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GIA vs EGL vs AGS

When shopping for a loose diamond to complete one of our beautiful engagement ring or anniversary ring settings, one of the first decisions a consumer must make is the certification. Adiamor’s loose diamond selection is currently exclusively made up of certified diamonds evaluated by the GIA – Gemological Institute of America or AGS – American Gem Society.  We currently don’t offer EGL or EGL-USA – European Gemological Laboratory.

GIA vs EGL vs AGS

The result of your decision between a diamond from GIA or AGS vs EGL has a major effect on the characteristics of stones available to you, how much you spend, and how universally accepted your certification will be.

Who They Are

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the European Gemological Laboratory (EGL or EGL-USA) are the world’s two leading gemological analysis laboratories.  AGS is a highly respected gemological lab, but not as commonly used as GIA.

All follow a rubric of diamond assessment that measures stones against an ideal version, but it was the GIA that first developed the “Four C’s” concept most people know of noting and ranking the four major traits of a diamond that make it the most attractive, strong, and valuable: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Once reserved only for the round brilliant diamond, over the years all three labs have opted to extend certification and grading services to include other popular diamond shapes such as the princess cut and cushion cut.

The GIA and the EGL are large diamond grading and certification labs but are markedly different in some key ways that often prompt jewelers and consumers to choose diamonds certified by the GIA.

What Makes GIA Different

GIA is known for having the most stringent and precise diamond grading standards in the world, granting high ratings to only the most superior diamonds that other labs including the EGL issue much more freely. This means that when two diamonds that receive comparable grading for cut, color, clarity, and other determinations of quality,  one from the GIA, and one from the EGL, the stone graded and certified by the GIA is invariably of higher quality than the stone receiving the same marks from the EGL.

GIA’s operations are broad in scope and geographically, featuring locations in all of the world’s major diamond-trading hubs. The organization also boasts educational campuses in 12 cities where educational certificate programs for aspiring gemologists, designers, and professional jewelers are offered. The best known of these is the GIA Graduate Gemologist certificate program, as many independent jewelers complete the course to develop proficiency in identifying all the factors making up a diamond’s quality according to GIA standards.

AGS was started in 1934 and has since grown to approximately 3,400 jewelers and other companies related to the jewelry industry.  AGS began offering diamond grading services in 1996.

EGL has fewer locations than GIA, operating labs or offices in a few European and Asian metropolitan areas and, independently through the EGL-USA, select major American cities. Formerly two branches of one organization, the original EGL, and the EGL-USA ended their association and began operating as unaffiliated organizations in the early 1980s.

Which Lab is Right for Me?

Adiamor’s customers ultimately typically purchase GIA certified diamonds compared to AGS due to the larger GIA inventory.  Both GIA and AGS Laboratories have excellent records and multiple methods in place to ensure transparency and accountability in all processes, so which lab certification an individual chooses depends mainly on which diamonds fit their criterion.

While GIA offers similar services in the way of grading, certification, and security, GIA has a much longer history than AGS or EGL. GIA was the pioneering agency in many techniques, processes, and innovations that served to make all competing diamond labs what they are today.

Additionally, the GIA operates as a non-profit while the EGL is a for-profit organization. This is an important distinction for many diamond buyers as the GIA’s non-profit status adds another layer of accountability and makes objectivity on the part of the gemologist much more likely. The general acceptance of GIA’s quality standards as superior to other laboratories may even be a direct result of operating this way; the outcome of each non-profit lab certification is the same for the gemologist regardless of his or her findings, and without the possibility of kickbacks, there’s no incentive to exaggerate or overlook a diamond’s defining characteristics during the analysis.

If simply having a certification and report attached to an aesthetically pleasing diamond or saving money is your priority, the EGL may be the way to go. Without the same history and resources the GIA can offer, the cost of EGL certification is slightly lower and allows consumers to purchase a more affordable certified loose diamond. The downside to this is that obtaining insurance or an appraisal for the diamond consistent with the information given on the EGL report can be challenging as the more critical GIA, or AGS standard is widely preferred.

Selecting a Certified Diamond

If you’ve chosen which certification you prefer and wish to proceed selecting a diamond, or if you have additional questions about the benefits and drawbacks of choosing a diamond from a specific lab, contact Adiamor. Our certified diamond specialists can guide you through the selection process, answer more specific inquiries not addressed above, and match you to the perfect certified loose diamond for the jewelry you’ve selected.

