They say diamonds are forever, and some things about them will never change. For example, the look of yesteryear is becoming very popular and many “brides to be” are choosing vintage engagement rings. But what are some of the most popular styles today? Let’s take a closer look and see.
Would you like a vintage style ring that focuses on the stone? You may want to consider a lovely cathedral setting. These rings are built like the old cathedral ceilings with high arches, and it brings the focus away from the main setting, providing a great deal of attention to the diamond.
Cathedral engagement rings are almost always solitaire stones, so you will need a diamond that is fairly large. However, you might be thinking that your budget will not allow a large stone, but there are ways you can buy a larger stone without going over your ring budget.
How to get more stone for your money
When you shop with a jeweller that provides many selections of loose diamonds, you can easily choose the right size stone and some cuts are naturally cheaper than the standard round cut diamonds. Princess or cushion cut diamonds are excellent choices.
Colour is important for your stones and you can buy a diamond with more yellowish colour. This can save you quite a bit of money. For example, colour grades run from D through Z with D being the most sought after colourless stone. You can sometimes save quite a bit of money when you drop down a few colour grades.
If you want a large diamond, you can choose a stone that has a few more inclusions or imperfections. However, this may not be the best way to impress others with a solitaire cathedral setting.
Perhaps the best way to get more engagement ring for the money is to invest in a clarity enhanced or C.E. type stone. These diamonds have the inclusions expertly repaired and the average person cannot tell a clarity enhanced diamond from one that has not been repaired. Plus, high quality C.E. stones are guaranteed for a lifetime, so you only need to return them to your jeweller if any problems develop.
Vintage engagement ring styles
Today there are three basic antique style rings gathering the most attention. They are Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco styles. Here is more about them.
Named for Queen Victoria, these rings reflect a period of time known as the Gilded Age. This era ran from the mid 19th Century until the dawn of the 20th Century. These rings are famous for their intricate craftsmanship and paved settings.
Named after King Edward, these rings are famous for their filigree or finely detailed metalwork. They were first made in the early part of the 20th Century.
This design came out the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression eras. Bold geometric shapes were very common in the 1920s and 30s, and the jewellery and engagement rings are very distinctive in their design.