Everyone has heard of an engagement ring or a wedding ring, and some even know about signet rings, but the world of rings is much larger and diverse than those specialized rings. This article will differentiate types of rings to help you choose the perfect ring for yourself or someone else.
Rings are commonly purchased to honor milestones in relationships, and who wouldn’t want to commemorate this special bond with fine jewelry?
Promise or commitment rings celebrate a relationship that is serious and long-lasting. It can mean an engagement in the future or that the partners are committing to a life together.
Engagement rings observe the beginning of formalizing a relationship. Often couples spend a significant amount on an engagement ring as a symbol of their lifelong commitment.
Wedding rings memorialize the day of the ceremony, and many are matching wedding bands for partners.
Eternity rings or anniversary rings are for a couple who wants to renew their commitment to one another or mark an anniversary.
Rings that celebrate milestones in relationships are usually considerable investments and crafted from the finest precious metals and rare gemstones. Diamonds are the most frequently used gemstone in fine jewelry, along with sapphires, emeralds, and rubies.
The settings of engagement rings change as fashion changes, although more slowly. A solitaire diamond setting is always a classic; however, rings with various precious gemstones and settings are becoming very popular.
Relationships aren’t the only reason to wear a ring, of course! Some rings are purchased to mark an important date or to signify belonging to an organization or school.
Signet rings are traditionally worn on the pinky finger of the non-dominant hand, so if you are right-handed, you wear the ring on your left-hand pinky. Instead of a gemstone, they are flat with a design or decoration significant to the wearer, such as a meaningful emblem, initials, or date.
School rings commemorate the significant achievement of graduating from high school, college, or grad school. They can be customized with a myriad of options such as precious gemstones, semi-precious stones, or none at all, like a signet ring. School rings not only observe your accomplishment but are a fun way of recognizing fellow alumni!
A birthstone ring is a lovely tradition in many families. Birthstone rings are given as gifts when a child reaches a milestone age. Moms are sometimes gifted rings that have a birthstone for every child. Each month has its own gemstone, and birthstones can be precious gemstones such as diamonds for an April birthday or semi-precious gems like aquamarine for a March birth. Blue topaz, the ring shown, is the stone for December.
Of course, rings aren’t just to commemorate occasions! Fashion rings are for everyday wear and can be dressed up or down. Fashion rings, made from many different materials and gemstones, are more economical than fine jewelry, allowing you to change up your jewelry more often. Fashion rings are versatile and can be worn in multiple ways. While one fashion ring on a finger can never go wrong, several rings stacked on one finger or single rings on several fingers are fun fashion choices. Demi-fine jewelry is a category of fashion rings made from high-quality materials such as gold vermeil and silver.
The best thing about fashion rings is the variety. Love pets? There is a ring for that. Want to stack multiple rings? There is a ring for that. Did your best friend just earn a promotion? There is a ring for that!
Cocktail rings are a type of fashion jewelry that is not usually for everyday wear. They are generally large and distinctive rings, worn for special occasions. Most of the time, cocktail rings are not made of precious gemstones, but of course, like all rings, one can get a cocktail ring with any combination of metals and gems. Cocktail rings also have a tradition of being worn on the middle finger of the right hand. However, depending on your outfit and the occasion, wearing multiple cocktail rings on different fingers may complete your look.
With the different types of rings and the wide variety, it can be exciting and daunting to pick out a ring. Luckily, shopping from the convenience of your home has never been easier with high-quality jewelry companies and exquisite photography on their websites. You will be able to see rings up close and examine them from every angle. You can even see how it will look on your hand. Enjoy shopping for this beautiful piece of jewelry!