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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.

Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring with Eternity Band
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.

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How To Budget For An Engagement Ring

When you have found your perfect match, it can be difficult to put a price on that love.  But, some people feel that an engagement ring does just that. Because you will always want the best for your future wife, it may seem necessary to go overboard. However, simply selecting the most expensive choice is not the best idea when it comes to picking out the ring that will be right for your relationship. That being said, it is absolutely possible to select or even design an engagement ring that will definitely have her saying “Yes!” to your proposal while sticking to a budget.

French Cut Cushion Halo Setting 14K White Gold
French Cut Cushion Halo Setting in 14K White Gold

How Much Should A Ring Cost?

One of the most common myths is that an engagement ring should cost “three months salary.” However, this is greatly inaccurate when compared to reality, so don’t think you need to drop $12,000 on a ring in order for it to be special. Although average Americans spend approximately $4,000 on a ring, the truth is that the right engagement ring should fit in your budget. As you budget for an engagement ring, take time to consider your living expenses, your current savings, as well what’s coming next: the wedding and honeymoon.

Planning Ahead To The Proposal

In order to budget for a ring, it is imperative that you know when you will be proposing. If you have started shopping for an engagement ring, then you probably have a rough idea of when you would like to propose which means you have an idea of how much time you have to save up for the perfect ring. Are you waiting for her upcoming birthday or the anniversary of your first date to ask for her hand in marriage? In other cases, you may simply be waiting for the right moment instead of circling a date on the calendar, but in any of these scenarios, consider how many months you have to save in order to determine your budget. By setting back some money over time and learning to budget for an engagement ring, you can make nearly any ring affordable.

Princess Cut Pre-Set Engagement Ring
Princess Cut Pre-Set Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold

Start Shopping Now

Picking the perfect engagement ring is a tall order because there are an incredible amount of options. Starting your diamond education will help you make the best choice possible as you budget for an engagement ring. By knowing what’s available on the market, you will have a much better idea of what you can afford. Consider her sense of style and her tastes: would she prefer a large center diamond to show off or would she prefer something more dainty and feminine? Does she prefer to be on trend or does she prefer classic styles? Take a look at her current jewelry collection for inspiration.  Also, use your planned budget to decide on the right ring for her. Finally, while there are plenty of pre-set ring choices  available, your best bet may be creating a ring that is just as unique as she is.

At Adiamor, we offer custom diamond engagement rings so that you can create the right ring for her while staying within your budget. Start designing your ring today!

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How to Choose the Right Engagement Ring for Your Future Mrs.

 

Learning how to choose the right engagement ring

You remember the first time you saw her.

It may have been love at first sight. It may not have been, but you felt that strange “something” when she walked into the room. Or maybe you were “just friends”… until you weren’t anymore.

Whatever the case, your heart is telling you that she’s the one you want to spend the rest of your life with and what’s more, your head is in agreement. If either had hands, they’d be high-fiving. So the next step is the ring.

It’s likely you’ve been informed already that the ring matters. It REALLY matters.

It can’t be just any ring. You need to pick the perfect ring for her. Whether you pick something classic or create your own new design – it has to be perfect.

And we know there is a rather (ahem)… sizable selection of engagement rings for women to be found. But fear not! Your perfect engagement ring is out there. And this guide we’ve put together will teach you exactly how to choose the right engagement ring for your future Mrs.

Learning how to choose the right engagement ring for women is not as hard as you think.

While it’s not unusual for couples to ring shop together, there’s something beautiful and romantic about going it alone. That whole rugged venturing into unchartered territory thing. Kudos to you!

So be not overwhelmed, explorer, by the vast sea of engagement rings for women. This list of considerations will help you navigate any stormy seas.

Don’t worry. You’ve got this.

1. Engage in Engagement Ring Espionage

So you’re going the traditionalist route and looking to surprise her with a ring she’ll love. The first rule, pay attention.

Notice her jewelry preferences. For example, does she prefer silver/platinum to yellow gold? Is she more inclined toward vintage, classic or modern jewelry? How does she feel about diamonds?

Give yourself a few weeks to watch and take mental notes. (Yes, mental. Written notes could be intercepted.)

Also, consider getting some backup – in the form of her best friends and/or her siblings. They can be hugely helpful further down the road.

And by all means, swear them to secrecy.

2. Where Do You Go Now?

Once you’ve gathered the important information from your espionage activities, you can start your jeweler search.

Ask married friends and family members who currently sport engagement rings where they went. If that doesn’t generate any leads, check for stores with an industry organization affiliation. Jewelers accredited by the Jewelers of America or members of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) are good places to start.

Always find out what a store’s return policy is too. You want to be able to exchange the stone if it’s not exactly the one she wants. (Don’t start sweating. This is a just in case.)

And finally, if you’re working from a humanitarian bent, you may consider shopping at jewelers who sell only conflict-free diamonds and who adhere to a strict, zero-tolerance policy toward conflict diamonds. Be sure they deal with only reputable diamond suppliers who participate in the System of Warranties and follow the guidelines of the Kimberley Process.

