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Choosing An Engagement Ring Based On Construction Materials

Updated on October 23, 2012

Engagement rings are often superseded by wedding rings in terms of importance based on meaning as well as on other factors such as overall cost, materials used and so on. There are basically two very different schools of thought when it comes to the relationship between the engagement ring and the wedding ring. On the one hand are those that believe that at the very least, they are of equal importance or that the engagement ring may even be more important and on the other hand, are those that believe the engagement ring is merely a way of proposing and sealing the deal.

In either case the choice in construction materials for the engagement ring is vitally important. If you subscribe to the idea that the engagement ring is merely a token or symbol of the intent to marry someone, then perhaps the materials used in its design and construction are less important to you. on the other hand, if you subscribe to the idea that the engagement ring forms a vital part of the entire ceremony then the construction materials used in the design and manufacture of the engagement ring are much more important to you.

When we speak of construction materials we are of course referring to the types of materials used in the manufacture of the ring. The materials used in engagement ring designs can include precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum and precious stones like diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and tanzanite and so on. The cheaper or more cost effective materials will include silver and yellow gold as well as certain classes of diamonds with a lower carat weight.

The more expensive construction materials will be certain types or qualities of red gold, white gold and platinum, with precious stones and certain diamond classes with considerably higher carat weights. The way that a diamond is cut also adds a great deal to its value. Platinum is still the most expensive metal to use in ring manufacturing. Naturally these choices will determine the overall cost of the ring itself.


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