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5 Places to Buy a Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on Sep 20,2016

Buying an engagement ring is a momentous occasion. It means you and your loved one are ready to take the big leap into marriage. It is an object that will have sentimental and monetary value. This makes it so important to buy the right type of place to buy the diamond. You want to get the diamond from a reputable seller who will tell you about the diamond so you know what you are getting. You want to make sure wherever you go to get your diamond that you will be able to see the actual diamond you are considering buying. You want to make sure that they have graded diamonds, so you know what you’re getting. There are different considerations when you look at diamonds. You want to consider Diamond Carat Weight, do you want a 1 karat diamond or a half karat. The larger the size and weight (when looking at same quality) the more it will cost. Diamond Cut is also important. This will affect the overall brilliance of the diamond.

Diamond Color is important. White diamonds are rated D-Z in color grade. This shows if they have any tint or yellow color. The least color is in the D-F range. Diamond Clarity, this is very important. It is the grade that shows if it is flawless or has some imperfections or inclusions. A higher clarity grade is important as it indicates you can’t see the imperfections with the naked eye.

So where should you find this important piece of jewelry? Here are a 5 places you can buy a diamond engagement ring:

1. Online Retailers

This is something that wasn’t really available 15 years ago. Today you can find reputable jewelry online that will give you detailed information about their diamonds and settings. Look for an online stellar who is ranked well in reviews. You want to pick an online site that has videos and pictures of the actual diamond you would be purchasing. There should be magnified pictures available so you can see the detail. You also want a site that offers a return policy along with free shipping and insurance. You should find a site that also offers ratings from the laboratories of GIA and AGS.

2. Online at a Second hand store

You can search for second hand diamonds online at stores like etsy and eBay. You want to be careful that they have the documentation to back up the type of diamond they are selling. They should have an appraisal report. You also want to make sure they have a return policy. This will give you the chance to get it appraised by someone locally.

3. Use a inherited ring

Some families have jewelry that is handed down over generations. If you are lucky enough to have jewelry with a nice diamond in it you can have an engagement ring made at a local jeweler using your family diamond. This is a nice way to connect your family history to your new growing family.

4. Local Retailer

Some local jewelry stores have knowledgeable and reputable jewelers. They can help you select the best ring within your budget. This can be very convenient. Make sure you know their reputation before choosing the retailer.

5. Diamond District

Some cities have Diamond districts. For example, New York City has a very famous Diamond district. If you live close to a city you can spend a day going to the various jewelers in the district. Usually prices are quite good at these stores and there is a lot of selection to choose from.

Best of luck on your search for perfect diamond engagement ring!

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6 Fun Engagement Announcement Ideas

Posted on Feb 02,2015

So he finally popped the question and you said yes, now it’s time to make it even more official and announce it to the world (or at least to friends and family). Whether you plan to just post the announcement online or send cards through the mail, adding some fun elements into your announcement will make it extra memorable for everyone.

Make an impact with your engagement announcement with these fun ideas:

  1. Announce it on Video

If you have time and creative editing skills, making a short video or movie to announce your engagement will definitely make yours an announcement to remember. Some couples even hire professional videographers to capture this very special moment but it can be done with just a little bit of creativity and the right editing software.

Whether it’s focused on you and your fiancée or inspired by one of your favorite movies, as long as it reflects your life and journey as a couple, it will definitely be a video worth keeping and re-watching over and over again. Share you love with everyone in motion.

  1. Show Off That Ring

Let’s be honest, when someone gets engaged one of the first things we check out is the engagement ring. Show off that rock by making it the focal point of interest on your engagement announcement. Sometimes, a photo of the ring is all you need to announce your engagement but you can also make it more fun and romantic by adding creative touches to the photo.

Love Engagement Picture

L(O)VE

I Said Yes

Don’t make a sign if you say no

  1. Spell it Out

Schedule a photo shoot with a friend or a professional photographer and get creative with your engagement announcement. Spell out your announcement with different poses of you and your fiancée. You can either spell out the entire phrase or just part of the phrase. You can fill out the rest in the post-processing stage of the image. Choose a great location, preferably with a beautiful landscape view, and get creative with your fiancée.

Landscape Engagement Announcement

Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes

  1. Magazine or Movie Poster Inspired Announcement

Creating a magazine cover inspired engagement announcement is a fun and novel way to get the word out of your impending union. It’s attention grabbing and definitely memorable! You can also make a movie inspired announcement just for the fun of it.

Magazine Engagement Announcement

Gossip Column Announcement

TV Wedding Announcement

HIMYM? Well, close.

  1. Send a Telegram

Go retro by sending a telegram-inspired note to friends and family to officially announce your engagement. Do this before you post anything online to make the news even more of a surprise.

