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White Gold Engagement Rings

Cost

The biggest advantage of white gold engagement rings is certainly their cost. 1,500 tons of the metal are mined annually which makes their market value fairly low, at least compared to other materials. Also, the element is fairly light compared to other metals, and since such precious jewellery pieces are priced by weight, it is easy to understand why these beautiful pieces can be bought at half the price of some of their metal counterparts.

Composition

Most white gold bands are offered in 14K or 18K versions. The former is 58.3 percent pure, and the latter 75 percent. The higher the karat amount of the gold, the purer the content of the band, but then the ring becomes a less durable jewellery piece. Its purest form is 24K, but in that state it is too soft to use to mount white gold engagement rings. Therefore it must be alloyed with other metals in order to strengthen it.

Culture

Gold symbolizes prosperity, wisdom, and spirituality, as in the Bible’s ‘golden rule’ and Aristotle’s ‘golden mean’. ‘The golden age’ and ‘golden years’ signify the best of times, and the 50th wedding anniversary is called the golden anniversary. This precious metal is also considered to be the most traditional for wedding and engagement bands. Since it will not tarnish over time, it helps to symbolise the couple’s eternal vows to each other. Gold also implies the best of the best, as in the top prize medal at the Olympic Games.

Perpignan Garnet

The making of this garnet, also known as “Le Grenat de Perpignan” goes back to the 18th century when the stones were taken from the East Pyrenees in Southern France. Nowadays, most of the garnet comes from India but is made only by local apprentices in the workshops of the jewellers in the city centre. An important feature of this jewellery is, in fact, the 18 carat gold setting, which provides a rounded base for the stone. This is often referred to as the “chaton”.

Perpignan jewellers opt for a “flat” cut which has become known as the “special Perpignan cut”. The craftsman positions the garnet on a thin sheet of red coloured reflective paper and marks the number of claws wanted. He then folds the gold over the garnet.

The craftsman uses a special file for the setting, which he rubs edgeways so that the parts between the claws emerge. This flattens the gold and fills the space between the stone and the setting. Finally, the craftsman smoothes the claws with a tiny triangular file.

The distinctive mounting of the garnet is called the “chaton” and represents the flat cut, the red paper and the gold “cradle” in which the gold is inserted.

Garnet itself is a popular stone but makes for one of the more unusual engagement rings. Some people choose the gemstone due to its various tones, which range from fiery red to orange and green. The Perpignan garnet’s deep red colour makes it the ideal stone for those who like the darker red tone and, in particular, could be the perfect choice for those who would like to opt for a unique piece of jewellery.

Bringing back tradition, Perpignan jewellery echoes the “gold and blood” of the local coat of arms. Consequently, most local families own a piece of the jewellery that has been handed down through generations.

A Perpignan garnet engagement ring has the potential to become a newly wedded couple’s family heirloom. The garnet signifies loyalty and honesty, which, key to marriage and all relationships, makes the gemstone a suitable choice of engagement ring gemstone. The Perpignan garnet is arguably the most romantic version of the garnet, particularly since France is renowned as a country of romance.

The garnet is protected under the genuine garnet guarantee, which is particularly useful since it is a stone prone to wear and tear in fluctuating temperatures. However, it is still a durable gemstone and, with the right care, it can create a beautiful piece of jewellery able to withstand daily tasks.

A Perpignan garnet makes modern use of ancient French tradition and could potentially characterise one of the most bespoke and unusual engagement rings on the market.

Ring Design Ideas

Now, keep in mind that emerald engagement rings and emerald cut engagement rings are totally different items. Emerald engagement ring is the one utilizing an emerald (gemstone) as the center stone. However, emerald cut engagement rings are diamond (or other gemstone) rings where the stone is cut in a square form (which is the most well-known and common form of emerald, hence the name). Emeralds match each and every skin kind, right from white, pale to olive and even dark. Next, emeralds are refractive and usually shine brightly in full or even dull lights.

Emerald as a center stone, encircled by diamonds, is a popular style idea. A square, oval, round.. etc., are some choices that you can choose for the emerald. White diamonds and emeralds completely complement each other due to their different colors. Secondly, these rings can be created in white as well as yellow gold. If you wish for a stylish and simple, yet elegant ring, you can go for a solitaire emerald ring.

The price will depend on the type of metal used, the dimension of the stone, number of stones, etc. A ring set in platinum will be costly, whereas the one set in yellow gold will expense comparatively lesser. A solitaire is also fairly less expensive than a studded ring.

So if you are preparing to pop the question to your beloved, do it with a stunning emerald ring, she will certainly be happy.