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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

31Aug/18Off

How To Determine Her Engagement Ring Size

How to Determine Her Engagement Ring Size

If you are planning a surprise proposal, it will help hugely having an engagement ring that fits your love's hand perfectly. One of the biggest mistakes made by hopeful grooms is not being fully sure of the ring size and using guesswork instead. This can end up costing more than you realise in the long run – especially if you have not taken any steps to ensure that the ring is one that will be adored at first site. If the ring is not quite her style and not even the right size, you will have to get it resized and possibly even redesigned.

Make sure that your love is sufficiently wowed from the moment that engagement ring is slipped onto her finger with these surprisingly practical tips.

Getting Her Engagement Ring Size Without Her Knowing

How exactly do you go about figuring out her ring size, then? For starters, you could try one of these simple tips to make sure that you have a good idea of her engagement ring size.

Ask her friends or family.

One of the simplest ways to determine her ring size is to get a bestie or sister involved in the process. Most women have a good idea of ring sizes. A co-conspirator will be able to sneak into her jewellery box and borrow or size a ring, then tell you the size. She may also be able to give you some tips on the type of ring your love would love the most, which will help make your ring quest even easier.

Be smooth.

You could also try a bit of subterfuge and pretend to be trying to find out how ring sizes work for a ring you want to resize for your mom or sister. The upside of this approach is that she will give you her ring size if she knows it or allow you to use a string or cable tie to measure her finger in relation. The downside is that she may well see through the smoothness and know exactly what you are plotting.

Wait until she is asleep.

For those who don't mind a bit of danger, another tactic is to wait until she falls asleep and then very, very carefully tie a cable tie or string around her finger without her waking. This move can be daunting and should only be attempted on heavy sleepers. Make sure that you choose the right finger, too. Getting the wrong hand may make things a bit tricky as most people have a hand that is slightly bigger than the other.

Do a ring trace.

If you are not able to borrow a ring or get outside help, you could also take one of her existing rings and trace it onto a piece of paper when your love is not in the room. Make sure that you trace carefully, enough times to provide a clear outline. You can then take this bit of paper to your jeweller. They will be able to work out the size from there. This should be a last resort however as tracing is not always as accurate as having a ring that is worn daily or having an exact size.

The good news is that you should only need to try one of these moves to get a reasonable idea of her ring size. We suggest starting from the top and taking it from there depending on your success. Once you have an idea of her ring size, you can get onto the fun part... choosing the perfect engagement ring for your love.

22Aug/18Off

Exquisite Asymmetrical Engagement Rings

If perfectly balanced engagement rings are not your cup of tea, you may find that asymmetrical rings offer something a bit more your style. As the name implies, these rings do not follow standard design principles. Instead, they feature off-centre stones, interesting arrangements, off-beat designs, and, very often, unusual details that further add to their charm.

These rings are popular with future brides who prefer a modern bohemian style over a classic style. Keep reading to find out how asymmetrical engagement rings infuse interesting visual detail into their design.

Fall in Love With These Quirky Asymmetrical Engagement Rings

Ideal for those who prefer to colour outside of the lines, asymmetrical engagement rings are proof that rings can be just as beautiful without being symmetrical and balanced. Here are some lovely asymmetrical rings to inspire your ring choice.

Three Stone Twist

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The style is a great choice for any bride-to-be who wants to add just a little asymmetrical charm without going too overboard. The twist style engagement ring is a popular choice in many ring designs. The three stone design is also popular, symbolising your past, present and future. Adding these two styles together creates a visually interesting ring that is still simple enough to be classic and understated.

Delicate Side Stone
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If you have a love for delicate rings, you are sure to love the subtly of this design. A round centre diamond is set on a fine gold band, with scattered side stones added to one side that add detail. While this ring looks gorgeous in yellow gold, it would be equally beautiful in platinum, white gold or rose gold. You could further mix things up by choosing coloured diamonds or your choice of stones for the centre and side stones or even add a single coloured diamond to the side for emphasis.

Minimal Clusters

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Another pretty ring in the minimal ring style, this ring uses tiny diamonds that are clustered in an interesting off-centre arrangement. This ring also has a delicate band and very small stones rather than one large stone. Whether kept in cool tones of platinum and white diamond or done in warmer tones such as morganite and rose gold or coloured diamonds and yellow gold, this ring is elegant and feminine.

