Photo via Instagram @arianagrande
Ariana Grande’s surprise engagement to her quarantine companion, luxury real estate agent Dalton Gomez has left fans and jewellers alike in a flurry of speculation and engagement ring envy. The honey toned pop star announced her engagement on Instagram with several pictures of the gorgeous ring captioned “Forever n then some”. We've had some fun analysing the ring and discussing 3 interesting elements to it.
#1. Ariana Grande’s Engagement Ring Setting.
The unusual pairing of a large oval cut diamond set at an angle alongside a freshwater pearl in a white metal, give the ring a tasteful and unique glamour that is both classic and modern.
Although Ariana Grande and her fiancé Dalton Gomez haven’t discussed the details of the ring, our team believe the large diamond to be somewhere between 5 to 7 carats and the metal to either be white gold or platinum.
The off-centre setting of the diamond could have appeared off balance had it not been for the careful ratio applied between the diamond and the pearl. The overall effect is striking, interesting but also well balanced and well proportioned to the petite pop star’s fingers. We particularly like the fine band the diamond and pearl are set in - a very popular trend in engagement rings at the moment.
#2:The Story Behind Ariana Grande’s Engagement Ring Setting.
It is very unusual to use pearls in engagement ring settings because they are so soft and don’t handle the bumps of every-day life well (more about this later). Rumour has it, however, that Ariana Gomez’s engagement ring is more than just a pretty setting. In a tweet in 2014 which featured a pearl set in a classic band setting Ariana said, “Nonna had a ring made for me with the pearl from grandpa’s tie pin. She says he told her in a dream it’s to protect me.”
It is believed that this pearl given to Ariana by her grandmother has been set into her engagement ring. A sweet and sentimental touch that makes this ring doubly special.
#3: Why Ariana Grande’s Engagement Ring Setting Is Controversial
All gems are measured on Moh’s scale of mineral hardness. The harder the gem the more likely it is to cope with everyday bumps and scrapes.
Diamonds rate as a 10 on the Moh’s scale of hardness which means they can withstand pretty much anything everyday wear throws at them. From oils, to creams, to bumps, diamonds continue to glitter. Pearl, on the other hand, have a 2.5 rating on Moh’s scale of hardness, which means they don’t cope well with wear and tear.
Pairing these two very different gems means that Ariana Grande’s engagement ring could wear differently over time with the diamond continuing to shine and the pearl becoming damaged and scratched.
Regardless of what time will do to the gems, here at Martin Gear Jewellers we’ve thoroughly enjoyed debating every aspect of Ariana Grande’s engagement ring from setting to gem choice to band width - it’s a beautiful piece.