With its rectangular shape and history dating back to at least 1477, an emerald- cut diamond engagement ring is time-honored yet unexpected.
"I love vintage! Where do I look?"
Surf antique-jewelry sites to see one-of-a-kind offerings. Browse by decade to learn about the styles of each era.
"I want a major rock on a minor budget."
A halo setting imparts the illusion that you have a larger stone. Small diamonds encircle-and augment-the center gem.
"I'd like to wear just a band."
Sounds great! Just remember that, if going the band-only route, opt for a piece that works twice as well at expressing your sense of style.
"I'm not a super-sparkly kind of girl."
Countless varieties of rough-cut diamonds embody cool-chic while remaining as stunning and special as their polished counterparts.
"I have large hands."
We're guessing that only you think so! That said, a wider setting, such as a split shank, flatters any finger size.
"I love colored diamonds, but they're beyond my budget."
Get the look with a sapphire-available in blues, browns, greens, oranges, pinks, purples, and yellows-at wallet-friendly prices.
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