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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.

 

 

29Mar/19Off

How to Add Meaning to an Engagement Ring

How to Add Meaning to an Engagement Ring

Whether you are getting an engagement ring made for your love or having one designed with your input, adding meaning can be a great way to increase the romance factor. This type of ring is meant to be rich in meaning, symbolising the great love you share with you and your beloved. Although you could consider symbolic rings that clearly signify this love, you can also add meaning in more subtle ways. In this guide, we take a look at some of the ways that you can add meaning to your engagement ring.

Adding Meaning to Your Engagement Ring

Some of the ways that you could add meaning to your engagement ring include the following:

Inscriptions

Inscriptions are a very simple way to add meaning. Ask your jeweller to inscribe a special date, phrase or even a word that has meaning that only you and your love will understand. Everything time you look at this inscription, you will be reminded of your love. You could inscribe something onto the band, on the underside of the band or even on your wedding rings as well. You could even opt for an almost invisible message that can only be seen under a magnifying glass. If you are surprising your love with a ring, this can be especially romantic.

Hidden Birthstones

Another deeply romantic way to add meaning is to add a hidden stone. Birthstones are ideal for this type of ring. If your love has a stone that means a lot to her, you could also consider this stone as well. Add it to the side of the diamond or even deeply set within the underside of the band. This is a great way to bring in her special stone without being too over the top.

Engravings

You can also add engravings in other ways aside from inscriptions. Try a symbol that represents your love – doves, hearts, the name of the place where you met. Get creative and think of something that has deep meaning for both of you. Like inscriptions, this can be added somewhere visible or somewhere hidden.

Coloured Diamonds

Coloured diamonds can be surprisingly meaningful. Certain colours may represent certain meanings or memories in your relationship. Many colours have broader meanings as well, similar to birthstones. If she has a favourite colour, you can add a very tiny colourful diamond somewhere in the design that will make her smile whenever she looks down at her ring finger.

Custom Stone & Setting

Another way to add meaning is to go with a customised diamond shape or setting that has meaning for both bride and groom. For example, a heart-shaped diamond may not mean something to everyone, but to you, it may signify a personal story or a hardship you have overcome together. Think about who your love is and what sort of stone and setting would truly suit her.

Looking for gorgeous custom rings for your love? Cape Diamonds will help you plan the perfect engagement

18Mar/19Off

Beautiful Bezel Engagement Rings

Bezel engagement rings are characterised by their full setting around the stone rather than prongs. Depending on the style, this setting can help to enhance the stone. It is also one of the most secure settings, with nothing that catches on clothing or fabric and far less chance of damage. Keep reading to learn more about this setting to see how it can be used in engagement rings.

Fall in Love With These Elegant Bezel Cut Engagement Rings

Sturdy, minimal and modern, bezel cut engagement rings have become popular in recent years. Here are some of the ways that you could use this setting in your ring design.

Halo Pave

Beautiful Bezel Engagement Rings - Halo PaveImage: capediamonds.co.za

This exquisite halo pave ring from Cape Diamonds has a classic design that is surprisingly versatile. A flawless round cut diamond takes centre stage, surrounded by pave stones that continue onto the band. This ring would work equally well with a solid metal band. It would also work well in any other metal – yellow gold, white gold or platinum. The secure tube or bezel setting not only ensures that the stone is securely fitted – but it also continues the gentle roundness.

Twisted Band

Beautiful Bezel Engagement Rings - Twisted BandImage: mazaldiamond.com

Bezel settings can also work very well in a twisted band. In this ring, the small centre diamond is set in a way that draws attention subtly. The stone is framed on both ends, tapering to a point on one end to add to its delicate design. This ring would work well in any type of metal and in any colour diamond. It would also work well with your birthstone or another favourite stone for added colour.

Black Marquise

Beautiful Bezel Engagement Rings - Black MarquiseImage: thejewelleryeditor.com

This ring is certainly bold and dramatic. Two bands in yellow gold are used to frame a breathtaking black marquise diamond. The shape of the marquise cut stone works perfectly with this ring, balancing it out without being over the top. Although the black and gold combination works well, you could also opt for a classic diamond and platinum for something more traditional.

Half Bezel

Beautiful Bezel Engagement Rings - Half BezelImage: macintyres.co.uk

The bezel cut also includes half bezel, which frames the stone on either side rather than all the way around. This style works well in the simple, elegant example shown here in platinum and diamond. The solitaire cut diamond is positioned to sparkle without being over the top. Rose gold would work well for the band if you prefer more colour.