3. The Engagement Ring Erector Set

So now you’re well-informed on your soon-to-be fiancé’s preferences, gathered your band of secret-keeping sidekicks and picked out the jeweler.

So, here’s the thing. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll happen upon the ring as you walk into the store. Perfect. Because now you get to do the cool part. You get to build the perfect engagement ring.

You will need to consider a few things in the construction:

“The 4 Cs”

If the stone is going to be a diamond, you need to know these four characteristics of the stone in regards to quality. They are Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight.

  • The more colorless a diamond is, the closer to perfection it is. When purchasing a diamond, less color means a higher quality stone.
  • Diamonds with more clarity and the fewest amount of flaws such as inclusions and blemishes are considered more valuable.
  • A diamond’s cut grade is proportionate with how well it interacts with light. The higher the grade, the more dazzling the diamond.
  • Diamonds are measured in carats, so the carat weight of your diamond has a huge effect on its price. (The phrase karat with a “k” refers to the purity of gold.)

A qualified jeweler will help you better determine these four characteristics.

Shape

While cut refers to the angles of the facets of the stone, shape refers to the actual geometry of the stone. Is it square, oval, round, etc.?

Setting

The metal framework which will hold the stone you’ve chosen can set the tone for her special engagement ring.

Metal

When it comes to the band, there are a variety of metals to choose from.

Platinum is super durable. It’s also hypoallergenic so it’s a good choice if she has sensitive skin.

Gold is softer and more diverse. It comes in a variety colors, including white, yellow, rose, and even green.

Palladium sounds like a roller skating rink but is actually a metal in a hue that is similar to platinum, but grayer.

Inscription

This is optional, of course. But having an inscription ensures that her ring will be one-of-a-kind and right from your heart.

4. You Can Budge on Your Budget

The old advice was that you should spend two months salary on a woman’s engagement ring.

The new advice says to simply buy the best ring you can without going into major debt or selling an organ.

If your wife-to-be leans toward the extravagant while your budget leans in the other direction, that’s workable. Maybe get a ring with a slightly larger surface area. It won’t be as impactful, but a one-carat ring will look much larger if the stone isn’t set as deep.

If you’d rather keep the look of the stone intact, here’s a helpful tip. Buying just shy of the next carat – for example, opting for a 1.8 instead of a 2 – can garner a savings of nearly 20%.

As for clarity, buying on the shyer side can still give you plenty of sparkle. Many defects are not even visible to the naked eye.

5. Get It in Writing

This one is no joke.

Diamonds that are one carat or larger should be accompanied by a diamond grading report issued by an independent gemological association such as the GIA or the American Gem Society.

You might also get a “fingerprint” of your ring on the bill of sale, which would include the stone’s 4 Cs, shape, dimensions, and any cosmetic enhancements.

If there is anything else that affects its value, i.e. if it was made by a famous designer, is an antique or period piece, or is handmade or custom-designed, this should also be noted.

Get it on paper, man.

6. Now Sit Back (or Pace the Floor) for Several Weeks

Now that you know how to choose the right engagement ring, keep in mind that once you order the ring, there will be a waiting time. It could potentially take up to six weeks to arrive, maybe longer if you’re having it custom designed. But it will be worth the wait.

Just know that if her best friends and/or siblings are starting to champ at the bit to spill the beans, you may need to resort to bribery. Chances are, they’re almost as excited for her to get it as you are.

Congratulations and good luck! She’s going to love it.

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Engagement Ring Insurance 101: What You Need to Know

Engagement Ring Insurance 101: What You Need to Know

Congratulations! You’re getting engaged! Some of life’s most exciting times are finally upon you. Engagement is truly a blessing, but also a significant commitment for many couples. All the more reason it is important you be educated on everything there is to know about engagement ring insurance.


There’s nothing quite like the sparkle of a new engagement ring on your finger, no matter the shape, size, cut and cost. The sentimental value and emotion behind your rings are sure to brighten your days for years to come.

So with something so valuable, both emotionally and monetarily, there’s a strong incentive to protect it.

That’s where engagement ring insurance comes into play.

When most people think insurance, they think car insurance, health insurance, and any other type of regular payment to protect yourself and your assets.

Engagement ring insurance works the same way, but with the added peace of mind that the representation of your special day is always safe.

We’re bringing you insider knowledge of how to insure your diamond the right way.

Engagement Ring Insurance Process: Step #1, The Appraisal

You can’t insure your diamond without knowing its value. This means getting an appraisal by a professional jeweler.

Always talk to your jeweler and ask specifically what the characteristics of a quality ring are and how to spot a lesser quality piece of jewelry prior to purchase.

Make sure the following points are assessed when the jeweler is appraising your engagement ring:

  • Carat weight
  • Cut
  • Color
  • Clarity
  • Stone shape
  • Band metal type
  • Band karat
  • Any identifying marks
  • Features unique to your ring

It’s also important to compare your appraisal to other similar rings. If your appraisal is higher than the value of your ring, your engagement ring insurance will include a high monthly premium.

