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25Feb/19Off

The Worst Engagement Ring Styles to Avoid

The Worst Engagement Ring Styles to Avoid

With so many exquisite engagement ring styles to be found, future brides have more choice than ever when it comes to finding a dream ring. That can sometimes lead to ring decisions that are less-than-flawless, however. Although the most important thing of all is to find a ring that you truly love, there are a few styles that are not practical. The problem with choosing an engagement ring that features a soft stone, impractical setting or a colour that you likely will not love as much by your first anniversary is that you will end up not loving your ring as much as you should.

To make sure that you stay in love with your ring year in and year out, look out for these styles to avoid.

Stay Clear of These Engagement Ring Styles

Some of the worst engagement ring styles to avoid include the following:

Pearl rings.

As lovely as pearls are, they do not make the best stone for rings – especially not for a ring that is meant to be worn every single day. Pearls have a very low Mohs hardness rating, which makes them prone to scratches and chips. They can also lose their shine very easily. Add to that the fact that they are hard to maintain, and you have a ring that will require a lot of effort and care.

Opal rings.

Another soft stone is opal. These stones are popular. With their unusual colour, it is not surprising. For rings, they do not make good stones at all. Like pearls, they are also prone to chips, scratches and surface damage. They also lose their shine very easily, which means that you will need to either not wear it daily or take it for endless maintenance and re-shining sessions to keep it looking as good as new.

Amber rings.

Yet another terrible choice for rings is amber. Although not as popular as opal and pearl, amber has gained a following over the years. Many believe that this stone has healing properties. Although it can work in some jewellery, it is not ideal in a ring that you will wear every single day of your life. The colour of amber is also variable and when the surface is dull, the colour appears dull as well.

Giant rings.

Large, over the top rings might seem like every bride-to-be's dream. In reality, very large rings are not only tacky; they are also far more likely to get in the way. Large rings are also more likely to catch on anything and everything, making them more prone to damage. If the ring has prong settings, there is more chance of getting stuck on fabrics and even loosening the centre stone.

Trendy rings.

Finally, stay clear of rings that are trendy for just a moment in time. That bright pink diamond ring may seem like a good idea now, but you may not love it as much in a year. Likewise, stay clear of Disney style rings, red or other coloured metals, strange designs that come and go with each season, and anything else that you would not feel the same way about in a few years.

Looking for the perfect ring? Dreaming of a custom ring? Visit Cape Diamonds to view our full collection of engagement rings to see what we offer.

19Feb/19Off

8 Engagement Rings for the Romantic at Heart

Choosing engagement rings is not always easy. There are those who veer towards simple, classic styles and there are those that are more drawn towards rings that are rich in meaning. For brides-to-be who want something a little more romantic, there are some spectacular ring styles to be found that certainly bring on the romance. In this guide, we have rounded up some of our favourite engagement rings that are sure to appeal to those looking for something special.

Fall in Love With These Gorgeous Engagement Rings

Looking for something unique for the love of your life? If a standard solitaire won't do, you will need something special. These engagement rings are loaded with symbolism, beauty and romance.

1. Hidden Heart

8 Engagement Rings for the Romantic at Heart - Hidden HeartImage: berrysjewellers.co.uk

Subtle and sweet, this ring uses profile detail to create a hidden heart that can be only seen from certain angles. If you love the idea of adding a heart to your ring without using a heart-shaped stone, this is a great choice. This ring style would look beautiful in any metal, with added pave stones or a plain band.

2. Pave Infinity

8 Engagement Rings for the Romantic at Heart - Pave InfinityImage: doamore.com

Infinity bands are loaded with symbolism, representing the endless journey you take together as a couple. This ring is also versatile, working well in a single metal or even in two tone with contrasting metals. Whether you add pave stones, keep one band plain, change the shape of the centre stone or add additional detail, this ring is timeless and elegant.

3. Two Stone

Romantic Two Stone Engagement Rings - Vintage PaveImage: mullenjewelers.com

Two stone rings represent the duality of marriage. One stone represents the friendship you have, while the other represents the romance you have as a couple. In every relationship, it is this combination of romance and friendship that keeps the love going, year after year. Add extra detail with an intertwined band or keep it simple with the two stones set into the band.

