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Guide to Wedding & Engagement Ring Settings – Make it Special!

Posted on Dec 23,2014

The diamond may be the most important component of an engagement ring but without the ring setting, all you’ll have is a loose diamond. The ring setting is the foundation of the ring, the base that will hold the diamond in place, which is why you should give it just as much importance as the gemstone you’ll be placing on it.

There are many different styles of ring settings and it can be overwhelming to choose especially if you’re not sure what the recipient wants. Most people buy ready-made rings and don’t really bother to research the different kinds of settings available. After all, if a ring looks good, you don’t really have to know what type of setting it is. However, if you want to make it special and you want to explore all your available options before you purchase the first ready-made ring you find, knowing the different kinds of settings can prove valuable to your search for the perfect ring.

Top Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring Settings

The Prong Setting

The prong setting is, without a doubt, the most popular ring setting today. Commonly seen on solitaires, the prong setting is characterized by either four or six prongs/claws enclosing the diamond. The prong setting is notable for allowing maximum light to enter the diamond in different angles. It is the most optimal setting for maximizing the brilliance of a diamond. It also makes the center stone look bigger. The prong setting is not only the perfect backdrop for a diamond but it also offers adequate protection as the claws protect the diamond from chipping or falling off, which can be a problem with daily use.

Prong settings are flexible and can be used for most diamond shapes. It is commonly seen on round brilliant solitaire rings but it is also used alongside a variety of ring settings and styles, including pave rings, three-stone rings, and channel rings.

Channel Setting

Channel setting is commonly used alongside prong setting for engagement rings. The center stone is usually set in a prong setting and the side stones are set on a channel setting. A channel setting is characterized by two lines of metals holding a row of diamonds or gemstones in between. There is no metal separating the gemstones from each other.

Channel setting is also popular in wedding rings with diamonds, particularly in eternity rings. The setting gives adequate protection to the stones while allowing adequate brilliance.

Pave Setting

Pave setting is another popular setting option for engagement rings. It is characterized by a row of small stones set very closely together. Unlike channel set stones, pave set stones have tiny beads of metal separating them from each other. For engagement rings, it is common to have a center stone set on a prong setting alongside pave set accent stones. Pave setting is also used widely in eternity diamond wedding rings.

Micro-pave setting is a variation of the pave setting where smaller stones are set closely to each other.

Bezel Setting

The bezel setting is also fairly popular in engagement rings. It is best for fancy shape diamonds like heart, triangle, and octagonal diamonds, as it emphasizes the shape of the diamond. In a bezel setting, the stone is surrounded entirely with a thin piece of metal. Not only does it offer extra protection for oddly shaped diamonds but it also helps emphasize the shape of smaller diamonds. It is perhaps one of the oldest settings for jewelry and is commonly used in engagement rings, as well as pendants and earrings.

Tension Setting

The tension setting is a slightly more modern option compared to the aforementioned ring settings. In a tension setting, two bars of metal hold the diamond in place. Unlike other settings, the tension setting does not offer as much protection for the diamond but it does offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to style. Tension set rings come in a wide-variety of styles and are commonly used in contemporary ring designs.

Illusion/ Cluster Setting

Illusion and cluster settings are sometimes used interchangeably because both are made of several smaller stones that make up one big centerpiece. In an illusion setting, smaller diamonds are set close to each other to create the illusion that they are one big stone instead of several small stones. A cluster ring is similar but a larger center stone is usually clustered with smaller stones to create the illusion of a bigger diamond.

Wedding ring settings are typically more straightforward than engagement ring settings because the stones used on wedding rings are a lot smaller. Some wedding rings are even just made up of plain precious metal without any gemstones.

Women usually choose a matching setting for their engagement ring and wedding ring so that both rings complement each other when worn on the same finger.

Regardless of the setting you choose for your engagement ring and wedding ring, the most important thing to consider is your personal style. Wedding rings don’t always have to match so the couple can express their personal styles individually.

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Diamond Bridal Rings – Diamonds in Your Wedding Band

Posted on Dec 22,2014

Engagement rings are special but it’s the wedding band that will really be worn most of the time. While most women wear both rings on a daily basis, many also choose to just wear their wedding bands for practical reasons.

