How to Wear Diamond Rings When You Have an Active Lifestyle

Diamond Ring with Emeralds

Diamond rings are beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations that are precious and delicate, but they can still fit into your active lifestyle. Whether you spend your weekends on Lake Michigan, love to swing a golf club, or spend lots of time with your children, you can have your jewelry and be active, too! Preusser Jewelers takes a look at how to wear diamond rings when you have a busy lifestyle.

Low Settings

High-profile settings for diamond rings often get in the way of an active lifestyle. Tall settings can snag on clothing, scratch your children, or become damaged after hitting surface after surface. A lower setting keeps the diamond out of harm’s way and reduces the chances of accidents happening when you’re out and about.

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Bezel Setting

A bezel setting protects the gem in a diamond ring without sacrificing the size of the stone. Bezeling features a metal band to completely encircle the gem to protect it from chipping. This style also keeps the gem close to the band without raising it very much. A bezel setting brings out the depth of the gemstone’s character and plays with light just as well as other settings.

Thick Band

Leave dainty, thin bands behind when you have an active lifestyle. Thick bands for diamond rings can be more resilient and less delicate, compared to a small band. Chipping on a thin band affects the entire ring more so than a thick band. Having a thick band reduces the chances of a complete break, and it allows you to get the ring repaired before further damage occurs.    

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Six Prongs

Standard solitaire diamond rings have four prongs to keep the gem in place. Consider settings with six prongs to make the diamond more secure. If one prong breaks on a four-pronged setting, the diamond could fall out and become lost. Six prongs allow for one prong to weaken or break while keeping the stone in place.

Diamond Rings from Preusser Jewelers

Preusser Jewelers is your jewelry store for diamond rings in downtown Grand Rapids. Come by our showroom to see our fantastic selection of jewelry, or talk to us about having custom jewelry that fits your lifestyle. Contact us online or call (616) 458-1425 if you have any questions!

Alternative Engagement Rings to Showcase Your Unique Relationship

Alternative Engagement Ring

Traditional engagement rings are a simple gold band with a single diamond. However, there are so many more choices in today’s market that let you showcase your unique relationship. Preusser Jewelers highlights alternative engagement rings for you and your fiance to explore as you prepare for your big day.

Engraved Engagement Ring

Engraved engagement rings have an inscription on the inside. Writing might showcase a Bible or spiritual verse, a saying about love, or the couple’s names. You can make the engraving as unique as you are! Say a few poignant words, keep it light and funny, or simply have your initials as a way to identify the ring.  

Rose Gold

Rose gold engagement rings are a growing trend. Rose gold has a light brown color that isn’t quite as red as copper. Rose gold shimmers with the natural glow that comes with yellow gold. Pair rose gold with a diamond setting of your choice for something different that stands out. Pavé bands with multiple diamonds are popular, while traditional settings are also an excellent choice. Pair rose gold with morganite for complementary yellow-brown colors.

Colored Gemstones

Colored gemstones continue to be a dominant force in engagement rings. Rather than have a diamond as a centerpiece, go with a colored gemstone of your choice surrounded by diamonds. Think a classic emerald or sapphire, or choose a deep red ruby or yellow topaz. Purple amethysts stand out, while aquamarine enhances sparkling blue eyes.  

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Eternity Band

An eternity band serves as both an engagement ring and wedding band. Eternity bands have gems around the entire circumference of the ring, whether you want gemstones totaling less than 1 carat or gems to be ¼ carat each. The size of the gems often determines the width of the band.  

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Custom Jewelry from Preusser Jewelers

Highlight your special relationship with a unique piece of jewelry found nowhere else. Custom jewelry from Preusser Jewelers gives you endless possibilities for bands, settings, and gems. Contact us online or come by our store in downtown Grand Rapids to see what our artisans can do for you!

Wedding Ring Buying Guide

Diamond Wedding Ring

Wedding rings can be so much more than just a simple metal band! You have so many choices when it comes to jewelry that symbolizes your love and commitment with your partner. In today’s blog, Preusser Jewelers offers a wedding ring buying guide for couples planning a wedding.

Precious Metal

Precious metals for wedding rings usually come in two basic types: You have gold and then platinum. But there are actually three different colors of gold to choose from. Yellow gold is the traditional color of wedding bands, and white gold looks like silver with a soft luster. Rose gold is gaining prominence as a copper-colored type of gold. Platinum shimmers more brightly than white gold and doesn’t wear off or fade as much as white gold. These are the most common choices for wedding rings, but we can custom-design your item using other types of precious metals to make your wedding ring unique!

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Diamonds

Diamonds work wonderfully in wedding rings and not just engagement rings! Think about a pavé band filled with a row of diamonds or as part of a bridal set that matches or contrasts your engagement ring. An eternity band has diamonds all around the ring to symbolize everlasting love. You might consider a design with diamonds on only half of the ring in case you need to resize the ring later. Diamonds add sparkle to a men’s or women’s wedding ring! 

