Diamond studs are a go to accessory and an essential item to a well appointed jewelry box. They’re a versatile and purely elegant choice, akin to the little black dress, equally appropriate worn day or night at the office or a fancy evening out.
Today’s most on trend rings encompass an array of unique details that showcase the ever-evolving definition of the engagement ring. Solitaires are classic and destined to remain vogue, but modern engagement rings may include custom designs that are uniquely inspired by the couple. They also include trendy, traditiondefying looks embraced by fierce and fearless fashionistas.
The most important thing is to choose a ring you know you’ll love for the rest of your life.
Unique Band Shapes
Every ring has at least one thing in common the circle band.
Three of the most popular non-traditional bands:
- Open bands: Not all circles are infinite, and the open band setting features two centerpiece stones at each end. Since this band isn’t closed, the open sides showcase the middle of the ring finger and draws attention to the details of the setting.
- Chevron bands: This funky ring features one or multiple strips of metal dipping into the signature “v” shape of the chevron pattern. The “v” can point to the root or tip of the finger depending on how you prefer to wear it. Diamonds can be incorporated into these rings in a pave setting, or they can be nestled within the triangular tip of the chevron.
- Square bands: Design a ring with edge literally. Square bands evoke the mod sculptural designs of the 60s, but today’s settings capture a sleek elegance with clean lines and classic details. Complement the angular structure with square and rectangular shaped gemstones like princess, Asscher, cushion or emerald shapes.
The first known engagement ring set with diamonds occurred in Austria in 1477, when an archduke gave one to his betrothed. But it wasn’t until the mid 20th century when industry heavyweight De Beers created history with their immensely effective ad slogan, “A diamond is forever®,” that diamonds and engagement rings became intrinsically joined as symbols of matrimony.
Diamond Necklaces are a nice personal touch for gift giving. It is easy to pick a beautiful pendant that can complement any chain. There are lots of new styles to choose from in many different shapes, round, square, heart or key shaped just to name a few. Pendants are a great choice as they can be worn day or night and will be evergreen through the years.
Diamond Bands are an exceptional way to celebrate a landmark birthday. Choose one with micropave diamonds for a polished and dainty look. An eternity band can truly make a statement with sparkle all around. Bands are available in a variety of metals like platinum, rose, yellow and white gold making for a versatile gift perfect for anyone.
This spring our engagement ring buyers are all about metal options. Whether you’re into on trend rose gold, warm and glowing yellow gold, or sleek white gold or platinum, you have all of those options!
Once you’ve landed on the style of engagement ring you’re interested in purchasing, the next decision you’ll make is what metal is right for said ring.
What is rose gold?
This hue of gold is considered a modern classic, as it has recently come back into vogue. Rose gold is perfect for someone who appreciates things that are fresh and on trend.
How Do I Decide Between 14K and 18K Gold?
K refers to karat or the purity of gold. 24k is pure gold, but can be very malleable and bends easily. It’s not really suitable for fine jewelry. 18K gold is 75 percent gold with 25 percent alloy for strength and color and 14K gold is 58.3 percent gold with 41.7 percent alloy. 18K gold is more expensive because it contains more gold.
Since gold is a relatively soft metal, greater alloy content can add strength and increase hardness which helps resist scratching. Also, the higher the gold content, the warmer and richer the gold tone will be. This is more noticeable in yellow and rose gold. The white rhodium coating typically found on white gold makes this difference a little harder to detect. 18K white gold will be warmer in color than 14K white gold.
She wants a bigger ring. You have a strict budget. Where do you go from there?
The amazing part about diamond engagement rings is that you can still find a beautiful, stunning ring no matter what your budget is. If she wants that big diamond look, there are small tips and tricks that we recommend on a daily basis to give the illusion of a larger diamond.
A large diamond ring doesn't have to break the bank if you know subtle ways that can really make a strong visual impact.
Don't focus so much on a diamond's carat weight, which determines how large the diamond is. If you put too much emphasis on getting a certain carat size ring, then you might end up having to sacrifice on other extremely important factors that will affect how beautiful the diamond is. And I can't speak for all women, but I'd much rather have a smaller diamond that is absolutely stunning than a larger diamond that is completely dull.
