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What Makes A Ring?

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Center Diamond

The focal point. The show stopper. The promise that will last forever. Your center diamond is what the rest of the engagement ring revolves around. When it comes to selecting an engagement ring, a lot of your attention should fall upon the diamond. Take into consideration the wearer’s fashion sense, personality, and lifestyle. Come in and click here to learn about different sizes, shapes, qualities, and even colors to see what would work best for her style and your budget. The center diamond should always be set inside a head that protects it best.

Head & Setting Type

The head of the ring is where the diamond is mounted or set. This technique is something we do inside our stores. Diamond in one hand, mounting in the other… our goldsmiths will skillfully unite them in our studio. These diamond settings can vary based on ring style and diamond shape. This part is where we take into account the wearer’s lifestyle. If she is very active with her hands, we want the head to sit lower. Click here to see the full list of diamond setting types.

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Side Diamonds & Setting Type

The stones on the sides or shoulders of the engagement ring can be just as important as the center stone. You want to make sure you select a mounting with diamonds that will match the quality of your center diamond. Unless you purchase a diamond with the center diamond included, the matching has already been done for you! Another detail to observe is the setting type of the side stones. You want to make sure there is enough metal holding the stones in. Don’t forget… she will wear this ring every day forever!

Metal Content

The metal that the engagement ring is crafted from is important for three reasons; color, stability, and comfort. We offer a variety of different metals from platinum, gold, cobalt, and more. The family at Bremer Jewelry will teach you the difference between precious versus alternative metals, hypoallergenic metals, and the reason some are priced differently. We will make sure that her engagement ring is made from a metal that is right for her style and your budget.

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Metal Finish

Although repairs will occur over your lifetime, starting with a high quality metal will get you off on the right foot. The first thing to look for when examining the metal finish is a smooth, thick, luxurious ring. Make sure there is no porosity or rough spots in the metal. Porosity is little surface holes that get worse as you go further into the metal and is a result of poor casting, over “cooking”, undercooking and improperly mixed metal alloys. Porosity makes a ring brittle and is non-repairable. It is usually the result of mass producing rings with little quality control. Good thing Bremer Jewelry has a strict quality control!

Shank

What a funny word! It’s the name for the bottom of the ring. This area is where your ring will experience the most wear, so it’s important to start out strong. When less metal is used to make the ring, it keeps the cost lower at first, but you will end up spending more money on the ring in the future because over time, the ring will either crack or fall apart. You don’t want a shank that is thin and hollowed out; you want a solid shank so it will last a lifetime with minimal repair.

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Stamps

Small but mighty, stamps are a very important element of an engagement ring. High quality engagement rings should be stamped with the type and content of the metal and possibly the designers’ name. This stamp is just like an artist signing his work. A trademark is a symbol registered with the government, which indicates the jewelry manufacturer responsible for creating and standing behind the piece. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that all jewelry stamped with a quality mark also be stamped with a manufacturer’s trademark. All A.JAFFE, Hearts On Fire, Forevermark, Simon G., and Bremer Jewelry rings are stamped with a quality mark and metal stamp.