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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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Unique Diamond Engagement Rings- Cuts, Styles, & Costs

Posted on Oct 30,2014

While most people prefer classic engagement ring styles like round brilliant or princess cut solitaire engagement rings, others are more particular about the style of their rings. It’s natural to want to own something that is unlike anything found in the market. This is why many couples prefer to have their engagement rings custom-designed to suit their individual tastes and preferences.

There are many unique diamond engagement rings in the market, some feature intricate metalwork paired with unique diamond shapes or cuts and look more like wearable art than jewelry.

From uncommon metals like tungsten to unusual band designs featuring lots of intricate patterns, there are many different techniques and styles you can employ to create a truly unique engagement ring. It’s inspiring to see the diversity of engagement ring styles out there.

Cuts of Unique Diamond Engagement Rings

When it comes to unique diamond engagement rings, people are more likely to experiment with the setting rather than the diamond cut or shape. This is because the setting can easily be changed but the diamond itself is not always easy to replace.

However, if you are in the market for a less-than-common diamond cut or shape, then you may want to consider the following options:

The Triangle or Trillion

Triangle DiamondThis is a diamond shape rarely seen on engagement rings but can be a stunner when set on the right band and stone setting. While finding a perfect triangle cut is not always easy, there’s a wide-variety of triangular diamonds available online. Setting a triangle diamond on a pave band and a three-prong setting creates a good balance between classic and unique. For a more subtle design, you can set the diamond on a solitaire setting with a bezel stone setting to provide added security to the stone.

The Marquise

Marquise Diamond styleMarquise diamonds offer an advantage when it comes to visual size. Since the diamond is narrow and elongated, it typically appears bigger than it actually is.  The marquise is a modified brilliant cut and as such, it is notable for its excellent brilliance. This cut is suitable for those looking for a unique alternative to traditional brilliant cuts like the round brilliant cut or the princess cut.

The Hexagonal Cut

Hexigonal Diamond Cut

The hexagon is another unique and interesting cut for diamonds. Popular in the 1920s, this is a great option for those looking for something unique for modern standards. To protect the corners, set it on a hexagonal bezel stone setting or a 6-prong setting. You can also experiment with art deco-inspired bands to give it a vintage appeal.

Styles of Unique Diamond Engagement Rings

A popular trend for unique engagement rings is combining different fancy color diamonds on one ring. A blue center diamond paired with colorless side stones makes for a good combination. Some styles also feature double halos surrounding a center stone for extra flair. Black diamonds also go well with a tungsten band and with white accent stones for contrast.

Unique Black Diamond Ring

Most unique diamond engagement rings found in the market experiment with the setting style rather than the diamond. Tension settings are great for creating a unique ring that puts emphasis on the stone. Although tension settings are generally less safe than prong settings, they offer a great alternative to the more common four-prong or six-prong diamond engagement rings.

6-prong diamond ringA unique alternative to yellow gold is rose gold. It offers a rustic but feminine appeal than cannot be found on more common options like white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. For a unique engagement ring style, you can opt for a rose gold setting and have the band custom-designed to add vintage-inspired patterns like filigrees and floral patterns.

floral diamond ring

When it comes to creating a truly unique ring, there isn’t a set pattern or trend you should follow. Just work with your jeweler to have it designed the way you want. However, it is recommended that you still stick to classic diamond cuts, as they are easier to work with and are generally easier to find. After all, it’s easier and cheaper to have the setting custom made compared to having a custom diamond shape cut to your exact preferences.

Unique Diamond Engagement Ring Sizes

Sizes are pretty standard for most diamond engagement rings. In the US and in Canada, sizes come in a range from 5 to 13. However, there are different sizes in other countries like the UK and France so if you’re shopping abroad, make sure to have the exact measurements of the recipient’s ring finger ready.

If you are buying a ring with intricate metal work on the band, it’s best if you have the size right when you buy the ring or have it designed because it’s often harder to resize ring bands with patterns on them. You might end up having to cut the pattern or worse, ruin the pattern when you have it resized.

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Diamond Rings – Which is Better: A Larger Diamond Size or a Clearer Diamond?