Most women prefer to have diamonds on their bridal rings and understandably so, as diamonds can really make the band sparkle even when worn alone. Even women who prefer a simpler band design often choose to add a few small diamonds on the band as accents. When choosing diamond bridal rings, it’s important to choose not only in terms of style and aesthetic value but also durability, especially since you’ll be wearing your wedding ring everyday.

If you’re looking for the perfect diamond bridal ring to suit your lifestyle, you might find inspiration in the following styles:

Eternity Rings

Eternity rings are one of the most popular options for women because they complement solitaire engagement rings well. They are also just as beautiful when worn on their own. The ideal setting for eternity rings are either pave or channel because these settings provide extra protection for the tiny diamonds in between and are ideal for daily wear. However, some women prefer prong setting because they allow maximum brilliance for the diamonds. Eternity diamond rings are also symbolic of the commitment of marriage.

Round brilliant diamonds are often used for eternity rings but princess cut diamonds and emerald cut diamonds are also quite popular in many modern eternity ring designs.

Infinity Diamond RingHalf Eternity Rings

Half eternity rings are also quite popular. Instead of a full circle of diamonds like in a diamond eternity ring, half-eternity rings only have diamonds on the face of the wedding band. It’s a cheaper option compared to eternity rings because half the amount of diamonds are used unless you opt for bigger stones.

The half-eternity band style is ideal for bigger stones because diamonds are only used on the face of the band, making it more comfortable and practical for everyday use.

Eternity Diamond RingCurved Diamond Wedding Bands

A curved diamond wedding band has a slight curve in the face of the band to accommodate the main stone on the engagement ring. The curved design makes it so that when the wedding band is worn with the engagement ring, the main stone can sit nicely around the curved area. These rings are designed to complement the engagement ring and are often custom-made to suit the proportions of the stone on the engagement ring. Most bridal ring sets also come with curved wedding bands.

Curved Diamond RingDiamond Embedded Wedding Band

Wedding bands embedded with diamonds are suitable for those who don’t want too much sparkle on their wedding bands. These are also suitable for men because they are much more minimalistic than wedding bands completely studded with diamonds. The number of diamonds can be anywhere from one (placed at the center face of the band) to ten or more (dotting the circumference of the ring).

Diamond Embedded Wedding RingDiamond Bridal Sets

Some couples prefer to buy bridal sets (i.e. the engagement ring and wedding band are purchased together in a set) to ensure that they complement each other. Although for proposals, it may not always be recommended to purchase a bridal set unless you’re absolutely sure that the answer is “yes” and that the style is something the bride-to-be will not want to change. However, if you are purchasing the engagement ring with your partner, then diamond bridal sets are a great option especially since they are usually sold at a cheaper price than if you buy the rings separately.

Diamond Bridal RingsMatching Wedding Bands

There are some couples that prefer to get matching wedding bands to make the rings more symbolic. Most matching wedding band sets aren’t exactly similar, as the bridal ring is often designed to look more feminine and typically carry more diamonds than the groom’s ring. Although, there are also a lot of wedding band sets that are designed to look exactly the same, as some couples prefer to wear the same ring.

There is a wide-variety of diamond bridal ring styles out there and if you can’t find exactly what you have in mind, you always have the option to have your wedding band custom-made to suit your exact design preferences.

Matching Wedding Rings

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Unique Diamond Engagement Rings- Cuts, Styles, & Costs

Posted on Oct 30,2014

While most people prefer classic engagement ring styles like round brilliant or princess cut solitaire engagement rings, others are more particular about the style of their rings. It’s natural to want to own something that is unlike anything found in the market. This is why many couples prefer to have their engagement rings custom-designed to suit their individual tastes and preferences.

There are many unique diamond engagement rings in the market, some feature intricate metalwork paired with unique diamond shapes or cuts and look more like wearable art than jewelry.

From uncommon metals like tungsten to unusual band designs featuring lots of intricate patterns, there are many different techniques and styles you can employ to create a truly unique engagement ring. It’s inspiring to see the diversity of engagement ring styles out there.

Cuts of Unique Diamond Engagement Rings

When it comes to unique diamond engagement rings, people are more likely to experiment with the setting rather than the diamond cut or shape. This is because the setting can easily be changed but the diamond itself is not always easy to replace.