Unique engagement announcements

Marriages last forever, just like telegrams

  1. Host a Party

If you want to announce your engagement personally, you can host a party and invite your closest friends and family. You can either tell them straight or have a guessing game where your guests can each give a guess about what the party is all about; they shouldn’t take long figuring it out.

You can even leave clues or signs all over the party until one of them figures it out or you can announce it through food (like popcorn).

Engagement Announcement Party

Why not one more party? What a great way to tell everyone at once.

There are so many other fun ways to announce your engagement but these ideas are sure to be a hit among your friends and family. You can even use them in combination if you want the announcement to be extra memorable.

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Guide to Wedding & Engagement Ring Settings – Make it Special!

Posted on Dec 23,2014

The diamond may be the most important component of an engagement ring but without the ring setting, all you’ll have is a loose diamond. The ring setting is the foundation of the ring, the base that will hold the diamond in place, which is why you should give it just as much importance as the gemstone you’ll be placing on it.

There are many different styles of ring settings and it can be overwhelming to choose especially if you’re not sure what the recipient wants. Most people buy ready-made rings and don’t really bother to research the different kinds of settings available. After all, if a ring looks good, you don’t really have to know what type of setting it is. However, if you want to make it special and you want to explore all your available options before you purchase the first ready-made ring you find, knowing the different kinds of settings can prove valuable to your search for the perfect ring.

Top Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring Settings

The Prong Setting

The prong setting is, without a doubt, the most popular ring setting today. Commonly seen on solitaires, the prong setting is characterized by either four or six prongs/claws enclosing the diamond. The prong setting is notable for allowing maximum light to enter the diamond in different angles. It is the most optimal setting for maximizing the brilliance of a diamond. It also makes the center stone look bigger. The prong setting is not only the perfect backdrop for a diamond but it also offers adequate protection as the claws protect the diamond from chipping or falling off, which can be a problem with daily use.

Prong settings are flexible and can be used for most diamond shapes. It is commonly seen on round brilliant solitaire rings but it is also used alongside a variety of ring settings and styles, including pave rings, three-stone rings, and channel rings.

Channel Setting

Channel setting is commonly used alongside prong setting for engagement rings. The center stone is usually set in a prong setting and the side stones are set on a channel setting. A channel setting is characterized by two lines of metals holding a row of diamonds or gemstones in between. There is no metal separating the gemstones from each other.

Channel setting is also popular in wedding rings with diamonds, particularly in eternity rings. The setting gives adequate protection to the stones while allowing adequate brilliance.

Pave Setting

Pave setting is another popular setting option for engagement rings. It is characterized by a row of small stones set very closely together. Unlike channel set stones, pave set stones have tiny beads of metal separating them from each other. For engagement rings, it is common to have a center stone set on a prong setting alongside pave set accent stones. Pave setting is also used widely in eternity diamond wedding rings.

Micro-pave setting is a variation of the pave setting where smaller stones are set closely to each other.

Bezel Setting

The bezel setting is also fairly popular in engagement rings. It is best for fancy shape diamonds like heart, triangle, and octagonal diamonds, as it emphasizes the shape of the diamond. In a bezel setting, the stone is surrounded entirely with a thin piece of metal. Not only does it offer extra protection for oddly shaped diamonds but it also helps emphasize the shape of smaller diamonds. It is perhaps one of the oldest settings for jewelry and is commonly used in engagement rings, as well as pendants and earrings.

Tension Setting

The tension setting is a slightly more modern option compared to the aforementioned ring settings. In a tension setting, two bars of metal hold the diamond in place. Unlike other settings, the tension setting does not offer as much protection for the diamond but it does offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to style. Tension set rings come in a wide-variety of styles and are commonly used in contemporary ring designs.

Illusion/ Cluster Setting

Illusion and cluster settings are sometimes used interchangeably because both are made of several smaller stones that make up one big centerpiece. In an illusion setting, smaller diamonds are set close to each other to create the illusion that they are one big stone instead of several small stones. A cluster ring is similar but a larger center stone is usually clustered with smaller stones to create the illusion of a bigger diamond.

Wedding ring settings are typically more straightforward than engagement ring settings because the stones used on wedding rings are a lot smaller. Some wedding rings are even just made up of plain precious metal without any gemstones.

Women usually choose a matching setting for their engagement ring and wedding ring so that both rings complement each other when worn on the same finger.

Regardless of the setting you choose for your engagement ring and wedding ring, the most important thing to consider is your personal style. Wedding rings don’t always have to match so the couple can express their personal styles individually.

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Diamond Bridal Rings – Diamonds in Your Wedding Band

Posted on Dec 22,2014

Engagement rings are special but it’s the wedding band that will really be worn most of the time. While most women wear both rings on a daily basis, many also choose to just wear their wedding bands for practical reasons.

