Getting married is a once-in-a-lifetime event and after it comes the time-honored tradition of commemorating the union on anniversaries. On the big day, friends and family gather, and rings and vows are exchanged. The wedding officiant urges the couple to enjoy the moment, but stresses that what matters most is their future. Another key ingredient of weddings is the past and one way of honoring this is using heirloom diamonds in wedding rings.
An heirloom is an object of special value that has belonged to a family for several generations. In addition to the personal value an heirloom has for a bride, some choose a handed-down ring for its considerable cost savings. Heirloom gemstones have another role—they can be reconfigured and added to a new setting that puts a modern-day spin on the past. Refashioning heirloom jewelry isn’t restricted to couples and even single women and men choose to reimagine these keepsakes and make them their own.
Anniversaries are prime occasions for heirloom stones to be re-introduced into wedding bands or antique diamonds to be refashioned into new rings. “I’ve seen couples who had a solitaire diamond when they got married and now they want to add to it for an anniversary,” says Jewelry Consultant Kathryn Luco. She has helped clients repurpose rings and stack them into new settings with recut and added stones.
The first step is to select the heirloom stones you want to repurpose. If they are coming from an existing relative, be sure to secure that person’s blessing to alter them. After deciding on the heirloom stones you want to repurpose, ensure they’re clean and repair any damage they may have incurred over the years. Meet with a trusted consultant to explore various possibilities and personal touches you want to add to the new setting. Discuss ongoing maintenance of the ring to keep it in good condition and adding protection if the new ring style calls for it.
Carolyn Bozek’s original wedding ring combined a diamond with rubies, but after 30 years of wear and tear it was falling apart. “My husband had the setting altered with diamonds added from a necklace and gave it to me as a surprise gift for our 30th anniversary,” says Carolyn. A little imagination and ingenuity go a long way toward reinventing jewelry into something both stylish and distinguished. “After knowing what it was before, I really love what it was turned into,” she says.
When family members pass on, creating heirloom rings to honor their memory can add a profoundly personal touch. Recutting diamonds or other stones into something contemporary can be tricky when there are strong memories attached. There are certain pieces that you know a loved one who has passed on would want you to wear. You can also take an aspirational approach and ask yourself if the person had big dreams for a setting that were never realized.
Another occasion that honors the past is when couples renew their wedding vows with a ceremony. Some choose to incorporate heirloom rings into existing ones, while others select entirely new ones to underscore the sense of renewal. In addition to wedding and engagement rings, antique promise rings and stones from necklaces, earrings or bracelets can be reconfigured into new settings.
Occasionally, creating a setting using heirloom stones is inspired by more practical needs. “There are people who work with their hands who have an existing prong setting that can get banged up,” says Luco. “Adding a bezel to surround the entire stone protects it and although it doesn’t let as much light in, it’s more practical for their lifestyle.”
The choice to recut and reimagine heirloom stones and add them to updated settings or to leave them largely intact is yours. People with children can choose to rearrange gems to symbolize their family members. Others commemorate achievements like graduations and awards. The only limits on personalizing heirlooms are your own imagination. Your options fairly glitter.
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. If you are one of the many people planning to propose on the most romantic holiday of the year, you need to make sure you are prepared. Before you decide to drop to one knee and ask for her hand in marriage, be sure you are ready for your Valentine’s Day proposal. If you follow these important steps, you’ll be sure to have her saying “Yes!” this February 14th!
Did You Make Reservations?
Because Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular times to propose, it is important to make your dinner reservations well in advance. Whether you’re going all out with the finest dining experience or planning something low key, planning is paramount. The last thing you’d want to happen is to have your proposal derailed by forgetting reservations. If you haven’t figured out your plan for Valentine’s Day, you need to do so right away.
Did You Speak With Her Parents?
