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Who Chooses The Wedding Bands?

Getting married is an exciting step, but with this excitement often comes a lot of stress. From deciding on a wedding venue to whittling down the invite list, there are tons of choices every couple must make. However, between cake tastings and tux fittings, sometimes the smaller details are overlooked. One of these smaller items, though, is the center of the ceremony itself: the wedding bands. When it comes to selecting wedding rings, there are tons of options available for both the bride and groom. Nevertheless, it is important to select the right rings. Not only do the rings symbolize the eternal love of marriage, they must match personalities of both the couple and the ceremony itself.

Who Chooses The Wedding Bands?

Traditionally, it is up to the groom to select an engagement ring as a lead up to the proposal. However, many brides-to-be are often involved in the selection of the engagement ring to some degree. With the popularity of social media sites, it is easier than ever to get an idea of what she might like on her hand. However, when it comes to choosing the wedding bands, the waters are a little murky. A bride may have her eyes on a matched set so that her wedding band will complement her engagement ring. On the other hand, the groom may not wear jewelry regularly, and it may be quite difficult to choose the wedding ring he’ll like best. If this is the case, the bride may do well to consider his everyday style and help him make a choice.

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Dual Band Men’s Wedding Ring in 14k White Gold

The safest answer is to have both the bride and groom select their own rings together. This will ensure both parties are happy with the ring they will wear for the rest of their married lives.

Who Pays For The Wedding Rings?

The cost of the average American wedding continues to grow higher, so sticking to a budget is very important. The cost of the wedding bands should be factored into this overall plan, but there are a number of ways to decide who pays for each ring. Historical examples suggest the bridge should purchase the groom’s ring and vice versa, but this is not always the case. In some instances, the parents of the bride or groom may step in to pick up the cost. More often, though, the cost of the wedding rings is part of the wedding budget. This allows for easier planning and payment.

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A 18k Rose Gold Pave Diamond Wedding Band

When deciding, keep in mind the style of the ceremony and the preferences of your partner. Also, it is important to remember that the rings themselves are symbols of everlasting love, but that does not mean they have to match exactly. A marriage is a union of two individuals, and each person is bound to have a style they like best. When picking out wedding rings together, discuss your likes and dislikes with your partner. It will help determine the perfect band for your new spouse.

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What Are GIA Certified Diamonds?

When shopping, it is important to understand the quality and value of whatever you are buying. Not only is being knowledgable about the product useful, it also helps ensure you are getting a legitimate item. When it comes to buying diamonds, there are many different ways to determine the quality of the diamond itself. One way to guarantee you are getting a quality diamond is buying certified diamonds. However, diamond certification itself ranges in quality. While there are many respectable diamond certification labs, GIA has the most stringent standards. This ensures that GIA certified diamonds are of the highest possible quality and value.

What Is The GIA?

The Gemological Institute of America, better known as GIA, was founded in 1931. The mission of the organization is to ensure the highest quality standards are used in evaluating gemstones, including diamonds. This helps protect both consumers and sellers. In addition to setting diamond grading standards, the GIA also researches diamonds and techniques. Through this ever expanding education, the GIA leads the way in the study and evaluation of diamonds. In addition to setting standards and continued research, the Gemological Institute of America also educates gemologists. These certified gemologists work independently of retailers to evaluate GIA certified diamonds.

In 1953, the GIA developed the International Diamond Grading System. This system is commonly referred to as the Four C’s: cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. Headquartered in California, the GIA operates in 13 countries around the globe

What Are The Grading Standards?

To ensure the quality of the diamonds, the GIA uses their grading system to evaluate diamonds. This evaluation looks at the quality of the cut, the clairy and color, as well as the diamond’s carat weight. After inspection by a GIA certified gemologist, a report on the diamond’s quality is written. This report is available in multiple formats, but the primary two are known as the Diamond Grading Report and the Diamond Dossier. While there are a number of differences between the two reports, both reports define the Four C’s of every diamond.

Diamond Dossiers vs Diamond Reports

The GIA uses Diamond Dossiers for color diamonds in the range of D to Z weighing between 0.15 and 1.99 carats. The dossier also includes a microscopic laser inscription of the GIA report number for easy identification. On the other hand, a Diamond Report does not include laser inscription. However, a plotted diagram of the diamond’s clarity characteristics and a graphic representation of the diamond’s proportions are included. This shows a map of the diamond’s inclusions and helps jewelers and jewelry appraisers identify GIA certified diamonds.

