Less is More
When it comes to diamonds, we ordinarily agree that less is more. We do however make many exceptions to this rule.
The addition of diamond set shoulders, can lend a further dimension to the ring, extending the brilliance across each side of the ring in spectacular fashion. The above ring design is our round solitaire with diamond shoulders – R1D014. This achieves a greater carat weight than the central stone.
The beautiful thing about R1D014 is the simple four claw setting. The claws are substantial enough to securely hold the diamond, yet they are strong enough in the way they are mounted to avoid an under-bezel to support the claws. This opens up the lower part of the ring, allowing light to enter into the diamond, in addition to being reflected from the top of the stone, ensuring a great deal of brilliance from the diamond. There are seven small round brilliant cut diamonds on each shoulder, measuring 1.5mm in diameter, across fine shoulders, which hold the stones within a channel setting. The total diamond weight for the shoulders is 0.21cts, in addition to the weight of the central diamond. The main diamond, is available from 4.5mm in size (0.30cts option) upwards without limit.
Advice for choosing your diamond shoulder ring
Some good points for consideration are listed below. We have noted some relevant advisory notes, all food for thought when choosing a design with diamonds on the shoulders.
Resizing – Do you have a good idea of finger size? Such designs are less finger size adjustment friendly owing to the diamonds in the band. Usually a max. adjustment of 1-2 sizes in either direction is advised.
Carat weight – Choose a carat weight that will contrast with the width of the shoulders. Sizes from 0.50cts to 1.00cts are progressively more effective owing to this difference.
Achieve a magic weight / Max your Budget – Such styles are a great way of achieving a 1.00cts weight without the expense. At the time of this blog, a 1ct Princess cut G VS1 single stone in Platinum would cost just over £5900.00 at Serendipity Diamonds. By comparison, a 1.00ct R1D013 (left) would cost £3000.00 – 3200.00 by comparison (based on central diamond weight 0.70 – 0.75cts with 0.25cts of outer diamonds.)
The elegance of the Princess cut engagement ring with diamond shoulders is set off by the alignment of diamonds along each shoulder. Each edge of the channel set princess cut diamonds sit flat against one another. This creates a seamless row of diamonds on each side. The profile of the band is a rounded flat shape, in line with the squareness of the diamonds but offering a softer, look with accompanying comfort fit. The claws are supported by an underbezel (we also provide a lucida design, very similar without this underbezel with cross-over claws for strength.) The central Princess cut can be chosen from our options box for carat weight, colour and clarity and the outer diamonds equate to 0.25cts in total, in addition to this central Princess cut diamond. There are many styles of engagement ring that remain ever popular. The Princess cut solitaire is no exception. The addition of the channel set shoulders only enhances the overall appearance of this ring. The image shown is indicative of a carat weight between 0.70 – 0.80cts as a guide, giving a good idea the actual size of the diamond (5mm approx.) The reason such central diamond sizes work better is owing to the contrast between the width of the shoulder diamonds and the width of the main diamond.
Are you considering a diamond set shoulders? Get in touch or comment below if you have an opinion.