When we think of Hollywood jewelry, one thing never changes: the bigger the better. While gemstone jewelry of the rich and famous always trends toward larger size stones and unconventional designs, there’s no reason the rest of us can’t get in on the action and add a little Hollywood glamour to our own gems. If you’ve got an open mind and a modern sense of style you can pick up a celebrity inspired gemstone ring for a fraction of the price you’d expect.
Consider Your Cut and Setting
The first consideration is cut. Oval cut and other “fancy” shaped stones are in, and often these cuts make for larger looking gems than standard round cut stones. Look specifically for pear, oval or marquise shaped stones, which have an elongated shape that gives them the appearance of a higher carat weight than a traditional round stone of the very same carat weight. The result is a “bigger” looking ring for less than would be possible with a traditional cut.
The second consideration is setting. Another way to achieve a bigger “wow” factor is to opt for a cluster setting, which combines multiple gems together in a single setting.
We all know that the rarity of diamonds is what makes them valuable. But larger diamonds are more rare than small diamonds, which means that a single 1 carat diamond is more valuable than multiple diamonds. A multi-stone setting allows for a higher combined carat weight for a lower price than would be possible with a single diamond of the same carat weight.
We’ve also seen a ton of multi-stone settings in celebrity engagement rings, including the wildly popular halo style engagement ring. This vintage inspired setting features a center stone surrounded by a ring of smaller stones that accent the main stone and provide added sparkle.
The bonus is there’s no reason to restrict yourself to a white diamond for the center stone (think of Princess Kate’s famous hand-me-down sapphire halo engagement ring originally owned by Princess Diana). An alternative stone can bring the price down considerably without sacrificing style. Emeralds, sapphires, rubies and even less expensive gems like garnet, amethyst and topaz (which is available in a rainbow of colors) can make for vibrant engagement rings. A halo of small diamonds surrounding a boldly colored gem means you can still have the wow factor of the diamonds without the cost of a ring that features the diamond as the main stone
**A special Thanks to Ducarra for allowing us to use their beautiful ring photos. For more information on any of the rings featured in this blog please be sure to visit Ducarra.com
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