Everything you need to know about wedding rings

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When you are looking for a diamond wedding rings, you will have to choose from many different diamond cuts, styles, carats, and colors. All these terms can be confusing for a layman but you need to have a good idea because diamond rings are expensive and you need to make an informed decision.

If you are finding it hard to wrap your head around all these terms, this guide is for you.

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Popular Cuts and Shapes

Brilliant cuts tend to give the highest amount of fire and light flashes. The following are some of the most commonly used cuts and shapes.

  • Round Cut: This classic shape offers bright scintillations and looks best in almost all types of settings.
  • Princess Cut: One of the most sought-after cuts in a square shape, but with sharper edges.
  • Cushion Cut: The most popular, square-shaped diamond with blunted edges and blinding brilliance.
  • Marquise Cut: Antique looking, popular yet unique eye-shaped diamond.
  • Emerald Cut: Rectangular diamond with an ethereal look and lesser scintillations.
  • Radiant Cut: Rectangular, brilliant-cut diamond.
  • Oval Cut: Can be customized in a thicker or longer shape and requires lesser carats than the round cut.
  • Pear Shaped: Often describes as a teardrop – makes for a rather sentimental diamond cut.
  • Heart Shaped: Lustrous and self-explanatory, a rather unconventional choice for wedding bands.
  • Asscher Cut: 58 faceted, vintage cut with a subtle luster.

The Settings:

And now, let’s have a look at some common settings used in diamond rings.

  • Pave: this setting includes a cluster of diamonds, held together in the wedding band, through conspicuous prongs surrounding each diamond.
  • Micro pave: Just like the pave setting, these bands are also made with clusters of diamonds. The only difference is that the carat size of each diamond is less than 0.01 to 0.02. Hence, they are called “micro” pave – this setting makes the prongs or beads holding each diamond less obvious.
  • Channel: Another common setting that can be seen in both female and male diamond bands. These have diamonds strung together without any metal in between. It may or may not have a central diamond.
  • Bar: Similar to a channel setting, but with metallic bars separating each diamond on the band – thus, giving a sturdier look. 
  • Bezel: bands with solitaire diamonds that are surrounded by metal. Half bezel settings comprise of diamonds that are not completely encircled by the metal.
  • Gypsy: It has a single stone set deep inside the wedding band.
  • Tension settings: The central diamond is supported at its place by the band – instead of a prong or bezel set.

The Band

Your wedding band can be contrasting with your diamonds or you can opt for a monochromatic ring, bar settings and channel settings, where more diamonds are strung together tightly.

  • 18k gold: Gold with added metals.
  • 24k gold: band made from pure gold.
  • White Gold: It gives a monochromatic look with white diamonds.
  • Rose Gold: A dull rustic, pink color that looks more feminine and unconventional.
  • Yellow Gold: One of the most common choices – helps pop out the diamonds.
  • Platinum: Perfect for a matching couple’s wedding ring. 
  • Palladium: Silvery-white precious metal that is now gaining more popularity. 

The Four C’s

When it comes to choosing a diamond, you can make a better decision by knowing about the four C’s. They have specific grades that you can pick with the help of your retailer – but have slight know-how about them helps you customize your diamond ring more effectively.

Color: Colorless diamonds also have specific grades so that they emanate their typical brilliance and sparkle. Their grades start from D to Z. The clearest diamonds are found in the D to K range. While most people opt for the F grade, since it looks white and brilliant – and has a good price as well in comparison with the pricier D and E grades. Whereas L-Z grades have a yellow tint to them – which keeps increasing as you go down the scale.

Clarity: This shows the translucence of the diamond, reflecting the level of expertise the craftsmen had. Thus, clear diamonds with minimal bow-tie effects and shadows are of great value and pricier.

Cut: The cut of a diamond is also graded. After diamonds are mined they are cut and processed into the shape that you have chosen. A diamond with a good cut has symmetrical facets, sharp or blunt edges based on the shape and variable pavilion lengths. It is crucial to get the cut right if you want the light to reflect from all the surfaces and depict the typical brilliance of a diamond.

Carat: Finally, the carat size is mostly determined based on your budget. Round, cushion, emerald, radiant and princess cut diamonds tend to consume higher carats than oval, pear and marquise cut ones.

Miscellaneous Designs

These are additions to a typical diamond wedding band – customizing these into your ring can account for a more personalized touch to your ring.

Engrave: The inside of most couple rings bear the initials, name or any meaningful message.

Filigree: Vintage, intricate detailing on the wedding band.

Accent diamonds: Additional diamonds that are added in the band. These can be of the same or different shape, color or cut with the central diamond. That’s pretty much all you need to know. The next time, you are looking for a diamond ring for you or some of your friends or family members, knowing about these styles and settings will help you make the best possible choice.

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