One of our new favorite custom created engagement ring features a fiery 1.00 carat round orange sapphire woven into a spiraling halo. Brilliant white diamonds are bead-set into the rose gold portion of the intertwined band and halo. The warm toned rose gold halo and band perfectly compliment the vibrancy of the center sapphire. The overlapping two-tone, 14 karat rose gold and white gold, split shank adds movement and dimension while still grounding the flowing central design. This twisted halo design can be recreated to accommodate any type, shape, or size center stones. Contact Knox Jewelers today to custom tailor this design to your preferred precious metal and central gemstone selection to create your own one-of-a-kind engagement ring!
Shopping for an engagement ring can be a daunting endeavor, especially today when there are hundreds of available ring designs and styles available. With so many options, the process of selection can seem overwhelming. If you have started to look for an engagement ring, you have probably seen what is available at the mall or your local chain store. If nothing has yet satisfied your desire for a unique ring design, Knox Jewelers can help!
Knox Jewelers’ custom creation process gives you the ability to personally design the one-of-a-kind ring of her dreams. Having a ring custom created from the ground up ensures that you will be satisfied with every element of the design. Your unique creation can reflect her personal style as well as be a lasting statement of your love.
Having an engagement ring custom made can be an incredibly rewarding experience. We are here to help with any questions you may have during the decision making process leading up to the creation of your piece. Once a ring has been put into production we also send you email updates showing your ring during every stage of the creation.
If you are interested in having a ring custom created through Knox Jewelers, below is an easy checklist of the things you will need to consider before your unique ring can be brought to life.
- Creation Timelines
Custom creating a ring takes time. If you are planning a special proposal for a specific day, please give our jewelers a leading start to finish your ring in time. There are several steps your piece with need to travel through between conception to completion. The production time on a ring is usually several weeks and can vary depending on the time of year and the complexity of the project. Please contact us to inquire on the current production timelines.
- Center Stone Preference
A major component in your final engagement ring design will be the selection of your center stone. There are numerous center stone options available on our online diamond and online gemstone lists. Any ring design can be custom tailored around the diamond or sapphire you are ultimately drawn to. Sapphires center stones are available in varying colors, cuts and sizes. A diamond’s size, shape and quality will need to be taken into a consideration. Diamond shapes include round, cushion, radiant, princess, oval, pear, emerald, asscher and marquise.
If you are not sure which shape diamond to select, take notice of other jewelry she wears or pieces she is drawn to. The round brilliant cut is the most popular diamond shape, but princess, cushion and oval cuts are growing in popularity.
- Choosing a Ring Style
The options are endless when selecting an engagement ring style.
Inspiration for a custom piece can be taken from a sketch, photo or an idea on altering one our stock designs. Deciding on a ring design for your bride-to-be can be difficult. Think about her personal taste, is she classic, contemporary, vintage, colorful? Pinterest can be a useful tool to discover her preference in engagement rings. Remember things she has pointed out or mentioned in passing. The way your partner dresses and decorates could also tell you a lot about her jewelry style.
If you prefer to have her help in creating a forever custom ring after you have proposed, we do offer a temporary solitaire option as well. This could alleviate any worry about selecting the perfect ring design.
- Choosing a Precious Metal
Any of our custom engagement rings can be created in either Platinum, 18 karat or 14 karat white, rose or yellow gold. Platinum is always recommended first to contribute to a ring’s heirloom quality. Warmer rose gold and yellow gold rings are starting to be requested for engagement rings more and more often.
- Discovering Her Ring Size
All of our custom rings are engineered around her exact finger size. If you are unsure of her ring size, we do have an online tutorial to help you estimate a close fit.
Contact Knox Jewelers today with any questions on creating your heirloom quality custom engagement ring. Give her a one-of-a-kind piece specially designed by you for her. With our unique creation process we can help you create the ring of her dreams!
If you are currently on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring to propose in the upcoming year, then Knox Jewelers has a few suggests of current designs being sought after in our showrooms. With our custom created rings, the possibilities are endless, but there are a few styles that are gaining trend status. We are always ready to help you create the ring of her dreams, maybe one of these listed styles was made just for her.