Ruby and Sapphire

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This one is sure to appeal to those who adore all things vintage, old-fashioned, and dramatic. A spectacular dark sapphire takes centre stage, with an equally impressive ruby sitting to its side. With a bold setting and a simple gold band, the combination of colours is what makes this engagement ring so eye-catching. This style would work with just about any type of stone and metal, however. Warm toned coloured diamonds, emeralds, white diamonds, morganite, moonstone or even tanzanite would be equally magical.

Infinity Baguette

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Perfect for feminine brides who favour all things ladylike, this delightful ring uses an ultra-romantic infinity sign and a simple baguette to create a sweet ring that is interesting and oh-so-charming. The rose gold metal further adds to the ring's femininity but yellow and white gold would work, too. Tiny pave stones add extra sparkle while a morganite stone as the baguette could be replaced by a white diamond or a coloured diamond.

Modern Twist

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Brides who prefer their rings modern and understated will adore this modern twist ring that includes just two small stones on each end of the twisted band. A desaturated rose gold works especially well for this ring, adding a hint of colour without going overboard. White gold, yellow gold and platinum would also work well. Use white diamonds or add a pop of colour to one or both of the stones to mix things up a bit.

Pink Halo

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Exceptionally girly and unapologetically bold, this halo ring has a band that is set just a little off-centre. This adds interest while keeping the overall ring design classic and timeless. A coloured pink diamond takes centre stage with tiny white diamonds adding sparkle on the halo and the pave encrusted band. This style would work equally well with a white centre diamond or even a precious stone such as emerald or sapphire.

Black Diamond

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Another dramatic ring, this black diamond ring is set on a dark rose gold band, with a few tiny white diamonds flanking the centre stone. The cut of the centre stone is kept simple, which helps the black diamond stand out to perfection. Although it is the colour of the stone that makes this ring, you could try a stone of just about any colour for a similarly eye-catching effect.

Looking for more inspiration for your engagement ring? Browse the collection from Cape Diamonds or get in touch with our team today to learn more about diamond engagement rings in Cape Town and beyond.

18Jul/18Off

Get Inspired by These Delicate Engagement Rings

Delicate engagement rings feature a simple, often minimal design that typically includes fine bands, smaller sizes stones and simple details. In recent years, this style has become very popular – especially among those who favour a minimal style of engagement ring. If your tastes run towards the delicate and dainty, you are sure to find this type of ring the perfect choice for your dream ring.

Delightful Delicate Engagement Rings

Looking for the daintiest, most delicate engagement rings? Get inspired by these oh-so-delicate rings that are subtle, feminine, and breathtaking in their simplicity.

Champagne Pear

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Flattering for all hands, pear cut diamonds can be worn with the point facing up or down. The romance and elegance of this shape are made even more beautiful with a champagne coloured diamond rather than a classic white diamond. This continues the warmth of the delicate rose gold band, resulting in a rosy, pink-hued ring that is ultra feminine. As beautiful as this ring is in this colour combination, it would work equally well in any metal with a black or white diamond.

Oval Asymmetric
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This modern asymmetric engagement ring is set with a sparkly oval cut diamond in its centre, along with a few additional side stones that add visual detail. The setting of this ring adds more impact to the overall design, giving it a quirky touch that is sure to appeal to modern brides-to-be. Working beautifully in yellow gold, this style would be equally unusual in rose gold, white gold or platinum. For additional detail, you could even add coloured diamonds on the side or as the centre stone.

Tiny Baguette
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A teeny tiny single baguette diamond makes this ring as understated as it gets. For brides who are not big jewellery wearers, this ring is paired down to a simple band with a tiny stone set deep into the band. Additional pave stones could be added to maximise the sparkle. Whichever metal or diamond colour you choose, this ring is dazzling in its sheer understated simplicity, standing out in a sea of bold rings. It would also work well when stacked with additional rings.

Five Stone
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Five stone rings are classic, sophisticated, and beautiful, with a series of stones ranging in size from smaller stones on the outside to larger stones in the centre. The balance of this ring makes it eye-catching and symmetrical. This style will never go out of fashion. Dreamy in yellow gold and diamond, it would work equally well in rose gold or platinum, with white or coloured diamonds.