Gold Sapphire

Beautiful Bezel Engagement Rings - Gold SapphireImage: agildedleaf.com

Another dazzling ring, a delicate gold band is enhanced by a rich blue sapphire stone in a bezel setting. This ring is ideal for modern brides who favour non-traditional jewellery. Although gold and sapphire work well, you could choose any other stone and metal combination for an equally lovely effect.

Three Stone

Beautiful Bezel Engagement Rings - Three StoneImage: amazon.com

The three stone ring works very well in bezel cuts – especially for those who favour minimal rings. These rings are ultra-romantic, symbolising the journey you take together as a couple. Each stone is said to represent a stage in this journey... your past, your present and your future. Choose cool-toned stones and metal, try different coloured diamonds for each stone or add warmth in rose or yellow gold.

Rose Pear

Beautiful Bezel Engagement Rings - Rose PearImage: kwiat.com

Another elegant and classic design, the pear cut ring works very well in a bezel cut. Simple rose gold helps the centre stone to shine, adding a soft boundary around the stone that tapers into the band. It would work equally well in any metal – white gold, yellow gold or platinum – and any stone.

Diamond Ruby

Beautiful Bezel Engagement Rings - Diamond RubyImage: bluenile.com

Finally, we have another modern bezel cut ring. This ring could technically be seen as a two stone ring, representing your love as friends and as romantic partners. But it is also a little bit different, with an asymmetrical style that works well with the combination of gold band, ruby teardrop and tiny diamond.

At Cape Diamonds, we are committed to making your dream ring into a reality. Contact our studio today to learn more about planning the perfect engagement ring in Cape Town and surrounds.

 

 

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.

30Jan/19Off

Romantic Two Stone Engagement Rings

Much as three stone rings represent your past, present, and future, two stone engagement rings are also rich in meaning. These rings represent the deeper levels of your relationship with one stone representing your friendship and the other representing your love. For many couples, love is not only about the romance. It's also about the many things you share together. The laughter, the fun, the adventures, the ups and downs, and the close bond you have that makes your relationship stronger. It is this dual nature of love and friendship that make for strong, long-lasting marriages.

If your love is also your best friend, your partner in crime, and the person you want to share every single moment with, then this ring is sure to be a romantic choice for your engagement. Keep reading to get inspired by these gorgeous two stone engagement rings.

Fall in Love With These Two Stone Engagement Rings

Here are some of our favourite two stone engagement rings to inspire your dream ring...

Entwined Diamonds

Romantic Two Stone Engagement Rings - Entwined Diamonds
Image: bluenile.com

Ideal for future brides who prefer their rings on the classic side, this elegant ring has a plain band and two diamonds set alongside each other. This ring works well in platinum and diamond but could also work equally well in any metal and stone of your choice. Try something soft and romantic such as morganite and rose gold, keep it classic with white or yellow gold and diamond or mix things up with contrasting stones.

Open Pear

Romantic Two Stone Engagement Rings - Open PearImage: fascinatingdiamonds.com

Pear cut rings are timeless and elegant. With a rounded shape that tapers to a point, this cut is also known as a teardrop cut. The unique open shape of this ring enhances the pear cut, adding interest in a subtle way. It would work well in any metal of your choice, with diamonds or any other stone. Pave stones have been used around the pear for added effect.

Pave Twist

Romantic Two Stone Engagement Rings - Pave Twist

Image: mooresjewellers.com

Pave stones are also used to perfection in this glamorous ring. With its twisted band, the two diamonds are centred in a way that draws the eye. Tiny pave stones surrounded the stones, accentuating the twist even further. The contrast of gold and diamond works well in this design but a cooler toned metal would also work.

Infinity Knot

Romantic Two Stone Engagement Rings - Infinity Knot

Image: walmart.com

This minimal ring is understated and surprisingly sophisticated. Its stones are positioned in the centre in a simple setting that seems to merge the rings. The result is an infinity knot. The symbolism of this will appeal to romantics, who know that the line of friendship and love is often blurred in marriage, creating a truly unique relationship.

Two Tone

Romantic Two Stone Engagement Rings - Two Tone

Image: morganjewelers.com

Part of a range called the Twogether™ collection, this unusual two tone ring is dazzling. A strand of rose gold wraps around the pave encrusted band, with two diamonds taking centre stage. The ring would also look incredible in yellow gold and platinum or even in yellow and rose gold for those who love to stand out.

