One of the great joys of the contemporary period is that couples get to build their own engagement ring. There are options to have preset engagement rings, but more often than not, a fine jeweler will offer couples both designer settings and the diamonds to fit into them. Here at Waterfall Jewelers, we showcase the designers whose work women love to wear, and we’ve got the most popular diamonds shapes of 2020 glittering in our showcases.
While the diamond and setting are equal parts of a full engagement ring, the diamond represents the beauty of nature and the setting is the element that represents the beauty of human ingenuity and artistry. There are four major setting styles: Solitaire, halo, three stone, and side stone. They all represent different ways of showing off a diamond, but there are gradations in how these styles fit around a center stone.
For an example, consider two different designers of halo rings. The Tacori RoyalT collection revels in its glittering opulence, the center stone surrounded by interlocking baguettes, princess-cut side stones, and bunting sculpted from milgrain beading and platinum. The Sylvie Halo collection opts for a demurer look, the center stone ensconced in a dainty frame of side diamonds and a smooth, slender band of 18k white gold. The effect is minimalistic, contrasting with the maximalism of RoyalT rings.
But once you’ve considered what color you’d like your gold ring (or platinum) to be, as well as the style of setting and the details, it’s important to ask how your chosen setting pairs with the diamond of your dreams. For instance, if your heart is set on a princess-cut diamond, it’s not prudent to set it in a ring without prongs or bezels designed to specifically protect the delicate points of a princess cut!
The diamond is the glittering heart of an engagement ring. Here at Waterfall Jewelers, we showcase literally thousands of GIA-certified diamonds, giving us an unparalleled opportunity to pair you with the stone of your dreams. The most popular shapes are well-represented, including round, princess, marquise, and cushion cuts; as well as the rarer shapes, such as the vintage Asscher and the charming heart cut.
It’s important to know the distinction between the three major categories of diamond. The round-cut diamond engagement ring is the gold standard for diamond rings, its 57 facets giving it the finest fire and scintillation of all diamonds. Fancy cuts (such as pear and oval cuts) give up a little scintillation in favor of a unique shape that helps women to better express their personal style. And last, the vintage step cuts sacrifice sparkle in favor of a striking “hall of mirrors” effect of black and white.
Our diamond finder allows our customers to specify which of the 4 C’s are most important to them, as well as a price point that fits in their budget.
If you’d like to find out more about the diamonds and engagement ring settings we showcase at Waterfall Jewelers, don’t hesitate to call our showrooms or make us your local jeweler today! Call our Waterford, Michigan showroom at 248-623-9422; or our White Lake, Michigan showroom at 248-698-1200!