Floral and foliage themes have a long history of symbolizing romantic love when stylized into a piece of jewelry. This tradition has now emerged as a popular motif among engagement rings. Selecting a nature inspired engagement ring can show her how your love has grown into something beautiful.
A bright, white, scintillating diamond has taken center stage in many dream rings, and we are sure it will continue to. However, those who dream in color have recently been selecting vibrant hues of diamond and sapphire to complete their perfect engagement ring. Both sapphire and diamond naturally occur in every shade of the rainbow, and with a little searching, we are sure we can unite you with your perfect gemstone.
Flip through any fashion magazine and you are sure to spot a hand or two piled high with slim, stacked rings. This style has now found its way into bridal jewelry. We have seen customers opting for solitaire engagement rings and mixing them with several of our custom wedding bands to create their own unique grouping. This trend is ideal for the bride who likes to mix and match.
Engagement rings are currently taking a cue from past decades. Vintage inspired details add something of the extraordinary to any custom created piece. All of Knox Jewelers antique detailing like engraving, milgrain and filigree is hand fashioned by our talented goldsmiths. Micro details like these can make all the difference in an heirloom quality ring.
What is better than one diamond band? Two, of course. Split band engagement rings have been the recent selection of many Knox Jewelers’ patrons. The style mixes well with a variety of center stone shapes and setting styles. Allowing it to be the final touch to any custom engagement ring.
Oval Cut Center
More and more women are stopping in-store and asking if we have oval shaped diamonds to see in person. A close runner up to the round brilliant, oval shapes are definitely on trend. The shape flatters the finger and has an overall elegant vibe. Any of our custom created engagement rings can be crafted around an oval shape center.
Several Knox customers have recently undertaken a bold endeavor by creating their custom engagement rings in two or three tone metals. The warmth of yellow gold and skin flattering rose gold are being paired with the ever popular white metals. These daring combination can highlight the fine details included into your ring and give you a truly one-of-a-kind piece.
Now that you’ve been inspired by our current trends, stop in-store or livechat and let us answer any questions you may have on starting your very own custom engagement ring. The ring of her dreams is waiting to be created!
Created in 1812 by the German geologist Friedrich Mohs, the Mohs scale rates the hardness of gems and minerals. A gemstone’s hardness determines its resistance to scratching. He chose ten minerals and assigned them numbers based on how easy or difficult they could be scratched by the other minerals. Today, this scale is an important tool to utilize while shopping for diamond or gemstone jewelry. A Mohs rating helps us identify a gem’s durability, and the more durable a gemstone the greater its longevity in a piece of jewelry that will be worn on a daily basis.
When consulting the Mohs scale, its important to remember that the gaps between the ten incriminates are not actually equal, even though they are evenly space on the scale. Diamonds are known for being one of the hardness substance on Earth, so hard, that they take the number ten position on the scale. Though only one seat away from corundum, diamond is actually 90 times harder in comparison. Corundum, which includes Sapphire and Ruby, is five times harder than Topaz which earns the rank directly below it.
Based on the Mohs scale, at Knox Jewelers we always recommend diamond or fancy colored diamond first in engagement rings or rings worn everyday. Falling in second place, Sapphire, Fancy Colored Sapphire and Ruby are durable enough to be featured in engagement rings or wedding bands. Sapphires are a great way to add a little contrast to your engagement ring, they are available in nearly every hue imaginable. Gemstones rated lower than a nine are not recommended for everyday rings, they could eventually become scratched or scuffed from daily wear.
Gemstones and their Mohs Rating
10 – Diamond, Fancy Diamond
8.5 – Alexandrite
8 – Topaz
7.5 – Aquamarine, Emerald, Morganite
7 – Amethyst, Garnet, Tourmaline
6 – Tanzanite
The Mohs scale and hardness are not the only factor to consider when buying gemstone jewelry, but it is an essential factor to help you understand how well that gem will survive years of wear. At Knox Jewelers, we want your ring to last several lifetimes, and choosing a proper gemstone could aid in that longevity.
