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5 inspiring diamond engagement ring ideas

May 1 - 5 min read.

Are you on a quest for the perfect diamond engagement ring? It might be hard to make the right choice. Do you want the shiniest, sparkliest and most glamorous one of all? Or a more simple and sophisticated ring that radiates serenity? For a little bit inspiration we gathered some of the prettiest engagement rings.

Oval shaped

Brilliantly sweet and a timeless classic amongst engagement rings are the oval shaped ones flanked by more diamonds. They combine the sparkle of the round brilliant cut with the elongated shape of a marquise. Ashley Green from Twilight said ‘yes’ to an oval brilliant-cut diamond with a diamond-encrusted band. The ring presents a sense of style and glamour, which made her jump for joy.

Ashley Green’s oval shaped engagement ring. © Paul K. Houry (Instagram)
Ashley Green’s oval shaped engagement ring. © Paul K. Houry (Instagram)

A few years back we all got a little jealous when Blake Lively showed her beautiful rose gold oval-cut engagement ring to the world. The light pink tone is accented by the romantic golden metal and the thin micro-pavé bands, which make the ring absolutely gorgeous.

Blake Lively’s oval-cut engagement ring with thin micro-pavé bands.

Modern solitaire

A sparkling solitaire diamond engagement ring just says it all. Charles Lewis Tiffany believed that an exceptional diamond — no matter how big or small — should be heralded. His legendary Tiffany ring, which lifts the diamond above the band, still inspires the ones looking for a classic engagement ring. It can be pretty petite but chic like Keira Knightley’s engagement ring, or less low key. Everyone remembers the giant rock Jennifer Aniston received in 2012!

Keira Knightley’s engagement ring is pretty petite.
Jennifer Aniston’s engagement ring was a true rock.

Last year in 2016 Ricky Martin proudly showed off his sparkling engagement ring after he proposed his boyfriend Jawn whom he met over a year. A simple and modern ring with a flush setting that protects the single diamond in the middle from chipping of falling out.

Vintage reinvented

Why not choose a diamond ring influenced by a popular vintage era? An Art Deco inspired ring combines perfectly with modern jewellery. A few years back Scarlett Johansson’s fiancé popped the question with one that features three round diamonds on a large rectangle setting with more diamonds.

Close-up of Scarlett Johansson’s Art Deco engagement ring.

Kim Kardashian as well got the chance to show off a ring inspired by the roaring twenties. We just love her cushion cut diamond ring that’s just flawless.

Close-up of Kim Kardashian’s Art Deco engagement ring. © Slaven Vlasic

If you’re more the romantic type you might find inspiration in the Edwardian or Victorian era. Since the Golden Globes 2017 Kirsten Dunst wears an oval-cut stone flanked by large shoulder diamonds on the band. The ring is just as romantic as she is!

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Close-up of Kirsten Dunst’s romantic beauty.

In 2016 Alexis Bledel from Gillmore Girls and Mad Men received a octagonal-shaped diamond ring. The large round cut diamond is set in a simple yet beautiful platinum band that emphasis the diamond’s sparkle.

Alexis Bledel octagonal-shaped diamond ring. © Brian To

Something blue

Something new, something old, something borrowed, something blue. Why not go for a blue diamond or sapphire in combination with diamonds to pop the question? Kate Middleton was more than happy when Prince William proposed to her with the engagement ring worn by his mother Princess Diana. The 12 carat oval blue sapphire is surrounded by a cluster of 14 diamonds, which makes an impression. Kate Middleton’s ring is an authentic Edwardian piece circa 1915 and the style is truly perfect for the romantic souls.

Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire. © Suzanne Plunkett

The Jane Seymour Vivid Blue Diamond ring is little above an average person’s budget but what a beautiful design! It has a cushion-cut blue diamond, which is set on platinum and plated with rose-gold flowers.

“The Jane Seymour” platinum ring set with a 2.08-carat cushion-cut fancy vivid blue diamond.


Does your loved one likes to think outside the box? Then you might want to go for anything but traditional. Miranda Kerr’s boyfriend Orlando Bloom went for a floral design with oval and round cut diamonds arranged closely together. Too bad they’re nog longer together. Are you more into geometrical shapes?

Miranda Kerr’s floral engagement ring;

When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were still madly in love he proposed to her with a large square diamond that’s set into a thick ribbed band. For almost a year Brad Pitt and the jeweller worked closely together for the perfect design.

Angelina Jolie’s unique engagement ring.

Look for professional assistance

Are you not sure which diamond suits the person you love? We explain you all the differences and how to look for great quality. Based on your budget we select the perfect diamond or a fine selection of smaller diamonds. You can work with your own designer or our master jewellery designer who will create a unique engagement ring that can only be answered with a ‘yes!’.

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Cultured diamonds: a sustainable and beautiful choice

Mar 31 - 3 min read.

The process to grow cultured diamonds — or lab created diamonds — is very similar to the natural growth process. Just like in nature you will find all kinds of diamonds in a laboratory. Scientists grow both colourless and fancy coloured diamonds from 1 up to 5 carats.

Cultured diamonds are not only ethical but also very beautiful and 100% real diamonds. With so many options within reach it may be hard to choose but don’t let trends or other people influence your choice. A diamond should radiate your personality and there’s a colour and shape for everyone.

A wide spectrum
Just like geological diamonds cultured diamonds come in various colours and in an infinite number of hues, tonality and saturation levels. The colour’s name is derived from the hue (blue, pink, yellow …), while the tone refers to the lightness or darkness of the colour. The intensity of the colour is expressed in the saturation.

