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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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What Wedding Ring Metal Is Right For Him?

In recent years, one of the biggest trends on the internet has been artisanal jewelry. From Instagram retailers to Etsy crafters all the way to international drop shipping, jewelry has seen an explosion in popularity. However, while costume jewelry is great for a night out with friends, it is not heirloom quality worthy of your wedding day. This is doubly true for men. While some husbands may want a wedding band made from a whiskey barrel and elk antlers, they aren’t a wise choice for a wedding ring. When selecting a wedding ring metal for your husband, be sure to pick a strong precious metal like gold or platinum that will last as long as your marriage.

To help future wives select the best wedding ring metal for their man, we’ve put together this simple guide to men’s wedding bands. By answering just a few questions, you’ll easily be able to select the perfect men’s wedding band for your big day.

Colorful or Refined?

If your man is into fashion and bright colors, then the perfect wedding ring for him is made from rose gold. Not only are rose gold rings incredibly on trend, they are also very much on the rise as a men’s accessory. The rose gold color wonderfully compliments almost every skin tone, plus it adds a pop of color that can be paired with a wide range of looks. On the other hand, if standing out from the crowd isn’t the goal, then a white gold or platinum wedding band may be the better choice. The subtle, cool silvery tones present a refined, sophisticated look. If you find your future husband needs more than one ring metal, then browse dual finish wedding bands that utilize multiple ring metals.

men's yellow gold comfort fit wedding band

Thick Or Thin?

Another question to answer with men’s wedding rings is the thickness of the ring itself. Although most men do not wear rings other than their wedding band, many quickly grow comfortable wearing the ring and prefer it to have some heft. In these cases, a wide, comfortable band in a heavy metal like platinum is the best option. However, the most classic of all men’s wedding rings is the simple yellow gold band. A typical comfort fit wedding band is approximately 5mm in width. Men with larger hands will probably want a wider ring.

Shop for men’s wedding rings from Adiamor today!

 

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Popular Styles of Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

If you ask any random person to draw a picture of an engagement ring with a box of crayons, there is a very good chance they will draw a yellow gold ring. Since yellow gold is the most classic of all precious metals, it is what most people think of when they think of gold jewelry. Despite the rise in popularity of white gold and rose gold, yellow gold continues to be the jewelry standard. One of the reasons yellow gold engagement rings continue to be so popular is the warm gold color contrasts perfectly with the cool hues of diamonds.

18k yellow gold Channel-Set Engagement SettingChannel Set Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

While the yellow gold solitaire is the most classic engagement ring, yellow gold is an exceptional choice for modern ring styles. Because diamonds and yellow gold work so well together, many brides to be love the look of channel set diamonds in a yellow gold band. This upgrades the look of the traditional solitaire ring. By adding diamonds to the band, the channel set diamonds provide more sparkle. The ring featured on the right is the perfect blend between modern designs and classic style. Featuring a total of 12 channel set brilliant cut round diamonds, the center stone’s fire and brilliance is amplified by the diamonds in the band.

18k yellow gold engagement ringsModern Yellow Gold Rings

For brides who prefer the yellow gold hues but want something ultra modern, consider non traditional bands. One such example is the R1910 18k yellow gold engagement setting. This particular ring incorporates a twisted band that is set with 20 baguette diamonds. The total carat weight of the diamonds is nearly 1.5 carats. The result is a center diamond that appears wrapped in a swirling diamonds. The dramatic effect is the perfect statement piece for bold brides.

The Traditional Yellow Gold Solitaire

classic yellow gold solitaireFinally, the classic yellow gold engagement ring is the solitaire setting. Even though it is probably the ring most people would draw, this engagement setting is a classic for a reason. The durability of yellow gold makes an exquisite match for a sparkling center stone. Additionally, even though the solitaire is instantly recognizable, it does not mean that this setting cannot express a unique personality. Nearly every diamond shape can be used to create the perfect custom yellow gold engagement ring. Create a custom yellow gold engagement ring from scratch today featuring the diamond of your choice. You’ll find the perfect engagement setting for bride in no time!

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What Metal Should You Choose for Your Ring?

Adiamor’s metal selection and extensive loose diamond supply makes it easy to create a unique, personalized piece of jewelry with any one of our many ring setting styles. In our blog, we’ve talked a lot about diamonds, but how does one choose the metal for an engagement ring? Refer to this guide to learn more about the precious metals we offer and the ideal uses for each.

