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15Dec/17Off

Hit and Miss Engagement Rings to Avoid

Hit and Miss Engagement Rings to Avoid

Engagement rings are meant to last you a lifetime of joy, challenges and experiences. When you make a rushed decision based on trends, inside jokes or impulsive statements, there is a very real risk that you may find that you fall out of love with your ring in a few years.

To avoid having to change or replace your ring, make sure that you stay well clear of these hit and miss engagement rings.

Stay Clear of These Engagement Rings

Some of the absolute worst engagement rings to avoid include the following:

Clashing metals.

While two tone rings have plenty of impact in all the right ways, the contrast is a good one. There is a huge leap from a contrasting rose gold and platinum band to a violent red metal band that clashes against a yellow gold setting. Choosing over the top statement metals is always risky. Even if the metal does not clash with the stone or other details on the ring, it may well clash with your outfit on a regular basis. You will certainly get lots of reaction from people... perhaps not the kind of reaction you are looking for, however.

Strange shapes.

Another thing to avoid is strange shapes that distort the size and dimensions of the ring. A StarTrek inspired ring may seem hilarious now, but it may not have the same appeal a few years down the line. Stick to classic cuts and shapes that will not go out of fashion in a year, five years or ten years from now. That will ensure that you don't wake up to find yourself hating your ugly futuristic ring with a passion.

Confusing symbols.

On a similar note, it is a good idea to think carefully about ring symbolism. There are many beautiful symbols that cannot be confused or misunderstood. The danger of custom ring design is that it leaves a fair bit to interpretation. To be on the safe side, always get expert advice from an experienced jeweller in Cape Town so that you are 100% sure that your ring symbols are chosen carefully.

Unflattering rings.

The exception for this is, of course, any rings that you absolutely adore. Even if the ring makes your finger look smaller or bigger, if you love your ring, none of that will matter. If you are unsure about the ring however, how it looks on your hand should be a good deciding factor. Read our tips on choosing the right ring for your hand to find out what to look for when trying on rings.

Over the top designs.

That elaborate, massive ring may look good on paper. In reality, however, over the top rings only really work for celebrities. There are many risks to wearing ridiculously detailed rings. The more expensive and flashy your ring seems, the more carefully you will need to guard the ring. Very detailed rings can also be more likely to break, lose stones or be hard to clean, too.

Impractical rings.

On a similar note, you should also stay clear of impractical rings that are not easy to wear. These may look amazing, but they might not be comfortable. Some may snag on clothing and other fabric. Others may scratch surfaces with only the slightest pressure. A few may leave ugly impressions on your skin of your ring finger or even your adjoining fingers.

Now that you know what kind of rings to avoid, you can get to the fun part – finding rings that suit your style

14Dec/17Off

Dreamy Two Tone Engagement Rings

Two tone engagement rings are creative, interesting and eye-catching for all the right reasons. This type of ring has many variations that further add to its appeal. Whichever stones and metals you choose, there are many ways to use this style for your dream ring.

Keep reading to get some inspiration on two tone engagement rings that are sure to dazzle.

Fall in Love With These Two Tone Engagement Rings

Some of our favourite two tone engagement rings include the following:

Stacked

Dreamy Two Tone Engagement Rings - Stacked

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The two tone effect works especially well on stacked ring sets. This is a simple way to add visual interest without changing the entire ring. Instead, fine rings are stacked to form a single ring. Engagement and wedding rings of contrasting metals can be worn together, resulting in a beautifully multi-tone ring that can be adjusted to add impact or provide a subtler look.

Double Cushion

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Pave and cushion cut rings look beautiful when contrasting metals are used. The trick here is to add a tiny bit of contrast that does not take away the effect of the cut. A double cushion allows you to add a contrasting band that is either left plain or enhanced with tiny pave stones. This style works well for round halo cuts as well as princess or cushion cuts.

Solitaire

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The simple solitaire ring is given a bit of impact through a contrasting setting. This style is ideal if you love the idea of two tone rings but don't want to go over the top. You could pair gold and platinum, white and yellow gold, white and rose gold, or even yellow and rose or black gold, depending on your preferences. The round setting can be replaced by contrasting prongs for a subtler look.

