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Ring Size 201: Ring Sizing Without A Ring and Re-sizing

In our previous installment of our series on ring sizing, the goal was to surprise her with an engagement ring that actually fits. Since it would be difficult to surprise her if you visited a jeweler together, we explained how the best way to size an engagement ring without her knowing is to use a different ring. However, this isn’t always possible. For these scenarios, we’ve compiled part 2 of our ring sizing in Ring Size 201.

Ring Sizing Without A Ring

Depending on where you look, there are all kinds of ring sizing guides available online. Some of them say to use string to to measure the ring finger, and then measure the length of string. However, when attempting ring sizing without a ring, the string method is not a good solution. One of the main problems is that string will often stretch. Because of this, the best methods for ring sizing without a ring are to use paper.

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Ring sizing without a ring doesn’t mean you can’t surprise her with the perfect fit.

Ring measurements are standardized by countries, and you can check out the Adiamor guide to Find Your Ring Size for help in determining the proper size.

When All Else Fails, There’s Resizing

While getting the exact ring size is the best way to get the perfect fitting solitaire engagement ring, some times things just don’t go as planned. Even with the most careful of planning, there’s a chance her ring won’t fit perfectly. Fortunately, nearly every newly purchased engagement can be resized by a jeweler. However, with older vintage engagement rings, it can be very difficult to determine the exact ring metal used. If you purchased your engagement ring online, check out the ring sizing policy of the jeweler.  Here at Adiamor, we offer free ring sizing within the first 90 days from the original shipment date. Additionally, most rings can be quickly resized in just four business days. This means she’ll be back to wearing a perfectly fitting engagement ring in about a week!

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Color Differences Between 14k and 18k Rose Gold

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

14K Rose Gold

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

18K Rose Gold

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

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

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

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Can I Wear My Engagement Ring In The Shower?

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

Exfoliating Soaps and Precious Metals

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

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

Cloudy Diamonds Are Not Defects

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

Cleaning Your Ring

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

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What To Do If Your Engagement Ring Diamond Comes Loose

While engagement ring settings are designed specifically to hold center diamonds, there are many ways the diamond may become loose. If this happens, you must take action immediately to prevent losing the diamond. Engagement rings can be damaged in many ways. Even cleaning an engagement ring has the potential to loosen the diamond. To help customers prevent diamonds coming loose, we’ve compiled this guide to preventing loose diamonds as well as what to do if a diamond comes loose.

Preventing Loose Diamonds

Depending on your day to day lifestyle and your job, you may not even wear your engagement every day. For women who spend a lot of time relying on their hands for work, keeping the engagement ring in a safe place will help prevent damage to the ring itself. However, it is still necessary to regularly clean and care for your ring at home. When cleaning an engagement ring, be sure to use an actual jewelry cleaner to prevent unknown chemicals from causing damage. You can also make your own jewelry cleaner by mixing a lukewarm water with a mild dishwashing soap. Only use a soft brush, and be careful of the diamond’s setting. Additionally, you should have a jeweler professionally clean your ring every six to twelve months. While ultrasonic cleaning by a professional jeweler can loosen the diamond, a professional jeweler will tighten the diamond after each cleaning.

When The Diamond Comes Loose

If notice the center diamond on your engagement ring to be loose, the first thing you should do is take it off. Keep the ring in a safe spot, such as a jewelry box lined with a clean, soft cloth. Next, it is important to contact a professional jeweler who can tighten the prongs that hold the diamond in place. Different engagement rings will contain different settings, but usually these are four or six prongs. Typically, a jeweler will fix a loose diamond for little to no cost, and most jewelers include the service in the price of cleaning.

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A classic pave engagement ring with a four prong setting. Keeping the prongs tightened will prevent the diamond from coming loose.

 

Overall, the most important steps are remove the ring, store it in a safe place, and take it to a jeweler. Wearing a ring after you notice that the center diamond comes loose could result in the loss of your diamond. Play it safe and have your diamond engagement ring looked at by a professional right away.

