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3Aug/17Off

A Mini Guide to Birth Stone Engagement Rings

A Mini Guide to Birth Stone Engagement Rings

If you have been wondering what stones to include in your choice of engagement rings, you may want to think about a birth stone that represents your month of birth. These stones offer a hint of symbolism, while also giving you ideas that you may not have considered.

Each month is associated with one or more stones, with June, August and December having three stones for their respective months. Depending on your colour and stone preferences, this can be a creative way to get inspiration when planning custom made engagement rings.

 

Choosing Your Birth Stone for Engagement Rings

Some birth stones to consider for your choice of engagement rings include the following:

January – Garnet

The garnet is often found in red, but can also be found in other colours. This stone symbolises peace, prosperity and health. Many also believe that the garnet is able to give its wearer the gift of eternal happiness, wealth and health, which is never a bad thing either.

February – Amethyst

Traditionally, in the west, February falls in the height of winter. As this month is often gloomy and cold in the west, the symbol for this stone lies in its ability to add extra warmth and strength, with qualities of peace, courage and stability found in this affordable, purple toned gem.

March – Aquamarine and Bloodstone

Two stones are associated with March - aquamarine and bloodstone. While both are very different from one another in their appearance, they share similar symbolism of preserving or enhancing the wearer's health.

April – Diamond

A popular stone here at Cape Diamonds, April's stone is the diamond. This stone is available in a wide range of colours, including the classic clear stones, chocolate diamonds, black diamonds and even pink diamonds.

May – Emerald

The stone for May is the brightly coloured emerald. While most associate this stone with its vibrant shade of green, emeralds come in a variety of tones, from bright to dark to light green. This stone is favoured by royalty, offering plenty of dazzle.

June – Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone

One of just three months that have three stones associated, the stones for June include pearl, alexandrite and moonstone. Ranging from cream-colored, radiant pearl and moonstone to the more unusual, highly valued alexandrite, this gives plenty of variety for June brides.

July – Ruby

The gorgeous red ruby is the stone for July. Bright, rich and bold, rubies are ideal for brides wanting something unique. This stone symbolises everything that you would imagine the colour red to symbolise... passion and energy, and good luck for love and success.

August – Peridot, Sardonyx and Spinel

Another month with three stones, the original August stone was sardonyx, before peridot was added, and later spinel. This gives lots of colour choices for August born brides.

September – Sapphire

The sapphire is September's stone, symbolising wisdom, loyalty and nobility. The sapphire is said to focus the mind, encouraging self-discipline. While these stones are often blue, they come in a full range of colours except for red, which is instead classed as a ruby.

October – Tourmaline and Opal

October has two stones, both ideal for engagement rings. With each gem, there are almost limitless possibilities in colour, with each stone being known for their rainbow colour combinations. Legend has it that both these stones originated from the rainbow in fact.

November – Topaz and Citrine

If you were born in November, you have two choices for engagement rings – topaz and citrine. Both of these stones are bright and radiant, with very similar colours that have made them mistaken for one another over the course of history. The difference is that topaz is available in colours far beyond yellow.

December – Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise

Finally, we have December, which has three stones. All of these stones are blue in colour, with variations in colour, sparkle and opacity. Depending on your favourite colour, this means plenty of variety.

 

You could choose your own birth day to select your stone, or the month you plan to get married. Whatever the case, be sure to contact Cape Diamond with any assistance you may need on custom designed engagement rings featuring one of these incredible stones.

24Jul/17Off

Spectacular Split Band Engagement Rings

Split band engagement rings are romantic, feminine, flattering and symbolic. The message behind this ring style is said to symbolise the relationship that you have. While you are two separate souls, each with your own lives and goals, you join together as one when you are wed.

With a wide range of styles available with split shank design, you can keep this ring as subtle or bold as you choose. To help you find some inspiration, we have put together some of our favourite examples of stunning split band engagement rings.

Gorgeous Split Band Engagement Rings

Get inspired by these incredible split band diamond engagement rings...

