Vibrant Peridot Engagement Rings for Non-Conventional Brides

If you’re the type of bride looking for something different, peridot engagement rings are worth considering. Pronounced with a silent ‘t’, peridot is known for its vibrant shade of green. Unlike emeralds, which come in a range of deeper green shades, peridot stones range from light, almost luminous green to various other shades of green. Their vibrancy is one of the things that makes these stones sought-after for jewellery. They have a hardness rating of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, making them suitable for frequently worn jewellery such as engagement rings. If you have been wondering whether this stone is right for your dream ring, read on to see how looks in a variety of ring styles.

Bright, Beautiful Peridot Engagement Rings to Inspire

We’ve put together a list of spectacular peridot engagement rings to show you how magical this stone can look in your ring. Have a look to find some inspiration.

Oval Halo


A classic design with a splash of colour, this oval halo ring is sure to make friends green with envy. A delicate platinum band is encrusted with tiny pave diamonds, with a halo that surrounds an oval cut peridot stone. It would work well in yellow or rose gold as well as white gold.

Bezel Triangle


Ideal for those who prefer simple, rings, this bezel cut ring is delicate and minimal. Bezel settings are ideal for brides with active lifestyles. The stone is set within its setting without the need for prongs. In this design, the setting flows into the band, with a trillion or triangle cut peridot taking centre stage in a subtle, feminine way.

Rose Gold


Rose gold rings remain a popular choice for many brides. With its rosy hues, this metal turns even the simplest ring design into something elegant and feminine. This ring is set on a fine rose gold band, with a cushion halo that extends on the band. The centre stone is a round cut peridot that contrasts just right with the pink tones of the band and setting.

Two Tone


If you’re looking for a truly breath-taking ring, this one is a show-stopper. Two tone rings are a great option for those who like their rings to stand out for all the right reasons. The complex design of this ring features a yellow gold band entwined with a pave-encrusted platinum or white gold band. The peridot stone is set onto the gold band in a way that highlights the stone while balancing both of the bands.

Halo Swirl


This pretty, classic ring is understated, with a split band of platinum or white gold, and a pave band that swirls between the split, curling around the centre round cut peridot stone. The result is a flowing ring style that has plenty of sparkle, along with a bright pop of colour.

Bezel Princess


Another good choice for brides who prefer minimal styles, this bezel princess cut ring has a delicate gold band, with two tiny diamonds flanking an inverted princess cut peridot. The small diamonds help to position the centre stone in a way that does not distract and rather enhances the balance between the smaller stones and centre stone.

Heart Shaped


Perfect for romantics, heart shaped rings will lever lose their appeal. In this ring, a small heart cut peridot solitaire takes centre stage. The heart is set on a fine rose gold band. Rather than adding extra details such as pave or additional stones, this ring is kept simple, with the sole focus on the glorious stone at its centre.

We hope that these gorgeous rings have given you plenty of inspiration when planning your dream ring. If you’d like to know more about how to create the engagement ring you’ve always wanted, contact Cape Diamonds today.

How to Design Your Own Engagement Ring

Designing your own engagement ring is exciting and fun. Another benefit is that it allows you to get the ring you have always wanted. Traditionally, rings were a surprise given during proposals. Although proposals are absolutely a huge part of the engagement, the ring itself does not have to be designed without your input. Today’s brides have far more say on the type of ring they want. This makes a lot of sense on many levels. Being in a position where you have had the most romantic proposal in the world, only to find that you do not love your ring is never ideal. If your significant other knows your style very well, the risk of this happening is smaller. Another reason to plan your ring is that you can make it truly yours – a style that is unlike all the usual styles out there. The simplest way to get your dream ring is to design it yourself with the help of an experienced engagement ring designer.

Designing Your Own Engagement Ring

Not too long ago, we shared some tips on what to do before planning your own ring. Today, we’re sharing some guidelines on how to design your engagement ring once you’re prepared to get started. Here are some of the top things you’ll need to consider.

