ENGAGMENT RINGS

 

Getting engaged can never be under estimated as one of life’s most important moments. It signifies the beginning of the next chapter of your life, a strong personal commitment to the one you love, and shows the world that you intend to spend the rest of your days with a partner that you truly love.  

Traditionally, popping ‘the’ question is accompanied by the giving of an engagement ring. This tradition is believed to date back as far in history as the Ancient Egyptians. Evidence of Egyptian men presenting their brides to be with handmade rings made from reeds, sedges, papyrus and other natural elements such as leather, bone or ivory have been discovered.   The first recorded giving of an engagement ring was by Archduke Maximillian of Austria to his fiancé Mary of Burgundy in 1477.  However, it was not until the 1870's when diamonds were discovered in South Africa that diamond engagement rings became more widely available through the jewellery industry.

Engagment Ring

Of course, it is the famous 1930s marketing campaign created by De Beers, the celebrated diamond cartel, that really brought the giving of engagement rings to the fore.  The campaign educated the public about the ‘4 Cs’ - cut, carat, colour, and clarity of diamonds, and launched the famous slogan - "a diamond is forever".

THE 4CS

For many couples choosing an engagement ring can be a minefield. However, if you understand the guidelines of the ‘4 Cs’ which is a universally accepted method for assessing the quality of a diamond, finding the perfect diamond engagement ring will become a lot easier:

Diamond Colour

Diamond Colour

All diamonds are graded by their colour. The most valuable (and rarest) colour being white/ colourless. This is the most popular colour of diamond used for engagement rings.  Not all white diamonds are created equal and grading allows the differentiation of whether a slight yellow hue is present. Diamonds with a very strong and distinct colour are extremely rare and are called fancies.

Diamond Cut

This creates the sparkle and brilliance that diamonds are known for by influencing the stones interaction with light. The quality of the cut of a diamond is vitally important as incorrect cutting can compromise a diamonds’ sparkle.  The way in which the facets are cut, angled and sized on a diamond's surface dictates how light reflects on and leaves the diamond – this is referred to as ‘fire’.Cuts that are too shallow, or conversely too deep, will make the diamond less brilliant.

Diamond Cut
Diamond Clarity

Diamond Clarity

This measures the number of imperfections, called ‘inclusions', in a diamond. Inclusions can affect the diamond's fire, but they are what makes each diamond unique and therefore cannot really be regarded as a fault. The higher the clarity grading, the rarer the diamond but providing that the diamond is graded SI1 (Slightly Included 1) or better (best and most expensive is IF, or Internally Flawless; worst is I3, or Imperfect 3), then the diamond is perfectly acceptable for use in an engagement ring or other piece of jewellery.

Diamond Carat

This measures the weight of a diamond, not the size. One carat is equal to 0.2gm or 200mgm and is divided into 100 smaller units called points i.e. three-quarters of a carat is 75 points. A diamond with a large carat weight will be most valuable due to its rarity. However, bear in mind that a diamond can appear larger than its actual weight depending on the way that it is cut and set. If the engagement ring you choose is a diamond cluster the carat weight refers to the total weight of all the stones together. The most popular engagement rings tend to be somewhere between one carat and half a carat.  

Diamond Carat

CHOOSE YOUR DIAMOND SHAPE

The cut also determines the ‘shape’ of the diamond but cut and shape should never be confused, they are two different entities. All diamond cut styles are very different, have unique characteristics determine quality for each shape. The most common are:

Round brilliant cut diamonds

This is a true classic and possibly the most popular diamond shape as it suits any setting and ring style and is completely timeless. Due to the mechanics of its shape, the round diamond is generally superior to fancy shapes in the reflection of light, maximizing potential brightness and sparkle of the diamond.

Round Diamond Engagement Rings

Round Diamond Engagement Rings

Princess cut diamond

First created in 1980, the Princess cut diamond is a square shape with a brilliant cut that gives a fresh modern look and is one of the most popular diamond cuts for engagement rings. Like round cut diamonds, Princess cut diamonds are a good choice for their flexibility in working in almost any style of ring.

Princess Diamond Engagement Rings

Princess Diamond Engagement Rings

Cushion cut diamond

The Cushion cut diamond combines a square cut with rounded corners (much like a pillow as its name suggests) which highlights the diamonds brilliance. This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years, and for the first century of its existence was the most popular diamond shape. Refinements in cut have recently led to a resurgence in popularity and this cut is now the favourite of many celebrities as it is often used for big or fancy coloured diamonds.

