Getting married is a once-in-a-lifetime event and after it comes the time-honored tradition of commemorating the union on anniversaries. On the big day, friends and family gather, and rings and vows are exchanged. The wedding officiant urges the couple to enjoy the moment, but stresses that what matters most is their future. Another key ingredient of weddings is the past and one way of honoring this is using heirloom diamonds in wedding rings.
An heirloom is an object of special value that has belonged to a family for several generations. In addition to the personal value an heirloom has for a bride, some choose a handed-down ring for its considerable cost savings. Heirloom gemstones have another role—they can be reconfigured and added to a new setting that puts a modern-day spin on the past. Refashioning heirloom jewelry isn’t restricted to couples and even single women and men choose to reimagine these keepsakes and make them their own.
Anniversaries are prime occasions for heirloom stones to be re-introduced into wedding bands or antique diamonds to be refashioned into new rings. “I’ve seen couples who had a solitaire diamond when they got married and now they want to add to it for an anniversary,” says Jewelry Consultant Kathryn Luco. She has helped clients repurpose rings and stack them into new settings with recut and added stones.
The first step is to select the heirloom stones you want to repurpose. If they are coming from an existing relative, be sure to secure that person’s blessing to alter them. After deciding on the heirloom stones you want to repurpose, ensure they’re clean and repair any damage they may have incurred over the years. Meet with a trusted consultant to explore various possibilities and personal touches you want to add to the new setting. Discuss ongoing maintenance of the ring to keep it in good condition and adding protection if the new ring style calls for it.
Carolyn Bozek’s original wedding ring combined a diamond with rubies, but after 30 years of wear and tear it was falling apart. “My husband had the setting altered with diamonds added from a necklace and gave it to me as a surprise gift for our 30th anniversary,” says Carolyn. A little imagination and ingenuity go a long way toward reinventing jewelry into something both stylish and distinguished. “After knowing what it was before, I really love what it was turned into,” she says.
When family members pass on, creating heirloom rings to honor their memory can add a profoundly personal touch. Recutting diamonds or other stones into something contemporary can be tricky when there are strong memories attached. There are certain pieces that you know a loved one who has passed on would want you to wear. You can also take an aspirational approach and ask yourself if the person had big dreams for a setting that were never realized.
Another occasion that honors the past is when couples renew their wedding vows with a ceremony. Some choose to incorporate heirloom rings into existing ones, while others select entirely new ones to underscore the sense of renewal. In addition to wedding and engagement rings, antique promise rings and stones from necklaces, earrings or bracelets can be reconfigured into new settings.
Occasionally, creating a setting using heirloom stones is inspired by more practical needs. “There are people who work with their hands who have an existing prong setting that can get banged up,” says Luco. “Adding a bezel to surround the entire stone protects it and although it doesn’t let as much light in, it’s more practical for their lifestyle.”
The choice to recut and reimagine heirloom stones and add them to updated settings or to leave them largely intact is yours. People with children can choose to rearrange gems to symbolize their family members. Others commemorate achievements like graduations and awards. The only limits on personalizing heirlooms are your own imagination. Your options fairly glitter.
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.
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.
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 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.
One of the most popular ring metal options is platinum, but nearly everyone has different reasons for buying platinum engagement rings. Since so many Adiamor customers choose platinum rings, we put together this handy list of 10 reasons to buy platinum rings.
1. Platinum is Pure
At Adiamor, we only use the highest grade of metals which is why our platinum is 95% pure. The other 5% is made of of iridium, palladium, ruthenium and other alloys.
2. Platinum is Rare
While gold is a popular ring metal option due to its rarity, platinum is actually thirty times rarer than gold. Every year, over 2,700 tons of gold is turned into jewelry while less than 90 tons of platinum are mined for jewelry.
3. Platinum’s Color Lasts A Lifetime
Platinum is a particularly popular choice for engagement rings because its color does not fade. With a lifetime of memories ahead, it’s smart to choose a ring metal that will last.
4. Platinum Patina
Although the color of platinum will never fade, platinum engagement rings do develop a surface appearance known as “patina.” For many people, this unique characteristic makes platinum rings an even more personal choice because no platinum ring will develop the same patina over time. However, for those who wish for a perfect appearance at all times, platinum can be buffed to have the original luster restored.
5. Platinum Is Non-Corrosive
While platinum does develop a natural patina desired by many, it will not corrode or tarnish. This means the ring metal will last a lifetime.
6. Platinum is Durable
Speaking of lasting a lifetime, platinum is also an exceptionally durable metal. Because of this, it is extremely rare that a platinum engagement ring will need additional reinforcement. The strength of platinum makes it perfect for ring prongs, which is why its so desirable in diamond engagement rings. This brings us to our next point: the overall strength of platinum.
7. Platinum Strength Settings
One of the reasons many people choose platinum over gold is the additional strength of platinum settings. While gold is a soft metal, platinum is more more resistant to breaking. This makes it the perfect choice for an engagement setting because it will help secure the diamond center stone. However, even though platinum has additional strength because of its resistance to corrosion, it is not completely unbreakable. It’s simply more durable.
8. Platinum is Hypoallergenic
Since some people have allergic reactions to precious metals, platinum is often the solution. The purity of platinum rings means that the wearer does not have to worry about having a sensitivity to the metal. Platinum’s natural properties make it the perfect hypoallergenic option.
9. Platinum’s Heft
Did you know that platinum weighs over 40% more than gold? In fact, platinum outweighs 14k gold by 60%! The additional heft of platinum makes it feel extra special. Also, the extra weight is preferred by many men for their wedding bands, too.
