Shopping for an engagement ring, wedding band or everyday diamonds, can be expensive, stressful and can offer a whole lot of uncertainty because let’s face it, you’re no gemologist. You will have a million and one questions to ask and that’s okay. The average person doesn’t know much about diamonds. One of the most pressing questions you will face is whether to purchase a naturally sourced diamond or purchase a lab grown diamond. Don’t panic, we’re here to break it down for you, in terms that you and your bride will most definitely understand.

So, what’s the big deal? Is there a difference between lab grown vs natural diamonds? Of course, there is. But how can you tell? Decades of research and technological advancements now make this tall task much easier and the system is improving every day.

1.    How natural diamonds are formed:

Diamonds have been around for almost as long as Mother Earth has. A naturally sourced diamond forms deep under earth’s surface over billions of years. The diamond itself is formed due to extreme pressure and high temperatures. It is then brought to the surface through volcanic eruption and sits in a volcanic rock formation, known as “kimberlite pipes.” The diamond then patiently awaits to be mined by professional mining engineers.  Mining engineering, according to Wikipedia, is an engineering discipline that applies science and technology to the extraction of minerals from the earth.

2.   What a diamond’s material consists of:

Okay, so we know how diamonds form but what is inside of a real, naturally sourced diamond? According to the FTC (federal trade commission), a diamond’s material consists of pure carbon crystallized in the isometric cubic system. Most diamonds, however, aren’t 100% pure carbon. They often consist of other materials such as nitrogen and inclusions, small pieces of foreign objects that have been cemented into the still-forming diamond, billions of years ago. That is the simplest way to explain how diamonds are formed and what materials it consists of.

3.   How lab grown diamonds are made:

Now, for its #1 competition, we will explore how lab-grown diamonds are made and how they differ from naturally sourced diamonds. It’s 2019 and technology is making new strides every single day. It’s no surprise that we have discovered a way to virtually copy a natural diamond, inside a laboratory. This practice starting back in the 1950s but wasn’t available on the market until as recent as the early 2010s, almost 60 years after the practice was first introduced. According to GIA Distinguished Research Fellow, Dr James Shigley, there are two methods used when making lab-grown diamonds.

The first method basically mocks how diamonds are made deep underneath earth’s crust, using high pressure and high temperature. This method is known as HTHP. The second method known as chemical vapor deposition or CVD involves “breaking down the molecules of a carbon-rich gas, such as methane, into carbon and hydrogen atoms, which then are deposited on diamond seeds to produce a square-shaped, tabular diamond crystal” according to the official GIA educational website.

Lab-grown diamonds can take a month or so to make, compared to a naturally sourced diamond that took billions of years to form, deep under earth’s surface. This fact alone, appeals to the buyer (you), because they typically find the natural process much more unique, therefore willing to spend more money on it. Another big difference is that naturally sourced diamonds are expected to increase in value over time, whereas lab grown diamonds are expected to decrease in value over time. If you’re considering selling your diamond in the future (let’s hope not but with the average divorce rate in America, it’s a possibility) the naturally sourced diamond will be worth much more.

4.    How to tell the difference between naturally sourced and lab grown diamonds

So how can you tell the difference? To the naked eye, and even outdated technology, the difference is non-existent. Lab grown diamonds are made up of the same chemicals, making it very hard to tell the difference. The GIA has implemented new technology, educational seminars and more, in order to keep the gem-buying public constantly informed. The big difference, according to Dr. Shigley, is that lab-grown diamonds have different growth morphology which is basically the difference between how earth shapes the diamond versus how the lab will shape the diamond.

Research is constantly being conducted by the GIA and new methods to tell the difference are emerging daily. This information is important now more than ever because the GIA is updating their guidelines as of July 2019. These new guidelines will make it easier for the consumer to know if their diamond is naturally sourced or lab grown.

5.    Difference in price and rarity

In a new era where technology has completely taken over, you can see why the price of a naturally sourced diamond is much higher than its counterpart; lab grown diamonds. Everything, nowadays, can be copied and reproduced. We’re living in a virtual reality. Real diamonds connect us to mother earth because of its rarity and geological origin. Think of it like this, would you rather eat GMO or organic foods? The answer is easy, but the price difference is obviously a factor.