Rings with a center stone of half a carat or more need to take extra caution with appraisals.

Always have high-value rings graded by an independent gemological laboratory.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is a highly respected organization we recommend for obtaining a diamond certificate and ring report.

Choosing Your Engagement Ring Insurance Provider

You have two different options when shopping for engagement ring insurance.

The first, “ring rider” insurance, is covered by your homeowners policy. It functions as an extension of your current policy and varies across providers,

Your second options is insuring through an independent party that specializes in ring insurance. The jeweler sometimes offers insurance policies during the ring purchasing process.

“Ring Rider” Insurance

Engagement ring insurance through your home owners policy is often the easiest route. Payments will add onto your existing policy, making the process hassle free.

Having done business with this insurance company before gives you leverage to get a better deal. Overall you’ll stand a better chance of negotiating better coverage due to your already mutual relationship.

Remember, this type of insurance revolves around your home. Newlyweds who change apartments or buy a new home will need to include “ring rider” insurance on their new policy.

Third Party Insurance

Insuring through a third party comes with less negotiating room, but often better coverage. These insurers specialize in exactly what you’re looking for, engagement ring insurance.

They’re likely to offer plans that cover everything from lost diamonds to your dog accidentally eating the ring.

Some jewelers offer third party insurance by partnering with jewelry insuring companies, including Adiamor. Working with these jeweler insurance providers can yield excellent coverage.

The Important Questions

Asking certain questions about your level of coverage and insurance protocols is paramount no matter which insurance avenue you choose. You want to make sure you know the details of the plan before signing the dotted line.

Questions to ask include:

  • Can you choose who repairs your ring?
  • Does the company pay out a lump sum or replace your ring?
  • Are you allowed to purchase your new ring?
  • What substantiates proof of claim?
  • What circumstances  are covered?” (Theft, lost ring, lost diamond, scratched band, dog ate the ring, etc.)
  • What factors influence your rates?” (high crime areas, credit score)

Know your policy inside and out before signing any paperwork.

Average Insurance Costs

Engagement ring insurance costs on average $1 to $2 for every $100 your ring would cost to replace.

A ring that costs $10,000 to replace (appraised for $10,000) will cost around $100 to $200 dollars a year to insure.

Avoiding these rates isn’t likely, but structuring your personal payment plan is.

Like any other insurance, deductibles are offered with engagement ring insurance.

Higher deductibles mean you’re willing to pay more if your ring is stolen, but come with lower monthly premiums.

People living in low crime areas might opt for a high deductible to keep their monthly payments low. Assuming more risk when risk is lower will save you money in the long term.

However, those living in high crime neighborhoods or participating in activities that might damage the ring (scuba diving, certain professions etc.) might opt for a low deductible.

Reappraisal and Documentation

Jewelry is one of the few things that steadily appreciates in value over time.

Have your ring reappraised every few years to ensure your policy payout is large enough to compensate for your ring’s appreciation.

An outdated policy might result in receiving a ring or payout worth less than your current engagement ring.

Make sure to document all appraisals and report their results to your insurance company of choice. This protects your ring from payouts based on appraisals that no longer reflect your ring’s value.

Protecting the sentimental and monetary value of an engagement ring is an investment many people overlook.

Don’t make the mistake of foregoing engagement ring insurance and letting one of your life’s most cherished items just slip away with no recourse.

We’re firm believers that a diamond is worth more than what you’ve paid for it.

The act of giving another person something the Earth itself took billions of years to form proves devotion between two people.

We strive to allow individuals the opportunity to make their engagement about more than their ring.

If you’re in the market for an engagement ring that marks your love for your significant other, get in contact with us.

Our company specializes in not only selling rings, but also helping you pick out a gift that symbolizes commitment.

Diamonds are our business, and we’re happy to share our passion with anyone open to listening.

There’s more to the sparkling gems than meets the eye.

 

 

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Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring: Differences to Know

Engagement ring vs. wedding ring

Your wedding proposal and your wedding day are huge moments in your relationship and you want it to be perfect, from the words you say, the location of the wedding and the rings themselves. Everyone will be there, and it will surely be a night that you will never forget, so plan, save and do it right; after all, you will be telling the story for the rest of your lives!

If you choose correctly she’ll treasure those rings forever, if not, well… you may be making an exchange on your wedding night! With all the options available it can be hard to feel confident with your choice, especially when it comes to deciding whether or not to go with an engagement ring or wedding ring or both.

Complicating this decision is the fact that many people use the two terms interchangeably. Any ring connected to a marriage might be called one term or the other, simply depending on who you’re speaking to. There is a lot of information out there and you have to sift through the non-sense to find the real helpful information.

Let Adiamor educate on the differences between an engagement ring vs. wedding ring so that you and put your worries to rest. No matter the bride, we can help you find or create the perfect ring and make sure you get the rings just right for your special day? Read on to find out.

Engagement Ring vs. Wedding Ring: Which is Which?

The first thing you need to know about the difference between engagement rings and wedding rings is what their purposes are.