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What Metal Should You Choose for Your Ring?

Adiamor’s metal selection and extensive loose diamond supply makes it easy to create a unique, personalized piece of jewelry with any one of our many ring setting styles. In our blog, we’ve talked a lot about diamonds, but how does one choose the metal for an engagement ring? Refer to this guide to learn more about the precious metals we offer and the ideal uses for each.

The Timeless Beauty of Yellow Gold

Yellow Gold Rings

Gold in its natural yellow form has been a part of human culture since prehistoric times, with the earliest known gold artifacts dating to the 4th millennium BCE. Keeping this in mind, it’s not at all surprising that yellow gold has been the traditional choice for engagement rings and other fine jewelry for centuries. While white gold has risen to challenge sunny yellow in the last 80 years or so, the recent surge in the popularity of yellow diamonds has returned it to the top spot once more. The warm golden hue of the metal pairs seamlessly with these gorgeous canary stones as well as traditional white diamonds.

Where Does White Gold Come From?

White Gold Ring

The average person understands that gold is yellow, and even associates the two colors as one and the same outside of conversations about jewelry. Where, then, does white gold come from?

White gold is simply a variant of yellow gold that incorporates other metals to brighten and whiten it during the alloy process. Just as other metals must be added to create 14kt and 18kt yellow gold, the same takes place when creating white gold. The metals added to make the gold harder and stronger serve a second purpose of lightening the color. The resulting metal is a very pale yellow, and after casting it into a band or setting, the piece is plated with rhodium. Rhodium is bright white and reasonably durable, allowing your white gold jewelry to maintain its brilliance for many years. The plating can wear down over time, though, so it’s good to take your ring in for regular cleaning, maintenance, and replating to keep it looking its best.

White gold achieved popularity much more recently than yellow gold, first peaking in the 1920s. Its cool tones pair wonderfully with classic white diamonds, and white gold is often used to form the prongs that secure diamonds into yellow gold jewelry to avoid distracting the eye.

Rose Gold, aka Pink Gold

Rose Gold Ring

The warm, peachy hue of rose gold had made it a favorite among wearers with unique tastes and as a strategic pairing with different fancy-color diamonds and precious stones.

In similar fashion to white gold, many colors of jewelry-quality gold can be produced with the addition of specific metals and different plating processes. Some of these variants lower the quality or value (for example, most green gold is 10kt), but rose gold holds comparable quality and purity to yellow or white gold with the added benefit of an exotic, striking appearance.

To create rose gold, copper is incorporated into the alloy melt instead of nickel and other white metals, and its bright, rich color infuses the gold while also strengthening it for ideal jewelry use.

What’s the Difference Between 14kt and 18kt Gold?

Gold in its pure form is a very soft metal—it measures a mere 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, placing it in the same range as aluminum—and, as such, is much too malleable and fragile to use in jewelry without another metal like nickel mixed in to make it strong. The karat (commonly abbreviated as kt or K) is the unit of measurement indicating how much the gold’s purity is affected by the addition of these other metals, and how many parts pure gold versus other metals remain.

Pure gold has a karat measurement of 24kt, equal to 100% purity. Using these numbers as our base, we can deduce that 18kt gold contains about 75% pure gold to 25% other metals, and that 14kt gold contains 58-59% pure gold and slightly over 40% other metals.

Both purity grades are attractive and each has its own merits: 18kt gold is purest and most valuable, and the greater density of pure gold makes it a good choice for wearers who prefer jewelry with some tangible weight to it. By contrast, gold at the 14kt purity grade is stronger, more affordable, and more lightweight, making it the better choice for pieces with delicate design elements and multiple stones to secure.

Generally speaking, observers without in-depth experience in the jewelry industry can’t tell one from the other on sight, so it’s best to base this choice on your ring’s particular features and your needs as a consumer.

Platinum, the Height of Elegance

Platinum Rings

Of the metal types suitable for use in jewelry, platinum is the most valuable. It has a noticeable weight due to its high density that immediately distinguishes it from other white metals, and develops a unique patina over time that gives older platinum jewelry a beautiful lustrous finish.