Pave Twist
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The pave twist design is another classic that continues to be favoured by brides all over the world. The delicate twist of the pave band crosses over, symbolising the infinity of love. This style works well in any metal. In platinum and diamond, it has an elegant, timeless appeal that will never date. This type of ring would be especially great for those who value tradition and classic design.

Deep V
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Those who favour a more modern look will love this unusual ring. The deep V-shaped design is encrusted with tiny pave stones, adding sparkle in all the right places. A simple rose gold band tapers to a sharp point that can be worn up or down. This style can be made alongside a matching wedding band, layered as stacked rings or kept as is for a dramatic, eye-catching effect.

Classic Twist
Get Inspired by These Delicate Engagement Rings - Classic Twist

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Another classic, this handcrafted solitaire ring from Cape Diamonds has a classic twist with a claw setting and a round stone. Available in a choice of platinum and white gold. The modern twist takes a beloved classic, turning it into a delicate modern ring that is sure to dazzle any bride.

Looking for a custom-made ring that is just right for your budget and preferences? Cape Diamonds offers the finest selection of rings, made in Cape Town. Get in touch today to find out more about our custom engagement rings.

23Feb/18Off

How to Choose an Anniversary Ring for Your Love

How to Choose an Anniversary Ring for Your Love

Planning an anniversary ring for your love on your upcoming special day? This ring is a romantic token of your marriage vows. Whether given on your first anniversary, tenth or twentieth anniversary, a special ring that celebrates your marriage is sure to be something that your partner will treasure forever. To help you find the perfect anniversary ring, we have put together a few tips that will make the process a bit easier. Keep reading to find out how to choose a ring that is just right for your upcoming anniversary.

Choosing the Right Anniversary Ring

Some things to keep in mind when choosing an anniversary ring include the following:

Consider her engagement ring.

Ideally, you want a ring that complements the engagement ring without competing. This type of ring is meant to be subtle, delicate and simple, working to accentuate the engagement and wedding rings without overshadowing them, clashing or contrasting too much. A finely crafted pave band in a matching metal and stone will look perfect alongside a similar engagement or wedding ring. A ring in a different metal, with different stones and any details that clash, however, will not work well at all.

Consider her wedding ring.

No matter how simple the wedding ring, this should also be considered to get the best results. What can be very effective is a wedding ring set that includes engagement, wedding and anniversary bands. These can either be worn on the same finger, or worn next to each other. When all three rings have a similar colour scheme, style or look, the result is spectacular. When there are too many differences, the result is less than harmonious. Always consider your love's existing rings when making your final choice. Or, better yet, involve your beloved in the process so that she gets some say in the matter.

Consider her lifestyle.

You will also need to consider the daily activities of the person wearing the ring. Much like a very ornate engagement or wedding ring is not ideal for those with active lifestyles or those with hobbies such as gardening or DIY, an overly detailed anniversary band may also not be the most practical idea. You want this ring to be easily layered without getting in the way or catching on anything. This is the best way to ensure that the ring can be worn daily without the risk of damage or loss.

Consider her tastes.

Another reason to get insight from your love into the style, stones and overall design of this type of ring is to ensure that the ring is to her tastes. Much like you put a lot of thought into pairing of engagement and wedding bands, you will need to ensure that the anniversary band is something that will be truly appreciated and admired by the person who will be wearing it day in and day out. Surprising your wife with a ring that you have chosen without any input is a risk that may not pay off the way you hope it will.

Consider your budget.

Finally, it is always a good idea to set a budget and stick to it when choosing any ring for your beloved. This type of ring is almost always kept simple. Rather than being a dramatic symbol of a new marriage, it is a smaller reminder of your bond. As such, you do not need to go all out and risk going into overdraft to afford the ring. Instead, look for something that you can easily afford without going broke. This will allow both of you to enjoy the ring without any added stress.

We hope that these tips helped you get one step closer to finding your dream ring. If you'd like to know more about crafting a custom made engagement or anniversary ring in Cape Town, get in touch with the Cape Diamonds team today.