Although speaking with her parents is not always necessary, for most couples its a major step in getting engaged. With about a month before your Valentine’s Day proposal, now is the time to reach out. Depending on where her parents live, this conversation could be a visit, a dinner, or a phone call. The best way to approach this scenario is by knowing her family background. If her family is very traditional, then it maybe time to book a plane ticket. Even if this part sounds challenging, it is important to handle speaking with her parents. Remember, though, you are not asking for their permission and only for their blessing.
Did You Get The Right Diamond Ring?
Finally, perhaps the most important part of your Valentine’s Day proposal is the ring. Whether you decided on the perfect dainty solitaire engagement ring or created a custom designed diamond ring, knowing her preferences goes a long way. If, for some reason, you’ve decided to propose and haven’t selected a ring, there’s still time. Start your engagement ring education today to make sure you can order a diamond ring online in time to propose next month!
Designing your own engagement ring from scratch is the perfect way to find the exact ring you want. However, even with custom engagement rings, many customers have some questions. While each ring is handmade for each customer, these unique rings share a number of qualities. Additionally, while every diamond is as unique as a fingerprint, understanding a diamond’s qualities can really help you pick the right center stone. Keep reading the Adiamor blog below to see the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding custom engagement rings.
Can My Custom Ring Be ANYTHING I Want?
While your custom designed engagement ring has near endless possibilities, it can’t exactly be *anything* in the world. Adiamor carries 8 primary categories of engagement ring styles. However, these categories are quite broad, and some times they even overlap. It’s possible to have halo settings with split shank bands or a vintage inspired ring that also features three stones. Nevertheless, our in house artisans handcraft each ring after careful designing and consulting with our gem experts. This means each ring will securely hold the center stone and look gorgeous. However, this means we do not carry rings shaped like animals or yachts. To learn more about our engagement ring settings, visit the Engagement Guide today.
What Metal Options Do I Have?
The majority of rings we create are available in 14k and 18k yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum. However, not every single style of ring is available in every single metal option. For more information on ring metals, visit the Adiamor Metal Education Guide.
Will Any Diamond Shape Fit My Custom Ring?
Since each engagement ring is designed in our manufacturing studio, we are able to ensure proper fitting of center stones. This means, though, that some diamond shapes are better suited for certain engagement settings. Rings specifically made for cushion cut diamonds, for example, will not necessarily be capable of handling a marquise cut diamond. However, it is possible to custom fit some settings to accommodate special requests. If you need assistance or are unsure if your preferred diamond shape will fit your ring selection, contact Adiamor today!
It is no secret that diamonds are rare gemstones. In fact, it is their scarcity that provides much of their value. Although the process of mining diamonds, sorting diamonds, and creating diamond jewelry is arduous and expensive, the price of diamond jewelry should not keep you from getting engaged. Like other items of value, there is financing available to help when buying diamond rings online. We wanted to help our customers understand who finances diamond rings and how this process works. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to learn more about affordable payments for engagement rings.
How Financing Works
Purchasing a ring with financing works similar to the process of buying a home appliance through financing. However, unlike other items, the total cost of the purchase is provided up front with no hidden fees.. Like other types of loans, the money is repaid with interest. The rate of interest ranges between 10% and 30% APR based on many factors. The interest rate varies due to credit history as well as the total price of the ring. Payments are made monthly. This is easily accomplished online via debit card or bank transfer. Loans must be paid in full within 3, 6, or 12 months depending on the financing options.
Ring Financing Eligibility
Adiamor customers aged 18 years and older can use Affirm to finance the purchase of an engagement ring. The process of applying for financing is quick and easy. Checking to see if you are eligible does not affect your credit score. In order to use ring financing with Adiamor, simply select Affirm at checkout. While other outside options might be available to individual customers, Affirm is who finances diamond rings through Adiamor’s website. Additionally, Affirm makes sure that there are no hidden fees or deferred interest. By providing high quality service without gimmicks, financing an engagement ring with Affirm is as easy as possible.