Platinum became popular in roughly the same time period in which white gold came to prominence; its cool tone and brightness were wonderfully suited to the aesthetic of the time as affluent people began to wear jewelry composed of more and larger white diamonds. Platinum’s uniqueness and rarity make it an excellent choice when you wish to truly invest in a piece of fine jewelry.

To learn more about the metals we offer or for assistance in choosing the right metal for your setting, contact Adiamor anytime!

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3 Tips for Taking Care of your Engagement Ring

Congratulations, you just got engaged!  Now you might be asking yourself “What do I need to do to keep my engagement ring looking like new, and lasting a lifetime”?  First of all, make sure that you remove your ring during strenuous activities like lifting heavy objects and participating in any physical sports.  Also be sure to take off your ring when partaking in activities that involve water like swimming, taking a shower, and washing dishes.  Then follow these three easy steps to keep your ring looking brand new!

Adiamor R2510 paired with R2473

#1. Clean your engagement ring regularly at home.

Soak your ring in either a brand-name jewelry cleaner or mild water mixed with dish washing liquid for about 1 minute.  Next gently brush your diamond and ring with a jewelry brush or an unused, soft toothbrush.  Make sure to get in the corners where oil and dirt harbor.  Finally, rinse your engagement ring in warm water and wipe dry with a soft lint-free cloth.  We recommend maintaining your ring with our Adiamor Foaming Cleaner and our fabric lined pouch that doubles as a polishing cloth which can be purchased here.

#2. Have your engagement ring professionally cleaned every 6-12 months.

It is important to keep up with the maintenance of your ring, just like you would a car or a fabulous piece of clothing!  By taking preventative care of your ring, you will help to alleviate issues that may happen in the future.  Make sure that when you do have your ring serviced that it is done by a professional and reputable jeweler.  What you can expect for them to do is have it cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner, which will send high-frequency waves through detergent to remove dirt.  It is important that after this step that all side diamonds are tightened, as the vibrations in the ultrasonic can loosen stones from their mounting.  The professional jeweler will also check prongs and mountings in your engagement ring to make sure that they are secure, as well as re-rhodium plate white gold rings so that they look shiny and new.

#3. Store your engagement ring in a safe place.

Keep your ring in a secure place when it is not being worn to prevent it from becoming scratched.  Try to put it in the same place every time to prevent it from becoming lost.  Also be very cautious when removing your engagement ring out in public, such as bathrooms and nail salons.  Nice options for at home storage are jewelry trays or on a soft cloth in a jewelry box.  Just in case you accidentally lose your ring, make sure to have it insured beforehand!  You can add it to your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.  At Adiamor, we recommend insuring it through a specialty jewelry insurance company like Jeweler’s Mutual.

Now that you know how to care for your special piece of jewelry it is time to go and show it off!  View our collection of engagement rings here.  Let us know your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

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Ring Stories: Custom 19 Karat White Gold Engagement Ring & Wedding Rings

Welcome to another installment of Adiamor’s Ring Stories! Here at Adiamor, we pride ourselves on working closely with clients and using our expertise to bring their design ideas to life, jointly creating the perfect piece of customized jewelry. Because proposals and engagements are so personal, we get a lot of special requests for custom engagement ring designs as well as requests to tweak some element of our existing styles. In the Ring Stories series, we bring you behind the scenes as we work to make engagement and wedding day dreams come true.

One of our more interesting recent projects came to us by way of Leonard and Zeljka, a couple from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. With plans for a summer wedding, Leonard approached us to discuss creating a complete wedding set including a wedding band for him and a matching engagement ring and wedding band for his bride to be.

Zeljka’s Wedding Rings

For Zeljka’s rings, Leonard knew that custom pieces designed with special details and new methods were the only way to go. With this in mind, we created the settings for both the engagement ring and matching diamond wedding band in 19 karat white gold.

Leonard and Zeljka Wedding
Leonard and Zeljka Wedding

 

19 Karat White Gold Engagement Ring

A somewhat new addition to the family of fine jewelry metals, 19 karat white gold is a recently developed gold alloy incorporating metals that were once deemed too difficult to procure or work with, most commonly palladium. This innovation results in white gold using no nickel (a popular base metal but a common allergen) that is stronger, harder, and requires no rhodium plating. Zeljka’s rings will never look dull or yellowish as traditionally created white gold sometimes does over time, ensuring that her jewelry will always be as beautiful and vibrant as it was the day she put it on.

