Is There a Difference Between a Jewellery Store and a Jeweller’s Shop?

If you are thinking that a jewellery store and a jeweller’s shop are the same thing, you might be surprised. These two terms may seem very close in meaning at first glance, but they are not at all the same. To clarify the difference between the two, we invite you behind the scenes of our workshop to give you glimpse at the art that goes into crafting our creations.

To do so, let us compare the experience of visiting our jeweller’s shop with the experience you can expect when you visit a jewellery store.

What a jeweller’s shop offers its clientele

According to the Collins online dictionary, a jeweller is “a person whose business is the cutting, polishing, or setting of gemstones or the making, repairing, or selling of jewellery.” In short, a jeweller practices the art of mounting gemstones and diamonds on precious metals to make fine jewellery.

When creating a new piece, St-Onge Jeweller’s main objective is to highlight the beauty and luxuriance of the gemstones we use. Our rings are studded with, among others, colored diamonds, sapphires, garnets, pearls, tourmaline, or topaz, all set in 18kt white, yellow, or rose gold.

At St-Onge Jeweller, when we create a new piece of jewellery, we always aim to highlight the beauty and luxuriance of the precious stones we use. Our pieces are made entirely in our workshop in Montreal and we refuse to compromise quality when it comes to our manufacturing processes and the resulting pieces. As diamond specialists, we select stones according to strict criteria concerning size, purity, and color. We wish to obtain the utmost brilliance. We invite you to browse our collection of engagement rings to see for yourself how our work stands out from what is commonly found on the market.

Our creations are unique, but we can modify details according to your taste and adjust to your budget. For example, our various Signature Rings are set with colored diamonds, sapphires, tourmaline, garnets, pearls, topaz, all crafted with 18kt white, yellow, or rose gold.

What’s more, we offer a personalized creation service. If, among our current pieces, you don’t see a model that matches what you have in mind, we will be happy to work with you to create custom jewellery especially for you according to your tastes and according to your budget.

What a jewellery store offers its customers

The definition of a jewellery store, however, is much more basic. According to Wikipedia, a jewellery store is “a retail business establishment, that specializes in selling (and also buying) jewellery and watches.”

While some jewellery stores do provide services such as repairs, remodeling, and manufacturing, a large majority of jewellery store owners in Canada do not make the pieces they sell. In general, the typical shopping center jewellery store displays and sells pieces prefabricated by manufacturers.

In a typical jewellery store, you choose from the jewellery on display in the counter. Since most of these pieces are offered as-is, there is not much flexibility for changing a detail or two. Additionally, if you wish to have a diamond of specific size, there will be almost no latitude to change the stone. Indeed, the dealers and retailers who run most jewellery stores have in the vast majority of cases less knowledge of diamonds and other gemstones.

St-Onge Jeweller

Considering all the benefits a jeweller’s shop offers, we are proud to say that St-Onge Jeweller is the smart choice in terms of Montreal jewellery and Montreal jewellery stores. We believe that, just like the person who wears it, each piece of jewellery is unique. It ultimately becomes a testimonial to an exceptional story – the story of the wearer. Please share your St-Onge story in the comments below.

Your Engagement Ring: Which Finger Should You Wear It On?

In many cultures, the engagement ring is worn on the ring finger of the left hand. In Germany, that means that the ring finger of the right hand is reserved for the wedding band. But in North America, as in the United Kingdom, the tradition is to wear the engagement ring and the wedding ring on the same finger. That is, the ring finger of the left hand. The tradition is the same in Switzerland, in France, and in southern countries.

A little bit of history

Legend has it that, in ancient Egypt and among the ancient Romans, the engagement ring was worn on the left hand for a particularly romantic reason. Apparently, at the time, it was thought that a vein of the left ring finger, the vena amoris, was directly connected to the heart. So, wearing the engagement ring on the left hand gave this piece of jewellery an extra special symbolism.

As for the wedding band, we know that in the Middle Ages it was worn on the right hand. People only began wearing their wedding rings on the left hand in the 16th century. This tradition began in France, then became popular in Great Britain, and later spread to other European countries. Today, however, tradition still varies across Europe according to where people live and their religious denomination.

The Canadian tradition

In Canada, tradition has it that the future groom asks the love of his life to marry him while surprising his future bride with a solitaire engagement ring that he has carefully selected for her. This precious and memorable moment is known as the marriage proposal. From that moment on, the future bride wears her engagement ring on her left ring finger. On the day of the wedding, her wedding band will be added to her engagement ring, together on the same finger, when you exchange your vows.

