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The Perfect Ring: Asscher Cut Engagement Rings

As we continue on our The Perfect Ring series, today we’ll be learning and understanding one of the most on trend diamond rings: Asscher cut engagement rings. These fancy shaped diamonds first saw a rise to popularity during the Art Deco period of the 1920’s, but the diamond shape has made a roaring comeback. The unique shape of Asscher cut diamonds results in showing remarkable diamond clarity, and therefore Asscher cut engagement rings require diamonds with a clarity grade that at least SI1. However, before we delve into the popular styles of Asscher cut engagement rings, we must first learn their history.

The History of Asscher Cut Diamonds

Developed in 1902, the Asscher cut is very similar to an emerald cut diamond. However, instead of being rectangular, the Asscher cut is square in shape. The geometric look of Asscher cut diamonds made them very popular during the Art Deco period during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The step cuts of an Asscher cut diamond create tiered facets that reflect light much like a mirror. Additionally, step cut diamonds emphasize diamond clarity. When shopping for Asscher cut diamonds, be sure to select a stone that has at least a SI1 clarity. Otherwise, the inclusions will reduce the diamond’s sparkle. In recent years, the popularity of Asscher cut engagement rings skyrocketed once again. Engagement ring customers admire the unique style and flair of the diamond.

Our Favorite Asscher Cut Engagement Rings

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The Adiamor Vintage Leaf Diamond Engagement Ring is perfect for an Asscher cut diamond.

Since Asscher cut engagement rings are so heavily tied to the Art Deco period, many people prefer to match this diamond with rose gold. Rose gold rings provide a pinkish hue that pairs exceptionally well with diamonds, especially those with higher clarity ratings. This makes rose gold and Asscher cut diamonds a perfect match. One popular example is the Vintage Leaf Diamond Engagement Setting.  It combines a vintage inspired rose gold engagement setting with approximately 0.25cttw of round diamonds for a stylish, unique looking engagement setting.

Another popular Asscher cut engagement setting is the French Basket Setting with Diamonds 1/2 Down. This elegant ring is a more modern style that features diamonds that are pave set halfway down the band. Since Asscher cut engagement rings require a diamond with higher clarity, the diamond is rarely used with halo settings. Instead, the best way to increase sparkle and shine is to add additional diamonds to the band.

Still not sure if Asscher cut engagement rings are right for you? Learn more about diamond shapes in the Adiamor Diamond Shape education guide!

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How To Take Proposal Photos With Your Engagement Ring

One of the most fun parts of getting engaged is sharing your proposal story with other people. However, in the modern era, proposal photos and stories are often posted on social media. Because of this, many people end up sharing their proposal moments with strangers as well as friends and family. When taking proposal photos to post online, there are a couple of simple tricks to follow to make sure you have a great picture to share. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to learn some do’s and don’ts before posting your proposal photos.

Don’t Share A Blurry Photo

It seems all to obvious, but many people get too excited in the moment and post blurry photos. When this happens, the proposal photos might capture the excitement of the moment, but they do not make for great sharing material. The best course of action is to make sure at least one of the following two aspects are immediately clear: the couple or the engagement ring. If the picture doesn’t clearly show the ring, then the caption is doing all the work. Make sure your proposal photos clearly demonstrate that you’re now engaged.

Do Include A Ring Shot

One important thing about the proposal photos is to make sure to include a close up of the ring. In showcasing the engagement ring, you get to show off the best gift you’ll ever receive as well as share the details. This will end up saving you a lot of time of telling each person the carat weight and ring setting. Additionally, you only get engaged once, so you deserve to brag a little.

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An Adiamor couple shared their proposal photos on Instagram using #Adiamor

Do Tag The Jeweler

If you want your ring to receive even attention, be sure to tag the jeweler who made the ring. Not only will the company probably notice, there’s a good chance they’ll share the ring in their own social media gallery. In addition to the fun of public recognition, many retailers offer additional incentives for sharing the photo, ranging from winning a prize to discounts on future purchases.

Already have the perfect engagement ring? Shop wedding rings from Adiamor today!

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Diamonds and Rose Gold: The Perfect Engagement Ring Pairing

Rose gold engagement rings have ancient roots, but today they are more popular than ever. In fact, many retailers report them as being one of their current best sellers. But what caused the rise of interest in rose gold rings? Although there could be many contributing factors ranging from the desire to choose something different to an interest in vintage style, one primary reason explains why rose gold engagement rings are so popular: they pair perfectly with diamonds. Rose gold rings provide an excellent compliment to the fire and brilliance of diamonds. For this reason, diamond and rose gold make the perfect engagement ring pairing.

Popular Rose Gold Engagement Ring Settings

While rose gold engagement rings are incredibly popular, certain rose gold ring settings are true stars. Due to the rose gold resurgence alongside art deco style, many people find their favorite rose gold rings feature vintage styling. Vintage style rose gold rings often include hand engraved details or filigree. These elements add unique looks to rose gold rings that make even new rings feel classic and timeless. Additionally, though, rose gold works equally well with solitaire settings for the same reason. On the other hand, rose gold rings can bring exceptional beauty to modern engagement rings as well. One particularly popular choice for rose gold engagement settings is pave set engagement rings. This is due to the white sparkle of diamonds being amplified by the complimenting rose gold metal band.