Most women prefer to have diamonds on their bridal rings and understandably so, as diamonds can really make the band sparkle even when worn alone. Even women who prefer a simpler band design often choose to add a few small diamonds on the band as accents. When choosing diamond bridal rings, it’s important to choose not only in terms of style and aesthetic value but also durability, especially since you’ll be wearing your wedding ring everyday.

If you’re looking for the perfect diamond bridal ring to suit your lifestyle, you might find inspiration in the following styles:

Eternity Rings

Eternity rings are one of the most popular options for women because they complement solitaire engagement rings well. They are also just as beautiful when worn on their own. The ideal setting for eternity rings are either pave or channel because these settings provide extra protection for the tiny diamonds in between and are ideal for daily wear. However, some women prefer prong setting because they allow maximum brilliance for the diamonds. Eternity diamond rings are also symbolic of the commitment of marriage.

Round brilliant diamonds are often used for eternity rings but princess cut diamonds and emerald cut diamonds are also quite popular in many modern eternity ring designs.

Infinity Diamond RingHalf Eternity Rings

Half eternity rings are also quite popular. Instead of a full circle of diamonds like in a diamond eternity ring, half-eternity rings only have diamonds on the face of the wedding band. It’s a cheaper option compared to eternity rings because half the amount of diamonds are used unless you opt for bigger stones.

The half-eternity band style is ideal for bigger stones because diamonds are only used on the face of the band, making it more comfortable and practical for everyday use.

Eternity Diamond RingCurved Diamond Wedding Bands

A curved diamond wedding band has a slight curve in the face of the band to accommodate the main stone on the engagement ring. The curved design makes it so that when the wedding band is worn with the engagement ring, the main stone can sit nicely around the curved area. These rings are designed to complement the engagement ring and are often custom-made to suit the proportions of the stone on the engagement ring. Most bridal ring sets also come with curved wedding bands.

Curved Diamond RingDiamond Embedded Wedding Band

Wedding bands embedded with diamonds are suitable for those who don’t want too much sparkle on their wedding bands. These are also suitable for men because they are much more minimalistic than wedding bands completely studded with diamonds. The number of diamonds can be anywhere from one (placed at the center face of the band) to ten or more (dotting the circumference of the ring).

Diamond Embedded Wedding RingDiamond Bridal Sets

Some couples prefer to buy bridal sets (i.e. the engagement ring and wedding band are purchased together in a set) to ensure that they complement each other. Although for proposals, it may not always be recommended to purchase a bridal set unless you’re absolutely sure that the answer is “yes” and that the style is something the bride-to-be will not want to change. However, if you are purchasing the engagement ring with your partner, then diamond bridal sets are a great option especially since they are usually sold at a cheaper price than if you buy the rings separately.

Diamond Bridal RingsMatching Wedding Bands

There are some couples that prefer to get matching wedding bands to make the rings more symbolic. Most matching wedding band sets aren’t exactly similar, as the bridal ring is often designed to look more feminine and typically carry more diamonds than the groom’s ring. Although, there are also a lot of wedding band sets that are designed to look exactly the same, as some couples prefer to wear the same ring.

There is a wide-variety of diamond bridal ring styles out there and if you can’t find exactly what you have in mind, you always have the option to have your wedding band custom-made to suit your exact design preferences.

Matching Wedding Rings

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What Kind of Diamond Engagement Ring Should I Buy?

Posted on Sep 24,2014

Choosing a diamond engagement ring can be a tough decision, especially with the wide-range of styles available in the market. Should you go for a timeless piece or go for something more modern and trendy?

The key to choosing the perfect engagement ring is to find out what your partner wants. Do you think she would prefer the timeless appeal of a solitaire engagement ring or would she prefer a unique and contemporary design?

While it’s common for couples to shop for engagement rings together, many still prefer to surprise their partners with a ring in hand when they pop the question. If you’ve chosen to go for the latter, then you’re probably wondering what kind of engagement ring you should buy.

Even if you can’t directly ask your partner what she prefers, if you have some knowledge of her personal style, then you’ll definitely find a suitable ring.

Styles of Diamond Engagement Rings

Classic Settings

Solitaire

The solitaire engagement ring is, no doubt, one of the most elegant and timeless designs for diamond engagement rings. Its minimalist setting provides a great base for a beautiful diamond and allows the stone to really sparkle and be noticed. It is also one of the safest options for people who aren’t too sure about what to get their fiancée.

Its four prong or six prong stone setting gives adequate protection for the stone, making it a suitable option for daily use. Since the setting is relatively affordable compared to other elaborate settings, the recipient can always have the setting altered by a jeweler if they wish to add side stones or change the setting altogether.

