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The Perfect Ring: Pave Engagement Rings

When it comes to shopping for engagement rings online, it can be difficult to know where to begin. At Adiamor, we wanted to ease the pain of deciding on the perfect engagement ring. To help our customers make the best decisions about diamond rings, we started this blog series called The Perfect Ring. In today’s edition, we’ll be taking a look at pave engagement rings. Our founder is especially skilled with pave settings, so these rings have a unique history within Adiamor.

What Are Pave Engagement Rings?

The first question to answer, of course, is what are pave engagement rings?  Pave rings are not limited to specific designs, which makes this ring style different from other settings. Nearly any engagement ring settings ranging from solitaire engagement rings to split shank engagement rings can be adorned with pave set diamonds. The name pave engagement rings comes from the French word for paved because these rings look as if they have been paved in diamonds. In most cases, pave engagement rings feature brilliant cut round diamonds carefully set into the band. However, some pave settings include additional diamonds as a halo design or even adoring the prongs or basket setting.

The Right Pave Ring

Pave set rings are one of the best selling styles, and that’s because these settings work in many different combinations. Pave settings pair well with every ring metal ranging from traditional yellow gold to rose gold rings and even white gold and platinum engagement rings. The small pave set diamonds enhance the sparkle of smaller center stones in halo settings as well as provide additional sparkle to the bands of solitaire rings. Essentially, there’s no wrong way to customize a pave set engagement ring, and that’s a primary reason they are so popular. Another rather obvious reason is that additional diamonds always add more sparkle and shine!

Our Favorite Pave Settings

yellow gold pave engagement ringsThe French Cut Cushion Halo Setting is the perfect example of a pave engagement ring. Shown here in 14k yellow gold, this setting perfectly displays the balance of white diamonds and yellow gold and features brilliant cut round diamonds totaling approximately 0.35cttw. Another option with this diamond ring is to swap the cushion cut center stone for a round diamond. The pave set stones provide beautiful compliments to the center diamond which makes this an ideal setting when choosing a smaller center stone. Click here to view more of the French Cut Cushion Halo Setting.

 

rose gold pave engagement ringsAnother popular pave setting is the French Cut Basket Setting with Diamonds 1/2 Way. This gorgeous ring shines with pave set diamonds halfway around the band. One key difference is that the center stone is a solitaire setting. Because of this, shoppers will want to select a larger center diamond to be the focal point of the ring. Additionally, the rose gold provides pinkish hues that are the perfect backdrop for the pave set diamonds on the band and basket. Click here to view more of the French Cut Basket Setting with Diamonds 1/2 Way.

 

platinum pave engagement ringsFinally, our third and final current favorite pave engagement ring is the Split Shank Halo Setting for Cushion Cut Diamond. Shown here in platinum, this stunning setting compliments either a cushion or round center diamond. The split shank band includes approximately 100 diamonds totaling at least 0.72ct which means incredible sparkle and shine. When shopping for pave set engagement rings, it’s hard to find a setting with more pave set diamonds than this! Click here to view more of the Split Shank Halo Setting.

 

 

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The Perfect Ring: Asscher Cut Engagement Rings

As we continue on our The Perfect Ring series, today we’ll be learning and understanding one of the most on trend diamond rings: Asscher cut engagement rings. These fancy shaped diamonds first saw a rise to popularity during the Art Deco period of the 1920’s, but the diamond shape has made a roaring comeback. The unique shape of Asscher cut diamonds results in showing remarkable diamond clarity, and therefore Asscher cut engagement rings require diamonds with a clarity grade that at least SI1. However, before we delve into the popular styles of Asscher cut engagement rings, we must first learn their history.