Creating new traditions

These days, some brides prefer to transfer their engagement ring to their right hand during the wedding ceremony. This is usually the best option when the engagement ring and the wedding band do not coordinate well. For instance, if the engagement ring is a family heirloom, it can be difficult to find an appropriate band to match a vintage ring. There are also other cases where wearing the two rings side-by-side may appear less than aesthetic. A large engagement ring could leave little room for the wedding band, for example.

Should you follow the dictates of time-honored tradition or create a new one? The choice depends on what is best for your couple. Whether you wear your engagement ring on your right or left hand after your wedding ceremony, it remains a piece of jewellery imbued with symbolism that is very personal to you. In terms of your relationship, that unforgettable moment, your marriage proposal, is embodied in your engagement ring.

A custom engagement ring

At St-Onge Jeweller, we offer you the opportunity to create your unique engagement ring. Through our personalized creation service, we will work with you to design and make an engagement ring especially for your future bride inspired by your tastes and ideas.

For more information, please contact us. You can even make an appointment with one of our advisors to discuss your ideas in person. It will be our great pleasure to help you choose the perfect engagement ring for your sweetheart.

Wedding Bands for Him and Her: Should They Match?

For many couples, their wedding bands represent the ultimate symbol of their commitment. In this way, a couple who chooses matching wedding rings are choosing to show the depth of their commitment for each other. Because men have more choice than ever today when it comes to selecting a wedding ring, more and more couples are choosing matching wedding bands

St-Onge Jeweller is the smart choice for your wedding bands. All St-Onge jewellery is made entirely in Montreal with top quality materials and using the latest technology.

For the bride, wedding rings for women come in a variety of 18Kt yellow, rose and white gold styles, ranging from traditional plain gold bands, through diamond anniversary bands, to diamond eternity bands.

For the groom,  wedding bands for men are available in 18Kt yellow, rose and white gold or even in two-tone gold, including plain gold rings, rings set with one or more diamonds, as well as rings with engraving and milligrained rings.

Do wedding bands need to be an exact match?

Depending on how important tradition is to you, your wedding rings do not have to be identical to each other. To this extent, you could choose wedding bands of the same shape but different widths. If you do, the wider band is usually for a man. Another possibility could be wedding bands of the the same shape but different metals – for example, yellow gold for the groom and white gold for the bride or even vice versa.

Matching, but not identical

The most important thing is that each member of the couple feels good about the decision because wedding bands are worn for life. What should a couple do, however, if the man, for instance, prefers a simple plain band, without diamonds, but the woman prefers one studded with diamonds? A winning option would be to choose the same alloy for both bands while keeping the man’s ring as simple as possible. Even though rose gold is becoming more popular all the time, the classic alloys are still yellow gold and white gold.

In other words, choosing a diamond-set wedding ring for the bride and a plain band for the groom, both made from the same precious metal, is the ideal compromise for matching your wedding rings in perfect harmony.

If you have any remaining questions, we invite you to contact us. Our jewellery experts will be happy to answer you. At St-Onge, we have a skilled and dynamic team ready to welcome you and guide you through the process of choosing your wedding bands. And, remember, we offer the possibility of designing custom wedding bands through our personalized creation service.

Colored Gold Wedding Rings

Colored gold wedding rings

Choosing gold for your wedding rings is a time-honored tradition. For centuries, gold has been used to make precious jewellery because it is rare and alluring. The fact that gold is precious and rare gives it meaningful symbolism, which explains its enduring popularity as the metal of choice for wedding bands for both men and women.

Learning about the different characteristics of yellow, white, and rose gold will help you decide which metal will be used to make the rings that represent your enduring love for each other. Let us take a closer look at these three types of gold.

Yellow Gold

While yellow gold is often thought of as pure gold, yellow gold is actually the result of an alloy made by combining pure gold with other metals, such as zinc and copper. At St-Onge Jeweller, we recommend 18 Kt yellow gold because it will give your wedding rings a beautiful golden hue while making them just tough enough to endure the rigorous of daily wear. Just think of all the different things you do in one day!

Yellow gold complements every skin tone, but it is particularly exquisite when seen against darker skin tones. Yellow gold is also well-suited for a wide variety of wedding band styles, making it a versatile choice for someone who loves fashion. As an example, take a look at this yellow gold wedding band we call Tinta in 18Kt yellow gold adorned with 7 white brilliant cut diamonds.

White Gold

White gold is an alloy of gold and a white metal such as palladium or nickel. Because over 12% of the population is allergic to nickel, St-Onge Jeweller only uses palladium as an alloy when crafting white gold. Whereas other jewellers may use a mix of palladium and nickel, our recipe is 100% nickel-free. In general, white gold is stronger and more durable than yellow gold. Also lovely for all skin tones, white gold’s sheen is cool and sophisticated, making it especially complementary for light or rosy skin tones.

