The Best Engagement Rings For Expressing Your Love

There are several options for getting the best engagement rings for your fiancé/fiancée, these include the highest quality engagement rings that you can get and some other options with quality designs and other attributes. The topmost, highest quality and best type of engagement ring that you can possibly get for your fiancé/fiancée are valuable engagement rings. These are engagement rings that contain one or more jewelry components with some real worth, that is, they have real market values.

The jewelry components with some real worth are jewelry materials that will retain their implicit or inherent value even after they may have been used as part of an engagement ring (or a jewelry piece). Such components include the precious metals like gold and some valuable natural gemstones like diamonds.

The total sum of the real worth (market values) of the precious metals and valuable natural gemstones in an engagement ring will generally be the real worth (market value) of the ring.


A Valuable Engagement Ring
Genuine Blue Sapphire Diamond Ring

Genuine Blue Sapphire Diamond Ring



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The Precious Metals

Engagement rings can be created or made with jewelry metals, gemstones and some other types of materials. Jewelry metals are made up of the precious metals and the base metals.

The precious metals include gold, silver, palladium and platinum. The gold in an engagement ring (or a jewelry piece) is measured in karats, 24K (that is 24 karats) is pure gold. Other precious metals apart from gold are usually defined in percentages in jewelry pieces including rings, hence an engagement ring may contain 95% of platinum metal content for example.

Jewelry metals are typically used to create the setting that holds the ring’s gemstone(s) in place and the ring band. The setting will usually form the metal part of an engagement ring.

The precious metals are not only used in engagement rings (or jewelry pieces) but are also traded and sold in some other avenues too, hence you can easily get the current market price/value (that is, the current real worth) of any of the precious metals that are used in an engagement ring or jewelry piece, in the newspapers and some other sources and by doing some research on the internet.

Precious metals are traded and measured in troy ounces which is what their market prices in the newspapers etc will be based on, 1 troy ounce is equal to 31.103 grams. The precious metal content weight in an engagement ring will usually be measured in grams, hence determining the current real worth/value of the precious metal in a ring, will simply be a matter of converting the metal’s market price to it grams equivalent value.

As an example, for a 10K (karat) gold and sapphire gemstone engagement ring with the metal part (or setting) of the ring weighing 10 grams, the current real worth/value of the gold in the ring will be calculated as follows:


  • 1 gram of gold = $ (the current market price of gold / 31.103)

If we assume that the current market value/price of gold is $500 per troy ounce

  • 1 gram of gold = $ (500 / 31.103) = $ 16.07

A 10K gold ring will contain 41% (approx.) gold content thus with the metal part (or setting) of the ring weighing 10 grams, the gold in the ring’s current real worth/value will be

  • 16.07 x 41% x 10g = $ 65.88 


The weight of the metal part of an engagement ring is usually provided along with the other information and details about the ring on jewelry stores’ sites, you may also ask the stores directly for the information/details too.


An Engagement Ring With Some Valuable Precious Metals Only
14k Two-Tone Gold Engagement Ring

14k Two-Tone Gold Engagement Ring



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Valuable Natural Gemstones

Some valuable natural gemstones are as follows, for some of these only some of their specific varieties or colors are generally considered to be valuable as listed below.

  • Diamond
  • Ruby
  • Emerald
  • Sapphire
  • Tanzanite
  • Jade (Jadeite)
  • Alexandrite
  • Beryl (Red)
  • Garnet (Demantoid, Tsavorite, Spessartite And Blue Garnet)
  • Peridot 
  • Tourmaline (Paraiba, Indicolite, Chrome, Rubellite And Bi-Color Tourmaline)
  • Pearl
  • Spinel (Blue And Red Spinel)
  • Topaz (Pink, Orange, Purple, Red And Golden Topaz)
  • Lapis Lazuli


Each of these natural gemstones and varieties has some real worth or market value.

All natural gemstone except pearls are graded using their cut (symmetry and proportion), clarity (flawlessness), color and carat (weight) grades and values.

Pearl as a gemstone is graded with a different set of attributes and these are luster, shape, bodycolor (the pearl body color), overtone (the color that may appear over the body of a pearl gemstone), surface, nacre thickness (nacre are used for coating foreign objects in some pearl producing oysters or mollusks), matching (how well the pearl matches if it is a set), weight and size.

These grades are generally used together to determine the real worth/value of natural gemstones. To know or have some idea about the real worth/value of a specific natural gemstone, you will need to do some research of the jewelry market using the gemstone’s grades.

