Historically, engagement rings were simple and sturdy. They are usually worn on a daily basis, making intricate designs an impractical and unnecessary expense. More recently, with the rise of designer brands such as Tacori, and improvements in ring casting technology, intricate engagement rings have become popular. These rings usually consist of a complex design with numerous small accent diamonds, giving them a unique visual appeal. While beautiful, this style of engagement ring is anything but durable.
In the case of a standard solitaire engagement ring, any banging or knocking which occurs during daily use would have little or no effect. However, with intricate rings this can noticeably alter its structure and may cause smaller diamonds to loosen from their settings. Most people who purchase this style of engagement ring come to this realization within a couple months, being forced to return to the place of purchase for repairs and accent diamond replacement. These issues will get worse over time, as it is impossible to truly repair the ring. That would require a full recasting. Instead, repairs usually consist of continuous patch jobs, resulting in the ring slowly losing its intricate appeal.
Another concern with these rings is that they often contain detailed etchings and patterns in the gold. Gold is an extremely malleable metal making it susceptible to erosion. These etchings will start to fade within a few months, and in as little as a year may begin to disappear altogether.
This may lead you to ask yourself why stores offer these intricate rings in the first place. Part of the reason is the higher prices they can charge, and for the constant stream of repair work they gain after making a sale. The biggest reason it continues however, is that you, the customer, are demanding them. Over time, as this trend ages, the impracticality of these designs will become apparent and most people will replace them with a simpler, more traditional design.