Category Archives: Engagement Ring Eye Candy

Engagement Rings that have massive center stones are brightly colored accent stones are becoming more attractive than actual candy. Rings that have the most fabulous details are considered eye candy.

Engagement Ring Eye Candy: Large & In Charge

This week’s engagement ring eye candy has me craving a super size helping of rocks. Luckily, the RLJ showcase is fully stocked with colorful diamond delicacies like so many truffles at Godiva. And this week, we added quite a few new hefty engagement rings with large center stones. With great carat comes great responsibility (to share the blingy gorgeousness far and wide) so it’s my duty and pleasure to introduce you to a few of our new beauties and help these lovely sparklers find a new home.

Cushion Cut Fancy yellow Halo

18k White Gold Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

It’s my personal opinion that the best cushion cut diamond is one over three carats. And no, it’s not because I’m blinded by bling-size (for instance, I think the ideal size for a round brilliant is no larger than 2.5 carats.) I just feel that a cushion cut really shines when its center is bulging, its proportions are balanced, and it’s large enough to display the unique shape that separates it from square & rectangular cuts. Luckily, our newest cushion cut is 4.31 carats, placing it firmly in the B.A.D. category. It’s also yellow (!) which I know is not for everyone, but bear with me because it’s not the only yellow this week. This one features a gorgeous halo setting & microwave split shank.

Fancy Yellow Pear Shaped Halo

18k White Gold Pear Shape Fancy Yellow Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Another huge, yellow diamond, this pear shape is a warm, buttery yellow and is a whopping 6.05 carats. Like the one above, it’s surrounded by a gorgeous white diamond halo. However, the simple, thin microwave band is the perfect foil to the rather voluptuous center diamond. The setting is 18kt white gold, but the yellow gold prongs on the center diamond blend flawlessly into the diamond so that all you see on this ring are, well, diamonds.

9.03ct radiant cut halo

EGL Certified 9.03ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Onto the white diamonds. First up, a radiant cut that would make Beyonce look twice. In fact, this ring reminds me a lot of Beyonce’s engagement ring. Ours isn’t a Lorraine Schwartz original, and with an SI2 clarity grade it’s not quite *flawless*, but it woke up like this. Ok I’ll stop. It’s a massive 9.03 carats but doesn’t stop there – it features an additional 2.06 carats of accent diamonds. Of course, plenty of that weight comes from the halo around the center stone, but if you check out the bedazzled split shank setting, you’ll see that two tapered baguettes and two emerald cuts are nestled in there. So there’s no doubt that this rock shines from all angles.

Three stone emerald cut engagement ring with trapezoids

Platinum 4.24ctw Emerald & Trapezoid Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Finally, my favorite. I know you’re not supposed to play favorites, but I do. Frequently. And this one is a contender! There’s nothing I love more than a three stone ring, and this style is just so classic and regal. The center stone is a 3.04 carat emerald cut (coincidentally my favorite size for an emerald cut is 3 carats exactly) and it’s a stunning VS1 clarity – like staring into a crystal clear pool. If the pool were made of diamonds. I also love the proportions on this one – it doesn’t go too vertical. But the center stone isn’t the only beauty here, two step cut trapezoids flank the side of the center stone to blend into a beautifully symmetrical, seamless profile. Smitten.

 

 

Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Eye Candy

Old, or European? (10 points if you recognized that song.) Well, lucky you because today it’s all about both. Old European cut diamonds are a favorite among the vintage and antique loving set. One of the O.G. ways to cut a diamond, the Old European cut predates today’s most popular shape, the round brilliant. The OEC is also round, but has a smaller table (the flat top surface of the diamond), a taller crown (the sloped sides of the diamond above the middle girdle), and an open culet (the pointy bit underneath). This graphic from GIA can help you out if you’re convinced I just spoke Dothraki. The OEC also has fewer, larger facets than today’s tightly carved 57 or 58 facets on a round brilliant. Overall, the OEC can appear warmer, with more character, and more handmade. Thus, it looks fantabulous in equally vintage inspired mountings. So when RLJ buys a parcel of Old European cut diamonds, we like to pop them into some equally old and European looking mountings. The result is a stunning ring that will have any vintage engagement ring lover swooning, even with a brand spanking new ring.

