Diamond Band Engagement Rings

Diamond band engagement rings emphasize the brilliance and fire of a diamond by encircling or half-circling the band in a complement of smaller diamonds. These surrounding stones may be inlaid in the band with dazzling pave accents, rise to the ring's peak in a dual encrusted band, or lie within a protective channel. Whatever their setting, they offer a spectacular display of elegance and sparkle.


History of Diamond Band Engagement Rings

Archduke Maximilian of Austria may have been the first person to add diamonds to an engagement band when he offered a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy upon his proposal in 1477. This may have also been the first diamond band ring, as he had the diamonds added by spelling the letter M with tiny stones. For a long time the giving of diamond engagement rings was restricted to the upper class and nobility. In the Victorian Era, diamonds became more common on engagement rings due to the discovery of large deposits of the precious stones in South Africa.

Although the process of adding pave accents has been around since the 1700s, the style did not achieve prominence until the 20th century. The channel setting rose in popularity at the beginning of the 1990s.

The fire and luminescence of diamond band engagement rings appeal to many celebrities. Jason Statham popped the question to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with a large round cut stone on a platinum diamond band. NHL star Mike Fisher proposed to Carrie Underwood with a round cut diamond band engagement ring. Reality television star Kristin Cavallari received a square cut diamond in a channel cut diamond band from Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

Advantages of Diamond Band Engagement Rings

The primary advantage of diamond band engagement rings is the beauty and luster given to the center stone with the addition of scintillating side diamonds. Diamond bands amplify the brilliance of the ring so that it appears to be covered in reflective light. Even center stones that are not overly large or luminous receive a brightness boost. Diamond band rings are also versatile and look terrific in a variety of styles. Channel set stones have the additional benefit of being extremely protected and secure.

Center Diamond Shapes for Diamond Band Engagement Rings

All cuts and shapes of diamonds look magnificent when featured on diamond band engagement rings, but the most common center stones in diamond band settings are round cuts. Breathtakingly beautiful round cut diamonds, also known as round brilliants, are easily the most popular diamond shapes for all engagement rings, comprising over two-thirds of diamond ring sales. These dazzling gems have 57 facets measured at precise angles and proportions to create maximum sparkle. Cutters often create a 58th facet by squaring off the sharp culet at the bottom end of the diamond to prevent its damage during setting. As the iconic diamond shape, round cuts are usually what come to mind when people picture diamond rings.

Also known as square modified brilliants, princess cut diamonds are characterized by square or occasionally rectangular faces and backs in the shape of inverted four-sided pyramids. Princess cuts have between 57 and 76 facets, which spread light and enhance its sparkle. The corners generally remain uncut to preserve the shape of the square. This modern alternative to the traditional round-cut diamond provides faceting that dazzlingly accentuates and amplifies reflected light, and yet due to its shape and cutting process, it is less costly than other cuts.

Oval cut diamonds provide the elegant sparkle and fire of round cut stones in a distinctive, unique, and mesmerizing shape that is perfect for an eye-catching engagement ring. Like round cut diamonds, oval cuts have 56 to 58 facets crafted at exact angles and proportions to receive and reflect a maximum amount of light. Oval cut diamonds have no standard shape, and can vary from almost round to extremely long and thin.

Magnificent emerald cut diamonds offer unique elegance to diamond band engagement rings. Unlike the complex multifaceted look of round cut or princess cut diamonds, emerald cut stones provide a sense of distinctiveness and geometric perfection. The stepped pavilions and flat central surfaces of emerald cuts allow for brilliant bursts of reflective light. Emerald cut diamonds are popular in both rectangular and square shapes.

Cushion cut diamonds are rapidly increasing in popularity as options for high-quality engagement rings. These beautiful pillow-shaped stones are square or rectangular with rounded corners. They generally have up to 64 facets that shine almost as brilliantly as the round cut diamonds that surpassed them in sales in the early 20th century.

Admirers often compare the distinctive shape of marquise cut diamonds to an eye, a boat, a football, or a pair of lips. These brilliant, scintillating stones have from 56 to 60 facets, depending on how they are cut. They are wider in the middle and narrow to points at the two ends, and the width to length ratios vary with specific diamonds. Marquise cut diamond engagement rings add uniqueness, elegance, and distinction to your promise of wedded happiness.

Pear shaped diamond engagement rings, although uncommon compared to other diamond shapes, are an elegant blend of the scintillating brilliance of round cut stones and the unique distinctiveness of marquise cuts. Also known as teardrop diamonds, these lovely stones feature a broad shoulder at one end that tapers to a point at the other. A quality pear shaped diamond engagement ring is a real treasure.

Precious Metals for Diamond Band Engagement Rings

All types of precious metals look lovely on solitaire engagement rings. The white sheen of platinum perfectly complements and sets off diamonds and does not change color or fade, so this lovely metal is ideal for symbolizing eternal love in an engagement ring. Due to its rarity, platinum has attained a prestigious status. For diamond engagement rings, platinum bands represent the ultimate in elegance.

Lovely white gold is currently the most popular choice of metal for engagement ring bands. Indistinguishable from platinum to the naked eye, this bright, strong, durable metal perfectly complements and enhances the sparkling diamonds in engagement rings.

Yellow gold engagement rings offer a classic warm color with vibrant elegance that has long been associated with romance. Although white gold bands have overtaken yellow gold in popularity, yellow gold provides an unparalleled traditional look that is timeless.

Romantic rose gold provides a lovely alternative to the more common white gold and yellow gold found in engagement rings. Its warm, rich, distinctive color creates a stunning and attractive metaphor for the binding of hearts.

Diamond Band Engagement Ring Options

The master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth offer handcrafted diamond band engagement rings in assorted styles and precious metal bands to suit any romance. For example, the Channel I features a round brilliant cut central gem on a prong setting with dazzling pave accents. The Dorset I has dual diamond encrusted band sections that reach out to the scintillating central stone. The Imogene I is a breathtakingly beautiful round cut diamond with a channel cut diamond band.

To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and order the ring of your choice.


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