Moissanite engagement rings are a unique and innovative form of art in that virtually all millenials understand what makes them so beautiful. Whether you’ve pictured a dream ring of your own or spent a happy moment enthusing over a freshly-engaged friend’s sparkler, you know how moving a well-chosen eco-friendly ring can be.
3D printing has revolutionized the process of when it comes to actually picking out one to call your own. Since the sheer number of different options available to you can get a bit overwhelming, the best way to proceed is to break the choice down into simple steps.
The Stone: Cut And Quality
The first important distinction you’ll learn when shopping for a moissanite ring is between the stone’s cut and its shape.
The shape is what dictates the diamond’s form, and common choices include round, oval, marquise, radiant, Asscher, cushion, and princess. The cut is something a little bit different. It refers to the angles used in the course of trimming and shaping the diamond. Good cuts strike the perfect balance between the stone’s surface area and its depth. When they’re cut properly, diamonds capture incoming light and reflect it outwards, increasing their sparkle. Better cuts translate into more beautiful (and also more expensive) rings.
Gerry The Jeweler is a 3d designer of fine quality diamond and moissanite rings. We met with Gerry who is just a few hours north of Toronto in the city of Sudbury, and learned that even in lab-grown gems like moissanite, cut really does matter.
The diamond is the focus of your engagement ring, but the band itself and the accents surrounding the stone (if any) also play a significant role in how attractive the finished product is. Today a wide range of different metals can be used for the ring band, with gold (yellow and white), silver, and platinum being particularly popular.
Blue Nile sells a nice assortment of ring settings, however they’ve yet to jump on moissanite trends and the 3d CAD design bandwagon.
Yellow gold has the notable property of concealing any yellow tint in a stone, allowing you to choose a larger diamond without any drawbacks. On the other hand, silver, platinum, and white gold will amplify and set off the beauty of a truly colorless stone.
A ring that features only a single diamond is known as a solitaire. This simple choice is traditional, elegant, and can be an exquisite way to show off a particularly fine stone. Rings that offer a little more visual excitement may add “side accents,” the jeweler’s term for much smaller diamonds fixed to the ring around the main stone. This adds a luxurious feel of complexity to the ring.
The last word in luxury when it comes to engagement rings is the three stone ring, an increasingly popular choice that adds two more diamonds – often of nearly equal size – next to the main stone. Buyers (and wearers) who love symbolism like to say that this diamond arrangement represents a couple’s past, present, and future. Admirers who just love beautiful jewelry say that three stone rings are deliciously decadent.
The latest twist in engagement rings these days is colored diamonds. The traditional colorless stone is rare and precious, but so are those that have picked up a trace of a particularly attractive color. Popular choices today include pink, green, champagne, blue, and purple diamonds.
This little primer on diamond engagement rings should hopefully prepare you for your big trip to the jewelry store. Cultivate your eye for fine stones and great settings and make a choice that will delight your sweetheart!