The Top 5 Engagement Ring Settings

The Top 5 Engagement Ring Settings

A ring’s setting is an essential detail that can make or break a ring style for you. It’s important to note the differences and to pick out the right setting for you. It can, however, be difficult to distinguish the different styles and see what sets them all apart. To help you decide on the best fitting one for you, we’ve broken down the top 5 most popular ring settings. Let’s take a look at these favorite styles.

Halo

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A halo ring setting is one that has smaller side stones placed around the center stone. This means more diamonds! It is currently the most popular type of setting due to how it makes the center stone pop. The surrounding diamonds give off an optical illusion, making the center diamond seem larger than it really is. If you’re a diamond lover who is concerned about size, this may be the best setting for you.

Prong

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The prong setting is a very classic and traditional type of ring setting. Most prong settings feature four prongs, holding the center diamond securely in place. Prongs can become loose over time, so it is recommended to have the ring inspected from time to time. A prong setting can also cause snags on clothes if it is set high, which may not be as ideal for those living more of an active lifestyle. A plus for this setting is that there’s minimal presence of metal, causing the center diamond to capture all the attention.

Bezel

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Bezel settings are another very popular style with its chic and modern look. Unlike the discrete prong setting, a thin metal ring holds the center diamond in place. Bezel settings come in full or partial, with the full having complete enclosure and the partial leaving the sides open.

Pavé

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The pavé setting comes from the French term meaning “to pave.” Literally meaning paved with diamonds, this setting is also commonly referred to as a bead setting or micro-pavé setting if the beads are especially small. With the diamonds being closely placed together, it adds a continuous array of sparkle, which is a definite plus.

Channel

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A channel setting sets smaller side stones in a channel on the band of the ring. This also provides a snag-free design for those who’d like a smoother finish. Extra diamonds means extra sparkle!

The Rose Gold Trend

The Rose Gold Trend

Always remaining in style, rose gold has definitely become a popular trend yet again. The buzz has not only been among jewelry, but also with other everyday accessories including clothes and electronics such as, the iPhone and Beats by Dre. Rose gold is made with the mixture of gold and copper alloy, making it impressively durable and affordable. The color quality of rose gold over time intensifies with age, uniquely different than any other palette. This pinkish hue compliments an entire array of skin tones, making it very versatile. It can also be found blended in with other golds, such as white gold and yellow gold. This is noticeable on rings for example, 18K White and Rose gold twisted Diamond Engagement Ring. Rose Gold is essentially the perfect color to showcase diamonds with.

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Le Rose Collection 

This warm shade of pink is a combination of vintage and romance. Therefore, many brides opt in on rose gold metal for their wedding band or engagement ring. Its subtleness makes it a very comforting and soothing color. Its gold tint also hints at luxury. Designers have definitely made use of this fun-loving color in their recently debuted collections. It’s no wonder why the fashion world is in a rose gold craze. While undergoing spring and the summer season slowly approaching in the near future, now is the perfect time to get in on the Rose Gold Trend.

Abby Wambach’s Engagement

Abby Wambach’s Engagement

Abby Wambach, two-time American Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, is officially engaged!

Prior to her recent engagement, Wambach was married to pro soccer star Sarah Huffman. Sarah and Abby called it quits after three years of marriage. Wambach one of the biggest stars out of the Rio Olympics revealed, November 2016, she was dating Christian mom blogger, Glennon Doyle Melton and makes a positive turnaround after struggling with drugs and alcohol, along with a DUI in April 2016 leading to their separation.

Melton recently shared the wonderful engagement news via Instagram with a black and white photograph, both Wambach and Melton are seen holding hands and showcasing their gorgeous diamond engagement rings!

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The gorgeous diamond laced engagement band rests so beautiful!

Melton captions, “Abby and I have decided to hold hands forever…” A day after, Wambach confirms the engagement by reposting the photo with the addition of “Happy.”

Wambach’s sweet excitement has us smiling contagiously and the engagement rings have us dreaming. Tasteful elegant engagement rings similar to Wambach’s can be found at Natalie K.  Beautiful diamond bands and diamond stones are crafted to suit your every dream. Natalie K offers similar styles in their engagement ring collections – E’TERNELLE and PRINCESSE – to name a few. Visit Natalie K to find rings similar to that of your favorite celebrity.

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Photo courtesy: nataliek.com

Battle of the Classic Engagement Rings: Solitaire vs. 3-Stone

Battle of the Classic Engagement Rings: Solitaire vs. 3-Stone


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 18k White Gold Three Stone Engagement Ring

Classic-style engagement rings are beautiful and timeless. These traditional, ever-popular designs have proved they can stand the test of time. But, if you haven’t shopped for an engagement ring before, you might not know that there are actually multiple classic engagement ring styles. There are two main types of classic engagement rings: 3-stone rings and solitaire rings. But what are the differences between these two types of rings, and why should you choose one style over the other? Let’s take a look at the pros of each, as well as the meaning behind their designs.