Delicate

Dreamy Two Tone Engagement Rings - Delicate

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If delicate and minimal rings are your cup of tea, you will adore this feminine ring. Contrasting strands wind around a tiny centre stone, with a few pave stones on the band to add extra sparkle. This style is ladylike and simple, working well in just about any metal. For added impact, you could try a coloured diamond or even a statement stone such as a Tanzanite, sapphire or ruby.

Two Stone

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Much as three stone rings represent the past, present and future, two stone rings are also loaded with symbolism. These rings represent the bond that you have with your love. There are many ways to add impact to this ring. Choose a delicately weaving band in a contrasting metal, or add different coloured diamonds or precious stones for even more detail.

Modern

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Simple, clean and oh-so-modern, this ring is perfect for brides who lean towards contemporary styles. The band does not only contrast in metal but also in shape. The result is an eye-catching ring that is surprisingly understated. You could add a bit more drama to this ring by choosing a coloured diamond as the centre stone or adding coloured pave stones.

Two Hearts

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Perfect for romantics, these two intertwined hearts in contrasting metals are adorable. Delicate pave details on the bands further add to the charm of this ring. You could choose any combination of metal and stone and still enjoy a truly lovely ring. In gold and platinum or white and yellow gold with diamond, the effect is super feminine.

Split Band

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The classic split band ring gets a fresh update with a two tone effect, pave stones and a vibrant trillion cut citrine stone. Choose a high impact, unusual centre stone to maximise the drama of this ring, or opt for something softer, such as a chocolate or beige diamond.

Here at Cape Diamonds, we can turn your dream ring into a reality. If you're looking for beautifully made custom engagement rings in Cape Town, get in touch with our team today!

27Nov/17Off

5 Engagement Ring Shopping Challenges to Avoid

Shopping for an engagement ring is not without its share of challenges. Whether you are purchasing a ring for your beloved, or you are choosing the ring together as a couple, the process can be frustrating at times.

Many people make the mistake of looking at mass produced rings at a shopping centre jewellery retailer rather than considering a custom made ring from an experienced jeweller. To give you an idea of why the latter will always give you the biggest peace of mind, keep reading our top challenges when buying the engagement ring at a generic mall jeweller.

The Biggest Engagement Ring Purchase Challenges

Engagement ring challenges that may arise when browsing jewellery retail stores include the following:

  1. Uneducated salespeople. A solid understanding of diamonds and other stones is essential. While salespeople at a mall store may have a vague idea about ring cuts, settings and the Four Cs, they may lack critical information that helps you make the best choice. A professional jeweller, on the other hand, would be able to suggest a lower carat diamond that still has ample sparkle, helping you stay within your budget without sacrificing the look of the ring. Likewise, a good jeweller can also help you choose the best stone cut to suit your finger shape and hand size.
  1. Limited available stock. Many store jewellers keep a limited number of rings in store, with full stock kept in a warehouse or head office facility. This means that the rings you see in store may not be a full reflection of the available styles. A jeweller that sells online meanwhile will display a wide range of products on their website, allowing you to get a better idea of the styles that are available. You will also almost always have the option to have your ring custom designed as well, which takes us to our next point...
  1. Mass produced rings. Most brides dream of having a unique, handmade ring that does not look exactly like thousands of similar rings made en masse. A major challenge to overcome when browsing rings from a chain store is that rings are made in very large batches. You may have some variation, but not as much as you would when buying your ring from an experienced, professional jeweller that specialises in engagement and wedding rings. Going to an expert who is able to make a custom ring is the only way to ensure a truly one of a kind ring.
  1. Over-bearing salespeople. It can be intimidating dealing with pushy salespeople. A number of high-end jewellery retailers have a very clever strategy that involves popping the bubbly and pampering potential customers. This strategy is carefully designed to encourage customers to spend as much as possible. Even if you are not treated to bubbly, salespeople can add a great deal of pressure to the decision-making process.
  1. Lack of insight on metals. Finally, many jewellery salespeople are also limited in their knowledge on metals. Those with allergies will need to stick to metals that are hypo-allergenic, such as platinum. Other customers may have a general idea of which metal to choose. Having a jeweller who understands the qualities of each metal is vital to ensure that your dream ring becomes a reality.

