While some people prefer plain and simple pieces of jewelry, such as a clean engagement ring that is fitted with a single diamond on top, others prefer to have some additional decoration to compliment the primary diamond in the ring and to add additional brilliance to the piece of jewelry. One particular way to add more brilliance and beauty to an engagement ring is to have additional diamond accents fitted to the ring. Diamond accents are smaller diamonds that are fitted next to the main diamond. In some cases, only two accents are fitted in a ring. Some people, however, like to go a bit overboard and enjoy an engagement ring that contains accents all over. In this guide, we would like to help you choose the best diamond accents for the engagement ring you wish to purchase
Diamond Accents Shapes
The first thing that you need to do when you want to buy an engagement ring with diamond accents is to choose an appropriate shape for the accents. While the shape of the accents will not have a major impact on how much the accents will cost you, they will surely have a significant impact on the overall appearance of the engagement ring. For this reason, it is very important that you choose accent shapes that will complement the main diamond and avoid choosing shapes that may overpower the main diamond.
These are the most popular shapes that diamond accents come in:
- Small Round – Small round accents are an excellent choice for keeping it simple, while still adding additional brilliance to an engagement ring. These accents can be coupled with any main diamond shape. They can also be fitted in various settings, including side stone, channel, pave and three stone settings. If you decide to go with small round diamond accents, you can choose between three categories – stars, full cuts and melee.
- Straight Baguette – The straight baguette features a rectangular form and adds symmetry to an engagement ring. These accents often appear larger than other accent shapes of the same carat weight due to their particular shape and cut. Straight baguettes are often placed in a row or alongside a center diamond that is relatively larger than the accents.
- Tapered Baguette – The tapered baguette is similar to the straight baguette in some ways, but the one side of the rectangle is narrower than the other side. A tapered baguette is usually placed in such a way that it follows the curve of an engagement ring. They are usually placed in three stone and side stone settings, and goes best with emerald cuts, princess cuts, radiant cuts and round brilliant cuts.
- Trillion Cut – The trillion cut is quite unique and differs greatly from the other accent shapes. This cut has a triangular shape. They are often used as side stones as they pull attention to the main diamond, but, at the same time, does not overpower the main diamond.
Diamond Accents Quality
Apart from looking at the shape of diamond accents, it is also important to consider their quality. Since these diamonds are somewhat smaller than the center diamond fitted in an engagement ring, you do not have to opt for diamond accents with a “perfect” or “excellent” grading quality. This can help you save a considerable amount of money. When you consider the quality of diamond accents, note that they are also graded with the four Cs that the main diamond in your engagement ring is graded with.
Diamond accents offer an excellent way to improve the brilliance and sparkle of an engagement ring. While being fitted with just one large diamond is often adequate, the additional sparkle that diamond accents can offer can be alluring. If you are struggling to choose a particular shape and not sure what qualities to look for when it comes to choosing diamond accents, simply follow the guide we’ve outlined here to make the choice much easier.