Side-Stones

Diamond engagement rings encrusted with side stones are also a popular option for many couples. This classic design often features a larger center stone and lots of smaller stones on the band set in either a pave or channel setting. It is commonly paired with a similar diamond-encrusted wedding band that provides a beautiful backdrop to the main stone.

Three-Stone Rings

While not as popular as solitaire and diamond encrusted settings, three-stone engagement rings are still quite popular today. Three-stone engagement rings often features one larger central stone and two slightly smaller side stones, although some rings feature three diamonds of similar sizes. They are generally more expensive because of the size of the diamonds. Three-stone engagement rings traditionally feature three diamonds that symbolize the past, present and future.

Diamond Cuts

The Round Brilliant Cut

The round brilliant cut is the most popular diamond shape used in engagement rings and accounts for about 75% of all diamond engagement ring sales. One of the most popular settings for round brilliant cut diamonds is the tiffany setting, featuring six prongs and a simple gold or platinum band. The round brilliant offers maximum fire, brilliance, and scintillation, making it an ideal option for engagement rings. It is also a very flexible shape to work with and goes well with mostly all settings.

The Princess Cut

The princess cut is the second most popular diamond shape for engagement rings and the most popular fancy shape diamond. It the closest square cut to achieve the same brilliance as the round-brilliant cut. Solitaire princess cut engagement rings are perhaps the most popular style. A four-prong stone setting is typically used to protect the corners of the diamond from damage and chipping.

Other Fancy Shapes

The most popular fancy shapes for diamond engagement rings next to the princess cut are: the emerald cut, the asscher cut, and the cushion cut.

Cushion cut engagement rings are especially popular today due to many celebrity engagements. They typically feature one large cushion cut diamond surrounded by a diamond-encrusted halo and a pave or micro-pave band.

Vintage Engagement Rings

While vintage engagement rings aren’t for everyone, some women prefer them for their classic elegance and historical value. Engagement rings from the Edwardian, Victorian, and art deco periods are of particular significance because of their popularity in modern engagements.

With the rising popularity of rose gold engagement rings, designs from the Victorian period are also regaining their popularity.

If you’re fiancée is an old soul or just simply loves the intricacy of engagement rings from past periods, then vintage engagement rings are definitely worth considering.

Generally speaking, unless you know exactly what your partner wants, sticking to classic styles is the safest option.

When it comes to diamond engagement rings, the possibilities are endless. You can even have a setting custom made especially for your fiancée if you want something truly unique. Just remember that the most important thing to consider when buying an engagement ring is the recipient’s personal style and preference.

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Guide to Rose Gold Engagement Rings – Cost, Styles, & Sizes

Posted on Sep 17,2014

Rose gold is a unique alternative for people who don’t want the more traditional yellow or white metals (i.e. yellow gold, white gold, platinum) on their engagement rings. While rose gold engagement rings are not as popular as those set on yellow or white gold, they are increasing in popularity among many couples due to the unique charm and elegance. They are especially popular in women’s jewelry.

Rose gold is not a natural color; it is achieved by mixing yellow gold with copper and silver. An 18 Karat rose gold ring, for instance, typically has 75% yellow gold, 2.75% to 4% silver, and 21% to 22.25% copper. This type of gold was highly popular in Russia in the 19th century and was widely called Russian Gold at the time. Now, it is just marketed as rose gold.

A higher-end version of rose gold is known as crown gold or 22-karat rose gold This type of rose gold has the highest gold content, containing about 91.667% (22 out of 24) of gold mixed with copper. Crown gold, however, is not recommended for jewelry because it is susceptible to scratches due to its high gold content.

It is worth noting that, although somewhat similar in appearance and color, rose gold is different from pink and red gold. While all three colors are achieved by mixing gold and copper together, differences in color results from the amount of copper mixed with gold.

While the amount of copper mixed with gold can vary, the amount of gold is still the same as yellow gold.

Due to their copper content, rose gold engagement rings are quite durable and are suitable for daily use.

Cost of Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Just like yellow or white gold engagement rings, the price of the ring is affected by the purity of gold. While the stone is still the most expensive part of the ring, you can expect a 14-karat rose gold band to be cheaper than an 18-karat rose gold band.

While 14K and 18K rose gold are the most commonly used in engagement rings, there are 10K (contains 41.6% yellow gold mixed with copper and silver) and 9K (contains 37.5% yellow gold mixed with copper, zinc, and silver) rose gold varieties available. These are commonly used in wedding bands but can also be used in engagement rings.

The cost of rose gold bands (without the stone) typically ranges from $100 to $700, depending on the gold content. It is better to know the price of a rose gold band separate from the actual engagement ring with the stone so you can properly calculate costs when shopping for a ring. This is especially useful for those who want to buy the diamond separately.

The cost of rose gold engagement rings (complete with the stone) can vary greatly depending on the size and quality of the diamond or gem used.

