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Ring Size 101: How To Surprise Her With A Diamond Engagement Ring That Actually Fits

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, more and more people are planning their proposals. From picking out the perfect restaurant to selecting just the right outfit, everyone wants their Valentine’s Day proposal to go off without a hitch. However, even with the most extensive planning, there’s one thing most guys get wrong: the ring size. While most men ready to get engaged know their future wife’s shoe size, knowing their ring is much less common. Plus, it’s a lot harder to surprise her with a diamond engagement ring if you’ve both been to a jeweler to have her sized. But, before you get scared away from proposing, finding her ring size is very doable without tipping her off.

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Surprise her with an engagement ring that actually fits this Valentine’s Day

Step One: Get A Ring

When trying to surprise her with a diamond engagement ring that actually fits, the first step is to get a ring. Not just any ring, though, the one you’re after is a ring she currently wears on her ring finger. Even more important, be sure to select a ring for her left ring finger. Ring sizes can vary greatly from finger to finger and from hand to hand. For the most accurate sizing, you’ll need an proxy for your surprise engagement ring. If she has a large jewelry box, it may be easy to sneak such a ring to a jeweler. If not, you’ll need to create a guise such as having the ring cleaned for her.

Step Two: See A Jeweler

The next thing to do is take the proxy ring to a jeweler. Since ring sizes are standardized and based on empirical measurement, a ring size will be the same between jewelers. With this information, you can now confidently order a custom engagement ring online. This will allow you perfectly size the ring and surprise her with a diamond solitaire that actually fits. Not only will she be wowed with your ring choice, she’ll be astonished that you knew her ring size. These things will definitely lead to her saying “Yes!”

Now, this scenario is for ideal situations when there’s a ring to borrow. For more ring sizing tips, check back on Thursday for Ring Sizing 201! For more engagement tips, check out our Engagement Guide today!

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How To Select The Best Diamond Carat Size

One question many customers ask when first looking for diamonds is “what carat size is best?” Although there is no simple answer because every diamond is unique, there are some basic guidelines to consider. When buying diamonds online, it can be difficult to determine the differences between two diamonds of nearly identical size. While “carat” is one of the four C’s, it is often considered to be the least important in determining value. However, this is a bit of a misnomer as carat size is still extremely important. To help our customers better understand carat size and learn how to select the best diamond carat size for their jewelry, we’ve compiled these helpful tips.

Understanding Diamond Carat Size

The most important thing to understand with diamond carat is that it refers to a diamond’s size. More specifically, though, a carat is a unit of measurement for weight. A carat is equal to 200 milligrams, and each carat is divided into 100 points. For this reason, diamonds that are a half-carat in weight are sometimes referred to as “50 pointers.” When selecting a diamond, the best carat size will be determined by a diamond’s proportions. By comparing the measurements, you will be able to select the best diamond carat for your ring.

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A 1.5 carat diamond ring

Why To Buy Slightly Bigger

Diamond carat size is important when budgeting for a diamond ring. One thing to consider, though, is buying a diamond that is ever so slightly larger in carat size. For example, if you are wanting to purchase a 1.5 carat diamond ring, then you should shop for diamonds with a carat weight of at least 1.51 and up to 1.55. The reason for this is final polishing and shaping. In the last stages of manufacturing, a diamond may require additional polishing to be properly set. This way, when the ring is appraised, it will still have the full 1.50 carat weight even if some of the diamond was removed during polishing. This will help your diamond ring maintain its highest value.

For more information on diamond carat weight, visit the Adiamor Diamond Education Center today!

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How To Afford A Diamond Engagement Ring

For many people, getting engaged is a milestone in life. However, there a number of reasons that prevent lots of younger couples from getting engaged. One of the main reasons is finances. Engagement rings contain rare precious metals and gemstones like diamonds;  this means they are often quite expensive. Although the cost of the average American engagement ring continues to rise, this does mean they are unattainable. In fact, with the right budget skills, most people will find they can afford a diamond engagement ring.

