Beyond the Round Solitaire: Making Your Diamond Stand Out | Custom Engagement Rings Made in San Diego, CA

Beyond the Round Solitaire: Making Your Diamond Stand Out

The available choices of engagement rings may be overwhelming for the about-to-be-engaged. True, there are a lot of options, but after you’ve been looking for a while, you may find that the rings you see all start to look the same.  Let’s go beyond the round solitaire.

If you’re looking for something truly different, here are some ways you can have an engagement ring that stands out from the rest.  

Know What You’re Looking At

The first step toward finding an engagement ring that is different from the rest is to learn about the central feature of most engagement rings: the diamond. The basic grading system for diamonds was developed by GIA and is based on four attributes. They are: 

  • Color – a completely colorless diamond typically receives the highest rating for color. Traditionally, the best diamonds have no color at all. 
  • Cut – the cut of a diamond is what helps it sparkle. Sometimes confused with the diamond’s shape, the cut refers to the facets that are cut into the raw diamond. The more precise and exacting the facets are, the more the diamond will reflect light and shine. 
  • Clarity – a high-quality diamond will be free of imperfections and blemishes.  No diamond is perfect since they are natural stones, but the fewer imperfections a diamond has, the higher rating it will receive for clarity. 
  • Carat weight – the size of the diamond, which is closely tied to its value. A larger diamond is worth more than a smaller diamond of the same clarity, cut and color, but those factors often trump size alone. 

Now, Shake It Up

In addition to being attributes that diamonds are graded on, these are the qualities that may make your diamond stand out from others. Consider these ways to make your diamond out of the ordinary.  


Traditional diamonds are colorless, but colored diamonds are becoming more popular. In fact, some of the rarest diamonds in the world are not clear at all. The Hope Diamond, which may be the most famous diamond of all, is a rich blue color. Last valued at $250 million, this 45-carat diamond may be a bit outside your budget, but other colored diamonds may be more attainable.  

Blue Diamond Ring

Pink diamonds surged in popularity after actress and singer Jennifer Lopez received an engagement ring featuring a pink diamond. Brown diamonds, sometimes branded as ‘chocolate diamonds’ have also become increasingly popular. Make sure to consider the color of the band and setting when you choose a colored diamond.  


Selecting a unique cut, or shape, for your diamond can set it apart from the ordinary. Choosing a unique shape, such as a pear or marquise rather than a traditional round or princess, can make your ring stand out. According to The Knot, there are ten basic diamond shapes: round, emerald, pear, oval, heart, marquise, princess, Asscher, radiant, and cushion. Most engagement rings feature a diamond that is round or emerald cut, so choose one of the other shapes if you want something special.  

Perfect Diamond Cut For Wedding Ring


All diamonds have imperfections, most of which cannot be seen by the naked eye. If you choose a diamond that has some barely visible flaws, you may be able to get more of the other factors you want, like color and carat weight, and still stay within your budget.  

Carat Weight 

There are two schools of thought when it comes to carat weight. One says that you should have the biggest diamond you can afford, regardless of how clear and colorless it is. The other says that huge diamonds are in poor taste and a smaller, higher quality stone is always best.  

Large Diamond

Neither of these positions is right or wrong. It’s simply a matter of your taste. But one thing is clear – the largest diamond in the room will always be noticed.

Other Ways to Stand Out 

In addition to the four ‘C’s, you can personalize your diamond ring in other ways. Consider choosing a setting that is platinum or rose gold rather than the traditional yellow gold. Select a bezel or channel setting, as opposed to the more popular prong setting. Or, choose multiple stones rather than a single large one.  

An engagement ring should reflect the personality of the person who is offering it as well as that of the person who will be wearing it. Creating a ring that is as unique and special as the engaged couple will ensure that it is treasured forever.  


Ready to Design the Ring of Your Dreams?

Vanessa Nicole is an award-winning designer, master diamond setter and author of the bestselling book The Perfect Custom Engagement Ring. She creates stunning custom antique engagement rings for clients all over the globe.

The Artist’s Studio

Vanessa Nicole Jewels specializes in micro pavé engagement rings, bringing award winning talent to those who desire the highest quality engagement ring experience for their life partner. Such a stunning ring is only more breathtaking and built to last when it is custom made by a professional jewelry studio rather than a mass production wholesaler.

  • All our micro pavé engagement rings are created exclusively for you. No overseas workers, no duplicates!
  • You work directly with the designer to execute your vision. No pushy salespeople!
  • We meticulously select every diamond in-house to ensure that it meets our high standards for sparkle.
  • We use ONLY the most brilliant looking diamonds.
  • All our custom diamond engagement rings include the option of the “Making Of Your Ring™” DVD service – a special video that shows her ring being made, which she’ll watch over and over!

Vanessa Nicole Jewels is renowned for their exclusive classic micro pavé engagement rings. Visit their studio in person or online and enjoy the personal attention that you’ll receive: VNJ works with client worldwide!

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