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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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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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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.

French Cut Cushion Halo Setting 18K Rose GoldRose Gold French Cut Halo Setting

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!

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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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Why You Should Start Saving For An Engagement Ring Now

If the idea of proposing has crossed your mind, you should start saving for an engagement ring now. Although the price of an engagement ring varies widely, the most important things to do are budget and research. While learning about the 4’s will help you understand your budget, you’ll still need to come up with the money. Since an engagement ring is meant to be a once in a lifetime purchase, you have to get it right the first time. Be certain you can afford the ring she deserves by starting to save now.

The Average Cost of an Engagement Ring

Although we’ve covered the “three months salary myth” before, it’s worth revisiting. When trying to decide how much to spend on an engagement ring, there is no fixed price. However, there are some general ideas that can help you understand what your budget needs to be. First, consider the size and quality of the diamond you wish to purchase. The typical size of an engagement ring is approximately 1 carat. While the average cost of a 1 carat diamond ring varies from $1100 to upwards of $5000, be prepared to spend towards the top end. Diamonds that have a better quality cut will produce higher amounts of fire and brilliance. When saving for an engagement ring, plan on buying a diamond that truly sparkles to avoid any buyer’s regret.

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This one carat princess cut diamond is valued nearly $4,000

Save Now To Avoid Regrets Later

One mistake many men make is buying an engagement ring with a diamond they intend to upgrade later. While it is nice to know this is possible, this is not what should set your budget. There is a good chance you will be disappointed in the size of a smaller diamond. So, the best plan of action is to not buy a half carat diamond when you really want a one carat. By starting to save now, even if you haven’t started shopping, you’ll give yourself a larger budget. In the end, you should only purchase a ring that you can truly afford. But, with a good budgeting plan and a carefully thought out proposal, you can create the custom engagement ring of her dreams at a price you can handle.

After you set some money aside in your savings, start your diamond education today from Adiamor!