Rose Gold

Rose gold, an alloy of gold and copper that is also called red gold or pink gold, has been gaining popularity in recent years. Prized for its romantic look, rose gold adds beauty to all types of styles, including the simple wedding band. Take a look at this classic rose gold wedding ring in our collection.

The pink hue of rose gold is very attractive against pale skin, yet it complements both warm and cool skin tones. So, if your skin tone changes with the seasons, rose gold would be an excellent choice. Despite its soft, romantic look, rose gold is actually the most durable of the three colors. That is because copper is a strong metal that makes this alloy even more resistant than white or yellow gold.

The St-Onge advantage

Whether you prefer white, yellow, or rose gold, you will find  what you are looking for at St-Onge, where we have been creating superior quality wedding rings in our downtown Montreal atelier for close to 40 years. We invite you to browse our selection of wedding rings for her and wedding rings for him. You will easily be able to compare different colored gold wedding rings in a variety of styles. St-Onge also offers a personalized creation service where we will be pleased to help you design your own custom wedding bands.

Please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to provide you with more information and to show you our unique creations.

 

Custom Engagement Rings Made in Montreal

custom engagement ring

If you’re planning to propose with an extra special ring, you can always opt for the personalized creation service at St-Onge Jeweller. Based on your suggestions, we will put our know-how to work in our Montreal atelier and create the perfect custom engagement ring for you and the one you love. A custom creation by St-Onge will make your marriage proposal an unforgettable moment that both of you will cherish forever.

For jewellery as unique as your love

At St-Onge, we will be pleased to work in collaboration with you to design a truly unique custom engagement ring that reflects your style as well as your love. Because of our commitment to high quality, superior craftsmanship, and ethical practices, St-Onge uses gemstones selected according to meticulous standards in your jewellery. In the case of diamonds, this means that we use only certified Canadian diamonds.

Certified Canadian diamonds

Your St-Onge custom engagement ring will be provided with a certificate of authenticity for its Canadian diamond. This certificate includes a detailed description of your diamond and exhaustive information on the stone’s origin, weight at extraction, and weight after polishing.

According to the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct website, Canadian diamonds have many attributes that make them particularly desirable. First, Canadian diamonds are mined in accordance with sustainable development principles, which means they meet the highest environmental standards in the world. Second, Canadian diamonds provide social benefits to northern Canadian communities, bringing greater economic prosperity to the Far North. Third, Canadian diamonds fulfill the requirements of the Kimberley Process, an international agreement ensuring that diamond purchases do not contribute to the funding rebel conflicts warring against legitimate governments. Being Canadian diamonds, this means that many of them are traceable to their mine of origin in Canada. And last but not least, Canadian diamonds have created and continue to support a new industry for Canada.

Steps to achieving the perfect custom engagement ring

To help the collaboration process run as smoothly as possible, here is a step-by-step guide to creating your custom engagement ring.

Step 1: Keep calm

Design is an evolutionary process and our experts will be there to help at every step along the path to perfection.

Step 2: Seek out inspiration

Inspiration can be found while browsing jewellery sites on the web. If you’re on Pinterest, you can easily build a board of your favorite pieces to show our consultants at your design appointments. The more images you can provide to illustrate your ideas, the easier it will be for the ring designer to understand your goals.

Step 3: Try on different styles

Looking through images is extremely helpful and inspirational, but the best way to know if you truly like a particular style is to try it on.

Step 4: Learn about gemstones

At St-Onge, personalized service means that we will be happy to share our knowledge on the 4 C’s of diamonds. In other words, cut, color, clarity, and carat.

Step 5: Learn about precious metals

Other jewellery makers may still use nickel in their white gold pieces. However, over 12% of the world’s population is allergic to nickel. Worse, nickel is highly susceptible to oxidation and will tarnish quickly. That is why we have chosen to use palladium as an alloy when crafting white gold. Palladium is hypoallergenic and resistant to tarnish, maintaining its whiteness throughout its lifetime. 18 Kt gold contains 75% gold, with the rest being metal alloys that add color and strength. White gold is made using white metal alloys and rose gold is made using copper. Pure gold is 24 Kt, meaning 18 Kt gold is composed of 18 parts of gold and 6 parts of another metal because 18 + 6 = 24.

At St-Onge, we are proud to offer only made in Canada jewellery. We have been committed to quality and superior craftsmanship since 1977. We continue to create unique designs and offer personalized service because you deserve to have your custom engagement ring dream become a reality.

For more information about our custom creations service, we invite you to contact us today.