The halo engagement ring has been an extremely popular choice in the past few years. This type of ring features a center diamond surrounded by a "halo" of smaller diamonds to give the illusion of a much larger stone. This is a perfect way to get the big diamond look for a much lower price tag.
Choosing a halo engagement ring allows you to purchase a smaller center diamond and amplify the look and size of it with smaller diamonds all along the sides. Halos can be shaped around any stone. They can be square, circle, or even hexagon depending on the look you are going for.
One of the best ways to give the appearance of a larger diamond for less money is to actually stop trying to find the largest center diamond possible in your budget. Sometimes trying to find the largest stone in your budget will mean that you have to sacrifice other qualities of the diamond like its cut (which has the biggest impact on its overall sparkle) or clarity and color.
Instead, opt for a beautiful smaller diamond that can be accompanied by two smaller diamonds on either side. This is what is called a three-stone engagement ring. Having three smaller diamonds side-by-side that are beautiful on their own will create a larger diamond look and will add volume to the ring.
Diamond cluster rings are becoming a more popular choice for engagement rings because of their illusive nature.
Cluster rings feature smaller diamonds that are paired together in a cluster to give the appearance of a larger diamond. Done correctly, it would take someone looking at the ring really close to notice that the diamond is in fact a cluster of diamonds instead of one larger stone.
This is a great choice for the budget conscious shopper that wants that big diamond look. Smaller diamonds will always be significantly less expensive than larger diamonds. As diamonds increase in size, their price goes up exponentially instead of in a linear fashion. For example, two 1/2 carat diamonds will be significantly cheaper than one 1 carat diamond, because the 1 carat diamond is much more rare. Because of this, clusters of smaller diamonds will help keep the price of the ring way down.
Round diamonds are still the most popular shape for diamonds because of their brilliance. They are perfectly cut to reflect light in the best way possible to maximize a diamond's fire and sparkle.
However, more recently, "fancy" cut diamonds have started becoming more popular. This trend can really work in your advantage if you have a tight budget but still want to give the illusion of a larger diamond. Shapes like marquise, oval, pear, and emerald will elongate the stone to make it seem like the diamond is bigger than it actually is.
These 3 rings here are some of are top Sellers at GINA AMIR. The quality is amazing and at the perfect budget!
When young brides think of yellow gold, many think of their parents or people in earlier generations who most likely will have a yellow gold engagement ring. But more recently, we've seen a lot of women asking to see yellow gold rings for themselves.
So is yellow gold actually still popular for engagement rings today? In the 1960-80's, gold was the standard for bridal jewelry. It was very popular, and you wouldn't find many rings from that time that were made of white metals. Yellow gold quickly became synonymous with more traditional and classic style.
Starting around the mid 1990's, yellow gold fell out of fashion for wedding and engagement rings. Other white metals, like platinum or white gold, became a popular choice for their cool, sleek look. These white metals became the modern standard for all engagement and wedding ring metals, and they still dominate the market today.
Not until very recently have we started to see a shift back towards more traditional yellow gold rings. Until now, many people considered yellow gold engagement rings to be dated. They had a reputation for looking old and tired. But now, many are welcoming back this yellow metal as vintage-inspired rings and jewelry have come back in style.
Yellow gold has become more appealing to young brides.
Yellow gold is no longer considered a metal of the past when it comes to bridal jewelry. Now, women love the idea of yellow gold engagement rings. They are much more unique than rings made with more modern white metals. Yellow gold adds a softness to the ring that gives a nod to the 19th century, a much more romantic era. You can now think of yellow gold as "old school glam."
Not only is yellow gold appealing because of its recent popularity, it's also much easier to maintain than white gold. Unlike yellow gold, white gold requires periodic rhodium plating in order to keep the color of the ring looking white over the years. Also, yellow gold has similar hypoallergenic qualities as platinum and is less likely to cause a allergic reaction than white gold.
While we can't predict what exactly will happen with yellow gold, we have a strong feeling that it's around to stay for a while. We predict that we'll be seeing more celebrities on the Red Carpet sporting yellow engagement rings. In our opinion, the style isn't going anywhere any time soon.
