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Expert advice - how to buy diamond solitaire rings

Diamond solitaire rings for engagement are one of the most iconic and timeless ring designs around the world for over a long time. The dazzling appearance and simplicity of the diamond solitaire have resulted in the continued popularity as a choice for engagement rings. The diamond solitaire ring makes a bold statement but with a subtlety to it - perfect for proposers who aren't quite sure what kind of diamond engagement ring will be best for their partner. In addition, diamond solitaire rings are a great choice because the receiver can always pair the ring with an enhancer or diamond wedding band to make it more sparkling and personal.

The 5 basics about a diamond solitaire

Just like the name suggest a diamond solitaire diamond ring consists of a single diamond. That the ring is solitaire does not mean that it's for a specific diamond shape. Round solitaire, princess solitaire, emerald solitaire or marquise solitaire are all popular shapes. Whichever diamond shape is chosen for the solitaire diamond ring, the setting is designed to emphasize the simplicity of the band so the focus will be on the sparkling diamond set in the center of the prong. But before jumping into differences between solitaire rings, we start with the basics of a diamond solitaire. What the setting is and what is important to remember when shopping for the ring. 1) Elevates the diamond A diamond solitaire setting uplifts the diamond due to its prong and makes it stand alone or better said, free of distraction, so all eyes will be on the diamond itself. 2) Enables light to pass through easier A solitaire diamond ring lets the sparkle of your center stone pass through easier as it will not be distracted or blocked. The prong/holders will let the light pass through the diamond and maximize the natural brilliance. 3) Enriches and supports all diamond shapes As the diamond solitaire is a simple and timeless design that focuses on the center stone, any diamond shape such as cushion cut or princess cut will look great in this setting. There will not be a conflict of style.
Marquise and round cut diamond solitaire ring Both solitaire diamond rings but with different diamond shapes and a totally different look
4) Simple maintenance  The solitaire only has the prong that could catch dust or dirt which could affect the diamond's sparkle. This makes cleaning the ring much easier. 5) Freedom to personalize The simplicity of the solitaire makes the ring perfect for personalization. A simple twist in jewelry metal, number of prongs, type of band or style of the prong can make it feel more "you" without being too extravagant. So in addition to those small personalizations, an enhancer ring or wedding band can make it truly your unique combination.
Pear Shaped diamond solitaire engagement ring A 6-carat pear shape diamond set in a diamond solitaire ring setting

Choose between a variety of diamond prongs

The power of a diamond solitaire is mostly in the center diamond and there is a variety of prongs, a little metal claw that holds the stone tightly on its place, to play with. Let's take a look at the most popular prongs for solitaire engagement rings. Four or six-cornered prong The most popular prong for diamond solitaire rings is the one where the prong is set in the corners of the diamond. The prongs can be rounded or pointed, flat or V-shaped. The most popular number of claws are four or six. If you want the diamond to be held extra secure, a six prong could be the solution. However, if you do not like 6 claws a double four prong is a great alternative.
close up of 3 different prongs A 6 prong, 4 prong and double prong for a solitaire diamond ring
Besides choosing from the number of prongs there is a personalization option to place it diagonally instead of in the corners. Just a small adjustment but a very cool and different look. amount of prongs Decorated prongs Want the standard prongs for diamond solitaire rings with a little twist? Decorated prongs are perhaps a solution as there is a possibility to go for hearts.
Diamond solitaire with decorated heart prongs Diamond solitaire with decorated heart prongs
Diamond tension setting with square prong Diamond tension setting with square prong
Illusion prongs Want your diamond to look larger but can't afford a larger diamond? The illusions prong is a great solution for diamond solitaire rings as the diamond is set in a head made of fluted white metal that is shiny and with ripples, so the whole head looks like the diamond its reflection!
  • GIA TIP: The purpose of the illusion setting is to make a near-colorless diamond look larger, and white metal is required to achieve this particular effect. If the diamond is yellow in color, then a yellow gold illusion setting is a better choice.
  • GIA TIP: Diamonds smaller than 0.50 carat (ct) are good candidates for illusion engagement ring settings.

Remember put more focus into the center diamond

When you are buying diamond jewelry focusing on the quality of the diamond is key as that is what gives the sparkle and is the most valuable. Therefore, focusing on the quality of the diamond when going for a diamond solitaire ring is even more important as your diamond is enhanced by the setting. Even though any diamond shape matches a solitaire ring setting, never compromise the quality of the diamond because the diamond is what is going to stand out.
The center stone should be considered as the “main dish” while the setting is the “complementary dish”.
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The reason diamond solitaire rings with tinner bands are popular

To create an optical illusion, a thinner ring band will make the center diamond look a lot bigger. For this, you can go with either a ring band in white or yellow gold.

Disadvantages of a solitaire diamond engagement ring

Everything has disadvantages so while solitaire diamond rings are perfect engagement rings, there are some disadvantages to take into consideration:
  • Snagging onto clothing, furniture or other materials Depending on how high the prong has been set there is the risk of scratching other materials or your hubby-to-be. So if you have an active lifestyle or smaller children a lower-set solitaire prong is advised
  • Prong may loosen with wear As the solitaire prong does not offer enough contact with the gemstone, to enable the light to pass through better, there is a tiny chance it will loosen with wear and not hold the diamond safely in place.

Diamond Solitaire Ring with diamonds set in the band A diamond solitaire ring with micro pavé diamonds set in the band

What is the price for the diamond solitaire engagement ring you have in mind?

Feel free to ask our experts what diamond pricing the diamond solitaire engagement ring you have in mind will be. Because we source loose GIA diamonds worldwide and create custom diamond jewelry, we are able to share the price for the ring and diamond. Would you just like advice, were ready to help. +852 2116 5311, info@diamondregistry.com or reach out via our chat.
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