One Sided

Spectacular Split Band Engagement Rings - One Sided

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via: exceldiamonds.com

Ideal for brides who want something a little bit different, the one sided split shank ring adds plenty of visual interest in a more subtly unique way. This style works especially well with micro pave stones, which can be placed on the split band part or the single band part. Whichever stones and metals you choose, this ring is sure to sparkle!

Criss Cross

Spectacular Split Band Engagement Rings - Criss Cross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A twisted split band adds lots of visual interest to this ring, which has a cross cross style that works well with single metal, two tone metals, pave, and plain. This ring is not designed for those who prefer something subtle however – the nature of the ring means that it is big, bold and eye-catching.

Two Tone

 Spectacular Split Band Engagement Rings - Two Tone

Via: mdcdiamonds.com

Two tone rings are always beautiful. That does not mean that you have to go for something bold and over the top. Delicate, fine bands balanced in soft metals such as platinum and rose gold are perfectly balanced in the split band design, with tiny pave stones adding extra sparkle. This would also work well with yellow gold.

Double Split

Spectacular Split Band Engagement Rings - Double Split

Via: fascinatingdiamonds.com

This style can be as understated or bold as you choose. A plain, unadorned band keeps the look minimal, with the double split adding its own visual interest in a subtle way. You could however add pave stones to one or more of the split bands, or you could try a two tone ring in this style.

Pear

Spectacular Split Band Engagement Rings - Pear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pear cut rings are a timeless choice for any bride, but those who are looking for a ring that is unique will especially love this cut. The glamorous tear drop shape of this stone works well with a split shank, adding balance in a way that elongates the finger and emphasises the tiny pave stones on the shank and the halo.

Pave

Spectacular Split Band Engagement Rings - Pave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via: capediamonds.co.za

If you are more of a classic type of girl, with a feminine, romantic streak, you will adore this stunning round pave split shank ring from Cape Diamonds. Made in platinum with dazzling diamonds adding maximum sparkle, this ring is truly spectacular.


 

Contact Cape Diamonds today with any queries you may about having your very own ring custom designed. Or, you can browse our collection of split band engagement rings to see what we have in store.

26Jun/17Off

The Dangers of Blindly Following Engagement Ring Trends

With so many engagement ring trends to consider, it can be daunting to decide on which style of ring is best. On one hand, trends are a great way to get inspired by ideas you may not have considered. On the other hand, seeing as how this ring is one you will hopefully wear for the rest of your life, it is never a good idea to be guided by trend alone.

Why is such a bad idea to blindly follow trends instead of making your decision according to your own preferences and style? Let's take a look.

Why a Unique Engagement Ring Beats a Trendy Ring

When we say unique, we don't only mean an eye-catching engagement ring. Ideally, the best option by far is to choose something that is unique to you, and you alone. You are the one who will wear this ring, day in and day out. With that in mind, it is far better to use trends only as a guideline rather than gospel.

What exactly is so wrong with following trends, you may wonder? Some of the risks that trends can pose include the following:

  • Current 'It' metals that go in and out of fashion each year. While rose gold is a massive trend now, it may not be as popular a few years down the line. If you adore the colour of rose gold, then it won't matter whether the metal is stylish or not in the future – you will love it anyway. If, on the other hand, you are going nuts for everything rose gold right now, you may not feel the same when the trends starts to lose its appeal.
  • Daring styles that don't age well. A pink coloured diamond in a heart shape cut, set on a two tone metal band might be appealing now in your youth. Will you still feel the same 10 years down the line? What about 20 years? Ideally, you want a ring style that is classic and simple enough to always look good – whatever your age and style may be at any given time.
  • A metal that is allergenic. If you have skin allergies, you will need to think carefully about the metals you choose. Some brides are so set on a certain metal band that they are willing to suffer through allergic reactions. This is never a good idea. No matter how popular a certain metal is, if it does not allow you to wear your ring comfortably, it is not a good choice.
  • Styles that do not suit your hand. While you should always go with the ring you love, it is also important to make sure that it will look great when it is worn. Our guide in choosing the right ring for your hand offers plenty of tips on which styles are best suited to long fingers, short fingers, small hands, big hands and everything in between.
  • Colour combinations that are overly bold. That incredible pink, blue and gold ring looks great now. You may even still love it in another year. But from a longevity point of view, very over the top of overly bold colour combinations will quickly lose their appeal. The last thing you want is a ring that clashes with everything you wear.
22Jun/17Off

Dazzling Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

White gold engagement rings were once a highly popular choice, losing favour to cooler toned metals such as white gold and platinum in more recent years. Since the emergence of coloured golds such as rose gold however, yellow gold is making a major comeback.

