Choosing your diamond engagement ring design is one of the most exciting times in your life.
The styles of diamond engagement rings are almost limitless which can make your job of finding a diamond engagement ring a lengthy process. This page will hopefully provide you with some inspiration for choosing your diamond engagement ring.
In addition to the considerations outlined on this page, there are some other important factors to consider when it comes to choosing your diamond engagement ring. You can see information about choosing the diamonds for your diamond engagement ring and the design construction factors to consider on the engagement ring advice page.
If you answer each of these four questions, you will take a big step forward towards finding the right diamond engagement ring for you.
You will find information to help you answer each of these questions below.
You can choose the shape of your diamond in your diamond engagement ring. Brilliant cut, princess cut, emerald cut, marquise cut and heart cut are the diamond shapes normally chosen in diamond engagement rings.
The brilliant cut diamond is traditionally the most popular diamond shape in diamond engagement rings.
The brilliant cut diamond, when it is cut to the best ideal proportions, will give a stunning sparkle. The brilliant cut diamond reflects the most light of all of the diamond cut shapes.
Princess cut diamonds are becoming increasing popular, so much so that princess cut diamond engagement rings are now almost as popular as brilliant cut diamond engagement rings.
Princess cut diamond engagement rings are often made in the prong setting style. A bezel setting and bar settings are also possible.
An emerald cut diamond has a lovely radiance that can be described as elegant. The emerald cut diamond does not reflect as much light as a princess cut diamond due to the way that the diamond facets are cut.
Emerald cut diamonds are normally set vertically along the finger. A prong setting style is most popular for this diamond cut. A bezel setting is also possible with an emerald cut diamond engagement ring. An emerald cut diamond is classified as a type of fancy cut diamond.
A marquise cut diamond has a curved shape which meets at two points at either end of the diamond. The proportions of a marquise cut diamond can vary from diamond to diamond, with some marquise cut diamonds being wider across the middle than others.
Marquise cut diamonds are usually set vertically along the finger, though they can also be set in a horizontal position across the finger. An end setting is normally used with a marquise diamond engagement ring. A prong setting is generally not recommend. A bezel setting is possible though less common.
A marquise cut diamond is classified as a type of fancy cut diamond.
A heart cut diamond is classified as a type of fancy cut diamond.
The diamond setting styles that you will most often see in diamond engagement rings are prong settings and bezel settings. Bar settings and end settings are also available.
Prong settings usually have six or four prongs. Six prongs are the most secure, though a well constructed four prong setting should also securely hold your diamond. Prong settings can also be called claw settings.
You can choose a single diamond, called a solitaire diamond engagement ring. Solitaire means that the engagement ring has one diamond.
Prong set solitaire diamond engagement rings are the traditional classic diamond engagement ring choice. Bezel settings are also popular.
The diamonds in a multi-stone diamond engagement ring can be of equal or proportional size. You can also choose to have one or a few larger diamonds together with with smaller diamonds in the shoulders of your diamond engagement ring.
Some of the most popular multi-stone diamond engagement rings feature channel set diamonds in the shoulders of the engagement ring band. Princess cut diamonds in the shoulders are particularly popular. Brilliant cut diamonds and baguette cut (small rectangular shaped) diamonds are also a good choice.
14kt can also be used for diamond engagement rings, though 18kt is more popular and is preferable whenever possible.
18kt yellow gold is the traditional choice for a diamond engagement ring, though 18kt white gold is now selected as often, or perhaps more often, than yellow gold diamond engagement rings. Platinum is also a popular choice, though platinum is a more expensive metal than 18kt white and yellow gold which may place platinum out of the budget range of some couples looking for a diamond engagement ring.
See the three rings to the right, the first is an 18kt yellow gold engagement ring, the 2nd is an 18kt white gold engagement ring and the 3rd is a platinum engagement ring.
So now that you know more about the diamond engagement ring design options let's revisit those 4 questions again.
Once you answer each of these questions, you will be able to narrow down the types of diamond engagement rings that you like, which will make your job of finding the diamond engagement ring design a lot easier.
Using this general framework, you will be able to start looking at the different diamond engagement ring designs that suit your tastes and preferences.
We hope this information has helped you in your quest for finding your diamond engagement ring.
The diamond engagement rings pictured are from Gillett's Jewellers.
Custom made diamond engagement rings: Gillett's Jewellers are able to custom make diamond engagement rings. If you would like a diamond engagement ring custom made for you please contact us by e-mail. Please include as much information as possible in the e-mail to describe the diamond engagement ring that you would like and the budget that you are aiming for, together with any drawings or pictures that you have.