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Best Engagement Rings of 2017 Part 2

This week on the Adiamor blog, we’ve been counting down our top 10 best engagement rings of 2017. Yesterday, we covered rings #10 through #7. In part 2, we present rings 6, 5, and 4. All of these rings were created this year and posted on our Facebook page. We compiled our followers favorite rings from throughout the year, and today we continue the countdown. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to see our best engagement rings of 2017, and check back tomorrow to see the final 3 rings!

The Best Engagement Rings of 2017: #6

milgrain and pave sapphire engagement ring

At #6 of our best of 2017 is our Adiamor milgrain and pave sapphire engagement ring. This engagement ring is pave set and features six brilliant cut round diamonds totaling 0.20cttw and four round cut blue sapphires. Our sixth most popular engagement ring of the year is shown here with a 1 carat radiant cut diamond center stone. Click here to learn more about R2773s.

#5 Favorite Engagement Rings of 2017

pave halo engagement ring

At #5 on our most popular rings, we have the Adiamor 3 row micro pave halo engagement ring. A highly customizable ring, it is shown with a 1 carat  radiant cut center diamond. The halo on this ring is rose gold, and the band is shown in white gold. To view more photos of R3081, click here.

The #4 Most Popular Ring of 2017

French cut diamond basket engagement ring

For many people, 2017 was the year of the rose gold engagement ring. It’s no surprise then to see this beauty at #4! This Adiamor French cut diamond basket engagement ring is gorgeous in rose gold. Shown here with a 0.75ct oval shaped diamond center stone and approximately .50cttw sparkling diamonds half way around the 2mm band. View more photos of R3043 here.

Check back in with the Adiamor blog tomorrow to see the final three rings on our list! If you missed part 1 of our best engagement rings of 2017, click here to get caught up!

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The Best Engagement Rings of 2017 Part 1

As we reach the final stretch of 2017, we thought it would be a good time to reflect. Looking back at all the rings we shared on Facebook this year, we made a list of our top 10 most popular engagement rings of 2017. Keep reading below to learn more about each of these rings in part 1 of our best engagement rings round up!

Our Best Engagement Rings of 2017: #10

french cut cushion halo

Our top 10 list was generated by our followers on Facebook. First on the list is the Adiamor French cut cushion halo engagement ring. This particular platinum version is shown with a 1 carat cushion cut diamond center stone.  Click here to view more photos of R2940.

Best Rings of 2017: #9

vintage leaf diamond engagement

At #9 we have our Adiamor vintage leaf diamond engagement ring. Available in multiple ring metals, it is shown here in yellow gold. This ring looks great with many types of diamond shapes, but it is pictured with a 0.75ct  oval cut diamond center stone. Check out more photos of R2994 here.

#8 Best Engagement Ring of 2017

french cut basket setting

Coming in as the 8th most popular ring is the Adiamor 2mm French Cut Basket engagement setting. This pave engagement ring is perfectly proportioned with a 2mm band. Also, the ring is shown with a 1.5 carat round cut center diamond. View more photos of R3071 here.

Most Popular 2017 Engagement Ring #7

perfect solitaire

Our perfect solitaire is classic and elegant, making it the perfectly placed at number 7 on the list! One of our all time favorites, it is shown here with a 1.60 ct round cut center stone. The band is slightly knife edged, and the basket is perfectly scalloped. Learn more about R3099 here.

Check back later this week for Part 2 of our Best Engagement Rings of 2017!

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The Perfect Gift For Her: Upgrading Her Diamond

Holiday shopping can be quite stressful. Even with the ease of online shopping, getting the right gift for everyone can be tricky. The hardest person to buy for, though, is often your spouse. While you may know their tastes in style, it can be incredibly challenging to find clothes that fit just right. Additionally, buying household items often seems less thoughtful. If you cannot figure out what to get your wife this year, there is one perfect solution: upgrading her diamond.

Upgrading Diamond Engagement Rings

The most obvious choice for upgrading her diamond is her engagement ring. Although it is also a popular anniversary gift, upgrading her engagement ring is the perfect gift this year. In addition to bringing out the sparkle in her eyes, an upgraded diamond ring focuses on your love. Not only is it a celebration of the holiday spirit, it is also recognizing that she makes your life better. Additionally, the best gifts are those items someone wants but won’t buy themselves. Upgrading her diamond ring is a luxurious gift, and it is one that will make her feel treasured all over again.

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Upgrading her diamond is the perfect gift this year.

How To Upgrade Her Diamond

Engagement rings require regular maintenance and cleaning, and this is the best way to upgrade her diamond. Schedule a holiday cleaning, and have the diamond upgraded. This will allow her to not be suspicious of your gift. Additionally, you can upgrade her diamond in a number of ways. If her ring had a diamond with a smaller carat size, an obvious upgrade would be to increase the size of the diamond. However, if she already has a large 2.5 carat diamond, consider choosing a diamond with a higher quality cut or one that is colorless. No matter which option you decide to take, it is sure to make her engagement ring feel like a new piece of jewelry.

