Simple yet Sophisticated Solitaire Diamond Engagement Rings

Jan 24 09:21 2015 Lisa Jeeves Print This Article

‘Less is best’ with solitaire diamond engagement rings.  These rings make an elegant and  stylish impact without being ostentatious.

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The solitaire engagement ring has a long history,Guest Posting and it is one of the most popular diamond engagement rings in the UK. The simple, yet elegant statement of a single diamond gives the message that your love is never-ending and that your partner is the only person in your life; sometimes the simplest statement can be the most powerful.

Choosing a cut

Although the round cut diamond is the most popular for a solitaire ring, the older cushion cut is also very well liked. This cut was created during the time of candle-lit evenings, when the soft light used to create a soft brilliance in these diamond engagement rings that inspired romantic candlelight dinners today. The cut of the stone is important as it determines the way that the fire and brilliance of the diamond shine through, and this is optimised in the brilliant cut. Round, oval, marquise and pear-shaped diamonds can all have this cut; it is entirely personal as to which cut and shape best suits your taste.

The setting

A very popular setting today is the halo, where a central diamond, usually a round or cushion cut, is surrounded by circle of smaller, round diamonds. This type of setting was very popular in Georgian and Victorian times, and its appeal has waned ever since. It grew in fashion again in the Art Deco period. This is, perhaps, one reason that people like it today, as there is a renewed interest in vintage diamond engagement rings.

Another type of setting to consider is the bezel where the metal partially or totally surrounds the edge of the stone to hold it in place. This can look very attractive, depending on the design. It is also protects the gemstone and holds it very securely in place, making it less likely to fall out.

The bezel setting is the oldest type used in jewellery making, and it can give a sense of history as well as modernity, depending on your personal style. Your diamond should still sparkle and flash in a bezel setting, because only a very thin rim of the stone is covered by the metal.

The metal

The choice of metal for diamond engagement rings is very personal and all have their advantages and disadvantages. The choices are between gold and platinum, and although some do choose silver, this does require regular cleaning and can lose its shape over the years. Gold is not just yellow; it depends what other alloy has been used. Silver and copper in different quantities will give different shades of yellow, whilst adding more copper to the gold will give you the unique rose gold.

If you want white metal, then the choice is either white gold or platinum. White gold is an alloy of gold, usually palladium or magnesium (nickel causes allergies and is not added to gold sold in the UK). White gold is often dipped in rhodium to give it its shiny appearance; however, it will need recoating every two to three years, as it will wear.

Palladium is more expensive and over the years, the metal will acquire a patina that is slightly grey but very attractive. It will not need recoating and has a more natural look.

Choosing a solitaire does not mean that there is less choice in design. In fact, there is an abundance of rings that are elegant, stylish and yet deceptively simple to state your love and commitment to each other.

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Lisa Jeeves
Lisa Jeeves

Frederick Holm writes for the F&L Designer Guides, which hosts a thriving community of independent engagement ring designers in the UK. Inspired by their search for distinctive, one-of-a-kind diamond engagement rings, F&L now celebrates the works of their favourite designers and helps promote the notion of “Go Bespoke” as a more imaginative and interesting alternative to the limitations of High Street shopping.

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