The grades of the gemstone(s) in an engagement ring are usually provided along with the other details about the ring on jewelry stores’ websites too. If these are not provided on a site for any engagement ring you may be interested in, you can simply ask the store directly for them before you buy.

You do not have to buy a ring to get this information, you will actually need the information to make the right decision on whether you should buy a specific ring or not. If a specific store cannot provide you with such information before you buy, you should ideally go to some other stores that will.   

The open jewelry market comprises of individuals and businesses that are involved in buying and selling jewelries and gemstones, and will include jewelry resellers, gemstone resellers, gold buyers, jewelry stores, auctions etc. These are some of the sources you are likely to use for your research in order to determine the market value or real worth of any engagement ring you may be interested in.


An Engagement Ring With A Valuable Natural Gemstone Only

A Diamond Stainless Steel Engagement Ring

A Diamond Stainless Steel Engagement Ring



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A well known gemstone grading system is the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) grading system which classifies and grades natural gemstones as colorless diamonds, colored diamonds, non-diamond gemstones (that is, other gemstones apart from diamonds) and pearls.

Some examples of the type of grades that the gemstone in an engagement ring may have according to the GIA grading system are as follows:

1.  Colorless Diamonds

A colorless diamond in an engagement ring may have these grades

Cut – Excellent
Clarity – VVS1
Color – E
Carat – 1.00 ct


2.  Colored Diamonds

For a blue diamond gemstone the grades may be

Cut – Good
Clarity – VVS2
Color – Fancy Deep Blue
Carat – 0.50 ct


3.  Other Gemstones (Non-Diamond Gemstones)

A tanzanite gemstone may have these grades

Cut - Very Good
Clarity - VVS1
Color - Red
Carat - 0.20 ct

Color Tone – 4
Color Saturation – 5

For non-diamond natural gemstones like tanzanite, in addition to the color (hue) of the gemstone, two other sub-attributes for the Color grade, that is, the tone and saturation grades define how light or dark the color of the gemstone is and the intensity of the gemstone’s color.

The ideal tone grade for a natural blue tanzanite gemstone should be somewhere between 4 and 6, which would mean the gemstone is neither too light nor too dark. Its optimal saturation grade should be at least 5.

You can also use the depth and table % of diamond gemstones to define their Cuts further.


4.  Pearl

An example of some of the possible grades that a pearl gemstone in an engagement ring may have will be

Luster – Excellent
Shape – Round
Bodycolor – Green
Overtone – Orient
Surface – Lightly Spotted
Nacre Thickness – 0.45 mm
Weight – 2.15 grams
Size – 6.5 mm


A Natural Pearl Engagement Ring
A Natural Pearl Engagement Ring

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All of this grading information should be available on the certificate and/or grading reports for each of the gemstone that may be in an engagement ring, and should also be provided by each jewelry store on their sites. They should also be made available when you ask directly for them too even before you buy.


Buying And Selecting An Engagement Ring Based On Its Real Worth

In addition to buying or selecting an engagement ring by using its retail price in the stores, you may also choose and select the ring too based on its market value. The market value of an engagement ring is what the ring is actually worth for real. The real worth/value of an engagement ring is totally different from the retail price that may be fixed on the ring in the stores.   

If you want a gold and sapphire engagement ring with a real worth (market value) of $1000 for instance, with say $200 worth of gold and $800 worth of sapphire gemstone.

By using our earlier formula and calculations, you should be able to get the karat and weight in grams of the gold metal content that should be in the engagement based on the current market price for gold that will be worth $200 in value. You can do this for any precious metal that may be in an engagement ring.

You can also do some research of the jewelry market to know and determine the cut, clarity, color and carat of sapphire gemstone that will be worth $800 in market value too. You will need to do these before you buy, in order to get an engagement ring of some specific real worth/value, which in our example is $1000.

You may then look for an engagement ring in the store or may choose to create a custom engagement ring with that specific karat and grams in weight of gold, and the specific cut, carat, clarity and color grades of the sapphire gemstone that you researched on.

Jewelry stores and jewelers can sell an engagement ring at any retail price that works for them. But the real worth of an engagement ring with specific precious metal content and/or valuable natural gemstone grades, will remain the same at each point in time, irrespective of the different retail prices that may be fixed on the same ring spec in the stores.

The real worth/value of an engagement ring is generally a fraction of its retail price in the stores because some other additional costs (business costs etc) would have been added to the price of the ring in the stores.


