Using a tension setting, for example, makes a ring’s centre stone appear to float in the air, while the lack of prongs allows for a full view of the shape of the diamond. This effect is especially exquisite for round-, oval-, or marquise-cut diamonds, as the tension setting offers an unhindered view of the stone’s organic shape.
Recent years have also seen increased demand for rotating the diamond on the band, creating a more contemporary effect. The rule of thumb has always been to set emerald, oval, and marquise diamonds on a north-west setting to create an optical illusion of long, slender fingers; however, the east-west setting rotates the diamond 180 degrees for a different view of the shape and its facets. For an exciting note on personal style, one need not look further than singer Ariana Grande’s fascinating engagement ring, where an oval diamond has been set at a slanted angle next to a lustrous, white pearl.
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Finally, the halo setting is a classic ‘trick of the trade’ and a great gift to suit any engagement ring budget. Placing a halo of small diamonds around a centre stone not only makes the main diamond appear larger, but also adds sparkle and reflection to the ring. When it comes to natural colour diamonds, the halo is a particularly effective way to enhance the colour of the centre diamond. Contrasting a lime-toned natural diamond with colourless diamonds makes the green colour pop even more and gives the ring a clean, crisp, and contemporary look. Meanwhile, adding a halo of pink melee diamonds to a yellow pear-shaped centre stone lends glamour and soft femininity to an engagement ring.
Notable celebrity bespoke designs
Blake Lively’s pink natural colour diamond engagement ring is a beautiful example of a very feminine take on colour. The ring’s incredible pink, oval-shaped diamond is set on a band of rose gold with pavé details, creating a soft, pastel look, complementary to most skin tones. A similar effect (at a much more attainable budget) can be achieved by pairing an oval or round champagne coloured diamond with a rose gold band—perhaps even with a halo of champagne coloured or colourless diamonds around it.