Yellow gold is a timeless and classic metal which has a natural richness. It looks great on darker complexions, olive skin tones, and dark hair or eyes. White metals, on the other hand, look great on people with fair skin or rosy undertones. This difference alone is enough to consistently have a market for both types of metals in the future.
How will you make it special enough? This is a ring that she will be wearing for the rest of her life, and you'll want to put a lot of thought into finding the perfect ring for her.
Now more than ever, people are really looking for something unique for that special woman in their lives - something that no one else has. But, one thing that is often overlooked in the quest to find that special ring is the possibility of custom designing a ring.
Custom engagement rings are becoming incredibly popular. It allows you to have the power to bring an idea to life and create something that is so unique and special. Custom designing an engagement ring is a great way to create a ring from scratch that no one else will have. It'll forever be a one-of-a-kind ring that she can pass down for generations.
1. Adding Colored Gemstones
2. Getting a Vintage Inspired Look
3. Adding a Unique-Shaped Diamonds
4. Accommodating Larger Diamonds
5. Incorporating Rare Diamonds
6. Using a One-of-a-Kind Setting
7. Adding Small Symbolic Details
There's no denying that many women want the most sparkly engagement ring they can get their hands on.
Do you want to buy her a diamond that is big but doesn't reflect very much light. Or, do you want to get her a diamond that'll be so sparkly that it can catch the attention of someone across the room?
The best way to achieve a sparkly ring that'll blind people with its brilliance is to pay close attention to the shape of the diamond and how it is cut. There are a lot of different ways a diamond can be cut and all shapes are not equal in terms of brilliance. There is a reason that the round brilliant diamond is still the number one seller.
If you want to make sure her ring attracts the attention of everyone around her for years to come, even past the shiny new state it's in when it leaves the store. How does a diamond's shape affect its brilliance or sparkle?
When light shines on a diamond, it's reflected off of the diamond's surfaces, known as facets, before reflecting back out in the form of brilliance, or sparkle. Each diamond cut has a unique facet pattern which give the shapes their unique identities. Since the light has to bounce off of the facets before exiting the stone, these different facet patterns give each shape a unique brilliance as well.
It's important to know that although each diamond shape has a unique brilliance associated with it, the brilliance of an individual stone is also determined by the quality of the cut. The cut is based on how accurate the diamond's proportions are in comparison to the ideal measurements for a given diamond cut and it can severely alter the brilliance of a diamond.
So, just because the round brilliant diamond is the most brilliant doesn't mean all round brilliant diamonds will always shine bright. The round stone must still be cut well in order to earn the top spot on this list.
If you’ve researched diamonds and engagement rings online, you’ve probably come across the the four Cs of Diamonds. Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. They play a major role in grading any loose diamond. The slightest change in any of the Four Cs can end up having a huge impact price.
That being said, few people actually understand how to prioritize the Four Cs when searching the perfect ring for their. Understanding how a diamond's cut and clarity affects the appearance and price of a diamond is essential for anyone buying a diamond engagement ring.
Find out which of these two Cs is most important and how each will effect your search.
Like most natural things, a diamond isn’t perfect. Clarity is a direct measure of the number of inherent imperfections the diamond has. These flaws can be things such as dark spots, feathery cracks, or white points in the diamond.
To some people having as few imperfections as possible is important' however it’s important to note that unless you reach an SI2 or lower, it is extremely unlikely the naked eye will be able to see any flaws. A diamond doesn’t have to be flawless to be beautiful. Because the flaws aren’t visible to the naked eye, many shoppers find it well worth it to sacrifice clarity grade for what it affords in other categories.
The cut of a diamond refers to the proportions, symmetry, and polish of the loose stone. The cut of any diamond has three attributes: brilliance, fire, and scintillation. All of the factors determine how beautiful a diamond is.
The beauty of a diamond depends more on cut than any other factor. A well cut diamond acts as a prism, splitting white light into a brilliant rainbow of colors. Ideally all diamond cutters would be focused on enhancing the light performance of loose diamonds; however, since some customers will pay more for a larger diamond, there is pressure to sacrifice beauty for weight. A poorly cut diamond will seem dull even with excellent color and clarity.
At the end of the day, your fiance won't be bragging about her “1-ct. E VS1” diamond. She'll be telling her friends to look at her "beautiful sparkly diamond ring," and that’s ultimately what matters most.