When it comes time to buy an engagement ring, there are so many aspects to consider – What’s her personal style? Is her lifestyle more active or relaxed? What’s her ring size? But, one of the most important questions that is often overlooked is, what is her profession?
We often get people coming into the store whose significant other is a teacher. Teachers, like other professions where you take care of people, work with their hands constantly. In this way, she will need a ring that fits in seamlessly with her lifestyle, both professionally and privately. Most women dislike when they have to take off their ring for work, so you want to make sure you get your partner an engagement ring that she will be able to truly wear 24/7, from recess to romantic getaways.
If you want to make sure you get the woman who touches the lives of students constantly an engagement ring that will touch her life forever, take a look at our 3 most popular suggestions that we tell people when we hear that their girlfriends work in education, whether she is a preschool teacher or a college professor:
#1. Look For A Ring Setting That Is Easy To Clean
If your girlfriend is a teacher for younger kids, especially in a preschool or elementary school, or in the arts, then she is most likely using her hands frequently and is probably getting them extremely messy. From finger painting to sculpting and every arts and crafts project in between, a ring setting that is easier to clean than others is an important suggestion to keep in mind. Two styles we recommend are:
Solitaire Diamond & Prong Setting
This classic combination of the solitaire diamond and prong setting is timeless and minimal. In this way, the simplicity of the prong setting compared to other extravagant settings is completely glue, grime, and paint proof, perfect for the woman whose job requires her to get her hands dirty.
Here are a few examples of solitaire diamonds with prong settings:
Platinum Six Prong Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring by Lazare: Shop Now
Platinum Radiance Four Prong Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring with Pave Band by Scott Kay: Shop Now
Princess Cut Diamonds & Channel Setting
Because the princess cut diamond has a square shape, when it is paired with the channel setting it allows the accent diamonds to sit perfectly even next to each other in the channel, without any gaps in between each diamond. This is perfect for your significant other because it doesn’t allow for anything to get in between the diamonds, so it is extremely easy to clean.
An example of one of our favorite princess cut diamonds in channel setting ring:
18K White Gold Tapered Princess Cut Channel Set Diamond Engagement Ring by Long's Signature Collection: Shop Now
#2. Consider A Smooth Setting
Many teachers have to worry about sharp edges on their ring, especially if they work with young children or in inclusion programs, so a popular suggestion we give to people shopping for a teacher is to consider an engagement ring with a flat setting. Two smooth settings that we love are:
The Bezel Setting
Bezel set rings are a popular option for teachers because they have a ring of metal that surrounds the diamond and protects it from any scratches or potential damage to the stone, and more importantly to others. Not only will the ring not snag onto anything, this style of ring is also very fashionable right now and the bezel setting makes the diamond look larger on her finger.
Here are a few examples of bezel set engagement rings:
Platinum Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring by A. Jaffe: Shop Now
18K White Gold Modern Solitaire Semi-Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring by Ritani: Shop Now
The Bar Setting
Similar to the bezel setting, the bar setting is both smooth and unobtrusive. The bar setting is also very similar to the channel setting in the way that it holds the stones, but it is a perpendicular bar that goes all the way across the width of the band. If your significant other wants a ring that is both practical for her profession but has a modern twist on a classic look, then the bar setting is the perfect combination of both worlds.
An example of one of our bar set engagement rings:
Platinum Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring with Tapered Baguettes by Long's Signature Collection: Shop Now
#3. Think About The School Environment
For some teachers, paraprofessionals and school psychologists, it might not be appropriate to wear a flashy diamond engagement ring. In this case, you might want to consider a ring that is more understated. We know that you still want to wow her with the engagement ring, but you may want to steer clear of a huge diamond. Two untraditional alternatives we always recommend that are still sparkly but practical are:
Stacks of Eternity Bands
Eternity bands are metal bands that have diamonds all the way around the entire ring and are popular because they symbolize a never ending love. We love this idea for the teacher who is fashion-forward because different shapes and cuts of diamonds can be mixed and matched with different types and colors of metals. Because each band is its own individual ring, so she can opt to wear one band or five bands depending on the environment that she is in, without needing to choose between wearing her engagement ring or not.
Here is a fun stack of eternity bands that we've created in our store (to browse a selection of some of our eternity bands, click here):
Multi-Row Diamond Bands
If your teacher significant other can’t have a single huge rock on her finger, wants a smooth setting, loves to be bold, and wants her engagement ring to be blinding, the perfect compromise is the multi-row diamond band. Similar to the stacks of eternity bands, multi-row bands contain rows of numerous tiny diamonds that are extremely sparkly, but still beautiful and somewhat modest compared to one extravagant stone.
Here are a few examples by Mémoire:
Above: Mémoire Pavé Silk Collection Two, Three, and Four Row Bands (Contact Us For More Info)
Below: Mémoire Paragon Half Round Diamond Bands (Contact Us For More Info)
Looking for an engagement ring for a woman in the educational field? We can help! Visit any of our five retail locations throughout New England or contact us with any questions.