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Choosing an engagement ring causes countless grooms to sweat bullets and empty their bank accounts. So to help you guys out I have assembled a list of classic engagement ring styles to fit every taste, quirk and budget.
A slender band with a single diamond, the solitaire — especially a round stone — is the ultimate in classic engagement ring styles. Both graceful and elegant, this ring complements any woman’s hand and will never go out of fashion.
As with any engagement ring, the composition of the band can affect the overall price and quality. Platinum is the most durable metal available, although it has a steep price tag. Yellow or white gold are beautiful as well and significantly less expensive.
There’s no shortage of fancy shapes for grooms considering the solitaire setting. If the bride has classic taste but yearns for an air of distinction, the groom is wise to opt for something besides a round stone. Second in popularity to the round diamond is the princess cut, which is an elegant square shape.
Other cuts include emerald, oval, asscher, marquise, cushion, radiant, heart and pear. Celebrity brides helped in part to popularize some of these alternative shapes, particularly princess and emerald cut diamonds. Found on the famous fingers of actresses Katherine Heigl and Eva Longoria Parker, these styles have worked their way into the hearts of style- and celebrity-conscious women everywhere.
Although three-stone rings tend to be more expensive than solitaires, they do offer much greater potential for variety. Each stone is rife with symbolism, with a rock representing the past, present and future of the couple’s relationship.
Three-stone settings can feature two smaller stones on either side of one dominant stone, or a groom might choose to select three diamonds of similar size.
Three-stone rings are glamorous and certainly up the sparkle ante.
A woman with glamorous taste and an affinity for bling might appreciate an engagement ring with pavé or channel-set diamonds in the band. Both types of bands feature tiny diamonds throughout the length of the band, creating more sparkle than solitaires or three-stone rings.
Pavé and channel-set diamonds differ in the way they’re embedded into the band. Channel-set diamonds are placed into a groove inside the ring so that the tables (the tops of the diamonds) are flush with the band. Pavé diamonds are set on top of the band so closely together that you can’t really see the metal.
Of these two classic options, channel-set diamond bands tend to be the more affordable. They may also be the most practical since pavé diamonds are more prone to falling out over time — they’re simply not secured as well as channel-set diamonds.
Many a bride-to-be has skipped off to the jeweler’s to pick out a wedding band, only to return frustrated at the lack of options that work with her engagement ring. Some engagement rings are difficult to match because they’re constructed in such a way that it’s impossible for a band to sit flush against it. Jewelry designers have caught wind of this dilemma and are creating more engagement ring/wedding band sets that are designed to fit together perfectly and that have a complementary style.
Many of these sets are crafted with interlocking grooves to help the rings sit flush. This engineering technique renders many wedding bands less than attractive when worn independently from the engagement ring.
Women who plan on wearing their wedding band solo on occasion might want to steer clear of this option.
Diamonds may be the traditional stone of choice for engagement rings, but there’s no law that says you can’t add a little color. Many women prefer the rich hues of colored gemstones to the clear sparkle of a diamond. A gemstone engagement ring will certainly stand out from the rest.
When choosing a gemstone, grooms need not pay so much attention to the clarity as to the color. The ideal stone will be evenly colored throughout. Note that brightly colored gems tend to be pricier than paler ones, such aquamarine. Because gems are typically less expensive than diamonds, the groom can get more bang for his buck. Grooms wary of selecting a gem for the dominant stone can always add some extra flair by using smaller jewels for side stones paired with a larger diamond.
During these tight times, grooms on a budget are turning more and more to cubic zirconia, a man-made diamond simulant. Costing a fraction of the price of diamonds, cubic zirconia purchased from a reputable dealer is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing without professional-grade tools.
Prior to purchasing a cubic zirconia ring, grooms should casually poll their beloved to find out her personal preference. Some might be appalled and prefer a real diamond — no matter how small or flawed — whereas others jump at the chance for an impressive-sized rock, the authenticity of which will likely never be questioned.
* All photos in this blog are courtesy of Apples of Gold. You can view their entire diamond ring collection here
* Apples of Gold also offers a fabulous line of hammered wedding bands.
Do you love to be different or prefer to stay on top of the latest trend? Do you favor timeless elegance or love to be hip and edgy?
Diamond Shape: Round
A round-cut diamond is one of the most popular cuts for engagement rings, and for good reason. It sparkles like none other, thanks to the stone’s 58 facets.
Brides who favor this classic shape are traditionalists at heart, and recognize a good thing when they see it.