An engagement ring is given before the wedding, when you propose. Since their first recorded use in 1477, engagement rings have been a symbol of the promise between two people to marry. It is a physical sign of your love for each other and decision to act on it. Typically, the groom presents an engagement ring to the bride.

A wedding ring, on the other hand, is one that is exchanged during the actual marriage ceremony. Unlike with engagement rings, the bride and the groom each get one.

Most people will wear their wedding rings every single day, as it is a symbol of your marriage itself, and the love you will always bear for one another.

As for the engagement ring, it tends to be a personal preference whether it is worn daily after the wedding itself. But, with the beauty of engagement rings, many brides will continue to wear it daily, stacked on top of the wedding band – check out these stackable wedding rings for examples.

Major Differences Between The Two

Design

Immediately, the difference between an engagement ring vs a wedding ring is apparent in the general design of the two.

Feel free to build your own ring to see the differences for yourself, but in its simplest form, a wedding ring is a metal band. Generally, they are the same width all the way around and look the same when viewed from any angle.

Engagement rings tend to have a definite front and back. Often, they have a featured stone – generally a diamond – set in the middle of the front. They will likely have embellishment, and often more stones surrounding this central stone.

Complexity and Material

The easiest way to tell the difference between an engagement ring vs. wedding ring is the use of precious metals and stones.

Engagement rings tend to be much flashier than wedding rings and are often referred to as wedding bands because traditionally, they are simply bands of metal, generally gold.

Engagement rings, on the other hand, are made to dazzle. While some people opt for other choices of stones, diamonds are the most popular; most women prefer diamonds as their stone of choice when it comes to engagement rings, and it’s hard not to agree.


Our massive variety of diamonds available when it comes to cut and color means you can definitely find a ring that perfectly suits your partner’s tastes and style.


And while wedding rings tend to be on the simpler side, they are also available with some embellishment, whether that is more precious stones, decorative metalwork or other design elements. This can be especially nice if the bride decides not to wear her engagement ring after the wedding.

Since both the bride and the groom wear wedding rings, sometimes couples look for matching sets. Other brides tend to prefer a more stylized, feminine ring, while grooms tend to stick with a simple band, whether it is gold, platinum, titanium, or a variety of other metals.

Price

And lastly, because they feature such beautiful stones and more intricate designs, engagement rings tend to cost much more than wedding rings.

Regardless of what ring you end up choosing, it’s important to plan your budget in advance. With a proper budgeting guide, you can feel confident in your decision making for both rings.

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The Engagement Ring Settings Guide for the Perfect Fit

You and your loved one are talking engagement. It’s time to get shopping for the ring – the ring that will symbolize your love, and the decision to share your lives together, forever. Allow us to introduce the engagement ring settings guide for the perfect fit.

Engagement ring settings guide for the perfect fit

Engagement ring settings – there are so many to choose from, and you likely feel a lot of pressure to choose the one that’s right for you (or your loved one). You want it to be perfect and you want this engagement ring to tell a story.

Lucky for you, we’re sharing everything you need to know to pick the one that suits you and your loved one best.

Popular Types of Ring Settings

Below are some of the setting designs you can use to set a beautiful stage for the stone you have chosen to represent your love.

Solitaire

This single-diamond setting on a simple band is the most classic engagement ring. The single center stone draws all the focus, quite elegantly, and sends a powerful message of commitment.

Little metal claws (called prongs) hold the diamond in place. Prongs are desirable and popular because they secure the stone while keeping the brilliance of the diamond free to bounce off the light. Some opt for four prongs, and some opt for six prongs. Four prongs allow for a bit more bling, and six prongs hold the diamond to the band a bit more securely.

The thinner the band, the larger the diamond looks. So if you’re hoping for bling, but still want something classic and delicate, try four prongs and a thinner band.

These prong settings maximize the diamond’s brilliance and lighten up richly colored stones. They also make it easy to clean the stone, so you can keep it shining.

Pave

The pave engagement ring setting is a band paved with small diamonds, and that’s precisely where it earns its name.

These small diamonds are placed directly beside one another, and held in place by small prongs, to give the impression that the band is made purely of diamonds.

Whether fully or only halfway paved with small diamonds, this setting is for someone interested in a lot of sparkle. It’s for someone who wants a chorus of diamonds behind the lead stone.

Channel (aka Modern)

The channel setting is similar to the pave setting.

The difference is that in a channel setting the small diamonds are placed into the channel of the band itself so that they sit flush with the band. They’re held in place by a thin metal strip (and not prongs), so nothing protrudes from the band. Except, of course, the main centerpiece diamond.

If you’ve got an active lifestyle, the channel setting is probably better suited to you than the pave setting. Because the small diamonds are flush with the band, the ring is more durable and less likely to snag on something while you’re on the go.

And, at the same time, the channel setting still offers a whole lot of shimmer. You can fill the channel with round-cut or princess-cut diamonds part of the way – or all of the way! The princess-cut diamonds sit flush against one another, and that makes for even more shine.

Side-stone

The side-stone setting is about placing a couple (or even a few) smaller diamonds on either side of the main central diamond.

