Learn About Timeless Engagement Rings for Couples

Check out these styles of engagement rings for couples at Preusser Jewelers. We have plenty of choices in our showroom in downtown Grand Rapids!

Solitaires

The classic definition of a solitaire engagement ring is quite simple. Classically, it is a single diamond (any shape) which is mounted on a simple plain band, usually thin. 

Halo

Halo engagement rings have a diamond or gemstone mounted in the middle, which is usually surrounded by diamonds.  The center stone can be any shape or size. The stones that make up the halo should be set right next to the main stone, without any gaps.  

Three Stone

Three-stone engagement rings have been around for over 100 years. Usually the center stone is slightly larger than the ones framing it. Quite often the three stones will be the same shape, but not always. There are many combinations that can be quite beautiful, like an oval in the center, with a pear shape on each side. The pears are set horizontally so the point is facing out. Also, you can combine diamonds and gems. Have a diamond set in the center and flanked by rubies, for example. You can imagine all the combinations!

Marquise

Marquise diamonds are making a comeback! Sometimes people call them the diamonds that are shaped like a football! They also look larger than round diamonds even though they weigh the same. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, marquise-shaped diamonds were the most popular shape after round diamonds. When cut beautifully, they are very elegant, and can make a shorter finger look longer and slimmer.

Engagement Rings at Preusser Jewelers

Stop by Preussers in downtown Grand Rapids to look over our wide selection of classic, modern, and stunning engagement rings. If we don’t have something that wows you, our craftspeople can design a beautiful ring just for you. Contact Preusser Jewelers for more details on what we can do!

Alternative Engagement Rings to Showcase Your Unique Relationship

Alternative Engagement Ring

Traditional engagement rings are a simple gold band with a single diamond. However, there are so many more choices in today’s market that let you showcase your unique relationship. Preusser Jewelers highlights alternative engagement rings for you and your fiance to explore as you prepare for your big day.

Engraved Engagement Ring

Engraved engagement rings have an inscription on the inside. Writing might showcase a Bible or spiritual verse, a saying about love, or the couple’s names. You can make the engraving as unique as you are! Say a few poignant words, keep it light and funny, or simply have your initials as a way to identify the ring.  

Rose Gold

Rose gold engagement rings are a growing trend. Rose gold has a light brown color that isn’t quite as red as copper. Rose gold shimmers with the natural glow that comes with yellow gold. Pair rose gold with a diamond setting of your choice for something different that stands out. Pavé bands with multiple diamonds are popular, while traditional settings are also an excellent choice. Pair rose gold with morganite for complementary yellow-brown colors.

Colored Gemstones

Colored gemstones continue to be a dominant force in engagement rings. Rather than have a diamond as a centerpiece, go with a colored gemstone of your choice surrounded by diamonds. Think a classic emerald or sapphire, or choose a deep red ruby or yellow topaz. Purple amethysts stand out, while aquamarine enhances sparkling blue eyes.  

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Eternity Band

An eternity band serves as both an engagement ring and wedding band. Eternity bands have gems around the entire circumference of the ring, whether you want gemstones totaling less than 1 carat or gems to be ¼ carat each. The size of the gems often determines the width of the band.  

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Custom Jewelry from Preusser Jewelers

Highlight your special relationship with a unique piece of jewelry found nowhere else. Custom jewelry from Preusser Jewelers gives you endless possibilities for bands, settings, and gems. Contact us online or come by our store in downtown Grand Rapids to see what our artisans can do for you!

The Storied History of Engagement Rings

Engagement Ring on Woman’s Finger

Engagement rings represent the love and commitment between a couple as they progress towards marriage and a life filled with happiness, joy, and family. Symbols of love between two people are as unique as their personalities and the emotional bond they share. In today’s blog, Preusser Jewelers talks about the history of engagement rings.

Ancient Rome

The earliest known usage of engagement rings dates back to Ancient Rome around 150 B.C. Women betrothed to Roman men were given two rings. They wore a gold band in public and an iron one at home when performing daily chores. At first, only Rome’s upper classes wore gold rings. Eventually, laws changed to allow any women who were free Roman citizens to wear gold engagement rings in public.

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Middle Ages and Renaissance

Fast forward to Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance from 800 to 1500 A.D. Pope Nicholas I declared in 860 A.D. that engagement rings are a necessary part of marriage. The Catholic Church believed the couple should declare their intent to marry openly before their wedding ceremony.

The first written record of an engagement ring adorned with diamonds occurred in 1477. That’s when Archduke Maximillian I of Austria commissioned a diamond ring to give to his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. The very public announcement was a green light for members of the royal court to follow suit. Royals and wealthy citizens took to opulent jewelry to showcase their economic status and their love.

Victorian Age

Diamond engagement rings took over in the Victorian Age… thank you Queen Victoria!  Victorians gave their betrothed rings that held a diamond or colorful gems. Couples would often engrave these rings with romantic sayings or their names. Despite their growing popularity, engagement rings were still a thing for the rich. Then came DeBeers.

Modern Engagement Rings

British companies discovered diamond mines in South Africa in 1866. In 1880, DeBeers took over digging operations in this area. Diamond engagement rings started to come into vogue.  In the 1940s the phrase “Diamonds are forever” was marketed. The masses took notice. Proposals with diamond rings have been the stuff of legend ever since. Hollywood movies show elaborate proposals,  and music like Beyonce’s “Put a Ring on It” are wildly popular. Social media proposals are posted all the time.

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Engagement Rings for Every Couple

At Preusser, we believe there’s an engagement ring for every couple. Come to our store in downtown Grand Rapids to see what Michigan’s finest and oldest jeweler can do for you. Whether you want a designer ring or custom jewelry, feel free to call us at (616) 458-1425 or contact us online for more information.

Unique Engagement Rings

Selecting A Unique Engagement Ring

A unique rose-gold engagement ring.

Unique engagement rings are becoming a significant trend in the jewelry industry. If you are selecting an engagement ring, you should consider non-traditional options. In this blog, Preusser Jewelers offers some interesting options and shares why this unique trend is here to stay.

Why Choose A Uniquely Designed Ring?

As more and more celebrities choose interesting wedding rings, the public has become intrigued by these fashion-forward options. From colored center stones to intricate and interesting settings, these rings have helped combine traditional elegance with modern taste. Striking and often conversation starting, these settings allow wearers to embrace their uniqueness.

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Colored Center Stones

It is not uncommon to see a modern engagement ring sporting a colored center stone. A colored center stone helps draw attention to the center of the ring and often means something specific to the wearer. If you cannot see yourself easily donning a ruby ring on your hand daily, consider the sapphire. It comes in all colors and tones and is very durable. If you like the look of color, but do not want to commit to a colored center stone, consider colored side stones or the addition of a colored stone band. These are both beautiful options to update your more traditional engagement ring.

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Unique Settings

Intricate settings are also very popular when it comes to unique engagement rings. Custom jewelry is perfect if you want to achieve a unique and dynamic engagement ring. An experienced jeweler can create a ring that elevates traditional style. If you do not want a ring that is too complex, consider utilizing double diamond bands instead of the standard engagement ring and separate band. This is a timeless and elegant take on the engagement ring.

Contact Preusser Jewelers

If you are ready to look into non-traditional ring options, Preusser Jewelers is the best option for you! From custom rings to elegant designer options, we have a jewelry style perfect for any customer. Contact us today for more information.