A Complete Guide to Floating Diamond Rings
13th May 2022
Diamond rings can come in all shapes and sizes, from simple and understated to loud and eye-catching. Whichever style of ring you choose will depend entirely on personal preference.
Perfect for both engagement rings and wedding rings, floating diamond rings offer a unique appearance that really emphasises the centre stone. But, what exactly are they, and how do you know if they’re the right style of ring for you? Well, we’ve got everything you need to know about floating diamond rings right here, including popular styles, which setting is best and what occasions they're ideal for.
What is a Floating Diamond Ring?
A floating diamond ring is just how it sounds: the centre diamond stands out from the rest of the setting and almost looks as though it is floating. Where a traditional ring will use prongs or claws to hold the diamond in place, often alongside other stones, resulting in the metal being more visible, a floating diamond is suspended above. On some rings, the band will even divert away from the diamond, which really emphasises the floating aspect of the gem. This style is perfect for those who like something a little unusual and non-traditional. Plus, if you’re planning on getting a diamond that’s extremely high-quality in clarity and colour, you’ll no doubt want to make it the star of the show. This type of style allows more light to enter the diamond as it’s uninterrupted by the metal or other stones, offering more dazzling sparkle.
Popular Styles of Floating Diamond Rings
Because of its uniqueness, many people think there are limited options when it comes to floating diamond rings. But, there are actually many different styles to suit different people’s preferences. Here are some of the most popular styles you may come across:
• Tension settings: this is the most common form of a floating ring which features the diamond being held between two halves of the ring’s metal band.
• Split shank: the split shank, which is sometimes accented with smaller diamonds, embraces the sides of the centre diamond and elevates it above the band.
• Open Bezels: created with an open and airy base, an open bezel setting typically has a thicker band to secure the diamond and create the illusion of a suspended diamond.
• Bar settings: a classic design, the bar setting utilises a bar-shaped metal to hold the centre diamond tightly in place, creating a beautiful, symmetrical look.
• Floating arches: this is quite an elaborate design that draws focus to the diamond by floating it on an arch or bridge above the lower band.
• Floating halo: halo rings are known for encircling the centre stone with accent stones to enhance the size and add even more sparkle. A floating halo lifts the centre stone above the accent stones to make it more of a focal point.
• Bypass: with this style of ring, the band bypasses the centre stone, while securely gripping it, to create one continuous line for a sleek and smooth look.
The Perfect Occasions for Floating Diamond Rings
Floating diamond rings are used mainly as eternity or engagement rings because the focus is entirely on the diamonds, which heightens the sparkle and brilliance. They’re also perfect for special anniversaries to show your growth, perseverance and a love that has stood the test of time. Whether you wear it on your right hand or use it to upgrade your wedding band, a floating diamond ring is always a good choice.
Many choose to give this style of ring to their other halves after having a baby. This is because, if choosing a floating eternity ring, it represents the circle of life and infinite love. Plus, every new mother deserves something sparkly and special after growing and birthing a child!
Why Choose a Floating Diamond Ring
Timeless yet distinctive, a floating diamond ring is certainly eye-catching and will no doubt garner a lot of attention. As one of the more modern ring styles, you can be sure it won’t be going out of style any time soon. And, if you have a stunning diamond that you want to show off, this setting will definitely be the one for you.
It’s important to keep in mind though, when choosing this style of ring, that it’ll need some extra special care. Because of its elevated diamond, it’s more susceptible to damage. So, make sure to always take the ring off when doing household chores, such as washing up or gardening, as well as before bed and at the gym too.
You’ll also need to ensure that the ring fits perfectly beforehand. The tension setting makes it difficult to resize, and even the slightest adjustment could damage or loosen the centre stone. If you’re buying the ring for someone else as a surprise, learn how to measure for a ring in secret.
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