Designer Engagement Rings And The Best Way To Choose Them

If your fiancée/fiancé wants or would prefer a designer engagement ring, there are several brands and options you can choose from. Designer engagement rings are generally made by well-known and/or popular brands (that is, well-known companies or jewelry designers) and would typically command higher retail prices because of such brands’ popularity, hence you will essentially be paying more for a brand’s name.

Designer engagement rings can be made with different types of jewelry components/materials, you will generally need to know about the different types of gemstones, metals and other types of materials that can be used with an engagement ring, in order to choose or select the best type of designer engagement ring for your fiancé/fiancée.   


A Tacori Designer Engagement Ring
Tacori Ladies Engagement Ring

Tacori Ladies Engagement Ring


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Before you select a designer engagement ring however, you should generally have some idea about the possible engagement ring options that you have, and how to select the best type of engagement ring and an engagement ring with some real worth/value for your fiancé/fiancée. You can easily do this by reviewing all the free information that are provided on these at the following links:

●  Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring
●  The Best Engagement Rings For Expressing Your Love
●  Choosing The Most Expensive Engagement Rings For Her & Him

Since your primary reason for choosing a designer engagement ring is because of the brand name, you will therefore need to choose and select a brand that you or your fiancé/fiancée wants or prefers first. Some popular or well-known designer engagement ring brands are Tacori, Cartier, Scott Kay, Simon G, ArtCarved, Vera Wang, Michael M., Henri Daussi and Gemesis.

After this, you will then need to determine and review the type of engagement ring styles, gemstones, metals etc that you can get from your chosen brand/designer. If you don’t know a lot about a designer or brand, you can simply do some research on them through their websites on the internet.


The Designer’s Gemstones, Metals And Other Materials

A designer engagement ring can be made with one or more natural (made by nature), synthetic (lab made version of natural gemstones), imitation (natural gemstones’ imitations or look-alikes) or composite (a combined/fused mix of the rest) gemstone. Some precious metals (gold, platinum etc) or base metals (titanium, stainless steel etc) and other types of jewelry materials may be used with designer engagement rings too.

You will therefore need to review the type of gemstones, metals and other types of jewelry materials that are used with the engagement rings that your chosen brand/designer makes, in order to select the best type of engagement ring that would work for you or your fiancé/fiancée.


Styles, Designs, Bands And Finishes

The most common styles of engagement rings are solitaire, three-stone and two-tone engagement ring styles. Some engagement ring designs include modern/contemporary, filigree, vintage-style, antique-style, celtic designs etc.

Your designer engagement rings may have a narrow, wide, splitted band etc. It could also have some surface finishes like satin, matte etc too.

You can get all of these and other types of styles, designs, bands and finishes with your designer engagement rings too.


An ArtCarved Designer Engagement Ring
ArtCarved "Belina" Diamond Engagement Ring

ArtCarved "Belina" Diamond Engagement Ring



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Quality, Real Worth/Value And Their Importance

The quality and value of natural gemstones are determined by their cut, color, clarity (flawlessness) and carat (weight) grades/values, pearl uses a different set of grades. High quality natural gemstones will generally have the topmost grades. The cut, color and clarity grades of a gemstone define its quality, while the cut, color, clarity grades and the carat of the gemstone define its value. 

The precious metals and some valuable natural gemstones are the only type of jewelry materials/components that are generally considered to be of any real worth/value (that is, they have real market values). These values are not determined by any single individual or company but by market demand, gemstones’ rarity, precious metal market prices etc.

A natural gemstone may be treated to remove some of its natural flaws, such gemstones are called treated or enhanced natural gemstones, their real worth/values will usually be less than untreated natural gemstones of the same specification and type.

The natural gemstones and precious metals that are used for making engagement rings (or jewelry pieces) are the same (that is, the gemstones are made by nature, gold is gold, platinum is platinum etc irrespective of who is making use of them) whether they are used by a well-known or an unknown designer to create engagement rings (or jewelry pieces). And will be defined by the same set of criteria for quality and value too.

A designer engagement ring that is made with a precious metal or a valuable (and quality) natural gemstone or both is a quality engagement ring.

The real worth/value of a designer engagement ring is the total sum of the real worth/values of the precious metal(s) and/or valuable natural gemstone(s) the ring contains. Hence if a designer engagement ring for instance is made with gold (of $200 in worth) and sapphire (of $800 in worth), the real worth/value of the engagement ring will be $1,000.

The real worth/value of a designer engagement ring is different from the retail price that the stores or a designer will sell the ring to you. Designers/stores can sell a designer engagement ring at any retail price simply because it is made by a well-known designer and also because of the designers/stores’ own overhead and business costs etc.

A designer engagement ring will however have the same real worth/value at each point in time irrespective of the stores/designers that may be selling it, since its real worth/value will be based on the current market value of its components at that point in time and not on any store/designer’s retail price.

The real worth/value of a designer engagement ring is usually a fraction of the retail price for the ring.