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15Dec/16Off

3 Things That Help Engagement Rings Last Forever

Engagement rings are precious in more ways than one. Protecting your ring to ensure that it lasts forever (or at least as long as possible) is the best way to keep your investment safe through the years. For many future brides, receiving the ring and wearing it is a moment that will never be forgotten. One day, you may dream of handing your precious ring to your daughter for her wedding. Your daughter may then be able to hand the ring down to her daughter. This is how heirlooms begin.

In order to keep your ring in its best possible shape however, you first need to take a few steps to help it last through the years.

Simple Ways to Make Your Engagement Ring Last

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Depending on the style of your ring, the overall value and the type of metal and stones used in the ring design, your ring may be naturally long-lasting or it may require a bit of extra care when worn every day. Certain metals, such as platinum, are known for their strength, resilient and finish, with little to no tarnish appearing. Other metals however, such as the popular rose gold that is seen in so many modern ring designs, is a little bit softer and may need a bit more care. Stones such as diamonds are measured by their hardness as well as their clarity and colour. Pearls for example are not as tough as diamonds, while morganite can also be a good deal softer than a diamond.

Over and beyond steps that you can take to preserve your ring, it is essential to understand your ring from the moment it is put onto your finger. Find out what properties the metal has, and do your homework to determine the quality and strength of the stones used in your ring. This will firstly allow you to accurately insure your ring, and secondly, it will help you know whether any special steps are needed to look after it properly. Some other steps that you should take to preserve engagement rings include the following:

  1. Cleaning. It is best to have your ring cleaned professionally by a trusted jeweller. This will ensure that your ring is cared for while it is being cleaned. An experienced jeweller will know which cleaning products to use on your specific ring metal and stones, or which products to avoid. If you ever need to clean your ring at home, be very wary of store-brought products unless your jeweller has specifically recommended something that is safe to use. A gentle, non-harmful cleaning solution to try includes warm water and a very tiny bit of mild dish soap. Always use a soft cloth – never a scrubbing pad or abrasive sponge. Do not attempt to use vinegar or any home remedy that could damage your ring. When in doubt, ask a qualified jeweller rather than taking a chance.

 

  1. Protection. If you plan on doing any activity that could damage your ring, take it off. Wear gloves over your ring when you are gardening. Take your ring off if you are working with harsh chemicals. If your ring has a band or setting that is not smooth, with parts that could catch on fabric, take extra care to check it every day for signs of damage. If a stone is loose, or any part of the ring seems different or not quite right, take it off immediately until you can get to a jeweller for an assessment. If you leave small problems, they can all too easily become bigger problems. Some stones are almost impossible to replace, so prevention is always the best move.

 

  1. Repairs and Maintenance. You may not think that your ring needs any sort of repair or check-up. Sometimes, however, very tiny flaws may develop that are hard to see with the naked eye. If your ring is showing signs of wear and tear, it could be easily revived with just a small repair. Loose or missing stones should be fixed as quickly as possible. Wobbly settings should also be fixed, as these can lead to loose stones. Take care of your ring and it will last.

In addition to custom ring design, Cape Diamonds also provides a number of cleaning and repair solutions. Contact us today to find out more about protecting and caring for your engagement ring.

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30Nov/16Off

Rare and Unusual Ideas for Engagement Rings

When it comes to unusual engagement rings, thinking out of the proverbial box is key. Some brides prefer rings that are classic and simple. There is something timeless about ring designs that appeal to those who value under-stated pieces of jewellery. Many brides-to-be dream of finding the perfect ring that is not convention or traditional in any way. For these brides, a ring is not just something that looks good on a finger… it is a way to express a creative side.

Beautifully Unusual Engagement Rings

Some ideas to consider for beautiful, rare and unusual engagement rings include the following:

Black and White Diamond Rose Gold Infinity

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Rose gold has become a popular choice for many brides, but most rings that feature this metal have white, champagne or chocolate diamonds. The contrast between the black and white stones accentuates the twisted infinity shape of this ring, while the rose gold adds a touch of warm colour to the monochromatic design. We also love the way that the pave encrusted bands effortlessly cross in the infinity loops.

Platinum Solitaire Wave

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For a very contemporary look that is definitely not girly or frilly, this ring has a clean design that focuses on the single diamond. Platinum is a good metal choice for a stark, modern ring design like this as it does not tarnish or fade or chip. Gold would also work well. Instead of a diamond engagement ring, you could add colour with a brighter toned stone such as an emerald or tanzanite, or even a ruby.

