The Solitaire Engagement ring is the very definition of ‘classic’ and has actually been sold by world-famous jeweler Cartier since 1895. While the main feature diamond is always the most important aspect of any custom made engagement ring, the setting is the next thing to consider. For the vast majority of women, the diamond is their sole concern with side stones a mere afterthought.
How to Choose a Solitaire Diamond?
When you pick a solitaire engagement ring, the diamond is the main attraction. It is also one of the few rings that can look stunning regardless of the diamond size. However, you’re also under pressure to pick a magnificent stone because otherwise, you’ll end up with a fairly understated ring which is the last thing you want when asking for someone’s hand in marriage!
Most experts refer you to the 4C’s when looking to purchase a solitaire engagement ring and I’ll outline them below:
Cut: A diamond’s facets and angles dictate the way light shines through it so you want a stone with extra ‘dazzle’. If you get the opportunity, look at your shortlisted diamonds through a gemological microscope to determine which one reflects the most light. You can also compare each gem under lights.
- Carat: This relates to the weight of the diamond and not the size as you may have thought. There are a variety of factors that can alter the appearance of a 1-carat diamond including cut, size and shape. You should be more focused on how the diamond looks in its setting than on the weight. There are a number of ways to make your diamond look bigger without having to pay a fortune for a large carat gem.
- Color: This is simply a measure of how white the diamond is. While it’s true that the better the diamond’s color the more beautiful it is, you won’t see miniscule differences with the naked eye.
- Clarity: Relates to the number of flaws in the diamond. You shouldn’t overlook shape either. While the round diamond is a favorite for solitaire engagement rings, other popular options include emerald, oval, cushion, asscher, radiant, heart, marquise, cushion and pear shapes along with the princess cut. The setting is also vital and you normally have two options:
- Prong Setting: Four or six prongs are used to bring the gem above the ring’s band. This is a good choice if you want more light to shine through the diamond.
- Halo Setting: Leads to a feminine and delicate looking diamond. This is an excellent choice if you want to make the diamond look even bigger than it is.
You can choose rose gold, white gold or platinum as your metal for the setting and pick a slim or thick band. Examples of excellent solitaires include:
- The Classic Solitaire Round Diamond Ring Prong Setting White Gold
- Solitaire Oval Cut Diamond 4 Prongs Setting in Yellow Gold
Due to the popularity of this timeless ring, you can find a huge range of solitaire engagement rings online. It’s easier than ever to find one that mixes classic and modern style such as:
- The Solitaire Round Diamond Ring Prong Setting In Rose Gold