Learn About Timeless Engagement Rings for Couples

Check out these styles of engagement rings for couples at Preusser Jewelers. We have plenty of choices in our showroom in downtown Grand Rapids!

Solitaires

The classic definition of a solitaire engagement ring is quite simple. Classically, it is a single diamond (any shape) which is mounted on a simple plain band, usually thin. 

Halo

Halo engagement rings have a diamond or gemstone mounted in the middle, which is usually surrounded by diamonds.  The center stone can be any shape or size. The stones that make up the halo should be set right next to the main stone, without any gaps.  

Three Stone

Three-stone engagement rings have been around for over 100 years. Usually the center stone is slightly larger than the ones framing it. Quite often the three stones will be the same shape, but not always. There are many combinations that can be quite beautiful, like an oval in the center, with a pear shape on each side. The pears are set horizontally so the point is facing out. Also, you can combine diamonds and gems. Have a diamond set in the center and flanked by rubies, for example. You can imagine all the combinations!

Marquise

Marquise diamonds are making a comeback! Sometimes people call them the diamonds that are shaped like a football! They also look larger than round diamonds even though they weigh the same. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, marquise-shaped diamonds were the most popular shape after round diamonds. When cut beautifully, they are very elegant, and can make a shorter finger look longer and slimmer.

Engagement Rings at Preusser Jewelers

Stop by Preussers in downtown Grand Rapids to look over our wide selection of classic, modern, and stunning engagement rings. If we don’t have something that wows you, our craftspeople can design a beautiful ring just for you. Contact Preusser Jewelers for more details on what we can do!

How to Custom Design Unique Engagement Rings

Unique Engagement Ring Preusser Jeweler

The dedicated staff at Preusser Jewelers wants you to have the best experience possible as soon as you walk in the door. We want you to have the perfect piece of jewelry! A custom crafted engagement ring that will showcase your individual style. Today’s blog from Preusser Jewelers highlights custom designed engagement rings.

Start With the Diamond and Gemstones

Let’s face it. A unique engagement ring is all about the center stone! Choose it based on

the shape you love most, and imagine enjoying it for many years to come. Our diamonds

come with a lab report from GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Their standards are the highest in the world. 

Create the Setting

Once you have chosen the center stone, the ring can then be designed based on your

ideas. We can then implement them based on your style and your lifestyle! Certain styles

will work for some and not others. We can explain that so you understand what will be best

for YOU!

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Choose the Type of Metal

Preusser Jewelers can create unique engagement rings out of white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or platinum. White gold and platinum enhance the shine of diamonds, while yellow and rose gold add warmth. Your skin may look better in some colors than others. 

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Make a Model

Once you have your design in mind, our jeweler will carve a wax form the design or we create a CAD image on a computer. That way you can make sure it’s what you want. This is when we tweak the design if needed. When you tell us “That’s it!”, we get to work. The hard part comes next, waiting to see the finished ring! Rest assured, we want you to be happy with our work. Intricate pieces may take longer to make, but the end result will leave you breathless! 

Contact Preusser Jewelers to Make a Unique Engagement Ring

Preusser Jewelers is Michigan’s oldest jeweler. Our expert staff will work with you every step of the way to create the perfect unique engagement ring. Contact Preusser Jewelers or stop by our store in downtown Grand Rapids for more information.

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!

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!

The Storied History of Engagement Rings

Engagement Ring on Woman’s Finger

Engagement rings represent the love and commitment between a couple as they progress towards marriage and a life filled with happiness, joy, and family. Symbols of love between two people are as unique as their personalities and the emotional bond they share. In today’s blog, Preusser Jewelers talks about the history of engagement rings.

Ancient Rome

The earliest known usage of engagement rings dates back to Ancient Rome around 150 B.C. Women betrothed to Roman men were given two rings. They wore a gold band in public and an iron one at home when performing daily chores. At first, only Rome’s upper classes wore gold rings. Eventually, laws changed to allow any women who were free Roman citizens to wear gold engagement rings in public.

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Middle Ages and Renaissance

Fast forward to Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance from 800 to 1500 A.D. Pope Nicholas I declared in 860 A.D. that engagement rings are a necessary part of marriage. The Catholic Church believed the couple should declare their intent to marry openly before their wedding ceremony.

The first written record of an engagement ring adorned with diamonds occurred in 1477. That’s when Archduke Maximillian I of Austria commissioned a diamond ring to give to his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy. The very public announcement was a green light for members of the royal court to follow suit. Royals and wealthy citizens took to opulent jewelry to showcase their economic status and their love.

Victorian Age

Diamond engagement rings took over in the Victorian Age… thank you Queen Victoria!  Victorians gave their betrothed rings that held a diamond or colorful gems. Couples would often engrave these rings with romantic sayings or their names. Despite their growing popularity, engagement rings were still a thing for the rich. Then came DeBeers.

Modern Engagement Rings

British companies discovered diamond mines in South Africa in 1866. In 1880, DeBeers took over digging operations in this area. Diamond engagement rings started to come into vogue.  In the 1940s the phrase “Diamonds are forever” was marketed. The masses took notice. Proposals with diamond rings have been the stuff of legend ever since. Hollywood movies show elaborate proposals,  and music like Beyonce’s “Put a Ring on It” are wildly popular. Social media proposals are posted all the time.

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Engagement Rings for Every Couple

At Preusser, we believe there’s an engagement ring for every couple. Come to our store in downtown Grand Rapids to see what Michigan’s finest and oldest jeweler can do for you. Whether you want a designer ring or custom jewelry, feel free to call us at (616) 458-1425 or contact us online for more information.

Unique Engagement Rings

Selecting A Unique Engagement Ring

A unique rose-gold engagement ring.

Unique engagement rings are becoming a significant trend in the jewelry industry. If you are selecting an engagement ring, you should consider non-traditional options. In this blog, Preusser Jewelers offers some interesting options and shares why this unique trend is here to stay.

Why Choose A Uniquely Designed Ring?

As more and more celebrities choose interesting wedding rings, the public has become intrigued by these fashion-forward options. From colored center stones to intricate and interesting settings, these rings have helped combine traditional elegance with modern taste. Striking and often conversation starting, these settings allow wearers to embrace their uniqueness.

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Colored Center Stones

It is not uncommon to see a modern engagement ring sporting a colored center stone. A colored center stone helps draw attention to the center of the ring and often means something specific to the wearer. If you cannot see yourself easily donning a ruby ring on your hand daily, consider the sapphire. It comes in all colors and tones and is very durable. If you like the look of color, but do not want to commit to a colored center stone, consider colored side stones or the addition of a colored stone band. These are both beautiful options to update your more traditional engagement ring.

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Unique Settings

Intricate settings are also very popular when it comes to unique engagement rings. Custom jewelry is perfect if you want to achieve a unique and dynamic engagement ring. An experienced jeweler can create a ring that elevates traditional style. If you do not want a ring that is too complex, consider utilizing double diamond bands instead of the standard engagement ring and separate band. This is a timeless and elegant take on the engagement ring.

Contact Preusser Jewelers

If you are ready to look into non-traditional ring options, Preusser Jewelers is the best option for you! From custom rings to elegant designer options, we have a jewelry style perfect for any customer. Contact us today for more information.