Temporary Engagement Rings Components’ Choices & Mix

Some great looking and lovely engagement rings can be made with all types of jewelry components and materials hence a temporary engagement ring can also be elegant, stylish and appealing in appearance too. You or your fiancé/fiancée may need to get a temporary engagement ring for a lot of reasons, you should generally have some idea of the choices and type of gemstones, metals and other types of jewelry materials you can get with them.

The major difference between a temporary engagement ring and a top quality engagement ring is the fact that the components of top quality engagement rings will generally have some real worth/value, while those of temporary engagement rings will not have this.


A Temporary Natural Gemstone Engagement Ring
Topaz Gold Plated Brass Engagement Ring

Topaz Gold Plated Brass Engagement Ring



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Top quality engagement rings with some real worth/value are made with either some precious metal like gold and/or some valuable natural gemstones like diamond or ruby etc. Temporary engagement rings are made with other types of gemstones (natural, imitations etc) and metals apart from these. Temporary engagement rings are really meant to be replaced at some point in time later on. They are ideal for those who may not be able to afford a top quality engagement ring with some real worth/value now.

You can learn more about top quality and temporary engagement rings at

  ●  Top Quality Engagement Rings: Choosing The Right Gemstone
  ●  Top Quality Engagement Rings: Selecting The Metal
  ●  Top Quality Engagement Rings: Getting The Ring
  ●  What Are Temporary Engagement Rings?

Temporary engagement rings can be created or made with some natural (made by nature), synthetic (lab created versions of natural gemstones), imitation (look-alikes) and composite (mixed/fused) gemstones, and the base metals and/or other type of jewelry materials.

The qualities of all natural gemstones (except pearls) are determined by their cut (proportion), clarity (flawlessness) and color grades, their cost/retail prices are determined by their cut, color and clarity grades and carats (gemstone weight). Pearl quality and cost price are determined by the gem’s own set of grades too. Each of these grades can be used to select the best quality natural gemstones for temporary engagement rings too.

Synthetic gemstones can typically use the cut, color, clarity and carat grades/values too to define their qualities and cost/retail prices too. Some imitation gemstones like cubic zirconia may also use such grades too, while other types of imitation gemstones’ qualities will generally be defined by their manufacturers. Gemstones with higher grades will usually cost more.


Natural Gemstone Grades

The grades that are used here are based on the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) grading system.

For natural gemstones, similar grade descriptions are used for the cut and clarity of each gemstone, while their color grade descriptions are based on whether a gemstone is a colorless or colored diamond, or a non-diamond gemstone. The grades are as follows 


Cut Grades

These are Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor.

The depth % and table % of the cut of a gemstone can be used to further define how well-cut the gem is.


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Titanium Black Carbon Fiber Engagement Ring

Titanium Black Carbon Fiber Engagement Ring



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Clarity Grades

These are

*   F - Flawless
*   IF - Internally flawless
*   VVS - Very, Very Small Inclusions (VVS1 and VVS2)
*   VS - Very Small Inclusions (VS1 and VS2)
*   SI - Small Inclusions (SI1 and SI2)
*   I - Inclusions (I1, I2, I3)

Gemstones with a clarity grade of I (that is, I1, I2 or I3) have inclusions (flaws) that are visible to the eye (without microscopes), that is, gemstones with clarity grades of I are not “eye clean”.


Color Grades

(a).  For Colorless Diamonds

These are

D, E, F – Colorless
G, H, I, J – Near Colorless
K, L, M – Faint Yellow
N, O, P, Q, R – Very Light Yellow
S-Z – Light Yellow


(b).  For Colored Diamonds

These are Fancy Vivid, Fancy Deep, Fancy Intense, Fancy Dark, Fancy, Fancy Light, Light, Very Light and Faint.


(c).  For Other Gemstones (Non-Diamond Gemstones)

These include yellow, blue, red, green etc, two sub-grades of the color grade for non-diamond gemstones, that is, tone and saturation are also used together to further define the quality of the gemstone’s color too. Tone defines how light or dark the gem’s color is, while saturation defines the intensity of its color.


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A Pearl Engagement Ring

A Pearl Engagement Ring



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For Pearls

These are

●  Shape
Round, oval, button, baroque etc.

●  Luster
Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor.

●  Bodycolor
White, green, black etc.

●  Nacre Thickness
In millimeters

●  Surface
Clear, Lightly Spotted, Moderately Spotted and Heavily Spotted.

●  Matching
Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor.

●  Weight
In grams.

●  Size
In millimeters.


These are the same grades that are used to define the qualities of the gemstones that are used in top quality engagement rings too. However in addition to defining the qualities of such rings, the grades are also used together with their carats to define the real worth/values of the top quality engagement rings too, such real worth/values is what a temporary engagement ring does not have.  


Inclusions

A gemstone with a clarity grade of I (that is, either I1, I2, I3) will generally have some visible inclusions that can impact/affect the durability or appearance (or both) of the gemstone. Because of this, gemstones with clarity grades of I were not included in our list of top quality engagement rings at Top Quality Engagement Rings: Choosing The Right Gemstone.

Such gemstones, that is, with clarity grades of I (I1, I2 or I3) may however be used with temporary engagement rings since the rings are temporary.


You can learn more about cut, color, clarity and carat, pearl grades, engagement ring’s worth/value etc at Finding The Perfect Engagement Ring.


A Temporary Imitation Gemstone Engagement Ring
Pink CZ Engagement Ring

Pink CZ Engagement Ring



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Treated Gemstones

A natural gemstone that is treated/enhanced (to remove its flaws) will cost less than a similar untreated gemstone with the same specifications.


A Mixed And Combination Of Components

Other natural gemstones (apart from the valuable natural gemstones) and synthetic, imitation and composite gemstones, the base metals (titanium, stainless steel etc) and other types of jewelry materials can be combined and used together in a lot of different ways to create/make temporary engagement rings.

The synthetic versions of several natural gemstones are available in the market, moissanite is a very popular synthetic that is commonly used with engagement rings.  Swarovski cubic zirconia and Swarovski crystals are well-known imitation gemstones that can be used with engagement rings too.


Certificates And Other Information

You should ideally get the gemstone certificates/grading reports and the details and information on each of the components that makes up your engagement ring from the store/jeweler or wherever you may be buying the ring and/or its components (possibly for some custom design).


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