 

19 Karat White Gold Rings
19 Karat White Gold Rings

 

Zeljka’s engagement ring features a flared band with 0.50cttw in channel set princess cut accent diamonds, and a gorgeous 1.01 carat princess cut center stone in F color and SI2 clarity. The matching wedding band is a classic channel set eternity ring with princess cut diamonds in a total carat weight of 0.25.

Leonard’s Wedding Band

Like many grooms, Leonard wanted a wedding band that would complement his bride’s dazzling diamonds without upstaging them. He chose a pipe cut men’s wedding band in a satin finish, with a high polish off-center groove accent. Leonard’s ring is a part of our permanent collection and can be purchased from Adiamor at RB1095.

Satin Finish Mens Wedding Band
Satin Finish Mens Wedding Band

 

Above, Leonard’s wedding band shines in one of our signature boxes, accompanied by his other accessories for the ceremony. Working with this client was a joy from start to finish, and the happy couple was kind enough to share some photos from their special day including this one with a guest appearance from a lucky ladybug!

 

Adiamor Wedding and Engagement Rings
Adiamor Wedding and Engagement Rings

In Adiamor’s Ring Stories, we feature the custom rings that we found exceptional joy in creating, and the happy couples that wear them. Check this blog regularly for more Ring Stories and other behind-the-scenes info, style tips, jewelry in the news, and more!

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Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Tradition is a wonderful thing, particularly where weddings are concerned. However,  making room for new practices and aesthetics as you plan to celebrate your lives together can enrich your special day just as much as the tried and true. For a fresh, modern interpretation of romantic classics, there’s no better place to begin than with the engagement ring. Updated designs and lesser-known metals have inspired some of the most beautiful rings we’ve ever seen, and few trends exemplify this more than rose gold engagement rings.

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Rose gold, sometimes called pink gold, was created when artisans began experimenting with different mixes of metals to produce different colors and weights in the final product. Because all gold used in jewelry like engagement rings contains a percentage of other metals necessary to make it strong, options for color and customization at the base level are numerous. Other variations such as green gold and black gold have achieved respectable popularity over the last several years, but rose gold is now in such high demand that it has achieved comparable status to old favorites like yellow and white gold.

Engagement rings and wedding bands in this warm, unique hue are among the hottest wedding trends of 2015.

Classic Solitaires

For brides seeking just a slight modern twist on classic engagement rings, or to form a perfect blend of old and new, a simple solitaire setting rendered in gorgeous rose gold is all it takes. As you can see in the styles curated below, even this straightforward style is open to creative, unique tweaks that set it apart from other solitaires.

Rose Gold Solitaire Engagement Rings

From left: Classic Solitaire Setting, $298 R2938; Ridged Solitaire Setting, $450 R2779; Swirl Shank Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting, $525 R2966; Dainty 1.5mm Solitaire Basket Setting, $465 R2998

Vintage Inspiration

Another attractive and interesting example of rose gold’s “old meets new” style potential is this beautiful metal’s easy combination with vintage design elements. Simple diamond accented bands, art deco halos, and whimsical Edwardian leaf and vine bands all get a refreshing new look in rose gold settings, preserving the tradition and aesthetic sensibilities of the old days while breathing new life into these classic styles.

Vintage Rose Gold Engagement Rings

 

From left: Plain Band Oval Halo Engagement Setting, $980 R3015; Twisted Diamond Band Basket Setting, $1210 R3042; Vintage Leaf Diamond Engagement Setting, $890 R2994; Classic French Cut Basket Setting with Diamond Accents, $1290 R2981

 

Milgrain and Hand Engraving

Milgrain, the tiny beaded or ridged pattern often seen accenting the edges of a band setting, and other hand engraved accents come in and out of fashion from year to year. Currently, these design features are experiencing yet another revival, and it’s no accident that they’re frequently paired with the rose gold trend. The striking color of rose gold engagement rings draws the eye more than the yellow and white tones of traditional engagement rings, making the impact of small, intricate details more pronounced and dramatic. Milgrain and hand engraving give the elegant styles shown here a more finished, handcrafted look that is a nod to vintage designs, as well as new looks.

