Build Your Own Engagement Rings

You are in the driver's seat and in control. Just like driving, to build your own engagement rings is empowering (in an expensive kind of way), but hard work as well. You've got to know your stuff when it comes down to choosing the various components of the ring....otherwise you may crash and burn.

Choosing beautiful engagement rings sounds simple, but there are a number of different things that you have to think about during the process.

One of the first things you must consider is the kind of setting that you want for the ring. The setting is what holds the rock in place and maximizes its sparkle. It will influence the design, style and overall look of the ring. You must choose from a number of settings available such as baguette engagement rings, cathedral settings, flush settings, prong settings, bezel, channel, pavé, cluster, bead, and ballerina.

Click here to learn everything you ever wanted to know about engagement ring settings.

The next thing you want to consider is diamond cut. Many guys confuse diamond cut with diamond shape but they are two separate diamond characteristics so don't make this mistake. The cut of the diamond will determine how light reflects off of it so chose wisely, chief. Click here to learn more about diamond cuts.

What's in a shape? Everything! Tread very carefully here. Your proposal (and life) are depending on it. God forbid, you give a traditional, round-diamond kind of woman, a heart-shaped diamond, and you may be in the dog-house forever. My favorite shapes, in order are asscher cut engagement rings, (no personal bias of course), cushion cut diamonds, round, princess engagement rings, emerald, and radiant. I'm not such a big fan of the marquise engagement rings, pear shaped engagement rings, oval diamond engagement rings or heart shaped engagement rings. But every woman is different and so I cannot vouch for every woman's taste.

Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about the most talked about C........ Carat Size. Click here to read more about carat size and big engagement rings

You gots to consider the actual band that the diamond is gonna go on as well. One key decision to make when you build your own engagement rings is the metal. gold wedding bands and platinum engagement rings are most common. Titanium bands, silver engagement rings, and tungsten rings are less so. Rose gold engagement rings or copper are pretty rare. Lets talk more about the band. Lots of cool things can be done with the band. For instance, check out split shank engagement rings. And speaking of bands, how many do you want to get at once? Do you want to buy your engagement ring as part of an engagement ring wedding band set?

Now that you've plunked down a few g's for the ring, you may want to consider protection in the form of engagement ring insurance

To build your own engagement ring, check out Blue Nile: Certified Diamonds & Fine Jewelry where my husband bought my beautiful engagement ring

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