What are diamond ring guards and why even bother about them?
They are well designed pieces of metal that act as a barrier between the centre stone in your ring in this case a diamond which is quite expensive and any potential hazards.
You could reason and say that the prongs that hold the diamonds in place are sufficient to protect the stones…not necessarily.
If you look at diamond ring settings, you’ll see that apart from channel & flush settings, all the others expose the diamonds, which puts them at risk.
The guard will help avoid unnecessary repairs to your ring or replacement of your precious diamond.
A diamond ring guard is not only protective.
It is also a way to add more sparkle and personality to your diamond ring design.
Diamond ring guards are primarily made from the same metal as the diamond ring setting so that they blend well together.
The only time different metals are used is when you are matching a two-tone ring design.
Classic prong settings and channel settings are the most common designs.
Delicate filigree designs and floral shapes also being popular.
Although it’s a personal choice, most people prefer to have their diamond rings guard soldered on to the ring or rings.
This gives the impression of wearing two or three rings in the case of bridal ring sets.
There are three main types of diamond ring enhancements;
1) Diamond ring enhancers
Which draw attention to the ring but may not offer much protection to your diamonds.
2) Ring guards
Which fit comfortably on both sides of your ring & protect it against damage. They are normally larger than the other two types.
3) Diamond ring wraps
Which encircle your center stone but don’t protect the rest of the ring especially the band.
How much do diamond rings guards go for? Well, they range between $100 & $1,000.
The smaller & simpler the design, the cheaper it is. The larger & more detailed the design, the more expensive it is.
You can spend less by choosing cubic zirconium or cheap gemstone as the accent stones in your ring guard as opposed to using diamonds.
If you are planning to purchase your ring guard now, consider making it part of a diamond ring set.
This is as opposed to buying your ring now and matching it with a ring guard at a latter date.
It is very likely that your ring design will not be available where you bought it in 6 months to a year.
Thus you’ll have to pay more to have a matching ring guard made.