Deciding on the style of your gold engagement ring can be confusing when there is a great variety of diamond shapes and ring styles you can choose from. Eternate’s Engagement Ring Guide will provide a simple yet effective guide on how to choose your ring. From the characteristics of each diamond shape to the details of setting styles, you can find the essential information needed for choosing (or customizing!) your diamond engagement ring.

DESIGN STYLES

SOLITAIRE
Solitaire is the first image that pops into mind when thinking about engagement rings. It is iconic, featured in almost all famous romantic movies, symbolizing eternal love and the bond between couples with a single diamond. Solitaire rings have this simple yet impressive elegance, making them a perfect choice to solidify your relationship! Although the most popular diamond shapes are round and princess for this design, it can abide any choice of shape, offering a great deal of customization. You can find 4 and 6 prong settings in solitaire design where the cradle of the diamond has 4 or 6 metal clamps that hold the diamond.

SIDE STONE
Who doesn't love a little more sparkle! Or more… The perfect style for adding brilliance to your engagement ring by adding gems next to your center stone. You can prefer a whole row of small diamond stones or several symmetrically aligned ones on the bands. A highly customizable design that complies with any shape of the diamond and is perfect for scattering colorful gems. This design will accentuate the crown of your diamond in whatever color or format you choose and will be a splendid choice to top off your proposal.

THREE STONE
The only rule in this design is that your engagement ring landlords three gorgeous gemstones. Even though the classical way to do it is choosing a bigger center stone and going for smaller stones on either side, you are free to decide on any size difference or none. Emphasize your center stone by choosing different colored or shaped complementary stones. Trust us; Three Stone engagement rings have so much more to offer than what's in its name! Eternate will customize them however you want.

HALO
Halo engagement rings scream 'i love you' in stones! They feature a row of small diamonds surrounding the center stone. Though, nobody said that it couldn't be two rows. Any diamond shape you choose will radiate more, stand out more, and impress more with a halo around them. You can say that this design is less customizable than the others; nevertheless, it's one of the most astonishing.

VINTAGE
Vintage designs are against time; they are still with us, still going strong. They embody characteristics from any other section though some are special to 'vintage' such as filigree, engraving, and milgrain. With different metals, diamond shapes, and more customization options, a vintage engagement ring can be the one you are looking for.

CLUSTER
Cluster designs breed the most exquisite rings for your unmatched love with the composition of several bigger stones. You can choose your cluster ring similar to a halo ring with larger stones surrounding the central stone or utilize the asymmetrical aesthetic cluster design can offer to you. Whichever you choose, cluster engagement rings are elegantly whimsical and brilliantly attractive!

CATHEDRAL
The elegant frame of this design resembles the cathedral as two couples of arches stem from the band and settle on either side of the diamond. The cathedral engagement ring creates a stunning effect while elevating the center stone and making it more prominent. You can customize a cathedral engagement ring by adding more stones, choosing different metals, or playing with colors. It will preserve its elegance and make a unique choice for your unique


SETTING STYLES

Claw Setting: A claw setting is the most common alternative for center stones, securing your center stone with metal clamps. As its name states, this setting features sharp curved nails like a bird's claw. Different shapes of diamonds require different numbers of claws. Typically a round diamond will be set in 4-claw or 6-claw; square and rectangular diamond shapes such as princess will require 4 while other cuts like marquise and pear will require V-shaped claws to protect the pointy diamond.

Prong Setting: The prong setting is very similar to the claw setting. It secures the stone to the ring's band and appears round or pointed, looking like pins on the diamond rather than claws. Prong settings can be 'shared' or 'high' based on preference.

Micro Pave Setting: the technique that aims to show the merest amount of metal on the ring and create a gorgeous sparkly band while securing gemstones.

Bezel Setting: The technique where a thin metal rim surrounds the stone and binds it to the ring. It looks like a diamond engraved into the ring's band though we should tell you that it hides more of your stone compared to the other settings.

Channel Setting: Namely, this technique is about a channel sculpted in the band of your ring where stones lie. Stones sit side by side in this channel, secured and ready to take your breath away.

SHAPES

The geometric outline and the physical form of a diamond are referred to as shapes. Shape influences the stone's overall appearance with specific requirements and technical characteristics of each. Let's get to know the anatomy of the diamond before we move on to different shapes of diamonds.

The anatomy of the diamond

Table: A diamond’s largest facet.
Crown: The part of the diamond that extends from the girdle to the table.
Girdle: The rim that separates the crown from the pavilion. Girdle is where a diamond is held while setting it in jewelry.
Diameter: The measurement from the girdle, the widest horizontal line surrounding the diamond.
Pavilion: The part of the diamond that extends from the girdle to the culet.
Culet: The tip of a gemstone. Untrained eye should not be able to see the culet.
Depth: The measurement from the culet to the table, highest vertical line on the diamond.

ROUND
Due to its shape, the round diamond has the ideal light return and brilliance. Hence it is the most common shape choice when buying a diamond. Diamond manufacturers have utilized theoretical and technological advancements to create the cuts we see today. Very good and excellent cut round diamonds are exceptionally radiant. They are more versatile in terms of balancing cut, color, and clarity grades while still providing the sparkle you desire.