Get The Perfect Ring At Your Price Point
Whether you are creating a custom engagement ring online or purchasing a pre-set diamond ring, not having a couple months salary saved up should not keep you from proposing. With easy financing from a trusted partner, Adiamor makes it possible to get the perfect diamond ring for your beloved. If you have questions about financing options, contact us today. We look forward to helping you acquire the ring of her dreams.
Diamond engagement rings have been the proposal standard for nearly a century. While trendy engagement ring settings and popular diamond shapes change over time, one question always remains: what size diamond is best for engagement rings? The short, vague answer is “whatever suits your needs”, but this requires some context. To decide on the best diamond size for your engagement ring, consider the following things: the average ring size, what most people consider a “big diamond”, as well as your budget
What’s The Average Carat Weight for Diamond Rings?
Since diamond engagement rings gained popularity in the early 20th century, the size of the average diamond continues to grow. In the past, diamonds were even more of a luxury than they are now. Modern mining and diamond cutting techniques continue to make diamonds more affordable. This means larger, higher quality diamonds are more commonly available in the 21st century. However, this does not mean that diamonds are less valuable. That being said, the average diamond size is now larger than before. In the United States, the average size of a diamond ring is now just under one carat. Diamonds of this size still produce remarkable brilliance and fire. Therefore, for most people, a one carat diamond ring is the perfect size.
Big Diamonds and Diamond Shapes
Depending on the your engagement ring budget, you may be after something big. However, the idea of what a big diamond is varies from person to person. Nevertheless, a general consensus is that a diamond over 2 carats is considered a large diamond ring. Carat weight is not the only thing that matters, though. The shape of the diamond can greatly influence how it appears. For example, certain diamond cuts maximize carat weight while others simply look larger. Oval shaped diamonds have an elongated shape; this helps the diamond to appear even bigger. Similarly, the modified brilliant cut of the marquise diamond allows for maximum carat weight while still maintaining spectacular sparkle.
The Right Size For Your Diamond Ring
At the end of the day, the right diamond for your custom engagement ring must match your budget and tastes. After establishing what you can actually afford, decide what diamond shape your future spouse will love the most. With these two factors in mind, you can determine what size diamond is best for your ring.
To learn more on diamond shapes and sizes, check out the Adiamor diamond education guide today!
Although Adiamor has been in the diamond business since opening in Los Angeles as Avo’s and Sons over five decades ago, we’ve been online since 1998. As one of the first online jewelry retailers, one of the reasons customers love shopping for engagement rings at Adiamor is the ability to design a custom engagement ring. With the ability to create a unique ring in a variety of styles, shapes, and settings, it is now easier than ever to design your own ring. However, with choices come decisions, and many people are nervous to get started. In our never ending quest to make sure our customers have the best information possible, we’ve put together this guide on how to design your own engagement ring.
Start With A Diamond To Design Your Own Engagement Ring
Getting started with any project is difficult, and designing an engagement ring is no different. However, starting with a diamond is a great place to start. Typically, the diamond is the most expensive part of the engagement ring, and this can help you determine a budget. Additionally, selecting the diamond informs the ring setting. Certain diamond shapes will look best with specific settings. However, the size and shape of your beloved’s hand will also determine the best option. One thing to keep in mind is the most expensive diamond is not always the right choice. For example, smaller hands could be dwarfed by a large diamond. On the other hand, long, slender fingers can be accented by oblong diamonds, such as emerald, marquise, oval, and pear shapes.
After selecting the appropriate diamond shape, consider the quality of the diamond. Understanding the Four C’s is very helpful in choosing the right diamond. Start first with the quality of the diamond cut, then proceed through clarity, color, and carat weight to pick the perfect diamond.
