A Cut Above
The shape of a diamond is a key contributor to the overall design and aesthetic of your custom engagement ring. More traditional shapes include round brilliant cuts and ovals. Marquise, pear, and heart-shaped diamonds are less common but equally gorgeous when seated in a halo setting or set as the focal point in a solitaire-style ring. Older and more vintage, old miner's cut and rose cut diamonds have fallen out of modern graces but are an excellent choice for those who prefer a more antique vibe. Square diamonds, such as princess, emerald, or cushion cuts, can be both fun and quirky while maintaining elegance. Your diamond choice is the largest contribution to your custom engagement ring's overall appearance and will define the entire ring, so don't be afraid to explore!
The Setting Style
Aside from the actual diamond, choosing and designing a setting style is where the real fun begins when creating a custom engagement ring. Bezel style, halo settings, simple solitaire rings, and split shank bands can all take a round brilliant diamond and turn it into a work of art. Your band may be filigree, pave, channel, or flat, among others. The ring and the diamond inform each other; when choosing a diamond, make sure it will work in the style of setting you want, and vice versa. Your local jeweler can help you make an informed decision and walk through possible designs for your custom band before starting design sessions. At Stambaugh Jewelers in the Napoleon area, we have experienced professionals to help you choose what makes the most sense for you, your style, and your diamond.
The Gold Standard
Part of choosing a band when designing a custom engagement ring is choosing a metal to set your stone in. Rose gold is trendy, romantic, and pairs well with those with neutral or slightly red undertones in their skin. White gold is sterling silver's big brother and is highly sophisticated. Pair white gold with those who have cool undertones to keep a sleek appearance. Yellow gold is classic and classy; it accentuates warm undertones and helps make diamonds with less pure color stand out brighter. Though most rings are made from gold, platinum and titanium are more durable and may be viable options depending on the setting style.
Revamp your Setting
Perhaps you inherited your grandmother's ring, but the design is a little dated, and you're not sure your bride-to-be will appreciate the ring itself even if she loves the sentiment. Reset a family heirloom and turn it into something new again with a custom engagement ring. Using the dimensions of the existing diamond, create a stunning ring by replacing the band in a new style and adding supplementary stones, turning a plain solitaire ring into a sparkling halo setting, or simplifying an existing design by taking small exterior diamonds and turning them into a pave band, setting the diamonds into metal so the band is “paved” with tiny diamond bricks. Maintain sentimentality while creating something truly unique to you and your love story at Stambaugh Jewelers in the Napoleon area.