4. Three Stone

8 Engagement Rings for the Romantic at Heart - Three StoneImage: capediamonds.co.za

Three stone or trilogy rings are equally rich in meaning. These rings represent your past, present and future – each phase of your relationship. Cape Diamonds offers a fine collection of three stone rings, with a choice of metals and designs. This classic style features the three stones on a platinum band.

5. Halo Heart

8 Engagement Rings for the Romantic at Heart - Halo HeartImage: angelicdiamonds.com

What could be more romantic than a heart-shaped diamond surrounded by tiny pave diamonds? With added pave stones on the sides of the rose gold band, this halo ring is certainly romantic. It is perfect for brides who are looking for something elegant and timeless.

6. Love Knot

8 Engagement Rings for the Romantic at Heart - Love KnotImage: zaamordiamonds.com

Knotted rings symbolise the intertwined connection that you share with your beloved. When you add contrasting stones such as sapphire, the effect is eye-catching and spectacular. This ring would work well in any metal, with any stone of your choice. Keep both stones the same or use contrasting stones for added effect.

7. Lucky Clover

8 Engagement Rings for the Romantic at Heart - Lucky CloverImage: hlgross.com

This ring features a lucky four leaf clover. If you feel that your relationship and bond was serendipitous, this ring is sure to appeal. Whether kept simple with a plain metal band and small stones arranged in a clover shape or enhanced with pave stones, twisted bands, two tone metals or even different coloured stones for each leaf of the clover, this ring is ideal for those who have a love for myths and legends.

8. Pretty in Pink

8 Engagement Rings for the Romantic at Heart - Pretty in PinkImage: bluenile.com

Morganite remains a popular stone for engagement rings. It has a warm pink hue and is able to work well with diamonds, rose gold, white gold and platinum, making it very versatile. Keep the band simple or add some diamonds for a bit of added sparkle.

We hope that these ring ideas help add some inspiration for your ring. If you're looking for the finest custom engagement rings in Cape Town, get in touch with Cape Diamonds today and let us know how we can make your ring dreams come true.

7Feb/19Off

How to Choose an Anniversary Ring

How to Choose an Anniversary Ring

Much as your engagement ring celebrates your upcoming nuptials, an anniversary ring celebrates the milestones that you have achieved together as a couple. Although these are most commonly given to women, men can also wear anniversary bands. Whether you have an upcoming milestone ahead or you simply want to celebrate your journey thus far, an anniversary ring can be a romantic way to honour the love that you share together each day, week, month, and year.

In this short guide, we take a closer look at this ring to find out how to choose the perfect ring, where to wear the ring, and which anniversary you can honour with this ring.

Choosing an Anniversary Ring

These are some of the most commonly asked questions relating to the anniversary ring. Keep reading to find out more.

Which anniversary should you honour

Most couples choose milestone anniversaries, such as the 10 year, 15 year, 25 year, and 50 year anniversaries. You can choose any anniversary, however. In fact, you don't even have to choose your set anniversary. You could honour the day you met, the day your child was born or any other special day. What makes this ring special is what it represents. This will be something different for each couple. Choose the day that means the most to you rather than a fixed date.

How do you wear the ring?

There are a few ways to wear this ring. Some prefer to replace the engagement ring with this ring. Others prefer to layer the rings on the same finger. Some may even choose the other hand for this ring. Ultimately, it comes down to how you like to wear your rings and what feels right. However you wear it, think about the other jewellery you wear on a daily basis to be sure that the ring does not clash. That brings us to our next question...

What type of ring should you get?

Ultimately, this will come down to your personal preferences, of course. With that said, it is a good idea to choose a ring that can be easily layered or worn next to your engagement and wedding ring. A pave band or something minimal and simple will work well. A very large, ornate ring that overpowers your engagement ring may not work as well.

What else should you know about this ring?

That's just about all you need to know, really. You could surprise your love with a ring on your anniversary but we suggest that you rather make the decision together or get her input for best results. This type of ring is a lovely way to pay homage to your marriage. Whatever type of ring you choose and however you wear it, this ring is sure to bring you just as much joy as your original engagement ring.

To find beautiful custom diamond rings in Cape Town and surrounds, contact Cape Diamonds today. We will help you find the perfect anniversary ring to celebrate your union.

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