Old european cut engagement ring

1.01ct Old European Cut Diamond Cluster Style Engagement Ring

This beautiful 1.01ct diamond is a K color and VS 1 clartiy – and it has company! The main European cut diamond gets an assist from .18ctw of other European cuts that cluster around it like so many petals on a flower.

2.45ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

2.45ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This 2.45ct Old European cut diamond is set into a more traditionally antique style mounting. A platinum band is carved with a leaf motif and inlaid with .46ctw of round brilliant stones that stud all sides of the shank, the prongs, and the gallery. The overall effect is of a beautiful, diamond flower that buds with the K color, VVS1 center diamond.

Platinum 1.43ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Platinum 1.43ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This beauty is the OEC’s take on an antique style halo ring. The gorgeous center stone is a 1.43ct VS1 G color, and I love the negative space between its bezel setting and bezel set halo. The gap lets you peek into the platinum gallery’s open work and gives you an idea of how intricate the rest of this mounting is. With brackets of round brilliants that stop half way across the shank, it’s a stunning modern interpretation of the ever popular halo style that has an antique twist.

Vintage style diamond engagement ring

Vintage style diamond engagement ring

Finalmente, we arrive at what I think is the truest recreation of vintage style. I’m basing this on nothing. But if I were an old timey lady, I’d want this ring to match my sweet hoop skirt. And who wouldn’t? Its 1.06ct center stone is a G color, VS1 clarity, and it’s set into a stunning platinum mounting. The band is set with .22ctw of Old European cut diamonds that trail halfway down the shank. While the platinum itself is carved into ornate fretwork and beading so that the entire surface of this ring is teeming with detail. It’s positively yummy. Now grab your parasol, we’re taking my horse-drawn carriage to tea.

Engagement Ring Eye Candy: Well, Yellow

Happy National Plant a Flower Day! And Happy Pi Day! But guess what, we are celebrating neither of those here, today, in this realm of the internet. Why? It’s also 3-12 and therefore a holiday I just decided is Happy Chicago Day. Which is all well and good because Chicago is the chit, however it snowed AGAIN/STILL last night so you can’t really plant a flower here, unless it’s a tulip and you did said planting last year. And eating pie is a good way to reconcile oneself with wearing layers, but not as good for willing spring and sundresses into existence. So in lieu of flowers (or floral-inspired engagement rings) and pie (or pie-inspired engagement rings, whatever that looks like), we’re celebrating yellow diamonds. Because it’s made-up Chicago Day. And I live in Chicago. And I love yellow diamonds. Therefore by the law of verbal traps, um, you’re celebrating yellow diamonds. Extremely unique yellow diamond engagement rings, to be precise. Let’s proceed.

Asscher cut diamond engagement ring with yellow accent diamonds

If you follow me on Facebook, are related to me, or live within a 2 block radius of me, you’ve already heard about this ring. For the uninitiated, this is a diamond engagement ring that is out of this world. An Asscher cut is hard to come by. A 3 carat Asscher cut? Doubly so. Add to this the fact that there are emerald cut fancy yellow accent diamonds, something I’ve only ever seen in Shiraz-tinged dreams, and you have one of the most unique engagement rings I’ve ever seen. The 3.18ct center stone is a fabulous F color, and its SI2 clarity does have some visible internal characteristics, but let’s go ahead and call them beauty marks. Someone come give this beauty a loving home, before I’m forced to.

Cushion Cut Fancy Yellow engagement ringWhat’s that? 3 carats is too small for you? And you prefer a yellow diamond center stone? Come closer, darling, and meet this lovely 4.62 cushion cut. It too is SI2 clarity, but it’s yellow, so it’s even more forgiving. And with an additional 1.38ctw of diamond pave, the added sparkle will catch your eye before any inclusions do. And, in the rare instance where you notice a smidge of imperfection in this diamond, .30ctw of white trillion cut diamonds are there to bring you back to where you need to be: in love with this engagement ring.