Posted on Oct 28,2014

There are four basic parameters that diamond buyers must take into consideration when choosing a diamond, these are: cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. While all these factors affect a diamond’s appearance, most people don’t mind sacrificing one or two qualities in exchange for a bigger diamond.

For instance, some buyers might not mind a diamond that shows a visible tinge of color as long as it is bigger in size. However, when it comes to clarity vs. carat weight, the decision might be harder to make. This is because visible inclusions can tarnish a diamond’s overall appeal especially if it is a big stone.

When cutting diamonds, diamond cutters try their best to conceal any inclusions and blemishes. Inclusions are tiny defects or imperfections found inside the diamond. Some diamonds might also have some imperfections on the surface; these are called blemishes. Both inclusions and blemishes affect a diamond’s brilliance (i.e. how much light they reflect).

When it comes to diamond clarity, the size, number, and position of inclusions are all taken into consideration and affect a diamond’s value. This is why diamond cutters make it a point to hide them in strategic areas like the girdle or under the facets in the bezel where they won’t do much to affect a diamond’s visible appearance.

How Much Clarity Can You Sacrifice for Carat Weight?

If there were no budget constraints, anyone would be happy to receive a flawless diamond that is bigger than 1 or 2 carats in size but since diamonds in the flawless range can be incredibly expensive, sacrifices must be made to suit one’s budget.

Ideally, you shouldn’t settle for a diamond lower than VS2 (very slightly included). Diamonds in the VS1 to VS2 range normally have several inclusions that are visible under 10x magnification. Since you won’t be staring at your diamond under a magnifying glass all the time anyway, you’ll hardly notice the existence of these inclusions at all. It usually requires a skilled observer to view these inclusions even with magnification. Most diamonds sold in the market are of the VS1 to VS2 range.

However, if you are very particular about clarity, you might want to go a little higher by getting a diamond from the VVS1 to VVS2  (very, very slightly included) range. Diamonds in this range often appear flawless to the naked eye and even under 10x magnification, only a skilled observer should be able to notice the inclusions.

If you prefer a bigger carat size and you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of clarity to get the size you want, diamonds in the SI1 range should be ideal. Diamonds in this range have inclusions that may be visible upon close inspection even without magnification but the defects aren’t severe enough to affect the diamond’s overall appearance.

If size is your priority and your goal is a diamond that is bigger than 1 carat, a clarity value of SI1 should be your limit. This is because diamonds in the SI2 range tend to have visible inclusions for stones that are 1 carat and above. SI2 clarity is only ideal for stones that are less than 1 carat in size.

You should keep in mind that inclusions become mush more visible the bigger the diamond is. This is why it’s challenging to get a good balance between clarity and carat weight.

Most diamonds in the market are priced on a per-carat basis. The price of diamonds that are of the same cut, clarity, and color tend to double as you go up a carat. If for instance, the price of a diamond is $2,000 per carat, then you should expect to have to pay $4,000 for a 2-carat diamond of the same quality.

It’s okay to sacrifice clarity for carat weight just as long as you still find a good balance between the two. Diamonds, after all, are meant to be admired and it would be a shame if you cannot fully appreciate its beauty because you sacrificed too much clarity for size.

On the other hand, clarity is still a subjective matter. So if you do not mind a lower clarity range, then by all means go for that bigger stone. It’s your diamond to enjoy after all.

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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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Diamond Engagement Ring Styles – What Type of Ring Should You Get?

Posted on Sep 11,2014

For many brides-to-be, one of the main highlights of getting engaged is the engagement ring. This is why their partners go through such great lengths just to find the perfect ring for when they finally pop the question. While some couples choose to buy the ring together, many people still prefer to surprise their partners with an engagement ring ready when they propose.

While many modern engagement ring designs tend to be seasonal in style, it is not advisable to purchase a ring based on current trends. An engagement ring should be a classic and timeless piece that the bride can wear for the rest of her life. This does not mean, however, that you should only stick to classic styles, as every bride-to-be has her own personal preference when it comes to engagement rings. When choosing an engagement ring style, it all boils down to knowing your partner’s personal style and preference.   If you have questions on pricing, SMDJ has a resource on how engagement rings are priced.