Colourless diamonds: the purest of all
A white diamond is always a good choice. This classic diamond is timeless, sophisticated and every girl’s best friend.

The white diamond’s colour-grading scale is based on the absence of colour: the less colour, the higher the grade and value of the diamond.

White diamonds are colourless because they are free from certain chemical elements that give the diamond its colour. For example: nitrogen makes a diamond yellow while boron gives you a blue diamond.

White lab created diamonds grow slower than fancy coloured diamonds because they have little to no nitrogen, which stimulates the growth. To grow a perfect white diamond scientists have to work very carefully to prevent chemical elements — that add colour — from entering the diamond as it grows.

Fancy coloured diamonds: stand out from the crowd
Diamonds with vivid colours are a beautiful alternative to the classic white diamond. A lot of celebrities these days show off their brightly coloured engagement ring — and diamond jewellery — from warm canary to dazzling pink.

The white diamond’s colour-grading scale is based on the absence of colour: the less colour, the higher the grade and value of the diamond.

A fancy yellow diamond is the most common coloured diamond in nature, while a blue, green or pink one is rare. Thanks to science these rare fancy coloured diamonds can now be grown in a laboratory, which is a dream come true for many diamond lovers.


A perfect shape for everyone

Lab-grown diamonds come in as many shapes (and sizes) as there are tempers: from a classic Round Brilliant to a more dramatic Radiant shape. A Radiant cut highlights the diamond’s brilliance and allows diamond cutters to waste less so you have a larger diamond to enjoy.

For a modern twist you may choose a Princess or Oval shape while a Pear or Emerald diamond finishes off an elegant style. If you like to emphasise size a Marquise diamond will be the one. Are your musings filled with celebrities? Choose a Cushion cut diamond like they do. The shape highlights the diamond’s radiance, and yours.

Growing popularity
Leonardo DiCaprio already backed man-made diamonds in 2015 and slowly but steady we see other celebrities following his example. Famous woman like Kate Middleton, singer Natascha Bedingfield and actrices Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Annalynne McCord (Nip/Tuck and 90210) have all been spotted with beautiful cultured diamonds.

Professional advice
If you’re interested in purchasing cultured diamonds it’s important you seek for professional guidance by a diamand expert. We at Vow are happy to tell you more about lab created diamonds and love to welcome you at our headquarter in the diamond capital Antwerp (Belgium).

We help you choose the right diamond(s) and work with a master jewellery designer, who creates your jewel with the utmost care and finest materials, or bring you in touch with one of our retailers.

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What are cultured diamonds?

Feb 21 - 3 min read.

The word diamond comes from the Greek word Adamas, which means unconquerable and indestructible — yet our planet isn’t. With Vow we strive to change the diamond world by offering cultured diamonds that are grown in a laboratory.

A diamond is forever
Since the discovery of the mines of South Africa in the late nineteenth century diamonds became very popular. Tiffany’s creation of the six-prong setting in 1880 and De Beer’s campaign “A diamond is forever” in 1940 made a diamond ring the embodiment of the perfect engagement ring. Though diamonds may be forever, harvesting them isn’t and many women today are now consciously choosing cultured diamonds.


What are cultured diamonds?
Unlike geological diamonds which are formed under extreme pressure and temperatures deep within the earth’s core, cultured diamond are grown in a laboratory.

It took laboratory professionals almost 60 years to developed technologies that duplicate nature’s magic but today they are able to grow real diamonds larger than one carat in a controlled environment. The diamonds are of exquisite quality and gladly seen by progressive jewellers.

Natural diamonds take billions of years to grow whereas cultured diamond grow significantly faster. Cultured diamonds share the same crystal structure and physical and chemical characteristics as mined — or geological — diamonds.

Can you tell the difference?
Our diamonds are classified as type IIa and belong to the most rare diamonds in the world as only 2% of geological diamonds are this pure. It’s impossible to detect the difference between cultured and geological diamonds — even by an expert with a microscope — because they share the exact same characteristics.

The only difference is their origin but they are both made from real carbon crystals. Today only high-end laboratory equipment of a few gemological institutes like GIA, HRD and IGI can.

Every Vow cultured diamond comes with a certificate stating it’s a cultured diamonds and has it’s certificate number and the words ‘lab grown’ laser inscribed.

Why are cultured diamonds less expensive?
While they share the same characteristics and have the same quality and brilliance, cultured diamonds can cost up to 30% less because they are easier to come by. They also show hardly any carat loss after the cutting process thanks to their regular shape so you get a bigger diamond for your money. As a consumer and jewellery designer you also get the chance to behold rare fancy coloured diamonds. The beloved pink and blue diamonds are a curiosity in nature and very expensive — yet the cultured counterparts are more affordable, just as unique and even more beautiful.

But don’t be mistaken: cultured diamonds are still not cheap as they have to be cut and polished the same way as geological diamonds and they hold the same grading standards. The price depends on the combination of size and the 4 C’s (carat, cut, colour and clarity).

Why should you buy a cultured diamond?
Naturally mined diamonds have a large carbon footprint and often harm local ecosystems. Although conflict-free diamonds that comply the Kimberley Process Certification are the rule, there are still people victim of dishonest diamond diggers and this gets to our hearts. Cultured diamonds like our Vow diamonds offer you a more sustainable choice. They give future generations of people — and animals — the necessary resources to live and make your pledge of devotion count twice. Isn’t that the most honourable gift ever?

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