There is Beauty in Simplicity
A truly inspirational woman, Coco Chanel, once said, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” Some ladies enjoy complex and intricate engagement ring designs. While there are others who appreciate the simplicity and prefers the minimalistic approach. There is no right answer and it is simply a matter of personal taste.
The popular solitaire engagement ring is an epitome of elegance. This refined ring setting put the spotlight on the featured diamond, allowing it to display its brilliance and fire effortlessly. Moreover, there are a selection of designs to consider if you’re planning on getting a solitaire engagement ring.
There are three main facets to decide when getting a solitaire engagement ring. The first is the design and the type of setting. The second is the type of metal for the ring shank. And the last, which is what most people will look at first, is the feature diamond.
The Four & Six Prongs Solitaire Engagement Ring
The eternal classics, the four and six prongs Solitaire Engagement Ring. Though they look very similar, there are some significant differences between them. The four-prong setting gives a round diamond a square look. In addition, four prongs allow more light to reflect into and out of the diamond, increasing its brilliance. There are two main designs for a four-prong solitaire, the standard (above) and the compass. Much like the directional arrows on a compass, the prongs are situated at the top, bottom, left & right of the diamond.
The six prongs Solitaire Engagement Ring (above) allow lesser light to pass through as compared to its four prongs cousin. But it enhances the curvature of the diamond and the additional prongs are adding support for the diamond.
The prongs can be customized in various shapes for both the four-and six-prong designs. If you want more brilliance for the engagement ring, you can even add melee diamonds along the prongs.
Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring
Not a fan of prongs? Consider the Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring (above). This contemporary setting takes a modern approach to vintage designs. The featured diamond is encased in a ring that goes all around the diamond. The bezel setting not only acts as a focal point for the featured diamond but also a more secured setting when compared to prongs. Ladies leading an active lifestyle will prefer the bezel setting as it minimizes damage by sports and other activities.
Types of Metal for the Ring Shank
The second important facet is the type of metal for the ring shank. Being a minimalist, the colour of the shank becomes much more important for a solitaire engagement ring. Platinum and 18K white gold are the most popular choices. As light reflects out of the diamond, it reflects the hue from the band too! This makes metal choices with white hue popular as they amplify the brilliance of the colourless diamond.
For the traditionalists out there, 18K yellow gold is also a good choice if you’d like your diamond to stand out. Over the last few years, the romantic 18K rose gold has also become increasingly popular. Check out the difference between 14K and 18K gold in this article.
Choosing the Featured Diamond
When getting an engagement ring, the featured diamond is usually the first thing we look at. More so if you are getting a solitaire engagement ring. Understanding the Diamond 4Cs will help you pick the ideal diamond based on your budget. Not sure how much to set aside for your budget? Check out our survey results when we asked fellow Singaporeans how much should a guy spend on an engagement ring.
However, it can be quite confusing as there is too much information to process in a short time. Not to mention the debates on the most important aspect of the Diamond 4Cs. You can read more about the Diamond Cut, Colour, Clarity, and Carat Weight in these articles. In order to choose the right featured diamond, we need to establish two things. First, the total budget for the engagement ring. Second, partner’s opinions and preferences – she will be the one who’ll be wearing the ring for the rest of her life. Find out what matters the most to her.
BONUS: Here are some buying tips that can help you filter down the choices. Tip number one, it is very hard to tell the difference in colour for diamonds within the same colour grade range. For example, the naked eye can’t tell the difference between a D-colour and an F-colour diamond. Tip number two, avoid magic sizes like 0.50ct, 0.75ct and 1.00ct. This is because premium price tags are usually ascribed to them. Check out this article for more tips on buying an engagement ring.
Should You Pick a Solitaire Engagement Ring for Your Partner?
In today’s world, there are so many brands and designs for the engagement ring. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing that perfect engagement ring for our partner. Sometimes, it is just to hard to choose the one. The Solitaire Engagement Ring is a classic and timeless design that will never go wrong.
However, the engagement ring is not the most important, your love for her is. I doubt your partner will not say no to your proposal just because she doesn’t like the ring. Perhaps you can focus more on the meaning behind the ring by customizing it to be unique to your love story. Here at Draco, we can bring you step-by-step through customizing your ideal engagement ring. Call us or book an appointment with us!