how to select the perfect engagement ring
Diamond engagement rings are the ultimate symbol of romantic love. And since the mid 1960s, the diamond solitaire has become synonymous with engagement. And as increasing number of couples are choosing other styles of diamond rings for their engagement piece, just about anything goes it seems! But what can you choose if you want a traditional ring, but are looking for a way of making it more unique?
Fancy colored diamonds are stylish and attractive way to make your engagement ring stand out from the run of the mill crowd. The current fashion for colored diamonds and the newest methods of color enhancement means that fancy colors are more readily available and more affordable than at any time in the past.
Yet it can be difficult to find colored diamond engagement rings. So why not design your own?
After all, if you design her engagement ring, your future bride will be left in no doubt just how much effort and thought you have put into the proposal, nor how much you mean it! Presenting your future bride with a one of a kind ring that YOU designed is very romantic.
The first thing to do is decide how much you can afford and set a budget. Colored diamonds can be significantly more expensive than white diamonds so do your research beforehand. Your budget will have an influence over the color of diamond you can choose. Some colors, such as red are so rare that they have never been seen by most professional jewelers!
Next think about the setting. You may decide a colored diamond solitaire would be the best choice. However, depending on the color of the diamond, this may not be the best choice. Whilst it may work very well for a blue diamond set into platinum, a brown, chocolate, champagne or yellow diamond may be mistaken for a white diamond with poor color. These fancies are best accented with small white diamonds to bring out their beauty!
If your budget will stretch to it, why not choose a three stone setting, with the central white diamond being flanked by matching colored fancies? This would certainly draw the eye and works especially well with lighter fancy diamonds. Deeper colored fancies look better with the dark gemstone flanked by two white diamonds.
Choosing a champagne, blue or yellow diamond as the centrepiece for an engagement ring is a sensational way to make a ring unique and special to you. However, these stones can be pricey so if you do want to customize your engagement ring in this way, you might like to get the input from your future bride!