When calculating the average price of rose gold engagement rings, you can compare prices online or take a look a look at the current market price of gold. While the market price of gold is not the only factor that affects jewelry pricing especially in jewelry stores, it does have a significant effect in retail pricing as well.

Styles of Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Just like other engagement rings set in more common metals like yellow gold or white gold, rose gold engagement rings come in a wide array of styles. You can find virtually any style you want online or have a specific style custom made by a trusted jeweler. Whether you prefer the simple elegance of a solitaire rose gold engagement ring or the sparkle of a halo rose gold engagement ring with side stones, the options are endless.

A popular style in engagement rings is pairing a pink diamond with a rose gold band. This is because the rose color of the metal emphasizes the pink hue in a pink diamond.  However, since pink diamonds are relatively rare and their appeal is highly subjective, most rose gold engagement rings available in the market use colorless diamonds. It is also common to use both rose gold and white gold in one ring especially in halo style engagement rings. In some styles, rose gold is used for the band and white gold for the stone setting.

Sizes

Knowing the recipient’s ring size is important when shopping for an engagement ring. While you can always have the ring resized, it’s always better to get it right the first time. You can use a ring sizer to determine the size of the recipient’s ring finger. If you want the ring to be a surprise, you can print out a ring size chart and take one of the recipient’s existing rings for sizing.

Rose gold engagement rings can be customized to fit any size. In the US and Canada, ring sizes range from 5 to 10. The size is determined by diameter and circumference. If you are shopping abroad, you can use an international ring size chart or simply convert the US standard size to its equivalent in another country.

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Vintage Engagement Rings – Your Guide to Classic Diamond Rings

Posted on Aug 13,2014

Vintage engagement rings are prized not only for the stone and the metal used on the setting but also the intricacy of its design. Vintage engagement rings feature some of the most elaborate settings that the band is sometimes as valuable for the wearer as the stone. Carefully handcrafted by jewelry artisans of decades past, vintage engagement rings (whether they’re from as far back as the 1800s, the 1920s, or the 1960s) are a testament to the talent and craftsmanship of the artist. Of course, the older the engagement ring, the more buyers usually value it. As such, authentic vintage engagement rings from a particular period can be hard to come by.

Authenticity

There are generally two types of buyers of vintage engagement rings: those that value the ring for its past history and those that value the ring for the design alone. Of course, some people also value both. If you are interested in buying a vintage engagement ring, the first thing that you have to decide on is whether you want an engagement ring from a particular period or you want a reproduction of the design of a particular period. If you’re after authenticity, then you have to look in a lot of different places to find the ring you want but if you only want a reproduction of a particular design, then you can have virtually any ring from any period reproduced by a talented jeweler. Although, the intricacy of the design and detailing may pose a challenge for many, depending on your chosen design.

If you are intent on proposing with an authentic vintage engagement ring from a particular period, then the following tips might prove useful to you in your search for the perfect ring:

Period of Origin

When shopping for vintage engagement rings, it might be easier if you focus on one particular period. While some don’t really have a preference just as long as the ring is an antique and is aesthetically pleasing in design, others are more particular about the period the ring is from. Does your partner have a particular preference?

The most common inspirations for vintage engagement rings are the Victorian period (mid to late 1800s; rose gold was widely used in this era; popular cuts include the old European cut and antique cushion cut), Edwardian period (notable for the use of platinum as the base metal; popular cuts include the rose cut and the old European cut), the art deco period (from 1920s to 1940s, notable for its art deco and filigree designs; white gold has become a common material for rings; popular cuts included the round brilliant and old European cut), and the retro period (1930s to 1960s; wedding bands were typically designed to match the engagement ring).

Price

It is a common misconception among many first-time vintage jewelry buyers that vintage engagement rings are more expensive than modern ones.  Unless the ring had an important past and had very valuable components, vintage rings aren’t necessarily more expensive. Price depends on the physical aspects of the ring (i.e. the current state of the stones and the band, the presence of visible damages). While most vintage jewelry sellers will have restored the ring as much to its former glory as possible, any damages can still have a big impact on the price. More often than not, going vintage is a much more cost-effective option when buying an engagement ring. Plus, you get to enjoy the craftsmanship of a particular period in history.

Quality and Durability

Authentic vintage engagement rings that still carry all the stones from the original ring are a testament to its craftsmanship. When buying a vintage engagement ring, it’s important to ask the seller beforehand if any of the stones on the ring have been replaced. Engagement rings that carry multiple stones might not always withstand the test of time. As such, jewelers sometimes replace missing or damaged stones from the original ring. In some occasions, only the band is kept and the stones are replaced with new ones.

If the ring you are buying is from the Victorian era or the Edwardian era, it’s extremely important to make sure of its durability because of its old age. Although, stones from the Edwardian era are said to be superior when it comes to cut and durability.

