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31Aug/19Off

Why Consider Platinum Engagement Rings?

Platinum engagement rings are a popular choice, for good reason. The brilliant shine of this metal, coupled with its ability to bring out the whiteness of diamonds, makes it a versatile metal for many different ring styles. Keep reading to find out more about this metal to see why it is a great choice for engagement rings.

Top Reasons to Consider Platinum Engagement Rings

Why Consider Platinum Engagement Rings

To help you decide whether to choose platinum over gold for your ring, here are some of the biggest advantages that this metal offers for engagement rings.

Platinum is non-fading.

One of the challenges with wearing rings on a daily basis is that many metals begin to lose their colour over the years. This leads to the need for regular cleanups or polishing to restore your ring to its full colour. Unlike other metals, platinum does not fade. The colour will last a lifetime, making it ideal for a ring that is designed to be worn throughout each phase of your life.

Platinum is hypo-allergenic.

Skin irritations and metal allergies are far more common than you may realise and many brides are only aware of such an allergy when they wear their ring for on an ongoing basis. Metal allergies cause rashes and other problems that make wearing rings almost impossible. A major plus for anyone who is sensitive to metal, platinum is hypo-allergenic. That means that you will never have to worry about skin reactions when wearing your ring.

Platinum is non-corrosive.

This metal is also non-corrosive, which means that you won't have to worry about rust or any other flaws – now or many years down the line. Your ring will always be in prime condition, year after year, decade after decade. If you plan on eventually handing down your ring to your child, this is a very important advantage.

Platinum is strong.

At the same time, the very nature of this metal makes it extremely strong, too. Platinum settings are far stronger than gold settings, adding an extra layer of resilience to your ring. Whether you have a complex setting or a simple setting, this will mean that your stones stay secure in their setting.

Platinum is durable.

Overall, platinum is a very durable, tough metal that will see you through the years. This metal has a far lower risk of damage and wear and tear. Provided you look after your ring and do not risk it by undertaking activities that put your ring at risk of damage, you should be able to avoid damage and breakages.

Platinum is beautiful.

Finally, it goes without saying that platinum is a bright, beautiful metal that adds instant impact to any ring design. The vivid metallic shine of platinum will ensure that your ring always stands out for all the right reasons. Whichever stone you pair the metal with, your ring is sure to be a stunner.

 

Browse our collection of platinum diamond rings today or get in touch with Cape Diamonds to find out more.

22Aug/19Off

Daring & Dramatic Engagement Rings

While some brides prefer engagement rings that are subtle and minimal, others prefer rings that make a statement. Finding your dream ring no longer has to be a challenge – especially once you find a trusted jeweller that can bring your ring ideas to life. Keep reading to get inspired by some of the dazzling engagement rings we have seen recently.

Dare to be Bold With These Dramatic Engagement Rings

If you're looking for something that goes beyond the ordinary, these dramatic, eye-catching engagement rings are sure to inspire.

Pave Loop

Dramatic Engagement Rings - Pave Loop

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With its pave encrusted loop and large centre diamond, this ring is bold enough to be eye-catching while still managing to not be too over the top. You can add more impact to the ring by adding a coloured diamond or a bright precious stone as the centre stone or by making one part of the ring a different metal for added contrast.

Two Tone

Dramatic Engagement Rings - Two Tone

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Two tone rings add plenty of drama. In this ring, a delicately twisting band is given contrast through the use of platinum or white gold and rose gold. This style would work equally well in yellow and white gold. Add even more boldness by opting for a colourful centre stone or even by adding colourful pave stones.

Morganite Bloom

Dramatic Engagement Rings - Morganite Bloom

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Morganite may not be the brightest coloured stone. It can, however, add impact when paired with a dramatic design. This floral-like bloom has a vintage style that works very well with the pink tone of the morganite. Diamonds or even pink sapphires can be added for extra colour and detail.

