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Brilliant Round Cut or Step Cut: How To Decide On Diamond Shape

When deciding on a diamond shape for an engagement ring, many people are unaware of their options. For instance, most people think of diamond cut to be the look of a diamond. However, that’s only partially true as diamond cut actually refers to the quality of diamond cutting. Since diamond cutting creates a diamond’s proportions, this does affect diamond shape. Two of the most popular cuts are round cuts, also known as brilliant cut diamonds, and step cut diamonds. Step cut diamonds typically create rectangular diamond shapes like emerald cuts or Asscher cuts.

step cut diamondStep Cut Diamonds

One of the most noticeable features of step cut diamonds are they have straight lines and parallel facets. One of the most popular step cut diamonds is the emerald cut. The primary features include straight, tiered facets that appear like a mirrored staircase within the pavilion. Cut corners on the outer edges of the diamond are its signature characteristic. Another step cut diamond is the Asscher cut diamond. Originally created in 1902, this diamond shape has seen a rise in popularity in recent years due to its vintage looks.

round cutBrilliant Cut Diamonds

The other primary cut is the brilliant cut. This type of diamond cutting produces brilliant round diamonds while a modified brilliant cut is used to create many other diamond shapes ranging from princess cut diamonds to heart shaped diamonds. The optimal brilliant cut round diamond will create 58 facets. These facets allow for maximum fire and brilliance which gives brilliant cut diamonds their famous sparkle and shine.

Which Diamond Shape Is Right For You?

Depending on whether or not you’ve chosen an engagement ring setting or are looking to simply buy a loose diamond online, the decision on diamond shape will depend. For many people, the fire and brilliance provided by the brilliant cut diamond as well as the varieties of diamond shape make it the best choice. On the other hand, the step cut does provide a unique look created by the mirrored pavilion. Because of this, it is important to choose a step cut diamond with as few imperfections as possible, so look for a clarity rating of VS2 or higher.

Shop for wholesale loose diamonds or diamond engagement rings from Adiamor today!

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Signs That She Is Ready For You To Propose Now

If you’ve been in a committed relationship for a long time, you may be starting to consider marriage. However, some times it can be difficult to judge whether your partner is ready to get engaged. While many couples will consider a future together and have discussions about their plans, some times she’s ready for you to propose now. Hopefully, if you’ve been pondering proposing, you’ve already started to budget for an engagement ring. If not, you should start, especially if you are wanting to propose now.

Speaking Of Diamond Rings

One major hint she’s ready for you to propose now is when she talks about diamond rings. This is important to remember as you start shopping for engagement rings online. You’ll want to pay attention to her favorite diamond shapes as well as what ring metal she prefers. If she can’t stop talking about the pear shaped engagement ring of her dreams, it’s time to buy a ring. If she mentions engagement rings often, she may also be looking at them online. Pay close attention to the types of rings she likes on social media for ideas on what her perfect ring will be.

Her Friends’ Proposal Stories

Another way to tell if she’s ready for you to propose now is if she often shares proposal stories. She may speak longingly about the time Jonny proposed to Melissa in Hawai’i or how Milo dropped to one knee in the middle of Times Square. These stories may also help give you ideas on how she wants you to propose. Once you know she’s ready to be engaged, its time to start planning the proposal, too.

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The beach is a popular place to propose

Wedding Television

Finally, another major sign she’s ready to get proposed to right now is what she’s been watching on television. While plenty of people tune in to reality shows like The Bachelor, long running TV shows often have special episodes dedicated to proposal stories. If she’s queued up the same episode of This Is Us where Jack proposes a couple times recently, she may be trying to tug at your heart strings. She’s definitely ready to be engaged, and it’s time for you to propose now!

Start shopping for diamond engagement rings from Adiamor today.

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Can I Save Money Buying Wholesale Diamonds?

