Diamonds

Creating Unique Engagement Ring Designs

When you begin to look for a ring with your partner, there are many stunning engagement ring designs to choose from. Whether you want a custom ring or a pre-designed one, you have to choose from several options to find the perfect metal type, setting, and diamond shape.

Metal

Many engagement rings are made out of gold or platinum. While gold metals are typically more durable, platinum settings can usually be cleaned easily which allows them to be restored to factory shine. If you prefer a gold setting, choose from yellow, white, or rose gold to get your desired color.

Setting

When you want unique engagement ring design ideas, you may want to consider setting types. With several different ways to attach diamonds to the metal, you may decide on a less popular setting to make your ring stand out.

  • Prong: This setting consists of 4 to 6 metal wires wrapping around the diamond to form a protective basket-like setting. This style is the most popular.
  • Gypsy: This style insets the diamond into a hole in the ring. In this setting, the diamond is completely protected for people with active lifestyles.
  • Tension: This setting gives the impression that the diamond is floating by using special compression.
  • Bar: For this style, individual diamonds are set it a line and divided by vertical bars with no metal on the edges.
  • Channel: This setting is similar to the bar style, but it encloses a line of small diamonds on the edges without the vertical bars separating them.

Diamond Shape

For many women, choosing their desired diamond shape is the best part of selecting an engagement ring. With several cuts to choose from, you may select a classic or unique shape to fit your personality. Possible diamond shapes include:

  • Round
  • Asscher
  • Pear
  • Oval
  • Princess
  • Cushion
  • Radiant
  • Emerald
  • Heart
  • Marquise

Choosing the Perfect Ring

There are dozens of engagement ring designs to choose from, but only you can choose the perfect combination to match your personality. Carefully consider which metal type, setting, and diamond shape you want to find or create the engagement ring you’ve always dreamed of.

Choosing From an Engagement Ring Collection

When you and your partner begin talking about marriage and start the search for the perfect engagement ring, you have several choices. You may decide on a custom ring so you have complete control of the metal type, setting, and diamond shape in order to create a unique design, or you may choose a different route. You may find the perfect engagement ring collection that has the design of your dreams.

Diamond Shapes

Engagement rings are typically divided into collections based on the designer or the diamond shape. A collection may include completely different rings if it is classified a collection based on designer. If a collection is centered around a particular diamond shape, the rings may each have unique characteristics while retaining the same basic design. Collections may be centered around the following diamond shapes:

  • Oval
  • Princess
  • Marquise
  • Heart
  • Round
  • Radiant
  • Pear
  • Asscher
  • Emerald
  • Cushion

Various Designs

While each ring in a collection may have a similar shape, different settings, metals, and diamonds make each design unique. A ring made of white gold metal will look drastically different than one made of yellow gold, and platinum and rose gold add two more options to the mix. Likewise, various settings can cause rings with the same shape to look completely different. Common settings include:

  • Bezel
  • Prong
  • Bar
  • Channel
  • Tension
  • Gypsy

However, even two princess-cut engagement rings made of white gold with prong settings can look different according to how accenting diamonds are placed. You may prefer a solitaire diamond, or you could choose a ring with a diamond-encrusted band. The ring you choose may have small diamonds surrounding the main one, or your ring could consist of three similarly-sized gems with no accents. Each individual collection may have a large engagement ring selection.

Choosing the Right Collection

If you choose to turn to an engagement ring collection to find the perfect ring, you can still find the ring of your dreams. Choosing a diamond shape and selecting a collection may help narrow down your choices so you can find your dream engagement ring.

Tips for a Priceless Inexpensive Engagement Ring

You want the most extravagant, luxurious and beautiful engagement ring to express the endless and dynamic your love. No ring seems to come close to representing the extent of your heart’s commitment and desire. Your love may be priceless but engagement rings are not free. How do you reconcile giving your partner the ring they deserve without punishing your bank account? You may be able to find an inexpensive engagement ring that expresses your intent perfectly. Here are a few tips to help you choose a special ring on a budget.

Take Advantage of Financing

Though this option may seem obvious, it is always important to remember that it is always viable. When purchasing anything through financing, always consider your income and your fixed expenses. You may be approved to finance everything in the jeweler’s, but you want to stay cautious about what you can realistically commit to on a month to month basis. If it is possible to avoid financing, do so. Besides, you’ve got a wedding to plan!

Keep it Simple

Another option is to pick a more affordable engagement ring. Many styles are simple and inexpensive yet extremely elegant. Perhaps the most recognizable of these styles is the solitaire engagement ring. A simple band plated in gold or silver (sometimes both) with a diamond in the middle is the archetypical symbol of commitment and betrothal. You can vary the size of the stone to fit both your tastes and your budget. Best of all, the style’s traditional appeal makes it timeless. Another style with similar appeal is the three stone ring.

Use Other Stones

Another option that is growing in popularity is using additional stones and gems. You may choose to add your partner’s birth stone to a three stone ring, with a diamond in the middle for example. In some cases, people find themselves happy with engagement rings that do not include diamonds.

If you know your partner’s taste, exploring these options can help you pick an inexpensive engagement ring without cutting stylistic corners.

Heart Shape Diamonds

If you have been keeping up with our blog, then you know that for the past few weeks we have been reviewing different shapes of diamonds. One of the main points that we have hoped to convey in our recent blogs is that when selecting a diamond shape only one thing matters – do you love it. We strongly encourage anyone looking to buy a diamond not to worry about what is popular – but to truly get the shape of diamond that they love and “just have to have.” As we close our series on diamond shapes, we are brought to the last shape of diamond that is perhaps the most special and romantic – the heart shaped diamond.

diamond-heart-halo-earringsFor years, the heart shaped diamond has been what many people renown as the most romantic of all the diamond shapes – and for a very good reason. This diamond shape is thought to be the ultimate symbol of love. Heart shape diamonds are very popular both as solitaire rings and in a setting – the preference is entirely up to you.

When selecting a heart shape diamond, it is important to take the time to evaluate that particular diamonds symmetry. Make sure that the two halves of the diamond are equal to each other – you don’t want one half of the diamond lobe to be larger or smaller than the other! In addition, make sure that the cleft (the indentation between the two lobes) is clear and distinct. You don’t want to invest in a heart shape diamond that looks more like a lop sided oval diamond.

If you are considering a heart shape diamond, we would strongly encourage you to get something that is .75 carats or larger. For the heart shape diamond in particular, if the stone is smaller it can be difficult for the eye to see the entire shape once it is set in the prongs.

One of the things that women love about the heart shape diamond (in addition to the romantic connotation) is the sparkle that it gives. As always, the cut, color and clarity of the diamond will make a tremendous difference in just how much sparkle there is.

If you think that the heart shape diamond is the right shape for you, then we invite you to come to our store and view our selection. We would be happy to educate you on what to look for and help you select the perfect diamond for you.