Unlike their counterparts of the past, most modern brides would prefer to choose their own engagement ring — a development that has many future grooms sighing in relief so that they won't have to worry about making the wrong choice. That's not the only thing that's changing as far as engagement rings go.
Although traditional diamond solitaires are still a favorite of many couples, a significant number are choosing the road less traveled when it comes to engagement jewelry. If you're still undecided about what kind of engagement ring you want but know you want something different from the classic diamond solitaire, take a look at the five following suggestions.
Rose-Cut Diamond Rings
Rose-cut engagement rings first came into fashion during the 16th century. They feature a flat base and a multi-faceted top that resembles rosebuds. Because of their flat bottoms, rose-cut diamonds don't have the same type of flashy sparkle featured by their traditional cut counterparts. Instead, they offer a subtle shimmer ideal for those who prefer a more elegantly understated look. However, if maximum sparkle is important to you but you still want a rose-cut ring, consider a double rose-cut ring — the second layer features facets on the underside that increase the sparkle factor.
There's no law that says that engagement rings have to feature diamonds. Emeralds provide a gorgeous alternative to diamonds, and they come in so many different shades of green that they complement any complexion shade. However, emeralds aren't as hard as diamonds and therefore may have more inner breaking points. Don't let this stop you from getting an emerald engagement ring if you have your heart set on one — simply treat it with a greater amount of care than you would a diamond ring and avoid situations where it could possibly get knocked against a hard surface. You can also help minimize the chances of an emerald gemstone breaking by making sure you purchase a ring with a bezel-set stone.
Vintage rings are another favorite of the nontraditional crowd — and they also often have personal meaning to the bride and groom that a brand new ring can't provide. Repurposing a family piece is a popular option — if the ring doesn't fit, a competent jeweler can resize it for you. Other sources of vintage engagement rings include estate sales, antique shops, private dealers, and even conventional jewelry stores. The most popular types of vintage rings include Victorian, Art Deco, and old-school Hollywood-style rings.
Uncut Diamond Rings
Otherwise referred to as raw diamonds, uncut diamonds provide a seamless combination of elegance, individuality, and rustic charm. Uncut diamonds are best shown off by simple settings and plain bands — the beauty of the raw diamond should be the primary visual element. Uncut diamonds come in a wide array of colors, and instead of obvious sparkle and shine, they provide a sophisticated, subdued shimmer with unexpected glimmers when the light catches the uneven surface of the stone.
Cluster rings are those that include small clusters of gemstones rather than a single solitaire. The stones can be anything you like, including diamonds. Most brides-to-be who choose cluster rings prefer to have several different types of stones. The stones can be placed in an abstract design or in such a way that they create a small picture, such as a flower or butterfly. The most popular kind of cluster ring is many small stones in a circular design, but you can also opt for a very simple ring with only three or four larger stones.
To learn more about your engagement ring options, contact a jelwer near you.