Cushion Diamond Engagement Rings

Cushion Diamond Engagement Rings

Marquise cut diamond

A Marquise diamond cut is a football-shaped, modified brilliant-cut. This cut will maximise the carat weight and give a much larger looking diamond.  This is because the Marquise diamond is long and narrow, so it can create the illusion of greater size. Carat for carat, the Marquise diamond has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape, making it a good choice when trying to maximize perceived size.

Marquise Diamond Engagement Rings

Marquise Diamond Engagement Rings

Heart cut diamond

The modified brilliant-cut Heart shaped diamond is a unique and unmistakable symbol of love. Heart shaped diamonds less than .50 carats may not be a good choice, since the Heart shape is more difficult to perceive in smaller diamonds, especially after they are set in prongs. 

Heart Diamond Engagement Rings

Heart Diamond Engagement Rings

Emerald cut diamond

The unique look of the Emerald cut diamond is due to the step cuts of its pavilion and its large, open table. Emerald cut diamonds produce a hall-of-mirrors effect, with the interplay of light and dark. The Emerald cut is a very popular choice and whilst its shape is rectangular it can vary in length to width ratio.

Emerald Diamond Engagement Rings

Emerald Diamond Engagement Rings

Oval cut diamond

Oval shaped diamonds can vary in length to width ratio. As the Oval diamond is a modified brilliant-cut (like virtually all the round cut diamonds), the two diamond shapes possess a similar fire and brilliance. Oval cut diamonds have the added advantage of an elongated shape, which can create the illusion of greater size

Oval Diamond Engagement Rings

Oval Diamond Engagement Rings

Pear cut diamond

The modified brilliant-cut pear-shaped diamond is a combination of a round cut diamonds and a Marquise shape, with a tapered point on one end. Ideally, a pear-shaped diamond should possess excellent or very good symmetry. The point should line up with the apex of the rounded end. The shoulders and wings (the upper and lower curves on the right and left side of the diamond) should form uniform, symmetrical curves.  Pear shaped diamonds will elongate the fingers and make them look slimmer.

WHICH STYLE OF SETTING TO CHOOSE?

This is a very important decision as your fiancé will be wearing your engagement ring for the rest of her life, so the style of setting must suit her personality and tastes perfectly.

Engagement rings can broadly speaking be categorised into two main styles which are  Solitaire and Multi-Stone.  Solitaire as the name suggests refers to an engagement ring made just from one diamond.  The  Solitaire style is perhaps the most popular choice of engagement ring as it is simple, stylishly classical and timelessly fashionable. If choosing a solitaire setting it is vital that the diamond is of the highest quality as it will be the focus of the piece. Reve Diamonds strongly recommend that you select a diamond that offers the best cut, colour and clarity within your budget.  

Multi-Stone setting describes an engagement ring that is anything but a Solitaire. One of the most popular of the multi-stone setting engagement rings is the ‘ Trilogy ’ or ‘Trinity’ setting which is a three-diamond setting. The multi-stone Trilogy  engagement ring  setting is said to symbolise the story of the journey that a relationship takes and is symbolic of a couples commitment to ‘past, present and future’.  

WHICH METAL TO CHOOSE?

If your fiancés jewellery collection consists of mostly yellow metals it may be wise to choose a traditional yellow gold engagement ring as it will be a ring that they will treasure and wear all the time. If your partner's collection consists of white metals you may want to choose an engagement ring in a precious metal such as white gold, platinum or palladium. A rose gold engagement ring offers a chic and Contemporary look. Always remember that your wedding band should be the same metal as your engagement ring to avoid the metal wearing or scratching.

At Rêve Diamonds we offer engagement rings in a range of metals including yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum and palladium and there are many variations to choose from online and in store at our London Mayfair or Birmingham Jewellery Quarter showrooms.

ONE LAST VITAL THOUGHT ON CERTIFICATION OF YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING

It is vital that when investing in the purchase of a diamond engagement ring that you are provided with certification. This proves that the diamond has been assessed, graded and coded with a laser by an independent gemmological laboratory such as the GIA. By requesting certification, you will guard against purchasing a diamond that has been made with natural mineral substitutes such as white sapphire, topaz, quartz or zircon or synthetic substitutes such as cubic zirconia or moissanite. All diamonds sold by Rêve Diamondsare fully certified.

 

At Rêve Diamonds we believe in giving our customers as much choice as possible, allowing individuals to choose the design, the metal and the diamond size for their jewellery purchase. We believe that having the option to tailor our designs gives our customers something unique.

Bespoke Options - Unusual Engagement Rings

We offer a complete engagement ring bespoke design service that transforms your jewellery concept into finished product.

Our skilled team of CAD designers will work with you to create your design. If you can’t find the perfect design, or you want to add a different diamond please contact us to discuss the options for bespoke made rings.

 

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