Thursday, March 2, 2017

Designer Engagement Rings & Jewelry Guide

Engagement ring represents a couple’s love and lifetime commitment to each other. For months and sometimes years before the proposal, the engaging woman searches for that unique ring design that describes her taste and personality the best. Then, as the time gets closer to the proposing date, the man starts shopping for the ring with best quality and value, in the style his future bride has selected for her wedding ring. In this article, designer engagement rings and jewelry are categorized by design, and guidelines are provided to help you select and purchase the best ring, pair of earrings, necklace or bracelet for your money.       

Engagement Ring Designs  
  • Halo engagement rings, most popular in cushion, round, square and oval shapes, consist of center stone in prong or bezel setting, surrounded by a single or double halo of small round diamonds in regular or French pave setting. Two reasons for their popularity are 1) The diamond halo makes the center stone appear larger in size 2) Vintage flavor of their pave setting style.  

  • Classic diamond solitaire simple and elegant, is and always will be the iconic engagement ring design. A single large diamond mounted on a thin gold or platinum band, an excellent choice for men who are planning a surprise proposal and are not sure of their fiance’s favorite engagement ring setting style and like to maximize their spending on the center diamond’s size and quality.

  • Gemstone engagement rings, specifically diamond rings with sapphire, ruby or emerald sides or accents are a great way to take the customization process one step further and make the wedding ring more personal and meaningful as each gemstone is the birthstone for a certain month of the year. For example a sapphire engagement ring would be ideal for a woman who was born in the month of September.

  • Micro-pave engagement rings, with tiny pave diamonds are favorite of women who like petite engagement rings with intricate details. Smallness of diamonds, offers designers versatility and freedom to to twist, turn and shape the ring as they like with diamonds.     

  • Three-stone rings consist of a larger center stone, with an identical shape but smaller in size diamond on each side. Their vintage version: 3-stone halo engagement rings, the halos add  extra sparkle and enhance size appearance of the three stones.  
  • Engagement rings with side-stones are diamond rings with single or multiple rows of uniform or graduated size round, princess cut or baguette diamonds, channel or prong set on the ring’s band, usually in cathedral form, leading up to the center stone.    

  • Vintage & Antique style engagement rings are old but timeless in design. Art-deco wedding rings incorporate older cut diamonds (like cushion, asscher, emerald cuts), geometric patterns and setting types (like pave and bezel), just as in real antique diamond rings.  

  • Custom engagement rings are unique, one-of-a-kind wedding rings that are designed and manufactured based on engaging woman’s specifications. Often, because of their sentimental value, gems and metal (gold or platinum) from family heirloom jewels are incorporated into building the new ring. Marketing terminologies commonly used online such as ‘design-your-own-engagement-ring’ or ‘build-your-own-ring’, make it sound like the customer is participating in making the custom, made to order ring, but actually they just  offer the process of selecting and combining a center diamond with a prefabricated ring setting.    

Earrings Styles
  • Studs are the most classic of all diamond earrings. They are the number one jewelry gift for holidays and special occasions because of their simplicity and everyday wear ability. Round diamond stud earrings are the most popular, but princess cut stud earrings and round studs with halo in gold or platinum settings are not far behind.
  • Diamond hoop earrings, often with diamonds prong or pave set on the inside and outside of the hoops, are a women’s favorite. Popular in all sizes from small to oversized ones that make a bold statement about the fashionable woman wearing them.        

  • Drop diamond earrings in long dangling form, are playful pieces of jewelry which sparkle with slightest movement. Styles with diamond and sapphire, ruby, or emerald combination are popular due to their colorfulness and affordability.      

  • Vintage and antique design diamond earrings are often square or geometrical in shape with intricate details in their designs and craftsmanship. Couple of popular styles with antique jewelry enthusiasts are vintage stud earrings and the ones with lever back ones which sit slightly below the earlobes.       

Necklace Styles
  • Tennis necklaces with diamonds set all around the neckline are the most glamorous of all diamond necklace designs. Fitting like a choker, riviera / tennis diamond necklaces consist of uniform or graduated size diamonds often in prong setting. For women who love colorful precious gemstones, sapphire, ruby or emerald and diamond tennis necklaces are beautiful options to consider.       

  • Vintage and antique style diamond necklaces usually in geometric shapes from art-deco period, combine older cut diamonds such as kite, asscher and emerald cut with rounds. Stones are usually pave or bezel set with a fine hand mil-grain finish on gold edges. The ones in high quality, come with fine intricate details in design and outstanding workmanship.    

  • Solitaire diamond pendant necklace with a single diamond sliding on a thin gold or platinum chain, is the perfect addition to a woman’s existing diamond stud earrings and / or solitaire ring. Mostly seen with a round diamond in prong setting, some prefer the vintage look of older cut diamonds like emerald, princess or asscher cuts in bezel setting.   

Bracelet Styles
  • Tennis bracelets or more commonly known as diamond bracelets, with single or multiple lines of diamonds around the wrist, have found their place among classics in fine jewelry. Even though the round diamond tennis bracelet in prong or bezel settings is the most recognized style, baguette bracelets and the ones with combination of diamond and sapphire, ruby or emerald gemstones are also very popular.     

  • Diamond bangles, in the simple one row prong to the more extravagant wide pave, to the colorful ones with diamond and sapphire, ruby or emerald gemstones, make a strong  statement about the stylish woman wearing one. Bracelets may come and go out of fashion, but diamond and precious colored gemstone bangle bracelets have always been popular with women throughout the times.       

  • Antique design bracelets often wider with art-deco era patterns, are the most spectacular of all diamond bracelets. Utilizing round and fancy shape precious gems (diamonds sapphires, rubies, emeralds) in large and small sizes are combined, creating astounding  unique styles. Vintage bracelets are outstanding family jewels that are never resold and passed on by one generation to the next.           

How to Select
Whether searching for that unique engagement ring, pair of earrings, a diamond bracelet or necklace, factors to consider during selection process are always the same.   

A: Learn About Gems: Factors which determine quality and value of diamonds and precious colored gemstones: sapphires, rubies and emeralds. Good place to start is reading  related posts under this (Professional Jeweler’s) blog.

B: Find Your Style: Locate and visit websites of American jewelry designers and manufacturers who specialize in manufacturing the type of product you are interested in. Made in U.S.A. matters because 1) Quality control standards of products made in the USA are generally higher 2) Quality manufacturers stand behind their products by offering lifetime product warranty.  

C: Try It On: Locate and contact a retailer nearby who carries the item you are interested in and schedule a viewing. When there, wear it as no image, description, online review or rating can help you as much in making the right selection.

E: Check the Quality: Examine the beauty and fineness in design, quality of materials (gems, diamonds) used, craftsmanship caliber like: quality of diamond setting, no hollowed out areas to save on gold or platinum weight, fine polish and finish like no porosity in the metal and no inside or outside areas left rough / unpolished. And last, its wear ability / comfort.        
Where to Buy
Always buy from jewelers and jewelry designers who are:   

A: Knowledgeable: Have good hands on knowledge of gems and fine jewelry design &  manufacturing.

C: Quality Conscience: Offer only quality products in every product category and price range.   

D: Service Oriented: Provide you first class personal service and stand 100% behind products they sell.  

E: Ethical: Great jewelers are responsible businessmen who treat their vendors and employees behind closed doors, just as well as they take care of their customers behind the counter.  

F: Good Operator: Company maintains low overheads, so can offer great prices to its clients without sacrificing quality or service.  

We hope information provided are helpful in your gem and fine jewelry shopping because with so many choices, offers and places to shop, it is not easy to make the right decisions quickly and easily.

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