 

Colored Diamond Engagement Rings Provide Added Meaning and Glamour

Colored stones are one of the best ways to make sure your engagement ring stands out from the crowd. A colored stone can even add extra meaning to this already meaningful piece of jewellery. Selecting your fiancée’s birthstone, going with her favorite color, or incorporating a family heirloom are some of the ways you can choose to personalize your engagement ring. For added glamour, colored stones look luxurious in combination with classic white diamonds.

What gives diamonds color?

To explain how a diamond becomes colored, we first need to understand where diamonds come from. Diamonds are formed deep within the Earth, about 160 km (100 miles) below the Earth’s surface. Diamonds were formed billions of years ago when carbon atoms bonded together under intense heat and pressure. If carbon was the only element involved in the bonding process, then a diamond will appear colorless or white. If other elements also bonded with the carbon atoms, that’s when you get natural diamonds that are pink, yellow, brown, red, or even green. For instance, the presence of boron causes diamonds to appear blue.

Colored diamonds, as well as white diamonds, are graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The GIA is a grading laboratory that regulates the worldwide diamond market according to stringent standards. Generally speaking, white and colorless diamonds are valued for brilliance and clarity while colored diamonds are valued for purity and intensity of color.

Yellow diamonds

A yellow diamond is a rare natural phenomenon that provides an intriguing alternative to white or colorless diamonds. Also called canary diamonds, yellow diamonds come in a wide range of color intensities. Some can be very close to white with only a hint of yellow, while others show no trace of whiteness whatsoever.  

The yellow color comes from the presence of nitrogen in the diamond. A yellow diamond can also contain secondary tones, such as orange, brown, and green. These secondary tones can also be present in combination, which can produce interesting hues in natural yellow diamonds.

At St-Onge Jeweller, you can find a yellow diamond engagement ring, dubbed Opera, adorned with a “Fancy Intense” yellow cushion cut diamond offered in a range of carat weights and with several choices of precious metal.

Black diamonds

Black diamonds are formed in a similar way to white diamonds. They appear black because they contain a high amount of graphite clusters. The mineral graphite is another form of carbon, just like a white diamond is, and was also formed under intense heat and pressure. In fact, graphite and diamonds are the only two polymers of carbon that are naturally formed.

At St-Onge, we also offer a black diamond engagement ring, called Adele, that comes with a black diamond central stone in your choice of carat weight and whose band is adorned with six black diamonds interspersed with four brilliant cut white diamonds.

Adele Solitaire Black & white Diamond Engagement Ring SR-1014

To learn more about our wedding collection, contact us today. You can also come and discover our engagement rings in store. We will be happy to show you our unique creations.

Princess Cut Engagement Rings, a Modern Take on Tradition

Princess cut solitaire engagement ring

The clean lines of princess cut gemstones are a dramatic and elegant choice. This popular diamond cut is designed to bring maximum sparkle to its chic and modern square shape. A princess cut diamond stunningly dazzles in a solitaire setting. The princess cut also brings a contemporary shine to your vintage ring. At St-Onge Jewellery in Montreal, we design engagement rings to suit princess cut diamonds, a thoroughly modern take on the traditional solitaire engagement ring.

What’s more, princess cut diamonds tend to have a lower price-per-carat than round cut diamonds. The reason for this is simple. The ultimate four sided pyramid shape of a princess cut diamond is close to the shape of the original rough diamond cut in half. Basically, two equally sized princess diamonds can be cut from one rough stone. There is very little waste. This greater yield means a princess cut diamond is lower in price than a round diamond. Keep in mind, though, that princess cuts can only be made from well formed rough diamonds of very high quality.

So, you are definitely not compromising on quality in opting for a princess cut diamond. In fact, of all of the square cuts, the princess cut comes the closest to matching the fire and brilliance of a round cut. A princess cut engagement ring, in other words, is the ideal combination of unique shape, brilliant sparkle, and value for the price.

The 4C’s of a diamond

While diamond cut is the most important characteristic to take into consideration when picking out an engagement ring, color, clarity, and carat are other characteristics you need to look at.

Color

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has standardized a simple but detailed system using letters of the alphabet to indicate a diamond’s grade of color. A near colorless grade of H or I is completely appropriate for a princess cut diamond because this cut is very successful at breaking up the light and eliciting high brilliance from the stone.  

Clarity

All diamonds contain a certain amount of impurities, called inclusions, due to crystals of foreign material or tiny fractures. Clarity grade is determined by the GIA by considering a diamond’s overall appearance. Because of its similar brilliance to a round cut, a princess cut hides inclusions better than other square cuts. Inclusions in this cut are pretty much impossible to see with the naked eye. For that reason, you could even choose a stone in which inclusions can be discerned under ten times magnification.

