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Why styling is important in a fancy colored diamond engagement ring

This article looks at the importance of styling and creating a colored diamond engagement ring. We take a closer look at the nature of colored diamond cuts, how jewelry models are made and the importance of designing an engagement ring with taste. 


The nature of the cut in a natural colored diamond

Beyond stating the obvious color difference between colorless and natural fancy colored diamonds, there's a difference in the availability of consistent shapes and very good cuts in colored diamonds compared to colorless. Today it is relatively common for a jewelry manufacturer to be able to order a colorless diamond according to the shape required for the jewelry. It comes at a price, well made stones are more expensive and strong demand increases price even more. In colored diamonds, the desire to bring out an intense color when polishing the rough, will create a 'trade off' between color and cut. The intensity of a color is directly effected by the reflection of light in cut of the stone. So consistency of cut goes right out the window.


Natural colored diamond shapes

Calibrated colored diamond sizes are very difficult to come by

Today there are virtually no manufacturers in the world that supply a consistent repeatable shape and size for natural colored diamonds as part of their product line. For consistency, jewelers need to pick, choose and collect stones over a period of time, and create a buffer in holding stock to supply retail stores. This can make the rings very expensive and certainly limited in supply for large retail chains. 



The necessity to create the ring for the diamond

Lack of consistency in cut means that styling and engagement ring design is constrained to a limited ring type for example a simple four prong v shape setting, that allows for any shape to be mounted. To allow for a much wider range of design options, such as simple or complex halo rings, manufacturers are required to make the ring for diamond and not the other way round. 


How models are made

Today technology has assisted greatly in creating a ring for a specific diamond shape. The diamond in scanned by a machine with a camera and the 3D outline of the diamonds structure is recreated. The file of the diamond shape is opened in a jewelry design program and used as a base to create the ring. The finished jewelry design which is developed according to the diamonds shape, is printed then cast in the normal jewelry manufacturing process. 


colored diamond jewelry model


Standard models in common jewelry

Thats why there is a stark difference between the box standard engagement ring mounts that appear in most commercial jewelry websites, and those that specialize in manufacturing natural colored diamond jewelry. The array of colored diamond engagement ring designs from specialist manufacturers is far broader and quite mind blowing. It should be clearly understood that details for each ring design is unique for each ring, which is literally custom made. I actually think thats a blessing in disguise. Besides being very different to common colorless diamond engagement rings, the recipient of a custom made colored diamond engagement ring, can say that the ring is truly something unique and special. 



Designing with taste and team work to create an excellent engagement ring

Custom making the ring is only the first step. Making an excellent engagement ring takes expertise, with years of experience. Colored diamonds cannot be understood overnight, its subject that needs to be breathed and lived everyday for many years. How different colored stones sit together and ensuring the ring styling maximizes and reveals the true beauty of the stone, takes patiences and experimentation. Making a great ring, requires consultation with designers, model makers, the mounters that assemble the ring and the setters that finally set the stones. Its a process that requires team work and is truly and art.