6.    So why should I buy one or the other?

If you can afford a real, naturally sourced diamond then definitely take that route. If money is an issue and your bride isn’t concerned over the rarity of the diamond, purchasing a lab grown diamond works just the same. Remember, the difference isn’t obvious to the naked eye or even a professionals naked eye.

At the end of the day, it isn’t about the diamond. It was never about the diamond. It’s about what the diamond represents. A diamond turned into an engagement ring, wedding band or another piece of jewelry, represents love, commitment, accomplishment and so much more. A diamond represents growth, stability and a bright path to your future. The most important thing you can do is to stay educated on the constantly evolving techniques and methods used by the GIA.


GIA Diamond Grading Report

Choosing Between Certified and Non-Certified Diamonds

Many customers shopping for a diamond engagement ring know they should buy from a retailer who only sells certified diamonds, but few understand what distinguishes a certified diamond from a non-certified diamond.

First, we’d like to applaud you for shopping certified! Now let’s discuss the differences between certified and non-certified diamonds and how shopping for certified diamonds is a benefit in itself.

Certified Vs. Non-Certified Diamonds

To put it simply, certified diamonds are diamonds that have been evaluated by an independent certifying agency, and they’re accompanied by a unique identification number and certificate. Some certified diamonds are laser inscribed with the ID number for your peace of mind.

On the other hand, non-certified diamonds have not been evaluated by an independent certifying agency, and a retailer can only speculate as to the diamond’s quality. If a retailer tells you the clarity, color, carat weight, or cut of a non-certified stone, the retailer is only sharing a best guess.

Certified diamonds aren’t inherently better than non-certified diamonds, but they tend to be higher-quality stones because the retailer has chosen them for their documented quality. Many times, certified diamonds are completely natural and have not undergone treatment.

Who Certifies the Diamonds?

A number of diamond certifying agencies exist, but Diamond Mansion works mostly with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and EGL USA. What we’ve noticed with the naked eye is that GIA is more strict with its grading than EGL. As a result, customers tend to prefer GIA certified diamonds because they know that GIA sets a high standard.

Here’s a sample of a GIA diamond grading report. GIA also maintains an online database where any user can search for diamonds by ID number. In addition, here are some sample EGL reports. Users can also verify an EGL report by visiting the agency’s homepage.

Benefits of Shopping for Certified Diamonds

When you shop for a certified diamond that will be the center stone in your custom engagement ring, you remove much of the guess work. Viewing a diamond’s certification can give you peace of mind you might not have if you try to choose from a selection of non-certified stones.

Furthermore, shopping for certified diamonds can educate you about diamonds and give you a better appreciation for them. When you start to understand the various criteria listed on the diamond grading report and then compare grades to what you see with your naked eye, you’ll slowly begin to learn the nuances of characteristics like color and clarity. When you see a D color stone, you’ll be able to appreciate the lack of color for what it is.

Is It Ever Okay to Buy a Non-Certified Diamond?

For small stones or accent stones, you might consider purchasing a non-certified diamond. In smaller diamonds, it can be difficult or near impossible to view quality characteristics with the naked eye. However, GIA does offer special testing for loose and mounted diamonds in smaller sizes. Testing for diamonds less than .2 carats can determine whether your small diamonds are natural and whether they’ve been treated.

How has your experience shopping for certified diamonds been? Do you wish you could understand anything more about the reports or the certifying process?

SHOP GIA CERTIFIED ENGAGEMENT RINGS AT DIAMOND MANSION

5 Reasons to Appreciate Diamonds

5 Reasons to Appreciate Diamonds

Earlier this year, The Daily Beast posed the question: “Why have millennials fallen out of love with diamonds?”

According to market research, young people seem to be choosing non-diamond goods and experiences over diamond engagement rings and other diamond jewelry. They cite reasons like concerns with ethical mining processes, a lack of funds to purchase diamond jewelry, and simply having other priorities.

As a longtime lover of colored gemstones like emeralds and amethysts, I didn’t start loving diamonds until a few years ago, when I learned about their rich history and amazing properties! Now I can appreciate nearly any diamond, even if it’s small, has a large inclusion (these diamonds can be interesting too!), or is shaped in a way that doesn’t suit my tastes.

