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17Feb/17Off

Engagement Rings Inspired by Nature

A constant trend over the last few years, nature-inspired engagement rings continue to be a popular choice for many brides-to-be. There is something infinitely romantic about floral motifs, gently winding leaves, vines and other natural elements. Whether you are an old-fashioned bride who wants something delicate and ornate, or a bolder bride looking for a modern spin on this engagement ring trend, we've got you covered with some beautiful rings to inspire you.

Beautiful Nature-Inspired Engagement Rings

One of the best things about custom designed rings is that you can craft your ring according to your favourite stones, metals, colours, styles and just about any other factor. For engagement rings that are inspired by nature, custom rings are especially useful. But, many good jewellers are bringing in the botanical trend with a range of gorgeous rings inspired by plants, flowers and other natural features. Some of our favourite rings include the following:

Soft Golden Leaves

Engagement Rings Inspired by Nature - Soft Golden Leaves

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Set in soft, muted gold, this ring features a centre white sapphire surrounded by intricate stone-encrusted leaves. The softer colour of this ring adds to its romantic appeal. It could also work well in rose gold, white gold or platinum, with diamonds or any other stone of your choice. Add some colour by using emeralds in the leafy band, or choose a coloured centre stone.

Flower Power

Engagement Rings Inspired by Nature - Flower Power

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For something bold, beautiful and certainly eye-catching, a floral design like this one is sure to turn heads. Pave encrusted petals are designed in layers upon layers of sparkly diamonds, ensuring optimal bling. If you chose an intricate design such as this, be extra careful to check your ring frequently for signs of loose stones or wear and tear. As the design has sharp edges, it may not be practical for those who live active lives.

Vintage Bloom

Engagement Rings Inspired by Nature - Vintage Bloom

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While this particular ring is an original 1920s engagement ring, you can bring a touch of nostalgia to your ring with a simple daisy design encrusted with tiny diamonds. The gold band is delicate, allowing the floral centre to truly shine without being overpowered. The band would also work well in rose gold, or in platinum if you prefer cooler metals.

Vine and Pearls

Engagement Rings Inspired by Nature - Vine and Pearl

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Pearls are an unusual but beautiful alternative to diamonds. In this ring, the pearl is set against a delicate band with a fine vine wrapping around. It works well in cooler metal tones, but would also be eye-catching if set on a rose or yellow gold band. Be warned however – pearls are not as tough as diamonds. Be extra careful to keep your ring safe, and remove it when washing dishes or doing any hard labour or physical activity that may damage the stone.

Blossoming Ruby

Engagement Rings Inspired by Nature - Blossoming Ruby

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Add a touch of Art Deco glam with a bold, beautiful ruby that is flanked by an ornate band. For added sparkle, use pave stones in a bright jewel tone, such as emerald or citrine. For a softer look, use diamonds to off-set the brightly coloured centre stone. Pink or other coloured diamonds would also work well if you're not a fan of rubies.

The King’s Queen Pavé Protea Flower

Engagement Rings Inspired by Nature - Princess Pincushion

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Last, but certainly not least, we have the Cape Diamonds Fynbos Collection. Inspired by South Africa and its incredible natural diversity, this collection includes a number of breath-taking engagement rings. The King’s Queen Pavé Protea Flower ring is available in white gold or platinum. This ring has an intricate protea design, flanked by 18 smaller pave stones.

To learn more about the Fynbos Collection or custom designed engagement rings, contact Cape Diamonds today.

6Feb/17Off

How to Size Your Engagement Ring Perfectly

One of the things that need to be considered when choosing engagement rings is the fit. This can be a challenge for grooms-to-be planning to surprise their beloved with a ring. It's even a challenge for brides who choose their own rings.

When it comes to rings, there isn't really such a thing as a 'perfect fit'. Hormones, foods we eat, late nights, stress, alcohol, coffee and even humidity can all lead to day by day (or even minute by minute) changes in ring fit. For most women, a good fit is one that is comfortable most of the time. Some days, a ring may feel more snug than others, while other days, the ring may feel a bit loose.

How do you know what the right balance is? To use a simple rule of thumb, your ring should never be too loose or too tight. A poor fitting ring can easily fall off or be removed and lost. If it is too tight, it can cause discomfort on a daily basis, which you do not want from such an important piece of jewellery. Small variations in fit are fine, but if the ring does not slide on easily or comes off without any resistance, the fit is wrong.

The simplest way to ensure that your ring fits comfortably is to have a professional fitting once a year. If your ring has become too loose or too tight, it may need to be resized.

Engagement Ring Sizing Tips

A few things to consider for engagement ring sizing include the following:

Professional Sizing

It is vital to seek professional help when having your finger sized – either before you find your dream ring or afterwards to check that it still fits. Don't run into a jewellery store to get this done however. A sales person will unlikely be able to help and will often use plastic sizers. Instead, find a qualified jeweller such as Cape Diamonds, and book a consultation. If you have lost or put on weight, become pregnant, or you have moved to a different climatic area, you may find that resizing will need to be done more than once a year. Many jewellers say that the ideal fit should allow you to fit a toothpick between the ring and finger. Please note however that everyone is different. That is why a professional sizing is so important.

Time of Day

Ideally, try and book your sizing appointment in the afternoon, either mid or late in the day. This is the time when the majority of people's fingers are at their most stable size.

Sizer

The reason that plastic sizers are seldom effective is that they are less reliable. Metal sizers give a far more accurate idea of size, as they are the same material as your ring. Sizers that are attached to rings with other sizers tend to be less effective compared to individual sizers. It's also good to remember that basic rule of ring width... the wider the ring, the tighter it will be. A good jeweller will know this and will design the ring accordingly if the band is wide.

Tension Setting

Tension set rings are not sizable. That means that you will not easily be able to have the ring sized down the line. The metal of the band is 'work hardened', which means that the heat needed to resize the ring will destroy the setting. If you do choose such a ring, you will need to keep your weight consistent and avoid sports and activities that could harm or change your finger shape. You could change the ring to a channel setting, but this can be expensive.

Eternity Rings

Another ring type that is impossible to resize is the eternity ring. These rings have stones or designs that run all the way around the ring, for eternity. While supremely romantic, the nature of the ring means that they are impossible to resize without ruining the design. You may be able to replace stones, but heating the ring and making changes in size will mean losing the exact thing that makes it special.

Find out more about professional engagement ring design by contacting Cape Diamonds today!