Choosing the Right

Engagement Ring

Choosing the Right Engagement Ring

You are ready to make the commitment, to take the big step. We are here to ensure that choosing the right engagement ring is not a difficult task. All you have to do is think about her lifestyle, profession, and preferences. Our guide will give you the best solutions based on each of these criteria. Choosing the perfect engagement ring has never been so easy.

The Gem Setting

For women who are working in a Medical Profession:

They are constantly working with their hands. As such, they need a ring that will not interfere with their daily duties or put them and their patients at risk. These guidelines for choosing a gem setting are also suitable for the lady with a very active lifestyle.

In a low prong setting engagement ring, the center gem is not sticking up high. These lower settings are perfect for nurses/doctors because they can easily slip on their gloves without the ring getting caught on anything. It also helps to keep her patients safe by preventing the risks of scratching with a higher ring setting. For an active lifestyle, it prevents snagging and damage to the setting.
The advantage of the bezel setting is that the diamond is secured and it won’t snag on anything. Instead of holding the diamond with prongs, the bezel setting encircles the center gem with a thin metal rim to hold the stone tightly in place. This setting can be a full or partial setting. A full bezel completely surrounds the diamond. A partial bezel leaves the sides open. It’s a great choice for people who are looking for a ring that won’t snag while adequately protecting the diamond.
This setting has smaller diamonds set into the band of the ring. This creates a visually appealing channel of small diamonds that create more overall glitter and sparkle for the ring. The diamonds are held in place with a thin metal strip instead of prongs. This setting is also a good option for a snag-free and secure design.

For women who are working in the Office and Retail:

There are fewer restrictions for office and retail based on the nature of the job. And because of this, there is more leeway in terms of the type of setting that you can choose.

This is the most common and classic ring setting. It gets its name from the way in which the diamond is secured to the ring. The prong is a little metal claw that grips the diamond, tightly holding it in place. It permits the best light exposure from all angles and therefore maximizes a diamond's brilliance. It also “lightens up” richly colored gems. In this category, you have two options – a 4 prong setting or a 6 prong. The difference in choice is generally about the size of the diamond. If the diamond is less than 1 carat, then the 4 prong setting will display more of the diamond. A 6-prong setting offers more security for the diamond. It is best for a larger gem and is a good choice if the wearer is a bit active.
This is the setting to choose when you want ultimate sparkle and to make your center stone stand out. This setting features three or more rows of several small stones fitted closely together so that they are level with the surface of the band. It gives the illusion of a larger diamond, and more glitter.
This is a very modern ring setting where the gems are held in place by pressure. The unique visual appeal of this setting is the fact that the gem seems to float in the air. In this setting, the gem is held in place by the pressure of the metal band. The diamond can be held in place using one of two options. You can choose a tension ring where the diamond is gripped firmly by the two sides of the metal at intense pressure. The second option is securing the diamond using a hidden bezel setting. This feature anchors the diamond below the bands for a little more security while keeping the tension effect.
This design has a central diamond or gemstone surrounded by smaller diamonds or other gems in a concentric circle or square. It is an ideal option to enhance the appearance of a small diamond, making it seem larger than it really is. You can save on a smaller carat ring but still retain the brilliance and elegance of a beautiful diamond ring.

Her Ring Style

classic & timeless

For women with a classic style, we recommend a ring that is traditional, oozes simplicity and is strikingly beautiful. Solitaire and Channel Set engagement rings are iconic symbols of timeless beauty.

elegant & stylish

For women with an elegant style, we recommend the Halo or Pavé style engagement rings. It is fashion-forward, yet delicate and dainty. She will be more than thrilled to show off her sparkly engagement ring in one of these settings.

romantic & dreamy

For women with a romantic style, we recommend a vintage design engagement ring. She will appreciate the intricate details that make these rings stand out, especially if vintage appeals to her.

bold & sassy

For a lady with a bold style, we recommend a non-traditional engagement ring. If she likes unique diamond shapes or deserves a ring that is a little outside of the box, a custom design will get you that unique, bold and sassy appeal.

Learn the Five C's

You traditionally hear of the 4Cs in choosing diamonds. But at Bashford Jewelry, we are advocates of 5: Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat, and Conflict Free. The combination of the 5Cs determines the quality, beauty, and value of your diamond.

The cut of a diamond refers to how it is made. This impacts the diamond’s quality and brilliance. (Cut in this sense should not be confused with the shape which is sometimes referred to as cut, e.g., princess cut). Diamonds are prisms that reflect light. The sparkle that you have come to expect from diamonds will not be visible if the diamond was not formed (cut) properly. You want an ideal cut that best reflects light and makes the diamond seem alive.
From colorless to light yellow or brown, the color of a diamond will affect its grade. With a grading from D to X, with D being the clearest and most expensive, color is one of the most visible aspects of a diamond. Clear diamonds are the most popular but there are also rare diamonds with strong colors such as pink and canary which are highly prized.
This C is all about the number of inclusions (imperfections) in the diamond – the fewer of these there are, the higher the grade of the diamond. Most diamonds have some form of inclusion, some of which are not visible to the naked eye. The fewer flaws a diamond has, the more beautiful and valuable it is.
This is related to the weight and size of the diamond. However, bigger is not always better. A large diamond that is badly cut, highly imperfect and outside the ideal color band of D-F, will not be as valuable as a small diamond that meets all the other criteria.
How ethically sourced are your diamonds? Widely known as ‘blood diamonds’, conflict diamonds are riddled in human rights abuse and funding rebels who overthrow legitimate governments. Conflict-free diamonds are extracted with minimal environmental impact, cut and polished responsibly, employees in the industry are paid fair wages, and the industry is governed by strict regulations.