Unlike the side diamonds in the pave and channel ring settings, these side stones are bigger and more distinctive. The side stones themselves might be the size of the stone another might set all on its own for a classic solitaire engagement ring setting.

So the side-stone setting is for someone who really loves diamonds and doesn’t mind that the central diamond gets swept up a bit in the multiple diamond setting. It’s all about the elegant grouping of diamonds (or other gemstones around a diamond).

Three-stone

The three-stone setting is a particular, and popular version, of the side-stone setting. Like its name says, there are three stones: a central diamond flanked by two other stones. The smaller the side stones are the larger the central diamond will appear.

Sometimes the central diamond is surrounded by another stone, like sapphires. In this case, the change in color for the flanking gemstones helps the central diamond stand out. Look at some of our gemstone accented engagement rings to better appreciate this colorful ring setting choice.

Split-shank

The split-shank setting is a band that splits apart as it reaches the central diamond. There’s visible space between the band and the featured diamond, which can make that diamond appear fuller and more ornate.

Often this setting is paired with a full – or partial – pave setting. The split band provides even more surface area for the paving of small diamonds, and even more sparkle.

Many vintage style rings feature the split-shank setting.

Halo

The halo setting is a single diamond surrounded by more stones in a concentric circle – like a halo.

The smaller halo of diamonds around the central diamond allow the central diamond to appear much bigger than it actually is. The glow quality is high with this one. Pair with a pave setting for even more sparkle.

If you’re looking for something really catchy – something an eye just can’t look past – you’ll want to go for the halo engagement ring setting.

Tension

The tension setting is for the more modern among us. Do you like to stand apart from the crowd? And do you like to appear current? Are you known for making bold statements?

No prongs are used to keep the single central diamond in place. Instead, the tension of the ring metal itself holds the diamond there. The result is a diamond that appears to be floating in air!

You get to see nearly all of the diamond, so the shape and cut of the diamond are more important in this setting than any other.

Bezel

In a bezel setting, a metal rim surrounds the single central diamond. So it’s not held in place by prongs. The stone is secured quite snugly, and the ring surface is smoother, too. Only the crown of the diamond pops above the ring band.

A white metal encircling the stone can make a smaller diamond appear bigger.

So it’s a matter of taste…

You choose the setting that will be the best possible extension of you (or your loved one). Then, pick your diamond’s clarity, color, cut, and shape, and a band metal.

And as you fall in love with an engagement ring setting, don’t forget to consider the wedding band as well. Will you (or your loved one) want to wear them together? Make sure you choose the engagement ring setting and matching wedding band that will keep you feeling bedazzled for a lifetime.

Want to design the ring from scratch, with help from an expert? We can help.

We’ve helped many people, who are now happily married, and we want to help you next. Our diamonds are certified by the best also, so shop for your diamond ring with peace of mind that you’re getting exactly what you’ve paid for.

Then, once you’ve got the ring, it’s on to deciding how to propose – and we’d like to be the first to congratulate you!

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Engagement Ring Care: Keep Your Engagement Ring Sparkling

 Engagement ring care: the easy way to keep your engagement ring sparkling

Congratulations on your wedding and your new ring.  Hopefully you have quite the gorgeous engagement ring on your finger!

Have you been able to stop yourself from gazing at your left hand? Isn’t it blissful, watching your diamond dance around in the light?

There are few things more magical than that honeymoon period with your new ring.

So, how do you keep your diamond sparkling? How do you make sure it never loses its radiant shimmer and shine? How do you keep it catching your eye, and the eyes of others?

That’s what we’re here to help with. This post is all about learning proper engagement ring care.

 


Did you know?

Diamond is the hardest natural substance on our planet. Only a diamond can cut another diamond. And, yet, the touch of a finger can leave behind dirt that keeps a diamond from shining, especially over time.

So, it’s a tough stone, but it does need a little help keeping its shine.


Engagement Ring Care is Important…

You Should Clean Diamonds Regularly, But Handle Sparingly and Touch Gently.

The good news is that at-home engagement ring care isn’t hard.

There’s more good news. You’ve probably got most of what you need lying around your home already. Anything you’re missing is just a quick trip to your local pharmacy or grocery.

You’ll need some dish soap, a clean (read: brand new) soft-bristled toothbrush, a lint-free cloth, a bowl or two, and some warm water from your kitchen or bathroom sink.

Diamond Cleaning Tip #1: Clog the Sink.

Whenever you’re cleaning your ring nearby a sink, make sure you clog the sink. It’s not worth taking any risk that you’ll drop your precious piece down the drain.

Diamond Cleaning Tip #2: Use a Baby Toothbrush, Dish Soap, Warm Water & a Lint-Free Cloth.

A baby or kid toothbrush works even better than an adult toothbrush. They’re soft, flexible, and small – so they can get to those harder-to-reach places, and gently. You’ll be scrubbing your ring with the same tender care you’d brush a baby’s gums and early teeth.

