Custom Design

These are tips we learned after 40 years in the custom design jewelry business.  If you have further questions or comments please submit them below.

Insider tips to create your own engagement rings.  Be an educated buyer and get the most out of your money.

  1. How to buy a diamond without getting scammed
  2. How to get a better diamond for less money
  3. How to use style, cut and color to enhance your ring design
  4. How to coordinate ladies and men’s engagement rings
  5. What to avoid  when buying diamonds or colored stones
  6. How to create your own engagement rings to be more meaningful by choosing gemstones that hold spiritual meanings within them


Diamond Cuts
Metals- 14kt gold

Hottest Tip: How to get the most diamond for the money

If a person is interested in acquiring a diamond of approximately 2cts it is wise to reduce the weight by 15%, and the diamond will still appear almost the same. When buying diamond, it is priced per carat weight. There is a major price jump next to the 2ct mark. Similarily, if you are looking for a 1ct, then reduce its weight to ¾ carat, and the price is cut in half. You may notice some difference in the size when doing this but in reality, you may be simply replacing a 6.5mm diamond with a diamond that measured 6mm. In this way, the appearance of the ring wouldn’t change if the ring itself remained unchanged. If the ring has a number of smaller diamonds one can do a special order ring made that retains the same style and same number of diamonds but reduces their total weight. For example if a ring consist of a large number of 1/5 ct diamonds one can create a ring with 1/6th carat diamonds and substantially reduce the cost without significantly affecting it appearance.

Handmade unique engagement rings

The urge to create your own engagement rings made is very common. It reflects the desire to express the uniqueness of every relationship. Where it is very common for the man to shop for the engagement ring without his fiancée, it is not advisable to go it alone when creating your own engagement rings. Usually the couple has a design idea that can then be produced. At other times they may like to be shown a number of existing designs from which they could make their selection.

Create your own engagement rings: The Process

  1. It begins with a design in free hand, or a computerized rendering of the proposed design. A wax model of the design would then be carved. The wax model can be handmade, or it could be computer assisted.
  2. The wax model serves two purposes: It is a three dimensional illustration of the rendering, and gives the engagement couple a near perfect ring model to examine.
  3. Next is a very important step, you will want to go in and exam this wax model.
  4. The wax model is then used for the precious metal casting, placed within an investment media, burned out, and the precious metal is then injected into the form of the ring.
  5. The form is filed, and polished, and then gemstones are set in the finished piece.


Before you submit your designs

You may want to review some of nuances of certain gemstones, simulants or settings. For instance, when to use a bezel or tension setting, as well as considerations when reviewing diamond clarity and grading charts to select diamonds, gemstones, and precious metals in order to make a wise and unforgettable ring for generations to enjoy.
You may consider using gemstones in your ring, which can be very striking, and offer a variety of options for your most creative designs.
The inventory is endless when you create your own engagement rings. Throughout these pages you will learn from us the steps and skills that you will need to design a one of a kind piece of jewelry.

Questions to consider:

First of all you will want to consider the styles you are leaning toward. Do you want matching wedding ring sets, or complimentary.
Do you want to make a gents ring as well? If so, do you want it to be complimentary to the ladies engagement or wedding band?
You will then need to discover the advantages and disadvantages of certain ring styles.
Will you use a diamonds or gemstones in your or rings, and if so, what shape will they be? Will they alternate, rounds and emerald cut? Will they be channel set, prong set or bezel?

There are many reasons for choosing to create your own engagement rings but, the primary one is that it is a very personal item that involves a lot of emotion, and is something you will have for a very long time. The process tocreate your own engagement rings involves many steps. The process can be simplified by keeping several important points in mind. One should always begin with the gemstone.

Step one: Select your gemstone

Select a gemstone that will be the primary focus of the ring (unless of course the use of a primary gemstone is not contemplated). One should know ahead of time whether you will use a diamond or some other colored gemstone . They should know what shape they want, and what size they would like to have. The reason for focusing first on the primary gemstone is that the ring should be made to focus on or flatter the gemstone. One should not try and fit the gemstone into the ring design. In other words the ring design should always accommodate the gemstone rather than the other way around.

Step two: Choose ring style

The second step in the process is to get ideas of the ring style. A good way to do this is to look at ring magazines and browse retail stores, acquaintance rings, and internet sites. When visiting stores it is a good idea to actually try some rings on to get a sense whether some styles seem to flatter your finger or hand more than others. Most people discover that certain styles appeal to them more than others. Hopefully these are the same styles that are most flattering when they are being worn.

