If you’re looking for a more affordable yet still beautiful alternative for your engagement ring, moissanite is your stone.
Moissanite is a lab-grown gemstone composed of the mineral silicon carbide—but don’t let this turn you off! Moissanite can have a higher refractive index than diamonds, meaning it can be shinier and fierier.
If you want an affordable alternative to a diamond ring, a minimalist engagement ring with a moissanite gemstone could be the perfect thing.
One way to spice things up is a colored stone. A colored stone, like a sapphire or emerald, can draw attention to your engagement ring.
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Understanding the cut
Before you begin looking for a simple engagement ring, you need to know the different kinds of cut diamonds (and, more importantly, which cut your partner likes!).
The first thing to consider with any diamond is the shape. A round diamond is the most popular, but many other shapes will fit with a simple, minimalistic design. Other shapes include pear, oval, square, rectangular, heart, and marquise.
Second, you have to think about the cutting style for your ring. Each style has a specific arrangement of facets in the diamond.
The style can affect how light reflects and refracts in the diamond and thereby affects the gemstone’s overall appearance.
For example, an emerald cut diamond is a square bevel or rectangular shape with long facets down the sides.
Make sure you know what your partner prefers before buying an engagement ring!
Choosing a base metal
The type of metal in an engagement ring affects the overall appearance of the band. There are plenty of options these days, but gold is still the most popular choice.
Yellow gold is the traditional engagement ring metal. Yellow gold has been the popular choice of base metal for an engagement ring for thousands of years.
If you choose yellow gold, keep in mind that this color of ring can make a diamond appear yellowish depending on the bezel or metal prongs.
White gold is a popular modern choice for simple engagement rings as it brings attention to the center diamond. The smooth sheen of white gold highlights the colorless nature of the diamond, really focusing your attention on the sparkles.
Rose gold is growing in popularity as the choice metal for an engagement ring. Being generally more durable than yellow gold, rose gold gives off a warm and enticing appearance. Rose gold is also said to complement any skin tone!
Knowing the different settings
The ring setting is an essential facet when choosing an engagement ring. Different settings can give different looks and degrees of protection.
The most common types of ring settings are prong, bezel, or halo. For simple engagement rings, prong and bezel are the best choices.
A prong setting holds the diamond in place with several metal supports (the prongs). For example, a solitaire engagement ring has a single diamond supported in place by these prongs.
Bezel settings can also be sleek and minimalist—perfect for simple engagement rings. A bezel is a metal strip that borders the diamond to hold it in place. Presenting a beautiful solitaire diamond in a bezel can be a great way to bring attention to the diamond.