Why You May Need A Valuable Engagement Ring

Those who will want their engagement rings to retain some worth/value, and those who may want their rings to be passed down as heirlooms with some real monetary value, and not just with sentimental values only, will need their engagement rings to have or contain some precious metals and/or some valuable natural gemstones in order for their rings to have some real worth/value.

Your fiancé/fiancée may also want a valuable engagement ring too, or you may want to give him or her such that of ring too.

If you want an engagement ring to retain some specific real worth/value (for example $1000 in market value) you will have to choose the ring based on such worth (that is, $1000), using the real worth or market value of the precious metals and/or valuable natural gemstone it can contain, while you are buying the ring as explained earlier.


Rings With Quality Designs

Although the other types of natural gemstones and the synthetic and imitation gemstones, cultured (pearls), the base metals and other types of jewelry materials are generally not considered to be valuable in terms of real worth or market value.

They can however still be used to create engagement rings with quality designs (that is, engagement rings with some great or beautiful designs and styles etc), since any jewelry components or materials can be used in that way irrespective of whether they have any real worth or not.

These other options can be used too to imitate the looks, colors, sizes, styles or designs of any valuable engagement ring too.


An Engagement Ring With A Quality Design

A Cubic Zirconia Engagement Ring

A Cubic Zirconia Engagement Ring



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If you cannot afford an engagement ring that combines both some precious metal and a valuable natural gemstone therefore, some of the other options you will have are to select or create an engagement ring that uses or combines

  • A Precious Metal With Other Gemstones Or
  • A Valuable Natural Gemstone With The Base Metals Or   
  • Other Gemstones With The Base Metals

Which means depending on what you can afford, you can readily select or create an engagement ring that uses either a precious metal or a valuable natural gemstone only, with other types of gemstones or the base metals, or a ring that uses other types of gemstones and the base metals alone without a precious metal or a valuable natural gemstone.

This is one of the several ways you can get or combine jewelry metals and gemstones in an engagement ring, in order to get a ring in any price range or at the price you can afford.

For some other type of natural gemstones like quartz and a base metal like titanium for instance, you will have the option of getting an engagement ring that is made or that can be created or used in the following manner

  • Gold And Quartz
  • Diamond And Titanium
  • Quartz And Titanium

To get the best out of these other alternative options, you will need to know a little more about the other types of natural gemstones, the synthetic gemstones, cultured pearls, imitation gemstones and the base metals.

The other types of natural gemstones include quartz, aquamarine, citrine, topaz (blue, colorless etc), moonstone, amethyst etc. Since all natural gemstones (except pearls) can be graded using their cut, carat, clarity and color grades, the grades can also be used to define the qualities of these other types of natural gemstones too.

Synthetic gemstones are the lab created or man made versions of natural gemstones hence you can get or create an engagement ring with a synthetic moissanite, diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald gemstone etc too. Synthetic gemstones use the same grading system (that is, cut, color, clarity and carat) of the natural gemstones to define their own qualities too.
  
Cultured pearls include Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and freshwater pearls which are grown or cultured by human intervention in different types of seas and waters. Cultured pearls also use the same GIA grading system of natural pearls for defining their own qualities too.

Imitation gemstones include cubic zirconia, swarovski crystals, rhinestones etc. Some of these can be used as the center, side or accent stones of engagement rings. Some imitation gemstones like cubic zirconia may use the grading system of natural gemstones (that is, cut, clarity etc) to define their qualities too. Other imitation gemstones may use the manufacturer’s own set of grades for defining their own qualities.

Imitation gemstones may however not last as long as the natural and synthetic gemstones and cultured pearls, you may therefore need to replace them more often.

The base metals include titanium, tungsten (carbide), stainless steel, nickel, copper, brass, aluminum etc. Titanium has the following grades - commercial pure, aircraft and extra hard, with extra hard being the topmost grade for the metal. Stainless steel has a higher quality version called surgical stainless steel too.


An Amethyst Engagement Ring
Amethyst Sterling Silver Engagement Ring

Amethyst Sterling Silver Engagement Ring



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Using Some Sparkling Gemstones

Some of what may also help with selecting these other options with engagement rings is how well they can shine or sparkle as gemstones.

How shiny/sparkly a gemstone is, is primarily determined by its refractive index, gemstone fire (dispersion of light), how well cut it is and if it can scintillates (that is, if the gemstone can give off some flashes of white and black lights when it is moved). While not all gemstones will have these attributes, for those with all or some of them, you can use such attributes to define how shiny/sparkly a gemstone will be compared to others.