The History of Asscher Cut Diamonds

Developed in 1902, the Asscher cut is very similar to an emerald cut diamond. However, instead of being rectangular, the Asscher cut is square in shape. The geometric look of Asscher cut diamonds made them very popular during the Art Deco period during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The step cuts of an Asscher cut diamond create tiered facets that reflect light much like a mirror. Additionally, step cut diamonds emphasize diamond clarity. When shopping for Asscher cut diamonds, be sure to select a stone that has at least a SI1 clarity. Otherwise, the inclusions will reduce the diamond’s sparkle. In recent years, the popularity of Asscher cut engagement rings skyrocketed once again. Engagement ring customers admire the unique style and flair of the diamond.

Our Favorite Asscher Cut Engagement Rings

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The Adiamor Vintage Leaf Diamond Engagement Ring is perfect for an Asscher cut diamond.

Since Asscher cut engagement rings are so heavily tied to the Art Deco period, many people prefer to match this diamond with rose gold. Rose gold rings provide a pinkish hue that pairs exceptionally well with diamonds, especially those with higher clarity ratings. This makes rose gold and Asscher cut diamonds a perfect match. One popular example is the Vintage Leaf Diamond Engagement Setting.  It combines a vintage inspired rose gold engagement setting with approximately 0.25cttw of round diamonds for a stylish, unique looking engagement setting.

Another popular Asscher cut engagement setting is the French Basket Setting with Diamonds 1/2 Down. This elegant ring is a more modern style that features diamonds that are pave set halfway down the band. Since Asscher cut engagement rings require a diamond with higher clarity, the diamond is rarely used with halo settings. Instead, the best way to increase sparkle and shine is to add additional diamonds to the band.

Still not sure if Asscher cut engagement rings are right for you? Learn more about diamond shapes in the Adiamor Diamond Shape education guide!

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The Perfect Ring: Halo Engagement Ring Settings

We’re continuing our series on The Perfect Ring here on the Adiamor blog this week by taking a look at halo engagement ring settings. Halo rings are one of the most popular style of engagement rings, and there are many variations. Since halo engagement ring settings have so many options, we’re here to help you decide. For today’s installment of The Perfect Ring, we’ll break down the options for halo engagement rings.

What Makes A Halo Ring?

A halo engagement ring, by definition, includes a center stone that is encompassed by a halo. In most cases, halo rings feature a single row of pave set diamonds encircling a larger diamond. However, some varieties of halo ring settings incorporate other jewels or gemstones. Other versions of halo engagement ring settings combine multiple engagement ring styles, such as blending split shank rings with halo rings or combining threestone engagement settings with halos. Another new trend is incorporating two rows of halo, such as the Adiamor Round Double Halo Split Shank Diamond Ring.

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A double halo engagement ring setting shown in 14k white gold

No matter what the ring style, every halo is designed to do the same thing: make the center stone appear larger. This allows a smaller center diamond to appear larger, and the ring will also produce more fire and brilliance from the additional diamonds. Halo engagement ring settings provide the most sparkle for the price, which makes halo rings an excellent value.

Different Styles of Halo Engagement Ring Settings

Like most engagement rings, halo rings are available in four primary ring metals: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. Platinum halo rings and white gold halo rings both have a silvery shine that enhances the sparkle of diamonds. On the other hand, yellow gold and rose gold halo rings create a unique complimentary look. Finally, a new trend with halo engagement ring settings is creating a two-tone look. In this case, the ring band and the ring metal used to secure the diamond halo are made from different metals. This allows an even greater level of customization to help best match the ring to the wearer’s style.

The Perfect Halo Engagement Ring

The right halo ring depends on a variety of factors including ring metal preference and how much sparkle is desired. When looking to maximize the fire and brilliance of a smaller diamond, pave set halo rings are an excellent choice. For larger center diamonds, split shank halo rings pulls the eye to the center and make the center stone appear massive. When it comes to halo engagement ring settings, the options are nearly endless. Start shopping for the perfect halo engagement setting today, or visit the Adiamor Engagement Guide to continue learning more about ring settings.

 

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The Perfect Ring: Split Shank Engagement Rings

Today on the Adiamor blog, we are welcoming a new series on finding the perfect engagement ring. Since an engagement is a once in a lifetime event, it’s important to pick the right diamond ring for the occasion. However, with so many different engagement setting options on the market, choosing can be overwhelming. That’s how we can help. In the following posts, we’ll cover the various ring setting options to help you decide on the perfect ring. Today, we’re covering split shank engagement rings.