The Metal

Metals for bands and settings include yellow gold (a timeless choice), rose gold (a feminine, popular choice), white gold (simple and elegant), and platinum (shiny and strong). All of these metals are beautiful in their own way. This can make it challenging to know which is best. A good tip is to consider your other jewellery. Which metals do you prefer on earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or other rings? Will you wear the ring with similar metal rings on other fingers or do you want to mix metals for something more modern?

The Stones

Diamonds are a natural choice for this type of ring, and for good reason. With a rating of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, no other material is as strong as diamond. These stones will last forever. That doesn’t mean that they are the only stone to consider, however. You may have always loved emeralds. You may be drawn to stones such as morganite or aquamarine. You may want to add a stone with meaning, such as your birthstone. Think carefully about the colours and stones you like and consider whether they can be worn with other jewellery or with clothing or other items that may clash or work together. Remember, you are going to wear this ring all day, every day, so you want it to be a colour that works with your style. Another thing to consider is the hardness rating. Stones of 7-10 are ideal, while those at 6 or 6.5 can work, provided you take extra care to avoid damage.

The Style

Now for the fun part – the style itself. There are many, many styles out there. So many, in fact, that our blog is full of inspiration on clas, modern, feminine, minimal, unique, and bold styles. The simplest way to choose a style is to decide whether you want to go for something conventional (princess, solitaire, oval, pave, or rectangular) or something more contemporary (asymmetrical, cluster, two-tone or geometric). You could also consider elements such as band shape, symbolism, profile, setting, colour combinations or any other factor that appeals to you in some way. This can be a little overwhelming. It helps to start thinking and finding ideas of styles you like before speaking to your jeweller.

Once you have done some thinking about the factors we’ve mentioned above, you can sit down and chat with your jeweller about what you want in your ring. He will also be able to give you suggestions on what is practical and what is not and offer expert advice on diamond carats, metals, and other factors that you’ll need to consider. If you’re looking for a trusted jeweller with a wealth of experience, Joel Graham is your best choice. As the hands (and heart) behind Cape Diamonds, Joel brings his unique talent and vision into every ring designed. Get in touch with us and let us help you design the engagement ring of your dreams.

Unusual and Enchanting Sunstone Engagement Rings

If you’re looking for an unusual stone for your engagement ring, sunstone is well worth considering. This stone takes its name from its warm colour range and its flickering, tiny patterns within the stone that give the illusion of sunshine. Colours range from the palest peach to deep, dark orange, with many falling somewhere in the middle. At 6.5, sunstone does not have the highest hardness rating on the Mohs scale. With that said, if you look after your ring and make sure that it doesn’t wear or scratch, you can keep this ring in excellent condition for a lifetime.

Wondering how sunstone looks in engagement rings? Keep reading to see some examples of these warm-hued stones in a variety of ring styles.

Get Inspired by These Sunstone Engagement Rings

Some of the loveliest sunstone engagement rings we’ve seen include the following:

Vintage Floral


Perfect for those who are looking for something feminine, pretty, and vintage-inspired, this ring has a petal design with a centre sunstone surrounded by a halo. The rose gold band adds even more romance to the ring. It would also work well with any other metal, however. A lighter-hued sunstone adds to the softness of the ring.

Turquoise Teardrop


For a unique, boho-style ring, this turquoise and sunstone ring is truly spectacular. The combination of peach-coloured sunstone and bright turquoise gives the ring a stunning contrast. Set against soft yellow gold, the result is a tiara ring that has a distinctive, slightly art deco look.

Minimal Solitaire


There is something about solitaire rings that will never date. Throughout the centuries, these rings have remained a classic choice for brides all over the world. The beauty in this ring lies in its simplicity. While diamonds are usually the stone of choice for solitaire rings, a sunstone adds a hint of colour, adding something a little more unusual to the overall design.