While this metal does not appeal to every taste, it has an elegant, sophisticated look that adds plenty of warmth. Used alongside classic diamonds, the combination is a ring that is feminine yet subtle. Depending on the design you choose however, your ring could be as understated or bold as you choose. To help you get inspired, we have showcased some of our favourite yellow gold rings.

Fall in Love With These Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

In no particular order, our favourite yellow gold engagement rings include these eye-catching rings...

Delicate Solitaire

Dazzling Yellow Gold Engagement Rings - Delicate Solitaire

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If you prefer your jewellery on the simple side, nothing can compete with a timeless solitaire set on a delicate gold band. As simple as this style is, it does not mean it has to be boring. You can keep your gold band paired with a flawless diamond, or try a coloured diamond in black, champagne or even yellow to add more impact to this minimal style ring.

Yellow Asscher Cut

 

Dazzling Yellow Gold Engagement Rings - Yellow Asscher CutVia Kwiat.com

Talking about yellow diamonds, this incredible asscher cut is given even more impact from the yellow diamond that is set against the yellow gold band. This choice is ideal for brides wanting something unusual and interesting. The balance of warm toned stone and band make this a more unusual choice for sure.

V Shape Solitaire

Dazzling Yellow Gold Engagement Rings - V Shape Solitaire

Via mazaldiamond.com

Solitaire style rings don't have to be the same, either. The v shape of this ring adds plenty of visual detail without making it bulky or heavy. The clean, delicate lines of the band are soft and gentle, leading up to the centre stone. This ring choose is great for those wanting to elongate the look of their finger. For more tips on which ring is the best fit, view our guide to choosing a ring to suit your hand.

Infinity Band

Dazzling Yellow Gold Engagement Rings - Infinity Pave

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This exquisite infinity band as a super romantic choice that is surprisingly simple. A delicate pave band twists alongside a plain band, creating an infinity loop. If you love rings that have plenty of symbolism, this is sure to be a great choice.

Oval Opal

Dazzling Yellow Gold Engagement Rings - Oval Opal

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Who says you have to stick to diamonds? A unique stone such as opal adds lots of impact in a less than usual way. Opals come in a wide range of colours. Whether you opt for a subtle pale opal or a vibrantly hued opal, the balance of stone and metal is always lovely.

Round Twisted Claw Pave

Dazzling Yellow Gold Engagement Rings - Round Twisted Claw Pave

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The round twisted claw pave ring is available at Cape Diamonds. This timeless ring has a vintage appeal with a modern twist, putting the middle stone right in the centre in a way that adds plenty of impact and elegance. If you like standing out, this is a great choice.

Looking for more inspiration? Browse our selection of yellow gold engagement rings to see what we have in store, or contact us today for assistance with a custom ring.

8Jun/17Off

Elegant Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

Emerald cut engagement rings offer a timeless elegance that will never date. This cut has an oblong shape that is not too long, and not too narrow. Taking its name from the stone most frequently cut in this shape, the emerald cut has a total of 58 facets. 25 are found on the Pavilion, 25 are found on the Crown, and eight lie on the Girdle, featuring three rows of top steps, and three rows of bottom steps. For brides-to-be who have a classic style, or those who favour stones that have plenty of sparkle, this cut suits almost everyone.

Wondering whether emerald cut engagement rings are the right choice for you? Thinking about offering your love this style of ring? We have selected a few magical ideas to show you what this ring has to offer.

Enticing Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

Some spectacular examples of dreamy emerald cut engagement rings include the following:

Twisted Band

Elegant Emerald Cut Engagement Rings - Twisted Band Via FascinatingDiamonds.com

With its delicately twisting band, this ring can be incredibly versatile, depending on the stones and metal you choose. You could opt for a full diamond engagement ring, with tiny pave stones along the band and a centre emerald cut stone. Or, you could keep the band plain, and add impact with a metal such as rose or yellow gold. What makes this style work is the way that the twisted band adds visual interest without being too over the top or overwhelming.