Chevron Pear

Dramatic Engagement Rings - Chevron Pear

Image: sterlingjewelers.com

The design of this ring will certainly turn heads. A pear cut diamond, surrounded by tiny pave stones, flows into a chevron pave band at its tip. Add more drama with a coloured diamond or your favourite precious stone. Change up the metal or even alternate the colour by choosing coloured pave stones on the halo or band.

Black Sapphire

Dramatic Engagement Rings - Black Sapphire

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Black sapphires are certainly full of drama and intrigue. The sophisticated, retro glamour of this stone is ideal for a classic pear cut ring. A warmer toned metal will further help to add to the look of this ring, while platinum or white gold would keep it a bit more understated.

Geometric Tourmaline

Dramatic Engagement Rings - Geometric Tourmaline

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The vintage appeal of this geometric ring is enhanced by the contrast of yellow gold and purple-pink tourmaline. With small side diamonds, this ring has a beautiful antique look that is sure to appeal to brides-to-be who favour out of the ordinary jewellery.

Pave Twists

Dramatic Engagement Rings - Pave Twists

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Twisted pave bands are used here to create an intricate, unusual ring that is full of sparkle. This type of ring is proof that you do not need a single diamond to find a sparkly, bold ring. Instead, tiny diamonds help to maximise shine and add visual interest.

Three Layers

Dramatic Engagement Rings - Three Layers

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Can't decide between white gold, yellow gold and rose gold? You can have all three metals with this ring. Three layers are stacked, connecting at the bottom to form one multi-hued ring. Tiny pave diamonds help to add sparkle without going over the top.

Gold Floral

Dramatic Engagement Rings - Gold Floral

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Forming part of the Cape Diamonds Fynbos Collection, the Blushing Bride solitaire ring features one of the Cape's most spectacular fynbos species – the blushing bride. Floral motifs are a great way to add detail in a way that is feminine, romantic and interesting.

Contact Cape Diamonds to start planning your very own dream engagement ring today.

29Jul/19Off

How to Pair Your Engagement Ring With Other Jewellery

Pairing Your Engagement Ring With Other Jewellery

Pairing your engagement ring with other rings and jewellery can be as easy as finding pieces that work well with your ring. It can also be a challenge when you are trying to accentuate your ring without anything clashing or looking strange. Wearing rings that could scratch or damage any ring worn on the same hand is never a good idea. Wearing rings that detract from your ring is never ideal, either. In this guide, we share some tips on how to pair your engagement ring with other jewellery and what to wear with your engagement ring, on your wedding day, for evening events, and during the day.

Pairing Your Engagement Ring With Other Jewellery

There are a few things to keep in mind when pairing your engagement ring with any other jewellery. The most important factors that can either cause clashes or achieve a cohesive style include colour choices (metal and stones), the size of the jewellery, how much jewellery you wear, and the style of each piece. Some additional things to keep in mind include the following:

On your wedding day.

For your big day, you want to aim for a minimal look that will not take away attention from your dress. Remember that your wedding ring will be added to your engagement ring. If you are wearing rings on every finger, the effect may be over the top. Keep necklaces and earrings simple, too. A delicate chain and pendant would not detract from your dress and ring, while a very large piece might ruin your look. Rather than trying to follow trends, stick to your style.

For formal events.

You can add more sparkle for evening or formal events, but remember to use your ring as a guideline when choosing other jewellery. If you have a classic diamond ring, it will go with just about any type of stone. If you have a coloured diamond or a precious stone that is brightly coloured, you would need to stick to neutral coloured jewellery or stones that do not clash too much. Diamonds, pearls, white sapphire, and black stones are all understated enough to avoid clashes.

During the day.

Here, you can also mix things up. It's worth noting that you should choose rings carefully if wearing them alongside your ring. You don't want to risk damaging your ring with sharp edges or ring styles that overlap onto your adjacent finger. Stacked rings can be a great way to change things up without going over the top. These rings are delicate and subtle, and won't detract too much from your main ring. You could also stick to minimal rings that do not get in the way. If you live an active lifestyle, keep in mind that any jewellery you wear might be damaged when playing sports. It is best to rather wear no rings than to risk losing or damaging your ring.