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How To Read ASET Images for Loose Diamonds

Previously on the Adiamor blog, we spent some time breaking down the ASET image as a tool. However, one important topic we did not cover is how to read and use ASET images as a consumer. Although ASET images contain sophisticated information, they are relatively simple to understand. To help our customers make the best possible decisions when buying diamonds online, we will explain how to view ASET images and parse out the diamond specifications they include.

The Meaning of ASET Image Colors

When viewing an ASET image, one of the first things you will notice is there are three main colors: red, green, and blue. The red color represents the brightest light return in a diamond from a direct light source while green demonstrates light return from an indirect light source. This means the red and green colors demonstrate a diamond’s fire and brilliance. The most telling part of an ASET image, though, is provided by the blue colors. Blue is showing the diamond’s internal patterns, and therefore explains the quality of the diamond’s cut. A higher quality diamond cut will provide symmetrical blue coloring. On the other hand, diamonds with poor cut quality will have clustered areas of blue.

The Best Diamonds Have Symmetrical ASET Images

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The easiest way to understand a diamond’s quality by viewing an ASET image is examine the symmetry. Take the above round cut diamond as an example; it is an excellent quality diamond. The more symmetrical the coloring, the higher quality the diamond’s cut. This is because diamonds with ideal proportions will return more light. Therefore, diamonds that return more light and have more sparkle will be more symmetrical. However, because a diamond’s cut is not the only way to measure a diamond’s quality, it is only one part of the equation. Although ASET images are helpful, they are not the only tool for deciding which diamond to purchase.  Before buying a diamond, all of the four c’s must be considered.

 

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What Is An ASET Image?

The quality of diamonds used in fine jewelry is extremely high. This makes diamonds with great fire and brilliance both rare and expensive. When buying diamonds, customers need to have the most information possible. While a knowledge of the four c’s is very important, there are other tools used to help determine the quality and value of a diamond. One such tool is the ASET image.

What does ASET mean?

ASET is an acronym of Angular Spectrum Evaluation Tool. It was designed by the American Gemological Society, or AGS, to show the way a diamond handles light. The purpose of ASET is to provide quantifiable results on diamond light performance. Using this tool, a jeweler or gemologist can explain how the light performance and the diamond’s proportions affect the value of a diamond. These images help customers make a more informed decision when buying diamonds.

What is in an ASET image?

ASET images consist of three colors: red, blue, and green. These colors are representative of light passing through a diamond. Light refracts as it passes through the diamond. Different wave lengths of light appear as different colors. The red color demonstrates the highest amount of light from above. Therefore, red is a good indicator of a diamond’s brilliance. On the other hand, green indicates returned light from less direct sources and reflected back at other angles. Finally, blue shows contrast, or light that enters the diamond but is blocked from returning.

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A sample ASET image of a round diamond

 

Different diamond shapes will present different ASET images, so it is important to understand how to read ASET images. While the AGS created ASET as an evaluation tool, it is not the sole indicator of a diamond’s quality. Additionally, while many diamonds have ASET images, this is not always the case. For instance, recently cut diamonds will often not have one available. If you would like more help in understand a diamond’s ASET image, contact our customer service team today!

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How To Choose An Engagement Ring Metal

Getting engaged is a life changing decision. And picking out the perfect ring can seem nearly impossible at first. When you start shopping for an engagement ring, there are many choices to make. In addition to learning about diamonds as well as ring styles, you also have to make sure you understand the differences in ring metals. Most engagement rings consist of a band made from a precious metal, typically gold or platinum, as well as one or more diamonds.

Traditional Yellow Gold

yellow goldSince the natural color of gold is yellow, yellow gold is the most classic of all ring metals. It is also considered to be the most timeless choice. Yellow gold’s natural hues pair exceptionally well with the sparkle and brilliance of diamonds. This combination of warm colors and cool sparkle makes yellow gold an excellent choice for pave settings and halo settings that incorporate additional gemstones.

