Picking The Perfect Stone For Round Diamond Engagement Rings

Picking The Perfect Stone For Round Diamond Engagement Rings

The round brilliant cut is by far the most popular diamond cut for custom or mass-produced engagement rings. Forget rings, it is the most popular shape for all types of jewelry.  We know there are other popular cuts out there.  But since GIA has only set standards for a round brilliant, we will focus on that in this post.  Much of this information applies to all cuts, but is specifically applicable to round cuts.  If you need help with another cut, we are always happy to help.

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Split Shank Floral Engagement Ring

The 1 carat diamond in this ring is gracefully supported by four milgrained flower petals that are accented with diamonds.  We think it is one of the more unique floral engagement rings we have created and we would love to make one like it for you!

Round Diamond Engagement Rings – The Most Versatile Of The Cuts

Round Diamond Engagement Rings are a classic and timeless look.  They pair well almost any type of engagement ring.  They also hold their value more than any other cut.  But we know that you will never need to sell your ring!   This elegant and traditional genre of designs look stunning no matter that color metal you are using.  Round Diamond Engagement Rings also are easily accented with other stones for additional sparkle or color.  Rounds go with almost every shape.

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Semi Halo Engagement Ring

The ring to the left is our semi-halo engagement ring.  Out customer wanted a halo, but not a halo.  We removed 2 stones from each side of the stone and created a cool twist on the traditional halo engagement ring.

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2 Stone Engagement Ring

The ring to the right is our 2 Stone bypass engagement ring.  We took 2, 1 carat diamonds, offset them, and connect them with the shank.  This design really maximizes the sparkle.

Round Diamond Engagement Rings -More Than The Tiffany style Solitaire

Picking the perfect stone for Round Diamond Engagement Rings can be a harrowing ordeal if you aren’t a jewelry lover or know nothing about diamonds. Not only does it require a large cash outlay.  You will also be purchasing the ring for someone you probably don’t know.  And we have all seen or heard the horror stories about customers being ripped off when buying Round Diamond Engagement Rings.  This is due to the fact that no one teaches us the specifics of buying a diamond.  There are many details to consider.  Details that you have to consider when it comes to selecting the right stone for Round Diamond Engagement Rings. With a bit of luck, however, we will help you iron out these details.  After reading this post, picking the perfect stone for Round Diamond Engagement Rings will become like second nature.

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Vintage Halo Engagement Ring

This Milgrained Halo Engagement Ring pays homage to the exquisite engagement rings created solely by hand in the early 1900’s. The stones in both the halo and band are accented with milgrain while the gallery beneath the center stone is artfully cut out with ballpark squares.  There are two bands going around the shoulders for some additional decoration.

Picking The Perfect Stone For Round Diamond Engagement Rings

We are going to walk you through the process of selecting The Perfect Stone For Round Diamond Engagement Rings. This portion of the guide is dedicated to diamonds.   We will cover  gemstone in a separate post.  Everything that you need to know about diamonds is divided into four Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat.  We will use GIA’s guidelines as well as throw in some of the tips we have learned through out the years. These can both save you money and time if digested properly.

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Celtic Engagement Ring

This is one of our Celtic Engagement Rings.   It is decorated with a Celtic design that culminates in diamond accented triquetras.  The sides of the ring are decorated with sculptural elements.  We can always change the engraving if you have an idea for another pattern.

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2 Stone Split Shank Engagement Ring

This stunning custom engagement ring boats almost 3 carats of diamonds!  The 2 center stones are around 6.5mm and they are accented with 2.2-2.8mm stones.  We have 2 versions of this ring, so check them both out.

Diamond Cut in Round Diamond Engagement Rings

Most diamond experts will tell you that diamond cut is the most important characteristic of a diamond in Round Diamond  Engagement Rings.  This is because it has the greatest influence on the overall aesthetics of the stone and consequently, the entire ring.  Cut is not to be confused with shape though.  People often use the words cut and shape interchangeably. They think of cut as the shape or outline of the diamond, rather than the arrangement of facets needed to create an attractive face-up appearance.  When cut correctly, the light should reflect out the top of the diamond (see image below.) In shallow cut diamonds, light leaks out the bottom. In diamonds that are cut too deep, it leaks out the side. Cut ranges from “ideal” and “excellent” down to “fair.”

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Skull Engagement Ring

The is one of favorite skull halo engagement rings.  It  uses the smaller round cuts in the halo make the center stone appear larger.  They also provide a ton of sparkle!  We can also make this ring without the stones on the band.

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Milgrained Art Deco Engagement Ring

The art deco cathedral ring to the right is just simply stunning.  The milgrain and “V” shapes are beautiful design elements that really highlights the diamond accents

Round Diamond Engagement Rings – The GIA Cut Grading System

The GIA Diamond Cut Grading System is for standard round brilliants in the D-to-Z color range. It is based on the assessment of 7 characteristics. The first 3 are appearance based aspects of the stone.   Fire, which is the dispersion of light into the colors of the spectrum.    Round Diamond Engagement Rings are especially reliant on a master diamonds cutter to provide a well cut stone.  And the Round Brilliant Diamond is the pinnacle of diamond cutting and takes years to master.

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Examples of GIA Cut Grades

Round Diamond Engagement Rings – Not Everything You Read Is True!

