What is a Basket Ring Setting?
A basket setting is a type of prong setting that includes traditional prongs extending up from the band of the ring, but also has horizontal bands wrapping around the prongs creating a “basket” for the center stone to sit in. When viewed from the top, prong and basket settings are practically indistinguishable, but there are […]
January 26, 2023
How Long Do Custom Engagement Rings Take?
A custom engagement ring is one that’s created from scratch and every detail is uniquely designed by you with support from your jeweler. Due to the process of designing, reviewing and ultimately creating this special piece, a custom ring can take a few weeks before it makes its way into your hands. If you’re looking […]
January 19, 2023
What is an Illusion Setting in a Ring?
An illusion setting enhances the appearance and perceived size of the diamonds or gemstones in it by surrounding the girdle of the gem with a ring of angled metal. Popular particularly during the Art Deco period, this vintage setting style offers an unusual, rather artistic and certainly unique engagement ring design. What is an Illusion […]
November 29, 2022
What is a Round Cut Diamond?
Round diamonds are the most popular diamond shape for engagement rings. They are perfectly symmetrical and timelessly beautiful, with 58 sparkling facets, making them a brilliant cut. Modern round cut diamonds are based on generations of research intent on creating a shape designed for ultimate brilliance. What is a Round Cut Diamond? In 1919 Belgian […]
November 25, 2022
What is a Bench Jeweler?
The term jeweler is quite broad and includes those that sell jewelry, work with metal and gems, string beads and even use found objects to create items for personal adornment or jewelry. The term bench jeweler sometimes applies to someone that has had formal training and certification to help differentiate these trained individuals from other […]
November 18, 2022
What is a Gypsy Ring Setting?
A gyspy setting is also referred to as a flush mount, burnished or hammer setting, and features stones that are set into rather than on top of a ring or piece of jewelry. This setting’s minimalist style and sturdy construction make it a great choice for both men’s and women’s engagement and wedding rings. What […]
November 11, 2022
How to Care for Your Engagement Ring
Taking good care of your engagement ring will ensure that it continues to sparkle and bring you joy for years to come. From how to carry and store your ring, to cleaning and maintaining it, and knowing when to take it off, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to keep your ring protected, […]
October 28, 2022
What is a Pavé Setting?
A pavé setting features tiny diamonds or gemstones that are embedded into the shank or band of a ring and held in place by tiny prongs or beads that create the appearance of a line of continuous sparkle. Pavé comes in a few different styles and can easily be combined with other settings to maximize […]
October 20, 2022
What is a Cathedral Setting?
A classic and timeless choice, a cathedral ring can be set with prongs, a bezel or a tension setting, but its defining characteristic is the two arches that rise above the shank or band of the ring to hold the center stone. The center stone can be set higher or lower based on personal preference […]
October 8, 2022
Are Channel Set Diamonds Secure?
A channel setting is a style where round, baguette, emerald cut, or other shaped gems are placed in between two metal strips, forming a “channel” on the shank or band of the ring resulting in a sparkling row of gemstones or diamonds. This is a very secure and beautiful type of setting that doesn’t involve […]
September 28, 2022
What is an Emerald Cut?
An emerald cut gemstone is rectangular with cut corners. This style is referred to as step cuts, with facets that run parallel to one another creating a “hall of mirrors-like” effect that is more flashy, and less brilliant than other diamond cuts. The emerald is a sophisticated cut, and one that will never go out […]
September 23, 2022
What is a Prong Setting in Jewelry?
Creating the perfect ring or piece of jewelry includes many different steps from choosing the stone and metal to how the gem will be set. A prong setting, also called a claw setting, typically has four to six metal pieces that extend from the basket of the ring over the stone to hold it in […]
September 13, 2022