Double Twist


There is certainly nothing subtle about this ring. If you’re looking for a bold, statement ring that is completely unique, this one’s for you. Two oval, deep orange sunstones are set in a yellow gold band, with a twisted pave band twisting between the two stones. The result is a vibrant, warm ring that has maximum sparkle.

Side Stone


Asymmetrical rings are ideal for brides looking for something unconventional that is not over the top. The subtleness of this ring ensures that it is minimal and simple. The centre sunstone is flanked by tiny diamonds to one side. The balance makes this ring beautiful and feminine.

Princess Cut


Princess cut rings are another classic that will not be going out of fashion any time soon. This traditional design has a centre sunstone with a halo and pave diamonds that continue onto the band. Platinum is a great choice for this timeless ring, however, it would work equally well with rose gold or white gold.

Delicate Bezel


Delicate, fine, and oh-so-gorgeous, this bezel set ring features a textured gold band and a small centre sunstone. Although the texture of the band adds to its unusual design, a simple yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, or platinum band would have the same effect. Bezel cut rings are a good choice for softer stones like sunstone as they do not catch on fabrics and have less chance of stones loosening.

Three Stone


Finally, we have a gorgeous three stone ring. These rings are symbolic, romantic and full of meaning. Each stone represents your past, present and future. With the vibrant coral coloured sunstone in the centre representing your present and the baguette cut diamonds reflecting your past and future, this ring is a must for those looking for a romantic yet modern ring.

Whether you’re inspired by sunstone or you’re looking for a classic diamond, we will help you design your dream ring. Contact Cape Diamonds today to find out more about our iconic range of engagement rings.

Which Modern Engagement Ring Style is Best?

While some brides-to-be look for classic engagement ring styles, others prefer contemporary rings. Over the years, many different styles have emerged. Although some ring trends come and go, others have remained a popular choice for modern brides. In this guide, we share some of the most beautiful engagement ring styles that have a modern touch that will not lose its appeal.

A Guide to Modern Engagement Ring Styles

From boho to cluster, we’ve put together a list of gorgeous modern engagement ring styles. Here are some of the best styles to consider for your ring.


Boho rings are diverse. These rings are characterised by unique features, unusual stone choices, asymmetrical designs, and quirky elements that make them stand out from conventional designs. Many are set on delicate bands in muted metals rather than ultra-shiny platinum, yellow gold or rose gold. Some have a minimal design while others have multiple layers or elements that add complexity to their design.


Ballerina rings are incredibly romantic and feminine. Although this style is not new, the modern take on the ring has brought it into the new era. Many feature baguette-cut stones while others feature a combination of stone cuts. Diamonds remain a popular choice, but black diamonds and other precious stones are also used in this style of ring to add more impact.


Another feminine ring is the tiara ring. This ring has a tiara or crown shape at its tip, with the band or stones rising at the centre. There are many different designs found within this style. Like ballerina rings, tiara rings are not a new design but instead, they have been reimagined for the modern era through the use of unusual stones or features.


Profile rings are a great way to add unique details without affecting the primary design of the ring. You could have a classic solitaire ring in a simple platinum setting, for example, which looks traditional from above. The profile detail is very ornate and unusual, however, changing the look of the ring and turning it into something magical. An example of this style is our Fynbos Collection, which brings to life the rich botanical heritage of the Cape Floral Kingdom into a one-of-a-kind ring collection.


Last, but not least, cluster rings have also made a come-back in recent years. Yesteryear’s cluster rings featured Art Deco styles and classic designs. Today’s cluster rings are often asymmetrical and unusual in their detail. White diamonds are offset with precious stones, with colourful stones set in contrasting metal bands and a combination of stone shapes further adding to the contrast.

Whichever type of ring speaks to your sense of style, we’re here to make it into a reality. Contact Cape Diamonds today to find out more about our custom engagement rings.

Get Inspired by These Stunning Tiara Engagement Rings

As their name implies, tiara engagement rings have a unique design that resembles a tiara. These rings are delicate and visually interesting, with many featuring unique details. They are ideal for stacking, working well with wedding rings or as part of a set. From minimal and dainty to bold and beautiful, there are many styles to choose from when it comes to tiara engagement rings. Keep reading to get inspired by some of our favourites.

