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.
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.
Not sure where to start shopping for engagement rings? Check out the Adiamor Engagement Ring guide today!
Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic days of the year, which makes it the perfect time to propose. If you are planning a Valentine’s proposal, there are many details to get exactly right. From choosing the right diamond shape to picking the best ring metal, it can be overwhelming. However, picking the perfect engagement ring doesn’t have to be rocket science. Learning about the different ring metals can help you decide on the right one. Overall, there are four primary engagement ring metals: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. Today, we’ll cover rose gold and platinum engagement rings.
Rose Gold Engagement Rings
When it comes to Valentine’s Day, there’s no shortage of ways to be romantic. While proposing with a diamond ring itself is a great way to show your love, there is one ring metal that is considered the most romantic: rose gold. Rose gold rings have a pinkish color which makes many people think of romance and love. Although rose gold engagement rings are as popular as ever, there is perhaps no better time to propose with a rose gold ring than Valentine’s Day. If you want to take the romance theme even further, you could ask her to marry you with a heart shaped diamond.
Platinum Engagement Rings
Although rose gold rings might be considered the most romantic, platinum rings are the ultimate in luxury. Platinum is an extremely desirable ring metal because it is one of the most rare and precious elements found on Earth. Additionally, platinum engagement rings are heavier than their gold counterparts. This helps platinum rings feel even more luxurious than they look. Additionally, many women love the way platinum rings compliment diamonds. The combination of a platinum ring’s silver shine with a fiery diamond’s sparkle creates a remarkable look.
Check back tomorrow for second installment of Picking The Right Ring Metal For A Valentine’s Proposal!
The end of the year is a great time to reflect back as well as look forward. Next year, you may have some very big plans such as getting engaged. However, if you want to start off 2018 the right way with an NYE proposal, there are some things to consider. For instance, with New Year’s only a couple of days away, hopefully you have a plan. Even more importantly, hopefully you’ve picked out a ring! In case you don’t have everything squared away for your NYE proposal, we’re here to help. Keep reading the Adiamor blog for tips on ringing in the new year with a new bride to be!
The Midnight Champagne Toast
A classic way to ask for her hand in marriage on New Year’s Eve is in the midnight champagne toast. While it may be tempting to nestle the perfect solitaire engagement ring inside her glass, definitely do NOT do this! Not only will the ring ruin the champagne, it’s terribly cliche. Unless her dream NYE proposal involves accidentally swallowing some diamonds, the best way to handle the midnight champagne toast is to write a toast to her. With a little bit of planning and reflecting, you can make sure you cover all the reasons she’s the perfect companion. Not only will this make for a great proposal, it will make her the center of attention. Raise a glass to her, then drop down on a knee and show her the ring to start the New Year off right!
The Quiet NYE Proposal
While millions of people will be celebrating New Year’s Eve out in public, this doesn’t mean you have to make your proposal a spectacle. In fact, a quiet NYE proposal can be every bit as memorable. Whether you’ve decided to cook your best dish or call her favorite take out spot, make sure you make the evening about her. When it comes to proposing, the important things to get right are not necessarily midnight fireworks but simply making sure she’s the focus. In fact, after all the research you’ve done in preparing your ring budget and learning about ring styles, you know she’ll love the 14k rose gold engagement ring. But, if you create an evening around her favorite dinner with a diamond ring proposal after, she’ll be telling your engagement story for years to come.
This week on the Adiamor blog, we’ve been counting down our top 10 best engagement rings of 2017. Yesterday, we covered rings #10 through #7. In part 2, we present rings 6, 5, and 4. All of these rings were created this year and posted on our Facebook page. We compiled our followers favorite rings from throughout the year, and today we continue the countdown. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to see our best engagement rings of 2017, and check back tomorrow to see the final 3 rings!
The Best Engagement Rings of 2017: #6
At #6 of our best of 2017 is our Adiamor milgrain and pave sapphire engagement ring. This engagement ring is pave set and features six brilliant cut round diamonds totaling 0.20cttw and four round cut blue sapphires. Our sixth most popular engagement ring of the year is shown here with a 1 carat radiant cut diamond center stone. Click here to learn more about R2773s.