The Timeless Beauty of Yellow Gold

Yellow Gold Rings

Gold in its natural yellow form has been a part of human culture since prehistoric times, with the earliest known gold artifacts dating to the 4th millennium BCE. Keeping this in mind, it’s not at all surprising that yellow gold has been the traditional choice for engagement rings and other fine jewelry for centuries. While white gold has risen to challenge sunny yellow in the last 80 years or so, the recent surge in the popularity of yellow diamonds has returned it to the top spot once more. The warm golden hue of the metal pairs seamlessly with these gorgeous canary stones as well as traditional white diamonds.

Where Does White Gold Come From?

White Gold Ring

The average person understands that gold is yellow, and even associates the two colors as one and the same outside of conversations about jewelry. Where, then, does white gold come from?

White gold is simply a variant of yellow gold that incorporates other metals to brighten and whiten it during the alloy process. Just as other metals must be added to create 14kt and 18kt yellow gold, the same takes place when creating white gold. The metals added to make the gold harder and stronger serve a second purpose of lightening the color. The resulting metal is a very pale yellow, and after casting it into a band or setting, the piece is plated with rhodium. Rhodium is bright white and reasonably durable, allowing your white gold jewelry to maintain its brilliance for many years. The plating can wear down over time, though, so it’s good to take your ring in for regular cleaning, maintenance, and replating to keep it looking its best.

White gold achieved popularity much more recently than yellow gold, first peaking in the 1920s. Its cool tones pair wonderfully with classic white diamonds, and white gold is often used to form the prongs that secure diamonds into yellow gold jewelry to avoid distracting the eye.

Rose Gold, aka Pink Gold

Rose Gold Ring

The warm, peachy hue of rose gold had made it a favorite among wearers with unique tastes and as a strategic pairing with different fancy-color diamonds and precious stones.

In similar fashion to white gold, many colors of jewelry-quality gold can be produced with the addition of specific metals and different plating processes. Some of these variants lower the quality or value (for example, most green gold is 10kt), but rose gold holds comparable quality and purity to yellow or white gold with the added benefit of an exotic, striking appearance.

To create rose gold, copper is incorporated into the alloy melt instead of nickel and other white metals, and its bright, rich color infuses the gold while also strengthening it for ideal jewelry use.

What’s the Difference Between 14kt and 18kt Gold?

Gold in its pure form is a very soft metal—it measures a mere 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, placing it in the same range as aluminum—and, as such, is much too malleable and fragile to use in jewelry without another metal like nickel mixed in to make it strong. The karat (commonly abbreviated as kt or K) is the unit of measurement indicating how much the gold’s purity is affected by the addition of these other metals, and how many parts pure gold versus other metals remain.

Pure gold has a karat measurement of 24kt, equal to 100% purity. Using these numbers as our base, we can deduce that 18kt gold contains about 75% pure gold to 25% other metals, and that 14kt gold contains 58-59% pure gold and slightly over 40% other metals.

Both purity grades are attractive and each has its own merits: 18kt gold is purest and most valuable, and the greater density of pure gold makes it a good choice for wearers who prefer jewelry with some tangible weight to it. By contrast, gold at the 14kt purity grade is stronger, more affordable, and more lightweight, making it the better choice for pieces with delicate design elements and multiple stones to secure.

Generally speaking, observers without in-depth experience in the jewelry industry can’t tell one from the other on sight, so it’s best to base this choice on your ring’s particular features and your needs as a consumer.

Platinum, the Height of Elegance

Platinum Rings

Of the metal types suitable for use in jewelry, platinum is the most valuable. It has a noticeable weight due to its high density that immediately distinguishes it from other white metals, and develops a unique patina over time that gives older platinum jewelry a beautiful lustrous finish.

Platinum became popular in roughly the same time period in which white gold came to prominence; its cool tone and brightness were wonderfully suited to the aesthetic of the time as affluent people began to wear jewelry composed of more and larger white diamonds. Platinum’s uniqueness and rarity make it an excellent choice when you wish to truly invest in a piece of fine jewelry.

To learn more about the metals we offer or for assistance in choosing the right metal for your setting, contact Adiamor anytime!