Diamond Mansion would like to remind everyone that diamonds should be appreciated no matter what your style tastes or personal beliefs, and here are five reasons why:

1. Only about 30% of diamonds mined worldwide are gem-quality diamonds. What does “gem quality” mean? It means that these particular diamonds are worthy of being cut into faceted shapes, and they’re used in jewelry. The other 70% of diamonds are used for industrial purposes. Source: http://www.gia.edu/gia-news-research-diamond-fun-facts

2. All diamonds are at least 990,000,000 years old. Try to wrap your mind around that. The diamond on your finger or in any other piece of jewelry has existed longer than you can possibly imagine, before recorded history. No wonder diamonds symbolize everlasting love! Source: http://nature.berkeley.edu/classes/eps2/wisc/Lect6.html

3. Both diamonds and graphite are made from the same material: carbon. However, diamonds are the hardest material, and graphite is a very soft material. Structurally, the only difference between the two materials is how the carbon atoms are linked. Source: http://nature.berkeley.edu/classes/eps2/wisc/Lect6.html

4. A D color, Internally Flawless (IF) diamond only represents .001% of the world’s diamond production. These near-perfect diamonds are extremely rare, even in small carat weights. Source: http://www.whiteflash.com/about-diamonds/diamond-education/pure-perfection-d-flawless-a-cut-above-923.htm

5. Diamonds are common in outer space. According to Geology.com, “researchers have developed a strategy for finding diamonds in space that are only a nanometer (a billionth of a meter) in size.” These diamonds are too small for engagement rings, but they might help scientists understand how life first developed on Earth. Source: http://geology.com/nasa/diamonds-in-space.shtml

Aren’t these some amazing facts about diamonds? You can visit GIA’s Diamond Fun Facts page to learn more or view Diamond Mansion’s complete selection of engagement rings to learn how we can custom design your engagement ring with a diamond that meets your needs, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences.

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When You Don't Like Your Engagement Ring

A newly-engaged woman recently asked Reddit, “What if you don’t like your ring?”

She admits, “I know this post sounds whiney and terrible. And I feel whiney and terrible. I just really, really don’t like my ring.”

She describes her ring as made of platinum, which she doesn’t like as much as yellow or rose gold. She also changed her mind about wanting a cubic zirconia stone. Originally she had wanted a CZ but now wishes she had asked her fiance for a colored gemstone instead. As a result, she’s not sure what to do.

These days, many couples opt to shop for an engagement ring together, to ensure they’re buying something they’ll love for many years to come. But mistakes and changes-of-mind happen.

So what can you do if you love your fiance, but you don’t love your ring (that obviously wasn’t purchased from Diamond Mansion)? You have a few options.

1. Diamond Mansion can help you design your dream engagement ring. Shopping at some jewelry stores can be difficult because they might not have a large inventory. Depending on where you live, your access to stylish and beautiful engagement rings may be limited. When you shop online with Diamond Mansion, the sky’s the limit! You can choose your favorite from any of our design suggestions, modify them to your liking, or create a custom design from your imagination!

2. Diamond Mansion can reuse your existing setting and help you choose a new center stone. Maybe you really like your current setting, but you don’t love your center stone. Perhaps your fiance got you a cubic zirconia or a low-quality diamond due to budget concerns, but now you can afford a better quality stone! We can help you choose a natural, GIA-certified diamond that fits your existing setting and makes you smile.

3. Diamond Mansion can reuse your existing center stone and help you choose a new setting. If you love your diamond but don’t like the style of your setting, you’re in luck! We can custom make the setting of your dreams to fit your existing stone.

4. Diamond Mansion can reuse the gold or platinum from your current settings and melt it down for your new setting. Maybe you don’t like your setting at all and want to start from scratch, but you want to recoup some of the money spent on it (jewelers often won’t buy back settings except for gold). If you’re setting is made from a precious metal that you’d like in your new setting, we can melt down the original setting and use the metal in the new setting.

5. Diamond Mansion can possibly trade in your original diamond. This will depend on the quality of your original stone. Typically we accept GIA-certified stones. Regardless, we can help you find the best solution for your unique situation.

If you’re STILL not happy with your ring, don’t worry! We can start the custom design process for only a 10% deposit and then refund your deposit if you don’t like the result. We also have a 45-day money-back guarantee. To view all the options available to you, browse Diamond Mansion’s complete section of custom engagement rings.

Are there aspects of your engagement ring that you would change or do differently if you had the chance to repurchase it? Share in the comments below.