Carat

Carat specifically refers to a diamond’s weight. Since a one carat diamond comprises 100 points, 25 points is equal to a quarter of a carat and 50 points equals half a carat.

Cut

A general rule with princess cut diamonds is to avoid those with a table percentage that is greater than its depth percentage.  If you look for a total depth between 65% and 75%, you will get the best balance of brilliance to size. As for table percentage, it is best to stay under 75%.  

Setting

Princess cut diamonds are set with prongs that protect the four corners. Because the corners of a princess cut diamond were originally near the outer edge of the rough stone, inclusions may possibly be located there. Covered by the prongs, any inclusions will be invisible when the diamond is set. The prongs also protect the corners from possible chipping.

Now that you know more about the princess cut, we invite you to browse our collection of engagement rings. Feel free to contact us for more information or to set up an appointment at our Montreal workshop. We will be pleased to help you choose the perfect princess cut engagement ring!

10 questions to ask when buying an engagement ring

Which model of ring model should I choose?

You’re ready to buy an engagement ring, but don’t know what style to choose? Trust your taste but keep in mind the most important thing: the personality and lifestyle of your fiancée. After all, she is the one who will be wearing it! If she ever hints or gives clues about the ring she’s always dreamed of, your job will be much easier. So, pay close attention and take notes! To help you better understand the different ring styles available, we invite you to read our article Diamond Engagement Rings: Find Your Style! If you prefer giving your fiancée a unique engagement ring, we also offer custom jewellery design. Contact us to learn more.

 

What are the different precious metals available?

Our engagement rings are available in various precious metals such as platinum or yellow, rose, or white gold. The preferred choice? Our 18Kt white gold alloyed with palladium alloy, a hypoallergenic metal that retains its whiteness unlike nickel that tarnishes with time. One thing is for sure, we will gladly help you find a superior quality engagement ring within your budget.

 

Which size of diamond should I choose?

Once the ring is selected, it is time to make it sparkle with a beautiful diamond. Other than the ever popular round shape, many different cuts are also prized: cushion, princess, oval, and more. Unleash your originality!

 

Which characteristic of diamonds is the most important to consider?

When the time comes to choose a diamond, you need to consider the 4C’s of a diamond. Before even considering the color, clarity, and carat, though, the most important characteristic to take into consideration is the cut of the diamond. If the cut of a diamond is not good, it will not be as brilliant as another stone cut with the right proportions. A diamond with excellent or very good cut is what you should look for. To learn more about the characteristics of diamonds, we invite you to visit our page on the 4C’s of a diamond.

How long does it take to craft a ring?

Once the engagement ring is selected, you should plan a manufacturing and delivery lead-time of about 2 to 3 weeks depending on the time of year. For a personalized creation, expect a few more weeks.

Where are the engagement rings crafted?

St-Onge Jeweller wants to offer superior quality products at competitive prices. That is why all our pieces of jewellery are designed and manufactured in our workshop located in downtown Montreal. That way, we can control the entire manufacturing process, from design to finished product. In addition to superior quality products made entirely in Quebec, St-Onge Jeweller offers certified Canadian diamonds. To learn more, please visit our page on Certified Canadian Diamonds.

What should I do if I don’t know my girlfriend’s ring size?

That is not a problem! Here are some solutions to help you estimate as accurately as possible her finger size. You can subtly borrow one of her rings and bring it to our workshop. You can also download and print our Finger Size Guide and use one of her rings as a reference. Don’t worry if neither of these options works. We will manufacture the ring in a standard size, which is 6.5 and if the ring does not fit we will gladly resize it at no extra cost.

 

What guarantee comes with an engagement ring?

All St-Onge engagement rings are offered with a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects. In addition to the guarantee you get a cleaning / polishing service for free for the 3 years subsequent to your purchase. This also gives us the opportunity to do an annual inspection of the prongs. Please refer to the Lifetime Guarantee page for more details.

 

Should I buy wedding rings at the same time as the engagement ring?

This is not necessary. Instead we suggest you come back to see us about 3 months prior to your wedding date to choose your wedding bands… together! Click to browse through the Wedding Bands for Her and Wedding Bands for Him.

 

Does my ring come in a box?

Your ring comes in a beautiful black box. Such precious symbol should be protected in style!

 

Browse our Diamond Engagement Ring Gallery

Jewelry made in Montreal

Here at St-Onge Jeweller, it is a source of pride for us to exclusively offer made in Canada jewelry. Our unique collection of luxury jewellery is entirely handcrafted in Montreal, Quebec. The complete collection includes the rings of our Signature Collection, bracelets, earrings, and pendants, along with engagement rings and wedding rings for him and for her.