If you have any questions about Mohs rankings or the jewelry creation process at Knox Jewelers, please be sure to let us know. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have, and we look forward to working together with you to design a work of art that will last and be passed down throughout the ages. Contact our friendly and professional staff today, and we’ll get started on the journey of creating your very own, one-of-a-kind piece of custom jewelry.
Diamonds capture our attention and hold it. They accomplish this feat through many different mechanisms, but one of the most visible and noticeable is its reflection of light. Light can affect a diamond in a variety of ways, and each of these ways contributes to diamond’s overall beauty and popularity – after all, there’s a reason why diamonds are often used in metaphors and idioms involving light and perception. Let’s take a look now at some of the different ways in which varying light conditions can sometimes drastically change your diamond’s appearance to make it lighter, darker, or even more colorful.
Why Your Diamond Looks Different Based on Lighting Conditions and the Environment
Think of it this way: Your diamond is a conglomerate of many different tiny mirrors that are each angled in different directions. Thus, your diamond reflects a multitude of different objects in its environment. Then, you have to consider your own viewing angle – how you look at the diamond also changes your perception of it. Try this experiment: Hold your diamond jewelry as far away as you can stretch your arms. Then, hold it as close to your eyes as you can. See the difference? When you hold it close, you’ll reflect the pupils of your eyes. Holding it far away will reflect more of the immediate environment.
How the Cut of a Diamond Affects Its Appearance in Light
Diamonds are typically graded based on their color, clarity, carat weight, and cut. That last item, cut, is essential in determining a particular diamond’s final appearance. In fact, your diamond’s cut plays one of the biggest roles in determining how light will interact with it. There are seven different components that go into determining a diamond’s cut grade: brightness, fire, scintillation, weight ratio, durability, polish, and finally symmetry. Let’s take a closer look at those components now.
Brightness, Fire, and Scintillation: The Perfect Combination
These three attributes describe a particular diamond’s appearance. Your diamond’s cut will determine how vibrant each of these aspects will be in the presence of different lighting conditions. In general, the best and most valuable diamonds channel all three of these attributes for maximum brilliance and beauty.
Weight Ratio, Durability, Polish, and Symmetry: The Four Pillars of Craftsmanship
The other four attributes that determine a diamond’s cut grade are weight ratio, durability, polish, and symmetry. These four aspects collectively describe the quality of the craftsmanship that went into the cut. Well-polished, symmetrical, durable, and balanced diamonds will naturally contribute to a higher cut grade.
How Cut Grades Correspond to Appearances
Cut grades are determined by the preceding seven attributes. But what does this grade mean for your diamond? Let’s break down each of the five grades to see how light affects each one differently.
*Excellent: For the most precise and beautifully-crafted cuts, light will reflect at subtle angles and radiate throughout the surface of the diamond. Only the most well-cut stones receive this rating.
*Very good: An impressive rating that many diamonds strive to achieve: The stone will look stunning under multiple lighting conditions and in different environments.
*Good: A diamond rated “good” will have a balanced brightness, fire, and scintillation score under varied lighting conditions.
*Fair: Average diamonds with a passable brightness, fire, and scintillation profile will achieve a “fair” rating.
The Ideal Diamond
The perfect diamond will capture light from its surroundings and display a beautiful show of color and light that captivates your eyes. It will display a clear spectrum of stunning colors as light strikes its surface (fire). As it moves through the environment, it will sparkle radiantly and emit a variety of light and dark patterns (scintillation). It will be bright and luminous (brightness).
How does a well-cut diamond achieve these effects? In short, it directs more light through its top without allowing it to exit through its bottom. A poorly cut stone will do the exact opposite, thus appearing darker under light.
Knox Jewelers: Your Diamond Jewelry Experts
At Knox Jewelers, we have helped countless customers design stunning and unique engagement rings. Many of these custom engagement rings have utilized a diamond center stone for its classic, timeless beauty. If you’re on the market for a custom engagement ring of your own that incorporates a diamond center stone, be sure to get in touch with us today at Knox Jewelers. We look forward to working together with you to design an engagement ring that stands the test of time!