Buying wholesale diamonds is easier than you might think. Also, many people are surprised to learn that wholesale diamonds doesn’t mean buying in bulk as a retailer. In fact, anyone who is looking to purchase a diamond online is capable of ordering a wholesale diamond. Additionally, buying wholesale diamonds can save a customer a lot of money when compared to retail prices. In today’s blog, we break down why buying wholesale diamonds online can save you money.

Traditional Diamond Retailers

When most people think of buying a diamond, they probably think of a mall jewelry store. These locations are conveniently located in nearly every shopping mall across the globe. While these retailers have a vast amount of inventory, this means these large corporations have a vast amount of overhead expenses. Brick and mortar locations require a lot of money as well as employees to staff the store. Although these large companies are purchasing bulk diamonds, the margins required to support these retailers requires a larger mark up on the diamonds themselves. In turn, these higher expenses are passed on to the customer. Their cost of an average one carat diamond engagement ring has all these additional expenses built in.

Wholesale Diamond Sellers

On the other hand, direct diamond importers offer the advantage of selling diamonds wholesale. These wholesale diamond sellers often manufacture their own diamond jewelry. While some jewelry manufacturers sell their products to retailers like the ones found in shopping malls, others prefer to sell directly to the customer. By eliminating the additional expenses of retail stores, the savings is then passed on to the customer. Additionally, these companies are able to sell the diamonds they import at wholesale prices. This means the customer pays less for a wholesale diamond.

Custom Diamond Searches

Another way customers can save money buying wholesale diamonds is through custom diamond searches. While a mall jewelry store may be able to take a family heirloom ring and turn into a new ring, the cost of sourcing a particular diamond through a traditional retailer is very expensive. However, direct manufacturers and diamond wholesalers are able to source an incredible amount of diamonds. Many offer custom diamond searches. This means a customer provides the exact specifications of the diamond they want, including cut, color, clarity, and carat size. The diamond will then be directly imported and sold at its wholesale price without adding any additional costs.

Start searching for the perfect loose diamond from Adiamor today!

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What Wedding Ring Metal Is Right For Him?

In recent years, one of the biggest trends on the internet has been artisanal jewelry. From Instagram retailers to Etsy crafters all the way to international drop shipping, jewelry has seen an explosion in popularity. However, while costume jewelry is great for a night out with friends, it is not heirloom quality worthy of your wedding day. This is doubly true for men. While some husbands may want a wedding band made from a whiskey barrel and elk antlers, they aren’t a wise choice for a wedding ring. When selecting a wedding ring metal for your husband, be sure to pick a strong precious metal like gold or platinum that will last as long as your marriage.

To help future wives select the best wedding ring metal for their man, we’ve put together this simple guide to men’s wedding bands. By answering just a few questions, you’ll easily be able to select the perfect men’s wedding band for your big day.

Colorful or Refined?

If your man is into fashion and bright colors, then the perfect wedding ring for him is made from rose gold. Not only are rose gold rings incredibly on trend, they are also very much on the rise as a men’s accessory. The rose gold color wonderfully compliments almost every skin tone, plus it adds a pop of color that can be paired with a wide range of looks. On the other hand, if standing out from the crowd isn’t the goal, then a white gold or platinum wedding band may be the better choice. The subtle, cool silvery tones present a refined, sophisticated look. If you find your future husband needs more than one ring metal, then browse dual finish wedding bands that utilize multiple ring metals.

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Thick Or Thin?

Another question to answer with men’s wedding rings is the thickness of the ring itself. Although most men do not wear rings other than their wedding band, many quickly grow comfortable wearing the ring and prefer it to have some heft. In these cases, a wide, comfortable band in a heavy metal like platinum is the best option. However, the most classic of all men’s wedding rings is the simple yellow gold band. A typical comfort fit wedding band is approximately 5mm in width. Men with larger hands will probably want a wider ring.

Shop for men’s wedding rings from Adiamor today!

