Diamonds Education Engagement Rings

From Loose Diamonds to Metal: How To Customize Engagement Rings

Customizing your beloved’s engagement ring is not only a growing trend, but also a process that can be quite enjoyable. When looking to give your loved one something uniquely customized, one has to look no further than examples already set by famous celebrities such as Princess Diana and Britney Spears who enjoyed custom engagement ring designs. Additionally, a custom engagement ring’s style can be inspired by the latest designers, including Jack Kelege, Harry Winston and Scott Kay, at a fraction of the price. At Brilliance.com we can help you design and create the perfect engagement ring as well as find loose diamonds for sale to complement your unique style.

Designing Your Own Custom Engagement Rings

In designing your own engagement rings you can create a ring that is truly one-of-a-kind. People often choose to design their own engagement rings due to not being able to find the perfect ring already on the market. Customizing your own ring allows you to integrate design elements you prefer within currently existing rings, combining them into your own unique style. If you want to keep your design exclusive, ask your jeweler whether they duplicate designs. This can assure you that your custom engagement ring for your beloved will never be re-created.

Custom Engagement Rings and Metals

Custom engagement rings can utilize standard metals such as Yellow Gold, White Gold and Platinum, but can also have more exotic metals such as Palladiam or Rose Gold. Palladium has been used as a precious metal in jewelry since 1939 and is an alternative to platinum or white gold. Its popularity is due to its naturally white properties, giving it no need for rhodium plating. Palladium is slightly whiter than platinum and about 12 percent harder.

Palladium is one of the three most popular metals used to make white gold alloys. Palladium-gold is a more expensive alloy than nickel-gold, but seldom causes allergic reactions. Nearly as rare as Palladium is Platinum. Platinum will not oxidize or decay over time and is naturally white in color. Its scarcity makes it highly prized, but its demanding nature also means that only the most skilled artisans can work with it. A single ounce of platinum not only requires exceptional effort to mine and refine, but it also involves weeks of expert handling to craft into a piece of jewelry.

If you like something more traditional, you may consider yellow or white gold. Gold is the metal that never goes out of style. Depending on your color preference, gold’s yellow tint may be a choice to inset your diamonds. If you love gold but prefer the color white, there is of course the option of white gold. The color of gold jewelry is determined by alloying other metals to pure 24kt gold. Yellow is the most natural, warm and sensual color. For a more elegant appearance, white gold is created by alloying pure gold with zinc, palladium and silver. Gold’s purity is measured in karats and 24kt gold is the most pure at 100%. This class of gold is rarely used in practical jewelry creation given its malleable nature, therefore 18kt gold, which is 75% pure and 14kt gold, which has almost 60% gold content are the most commonly used when creating fine jewelry.

Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy widely used for specialized jewelry due to its reddish color. The highest carat version of rose gold is also known as crown gold, which is 22 carat. An 18 carat rose gold may be made of 25% copper and 75% gold. For 18 carat rose gold, typically about 4% silver is added to the 75% gold and 21% copper to give a rose color. At Brilliance.com we can provide you with any of these types of metals to help you design engagement rings that will be treasured.

Finding The Perfect Loose Diamonds For Your Ring’s Design

Shopping for loose diamonds for your engagement ring requires only a little insight and information to ensure that you find the perfect diamond for the best price. Three critical criteria in evaluating how to choose the right loose diamonds are certification, the 4 C’s, and asking about diamond enhancements.

Certified loose diamonds are diamonds that have been evaluated by an independent lab where they are measured and weighed as well as evaluated for width, length, table and girdle sizes. Diamonds are also at this time graded and assigned a color and clarity grade. Brilliance.com prides itself in selling only certified loose diamonds.

The value of a diamond is based on the 4 C’s of the diamond industry: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight. Because these elements are critical to the value of a diamond, one wants to steer clear of what is called diamond enhancements. If diamonds have been enhanced, the seller of the diamond must inform you of this. Diamond enhancements include clarity treatments, laser drilling to remove inclusions, application of sealants to fill cracks and color treatments to improve a white diamonds’ color grade.

At Brilliance.com we realize that people who design their own custom engagement rings find that the flexibility and choice make it all worth the while. Armed with information and ideas, you can create the perfect ring for your beloved in no time; yet, the ring itself will be timeless in meaning.