All in all, the only way to avoid these challenges is to consider a jeweller that is able to craft unique rings that will last a lifetime. Contact Cape Diamonds today if you would like to know more about finding the very best custom engagement rings in Cape Town and surrounds.

22Nov/17Off

Incredible Oval Cut Engagement Rings to Inspire

Flattering on most hands, oval engagement rings are classic, elegant and timeless. This style can be incredibly versatile as well, working well with just about every ring style. Whether you are seeking a simple solitaire that helps elongate your fingers subtly or an ornate ring design that is eye-catching in all the right ways, oval cuts are well worth considering.

In this mini ring guide, we take a look at some of the engagement ring styles that work well with an oval shaped diamond or precious stone.

Fall in Love With These Oval Cut Engagement Rings

Some of our favourite oval engagement rings include these beauties...

Pave

Incredible Oval Engagement Rings to Inspire - Pave

 

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A full or half pave band that flows up to a halo helps to add maximum sparkle to oval cut stones. This style is especially good if you have a smaller centre stone or one that has fewer carats. It works with regular and brilliant cut diamonds, but also works well with other stones and metals, such as morganite and rose gold, or ruby and platinum.

Vintage Halo

Incredible Oval Engagement Rings to Inspire - Vintage Halo

 

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Another variation of the halo is an ornate, vintage style double halo. This design is feminine and pretty, with tiny stones making up the second halo. It works well in platinum or white gold and diamonds. Coloured diamonds could be used for the centre stone, first halo or second halo to add more impact. You could also change the metal colour or even use two metals.

Three Stone

Incredible Oval Engagement Rings to Inspire - Three Stone

 

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Three stone or trilogy rings are a favourite among many brides-to-be. This style represents your past, present, and future, making it deeply romantic and symbolic. Oval cut stones work well for the centre stone or the side stones. Whether done in rose or yellow gold or even a cooler toned metal, this style is soft and classic with an elegance that will never go out of fashion.

Two Tone

Incredible Oval Engagement Rings to Inspire - Two Tone

 

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Two tone rings can add lots of impact without going over the top. Mixing and matching metals also helps to add focus to the centre stone. In this example, warm and cool toned metals are used on the band and prongs, off-set against the cool toned diamond in the centre and the pave stones on the band. The result is an eye-catching ring that is unusual and interesting.

Floral

Incredible Oval Engagement Rings to Inspire - Floral

 

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Ideal for romantics at heart, halo rings do not have to stick to classic pave. This floral design uses tiny stones that are set around the centre stone. These stones will catch the light for optimal sparkle, while also giving the illusion of petals. The result is a floral inspired ring that is unique, beautiful and full of sparkle. You could add more impact by using different stones in the centre or halo.

Sapphire Twist

Incredible Oval Engagement Rings to Inspire - Sapphire Twist

 

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Twisted bands add visual detail without overpowering the centre stone. In fact, the twists in the band can help to highlight the stone, making them appear bigger. When flanked with tiny stones, this result is magnified even further. Sapphire and gold work especially well in this design, with muted diamonds used as the side stones. The ring is bold, beautiful and far from ordinary.

Halo Split Band

Incredible Oval Engagement Rings to Inspire - Halo Split Band

 

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Finally, another timeless choice is the halo split band. The Cape Diamonds Cluster Split Band Oval Halo in platinum is a sophisticated choice for the bride who is seeking a ring that will last through the ages. The gentle split of the band helps to enhance the size of the centre stone while making shorter fingers look longer and slimmer. The pave stones further maximise the sparkle, catching the light easily.

Whichever style you prefer, one thing is for sure... oval cut stones are a good choice for just about every finger shape and hand size. This style will never date, either. To find out more about custom ring design in Cape Town, contact Cape Diamonds today. We will help you find the perfect choice of engagement rings that suits your budget, preferences and style.

28Oct/17Off

How to Make Engagement Ring Diamonds Look Bigger

If you are wondering how to make a smaller diamond look bigger on your engagement ring, you're in luck. Although nothing can physically change the size other than a bigger stone, there are a few ways to create the illusion of size. This is done through carefully choosing of the size of the band, the setting, the shape, the design itself and even the colour of the metal on your band.