#5 Favorite Engagement Rings of 2017
At #5 on our most popular rings, we have the Adiamor 3 row micro pave halo engagement ring. A highly customizable ring, it is shown with a 1 carat radiant cut center diamond. The halo on this ring is rose gold, and the band is shown in white gold. To view more photos of R3081, click here.
The #4 Most Popular Ring of 2017
For many people, 2017 was the year of the rose gold engagement ring. It’s no surprise then to see this beauty at #4! This Adiamor French cut diamond basket engagement ring is gorgeous in rose gold. Shown here with a 0.75ct oval shaped diamond center stone and approximately .50cttw sparkling diamonds half way around the 2mm band. View more photos of R3043 here.
Check back in with the Adiamor blog tomorrow to see the final three rings on our list! If you missed part 1 of our best engagement rings of 2017, click here to get caught up!
Whether its the excitement of Christmas or the joy of family’s gathering, the holiday season is a popular proposal time. In fact, more and more couples are getting engaged during Christmas than ever. If you are planning a 2017 holiday proposal, there are some things you should do to be prepared. Hopefully, you’ve already figured out your budget and done your diamond homework. If not, definitely start there. Before finally decided on the perfect ring, do you know which ring metal suits her? Keep reading the blog to learn more about the best ring metals for proposing this Christmas.
Rose Gold Rings For The Romantics
In addition to being one of the hottest trends in jewelry, rose gold is also very romantic. Many people refer to it as romantic gold because of the pinkish coloring. Although rose gold is often used in vintage inspired engagement rings, modern halo settings also look gorgeous in rose gold. Copper is used in an alloy with pure gold to create this romantic ring metal, and it’s the perfect choice for a passionate proposal. Additionally, rose gold rings are flattering to nearly every skin tone, and they really pop with the glow of a diamond.
The Classic Yellow Gold Solitaire
If your bride to be is more of a traditionalist, then nothing beats a classic yellow gold solitaire. These engagement rings are iconic for good reason because they have been popular since engagement rings became popular. In addition to the stunning yellow gold color, solitaire rings prominently feature the center diamond. When selecting the right ring metal for your holiday proposal, consider yellow gold for a classic look, especially if you are going to pair it with a large round diamond in the center.
Platinum’s Modern Elegance
While still not quite as popular as rose gold, platinum’s rise in recent years is remarkable. Widely known as one of the most rare precious metals, platinum has plenty of luxurious features. The shiny luster of platinum does not need the same rhodium plating as white gold. This means that platinum will forever retain its white shine without requiring additional maintenance. Finally, a major benefit for many fans of platinum is the weight of the ring. This provides another sense of luxury, which makes platinum engagement rings the best choice for an elegant holiday proposal.
Rose gold, like most precious metals used for jewelry, is an alloy. This means that the gold is blended with other metals. In the case of rose gold, the alloy creates a stronger metal that is more durable. Since jewelry is often set with gemstones and diamonds, this is important for holding them in place. While 14k rose gold is “less pure” than 18k rose gold, it is actually both stronger and has a more desirable color. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to learn more about the color differences in 14k and 18k rose gold.
14K Rose Gold
When people think of rose gold, they often picture pinkish colored gold. These rosy hues are considered to be symbolic of romance. 14k rose gold is often the most desired due to the shade of pink. This color is created through the alloy. By blending gold with copper and other precious metals such as silver, the yellow gold takes on a more pink color. 14k rose gold, by definition, contains 58.5% pure gold. The additional copper creates a rosier, brighter pink color which is desired by customers. Additionally, the 14k rose gold is tougher and more resistant to damage; however, rose gold still requires the same amount of professional care including annual cleanings.
18K Rose Gold
The main attraction to 18k rose gold, then, is not the pink color. In fact, the color differences between 14k and 18k rose gold mean that, when put side by side, the 18k rose gold appears more yellow. This is because 18k rose gold contains more pure gold. Like 18k white gold or yellow gold, 18k rose gold contains 75% pure gold. The result is a softer, more malleable jewelry metal that contains a higher quantity of gold and therefore costs more. However, despite the increase in price due to the larger amounts of gold, most people prefer the color of 14k rose gold.
