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Looking for a large diamond ring without the hefty price tag? A composite diamond ring could be the answer. These showstopping engagement rings offer the same sparkle and glamour of a large diamond, usually at a lower cost.
What Are Composite Diamonds?
Composite diamonds are small diamonds that have been carefully placed together to create a larger looking diamond. Composite diamonds may be set in a way that makes them appear as one stone or carefully arranged in a design to maximize their beauty or sparkle.
Jeweler Rahul Sacheti explains that composite diamonds are often set within a ring in just the right way “to convey a larger appearance.” These jewels may also be glued together to form doublets or triplets that are then set the same as a single, larger gemstone would.
Meet the Expert
Rahul Sacheti is an experienced custom jeweler from M.S. International, Inc. and RS1 Jewelry, Ltd. He is a second-generation diamond wholesaler.
Pros and Cons of Composite Diamonds
The pros of composite diamonds are plentiful. Aside from their attractive cost, the design possibilities with composite diamonds are nearly unlimited. Composite diamonds are perfect for creating intricate details. “The clustered designs are always unique and allow for more artistic expression,” Sacheti says. Still, there are negative aspects to composite diamond rings. First, the potentially high repair costs for a broken composite diamond can negate the savings on the piece and the future value of a composite diamond ring is generally not as clear. Furthermore, the environmental impact on the stones could change the appearance and possibly cause breakage.
What to Look for in a Composite Diamond
If you are considering a composite diamond, here are a few questions and answers to think about while shopping for an engagement ring.
• Are composite diamonds more affordable than traditional diamonds? Composite diamonds are usually much more affordable than a full, large diamond as they "allow the execution of complex designs with a lower profile and cheaper upfront cost." But, while composite diamond rings may seem budget-friendly initially, they could become costly long-term, especially when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
• Do composite diamonds hold their value? “Given the unregulated and emotional nature of the jewelry industry, it is tough to forecast the value of traditional diamonds, let alone composite diamonds," Sacheti says. "Their value retention as compared to traditional diamonds is nowhere close. However, the components and material values still may allow particular pieces to retain more of their value due to demand."
• What details should be considered with a composite diamond? Ask your jeweler if the ring incorporates an invisible setting and whether or not the stones in the cluster are notched. You should ask if there is glass filling in any of the stones. According to Sacheti, when looking at a cluster-style composite diamond ring, it is obvious when the ring is examined with a jeweler’s loupe. The same holds true for bluff stones, however, he says, "Here you are looking for inclusion characteristics rather than metalwork joining the stones. One can see the areas where the stones are glued together.”
How to Care for a Composite Diamond Ring
When shopping for a composite diamond ring, always consider the future repair costs. "Future repair costs are an important consideration," Sacheti explains. "Rings made of composite diamonds may find the buyer in a costly situation if the item needs repair in the future. Finding the appropriate diamonds to replace a missing stone in a composite ring can be costly and difficult." For example, if your ring involves an invisible setting, you can only repair the piece with notched diamonds, and Sacheti says these are "not kept in big supply by diamond wholesalers."
Additionally, if your original ring uses bluff or glued diamonds (which are cheaper than larger diamonds), the repair will be pricier than a composite diamond ring with another setting technique.
Ahead, scroll through 20 stunning composite diamond rings.
Morgan Jewelers White Gold Composite Diamond Marquise Ring
There’s a subtly fluid feel to this eye-catching ring with its five milgrain-lined marquise shape-stones that each feature several beautiful diamonds. The white gold ring has a total diamond weight of 0.05 carats.
JTV White Composite Diamond Yellow Gold Ring
A stellar design and multitude of shimmering diamonds elevate this affordable ring to something glamorous and special. The ring has a whopping 96 small diamonds that come together to provide some serious sparkle.
James Allen White Gold Oval Halo Fancy Yellow Diamond Ring
The stunning contrast of this composite diamond ring accentuates the shimmer and beauty of combining fancy yellow diamonds and white diamonds. Its focal point is a large yellow gold oval diamond that is surrounded by 24 round yellow diamonds and 28 round white diamonds.
Zales Composite Diamond Teardrop Rose Gold Ring
This attention-grabbing ring displays a channel-set composite of diamonds in a teardrop design. The rose gold is prominently on display along all the channels and band for a stunning finish.
Gordon’s Jewelers Composite Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring
There’s nothing subtle or small about this sparkling composite diamond engagement ring. With a white gold band that’s set with baguette-cut diamonds, seven diamonds form the flower design at the center of the ring. Additionally, round accent diamonds add more beauty to the ring and border it at the top and bottom.
Gordon's Jewelers Composite Diamond Multi-Row Bypass Bridal Set
This panache-packed 10k white gold ring has us swooning. Upon closer examination, you'll notice a flower-shaped silhouette of composite diamonds surrounded by a starburst border and a curvilinear showcase of baguette-cut and round-cut diamonds.