Workshop in Montreal

It is in our downtown Montreal workshop where the magic happens. Each and every day, the St-Onge Jeweller artisans create and innovate to give you a collection of made in Canada jewellery of superior craftsmanship. Inspiration for our unique pieces comes to us from nature, from history, and from architecture, as well as from the varied textures of precious gemstones and metals.

Take a look, for instance, at the stunning rings of our Signature Collection for women, which are adorned with gemstones of a variety of shapes, colors, and provenance. For this collection, we strive to design pieces for every taste. All our made in Montreal jewellery for this collection is of superior quality, each piece more feminine than the next. Our constant desire is to highlight the beauty of the precious metals we use and to make the gemstones the focal point of the piece.

And that’s not all! St-Onge Jeweller also offers a wide range of gold earrings in 18K white, yellow, or rose gold, studded with colored gemstones, diamonds, or both. What’s more, each of our bracelets, pendants, and necklaces is not only of superior quality, but also of unparalleled originality, femininity, and uniqueness.

For her, but also for him

When designing our collections of jewelry made in Montreal, we at St-Onge Jeweller do not neglect masculine needs and tastes. From pendants to rings and bracelets, you will love the exceptional craftsmanship of our collection for men.

Whether for a special occasion, an anniversary, or just for the joy of owning a unique piece, you will without a doubt find the ring, bracelet, or even cufflinks that will surely please you.

Personalized creations service

If you have a specific idea or a special request, we are able to create the perfect piece of jewellery for any occasion. Among the services available at St-Onge Jeweller, we offer a professional service for custom creations. When you opt for this personalized service, we work with you to create a unique design that truly reflects your style. Handcrafted in Canada of the finest materials? But of course!

Since 1977

With over 35 years of experience, St-Onge Jeweller is happy to help you find the perfect piece for your lifestyle, whatever the occasion. Whether it’s an engagement ring, a wedding ring, an anniversary gift, a baby gift, or something to celebrate a special occasion with, St-Onge Jeweller has what you’re looking for. Since 1977, our exclusive made in Canada jewellery has been and continues to be entirely designed and crafted in our Montreal workshop.

To learn more about our fine jewellery collections, contact us today. You can also come and discover our unique pieces in store. We will be happy to show you our creations.

Engagement Rings in Montreal: Stand Out from the Crowd

Undoubtedly, you want your marriage proposal to be a memorable moment as unique as your love. That means you’re looking for the perfect ring, one that stands out from the majority of engagement rings in Montreal. At St-Onge Jewellery, it will be our pleasure to help you because we make engagement rings that are a cut above what you can ordinarily find on the market.

Quality craftsmanship

Every engagement ring created by St-Onge Jewellery is distinguished by quality craftsmanship and fineness of detail. Our engagement rings are made entirely in our workshop in downtown Montreal. Working with advanced equipment and technology, we can create a ring that both of you will cherish forever.

Yellow, rose, or white 18Kt gold

Each engagement ring we create in our Montreal studio is made with your choice of 18Kt yellow, rose, or white gold. If you choose white gold, at St-Onge Jewellery we can make your ring with palladium alloy to best preserve its whiteness. You can also opt for platinum alloy. Palladium and platinum are precious metals from the same family. These noble metals are known for their hypoallergenic properties, unlike nickel, which is the most allergenic of metals and which is unfortunately still widely used to make most jewellery commonly sold on the market.

Ethically mined and certified Canadian diamonds

Along with an engagement ring handcrafted in Montreal you can give your better half a certified Canadian diamond. The certification program in Canada is one of the most exacting in the world. Canadian diamonds come from legitimate sources, according to the Kimberley Process, an international certification system for rough diamonds. The process was established in 2002 to counter illicit trade in rough diamonds used to fund armed conflict.

What’s more, mining of Canadian diamonds is conducted under ethical and environmental practices, and according to equitable working conditions. When you choose a Canadian solitaire diamond ring, you clearly avoid buying a conflict diamond.

Stand out from the crowd

Your marriage proposal is the perfect opportunity to offer a unique and personalized creation. At St-Onge Jewellery, we can make it possible with our personalized creation service. With your ideas or your photos for inspiration, the artisans at St-Onge Jewellery will put their expertise to work and create a unique engagement ring in our Montreal atelier.

More than 35 years of experience at your service

Since 1977, St-Onge Jewellery has been and continues to be a standard-bearer among engagement ring jewellery makers in Montreal. Make your marriage proposal a memorable moment to be cherished forever. Over and above creating a high-end product of superior quality, we strive to offer you exceptional and personalized customer service.