Although diamond is a popular gemstone, it is however not the only natural gemstone with some real worth or value, there are other natural gemstones that fall into this category too, these include jade, ruby, emerald, tanzanite, sapphire etc, more of these are listed at Valuable Gemstones and Choosing The Most Expensive Engagement Rings For Her & Him. You can therefore use those other valuable natural gemstones with your designer engagement ring too.

Some brands/designers may be popular enough for their engagement rings to have more real worth/value than the implicit worth of the precious metals and the valuable natural gemstones that may be in such rings.

This will however not apply to all brands or designers, you will need to do some research of the jewelry market (which comprises of individuals and businesses that sell and buy gemstones, jewelries etc such as gemstone resellers, jewelry stores, private buyers, gold buyers, refineries etc) to find out about the designer engagement rings that may have some worth, in addition to the implicit worth/values of their content before you buy a ring.

That should give you some idea about designer engagement rings and their current worth in the market. You should bear in mind that even with that, the real worth/values of the engagement rings will most likely still be a fraction of their retail prices though.

You can do some research (in the open jewelry market) first to find out about the real worth/value of the designer engagement ring you may be interested in before you buy. What you will mostly need is the name of the designer or brand, the type of gemstone(s) and metal(s) in the ring, the cut, clarity, color and carat grades/values of the gemstone(s) in the ring and its metal content details.

These details/information should ordinarily be available with the description of the ring on the designer’s website. You can also ask the designer’s customer support directly for more details too before you buy.


Why A Designer Engagement Ring With Some Real Worth/Value Is Important

1).  Heirlooms

If you are hoping that your designer engagement ring will be passed down to your children etc, for it to retain some real monetary worth/value in addition to any sentimental value it may hold for your kids or anyone else who may inherit it, the ring will need to have or contain a precious metal or a valuable natural gemstone or both.

While there are no guarantees that a designer’s name or brand will become sought after or rare enough to have some real worth/value as a brand on its own. Some valuable natural gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires etc and some precious metals like gold, platinum etc have all retained their worth/values over time, and are likely to keep on doing so for some years to come.

Hence, it is more likely for these gemstones and metals to retain some worth/value after you may have bought your ring than to expect the ring to gain some worth/value over time as a result of a brand name’s popularity etc.


2).  More Than Just A Name

By going for a designer engagement ring with some real worth/value, you will be giving your fiancé/fiancée a ring with some real worth/value too and not just a brand name.


3).  Retaining Some Real Value/Worth

You can get a designer engagement ring for your fiancé/fiancée too, if you simply want your selected engagement ring to retain some value/worth after you may have bought it.


A Scott Kay Designer Engagement Ring

Scott Kay Ladies Engagement Ring

Scott Kay Ladies Engagement Ring



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Selecting The Best Designer Engagement Ring

The topmost and the best types of designer engagement rings are the rings with some real worth/value as noted and explained earlier.

However since each individual will generally have a preference for different types of designer engagement rings, you can therefore select the best ring too based on the qualities of its components.

You can also select the best designer engagement ring based on the different types of engagement rings that a brand/designer can provide, and may compare two or more designer engagement rings with each other, if the rings’ specifications are the same to get the best too. You will need to compare like with like though, that is, the same type of gemstones, metals and other types of materials with each other.

Designer engagement rings can be selected and compared using the cut, color, clarity and carat grades/values and/or pearl grades of the natural gemstones and the metals (precious metals and base metals) they contain. Gold is measured in karats while the other metals, that is, the precious metals and base metals are usually measured as a percentage of the metal content in rings.

Synthetic gemstones also use the cut, color, clarity and carat grades/values to define their own qualities too. Some natural gemstones like diamond, sapphire etc have synthetic versions that are readily available in the market. Some imitation gemstones like cubic zirconia may use some cut, color, clarity and carat grades/values to define their own qualities too.

For other types of materials, it may simply be the type of materials, their sizes and weights that you will be able to use to determine whether they are better than others or not in their own specific categories.

Since a designer can use any type of jewelry component/material in an engagement ring you can also select the engagement ring with the topmost grade/values and qualities as the best engagement ring under different jewelry components’ categories for your fiancé/fiancée too.

For example, using GIA (Gemological Institute of America) grades

1).  The highest colorless diamond quality is

Color – D
Clarity – F
Cut - Excellent


2).  The highest colored diamond quality is

Color – Fancy Vivid
Clarity – F
Cut – Excellent


3).  The highest non-diamond gemstone (for a blue sapphire gemstone for instance) quality is


Color – Blue
Clarity – F
Cut – Excellent

For a non-diamond gemstone like sapphire, two other sub-grades that is, tone and saturation are also defined for the Color grade of the gemstone too, to further clarify the quality of the gemstone’s color. You can learn more about this at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring.

Hence, if you want a designer engagement ring with a gemstone of 2 carat weight and the highest quality in any of these categories, you will simply create or look for a designer engagement ring containing the gemstone with each of these specific grades and weighing 2 carats.


Custom Design Services

A lot of designers can generally provide you with some custom design service, in case you are unable to get or find what you want/need, from their preset/ready-made stock of engagement rings.