Keep reading to get our expert tips on how to make engagement ring diamonds look bigger. You can then use these tips to design your dream ring in a way that amplifies your stone to perfection.

How to Make Engagement Ring Diamonds Look Bigger

Our Tips On How to Make Engagement Ring Diamonds Look Bigger

Some tips to keep in mind when planning your engagement ring include the following:

  • Choose a thinner band. A delicate band will make your stone appear bigger. On the other hand, a thicker band may cause the centre stone to appear lost, and therefore smaller. You could opt for a split band design, or even a double banded design that frames your diamond perfectly without overshadowing it or making it appear smaller.
  • Choose a different shape. Round diamonds show their size more than other shapes. With so many shapes available, you could take your pick from pear, marquise, oval, triangular, baguette or even a square shape such as a princess or cushion cut diamond. To get a better idea of which shapes suit your hand the best, read our guide to choosing the right ring for your finger.
  • Choose a smaller setting. The setting itself can also change the appearance of the stone. A chunky prong setting will take up space around the edge of the diamond, shrinking its appearance. When the band is also thicker, the stone will appear even tinier. A delicate four prong setting on a thin band meanwhile will help to create the illusion of a bigger diamond.
  • Choose a halo design. Pave stones are an affordable way to add sparkle without a massive size. These work especially well around a small centre diamond. The result is a glittering ring that will catch the light at every turn, while not bankrupting you in the process.
  • Choose a lighter band. A lighter, brighter metal can also help to make your diamond appear larger. White gold is a good choice, as it is a whiter tone than platinum. A lighter shade of yellow could also work, or even a paler rose gold.


The best way to ensure that your ring is every bit as perfect as you have always wanted it to be is to work with an experienced jeweller that is able to make your dreams come true. To find out more about custom

18Oct/17Off

Get Inspired by These Vintage Style Engagement Rings

Vintage Style Engagement Rings | Cape Diamonds Blog

Dreaming about vintage style engagement rings? If you lean towards antique and vintage styles that offer a combination of classic elegance and unique details, there are many ring styles that you may find just perfect. Common trends in this ring style include unusual stones, filigree and other ornate details, three stone designs, flattering cuts such as marquise, oval and pear, geometric shapes, pave stones, yellow and rose gold metals, coloured diamonds and intricate designs.

We have put together some of our favourite vintage style engagement rings to help you find inspiration for your dream ring. Once you have an idea of what you want, you can then get in touch with Cape Diamonds to have your custom ring made to perfection.

 

Gorgeous Vintage Style Engagement Rings

Some of the most amazing vintage style engagement rings we have seen lately include the following:

Tourmaline Pear

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This metal was a firm favourite in the art deco era. Known for its vibrant shade of blue, this stone is unusual and eye-catching. It works especially well in a warm hued metal such as yellow or rose gold. You can flank the centre stone with diamonds or even pearls for even more of a vintage look. Pear cut stones look especially amazing with this style, but marquise cut could also work well.

Pave Hexagon

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Bold geometric shapes were also favoured in the art deco era. The clean lines of the hexagon are given additional sparkle through tiny pave stones that surround the stone and continue onto the band. While this style works in a cool toned metal such as platinum, it could also work in a two tone ring or in yellow gold or rose gold. You could also try a coloured centre diamond for added impact.

Gold Pearl

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Soft, romantic and feminine, pearls add plenty of vintage charm to any ring. This stone works very well with yellow gold, but can be used with any metal. Tiny diamonds flank this ring, adding a delicate detail without being overpowering. If you choose a pearl, it is worth noting that these stones are not as tough as diamonds. Make sure that you remove your ring if you are doing any housework or manual labour to avoid chips.

Split Band

Vintage Style Engagement Rings | Cape Diamonds Blog

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Split band rings are classic, elegant and sophisticated. These rings have been a favourite for many years, adapting to each era without much change. If you love a simple style that is not fussy or over the top, this is always a great option. The style is vintage without being overly bold or fancy. Instead, it offers timeless beauty that will never go out of fashion.