Contact us today for more information or to make an appointment for a consultation.

 

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Solitaire Engagement Rings

The word “solitaire” is used to describe a single diamond, or a single gemstone, set on a piece of jewellery, whether it’s earrings, a pendant, or, most popularly, an engagement ring. For example, a solitaire diamond ring holds a single diamond. The word “solitaire” does not refer to the diamond’s shape. For that reason, a solitaire engagement ring is, simply put, an engagement ring with a single stone.

Gemologists agree that the cut of a diamond is the key to its brilliance. A diamond cut with the right proportions is more luminous than a poorly cut diamond. Even if a diamond has a good color and clarity, a poor cut will affect its brilliance. Cut does not refer to the shape of the diamond, but to its symmetry, proportioning, and polish.

The most popular solitaire engagement ring styles vary by diamond shape. What follows is some of the most popular solitaire shapes and diamond cuts available at St-Onge Jeweller.

Round solitaire

Round Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring This style of solitaire engagement ring features a round brilliant cut diamond, which is the most popular cut for solitaire engagement rings. Elegant and distinguished, the simple setting enhances a diamond’s natural beauty and brilliance. A round brilliant cut diamond offers unequaled brilliance and sparkle when well cut. If you’re looking for a diamond with outstanding fire and brilliance, but budget is a consideration, this cut can enhance a lower color grade diamond in a way which other, fancier, cuts cannot – as long as the diamond has very good cut, polish, and symmetry.

Cushion solitaire

Cushion Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement RingThe cushion cut produces a square style diamond with rounded corners. First conceived over 200 years ago, the sparkle of a cushion diamond is timelessly sophisticated. If you’re looking for a solitaire engagement ring with elegant design and understated sparkle, then a cushion solitaire is the right choice.

 

Princess solitaire

Another square style, the princess cut diamond is one of the most popular styles of solitaire engagement rings. First created in the 1980s, this cut is designed to achieve maximum brilliance from the diamond. Featuring straight edges and sharp, uncut corners, it is a cut that minimizes waste, giving you more sparkle for your money. The princess cut combines the brilliance of a round cut with the clean angles of a square shape.

Oval solitaire

Oval Diamond Solitaire Engagement RingThis style of solitaire engagement ring is an elongated alternative to the round brilliant cut, providing similar sparkle and fire. Highly popular since its creation in the 1950s, this cut combines the brilliance of the round cut with a shape more flattering to smaller hands. Truly eye-catching, oval diamonds also appear larger than comparable cuts of similar carat weight.

 

Emerald cut solitaire

Emerald Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement RingFor this style of solitaire engagement ring, the stone is a rectangular step cut diamond, with cropped corners. Originally created to showcase the clarity and interior light and shade of colored gemstones, the emerald cut’s inner planes of both light and dark give the diamond an elegant, understated sparkle and the ring a classic style. The emerald cut is a superb choice for diamonds of higher color and clarity grades.

 

What makes the solitaire engagement ring so special?

The solitaire engagement ring is a classic design that sends a powerful and simple message of commitment. No other style brings out the beauty of the central diamond in quite the same way. Solitaire ring settings belong to the category known as prong settings. Prongs are small metal claws used to hold the diamond in place. This type of setting exposes the diamond to a maximum amount of light, making the most of its fire and brilliance.

Here are some of our models showing variations in the number and position of the claws:

4 prongs Solitaire Engagement Ring

4 PRONGS

4 prongs on an angle Solitaire Engagement Ring

4 PRONGS ON AN ANGLE

 

6 prongs Solitaire Engagement Ring

6 PRONGS

 

Double-claw prongs Solitaire Engagement Ring

DOUBLE-CLAW PRONGS

 

 

We invite you to browse our collection of engagement rings, learn more about the 4C’s of a diamond,
or contact us for more information. We are here to help you find the perfect solitaire engagement ring!

Diamond Engagement Rings: Find Your Style

Diamond Engagement Rings

Diamond engagement rings come in a multitude different shapes, sizes, and styles, from the traditional brilliant-cut round diamond to bolder styles with oval-cut or pear-shaped diamonds. Because you want your marriage proposal to be a special moment that you will both cherish forever, our desire is to help you find the perfect engagement ring that meets every expectation – both yours and hers.

To help you demystify the wonderful world of diamond engagement rings and help you make the right choice, we wrote this guide to the different styles of rings available at St-Onge Jeweller.

Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings

Simple, elegant, distinguished, the diamond solitaire engagement ring is still, to this day, a bestseller. The focus of this style is entirely on the traditional brilliant-cut round diamond. We will be exploring this style in detail in our next blog post.

