Have you have found “The One” and decided that St. Valentines’ day, the most romantic day of the year is the perfect day for your proposal? If so, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner you will no doubt have begun to consider choosing a diamond engagement ring to pop the question with that she will love and cherish just as much as she does you. Here we have prepared a short guide to choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring for a Valentines’ day proposal: Style and taste is a very personal thing and it has been said that no one woman will have exactly the same tastes as any other. Therefore, as her prospective husband to be it is your job to decide exactly which diamond engagement ring is perfect for your Valentine knowing what her likes and dislikes are in jewellery and fashion. Which Style of Setting Will You Choose for Your Diamond Engagement Ring? This is possibly the first decision you will need to make as to which style of engagement ring setting is she going to want to wear for the rest of her life? Broadly speaking the styles of engagement ring settings can be categorised into two main engagement ring styles which are Solitaire and Multi-Stone. Solitaire Settings: As the name suggest this refers to an engagement ring that is made from one diamond alone. The Solitaire style is perhaps the most popular choice of engagement ring as it is simple, stylishly classical yet always fashionable, and its beauty will undoubtedly stand the test of time. If you choose a solitaire setting for your fiancé, it’s important to ensure your diamond is of the highest quality as the solitaire diamond will be the focus of everyone’s attention that gazes upon her engagement ring therefore we strongly recommend that you must go for the diamond that offers the best cut, colour and clarity within your budget. Multi-Stone Setting: this is a very general term that describes an engagement ring that is anything but a solitaire and they can be seen as giving you much more freedom to create a Valentines’ engagement ring that will stand out from the crowd. One of the most popular of the multi-stone setting engagement rings is a ring with a three diamond setting which is often referred to as a ‘Trilogy’ or ‘Trinity’ setting. This classical design is the perfect choice for a lady who loves her jewellery with a lot of fire and sparkle. This setting has to be a strong contender for the title of “Perfect Engagement Ring for a Valentine’s Proposal” as the multi-stone Trilogy engagement ring setting is said to symbolise the story of the journey that a relationship takes. Many couples view the three diamonds within the ring as being symbolic of their commitment to being “my past, my present and my future”. The larger middle diamond represents and the smaller stones either side represent the past and future. Which Metal To Choose? Once you have decided upon the setting of engagement ring that will most suit your spouse to be’s taste and style, the next all important decision is which metal to choose for your engagement ring. Each of our gorgeous diamond engagement ring styles is available in 18ct white gold, 18ct yellow gold or platinum, so your starting point and first dilemma is colour… Is your Valentine a fan of platinum or does she prefer White, or Yellow gold? Take a look at what jewellery she already owns and then you can decide if you wish to complement or contrast her existing collection with your chosen engagement ring. If you loved one is more of a traditionalist then Yellow gold is likely to find favour as it has long been the choice of metal for diamond engagement rings and its rich burnished colour has been a symbol of wealth and prosperity for centuries. If you think your Valentine is more of a white metal girl, then the choice between White Gold and Platinum can be more complex so here is a quick guide: Platinum derives its name from the Spanish word platina, meaning “little silver.” It is a very dense metal that is more precious than gold. Platinum is a beautiful metal and its stunning white silver finish instantly brings out the sparkle and shine in any diamond. Due to its rarity, Platinum has become synonymous with the expression of love, becoming the perfect metal for engagement rings. 18ct White Gold is the result of combining yellow gold with white metal alloys such as silver and palladium, so as such is not actually a naturally occurring metal. As gold is naturally a soft metal it has to be mixed so that the jewellery that it forms can withstand wear and tear. The Carat (ct) measurement indicates how much natural gold is present in your White Gold engagement ring. White gold is very popular with modern fashionista’s as it has a very contemporary look possibly because of its metallic ice-like sheen. It will be a great choice of metal if your loved one prefers a silver finish but your budget will not stretch to a Platinum engagement ring. Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend The final component, but possibly the most important factor, in choosing your perfect Valentine engagement ring has to be the diamond. There are a lot of factors that combine to make a beautiful diamond and it is very important that you know the basics, the all-important ‘4C’s’ which colour, cut, clarity and carat. We’ve dedicated a whole section of our website to help you understand quality diamonds. But if all this information makes you head spin, the highly experienced team here at Rêve Diamonds are diamond experts and we are happy to guide you through the process of creating the perfect engagement ring for a Valentine’s Day proposal. We even offer a bespoke engagement ring service whereby we will create a stunning engagement ring to your very own design to suit your budget, after all a Valentine’s Day proposal does demand a very special ring!