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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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The Best Engagement Rings of 2017: Part 3

With the end of the year quickly approaching, we’re finishing up our best engagement rings of 2017 countdown. Today, we take a look at the top 3 most popular engagement rings from Adiamor this year. As a reminder, these rings were picked by our Facebook followers. Click here to see the earlier parts of our end of the year countdown: Part 1, Part 2.

Best Engagement Rings of 2017 #3

halo engagement ring

Rounding out the top three best engagement rings of 2017 is the French cut halo engagement ring for a rectangle diamond. This elegant setting features approximately 0.35cttw along with a stunning 2.5 carat radiant cut diamond center stone. It’s no surprise to see this gorgeous ring at the top of our year end favorites! View more of R2964 here: https://goo.gl/2Vn20d

Best Engagement Rings of 2017 #2

rose gold engagement ring

Rose gold engagement rings are routinely one of our best sellers. Accordingly, its no shocker to see this beautiful ring at #2! The Adiamor hand engraved pave halo engagement ring contains 38 brilliant cut round diamonds totaling 0.56cttw. Shown in rose gold with a 1 carat cushion cut  diamond enter stone and a beautiful engraved detail that runs along the side profile of the halo ring. View R2839 here: https://goo.gl/DpMQ58

Our #1 Best Engagement Ring of 2017

best engagement rings solitaire

We’re finally here at the top of the list! Our most popular ring of 2017 is the Adiamor tapered solitaire diamond ring! This setting offers an antique flare with a detailed hand engraved design. This versatile setting is shown in 14k white gold with a 1 carat princess cut diamond center stone. View R2956 here: https://goo.gl/ZTY7P9

At Adiamor, we love creating custom designed engagement rings for our customers. We know that buying an engagement ring is a once in a lifetime event, and we’re truly blessed to be a part of so many new families each and every year. We hope you’ve enjoyed following along with our best of 2017 countdown, and we look forward to another year of designing unique engagement rings in 2018! Happy holidays!

 

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Best Engagement Rings of 2017 Part 2

This week on the Adiamor blog, we’ve been counting down our top 10 best engagement rings of 2017. Yesterday, we covered rings #10 through #7. In part 2, we present rings 6, 5, and 4. All of these rings were created this year and posted on our Facebook page. We compiled our followers favorite rings from throughout the year, and today we continue the countdown. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to see our best engagement rings of 2017, and check back tomorrow to see the final 3 rings!

The Best Engagement Rings of 2017: #6

milgrain and pave sapphire engagement ring

At #6 of our best of 2017 is our Adiamor milgrain and pave sapphire engagement ring. This engagement ring is pave set and features six brilliant cut round diamonds totaling 0.20cttw and four round cut blue sapphires. Our sixth most popular engagement ring of the year is shown here with a 1 carat radiant cut diamond center stone. Click here to learn more about R2773s.

#5 Favorite Engagement Rings of 2017

pave halo engagement ring

At #5 on our most popular rings, we have the Adiamor 3 row micro pave halo engagement ring. A highly customizable ring, it is shown with a 1 carat  radiant cut center diamond. The halo on this ring is rose gold, and the band is shown in white gold. To view more photos of R3081, click here.

The #4 Most Popular Ring of 2017

French cut diamond basket engagement ring

For many people, 2017 was the year of the rose gold engagement ring. It’s no surprise then to see this beauty at #4! This Adiamor French cut diamond basket engagement ring is gorgeous in rose gold. Shown here with a 0.75ct oval shaped diamond center stone and approximately .50cttw sparkling diamonds half way around the 2mm band. View more photos of R3043 here.

Check back in with the Adiamor blog tomorrow to see the final three rings on our list! If you missed part 1 of our best engagement rings of 2017, click here to get caught up!

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Preparing For Your Holiday 2017 Proposal

The holidays are the perfect time to propose. Plus, since families are gathering together, it is also a great time to spread the good news. If you are planning to propose this holiday season, you probably have a lot on your mind. To help you stay calm and nail your proposal, we’ve put together this easy checklist. You’ll have no problem asking for her hand in marriage. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to be sure you’re prepared for your Holiday 2017 proposal!

Step 1: Pick The Ring

It may seem obvious, but you’re going to need an engagement ring. Choosing the right ring for her can be a challenge, so start off by getting educated on diamonds and ring metals. Once you understand what you’re after, be sure to select a ring that fits her personality and style. If you’re having trouble finding a preset engagement ring, consider designing your own engagement ring from scratch. This will allow you to choose the right diamond shape and engagement setting that will guarantee she says “Yes!” this holiday season. Finally, be sure to order your ring sooner than later, especially if it’s a custom creation. You need to be sure your ring will arrive before the date you’ve picked. You have picked a date, right?

Step 2: Pick The Date

Picking the time and place for your holiday 2017 proposal is just as important as getting the ring right. Not only do you need to pick a place that’s romantic and secluded, you also want the engagement spot to be meaningful. Additionally, she will definitely want to tell her friends and family, so be sure you propose before the big party instead of afterwards. Whether you plan on getting down on one knee before Thanksgiving or New Year’s, you definitely need to have your plan locked down ahead of time.

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Make sure you are prepared ahead of your holiday proposal.

Step 3: Ask Her

When it comes to asking her to marry you, it may seem like there are a lot of outside complications. How big of a diamond should you buy? How long should you save? Do you need to ask her parents for permission? What ring will be perfect for her? Truthfully, though, actually asking her is the most important part. In a relationship defined by true love, your commitment to her will be more important than the size of the diamond. However, having a proper diamond for her ring will certainly help!