Squeeze some dish soap onto a clean and soft-bristled toothbrush. Add a bit of warm water and gently scrub the ring – the band, the setting, and the stone. Rinse the soap bubbles away with some warm water, then dry with a lint-free cloth. If you need, you can let it sit in some warm water and dish soap solution for thirty minutes or so before gently scrubbing, rinsing, and drying.

If you’ve given your ring a gentle, but thorough, cleaning with warm water and soap, and you still think it should have a bit more shine, let it soak in a three parts water to one part ammonia solution for about thirty minutes.

Then, let the ring air dry in a clean and safe place.

You’ll probably want to give your ring this homespun clean a few times a month, maybe even weekly.

Some say it’s okay to wash with a homemade baking soda solution or toothpaste. We insist that the dish soap way is safer.

Diamond Cleaning Tip #3: Try Our Professional Diamond Cleaning Kit.

We also have a signature trio of home care products for our fine jewelry pieces, if you’re looking for something a bit fancier and better suited for the job. Try our diamond cleaning kit, which consists of a foaming cleaner, cleaning pen, and polishing cloth. Our polishing cloth doubles as a fabric-lined pouch (for safekeeping!). With our little care package, diamond and engagement ring care has never been so easy.

Diamond Cleaning Tip #4: Avoid Harmful Solutions.

When you’re bathing or washing your face, remove your ring. Place it somewhere clean, dry, and safe. Shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and lotions will stick to your ring, and only dim its shine!

Beware of household cleaners, like bleach and glass cleaner. These caustic-type solutions, containing hazardous chemicals, can seriously damage your ring, especially the metal alloys in the band.

So we’re totally clear, never use silver polish on something that isn’t silver.

And take your ring off when it’s time to scrub clean the bathroom tile, or knead bread dough.

Keep one of our polishing cloths in your bathroom and kitchen, so you’ve always got a spot to cradle your ring when it’s not on your finger. You’ll know it’s safe, and you’ll know where it is.

Having ring holders in a few key spots around your home means you won’t have any excuse for not taking your ring off when you’re about to be getting your hands dirty.

Diamond Cleaning Tip #5: Store Your Diamonds Separately.

Diamonds are hard to scratch. But diamonds scratch other diamonds quite easily. So store your diamond ring, and all of your diamond jewelry pieces, separately.

Diamond Cleaning Tip #6: Use ultrasonic cleaners cautiously.

Probably, you shouldn’t do any ultrasonic cleaning at home. Because there’s too great a risk that this sound wave vibration method will loosen a prong and release a diamond from your ring.

If you want this deep clean, you’re best off bringing your ring to a professional jeweler. They can make sure your ring is secure enough for the ultrasonic vibrations, and fix whatever might go wrong.

Overall, it’s a smart idea to bring your ring in for a professional cleaning a couple times a year, even as you’re keeping up on your home cleanings weekly.

Think of it like the regular checkup you have with your dentist. Even if you don’t suspect you’ve got dental problems, you should show up for those two cleanings each year to stay healthy and vigilant.

A professional jeweler will inspect your ring for bent and loosened prongs, tighten the setting, and clean the whole piece so well it’ll look brand new.

Engagement Ring Preventative Maintenance is Just as Important as Cleaning!

Even when you’re not cleaning your ring, or removing your ring because you’ll be getting your hands dirty for the next little while, it’s wise to take your ring off sometimes.

Working out, household chores like laundry, and carrying heavy objects by hand can put serious stress on your ring.

Never take your ring off when you’re out in public. But, if you’re at home (or you haven’t left home for the gym yet), and you have the chance to give your ring a break, do.

You need a break to recharge every so often, and so does your ring.

Don’t Neglect Cleaning Your Engagement Ring…

A diamond sparkles because its facets work like a series of tiny mirrors, reflecting off one another.

With a commitment to regular engagement ring care (the cleaning of those facets), you can keep your diamond ring as shiny as it was the day you first saw it and slipped it on your finger. You can have it good-as-new for your next special occasion.

Still got some engagement ring care questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We love talking diamonds.

Oh, and, have you insured your ring yet? We would love to help! The last thing you would want is to go through all of this hard work of finding the right ring just to have it stolen and not be able to replace it.

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Loose Diamonds: How to Know Your Pick is Perfect

Loose Dimonds: How to know your pick is perfect

Every diamond is a miracle, millions of years in the making. And, like delicate, precious snowflakes, no two loose diamonds are exactly alike.  Nor would we want them to be. The exquisite nature of loose diamonds is precisely their appeal.

The perfect loose diamond will always offer exceptional artistry as standard. Its magnificent quality will make it easy to create a unique, personalized piece of jewelry. Its delicate grace will beautifully complete your engagement ring or anniversary setting.

Loose Diamonds – What is Perfection?

So, what is the perfect loose diamond?

Is it majestic because of its rarity? Is it spectacular because of its value? Or, does it inspire because it sparkles so splendidly?

While all of these may be true, the real truth is something far more personal.

The loose diamond that you are seeking is also seeking you. That is because the perfect loose diamond is a diamond that is perfect for you.