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Diamond Shape: Princess
Another popular option, the princess-cut diamond is a favorite among brides who want a traditional-shaped engagement ring, but with a little something extra.
The stone’s four pointed corners make it an excellent choice for a bride with a modern sensibility.
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A cushion-cut diamond gets its name from the rounded corners and curved sides that make it appear softer than a princess-cut diamond but not as circular as a round-cut stone. Everything from the name of the cut to the shape of the diamond is effortlessly romantic, as is the bride
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Diamond Shape: Heart
Consider a heart-shaped diamond the wild card in the bunch. Bashful brides who shy away from the spotlight need not consider this finely-crafted shape, as they’ll be sure to attract attention wherever they go.
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Diamonds: Three Stones
3-Stone Engagement Rings are becoming desirable because of what they symbolize. Often referred to as trinity or trilogy rings, they have come to represent:
This is for the romantic bride.who wants to add a touch of glamour to her life.
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* A special thanks to Brillianteers for the use of their beautiful Engagement Ring Photos
People who buy diamonds quote widely differing prices on used jewelry. An unwary seller may become the victim of a savvy buyer by taking a price that is far too low. However, many sellers need to lower their expectations when it comes to the resale market for jewelry. By following some simple guidelines, you can take a lot of the stress out of selling jewelry, and most likely get a fair price for your rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches.
2. Photograph your pieces. A reasonable-quality digital camera does just fine. You can use these pictures to send images to potential buyers. They will give you a price range that helps you price your jewelry.
3. Rate your jewelry. Use a “fair, good, excellent” rating system and rate your items on intrinsic value (How many carats?), rarity (Are your pieces one of a kind or fairly unusual?), desirability (Are your pieces in demand today, or are they part of a trend?) and condition. These four criteria can help you arrive at a reasonable price for your jewelry.
Selling to a Reseller
Diamond District Buyers is located in NYC and has a fine reputation of dealing with customers and treating them fairly. They have been in the business of buying and selling Diamonds for over 20 years and have a full staff of certified gemologists. If you are unable to visit their office in person, you can request an online appraisal form here. Or give them a call at 646-736-7321.
Sleep on it
Not quite sure which diamond shape suits your personality? Read on….
Your style: In a word (okay three): over the top.
Your relationship: Together you are more than the sum of your parts.
Your wedding: Colorful and cool, with a very polished edge. No detail will be overlooked.
Ring: Pave Setting available here
Your style: Sophisticated socialite — aka uptown girl.
Your relationship: You’re the girl of his dreams and he’s totally in awe.
Your wedding: Voted “can’t miss” event of the season (and not just by your mom). Destined to be the party where everyone hits the dance floor.
Ring: Contour Setting available here
Your style: Traditional. You always look utterly put together.
Your relationship: Bottom line: you’re marrying your best friend. Here’s to a lifetime of sharing inside jokes and having someone really get you.
Your wedding: Relaxed, romantic and unfussy. It takes a lot of planning to make things look this effortless, but you’ll pull it off.
Ring: Round Setting available here
Your style: You take your cues from the Grace Kellys of the world — legendary women who demand to be set apart.
Your relationship: He lets you be…well, you.
Your wedding: So elegant and timeless that no one will be able to date the wedding photos afterward.
Ring: Baguette Setting available here
Your style: Lover of all things sparkly.
Your relationship: He treats you like a…yep, total princess.
Your wedding: You may or may not arrive by horse-drawn carriage, opt for the biggest ball gown, or sport the tallest tiara — but you’re bound to have a royal blast.
Ring: Solitare Setting available here
Your style: Classic, but with a twist.
Your relationship: Independent, yet utterly committed. You and your guy have each other’s backs. Period.
Your wedding: Contemporary and chic with trendy shots of color and fun, out-of-the-box ideas.
Ring: Cathedral Setting available here
Your style: Old Hollywood (think: silver screen siren).
Your relationship: He puts you on a pedestal and lets you shine. But he’s not afraid to help you laugh at yourself when you get too big for your britches.
Your wedding: Pure glamour. You’ll create an enchanted atmosphere that wedding guests will never forget.
Ring: Baguette Setting available here
Your style: Shameless romantic.
Your relationship: We bet your man is head over heels. Why? Guys don’t exactly gravitate toward heart-shaped objects. So we’re thinkin’ he’s all about making you smile.
Your wedding: Ball gown? Check. Petal-covered aisle? Check. Ice sculpture(s)? Check. You definitely don’t believe that less is more, and it shows.
Ring: Pave Setting available here
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