For more inspiration on choosing your ring, be sure to follow our blog. At Cape Diamonds, we offer custom-made rings that are designed according to your specifications. Get in touch today to learn more about finding the perfect engagement ring to suit your style.

18Jul/19Off

Fall in Love With These Romantic Ruby Engagement Rings

For those wanting engagement rings that are romantic, feminine, and bold, few stones have the same allure as rubies. These deep red stones have been favoured for many decades. Working well in platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold engagement rings, rubies can be used on their own or alongside diamonds. If you are searching for a ring that will stand out for all the right reasons, this stone is sure to be a perfect choice.

Spectacular Ruby Engagement Rings

Some of the most eye-catching ruby engagement rings we've seen recently include the following:

Split Band Pave

Romantic Ruby Engagement Rings - Split Band PaveImage: fascinatingdiamonds.com

Split band rings create soft lines that help to highlight centre stones while adding plenty of visual detail. When tiny pave diamonds are added, the effect is enhanced even further. A ruby in the centre and a rose gold band helps to bring an extra touch of romance to this unique ring. This style would work equally well with rubies as the pave stones and a centre diamond.

Three Stone

Romantic Ruby Engagement Rings - Three StoneImage: bluenile.com

The symbolism behind three stone rings makes this style a favourite for many brides-to-be. Each stone represents your stage in the journey of life – your past, your present, and your future. Aside from its symbolism, this design also helps to balance the centre ruby, with diamond flanking the centre stone. A gleaming band in white gold or platinum further adds to the design.

Pear Cut Pave

Romantic Ruby Engagement Rings - Pear Cut Pave

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Pear cut stones remain a classic choice, working especially well when surrounded by a pave halo. Tiny pave diamonds continue along the start of the band. Rose gold helps to soften this ring, but a cooler toned metal would also work well. This style can be worn with the tapered point facing up or down.

Double Band Marquise

Romantic Ruby Engagement Rings - Double Band Marquise

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For something dramatic and unique, this double band ring features a sleek marquise cut ruby, surrounded by tiny pave diamonds. Two delicate bands add even more of an unusual touch to this ring. Yellow gold helps the centre ruby stand out – a cooler metal or rose gold could also work equally well, however.

Twisted Band

Romantic Ruby Engagement Rings - Twisted BandImage: diamondwish.com

Twisted band rings are elegant yet surprisingly simple. This style works very well with pave stones and a simple cut. Here, a round cut ruby takes centre stage. The cool tone of the platinum band helps the ruby stand out, with the deep red hue drawing plenty of attention without being over the top.

Pave Crown

Romantic Ruby Engagement Rings - Pave CrownImage: artemerstudio.com

In this interesting design, a delicate pave crown fits over the centre ruby. Tiny pave diamonds are added for a bit of sparkle, while a fine gold band helps the stone to stand out even further. This style would be especially good for those who favour less conventional rings.

Minimal Heart

Romantic Ruby Engagement Rings - Minimal HeartImage: gemvara.com

What could be more romantic than a heart shaped ruby? In this ring, a heart ruby is set in the centre, with tiny pave stones set on the band. A cool toned metal helps the ruby stand out but you could also try a warmer toned metal for something more unusual.

Simple Solitaire

Romantic Ruby Engagement Rings - Simple SolitaireImage: alarajewelry.com

Finally, perfect for those who prefer simple, minimal rings, this bezel set solitaire cut ring features a tiny ruby set on a thin gold band. This ring is subtle, understated, and elegant, with just enough sparkle to catch the light without being over the top.

If you are looking for a custom-made ring in Cape Town that suits your style perfectly, Cape Diamonds is here to help. Contact us today to find out more about our unique engagement rings.

5Jul/19Off

How Not to Choose an Engagement Ring

How Not to Choose an Engagement Ring

While there are many ways to go about choosing an engagement ring, there are also just as many ways to choose a ring that is not going to last through the years. Whether you are choosing a ring for your love or choosing your own ring, this decision should be made with enough time to think things through carefully. To help you make the right choice, we have put together a list of ways to not choose your engagement ring.