Topaz Swirls

Romantic Two Stone Engagement Rings - Topaz SwirlsImage: shaneco.com

Those who prefer brighter, bolder stones will adore this topaz ring that features a pave split band that gently swirls to meet in the middle, where two deeply hued topaz stones are positioned. If topaz is not your stone, you could try ruby, tanzanite, emerald, sapphire, morganite, jade or any other stone that you love.

Vintage Pave

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

Feminine, romantic, and lovely, this vintage style ring makes optimal use of pave stones to create maximum sparkle. The pave encrusted band leads to two merged stones that are forever bonded. Whether you choose yellow gold, rose gold, white gold or platinum, this ring is a show stopper.

If you are looking for a truly unforgettable custom engagement ring in Cape Town, get in touch with Cape Diamonds today. We will help make your engagement ring dreams come true with a wide range of ring collections along with personalised ring design.

29Dec/18Off

The Biggest Risks of Ordering Engagement Rings Online

The Biggest Risks of Ordering Engagement Rings Online

As tempting as it may seem to buy engagement rings online from a simple 'click and purchase' website, there are few risks that are worth nothing about this type of approach. Your ring is something that you will want to wear forever. Issues with a ring can be devastating on many levels, from making you feel like you have to put up with a ring you do not absolutely love, to resulting in far too many costs that you had not yet considered.

To help you find the safest way to find engagement rings, we have put together some things to look out for when shopping for rings online.

The Dangers of Shopping for Engagement Rings Online

In no particular order, some of the biggest dangers and risks of shopping for engagement rings online include the following:

Click and purchase rings.

Be very wary of websites that churn out carbon copies of the exact same ring, in large numbers. This is even less inspiring than going into a mainstream jeweller to find your ring, because you will not even have the chance to try it on or see how it looks in person, on your hand. A mass-produced ring will likely not offer much in the way of special features, let along unique character. This is fine for some brides but others may want a more personalised approach.

Limited service.

If you're lucky, you may be able to speak to someone with any questions you may have or any requests about personalising any ring you see. Chances are high that it will not be the same as speaking to a jeweller that you can meet in person. When you are able to speak to your jeweller and explain what you want, the result is a ring that you will truly adore, right from the start. A good jeweller will offer the choice of online and offline sales and meetings, giving you the best of both worlds.

No quality guarantees.

Even if you are given some sort of guarantee, it is not the same as actually meeting the jeweller or seeing rings in person to try them on and see if they are right for your needs. Be very wary of any online store that does not offer any type of guarantee or assurance. You should at the very least have a window to return the ring if the fit is not correct or some other issue is present.

For a jeweller in Cape Town who helps you find your dream ring, contact Cape Diamonds today or view our collection of engagement rings to get learn more.

 

19Dec/18Off

Unique Engagement Ring Ideas

Searching for an engagement ring that is interesting, unusual and unique? We have you covered. Your ring is the one piece of jewellery that you will likely wear day in and day out for the rest of your married life. Having a ring that feels right for you is therefore essential.

 

To help you find some inspiration for your engagement ring, we have put together some of our favourite unique rings.

Get Inspired by These Unique Engagement Rings

If you're looking for something a little bit out of the ordinary, these unique engagement rings are sure to inspire...

Dalmatian Jasper Triangle Ring

Unique Engagement Ring Ideas - Dalmatian Jasper Triangle RingImage: lovetatum.com

Jasper is a very interesting stone with a Mohs hardness rating of 7 to 7.5 that comes in a wide variety of colours and types. Each Jasper stone is one of a kind, making this an excellent choice for those wanting a ring that truly stands out for all the right reasons. This ring uses a triangle cut in gold, with dalmatian jasper taking centre stage. It would also work well in any other metal and in other jasper stones such as ocean, fancy, green, red, or brown.

Diamond Encrusted Vine Ring

Unique Engagement Ring Ideas - Diamond Encrusted Vine RingImage: flipkart.com

With its intricately twisted band that features tiny pave stones and two tiny diamonds on each end, this vine-inspired ring works especially well in rose gold. This ring would appeal to romantics and feminine brides-to-be who favour pretty, delicate designs. It would also work well in yellow gold, and the stones can be changed to just about anything from black diamonds to morganite.

