Shopping for engagement rings can be confusing to say the least! Don’t worry though, Sylvie translates jewelry-speak into layman terms in her monthly Engagement 101 online article! Learn things like ‘milgrain’ and ‘baguette’, and walk confidently into any jewelry store.
Brides.com interviews Sylvie for their online article, The Do’s and Don’ts of Taking Care of Your Engagement Ring! Learn the importance of purchasing insurance plus more tips to keep your ring in perfect shape!
“In my opinion, regardless of your budget, the diamond’s cut is most important. A diamond’s cut grade is an objective measure of a diamond’s light performance, or, what we generally think of as sparkle. When a diamond is cut with the proper proportions, light is returned out of the top of the diamond. If it is cut too shallow, light leaks out of the bottom; too deep and it escapes out of the side. But ultimately what matters most to you is most important. Would you rather have a large diamond or a high-quality diamond? Once you decide, work within your budget to determine your color and clarity.”
“What comes first, the stone or the setting? Always the stone, which should accentuate the shape of your hand. Once you find the right shape and size center stone within your budget, that’s when the fun begins. I love helping brides play with different settings because no two are alike. Did you know that the same stone will look completely different in each setting? These rings all have the same princess center diamond. Manipulating the setting will create an entirely new ring!”
“Bezel set rings have metal surrounding the center stone. Not only is this style beautiful, but it protects your center diamond. If you lead an active lifestyle & participate in sports or activities that are hard on your hands, a bezel set engagement ring is ideal. The secure setting minimizes the risk of losing the center stone or damaging the ring. Medical professionals & ladies who wear gloves should also consider a bezel setting. Additionally, the metal collar prevents dirt, oil & dust build-up on the center stone, allowing your diamond to shine! Check out a few of my favorite bezel set engagement rings!”
“For a bride with shorter fingers, I suggest a more rectangular, emerald-cut diamond as the length will give her finger a longer look. Ladies with long fingers should consider a square, princess shape. And a classic round brilliant looks great on any hand. For fancy shapes (pear, marquis, oval), I always suggest that brides choose a stone proportionate to their ring finger—wide fingers can carry large stones, while small fingers look best with more delicate stones.”
“Torn between the timeless round cut diamond and unique, vintage cushion shape? Why not have both? Set your round center diamond in a cushion halo rather than a round halo! Check out a few of my favorites in this very popular trend.”
Engagement season runs Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day with one in five proposals occurring in December! Our designer, Sylvie Levine, provides weekly “Sylvie Says” tips to help you research the ring!
Sylvie is featured in the leading Bridal Blog and shares her expert “Sylvie Says” style tips! Get inspired to find that perfect ring and check out even more “Sylvie Says” tips on our blog!