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To pledge a lifetime of love and devotion, the diamond engagement ring is the most precious and enduring of symbols. From the first diamond ring given to his intended by Archduke Maximillian of Hamburg in the 15th century, the diamond has remained a time-honored tradition to honor this commitment. At Giraux Fine Jewelry, it is our pleasure to help you select a diamond engagement ring that will last a lifetime.
Platinum vs. Gold
Platinum has seen a resurgence of popularity the last few years as consumers enjoy its endurance and lifetime of wear. Platinum, which is more rare than gold, is the strongest, most pure jewelry metal on the market today. The platinum used for jewelry is composed of 95% Platinum and 5% Iridium or Palladium. A platinum engagement ring will never tarnish nor wear down over the years.
Gold is the most classic of jewelry metals. The majority of gold in jewelry is pure gold mixed with a number of metal alloys to give it strength. 14K gold is composed of 58% pure gold, while 18K gold is composed of 75% pure gold, making it slightly softer. White gold is an option when you would prefer the look of platinum without the price, since all 18K gold is plated in platinum to prevent tarnishing. Gold is less expensive than platinum, however it will wear off over the years.
Setting Styles
On-line or in-store, Giraux Fine Jewelry has thousands of engagement settings to chose from. A few of the different types of rings are displayed below.

This style of ring is the most traditional and popular engagement ring setting. A solitaire setting is a great choice when you are not sure about her tastes and would like to offer her a classic look which she may love, or trade-in for a setting of her choice. A four prong setting shows off more of the center diamond, while the six prong style provides a security advantage. View our selection of Solitaire Settings.


A setting with side diamonds or other gemstones complements the center diamond with additional sparkle or color. Proportion is key, select a ring with smaller gemstones to keep the focus on the center diamond. View our selection of Diamond Settings


If she would prefer to wear a wedding band that is an exact match to the engagement ring, consider selecting an engagement set. Although most other designs do have complementary bands, she may prefer a matched set.View our selection of Engagement Settings
At Giraux Fine Jewelry, we would like to ensure that you select the finest diamond that meets your requirements. Our staff of certified gemologists has put together this information to educate you about your diamond purchase and guide you towards a full understanding of your purchase.
We believe that the purchase of fine jewelry marks some of the most emotional and meaningful occasions in our lives as our jewelry is enjoyed and treasured for generations. We feel privileged to earn our customer's faith and confidence to be a part of these significant events. From engagement rings to anniversary gifts, and for every occasion in between, we are committed to providing the finest quality at the most exceptional value.
If you are going to surprise her and are not sure which style to choose, consider the following tips.

  • Take a look at her existing jewelry wardrobe. Is her jewelry yellow gold, white gold or platinum?
  • Does she prefer a more classic or modern look? Heavily engraved rings are extremely popular and evoke a sense of tradition, while rings with more modern, clean lines may be more her taste.
  • Platinum rings may be more suitable if she is more active. Platinum can withstand more wear and tear than gold.

If you're still not sure, consider selecting a classic 14K solitaire setting to present her with the diamond of your choice. During our 30 - day return period, you can shop together and select the ring of her choice, trading in the solitaire setting for the full purchase price. You really have nothing to lose!