Diamonds, and other precious gemstones such as rubies and emeralds, are usually gifted to mark a special occasion or as a declaration of love. Sometimes they are set in pendants or earrings but often they are mounted in a ring to give them an increased significance.
Many of us have quite specific tastes when it comes to the jewellery that we wear. Some prefer a subtle and simple design while others like something that stands out and is noticeable. Of course, the jewellery that we wear not only reflects our personality but it is also important to consider the shape and size of our hands and what will suit them. Too big and it can look ostentatious, too small and it may get lost.
Let’s take a look at the different types of rings that you might buy for yourself or a loved one to mark a special occasion and what they mean:
The solitaire is a popular choice as an engagement ring. It can be a large or small single stone, usually a diamond, set in a mount of yellow gold, white gold or platinum. It is worn on the third finger of the left hand for a particular reason as this is the finger that contains the vena amoris – the vein that leads to the heart. While many solitaires are intended as engagement rings, if they are given as a symbol of love or celebration, they can be worn on the right hand.
The eternity ring is a symbol of eternal love, usually given to a partner on the birth of a first child or to celebrate an anniversary or other significant event. The style of an eternity ring can vary although a popular choice is one that is half set in precious gems with the other half a plain gold or platinum band. When choosing an eternity ring, consider the style of the engagement ring and wedding band that are currently worn as the three pieces of jewellery should complement each other.
While diamonds are a popular choice for eternity rings, it is not uncommon to see those that are set with rubies, emeralds and other precious gems. It has even been known to have different stones that represent different elements of a relationship.
The wedding band is the ultimate sign of commitment and love. The complete circle of the band symbolises no beginning and no end – everlasting love. For those that follow a specific religion the rings are usually blessed as part of the wedding ceremony to further consecrate the marriage.
A wedding band is often worn by both partners although some men traditionally choose not to wear one. Some couples like to have them engraved with initials or with the date of the wedding. They can also be set with precious gemstones either on the inside or the exterior of the ring. Many couples choose yellow gold, white gold or platinum and often they match each other with the gent’s version being a larger version of the lady’s.
The trilogy ring acquired its name from the fact that it is set with three stones. These stones represent the past, present and the future. They are often set with diamonds and are mounted in gold or platinum settings. Stones can be all the same size or different. As they have a significant meaning they are another popular choice to mark an engagement for those who prefer something different to the solitaire.
In addition to engagement, eternity rings and wedding bands, an anniversary ring is a popular gift to celebrate 5 or 10 years of marriage. When it comes to a particular style, there are no set rules. One single solitaire or a diamond cluster – it is all down to personal taste and preference. Of course, if you want to be really romantic, there is the option to have something custom made to sit alongside an existing wedding band and engagement ring.
Making the right choice
Of course, there is much to consider when making your choice. While there are many different types of rings, the common factor with them all is that are intended to be worn for a lifetime so it is critical to choose wisely. The ring must suit the recipient both in style and shape. Consider the size and length of the fingers and how it will look on the person it is intended for. While you may want to declare your undying love with a huge rock, it may not look right on someone with tiny hands.
Have your ring custom made with love
Why not consider the option to have your jewellery custom made. The beautiful thing about bespoke jewellery is that it is unique. There are no two the same and you really will be presenting your partner with something that is one of a kind. At The Goldmarket, we offer an extensive selection of all types of rings from beautiful solitaires to the most wonderful diamond clusters. If you have something specific in mind we can help you to source it and if we can’t then we can custom make it for you. Our talented team of jewellers have extensive experience when it comes to producing bespoke jewellery and have an excellent eye for design.