 

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The Most Popular White Gold Engagement Rings of Spring 2018

It is no secret that tastes change over time. One of the most obvious changes is in the jewelry industry. Since jewelry and fashion are often related, trends in jewelry are often reflected in fashion. In recent years, rose gold has been all the rage. However, white gold’s popularity is current unmistakable. At Adiamor, we’ve seen a recent rise in the popularity of white gold. Today, we’re highlighting the most popular white gold engagement rings of 2018.

Dainty Solitaire Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold

dainty solitaire 14k white goldThe solitaire engagement ring is the most iconic and timeless of all engagement setting designs. Solitaire settings showcase the diamond, allowing the stone to shine as the star. While the yellow gold solitaire is the historical icon, currently the most popular white gold engagement ring is the Dainty Solitaire Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold. A simple and refined take on the classic, the dainty solitaire features a 1.7mm band. This feminine look is the perfect compliment to every diamond shape from Princess cuts to pear shaped diamonds. This makes the white gold solitaire an extremely versatile choice.

14k White Gold French Cut Basket Setting with Diamonds 1/2 Down

french cut basket 14k white goldAnother one of the most popular white gold engagement rings is the French Cut Basket Setting with Diamonds 1/2 Down. This extremely popular ring adds another layer of sparkle by including French cut set diamonds on the band. Like the Dainty Solitaire, this engagement setting also features a feminine band. The basket setting is also very versatile and looks great with the diamond shape of your choosing. The added shine of the additional diamonds which run halfway around the band can help a smaller diamond to appear to have even more sparkle.

The Classic Solitaire Engagement Setting

classic solitaire 14k white goldThe third and final most popular white gold engagement setting this spring is the Classic Solitaire Engagement Setting. Featuring a slightly wider band than the Dainty setting, this 14k white gold ring has a 2mm band that feels comfortable without being oversized. The white gold version of this timeless design is perfectly on trend for 2018. Also, like the other rings featured on today’s blog, the classic solitaire can showcase any diamond shape. The versatility of this popular white gold engagement ring helps it remain a best seller year after year.

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How To Plan The Perfect Spring Proposal

As the chill of winter melts away and temperature rise, spring time is definitely around the corner. This means that love is in the air, and now is the perfect time to plan a spring proposal. With the blooming flowers and additional sunshine, spring presents an excellent opportunity to get engaged. However, to make sure your proposal goes off without a hitch, we’ve put together a few tips on selecting the right place, time, and engagement ring.

The Right Place

After a long winter, most people are excited to be outside again. When planning a spring proposal, consider all the chances you’ll have to propose outside. There are tons of great options depending on your bride to be’s style. A great opportunity to proposal in the city would be a rooftop patio. This is a romantic scene that provides a dramatic back drop. On the other hand, another great place to propose outside is a secluded park. Not only will the blooming flowers set the scene, they’ll make for a lasting memory.

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Spring presents plenty of opportunities for the perfect outdoor proposal.

The Right Time

When planning a spring proposal, it’s important to not only get the location right but also the time. This includes not only what hour of the day, but also the day of the week. For instance, if you are planning to propose on a roof top, the perfect chance is at night after dinner. This romantic scene will nearly guarantee she says “Yes!” and also means you can play a weekday proposal. This means restaurants will be less crowded, and she’ll get to share the news with coworkers and friends ahead of the weekend. On the other hand, if you’re planning a quiet outdoor getaway to propose outdoors, then a weekend proposal during the daylight hours is the best idea. You’ll have the chance to see her diamond solitaire sparkling in the sunlight as well as get the chance to enjoy the natural surroundings.

The Right Ring

Ultimately, the most important thing to get right is the engagement ring. You can match her style to a particular engagement ring setting, or you can create a custom diamond engagement ring that’s just as unique as she is. Whether you’ll be dropping to a knee to present her with a classic diamond solitaire on a Los Angeles patio or asking for her hand with a halo engagement ring on the top of a mountain, be sure you get the right ring by studying up on ring styles and the 4 c’s.  Visit the Adiamor engagement guide education center today to be certain you’ve picked the perfect ring for your spring proposal today.