3-Stone Engagement Rings

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18k White Gold Three Stone Engagement Ring

A three stone engagement ring is just what it sounds like. Instead of having one centerpiece diamond, the three stone ring has three. Traditionally, the center stone is the largest diamond, and each of the flanking stones is half the size of the center stone. But, today, you can find variations on three stone engagement ring diamond sizes, including ones where all three stones are the same size.

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18k White Gold Halo Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

For many, the major appeal of three stone engagement rings is the meaning behind their design. Each of the three stones represents a time in your relationship: your past, present, and future as a couple. This representation of the timeline of your life together sits beautifully on the circular band of the ring that represents eternity. This meaning behind this design is highly romantic and sentimental.

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18k White Gold Trapezoid Diamond Side Stone Princess Cut Channel Set Shank Engagement Ring

Another benefit of a three stone ring is that there are more customization options for each stone. For example, you can choose from many different sizes and shapes for your design. Another customization option that many people take advantage of is using various gemstones instead of diamonds for the side stones. This can be either for aesthetic reasons, preferring the look of certain gemstones, or for budget reasons, as many gemstones cost less than diamonds.

Solitaire Rings

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18k White Gold Single Bezel Set Diamond Accent Solitaire Engagement Ring

Solitaire rings are what come to mind for most people when they think of an engagement ring. A solitaire engagement ring is a ring that features only one center stone, usually a diamond. Solitaire rings are the most popular engagement ring style and have been for many decades. This gives them the advantage of always looking classic. They are both practical, elegant and look appropriate with both the most casual and the most dressy of outfits.

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18k White Gold Elongated Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Another advantage of solitaire rings is that they usually fit with standard wedding bands. With more complicated ring designs, you might have to get specific or custom wedding band that will be specially designed to sit flush with your ring. But most solitaire bands have a more standard design that will match more wedding bands, allowing you to customize your wedding set more easily.

Solitaire rings also do an excellent job of highlighting your diamond. With no other distractions on the ring, all the focus is on your center stone, letting it take the spotlight.

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18k White Gold Six Prong Center Mounting Diamond Gallery Engagement Ring

So, now you know all about the different advantages of these two classic designs. All that’s left to do is decide which one is right for you! Whichever design you prefer, Natalie K has an incredible selection to choose from. Our solitaire rings are elegant and timeless, and our 3 stone rings are as romantic and meaningful as they are beautiful. Check out our carefully crafted selection of rings and find the one you’ll love for a lifetime.

How do you know you’re ready for ‘I Do?’

How do you know you’re ready for ‘I Do?’

Marriage is a huge step in a relationship. If you’re at the point in yours where you’re considering tying the knot, you might be wondering if you’re truly ready. After all, marriage is a lifelong bond. Taking that next step might seem a little frightening. So, how do you know you’re really ready to get hitched? Here are the eight major signs that you’re ready to say “I Do.”

  1. Your Communication Skills Are Top Notch

Communication is perhaps the most important element of making a long-term relationship work. When you have trust and openness with your partner, you can talk about anything with them. When you can talk openly and honestly in your relationship, you’ll avoid many problems and be able to clear up your disagreements much more easily, as well as be able to understand your partner’s perspective.

  1. You Accept Each Other For Who You Are

This might seem like a simple one, but not every couple can check this one off the list. Some people might like their partner, but think of them as more of a “fixer upper.” Or they might think that marriage will change them, and all the problems in their relationship will go away once they exchange vows. But this kind of wishful thinking is merely fantasy. Marriage does not magically change a person. Before you say “I do,” make sure you love your partner for who they already are, flaws and all.

  1. You’re On The Same Page About The Future

Marriage is about spending the rest of your life together, so you need to make sure you and your partner have similar plans for the future. This can be everything from whether or not the two of you want children, to where you ultimately want to live, to how you like to save and spend your money. Whatever your plans for the future are, you’ll want to be sure you and your partner are on the same page.

  1. They Lift You Up

A healthy relationship should make you feel like the best version of yourself. Being with someone who believes in you and cheers you on (in all aspects of your life) can drastically improve your life. If your partner supports you and makes you feel like a winner, you’ll have a much happier life together.

  1. You Know You’re Ready To Stop Playing The Field

If you’re thinking of getting married, you’re also thinking about the end of your dating life as you once knew it. Since marriage is a lifelong commitment, you need be confident that you’re done with dating other people before you make or accept a proposal.

  1. You Want A Marriage, Not Just A Wedding

Are you excited about the thought of spending the rest of your life with your partner, or just excited about the wedding day festivities? A wedding should be merely the side effect of having found your partner, not the main thing you want. Make sure it’s your partner you’re excited about and not just the idea of an extravagant party.

  1. Your Family And Friends Approve

Marriage is not just a merging of two people. There’s a common saying that when you marry someone, you also marry their family. Before you say “yes” to marriage, make sure your trusted friends and family approve of your partner.

  1. You Can’t Imagine Your Life Without Them

The last, and most telling, sign of whether you are ready to say “I Do” is if you can’t imagine your life with out your partner. If, when you think of your future, you simply can’t imagine a life without your partner in it, you might be ready to finally tie the knot. If you can’t see a future without them, it’s probably time to ask them if they feel the same way.

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Once you know you’re ready to pop the question, there are only two things left to do: plan the proposal and get the perfect ring!