Post # 1
Good morning everyone!!
We are searching for the perfect ring for me. I really like the bands that have small diamonds on the sides. I’ve noticed that some bands look really sparkly and blingy and other looks lifeless and dull.
I was wondering what makes the band of the ring sparkly?? Is it the metal? Or maybe high quailty diamonds?? Or larger diamonds on the sides vs smaller ones.. Or maybe just depends on who makes it??
Post # 4
@mandanjoe: The cut/quality of the diamonds. If they are ideal/excellent they will be the most sparkly. If they are poor/good they won’t be as sparkly. Keeping them clean makes a difference too, but no matter how much you clean diamonds with a good cut, they won’t be as sparkly as clean diamonds with very good or ideal cut.
Post # 5
I like the way micro pave sparkles.
Post # 6
Yup, just like your center stone, the diamonds on the side will have a certain cut/clarity/color — jewelers usually do their best to match stones so they are all within a certain range on a given setting, but the quality of those diamonds will necessarily effect the price you end up paying for the setting, so there are a trade-offs there….
Post # 8
Miligrain on the edges also gives the impression of more sparkly
Post # 9
It’s the diamonds in the band. The larger and better quality that the diamonds in the band are = the more sparkly the band is. My band has 16 diamonds that are each .04 carat (total of .6 carats in the band), which is extremely sparkly. As a point of reference, here’s how big the side stones look in real life.
Post # 10
Micropave or fishtail pave will give the most sparkle because the metal works with the facets of the diamonds to help with the sparkle. Also, quality of the diamonds help too. Also, never underestimate the power of a good cleaning. Grime will build up in the nooks and crannies over time.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2012 - Schloss Heiligenberg/ Spearfish Canyon Lodge
I’d say most of all cleanliness, as some other commenters have mentioned. My wedding ring has about half an inch of small channel set sparklies – and they shimmer beautifully when clean… but after a month or so they get duller. Cleaning clears them up immediately and luckily most jewelry stores clean for free.
I’m actually considering getting a jewelry cleaning device so I can always keep mine sparkly.