 

Milgrain and Hand Engraved Rose Gold Engagement Rings

 

From left: Hand Engraved Solitaire Basket Setting, $990 R2949; Pave Accented Hand Engraved Engagement Setting, $1490 R2858; Hand Engraved Pave Halo Setting for Cushion Cut, $1690 R2839; Hand Engraved Tapered Solitaire Setting, $550 R2956

Split Shank

The split shank setting is elegant, eye-catching, and the perfect way to add uniqueness and creativity to a traditional solitaire or diamond-accented band. Special details like hand engraving, tulip settings, and fancy diamond shapes add yet another dimension to these beautiful split shank styles. The split shank is also very versatile, opening the door to a world of custom and handpicked elements for building your dream ring.

Split Shank Rose Gold Engagement Rings

 

From left: Pave Diamond Accented Tulip Setting, $1580 R2919; Split Shank Solitaire Setting for Oval Cut Diamond, $750 R3041; Flower Halo Split Shank Diamond Engagement Setting, $1950 R2894; Hand Engraved Split Shank Tulip Setting, $750 R2973

Show Off the Metal

Rose gold’s striking color is what sets all of these styles apart from the everyday engagement ring, and many brides to be are choosing rose gold engagement rings that put this beautiful metal in the spotlight just as much as the brilliant center and accent stones. A broad, sculpted band on a rose gold engagement ring creates a surprisingly modern, rich look, reminding us all just what it was that made us fall in love with rose gold in the first place.

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

From left: Baguette Accented Rose Gold Engagement Setting, $750 R2687; Three Stone Bezel Set Engagement Setting with Round Diamonds, $1325 R2588; Flat Edge Cathedral Setting, $575 R2744; Angular Engagement Ring Setting with Baguette Accents, $1550 R2516

Pile On the Diamonds

The bright contrast of rose gold provides the ideal backdrop to make strong diamond accents stand out even more dramatically. Close-set and invisible set diamonds appear even more impressive, while diamond accents set with an individual stone setting process like pave or bezel have their cool sparkle showcased on the warm, rosy bands.

Diamond Rose Gold Engagement Rings

 

From left: Emerald Cut Three Stone Engagement Ring Setting, $795 R3060; Invisible Set Princess Cut and Baguette Engagement Setting, $1980 R2321; Cushion Double Halo Split Shank Engagement Setting, $1690 R2971; Tapered Baguette and Emerald Cut Three Stone Setting, $3150 R3039 

Two Tone Metal Combinations

Of all the looks we’ve covered here, a band accented with gold in other colors is by far the most modern application of the delightful rose gold trend. Sometimes this is very subtle, like our many rose gold settings featuring white old prongs that add to the brilliance of the diamonds. In many styles, though, the mixed media effect of working with gold in two or more different colors is the ring’s defining feature.

Two Tone Metal Rose Gold Engagement Rings

 

From left: Rose Gold Accented Bezel Pave Diamond Setting, $3050 R2836; Round Diamond Three Stone Trellis and Pave setting, $1775 R2799; White and Rose Gold Pave Halo Setting for Round Diamond, $990 R2877

The rose gold engagement ring trend is just one of many style sweeps on which we’ve offered in-depth coverage and advice. Visit the Adiamor.com blog regularly for more posts in the On Trend series!  Adiamor has been a trusted name in the fine jewelry industry, serving customers in southern California and worldwide for nearly 70 years, helping to match them to the perfect engagement rings, wedding bands, and upscale fashion pieces for their proposals, wedding days, and red carpet appearances.

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Diamond Halo Pendant Sweepstakes Winner Alert – Congratulations Sean P.

Huge congratulations to Sean and Katherine P. from Virginia on winning our Diamond Halo Pendant Sweepstakes.  Katherine and Sean have been married 2 1/2 years, together 4 1/2. Sean is a veteran of the US Air Force and Katherine is a Birth Doula.

“I was in total shock to hear I won the sweepstakes! I had entered after my wife sent me the link, never expecting anything to happen. When I first got the email, I thought it was a scam but my wife urged me to call and at least find out if it was a scam or not. We were both pleasantly surprised to find out it wasn’t at all!”

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Sean and Katherine P. – Winner of Adiamor Diamond Halo Pendant Sweepstakes

Thank you to everyone who entered our Diamond Halo Pendant Sweepstakes! Subscribe now to receive news about sweepstakes, special offers, and more.

