One of the most popular set of items in my collection are the birthstone stacking rings.
The concept is really simple, but the details and choices can get a little confusing so I thought I would pop all of the information in one place (here) to help you make sense of it all.
On my website there are two pages that will be most useful to you: the first is the gallery page which contains photos of various ring stacks I have sent out recently. The second is the birthstone stacking rings product page.
The basic idea behind the stacking rings is to choose a set of rings to represent special people, or times (e.g. anniversaries) in your life.
You can choose the birthstones of your children, your family, yourself and your partner. The choices are endless. As well as the birthstones I have simple spacer rings, and gold and silver heart rings which stack beautifully with the stones.
CHOOSING YOUR BIRTHSTONES
Once you have decided what your rings will represent it's time to choose your stones.
The list of stone options that represent each month are:
January - Garnet
February - Amethyst
March - Aquamarine
March - Sky blue topaz (alt )
April - Cubic zirconia (aka cz) (Alt to diamond)
April - White topaz (Alt to diamond)
May - Emerald (I offer real and synthetic emeralds)
June - Moonstone (Alt to pearl which I don't think is hard wearing enough for a ring)
July - Ruby (I offer real and synthetic rubies)
August - Peridot
September - Sapphire (I offer real and synthetic sapphires)
October - Opal ( I have white ones with flashes of colour, real and synthetic, and darker opals)
October - Pink tourmaline (Alt)
November - Citrine
December - Turquoise
December - Blue zircon
December - Tanzanite
December - Swiss blue or london blue topaz
CUTS (SHAPES) OF THE BIRTHSTONES
On my birthstone stacking rings product page you will see that I have a variety of stone cuts; e.g. rose-cut, trillion cabochon etc. I will write a blog post shortly detailing what each of these stone cuts are, but in the meantime you can see each product page for pictures and details.
Please be aware I do not have all of the possible birthstones in each different cut. Some stones just aren't cut in a particular way, or I haven't found a good supply of them (yet).
It's at this point that it is worth having a browse through the ring sets I've made before in the gallery to see what shapes you think look good together.
I think about two thirds of the stacking ring sets I make are three ring stacks and these look great with a longer shaped stone (e.g. an oval or an octagon, or a larger trillion as in the case above) with two small stones stacked to one side.
Getting the stones to stack together perfectly takes a bit of work. If you would like the rings to sit as in the set above, with very little gap between the rings you will need to choose 5mm stones or less to sit above each other. Even when we're using a 5mm stone I will set the stones off centre on the band slightly so they accomodate each other in the stack.
This is why it really helps (but isn't vital) to order all of your stacking rings together at the same time, so I can enable as good a fit between the stones as possible.
One other thing to be aware of is that the square stones do look a little larger so I offer 4mm and 5mm options for those rather than 5mm and 6mm.
If you have any questions on whether certain stones would work together please get in touch. I'm always happy to help.
On the stacking rings I offer both a hammered finish and a smooth finish. In the gold heart stack above the middle ring holding the gold heart has the hammered finish whilst the others have been left smooth. A mix of the finishes gives a really nice contrast, and adds texture to the ring set.
I personally prefer the hammered look for myself as the finish hides the bangs and scratches I somehow manage to make on all my own rings, and also bounces the light making the ring more shiny.
SIZING FOR YOUR RING
Take a peek at this blog post I wrote for more information on how to measure your ring size.