Braided Pave

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This style has an eternity band front, which flows into a solid band. When studded with tiny pave stones, the result is a gently flowing ring that sparkles in all the right places. Although it looks lovely in gold, it can be just as eye-catching in a cooler tone or in rose gold. Keep the diamonds white, or add some colour with brown or champaign coloured diamonds for a softer look.

Three Stone

Vintage Style Engagement Rings | Cape Diamonds Blog

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Three stone rings are also classic. The combination of rose gold and black diamond works very well with this style, giving it an antique look that is still kept simple and uncluttered. This ring would also work well in yellow gold or even platinum, with a white diamond or even a ruby, emerald, tanzanite or sapphire in the centre. This style is said to represent your past, present and future with your love.

Antique Filigree

 

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One of the many exquisite rings in the Cape Diamonds Antique Ring Collection is this antique filigree ring. The band has beautifully ornate details that add to its beauty, while the centre stone is set in a way that ensures optimal sparkle. This ring is available in platinum, yellow gold, white gold and rose gold.

 

Browse our full collection of antique and vintage style engagement rings to find your dream diamond engagement ring in Cape Town today.
25Sep/17Off

How to Handle Engagement Ring Failures

No one likes to think about engagement ring failure, but the reality is that there is always a chance that you may be less than thrilled when your ring is finally ready. Even if you have had a say in the process from the start, there are a few things that can affect your happiness at the final result.

In this mini guide, we take a look at some of the most common reasons for disappointment. Keep reading to find out why your engagement ring may be more miss than hit.

Dealing With a Failed Engagement Ring Design

How to Handle Engagement Ring Failures

Some potential scenarios that may apply in the case of engagement ring failure include the following:

  • The ring is not sized correctly. If you sought help from a professional jeweller, you should not have this problem. Ideally, you should go into the workshop for a sizing. Keep in mind that your fingers may swell on a hot day or after you have been exercising. Try to do your fitting in the middle of the day when your fingers are not likely to swell. If you have ordered a ring online, using your regular ring size, be prepared for disappointment. It is impossible to be 100% certain of sizing for each ring style until you have had a professional fitting.
  • You hate the stone. If you are not thrilled about the stone, but you like the metal and the overall design, your jeweller should be able to replace the stone if it is in a regular setting. If the stones have been set into the band, it may be harder. Always ask your jeweller what he advises – it may end up ruining the ring if you remove the stone. Solitaire style designs are the easiest to change stones. Looking for inspiration on which stone to choose? View our birthstone ring ideas.
  • You hate the metal. You sadly won't be able to do much about a ring in a metal you do not like, other than get a new ring. This is why it is extremely important to do your homework first, whether you are choosing your ring for yourself or a partner. Taking a guess at whether or not the metal will be a right choice can end up in major disappointment. As this ring will be worn for life, it should be in a metal that you absolutely love.
  • The design does not suit you. Once again, doing some homework beforehand to be sure of what you want, or asking your partner to choose the ring rather than surprising them with a ring and risking the chance of your partner rejecting your ring. Be very wary of following trends, too. Although you may think that a trendy style is the right choice, you may not love it in a few years. If the design does not suit your hand, it may also make you love it less.
  • Extra details were added at cost. Be careful about asking your jeweller for lots of small changes. These can quickly add up, and if you end up with a ring that costs far more than you expected, it can give you a bit of a shock to say the least. Always speak to your jeweller about your budget and get their input into what would be the best style for your needs.

 

Looking for a trusted jeweller in Cape Town? Cape Diamonds offers personalised engagement rings that are sure to be everything you ever wanted, and more.

15Sep/17Off

Exquisite Platinum Engagement Rings

Offering a cool toned metal that is strong and versatile, platinum engagement rings are practical, elegant and eye-catching. This metal has many unique properties. It is fully hypo-allergenic, meaning that it can be worn even if you have a known reaction to certain minerals. This metal does not fade, either, or chip easily. Needless to say, all of these factors are helpful when it comes to a piece of jewellery you will wear for the rest of your married life.

What makes platinum engagement rings so spectacular? Have a look at these amazing rings, and you will soon see just what this metal has to offer.