If it is impossible to find out what style your partner prefers and you can’t get hints from close friends and family, there are some classic styles that you can choose from. These styles aren’t only safe options but they are also timeless in their elegance and appeal and will surely provide that “wow” factor when you finally propose.

The Classic Solitaire

The classic solitaire setting is perhaps the most popular style for engagement rings and is likely to remain that way in the future. Notable for its simplicity and elegance, a solitaire setting adds extra emphasis to the diamond. While round brilliant diamonds are the most popular diamond shape used for solitaires, virtually all fancy shapes will look good in the right solitaire setting. It’s just a matter of choosing the best stone setting to complement the diamond (i.e. prong, bezel, channel).

When it comes to solitaire engagement rings, however, the most popular stone setting style is the four-prong and six-prong (more popularly known as the tiffany setting). A classic solitaire engagement ring typically features a round brilliant stone with a thin band (in gold, white gold, or platinum) and a six prong setting.

A classic solitaire setting is a very safe option for people who want to propose with the ring in hand while still giving the bride-to-be the option to have the diamond reset in a different style of their choice later on. Since solitaire settings are relatively inexpensive, jewelers will often allow returns so the diamond can be reset in a different band.

Three-Stone Style

Three-stone rings typically feature three diamonds of the same shape with the two side stones being slightly smaller than the center stone. Some three-stone rings, however, may feature stones of similar sizes. Three-stone rings are more expensive than solitaires because of the number of diamonds on the ring. Three-stone rings usually hold a special meaning, as the three stones traditionally symbolize the couple’s past, present, and future. The most common stone setting used for this style is the prong setting, although other stone setting styles can also be used depending on preference.

Side-Stone Rings

Engagement rings with side stones are also very popular among couples. Rings with side stones come in an array of styles. Emerald cut engagement rings with side stones are usually set in a prong setting or channel setting for the side stones. The sides stones may or may not have the same shape as the center stone, depending on personal preference.

The most common style for rings with side stones is the pave setting. In a pave setting, the band is embedded with several tiny diamonds, giving extra emphasis and sparkle to the center stone. Side stones can be set in a pave setting, prong setting, channel setting, or bezel setting but the most popular option for engagement rings are either pave or channel setting.

Rings with Side Stones and Halo Setting

A popular trend in many engagements lately is a cushion cut engagement ring with a halo and pave setting. The center stone is surrounded in a halo of smaller diamonds and the band is also embedded with similar tiny diamonds, typically round brilliant diamonds. This adds extra sparkle and elegance to the center stone and can give the illusion of the center stone being bigger than its actual size.

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

While yellow gold, white gold, and platinum are the most popular metals used for engagement rings, rose gold is also gaining popularity among many couples. The feminine and vintage appeal of rose gold adds to its charm. Rose gold is a good option for pink diamonds because it emphasizes the presence of color in the diamond.

Vintage Engagement Rings   

Vintage engagement rings may not be as popular as their modern counterparts but there are some people who prefer vintage engagement rings for their charm and historical value. If you’re buying a vintage engagement ring, it’s important to know exactly what your partner prefers, as there are many styles from different periods (e.g. Edwardian, Victorian, art deco, etc). If your partner only likes the style of vintage engagement rings but would prefer a brand new ring, you can have a vintage style engagement ring custom made by your jeweler instead of buying an authentic vintage engagement ring. This is a safer option as you can handpick the diamond and the style to suit the recipient’s exact style preference.  You can read our full post on vintage engagement rings here.

Choosing an engagement ring for your bride-to-be might seem very intimidating but as long as you keep your partner’s personality and style in mind, you’ll be able to find something that would best suit her. Of course, you can always choose the safer route and either choose a ring together or have the ring set in a solitaire setting.  And if you need to sell a diamond ring (maybe she said no :( ), you can always sell an engagement ring online too.