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A sample GIA Diamond Dossier

Diamonds sold by Adiamor are accompanied by their original diamond certificate. This ensures every diamond we sell is legitimate and of the highest quality. Please visit our diamond education center for more information on diamond certificates.

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How Is Rose Gold Made?

Rose gold originally gained popularity in the United States and around the world during the Art Deco period of the 1920’s, but since then it has remerged as one of the most popular engagement ring metals on the market. While the resurgence of love of the Jazz Age has dwindled, vintage inspiration continues to dominate the design world. From musical festival fashion to television, the boutique chic look has evolved. However, rose gold engagement rings are still a favorite choice for everyone from celebrities to millennial couples. While this gold has timeless elegance which keeps it looking great year after year, many people are unaware of how rose gold gets its beautiful color.

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A vintage-inspired Rose Gold Engagement Ring

How Is Rose Gold Made?

Gold itself is a very soft metal, and therefore pure gold is rarely used in the creation of jewelry. However, in addition to its value, gold is sought after for creating jewelry because it will never rust or tarnish. Therefore, 24k pure gold is often alloyed with other metals for strength. There is a large number of metals that can be combined with gold for the purposes of making it stronger, including palladium, nickel, and copper. Each of these metals will make the gold more durable and resistant to scratching. However, alloying gold with another metal can change more the strength; it can also change the color. Alloying nickel with pure gold, for example, will create white gold. On the other hand, rose gold is made by mixing 24k gold with copper.

Is Rose Gold Still Valuable?

Although rose gold has a pinkish hue that produces its desirable, vintage look, many people are curious as to whether their rose gold engagement ring is as valuable as their traditional gold counterparts. The short answer is yes because a 18k gold ring will have the same amount of pure gold as a 18k rose gold ring. Both rings use approximately 75% of pure gold with a combination alloys to give the jewelry more strength. This means rose gold contains around 25% copper, although sometimes silver is also used to produce specific tones of rose.

Other Types of Rose Gold

At Adiamor, we carry both 14k and 18k rose gold metals for producing custom engagement rings and diamond jewelry, but these are not the only types of rose gold being made around the world. For example, the highest grade of rose gold, which is also known as crown gold, is 22 karat. A variation known as red gold is often found in jewelry throughout the Middle East. Red gold contains higher percentages of copper and less silver, so the color is less pink.

If you are searching for the perfect engagement ring, Adiamor carries styles that can any budget or look. Start designing your own custom rose gold ring today.

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What Are Conflict-Free Diamonds?

Diamonds are incredibly rare, and their value reflects this scarcity. However, like any valuable resource, diamonds are highly sought after around the world. This scarcity, combined with the fact that many diamond mines are located throughout war torn Africa, gives diamonds a complicated and violent history. However, there is a current process implemented by over 80 countries, including the United States, which prevents these so called “blood diamonds” from appearing in engagement rings and diamond jewelry across the country. Known as the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, it allows conflict-free diamonds to be sold around the world.

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A Conflict-Free Canadian Diamond

What is The Kimberely Process?

As global organizations noticed the rise of blood diamonds in the financing of civil wars across Africa, more and more people called for a process that would eliminate the trade of conflict diamonds around the world.  Sanctions were ineffective, and the United Nations adopted a new process in 2000. Named after the mining town of Kimberely, South Africa, the three step plan intends to end the trade of the blood diamonds used to incite violence and war. The United Nations Security Council approved the KPCS  in January of 2003, and the Kimberely Process receives continued support from the UN since.

How Does It Work?

The Kimberely Process Certification Scheme works to ensure conflict-free diamonds through three key steps. For a country to be considered a member, they must ensure no diamonds mined within the country finance overthrowing a United Nations recognized government. Secondly, every diamond exported must contain an authorized Kimberely Certificate. Finally, diamonds are exported or imported only to countries which follow the Kimberely Process. Diamonds are placed in tamper resistant containers to prevent any possible fraud while they are transported . As a member, the United States is therefore exclusively selling conflict-free diamonds.

