Given that you are here and reading a guide on engagement rings, we can assume that you have have someone you love very dearly in your life. Congratulations! the hard part has already passed! While selecting the right engagement ring to buy and propose with may feel daunting, just remember that you have already gone through the trials of love with this person, so it’s time to enjoy and celebrate this happy moment of decisiveness.
Solitaire creates the most extraordinary diamond Engagement Rings and Wedding bands, the most precious symbols of your love story. The Engagement ring and wedding band you choose will be the most important jewellery you will likely ever purchase in your lifetime.
So let’s let’s talk about making this most important symbol of love and commitment.
Taking notice of the love of your life’s taste will help you pick the ring of her dreams. If her style is classic, the solitaire engagement ring may be just her thing. Does she like one of kind designs, Work one on one with our expert designers to create a beautifully crafted bespoke ring. If she’s addicted to sparkle, our halo creations will not disappoint. If she likes modern clean lines, our Sydney Collection will be her perfect fit. No matter the style of your lover, we will create the most extraordinary Engagement Ring, making her dreams come true.
Tip: Ask your love’s friends or relatives for their advice on what style she loves. You never know, she may have already picked her favourite style!
Take note of what shape gems she currently wears or gravitates towards. Round brilliant diamonds are always classic and the Princess cut showcases clean, straight lines. Choose a cushion cut diamond for a romantic and whimsical touch. A radiant diamond adds a sparkly twist to the modem Princess, while a distinctive Emerald cut highlights strong angles and charm.
Tip: If you’re not sure what diamond shape she’ll love, we recommend one of our Round Brilliant diamonds. Always a classic, always on trend.
Now that you’ve researched your lady’s style, it’s time to bring it altogether into one ring. At Solitaire, we offer the most extensive customer choice for ring designs online and in store. From purchasing one of our Ready to Wear designs, a creation from our customised Solitaire Collection or a design not even created yet, we will deliver it just for you. Our exciting Design Studio allows you to upload your favourite designs, make edits and work one on one with our in house designers to ensure that you can give the love of your life, the ring she has always dreamed of.
Tip: We recommend you size her finger secretly by bringing in one of her existing rings which you know fits her well as a reference (but don’t forget to return it!).
Every diamond we offer is hand selected by our experts and must exceed our strict standards, ensuring your diamond is extraordinary and sparkles brilliantly. With 150,000 plus diamonds to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect diamond for your design. If you would like to give her the most exquisite quality diamond, look no further than our breathtaking Solitaire Excellence diamonds. Learn more about the 4C’s below.
Tip: Debating on compromising on either colour or clarity, we recommend selecting a higher colour-grade, it’s a more noticeable difference on her hand and still ensures beautiful sparkle. If you would like help selecting the ring of her dreams, please call our friendly customer service team on (02) 6162 3665, email or chat with us here online.
Cut quality is the factor that fuels a diamond’s fire, sparkle and brilliance. The allure and beauty of a particular diamond depends more on cut quality than anything else.
The GIA Diamond Cut Grading System for standard round brilliants in the D-to-Z color range is based on the assessment of seven components. The first three — brightness (the total light reflected from a diamond), fire (the dispersion of light into the colors of the spectrum), and scintillation (the pattern of light and dark areas and the flashes of light, or sparkle, when a diamond is moved) — are appearance-based aspects. The remaining four — weight ratio, durability, polish, and symmetry — are related to a diamond’s design and craftsmanship.
In GIA’s system, each component is assessed individually, taking into account the relative importance of that component in the overall cut quality of the diamond. Each cut grade, based on a relative scale from Excellent to Poor, represents a range of proportion sets and face-up appearances. There are many different proportion sets that produce attractive diamonds.
For example, look at a side view of the standard round brilliant. The major components, from top to bottom, are the crown, girdle and pavilion. A round brilliant cut diamond has 57 or 58 facets, the 58th being a tiny flat facet at the bottom of the pavilion that’s known as the culet. The large, flat facet on the top is the table. The proportions of a diamond refer to the relationships between table size, crown angle and pavilion depth. It is important to note that a wide range of proportion combinations are possible, and these ultimately affect the stone’s interaction with light and how attractive the diamond is to the person viewing it.
The diamond, which has an even pattern of bright and dark areas, scores in the top category for all grade-setting determinants.
Although its proportions are different from the diamond in the first example, this diamond also has an even pattern of bright and dark areas and scores in the top category for all grade-setting determinants.
This diamond also scores in the top category for all grade-setting determinants.
While it is important to consider many components when assessing the overall cut appearance and quality of round brilliant diamonds, an individual’s preferences also play a role. Because each cut grade represents a wide range of proportion sets, individuals have the freedom to choose which particular appearance they prefer within the grade range.
The diamond industry as well as the public can use cut along with color, clarity, and carat weight to help them make more informed decisions when assessing and purchasing round brilliant diamonds.
People often use the words cut and shape interchangeably. They think of cut as the shape or outline of the diamond, rather than the arrangement of facets needed to create an attractive face-up appearance.
Round is the shape used in most diamond jewelry. All other outlines are known as fancy shapes. Examples of traditional fancy shapes include the marquise, pear and oval. Hearts, triangles and a variety of others are also gaining popularity in diamond jewellery.