22. September 2016 · Comments Off on Tip of the Day: Choosing a Gemstone Engagement Ring – Tip 12 – Avoiding Diamonds Altogether · Categories: Aquamarine, Gemstone Engagement Rings, Sapphire · Tags: , , , ,

Tip #12- Avoiding Diamonds Altogether:

Solitaire Sapphire Engagement Ring

We have many customers who, for a variety of reasons, are not interested in having diamonds in their engagement rings. Some just don’t want the look of diamonds and in those cases, a solitaire ring is the best choice. A solitaire ring doesn’t have to be boring either. You can consider a ring style with a more ornate or engraved band. Or go bold with a wider band that has a bezel set gemstone at the center. Bezel setting is a great option if you have a very active lifestyle and want to protect the gemstone. You could even consider a ‘solitaire’ ring that incorporates both of your birthstones. Solitaire rings can be done with any shape gemstone. Princess, round and oval are the most popular as solitaires, but don’t overlook marquise, heart, emerald and radiant cut stones as well.

Aquamarine and White Sapphire Ring

Diamond Engagement Ring Alternative: Aquamarine and White Sapphire Engagement Ring Set found at MyJewelrySource.com

Another way to avoid diamonds is the substitute the diamonds in the ring you like with white sapphires or synthetic stones like cubic zirconia. These stones will give you the look of diamonds. MyJewelrySource offers a few gemstone engagement rings that are solitaire rings and some additional past present future engagement rings done with gemstones and white sapphires.

28. March 2016 · Comments Off on Custom Princess Cut Gemstone Engagement Rings · Categories: Custom Rings, Wedding Bands · Tags: ,
Princess Cut Garnet and Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k gold

Garnet Engagement Ring and Wedding Band (MyJewelrySource)

This elegant design was inspired by an antique princess cut diamond wedding ring. We modernized the design and incorporated colorful gemstones to create a truly special and striking engagement ring. We wanted the center stone to be more of a traditional size and so we selected 5.5mm, the size of a 1 carat princess cut diamond.  And since we love the symbolism of a 3 stone ring, especially for engagement ring, we knew we must add a princess cut diamond on either side of the center gemstone. The princess cut diamonds are 2.8mm, about the half the length of the center stone. This gives a nicely balanced look. And we wanted to ensure that the rings would have an old world feel similar to that of the original antique ring and so we added the filigree detail to the sides of the ring, the milgrain edging and chose to set the diamonds in a bead setting.

Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Design

CAD of Princess Cut Gemstone and Diamond Wedding Set

Here we show the original computer aided design (CAD) images of the ring. Since we knew this would make a stunning gemstone engagement ring, we also designed a coordinating wedding band.

Notice how the engagement ring and wedding band are designed to nestle close
against each other for a unified look. A second band stacked on the other side
would also be an amazing look. We used the same size round diamonds in both
rings so that the diamonds line up with each when the rings are stacked.

Princess Cut Engagement Ring CAD

CAD images with Wedding Band Vintage Detail

Design Images of Princess Cut Engagement Rings

Stacking of the Engagement Ring and Wedding Band

And here’s what our finished rings look like when they are together. We now offer this princess cut design with aquamarine, amethyst, citrine, garnet, peridot, blue sapphire and pink sapphire. Other gemstones are also available by special request.
Vintage Engagement Rings

Citrine Engagement Ring and Wedding Band

Antique Peridot Engagement Rings Vintage Style

Peridot Engagement Ring and Wedding Band

03. March 2016 · Comments Off on Matching Wedding Bands – Contoured or Straight? · Categories: Gemstone Engagement Rings, Wedding Bands

When you are selecting a gemstone engagement ring, it’s nice to know a coordinating wedding band is available. For rings in which wedding bands are not readily available, we are experts at designing custom wedding band.  For the custom band process, see our previous blog on a custom band that we did for a sapphire ring.