Baguettes

Elegant Emerald Cut Engagement Rings - Baguettes

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Baguettes work very well when placed alongside emerald cut stones. With a shape that is longer and thinner than the classic emerald cut, this shape of stone adds impact to the rectangular cut of the centre stone. The longer lines of this cut balance out the emerald cut without being too large or obtrusive. You could make the ring entirely diamond, or add coloured diamonds for the baguettes or even the centre stone.

Solitaire

Elegant Emerald Cut Engagement Rings - Solitaire

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One of the most classic and sophisticated ways to use the emerald cut is a single stone on a delicate band that can be pave or plain. There is a reason that solitaire rings remain a popular choice throughout each era. This style is simple yet stylish, putting the emphasis on the centre stone without any distraction. You still have plenty of variety, too. Depending on the metal of the band and the type of stone you use, this ring has lots of options to suit every style.

Split Band

Elegant Emerald Cut Engagement Rings - Split Band

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Split band rings are another style that will never go out of fashion. Pave stones feature frequently in this design, but you can also omit the added stones for a simpler band. What makes the split band ring so popular is how it creates soft lines that highlight the centre stone subtly. Depending on your choice of band, metal and stone, this ring can be as simple or bold as you prefer.

Three Stone

Elegant Emerald Cut Engagement Rings - Three Stone

Via RebeccaOvermann.com Three stone rings are another timeless option. While the classic design usually features three emerald cut stones, or an emerald cut and two round or square cut stones, a more modern take on this ring features triangular stones. The result is an Art Deco slash contemporary ring that is certainly unique in its look. This style works well in any metal, with any choice of stones.

HaloElegant Emerald Cut Engagement Rings - Halo

Via CapeDiamonds.co.za

This exquisite halo emerald cut ring ensures that the emerald cut stone has maximum sparkle and shine. Tiny pave stones are arranged around the centre stone, continuing along the band. While this style works well in platinum and diamond, you could also use rose gold for the band and a coloured diamond or a precious stone such as Tanzanite, morganite or sapphire.

At Cape Diamonds, we offer an outstanding selection of rings to suit every style. Browse our modern engagement rings to start planning your dream ring today!

25May/17Off

Which Engagement Ring Will Look Best on Your Finger?

Which Engagement Ring Will Look Best on Your Finger

Every bride-to-be has at some point daydreamed about how an engagement ring will look once it is placed on your finger. But, with that said, everyone's fingers are different. Styles that work on one person may not always look as great on another. A huge part of choosing the perfect ring comes down to knowing which cuts and styles suit your finger shape, length and size.

The basic formula for finding your dream ring is: finger length x finger width + ring shape + style. Keeping this formula in mind, you will need to consider a few things when trying on rings, including the length and width of your finger, the size of your hand, the size and shape of the centre stone, the width and style of the ring, and even your nail shape.

While your finger is not the only thing to consider when choosing a ring for yourself or your future bride, it can be a great help in making the final decision.

Choosing an Engagement Ring That Looks Good on Your Hand

What cut and style is best for your finger? Consider the following tips below to get an idea of how to choose an engagement ring that looks amazing on your hand.

Long Fingers

  • Square cut rings and round stones work best for longer fingers
  • Wider bands will add balance
  • Bolder styles can work – just be sure to avoid long cuts such as emerald and baguette

Slim Fingers

  • Stick to smaller stones that will make your fingers look wider
  • Delicate bands can make your fingers seem even slimmer, so rather try a thicker band that widens your finger instead

Short Fingers

  • Choose cuts that lengthen the look of your finger, such as emerald, oval, pear, baguette or marquise cut stones
  • Make sure that the stone is not too big – larger stones can overwhelm shorter fingers
  • Choose delicate bands that add the illusion of finger length