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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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Asscher Cut Engagement Rings

Posted on Jun 05,2014

The asscher cut diamond has regained its popularity over the last decade due to improvements made to its cut. The modern day asscher cut has more fire and brilliance than the classic asscher cut. Its square shape, large facets, and its elegant and regal appeal have made it a popular choice especially for engagement rings.

Asscher cut diamonds are stepped-cut, undergoing a similar process of cutting to emerald cuts. As a result, asscher cut diamonds are very similar to square emerald cuts; both have 58 facets and have cropped corners.

Selling Asscher Cut Engagement Rings

The rising popularity of asscher cut engagement rings is good news for sellers as it means that prices have also increased. However, since step cuts like the asscher cut and emerald cut emphasize a stone’s clarity, inclusions are more visible compared to round brilliant cut diamonds so it might be harder to get a good price especially for lower grade stones if you sell to a pawnshop.

If you have an Asscher cut engagement ring that you want to sell, it’s best to consider several options so that you can get a fair deal for your diamond. As with selling any diamond, knowing the exact specifications of your stone will make it easier for you to find a fair deal. You can have your stone appraised at a local pawnshop and jeweler to get an idea of its value and what you can get for it. However, if you want to get the best deal out of the transaction, one of your best options would be to sell to an online diamond buyer. Online diamond buyers offer better prices for diamonds because they have lower overhead costs and all reputable ones have expertise in diamond valuations. Transactions are also a lot more convenient since everything is done over the Internet.

Buying Asscher Cut Engagement Rings

If you’re in the market for an engagement ring and you have your heart set on an Asscher cut diamond, knowing the ideal specifications will help you out a great deal when choosing the ideal ring suited for your taste and your budget.

Cut

The original asscher cut diamond did not have much fire and brilliance, which is why modern ones have undergone many improvements to add more fire and brilliance to the stone. Modern asscher cut diamonds are very similar to square emerald cut diamonds except that an asscher cut diamond, cut to modern standards, typically have larger facets, a smaller table, and a taller crown height. Many people prefer a well-cut asscher cut diamond over an emerald cut because the former, when cut to exacting standards are capable of more brilliance than emerald cuts.

The length to width ratio of an asscher cut diamond is 1.00 but the GIA’s range for a square diamond is 1.00 to 1.05.

If you’re buying an asscher cut diamond engagement ring, you should also take note of the following parameters when it comes to cut to get the most ideal stone for your budget:

Depth Percentage

When shopping for Asscher cut diamonds, look for a depth percentage within the 60% to 68% range.

Table Percentage

Asscher cuts that have a table percentage within the 60% to 68% range are considered very good to excellent. While the ideal range would be around 65% to 67%, these can be difficult to find.

Color

Step cuts like the asscher cut show more color than round brilliants and princess cuts so if you’re looking for a diamond that is colorless or as near colorless as possible, we recommend you set a minimum standard of H. While any color above H is better, price can significantly go up the more colorless the stone especially for asscher cuts. While color is subjective, most people prefer colorless diamonds to those that retain color.

Clarity

Since the classic asscher cut does not have as much fire and brilliance than round brilliant or princess cut diamonds, flaws and inclusions are much more visible on the surface. This is why clarity is of utmost importance when choosing an Asscher cut diamond. Setting a minimum standard of VS2 is recommended if you want the stone to appear as flawless as possible to the naked eye.

Where to Buy

Blue Nile

Blue Nile offers a wide selection of asscher cut diamonds. Those who want a truly excellent asscher cut would find the Blue Nile signature asscher cut to be a worthy option.  Their signature cuts have smaller tables, taller crown heights, and wider corners, which allow the diamond to capture more light and produce more brilliance. Below are some suitable options from Blue Nile:

http://www.bluenile.com/asscher-cut-diamond-1-carat-signature-ideal-cut-d-color-vs1-clarity_LD02089612

http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-search?keyword_search_value=asscher+cut#diamonds_pid=LD04384105

Choices from Amazon:

Amazon features several asscher cut diamond engagement rings that suit different budgets. We have preselected a few options below:

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Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

Posted on May 22,2014

Emerald cut engagement rings are a popular option for people who are looking for a unique alternative to the more popular round brilliant engagement rings and princess cut engagement rings. While emerald cut diamonds don’t have as much fire and sparkle as round brilliant diamonds, the long lines that appear on its surface as a result of its step cut lends to its sophisticated appeal. While the emerald cut was originally intended for emeralds, diamond cutters found that the same cut can be applied to diamonds and produce an equally elegant effect.