Creating An Engagement Ring Budget

One of the most important things to do is to determine the ring budget. By figuring out exactly what you can spend, you will be able to purchase an engagement ring online that fits your lifestyle. Essentially, there are two separate ways to pay for a diamond ring: save up the total cost or pay monthly. Most people prefer to save up the total cost of the ring and pay for it this way. While there are many advantages to saving up, the primary problem is this takes time. For example, if you decide you want a $5,000 one carat diamond ring, you will have to put money away little by little to afford this. On the other hand, certain windfalls like tax returns of annual bonuses can provide the total amount needed to afford a diamond engagement ring. With some careful planning, this can help you decide when to buy the ring and propose.

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Have you started saving up to propose this Valentine’s Day?

How Much Can You Afford In Monthly Payments?

Another way to afford a diamond engagement ring is to set up monthly payments. Many companies offer financing for jewelry purchases, such as Affirm. Although interest rates can range widely from 10% to 30%, monthly payments for an engagement ring allow many more people to propose. However, one thing to consider with monthly payments is determining your ring budget. While many people think about only the final cost, the real way to decide how to afford an engagement ring is to figure out your monthly payment. If you can afford a $400 monthly payment for 12 months, then your total budget for the ring would be $4,800. Additionally, you must factor in your monthly interest payment. This will help you decide which diamond ring you can truly afford.

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Ringing In The New Year With A NYE Proposal

The end of the year is a great time to reflect back as well as look forward. Next year, you may have some very big plans such as getting engaged. However, if you want to start off 2018 the right way with an NYE proposal, there are some things to consider. For instance, with New Year’s only a couple of days away, hopefully you have a plan. Even more importantly, hopefully you’ve picked out a ring! In case you don’t have everything squared away for your NYE proposal, we’re here to help. Keep reading the Adiamor blog for tips on ringing in the new year with a new bride to be!

The Midnight Champagne Toast

A classic way to ask for her hand in marriage on New Year’s Eve is in the midnight champagne toast. While it may be tempting to nestle the perfect solitaire engagement ring inside her glass, definitely do NOT do this! Not only will the ring ruin the champagne, it’s terribly cliche. Unless her dream NYE proposal involves accidentally swallowing some diamonds, the best way to handle the midnight champagne toast is to write a toast to her. With a little bit of planning and reflecting, you can make sure you cover all the reasons she’s the perfect companion. Not only will this make for a great proposal, it will make her the center of attention. Raise a glass to her, then drop down on a knee and show her the ring to start the New Year off right!

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The Quiet NYE Proposal

While millions of people will be celebrating New Year’s Eve out in public, this doesn’t mean you have to make your proposal a spectacle. In fact, a quiet NYE proposal can be every bit as memorable. Whether you’ve decided to cook your best dish or call her favorite take out spot, make sure you make the evening about her. When it comes to proposing, the important things to get right are not necessarily midnight fireworks but simply making sure she’s the focus. In fact, after all the research you’ve done in preparing your ring budget and learning about ring styles, you know she’ll love the 14k rose gold engagement ring. But, if you create an evening around her favorite dinner with a diamond ring proposal after, she’ll be telling your engagement story for years to come.

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Proposal Tips

The holidays are an excellent time to propose, and Thanksgiving is becoming a popular time for for engagements. In addition to the gathering of family and the joy of overeating, getting engaged on Turkey Day is another thing to be thankful for this year. However, not all Thanksgiving proposals are alike. Depending on when and how you are celebrating this year, you may find yourself in need of some last minute advice. Keep reading the Adiamor blog for a couple Thanksgiving proposal tips!

Before The Party or After?

One of the biggest questions you need to answer before proposing with a diamond engagement ring is when. The main question to figure out is whether you should propose before or after your Thanksgiving celebration. This greatly depends on when and how you are celebrating this year. If you are with her parents, then you may wish to ask them for permission before getting engaged. Additionally, she’ll want to share the good news with her friends and family during the holiday. If this is the case, you should try to propose before the big holiday party. Doing so will allow her to celebrate with family throughout the stay.

Proposing On Turkey Day

On the other hand, if you are spending Turkey Day with your family, you may wish to wait until after Thanksgiving dinner. This will lighten the pressure of having to chat with your family members about the proposal. Additionally, she’ll have the chance to call and speak with her family first. Even though marriage is a two way street, the proposal should be about her. However, if she adores being the center of attention, then you could even propose during the party. No matter what you do, though, be sure to not hide the diamond ring in her food! Nothing ruins a pumpkin pie like a pave set diamond ring smashed in the middle of it.

