Just kidding. There's really only one reason to avoid "trendy" engagement rings: because you should have something you love that represents your unique style. The point of an engagement ring is that it's here to stay, and the point of trends is that they aren't. Trends are fleeting. So what do you do if you've fallen in love with a majorly re-pinned ring from Pinterest? The fact that your favorite ring is on Pinterest means two things: it's probably a lot of other people's favorite ring, too, AND it's probably not available from the original retailer any longer. Sad story getting sadder.
Guys, we have an idea. What if you recreated that popular setting you love, but with a unique center gemstone? Enter the Eighty-Eight Diamond Cut. This diamond cut looks like something from a bygone era, but it's actually a newer and pretty rare cut. Note: this means you won't see it all over the place. Instead of recreating/straight-up-copying a ring you see on Pinterest, consider what it would be like to look at that ring design with a kaleidoscope and bring some more interest into the design. Make it yours. Creating a setting with an Eighty-Eight cut diamond center is a slick way to accomplish this. This diamond has 88 facets, which is about 30 more facets than your basic round brilliant (learn more here). ALSO, eight sides. We are into it.
So we took the top 8 rings people bring us and we are reimagining them set with an Eight-Eight diamond in the center. Imagine with us...
perfect for an Art Deco-inspired piece
the ultimate no-brainer for an 8-sided diamond
this, but with an 88. can you see it? we can see it.
for a twist on the simple solitaire
a ring with eight prongs = a diamond with eight sides!
would look super cool with compass point prongs
octagonal halos are made for 88 cuts
octagonal solitaire settings work, too
From our experience, you guys (all ya'll engagement ring shoppers) don't want to be trendy. In fact, one of the biggest trends these days is to avoid trends. For such a personal piece of jewelry, most people ask us how they can personalize a ring they've seen that they really liked. Check out the Eight-Eight and drop us a line if you need help reimagining your ideal setting!
"When I first decided to buy my now fiancé an engagement ring, I searched far and wide for advice as I was definitely a novice. The ring I decided on was a solitaire setting with a few subtle details which were unique to me and my fiancé. Due to the solitaire setting, the majority of the process was dedicated to finding the perfect diamond, with ideal specifications, and at a great value." - Jordan
There are many ways to personalize a simple ring. Reach out to the engagement ring whisperers here at Little Bird, and we will be happy to help you bring out something special in a clean, classic and streamlined design.
A Champagne Toast to Jordan & Mariya!
"Once I found Little Bird and spoke to Danielle, I immediately became more confident and calm. She guided me through every step of the engagement ring process and worked closely with jewelers from across the country to find my perfect fit. Danielle personally advised me and called jewelry stores before I visited them to explain the exact diamonds we were interested in and at what price range. I cannot give higher marks to Danielle and Little Bird and feel they are worth every penny for their service. Highly recommend the service!!!"
Good job, Jordan. And congratulations on landing such a major fox. Here's looking at you, Mariya! We loved working with you. Lots of love from the Little Birds! xoxo
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"you really have to make something people want"
"know that it is a numbers game"
"failure is not an option"
"...spend more of your best years working on what you really love..."
there are solitaires and then there are rings with simple accents. We'll explain...
In total, there are 7 areas where you’ll have to make careful and informed choices when building your solitaire ring:
1. Metal type, 2. Band style, 3. Setting type, 4. Gem shape, 5. Gem type, 6. Wearability & 7. Personalization, such as engravings or inscriptions. If you're going simple, then every part of this ring should be flawlessly selected to match your tastes. If you are feeling stuck at any of these seven areas, then feel free to reach out. We can usually iron these things out pretty quickly!
Solitaires with Diamond Accents
Now that you’ve got the solitaire down you can up level your knowledge.
Anything still confusing? Feel to drop us a line. You can also head on over to the Little Bird TOOL BOX where you can peruse libraries of images curated by Little Bird engagement ring consultants in order to help bolster your visual vocabulary.
- LITTLE BIRDS