Adiamor Only Sells Conflict-Free Diamonds

As an online diamond retailer in the United States, Adiamor only sells conflict-free diamonds. Every diamond we sell is certified to be conflict-free through the Kimberely Process. We ensure diamonds used to make our custom engagement rings and fine diamond jewelry are always legitimate. We thoroughly support conflict-free diamond trade across the globe and supplement our loose diamond inventory with luxurious Canadian diamonds. This ensures that our customers have the best selection of conflict-free diamonds possible. Please visit our Diamond Education center for more information if you have other questions about conflict-free diamonds.

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Why Should I Get Engagement Ring Insurance?

An engagement ring is an instant treasure. Not only is the act of getting engaged romantic, but the ring itself creates feelings of love. However, not every aspect is memorable. Engagement ring insurance provides peace of mind, but insurance is often overlooked by young couples.

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Many couples overlook engagement ring insurance

What Is Engagement Ring Insurance?

Insuring your ring can help ease worries because it will provide a replacement item in the event something goes wrong. Unfortunately, a ring can be lost, stolen, or damaged. For instance, it is possible to have your engagement ring stolen while on vacation. When this happens, engagement ring insurance helps replace the stolen ring. The value of an engagement ring is determined by an appraisal. This document is signed by a certified gemologist and includes important details about the ring. Because diamonds are unique, every diamond has specific characteristics that determine the value, such as shape, carat weight, color, clarity, and measurements specific to the center diamond.

When Should I Get My Ring Insured?

Ideally, you should insure your ring as soon as you acquire it. After being appraised, an insurance company calculates the cost of the premium. Typically, the annual cost to insure an engagement ring is $1 to $2 for every $100 of replacement value. This means a ring with the replacement value of $5,000 would cost between $50 and $100 in premiums. However, this number is not exact and can fluctuate based upon location and other factors. Insurance prices can also be affected by whether or not the ring is stored in a safe when not being worn.

Jewelry Insurance vs. Home Insurance

While many home insurance policies may have a ring insurance rider, not all insurance policies are equal. Specific jewelry insurance is available, and these policies usually cover much more than standard home insurance. It is important to select a policy that will meet all of your needs. For example, it is possible that a ring may be accidentally lost. However, home insurance policies typically do not cover engagement rings in this manner, and you could be without a replacement. Additionally, some insurance policies will replace the ring with a check, while on the other hand, some require using a specific jeweler. Be certain that you understand the fine print of the policy you select to protect your keepsake.

Our Insurance Policy

At Adiamor, we want to provide our customers with the highest level of satisfaction possible. This also means easing the worries of customers who buy engagement rings online. To do this, we insure every ring we ship from the time it leaves our workshop until it arrives at your door. We partnered with Jewelers Mutual to provide this service free of charge. However, it is then up to you to get your ring insured. We make it easy to continue this coverage. If you have any questions about Jewelers Mutual’s Jewelry Insurance, please email personaljewelry@jminsure.comWhile it is our sincere hope that nothing ever happens to your ring, ring insurance provides peace of mind that your ring can be replaced in the event of a tragedy. Be sure to get engagement ring insurance as soon as possible and put your worries to rest.

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Why Should I Get My Engagement Ring Appraised?

When couples get engaged, they are excited for their future together. However, between planning the wedding and preparing for what’s next, many couples forget about a couple important details. One of the most overlooked details is getting the engagement ring appraised. At Adiamor, we want our customers to shop for engagement rings with confidence. Continue reading below to learn more about ring appraisals.

What Is An Appraisal?

In essence, an appraisal calculates the estimated replacement value of any item of value. This is generally used for insurance purposes. While it is a sad thought, an engagement ring may be lost, stolen, or damaged. In these cases, your insurance company uses the appraisal and provides the means for a replacement of your ring. Additionally, an insurance company determines the cost of premiums based on the value of your engagement ring. All of this information is included on the appraisal document.

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A sample engagement ring appraisal from Adiamor

Why Get My Engagement Ring Appraised?