There are, of course, certain qualities to look out for to ensure your pick is perfect.

Here’s our quintessential guide to help you pick the perfect diamond for you.

Certification

The very first major decision you will make when shopping for loose diamonds is the precise nature of certification you require.

There is arguably no greater certification than the Gemological Institute of America or GIA and the American Gem Society or AGS.

Acclaimed across the world for their stringent and precise grading standards, the GIA and AGS grant high ratings to only the most superior diamonds.  

We consider there to be no greater certification than that offered by the GIA. It is the gold standard in the field of diamond certification. Operating as a non-profit, its objectivity is guaranteed and its standards are beyond reproach.

The GIA has been the pioneering agency in many techniques and processes. In fact, many of its innovations have served to make all competing diamond labs what they are today.

So, when you’re shopping for loose diamonds, make sure that the diamond you choose has been certified to a standard that you are supremely happy with.

The 4 Cs of Diamond Quality

There is a universally accepted method for assessing the quality of loose diamonds. Created by the GIA and globally accepted as a universal language in diamond quality, it comes in the form of the 4 Cs:

  • Color
  • Clarity
  • Cut
  • Carat

All diamonds share these four attributes. The key to ensuring the perfect pick is to understand how these four features affect the quality, rarity, and beauty of your diamond.

Diamond Color

Loose diamonds come in a variety of hues, ranging from colorless diamonds to ones that are more yellow or brown.

When certified specialists are evaluating diamonds, they do it based on the absence of color. In GIA standards, diamonds are classified from D – colorless to Z – light yellow or brown. The less color, the higher the grade.

A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue at all. As you can imagine, a truly colorless diamond is a rarity and its value will always reflect this.

Here is what all of this means for you:

When you are looking for the perfect diamond, what you are really looking for is a diamond that is as close to colorless as possible.

Diamond Clarity

When you consider the extreme heat and pressure that combine in nature to form a diamond, it comes as no surprise that almost no diamond is perfectly pure. Most will contain natural flaws.

The scale of perfection in diamond clarity refers to the absence of inclusions and blemishes. Inclusions are the internal characteristics of the diamond itself, while blemishes are the external characteristics.

The GIA has 11 clarity grades for diamonds, operating on a sliding scale of perfection.

At the top end, a diamond is categorized as flawless if it is without any inclusion or blemish at 10 times magnification.

At the lower end, it is given a grade called I3, if inclusions and blemishes are obvious.

The thing to remember about flaws is that they don’t affect the beauty of the diamond. They primarily affect the value.

Many blemishes are so minute that they cannot be seen by anyone other than a trained professional. Many other flaws can be hidden by setting or the mount.

Diamond Cut

When we refer to a diamond’s cut, we’re talking about its design, its proportion, its finish and its craftsmanship. All GIA certified diamonds are given a grade range of any of the following:

  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Fair
  • Poor

The cut of your diamond is probably the most important consideration in your search for perfection.

Why is this?

Because the cut of your diamond directly affects its sparkle. The brilliance of a diamond lies in its incredible ability to interact with light.

So, if you want a diamond with an amazing sparkle, you need to focus on how successfully your diamond unleashes its light.

Look for the following criteria in visual effects:

  • Brightness – internal and external white light reflected from the diamond
  • Fire – the scattering of white light into all the colors of the rainbow
  • Scintillation – the amount of sparkle a diamond produces and the pattern of light and dark areas caused by reflections.

A diamond’s cut grade is really concerned with how successfully it interacts with light. Put simply, the better the cut, the more brilliant the diamond.

Diamond Carat

Diamonds are measured in carats, which is actually a unit of weight, though there is a common misconception that ‘carat’ refers to size.  

As the carat size of a diamond increases, the diamond’s price increases exponentially.

Why? Because, the larger the diamond, the more increasingly rare and desirable it is.

Some people believe that a diamond’s value is determined only by its carat size. This is not the case.

Two diamonds of equal carat weight may actually have very different values. This is because diamonds are not valued using just one of the 4 Cs, rather they are valued using all of the 4 Cs taken together as a whole.

The Perfect Loose Diamond

Now you have the knowledge you need, choosing the perfect loose diamond has never been so exhilarating.

When purchasing a diamond, ensuring that it comes with unparalleled certification is not only good advice, it’s an absolute must.

Considering the 4 Cs will ensure that you choose a diamond that does you justice; A diamond that is as dazzling as it is remarkable; as alluring as it is breathtaking.

Your instinct and intuition will take care of the rest.

Lifetime brilliance in a diamond is just a step away.

Yes, diamonds really are forever and magnificence never goes out of style.

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Incredible Engagement Ring Advice from Real Couples

Incredible engagement ring advice from real couples

We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us.

So, you’ve finally found that special someone. The one to whom you wish to dedicate your life. And, the time has come to choose the perfect engagement ring.

This is a thrilling time! We can feel your excitement as you prepare for one of the most sublime moments in both of your lives.

You will say the words: “Will you marry me?

And you’ll want the engagement ring to do the rest. To speak the words that you cannot.

