Diamonds are a popular choice as center stones for engagement rings. The conventional engagement ring design typically features a big colorless diamond center stone, with an assortment of colored or colorless stones. A 1 carat diamond gold ring that has a brilliant cut round diamond set as the center stone in a yellow or white gold ring is a favorite of many. The following tips can be helpful in choosing the right combination of stones and settings to realize a design that you adore.
Bigger Is Not Always Better
A one-carat stone is usually considered by many as big enough for an engagement ring. The shape of the stone, the cut, and the clarity determine the appearance of the stone rather than its size. For example, a 2-carat stone with lots of inclusions and flaws may not shine as brightly as a flawless one-carat diamond with no visible inclusions. Similarly, a huge two or three carat stone with a less desirable cut may fail to shine as bright as a perfect, brilliant-cut one-carat diamond. This is true even in the case of stones that are colorless with no inclusions or flaws. Therefore, it is always desirable to invest your money in a stone of good cut, great clarity, and good color irrespective of its size.
The Accent Stone Setting
While solitaire will remain the favored setting of all times, more and more brides-to-be are leaning towards including beautiful accent stones in their engagement ring design. This would help the ring have a unique appeal and may help accentuate the center stone. However, if you are not careful enough, the same can make the ring look cluttered instead of classy. Using stones of different cuts and varying sizes may not deliver the results you might expect. Using many different colored stones might also backfire and make the ring look messy. The choice of accent stones should be done in such a way that the final ring design is aesthetically pleasing.
Choosing The Right Band
The usual preferences for engagement ring bands are white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum. These metals are known for their sturdiness and ability to hold the stone in place. Colorless diamonds shine better when set in white gold or platinum. While yellow and rose gold are also great choices, these metals may give the diamond the appearance of a tint, which would beat the purpose of choosing a colorless stone, to begin with.
Weigh your options and choose an engagement ring design that pleases you the most. An experienced jeweler can help you with customizing a ring that is perfect for you.