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Shopping For Diamonds In Downtown Los Angeles

While many people prefer to do their shopping online, there’s still plenty who prefer shopping in person. When buying diamonds in Los Angeles, that typically means a trip to the jewelry district. Although there are plenty of options for shopping for diamonds in downtown Los Angeles, we wanted to focus today’s blog on the Adiamor showroom. When looking for a locally manufactured diamond ring in LA, the best thing to do is to call the office and make an appointment to visit the showroom.

Adiamor Showroom in Downtown Los Angeles

Conveniently located in the heart of the jewelry district at 510 W 6th St #1200, Los Angeles, CA 90014, the Adiamor showroom is the perfect way to shop for a diamond engagement ring. In our office, you can sit down with someone and discuss all the aspects of your desired diamond jewelry. From the cut, color, clarity, or carat weight of the diamond to the ring metal and engagement setting style, our staff is here to help you create the diamond ring of your dreams. We can answer all of your questions in person as well as show you some of our creations. This will help you best understand the diamond jewelry you wish to purchase.

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The Adiamor corporate office is located in the heart of the Jewelry District in historic Downtown Los Angeles.

Making An Appointment

Visiting the Adiamor showroom in downtown Los Angeles is easy, but it does require an appointment. Our showroom is staffed Monday through Saturday. Our business hours are 11 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday plus 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Simply call ahead and set up an appointment or contact us online. One of our customer service representatives will gather some basic information. Additionally, we will get a primary understanding of the types of diamond rings that interest you. This will help us provide examples, whether they are split shank engagement rings or diamond eternity bands.

When shopping for diamonds in Los Angeles, it always a good idea to see the items in person. If you are located locally to downtown Los Angeles, then the best way to shop for diamonds is to visit Adiamor. Make an appointment with our showroom today!

 

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Basic Questions About Buying Wholesale Diamonds

When it comes to buying wholesale diamonds, many first time customers are unfamiliar with the details. For instance, because most people think of wholesale clubs that house tons of merchandise in a warehouse store, many people first think that buying wholesale diamonds means buying diamonds in bulk. This, though, is certainly not the case. In order to help our customers better understand the diamond buying process, we’re answering a couple basic questions about wholesale diamonds.

What Are Wholesale Diamonds?

The definition of wholesale is selling of goods to retailers. In the most traditional sense, a wholesaler would be like a farmer selling crops to a local market. The local market would then package, markup, and sell the farmer’s crops with a profit margin. This profit margin covers the market’s operating costs, with the market essentially being the middleman between the farmer and the customer. When it comes to buying wholesale diamonds, then, that means purchasing diamonds from a supplier instead of a diamond retailer.

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Wholesale diamonds are sold directly to customers without the large markup of traditional retailers

Is Adiamor A Traditional Diamond Retailer?

In the most simple of answers, no. At Adiamor, we are a direct to consumer manufacturing company. This means we don’t have showrooms across the country with large piles of inventory. In fact, each of our diamond engagement settings are made to order. Then the diamonds are set in house before the rings are polished and shipped directly to the customer. This process allows us to streamline efficiency and minimize costs, passing the savings on to the customer.

Does Adiamor Sell Wholesale Diamonds?

Yes! Whether a customer is interested in buying wholesale diamonds to retail or to create their own jewelry, we can help. Again, thinking of the farmer helps to understand how this works. The farmer in this scenario, though, is the diamond supplier. These suppliers mine, cut, and grade the diamonds before selling them to manufacturers like Adiamor. Instead of packaging the diamonds into engagement rings or other fine jewelry, we sell wholesale diamonds to individuals and retailers alike.

If you are interested in buying wholesale diamonds from Adiamor, please contact us today!

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Wedding Planning Tips: Online Wedding Invite Etiquette

For anyone who is planning a wedding in 2018, it is important to remember that times have changed. Almost everyone, even your grandmother, now has a smartphone. This means that modern wedding invite etiquette has changed, too. In the past, wedding invitations contained a wealth of information including RSVP cards, return envelopes, registry information and more. Just a few years ago, wedding planners and worried brides would be huddled around the mailbox waiting to see who was bringing a date and whether they ordered the chicken or the fish. Thankfully, those days are now over.