Because there are some feelings that go beyond words. There are some sentiments that are greater than description.

And, there are some moments that are destined to last forever.

 

Your Engagement Ring is the Ultimate Symbol

The truth is the engagement ring you choose will always be so much more than a piece of beautiful jewelry.

It will stand for something. It will mean something. It will speak when all is silent.

Your engagement ring is a symbol of your life together. It’s a symbol of your laughter. And, when it comes to your love, it’s the greatest symbol there is.

You’ve found the perfect someone? Congratulations. We couldn’t be more excited. Now, let’s find the perfect engagement ring.

Are you ready to take some incredible engagement ring advice from real life couples?

Great! Let’s get to it.

1. Certification

Before you even begin to search for the perfect engagement ring, look for the right type of diamond certification. In this regard, make sure that you consult a jewelry expert.

You’re probably going to be investing a considerable sum of money on that precious stone. At a minimum, ensure that the diamond you are purchasing comes with diamond certification from a reputable lab.

The most renowned authority across the world on diamond standards is the Gemological Institute of America or GIA.

2. The Diamond 4 Cs

No two diamonds are ever alike but every diamond across the world can be assessed on quality using a universal method. That method is known as the 4 Cs: Color; Clarity; Cut; Carat Weight.

Color

The more colorless a diamond is, the closer to perfection it is. When purchasing a diamond, less color means a higher quality stone.

Clarity

Diamonds with the fewest amount of flaws – inclusions and blemishes – are considered more valuable.

Cut

A diamond’s cut grade is concerned with how well it interacts with light. The higher the grade, the more dazzling the diamond.

Carat Weight

Diamonds are measured in carats, so the carat weight of your diamond has a significant effect on its price.

As you can tell, there is a real art to choosing the perfect diamond. As such, it’s best to familiarize yourself with the 4 Cs before you embark on your diamond adventure.

3. Give Her What She Wants

Becoming an expert on the 4 Cs is a truly tremendous feat, but knowing the right type of ring to buy is right up there with breathing in terms of importance.

Consider yourself a special investigator. Your job, in the build up to your big proposal, is to gather as much intelligence as you can.

What kind of person is this beautiful woman you want to marry? What is her sense of style? Is she modern or more traditional in outlook? And, what about her preference for white gold or platinum?

Now is not the time to go rogue. Nor is it a time to cater to your own particular tastes.

The lady in your life has her own sense of style so it’s important to infuse that style into your engagement ring plans. This can be as simple as sneaking a look in her jewelry box or paying attention to the jewelry she already wears.

Most of us know how wonderful it feels to be really listened to. Over the next while, you will want to shower your fiance-to-be with your powerful listening skills. Every time she speaks of style and fashion, your ears should bristle in anticipation.

If all else fails, consult one of her friends or relatives if you need a little extra advice (assuming, of course, that they can keep a precious secret).

4. Her Ring Size

Those powers of investigation that you’ve been expertly using need to be pushed into high gear for this one.

Getting her ring size is important and there are a number of ways that you can do it:

  • Sneak one of her rings out of her jewelry box
  • Trace a ring that she wears onto a piece of paper
  • Download a printable ring size sheet

You might not be Sherlock Holmes, but you can get that ring size with a little effort.

5. Set a Budget

How much is enough?

You will hear all kinds of rules and pronouncements when it comes to the amount you should spend on the engagement ring.

The best advice here? There are no rules.

Though now is not the time to scrimp and penny pinch, the perfect ring is really perfect if it fits into your budget, or goes a little beyond.

Decide on that budget ahead of time, though it’s important to leave a little wiggle room too.

6. Pre-set Ring or Custom Design?

Did you know that the diamond and the setting of your engagement ring do not have to come as a package?

It might seem easier to buy a ring that you can see, but a great jeweler can give you a ton of expert advice about custom designing your own ring.

If that sounds too complicated, think on. A unique piece designed by you may be that extra something special that you’re looking for. In many cases, designing your own ring is no more expensive than purchasing a pre-set one.

If you do choose to custom design the ring, you have the following considerations to bear in mind:

  • What metal will you choose? Popular options include White Gold, Platinum, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold
  • What setting is best? The setting is the way the diamond is placed on the ring
  • What is her preferred stone? Most people prefer diamonds but some women choose other gemstones, such as a sapphire
  • What shape will the diamond be? There are 10 standard shapes of diamond to choose from.

7. Insure It

Whatever amount you choose to invest in the engagement ring, we’re guessing that it is going to be quite an investment for you.

And that investment isn’t just a financial one. It’s an emotional and sentimental investment as well.

So, it’s best to protect that investment. Insure the ring as soon as you take it home.

Engagement Ring Advice for the Perfect Proposal

The engagement ring you choose is the ultimate symbol of your love. Make that symbol as remarkable and as dazzling as your bride.

There is an old saying that goes something like this: “Be careful who you make memories with, those things can last a lifetime.

And that’s precisely what we wish for you.

Magnificent memories with your bride-to-be, the kind of which last a lifetime.