Featured photo by Steven Coutts

Ship Your Engagement Ring without Ruining the Surprise

Nearly all of us have heard stories about engagements gone wrong or nearly wrong. Sometimes the fiance-to-be picks up on strange behavior. Or maybe a close friend who knows about the upcoming engagement accidentally spills the beans.

One of my close friends once told me a story about how he had forgotten about the engagement ring box he had hidden in the trunk of his car. He accidentally opened the trunk with his girlfriend standing next to him and had to craft an on-the-spot lie to avoid spoiling the surprise. Don’t be like him.

At Diamond Mansion, we ship custom engagement rings to customers all over the world, even as far as Australia! A challenge for customers who can’t pick up their ring from our showroom in Los Angeles, CA is keeping secrets from the loved ones they’re trying to surprise!

Even if you don’t live together, hiding your engagement ring shipment from your partner can prove to be a difficult task! Have you worried that receiving your engagement ring shipment might spoil a surprise proposal or gift?

In this post we share five tips for keeping your special delivery a surprise until the big moment.

  1. Ask a trusted friend or family member to receive your engagement ring package on your behalf. If you’re able to pick up your package from a trusted friend or family member who can safely hold your ring for you, consider shipping it to them rather than to your primary residence.*
  2. Ship the package to your work address. Are you always at the office anyway? It might make more sense to have the package shipped to the place where you work, since you’ll most likely be there to sign for it. Even better, you can hide your secret engagement ring in a locked desk drawer until you’re ready to pop the question.*
  3. Don’t stress about the packaging. At Diamond Mansion, we only ship our engagement rings and other jewelry in discreet packaging. Neither our company name nor our address appears on the packaging. You might have to explain to your fiance-to-be why you’re receiving an unmarked package, but you can create a little white lie.
  4. Opt to have your package held at a UPS or FedEx center. If we ship your package to your closest UPS or FedEx center, then you can pick it up at your earliest convenience and find the best hiding spot when you’re fiance to be isn’t around to watch.

What are some ways that you’ve manage to keep your engagement a surprise, or how do you plan to surprise your fiance-to-be?

Design your custom engagement ring with Diamond Mansion today!

*Shipping to an address that’s not your billing address is only possible when you pay with a wire transfer.

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Our 10 Favorite Square Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

Square Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

We recently featured our 10 favorite elongated cushion-cut engagement rings, but today we’d like to show off the same diamond cut, in a square shape. Square cushion-cut diamonds have more equal symmetry and are perfect for anyone who also likes princess or Asscher cut diamonds. In general, cushion-cut diamonds are our hottest sellers right now, and it’s not difficult to see why! They look like sparkling little pillows of luxury.

In this post, we share our 10 favorite square cushion-cut engagement rings.

Flat Shoulder Shank

Flat Shoulder Shank

Flat Shoulder Shank

One of our most popular square cushion cut engagement ring styles is our flat-shoulder shank pave halo engagement ring. It’s very on trend, and the simple, sparkling setting won’t distract from your gorgeous center diamond. The pave-set diamonds will twinkle every time you move your hand.

Pave Split Shank

Pave Split Shank

Pave Split Shank

If the first style is too simple for your taste, don’t worry! This split-shank halo engagement ring setting is unique and has an added layer of interest. The shank moves in two different directions before it meets the center diamond, and the halo surrounds your square cushion-cut stone with luxury.

Three-Row Pave Shank

Three-Row Pave Shank

Three-Row Pave Shank

If you like the look of a thick band, then this ring was made for you! There’s no need to stack many rings together when one ring has the look of three. Your square cushion cut center diamond will appear dreamy in this three-row shank pave halo diamond engagement ring.

Twisted Eternity Pave

Twisted Eternity Pave

Twisted Eternity Pave

If you like more girly and feminine styles, then this twisted pave diamond band will be the look for you. Pictured here is the rose-gold version with a fancy yellow square cushion-cut center diamond, but you can customize the ring in your favorite color of gold with whatever square cushion cut diamond your heart desires.

Simple Pave

Simple Pave

Simple Pave

For a simple pave diamond setting without a halo, which can sometimes distract from the beauty of your square cushion-cut center diamond, this setting is ideal. The band in fairly thick compared to some other pave diamond bands, and the bead setting allows for more gold to show between the diamonds.

