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What Kind of Diamond Engagement Ring Should I Buy?

Posted on Sep 24,2014

Choosing a diamond engagement ring can be a tough decision, especially with the wide-range of styles available in the market. Should you go for a timeless piece or go for something more modern and trendy?

The key to choosing the perfect engagement ring is to find out what your partner wants. Do you think she would prefer the timeless appeal of a solitaire engagement ring or would she prefer a unique and contemporary design?

While it’s common for couples to shop for engagement rings together, many still prefer to surprise their partners with a ring in hand when they pop the question. If you’ve chosen to go for the latter, then you’re probably wondering what kind of engagement ring you should buy.

Even if you can’t directly ask your partner what she prefers, if you have some knowledge of her personal style, then you’ll definitely find a suitable ring.

Styles of Diamond Engagement Rings

Classic Settings

Solitaire

The solitaire engagement ring is, no doubt, one of the most elegant and timeless designs for diamond engagement rings. Its minimalist setting provides a great base for a beautiful diamond and allows the stone to really sparkle and be noticed. It is also one of the safest options for people who aren’t too sure about what to get their fiancée.

Its four prong or six prong stone setting gives adequate protection for the stone, making it a suitable option for daily use. Since the setting is relatively affordable compared to other elaborate settings, the recipient can always have the setting altered by a jeweler if they wish to add side stones or change the setting altogether.

Side-Stones

Diamond engagement rings encrusted with side stones are also a popular option for many couples. This classic design often features a larger center stone and lots of smaller stones on the band set in either a pave or channel setting. It is commonly paired with a similar diamond-encrusted wedding band that provides a beautiful backdrop to the main stone.

Three-Stone Rings

While not as popular as solitaire and diamond encrusted settings, three-stone engagement rings are still quite popular today. Three-stone engagement rings often features one larger central stone and two slightly smaller side stones, although some rings feature three diamonds of similar sizes. They are generally more expensive because of the size of the diamonds. Three-stone engagement rings traditionally feature three diamonds that symbolize the past, present and future.

Diamond Cuts

The Round Brilliant Cut

The round brilliant cut is the most popular diamond shape used in engagement rings and accounts for about 75% of all diamond engagement ring sales. One of the most popular settings for round brilliant cut diamonds is the tiffany setting, featuring six prongs and a simple gold or platinum band. The round brilliant offers maximum fire, brilliance, and scintillation, making it an ideal option for engagement rings. It is also a very flexible shape to work with and goes well with mostly all settings.

The Princess Cut

The princess cut is the second most popular diamond shape for engagement rings and the most popular fancy shape diamond. It the closest square cut to achieve the same brilliance as the round-brilliant cut. Solitaire princess cut engagement rings are perhaps the most popular style. A four-prong stone setting is typically used to protect the corners of the diamond from damage and chipping.

Other Fancy Shapes

The most popular fancy shapes for diamond engagement rings next to the princess cut are: the emerald cut, the asscher cut, and the cushion cut.

Cushion cut engagement rings are especially popular today due to many celebrity engagements. They typically feature one large cushion cut diamond surrounded by a diamond-encrusted halo and a pave or micro-pave band.

Vintage Engagement Rings

While vintage engagement rings aren’t for everyone, some women prefer them for their classic elegance and historical value. Engagement rings from the Edwardian, Victorian, and art deco periods are of particular significance because of their popularity in modern engagements.

With the rising popularity of rose gold engagement rings, designs from the Victorian period are also regaining their popularity.

If you’re fiancée is an old soul or just simply loves the intricacy of engagement rings from past periods, then vintage engagement rings are definitely worth considering.

Generally speaking, unless you know exactly what your partner wants, sticking to classic styles is the safest option.

When it comes to diamond engagement rings, the possibilities are endless. You can even have a setting custom made especially for your fiancée if you want something truly unique. Just remember that the most important thing to consider when buying an engagement ring is the recipient’s personal style and preference.

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Diamond Engagement Ring Styles – What Type of Ring Should You Get?

Posted on Sep 11,2014

For many brides-to-be, one of the main highlights of getting engaged is the engagement ring. This is why their partners go through such great lengths just to find the perfect ring for when they finally pop the question. While some couples choose to buy the ring together, many people still prefer to surprise their partners with an engagement ring ready when they propose.

