Cathedral Diamond Engagement Rings

Pave settings are talked about so often in the jewelry industry.  However, most people don’t really know what they are. A pave setting is made up of lots of small gemstones, often diamonds, set closely together and with at least three shared prongs between stones.  You need at least 3 rows of stones. Anything less is just a shared prong setting.  Many retail jewelry stores will call single rows of stones that share 2 prongs a pave setting.  But that is incorrect. Again, that is just a shared prong setting.

In a true pave set ring, the gems are separated and held in place by little beads of the setting’s metal. The beads are either pulled from the existing metal in the setting, or they are soldered on. The beads almost disappear into the background, and the result is what looks like a continuous surface of diamonds or other gems.

Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring
This is a true pave setting

Now that we have that out of the way, we will discuss Cathedral Engagement Ring designs.

What Is A Cathedral Engagement Ring

A cathedral engagement ring is a popular choice for those seeking a timeless and elegant design. This style features arches or pillars that elevate the center stone, creating a stunning focal point. The raised setting not only enhances the beauty of the diamond or gemstone, but also allows for more light to enter and reflect, maximizing its brilliance. Additionally, the cathedral design provides extra support and stability, ensuring that the precious stone is securely held in place. Whether you prefer a classic solitaire or a more intricate design with side stones, a cathedral engagement ring is sure to make a statement and symbolize your everlasting love.

Another notable aspect of a cathedral engagement ring is its inherent symbolism. The arches or pillars that support the center stone represent the strength and stability of your relationship. Just as the cathedral structure has stood the test of time, so too will your love endure. This meaningful symbolism adds an extra layer of significance to the ring. It also makes it a cherished symbol of your commitment and devotion.

A cathedral engagement ring offers a combination of beauty, versatility, and symbolism. Its raised setting enhances the brilliance of the center stone, while providing stability and support. The customizable options allow you to create a ring that perfectly reflects your personal style. Furthermore, the symbolism of the cathedral design adds a deeper meaning to the ring, making it a cherished symbol of your everlasting love.

Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring
We love how the accent stones are diametrically opposed in this one.

When Were Cathedral Engagement Rings First Created

Cathedral engagement rings were first created in the late 19th century. The design of these rings is characterized by arches or pillars that elevate the center stone, creating an elegant and regal look. This style gained popularity during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, as it perfectly complemented the intricate and ornate designs of the time. Today, cathedral engagement rings continue to be a popular choice for those seeking a timeless and sophisticated ring design.

Why Cathedral Diamond Engagement Rings Are Popular At The Moment

Cathedral diamond engagement rings have gained immense popularity in recent years. The unique design of these rings sets them apart from traditional engagement rings, making them a popular choice among couples looking for something different. The cathedral setting features arches or pillars that elevate the diamond, creating a stunning and eye-catching display. This design not only enhances the beauty of the diamond but also adds a touch of elegance to the overall ring.

One of the main reasons why cathedral diamond engagement rings are so popular is their ability to maximize the brilliance and sparkle of the diamond. The elevated setting allows more light to enter the diamond, resulting in a dazzling display of fire and brilliance. This makes the diamond appear larger and more radiant, creating a truly breathtaking effect. It’s no wonder that many couples are drawn to the allure of cathedral diamond rings.

Another reason for the popularity of cathedral diamond engagement rings is their versatility. These rings can be customized to suit individual preferences and styles. With the raised center stone, it creates some real estate for other design elements.  These can include peek a boo stones, filigree, or something else.  That makes them very attractive to perspective brides who want to add personal elements to the ring.

Peekaboo Engagement Ring
This one has a knife edge shank that is engraved and milgrained. Underneath the center stone is a peekaboo stone surrounded by filigree.

Why Cathedral Diamond Engagement Rings Should Be Custom Made

Cathedral diamond engagement rings should be custom made instead of going to a chain retail jewelry store for several reasons. First, custom made rings offer a unique and personal touch that cannot be replicated by mass-produced designs. By working with a skilled jeweler, couples can create a ring that perfectly reflects their style and preferences. Second, custom made rings allow for greater flexibility in terms of diamond selection and ring design. Couples can choose from a wide range of diamond shapes, sizes, and qualities, as well as select the type of metal and setting that best suits their taste.

Finally, custom made rings are made with a higher level of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Mass produced jewelry is not made with an attention to detail. It is also usually thinner and less durable than custom jewelry.  Custom jewelers take the time to ensure that every aspect of the ring is meticulously crafted.  This results in a piece of jewelry that is both stunning and durable. Overall, opting for a custom made cathedral diamond engagement ring offers a truly special and meaningful experience for couples.

Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring
This one has accent stones facing perpendicular to the viewer that also go up to the shoulder to accent the center stone.

What Is The Best Way To Have Cathedral Diamond Engagement Rings Custom Made

When it comes to having a cathedral engagement ring custom made, there are a few key factors to consider. First, it is important to find a reputable jeweler who specializes in custom designs. You have done that already by clicking on this page! We have the expertise and knowledge to bring your vision to life.

Second, work with us to decide the specs. What kind of metal do you want? What is your ring size? Will this be a solitaire or have accents.  All of these questions will be worked on together as we build the idea of your ring.  Diamonds will need to be discussed as well. Do you want lab or natural? What color and clarity? Shape? All of this will be decided before we begin physically designing the ring. So, if you can figure out all of that before coming to us, it will serve to speed up the process.

Cathedral Diamond Engagement Ring
This one also has a peekaboo stone with scollwork around it. Click on the image to see the top of the ring.

A Little Diamond Education Always Helps

When shopping for an engagement ring, a little diamond education always helps. Understanding the basics about diamonds can empower you to make an informed decision and ensure you get the best value for your money. Diamonds are graded based on the 4Cs – cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Knowing how these factors influence a diamond’s appearance and price can help you find the perfect ring that fits your budget and preferences.

Firstly, the cut of a diamond determines its brilliance and sparkle. A well-cut diamond reflects light in a way that maximizes its beauty. The color of a diamond is graded on a scale from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown). While colorless diamonds are the most desirable and valuable, slight color variations may not be noticeable to the naked eye. Clarity refers to the presence of internal or external flaws, known as inclusions and blemishes, respectively. The fewer the flaws, the higher the clarity grade. Lastly, carat weight measures the size of the diamond. It’s important to note that carat weight alone does not determine a diamond’s value; the other factors also play a significant role.

By familiarizing yourself with these diamond basics, you can confidently navigate the world of engagement ring shopping. Armed with knowledge, you can communicate your preferences to jewelers and ask informed questions. Additionally, understanding the 4Cs allows you to compare diamonds and their prices accurately. Whether you’re looking for a dazzling solitaire or a unique halo setting, a little diamond education will undoubtedly enhance your shopping experience and help you find the perfect symbol of your love.

Give Us A Shot!

Click to see more of our custom engagement rings.  Click hereto learn more about custom jewelry, view our portfolio, or to contact us about about Cathedral Diamond Engagement Rings.  It can cost less than you think to have your very own custom engagement ring made just for you. Why hassle with the retail stores for boring and overpriced engagement rings?  We can create something showing your style and personality.  And many times for less than a comparable ring from a chain retail jewelry store.

Diamond Cathedral Engagement Ring
Celtic Inspired Cathedral Engagement Ring

A subtle filigree flows beneath the diamond in his Diamond Cathedral Engagement Ring design. Diamonds, cubic zirconium, emeralds, rubies or sapphires can be set into the paveed band, making this piece a real show stopper.

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