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This pave set rose gold engagement ring combines vintage style with modern flair.

The Best Diamond Shapes for Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Choosing a rose gold setting is only half the battle, though. The next step in creating the perfect rose gold engagement ring is to decide on the best diamond shape. Since ros

e gold pairs so well with loose diamonds, almost any diamond shape will look great with rose gold. The choice here is really about matching the style to the person. Classic solitaire engagement rings obviously look gorgeous with brilliant cut round diamonds, but square shapes like princess cut diamonds work just as well. For vintage style rose gold rings, consider older cut style such as the Asscher cut or cushion cut diamonds. These diamond shapes will amplify the vintage appeal.

Not sure where to start shopping for engagement rings? Check out the Adiamor Engagement Ring guide today!

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Upgrade Her Diamond For Mother’s Day This Year

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and this year you can do better than flowers and breakfast in bed. Whether it’s her first Mother’s Day or her twentieth, it’s time to get her a better present. This year, the best Mother’s Day gift is to upgrade her diamond. After all, Mom deserves better than pancakes and bacon crumbs all over the duvet cover.

Upgrade Her Diamond Engagement Ring

Every year, many women receive the gift of their dreams: a diamond engagement ring. However, not every man starts out shopping for rings with enough money saved. In fact, most are surprised that they should have learned how to budget for an engagement ring long before buying one. Because of this, many women end up with the perfect engagement setting but with a smaller diamond. Therefore, the decision to upgrade her diamond is an easy one for plenty of husbands. Although an anniversary or Valentine’s Day are popular choices for upgrading her diamond, Mother’s Day is every bit as worthy. Not only does your wife deserve the very best, she’s also the mother of your children. In many cases, even a modest upgrade is a huge improvement. She’ll be thrilled to find her one carat round cut diamond has been upgraded to 1.5 carats.

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Upgrading her diamond from a half carat to a full carat is the perfect Mother’s Day gift

More To Diamond Upgrades Than Carats

However, there is more to upgrading her diamond than simply selecting a larger carat weight. While the improvements may not be instantly noticeable to the untrained eye, a better quality cut will improve a diamond’s fire and brilliance. Additionally, a diamond with less inclusions will reflect more light, thereby increasing the sparkle of her diamond. Finally, you could decide to upgrade her diamond by choosing a colorless diamond instead of a near colorless. Although it may not offer as much of an instant WOW! factor like swapping a half carat diamond for a much larger one, these diamond upgrades will give her plenty to brag out.

What To Do With The Old Diamond

If you decide to upgrade her diamond this year, you may be worried about what to do with the old one. Essentially, there are three main choices ranging from creating new jewelry with the old diamond, selling the old diamond, or finding a diamond upgrade program. Diamond upgrade programs allow you to essentially swap the old diamond with a new one then paying the difference. For many people, this is the most economic choice as it minimizes the cost of the upgrade. For those that can afford it, though, the best option is to turn her old diamond into new jewelry. This allows her to keep the original stone from your proposal. It makes the decision to upgrade her diamond an even more sentimental gesture which is something she definitely deserves.

Shop wholesale loose diamonds from Adiamor today!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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The Perfect Gift For Her: Upgrading Her Diamond

Holiday shopping can be quite stressful. Even with the ease of online shopping, getting the right gift for everyone can be tricky. The hardest person to buy for, though, is often your spouse. While you may know their tastes in style, it can be incredibly challenging to find clothes that fit just right. Additionally, buying household items often seems less thoughtful. If you cannot figure out what to get your wife this year, there is one perfect solution: upgrading her diamond.

Upgrading Diamond Engagement Rings

The most obvious choice for upgrading her diamond is her engagement ring. Although it is also a popular anniversary gift, upgrading her engagement ring is the perfect gift this year. In addition to bringing out the sparkle in her eyes, an upgraded diamond ring focuses on your love. Not only is it a celebration of the holiday spirit, it is also recognizing that she makes your life better. Additionally, the best gifts are those items someone wants but won’t buy themselves. Upgrading her diamond ring is a luxurious gift, and it is one that will make her feel treasured all over again.

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Upgrading her diamond is the perfect gift this year.

How To Upgrade Her Diamond

Engagement rings require regular maintenance and cleaning, and this is the best way to upgrade her diamond. Schedule a holiday cleaning, and have the diamond upgraded. This will allow her to not be suspicious of your gift. Additionally, you can upgrade her diamond in a number of ways. If her ring had a diamond with a smaller carat size, an obvious upgrade would be to increase the size of the diamond. However, if she already has a large 2.5 carat diamond, consider choosing a diamond with a higher quality cut or one that is colorless. No matter which option you decide to take, it is sure to make her engagement ring feel like a new piece of jewelry.