Step three: Select the style of setting

Special attention should be paid to the method of setting any gemstones that will be placed in the ring. Sometimes the gemstones are set off of the ring in which case crowns or bezels (crown styles are distinguished as crowns and they can consist of three or more prongs) four and six prong being the most common.
Another style of crown is the basket crown. The high base or (narrow) crown consists of peg style, high base, and low base. These are crowns found in your typical tiffany ring. At other times the ring styles display gemstones down even with the metal surface. In this case, the settings are referred to as channel setting, or burnished setting.

Step four: Consider the metal

The fourth consideration is to know what kind of metal one intends to use in the ring. These metal choices usually include: silver, gold (white or yellow), palladium, platinum, tungsten, and titanium.

Step five: Choose a jeweler

After the range of styles has been narrowed down, the process of individualizing a style that can be pictured in the mind is to be made. At this point you can select a reputable jewelry designer who can help you move the image that is in your mind onto a piece of paper and eventually execute it in a three dimensional form, such as a wax model or 3d image rendering of the ring.

Step six: Develop a sketch

When you are satisfied that the sketch properly represents the image in your mind you can instruct the jeweler to make a three dimensional wax model. Depending upon the jeweler’s schedule, this can take between several days and several weeks.

Step seven: Examine and refine the wax model

When the wax model has been produced it is important to examine it before production before the process proceeds any further. You might notice small details that you will want to change. Small changes can be made to the wax model by hand without having to redo the entire process. If the details to be changed are minor, it may not be necessary to examine the model again before proceeding with production.
Once you have decided that the model is exactly what you had in mind, you can instruct the jeweler to cast the model. This means that the model will then be used to create the exact form that will be cast into the metal you have chosen. In this way the final ring is an exact copy of the wax model you have examined. . At this point the jeweler may ask for a down payment on the ring. If your intention is to have a one of a kind design, you will not want to have a mold made of your ring. If the mold is made than of course your ring can be reproduced and your ring is no longer a one of kind piece. The other thing you can do is instruct the jeweler to make a mold that you can take possession of. Your motive in doing this might be your concern with the need to reproduce the ring should your original ever be lost.

Step eight: Polishing the ring and setting the stones

Once the jeweler has cast the ring she/he will need to clean up the rough casting by filing and polishing and of course setting any stones that you have selected to go into the ring. The final step in create your own engagement ring is maintenance. So far we have been focusing on the acetic aspect of building your own engagement ring. There are however practical considerations that should not be overlooked. Practical considerations involve issues of maintenance, durability, and wear ability. Styles that contain a large number of very small diamonds are obviously less trouble free, than rings that contain fewer small diamonds. Gemstones that are set higher off the ring are theoretically more vulnerable to damage than stones that are set down in the ring. Some designs harbor dust and oils easier than others. When rings easily accumulate dirt and oils they will not look as nice that rings that are relatively less hospitable to these substances. Rings that contain parts that are too thin break easier than rings that have a more durable construction. An example of a less durable ring would be some of the filigree styles.
What metal will you use for your engagement rings?

Will you have the same color bands In your ring designs? For example: one yellow gold, and one white gold?
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Diamond wedding ring sets

When looking for diamond wedding ring sets it is customary for people to think in terms of matching an engagement ring with a wedding band. Some people however, may decide they would like to create their own engagement rings. In this case, there is an inexhaustible selection of designs to be created. This process of creating your diamond wedding ring sets can be an extremely rewarding and emotional process.
The engagement ring is usually viewed as being one part of a set. The complete set would include the engagement ring and the wedding band. Two rings can either be matching or simply complement one another. Since the engagement ring usually contains a center diamond the diamond wedding ring sets will never completely match. Often they consist of similar lines, and the same number of accent stones whenever that is the case.

Buying wedding ring sets together

Frequently your wedding ring sets are bought at the same time. If it is not bought at the same time then people have to anticipate what type of wedding band people will have at a later date because this could have a bearing on the selection of the engagement ring.
It is useful to keep in mind how it will change the appearance of the engagement ring. If someone chooses a wide engagement ring like 5mm that looks nice on the finger by itself. It could end up being much too wide when a matching wedding band is added. This would make a 10mm wide ring. A ring can become uncomfortable to wear at that point. This is particularly the case if the person should subsequently decide to have more than one wedding band. For example: sometimes people decide to have matching wedding bands that fit on both side of the engagement ring. However, you may want to taper them more on the bottom of the shank so as to appear wider on top of the finger but, have a more comfortable ring width under your ring finger.
Another reason for having some idea about what kind of wedding band to have gone with the engagement ring is that the overall width of the two rings has an effect on the appearance of the center diamond in the engagement ring. A diamond of a particular weight may look appropriate on a particular width wedding band but then appear to be overwhelmed when the wedding band or bands are added. For example a 3mm engagement ring, and 3mm band equals 6mm. This is approximately the same width as a 1 carat diamond. This would be a nice balance because the bands would not be larger than the diamond.

