Diamond Center - Engagement Rings

Propose With The Engagement Ring
Of Her Dreams


A guide to everything you’ve always wanted to know about engagement rings and how to find the perfect one

Engagement rings are arguably one of the most significant pieces of jewelry a person will get in their lifetime. As a token of your love, which your soulmate will wear forever, the engagement ring should be chosen after careful thought and consideration. But with endless options to choose from, ring shopping can be a daunting task. 

To help you find the perfect engagement ring for your loved one, we’ve put together this handy guide that will teach you everything there is to know about these stunning and meaningful pieces of jewelry.

Engagement Ring Symbolism

Why do we wear engagement rings?

Engagement rings symbolize a mutual promise of marriage between two people - a tradition that dates back to Ancient Egypt when they represented ideas of wholeness and eternity. 

Diamond engagement rings as we know it today, however, are a recent tradition: they were only popularized in the XIX century. Since then, these gorgeous pieces of jewelry have been beautifully adorning our fingers as meaningful symbols of love.

Engagement ring hand


Which hand does the engagement ring go on?

Traditionally, engagement rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand. Legend goes that Ancient Romans believed this finger had a vein that ran directly to the heart, and that’s why couples should wear the symbol of their love on that finger. 

Engagement ring styles


With so many styles to choose from, things might get a little confusing. To help you find the perfect ring
to propose with to the love of your life, here are some of the most beautiful engagement ring styles. 

 
Solitaire engagement ring

 

Solitaire

The most classic style of engagement ring, a  solitaire features a single diamond or gemstone in the center of the band. This timeless design beautifully highlights the centerpiece and is a great option for discreet and elegant brides.

Halo engagement ring

Halo

In this style, a halo of smaller diamonds surrounds the centerpiece and creates a dazzling shimmer as it reflects light onto the main diamond, making it seem even more brilliant. These beautiful rings are perfect for those who prefer a glamorous look to their jewelry.

 Three-stone engagement ring

Three-stone

This ring features three diamonds or gemstones. While they can all have the same size, a popular option is to have a large centerpiece with two smaller ones. This classic setting is a symbolic representation of the past, present, and future of your relationship, making it great for the hopeless romantic bride.
 

Split shank engagement ring

Split-shank

This design gives the illusion of a bigger ring as the shank is cleaved into two parts before joining around the centerpiece. These rings typically have a visible gap between the band and the diamond or gemstone, making them unique-looking and great for brides who like a distinct take on classic designs. 
 

Bypass engagement ring

Bypass

This ring’s bands overlap around the centerpiece rather than forming one continuous line. This beautiful style has been around since the XIX century and symbolizes two souls becoming one, making it perfect for those who love vintage-inspired jewelry with a hint of romance.

 

Criss cross engagement ring

Criss cross

In this design, two strands of either the same or different precious metals intertwine, symbolizing the merging of two stories while boasting a dazzling effect that is both modern and stylish. Criss cross rings are an excellent option for fashion-forward brides who love interesting design features in their jewelry.

Free Form engagement ring

Free Form

The sky's the limit with free form rings. With no set rules on structure or shape, these rings are the finest example of creative craftsmanship and uniqueness, making the style options endless. If your future wife’s style is unlike anyone’s, then this is definitely the way to go.

 

Straight engagement ring

Straight

The perfect pairing of timeless design and sophisticated simplicity, straight rings feature a row of brilliant diamonds which complement the centerpiece, drawing your eyes to it. This is the perfect engagement ring for those who go for dainty jewelry pieces without giving up on the glamour.

Engagement ring metals


What's the best metal for an engagement ring?

While there are core differences between all precious metals used in engagement rings, the determining factor when choosing the right metal for your fiancée-to-be’s ring is her own personal taste and unique style. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular precious metal options. 

 

Platinum engagement ring

 

Platinum

Unlike white gold, platinum is a naturally white metal, which means it retains its color indefinitely and won’t turn yellow over time. Platinum is also very dense, which makes these rings extremely durable and resistant. This metal is also the ideal option for people with sensitive skin, as it’s naturally hypoallergenic. 

White gold engagement ring

 

White Gold

Arguably the most common metal for engagement rings, gold is a great option as it’s an incredibly resistant metal that doesn’t rust. The great thing about white gold is that it’s neutral, making it easy to wear with anything.

Yellow gold engagement ring

 

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold is iconic. It’s been synonymous with jewelry throughout history, and it showcases glamour and confidence. Yellow gold is also the purest of all three gold colors and the easiest to maintain. This precious metal is definitely a bold choice, and it pairs beautifully with vintage-style rings.
 

Rose gold engagement ring

 

Rose Gold

Although not as common as other metals, rose gold engagement rings have been growing in popularity. This unique metal is a great option because rose gold rings are very durable, more so than yellow or white gold. This shade of gold also gives the ring a vintage and romantic feel while remaining fashion-forward at the same time.

Popular diamond shapes


Diamonds come in a variety of beautiful shapes and sizes. Whether they are lab-grown diamonds or natural ones,
each one of these shapes radiates beauty in its own unique way. Here are some of the most popular diamond shapes: 


 
Cushion engagement ring

Cushion

Emerald engagement ring

Emerald

Marquise engagement ring

Marquise

Oval engagement ring

Oval


 
Pear engagement ring

Pear




 
Princess engagement ring

Princess

Round engagement ring

Round

Custom engagement rings

Custom engagement rings

If you don’t feel like any engagement ring options speak to you, you might want to consider getting a custom-made ring. After all, nothing says your soulmate matters to you more than having a custom engagement ring made especially for her.

These unique engagement rings can incorporate design elements that are meaningful to both of you, and you get to design a ring that looks exactly like how you picture it. And the best part is that no one else in the entire world will have the same engagement ring. It’s as exclusive as it gets. 

 

Where to buy engagement rings in Arkansas?

 

For over 40 years, Diamond Center has continually offered high-quality fine jewelry from the best designers, such as Gabriel & Co., A. Jaffe, Allison Kaufman, and more! With locations in Fort Smith and Fayetteville, AR, Diamond Center is the place to find the perfect engagement ring. Our highly-qualified team members will make sure you find the engagement ring of her dreams. 

We have been helping couples in Arkansas find the perfect engagement rings for decades. We are a legacy of love, and we would love to help you find the perfect piece to celebrate your own love legacy.

 

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