Platinum Pave Twist Ring

Unique Engagement Ring Ideas - Platinum Pave Twist RingImage: shireeodiz.com

The twisting design of this ring brings out the pave stones to perfection, giving you a sparkly, classic ring that will never go out of fashion. It works very well in platinum, with the cool tone of the metal off-setting the diamonds perfectly. You could also add in some colour in the centre stone, choosing a ruby, emerald, tanzanite or something more unusual, like an opal.

Moss Agate Crescent Ring

Unique Engagement Ring Ideas - Moss Agate Crescent RingImage: etsy.com/shop/MinimalVS

This ring is unusual on many levels. The crescent design adds a touch of drama that works well with the moss agate. This interesting stone offers lots of drama, setting off the gold of the setting and creating a ring that is sure to stand out anywhere. This style could also work in any other metal and stone, too.

Diamond Phalanx Ring

Unique Engagement Ring Ideas - Diamond Phalanx RingImage: net-a-porter.com/Shop/Designers/Delfina_Delettrez

The design of this ring allows you to choose smaller tones rather than a bigger, pricier stone. Each of the four stones is carefully positioned to hug your finger, adding subtle sparkle. The white gold metal of the ring helps to maintain its subtle appeal, but it would also work well in rose or yellow gold as well, or even platinum.

Pink Tourmaline Ring

Unique Engagement Ring Ideas - Pink Tourmaline RingImage: jessiewestern.com

Tourmaline rings offer a great alternative for those who are not too keen on diamonds. Those stones come in a variety of bold colours and styles. A deep pink tourmaline stone sets perfectly against a twisted gold band, offering a fresh, fun ring that is certainly not too traditional or boring! Tiny pave diamonds add the final touch.

Bright Rose Gold Ring

Unique Engagement Ring Ideas - Bright Rose Gold RingImage: nudejewellery.co.uk

Another good choice for those who prefer something different, this colourful ring is romantic, floral and delightful. Pink and purple sapphires are set on a soft rose gold band in a floral arrangement. You could choose your favourite stones, try coloured diamonds or opt for unusual stones with interesting patterns to further mix things up with this style.

Opal and Diamond Crossover Ring

Unique Engagement Ring Ideas - Opal and Diamond Crossover RingImage: catbirdnyc.com

Although opal is not always the best stone for rings, as it does not have a very high hardness rating, it can work well if the stone is not too large or if it is cut well. The style of this ring crosses over, with a diamond and opal at each end and a gold band that accentuates both stones perfectly.

Platinum Fynbos Flower Ring

Unique Engagement Ring Ideas - Platinum Fynbos Flower RingImage: capediamonds.co.za

Finally, from our very own Fynbos Collection, we have the exquisite King’s Queen Solitaire White Gold or Platinum Fynbos Flower Diamond Engagement Ring. This ring takes its name and inspiration from one of South Africa's most recognised fynbos flowers, with a beautiful design that brings to mind wide open spaces, natural splendour and clear blue skies.

Find your perfect ring at Cape Diamonds or let us help you plan your dream ring today. Contact us to learn more about custom engagement ring design in Cape Town and surrounds.

27Nov/18Off

Looking for Genuine Engagement Ring Advice?

Looking for Genuine Engagement Ring Advice

Getting accurate engagement ring advice is not always as simple as it sounds. Whether you are planning to pop the question or you are trying to find ideas for your own ring, it is natural to get input from friends, family and other people when making the decision. Some may know instantly what they want – most need a bit of time to think. This is, after all, a ring that will be worn forever. As such, it makes sense that you would want to make an informed decision.

In this short guide, we share some tips on who best to NOT ask for advice when planning an engagement ring, and who to rather ask instead.

Engagement Ring Advice Sources to Always Ignore


No matter how well-meaning these sources may be, it is never a good idea to take engagement ring advice from any of the following:

Moms or any other relative.

The exception to this rule is, of course, any relative who truly knows your style. If you are proposing to your love and asking for advice from family, it is best to speak to the relative that is closest in age or the relative who frequently goes shopping with your love has brought her jewellery before or has a very current idea of the type of jewellery she wears. Asking moms, grannies or aunts who may not have an accurate idea may end up in suggestions that are outdated or based on the relative's own preferences. Moms may want you to consider the family heirloom ring that is in storage or tell you plenty of stories about what she loved when she got married.

Salespeople looking to close the deal.