Other Upgrade Options

In the event that you’ve already surprised her by swapping out the diamond in her ring, you can still provide diamond upgrades elsewhere. From diamond earrings to a diamond pendant, there are plenty of ways to put diamonds under the tree this year.

Shop for loose diamonds today to upgrade her diamond this year, or check out our current sale on gifts this holiday season.

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Diamond Bowties and Fancy Shaped Diamonds

When it comes to the perfect diamond, all the light which enters a table will reflect. This creates the sparkle that diamonds are famous for; however, not every diamond is perfect. When a diamond has light which does not reflect back, it creates dark spots in the stone. In many cases, the light leaks out the bottom of the stone. While this is the most common occurrence, it is not the only way that a diamond can appear dark. For example, fancy cut stones such as oval shaped, marquise cut, or pear shaped diamonds can have a bow tie effect. The name refers to what appears to the eye which is a dark bowtie across the diamond. Even though there is darkness, it is not from light leaking.

What Causes The Bowtie Effect?

The most important aspect in determine the quality and value of a diamond is the diamond’s cut. This refers to the consistency of proper proportions of the diamond’s many facets. In the event that a diamond is poorly cut, light will not properly reflect from the diamond. In many cases, this is caused by light leakage. However, the bowtie effect is actually caused by another problem: obstruction.

Diamond Characteristics

Instead of the normal scenario of light entering the diamond and exiting elsewhere, bowties are the result of light being shielded from entering the diamond. Although diamonds would normally sparkle from all angles, diamonds experiencing the bowtie effect result from direct light being blocked from entering the stone in the first place.

Diamond Cut and Diamond Bowties

The higher quality the diamond cut, the less likely the chance of bow ties being visible. However, simply picking a better cut will not completely eliminate a bowtie. Skilled diamond cutters will be able to minimize their appearance, but ultimately a diamond may still appear to have the bowtie effect for another reason. One example is the amount of polishing done on fancy cut diamonds. In this case, polishing may remove too much of the overall carat weight from the rough diamond. This will cause even a skilled diamond cutter to choose a bowtie effect over creating a smaller diamond. Overall, though, the higher quality diamond cut results in fewer bowties. This is important when buying diamonds online as it may be difficult to spot a bowtie without knowing what it is.

Are Diamond Bowties Flaws?

Although diamond bowties are widely considered to be a net negative, they are not always a bad flaw. The diamond bowties to avoid are large enough to create black areas throughout the entirety of a diamond. However, in some fancy shaped stones, the bowtie effect helps better define a diamond. This character boost is more akin to a beauty mark than anything else. However, if a diamond displays an obvious bowtie effect and has a poorly rated cut, then beware. These are often signs of a diamond with more flaws than perks.

Learn more about diamonds in our Diamond Education center!

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Proposal Tips

The holidays are an excellent time to propose, and Thanksgiving is becoming a popular time for for engagements. In addition to the gathering of family and the joy of overeating, getting engaged on Turkey Day is another thing to be thankful for this year. However, not all Thanksgiving proposals are alike. Depending on when and how you are celebrating this year, you may find yourself in need of some last minute advice. Keep reading the Adiamor blog for a couple Thanksgiving proposal tips!

Before The Party or After?

One of the biggest questions you need to answer before proposing with a diamond engagement ring is when. The main question to figure out is whether you should propose before or after your Thanksgiving celebration. This greatly depends on when and how you are celebrating this year. If you are with her parents, then you may wish to ask them for permission before getting engaged. Additionally, she’ll want to share the good news with her friends and family during the holiday. If this is the case, you should try to propose before the big holiday party. Doing so will allow her to celebrate with family throughout the stay.

Proposing On Turkey Day

On the other hand, if you are spending Turkey Day with your family, you may wish to wait until after Thanksgiving dinner. This will lighten the pressure of having to chat with your family members about the proposal. Additionally, she’ll have the chance to call and speak with her family first. Even though marriage is a two way street, the proposal should be about her. However, if she adores being the center of attention, then you could even propose during the party. No matter what you do, though, be sure to not hide the diamond ring in her food! Nothing ruins a pumpkin pie like a pave set diamond ring smashed in the middle of it.

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Final Thanksgiving Proposal Tips

No matter how you decide to propose this Thanksgiving holiday, the key is to keep the proposal focused on her. When you drop to one knee to present her with a custom designed engagement ring, look into her eyes, tell her how much you love her, and give her the ring of her dreams. Whether its before the party or after, her parents or yours, you’ll be sure to hear “Yes!” as an answer.

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Color Differences Between 14k and 18k Rose Gold

Rose gold, like most precious metals used for jewelry, is an alloy. This means that the gold is blended with other metals. In the case of rose gold, the alloy creates a stronger metal that is more durable. Since jewelry is often set with gemstones and diamonds, this is important for holding them in place. While 14k rose gold is “less pure” than 18k rose gold, it is actually both stronger and has a more desirable color. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to learn more about the color differences in 14k and 18k rose gold.