 

4 prongs Solitaire Engagement Ring

4 PRONGS

4 prongs in angle Solitaire Engagement Ring

4 PRONGS IN ANGLE

6 prongs Solitaire Engagement Ring

6 PRONGS

Double-claw prongs Solitaire Engagement Ring

DOUBLE PRONGS

Diamond Band Engagement Ring

An engagement ring enhanced with a band of diamonds is more than simply chic. Its delicacy and finesse are unsurpassed. The central diamond is once again the focus of the piece and the additional diamonds along the band add extra sparkle. For this style, we also offer matching wedding rings, on which the design and placement of the diamonds on the matching wedding rings are harmonized with the engagement rings. Together they create a sublime whole.

Bague de fiançailles à Bande de diamantsDiamond band engagement ringBague de fiançailles à bande de petits diamants

Double Diamond Band Engagement Ring

A more modern and bolder style, the double diamond band engagement ring is set with a central diamond enhanced by two bands of diamonds. This double banded style can also play two roles and serve as both engagement ring and wedding ring.

Double band engagement ring

Trinity Engagement Ring

Undeniably beautiful and always impressive, a trinity engagement ring is adorned with three stones. The central diamond is flanked on either side by two smaller diamonds. To add a touch of color and to make this ring even more sublime, you can choose a diamond flanked with colored stones.

Trinity engagement ringBague de fiançailles à diamant et pierres de couleur

Single Halo Pavé-Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Unique and refined, the single halo pavé-set diamond engagement ring is favored by many. The central diamond is enhanced by a single halo of small diamonds, giving it extra brilliance. A diamond band can also be added for extra bling.

Single halo engagement ring
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Double Halo Pavé-Set Diamond Ring

Glamorous and sparkling from every surface, the double halo pavé-set diamond engagement ring is an impressive style with unmatched brilliance. The central diamond is surrounded by two halos of diamonds, enhanced by a single or double diamond band. With this superb ring on your finger, heads will surely turn!

Double Pave 2Double halo engagement ring

While round, cushion, and princess cuts are popular styles for diamonds, engagement rings designed by St-Onge can be adapted to suit any cut of diamond, from oval and emerald cut to pear and heart shaped diamonds.

We invite you to browse our varied collection of engagement rings here on our website and learn more about our certified Canadian diamonds.

Feel free to contact us for more information. You can even make an appointment at one of our boutiques. We are here to help you find the perfect engagement ring!

The Perfect Place to Find Your Wedding Rings

St-Onge Jeweller is the best place in Montreal to find your wedding rings.

You’ll be sure to find, among our wide selection of engagement rings as well as wedding rings for him and her, a ring that stands out for its high quality and superior craftsmanship. Our attention to detail in combination with advanced technology makes a St-Onge Jeweller wedding band unique in and of itself.

For the couple

The wedding ring, or wedding band, is a potent symbol denoting that two people are united by the bond of marriage. Its circular shape represents eternal unity and harmony. Since ancient Roman times, the wedding ring has been used during the exchange of vows on the wedding day.

A wedding ring for her

For you ladies, we offer a wide selection of wedding rings in 18Kt yellow, rose, or white gold. St-Onge Jeweller is among the few jewellery houses in Canada to use palladium when crafting gold jewellery. This precious metal is naturally white and known for its hypoallergenic properties. We also offer our rings in platinum.

Our collection of wedding rings ranges from simple bands to eternity wedding bands, as well as anniversary bands. An anniversary band is set with diamonds on half its circumference while an eternity band is completely set with diamonds. You can even choose a wedding band with diamonds set in alternation, or a band embellished with engraving.

A wedding ring for him

For you gentlemen, St-Onge Jeweller offers wedding bands in 18Kt yellow, rose, or white gold – or even in two colors of gold. Our wedding rings for men in white gold are also made with palladium alloy. Choose a wedding ring set with one or more diamonds and embellished with engraving, or with a gloss or satin finish – or perhaps both.

Unparalleled service and professionalism

Come visit one of our boutiques. Our specialists will answer all your questions and help you find the wedding rings that will leave you speechless because they are the perfect reflection of your unconditional love.

St-Onge Jeweller offers a wide selection of wedding rings for all tastes and budgets. Every piece of St-Onge jewellery is 100% designed and crafted in our Montreal workshop.

Based on more than 30 years of experience, St-Onge Jewellery in Montreal is your reference point for wedding rings. We promise you’ll find unparalleled service and professionalism on top of our superior craftsmanship.

Contact us now to find the wedding rings of your dreams!