However, if you are in the market for a less-than-common diamond cut or shape, then you may want to consider the following options:

The Triangle or Trillion

Triangle DiamondThis is a diamond shape rarely seen on engagement rings but can be a stunner when set on the right band and stone setting. While finding a perfect triangle cut is not always easy, there’s a wide-variety of triangular diamonds available online. Setting a triangle diamond on a pave band and a three-prong setting creates a good balance between classic and unique. For a more subtle design, you can set the diamond on a solitaire setting with a bezel stone setting to provide added security to the stone.

The Marquise

Marquise Diamond styleMarquise diamonds offer an advantage when it comes to visual size. Since the diamond is narrow and elongated, it typically appears bigger than it actually is.  The marquise is a modified brilliant cut and as such, it is notable for its excellent brilliance. This cut is suitable for those looking for a unique alternative to traditional brilliant cuts like the round brilliant cut or the princess cut.

The Hexagonal Cut

Hexigonal Diamond Cut

The hexagon is another unique and interesting cut for diamonds. Popular in the 1920s, this is a great option for those looking for something unique for modern standards. To protect the corners, set it on a hexagonal bezel stone setting or a 6-prong setting. You can also experiment with art deco-inspired bands to give it a vintage appeal.

Styles of Unique Diamond Engagement Rings

A popular trend for unique engagement rings is combining different fancy color diamonds on one ring. A blue center diamond paired with colorless side stones makes for a good combination. Some styles also feature double halos surrounding a center stone for extra flair. Black diamonds also go well with a tungsten band and with white accent stones for contrast.

Unique Black Diamond Ring

Most unique diamond engagement rings found in the market experiment with the setting style rather than the diamond. Tension settings are great for creating a unique ring that puts emphasis on the stone. Although tension settings are generally less safe than prong settings, they offer a great alternative to the more common four-prong or six-prong diamond engagement rings.

6-prong diamond ringA unique alternative to yellow gold is rose gold. It offers a rustic but feminine appeal than cannot be found on more common options like white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. For a unique engagement ring style, you can opt for a rose gold setting and have the band custom-designed to add vintage-inspired patterns like filigrees and floral patterns.

floral diamond ring

When it comes to creating a truly unique ring, there isn’t a set pattern or trend you should follow. Just work with your jeweler to have it designed the way you want. However, it is recommended that you still stick to classic diamond cuts, as they are easier to work with and are generally easier to find. After all, it’s easier and cheaper to have the setting custom made compared to having a custom diamond shape cut to your exact preferences.

Unique Diamond Engagement Ring Sizes

Sizes are pretty standard for most diamond engagement rings. In the US and in Canada, sizes come in a range from 5 to 13. However, there are different sizes in other countries like the UK and France so if you’re shopping abroad, make sure to have the exact measurements of the recipient’s ring finger ready.

If you are buying a ring with intricate metal work on the band, it’s best if you have the size right when you buy the ring or have it designed because it’s often harder to resize ring bands with patterns on them. You might end up having to cut the pattern or worse, ruin the pattern when you have it resized.

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Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings – Classic, Timeless Ring Styles

Posted on Jul 14,2014

There’s nothing quite like a solitaire engagement ring setting to emphasize the beauty and brilliance of a diamond. It is one of the most popular styles when it comes to engagement rings because of its classic appeal and elegance. Many women prefer the solitaire style because it suits just about any diamond shape.

If you’ve chosen to propose with a diamond solitaire engagement ring, you’ve made the right choice. Not only is it one of the safest options if you’re not sure about the recipient’s style preference but it is also the easiest style to find in jewelry stores and other venues.

Choosing the perfect diamond solitaire engagement ring can be a daunting task especially with the number of options available to you from different venues. The key to finding the perfect ring is setting some parameters before making a purchase. Shopping around online and viewing different styles will allow you to make a much more informed decision when it comes to the stone and the setting of the ring. Below are some factors to consider aside from the 4Cs (carat, color, clarity, and cut) when buying a solitaire engagement ring:

Stone Shape

Since a diamond solitaire engagement ring only features one diamond, the shape of the stone is one of the most important things that you should consider. It is best to have this aspect set before the buying process begins so that you won’t be overwhelmed with the number of available diamond shapes once you do start to view rings.

Without a doubt, the most popular stone shape for solitaire engagement rings is the round brilliant. Over half of engagement ring purchases are round brilliant solitaires. Since a solitaire setting puts special emphasis on the stone, you’ll probably want to choose a stone that has exceptional brilliance. Brilliant cuts like the round brilliant and princess cut are excellent options. Other brilliant cut stone shapes include oval, cushion, heart, and marquise.

