When selecting an engagement ring, it’s important to consider the diamond and the setting. Most people might visit a jewelry store and look at the rings available, but they may not know that they have the option of shopping for the diamond and setting separately. You can opt for a more expensive diamond in a less expensive setting, or you can emphasize the setting and make it equally elaborate with the diamond.
Diamonds come in all different shapes and sizes. The bigger the diamond, the more expensive it is. The same goes for the cut. The quality of the cut determines how the diamond interacts with light. The higher quality the cut, the more sparkle it gives. You can choose from different kinds of shapes, such as Round, Emerald, Asscher, Princess, Marquise, Oval, Radiant, Heart, Pear, and Cushion. The most popular shapes are the Princess Cut and the Round Cut. Symmetrical diamonds go well with side stones, whereas asymmetrical diamonds are better as a stand-alone stone with a simple ring band.
The shape of the diamond affects the appearance of the ring setting. It’s up to you to determine how elaborate you want your ring to look. A pave setting, for example, is made up of very small diamonds set side by side. The surface of the diamonds is level with the setting. Tiny beads that hold the diamonds together create an illusion that the diamonds are bigger than they really are. In a pave setting it’s hard to tell the tiny stones apart, and it makes the ring look like it has more rings than it really does.
If you aren’t sure which diamond shape goes with which setting, our experts would be more than happy to show you how settings and styles go together. Please don’t hesitate to contact us or drop by our showroom in San Diego, where you will find the best selection of engagement diamonds and settings to choose from! That’s one of the many things we pride ourselves in, along with our great prices, as a third generation jeweler in the hopes of making you a customer for life.