14K Rose Gold

When people think of rose gold, they often picture pinkish colored gold. These rosy hues are considered to be symbolic of romance. 14k rose gold is often the most desired due to the shade of pink. This color is created through the alloy. By blending gold with copper and other precious metals such as silver, the yellow gold takes on a more pink color. 14k rose gold, by definition, contains 58.5% pure gold. The additional copper creates a rosier, brighter pink color which is desired by customers. Additionally, the 14k rose gold is tougher and more resistant to damage; however, rose gold still requires the same amount of professional care including annual cleanings.

18K Rose Gold

The main attraction to 18k rose gold, then, is not the pink color. In fact, the color differences between 14k and 18k rose gold mean that, when put side by side, the 18k rose gold appears more yellow. This is because 18k rose gold contains more pure gold. Like 18k white gold or yellow gold, 18k rose gold contains 75% pure gold. The result is a softer, more malleable jewelry metal that contains a higher quantity of gold and therefore costs more. However, despite the increase in price due to the larger amounts of gold, most people prefer the color of 14k rose gold.

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Many people prefer the more pink shades of 14k rose gold to 18k rose gold

When picking out a ring metal, it is important to understand what creates the color differences between 14k and 18k rose gold. If you desire a brighter pink color, then 14k is the way to go. On the other hand, if the value of the gold is the main attraction, then 18k rose gold fits the bill. Either way, rose gold is a beautiful precious metal that is perfect for engagement rings and wedding bands, so it’s hard to go wrong. The ultimate choice is deciding which color rose gold is right for you. Learn more in our Metal Education center today!

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Preparing For Your Holiday 2017 Proposal

The holidays are the perfect time to propose. Plus, since families are gathering together, it is also a great time to spread the good news. If you are planning to propose this holiday season, you probably have a lot on your mind. To help you stay calm and nail your proposal, we’ve put together this easy checklist. You’ll have no problem asking for her hand in marriage. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to be sure you’re prepared for your Holiday 2017 proposal!

Step 1: Pick The Ring

It may seem obvious, but you’re going to need an engagement ring. Choosing the right ring for her can be a challenge, so start off by getting educated on diamonds and ring metals. Once you understand what you’re after, be sure to select a ring that fits her personality and style. If you’re having trouble finding a preset engagement ring, consider designing your own engagement ring from scratch. This will allow you to choose the right diamond shape and engagement setting that will guarantee she says “Yes!” this holiday season. Finally, be sure to order your ring sooner than later, especially if it’s a custom creation. You need to be sure your ring will arrive before the date you’ve picked. You have picked a date, right?

Step 2: Pick The Date

Picking the time and place for your holiday 2017 proposal is just as important as getting the ring right. Not only do you need to pick a place that’s romantic and secluded, you also want the engagement spot to be meaningful. Additionally, she will definitely want to tell her friends and family, so be sure you propose before the big party instead of afterwards. Whether you plan on getting down on one knee before Thanksgiving or New Year’s, you definitely need to have your plan locked down ahead of time.

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Make sure you are prepared ahead of your holiday proposal.

Step 3: Ask Her

When it comes to asking her to marry you, it may seem like there are a lot of outside complications. How big of a diamond should you buy? How long should you save? Do you need to ask her parents for permission? What ring will be perfect for her? Truthfully, though, actually asking her is the most important part. In a relationship defined by true love, your commitment to her will be more important than the size of the diamond. However, having a proper diamond for her ring will certainly help!

If you are planning a holiday 2017 proposal, your best bet is to start getting prepared today. For assistance in picking the perfect diamond, contact us today!

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Can I Wear My Engagement Ring In The Shower?

An engagement ring is a once in a lifetime gift, and for this reason many women never want to take it off. However, there are some times when you should simply not wear your engagement ring. While a shower seems cleansing, it can actually cause damage to an engagement ring. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to learn why you should not wear your engagement ring in the shower.

Exfoliating Soaps and Precious Metals

The soaps we use to stay clean often contain exfoliating properties. When it comes to skin care, this is a great asset. Exfoliating soaps essentially “rough up” old, dead skin cells so new ones can thrive. However, this is bad news for diamond rings. The tiny scrubbers in these soaps can cause microscopic damage to precious metals such as gold. Over time, this consistent wear and tear will damage an engagement ring. However, the ring metal is not the only place you’ll find damage. While diamonds are extremely hard, they can also be affected by oily soaps.

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The shower can actually be a dangerous place for an engagement ring

Cloudy Diamonds Are Not Defects

Another reason not to wear your engagement ring in the shower is to prevent cloudy diamonds. Water and soap oil build up can cause a diamond to appear cloudy. However, these reactions are not a result of a defective diamond. The chemicals used in soaps, even all natural ones, can cause problems. Additionally, since the damage to the diamond is caused by the wearer, this diamond ring would not be eligible for a return. Finally, wearing a ring in the shower can cause a diamond to look dull. Since a diamond’s value is heavy reliant on the fire and brilliance, a cloudy diamond’s value will be greatly diminished.

Cleaning Your Ring

Although many women desire to never take off their diamonds, it is simply a bad idea to wear your engagement ring in the shower. The best choice is to remove it until you’re ready to put it back on. If you were unaware you should remove your ring before showering, all hope is not lost. Many jewelers offer ring restoration services, or you could purchase a cleaner to use at home. No matter how you decide to stay clean, be sure to remove your ring beforehand!