Newly mined diamonds from the Canadian arctic are some of the few diamonds that best meet these criteria. Bashford Jewelry exclusively sources our diamonds from the Canadian arctic. Feel confident that there is no blood on your diamond purchases through Bashford Jewelry.

Further, properly certified diamonds ensure that your diamonds meet the requirements of the 5 Cs. Bashford Jewelry only uses Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and CanadaMark™ certified diamonds.

Choosing the Right Diamond Shape for Her

In addition to size, diamonds come in a variety of shapes, and the wearer’s tastes are really the deciding factor in choosing a diamond shape. You can choose from the traditional and timeless round brilliant cut to one of the fancier shapes.

This is the traditional and most popular shape of diamonds. A primary choice of jewelers for hundreds of years, it is the versatile, classic look which carries more brilliance than other cuts due to its shape. It gives you a nice balance between your budget and the grade of the diamond. A timeless shape, you can never go wrong with a round brilliant cut.
Sometimes referred to as a square cut, princess shaped diamonds are a popular choice for solitaire engagement rings and earrings. (It is generally referred to as a Rectangular or Square Modified Brilliant on laboratory certificates). There are many advantages to this cut. It allows more light dispersion which means it hides imperfections best and its brilliance is high; it shows distinct colors in the corner as opposed to other cuts which are generally in the middle; multiple gems can be easily placed beside each other without any exposed gaps; and it accentuates long fingers.
The marquise shaped diamond looks like the hull of a boat from which earned it the title of ‘navette’ shaped. The style of this cut makes it look larger than other diamonds with the same carat. It is ideal if you want a ring to make her fingers look longer and her hand slimmer.
Pear shaped diamonds are also called pendeloque or teardrop cut. It resembles a tear drop with a round end and a pointed top. This shape is a combination of the Marquise and Round Brilliant cut. Because of the shape, color tends to be more visible at the tip. Because of this, if you opt for a pear shaped diamond, ensure that you get a diamond that has a good quality color grade. This is the cut for you if you want a soft and delicate look while ensuring that the fingers and hands look slimmer.
These are a combination of pear-shaped and round brilliant that maximizes size. Oval diamonds, therefore, appear larger than diamonds of similar carat. Because of its popularity, it is easy to match it with other types of jewelry. It has the brilliance of a round cut diamond and naturally accentuates long fingers as the pear shape does.
The cushion cut resembles a pillow. It is a square or triangular cut diamond with rounded corners. This rounded corner and the larger facet of a cushion cut diamond make it the best shape for hiding inclusions which results in a uniquely brilliant diamond. It also has a vintage type appeal.
A unique shape, it has a high prismatic brilliance that is not overshadowed by any other cut. You need a diamond of high clarity to ensure that you are taking advantage of the Asscher cut. A member of the step cut diamond class, the Asscher cut creates what has been termed the “hall of mirrors” effect due to its brilliance and the optical illusion created by the shape with its cropped and angled corners.
This is a rectangular shape that is also a part of the step cut diamond class because it resembles stairs when you look at it from above. Because of the large open surface of this cut, emerald shaped diamonds naturally highlight the clarity of a diamond, even though brilliance may not be as high as other cuts. It is ideal for ladies with short fingers.
As a unique combination of the brilliant cut and the step cut, the Radiant cut is the diamond that wants to do it all. It hides inclusions efficiently and can result in one of the highest brilliance in diamonds. With highly distinctive trimmed edges this unique shape can either be square or rectangular. It pairs well with other diamond cuts.
A rare and unique shape, the heart cut is for the romantic. It is one of the hardest cuts to make but with a skilled craftsman, you can get a good quality curved cut and finish, and a heart shape that will sparkle.
One of the most unusual shapes in a diamond, a trillion cut has a triangular shape and maintains exceptional brilliance and fire if the cut is right. These shapes are suitable for solitaires and accent stones. They may be cut concave to be used as accent stones or cut curved and convex for solitaires.

Choosing the Right Precious Metal

The choice of the right metal to highlight your chosen gemstone is just as important as the choice of diamond or other gemstone. It is a choice between type, color and finish to choose the best band to suit her desires.

Your fiancée’s style and preferences should inform your decision in the choice of metal. What type of jewelry does she prefer? What is her profession? What is her lifestyle; is she very active? Answering these questions will get you started on choosing the right precious metal.

platinum

Platinum is rarer than gold. Platinum is the strongest precious metal, highly durable, hypoallergenic and its density makes for a secure setting for your diamonds or gemstones. It is also naturally white metal that highlights diamonds beautifully. It is highly suited for your partner that works with their hands and has an active lifestyle.

gold

Gold is the most popular choice for wedding and engagement rings, it is a very versatile metal. In its purest form, gold is bright yellow in color, but is often mixed with other metals, such as palladium, silver and zinc to form a more durable alloy that's more resistant to everyday wear and tear. Additionally, these alloys help color gold and produce shades of white, yellow, and rose.

palladium

A comparatively new metal to jewelry, Palladium is naturally white and a member of the platinum family. Its resistance to wear is similar to that of platinum. It doesn't require plating or other metals for protection - it will naturally stay white without regular maintenance and care. While it\s in the same group as platinum and looks very similar, it's much lighter than its sister metal.

sterling silver

The most affordable precious metal, sterling silver is a combination of pure silver and copper. The copper improves its strength and durability. You have a choice of matte or shiny finish and the colors range from a grayish white to bright white.