Emerald cut diamonds are also generally cheaper compared to round brilliant diamonds of the same caliber. An emerald cut diamond is typically rectangular in shape but there are some emerald cuts that are squarer than most and are almost indistinguishable from the assher cut.

Selling Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

If you have an emerald cut engagement ring that you would like to sell, you might want to consider selling to a reputable online diamond buyer especially if you’re looking to get a decent price for your ring. Since round brilliant diamonds account for about 75% of all diamond sales, if you sell to a pawnshop or jeweler, you might not get as much for your ring because they pay higher for diamond cuts that have a higher demand. Online diamond buyers are able to offer better prices because they have access to a larger market compared to local jewelers and pawnshops. Inclusions and color are also much more visible on an emerald cut diamond compared to a round brilliant diamond so it might be more difficult to sell at a fair price especially for stones that are of a lower-grade.

Buying Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

The pricing for emerald cut engagement rings might put a seller at a disadvantage but if you’re buying an emerald cut engagement ring, it’s easier to get a better stone for a much lower price than if you buy a round brilliant diamond. This also means that you can get a bigger stone for the same price of a smaller round brilliant diamond.

Emerald cut diamonds can be elegant in any setting. Due to its rectangular shape, the diamond can stand out on its own or even with accent diamonds as it usually appears larger than round brilliant cuts in the same setting.

If you’re in the market for an emerald cut engagement ring, we suggest that you set some specifications beforehand so that you know exactly what you want and what you’re willing to settle for in terms of pricing. Aside from carat and color, you should pay extra attention to clarity and cut because inclusions and flaws are more visible to the naked eye with emerald cut diamonds.

Cut

When considering the cut quality of your emerald cut diamond, it’s safe to set a minimum standard of “Good”, although an “Excellent” cut is ideal, these diamonds can be very expensive.

Take a look at the table percentage, depth percentage, girdle, and culet. We recommend that you set the following values as your minimum standards if you want a diamond that has a good cut:

Table Percentage: 58%

Depth Percentage: 57%

Girdle Thickness: Very thin to thick (0.4% to 5.5%)

Culet: Small

Length-to-width Ratio

The ideal LW ratio for rectangular cuts is 1.20 to 1.50 but this will depend on your personal preference. A perfect LW ratio for rectangular cuts is 1.50. If you prefer a squarer cut, you should look for a LW ratio of 1.00 to 1.05.

Clarity

As previously mentioned flaws are more obvious in emerald cut diamonds than round brilliant diamonds so it’s best if you set a minimum standard of VS2 (very slightly included) for your diamond.

Color

Color is subjective so this will depend entirely on your preference. However, if you’re looking for a colorless emerald cut diamond, the minimum color you should go for is a G-color emerald cut diamond unless you don’t mind a bit of yellow on your diamond (which others actually prefer).

Where to Buy

If you’re not sure what to look for, you may want to consider the following emerald cut diamond engagement rings from Blue Nile. They have wide selection of emerald cut diamonds and settings suitable for a variety of preferences and a range of budgets. You can choose your own setting for a more personalized engagement ring.

Blue Nile: Build Your Own Diamond

Amazon also offers a modest variety of emerald cut engagement rings, ranging from higher-end engagement rings to budget-friendly ones. You may check out the following pieces to get an idea of their available selection:

1.07 Carat Petite Curving Diamond Engagement Ring with a 0.92 Carat Emerald Cut J Color VS2 Clarity Center Stone

1.52 Carat Emerald Cut / Shape GIA Certified 14K White Gold Twisting Split Shank Pave Set Diamonds Engagement Ring ( F Color , VS1 Clarity )

Where to Sell

Do you have an emerald cut diamond ring you’re looking to sell? You can read our article on where to sell a diamond ring or see our Diamond Buyer Reviews to find a reputable online diamond buyer.

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