The Worst Ways to Choose an Engagement Ring

Some of the biggest mistakes that you could make when choosing an engagement ring include the following:

Choosing on a whim.

Many brides-to-be get so overtaken by the experience of the proposal and subsequent ring selection that they make a snap decision rather than thinking things through. Often, the decision is made when couples visit a jewellery store rather than consult a specialist who can make the ring you truly want. The problem with trying to choose a ring from a huge selection is that you can all too easily feel overwhelmed and choose the first ring you see.

Choosing in a rush.

Following on from that, it's also never a good idea to try and rush the process. You may love the idea of rose gold at the moment, but will it go with your other jewellery? Instead of choosing on the spot, take the time to look at ring ideas on social media, think carefully about the type of jewellery you wear, whether the style is practical for what you do day by day and whether or not it will truly be what you want.

Choosing by following trends.

On that note, it's also never a good idea to base your ideas on trends. Although it is good to find inspiration, it doesn't mean you should copy trends blindly. Rather use images you see as ideas and then think about how you can make your ring something that you would wear five, ten or even thirty years down the line and not just now. Stay clear of celebrity rings photos, too, as those can also make you stay towards trends that may not last.

Choosing what others want.

You will have many, many suggestions from friends, family and loved ones. You may even have your partner-to-be tell you about his mother's ring that he wishes you would have resized. As tempting as it is to be veered by other people's input, this is a ring that you will wear for the rest of your wedded life. Make sure that it is something that you and only you alone will wear.

Choosing something impractical.

Finally, it is also a good idea to keep the design as practical as possible. As pretty as some designs can be, not all of them are practical. Stay clear of settings that could easily get stuck in clothing and hair. Look out for stones that rate low in the Moh's hardness ratio as these can be damaged more easily.

If you're looking for a custom-made engagement ring in Cape Town, contact Cape Diamonds today.

24Jun/19Off

Magical Moonstone Engagement Rings

If you're looking for a unique stone for engagement rings, moonstone is certainly worth considering. Although this stone is relatively low on the Moh's hardness scale, with an average rating of 6.0, it's rainbow-like colours and beauty make it a good choice for brides who are looking for something unusual. This stone is comprised of sodium potassium aluminium silicate, with a colour spectrum that ranges from the classic multi-coloured stones often seen in jewellery to blue, grey, white, pink, peach, green and brown or even colourless. For engagement rings, this stone stands out for its beauty and ability to reflect light and colour. Favoured by many ancient civilisations, including the Romans and Greeks, this stone is sure to be a great choice for brides who prefer unconventional stones.

Get Inspired by These Moonstone Engagement Rings

Moonstones can be used on their own or added to classic diamond engagement rings. Some of the loveliest examples of moonstone rings that we have seen include the following:

Branch Teardrop

Magical Moonstone Engagement Rings - Branch Teardrop

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The teardrop or pear cut is often used with this stone, helping to bring out the rainbow-like colours to perfection. This unusual style features a branched band in rose gold. The result is a mystical ring that is certainly unconventional and interesting. You could also try a similar design in yellow gold or even platinum.

Double Band

Magical Moonstone Engagement Rings - Double Band

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The classic double band style works well with almost every gemstone and moonstone is no exception. In this design, things are kept very simple with two gold bands and a centre stone. If gold is not your metal of choice, you could try rose gold or platinum. The setting can also be adapted to change up the design and add focal interest.

Three Stone

Magical Moonstone Engagement Rings - Three StoneImage: global.rakuten.com

Another classic design, the three stone ring is also rooted in romantic symbolism. Each stone represents the different stages of your journey together as a couple – your past, present and future. In this ring, diamonds are added on each side of the centre stone. Whichever metal you choose, this ring is timeless and elegant.

Ring Set

Magical Moonstone Engagement Rings - Ring SetImage: loveaudryrose.com

Ring sets are a great choice if you are love to layer your jewellery. You could pair a matching wedding band with your primary ring, adding detail in the form of tiny stones, pave or shape. The contrast of gold, diamond and moonstone work well in this design but it would work well in a cooler toned metal or rose gold, too.