Wide Fingers

  • The trick here is to avoid styles that make your fingers seem wider
  • While wider stones such as oval, marquise, square, princess and emerald cuts may seem like they will add width, they actually balance out your finger
  • Narrow stones and thin bands will make your fingers look wider, while angular shapes, asymmetrical designs and cluster styles in large settings will all flatter wider fingers

Large Knuckles

  • Remember to keep your entire hand in mind, and not just your finger
  • Thick, heavy bands will draw the eye to the ring instead of your knuckle

Small Hands

  • The aim here is to keep the ring proportionate to your hand and finger
  • Smaller sized round, princess, oval or heart cut rings will not overwhelm your hand
  • Larger stones and bolder styles can be overpowering

Large Hands

  • Larger hands can get away with larger stones and bolder styles
  • Try chunky bands and dramatic cuts for maximum impact
  • Small stones may look out of proportion or get lost on a larger hand

Ready to find your dream ring? Browse our selection of diamond engagement rings in Cape Town, or contact Cape Diamonds for a quote on your custom design.

8May/17Off

What to Do if She Doesn’t Love Her Engagement Ring

It's every potential groom's nightmare... you get down on your knee, so to speak, and the engagement ring is met with less enthusiasm than you had hope. Chances are high that she will not turn down the proposal purely because of a bad ring choice, but even if she still says yes, making her happy is your biggest goal in life. When she does not fall head over heels in love with the ring you have chosen, it can be daunting to know what to do next.

Needless to say, it is obviously better to avoid this situation by avoiding the most common ring mistakes, and doing your homework in advance. Sometimes however, even the best laid plans go astray. If you have done plenty of research, asking every friend and family member in sight what she would and would not like, you may find that her preferences are not as easy to guess as they would seem.

How to Handle an Engagement Ring Disappointment

Before you go into a full panic, here are a few things to keep in mind on how to handle engagement ring rejection...

  • Encourage open communication. Honesty between both parties is an integral part of marriage. Try not to get defensive or upset if she is not thrilled about the ring. Instead, find out why she is not in love with it. Jewellery choices are often personal. Sometimes women go through phases. Other times, she may like the idea of something, only to realise that it is not her style. Whatever the case, knowing how she feels (and why) is the first step.
  • Find out what she does want in a ring. Once you know why she was not oohing and aahing instantly over your ring choice, find out what would make her speechless with delight. This is a good reason to pop the question with a dummy ring, and do the shopping together. It is hard to know exactly what she will like until she tries on a few rings and sees how they look in real life. Having some idea will help you find a replacement, if that is possible.
  • Talk to your jeweller. If you had the ring made, find out whether it is possible to adjust it without breaking the bank. Replacing it will likely cost a fair amount, as rings take a great deal of time, precious metals and stones, and skill. But your future bride may be happy with an alteration that is not overly expensive.

The absolute best option is to avoid making a poor choice in the first place. It is natural to want to surprise her with something sparkly that you have chosen. You may even have a ring that has been in the family for generations. Ultimately, as this is something she will wear for the rest of her married life, she should have the final say in choosing the ring design.

If you're looking for assistance with a custom engagement ring, contact Cape Diamonds today. We will help you plan a dream ring that is everything your bride ever wanted, and more.

26Apr/17Off

Incredible Square Cut Engagement Rings

Square cut engagement rings have a classic shape that makes them as versatile as they are lovely. The square shape is found in both princess cut and cushion cut, along with many styles of ring that range from vintage to contemporary. Geometric shapes are a good choice for many brides-to-be, flattering most fingers and adding sparkle in a consistent, even shape.

If you have been thinking about a square cut ring, but you are not sure quite what sort of style you should choose, these beautiful rings are sure to inspire!

Fall in Love With These Square Cut Engagement Rings

Get inspired by these amazing square cut engagement rings, which are sure to help you discover your dream ring in no time at all...

  1. Rose Gold

Incredible Square Cut Engagement Rings - Rose Gold

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Rose gold remains a popular choice, for good reason. Romantic, feminine and rosy, this metal pairs especially well with diamond engagement rings. One of the most classic styles in square cut rings is the pave encrusted stone that is set to sparkle with maximum impact. While this style works in every metal, it is particularly pretty with a rose gold band that adds a soft contrast to the cool tone of the diamonds.