There are a number of reasons to get an appraisal, but the primary one is protection. Ring appraisals are long form receipts that describe the quality of the item, including the metal settings and the diamonds. Diamonds each contain unique characteristics, and a certified gemologist can inspect the shape, carat weight, color, clarity, and measurements of the center diamond. In addition to providing insurance companies with accurate information concerning the value of your engagement ring, an appraisal is used to recover a stolen ring.

When Should I Get An Appraisal?

Ideally, an appraisal should happen as soon as you acquire your ring. The sooner the ring is appraised, the sooner insurance covers the item. Not only will this provide peace of mind, it is one less item to worry about during wedding planning. Many jewelers have appraisers who can inspect and verify the value of your diamond ring for a small fee. One of the benefits of purchasing an engagement ring from Adiamor is that we will provide a complimentary professional appraisal on diamond engagement ring purchases at your request.

Will The Ring’s Cost Equal The Appraisal Value?

Many couples assume the the cost of the engagement ring is the exact same as the appraisal value. However, this is generally not the case. In most instances, the appraisal value of the ring will be higher than the purchase price. An insurance company will often view the diamond’s certification in addition to an appraisal to determine the retail replacement value. This is a more accurate way of determining the retail value of the item. The price paid for an item does not always mean the item is worth the same. To think of it in another way, consider collector’s items. The purchase price of the item is lower than the value because of scarcity. Each diamond is a unique gemstone, and an appraisal will provide the necessary information to determine the value of the ring. 

Expert gemologists write and sign all appraisals from Adiamor. You can shop with confidence that the engagement ring you purchased is of the absolute finest quality. 

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When Should You Upgrade An Engagement Ring?

The steps to a successful marriage begin in the early stages of a relationship. Each person learns how their personality fits together with their loved one. While couples grow together and decide to get married, there is unfortunately a great amount of stress that can be caused by wedding itself. From choosing a location and whittling down guest lists to cake tasting and selecting a caterer, there is simply a lot of decisions to made and a budget to stay within. However, some couples decide early on that they will make the most of what they have. In some cases this means choosing a more modest engagement ring in order to put more money towards wedding expenses. More often than not, these couples will decide to upgrade an engagement ring once money isn’t so tight. Deciding when this upgrade is appropriate is often up for debate.

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3 Row Pave Engagement Ring in 18K Rose Gold

Upgrade An Engagement Ring As An Anniversary Gift

The most popular way to upgrade an engagement ring is to give a more luxurious ring as an anniversary gift. Traditional anniversary gifts are based on the number of years of marriage, but these are not exactly cut and dry. You may not want to want until your diamond anniversary of sixty years before swapping out a quarter carat diamond ring for something larger. Determining which anniversary is most appropriate for upgrading the ring will depend heavily on the original ring and the one chosen as an upgrade. For example, swapping out a half carat for a full carat diamond ring could make a great anniversary gift early in the marriage while upgrading from a carat to two carats would be massive change more appropriate of a long term marriage.

What Would She Prefer?

It is extremely important to consider the tastes and desires of your spouse before deciding to upgrade. While you may feel giving her a ring with a smaller diamond is somehow not worthy, the fact is engagement rings are symbols of an everlasting love which has no price. It is quite possible that your wife prefers to wear her engagement ring every day. Replacing a dainty ring with an extravagant diamond may not suit her lifestyle. If she only wears her diamonds on special occasions, upgrading could encourage her to flaunt her jewelry more often.

Budget, Budget, Budget

Just as choosing an initial engagement ring should involve budgeting, so should upgrading. While every beautiful woman is worthy of upgrading, there is no sense in going into extreme debt over a ring. You should be making smart financial decisions together. Keep in mind the expenses that you have. Otherwise, you may find yourself in need of a new hot water heater without the ability to replace one. You don’t want to be forced to pawn a gift to have a hot shower. When deciding to upgrade an engagement ring, the best advice is to plan ahead and start saving early. Focus on the gift of love and not what’s left in your bank account.

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What Should I Do With My Engagement Ring On My Wedding Day?

Most people dream about their wedding day long before they even become engaged. Because of this, the ideal wedding of their dreams often overlooks smaller details. One thing that can cause a last minute panic is worrying about the engagement ring during the ceremony. Many brides ask, “What should I do with my engagement ring on my wedding day?” It may seem like a simple question with a simple answer. However, there are actually quite a few things to consider.