The refractive indexes of some gemstones are

Moissanite (Synthetic)   2.65 - 2.69
Diamond   2.417 - 2.419
Cubic Zirconia   2.15 - 2.18
Sapphire   1.762 - 1.778
Pearl  1.52 - 1.69
Swarovski Crystals (Coated Glass)  1.50 - 1.70


The fire of some gemstones are

Gemstone    Fire

Moissanite (Synthetic)   -  0.104
Cubic Zirconia   - 0.058 to 0.066
Diamond  -  0.044
Sapphire -  0.018

You may use the cut grade of synthetic gemstones and some imitation gemstones like cubic zirconia to know or determine how well cut they are.

Hence if your fiancées for instance want a sparkling gemstone and you can only afford these alternative options you can therefore select some synthetic and imitation gemstones with enough shininess or sparkle for her by looking at the gemstone’s cut, refractive index, fire and scintillation (if any). You can do the same with natural gemstones too.


A Sparkling Synthetic Gemstone Engagement Ring

A Moissanite Engagement Ring

A Moissanite Engagement Ring



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Pre-Owned Engagement Rings

Pre-owned (or estate) engagement rings are engagement rings that may have been owed by someone else for any period of time, estate simply mean pre-owned.

The real worth or market values of pre-owed engagement rings are determined too by the precious metals and the valuable natural gemstones in them. However their real worth/values may also be affected by some other factors like their present condition, ring styles (that is, if it is a style that is currently sought after or not) etc.

The best type of pre-owned engagement rings are valuable pre-owned engagement rings too. Vintage and antique engagement rings are pre-owned engagement rings too.


Vintage And Antique Engagement Rings

A vintage or antique engagement ring is a ring from some past period or era, that is, they are not newly made.

Rings that are generally referred to as vintage-style or antique-style engagement rings are not vintage or antique rings rather they are a replication of some of the designs and styles that were used in some vintage or antique era.

Vintage and antique engagement rings real worth and values are primarily based on their precious metal and valuable gemstone content too.  In addition to this however, a vintage or antique engagement ring may also have some real worth and value too because of its age, era, brand etc.

You will need to do a jewelry appraisal with an experienced vintage/antique jewelry appraiser in order to know the real worth/value (not the retail price) of any vintage or antique engagement ring.

Your fiancé/fiancée may want or prefer a pre-owned (that is, a contemporary/modern, vintage or antique) engagement ring.


High-End, Luxurious Or Designer Engagement Rings

Each of these types of engagement rings can be made with any jewelry components or materials which may include the natural, synthetic and imitation gemstones, the precious metals, base metals and other types of jewelry materials.

The real worth (market value) of a high-end, luxurious or designer engagement ring is also determined by its precious metals and valuable natural gemstones content too.

While high-end, luxurious or designer engagement rings will generally command higher retail prices in the stores, their real worth/values however will most likely be a fraction of their retail prices just like any other jewelry piece or ring as explained earlier.

To ensure that you are buying a valuable high-end, luxurious or designer engagement ring, you will need to make sure that the ring contains the amount in real value of precious metal and valuable natural gemstone content up to the real worth/value that you would want in the engagement ring as explained earlier.

Some popular jewelry or ring brands may actually have some additional real worth/value because of the fact that they were made by a well-known/popular designer or company. You will however need to do some research of the jewelry market to find out which brands this may be applicable to and should also always bear in mind that the additional worth of such branded rings will most likely still be a fraction of whatever retail price you may have had to pay for the ring in the stores.

Your fiancé/fiancée may like, want or prefer a high-end, luxurious or designer engagement ring.


A Designer Engagement Ring
Gemesis Diamond Engagement Ring

Gemesis Diamond Engagement Ring



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What You Should Ideally Do To Get The Best Engagement Ring That You Can Afford

To get the best engagement ring that you can afford you should

1.  Review each of the engagement rings that were used here in more details. You should compare what makes each of them different from each other.

2.  Determine how much you can afford to spend on an engagement ring.

3.  Decide on the best type of engagement ring you will want for your fiancé/fiancée, that is, whether it will be a valuable engagement ring or the other options. Decide on what you will want in the engagement ring, that is, the metal, gemstone and/or other types of jewelry materials.

4. Select or create the best type of engagement ring that fits your budget.

This is how to choose the best engagement rings option that you can afford for your fiancé/fiancée. You should also remember to choose a hypoallergenic engagement ring for your fiancé/fiancée too. To know more about gemstone cut, carat, clarity, color grade and sparkling gemstones you may check out the related resource articles below.


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