When picking out a ring metal, it is important to understand what creates the color differences between 14k and 18k rose gold. If you desire a brighter pink color, then 14k is the way to go. On the other hand, if the value of the gold is the main attraction, then 18k rose gold fits the bill. Either way, rose gold is a beautiful precious metal that is perfect for engagement rings and wedding bands, so it’s hard to go wrong. The ultimate choice is deciding which color rose gold is right for you. Learn more in our Metal Education center today!
The solitaire engagement ring is the most classic engagement setting. Typically, this ring is made out of yellow gold and features a round diamond. While this traditional engagement ring is still incredibly popular, many women wish to have something a little more unique. However, contemporary solitaire rings offer much more. From adding pave set diamonds to the band to changing the diamond shape or ring metal, today’s solitaire rings offer many more options. Check out a couple of ideas on updated solitaire engagement ring options!
The Rose Gold Solitaire
When it comes to ring trends, there is nothing more popular than rose gold engagement rings. This ring metal continues to rise in popularity year after year. While many people pick rose gold for its romantic pink color, the rose gold ring also offers a simple twist on classic yellow gold. This allows women to have something both timeless and in style. Although rose gold is extremely popular, it does look different from the classic yellow gold ring. This makes rose gold settings the perfect choice for an updated solitaire engagement ring.
Unique Diamond Shapes
While swapping the ring metal is one of the quickest ways to to update a classic engagement setting, another option is to choose a different diamond shape. If you are looking for a subtle change from the round diamond, both oval diamonds and pear shaped diamonds offer similar looks. However, square and rectangular diamond shapes are growing in popularity, with the princess cut diamond being the second most popular option. If you are looking for something truly unique, the heart shaped diamond is unlike any other.
Add Sparkle and Style to the Band
Finally, another great option for an updated solitaire engagement ring is to customize the band. Contemporary solitaires feature everything from pave set diamonds to split shank bands. By modifying the ring band, this gives the solitaire engagement ring new life. Plus, pave rings add a whole other level of fire and brilliance with the addition of more diamonds. Even the most classic yellow gold solitaire can be updated into a modern ring with pave set diamonds.
Fall is a gorgeous time of year. The changing colors in the leaves and pumpkin spiced everything provide the perfect ambience for romance. While summer still reigns supreme over wedding season, autumn is catching up. In addition to more and more weddings being planned in the fall, it is also becoming a popular time to propose. If you are thinking about getting engaged in the coming months, you may be seeking some inspiration. Check out three of our current favorite engagement rings for fall!
18K Rose Gold French Cut Halo Setting For Oval
At this point, there’s simply no escaping the rise of rose gold. The romantic pink gold looks great with any skin tone. Plus, when combined with white diamonds, rose gold really shines. This is a perfect engagement ring for proposing in the fall. In addition to the pave set diamonds on the band, this ring also features a gorgeous halo setting with diamonds totaling 0.35cttw. Finally, the oval center stone brings a unique touch to this rose gold engagement ring that makes fingers look long and slender. If you’re looking to get engaged this October, this French cut halo setting is an excellent choice.
French Cut Cushion Halo Basket in 18K White Gold
Adiamor’s French cut halo collection are some of our best known engagement rings. However, this cushion cut halo basket in 18k white gold is definitely an all time favorite. Like the oval setting, this engagement ring also features brilliant cut round diamonds totaling approximately 0.35cttw. The white gold provides a striking sophistication, and the cushion cut diamond is an elegant touch. One of the reasons this is one of our favorite engagement rings for fall is how the cushion cut diamonds appear in the ambient autumn lighting.
Rose Gold Basket Solitaire Setting with Round Diamond
Finally, another one of our favorite engagement rings for fall is the classic and timeless rose gold basket solitaire. This simple ring is understated with its beauty and features a 1.7mm band. Although the band is dainty enough to be remarkably feminine, it still has enough width to be both durable and comfortable. The rose gold once again allows the center stone to shine, and the half carat round diamond shown here is a the perfect engagement ring for young couples on a budget. However, this solitaire setting can fit large diamonds up to 5 carats which makes it incredibly versatile. Truly a classic, this modern spin on the rose gold basket solitaire is guaranteed to get her to say “Yes!”