Sets that compliment rather than match

It is probably more common for the wedding ring sets to be complimentary rather than matching. For example: A wedding band in addition to having a center diamond can have a row or rows of smaller accent diamonds. The wedding band that goes with it may not need to have any accent diamonds at all. In fact, the reverse is perhaps more often the case where the wedding band has the accent diamonds. And the diamond consists mainly of the center set stone.
When the engagement and wedding band contains smaller accent diamonds they are usually constructed in rows that are referred to as channel settings. Most often this prescribes the shapes of the diamonds and usually limits those shapes to rounds and princess cuts. A more recent innovation that seeks to separate the accent diamonds one from the other is to burnish them in the band. Either randomly or at spaced intervals.
One should not overlook the unique look that can be obtained by using colored precious stones as accents in diamond wedding ring sets. Another variation is to use a precious colored stone as the solitaire in the engagement ring and compliment its look with diamond accent stones. This is not done frequently but does create a very desirable and individual look when it is done deliberately and with good design.
Although it is usually the case, it is not absolutely necessary that in the case where gold is being used in your ring sets that you use the same color in both rings. You may choose to have yellow gold in one and white gold in the other. It is common for one to solder the diamond wedding ring sets together after they couple is married. Whether or not one anticipates soldering the rings together can have a bearing on wedding band selection in some cases. An example of this would be: a wedding band that has a row of diamonds placed in it. When one knows ahead of time whether they intend to solder the rings together they won’t be as concerned about the length of the channel as they might otherwise be. Because when the rings are soldered together the wedding band will not spin on the finger, and the channel will always be positioned properly on the finger.


Create your own wedding rings complimentary or matching

The wedding band should not stand out as looking like something too different and unrelated to the engagement ring. This does not mean that if the engagement ring does not have accent stones then the wedding band cannot have accent stones either. By the same token if the engagement ring does have accent stones it does not mean that the wedding band must have accent stones. The lines of the wedding ring do not have to match in order to produce harmony but, should be considered in making the jewelry design. The wedding ring band will not have stones that are of large size because they should not compete with the major stone in the wedding ring.
By and large the metals in the wedding ring and is corresponding band should match. For example if the engagement ring is platinum the wedding ring should be platinum as well. If the engagement ring is white gold, the wedding ring should also be white gold. Although in some cases mixing gold colors might be appropriate.
The engagement ring and the wedding ring are usually worn together on the same finger. However, it is not unheard of for someone to decide to wear their wedding ring on a different finger. For example: Someone might choose to wear their wedding ring on the fourth finger of their right hand. This possibility should not be overlooked if on feels that they are restricted in the style of the wedding ring they wish to make. This might also be the case when people feel that any wedding ring regardless of style takes away from the engagement ring.

How the different settings can affect the look of your ring design. Which gemstones are suitable for wedding rings? What the differences are in metals and the maintenance requirements for different metals and ring styles. You will also learn how to buy a gemstone and get the most for your money, as well as how to build unique engagement rings that speak of your spiritual connection to one another.

Unusual engagement rings

People create unusual engagement rings such as: dandelions entwined, string cheese, rubber bands, garbage bag ties, and bubble gum machine prize. Seriously though, there are many people who are looking for engagement rings that are not standard like the Tiffany’s solitaire.
Creating your own engagement rings can be thought of in at least two ways:

  1. One refers to the design.
  2. A second would refer to the meaning that the design has for a person.

An example would be an engagement ring that expresses a couple’s Christian faith. In the first category people are interested in unusual design and prefer to have something that no one else has. The best way to achieve this is for them to design their own. Here the emphasis is simply aesthetic. The form or style appeals to them but, they may not know why, other than it looks good on their hand.
When the unusual refers to the meaning the design has for them, then its individuality is less important. The most common theme here is reference to religious values. Here again the person can either design a ring with a view to its meaning, or they can select a preexisting style because that particular style speaks to them meaningfully.


Male engagement rings

Today the overwhelming color choice in engagement rings for men is white. This has been true since about the mid 90’s and shows no alternating significant trends to date. In this case there is a large selection of metals and designs to choose from.

Metals used in engagement rings for men include: gold, platinum, silver, titanium and tungsten.

When selecting engagement rings for men, one should first determine the metal one would prefer.


The overwhelming majority of people choose gold. This is typically either 14k gold or 18k gold. Gold rings are very resilient and for this reason they are the most accepted choice in engagement rings for men. We will try to give some breakdown of the different metals, gemstones, and styles for male engagement rings.
Gold is the most popular metal chosen in engagement rings for men. . The gold is usually 14k or 18k, but 10k is also functional and is a reasonably priced choice. It can be either yellow or white gold. It may also come in more subtle colors like rose and green. Gold is very strong and it can be resized, should that be required at a later time.