Gorgeous Tiara Engagement Rings

Looking for a stand-out ring that offers a modern take on vintage-style design? Here are some exquisite tiara engagement rings that showcase the beauty of this style.

Bezel Cut Teardrop



Bezel settings keep stones securely within the metal. This design is minimal and simple, with a crown of teardrop cut diamonds in a bezel setting. The ring would work well stacked with a simple wedding ring or it can be used as a wedding ring, with a teardrop ring as your engagement ring.

Split Band Baguette



For something feminine and romantic, this beautiful rose gold ring features a split band, with a horizontal baguette on the bottom half and a crown of baguette stones on the top half. The balance of stones adds to the illusion of a tiara, while the rose gold enhances the romance of the ring.

Aquamarine and Diamond



If you are looking to add some colour to your ring, this aquamarine and diamond ring is sure to be just right. The muted rose gold of the band balances the soft blue-green of the centre teardrop stone. Fanning out above the centre stone is a layer of diamonds in the classic tiara shape.

Mixed Diamond Cluster



For those looking for an elegant, sophisticated take on the tiara ring design, this mixed diamond cluster ring is sure to add plenty of sparkle. The ring features several diamonds in various shapes, making up the tiara shape in a bolder chevron design. It would work well in any metal.

Boho Crescent Diamond



Boho style rings remain a popular choice for many brides. This ring has an unusual design in the shape of a crescent, with diamonds taking centre stage on the top of the ring to form the tiara. A delicate yellow gold band ensures that the stones stand out without losing the subtle design.

Multi-Layer Topaz



If subtle is not your thing, this bold, vintage-style ring is a must-try. This design showcases the true magic of tiara rings, with a round topaz and a fan of diamonds spreading out onto the band. The contrast between diamonds, topaz and yellow gold adds lots of interest in this design.

Rose Gold Wishbone



Another delicate, simple ring is this rose gold wishbone. This is an ideal choice if you want a tiara design that is understated enough to layer without losing its minimal design. Tiny diamonds are set on the V of the wishbone, with a delicate rose gold band balancing against the cool tone of the diamond.

Round Cut Layers



Finally, this bold ring is perfect for those who are looking for maximum sparkle. Three layers of diamonds are stacked in a tiara shape, adding loads of drama and plenty of visual detail. Platinum and white gold work well in this ring but rose or yellow gold would be equally stunning.

Subtle, bold, unique or minimal, tiara rings can be tailored to your unique style. If you have always longed for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring that will make you fall in love at first sight, contact Cape Diamonds today.

What to do if You Don’t Love Your Engagement Ring

Few moments are as unforgettable as the moment you are presented with an engagement ring. Whether your beloved planned a proposal that will go down in history as the most romantic event of all time or it was a deeply personal event for just the two of you, seeing that ring and hearing those words is something you will remember forever.

What happens if the ring you are given is not something you would have chosen yourself? Worse still, what happens if you know at first sight you don’t see yourself wearing it day in and day out? Being unhappy about an engagement ring may seem like the end of the world but it doesn’t have to be if you handle the situation properly.

What Happens if You Don’t Adore Your Engagement Ring?

To avoid the most romantic moment of your life turning into something awkward or uncomfortable, here are a few tips to consider if you don’t love your engagement ring.

Watch your facial expressions.

You may have had a feeling the proposal was coming or it may have been a complete surprise. Your beloved may have tried to do some research before popping the question but he may also have taken a few guesses. What you need to remember is that he is asking The Question. Your reaction is everything. Even if you are instantly disappointed, be careful not to look horrified or disgusted. This could result in a sense that it is the proposal itself that has disappointed you rather than the ring. Try to keep a neutral expression and say yes! You can then proceed to the ring discussion.

Be gentle but honest.