Fall in Love With These Platinum Engagement Rings

Some of our top picks for platinum engagement rings include the following:

 

Marquise

Exquisite Platinum Engagement Rings - Marquise

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Marquise rings are flattering, especially for those who have longer fingers. The symmetrical tapering on both ends adds to its sense of balance. Tiny pave stones meanwhile form a halo around the centre stone, with platinum offering the perfect cool tone to offset this elegant design.

 

Twist

Exquisite Platinum Engagement Rings - Twist

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The gentle twist of this band helps to accentuate the centre diamond without taking away its full appeal. Although this style works well with classic white diamond engagement rings, it can be equally lovely with a coloured or black diamond, or a stone such as morganite, ruby, emerald or sapphire.

 

Three Stone

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Three stone rings are timeless, classic and flattering for everyone. This style has plenty of symbolism, making it ideal for romantics. The three stones are said to represent the past, the present and the future, which is perfect for your journey together as a married couple.

 

Reverse Split

Exquisite Platinum Engagement Rings - Reverse Split

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This style works well with any cut. A tiny princess cut stone helps to add subtle sparkle, while allowing the reverse split bands to highlight the stone. A round cut diamond, sapphire, ruby, emerald or even an opal or pearl would also work well with this style.

 

Pear

Exquisite Platinum Engagement Rings - Pear

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Pear shaped diamonds are romantic and bold, yet not overly so. The gentle taper of the pear can be faced towards you or away from you, adding the illusion of length in fingers. Pave stones help to add extra sparkle from this cut, working especially well when off-set against the cool tone of platinum.

 

Eternity

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Not really a huge wearer of jewellery? Eternity rings can also work well for engagement, offering a subtly sparkling band that can be stacked with a wedding band. Tiny pave stones are used to create sparkle. Tiny baguettes can also be set into this style of band for a bit of interest.

 

Split Band

Exquisite Platinum Engagement Rings - Split Band

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Split band rings continue to be a popular choice, working well in modern and vintage inspired ring designs. The two bands connect at the back of the ring, splitting to frame the centre stone. Although round diamonds look best in this style, it also works with heart shaped stones, emerald or princess stones or even something modern like a trillion cut stone.

 

Looking for a perfect platinum ring? Browse our selection of platinum engagement rings, or contact us with any queries about ring design in South Africa.

5Sep/17Off

Engagement Ring Glossary

Not sure what that engagement ring term really means? Shopping for your dream ring can be confusing at the best of times. With so much variety on offer, it can be hard to know where to even begin. It gets even more confusing when you hear so many terms relating to styles and cuts.

To help you get a better idea of what terms are often used when referring to rings, we have put together a short engagement ring glossary.

Frequently Used Engagement Ring Terms

Some of the most commonly mentioned engagement ring terms include the following:

  • Emerald. Emerald cut stones are unique. Rather than facets, they have step cuts on the pavilion and a large, open table. Rather than sparkling, the effect is a hall of mirrors, with light and dark rays clashing to add a huge amount of drama to these rings.
  • Baguette. These can also be called emerald in that they are also rectangular with a flat top and step cuts. Baguettes are typically longer and a bit thinner, taking their name from the French loaf of bread. These stones are often used in 3 stone rings to flank a larger stone.
  • Asscher. The asscher cut was first created in 1902, by the Asscher Brothers of Holland. This style inspired the emerald cut. It has a similar cut to emerald, but a square shape instead of a rectangular one, and larger step cuts, a higher crown, and a smaller table. The result is more sparkle than the emerald cut.
  • Trillion. Trillion rings are triangular in shape, with three sides. There are a number of styles available within this cut, some with rounded corners and others with sharper corners. They are also used as side stones.
  • Split shank. The band of these rings are split, usually alongside the centre stone. The result is a gently flowing band that opens out to showcase the stone more effectively. Split shank or split band rings often feature pave stones.
  • Pave. Pave stones are tiny diamonds that are set into the band of a ring, or in a halo shape around a centre stone. As the stones are so small, it can often be more affordable to include a few pave stones and a single larger stone.
  • Halo. This style features a centre stone that is ringed in tiny pave stones. As a result, rings in this style are especially brilliant, with light reflecting off the main stone as well as the tiny pave stones encrusted in the band.
  • Princess. The princess cut was first created in 1980. Today, the princess cut is one of the most popular diamond shape. It is not quite square, and not quite round either. Instead, it is has a soft rounded square shape that is surprisingly flexible.
  • Cushion. This style is very similar to the princess cut, with a rounded square shape that has no sharp edges or angles. This cut has been popular for many decades, offering a versatile cut that works well in most styles.
  • Marquise. The marquise cut is symmetrical yet gently curved. With a football shape that is tapered at both top and bottom, and a wider middle this style is popular in art deco style rings. It gives the illusion of size, working well for those who want maximum impact.
  • Solitaire. This simply means a single stone. Solitaires are often set simply, in a prong. Modern styles can be set into the band as well. Solitaire stones are not flanked by any other stones. Instead, the stone sits on its own, adding plenty of impact.
  • Radiant cut. Somewhere between cushion and princess cuts, the radiant cut diamond has a rectangular cut that is applied to its crown and pavilion, resulting in a sparkly, lively diamond. This style works well when set with rounded or squared corners.

