March 08 2017 Wednesday at 02:00 PM

Contemporary Engagement Rings

Couples shopping for wedding bands today have a wide array of styles and designs to choose from. One of the biggest decisions that need to be made is between choosing a contemporary or vintage ring. More and more couples are choosing vintage rings, but it is important to understand the differences before selecting. Everything from metals used to diamond cuts and center stones to design determine if a ring is vintage or modern.

Here are some differences between the two styles of rings:

Diamond cut: Vintage stones are cut deeper appearing smaller and appear not sparkle as much as other cuts. Modern cuts are made to look more brilliant and shine brighter.

Diamond color grade: Vintage diamonds rarely have color grades from D through H, meaning they are not colorless. Most modern diamonds have a color grade of D, E or F, meaning they are colorless and more desirable.

Gemstones: Vintage rings were commonly made with colored stones, such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds. More modern rings feature white diamonds as their main stone.

Metals: Traditionally, vintage rings are made with yellow gold, while some are made with platinum and rose gold. More contemporary rings are made with white gold, because silver fits in with most wardrobes.

Whether you chose a vintage of contemporary engagement ring, is up to you. You need t pick out a ring you like, fits your style and is something you will wear for many years to come.