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Why You Should Buy Engagement Rings Online

Why You Should Buy Engagement Rings Online

Many customers find that purchasing engagement rings online is a dream come true, but it’s reasonable to have questions about the process. Adiamor has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, which we earned with great products, exemplary policies, and respectful, responsible treatment of customer information. We hope that our detailed responses to the common questions outlined below will inspire confidence in your decision to shop with us!

Buy Engagement Rings Online

Is it Safe?

Your personal and financial information are precious, and in the wake of hacking, fraud, and identity theft scandals hitting household-name companies on larger and larger scales, we understand that protecting your payment accounts and personal information is a matter of concern.

Fraud Protection and Data Encryption

Adiamor employs an encrypted secure checkout system when you make your purchase, so any information you submit is secure.   The four major credit cards in use in the U.S. are accepted at our secure checkout, and all have excellent fraud protection features and policies.

We also offer customers the option to make their purchases via PayPal, the web’s most trusted third-party payment service, in which case your purchase is covered by PayPal’s many user protections and we never even see your card or bank account information. Another option is to pay via bank wire transfer so that any purchase protections offered by your bank can apply to your transaction, and your banker can advise you on the safest ways to purchase.

Diamond Certification

The standards for retailers and suppliers regarding diamond authenticity and grading are very strict in the United States. All of Adiamor’s diamonds are guaranteed authentic.   GIA and AGS certified diamonds carry assurances of quality and authenticity, as a detailed diamond report accompanies each stone.  GIA certified diamonds also include a profile mapping out the stone’s key identifying features or they are micro-inscribed with a unique ID number or both that ensures the stones and diamond dossiers are always properly paired.

Metal Authenticity

For a piece of jewelry to be sold as gold, legally the metal must have a purity grade of at least 10 karat. Adiamor doesn’t carry anything using gold with a purity grade below 14kt, and all of our 14kt gold, 18kt gold, and platinum are stamped to reflect the metal purity and content. For gold, the mark is .585 or 14k for 14 karat gold; .750 or 18k for 18 karat gold. PLAT, PT, or any number from 900 to 950 indicates platinum. (The numbers for platinum indicate parts pure platinum versus other naturally included metals.)

You can check any piece of fine jewelry for the appropriate stamping; on necklaces this is usually located on some part of the clasp, and on the undersides of rings and bracelets. Some earrings and other pieces that don’t have surfaces large enough for the markings may not be stamped.  If you have any doubts, almost any local jeweler will be able to conduct some basic tests and inspections to confirm that your jewelry is real.

Return Policy

Even when all of the above precautions are observed, sometimes the jewelry that arrives at your door simply isn’t what you had in mind. When that happens, Adiamor is happy to accept returns and exchanges of unworn, undamaged, unaltered items within 30 days under our return policy.

 

What Are the Benefits?

Just For You

Adiamor doesn’t maintain stock of most items.  When an order comes in, the piece is made to order especially for that customer. Even the settings that are created separately in advance are matched with handpicked stones and tailored to fit well and comfortably, making many further customizations possible. If there’s anything you’d like to add or change about one of the designs available on our site, just place your order by phone or contact us before purchasing so we can work with you on your customization.

Save Money

Engagement and wedding budgets quickly become strained for most of us and purchasing your engagement ring and wedding bands online is a very popular way to save money without sacrificing quality. Without the expenses of renting, staffing, and maintaining a storefront, we simply don’t need to make the same markups of traditional retailers, and we choose to pass our savings on to our customers.

Save Time

Planning your engagement– and, very soon after, your wedding—is hectic enough. During this very busy time in your life, visiting multiple stores in person to look at a small selection of diamonds and rings would take more time than you can spare, especially compared to how quickly shoppers can browse hundreds of thousands of diamonds and hundreds of engagement rings.  Adiamor offers more styles and variations than storefront locations.

A Calm Shopping Experience

Purchasing an engagement ring online saves customers a great deal of stress and time. Traveling to multiple store locations is not only a major timesink: it’s traffic, parking, wasted gas, high-pressure sales tactics, pushy crowds, and rushing from place to place before everyone closes for the day, with no guarantee that any of them will have just what you’re looking for.

Compare this experience to the convenience if you buy engagement rings online.  You can do your shopping at any time of day from your home or office, with the time necessary to choose the perfect ring from an incredible selection with a 30 day return policy.  If you do happen to need assistance in narrowing down styles, choosing a diamond, or making your purchasing decision, Adiamor is just a phone call away.