Bridal Sets

Bridal sets combine two or more rings. Women wear two different rings on the same finger, one as an engagement ring and another as a wedding ring. Some sets allow both rings to fuse together. Two rings morphing into one increase the wow factor!  

Bands

Bands vary in width from 2 to 8 millimeters. Comfort-fit rings slide over your knuckle easier because the inside of the ring is rounded. Comfort-fit rings tend to fit a bit looser than standard bands. Selecting the correct band is one reason why it’s essential to get your finger sized properly ahead of getting the wedding ring you want. 

Lifestyle

Your lifestyle may determine the type of wedding ring you want. Active people may want something understated and flat, such as a plain band or a pavé band. For something flashier, bridal sets with larger diamond settings are the way to go.

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Timing and Budget

Start your search for wedding rings early once you decide to get married. Early shopping lets you determine a budget and shop for rings within your price range. It also gives you an idea of what you can afford in plenty of time for your big day.

Wedding Rings at Preusser Jewelers 

Preusser Jewelers has a wide selection of wedding rings, from plain bands and bridal sets to pieces from designer collections. Our in-house artisans can custom-make a wedding ring to your exact specifications. Contact us online or stop by our showroom to see how we can help you.

Different Styles of Diamond Earrings

Diamond Earring

Diamond earrings look great on you, whether they are for a wedding, formal occasion, or just to add sparkle to your ensemble. There are many types of earrings to choose from, so you can pick your favorite style! You can achieve many different kinds of effects with these shimmering gems. In today’s blog, Preusser Jewelers discusses the different styles of diamond earrings available.

Studded Diamond Earrings

Studded diamond earrings are a model of simplicity. Studs often feature a single gem set in precious metal for each earring. They fit neatly against your ear and don’t get in the way. Stud earrings are perfect if you have an active lifestyle or you want to wear diamond earrings every day. Stud diamond earrings, also called solitaires, are the ideal gift for all ages, face shapes, and skin tones. They create a classic yet subtle effect that looks great for every style. Don’t believe that studs mean smaller gems! You can find studded earrings up to 2 or more carats in weight.

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Halo Diamond Earrings

Halo diamond earrings have a large central gem surrounded by a circle of smaller diamonds. They look like an angel’s halo! These earrings are a step above studs in that they have more than one gem in them. They are more sparkly than studs. Halos are also an excellent choice for jewelry to wear every day at work. They may also dangle below the ear. Try a halo with a diamond in the middle surrounded by colored gemstones, or the other way around for something different.

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Drop Diamond Earrings  

Drop earrings are also called dangles. These types of diamond earrings are more elaborate than studs as you could find two, three, or even four or more diamonds lined up in a row dropping down the design. How many diamonds dangle depends on the size of the gems. Drop earrings are perfect for formal occasions as well as a night out on the town! Think dressing up to attend a theatrical performance, symphony concert, or a wedding. Drop earrings with diamonds make a statement.

Hoop Diamond Earrings  

Hoop diamond earrings are a classic, and you have two basic choices here. Small hoops add a bit of glimmer to your ensemble and work perfectly for everyday wear. Larger hoops have a row of 10 or more gems and give your accessories extra sparkle. Diamond earrings in a hoop shape can have multiple hoops, asymmetrical designs, or two or more hoops side-by-side.

Diamond Earrings at Preusser Jewelers

Preusser Jewelers has a wide variety of diamond earrings, including ornate, minimalist, hoop, stud, and drop designs. Come by our showroom in downtown Grand Rapids to see our collection, including designer pieces or custom jewelry made to your specifications.

White Gold Rings that Look Great on a Modern Bride

White Gold Ring

If your choice is white gold for your ring, it becomes a classic with diamonds. Quite often if the ring itself is yellow or rose gold, the prongs which hold the center stone will be white gold. This is because of its strength. The refraction off of the white gold will not interfere with a near-colorless or colorless diamond. White gold even shimmers on its own! Today, Preusser Jewelers discusses the many ways that white gold rings look fantastic on couples who choose it.

White Gold Rings with Diamonds

Diamonds are a wonderful choice for white gold rings. A pavé band with rows of tiny diamonds has a very twinkly sparkle. Pavé is French for paved. These diamonds are not “chips” and they have the same faceting as the center diamond. Diamonds and gemstones can be set in many different ways, from prongs to bezels and flush set or channel and more! When you choose a custom diamond ring in white gold (or rose and yellow), you are sure to create a design as unique as you are.

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Skin Tones

Also, your skin tone can be a perfect place to start, as our experienced staff will help you choose rings to fit both you and your lifestyle. We can match your skin tone with a mix of white gold and gemstones. The combinations are endless with colored gemstones and diamonds.

White Gold Rings at Preusser Jewelers

Preusser Jewelers has a wide selection of white gold rings in many styles. All of our styles are available in rose, yellow or platinum as well. See our showroom to find one with diamonds and/or colored gemstones. Contact us online or give us a call, and we can give you helpful information before you even come in our store!