The solitaire engagement ring undoubtedly speaks commitment and romance in a classic way. But what if you want uniqueness and edginess even in your life – even when it comes to everything about your wedding?
You’ve got more choices than the usual solitary sparkle these days. You can take your pick from a selection of settings, cuts and colour.
Emerald over princess, oval over brilliant
The brilliant, or round-cut diamond, is the most popular for an engagement ring. The princess cut is probably the next favourite choice for most couples. This is because these cuts are said to bring out the maximum brilliance in any diamond. But today, some jewellers can make magic with an emerald or an oval cut. Also, the elongated shapes of these cuts make it unique and more striking even from afar.
Not just a few ladies are beginning to love the emerald-cut diamond for an engagement ring, because it gives a vintage look and an illusion of being a bigger rock. You might be someone who can’t see anything in the princess cut aside from its being square. The better option for you would be an emerald cut.
An oval diamond ring is also chosen by those who’d like a rock that’s not so unusual but still more interesting than the conventional. However, take note that the oval generally looks best when it’s at three-quarter carat, at least, and set with smaller stone accents.
The buzz on bezel
If you’re going for the whole look and not just the stone, put some zing on your ring by choosing a bezel-set piece.
The bezel setting may be one of the first techniques of setting a stone on a piece of jewellery. But it has slowly become unpopular in the later years, giving way to the prong setting, which shows more of the stone.
Lately, however, it’s returning to the limelight for engagement rings not only for its secure hold on the diamond or whatever type of stone you have on your jewellery. It projects an urban sophistication and elegance that’s different from the popular prong setting. If you’re living an active lifestyle, the bezel-set ring will function well and look good on your finger.
Add a bit of colour
While this commonly refers to the stone, this may also refer to the metal band.
Remember J. Lo’s eye-popping pink diamond accessory not too long ago? It seems that from that time on, celebrities and non-celebrities have been flashing their engagement rings that can be of any hue. Most common are yellow and pink. These natural fancy coloured diamonds are valued for their colour intensity, in contrast to the colourless ones, which are graded according to its lack of colour.
You can also opt to use 2 or 3 shades of gold to liven up your engagement ring. You can emphasize the use of coloured metals with a twisted setting or with stack ring. Use colourless diamonds to highlight the colours of the band.
An engagement ring, to be beautiful, doesn’t always have to depend on the size of the diamond or anything that tradition dictates. Jewellers now offer more choices so you can have the ring that will perfectly fit your unique taste and personality.
About the author
Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and fashion to the online world, including GoldeNet.com.au.