When choosing a diamond ring or having one custom made, there are a number of design choices to be made. Apart from the central diamond, which should always be the key focus, the use of side stones is equally important as these serve to enhance the overall look and feel of the ring. Incorporating more stones into the ring accentuates and complements the design and can transform a beautiful ring into a stunning one.
What are Side Stones?
Side stones are additional stones used to enhance the look of the central diamond in a ring by drawing attention to it in a complementary manner. They make the ring seem larger, more impressive and accentuated. Side stones are like the supporting cast for the main star; the diamond. It is important for side stones to work in harmony with the ring’s overall design features but they should not steal attention away the diamond. When used correctly, side stones enhance and highlight, but never compete.
Traditionally, most rings are designed with a single stone placed on either side of the central diamond. Sometimes the total number of stones is increased to five, with two stones that gradually become larger, situated on either side of the main diamond.
Obviously there are no hard and fast rules and the choice mainly depends upon personal taste and one’s available budget. If you’re looking for more options, you can always check on exclusive designs for diamond engagement rings in Brisbane or in any jewelry shops in your area.
Proportion and Balance
Regardless of the amount of side stones chosen, an important factor in the design is finding the right proportion and balance. Using stones that are too small and are dwarfed by the central diamond will throw the look of the ring off. Conversely, using more diamonds that are quite large will shift the focus from the main diamond in a manner that is not complementary. One may choose to use many small stones to meet the right proportion, or only a few larger stones. Finding a happy medium is definitely the key to a balanced design.
Colour and Clarity
It is important to consider the colour and clarity of the feature diamond when choosing the perfect side stones. Generally the grade of diamond should be the same, as a significant difference in colour or clarity will be noticeable. Imagine looking at a shiny, sparkling mirror surrounded by two smaller dirty mirrors. The contrast will be too great and the central focus would be diminished by the inferior stones surrounding it. Most jewellers recommend choosing side stones that are no less that one grade below that of the central diamond. You can also buy loose diamonds in Brisbane – if you happen to live there, or in local jewelry shops. Loose diamonds are perfect when thinking about having your ring customized.
Flaws and Imperfections
When using side stones, a creative way of incorporating more diamonds but keeping costs down, is to choose stones that are of the same overall color and clarity that have very minor inclusions or imperfections. Sometimes these irregularities are so small that they can only been seen under great magnification with a jewelers loupe.
Even if a tiny speck or flaw can be seen with the naked eye it is often possible to hide it beneath a prong or below a bezel edge of the setting. This way more diamonds can be added to the ring but the overall expense is much less.
Ultimately, what are considered to be the right side stones to use will come down to matters of style and taste as well as lifestyle. If one leads a busy, active life and works in a hands-on profession, then a more appropriate ring may be one that is less elaborate and not as likely to catch and snag onto things. This is especially true for a wedding or engagement ring that is worn every day.
The size of one’s fingers also needs to be considered when designing the placement of the stones on a ring. If one has very slender fingers, a bulky ring with numerous stones may look out of place. If ones fingers are rather thick and large, small side stones may be obscured between the fingers, meaning they can’t be seen and will likely require more cleaning and maintenance over the years.
The important thing to remember is that designing or choosing a ring is a very personal matter of taste and style. Consulting closely with a jeweler and looking at a wide range of diamond rings will help narrow down the choices and ensure that your ring will be treasured and worn with pride for many years to come.