Mind the Gap

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With its wide front, this ring makes clever use of negative space to create a one of a kind design that showcases the diamond against your finger. If you favour bolder ring designs, this is sure to be a good choice. You could consider rose gold, yellow gold, white gold or a cooler tone metal such as platinum, with a diamond or any other stone. Rose gold with a champagne diamond would soften the lines of the ring.

Spiral Pave

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This ring gives the illusion of a spiral, or even a rose that leads up to the centre stone. You could choose just about any stone for the centre, whether white diamond or a coloured diamond, or even something more unusual such as garnet or morganite. The tiny pave stones on the spiralling band can be any colour you choose as well, making this ring fairly versatile depending on the stones and metal you prefer.

Gold Floral

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Romantics at heart will adore the delicate floral motifs on this ring, which is full of whimsy. Yellow or rose gold adds even more femininity to the design, working well with white or neutral toned diamonds. You could however opt for a cooler metal and a brighter stone if you are looking for something bold and bohemian.

Topaz Coral

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For something even more dramatic, you could try an intricate coral design band that adds loads of visual impact. The stone in this particular ring is a topaz, but you could choose a classic diamond (white or coloured), ruby, pearl, emerald, sapphire or any other stone of your choice. The band can be warm or cool toned, each of which further changes the overall impact.

Seen something that catches your eye? Cape Diamonds is a specialist jewellery design workshop in Cape Town. We can make your dream ring into a reality. To find out more about creating your very own unusual engagement ring, contact us today.

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Modern Geometric Engagement Rings

Geometric engagement rings offer an enticing choice for brides who prefer a more unique style. While classic rings remain a popular option for many, the diversity of ring styles that are available in recent years has given rise to a number of beautiful trends in diamond engagement rings. From pave encrusted rings to gorgeous coloured diamonds, finding your dream ring becomes even easier with the help of custom ring design.

Today, we’re taking a look at the geometric ring trend to show you how to use interesting shapes and lines in your ring design ideas.

Geometric Engagement Rings for the Unconventional Bride

Some of the most eye-catching geometric engagement rings we have seen include the following:

Staggered

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Staggering or stacking stones at different heights can add plenty of visual impact. This works best with long, rectangular stones that have a similar look and shape. Depending on how large you would like the final ring to be, you could add three, five or even more stones in descending order of height, flanking the centre stone. Keep the band simple for this design to allow the stones to shine without distraction.

Pave

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Pave engagement rings are magical, adding plenty of sparkle in a subtle way. For a modern take on the classic pave band, try an unusual geometric shape. In this example, delicate diamond encrusted bands are layered to frame the finger. This style works well in any metal and can also work with coloured stones or precious stones other than diamonds.

Minimal

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For a more understated look, a minimal ring design provides a contemporary ring that uses a simple triangle to add detail. Choose a modern metal such as rose gold, or opt for a clean, cool toned platinum to help the centre stone stand out. The band should be simple and delicate for this style.

Triangle

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For a bolder take on triangular rings, try a chocolate diamond in a triangle shape, with a warm metal crusted with tiny pave stones. You could keep the band simple, or try a different coloured diamond. With the abundance of stone and metal options to be found today, the choices are nearly endless!

Links

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Linking a series of tiny diamonds that are spaced evenly apart on a custom band will give you a truly one of a kind ring. The shapes could be round, square, pear diamond or even something romantic such as hearts. This style can be as subtle or bold as you prefer, depending on the metal, stones and size of each separate shape.

Squares

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Add impact with a fun twist on the geometric trend. A series of squares placed inside of each other creates a more unusual design. This works well with pave, but could also feature a centre stone flanked by simple squares. You can add detail on the band, on the squares or by choosing coloured stones instead of classic white diamonds.

Criss Cross

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The criss cross effect of this lovely ring makes it intricate without going over the top. Pave stones are used for emphasis and sparkle. You could position a centre stone in the middle and keep the bands clear, or space out the stones to add visual interest.

Have an idea for a custom engagement ring? Here at Cape Diamonds, our job is to make your dream ring into a reality. Contact us today to find out more about creating the diamond engagement ring you have always wanted.

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