I recently discovered a slew of information about wedding rings on marthastewartweddings.com. It brought me back to the time when I actually thought about all that stuff. It was so fun to look at all the different styles and design various possibilities in my mind. Even though my husband ended up designing it and surprising me, I still had an idea of what I liked and found ways of letting him know. I’m not a really picky person, but I was a little nervous that he wouldn’t pick up on my hints. I should have had greater faith in him because I absolutely love my wedding ring. It makes me smile when I catch a glimpse of it and think about how well he knows me (or at least how well he listens to my not-so-subtle hints!). Here is a little run down of the different possibilities:
A round cut is considered the most popular and traditional cut diamond. About 80% of all loose diamonds being sold today are round cut. This cut is known for maximum beauty and brilliance.
The second most popular cut of diamond that is sold.
Nicknamed “Teardrop of the Gods”. That has a nice ring to it (no pun intended).
Perhaps the most regal and elegant ring shape. Makes fingers appear longer. Due the large surface area, this ring will appear larger than another diamond cut of equal weight.
The heart is considered a very romantic ring choice. However it is incredibly difficult to do well. Absolute symmetry is paramount in order to have a ring that will retain it’s value.
While the emerald cut will not allow for maximum fire and brilliance, it is considered to have a very unique and heirloom-style quality about it. People who choose this cut are typically less concerned with the ‘bling’ and may be more interested in making a creative and individual statement.
A cushion cut diamond also tends to look larger than it actually weighs making it a good value for those who like the look of a big diamond without the hefty price tag.
The asscher is a highly specialized cut of diamond. Without any set proportions, the diamond cutter will specifically hand craft this cut for maximum brilliance. Sounds expensive to me but certainly beautiful and unique.
Oval cut rings are very seldom used in a solitaire setting. It is much more common to see as part of a three-stone setting. Considered very flattering for most hand shapes. (this is what I have and it is flanked on both sides with some smaller diamonds).
Remember to consider your preferences concerning clarity and color. These were concepts totally foreign to me when I began learning about diamonds. However, if you don’t mind a few flaws or traces of color, you may be able to spend a little less for a larger diamond. If maximum clarity is preferred than you might consider a smaller size. Click here or here to find more diamond facts. And don’t forget to think about finishes too. I love the look of a brushed finish but I didn’t find many examples in jewelry stores unless I specifically asked to see one.