PRINCESS
Princess-shaped diamonds are the most popular non-round diamond shape. Traditionally a princess-shaped diamond has pointed corners like a square, but it can also be rectangular. Compared to round, princess-shaped diamonds tend to show color in the corners. Choosing this shape may require a better color grade which increases the cost. However, due to geometrical advantages, the princess shape causes minimal waste and slightly lowers the price to carat when compared to other figures.

EMERALD
You may want to prefer a better clarity grade if you are choosing an Emerald shape diamond. This shape emphasizes a diamond's clarity due to its geometrical form and provides an easier view of inclusions and blemishes. The cuts of the bottom part and the spacious, open upper part of the diamond give the emerald diamond its distinct appearance. Emerald diamond owes its aesthetic look to dark and light planes, manifesting a hall-of-mirrors look rather than the apparent brilliance of a round diamond.

ASSCHER
This strikingly gracious shape is essentially identical to an emerald-cut diamond, with the exception that it is square. If you choose to go with a lower clarity grade, beware that inclusions and blemishes are easier to distinguish, just like it does with the emerald. This shape also tends to reveal color in the corners, similar to the princess shape; hence you might want to invest a bit more in a higher color grade. The modern Asscher cut diamond has larger step facets, a taller crown, and a smaller table than a square emerald cut. When compared to the emerald cut, this combination frequently creates more brilliance.

MARQUISE
Marquise diamond has a unique shape that possesses wider facets than any other shape and therefore looks bigger concerning the same carat weight when compared to another shape. The length of the marquise diamond is flattering to fingers, making them appear thinner. You may find that the marquise diamond resembles an eye, but you can customize how narrow or fat the shape is.

OVAL
Oval diamonds have the extra benefit of having an elongated shape, which can give the impression of a larger diamond. The narrow shape may execute the desired effect of making your finger appear longer and slimmer. The oval is an excellent alternative for a consumer who likes the look of a round diamond but wants something a bit more unique because the two forms have similar fire and brilliance.

PEAR
With its single point and rounded edge, this shape of diamond is also known as a teardrop. The pear shape's distinct appearance makes it a popular choice for various diamond jewelry. The thin end of the pear-shaped diamond always points toward the fingers when it's on the hand and gives the subtle slimming effect on the fingers. The pear-shaped diamond, like the marquise and oval cuts, is available in a range of narrow or wider cuts.

HEART
The heart-shaped diamond's unusual appearance makes it a standout choice from various alternatives by being the ultimate symbol of love. Because the tip of this design tends to reveal slight color, you may want to budget for a better color grade than you would for a round diamond. Heart-shaped diamonds are available in a range of narrow or wider silhouettes, however you prefer.

CUSHION
Cushion diamonds come in a variety of forms, from square to rectangular whichever you prefer. This one-of-a-kind form has been a popular shape that has rounded corners and significant facets to boost brightness. Because these larger facets might show inclusions easier than other shapes, it may require a higher clarity grade than you planned.

RADIANT
Radiant diamonds create an excellent bridge between cushion and princess with their square-like shape with trimmed corners. These versatile corners are a hallmark of this shape, and they add to its popularity. It is highly desirable among the diamond community when set with baguette or round diamonds.

METALS

At Eternate, we combine ancient iron forging methods with modern die-making methods to bring a non-porous, tensile metal property that increases the surface quality. All metals and alloys used in our process are purified and mixed to achieve their stunning color and shine. Our exclusive in-house knowledge brings exquisite and durable jewelry with the longest life, whichever metal you choose.

There are no rules about which metal to prefer in your engagement rings nor about the color. It can be coherent with your wedding band, or you can consider mixed metals if you like the look of different colors. What we offer in advance should not stop you, you may decide on any other metal, and we will customize your jewelry according to your wishes.

At Eternate, we use recycled gold and keep our promise to be environmentally responsible and purify them in our process to give our jewelry their long-lasting life. Gold is a soft metal; therefore, it requires other metals to be added for strength and different complexions of colors. The number of gold content in the jewelry is referred to as 'karats'. Eternate offers three options of gold karats which are 18K, 14K, and 10k containing 75%, 58.5%, and 41.7% of gold respectively.

Yellow Gold
Yellow gold is a classic and timeless color for wedding rings but is never a dull choice; it never goes out of fashion.

Rose Gold
The yellow gold and copper blend appears in a rosy pink complexion and creates a soft, romantic aura on the jewelry.

White Gold
The blend of yellow gold with zinc, nickel, and other metals appears in a white-silver complexion and evokes a noble, luminous tone on jewelry.

Other options may be:

Platinum
Platinum is a luxurious choice since it is rarer than other precious metals. It appears naturally white and is a very durable metal, perfect for pieces that require strength, such as stone set rings.

Palladium
Palladium comes from the same family as platinum and offers a natural white finish as well. However, palladium is much lighter and more affordable compared to its relative platinum. An elegant and modern choice that you may want to consider.