At Adam’s Workshop, we understand how tedious of a process deciding upon the best ring can be. From the most recent of engaged couples to those about to pop the question, you are in lovely hands. The following tips should assist you with any aspect of your decision-making.
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Observe the style of the jewelry your significant other wears today; will they like something traditional or contemporary looking, or rather something in between? If you are aiming to create something no one has yet seen or done though, then you can speak with one of our designers about creating a unique design.
A solitaire diamond is what is normally used in traditional engagement rings. However, if you are seeking for something a little more exotic, why not choose a different stone altogether? For example, a ruby or sapphire could make for a distinctly beautiful ring. (link to diamond guide)
We at Adam’s Workshop aspire to ease the journey of purchasing the ideal ring. Our Jewelry Design Catalog will clearly present to you the various elements of a ring, along with complementary design cues. Whether you select something from our remarkable collection of made-to-order engagement rings or wedding rings or collaborate with our designers to create a unique custom piece, we will help you to produce the best ring.
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TYPES OF SETTINGS
Accent gemstones are essentially small diamonds inserted into the ring to enhance its radiance and allure. When deciding upon a style with accent gemstones, there are many kinds of setting configurations to acknowledge. For instance, accent gemstones may either stretch across a segment of the ring or completely encircle the whole band in an “eternity” design.
A channel setting implements gemstones elegantly located between two parallel walls of precious metal for a refined and graceful appearance.
In this luxurious setting form, gemstones are positioned adjacently for a magnificent, diamond-embedded appearance. The gemstones are fixed firmly in place by tiny beads of precious metal.
With a shared prong setting, nearby gemstones are connected by precious metal prongs. This permits additional light to pass through and augments their beauty and aura.
A bar setting is an alteration of the channel setting where gems are secured between vertically facing channels.
Flush set gemstones are appropriated into the band in order for its visibility on the top. As a result, the ring’s surface becomes smooth and consistent. Because no precious metal prongs are needed to place the gemstone, they can be put in the piece, where there is enough depth to make space for the gem.
SETTINGS FOR GEMSTONES
The center gemstone setting contributes significantly to the general appearance of your engagement ring. The kind of setting will emblazon your amazing center gemstone while simultaneously securing it. Recognizing your lifestyle when picking a center stone setting is also vital. While bezel and other low profile settings are befitting options for active lifestyles, peg head settings prop the diamond up higher and thereby makes it a little more exposed. This choice may be more desirable for those who would like to be more fashionable.
A basket setting has prongs that keep the gemstone in a basket-like construction. It allows a great amount of light to go through the gem and simultaneously procures it lower.
A trellis setting features interwoven prongs that help create a tasteful design. Not only is is a great look, it also secures the gemstone low in a basket.
A bezel setting possesses a stone that is completely encased by a thin border of precious metal. This contains the secured gem. This setting calls attention to the gemstone for a very contemporary style.
Surrounding the east and west areas of the gem, two thin borders of precious metal encircle it. Additional illumination can go through the gem’s gorgeous facets because the borders do not fully encase the gem.
The center gemstone is poised between graceful passages that mildly ascend the center gem.
One of the most desired engagement ring designs, a halo setting center gemstone is fully enveloped by minuscule accent diamonds.
A bigger center gemstone flanks either side with gems that are identical or more diminutive in size. The iconic three stone ring setting is believed to symbolize a couple’s life together, consisting of their past, present, and future.
FINDING THE RIGHT METAL
Knowing the kind of jewelry your future spouse wears now will help you determine the best type of metal to use for the setting:
- If she likes cooler shades and silver-plated jewelry, platinum or white gold would be your best bet.
- Yellow gold or rose gold are optimal selections if she prefers warmer colors.
- Mixing metals, including white gold and yellow gold, is a wise choice because a piece containing those elements will complement anything in her existing jewelry collection well.
- If you decide on a warmer metal such as yellow gold, placing the diamond in a white metal head, such as white gold or platinum, will augment the beauty and brilliance of it much more.
Platinum is a naturally occurring white metal possessing a cool hue. It truly demonstrates the awe-striking beauty that diamonds have. A famous pick for engagement rings and wedding bands, it is regarded as the most valuable of all jewelry metals.
When used in jewelry, platinum is five times clearer and rarer than gold. Platinum is also a very strong metal, and its ability to not fade over a long period of time is a testament to its durability. These qualities can be an appealing factor if your fiancée lives a rigorous lifestyle. Lastly, this is a great pick for those with sensitive skin because it is a hypoallergenic metal.
Gold is a highly adaptable and commonplace metal. Gold is weighed in what is called a karat, which is separated into 24 parts based on the amount of gold in any given piece of jewelry. Solid gold is 24 karats, which means that all 24 of its parts are gold.
Pure gold is too soft to be used for jewelry, so other metal alloys - such as silver, copper, nickel, and zinc - are mixed with it to increases sturdiness. The highest karat of gold that you will generally find on the market is 22K gold. However, most gold comes in just 18K (75% gold), 14K (58% gold), and 10K (about 42% gold). The more gold concentrate there is in any given piece of jewelry, the richer and more saturated its color will be.
Yellow gold achieves its warm palette from copper’s red and silver’s shade of green. This type of gold is a classic style.
White gold is more modern than yellow gold. It derives its silvery white shine from using yellow gold with copper, zinc and nickel. It is plated with a hard element called rhodium, which is a platinum group metal. White gold holds up against abrasions very well, but it is more susceptible to wear and tear in the long-term. This will necessitate a brief visit to Adam’s Workshop to re-plate your jewelry.
Rose gold is deemed as special and amorous type of gold. It has a warm, pink hue and this is formed from putting together yellow gold and a copper alloy.
TYPES OF RING SHANK
A ring shank is usually denoted as the band; this is the part of the ring that wraps around a person’s finger. This is a pivotal design trait because it influences both the aesthetics and ergonomics of the piece on the person’s hand.
Comfort fit bands contain a rounded internal edge for more ease and wearability.
A rounded or half-round band using a slightly domed or softened surface.
The band on either side of the ring separates into two prior to connecting with the center gemstone.
A knife edge employs two gently sloped sides that touch at a peak at the top of the band, which gives it a slick and fancy look.
The bottom part of the band is flat rather than the regularly rounded shape. This design is used a lot in order to avoid the ring spiraling on a finger.
With a Bypass ring shank the two sides of the band overlap or traverse rather than forming a straight line.
THE PERFECT SETTING
Now that you understand the differences between metals, it’s time to put the pieces together. Choose your metal, pick your style and complete the look with a brilliant diamond or gorgeous gemstone. In the process, you’ll discover things about your future wife that you may not have known about her before — and that’s part of the fun. In the end, you’ll create an engagement ring that’s just as unique and beautiful as the woman who will be wearing it.