Ring Setting                                                                                         

Vintage engagement rings are highly notable for the intricacy of their settings. Since some of the settings are really delicate, it’s important to check the stones on the ring. If any of the stones seem loose or can easily be dislodged with your finger, it probably won’t withstand too much use anymore.

Ring Size

Not all vintage engagement rings can be resized without affecting the original design. The really intricate ones can cost a fortune to resize, especially if you need to add more material to the ring to make it bigger. Ensuring that the detailing and the metal are similar can be difficult for modern jewelry makers so you have to make sure to get the size right or at least make sure that it is possible to have it resized. You can also ask for a quote for resizing ahead of your purchase to ensure that you stay within budget.

The Stone

Most importantly, examine the stone (or stones) carefully and decide whether it is something you really want to keep. It is important to remember that cutting methods have significantly evolved over the years. Improving the cutting process has made it possible to maximize the fire, brilliance, and scintillation of modern diamonds. Vintage diamonds, however, tend to be less sparkly than their modern counterparts.

When shopping for a vintage engagement ring, you can’t rely too much on what it says on paper about the diamond’s cut, clarity, color, and carat weight because there were different cutting standards in the past. Also, it can be difficult to find a vintage engagement ring with a proper certificate. While you can have it evaluated yourself, you should still keep in mind that you should set different standards when it comes to a diamond’s 4Cs.

Make sure to have the ring appraised before buying. You can bring a diamond valuation expert with you to a store to ensure that you are getting what you are paying for. You can also choose to have the ring appraised after purchase, just make sure the store has a reasonable return policy.

When choosing a vintage engagement ring, it’s really all about personal preference and how you feel about the ring. Whether you are choosing it with your partner or buying it as a surprise, the ring should represent the personality of the wearer.

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Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings – Classic, Timeless Ring Styles

Posted on Jul 14,2014

There’s nothing quite like a solitaire engagement ring setting to emphasize the beauty and brilliance of a diamond. It is one of the most popular styles when it comes to engagement rings because of its classic appeal and elegance. Many women prefer the solitaire style because it suits just about any diamond shape.

If you’ve chosen to propose with a diamond solitaire engagement ring, you’ve made the right choice. Not only is it one of the safest options if you’re not sure about the recipient’s style preference but it is also the easiest style to find in jewelry stores and other venues.

Choosing the perfect diamond solitaire engagement ring can be a daunting task especially with the number of options available to you from different venues. The key to finding the perfect ring is setting some parameters before making a purchase. Shopping around online and viewing different styles will allow you to make a much more informed decision when it comes to the stone and the setting of the ring. Below are some factors to consider aside from the 4Cs (carat, color, clarity, and cut) when buying a solitaire engagement ring:

Stone Shape

Since a diamond solitaire engagement ring only features one diamond, the shape of the stone is one of the most important things that you should consider. It is best to have this aspect set before the buying process begins so that you won’t be overwhelmed with the number of available diamond shapes once you do start to view rings.

Without a doubt, the most popular stone shape for solitaire engagement rings is the round brilliant. Over half of engagement ring purchases are round brilliant solitaires. Since a solitaire setting puts special emphasis on the stone, you’ll probably want to choose a stone that has exceptional brilliance. Brilliant cuts like the round brilliant and princess cut are excellent options. Other brilliant cut stone shapes include oval, cushion, heart, and marquise.

The beauty in the solitaire style is that it suits just about any stone shape available even step cuts like the emerald cut and the asscher cut so it really is just a matter of style preference. If you are unsure about the style preference of the recipient, the round brilliant would be the safest option for a diamond solitaire engagement ring.

Stone Setting

Another important factor when choosing a diamond solitaire engagement ring is the stone’s setting. This aspect goes beyond aesthetics, as you’ll also have to consider functionality (i.e. whether the setting will be able to hold the stone safely even with everyday use). The type of stone setting you choose will depend on its size and its shape.

The most popular stone setting for round brilliant solitaire engagement rings is the prong setting because it is not only practical but also minimalistic in design, giving the stone extra emphasis. Prong settings usually come with either four or six prongs (tiffany setting) but for diamond shapes like the heart, a three-prong setting is ideal to emphasize the shape of the stone.

Another popular setting is the cathedral setting, named as such because the arches that hold the stone resemble the vaulted ceilings of old cathedrals. This stone setting is ideal for smaller diamonds, as it offers the diamond more visibility, making it look bigger in size.

Modern stone settings for solitaire engagement rings include the bezel setting and the tension setting. While the bezel setting is more popularly used in earrings and pendants, it has gained popularity for engagement rings as well, particularly for round brilliants and square cuts like the radiant cut or emerald cut.