Pear shaped yellow diamond engagement ringLast, but certainly mos def not least, is this insanely beautiful pear shape. Pear shaped fancy yellow diamond engagement rings are a rare and welcome treat, and RLJ was lucky enough to have two big, pear shaped fancy yellow pass through our hallowed doors in as many weeks. This one is a 2.01 carat and in keeping with today’s trend, has an SI2 clarity grade. It got the yellow gold bezel setting treatment to add even more warmth to its sunny disposition. And a hefty dose of pave with 1.22ctw of round brilliants in a halo and a split shank setting. Then, to set this ring apart, we added .76ctw of white marquise accents that are in a beautiful rose gold bezel setting. It’s a unique treasure, and it’s begging to be on your finger!

Engagement Ring Eye Candy: Bezel Set Beauties

Bezel set engagement rings are some of the most unique engagement rings you’ll come across. The bezel setting is a thin layer of metal that hugs the perimeter of a diamond (or other gemstone) rather than using prongs to keep in in place. Often, the bezel is part of a bowl-like setting that cups the diamond from underneath, a technique that’s especially popular with fancy colored diamonds. Using metals like yellow gold or rose gold can beautifully enhance a fancy yellow or fancy pink diamond, or even a pale pink gem like Morganite, for a more intense look. One of my favorite ways to turn a “special” diamond into something of true beauty is by taking a stone with great clarity and a hefty carat weight, but color that’s more “Bud Light” than fancy intense is by setting it into a yellow gold bezel setting and adding pave (as demonstrated below). This can even be done with white diamonds that err on the side of brown to create a gorgeous end product. As long as the stone is clear, you still have a ring that’s unique, colorful, and has the fancy look without the hefty fancy colored price tag. Of course, using it in white metal with white diamonds adds an unexpected twist to engagement rings, especially vintage style engagement rings or actual antiques. While the bezel setting typically conjures modern imagery (think Tiffany’s Bezet collection – wonder where they got that name), it can be used with great effect in a vintage style ring. Check out some of my favorites from RLJ below.

18kt gold two tone fancy yellow diamond engagement ring

18kt gold two tone fancy yellow diamond engagement ring

This diamond is lovely, albeit very pale yellow. It’s still fancy yellow, but RLJ thought it could benefit from a little boost. Think of this yellow gold bezel setting as a push up bra for your diamond. Then consider the rest of this setting a low cut top because yowza. It is, as we professionally refer to it within the industry, iced out. A halo of pave white diamonds show off its popular cushion cut, and the pave continues onto the tops and bottoms of the shanks. It is kind of a split shank, but the negative space is filled with big old baguettes, bringing the setting’s total diamond carat weight to 2.40ctw.

Bezel set oval fancy yellow diamond engagement ring

Bezel set oval fancy yellow diamond engagement ring

Another fancy yellow, but this one is slightly darker in tone. The yellow gold bezel setting brightens up the imprint of this 3.44 carat oval shape diamond. And it too gets an added dose of bling from a pave halo and split shank, but check out the accent diamonds – they’re also in bezel settings! This is a fantastic use of continuity to tie the different shaped and different colored diamonds back to the star of this ring, the center stone. The added diamonds tack on an additional 2.16 carats to its total weight!

Antique style bezel set engagement ring

Antique style bezel set engagement ring

This is the perfect example of an antique style bezel set engagement ring I mentioned earlier. While the bezel setting is employed in minimalist, modern styles, it’s actually one of the oldest settings, dating back to ancient times. So its use in antique rings is unexpected, but shouldn’t be! This gorgeous Old European cut diamond shines in a smooth platinum bezel setting, with an assist from accent stones above and below, and four additional bezel set rounds on either side. It is gorgeous and perfectly captures the romantic essence of a time gone by, with a totally different look than a lot of other antique rings I’ve seen/tried on/drooled over.