When having that discussion, it is essential to be honest and open about your feelings. This is a ring that you are expected to wear every day for the rest of your life together. If you are not fully happy with the style or design now, it is unlikely to grow on your later down the line. You may end up taking it off and storing it away somewhere rather than wearing it with pride. You don’t have to be harsh or unkind, however. Be honest and tell your love that you love the fact that he has thought about the ring but it is not the style you would choose yourself. You can then decide what steps to take next, as a couple.

Look at options together.

It may well be an heirloom ring rather than something he has had custom-made. If that is the case, you could look at making changes to the ring if there are parts you like. You could have the stones reset or you could look at a new band or adding additional stones, for example. If the ring was purchased as is, you could take it to a jeweller and customise it to your preferences. If it was custom-designed, you could look at redesigning the right if that is possible. At the absolute worst, most jewellers will have a return policy if returned within two weeks or less.

The most important thing is having a ring that you will love. Once you get past any awkwardness, you will be able to work together to find your dream engagement ring.

Bold and Beautiful Onyx Engagement Rings

While diamonds remain a timeless choice for engagement rings, adding a unique stone can give your ring a whole new dimension. One stone that certainly makes for a bold, beautiful ring is onyx. This stone is known for its deep black colour. It has a hardness rating of 7 on the Mohs scale, making it suitable for a ring that is worn daily. Some onyx stones have bands that range in colour from light to dark, while others are solid black. Used in an engagement ring, onyx will offset diamonds, adding an interesting balance that is eye-catching and unusual. Keep reading to see how this beautiful stone looks in rings for some inspiration.

Fall in Love With These Onyx Engagement Rings

Pave Pear


Pear cut stones are a timeless choice, for good reason. With their teardrop shape, this stone can be worn with its tip on the bottom, or the top. It is very flattering for all finger sizes and lengths. The simple setting of this ring combined with the pave diamonds on its bands gives this ring a dedicatedly feminine touch.

Asymmetrical Marquise


For something less conventional, this asymmetrical ring is sure to be a good choice. This ring has a simple band, with a centre marquise cut onyx and a cluster of three small diamonds to one side. Cluster rings are visually interesting, with various designs that step away from the traditional style of ring.

Pave Heart


Heart cut stones are perfect for the romantic bride. A delicate band is set with three pave stones on each side of an onyx heart. Three stone rings are rich in symbolism, representing your past, present, and future. With three stones on each side and a heart, this is a ring for those dreaming of a lifetime of love.

Oval Ballerina


Ballerina style rings have been a popular style for decades. The rings get their name from their tutu shaped fan that surrounds a centre stone. In this ring, a classic oval onyx takes centre stage, with diamonds forming the tutu around the stone.

Delicate Tiara


Taking a chevron shape, tiara rings are great for stacking. They can also be worn on their own with a fine wedding band if you prefer something simple and minimal. In this design, onyx stones of various sizes are placed on the V of the chevron, giving the appearance of a tiara.

Minimal Hexagon


On the topic of minimal rings, this delicate hexagon ring is subtle and pretty. Set in yellow gold, the onyx hexagon has a rounded centre stone. Tiny diamonds could be set around the stone for added sparkle. This ring would work well in any metal.

Classic Cushion


Those looking for a classic ring that will never date will adore this cushion cut halo ring. Featuring a gleaming onyx in the centre, a halo of pave diamonds lead to a pave-encrusted band. The result is an elegant, timeless ring that stands out for all the right reasons.

Bezel Triangle


Bezel cut engagement rings are perfect for those with an active lifestyle. The setting keeps the stone secure without the use of prongs. This ring has a plain yellow gold band and a triangular or trillion cut onyx stone taking centre stage. It would work equally well in white gold, rose gold, or platinum.

Cape Diamonds is here to turn your ring idea into a reality. Whether you are fascinated by the glossy black tone of onyx or you are looking for another stone or a classic diamond ring, we are here to help. Contact us today to find out more about creating your perfect engagement ring.

Can Hand Sanitiser Damage Your Engagement Ring?