10. Platinum’s Love
Finally, platinum is the perfect choice for engagement rings because it will last forever. Since marriage is a lifetime commitment, then the perfect ring to symbolize everlasting love is certainly made of platinum!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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When deciding on a diamond shape for an engagement ring, many people are unaware of their options. For instance, most people think of diamond cut to be the look of a diamond. However, that’s only partially true as diamond cut actually refers to the quality of diamond cutting. Since diamond cutting creates a diamond’s proportions, this does affect diamond shape. Two of the most popular cuts are round cuts, also known as brilliant cut diamonds, and step cut diamonds. Step cut diamonds typically create rectangular diamond shapes like emerald cuts or Asscher cuts.
One of the most noticeable features of step cut diamonds are they have straight lines and parallel facets. One of the most popular step cut diamonds is the emerald cut. The primary features include straight, tiered facets that appear like a mirrored staircase within the pavilion. Cut corners on the outer edges of the diamond are its signature characteristic. Another step cut diamond is the Asscher cut diamond. Originally created in 1902, this diamond shape has seen a rise in popularity in recent years due to its vintage looks.
The other primary cut is the brilliant cut. This type of diamond cutting produces brilliant round diamonds while a modified brilliant cut is used to create many other diamond shapes ranging from princess cut diamonds to heart shaped diamonds. The optimal brilliant cut round diamond will create 58 facets. These facets allow for maximum fire and brilliance which gives brilliant cut diamonds their famous sparkle and shine.
Which Diamond Shape Is Right For You?
Depending on whether or not you’ve chosen an engagement ring setting or are looking to simply buy a loose diamond online, the decision on diamond shape will depend. For many people, the fire and brilliance provided by the brilliant cut diamond as well as the varieties of diamond shape make it the best choice. On the other hand, the step cut does provide a unique look created by the mirrored pavilion. Because of this, it is important to choose a step cut diamond with as few imperfections as possible, so look for a clarity rating of VS2 or higher.
If you’ve been in a committed relationship for a long time, you may be starting to consider marriage. However, some times it can be difficult to judge whether your partner is ready to get engaged. While many couples will consider a future together and have discussions about their plans, some times she’s ready for you to propose now. Hopefully, if you’ve been pondering proposing, you’ve already started to budget for an engagement ring. If not, you should start, especially if you are wanting to propose now.
Speaking Of Diamond Rings
One major hint she’s ready for you to propose now is when she talks about diamond rings. This is important to remember as you start shopping for engagement rings online. You’ll want to pay attention to her favorite diamond shapes as well as what ring metal she prefers. If she can’t stop talking about the pear shaped engagement ring of her dreams, it’s time to buy a ring. If she mentions engagement rings often, she may also be looking at them online. Pay close attention to the types of rings she likes on social media for ideas on what her perfect ring will be.
Her Friends’ Proposal Stories
Another way to tell if she’s ready for you to propose now is if she often shares proposal stories. She may speak longingly about the time Jonny proposed to Melissa in Hawai’i or how Milo dropped to one knee in the middle of Times Square. These stories may also help give you ideas on how she wants you to propose. Once you know she’s ready to be engaged, its time to start planning the proposal, too.
Finally, another major sign she’s ready to get proposed to right now is what she’s been watching on television. While plenty of people tune in to reality shows like The Bachelor, long running TV shows often have special episodes dedicated to proposal stories. If she’s queued up the same episode of This Is Us where Jack proposes a couple times recently, she may be trying to tug at your heart strings. She’s definitely ready to be engaged, and it’s time for you to propose now!
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It is no secret that tastes change over time. One of the most obvious changes is in the jewelry industry. Since jewelry and fashion are often related, trends in jewelry are often reflected in fashion. In recent years, rose gold has been all the rage. However, white gold’s popularity is current unmistakable. At Adiamor, we’ve seen a recent rise in the popularity of white gold. Today, we’re highlighting the most popular white gold engagement rings of 2018.
Dainty Solitaire Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold
The solitaire engagement ring is the most iconic and timeless of all engagement setting designs. Solitaire settings showcase the diamond, allowing the stone to shine as the star. While the yellow gold solitaire is the historical icon, currently the most popular white gold engagement ring is the Dainty Solitaire Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold. A simple and refined take on the classic, the dainty solitaire features a 1.7mm band. This feminine look is the perfect compliment to every diamond shape from Princess cuts to pear shaped diamonds. This makes the white gold solitaire an extremely versatile choice.
14k White Gold French Cut Basket Setting with Diamonds 1/2 Down
Another one of the most popular white gold engagement rings is the French Cut Basket Setting with Diamonds 1/2 Down. This extremely popular ring adds another layer of sparkle by including French cut set diamonds on the band. Like the Dainty Solitaire, this engagement setting also features a feminine band. The basket setting is also very versatile and looks great with the diamond shape of your choosing. The added shine of the additional diamonds which run halfway around the band can help a smaller diamond to appear to have even more sparkle.
The Classic Solitaire Engagement Setting
The third and final most popular white gold engagement setting this spring is the Classic Solitaire Engagement Setting. Featuring a slightly wider band than the Dainty setting, this 14k white gold ring has a 2mm band that feels comfortable without being oversized. The white gold version of this timeless design is perfectly on trend for 2018. Also, like the other rings featured on today’s blog, the classic solitaire can showcase any diamond shape. The versatility of this popular white gold engagement ring helps it remain a best seller year after year.
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