While many modern engagement ring designs tend to be seasonal in style, it is not advisable to purchase a ring based on current trends. An engagement ring should be a classic and timeless piece that the bride can wear for the rest of her life. This does not mean, however, that you should only stick to classic styles, as every bride-to-be has her own personal preference when it comes to engagement rings. When choosing an engagement ring style, it all boils down to knowing your partner’s personal style and preference.   If you have questions on pricing, SMDJ has a resource on how engagement rings are priced.

If it is impossible to find out what style your partner prefers and you can’t get hints from close friends and family, there are some classic styles that you can choose from. These styles aren’t only safe options but they are also timeless in their elegance and appeal and will surely provide that “wow” factor when you finally propose.

The Classic Solitaire

The classic solitaire setting is perhaps the most popular style for engagement rings and is likely to remain that way in the future. Notable for its simplicity and elegance, a solitaire setting adds extra emphasis to the diamond. While round brilliant diamonds are the most popular diamond shape used for solitaires, virtually all fancy shapes will look good in the right solitaire setting. It’s just a matter of choosing the best stone setting to complement the diamond (i.e. prong, bezel, channel).

When it comes to solitaire engagement rings, however, the most popular stone setting style is the four-prong and six-prong (more popularly known as the tiffany setting). A classic solitaire engagement ring typically features a round brilliant stone with a thin band (in gold, white gold, or platinum) and a six prong setting.

A classic solitaire setting is a very safe option for people who want to propose with the ring in hand while still giving the bride-to-be the option to have the diamond reset in a different style of their choice later on. Since solitaire settings are relatively inexpensive, jewelers will often allow returns so the diamond can be reset in a different band.

Three-Stone Style

Three-stone rings typically feature three diamonds of the same shape with the two side stones being slightly smaller than the center stone. Some three-stone rings, however, may feature stones of similar sizes. Three-stone rings are more expensive than solitaires because of the number of diamonds on the ring. Three-stone rings usually hold a special meaning, as the three stones traditionally symbolize the couple’s past, present, and future. The most common stone setting used for this style is the prong setting, although other stone setting styles can also be used depending on preference.

Side-Stone Rings

Engagement rings with side stones are also very popular among couples. Rings with side stones come in an array of styles. Emerald cut engagement rings with side stones are usually set in a prong setting or channel setting for the side stones. The sides stones may or may not have the same shape as the center stone, depending on personal preference.

The most common style for rings with side stones is the pave setting. In a pave setting, the band is embedded with several tiny diamonds, giving extra emphasis and sparkle to the center stone. Side stones can be set in a pave setting, prong setting, channel setting, or bezel setting but the most popular option for engagement rings are either pave or channel setting.

Rings with Side Stones and Halo Setting

A popular trend in many engagements lately is a cushion cut engagement ring with a halo and pave setting. The center stone is surrounded in a halo of smaller diamonds and the band is also embedded with similar tiny diamonds, typically round brilliant diamonds. This adds extra sparkle and elegance to the center stone and can give the illusion of the center stone being bigger than its actual size.

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

While yellow gold, white gold, and platinum are the most popular metals used for engagement rings, rose gold is also gaining popularity among many couples. The feminine and vintage appeal of rose gold adds to its charm. Rose gold is a good option for pink diamonds because it emphasizes the presence of color in the diamond.

Vintage Engagement Rings   

Vintage engagement rings may not be as popular as their modern counterparts but there are some people who prefer vintage engagement rings for their charm and historical value. If you’re buying a vintage engagement ring, it’s important to know exactly what your partner prefers, as there are many styles from different periods (e.g. Edwardian, Victorian, art deco, etc). If your partner only likes the style of vintage engagement rings but would prefer a brand new ring, you can have a vintage style engagement ring custom made by your jeweler instead of buying an authentic vintage engagement ring. This is a safer option as you can handpick the diamond and the style to suit the recipient’s exact style preference.  You can read our full post on vintage engagement rings here.

Choosing an engagement ring for your bride-to-be might seem very intimidating but as long as you keep your partner’s personality and style in mind, you’ll be able to find something that would best suit her. Of course, you can always choose the safer route and either choose a ring together or have the ring set in a solitaire setting.  And if you need to sell a diamond ring (maybe she said no :( ), you can always sell an engagement ring online too.

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