You may be able to get some loose gemstones, setting and semi-mount ring from a designer as the components for your custom engagement ring. You can learn more about creating custom engagement rings at Custom Engagement Rings For Her And You.

You can create a unique designer engagement ring with a designer’s custom design service. Some ideas for creating unique engagement rings can be found at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring.

You don’t have to be limited by the options that a designer provides, you may either get your engagement ring from another designer, if you cannot get exactly what you want from your chosen brand/designer, or you can simply custom design an engagement ring with your preferred designer to get the specific type of engagement ring that you want exactly.

The following are some of the available options that you can use together to create a custom designer engagement ring or that you should be able to get with a preset/ready-made designer engagement ring through a brand/designer

Gemstone Colors
Metal Colors
Metals
Natural Gemstones
Synthetic Gemstones
Imitation Gemstones
Other Types Of Jewelry Materials


A Michael M. Designer Engagement Ring

A Michael M. Designer Engagement Ring

A Michael M. Designer Engagement Ring



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Certificates, Grading Reports And Other Details

Each designer engagement ring should generally come with a gemstone certificate (from a gem institute like GIA) and grading reports and other information/details about the ring’s content.

You may also want to confirm all the details on the certificate, grading reports and other information that may have been provided to you by a designer too, by doing a gemstone analysis through an institute like GIA on the ring you buy, and an independent jewelry appraisal of the ring too.

These are the two main ways/methods that you can use to confirm that the ring you are getting from a designer, is exactly what the information and reports you have been provided by the designer say it is. You can learn more about this at Choosing The Most Expensive Engagement Rings For Her & Him.

You should also find out about the refund, return and exchange policy of your selected store/designer too before you buy.


Rare Gemstones

You may also get or use some rare gemstones with your designer engagement ring too, some of such rare gemstones are listed at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring.


Sparkling Gemstones

How much a gemstone can sparkle is define by its refractive index, cut, fire (dispersion of light) etc. Knowing more about this can help you with deciding on the type of gemstone you may want to get or use with your designer engagement ring too. You can learn more about this too at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring and The Best Engagement Rings For Expressing Your Love.


Personalization And Engraving

You can personalize your designer engagement ring by engraving it with some words and phrases.


Ring Sizes

You will need to know your fiancé/fiancée’s ring finger size in order to choose the right size of designer engagement ring for him or her.


A Henri Daussi Designer Engagement Ring
Henri Daussi Diamond Engagement Ring

Henri Daussi Diamond Engagement Ring



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Classic Designer Engagement Rings

The classic or traditional engagement ring is a solitaire diamond ring. A solitaire designer engagement ring is a ring with a center stone. You may want to choose this for your fiancée too.


Men Designer Engagement Ring Styles

Women can generally create engagement rings with all types of styles, men choices are a lot more simpler however.

Some men ring styles include simple and plain ring styles, colorless gemstone rings etc, you can learn about this at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring.


The Designer Engagement Ring He Or She Likes

Your fiancé/fiancée should generally like the designer engagement ring you will be choosing for him or her.

While some women may prefer a diamond designer engagement ring for instance, others may however not want this. You will therefore need to know what your fiancé/fiancée want in order to chose the right type of ring for him or her.

You can choose a designer engagement ring for your fiancé/fiancée based on his or her preferred or favorite color, metal, gemstone etc. Some designer engagement rings you can also choose or get for your fiancé/fiancée include

  • A Classic Or Traditional Designer Engagement Ring
  • A Birthstone Designer Engagement Ring
  • A Vintage-Style Designer Engagement Ring
  • An Antique-Style Designer Engagement Ring
  • A Handmade Designer Engagement Ring


Durable And Hypoallergenic Designer Engagement Rings

A designer engagement ring will be more durable and long lasting too if it is more resistant to scratches, well maintained and if the skill of its workmanship is good etc.

You will need to find out if your fiancé/fiancée is allergic to any jewelry materials/metals before you buy the ring. Or you can simply choose a designer engagement ring that is made with some non-allergic materials/metals for your fiancé or fiancée. A list of hypoallergenic metals is available at Hypoallergenic Metals.

You can learn more about durability and hypoallergenic rings at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring.


Matching Designer Engagement Rings And Bridal Sets

You can create or get some matching designer engagement rings or bridal sets (wedding bands and engagement rings) for you and your fiancé/fiancée.


A Gemesis Designer Engagement Ring

Gemesis Lab Created Diamond Engagement Ring

Gemesis Lab Created Diamond Engagement Ring



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Getting A More Affordable Designer Engagement Ring

To get a more affordable designer engagement ring, you may go for a gemstone with lower cut, clarity, color and carat grades/values for the ring. You can also check to see if your chosen designer is running any promotional offers too. You can learn more about getting more affordable engagement rings at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring.

You may have to look for a designer who will allow you to use the type of gemstone, metal or jewelry component that you want, in order to create the exact type of ring that is ideal for your fiancé/fiancée, and in order to get some more affordable designer engagement rings options.


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Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring
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Choosing The Most Expensive Engagement Rings For Her & Him
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