Split Band

Magical Moonstone Engagement Rings - Split Band

Image: anemone-jewelry.com

This dramatic ring features a marquise cut moonstone, set on a simple split band. The larger size of this ring is sure to be ideal for those favouring stand-out jewellery. Smaller sized stones can also be used for a more subtle style. You could also add profile detail or change up the band metal.

Pave Heart

Magical Moonstone Engagement Rings Pave Heart

Image: moonmagic.com

Perfect for the romantic at heart, this simple and sweet pave heart ring has a heart-shaped moonstone set in a layer of pave diamonds, on a classic platinum band. You could add detail by changing the pave stones to coloured diamonds or changing the metal of the band to rose or yellow gold.

Although we specialise in diamonds here in our workshop, we also help you make your ring dreams into a reality – whatever stone you prefer. Contact us to learn more about how to create your dream engagement ring in Cape Town.

29May/19Off

How to Drop an Engagement Ring Hint

How to Drop an Engagement Ring Hint

How can you be sure that your loved one will get you the engagement ring you truly desire? How do you make suggestions without ruining the suspense and coming right out and telling your love what you want? Although there is much to be said about choosing rings after the proposal, there is also plenty of romance and magic in having the perfect ring presented in the proposal. One of the worst things that can happen is that you are presented with a ring that you truly do not like.

While marriage is about love rather than rings, this is something you will wear for the rest of your life. Naturally, you want to feel giddy every time you look at the ring rather than long for something different. To make sure that your love is able to read between the lines, dropping the right engagement hints is crucial.

Dropping Engagement Ring Hints

You could wait and see whether you get the engagement ring of your dreams without hints, but giving a few clues definitely makes things easier – for you and your love. Here are a few ways that you can get the message across in a subtle yet effective way.

Use social media.

Pinterest is especially useful for this task. Make sure that your partner follows you, then create a board filled with dream rings. You can be subtle and add in other jewellery, too. The reason that this one works so well is that your love can see the styles that you truly like. He will able to use that as inspiration, without the risk of not having a clue what you really want in a ring.

Get friends involved.

Another way that you can let some ideas slip is to get your friends involved. You could ask them to see if your partner has mentioned anything and make sure that they are more than happy to give him ideas. You could even give them one of your rings (making sure it fits on the right finger) to make sure that your love has the right size. Ask them to drop hints on your favourite stones, metal, styles, and designs, too.

Start a conversation.

Finally, you could also simply start a conversation. If you both know that wedding bells are soon to be heard, it can be a lot easier to talk things through rather than leave anything to chance. When you are both open and honest about where you see your relationship heading, it will be easier for you to make direct hints about jewellery and rings you love or point pictures out in magazines. This can save you both a headache or two.

At Cape Diamonds, we work with you and your love to create spectacular custom rings in Cape Town and surrounds. Contact us today to learn more about how to create your dream engagement ring.

20May/19Off

Elegant Emerald Birthstone Engagement Rings

One of May's birthstones, emerald makes a bold and dramatic choice for engagement rings. This elegant stone comes in a wide range of green tones, from the darkest shade to lighter shades. Popular throughout the ages, this stone works well with diamonds. It also works well with every type of metal, from yellow gold all the way to rose gold, white gold, and platinum. Keep reading to see how emeralds can work in engagement rings to find inspiration for your dream ring.

Fall in Love With These Dreamy Emerald Engagement Rings

If you are looking for a bold, classic stone or an engagement ring in your birthstone, these elegant emerald rings are sure to inspire.

Asymmetrical Side Stone

Birthstone Engagement Rings – Elegant Emerald - Asymmetrical Side StoneImage: artemerstudio.com

This modern asymmetrical ring features a delicate gold band, with a tiny diamond side stone and an emerald cut centre stone. It would work equally well in a cool-toned metal or with emeralds as the side stone if you are looking for something less bold. The fine band helps to add balance, giving this ring lots of impact without being over the top.