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Adiamor Recently Featured on Telemundo Acceso Total

Adiamor Featured on Telemundo Acceso Total
Adiamor Featured on Telemundo Acceso Total

 

Here is the transcript of the Accesso Total segment on NBC Universal’s Telemundo featuring Adiamor Diamonds & Fine Jewelry.

Host:
Alright, for those who are thinking of getting engaged this Saint Valentine’s Day and still haven’t bought the darn ring, I visited a jewelry store where I was given some information to keep in mind. Let’s see.

Contrary to what a normal jewelry store is like with display cases, we found this place in downtown Los Angeles where they make your engagement ring not only to your size but also to your special order. I spoke with Jennifer Sarkisian, one of the owners, who explained to me that after Christmas, this date is definitely the one on which they sell the most engagement rings.

Jennifer Sarkisian:
I think there’s a lot of pressure to get engaged on Valentine’s Day…

Host:
With the pressure many men are under to buy the ring on this such special date, they have to know that there are many options, and sometimes it helps to know the partner’s preference.

Jennifer Sarkisian:
We have everything from a simple solitaire, round…

Host:
Solitaires, the classic stone, square stones known as princess cut, rectangular, oval, and the ones in the shape of hearts are the most popular options. But be careful, with companies like these where orders are made on the Internet, or anywhere you buy diamonds, you have to make sure you’re not getting ripped off.

Jennifer Sarkisian:
Very important that you’re buying…

Host:
You have to make sure you buy certified diamonds. The prices of diamonds depend on four characteristics: the cut of the stone, its clarity, the color, and of course, the carats. Tomás Apata works in the part of the shop assembling them and making them just to the customer’s order.

Tomás Apata:
The first step is we count the diamonds, the ones that are going to go on the ring. We start drilling the rings to make the holes for the rings.

Host:
You’re the one in charge of mounting the stones, right?

Tomás Apata:
Mm-hmm.

Host:
In what part of the process does that go?

Tomás Apata:
You could say in the middle of the process. We polish them; after polishing you still do an inspection of the ring to make sure all the diamonds are tight-fitting.

Host:
Mm-hmm. About how long do you guys take to create a complete ring?

Tomás Apata:
It varies. It could be from one hour to, I don’t know, we’ve taken up to 10 hours, 12 hours on one ring.

Host:
But you completely finish the rings here?

Tomás Apata:
Here. We can finish them, yes.

Host:
Greetings to Tomás, to Arturo. They work there assembling the rings, and they say that at 10:00 in the morning, they always have us at Acceso Total on, so thank you very much.

Host:
Okay.

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Morganite Engagement Ring Designed for “Marry Me Today”

Marry-Me-Today-ProposalHere at Adiamor we were honored to be able to design a gorgeous oval cut morganite engagement ring, which has a band of French cut pave diamonds, to one special couple who was featured on the new show “Marry Me Today”.  The show premiered recently on the FYI network and followed an unsuspecting bride-to-be, Jolie, who thinks that she has entered and won a contest on The Knot for having “America’s Most Romantic Boyfriend.

Last Year Jolie’s mother passed away, and when asked why Brandon is the love of her life she says that he took time out to really get to know her mom before she passed.  “How do you get a guy that sweet” she says through tears.  She is so surprised when she finds out that her boyfriend Brandon has not only turned the tables and planned a proposal, with a custom designed Adiamor oval cut morganite engagement ring, but also planned an entire wedding in only one week with the help of style expert Lilliana Vasquez.

The custom oval cut morganite engagement ring that was created especially for Jolie was designed with ideas from her Marry-Me-Today-Custom-Morganite-Engagment-Ringinspiration board on The Knot, and Brandon also kept Jolie’s mother’s ring in mind when customizing her rings.  The end product is an 18K rose gold engagement ring with an 8-9mm oval cut Morganite it has a 1.5mm wide band that has 0.25cttw of diamonds in French cut pave.  The wedding band is also an 18K rose gold custom ring and is a French cut and bezel set eternity band with 0.62cttw of round diamonds. The rings pair together beautifully.

You don’t want to miss a second of this incredibly sweet love story!  You can view clips from the show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3R-5o2i38o

We want to wish Jolie and Brandon a lifetime of happiness!