Ring Enhancers, Wraps & Guards
A ring enhancer adds elegance and sparkle to a solitaire diamond ring. Choose a style of enhancer that best suits your hand and your diamond for a new look that highlights the beauty of your ring and adds glamor to your hand. An enhancer features additional diamonds or gemstones that surround the stone in your ring. A metal ring guard provides protection for a diamond solitaire while featuring intricate styling that sets it off. An enhancer will serve as a guard or wrap, and may also be worn as a wedding band. Ring enhancers make wonderful anniversary or special occasion gifts, and are frequently purchased as a wedding gift for a bride to accompany her engagement ring.
Ring Enhancer Styles
Ring enhancers come in several styles and serve various purposes. Ring wraps magnify the look of a solitaire engagement ring with stones that encircle part of the solitaire and make the ring stand out on your hand. A ring guard, or insert, is a double band that fits outside of a solitaire ring to enhance the look of the solitaire, which appears to be one ring. Either style enhances the look of a single diamond by adding sparkle and making the ring appear larger.
It is important when choosing a ring wrap or guard that your solitaire fits correctly into the enhancer, and is not too tight or too loose. A band that is tight can damage the solitaire, while one that is too loose will jiggle and be uncomfortable to wear.
An enhancer that serves as a ring wrap is a single diamond- or gem-studded band that fits on one side of the solitaire ring so that the two bands appear to be one ring. It is set with diamonds or gemstones that complement the engagement ring and can be worn with it as a wedding ring, or in addition to a wedding ring. Some wraps are contoured to fit around the solitaire and studded with diamonds which frame the sides of the solitaire. This ring literally “wraps” around the solitaire diamond and enhances the appearance of the ring with additional stones.
A ring guard is a double diamond-studded band that curves around the solitaire with stones that circle the solitaire. The engagement ring fits into this band and is highlighted by the additional diamonds on the enhancer. These rings can also be worn as wedding bands and, when fitted with the engagement ring, appear to be a set. Diamonds on these bands may be set in a style to complement the solitaire stone.
Choosing a Setting
When choosing a ring enhancer, it's important to match the metal of the original solitaire engagement ring if you want a single-ring look. Adding a gold enhancer to a silver or platinum ring will give a two-tone look. Consider the shape of your solitaire when selecting the diamonds in an enhancer. Choose an enhancer that looks best on your hand. A wedding band worn with an enhancer looks best on longer fingers. The use of a ring enhancer as a wedding band flatters shorter fingers. A metal ring guard can add style and substance to a plain solitaire ring by choosing a scrollwork or filigree pattern.
Types of Stones
You can customize the look of your ring by using an enhancer with a certain shape of diamond or gemstone. Add additional color by using a birthstone gemstone to your enhancer, or coordinate the shape and styles of stones on an enhancer to match your solitaire band. Channel set, baguette or round diamonds complement round solitaires, while princess-cut stones go well with an emerald-cut diamond. A curved band works best with a round solitaire; a pointed band with marquise stones.