Five Stone Halo

Birthstone Engagement Rings – Elegant Emerald - Five Stone HaloImage: bluenile.com

Another way to bring in colour is to use a series of smaller stones rather than a single larger stone. Five small emeralds are flanked by tiny halo diamonds in this ring, on a platinum band. If you are not a fan of overly large or traditional rings, this style is sure to work well.

Intricate Side Profile

Birthstone Engagement Rings – Elegant Emerald - Intricate Side ProfileImage: josephjewelry.com

We love side detail on rings. In this ring, tiny emeralds have been added subtly with a diamond taking centre stage and small pave stones adding extra detail. This ring would work in any metal, and looks amazing from any angle. If you are looking for something unique and eye-catching, this is sure to be a great design.

Platinum Three Stone

Birthstone Engagement Rings – Elegant Emerald - Platinum Three StoneImage: zelleyonline.com

If your tastes run more towards the minimal side, however, this simple platinum three stone ring would be a great choice. This type of ring is symbolic, representing the path in each relationship – past, present, and future. With a small emerald as the centre stone, the result is classic and understated.

Twisted Pave Band

Birthstone Engagement Rings – Elegant Emerald - Twisted Pave BandImage: fascinatingdiamonds.com

Twisted bands are a timeless choice that will always be sophisticated and pretty. In rose gold, the delicately weaving band leads up to a small emerald centre stone. The combination of rose gold and emerald works surprisingly well, especially with diamonds added in the band. Yellow gold would work equally well.

Halo Pave Pear

Birthstone Engagement Rings – Elegant Emerald - Halo Pave PearImage: livemaster.com

Those who favour traditional styles will love this pear cut ring, which has a delicate band encrusted with pave stones. The pear cut stone is flanked by a halo. The result is a feminine, pretty ring that adds colour without being too bold.

Modern Beaded Marquise

Modern Beaded MarquiseImage: factorydirectjewelry.com

If you're looking for bold, on the other hand, this unusual marquise cut ring certainly adds impact. The combination of emerald and yellow gold further enhances the intricate beaded band that is dotted with tiny diamond pave stones.

Platinum Pear Pave

Birthstone Engagement Rings – Elegant Emerald - Platinum Pear PaveImage: ascheron.com

Another classic style, this pear cut ring in platinum has pave stones on one side. This adds sparkle without losing the simplicity of the ring. It would work equally well in a bolder metal such as yellow gold, or with emeralds added as the pave stones and a diamond added as the centre stone.

Looking for your dream ring? Cape Diamonds offers custom made engagement rings in Cape Town, giving you the ring you have always wanted, right down to the last detail.

26Apr/19Off

Before You Get Your Engagement Ring Engraved…

Before You Get Your Engagement Ring Engraved

Engagement ring engravings are a romantic way to add a personal message to your ring. Often, these engravings are placed on the inside of the band where only the bride can see them. There are many things to engrave onto a ring, from a simple heart to your initials, the date of your wedding or even a personal message or lyrics to your song. With that said, there are things that can go wrong when it comes to engraving an engagement ring.

Avoid These Engagement Ring Engraving Mistakes

Although there is no doubt that engagement ring engravings are super romantic, they can go wrong if you don't put a bit of thought into things beforehand. Here are some things to avoid to ensure the best results.

Not considering the width.

If the band is very delicate, it will be very hard to engrave a message onto the ring without taking up too much space or losing the readability. Worse, it could end up looking squashed. Always think carefully about the size of the text compared to the width of the band. In other words, choose the band and then choose your message.

Not considering the fit.

Make sure that the ring fits perfectly before you take it for engraving. If the ring is too big, it will need to be reduced, which could affect the engraving. Likewise, if the ring is too small, it will need to be enlarged, which will also have an impact on the engraved message. Get the ring sized and then get it engraved.

Not considering the method.

You'll also need to think about how the engraving will be done. If the band is engraved by a machine, you will need to make sure that the band is thick and wide enough to ensure that the words can be easily placed within the metal. If done by hand, it will be easier, but then the jeweller will need sufficient space to work without taking up the entire band.