For the perfect diamond solitaire engagement ring, you might want to consider choosing a loose stone and then choosing the setting separately instead of buying a pre-designed ring. This will make it easier to design a ring that would suit the recipient’s personality and preference.

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Pink Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on Jul 02,2014

Pink Engagement RingsWhile colorless diamonds are still the most popular option for many people, there is an increasing interest in fancy color diamonds like pink diamonds due to their rarity and unique appeal. Most fancy color diamonds obtain their coloring from impurities but unlike colorless diamonds which are prized especially for their flawlessness, fancy color diamonds are highly prized for the presence of color even with the presence of some inclusions.

Pink diamonds come in a range of colors, some appear brownish pink, purplish pink, orange pink, and some fancy deep pinks appear almost red. Most pink diamonds in the market are very pale as they are more common than intense pink diamonds.

Like other fancy color diamonds, the more intense the color in a pink diamond, the more expensive and rare it is.

Selling Pink Diamond Engagement Rings

Due to their rarity, pink diamonds are very much prized by jewelers and collectors. If you have a pink diamond engagement ring that you want to sell, you’ll certainly be able to find many interested buyers. However, pricing still depends on a variety of factors including the intensity of color, carat weight, clarity, and cut.

Since fancy color diamonds are graded primarily for their color before other factors are considered, it might be best if you sell your pink diamond engagement ring to a buyer who has a good understanding of fancy color diamond grading. While you can always approach a pawnshop or your local jeweler to get a quote, if you want to get a good price for your engagement ring, it’s better to sell to someone who has a lot of experience in fancy color diamond grading. Not only will they have a better idea of your diamond’s worth but they’ll also be able to offer a better price.

A good choice, especially for fancy color diamonds and other rare stones, is to sell to an online diamond buyer. Most reputable online diamond buyers have diamond valuations experts who will be able to value your fancy color diamond properly and offer you a fair price for it.

Buying Pink Diamond Engagement Rings

Buying a fancy pink diamond for engagement rings is not only a good option for those who are looking to veer away from the more common colorless variety, but it is also a good investment. As fancy color diamonds don’t wear out as easily as colorless diamonds, they increase in value overtime. Pink diamond engagement rings aren’t only valuable for their unique color but as well as for their financial appeal.

If you are in the market for a pink diamond engagement ring, then you might want to consider the following diamond grading factors when choosing the stone:

Color

Like all fancy diamonds, the value of a pink diamond increases the more color it shows. While clarity, carat, and cut are still important factors to consider when choosing a pink diamond, color is the most important consideration.

Pink diamonds are graded according to the intensity of color. The terms used for color grading are: faint pink, very light pink, light pink, fancy light pink, fancy pink, fancy intense pink, fancy dark pink, fancy deep pink, and fancy vivid pink. Other jewelers use very specific terms when referring to a pink diamond’s color. For example, you might find descriptions like “fancy deep brown pink”, “fancy light brown pink”, and “fancy vivid purplish pink” to refer to pink diamonds.

Since majority of pink diamonds in the market are of the pale pink variety, it is easier to find light pink diamonds especially for engagement rings. They are also more affordable than darker pink diamonds.

Carat

When choosing a pink diamond engagement ring, the most important consideration you should keep in mind next to color is the carat weight. Since most recipients of engagement rings have a very specific idea of how big they want the stone to be, it is best if you stay as close to their ideal size (as your budget would allow). Bigger diamonds also show more color than smaller ones especially in the case of light pink diamonds.

Clarity

The clarity of a pink diamond will depend on the shape you choose. Brilliant cuts are more forgiving of inclusions and step cuts show more inclusions. However, darker pink diamonds conceal inclusions better than lighter pink diamonds so it is often okay to sacrifice a bit of clarity for color when it comes to fancy pink diamonds.

Treated Diamonds

A cheaper option for those who want a pink diamond engagement ring is to buy a lab-treated diamond. There are different treatments used to add color to a regular diamond. However, since most color treated diamonds are of a lower grade, you should be more particular about pricing. Color treated diamonds should be cheaper than colorless diamonds and fancy color diamonds so they should be priced accordingly. Make sure not to overpay for such stones, as they are generally of the poor variety.

Color treated pink diamonds typically go through a process called annealing. Color treated diamonds should also come with a certificate stating their origin and the method of coloring used.

Where to Buy:

Amazon

Amazon carries several pink diamond engagement ring options, ranging from color treated diamonds to natural pink diamonds. You can find them in a variety of settings and styles. Below are a few notable options from their selection:


Blue Nile

Blue Nile also carries a few fancy pink diamond options, although all of their pink diamonds are of the expensive range. If you’re looking to really splurge on your engagement ring, then these options might appeal to you. You can purchase the diamond as a loose stone or choose your ideal setting on the site.