Are You Exchanging Rings During The Ceremony?

Traditionally, wedding bands are exchanged during a ceremony. The bands are symbols of everlasting and unbroken love. In these ceremonies, the husband typically places the wedding ring on the bride’s left hand. However, many engaged women wear their engagement ring in this spot up until the wedding. Since the wedding band should be worn closest to the heart, it would be awkward to remove the engagement ring and replace it. If you plan to exchange rings during the ceremony, you wouldn’t want your diamond engagement ring to upstage the wedding band. Therefore the simplest solution is to wear your engagement ring on your right hand until after the ceremony. Once the wedding is over, place the ring back on your left hand, especially if the wedding band and engagement ring are part of a matched set.

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Solitaire Diamond Ring with 1 cttw and 3 cttw Eternity Bands

Does Your Engagement Ring Match Your Ceremony?

Another important thing to consider is whether or not your engagement ring matches your wedding celebration. While most couples will use their wedding to demonstrate their personalities and style preferences, there are plenty of instances where this is not the case. For example, a lavish engagement ring may have been an extraordinary purchase, but the wedding could be in a simple, rustic setting. In this instance, a bride may feel that wearing such a ring would be inappropriate and choose to leave the engagement ring in her jewelry box until the honeymoon. In other cases, the parents of the bride and groom may have a larger influence on the wedding, and the chosen location could affect the decision of whether or not to wear the ring during the ceremony.

It’s Really Up To You

Ultimately, the decision of what to with your engagement ring during your wedding is up to you and your spouse. The best decision is not to overthink it too much. There are plenty of other details that require your attention. If you want to wear the ring during the ceremony, simply place it on your right hand. This way accepting the wedding band from your husband remains an elegant, meaningful gesture. Otherwise, keep the ring in your jewelry box for the time being. Then you can discuss if you will continue wearing the ring in addition to your wedding band.

No matter what you decide, your wedding will still be a gorgeous celebration of love. Now relax and decide if you intend to smash wedding cake into the face of your beloved!

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Should I Wear My Diamond Engagement Ring Every Day?

Receiving an engagement ring is an exciting part of life. The engagement ring is a special gift. However, after the wedding, many brides wonder if they should continue to wear their diamond engagement ring everyday.  Well, there is not a simple yes or no answer to this question. But, there are a few things to consider when making this decision.

The Engagement Ring and Matched Sets

Should  you continue wearing your engagement ring on a daily basis ? If the diamond engagement ring is part of a matched set with the wedding band, then yes. It makes sense to continue wearing the ring as it will complement the band as both rings were designed to be worn together. On the flip side, not having the ring as a part of a matched set could help you decide to save the sparkles for more lavish events and luxurious outings which might make those evenings even more special.

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Solitaire Engagement Set in 14K White Gold

Where Do You Work?

Although it may seem like an irrelevant topic, what you do for a job may impact on your decision. For instance, if you work extensively with your hands, you may fear that you could knock the diamond loose from the setting or potentially cause damage to the band itself. If you find yourself taking your ring off to complete routine tasks at work, it may make more sense to only wear the wedding band. Additionally, if you travel extensively, you may feel more at ease leaving your engagement ring behind. You don’t want your ring to become lost or stolen far from home.

What Size Is Your Diamond Ring?

While it may be impolite to measure your ring against your best girlfriend’s, the size of the diamond may impact your decision to wear your engagement ring every day of the week. Large diamonds are undeniably gorgeous, but they may not feel appropriate to wear while picking up groceries or grabbing a cup of a coffee between meetings. Consider the size of your diamond engagement ring, your lifestyle, as well as the way you wish others to perceive you when deciding whether or not to wear your treasured ring all the time.

Talk To Your Spouse

The most important thing you can do when deciding is discussing the matter with your spouse. Choosing an engagement ring, saving up the money, and ultimately proposing can leave a lasting impact. Your partner may have an emotional attachment to seeing the ring on your finger every day. However, if you would prefer to only wear your ring on special occasions due your occupation or lifestyle, expressing these concerns will help a husband understand that you are trying to make a decision that will best preserve one of your most precious belongings. Ultimately, the decision to wear your ring every day is up to you. You should have an honest conversation with your beloved and decide what makes the most sense for you.