Get in touch with Cape Diamonds today to learn more about our unique approach to engagement ring design and craftsmanship!

1Sep/17Off

Gorgeous Trillion Engagement Rings

If you prefer engagement rings that have a modern style, trillion cut rings are sure to be a good choice. This cut has a triangular shape that elongates your finger subtly without looking too bulky or long. With three equal sides, and 31 or 50 facets that depend on whether the stone is used as solitaire or side stones, this cut comes in a wide range of styles. Some trillions are smooth cornered, while others have sharper edges.

Whether used in a contemporary design or something more classic, trillion cut engagement rings are stylish and elegant. Be aware however that this cut can be prone to chipping at its edges. If you live an active lifestyle or you have a job that requires you to get your hands dirty (literally and figuratively), it may be best to consider a cut that will not chip. If you know that you will keep your ring safe, however, keep on reading to see what this cut has to offer.

Get Inspired by These Amazing Trillion Engagement Rings

Some amazing trillion engagement rings to inspire you include the following:

Pave

Gorgeous Trillion Engagement Rings - Pave

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Pave rings are always stunning, whatever the style. In the trillion cut, pave stones add even more sparkle, helping to catch the light and add a touch of elegance. Pave stones can be placed on the band or just around the stone in a halo style. Whichever way you prefer, this ring will appeal to those who love classic styles.

Double Band

Gorgeous Trillion Engagement Rings - Double Band

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For a modern take on pave, you could also consider a double band. This style works especially well for those with longer fingers. As the ring is larger than most, it may overpower someone with small hands. You can keep the metal in platinum, or add even more impact with yellow gold or rose gold metal.

Minimal

Gorgeous Trillion Engagement Rings - Minimal

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Brides to be who prefer an understated look will love this delicate, minimal ring that is set on simple prongs on a fine band. Although this ring looks lovely in yellow gold, it would be equally beautiful in rose gold, platinum or even a coloured gold that adds a bit of drama. Likewise, you could choose any stone you prefer. Not sure which to choose? What about a birthstone engagement ring?

Stacked

Gorgeous Trillion Engagement Rings - Stacked

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This bridal set includes a stacked engagement ring along with a wedding band. The triangular shape of the trillion cut makes it ideal for geometric stacked styles. This ring would work well in any choice of metal and stones – even in contrasting two tone metals such as rose gold and platinum.

Winding

Gorgeous Trillion Engagement Rings - Winding

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Brides that like things a bit more unique will love this incredible winding ring that features a solitaire stone in a twisted pave band. This style is bold yet not overly fussy. The tiny pave stones and delicate band help to highlight the stone without overcrowding it or taking away from its subtle appeal.

3 Stone

Gorgeous Trillion Engagement Rings - 3 Stone

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For those who prefer something more traditional, trillion style stones also work very well as side stones that flank a solitaire in a 3 stone ring. In this style, the triangles help to position the centre stone without stealing the show. The result is a classic, beautiful ring that has endless charm.

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