U-Prong Halo

U-Prong Halo

U-Prong Halo

What makes this pave diamond halo setting different from some of the others is the u-prong setting, which holds up the diamonds and allows the metal to “get of the way” so that it doesn’t distract from the sparkle. Your square cushion cut center diamond will look spectacular with the princess-like setting complementing it!

U-Prong Halo

U-Prong Halo

White Gold U-Prong Halo

So maybe you’re not a fan of rose gold. This setting is exactly the same as the previous one except in white gold. We can also make this ring in yellow gold and platinum!

Dramatic Split Shank

Dramatic Split Shank

Dramatic Split Shank

Here’s another example of a split shank, but the divide is a little more dramatic than the one in the second setting style. With this setting, you’ll be able to show off just a little more skin. Your center square cushion-cut diamond will find its happy home in this setting!

Classic Halo

Classic Halo

Classic Halo

A classic halo diamond engagement ring, this setting will look stunning on anyone’s finger. You can’t go wrong by pairing a square cushion-cut center diamond with this sparkling and classic halo setting!

Royal Halo

Royal Halo

Royal Halo

If you’re looking for a ring that’s fit for royalty, this pave halo diamond engagement ring setting has lots of detail, and the careful craftsmanship is obvious. Your square cushion cut center diamond will be sitting on a throne when it’s paired with this ring setting.

Craving some more sparkle? Check out Diamond Mansion’s complete selection of square cushion cut engagement rings.

 

Our 10 Favorite Radiant Cut Engagement Rings

Radiant Cut Engagement Rings

Radiant cut diamonds are truly innovative and unique – they were the first square-shaped diamond to have a brilliant-cut pattern like the round brilliant diamond.

First developed in the 1980s, radiant cut diamonds can come in square or rectangular shapes, and they’re perfect for anyone who enjoys the look of princess and cushion-cut diamonds. The radiant is definitely another option to consider!

At Diamond Mansion, we love and appreciate radiant-cut diamonds, and we hope to share our enthusiasm with you. Below is a list of our 10 favorite radiant cut engagement ring style:

Baguette and Round Setting

Baguette and Round Setting

Baguette and Round Setting

Radiant cut diamonds look great paired with many different stone shapes – in this setting style, you can find two lovely shapes: baguettes and round-cut diamonds. They surround the center stone in a halo for maximum attention. Delicate milgrain detail creates even more interest.

Surprise Pave

Surprise Pave

Surprise Pave

If you’re seeking a fairly simple setting that has an element of surprise for your radiant cut center diamond, this ring is perfect for you. Pave diamonds are bead set in the band, and the side view reveals diamonds on the prongs.

Trapezoid Accent Stones

Trapezoid Accent Stones

Trapezoid Accent Stones

Practice geometry when you wear this setting style featuring trapezoid side stones to complement your center radiant cut diamond. The thick gold band is just an added layer of luxury to pamper your finger.

Two-Tone Verragio

Two-Tone Verragio

Two-Tone Verragio

Ring designer Verragio has some of the most elegant and unique ring settings in the industry, and this two-tone setting is the classiest way to display your radiant cut diamond. Milgrain detail around the bands demonstrates Verragio’s attention to the tiniest features.

Mixed Accent Stones

Mixed Accent Stones

Mixed Accent Stones

If you’re having trouble deciding on a ring setting, this style has almost everything: a place for your radiant cut center diamond, two sizes of round-cut diamonds, baguettes, and textured gold. It’s truly a designer-inspired look that will prompt complete strangers to grab your hand.

Diamond-Crusted Split Shank

Diamond-Crusted Split Shank

Diamond-Crusted Split Shank

If you enjoy more of a diamond-encrusted look, this engagement ring style will make a perfect home for your radiant cut center diamond. The split shank shows off just a hint of skin, and pave diamonds in multiple rows wrap the shank. The prongs are swooping and elegant.

Bar-Set Baguettes

Bar-Set Baguettes

Bar-Set Baguettes

Bar-set baguettes are the highlight of this radiant cut diamond engagement ring, which also includes two rows of pave diamonds. The thickness of the gold will wrap your finger with luxury and also serve as a lovely highlight for your radiant diamond.

