The first engagement ring I ever fell in love with was from Martin Katz. It is his hexagon diamond ring and in the pictures featured with this article. I didn’t care or notice diamond rings until I saw that ring in a magazine — it just swept me off my feet! This is often the experience of the magic from Martin Katz jewels. His tagline is “jewels, like no other” which I have to agree is 100% true. This is day and age you see a lot of the same designs proliferated across different jewelers, especially in the engagement ring market. But with Martin Katz, each design feels unique with a level of quality that is unmatched. I highly encourage you to page through the photos of engagement rings with this interview and you will see what I mean.
In addition, we were lucky enough to tap this brilliant man and engagement ring master on how to find the perfect engagement ring. This is a must read interview and a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to know this amazing jeweler better.
When starting to look for an engagement ring, where should someone begin?
Looking for an engagement ring has the potential to feel like a daunting task, especially if you have no idea what you are looking for, so I would start by getting an idea of the style, size and look you are going for first so that you can narrow things down a bit. In conjunction, with doing this, I always advise my clients to begin by setting a firm budget and deciding what they are financially comfortable with. Once you have an idea of the ring you want and the budget is acknowledged, you can start a list of designers that pique your interest and begin your search.
What are some important questions you should ask your jeweler when looking for an engagement ring?
If you are going into the process not knowing much about jewelry, your jeweler is a great source of knowledge to get information from and learn more about different cuts, quality of stones, and your best investment. It is very important to set up an appointment with your jeweler of choice, meet with them, try on different styles and ask questions like:
“What quality do you recommend?”
“What do you think is the most important C of The Four C’s?”
“Does it come with a GIA certification?”
“Where are your rings made?”
“What shape do you recommend?” (Based on the bride-to-be)
As a jeweler, I care less about the sale, and more about the relationships I’m able to form with my clients, because I recognize that these pieces are more than just a purchase. Don’t be afraid to form a relationship with your jeweler, and when in doubt, always ask questions!
Any advice on how to make sure you get an engagement ring that fits the bride’s style?
If you are not set on making it a total surprise, it is common for couples to visit jewelers together and try on different styles to make a joint decision. However, if you want the ring to be a surprise, I suggest taking note of the type of jewelry she wears. Does she wear a lot of gold? Or is she more of a silver or platinum woman? Does she like simple, understated pieces? Or does she favor the big, glitzy variety? Also, think about her personality and lifestyle in addition to her style; is she glamorous, or down to earth? All of these things should play into the ring choice.
As cliché as it sounds, many women talk about their “perfect” engagement ring, so reaching out to her close friends and family is a great way to get an idea of what her dream ring is and create a ring checklist (color, size, design, shape, etc.).
Also, in today’s social media age, I would suggest being savvy and looking at her Instagram, does she follow certain designers, do you see her liking any rings on Instagram? Pinterest is also a great tool- take a look at her boards and see if she is pinning certain styles.
You create such amazing and unique designs for engagement rings — where do you get your inspiration from?
I have always been fascinated by engagement rings, as it is such an important piece of jewelry and a milestone event in people’s lives. I am inspired by all things around me — every day there are countless inspirations, no matter where I am. Certainly architecture, period designs, Art Deco shapes and compositions. In my world, inspiration abounds.
I am also inspired by ways to make my designs special and different; for example, many of my settings include micro diamonds that are hidden underneath the setting. I like to do this as an added detail that acts as a fun secret that only the wearer knows about.
What is your favorite cut of diamond for an engagement ring?
It’s hard to pick one favorite, so I’ll choose three. Asscher, cushion and oval cuts top my list.
Do you have a favorite or most memorable engagement ring you have designed?
The most memorable I made was the one for my wife. It is an asscher cut diamond set with hundreds of microset diamonds.