People mistakenly think that leaving a pavilion exposed to light will make for a brighter diamond.  This is a myth.  The only light that you see in a stone entered through the top of the stone.   The one to the right shows the different parts of a round diamond.

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Diamond Cut & Light Leakage

Diamond Color in Round Diamond Engagement Rings

Typically, you want your diamond colorless – or as colorless as possible. To save money, go for a I color diamond. There isn’t a significant visible difference between G and I, but the price jump is huge. If your diamond is on the low-end of the scale (anything K or lower), you can set it in gold to minimize the appearance of yellowness. However, if you like the look of a warmer diamond, we have made plenty of Round Diamond Engagement Rings with stones K or lower on the color scale.

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GIA Diamond Color Scale

Diamond Clarity in Round Diamond Engagement Rings

Even something as clear and beautiful as a diamond can be born with a few flaws. The clarity scale measures those flaws and assigns a clarity grade based on those flaws. The scale ranges from FL “Flawless” to I3 “Included”.  An inclusion refers to many types of flaws in the stone. These can be visible to the naked eye if large enough or under a loupe. For an engagement ring, you want to select something between FL “Flawless” and SI2 “Slightly Included”.

 

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GIA Diamond Clarity Scale

However, it is possible to find nice I1 clarity stones if you look a little.  This could save you quite a bit of money on Round Diamond Engagement Rings for a similar looking stone to the eye.  Although nice, we don’t typically recommend buying stone higher than VS2 or VS1 clarity.  There is little difference between the inclusions in these diamonds and the next better clarity.  So when you go with the VS1 or higher stones, many times you are just paying for it to look good under the loupe.  That doesn’t usually translate into a better looking diamond to the naked eye.

Diamond Carat Weight in Round Diamond Engagement Rings

The carat refers to the size of the diamond. Unlike the other three Cs, there isn’t a good trick with this one as the higher the carat number, the bigger the size of the diamond placed on the engagement ring. Some experts suggest that if you need to skim on one of the other Cs to afford a bigger carat, then you should go for clarity.

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Round Diamond Sizes On The Finger

In summary, the cut is the most important of the four Cs to consider when purchasing a diamond. For a colorless diamond, buy something from G to I on the color scale. We think H is the biggest bang for your buck. Although if you can find a J color with some fluorescence, those can look as white an I color stone.  If you can’t afford a near colorless graded stone, then set the diamond in yellow gold.  The yellow will mask some of the warmness of the diamond and make it appear to face up whiter.

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Split Shank Crossover Engagement Ring

This is the prong version of our tulip crossover engagement ring.  We like both because of the contrast of one band with stones and one without them.

For clarity, you want SI2 clarity or higher to minimize visual inclusions.  One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that J color or I1 clarity Round Diamond Engagement Rings aren’t any good.  That is just simply not true.  We have created tons of Round Diamond Engagement Rings using J colored and I1 clarity stones.  And they looked awesome.  You just need to know what I1 and J color stones to look for.  This is where being a GIA GG becomes helpful.

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Harry Potter Inspired Owl Ring

  We also have this ring with stones on the band.  And to really make the owls pop, we can have our master hand engraver really give the birds some detail.

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Tension Set Floral Engagement Ring

This is one of our nature engagement rings. The 5mm center stone is held in place by four leaves after growing up the center of the band.  This is our most popular flora engagement ring.

The Bottom Line on Round Diamond Engagement Rings

The round brilliant cut diamond is the most popular diamond shape by far, making Round Diamond Engagement Rings the most popular ring style.  It has been optimized for fire and brilliance far more than the other cuts.  Whether you’re looking for a classic solitaire or a pavé halo style, our Round Diamond Engagement Rings are handcrafted to the highest standards.

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Asymmetrical Cathedral Engagement Ring

This Modern Cathedral Engagement Ring is a new twist on the cathedral engagement ring.  There are 2 rows of diamonds on the opposite sides of the band, which is pretty  cool, but then those rows are interrupted by swooping lines of stones that go up the sides of the cathedral. It is a very dramatic effect.

We know that when searching for Round Diamond Engagement Rings, there are tons of options out there for you to choose from.   We offer the expertise, value, and service you need to create the perfect custom Round Diamond Engagement Rings.  And we offer those things in spades!

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Knife Edge Cathedral Engagememt Ring

This is one of our Round Diamond Engagement Rings that features a knife-edge shank boasting 2 rows of 1.3mm stones in it.  The 5mm center stone sits above 2 bezel set diamonds as well.  We took the cathedral ring and doubled the sparkle!

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Modern Split Shank Engagement Ring

This Split Shank Modern Engagement Ring to the left is an elegant design you won’t find anywhere else.  It sounds like we say that a lot! It accented with 56, 1.3mm stones that total a little over 1/2 carat.

We know there are literally TONS of places you can get Diamond Engagement Rings from.  However, not all are created equal.  If you are on Etsy or a site like that, you are probably buying from an Asian manufacturer without realizing it.  Yes, they can make their Diamond Engagement Rings for less than we can.  However, the disadvantages of buying jewelry from Asian is a whole other topic you can read about HERE.

It can cost less than you think to have your very own custom engagement ring made just for you.  Why settle for the lame and overpriced bridal jewelry from the chain stores when we can make Round Diamond Engagement Rings showing your style and personality?

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