Updated Pave

Updated Pave

Updated Pave

The design of this setting takes takes the traditional pave setting and adds a contemporary twist. Squares of gold create additional design elements to highlight your radiant cut center diamond. The thick, flat prongs create an extra layer of visual interest.

Substantial Setting

Substantial Setting

Substantial Setting

If you have more muscular fingers and want a thick ring to complement your sturdy hands, then you’ll appreciate pave diamond and bezel-set princess cut setting. The mix of prongs and bezel settings are very interesting to the eye.

Parade Floral

Parade Floral

Parade Floral 

By famed designed Parade, this engagement ring has a floral motif that’s perfect for the nature lover. A radiant cut center diamond is a lovely contrast to the vine-like swooping gold. This style is simple but lovely in its detail.

Shop Diamond Mansion’s entire selection of radiant cut engagement rings.

Scholarship

Are you a student who’s getting married? Are you worried about paying for both your wedding and your tuition?

It’s not hard to believe that the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 school years was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. (CollegeData.com)

Furthermore, according to CNN Money, couples are now spending more than $30,000 to get married. Paying for a dress, a venue, a DJ, flowers, food, and photography (among other expenses) can quickly become very expensive. Forget about the honeymoon!

Diamond Mansion wants to help you.

Starting this fall, we’re going to award a $1,000 scholarship to the one person who can dazzle us with an essay in response to the following question: How will earning an undergraduate or graduate degree better prepare you for being a life partner and/or parent?

All you need to do is write a 500-word response to this question and send it to [email protected] by September 30, 2016. We’ll choose one winner, who’ll receive a check from us directly.

For all the details, just visit our scholarship information page. We truly look forward to reading all the entries and choosing a deserving winner!

Our 10 Favorite Pear-Shaped Engagement Rings

Pear Shaped Rose Gold Engagement Ring

A fusion of the classic round-brilliant and marquise diamond shapes, pear-shaped diamonds are also sometimes known as teardrop diamonds. They possess the sparkle of a round-brilliant diamond but stun with the fancy shape of a marquise. A pear-shaped diamond comes to a point at one end and is rounded on the other end. Traditionally, the diamond is worn with the point facing upwards, and pear-shaped diamonds are flattering center stones for engagement rings because they make the finger appear longer than it is. Here are 10 of our favorite pear-shaped engagement rings:

U-Prong Pave Diamond Setting

U-Prong Pave Diamond Setting

U-Prong Pave Diamond Setting
The curves of your pear-shaped diamond will be highlighted by this simple pave diamond setting. The diamonds are held by u-prongs to create a sleek and contemporary look.

Simple Solitaire Setting

Simple Solitaire Setting

Simple Solitaire Setting
If you want nothing more than to highlight the pure beauty of your sparkling pear-shaped diamond, then a solitaire setting might be your best choice. A smooth gold silhouette will complement your center stone.

Verragio Infinity Pave Diamond Setting

Verragio Infinity Pave Diamond Setting

Verragio Infinity Pave Diamond Setting
Dainty and delicate, this open, twisted pave setting is a feminine way to complement your pear-shaped center stone. The curves of the setting will match the curves of your diamond.

Infinity Design Pave Diamond Setting

Infinity Design Pave Diamond Setting

Infinity Design Pave Diamond Setting
Want to capture the infinite nature of your love? This pave band with infinity symbols is both meaningful and stylish. It will be an ideal match for your pear-shaped center diamond.

Art Deco Halo Setting

Art Deco Halo Setting

Art Deco Halo Setting
This 1920s-inspired, Art-Deco-look diamond engagement ring is substantial and fashionable. With its pave halo, this setting is a stunning accompaniment to a pear-shaped center diamond.

Simple Tension Setting

Simple Tension Setting

Simple Tension Setting
If you’re looking for a more modern and sleek way to display your beautiful pear-shaped center diamond, you should consider this high-polished tension setting. We promise that a force slightly more trustworthy than magic is holding your diamond safely in place.

Bezel Setting with Diamond Collar

Bezel Setting with Diamond Collar

Bezel Setting with Diamond Collar
A bezel setting for a pear-shaped diamond will ensure that its pointed end is well protected from clumsy hands. This setting has a pave diamond collar for high-fashion detail.

Tapered Baguettes and Rounds Setting

Tapered Baguettes and Rounds Setting

Tapered Baguettes and Rounds Setting
Add even more geometric interest your pear-shaped center diamond by accessorizing it with tapered baguettes and round-cut accent diamonds. This style is classic and eclectic at the same time.