Other Upgrade Options

In the event that you’ve already surprised her by swapping out the diamond in her ring, you can still provide diamond upgrades elsewhere. From diamond earrings to a diamond pendant, there are plenty of ways to put diamonds under the tree this year.

Shop for loose diamonds today to upgrade her diamond this year, or check out our current sale on gifts this holiday season.

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Diamond Bowties and Fancy Shaped Diamonds

When it comes to the perfect diamond, all the light which enters a table will reflect. This creates the sparkle that diamonds are famous for; however, not every diamond is perfect. When a diamond has light which does not reflect back, it creates dark spots in the stone. In many cases, the light leaks out the bottom of the stone. While this is the most common occurrence, it is not the only way that a diamond can appear dark. For example, fancy cut stones such as oval shaped, marquise cut, or pear shaped diamonds can have a bow tie effect. The name refers to what appears to the eye which is a dark bowtie across the diamond. Even though there is darkness, it is not from light leaking.

What Causes The Bowtie Effect?

The most important aspect in determine the quality and value of a diamond is the diamond’s cut. This refers to the consistency of proper proportions of the diamond’s many facets. In the event that a diamond is poorly cut, light will not properly reflect from the diamond. In many cases, this is caused by light leakage. However, the bowtie effect is actually caused by another problem: obstruction.

Diamond Characteristics

Instead of the normal scenario of light entering the diamond and exiting elsewhere, bowties are the result of light being shielded from entering the diamond. Although diamonds would normally sparkle from all angles, diamonds experiencing the bowtie effect result from direct light being blocked from entering the stone in the first place.

Diamond Cut and Diamond Bowties

The higher quality the diamond cut, the less likely the chance of bow ties being visible. However, simply picking a better cut will not completely eliminate a bowtie. Skilled diamond cutters will be able to minimize their appearance, but ultimately a diamond may still appear to have the bowtie effect for another reason. One example is the amount of polishing done on fancy cut diamonds. In this case, polishing may remove too much of the overall carat weight from the rough diamond. This will cause even a skilled diamond cutter to choose a bowtie effect over creating a smaller diamond. Overall, though, the higher quality diamond cut results in fewer bowties. This is important when buying diamonds online as it may be difficult to spot a bowtie without knowing what it is.

Are Diamond Bowties Flaws?

Although diamond bowties are widely considered to be a net negative, they are not always a bad flaw. The diamond bowties to avoid are large enough to create black areas throughout the entirety of a diamond. However, in some fancy shaped stones, the bowtie effect helps better define a diamond. This character boost is more akin to a beauty mark than anything else. However, if a diamond displays an obvious bowtie effect and has a poorly rated cut, then beware. These are often signs of a diamond with more flaws than perks.

Learn more about diamonds in our Diamond Education center!

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Understanding The Price Of Loose Diamonds

With online shopping’s overtaking of retail stores, more and more customers are doing all of their holiday shopping online. For many couples, that means jewelry. However, buying diamonds online takes a bit more knowledge that picking out a sweater. To help our customers better understand the price of loose diamonds, we’ve put together this guide ahead of the holiday season. Known as the Four C’s, we’ve outlined how cut, color, clarity, and carat weight are factors which determine the price of a diamond.

Cut Is King

When it comes to the price of loose diamonds, cut is the most important of the Four C’s. Cut, though, refers to the quality of a diamond’s cut and not to the diamond’s shape. Essentially, the higher the quality of the cut, the higher the price. This is because a diamond’s cut will determine the proportions of the diamond, and therefore diamond cut determines the amount of reflected light. This means better quality cuts will create more fire and brilliance. Rated from highest to lowest, diamond cuts range from fair to good to very good to excellent to Affinity.

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An example of a diamond’s proportions with the cut rated Very Good. Diamond cut has a high impact on the price of loose diamonds.

Color and Clarity

Clarity and color are closely related because both terms refer to a lack of elements that will reduce light refraction. The best diamonds, then, are referred to as “colorless” diamonds as they appear to be completely clear. Additionally, diamonds with “flawless” clarity will have no inclusions- marks inside the diamond- or blemishes which are surface marks. Diamond color ranks from K, representing diamonds which have a yellow or brownish hue, to near colorless diamonds in the J through G range then colorless diamonds in D, E, and F. Clarity tops out at flawless followed by internally flawless then VVSI down to the low end of Slightly Included 2.

Why Carat Weight Matters

Finally, carat weight is the diamond’s size. Carat, though, is probably the most commonly recognized element of the Four C’s. For example, many times entertainment media will refer to a star’s diamond by carat size. Although carat size is the least important factor of the Four C’s, it still has a major impact on the price of a diamond. While diamonds of the same carat size will range in price due to cut, color, and clarity, larger diamonds cost exponentially more. This is because larger diamonds are much more rare, and finding them with ideal qualities even more so.

When shopping for the perfect diamond jewelry this year, it is best to be informed. Continue your diamond education on Adiamor!