Platinum engagement rings on the other hand are also a popular choice for men. It has most of all of the same wear ability features as the gold rings. Its principle disadvantage is price. At current metal prices platinum can be two to three times that of gold. The reason for this price difference between platinum and gold is that platinum has more mass and is priced higher than gold on a weight basis. Platinum is also a pure metal and gold is an alloy.


Silver like platinum can only be worn as a white metal. It is lighter in weight and is not as strong structurally as either gold or platinum. It also tarnishes much quicker and to a greater extent than gold. Platinum on the other hand does not tarnish at all. Silver is very inexpensive.



Titanium and tungsten are two other somewhat popular metals for male engagement rings. They are very durable and they are lightweight. The lightness of the weight is appealing for men. It is also appealing to men for use as a wedding band because like silver it is very inexpensive. Compared to either white gold or platinum, the whiteness of titanium and tungsten has a cooler, harder, and darker look and may appeal to those who prefer a modern or industrial look and feel.
The significant disadvantage of tungsten or titanium in male engagement rings is that it cannot be resized. When and if it no longer fits, a new band needs to be acquired.
If you include all of the possibilities mentioned above, prices would range between 50 and 1000$ for a plain men’s band without any gemstones.

Gemstones in men’s rings

There are some people who would like to have gemstones included within their engagement rings, this may be due to their desire to compliment the woman’s band, or just prefer a more interesting look. Diamond is the most popular choice in this regard. However, precious stones like: Sapphire, ruby, and emerald should not be discarded.
Our top recommendations for practical reasons include ruby and sapphire. Both of these gemstones are very durable because they are corundum which is the hardest mineral next to diamond. Sometimes people choose other gemstones because of their color preferences or its symbolic meaning. It is reasonable to suppose that these other gemstones will show wear after years of use.
Gemstones used in male engagement rings do not have to be restricted to straight lines like you would find in a square or a rectangular shape, but men also wear shapes cut in circular shapes like round or oval. The gemstones may either be faceted, finished as a cabochon, or slab inlayed flush with the setting.
Diamond is the most popular gemstone of choice in men’s engagement rings when deciding to include gemstones within ring design. Sometimes people choose other gemstones because of their color preferences and or spiritual meaning. It is reasonable to suppose that these other gemstones will show wear after years of use.
If you are designing to incorporate your Christian values within your jewelry design than emerald should not be discounted. This stone is a popular choice in wedding rings because emerald signifies new life, as in the beginning of a marriage.
The cross of light diamond can also be used when designing for Christian symbolism. Diamonds or gemstones can be set alternating between the stones and channel set around the band rather than a solitaire. Often when selecting a center stone for engagement rings for men it is desirable and considered more masculine to have a relatively low base setting, or completely flush to its base. Gemstones used in male engagement rings do not have to be restricted to straight lines like you would find in a square or a rectangular shape, but men also wear shapes cut in circular shapes like round or oval. The gemstones may either be faceted, finished as a cabochon, or slab inlayed flush with the setting.

Men’s diamond wedding bands

Some may prefer to have men’s diamond wedding bands custom made. In this case you will want to consider some of these options, if you haven’t already done so. Mens diamond wedding bands can be either a single diamond or it can be a number of diamonds. One popular style is to set a number of diamonds adjacent to one another in a row. This is often times referred to as channel setting. These could be diamond or colored gemstone. This is a very classy look and has unlimited possibilities for individualization.
For purposes of jewelry design it is advisable to look at color combinations in ring magazines, retail shops, and the internet. When considering the use of colored gemstones and diamonds it is possible to put a row or rows of gemstones ½,3/4 or full circle (eternity) around the band. Creating rows with alternating gemstones can create a very unique look. Most often precious stones are recommend for their durability. These include: diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald.

Solitaire men’s diamond wedding bands

Another popular style is to set a single stone in the wedding band. Sometimes it is set into a separately cast plate which is inlayed in the ring. If the plate is white gold and larger than what is needed to set the diamond this is what is referred to as an illusion setting.
In any case, whether the ring contains a number of channel set diamonds or a single diamond the diamonds usually are set flush or nearly so with the surface of the ring. This is unlike diamond settings in women’s rings where crowns are frequently used. This does not mean that men’s wedding bands cannot contain diamonds set in at least low style crowns but, this is not the most typical style that is being used.
When using diamonds in the men’s band, the shape of the diamonds need not be limited to straight lines as are found in the emerald cuts. Round diamonds are just as popular. In principal, there are no shape or size limitations but rather, cost is the most likely the determining factor.

