Engagement Ring Basics
Since 1962, Ambassador Diamond Jewelers has served the Tucson community with honesty and integrity. Our dedicated staff includes four GIA graduate gemologists and decades of experience. We share a true desire to provide each customer with unsurpassed personal service.
BUDGET AND TIME
Set a realistic spending range that you and your jeweler can work within. There are some options to make the most of your budget. A one-carat ring will look much larger if the stone isn't as deep. Buying just shy of the next carat (1.8 instead of 2) can equal a savings of nearly 20 percent. Our knowledgeable staff at Ambassador is here to help you get the best ring for the best price.
Even before those 4 Cs (cut, color, clarity, and carat), you must know what shape your future fiancee loves. Shape indicates the actual geometry of the stone, as opposed to cut, which relates to the angles of the facets in the stone.
The metal framework in which your stone is mounted is called the setting. The pairing between shape and setting can determine the overall style of the ring. For example a classic round stone gets a fresh and modern makeover in a bezel setting. A trendy oval can look more traditional in a four-prong setting.
MAIN METAL OPTIONS
When it comes to the band, you've got a variety of metals to choose from. One popular choice is platinum -- it's extremely durable and especially pure, making it a great hypoallergenic choice for brides and grooms with sensitive skin. There's also gold, which comes in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, rose, and even green.
Beyond platinum and gold, you might also consider palladium (which has a grayer hue than platinum) or even a recycled metal band, which might include a mixture of platinum and gold. Think of it as a "something old" and "something new" all rolled into one.