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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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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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Vintage Engagement Rings – Your Guide to Classic Diamond Rings

Posted on Aug 13,2014

Vintage engagement rings are prized not only for the stone and the metal used on the setting but also the intricacy of its design. Vintage engagement rings feature some of the most elaborate settings that the band is sometimes as valuable for the wearer as the stone. Carefully handcrafted by jewelry artisans of decades past, vintage engagement rings (whether they’re from as far back as the 1800s, the 1920s, or the 1960s) are a testament to the talent and craftsmanship of the artist. Of course, the older the engagement ring, the more buyers usually value it. As such, authentic vintage engagement rings from a particular period can be hard to come by.

Authenticity

There are generally two types of buyers of vintage engagement rings: those that value the ring for its past history and those that value the ring for the design alone. Of course, some people also value both. If you are interested in buying a vintage engagement ring, the first thing that you have to decide on is whether you want an engagement ring from a particular period or you want a reproduction of the design of a particular period. If you’re after authenticity, then you have to look in a lot of different places to find the ring you want but if you only want a reproduction of a particular design, then you can have virtually any ring from any period reproduced by a talented jeweler. Although, the intricacy of the design and detailing may pose a challenge for many, depending on your chosen design.

If you are intent on proposing with an authentic vintage engagement ring from a particular period, then the following tips might prove useful to you in your search for the perfect ring:

Period of Origin

When shopping for vintage engagement rings, it might be easier if you focus on one particular period. While some don’t really have a preference just as long as the ring is an antique and is aesthetically pleasing in design, others are more particular about the period the ring is from. Does your partner have a particular preference?

The most common inspirations for vintage engagement rings are the Victorian period (mid to late 1800s; rose gold was widely used in this era; popular cuts include the old European cut and antique cushion cut), Edwardian period (notable for the use of platinum as the base metal; popular cuts include the rose cut and the old European cut), the art deco period (from 1920s to 1940s, notable for its art deco and filigree designs; white gold has become a common material for rings; popular cuts included the round brilliant and old European cut), and the retro period (1930s to 1960s; wedding bands were typically designed to match the engagement ring).

Price

It is a common misconception among many first-time vintage jewelry buyers that vintage engagement rings are more expensive than modern ones.  Unless the ring had an important past and had very valuable components, vintage rings aren’t necessarily more expensive. Price depends on the physical aspects of the ring (i.e. the current state of the stones and the band, the presence of visible damages). While most vintage jewelry sellers will have restored the ring as much to its former glory as possible, any damages can still have a big impact on the price. More often than not, going vintage is a much more cost-effective option when buying an engagement ring. Plus, you get to enjoy the craftsmanship of a particular period in history.

Quality and Durability

Authentic vintage engagement rings that still carry all the stones from the original ring are a testament to its craftsmanship. When buying a vintage engagement ring, it’s important to ask the seller beforehand if any of the stones on the ring have been replaced. Engagement rings that carry multiple stones might not always withstand the test of time. As such, jewelers sometimes replace missing or damaged stones from the original ring. In some occasions, only the band is kept and the stones are replaced with new ones.

If the ring you are buying is from the Victorian era or the Edwardian era, it’s extremely important to make sure of its durability because of its old age. Although, stones from the Edwardian era are said to be superior when it comes to cut and durability.

Ring Setting                                                                                         

Vintage engagement rings are highly notable for the intricacy of their settings. Since some of the settings are really delicate, it’s important to check the stones on the ring. If any of the stones seem loose or can easily be dislodged with your finger, it probably won’t withstand too much use anymore.

Ring Size

Not all vintage engagement rings can be resized without affecting the original design. The really intricate ones can cost a fortune to resize, especially if you need to add more material to the ring to make it bigger. Ensuring that the detailing and the metal are similar can be difficult for modern jewelry makers so you have to make sure to get the size right or at least make sure that it is possible to have it resized. You can also ask for a quote for resizing ahead of your purchase to ensure that you stay within budget.

The Stone

Most importantly, examine the stone (or stones) carefully and decide whether it is something you really want to keep. It is important to remember that cutting methods have significantly evolved over the years. Improving the cutting process has made it possible to maximize the fire, brilliance, and scintillation of modern diamonds. Vintage diamonds, however, tend to be less sparkly than their modern counterparts.

When shopping for a vintage engagement ring, you can’t rely too much on what it says on paper about the diamond’s cut, clarity, color, and carat weight because there were different cutting standards in the past. Also, it can be difficult to find a vintage engagement ring with a proper certificate. While you can have it evaluated yourself, you should still keep in mind that you should set different standards when it comes to a diamond’s 4Cs.

Make sure to have the ring appraised before buying. You can bring a diamond valuation expert with you to a store to ensure that you are getting what you are paying for. You can also choose to have the ring appraised after purchase, just make sure the store has a reasonable return policy.

When choosing a vintage engagement ring, it’s really all about personal preference and how you feel about the ring. Whether you are choosing it with your partner or buying it as a surprise, the ring should represent the personality of the wearer.

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