Diamond band widths

The overall width of men’s band can vary based on the groom’s preference. Typically men’s diamond wedding bands are made where their width is not less than 3mm or more than 10mm. The most popular width is 6mm. The groom’s width preference will no doubt be based on finger size and shape as well as his stylistic preferences.

His and hers matching wedding bands

Some couples have an interest in diamond wedding ring sets or at least rings that complement each other. This can be as simple as matching the color of the metal, and it can be as complicated as having rings that have a similar style appearance. It is not uncommon for people who want to deliberately create complimentary rings to have them custom made. This may involve a little more cost. The benefit is a much more unique and individualized result that could be very meaningful and engage them in a process that is much more memorable. Sometimes couples are lucky enough to find conventional stock designs that represent their personalities and relations perfectly. Click here to read more on how to design your own jewelry.

Gemstone engagement rings

Other than diamond gemstones as engagement rings  are certainly not unheard of but,are relatively uncommon in the United States. They are much more common in other parts of the world including Europe. The gemstones used in engagement rings are usually those that are considered precious this includes: ruby, sapphire and emeralds. The disadvantage of using emeralds within an engagement ring is their proneness to damage. Ruby and sapphire are not only beautiful stones, but their physical properties lend themselves to use in engagement rings that are worn all the time because they are both hard and durable. Next to diamond, ruby and sapphire are the hardest substance in creation and for that reason alone merit their inclusion in gemstone engagement rings.
Gemstones in engagement rings are cut in all shapes and have an infinite amount of faceting patterns available. The reason for this is that in gemstones (other than diamond) lapidary skill is tested by how color is enhanced. Diamond cutting is primarily a mathematical proposition because the primary interest is in maximizing the internal reflection of light. With colored stones, the lapidary goal is to increase color and this has fewer dependents on mathematical precision, and more toward its orientation of the proper axis to reflect the light.

Emerald engagement ring

Emerald engagement rings have pride of place among the precious gemstones. Its green color represents spring time, freshness, and new life. These are all things that people contemplating engagement can relate to. It is common in other countries for people to choose a colored gemstone rather a diamond to  be the center stone in their ring. It is not common in the USA. Perhaps for that reason the US is the poorer in engagement ring styles. If one is enchanted with the idea of using a colored gemstone as the major stone within an engagement ring, emerald should be given serious consideration. Emeralds have been mind for thousands of years. The most notable mines are found in Colombia. Although Emeralds are found in many parts of the world, the primary mining regions are in Afghanistan, Brazil, and Zambia. Colombian Emeralds are often regarded as being the most valuable, particularly those found in a very old mine, called the Muzo.

Color variance in emerald engagement ring

Regardless of where they are found emeralds have many internal imperfections that more often than not are visible to the naked eye. The green of emerald can vary from very light green to very dark green. The medium hues are modified by either blue or yellow. It is the mixture of these colors that gives virtually every emerald its unique look. Obviously, price is related to beauty. And beauty has to do with the shade of green as well as the absence of distracting imperfections

Shapes of an emerald engagement ring

Emeralds come in all sizes and when they are faceted they can be cut into most any conceivable shape. The emerald shape is very common. But, they can also be purchased as rounds, ovals, marquis, princess, emerald cut. There are some people who discourage the use of an emerald engagement ring. They regard emeralds as relatively fragile because of the presence of inclusions that are generally found in them. However, we know that emeralds have been worn for thousands of years and our view is that aesthetic preferences should override any concerns about durability.
Emeralds come in such variety of color tones that it is wise to have an assortment from which you can make your selection. Be wary of any emerald that looks to clean. Having selected the emerald of choice you will then proceed to a selection of a ring style that you want to use with it. A general rule one should not suppose that the selection of an emerald as the center stone should constrict the selection of a ring in any way. Any ring that you might select for a diamond should work equally well with an emerald. When having an emerald as the center stone you have some creative opportunities for unique design. For example: If a row or rows of small diamond melee are used as accents in an emerald engagement ring they can really enhance the emerald center stone. Perhaps even more than they would a diamond center stone?

Durability of emerald rings

If one is concerned about damage to the emerald there are ring styles like the cathedral that can be used to help protect it. Although, emerald is not as hard as a diamond, its hardness is adequate. Emerald belongs to the beryl mineral class that has a hardness of 8. If after many years of wear some of the facet edges are abraded and there are surface scratches that diminish the brilliance that the emerald originally displayed, it can be removed for re-polishing with minimal weight loss.

