Bridal Styles Guides

Diamond Ring
About 4 C's ... Every diamond is a miracle of time and place and chance. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.
You will be confronted with a dizzying array of choices when it comes to engagement rings. Have a price range in mind. Going in with fairly specific parameters will help your jeweler find the right engagement ring to fit your budget.
  • What kind of jewelry does she already wear?
  • Know her ring size?
  • Are her preferences hard to pin down?
  • Know what diamond shape suits her?
By now you have noticed her distinctive style in fashion and jewelry. Is she sporty and simple or does she prefer to go bold and blinged out. Perhaps, she is simply elegant and sophisticated. When she is wearing her favorite jewelry have you noticed if the metal is white or yellow? Whatever her particular style happens to be, share this with your jeweler as they are experts on translating her current style into the perfect bridal ring.
Take a look at her everyday jewelry or existing collection. Does she normally wear earrings and a necklace? Or maybe she just wears simple rings. You want to buy something that fits with her personality.
  • What kind of jewelry does she already wear?
    By now you have noticed her distinctive style in fashion and jewelry. Is she sporty and simple or does she prefer to go bold and blinged out. Perhaps, she is simply elegant and sophisticated. When she is wearing her favorite jewelry have you noticed if the metal is white or yellow? Whatever her particular style happens to be, share this with your jeweler as they are experts on translating her current style into the perfect bridal ring.
    Take a look at her everyday jewelry or existing collection. Does she normally wear earrings and a necklace? Or maybe she just wears simple rings. You want to buy something that fits with her personality.
  • Know her ring size
    If she has taken you window shopping for rings, she may have already shared this important information with you and your jeweler. If not, don’t sweat. There are several covert ways to get the size right. You might consider using one of her rings as a guide. Maybe she has a discreet friend or relative who might know her size.
    If you are still concerned, it is alright to present the ring first and size later. In fact, rings today are stocked in the most common sizes anywhere between size 6 and 7. Most jewelers can have the ring sized in fast fashion. Because of the delicate nature of the setting, it is always best to have the ring sized once instead of twice due to a sizing mistake.
    If you already know, great! If not you can discreetly try and ask, maybe suggest she should try on a friend! You can also match up an existing ring she already has to our Free Ring Sizing Guide
  • Are her preferences hard to pin down?
    If the answer is yes, the best answer is to choose a classic solitaire. Choosing a solitaire engagement ring gives her the joy of showing off her new diamond while shopping with you for the perfect setting.
    If Looking at her personal style will help you to be able to nail down her preferences. Look at the way she dresses or the type of decor she likes. You will be able to get a sense of if she prefers something flashy and extravagant, elegant and simple, or edgy and unique.
  • Know what diamond shape suits her
    Shape is sometimes confused with Cut, one of the four C’s. Cut refers to how well a diamond reflects and disperses light. A well cut diamond will reflect light and create a beautiful sparkling effect, called “scintillation”. Cut has long been known as the most important “C”, however, her taste in shape will be as equally important in making your decision on which diamond to purchase.
    Consider the following when shopping. Has she been hinting about her “Dream Diamond” and what shape it is? Has she admired someone else’s Diamond?
    If you’re still unsure, consider the classic shapes Round and Princess. These shapes are timeless and compliment most styles of engagement ring settings. A third classic, the Emerald cut has clean lines and is designed to show off high quality diamonds.
    Modified versions of the Round and Princess are very popular right now and can be seen in the Radiant cut. This shape is popular in both a square and rectangle.
    Looking for a large diamond? The Marquise, Oval and Pear shape diamonds while beautiful in any size and suited well for most settings, make a stunning statement in sizes 1 Carat and larger.
    Last but not least are the Trillion and Heart shaped diamonds. These shapes can be difficult to work with, but set in the right setting are perfect for the lady with an artistic flare.
    When it comes to knowing which diamond shape would suit her, first you need to recognize her taste. If she is into flashier pieces, explore pear and emerald shapes or even the three stone style. If her eye is drawn to detail oriented pieces check out our vintage & deco or classic & cool styles. If her eye catches the more simple and classic styles, have a look at the round, oval, cushion, and princess shapes or the solitaire style. Whatever her particular style happens to be, share this with your jeweler as they are experts on crafting the perfect bridal ring.
What Setting Makes Sense?
solitaire
Solitaire Ring

A single stone. Still the most popular choice in engagement rings. The head secures the diamond. Prongs allow the diamond to catch the most light. A four-prong-setting shows more of the diamond, but a six-prong setting is often more secure.

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Sidestone Ring

Diamonds or other gemstones, flank the main stone for additional sparkle or color. Popular sidestone settings include 'channel', which protects stones by keeping them flush, and 'bar-channel', which allows more light to enter the sidestones.

three stone
Three Stone Ring

Three Stone - One diamond for the past, one for the present, and one for the future. Typically, the center diamond is larger than the two side stones.

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Pavee Ring

Pavee (pah-vey) - The main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds to add sparkle and the illusion of greater size.

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