5.32ct Fancy Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

5.32ct Fancy Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Finally, we wrap up with a huge fancy yellow diamond in a micropave setting, because that’s what dreams are made of and this is how I roll. I put this ring on my finger once to post to Instagram and had an extremely hard time removing it, despite the fact that it is exactly my size. In fact, my entreaties to the Big Boss to justletmekeepit often reference the fact that massive diamond rings are exactly my size. And by size I mean 5.75 and over 4 carats but I digress. This rock is breathtaking. It’s a hefty 5.32 carats but its spread is so great that it could pass for 7. And while sacrificing that depth on a white diamond could spell disaster for its cut grade, this baby still sparkles and shines – and all the more thanks to a yellow gold bezel setting. Normally I pass on micropave halo and shanks for a more stark Graff/Winstonesque style, but the delicate diamonds paired with a very elongated shape have me singing a different tune. Yes I’m playing favorites this week – it’s almost as good as playing dress up.

Engagement Ring Eye Candy: Solitaire -y Confinement

Sometimes 1 is not the loneliest number. Any well-crafted solitaire engagement ring will argue that fact (and pretty convincingly. Diamonds are good like that.) Today, I’m drooling over a few of our newest solitaire rings back fresh from GIA. The beauty of the solitaire lies in its completely uninhibited setting. The diamond shines singularly, without any kind of distractions – it take a great diamond to pull this off. It’s possible to get a great deal on a solitaire engagement ring, really it is, you just have to shop using your 4 C’s. The cut should be good or better (although I did sneak a very nice fair cut in here, see if you can spot it). The color should be I or better – still virtually undetectable to the eye, but out of the pricey “colorless” range of D,E,F. The clarity should be SI or better, so you don’t have any major inclusions mucking up the statement of your solitaire. And, naturally, the carat weight should be as heavy as your heart desires (and your wallet will tolerate.) With a GIA certificate ensuring you’re actually getting a diamond with these specs, you can rest assured you’re getting a fair deal – and a gorgeous stone. Exhibits A – E:

Platinum and Diamond 1.01ct Round Brilliant Cut Ring

This little number actually is a coveted E color, but it’s petite dimensions keep it from being a budget buster. The center stone is 1.01 carats, so it’s the perfect size for the classic 6 prong platinum mounting, and its VS1 clarity grade ensures all you see is sparkle.

Tiffany and Co Lucida solitaire ringThis ring is a stunning Tiffany & Co. Lucida engagement ring with a massive 2.24 ct center stone. The Lucida cut is Tiffany’s proprietary cut, and it’s shaped similar to a square radiant cut – one of my favorite cuts, as I’ve professed before. The I color offsets the cost of a massive diamond (worth every penny) and it is, as most Tiffany diamonds are, a great clarity grade of VS 1.

platinum GIA certified 1 carat round diamond engagement ringThis 1 carat round brilliant serves as a perfect demonstration of the difference that cut makes. It’s .01ct lighter than the first ring, but it looks way bigger, thanks to a shallow cut (which is probably what earned it a “fair” cut grade – could you tell this was the one?!) But a stunning color and VVS2 clarity grade make sure this diamond doesn’t suffer at all – it’s one of my favorites!

2.62 carat round brilliant solitaire ring

If 1 carat simply won’t do, let’s bump it up to 2.62 carats. This insane ring (another one of my favorites, but in another division. Like the “Ladies Who Lunch Upgrade” division) features a gorgeous round brilliant with a SI1 clarity grade and an I in color. This is the perfect example of stretching your budget to get the biggest, best, sparkliest, “dayum”-est, B.A.D.

emerald cut solitaireAn emerald cut solitaire is something you don’t see every day, and that makes this one even more special. Add to that the fact that this beauty is internally flawless, 1.04 carats and an impeccable G color, and you’ve got plenty of reasons to stare!