What Are Split Shank Engagement Rings?

Split shank rings feature a ring band that forks to beautifully twist around the ring and showcase the center stone. In most cases, split shank engagement rings feature diamonds, and split shank rings look gorgeous with nearly every diamond shape available. For smaller center stones, some encircle the diamond with a decorative diamond halo as seen here in our Split Shank Halo Setting for Cushion Cut Diamond.

split shank halo engagement ring

Split Shank Engagement Ring Metal Options

With most engagement rings, there are four primary ring metal options: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. Since platinum engagement rings are made from only the purest alloys featuring 95% platinum, there are no other choices to make. However, gold rings are available in both 14k and 18k options. Higher karats will have higher quantities of gold, but they will also be softer rings. This means 14 karat rings will have more durable settings, which is important when considering whether or not to include diamonds on the band of your split shank engagement ring.

When it comes to the different colors of gold, this is primarily a matter of personal preference. Yellow gold is the most traditional, and it also compliments the fire and brilliance of white diamonds. White gold offers elegance and sleek sophistication similar to platinum, but at a lower price point. Finally, rose gold has ancient history as a preferred ring metal, and its resurgence in popularity with millennials proves its pinkish hues to be a timeless, romantic choice.

Diamonds Or Plain Band?

The final option in selecting the perfect split shank engagement setting is deciding on how the ring band is adorned. For ring buyers searching for maximum sparkle, select a ring with diamonds pave-set on the band. This style will generally be found accompanying halo set rings as well. However, many people prefer the center stone to be the star, and that’s why they choose split shank engagement rings in the first place. In this case, selecting a plain diamond band is the best choice. It pulls attention directly to diamond. This makes a plain band a great option when pairing a split shank engagement ring with a larger diamond.

Still not sure where to start? Visit the Adiamor Engagement Guide to learn more. Ready to pick out your perfect ring? Start shopping for split shank engagement settings today!

 

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His and Hers Matching Wedding Bands

With summer quickly approaching, that means wedding season is just around the corner. For those getting married this summer, that means time is running out. Every wedding has last minute details that need attention. From the seating chart to the flowers on the wedding arch, there’s always something that gets overlooked. One important detail in every ceremony is the wedding bands, and some times the bride and groom put off selecting wedding rings until the last minute. Despite the importance of wedding bands, choosing them can be so difficult that many people wait too long and end up with something that isn’t perfect. One simple solution, though, is his and hers matching wedding bands.

How To Select Matching Wedding Bands

There are many ways to pair his and hers wedding rings. Perhaps the easiest way to decide on a ring metal. One easy way to choose a ring metal for wedding rings is to match the bride’s engagement ring. If she has a 14k white gold engagement ring, then 14k white gold wedding bands will match perfectly. By reducing the number of options, it can make selecting the right wedding ring for him and her a little easier. Another way to decide on wedding rings is to match the ring style of the engagement ring. For example, if she has a pave set engagement ring, then perhaps the matching wedding bands should feature pave set diamonds.

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Matching channel-set wedding band and engagement ring

Mix and Match Wedding Bands

Although most couples prefer to have matching wedding bands, there are plenty of ways to mix and match rings, too. In fact, this is often necessary for couples who find themselves in the “opposites attract” category. Since these couples may have polar opposite styles, it may be easier to find complimenting rings instead of matching wedding bands. However, this doesn’t mean the rings will look strange next to each other in wedding photos. Recently, it has even become trendy to pair different ring metals together to create two tone looks. This can be an excellent way to incorporate a secondary ring metal into the groom’s wedding band. This way, he can have the white gold look he wants while including accents of her rose gold engagement ring.

Start your search for the perfect matching wedding bands from Adiamor today!

