Social media platforms such as Pinterest, Instagram have made the lives of husband-to-be a lot easier. When the time has come for them to start their search for the ideal engagement ring, a visit to their bride-to-be’s Pinterest page or Insta posts might give them the inspiration needed to make the right choice. Many women dedicate entire boards and posts to their desired engagement rings, dresses and flower arrangements, heavily dropping hints for their future husbands.
Sterling silver engagement rings exist in a category of their own. With so many different cuts to choose from, shopping for the right one can quickly make you break a sweat and storm out of your local jeweller’s in a panic. So before you embark on your search, take a step back, wipe those sweat-pearls from your forehead and familiarize yourself with the world of engagement rings and their many styles and cuts to choose from a variety of designs.
The Princess Cut
When it comes to engagement rings, the princess cut has emerged in a relatively short time as one of the most popular choices out there and is the undisputed runner up to the round diamond in terms of popularity. The cut was first introduced around the 1960s but it was only in 1979 that the Princess cut was created and named as we know it today.
From the top view, it is square or slightly rectangular, while the underside is a 4-sided pyramidal shape. The princess cut contains either 57 or 76 facets and, due to its exceptional distribution of light, it is the most brilliant of all the square shaped diamonds. No wonder it is highly sought after for engagement rings! While the round diamond is more traditional, the princess cut appears more dramatic and modern, making the wearer stand out and being the ultimate head turner.
The Marquise Cut
Just because a marquise sterling silver engagement ring is a little “old school” doesn’t mean it can’t look entirely modern. In fact, many jewelry designers are putting a so-now twist on the ring shape with sleek, minimal designs and modern settings like east-west set stones, bezel settings, and double band silhouettes. Another way designers are making marquise stones feel fresh is with rose-gold metal, enamel detailing, open-ring designs, or setting them slightly off-kilter—these savvy design tactics are totally unique ways of giving the classic stone shape an of-the-moment feel.
If the idea of an antique design with retro touches is more your speed, a marquise-cut diamond is as gorgeous in yellow gold as it is sterling silver. Skip the east-west settings in favor of traditional north-south set stones and aim for slimmer stones that have more of an old-fashioned feel (winder marquise stones definitely appear more modern).
The Emerald Cut
Emerald cut diamonds got the attention they’ve been deserving thanks to some celebrity engagement rings, but don’t think for one second that they’re just a trend. These elegant and understated stones are stunners at the center of a whole range of setting styles. The emerald cut is a unique shape compared to the other cuts as is has its own characteristics in shape and size.
Emerald cut diamonds are popular in sterling silver engagement rings because of their timeless look. It can also be incorporated into more contemporary styles like rose gold engagement rings. Emerald cut diamonds are known for their elegance and shine. They don’t sparkle as much as a brilliant cut diamond but still have a stunning beauty. With emerald diamonds, focus on getting one the best color and clarity that you can get as those show more in a step cut diamond.
The Cushion Cut
A sense of harmony characterizes the cushion cut sterling silver engagement ring as it combines impressively cut facets for dazzling sparkle and softly rounded corners for a touch of subtlety. Whether in a solitaire setting or within a halo of pavé diamonds, it radiates a rainbow of light.
It’s no wonder the cushion cut engagement ring has been worn as a symbol of love since the nineteenth century. The larger facets of the cushion diamond reflect light in the most romantic way. The ideal ring setting for your cushion cut diamond is whatever your heart desires. First select the cushion cut diamond that puts a big smile on your face. Then find the engagement ring setting that makes you want to dance. Go modern with a simple cushion cut solitaire setting or surround your cushion cut diamond with a halo of diamonds. T
The Heart Cut
Experiments with heart shaped diamond rings began over 100 years ago, but this unique fancy diamond shape was not created until the use of computer models and laser cutting tools became available. Today, professional cutters can now craft an outstanding superior heart shaped diamond or gemstone with extremely high fire and brilliance qualities.
Heart engagement sterling silver rings look quite lovely in a number of styles – from simple solitaires to engraved and even Celtic bands. And because this type of cut is challenging, and quite unique, heart wedding rings often increase in value with time.
This shape also looks splendid in colorful gemstones, and the pink heart diamond ring – crafted with pink sapphires and watermelon tourmaline – is a particular favorite these days with couples looking for enchanting engagement ring styles.
The Asscher Cut
The asscher diamond cut is a popular choice for many women around the world. When you are choosing a shape for your diamond engagement ring, it really comes down to your personal preference and style, but there’s no denying the vintage appeal of these stones. The asscher cut diamond engagement ring consists of a step-cut stone. This means that it has long and rectangular facets, which gives it a glassy shine and large flashes of brilliance.
The modern asscher cut diamond is similar to a square emerald cut, usually with larger step facets, a higher crown, and a smaller table. This combination often produces more brilliance than the emerald cut. A well cut asscher will appear to have concentric squares as you look down through the table, the result of proper positioning of the pavilion facets underneath. Like the emerald cut, the asscher cut has cropped corners; however, because an asscher is square, the cropped corners give the asscher cut a somewhat octagonal shape. Once mounted in a four prong setting, the diamond maintains its unique shape within a square silhouette.