  1. Minimal

Incredible Square Cut Engagement Rings - Minimal

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If you are not a huge jewellery fan, you will love this minimal, simple ring with a modern geometric touch. A solid band in yellow or rose gold, or even platinum, will add to the subtle beauty of this ring. The square cut diamond is set securely into the ring at an angle, with the delicate stones encrusted into the band adding a touch of sparkle in an elegant, understated way. This style is great for those who live active lives, as well as tomboys who don't usually wear rings very often.

  1. Three Stone

Incredible Square Cut Engagement Rings - Three Stone

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Three stone rings are loaded with romantic symbolism. The stones are said to represent the past, present and future. The style works well with most cuts, but with the square cut, this ring truly shines. This ring is classic and sophisticated, with a look that will never date. Whether the band is platinum, yellow gold or rose gold, the ring is effortlessly stylish.

  1. Split Shank

Incredible Square Cut Engagement Rings - Split Shank

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Split band rings add impact in a way that is not over the top. The band is often encrusted with pave stones, which further add to its overall shape, size and sparkle. A coloured diamond or an unusual gem stone such as citrine, morganite or even opal can all add even more to this style of ring. Depending on how subtle or elaborate you wish the final ring to be, this makes the split shank a versatile style.

  1. Ornate

Incredible Square Cut Engagement Rings - Ornate

Image: JordanJewellery.com

For a vintage style ring, aim for ornate details that add plenty of delicate touches. The square shape adds a perfectly balanced centre, which is surrounded by floral elements. While this ring works very well in a cool tone that creates an even flow between stone and band, it would also work well in any other metal.

  1. Princess Halo

Incredible Square Cut Engagement Rings - Princess Halo

Image: CapeDiamonds.co.za

For those who want to feel like royalty, nothing competes with the classic princess halo cut in platinum and diamond. This is the type of ring that not only sparkles to maximum effect, but also gets noticed. The square shape is perfect for halo, adding sophistication without losing the clean shape of the stone.

Love the style of the last ring? You can find the princess halo ring at Cape Diamonds along with many other gorgeous princess and square cut engagement rings.

17Apr/17Off

The Biggest Engagement Proposal Myths

The Biggest Engagement Proposal Myths

Before you get ready to reveal that beautiful engagement ring to your beloved, it is important to avoid falling prey to to the most common myths that surround proposals. While you may think that it is as simple as getting down on your knee and asking that all-important question, your love might not be as thrilled about the way you propose.

To understand the best way to go about popping the question, we suggest having a look at these common myths before getting out the engagement ring.

Remember These Myths When Getting Out That Engagement Ring

Everyone who has ever decided to ask the love of their love to marry them will get advice on how to pop the question. Many of the friends and family sharing advice mean well. Many might even believe that they are offering solid advice. But, before you get too carried away and start planning a movie style presentation of your engagement ring, it is a good idea to consider the following myths...

• Myth #1: Your proposal will be a shock

Your beloved may cry tears of joy and even a bit of surprise, but brides usually have at least a hunch of what is about to happen. In a survey done by The Knot, 64% of brides said that they know a proposal was in the works, but they just did not know when it would happen. Interestingly enough, 3% said that they micromanaged the process, telling their groom-to-be exactly when, where and how to propose. About 88% of brides stated that surprise is a good thing however. Even if she has a feeling that you might be ready to propose, you can still surprise her by making the event something special that she would not see coming.

• Myth #2: Diamond size does not matter

While it is important to understand the 4 Cs of diamond shopping (cut, carat, colour and clarity), size matters more than you might think. Quality is important, too, of course. In that survey done by The Knot, 68% of brides said that size is just as important as quality. Obviously, not everyone can afford a massive, high carat stone. A good way to ensure a large size is to opt for a cut that maximises the stone's shape and size, such as an emerald cut.

