Since about the 13th century, diamond rings have been the gift of choice when a man seeks a woman’s relinquish marriage. The first recorded proposal accompanied by a band was in Vienna in 1477 when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria announced his betrothal to Betty of Burgundy.

While diamond rings remain popular for many of today’s couples, diamonds Scottsdale diamonds are not exclusively used in wedding jewelry. Diamonds — available in a host of rich colors — are popular in fashion rings, men’s rings, cocktail rings and bands. You no longer have to be engaged to enjoy a beautiful diamond on your finger.

Cocktail rings

Wear a cocktail type band when you want to be seen. Nothing captures people’s eye quicker compared to a multi-stone band — especially when that ring has at least a couple different colors of diamonds. Start with the 1. 00ct paper diamond zebra band ring placed in polished rhodium-plated silver. It features 30 round cut, 2. 1mm black diamonds and 60 to 70 round cut 2. 7 to 2. 5mm white diamonds, all in pave settings. The result is an elegant zebra pattern created from diamonds. The overall weight includes 0. 63ct of white diamonds and 0. 37 ct of black diamonds, for a total of 1. 00 ct.

For a cool variation on this theme, check out Mocha Diamond Weave Band placed in silver with rhodium plating. It has almost a basket weave effect, created by 38 round cut, 1. 3mm mocha diamonds placed in prongs. The overall estimate diamond weight is 0. 37ct. The ring itself is sort of an inch wide.

Fashion rings

Fashion rings can be every bit as valuable, beautiful and intricate as cocktail rings — sometimes, even more so. But what sets a fashion ring apart from others is its unique design. Sometimes the ring is a sculptured shape, a flower or even a creature. While they are not all unique, some fashion rings can be. But there is nothing unique about the precious metals and colorful diamonds used to create them.

Start with a sculptured ring placed in black diamonds, yellow sapphires and red sapphires — all set in 14K gold. Each color of diamonds forms a petal that overlaps the other two petals. One petal is black diamonds, the second is yellow sapphires and the third is red sapphires. Black rhodium plating increases the contrast look. The overall diamond weight is 0. 65ct; total sapphire weight is 2. 85ct.

For a more unique ring, try the green and red diamond frog ring placed in polished rhodium plated silver — complete with black rhodium furnishings. While some people would not wear a frog ring, there are others who would find this a fun, yet precious, item of jewelry. The limited frog is studded with 113 round single cut 0. 9-1. 1mm green diamonds in pave settings. His eyes are two round single cut 1. 3mm red diamonds in bezel settings. The overall diamond weight is approximately 0. 65ct.

Bands

A stacker ring is a great way to enjoy a diamond band. This silver band comes with 0. 15ctw of colored diamonds. Wear it alone or in combination with other bands. That’s why it’s called a stacker ring. The diamonds are available in blue, cognac, white, mocha and yellow. Nominate a color to each of the children and wear it like a mother’s ring. Or pair one with your traditional wedding band to bring some color and sparkle to your hand. Each band, crafted of polished rhodium-plated silver, holds nine round single-cut 1. 5mm blue, white, yellow or mocha diamonds. The diamonds are in pave settings to help ensure the ring won’t catch on clothing.

Men’s rings

You will find a wonderful use of colored diamonds in rings for today’s man, such as the rectangle faced ring capped with paper diamonds. Placed in polished rhodium plated silver, this is a macho ring that shows strength and balance. It features a round, full cut 3. 3mm black diamond in the bottom left of the rectangle. An angle of 12 round, single cut 1mm white diamonds surround the big stone and two more rows of round, single cut 1mm black diamonds are at the top of the ring’s face. All diamonds are in prong settings. The overall diamond weight is about 0. 70ct. The ring measures ½-inch long by ¾-inch wide and 3/16-inch high.

Another macho ring, created in paper diamonds and onyx, has an altogether different shape. The backdrop of the face is an octagon, repleat with 19 round cut 1. 35mm white diamonds. Atop that face is a six-sided plate set with 12 round cut 1. 60 to 70 mm black diamonds. At the center of this face is one round cut, 3. 50mm black diamond. Two waste onyx accent the side of the ring.