The special journey of your life begins with a special adornment and diamonds can mark this beginning with absolute purity and divinity. Diamond rings have always been the choice of couples for their engagements since ages. Now, it’s not only limited to brick and mortar showrooms but you may design your engagement ring as well. With its brilliant shine and cut, it has always captivated the eye of the wearer. It is a timeless and vintage crystal that have been the favourite of many kings and queens.
Do you know that one of the largest cut diamond discovered till date is Koh-i-Noor which was founded in Kollur Mines of Andhra Pradesh and is now a part of British Crown Jewels!
You must be curious enough as how the diamonds came into existence. Let’s just sail past in time in time and learn a little about their discovery.
The journey of diamond could be traced back to 4th century BC and got itsbeginning in India. But soon after its depletion or rather difficult discovery, alternate sources were searched and by 13th century it was founded somewhere in European terrain and even a smaller portion of Brazil was also excavatedfor diamonds. Afterwards, many monarchies and countries laid down laws and restrictions on the use of diamonds and it was somewhat symbolized as an adornment for royals only. But with time, people started trading and creating it for commons as well.
Now, enough with the history. Let’s get back to learn about the types of diamond rings available in the market and the various settings that goes with them.
There are basically three types of diamond rings:
- Solitaire Rings: These are very common and much favoured by couples as their engagement ring. These are just a single diamond stone set atop a ring held by prongs on various types of settings. There are different shapes of diamond solitaire rings available in the market.
- Round Shaped: As the name suggests, it is a simple shape and is also well liked among masses for its brilliance and fiery colourless profile.
- Pear Shaped: Very elegantly shaped, this resembles the shape of pear which is narrower at one end and broader at another.
- Emerald Cut: This resembles of a square shape and appears to be slightly raised in the middle.
- Radiant–Cut: It looks a bit like hexagon and is also seems larger in size.
- Marquise-Cut: It is shaped like a rugby ball and is slightly on the elongated side. Suits well on those with long fingers.
- Heart-shaped: As the name suggests, it is a heart shaped ring and is the most popular engagement ring among all.
- Baguette-cut: This is a rectangular shaped diamond ring and is more in the category of step-cuts that have symmetrical parallel faces. Because of its thinness, it is more favoured in side bands.
- Oval shaped: The name suggests its shape and is also an elongated one which looks bigger and deeper due to its carat weight.
- Cushion-cut: More of a celebrity style shape with its bulkier form with a square shape and rounded corners.
- Princess-cut: This is also a square shaped diamond which is whose shape is similar to that of an inverted pyramid with elongated and pointed edges.
- Side-Stone Rings: It portrays a stunning look for the onlookers who are digging for a perfect ring. These side-stone rings have a diamond ring in the centre with two or more diamonds flanking it sides, giving it a grand appearance.
- Pave Rings: This type of ring uses small diamonds latched onto the surface of the rings with the help of tiny metal prongs. Though it is commonly made with small diamonds, it could also be manufactured with a large piece of diamond.
Even if there are variety of diamond rings available in the market, you may design your wedding ring online as per your choice of shape.
Different types of ring settings
- Prong setting: It uses metal projections to hold the stone in place like a container. It is usually seen with four or six prongs
- Bezel setting: This type of setting completely surrounds the stone where only the outer portion could be seen else is hidden inside the solid band.
- Invisible setting: This type of settings holds the bunch of diamond or a single stone with an underneath support which is not visible from outside.
- Channel setting: It creates a passage within which the stones are set, bestowing a channeled look.
- Bar setting: In this type of setting, the stones are held together with a long thin bar which is shared among two stones sitting side-by-side.
- Gypsy setting: This is basically seen in men’s ring where the band is thicker at one side and the stones are inserted in the middle of the band.