The solitaires are the trendiest engagement rings, the brides and grooms embrace them wholeheartedly for that minimalistic look. The design of these solitaires usually has one diamond gem, which is placed over the golden or platinum ring. The French meaning of solitaire is alone or single. These are typically designed for the engagement and similar kind of pre wedding celebrations.
A step by step procedure of how the shape, size, color and weight of diamonds affect the quality of the solitaire has been elaborated here-
1. Choose the diamond-
The 4cs of diamond - cut, clearity color and carat are grading parameters to make the right choice in the design.
The diamond, owing to the dispersion, results in maximum brilliance, which is the desired quality of any beautiful solitaire. The pavilion cut of diamond determines the depth and angle which should be perfectly combined to achieve the right reflection of light. The diamond should be cut and designed in such a way that it reflects the light back and makes the diamond sparkle. The shape of diamond varies from oval, round to other fancy shapes- like as pear, marquise, navette, emerald. Octagonal, oval, princess, radiant, heart, heart, trilliant, asscher etc.
As far as the choice and the trends are concerned, the round one is most popular. Small handed people with slim fingers usually choose symmetric and small diamonds, the pear or Marquise is best for the short fingers.
2. Consider color on top priority while having one-
The colors of the diamond are categorized from d to z. The former being perfectly colorless, whereas the z variety has noticeable color. The colorless varieties follow more light to pass through them and are considered the best and are most rare.The cost of these diamonds is at the higher side of all the other kind of diamonds.
Z marked diamonds are yellowish in color so they have least sparkling flashes. On the contrary, the less color the diamond has, the more sparkling it would be.
3. Really determine the carat of the diamond-
The weight of the diamond is directly proportional to the carat. Before purchasing, determine the number of carats. There are various tables available to understand the proportion of carats and sizes.
4. Determine its clarity-
Clarity pertains the surface as well as internal defects of the diamond stone. These peculiarities of texture are called inclusions and blemishes. Sometimes, the whitish cracks or the crystal of foreign metals are found. There is a clarity grade as well which allows assessing the presence of inclusions identified under ten times magnification.
Finalizing the prong Setting-
The setting is the part of the diamond, which holds the gem in its place and is attached to the band. It’s equally important to choose the gemstone, as well as the setting for the design. The word prong here stands for invisible. Four or six prong settings are most popular. The eight and ten prong settings fix the diamond more firmly.
Its interesting to note here that the split claw or double claw style with v shaped or heart shaped prongs really serve as a good extra protection for fancy shaped diamonds like as Marquise, pear or princess..
Choose metal appropriately-
As aforementioned, the solitaire engagement rings come in two metals- the Gold and platinum. The gold solitaire is made by mixing yellow Gold with other white alloys.
Platinum, as a metal is usually preferred by women as it is more pure, eternal and rare. Determining the quality of the chosen metal is most important.
Finally, choose the band- as it is clear from the name- the band pertains the metal around the finger. Pre-determining the size of the finger is utmost important.
Ideally, the band should fit well into the finger. If the diamond is small,
Choosing the Band.
The band is represented by the metal round circle, which sits around the finger. The right choice of the style and the size of the band is very important and predetermined by the hand and fingers size and shape, as well as the diamond’s characteristics. If the diamond is small and the fingers are small and slender wide and massive bands can never be a good option. Bands should fit well to the proportions. Bands can be straight or curved. Usually a curved band has the straight base and is curved at the top, where the diamond is fixed. Other shapes include: softly rounded, high domed/dome rounded, flat. A soft rounded shape is the most common and convenient for engagement rings.