We’ve sung the praises of GIA certified engagement rings before. They’re the “gold standard” (no pun intended) when it comes to diamond grading for one reason: consistency. GIA’s labs all over the world will reliably produce the same grades for a diamond. This reputation for fair grading – certificates with no inflated color or clarity grades – makes GIA the go-to source for diamond grading. That’s why you’ll likely find a GIA certificate accompanying major important diamonds at the fine auction houses like Christie’s, Bonham’s and Sotheby’s. It’s why their certified diamonds command a higher price. And it’s why a diamond buyer can make you an accurate estimate without ever seeing your diamond, simply by looking up its GIA certificate number. Now, this isn’t to suggest that a GIA diamond is always superior to an uncertified diamond – the best diamonds are GIA certified, but it doesn’t mean that GIA certified diamonds are the best. Regardless, a GIA certificate guarantees you one thing: you are getting what you are paying for. So when you see a gorgeous engagement ring like the ones we’re obsessing over below, you can rest assured that you are indeed swooning over a K colored, VS1 radiant cut…
Like this one. This 3.03 carat center stone boasts a gorgeous, but budget friendly K color grade. Its VS1 clarity is nearly impeccable, but still within the “bargain” diamond range we like to use. Two side stones, also radiant cuts, weigh a total of .94 carats and enhance the already stunning center stone. The mounting is a platinum four prong setting.
Another three stone setting, this beautiful ring features a .97 carat round brilliant center stone, right in the sweet spot of looking every bit like a 1 carat diamond, but still at the .75 – .99 per-carat-price. So, while the diamond looks like an even 1 carat diamond, its price reflects is marginally smaller size and avoids the diamond price jump that occurs with a one carat stone. This diamond is also a gorgeous K color, VS1 clarity and it has two sweet pear shaped accent stones weighing .20ctw. The side stones enhance the feminine beauty of this ring.
This Simon G. ring shows off the bold beauty characteristic of Simon G. designs. In the popular two tone combination of 18kt rose gold and white gold, this ring also shows off the biggest trend in bridal jewelry for the last 5 years – the Halo style setting. A stunning .58 carat H color round brilliant diamond with SI2 clarity is enhanced by a circle of round brilliant diamond pave. The split shank mounting also features diamond micropave set into white gold, for an all around dazzling designer engagement ring.
Another hot trend in the bridal jewelry world is the resurgence of yellow gold. While platinum and white gold have ruled the showcases for the last decade or so, colored gold is trending once more. High karat yellow gold is a feature we’re spotting on celebrities like Halle Berry, Christina Ricci and Miley Cyrus. This amazing 18kt yellow gold engagement ring revolves around the beauty that is this 1.43 carat round brilliant diamond. It’s an H color, VS1 clarity stunner that we can’t stop staring at!