Not considering the text.

You will want to be absolutely and completely sure that you are 100% certain about the message before getting it engraved into the ring. The jeweller or engraver is not responsible for any spelling mistakes. Likewise, messages that are too long may not be possible. Keep it simple to avoid issues.

Not considering the font.

Finally, you should also think carefully about the font you choose. You can find a pretty font, but make sure that it is easily read without the words blending into each other or being easy to misconstrue. Taking the time to research some fonts and writing them in a size similar to the size you will have on the ring is a good way to be sure that you choose a good font.

To find a wide variety of rings or to have your very own custom engagement ring crafted, get in touch with Cape Diamonds today.

17Apr/19Off

Elegant East West Engagement Rings

East west engagement rings are rings that are positioned in an unconventional way. Rather than the stone being set in a typical direction, the stones in these rings face left to right. The result is a ring that is interesting in a subtle way. These engagement rings are ideal for those who want to retain a mostly classic look while still enjoying a bit of an edge. Keep reading to get inspired by some stunning examples of how this ring could look.

We Love These East West Engagement Rings

If you're looking for something a little different, east west engagement rings give your ring a unique look while still retaining the classic style of a conventional ring. Here are just some examples that show the beauty of these rings.

Emerald Cut

Elegant East West Engagement Rings - Emerald CutImage: dawes-design.com

Emerald cut stones work well with this style, for good reason. The elongated nature of this cut means that it can well in its classic vertical position or in a horizontal position. This cut works well in any type of setting and can be as simple or unique as you choose. In a simple gold or platinum band with a simple setting, the look is sophisticated and timeless.

Emerald Pave

Elegant East West Engagement Rings - Emerald PaveImage: sylviecollection.com

You could add a bit of extra sparkle by including tiny pave stones along the band or even around the stone. Once again, an emerald cut diamond or precious stone works perfectly in this ring. Depending on the metal of the band and the colour of the stone, there is plenty of variation possible in this design.

Morganite Pear

Elegant East West Engagement Rings - Morganite PearImage: samnsue.com

Pear cut stones are another one that works well for east west rings. This adds an unusual touch to the ring that can be made even more interesting by opting for a stone such as morganite instead of a diamond. Tiny pave stones add visual detail. Opt for a cool-toned metal such as white gold or platinum or try rose gold for something warmer.

Sapphire Marquise

Elegant East West Engagement Rings - Sapphire MarquiseImage: loveaudryrose.com

Marquise cut stones are naturally suited to east west designs as well, thanks to their symmetry. This bold ring features a beautiful blue sapphire flanked by a few tiny side stones set into a gold band. The combination of colours in this ring will make it eye-catching. You could also keep it simple by choosing a diamond for your centre stone.

Twisted Marquise

Elegant East West Engagement Rings - Twisted MarquiseImage: westgems.com

Another way that you could use the marquise cut in this type of ring is by adding a twist to the band. Keep the band plain or add some pave stones for extra sparkle. If you lean towards feminine rings, this one is sure to be dazzling. In rose gold, yellow gold or platinum, it is a show-stopper that will turn heads.

Pink Princess

Elegant East West Engagement Rings - Pink PrincessImage: jewelrypoint.com

The princess cut stone works well in this design, too. A simple square turned to face a different direction helps the ring to become completely different from how it would look usually. Add in a coloured diamond and some pave stones, and the result is a stand-out ring that can be tailored according to your preferred stone and band colour.

Two Stone

Elegant East West Engagement Rings - Two StoneImage: fascinatingdiamonds.com

This delicate two stone ring uses east west ovals flanked by tiny pave stones on a fine band. Whether you keep all of the stones diamonds or change the colour of one or more stones, this ring is pretty and simple. This style would be ideal for those who prefer subtle rings and would look gorgeous in any metal.

Cape Diamonds helps turn your dream ring into a reality. Contact us today to find out how we can help you create your very own custom engagement ring in Cape Town and surrounds.