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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.

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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.