Rings and mountings can come in numerous metal types. The most common are white gold, yellow gold and platinum. Platinum rings are generally more expensive than white or yellow gold. This is largely because the cost of platinum is more than gold and the purity is higher. Wedding rings today are also available in steel, tungsten, titanium and other alternative metals.
Although you can purchase a diamond ring already mounted, we love to show customers loose diamonds and let them select the setting and diamonds separately, to create your own custom design. Our specialty is loose diamonds and we carry one of the largest selections of loose diamonds in the country. We have expert jewelers on-site so we can mount most diamonds and size your ring on the spot.
By seeing loose diamonds outside the mounting, you can examine the diamond more easily and see any inclusions or flaws in the diamond. These inclusions can sometimes be hidden by mountings or prongs. Buying a pre-mounted diamond can limit your ability to see what you are purchasing.
Also you will need to determine whether you want your engagement ring to be a solitaire ring (a single diamond in a mounting), a three stone ring, or a cluster of diamonds, typically with one large diamond and several smaller diamonds.
In addition to the engagement ring, many brides choose to have a wedding band. For those who choose to have a wedding band, it doesn’t necessarily need to match the engagement ring.