You’re ready to take the next step in your relationship and you’ve been pinning engagement rings for months. Now it’s time to try on rings. However, you may be surprised by all the shapes once see all the choices. How do you know what diamond shape is best for you?
Ring shape and cut are different. The shape refers to the physical appearance of the stone and is a style choice. The cut denotes the diamond's brilliance, its facets, and angles. The quality of cut can affect the grade and beauty of a diamond. The cut has a direct relation to the shape of the diamond, but the terms are not interchangeable. Here’s an introduction to the most common shapes and what experts have to say.
The most popular shape. Its flexible design can be elegant alone or coupled with additional stones and different settings. This timeless classic works with most hand sizes, big, medium, and small. Today’s round shapes have 58 facets to create a brilliant round cut.
A traditional princess shape has pointed corners and is typically square. Depending on the size of the stone, sometimes princess rings can be slightly more rectangular. The color of the diamond is prominently displayed. The distinct corners of this cut may not be best for a busy and active lifestyle.
An oval shaped diamond is very versatile, beautiful solo or flanked with a pair of gems. It can provide the benefits of an extended diamond by maximizing carat weight, while making fingers appear long and thin. This shape also gives the brilliance of a round diamond, making it a fun alternative to the traditional round shape.
This shape is made with step-cuts to create a rectangular top and cut corners. Emerald is best with a higher clarity grade diamond. An emerald-shaped ring can also give fingers a longer appearance. If you prefer a square shape, an asscher cut is a sister-like diamond to the emerald.
The squared-sister of the emerald diamond. With a flat top and cut corners, it also highlights the clarity in a diamond. Classy, unique, and beautiful, this shape may be a possibility for those who favor the princess style.
Another square shape to consider is the radiant style. The name says it all: it’s cut to showcase the radiance of the diamond. The best of both worlds, you get the brilliance of a round diamond with the modern shape of a squared emerald.
A cushion-shaped diamond is cut with larger facets and rounded corners. The cushion is a hybrid to the round and square shape, so it may be one to try if you can’t decide between these two styles. Popular in the Victorian era, the cushion style is popular for the romantic and vintage brides.
This fancy shape has points on the top and bottom. The elongated shape can create the impression of a larger diamond and slender fingers. It’s a better choice to maximize carat weight and makes a statement.
Also known as teardrop, this shape is rounded on one side with a point on the other. A teardrop can be a unique choice for someone who wants something different, but feminine.
Last but not least this is a distinctive heart shape. It’s great for those who are non-traditional and want something different. Celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga got engaged with heart-shaped rings and let’s not forget the beautiful "Heart of the Ocean" heart-shaped diamond in the movie Titanic.
The tightly-tied flower choices that dress up a man’s tuxedo or suit are a perfect place to showcase your taste and flair for design. Choosing a great set of boutonnieres for groomsmen, the father of the bride, and the groom can be a great way to unify their look as well as add a touch of color to typical male outfits. At the same time, choosing a boutonniere can be daunting. Do you aim for traditional, with lush rose petals opening up with perhaps a sprig or two of baby's breath? Do you make the edge of the suit jacket a spot for expressing something about the groomsmen and groom's relationships and friendships? It all depends on what you are going for! Check out these options available in 2018, and consider which ones might work best for the men in your wedding.
Roses and Carnations Remain Popular Picks
Prized for their light, lovely scents and their many deep colors, carnations and roses remain the most traditional of boutonniere flowers in 2018. Nothing makes an outfit look quite as stunning as a bright rose set among a little greenery. Carnations, with their papery petals, are often a slightly cheaper version of elegance, though both options are quite affordable in their most typical colors.
A Small Bundle of Wildflowers Works Well for a Rustic Wedding
Daisies, snapdragons, lavender, and thistle all make charming appearances in wildflower-based boutonnieres. A package of these flowers can often be very affordable, so DIYing some boutonnieres with a twine wrap is a great option and easy thing to do. Wildflowers can be paired to twists of local reeds and grasses, or table decorations of gourds and vegetables, for a general rustic theme, especially if your venue is outdoors or at a barn.
Formal Events Require Cream, White, or Red
Throwing a black or white tie event? Aim for a more traditional flower or something that comes in cream, white, or red. Those colors look especially good with all the sumptuous fabrics that tend to come out for a fancy affair. Branching out in the color wheel is an option for less casual levels of weddings, but they generally won't look as good as the classics if everyone is dressed to the nines.
Choose from the Seasonal Availability
Each season offers options that allow your boutonnieres to reflect the local flora and add an homage to what is currently blooming. While spring is fairly easy to choose design ideas for, summer looks great with bright yellows and intense blues, since everyone is already in a "sunshine and blue skies" frame of mind. Autumn boutonnieres can incorporate typical flowers along with the colors of falling leaves: an orange chrysanthemum for example. Finally, winter weddings can benefit from slightly frosted-over faux greenery to indicate snow, or from accents like bundles of cranberries.
Want to Stand Out? Pick a Feather!
A growing trend is that of using a feather as an accent piece of a boutonniere instead of a flower. Not only does this add extra eye-catching appeal to the lapel pin, but it also means the boutonniere won't wither and can be kept as a keepsake. One of the most popular options is the peacock feather, with its rich colors and the characteristic "eye" pattern on it. A slightly fluffier white feather may add the same touch of brightness that a flower typically does, but with a whimsical edge that shows you are taking your wedding seriously but not too seriously.
Herbs, Paper Pinwheels, or Knots? The Sky’s the Limit!
For people who aren't deeply connected to a flower as an accent, the options for a suit jacket accent are unlimited. People who love cooking have used tiny bundles of thyme and rosemary. For a whimsical summer wedding, paper pinwheels that spin in the breeze are an option. Even craft options, like a seashell for a beach wedding, can add a touch of personality to an otherwise typical boutonniere. Pins are available that reflect any possible family history, friendship connection, personal interest, or themed wedding, so look at the options you can find that might replace a boutonniere altogether with something else that adds to your wedding ensemble.
Boutonnieres add class and character to men's outfits that tend to be pretty standard (even in weddings with lots of other personalized touches). The first place to start when you design your boutonniere is the inspiration for other elements of the design in the wedding. Whether you choose a traditional pale rose or an off-the-wall decorative pin for the lapel, you can dress up the look for all the men in the bridal party by adding one of these small but powerful additions.
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