She’s one in a million to you. It wouldn’t be a surprise that you’d want to give her the most stunning ring as you go down on one knee and ask her to marry you. Especially if she does have glamorous taste in fashion, you just have to give her a ring that would match her style.
What makes an engagement ring dazzling? The setting, the centre stone and all the details contribute to the overall look of the ring. Here are some ideas on how to have a piece of jewellery that will really stand out from all the others but still be elegant and romantic enough to symbolize your love and commitment.
You’ll find a variety of jewellery settings when you go out shopping for a ring. But if you want a stunning piece, the halo setting will never let you down. However, you can also have something distinctive with a three-stone or a prong setting.
Halo. Smaller stones surround the centre stone, creating the illusion of one bigger stone and more fire and brilliance. Any shape of a centre stone can go well with this setting. But the best ones would be round, cushion or emerald.
Three-stone. An engagement ring can have three featured stones, instead of just one. This trio of gems signifies the past, the present and the future of the couple. Each can be held by simple prongs, but you can also have each on a halo setting.
Prong. The simplest support a stone can have in jewellery is a set of prongs. But they make a diamond or any other gem stand out since the gem is literally lifted from the band. If you want a really dazzling ring, make sure you choose a top-grade stone. The cut and clarity should be really good. Even if you choose an outrageously huge diamond or some other stone, it still wouldn’t be as stunning as you’d want it to be.
And if you’re looking for sparkle, no other accent can give that to you than a row or rows of diamonds in a pave setting. Aside from pave, baguette stones and split shank setting can also give you a fascinating piece of jewellery to go with your proposal.
Pavé setting. This setting is named as such because it literally “paves” the band with stones. It intends to create the illusion that the band itself is made of diamonds or stones and not metal.
- You can opt for a full pavé setting, where the whole band has stones encrusted on its surface.
- You can also have a half-pavé ring, which will have encrusted stones only at the top half of the band.
- If you wish to heighten the glamour, have pavé-set diamonds in two or three rows.
Baguette diamonds. The rectangular and slim cut of diamonds is called baguette because it resembles the shape of the famous French bread. In rings, it’s used to accentuate the beauty of the centre stone, especially one with an emerald or a cushion cut.
Split shank. This design makes the band appear as if it is split into two or even more “strands” until it reaches the centre stone of the ring. If you want an eye-catching ring, have the strands encrusted with pavé-set diamonds. Some even add other accents like milgrain to make the jewellery design even more intricate.
With the different settings, details and advanced technology that jewellers now use, you can have a ring as fancy as you want it. Please keep in mind, however, that before you get carried away with the idea of a ring dazzling with diamonds, be sure that it fits your girlfriend’s personality and preference.
About the author
Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and engagement rings, to the online world.