By Devorah Isenberg
, Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The moment of your proposal is a moment you will treasure for the rest of your life. You want every minute to be unique, memorable, and completely personal. The same applies for the engagement ring
itself—you want the ring to represent your relationship, in all it’s individual, unique glory. The funny thing you say to him every morning, the junk food you love to eat together during late-night Lost
marathons, the memory of that one time you got lost in a foreign city...these are the things that make your relationship truly one-of-a-kind, so it stands to reason that you want your engagement ring and wedding band
to be just as unique and personal. Here are 5 simple ways to take a classic engagement ring and wedding band set and add simple, personal touches that will take it from plain-Jane to princess.
Take a classic yellow gold wedding band
, add a strip of channel-set pink sapphires, and you’ve transformed it into a wedding band fit for a princess. The same idea can be used with any gemstone you love—a birthstone, a stone that reminds you of a special moment in your life, or a gem in a favorite color. And don’t be afraid to add a little touch of color to his wedding band as well—diamonds are a guy’s best friend as well.
Many people engrave the date of their wedding or the words “I love you” inside their engagement rings, but you can personalize that trend with an expression of love and romance that means something only to you. Use a song lyric that reminds you of a special song, a funny phrase with a personal meaning, or something only the two of you will understand. It’s a great way to transform a classic engagement ring like this princess-cut three stone ring into something truly unique.
Beyond the classic round and princess-cut shapes, fancy shape diamonds
can be a beautiful way to create a simple but personalized engagement ring. The heart shape is one of the most unusual, but most romantic diamond shapes, and is set off beautifully here with a simple bezel setting and unadorned band. The same simple setting can be used to contrast with any other fancy shape diamond, from the dramatic marquise shape to the classic elegance of the oval.
One wedding ring is nice, but three is...nicer. Stackable rings are trendier than ever, and they make gorgeous wedding bands and even engagement rings. Use the central diamond-embellished band for the ceremony, and add the decorative sapphire bands afterward for a unique fashion statement. Perfect for the bride who doesn’t necessarily want to wear her engagement ring every day, stackable rings let you adjust the bling factor to the occasion—making sure you’re always perfectly decked out.
The most personal engagement ring
of all is the one that was designed and created just for you. Custom engagement ring design is becoming ever more affordable and accessible—more and more online retailers are offering a streamlined process that allows you to go from idea to execution in under two months. If you have a personal theme or motif, an engagement ring design expert can help you determine the best way to incorporate that theme tastefully into a custom engagement ring design the two of you will treasure forever.