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How To Take Proposal Photos With Your Engagement Ring

One of the most fun parts of getting engaged is sharing your proposal story with other people. However, in the modern era, proposal photos and stories are often posted on social media. Because of this, many people end up sharing their proposal moments with strangers as well as friends and family. When taking proposal photos to post online, there are a couple of simple tricks to follow to make sure you have a great picture to share. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to learn some do’s and don’ts before posting your proposal photos.

Don’t Share A Blurry Photo

It seems all to obvious, but many people get too excited in the moment and post blurry photos. When this happens, the proposal photos might capture the excitement of the moment, but they do not make for great sharing material. The best course of action is to make sure at least one of the following two aspects are immediately clear: the couple or the engagement ring. If the picture doesn’t clearly show the ring, then the caption is doing all the work. Make sure your proposal photos clearly demonstrate that you’re now engaged.

Do Include A Ring Shot

One important thing about the proposal photos is to make sure to include a close up of the ring. In showcasing the engagement ring, you get to show off the best gift you’ll ever receive as well as share the details. This will end up saving you a lot of time of telling each person the carat weight and ring setting. Additionally, you only get engaged once, so you deserve to brag a little.

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An Adiamor couple shared their proposal photos on Instagram using #Adiamor

Do Tag The Jeweler

If you want your ring to receive even attention, be sure to tag the jeweler who made the ring. Not only will the company probably notice, there’s a good chance they’ll share the ring in their own social media gallery. In addition to the fun of public recognition, many retailers offer additional incentives for sharing the photo, ranging from winning a prize to discounts on future purchases.

Already have the perfect engagement ring? Shop wedding rings from Adiamor today!

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Diamonds and Rose Gold: The Perfect Engagement Ring Pairing

Rose gold engagement rings have ancient roots, but today they are more popular than ever. In fact, many retailers report them as being one of their current best sellers. But what caused the rise of interest in rose gold rings? Although there could be many contributing factors ranging from the desire to choose something different to an interest in vintage style, one primary reason explains why rose gold engagement rings are so popular: they pair perfectly with diamonds. Rose gold rings provide an excellent compliment to the fire and brilliance of diamonds. For this reason, diamond and rose gold make the perfect engagement ring pairing.

Popular Rose Gold Engagement Ring Settings

While rose gold engagement rings are incredibly popular, certain rose gold ring settings are true stars. Due to the rose gold resurgence alongside art deco style, many people find their favorite rose gold rings feature vintage styling. Vintage style rose gold rings often include hand engraved details or filigree. These elements add unique looks to rose gold rings that make even new rings feel classic and timeless. Additionally, though, rose gold works equally well with solitaire settings for the same reason. On the other hand, rose gold rings can bring exceptional beauty to modern engagement rings as well. One particularly popular choice for rose gold engagement settings is pave set engagement rings. This is due to the white sparkle of diamonds being amplified by the complimenting rose gold metal band.

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This pave set rose gold engagement ring combines vintage style with modern flair.

The Best Diamond Shapes for Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Choosing a rose gold setting is only half the battle, though. The next step in creating the perfect rose gold engagement ring is to decide on the best diamond shape. Since ros

e gold pairs so well with loose diamonds, almost any diamond shape will look great with rose gold. The choice here is really about matching the style to the person. Classic solitaire engagement rings obviously look gorgeous with brilliant cut round diamonds, but square shapes like princess cut diamonds work just as well. For vintage style rose gold rings, consider older cut style such as the Asscher cut or cushion cut diamonds. These diamond shapes will amplify the vintage appeal.

Not sure where to start shopping for engagement rings? Check out the Adiamor Engagement Ring guide today!

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Upgrade Her Diamond For Mother’s Day This Year

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and this year you can do better than flowers and breakfast in bed. Whether it’s her first Mother’s Day or her twentieth, it’s time to get her a better present. This year, the best Mother’s Day gift is to upgrade her diamond. After all, Mom deserves better than pancakes and bacon crumbs all over the duvet cover.

