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There are countless manufacturers of engagement rings, and they all claim to offer top-quality products. But some brands are better than others. In this article we'll review the top and most reputable brands. We'll also give you some helpful tips to guide you towards the engagement ring that is right for you.

The Top Designers

Below we review some of the most reliable manufacturers of engagement rings. It's important to remember that the following brands are among the most famous. The exclusion of a brand doesn't necessarily mean that it's inferior.

Tiffany & Co.

It's difficult to think of a more iconic jeweler than Tiffany & Co. Since opening its doors in 1837, this brand has been responsible for some of the best looking jewelry ever produced. Tiffany's engagement rings are particularly revered. But as luxury engagement rings they can be quite expensive. They also have a tendency to be fairly extravagant. Even the most subtle of Tiffany's engagement rings may leave your fiancee feeling uncomfortable if she doesn't like drawing attention to herself.

The Tiffany Setting is a ring style made famous by Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany Setting (pictured below) is highly custimizable so the price greatly varies depending on the carat weight, color, and clarity.

Tiffany Setting Ring

House of Faberge

House of Faberge is best known for its Faberge eggs. However, it's also a reputable designer of engagement rings. Most Faberge engagement rings feature two gemstones. The first is located in the center of the outer diameter and is the main decoration of the ring. The second lies hidden within the interior diameter, pressed against the finger. According to Faberge, this creates an "unbroken bond between partners". Some might groan at the cheesiness of that line, but there's no denying the beauty of House of Faberge's engagement rings.

The Faberge Ella Pink Sapphire is one of their most popular rings. It certainly isn't for the bride looking for an understated wedding. It comes topped by a large pink sapphire. On both sides of this sapphire you'll find white diamonds and 18-karat rose gold. This particular ring retails for $15,000.

Faberge Ella Pink Sapphire Ring

Piaget

Piaget is best known for its watches. However, they has also developed a reputation as a reliable manufacturer of engagement rings. Piaget's engagement rings range from subtle to extravagant, and they are often more affordable than those produced by rival brands. It's also a popular brand among those who want to avoid diamond rings.

If you're looking for a unique ring, then consider the Piaget Celebration. It's one of the most unique engagement rings ever designed and it allows brides to be unique without drawing attention to themselves. The ring is platinum with a 1.00 ct diamond centerpiece. The ring also features 130 smaller diamonds, blurring the line between subtle and extravagant. Unlike many other engagement rings, the Celebration doesn't have a recommended price. We suggest consulting several jewelers before making a purchase.

Piaget Celebration Ring

Cartier

Cartier jewelry often sells for tens of thousands of dollars. The high price of a Cartier engagement ring is based on quality and reputation. The jeweler has long been the go-to choice of royalty. For example in 1902 King Edward VII purchased 27 Cartier tiaras ahead of his coronation. While you're presumably not looking to make such a grand purchase, you should be prepared to spend a lot of money for Cartier creations.

Cartier does offer some less expensive items. For example, there is the Cartier Trinity Classic. This ring defies traditional engagement ring designs. It features no centerstone. In fact, it features no stones at all. Instead it's composed of three separate rings entwined together. These rings feature 18-karat white gold, 18-karat pink gold, and 18-karat yellow gold. Despite being the product of one of the most iconic names in the industry, the Cartier Trinity Classic can be bought for only $1580.

Cartier Trinity Ring

How to Choose a Ring

There are a few factors to consider to ensure that you find an engagement ring that she'll appreciate. Learn about them below.

Style

Perhaps the most important factor to consider when shopping for an engagement ring is your fiancee's personal taste. Contrary to the old saying, diamonds are not always a girl's best friend. While some women do indeed appreciate diamonds, others have simpler tastes. If a woman's fashion sense is generally understated, then she could be uncomfortable wearing a large diamond ring.

Budget

In 2016, the average wedding cost more than $35,000. Thankfully, you don't have to spend that much on yours. It's possible to find a high-quality engagement ring for just a couple hundred dollars. Of course you may be tempted to spend a lot of money on an engagement ring. However it's important to remember that the more money you spend on your engagement ring, the less you'll have to dedicate to the wedding itself.

Allergies

If a ring is gold plated or gold filled, then it will likely contain copper or nickel. Both are known to aggravate skin conditions. Lower-karat jewelry, such as 417 gold, may also contain allergens. If your fiancee has a history of skin conditions, then you should search for an engagement ring that is allergen-free. Higher-karat gold won't contain large amounts of potentially harmful materials. Gold vermeil engagement rings are also safe.

Time Until Wedding

If you don't see your wedding taking place in the immediate future, then you could consider going with a more durable engagement ring. You wouldn't want your ring to have blemishes on the day of your wedding.

Lower-karat gold is advisable here because it's more resilient than higher-karat alternatives. This is because gold is a soft material and must be mixed with harder materials to ensure its longevity. The high gold content of purer rings makes them more susceptible to damage. The copper, nickel, and similar materials mixed with lower-karat gold makes it more durable and resistant to blemishes.

Conclusion

We recommend buying an engagement ring from a reputable manufacturer. This way you'll know that you're getting a quality ring, and the ring will retain its value over time. Most of the options mentioned above are expensive, but they are worth the money if you can afford it.