Raised Bezel Setting

Raised Bezel Setting

Raised Bezel Setting
A sleek and minimalist bezel setting will protect the pointed end of your precious pear-shaped diamond and look very contemporary on your hand.

Split-Shank Solitaire Setting

Split-Shank Solitaire Setting

Split-Shank Solitaire Setting
Pair your pear-shaped center diamond with a gold setting that’s full of geometric drama. It’s a solitaire setting for people who think solitaire settings are boring and unimaginative.

Shop all pear-shaped engagement rings at Diamond Mansion.

Why Buy a Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring?

Solitaire Engagement Ring Settings

These days, many customers want engagement rings with diamond halos and pave shanks for maximum sparkle. We don’t blame them! Diamond-encrusted setting styles can be beautiful, eye catching, and unique.

At the same time, there’s something to be said for a simple diamond solitaire engagement ring. You probably already have an engagement ring setting style in mind, but in this post we’ll explain what a solitaire setting is and ask you to reconsider the often-ignored solitaire.

The word “solitaire” is a derivative of the Latin word solitarius, which means “alone” or “by itself.” Being alone doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative circumstance. Instead, being alone can be empowering – there’s strength in independence and carving your own path. In a market saturated with ornate rings, wearing a solitaire ring is an expression of individuality and confidence.

De Beers Diamond Solitaire, from Quora.com

De Beers Diamond Solitaire, from Quora.com

Advantages of a Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

  • It probably won’t ever go out of style. Like fashion trends, engagement ring styles come and go. If you visit a second-hand jewelry shop and view some of the ring styles from the 1980s, you probably won’t be impressed. Avoid engagement ring style regret by choosing the most classic and timeless look: a diamond solitaire engagement ring. The vintage De Beers ad on the left, which features a diamond solitaire engagement ring, still looks contemporary, even though the makeup and styling don’t.
  • It can easily be upgraded in the future. Some couples opt for a “starter” solitaire engagement ring because they know they’ll eventually upgrade their diamond or even their setting. Maybe they can afford a high-quality center stone now but can’t yet afford the diamond-encrusted setting they desire. It’s easy to remove a diamond from a solitaire setting and reset it in a new setting at any time.
  • It allows your center stone to truly shine. If you’re investing in a gorgeous center stone, don’t you want it to take center stage? In general, solitaire settings best allow light to shine through the diamond and help showcase its beauty. No ornaments can distract from the sheer brilliance of your diamond.

Our Five Favorite Solitaire Styles

Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

Simple Solitaire Setting

Simple Solitaire Setting

Nearly any size stone can fit in this very simple and delicate solitaire engagement ring setting. Choose from white, yellow, and rose gold colors in both 14 and 18 karat gold purity.

Beveled Edge Solitaire Setting

Beveled Edge Solitaire Setting

Beveled Edge Solitaire Setting

This 2.5 mm band is slightly thicker than the first option and also has an interesting beveled edge that encircles the entire ring. The gold, in the color and karat weight of your choice, rises to meet the diamond in the center with a sturdy prong setting that will hold the diamond in place.

Bezel Solitaire Setting

Bezel Solitaire Setting

Bezel Solitaire Setting

Looking for something a little more contemporary than the traditional first two options? Look no further than this sleek 4 mm band with a bezel setting that completely surrounds your center diamond and protects it. With a bezel setting, not as much light will be able to pass through your diamond, but the overall appearance will be sleek, minimalist, and seamless.

Split Shank Solitaire Setting

Split Shank Solitaire Setting

Split Shank Solitaire Setting

Why not try a 2 mm band with a split shank, which means the band divides before it meets the center diamond. The split allows some skin to show through and adds some visual interest that draws the eye to the rings’ main attraction.

Cathedral Solitaire Setting

Cathedral Solitaire Setting

Cathedral Solitaire Setting

If you’d like your solitaire to have some visual interest in the side view, consider cathedral-style setting, which means that the shank and prongs are formed in an arch-like design. It’s classic and elegant, and it looks just like the architectural details on a cathedral.

Did you ever realize how many types of solitaire settings exist? Would you consider custom designing any of these solitaire engagement ring settings by choosing your own diamond?

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