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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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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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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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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.

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Planning A Valentine’s Day Proposal? Start Planning The Wedding, Too

If you are one of the many men who are currently plotting out the details to a Valentine’s Day proposal, get ready to start thinking about the wedding! While presenting your bride to be with the gorgeous custom designed engagement ring of her dreams will be a thrilling moment, wedding planning will start almost immediately. Be prepared to answer lots of questions from your friends and family regarding the wedding date, the size of the wedding, and more.

When’s The Date?

If you’re planning to propose soon, you better have a wedding date in mind, too. If you know your future bride is set on a summer wedding, then proposing on Valentine’s Day either means a short or long engagement. A short engagement can be very stressful because of the amount of wedding planning involved. However, a long engagement can also feel endless to couples who are ready to be married. The average engagement period in the United States is about 14 months, so a Valentine’s Day proposal is perfect for brides who want an early summer wedding.

Big Celebration or Intimate Ceremony?

In addition to the wedding date, the next big question will be about the size of the wedding. Depending on the size of the families, the guest list can get very long very fast. If you know her mom has 8 siblings, then you better expect a big wedding. One thing to keep in mind, though, is a wedding ceremony is the day of the bride and groom.  Be sure to make the wedding day special for the both of you, even if you’re getting help paying.

Matching Wedding Rings

While it may not seem important when you’re deciding between rose gold engagement rings and white gold engagement rings, another thing to consider with your Valentine’s Day proposal is the wedding bands. Many brides prefer to have a diamond wedding band that matches their engagement ring. Additionally, some couples prefer both to have matching wedding rings as a couple, too. Although its a smaller detail, its another big questions. Definitely consider matching bands when planning your Valentine’s Day proposal this year.

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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!

Need more help when selecting an engagement ring? Visit the Adiamor Engagement Guide today!

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Picking The Right Ring Metal For A Valentine’s Proposal: Part 2

When planning a Valentine’s proposal, it is important to get every detail right. Earlier this week, we spent some time discussing different ring metals for engagement rings. Although rose gold and platinum are popular choices for Valentine’s Day, they aren’t the only options. Depending on your bride to be’s personality and style, yellow gold and white gold may be better options. Continue reading the Adiamor blog to help decide the best ring metal for your Valentine’s day proposal!

White Gold Engagement Rings

Pear Shape Diamond Halo EngagementChoosing the perfect ring metal for your Valentine’s Day proposal depends heavily on the future bride. Pairing her style and preferences with a white gold ring is easy to do. White gold has a silvery shine to it, similar to platinum. However, platinum is more dense and heavier than white gold, which makes a white gold engagement ring the perfect choice for a dainty, feminine ring. Additionally, pave set engagement rings look great in white gold because it appears as if the entire ring was dipped in diamonds. If you’re looking for sophisticated elegance for your Valentine’s Day proposal, then white gold may be the perfect solution.

Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

yellow gold engagement ringProposing on Valentine’s Day is definitely a popular idea. Because of this, many men overthink their Valentine’s proposal and do too much. Yellow gold can be a solution this problem. In fact, yellow gold is the most traditional and classic of all engagement rings. This makes choosing a simple yellow gold solitaire engagement ring an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. Although this traditional elegance may seem understated, a solitaire diamond sparkles and shines when paired with yellow gold. When in doubt, there’s simply nothing like a classic yellow gold ring.

Not quite ready to purchase an engagement ring? Visit our Engagement Ring Guide today to learn everything you need to know before proposing!