Emerald enhancement with oils

Most all colored gemstones are enhanced in some way. The most common method of enhancing the appearance of emerald is oiling basically this simply involves placing the emerald in a common oil like cedar wood wear the oil seeps in the wherever porosity in the gemstone permits it. This oil can leak out over time, and can be re-oiled as necessary. It is possible to purchase emeralds that are certified as having not been oiled. If prices of natural emeralds are such that prohibits their purchase synthetic emeralds can be acquired. Emeralds have been synthesized for almost a hundred years. Several different processes are used. The most involved process creates the most natural look but, is also the most expensive. However, the total cost is much less than it would be for a similarly looking natural emerald engagement ring.

About tanzanite engagement rings

Tanzanite engagement rings can consist as tanzanite being used as a center stone or as accent stones to some other center gemstone. This particular gemstone has unique color due to its pleochroism. Consequently, it is very noticeable and tends to stand out when worn.
One advantage of Tanzanite is that is per carat basis, it is considerably less expensive than the more popular diamond. Generally, the most valuable tanzanite is neither to purple nor to blue but, tends to be more to the bluish shade with a hint of purple. It is also desirable to have deep saturation of that color. Tanzanite can be cut in all of the popular gemstone cutting styles and can be accommodated to the most conventional types of setting.
There is one big drawback to Tanzanite engagement rings that cannot be overlooked. Tanzanite is not as hard as diamond, sapphire, or ruby. So, when the surface acquires a number of scratches, it loses its luster, and will appear dull compared to when it was acquired new. The Tanzanite can be re-polished so that the scratches are no longer visible. However, the stone needs to be taken out of the ring for this to be done, and weight is lost from the gemstone during this process.
The second disadvantage of using Tanzanite in an engagement ring is that tanzanite has perfect cleavage. This is a gemological term that refers to a tendency to split along straight lines. It is for this reason that tanzanite is considered to be better gemstones for pendants, or rings that are worn less often then engagement rings.


An aquamarine will appeal to those for whom Aquamarine is their birthstone, or prefer a large clean stone with deeper blue appearance for a relatively low price. An aquamarine engagement ring is relatively uncommon however, should not be discounted as it can display a very pleasing color, if they are of the very highest quality. When one is looking for a high quality aquamarine they should look for as deep of a blue color as possible. You may consult with gemologist before purchasing a stone. Most all aquamarine is heated to enhance its color. However, not all aquamarine attains a desirable color by heating.
An aquamarine engagement ring will appeal to people who enjoy a relatively larger stone. In fact, apart from individual size preferences the case could be made the bigger the better. This is because the larger the stone is the more potential there is for a deeper blue color.
The stone can found in various shapes and placed in any setting. It is the birthstone for March and may have special appeal for people on that basis. Most often an aquamarine is cut in the oval and emerald shapes. For that reason, the best selection of material will be found in those shapes.
Aquamarine does not have a lot of inclusions so that is not something that people considering an Aquamarine engagement ring need to worry about. The disadvantage is that the aquamarine gemstone may scratch more readily as compared to some other gemstones.
The biggest advantage of aquamarine for an engagement ring is that you can have a very large beautiful stone for very little money, at least compared to diamonds, or some other precious stones.

Pearl engagement rings

Pearl engagement rings are relatively uncommon today. This has not been true in the past when the pearl set in a wedding ring was very popular. This was true throughout history up until the 19th century, when diamonds were discovered in great abundance in South Africa (Kimberly mines).
There is an abundance of choice within the pearl variety. The most popular is the round pearl. In the past, these pearls you would find in jewelry were mostly natural. Today they are practically nonexistent, and about the only choice available would be that of cultured pearls. These are pearls that are grown the same way as natural pearls but the seed that is planted in the mollusk is intentionally implanted by pearl farmers. This began in earnest in the 9th c Today pearl engagement rings would be commonly set with akoya, or Tahitian pearl which consist of a variety of dark colors.
Pearls used in wedding rings should only be of the very finest quality which consists of size nacre thickness, shape, roundness, orient, luster, and a blemish free surface. Typically, the pearls would be half drilled and glued into a precious metal base.
The appearance of a single pearl engagement or wedding ring can be enhanced with other small gemstones, and most commonly these gemstones are diamonds.
Disadvantages of Pearl engagement rings are that when worn constantly it can be prone to damage and not expected to last a lifetime. Pearls take more abuse when worn on the hand, rather than when they are worn in a strand, or singularly around the neck or in earrings.
However, pearl engagement rings can be replaced relatively inexpensively as compared to diamond engagement rings.
‘In a Christian New Testament parable, Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a “pearl of great price” in Matthew 13: 45-46. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”
The language of symbolism was in common use around the time of Jesus Christ; most people were familiar with the symbolic meanings. The circle is a symbol of God because it has no beginning and no end. The circle or pearl was considered to represent Love, Knowledge (the combination of equal amounts of Love and Knowledge is a symbol of Wisdom, the 2 circles intertwined (owl eyes) is symbolic of Wisdom. Some other pearls are Truth, and Faith.’

