An engagement ring is perhaps one of the most significant purchases of your life. Buying the perfect ring needs time, effort and some essential know-how on what to choose and what to avoid. Modern couples are consistently seeking out a balance of classic cuts and unique geometries. So while unique facet structures and modern shapes are in, certain tried-and-tested silhouettes can also serve you well.
Here are a few things you should look out for in an engagement ring
Optimal light performance
Even if you’re opting for trendy cuts like hearts, bezels or trillion-cut gemstones, you should prioritise light performance and optical precision. When it comes to coloured gemstones, tablets, emerald cuts and hexagons are sought-after by modern buyers since they promise better light performance.
Something like this chic, brilliant-cut diamond ring, for instance, appear larger than round-cut diamonds since their shape maximises the brilliance across the diamond. The optical precision and clean facets allow better light interaction. So, whenever you’re considering new-age shapes or cuts, always make sure you get an increased light return.
Balance in proportion
The brilliance of classic cuts (especially angular, elongated cuts) like oval, marquise or pear-shaped diamonds can depend upon their proportions and dimensions.
Lean silhouettes and angular cuts are the winning trends in the engagement ring circuit because they offer the illusion of higher carat size. A good rule of thumb is to opt for a balance in the length to width ratio scale, which can make the gemstone appear bigger and deliver a more discerning dazzle. This gorgeous emerald cut illusion and diamond ring set in 18kt hallmarked gold is a perfect example of a well-adjusted and balanced centre stone, which is flanked by a curation of smaller, clean-cut diamonds.
A halo is your best bet
A halo setting around your centre stone can optically extend the width or size of your diamond, enhancing its light performance.
There are usually two kinds of halo settings – a flush halo and a floating halo. The classic flush halo setting is usually on the same level as the stone, which is why they make for great accent stones. In a floating halo, the centre stone is usually elevated above the halo and this amplifies its light performance. In fact, some experts believe a good floating halo can even make your centre stone look half a carat bigger.
The trendiest cuts
Traditional buyers love a round brilliant-cut diamond. They are usually cut to maximize light performance and have clean, distinct facets which lead to a high light return. But semi-sharp curves or petite, wearable and angular cuts like hexagons and baguettes have a focus on symmetry which can make your engagement ring more wearable.
If you’re going for new-age cuts, rather than trying to find a flawless diamond, focus on centre stones that look good as a whole. Symmetrical, aligned cuts with soft edges and preferably rounder bottom is ideal. This is why pear-shaped diamonds are often deemed the perfect stones for engagement rings, vis-a-vis size and light performance.