Do I Have To Include Stamped Return Envelopes?

In 2018, the simple answer is no. While mothers of brides to be will certainly push for stamped return envelopes, they are no longer required wedding invite etiquette. In fact, the majority of wedding RSVPs are now made online. A wide range of online companies now exist within the wedding industry, and these websites help wedding planners. By allowing users to create and manage guest lists online, wedding invites are much easier to manage. When it comes to your wedding day, you no longer need to create a paper trail.

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When it comes to wedding invitations, the rules have changed.

Should I Live Stream My Wedding?

While most people are now comfortable committing to attending a wedding using the internet, a less common thing is live streaming the wedding. However, this option makes plenty of sense for many couples. One scenario is that more and more couples look to exchange wedding bands during intimate, destination ceremonies. These weddings would be prohibitively expensive if they also included 200 guests. In this case, streaming the wedding online makes perfect sense. Modern wedding invite etiquette would suggest sending actual invitations that include the web address of the stream. This is also a great option for friends or family members who are unable to travel, such as the elderly or new mothers.

Can I Invite People To My Wedding On Facebook?

Although it may seem like the easiest way to send invites in 2018, modern wedding invite etiquette still requires sending actual invitations. Therefore, only inviting people to your wedding via social media like Facebook is frowned upon. However, Facebook can still be a great auxiliary tool. It’s a great way to manage smaller aspects of the wedding, such as planning wedding showers or contacting the entire bridal party at once. Additionally, it is a great space to share wedding photos or to brag about the men’s wedding ring you picked out for your husband. Overall, though, Facebook should not be the primary invite.

For more help in planning your wedding, check out the Adiamor wedding ring guide today!

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How To Budget For Your Wedding

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting parts of any couple’s life. However, it can also lead to a huge amount of stress. This is because weddings are huge events that require endless planning. Additionally, anything “wedding” related is extremely expensive. Whether it’s the photographer, the restaurant hosting the rehearsal dinner, or the flowers, adding the word “wedding” increases the price. These days, the cost of the average American wedding is upwards of $35,000. In order to help you best prepare for your dream wedding, we’ve put together some helpful tips to budget for your wedding.

How Large Is Your Guest List?

The biggest costs will your wedding will be dependent upon the size of the guest list. Large weddings require large venues, and these will be exponentially more expensive. Additionally, consider the location of your wedding. A rustic barn wedding venue will cost less than a destination wedding. Weddings in major cities like New York or Los Angeles will also be much more expensive than weddings in rural Arkansas. Also, large weddings mean massive catering bills. The average cost per plate at a wedding is $68, which means you should probably consider how much you want to invite your third cousin Jimmy. Finally, a big wedding reception wouldn’t be the same without alcohol, and an open bar will quickly rack up a high tab. Essentially, the larger the wedding, the bigger the bill.

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It’s simple math: the larger the wedding, the bigger the bill.

Where Can I Save Money?

The list of places to save money when figuring out how to budget for your wedding is extensive. However, the smarter list is to figure out where NOT to skimp. Most married couples point to three places to splurge: the photographer, the wedding rings, and the wedding coordinator. Since the photographer will be the primary source of memories, it is important to have an exceptional documentation of your big day. The wedding coordinator will help prevent any mishaps and keep the day running smoothly even if there is a last minute catastrophe. Finally, the wedding rings are the ultimate representation of your marriage. While it may seem like a fun idea to get matching tattoos or picking up a wooden ring from the local farmer’s market, the smart move is to buy wedding rings online. Not only will you still save money over shopping at a mall jeweler, your gold or diamond wedding bands will last forever. When planning your wedding budget, definitely set aside money for wedding rings, a photographer, and a day of coordinator.