Colored Diamonds

Pink diamond

The idea of a pink diamond engagement ring became popular about 20 years ago, because many pink diamonds were found in diamond fields that had recently been discovered in Australia. Before this time there were so few pink diamonds available that is would never had occurred to anyone to get one.
A pink diamond is a natural color with which one would celebrate a romantic event, like an engagement. Today most of the pink diamonds that are being produced come from Australia. They are produced in large and small sizes, and qualities vary.
The most important variable when selecting material for your pink diamond engagement ring is the intensity and saturation of the pink color. The more color saturation the diamond has, the more it costs. They are much rarer than white diamonds, and so selection is more limited. Most of the pink diamonds that one sees have a color tone that is subtle at best and does not stand out as an obviously pink diamond.
Pink diamonds are cut in all of the available shapes in which all diamonds are cut such as: round, pear, marquis, oval, heart etc… Like other diamonds the decision in which shape to cut the diamond will be in considering how much weight loss there is. However, with pink diamonds the cut is based upon which cut will most likely create the pinkest appearance.

Canary diamond rings

Canary (yellow) diamonds can be found in a variety of intensities. The most intense yellows were traditionally designated as canary. This is a very intense and pleasing deep yellow. They have always been more expensive than any white diamonds and especially so now, since diamonds with color have become more popular. Although almost all diamonds are white, diamonds do come in virtually all colors of the rainbow. Traditionally, the most common non white diamonds were of the yellow variety.
Within the yellow ranges, the less yellow color intensity the canary diamond rings display, the less expensive they become. The laboratories now have ranges of yellow saturations which tend to determine the price ranges. There is a point where the yellow saturation is so minimal that is best characterized as a yellowish non white diamond, and the pricing is actually cheaper than what a similar quality white diamond would be. Large yellowish diamonds that would simply be color graded in the m, n, and o range on the GIA color grading scale can really be rather attractive and in that sense are reasonable priced.
There are some who prefer yellow diamond rings whose  not natural but, has been induced intentionally. This can be done by subjecting the diamond to high temperatures, high pressure, or both. The appearance of the diamond is different than when the color occurs naturally, but some people may not be aware of this. The price of yellow diamond rings where the color is not natural is less expensive than naturally colored diamond, and are less expensive than white diamonds. There are naturally occurring colored diamonds in all colors of the rainbow. Price levels are based upon color and attractiveness. It is not easy to generalize. But, it can be said that reds, and to some extent pinks, blues ( the hope diamond being the outstanding example) are expensive . Browns, blacks, greens, champagnes, and cognac are very inexpensive. .

Selecting a black diamond ring

Recently some companies and merchants have been promoting black diamond rings.  Black diamonds have been classified as ‘lower quality’ because they are not transparent in the same way that a white diamond is. However, black diamond is still diamond and for that reason the facets can be polished to a very fine luster and present a very reflective surface. Black diamond rings may even appear to be very bright even though it is not transparent.
Apart from the aesthetic appeal that it may have for some people, the primary advantage of black diamond rings is there relatively low cost. It should cost less than practically any other diamond ring one could purchase.
Factors that go into cutting a black diamond are somewhat different than that of making a transparent diamond. The ideal proportion concerns that one has with transparent diamonds are not as relevant in the black diamond because very little if any light entering the black diamond is reflected back up through the crown.
The most critical factor one is looking at when shopping for a black diamond rings is finding a black diamond that has achieved the best possible polish. It is also important to get very crisp sharp facet junctions (edges). This way some light can reflect of the black diamond.

Settings for black diamond rings

Black diamond’s can be set in rings in the same way that any other diamond can be set. It can be set as a solitaire in a ring and it can be combined with a number of other accent diamonds or other colored stones. When the ring contains creative use of other gemstones, the primary black diamond can be more striking. One interesting style is to combine a row of white diamonds with a major black diamond in order to produce nice contrast.
One shouldn’t imagine that just because a diamond is black that it won’t hold up. In fact, it has all the wear ability factors that a transparent diamond has. The important point is that it will retain its original brilliance because like any other diamond it is so resistant, if not impervious to surface scratches.

Blue diamond ring

A blue diamond ring is only one of the hues in an endless rainbow of colors available in diamond. Unfortunately, natural blue diamonds are extremely rare. In fact, one of the most expensive diamonds in the world is the  Hope diamond which happens to be blue. Naturally colored blue diamond’s come in a variety of shades. The more saturated the diamond is with the color blue the more expensive it is, unless it is too dark in which case prices decrease.