Picking Out The Right Ring Setting
One of the reasons to start with the diamond when you design your own engagement ring is that it helps limit the number of choices when selecting a diamond. However, it is quite possible to do things in the reverse order. By selecting the setting first, you will essentially limit the number of diamond possibilities. In either circumstance, choosing the setting is just as important. Not only must you decide the appropriate type of metal for the ring, you must decide on the style. Adiamor carries engagement ring settings in gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum. Each metal has its own benefits, but the most important one will be how it looks on her hand. In addition to a variety of metals, there are eight basic styles of engagement rings ranging from the classic solitaire to modern designs such as halo settings.
Know Your Partner
Knowing your future spouse’s likes and dislikes is a key component of designing a custom engagement ring. If she prefers traditional tastes, an 18k gold solitaire setting paired with a classic round diamond is an excellent choice. If your lover enjoys vintage inspired fashion, a rose gold engagement ring will provide antique style and timeless beauty. The keys to getting it right will be in how well you know your partner and staying within your budget. Hopefully this will help you design your own engagement ring that will have her saying “Yes!”
At Adiamor, nothing makes us happier than working with clients to realize their vision of the perfect piece of customized jewelry. We’re proud of every design in our collection, but there’s something about making engagement and wedding day dreams come true that brings some particular pieces very close to our hearts. In Adiamor’s Ring Stories, we’ll feature the custom rings that we found exceptional joy in creating and have inspired so many happy customers to commission their own.
Emerald Cut Engagement Ring
One such project was a custom designed and crafted engagement ring for a client in Australia. This client wanted an engagement ring that would get noticed and communicate his fiancee’s unique tastes and style, and we worked together to create the one-of-a-kind ring pictured below.
Australia is known for trailblazing sensibilities like originality, self-reliance, and a strong sense of adventure, qualities that we took into account when designing the perfect ring for this client. The unique but elegant aesthetic of the three angular center stones stands out in comparison to more traditional styles using round diamonds, and the warm yellow gold setting paired beautifully with sparkling white diamonds. The bright shine of the center stones and dozens of smaller accent diamonds in the yellow gold pave engagement ring setting was reminiscent of a romantic desert sunset.
Three stone engagement rings using angular shapes like the emerald cut center stone and baguette accents often have a decidedly vintage look, but the stylized setting of this ring is nothing but modern. A pave diamond floating halo broadly circles the center stones before each side joins to form a double-row pave set band. Bright 18 karat yellow gold provides a warm backdrop to this multi-toned custom piece.
Emerald Cut Diamond Stone
The center stone is an exquisite 0.90 emerald cut diamond that excels at each of the Four Cs of diamond quality grading. On a scale from D to Z, its color is graded as a solid F, one of the colorless grades for a stone and ideal for use in this type of yellow gold multi-stone setting. The diamond’s clarity grade is VVS1, meaning that it has very few flaws or inclusion and none that are visible without magnification. For a broad-facet shape like the emerald cut, clarity is extremely important to the appearance and value of the ring. Cut quality is always vital, as this factor most determines how much a diamond sparkles and reveals its fire, so for this project a stone graded as Excellent Cut was chosen.
The creativity, craftsmanship and attention to detail evident in this design can be a part of your special day as well. Get a quote on a custom engagement or wedding ring or contact us with your questions regarding custom jewelry design.
Here are our favorite custom Adiamor rings this week!
Solitaire Swirl Engagement Setting
Custom Princess Cut Diamond Ring
This was an exquisite 2.00 ct princess cut diamond that the customer wanted kite-set for something a little different.
To find your own princess cut diamond, you can search here: Princess Cut Diamond Search.
For our latest custom diamond engagement ring, we created a beauty. This Gorgeous pave diamond engagement ring features a double row of 136 micropavé diamonds expertly matched and set by hand by our master jewelers. This spectacular engagement ring boasts a stunning center cushion cut diamond weighs 1.56cttw and is VS2 clarity, and a colorless F grade. Custom engagement rings are Adiamor’s specialty- if you have a design that you’ve been thinking of, contact our Diamond and Jewelry Consultants to start creating the engagement ring of your dreams…