• Myth #3: The groom gets to pick the ring

Considering that brides will wear this ring for the rest of their lives, it goes without saying that she should have some say in the ring's style. Surprisingly, not very many brides have nothing to do with the ring. Many couples work together to decide on a style, while others shop for rings together. At the very least, you should know what metal she prefers, what stones she likes, what cut she prefers, and what sort of ring style she favour prefers. Taking a wild guess may end up with her having to wear a ring she is not hugely in love with (never a good thing).

• Myth #4: You can't go wrong with a public proposal

In the movies, the scenes where women are wooed by a proposal done in a busy sports stadium, with thousands of fans cheering on, or in the middle of a train station, with a flash mob provided for effect may look amazing. In reality, very OTT, very public proposals can be overwhelming and a little embarrassing. Pressuring her in front of a crowd to say yes to your engagement ring might not have the effect you want. Instead, aim for a personal, private moment.

• Myth #5: Ethical diamonds are a fad

It is absolutely imperative that you source your ring through a reputable jeweller who deals in conflict-free diamonds. While the 'green' movement may seem like a fad, ethical diamonds are the only sure-fire way to know that your diamond has not been obtained from a war ridden destination that deals in blood diamonds.

Once you have put some thought into what not to do, it will be easier to start planning a proposal to remember.

6Apr/17Off

Spectacular Stacked Engagement Rings to Inspire

A stylish choice for brides-to-be, stacked engagement rings are also functional and practical. These rings can be designed along with a wedding ring to create a set, or they could be stacked to form a layer of two or more rings. Whether metals and stones are mixed and matched, or rings are stacked in a single tone or style, the effect of stacked rings is always spectacular. This style suits just about every taste and preference. Many stacked rings feature delicate rings that can be layered without adding bulk. But, for those who prefer a bolder look, there are also many eye-catching designs that add plenty of impact. Depending on how it is worn, stacked rings can feature the bolder ring on the top or on the bottom. This also allows more variation, allowing you to change your look depending on your mood.

In this mini guide, we take a look at some gorgeous examples of stacked engagement rings to give you some inspiration for your custom ring design. You can print this guide out and show it to your jeweller to give him an indication of the styles you like.

Gorgeous Stacked Engagement Rings

Dreaming of a beautiful stacked engagement ring? Here are some ideas to help you get inspired!

Marquise Petals

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This ring consists of a simple pave band, which is topped with a vintage inspired fan shaped ring that has delicate marquise cut diamonds arranged in a petal shape. While the ring works well in gold, it would also work in rose gold or platinum. It would even work well for a two tone effect, mixing rose and yellow gold or yellow gold and platinum, or rose gold and platinum. It would also work with coloured diamonds, which would make a bolder, dramatic ring.

Vintage Two Tone

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Two tone rings are a great way to add detail to a delicate ring. In this ring, the bottom ring is an elegant ruby fan set on yellow gold. The top ring is a cool toned metal, likely platinum, set with white diamonds. What makes this ring work is that the rings are similar in style and shape, even though they have contrasting stones and metal.

Rose Gold Pave

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Rose gold is a classic choice for the modern bride, adding plenty of femininity and softness. This metal pairs especially well with white or coloured diamonds. When stacked, the rings have additional sparkle, while still retaining their subtle sophistication. If you favour an elegant yet understated style, this one is a good choice.

Floating Diamonds

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A similar look is achieved with the floating diamond style, which features multi tone rings that are encrusted with small diamonds. This ring also adds sparkle without being over the top. The combination of warm and cool metal further adds to its allure.

Platinum Solitaire

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One way to add visual interest in a subtle way is to choose a single metal and stone, then layer rings with simple settings to add volume. Adding contrasting diamond sizes, with a few stones scattered strategically around the band will allow the layers to fit together seamlessly.

Dainty Bands

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Yet another example of subtle stacks is this layered ring made up of delicate, dainty bands that are encrusted with pave stones. As we saw in the rose gold example above, this can work well in a single metal. But it also works well when contrasting metals, in a way that is more understated than the floating diamonds ring above.

Morganite and Gold

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Morganite has gained popularity in recent years, working especially well with rose gold and yellow gold. The soft, muted tone of this stone makes it warm and elegant without being too flashy. A halo setting on a pave encrusted band, paired with a simple stone encrusted band result in an extremely romantic stacked engagement ring.

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