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Whilst a ring is often the last piece of jewelry a woman will acquire to complete her fine jewelry “set”, an engagement ring is an altogether different proposition. It is a symbolic statement of an intention to marry and a lot of emotion is tied up in it. It is traditionally bought by a man and worn by his future bride. However, these days women are increasingly buying their own diamond jewelry, including rings, and they do not want them to be mistaken for the engagement type!
Engagement rings are worn on different fingers and different hands depending upon the wearer’s religion and culture, so just wearing your band on a different finger or different hand may not be enough to set it apart. This is a bit inconvenient when you want to buy non-engagement diamond jewelry. So just how do you make it look different?
Choose a non-engagement setting!
Since it has become virtually synonymous with engagements, the prong set white diamond solitaire is best left alone. However, a colored diamond solitaire, such as a black diamond, may be an option, especially if it is a bezel set, but in reality, solitaires just look too much like engagement pieces and are best left as such.
Three Stone Trilogy Setting
Once again, 3 stone trilogy rings are also hot looks for engagement rings but they also have wide appeal as diamond dress rings, or Right Hand Rings. This is because the three gemstone combinations can vary greatly. For a non-engagement look, try setting three different colored diamonds into the band, or making the central gemstone substantially bigger than the outlying pair.
The diamonds in band rings can be channel set directly into the band or prong set closely. In general they are set into a straight band, making them perfect for eternity rings, or even as diamond wedding bands. Colored diamonds can again be set into the ring for a more unique look. Or why not wear several band rings together for a luxurious stacked look?
Clusters and Swirl Rings
These make excellent Right Hand Rings and make perfect choices if you are looking for something that does not look like an engagement piece. They are usually larger rings, often ostentatious, set with rivers of diamonds and contemporary gemstones crossing the expanse of the ring to create a dazzling display.Often with swirls and twists of precious metal which create shapes which cannot sit easily alongside another ring, there is no mistaking that they are stand alone rings!
Eternity rings are traditionally given whenever to mark significant events, or the anniversaries of significant events such as the first wedding anniversary, the birth of the first child and so on. However there is an increasing trend in choosing full or half eternity band diamond rings as engagement rings and in rare cases, they can even be given as friendship or promise rings.
So why is this stunning form of diamond ring in such great demand?
Actually this is obvious. The design itself, being a continuous single row of diamonds pave, channel, bar or bezel set into precious metal is a simple, elegant and beautiful piece of fine jewelry. It sits easily on the finger and is smooth to wear because the gemstones do not snag or tug on clothing and other fibers.
The complete circle of diamonds represents the never ending love a husband and wife share during their marriage. And the hardness of the diamond, the toughest natural material known to mankind, is the perfect symbol of the strength of love shared by the couple.
Although it is the custom to give an eternity band ring some time after the wedding itself, maybe on the first, tenth or other anniversary, most brides are happy to receive one at any time. In fact, eternity rings are also known as diamond anniversary or diamond wedding rings and are often used during the ceremony if a couple choose to renew their vows.
And more and more brides are choosing an eternity band ring for their engagement ring. They certainly make wonderful choices! Because these days an engagement ring is so much more than the simple diamond solitaire which became very popular in the latter part of the twentieth century, brides these days are demanding more unusual yet practical rings for their engagement bands.
Eternity band engagement rings sit easily alongside a wedding band, which means that there is no need to cut pieces out of the wedding band itself to accommodate the gemstone of the engagement band. And the straight edges of the band ensure that the two rings will always sit closely together.
Or if the full diamond eternity band is too ostentatious, for example, if a bride decides she wants something a little more special than just a plain band of precious metal for her wedding band, what better than a half eternity band wedding ring? In these rings the diamonds are set so that they only cover the top third or half of the ring rather than the whole band, which is perfect to give a wedding band extra sparkle!