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Famously known as the bride's best friend and the groom's best chance to hear a 'yes', solitaires are jewellery designs that carry the love language around the globe. You must have heard about 'putting a ring on it', but they never tell you how to choose that ring. How would you know that a pink diamond is better than a colourless stone? Or is princess cut the right choice for the engagement ring? What is the difference between solitaire and a diamond?
Fret not as we are here to drive away all your solitaire related woes, as we guide you through the world of diamonds and its brilliance.
If you are in the hunt of a brilliant and dazzling rock that professes your true love to the 'one', then settling for a mediocre diamond stone would be the biggest mistake of your life. The moment you show her the ring; her eyes would sparkle with happiness. Don't you think it's only fair that her eyes sparkle matches the brilliance of your chosen solitaire ring? But for that, you would need to know the difference between solitaire and diamond.
Here are a few things you must keep in mind while shopping for a solitaire engagement ring:
The answer is in the name itself. The moniker 'soli' stands for solo, meaning a single diamond rock. This is the significant difference between solitaire and diamond is that solitaire is a single diamond. Now, that might sound confusing. So, take this example. A solitaire ring will have a single diamond rock mounted on a jewellery set, but a diamond ring might have more than one diamond or small pieces of diamonds assembled together on the jewellery.
The solitaire appears to be aesthetically appealing as a single dazzling diamond rock grabs all the attention.
In our 4Cs of the diamond guide, we explained how shape and cut of the diamond determine its overall brilliance and sparkle. But the same is not the case for solitaire. This is another major difference between solitaire and diamond ring.
The shape of solitaires available as engagement rings is defined naturally, whereas the regular diamonds used in the rings are cut and polished by makers to ensure maximum brilliance, sparkle, and reflection. Some of the popular solitaire shapes are round, princess, oval, and pear.
As solitaire gems are naturally defined, they are also one of the rarest diamond stones to occur in nature. After they became famous as engagement rings, solitaire gained popularity due to its utter brilliance and natural sparkle.
This difference between solitaire and diamond is all about the looks and uniqueness of two stones; while solitaires are rare and often weigh more due to their natural and uncut size, diamonds weigh less as they are cut and polished for jewellery making.
Do you know why solitaires are preferred as engagement rings? The answer is simple: a single diamond rock on a jewellery setting (gold, silver, or bezel) enhances the entire beauty appeal of the accessory. And this is the most differentiating trait of solitaire.
The single rock on a setting makes solitaire rings highly appealing in terms of aesthetics and induce a factor of attractiveness to the jewellery. On the other hand, diamond rings that are crafted using brilliant stones combined together lack a certain aura in terms of concentrated beauty.
A diamond ring might have stones studded in its band, but you will never find a solitaire mounted in the band of the ring. Solitaires are only and only set on the top of the jewellery (ring) setting to make it appear prominent and attention-grabbing, whereas the same is not true for the diamond stones jewellery or ring.
Another difference between diamond and solitaire is that diamond can be entrusted and combined with gemstones to design jewellery, but solitaire will be the only 'superstar' of the jewellery.
The jewellery setting choice has also increased in number in the past several years. For your engagement ring, you can pick out the most popular setting that is bezel or tension setting that holds the solitaire by force on their prongs. Such a setting appears to hold the diamond on the top of the jewellery and looks as if the diamond is coming out of the ring jewellery.
We understand that picking out an engagement ring is as difficult and delicate as getting to know the 'one' in your life. That is why we are here to help. If you have any queries and doubts that is missing from this guide, do not hesitate to give us a call or drop a text message. Our jewellery experts will get back to you at the earliest with the answers to your questions.
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