Solitaires and Princess Cuts
The solitaire gemstone is one of the oldest of all jewelry traditions. It features a lone diamond set on top of a delicate band, which is designed to draw focus back to the diamond. Solitaire cuts are popular with many gemstones, and for many other kinds of jewelry for that matter, for the simple reason that the gem is always the star. Alternatively, princess cuts are a square variation of the solitaire diamond, and are typically treated in the same manner.
Both the princess cut and solitaire cut put all the focus on the gemstone. Engagement ring designs featuring solitaire diamonds cannot help but highlight an exceptional gemstone for the whole world to see. Plus, there’s an aspect of human nature that just loves showing off a giant gem! It’s no wonder this is such a staple of traditional engagement ring design.
Three Stone Rings: For the Past, Present and Future
You’ve probably heard the saying “all good things come in threes,” and this brilliant design puts three glorious things right next together; typically, a central diamond flanked by two other gemstones (which are often diamonds, too). This design also allows for some variation of colour, while adhering to tradition. A central diamond can be flanked by other precious stones such as sapphires, or a yellow diamond can take center stage with a pair of diamond backup singers.
And as for the numerical significance of the number three, it’s well-known that this fabled number is remarkably important across many cultures, and often represents the flow of time or the progression from childhood, to adulthood, and then to old age. Indeed, as the passage of time is a universal part of humanity, so honoring a love that lasts throughout time with three gemstones is deeply traditional engagement ring design. It combines romance, a dash of philosophy, and three gorgeous gemstones all in one piece of stunning, wearable art.
Pavé Diamond Rings Sparkle all over
And of course, last but not least: the most common technique used for setting diamonds into the precious metal of the ring is called pavé, after the French for “paved or cobblestoned.” This technique creates some of the most sought after settings for diamond rings, and allows the ring to sparkle from any angle. Pavé rings remain so popular due to the undeniable beauty of this traditional style. The addition of diamonds along the band, and the setting of a larger diamond, allows the light to play among the stones more than it would otherwise.