If you have been wondering whether all that hand sanitiser affects your engagement ring, this article will answer your question and give you some tips on how to avoid potential damage.

Hand sanitiser has become an everyday part of life for people all over the world, just like masks. For most, it has become automatic, with sprays of sanitiser before entering any shop, a bottle kept by the front door, a bottle kept in the car, and one in your bag. Aside from the sprays and gels, you also use wipes whenever you are at the shops or anywhere else that puts you in contact with people. You may wipe down groceries before they are unpacked. Along with sanitiser, you are also washing your hands more often than ever before. These measures are essential and should never be avoided.

With that said, can sanitiser cause problems with your engagement ring? And, is there any way to minimise wear and tear that may happen as a result of increased use of this product?

Hand Sanitiser and Engagement Rings

Hand sanitisers contain a very high percentage of alcohol (a minimum of 60% in order to effectively kill germs). This can be drying for the skin and it can also cause a slow weakening of metal over time. When you are using sanitiser on a regular basis, multiple times a day, it goes without saying that your engagement ring may begin to take a bit of strain. In many cases, this will not cause major damage. In some cases, it could wear prongs, which in turn, could loosen settings. What it will often do, however, is increase the risk of dullness and make your ring band more prone to scratches and other surface damage.

There are a few things that you can do to minimise the effect of sanitiser on your ring:

Avoid rubbing sanitiser directly onto your ring.

This might sound obvious, but the more you rub sanitiser into the ring and its setting, the more you will damage the metal. The harsh chemicals will get into tiny parts in the setting that you cannot easily see and when the sanitiser dries on your hand, it will stay onto the ring.

Remove your ring to apply sanitiser.

At home, you could try removing your ring, using sanitiser, letting it dry completely and then putting your ring back on. This will make it far easier to avoid contact with the ring when you still have wet sanitiser on your skin. This can be a bit impractical when you are not at home, however.

Wear your ring around your neck.

We know how much you love your ring. To protect if while you are out, you could put it onto a chain and wear it around your neck instead of your finger. You can then put it back on at home or choose to wear it this way for a while. Although rings belong on fingers, there is no right or wrong way to wear the symbol of your love. The important thing is keeping your ring AND your health protected. If wearing your ring on your neck achieves this goal, then it is worth considering.

For more advice on maintaining your ring or designing your new custom engagement ring, contact Cape Diamonds today.

7 Radiant Citrine Engagement Rings to Inspire

Citrine engagement rings are a great choice for brides-to-be who are looking for something bright and vibrant. This stone comes in a range of colours on the yellow and orange spectrum, from very pale shades of yellow to deep, rich orange. It has a hardness rating of 7 on the Mohs scale, making it a good, strong ring with relatively high durability.

While diamonds will never lose their appeal, more and more brides today are looking for something a little different. Stones such as citrine can be used instead of diamonds or, better yet, they can be used alongside diamonds to create a one-of-a-kind engagement ring that fuses the traditional elegance of diamonds with a burst of colour.

Fall in Love With These Citrine Engagement Rings

These citrine engagement rings will show you just how beautiful the stone can be, whether paired with diamonds or set on its own.

1/ Yellow Gold Trinity

Three stone or trinity rings are a deeply romantic and symbolic ring style that represents your past, present and future. For engagements, this symbolism is especially perfect, celebrating the journey of your love. This type of ring comes in various styles, including classic metal and diamond. The warm glow of citrine in the centre stones turns a traditional ring into something truly dazzling.

2/ Rose Gold Halo

In this ring, a darker-hued citrine takes centre stage. The colour of the stone works well with the warm tone of rose gold, while the tiny pave stones on the band and the halo around the centre stone add a balance of sparkle and cooler tone. The result is a beautiful ring that is sure to get plenty of attention.

3/ Oval Split Shank

Split shank rings are another popular ring style. This type of ring is also called a split band. As its name implies, the band splits to become two bands that are joined at the bottom. In this ring, an oval citrine is placed off-centre in the middle, with tiny diamonds at its side. The cool tone of white gold complements the warm tone of the citrine perfectly.