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Final Thanksgiving Proposal Tips

No matter how you decide to propose this Thanksgiving holiday, the key is to keep the proposal focused on her. When you drop to one knee to present her with a custom designed engagement ring, look into her eyes, tell her how much you love her, and give her the ring of her dreams. Whether its before the party or after, her parents or yours, you’ll be sure to hear “Yes!” as an answer.

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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 When She Doesn’t Love The Ring

Planning a proposal can be hectic and stressful. Between deciding on the right time and place to picking out the perfect ring, there’s a lot to keep in mind. Additionally, it can take months to get everything in line. Getting engaged means deciding on a lifelong commitment, including winning the favor of her friends and the blessing of her family. On top of everything, she’s got to love the ring! However, even with hours of planning and asking the opinion of everyone you trust, there’s a chance you messed up. She might still say “Yes!” to the idea, but if she hates the ring you must replace it immediately.

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Not everyone gets the ring right the first time.

Learning Her Style So She’ll Love The Ring

Many people simply aren’t good at shopping, and that’s because they don’t know enough about style. Whether its being impatient and settling or feeling intimidated by the research, many first time diamond buyers make mistakes. However, the majority of wholesale diamond sellers provide great diamond education centers. These can help you be an informed shopper to get it right the second time. With these guides, you will have a better understanding of diamond pricing, ring metals, and much more. Plus, you can learn which type of metals and diamond shapes represent her style. This will make the second ring the one she’ll love forever.

Fixing It Together

When all else fails, the best option for replacing an engagement ring is to shop together. Since she’s already accepted the proposal, now is the time for her to love the ring she’ll have forever. Even if she would still prefer you to do the final shopping, one great way to learn her likes and dislikes is design your own engagement ring. She will be able to pick out the style, diamond shape, and much more. This will ensure she gets the ring of her dreams.

Finally, be sure to note the return policy of where you are shopping. This will ensure that you can exchange the ring just in case she doesn’t love the way it looks on her hand.

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The French Cut Cushion Halo Setting in 3 Metals

When selecting an engagement ring, knowing the difference in settings is important. Often, a bride will have a particular diamond shape or setting they like best. The goal, then, is to use that information and pick the perfect ring for her style and personality. As one of the most popular rings sold by Adiamor, the French Cut Cushion Halo setting is the ring of many women’s dreams. However, the ring takes on new life depending on its ring metal. Keep reading below to see the many sides of the French Cut Halo setting and learn more about this ring style.

18K White Gold French Cut Halo

French Cut Cushion Halo Setting 18K White Gold

One reason so many people love the French cut style is because of the additional diamonds. The amount of fire and brilliance presented by the center cushion cut diamond is amplified by the 0.35 cttw of brilliant cut round diamonds on the band and in the halo setting. When combined with 18k white gold, this ring appears to be completely covered in diamonds. The silvery luster of the white gold setting  makes this a sparkling, stunning engagement ring.

 

 

The French Cut Halo in 18K Yellow Gold

French Cut Cushion Halo Setting 18K Yellow Gold

The idea behind the “French cut” style is to show as much diamond as possible while hiding the ring metal. In doing so, a jeweler places the primary focus on the diamonds. However, while white gold’s shine blends into sparkle, yellow gold rings provide a remarkable contrast. In 18k yellow gold, this French Cut halo engagement ring provides unparalleled beauty. Yellow gold compliments traditional diamonds extremely well, and this is why yellow gold is considered to be the most timeless of engagement ring metals.

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Finally, there is the 18k rose gold French Cut Halo. While white gold and yellow gold each provide their respective compliments to diamonds. rose gold has its own advantages. In addition to being flattering to nearly every skin tone, the pinkish hues of rose gold inherently create feelings of romance. Like yellow gold, rose gold rings compliment the white sparkle of traditional diamonds. Overall, the rose gold French Cut ring feels vintage inspired yet timeless, making it a perfect engagement ring option.

Shop the entire Adiamor French Cut Halo Collection today!