Synthetic blue diamond rings

Today synthetic blue diamonds are available to the public. What this term signifies is that the gemstone is actually diamond, and therefore has all the characteristics and attributes associated with diamond but it has been manmade. This decreases the price of the blue diamond ring significantly and can be acquired at far less cost than a similar appearing blue diamond rings that grew naturally.
A second lower price blue diamond ring would be where the color is artificially induced into the natural diamond. What this means is that your blue diamond is naturally occurring but, the color has been altered artificially. The diamond is usually of a brownish color prior to the color change to blue. Most if not all of these diamonds retain their blue color indefinitely.

How do I know when a blue diamond ring is synthetic, natural or induced?

In every case, the merchant has the obligation to disclose whether or not the diamond is natural and if the color occurred naturally. Regardless of its nature and origin a colored diamond is set similar to transparent diamond rings. It is important to remember that it will wear like any other diamond. The blue diamond can be worn as a solitaire in a ring, or like white diamonds it can be combined with other accent diamonds or colored gemstones.

Setting a blue diamond

One could set a blue diamond into any precious metal. When gold is used a blue diamond ring is attractive in either white or yellow gold but, in terms of today’s tastes, most people would probably think that a ring made with a blue diamond should be made of white gold.
In principal, white diamonds set in a ring looks good on any finger. The same cannot be said of a blue diamond ring. Anytime anyone introduces color into a gemstone he/she needs to be aware of whether the color looks good on them (The undertone in ones skin can affect this) and whether or not it will be compatible with the clothes they usually wear.

Designer diamond engagement rings

You may prefer to have a one of a kind ring, or designer brand. Most people when given a choice would prefer to have an expensive looking diamond engagement ring, without the high price tag. We will show you how you can have the look of a stunning ring for considerably less money. You are not going to get the hope diamond but, you can incorporporate meaning, design, and good value and have a wonderful piece to reflect on for years to come.
Designer diamond engagement rings could mean a one of a kind custom designed ring, or a designer’s diamond brand, or ring design. Some couples choose to buy off the rack. There are a number of reasons for this. They may simply see a ring that is mass produced but, that they really like, and like it better than anything thing they can imagine having. The allure of a one of a kind designer diamond engagement ring vanishes in this case. However, most couples if given a choice would choose to have one of the former custom made rings.
Another reason that couples forgo custom designed engagement rings is the common perception that it is not affordable . This is a misperception. Although there are circumstances where customers experience having to pay a considerable premium. This is by no means inevitable, or common. Generally speaking, couples hoping to acquire a one of a kind ring should not be dissuaded from doing so because of cost. In fact, many couples who have discovered that it is less expensive to get a unique one of a kind piece than to by one off the shelf.
Deciding on a designer diamond engagement ring has its own pitfalls. The most obvious one is the challenge of deciding whether or not to buy something that has not been seen. This pitfall can be mitigated when the selection process provides for an opportunity to examine a wax model of the ring being contemplated. Today computer generated images can be rendered and looked at from all angles. Nevertheless, the finished piece is still a reality only in the imagination until it is finished.
When designing your own engagement ring or jewelry, it is best when the couple, designer and jeweler all collaborate to the goal. This is a rewarding experience for the couple to remember for a lifetime.

Diamond engagement rings

Meaningful diamond engagement rings can come in many forms. Some like to have a matching ladies and men wedding ring. They may find this off the shelf or have one custom made.

Expensive engagement rings

No one is ever looking for expensive engagement rings.  Given a choice, most people would rather have an expensive look but, without the high price tag. Since budgets are usually limited, it is important to reduce the cost of these rings without adversely affecting the appearance of the ring. Generally, engagement rings that have many diamonds mounted on it look more expensive than those who don’t. No doubt a large center diamond will create an expensive engagement ring. It is being aware of how to reduce the cost of the larger center diamond that allows you to have the effect of expensive engagement rings without the high cost.

How to get the most for your money

If a person is interested in acquiring a diamond of approximately 2cts it is wise to reduce the weight by 15%, and the diamond will still appear almost the same. When buying diamond, it is priced per carat weight. There is a major price jump next to the 2ct mark. Similarly, if you are looking for a 1ct, then reduce its weight to ¾ carat, and the price is cut in half. You may notice some difference in the size when doing this but in reality, you may be simply replacing a 6.5mm diamond with a diamond that measured 6mm. In this way, the appearance of the ring wouldn’t change if the ring itself remained unchanged. If the ring has a number of smaller diamonds one can do a special order ring made that retains the same style and same number of diamonds but reduces their total weight. For example if a ring consist of a large number of 1/5 ct diamonds one can create a ring with 1/6th carat diamonds and substantially reduce the cost without significantly affecting it appearance.

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