4/ Rose Gold Infinity

Another gorgeous rose gold and citrine ring, this one has a lighter orange colour. The centre stone has a rectangular cut and it is surrounded by pave stones in a halo. It has an infinity band, with pave diamonds in each infinity look. The result is a romantic, feminine ring that is unusual and interesting.

5/ Three Stone Heart

With their romantic beautiful and symbolism, heart-shaped diamonds are a popular choice. In this ring, the romance of three stone rings combines with a heart-shaped citrine to create a bright, warm ring. If you have always loved the idea of a heart-shaped ring but veer more towards unusual styles, this one is sure to be a perfect choice.

6/ Two Tone Pear

This ring has a very unusual design that is made even more unique through its combination of white and yellow gold in its twisted split band design. Rather than splitting into two, the ring wraps around, with an end that tapers into a pave encrusted band that is topped with a pear-shaped citrine.

7/ Delicate Band Solitaire

Finally, we have an elegant, simple ring in a solitaire setting. This ring is perfect for those who prefer minimal rings. The combination of warm citrine and yellow gold make this a bright and beautiful ring that will inspire plenty of happiness. It would also work well in platinum, white gold or rose gold.

If you are inspired by one of these rings or you are looking to add some citrine into your dream ring, we are here to help. Contact Cape Diamonds today and let us know how we can create your perfect engagement ring.

How to Choose the Best Engagement Ring Setting

There are numerous factors to consider when choosing an engagement ring setting beyond style and appearance. With many different settings to choose from, you may be tempted to go with the one that looks the most eye-catching. While you certainly want a beautiful setting that goes perfectly with your ring design, it is important to do a quick check to see whether the setting you want will last through the years without catching on everything, causing discomfort, jeopardising the centre stone or damaging any other part of the ring. In this guide, we share some of the things to look out for when choosing your engagement ring setting.

Choosing Your Engagement Ring Setting

To decide which engagement ring setting is the best choice, here are a few questions to ask your jeweller…

Is it practical?

Can you wear your ring day in and day out? Overly complicated settings and those that have sharp edges will not be practical. Watch out for settings that can easily catch on clothing, bedding, and other materials. It also helps to consider the overall design of the ring as well as the setting. If you have a more complex design, it is best to stick to a simple setting such as a channel setting or a bezel setting. If your ring is very simple, a more ornate setting such as a lower-set prong setting. If you have an active lifestyle, it is especially important to think carefully about the setting that will be the most practical. You should also make sure that your setting can be cleaned easily.

Is it comfortable?

Most settings are comfortable to wear – especially classic prong settings, channel settings, bezel settings, and cathedral settings. Others may not be the most comfortable. Settings such as tension setting may not be as easy to wear, as these have a stone that is positioned in a way that suspends the diamond between each side of the band. Depending on the cut of your stone, the ring may not always sit easily. Make sure that your ring easily sits onto your finger without the stone digging in or touching your finger too much.

Is it durable?

You will also need to think about how well the setting will wear over time. Some settings loosen over the years, which means that stones may need to be reset. This is not too much of a problem in a more simple setting such as a prong setting, but it may be more expensive and difficult to reset a stone in a setting such as tension or channel settings. The best way to keep your ring lasting well is to regularly check the prongs yourself and take your ring in for a professional clean and check every two years. If any prong loosens, take your ring to your jeweller as soon as possible.

Is it secure?

On that note, it is important to consider the security of the ring. As we mentioned above, prongs can loosen over time with classic styles such as prong settings. In styles that use tension settings, there is a small chance that diamonds can fall out if the ring is struck by an excessive force. Although this happens on a rare basis, it is still worth noting as it means being more careful when wearing your ring on a daily basis.

Cape Diamonds offers a wide range of rings in various settings and metals. Contact us today to find out more about choosing the perfect setting for your engagement ring.