This sounds a bit obvious, but it can be easy to get a bit overwhelmed if you step into a ring shop. Whether you are looking at rings for someone or yourself, the sheer volume of choices can make the process more than a little flustering. Often, salespeople will make the experience even more confusing by offering suggestions that may not be right at all. They may draw your attention to pricier rings or tell you about certain rings that are popular with customers. They may also pressure you into making a decision without giving you time to think things through. Finding a good jeweller online can often take away a great deal of this stress, helping you find time to think and weigh up your options.

Friends who do not know your style.

Asking a best friend or close family member is often a far better option. Asking friends who do not really know your style or your future bride's style can be risky. If you ask more than one person, you are likely to get many different answers. Most people tend to give advice based on what they themselves would do or wear. Although this can be great for finding ideas, it is not always the most helpful. When you are getting input to help you pop the question, it is even less helpful. Someone who genuinely knows you would be able to tell you what suits you, what you would wear often, and what would be just as stunning in a decade as it is today.

On our blog, we work hard to find and share a wide range of tips and tricks to help make the shopping process that much easier. Be sure to follow us to get objective, no-frills engagement ring advice, every time.

20Nov/18Off

Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings

While diamonds remain the preferred choice for engagement rings (and for good reason, too, we might add), another stone that has a good hardness rating, plenty of impact and an incredible range of colours is tourmaline. This stone falls between 7 and 7.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it a durable engagement ring that will last forever. While it is technically classified as a semi-precious stone, tourmaline has become sought-after due to its vast colour range, which often includes two or more colours within the same stone. Certain tourmaline stones, such as the watermelon tourmaline, are especially valued for their unusual properties that make no two stones alike.

Coloured stones are not everyone's choice and should definitely be considered carefully. If you love colour and you are seeking something original and a little off the beaten path for your engagement ring, tourmaline is sure to add all the sparkle and colour you are seeking.

Get Inspired by These Gorgeous Tourmaline Engagement Rings


If you're looking for an eye-catching ring that is sure to be unique and dazzling, this gemstone is well worth considering for your ring. Add a bit of colour to your engagement ring with these beautiful tourmaline rings.

Double Ring
Tantalising Tourmaline Engagement Rings - Double RingImage: capucinne.com

A ring set that combines your engagement and wedding ring (or two rings layered over each other) can create a rather lovely double ring. This style uses a half circle, tiny pave stones and an emerald cut tourmaline, resulting in a layered effect that has a touch of Art Deco glamour. A set like this would work with any colour tourmaline and any metal. The warm tones of rose gold work well with the pink tourmaline shown here.

Halo Pave
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This classic style remains a popular choice for many brides. The bright colour of the aqua tourmaline adds even more impact to the ring, working well with a cool-toned metal such as platinum. Tiny pave diamonds provide extra sparkle, further adding to the beauty of this ring. White gold would also work well with this colour of tourmaline.

Three Stone
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Another timeless engagement ring style, three stone rings are rich in symbolism. The stones are said to represent each stage of your life together – your past, present and future. There are many ways to make this ring shine. You could make all three stones the same, choose different tourmaline stones for each setting or add in a diamond to mix things up a bit.

Rose Gold
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Rose gold acts as the perfect backdrop for a dark green tourmaline that is almost black. The depth of colour in darker toned tourmaline is truly amazing. Although these stones are not known for their clarity, they have a deep, rich level of colour that does not dim or lose any impact. Yellow gold would also work well with this colour.

Watermelon Pave
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This stone gets its name from its watermelon-like colour range. The inner part of the stone is a deep pink, spreading out to a delicate pale colour and deepening into a dark shade of green. Dramatic in any type of metal, the addition of tiny halo stones add even more beauty to this unusual ring.

Split Band
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Split band rings are another classic style that will never date. In this ring, a deep green baguette tourmaline is set between two yellow gold bands, with tiny pave diamonds added to each band. This style would work with any colour tourmaline and any metal, with or without the pave stones.

Triple Band
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Triple band rings go one step further, adding an additional band for effect. There are many ways to customise this style, from mixing and matching metals to changing the location of the stone, adding in additional stones, changing the size of the stone or changing the position of the stone.

Marquise Halo
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In vibrant aqua, this marquise cut tourmaline is enhanced by tiny pave diamonds and set on a simple platinum band. This style of ring is classic and flattering, and also versatile. Change the colour of the stone, add an extra halo or remove the halo and keep the setting simple or add side stones for emphasis.

Considering a bold ring? Read our tips on choosing a colourful engagement ring to learn more. If you would like help in crafting your dream engagement ring in Cape Town, get in touch with Cape Diamonds today.