Upgrade Her Diamond Engagement Ring

Every year, many women receive the gift of their dreams: a diamond engagement ring. However, not every man starts out shopping for rings with enough money saved. In fact, most are surprised that they should have learned how to budget for an engagement ring long before buying one. Because of this, many women end up with the perfect engagement setting but with a smaller diamond. Therefore, the decision to upgrade her diamond is an easy one for plenty of husbands. Although an anniversary or Valentine’s Day are popular choices for upgrading her diamond, Mother’s Day is every bit as worthy. Not only does your wife deserve the very best, she’s also the mother of your children. In many cases, even a modest upgrade is a huge improvement. She’ll be thrilled to find her one carat round cut diamond has been upgraded to 1.5 carats.

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Upgrading her diamond from a half carat to a full carat is the perfect Mother’s Day gift

More To Diamond Upgrades Than Carats

However, there is more to upgrading her diamond than simply selecting a larger carat weight. While the improvements may not be instantly noticeable to the untrained eye, a better quality cut will improve a diamond’s fire and brilliance. Additionally, a diamond with less inclusions will reflect more light, thereby increasing the sparkle of her diamond. Finally, you could decide to upgrade her diamond by choosing a colorless diamond instead of a near colorless. Although it may not offer as much of an instant WOW! factor like swapping a half carat diamond for a much larger one, these diamond upgrades will give her plenty to brag out.

What To Do With The Old Diamond

If you decide to upgrade her diamond this year, you may be worried about what to do with the old one. Essentially, there are three main choices ranging from creating new jewelry with the old diamond, selling the old diamond, or finding a diamond upgrade program. Diamond upgrade programs allow you to essentially swap the old diamond with a new one then paying the difference. For many people, this is the most economic choice as it minimizes the cost of the upgrade. For those that can afford it, though, the best option is to turn her old diamond into new jewelry. This allows her to keep the original stone from your proposal. It makes the decision to upgrade her diamond an even more sentimental gesture which is something she definitely deserves.

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Upgrade An Heirloom Engagement Ring With Wholesale Diamonds

Family heirloom jewelry makes for an incredible link to the past. Whether its the diamond ring your grandfather used to propose to your grandmother or another treasured item, heirloom jewelry has great sentimental value. However, in the past, many engagement rings had small center stones or sometimes no diamond at all. If you have an heirloom engagement ring, but you want to upgrade the center stone, wholesale diamonds are a great choice. Not only are wholesale diamonds readily available on the internet, they are also much more affordable than buying loose diamonds from a retail store. Additionally, when working with a diamond wholesaler, you can set your budget and have a custom diamond search performed. This search provides you with the perfect wholesale diamond for your ring.

Upgrading The Center Stone

Currently, the most common carat size for an engagement ring is 1.5 carats. One carat diamonds can range widely in price depending on cut, color, and clarity. However, the median price for a one carat diamond is approximately $5,000 which means a 1.5 carat diamond can cost anywhere between $7,000 and $25,000. In the past, though, engagement rings often did not have diamonds until the early part of the twentieth century. At this time, diamond engagement rings became the norm. Nevertheless, the diamonds in these older rings were often much smaller than one carat. For this reason, many people look to upgrade the center stone in their heirloom rings.

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An engagement ring with a 2.27ct oval center stone.

The Right Diamond For Your Setting

The perfect diamond for your heirloom engagement ring will depend on the setting. Many vintage rings were specifically designed for round diamonds. However, this does not mean you would be unable to choose a different diamond shape. Other diamond shapes can be used with heirloom rings by customizing the prongs of the engagement setting. Additionally, if you are significantly increasing the carat weight, then the ring will need customization to support the larger diamond.

Why Choose Wholesale Diamonds

Wholesale diamonds make perfect sense for upgrading the center stone on another ring because they simply cost less for the same pristine quality. Diamond importers such as direct manufacturers are able to keep their prices low. Since there is less overhead for inventory and retail space, diamond wholesalers pass savings on to their customers. Find a diamond wholesaler such as Adiamor to get the lowest prices that are still backed by a lifetime warranty.

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