Coordinating wedding bands can be contoured or straight and still sit close against the engagement ring. Additionally, it is important that the wedding band have design details that tie into the engagement ring so the two rings look like they belong together. The key to getting a great fit between the engagement ring and band is in the design of the engagement ring itself.  We wanted to take this opportunity to show you examples of both. The first engagement ring design shows a cushion cut gemstone in an ornate filigree basket setting. Because of the shape of the basket, a straight band would not sit flush and there would be a gap between the engagement ring and wedding band.

Cushion Cut Aquamarine Engagement Rings

Cushion Cut Aquamarine Engagement Ring from MyJewelrySource

Cushion Cut Amethyst Diamond Halo Engagement Ring in 14k

Same Cushion Cut Engagement Ring in Amethyst Showing Filigree Basket Detail. Note that a straight band will not sit flush with the ring.

We designed a contoured band that nestles against the engagement ring for a beautifully united look. Note that the band has similar design details as the engagement ring. From the filigree pattern to the size of the diamonds, the wedding band is the perfect match. Even the outside edge of the band is finished with diamonds.

Contoured Wedding Band

Contoured Wedding Band Design

Cushion Cut Green Amethyst Engagement Rings

Green Amethyst Engagement Ring shown with Contoured Wedding Band

Matching Diamond Band

Diamonds on the Outside of the Wedding Band

Another approach is to select a gemstone engagement ring that has a coordinating straight wedding band. This is a great option if you would like a band to wear independently from the engagement ring. We have a similar cushion cut gemstone engagement ring that features a straight wedding band.

London Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring

Blue Topaz Engagement Ring

Filigree 8mm Citrine and Diamond Ring in 14k

Citrine Engagement Ring with a Straight Side. A flat band will sit flush against a ring with this design.

As with the contoured band, this straight band also has design details, including the milgrain edging and beaded detail on the outside, that coordinate with the engagement ring.

Diamond Engagement Band

Straight Diamond Wedding Band

Tanzanite Engagement Ring with Matching Wedding Band

Tanzanite Engagement Ring shown with Straight Wedding Band

24. February 2016 · Comments Off on Custom Wedding Bands · Categories: Custom Rings, Wedding Bands · Tags:

MyJewelrySource has a stunning collection of gemstone engagement rings. Some are readily available with a coordinating wedding band and some are not. But for those that are not, we have in house capability of designing a matching wedding band. One example of this is our GR-5800 (sold), an exceptional blue sapphire and diamond ring featuring a large 4 carat sapphire. This could be a stand alone ring but our customer preferred to have a diamond wedding band to match.

Ceylon Unheated Blue Sapphire and Diamond Ring in 14k

Customer's Ring (purchased at MyJewelrySource)

Untreated Ceylon Unheated Blue Sapphire and Diamond Ring in 14k white gold

Side View of Customer's Ring

Our design specialist created a wedding band with the same details found in the engagement ring. Using a CAD (computer aided design) program, it was possible to create a custom wedding band after the engagement ring had been made.


CAD Image of Wedding Band Design

CAD Image Side View of Wedding Band


For example, we added milgrain (beaded) edging to the wedding band. The diamonds in both the band and engagement ring were designed to be the same size and line up with each other when the rings are stacked together. The band was contoured so that it would nestle perfectly against the sapphire engagement ring. And lastly, since the wedding band would be covering the side of the engagement ring, it was important to add the basket detail to the side of the wedding band.


Stacking of the Engagement Ring and Wedding Band

Engagement Ring and Band Together


And here’s what our customers had to say about the custom wedding band we designed for them:

“You all out did yourself on the wedding band. We knew it would be lovely but we had no idea it would be as beautiful as it is.  Mirroring the basket took it to a new level, the detail is incredible.  We cannot thank you enough for making it so lovely.  We are so thrilled with the outcome, I cannot wait to wear it! We are truly blown away with how incredible it looks.”

Custom Wedding Band Detail

Fit of the Engagement Ring and Wedding Band