Marquise Cut

Purple Pink Radiant Cut

Orange Heart Shaped Diamond

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Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

Posted on Jun 25,2014

The demand for cushion cut engagement rings have significantly increased in the past years, making it the third most popular cut next to the round brilliant and princess cut.

The cushion cut has been around for close to two centuries, its most defining characteristics being its larger culet and the pattern it creates when it reflects light. Cut improvements applied to the cushion cut in the 1920s led to significant increase in its fire and brilliance, a larger table size, and a smaller culet. The modern cushion cut is noted for its exceptional fire due to its larger facets and its antique appeal.

Cushion cut diamonds are traditionally square with rounded corners, hence its name. Modern variants, however, may be more rectangular than square as some people prefer the rectangular variant to the traditional square cushion cut.

Due to its popularity among celebrities, public interest on cushion cut engagement rings has also increased. Cushion cut diamonds set on a halo setting is especially popular as the setting adds brilliance to the center stone and makes it appear bigger than its actual size. A cushion cut set on a halo setting combined with a pave setting is also a very popular choice for many people.

Selling Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

Due to the high demand for cushion cut engagement rings among the diamond buying public, diamond buyers including individuals, jewelers, and those that buy diamonds online are much more willing to offer better prices for cushion cut engagement rings with relatively good grading.

If you have a cushion cut engagement ring that you want to sell, you can compare offers by getting price quotes from both retail jewelers and online diamond buyers. While online diamond buyers generally offer better prices when buying diamonds, it’s still a good idea to get a price quote from a local jeweler that buys used diamond jewelry just so you have an idea of how much they are willing to offer for your cushion cut engagement ring. This will help you in negotiating price offers.

You can also get an appraisal from a local pawnshop. This is strongly recommended if your diamond does not come with a GIA certificate or any other certificate indicating the diamond’s grade. Knowing how valuable your cushion cut engagement ring is will give you an idea of how much you should get for your ring and how much you should settle for.

Buying Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

If you’re in the market for a cushion cut engagement ring, setting certain parameters when it comes to cut, carat, clarity, and color is a smart way of ensuring that you get your money’s worth. Below are some tips for choosing cushion cut engagement rings:

Cut

While there are more variations of cut when it comes to cushion cuts compared to other diamond shapes, there are some recommended guidelines so that you can get the best stone for your money.

Cushion cut diamonds don’t have as much brilliance as brilliant cuts like the round brilliant and the princess cut but they do show more fire than any other cut.

Classic cushion cuts are square shaped with a length to width ratio of 1.00 to 1.05 but shape is largely subjective, as others may prefer a more rectangular shape. Those who prefer slightly rectangular cushion cuts should look for a length to width ratio of 1.10 to 1.20. While square cushion cuts are more expensive, this should not stop you from getting the shape that the recipient wants.

Carat

Carat weight is perhaps one of the most important physical characteristics to consider when choosing an engagement ring. It’s best to ask the recipient for their personal preference, as even the best cushion cut can disappoint if it is much smaller than the preferred carat weight of the recipient. Cushion cuts that have more depth percentages are generally smaller when viewed from the table but since cushion cuts can vary significantly, it’s best to examine the physical descriptions of the stone to find out how big it will look. You can go as low as 10% smaller of your preferred carat weight and there won’t be much difference when it comes to the physical size of the diamond.

Color

Color is also a subjective characteristic when it comes to cushion cuts but most people prefer colorless stones to those that show a bit of a yellow tinge. For stones that are .50 carats and below, a minimum of H is recommended. For bigger stones, however, especially those that are 1.00 carats and higher, D to F is recommended.

Clarity

Since cushion cuts have larger facets compared to other shapes, flaws and inclusions are much more visible on cushion cuts. Despite its exceptional fire, it’s still easier to spot inclusions on a cushion cut than it is on a round brilliant or a princess cut. As such, a minimum of VS2 clarity is recommended for stones that are above .50 carats. For smaller stones, however, a minimum clarity of SI1 or even SI2 can still conceal inclusions.

Where to Buy

Blue Nile

Blue Nile has a wide selection of cushion cut diamonds ranging from the exceptional variety that makes up the signature ideal collection to more cost-efficient options. Their selection of cushion cut engagement rings are sure to suit any style, preference, and budget. You can also choose your ideal setting based on personal style and budget. We’ve preselected a few options below for your consideration:

http://www.bluenile.com/cushion-shaped-halo-diamond-engagement-ring_41112

http://www.bluenile.com/cushion-cut-diamond-1-carat-signature-ideal-cut-g-color-vvs2-clarity_LD03901999

http://www.bluenile.com/cushion-cut-diamond-1-carat-or-less-very-good-cut-g-color-vs1-clarity_LD04480675

Options from Amazon.com

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