The beauty in the solitaire style is that it suits just about any stone shape available even step cuts like the emerald cut and the asscher cut so it really is just a matter of style preference. If you are unsure about the style preference of the recipient, the round brilliant would be the safest option for a diamond solitaire engagement ring.

Stone Setting

Another important factor when choosing a diamond solitaire engagement ring is the stone’s setting. This aspect goes beyond aesthetics, as you’ll also have to consider functionality (i.e. whether the setting will be able to hold the stone safely even with everyday use). The type of stone setting you choose will depend on its size and its shape.

The most popular stone setting for round brilliant solitaire engagement rings is the prong setting because it is not only practical but also minimalistic in design, giving the stone extra emphasis. Prong settings usually come with either four or six prongs (tiffany setting) but for diamond shapes like the heart, a three-prong setting is ideal to emphasize the shape of the stone.

Another popular setting is the cathedral setting, named as such because the arches that hold the stone resemble the vaulted ceilings of old cathedrals. This stone setting is ideal for smaller diamonds, as it offers the diamond more visibility, making it look bigger in size.

Modern stone settings for solitaire engagement rings include the bezel setting and the tension setting. While the bezel setting is more popularly used in earrings and pendants, it has gained popularity for engagement rings as well, particularly for round brilliants and square cuts like the radiant cut or emerald cut.

For the perfect diamond solitaire engagement ring, you might want to consider choosing a loose stone and then choosing the setting separately instead of buying a pre-designed ring. This will make it easier to design a ring that would suit the recipient’s personality and preference.

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How Much is My Engagement Ring Worth?

Posted on Apr 02,2014

diamond-ringMost people often want to know how much their engagement ring is worth regardless of whether they are planning on selling it or not. However, getting an accurate answer to this question is even more important if you have plans of selling it. The more information you know about the quality of your diamond engagement ring, the easier it would be for you to determine if you are getting a good price from a buyer.

There are many different factors that determine the value of a diamond engagement ring, the most important factors being the 4cs (Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat) of a diamond. It is worth noting, however, that these are not the only factors that are taken into consideration when valuing an engagement ring especially if you want to determine how much its resale value will be. Listed below are some of the factors that determine the value of engagement rings:

Appraisal Value

If you have a GIA Report or an IGI certificate, it’ll be easier for you to determine what it is worth. However, if you don’t have a certificate, you might want to have it professionally appraised.

Even with a certificate, if you have a high-value diamond, you might still want to get a professional appraisal so that you have an idea of how much its resale value will be based on current market prices.

It is worth, noting, however that professional appraisals can cost a lot of money and they don’t always guarantee that you’ll get a good price for your diamond, as price offers still depend on the buyer. Buyers don’t always follow the appraisal report especially since some appraisals grade diamonds higher than their actual value. Professional appraisals are recommended for high-value diamonds to protect the interests of the seller.

Rapaport Value

Most diamond buyers make offers based on a diamond’s Rapaport value. Rapaport diamond reports set the industry standard of diamond prices for consumers. These reports are published weekly.

Buyers often offer about 50% to 60% of a diamond’s “Rap” value initially and just increase it from there. Pawnshops usually offer less than 40% of the “Rap Value”. Online diamond buyers offer the most but their purchase offer is based on both the “Rap” value as well as their own appraisal of the diamond. This is why getting your own appraisal for smaller diamonds don’t always pay off, as most buyers base their purchase on their own valuation of the diamond.

Brand

Brands can add a lot of value to a ring. Engagement rings bought from jewelers like Tiffany’s or Cartier can significantly raise the value of an engagement ring. Most dealers are willing to pay 70% or more of a ring’s value if it is from a big brand name.

Ring Setting

Since you’ll also be paid for the setting, you also have to take into account the market prices for precious metals. The value will be based not only on the weight and purity of the metal but its current state taking into account wear and tear if they are not going to melt the metal.

There are a lot of factors that influence the prices of diamond engagement rings, which is why it’s not always easy to get an estimate of how much you can sell it for. If you want to protect yourself and get a fair price when you sell your engagement ring, it’s best to do your research. It’s better if you have a GIA report or IGI certificate along with the most recent Rapaport report so you’ll know whether the price is right or not.

For more information on the pricing of engagement rings, along with reviews of online diamond buyers, check out our diamond selling page for more information.

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