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Romantic Rose Gold Engagement Rings

rose gold ringThe pinkish hues of rose gold are one of the reasons its so popular these days. Since rose gold rings are flattering to nearly every skin tone, they are highly sought after. Also, rose gold is considered to be a romantic ring metal due to its pink colors. Another reason rose gold is such a popular ring metal is it pairs well with both fancy colored diamonds and other gemstones. For this reason, rose gold is the perfect ring for creating a unique look that stands out.

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Elegant White Gold

white gold ringThe sophistication of white gold is why so many now prefer it to yellow gold. Although white gold does have a slight natural tint of yellow, it is plated with rhodium to make it appear brighter and more white. This durable coating requires upkeep to prevent the natural yellow tints to show. The cool tones of white gold make these rings the perfect match for brilliant diamonds. The shine of white gold resembles the look of platinum, and this is another reason it is such a popular choice.

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When Should We Take The Honeymoon?

Many engaged couples look for to two primary aspects of getting married: the reception and the honeymoon. While the ceremony itself certainly takes a lot of planning, the reception is often where the bulk of the work comes. Even though the guest list is important to the ceremony, no one has to plan where the wedding guests sit for the exchanging of the vows. At the reception, though, seats are generally assigned, and creating this seating chart is a major stressor. In addition, the reception requires decorations, menus, caterers, cakes, music, and bar tenders. With all of this planning, couples some times take a look at the honeymoon and decide to put it off. While it may seem like a great idea to delay the honeymoon, there are many reasons to take the honeymoon right away.

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If it is possible, take the honeymoon directly after the wedding.

Why To Take The Honeymoon Immediately

One of the main reasons to honeymoon right away is to leave the wedding stress behind. While navigating the airport may not seem like a lot of fun, sitting on the beach with a drink in your hand is. Planning the honeymoon is definitely one extra step, but it is a step worth taking. However, be sure to plan the right kind of honeymoon for you and your spouse. If you’ve spent a lot of time making a lot of decisions leading up to your wedding, an all-inclusive resort might be the answer. Not only will you have plenty of food and drink available, you won’t be constantly reaching for your wallet. On the other hand, if you’re a couple who blows off steam with adventure, be sure your honeymoon includes some action.

The honeymoon is often regarded as one of the best parts about getting married. While it may hard to believe that it gets better than either the proposal or saying “I do,” the honeymoon gives couples a chance to relax, get away, and start their marriage off on a high note. By taking the honeymoon directly after the wedding, you’ll be able to avoid an anti-climatic trip.  Finally, be sure your travel plans involve keeping your engagement ring safe, and you’ll have a great time!

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Eternity Bands and Wedding Rings: What’s the Difference?

Eternity bands and wedding rings are often confused to being the same item. However, there are differences between the two ring styles ranging from design and construction to purpose. While wedding bands are traditionally exchanged as part of the ceremony, some couples do opt to use eternity rings instead. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to learn more about the differences between eternity bands and wedding rings.

Wedding Rings

 

wedding ringsTraditionally, wedding rings are used in the wedding ceremony. The rings are symbolic, representing an unbroken circle of love. During a ceremony, the wedding ring is placed on the ring finger of the bride by the husband and vice versa. For brides, the wedding ring typically matches the engagement ring. While most classic rings feature a plain band, contemporary rings often include diamond accents. For matched sets, the wedding band will directly match the engagement ring. However, many modern brides like to mix and match their ring styles. Additionally, many wedding rings include a notched base that allows the band to fit flush against the engagement ring. Some times, the wedding band and engagement ring are soldered together to prevent damage to either ring.

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Eternity Bandseternity bands

While wedding rings that include diamonds generally only wrap halfway around, eternity bands feature diamonds that go all the way around the band. Although many eternity bands feature round diamonds, these rings can be made with fancy shapes ranging form princess cut diamonds to emerald cut and more. Although wedding bands are generally used as part of the wedding ceremony, eternity bands are often used to celebrate sentimental moments such as an anniversary or the birth of a child. Eternity rings are incredibly versatile in that they can be worn  on their own or stacked with other types of rings. The never-ending circle of diamonds is meant to represent an everlasting love.

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