If you are planning a holiday 2017 proposal, your best bet is to start getting prepared today. For assistance in picking the perfect diamond, contact us today!

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When To Wear Your Engagement Ring To Work

According to the Mohs hardness scale, diamonds are on of the strongest substances on earth. However, diamonds can still be scuffed, chipped, or knocked loose.  Additionally, precious metals are often very soft. Pure gold, for instance, is much too soft to use for jewelry. For this reason, most engagement ring settings are made from common alloys such as 14k or 18k gold. Because engagement rings consist of precious metals and gold, wearing them to work is not always the best decision. Depending on your ring style and your career, you may wish to rethink whether or not to wear your engagement ring to work.

How Does Your Career Affect Your Ring?

Depending on your career, you may want to skip wearing your engagement ring to work altogether. Women that work extensively with their hands or with machinery probably fall in this category. In these cases, it’s probably best to keep your engagement ring in a safe spot, such as a ring box. Additionally, women who are care givers should be careful with their diamond ring as well. With so much contact with others, it is possible diamonds on a pave set ring to be knocked loose. Finally, women who work primarily with strangers and the public, such as social workers or police officers, should be careful. However, women who work in an office may find that wearing an engagement ring to work creates little issue.

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A ring with 6 prongs will be more durable to wear to work

Your Engagement Ring Style

In addition to determining if your career will prevent wearing your engagement ring to work, consider the ring style too. Modern rings, which often feature channel set diamonds and smooth edges, are less likely to cause problems. Additionally, solitaire diamonds with tension settings tend to be more durable. Finally, even if your engagement ring features a 4 prong setting, pave diamonds, and a knife edge, you can still wear your ring to work. Be mindful of your ring, your hands, and consider an alternative when necessary. One popular alternative is to wear the ring on a chain during tasks that may damage the ring. In the end, the best thing to do is be cautious. However, over time, your ring will feel as if it becomes a part of your fingers, and you will be more confident wearing your engagement ring to work.

Shop Adiamor’s selection of diamond engagement rings today!

 

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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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Why It Makes Sense To Buy A Matched Set

Many people struggle when choosing wedding rings. These days, there are more styles and non traditional alternatives than ever. However, many of these options are ultimately impractical and excessively expensive. Unless you’re happy with a rubber ring that symbolically represents your marriage, buying a real wedding band makes the most sense. Additionally, when choosing the right wedding ring for you, consider a matched set. For most women, a matched set makes the most sense as a wedding ring.

What Is A Matched Set?

Matched sets are a type of wedding ring that directly pairs with the engagement ring. A matching plain or diamond accented band is created in the same style as the diamond engagement ring, and many times these rings are tailored to the base of the engagement ring. Therefore, both rings fit flush together; sometimes the rings are soldered together. The main goal of soldering the rings together is to prevent wear and scratches. This is something that cannot be done by stacking a nontraditional ring with a classic solitaire engagement ring.

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A matched set of 14k white gold rings

Picking The Right Matched Set For Your Ring

One misconception is that a matching ring limits the amount of options brides have. However, this is not the case as a matched set can include two custom rings. While you can shop for matched sets that include the perfect ring pairing, this is not the only way for your rings to match. If you already purchased an engagement ring from Adiamor, we can use your custom designed diamond ring and create a matching wedding band. We can do this because we create and manufacture our rings ourselves.

When shopping for the wedding bands, the best advice is not to overthink it. At first, it may seem like rubber or wooden alternatives offer something different. However, these rings will not last like precious metal wedding bands. Additionally, these rings may even damage the diamond engagement ring. A matched set is the perfect answer as it allows for the rings to be paired perfectly. Plus, you won’t have to worry about knocking any diamonds loose.

Shop the Adiamor collection of matched sets today!

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How To Pick An Updated Solitaire Engagement Ring

The solitaire engagement ring is the most classic engagement setting. Typically, this ring is made out of yellow gold and features a round diamond. While this traditional engagement ring is still incredibly popular, many women wish to have something a little more unique. However, contemporary solitaire rings offer much more. From adding pave set diamonds to the band to changing the diamond shape or ring metal, today’s solitaire rings offer many more options. Check out a couple of ideas on updated solitaire engagement ring options!

The Rose Gold Solitaire

rose gold solitaireWhen it comes to ring trends, there is nothing more popular than rose gold engagement rings. This ring metal continues to rise in popularity year after year.  While many people pick rose gold for its romantic pink color, the rose gold ring also offers a simple twist on classic yellow gold. This allows women to have something both timeless and in style. Although rose gold is extremely popular, it does look different from the classic yellow gold ring. This makes rose gold settings the perfect choice for an updated solitaire engagement ring.

Unique Diamond Shapes

heart shaped diamond ringWhile swapping the ring metal is one of the quickest ways to to update a classic engagement setting, another option is to choose a different diamond shape. If you are looking for a subtle change from the round diamond, both oval diamonds and pear shaped diamonds offer similar looks. However, square and rectangular diamond shapes are growing in popularity, with the princess cut diamond being the second most popular option. If you are looking for something truly unique, the heart shaped diamond is unlike any other.

Add Sparkle and Style to the Band

updated solitaire engagement ringFinally, another great option for an updated solitaire engagement ring is to customize the band. Contemporary solitaires feature everything from pave set diamonds to split shank bands. By modifying the ring band, this gives the solitaire engagement ring new life. Plus, pave rings add a whole other level of fire and brilliance with the addition of more diamonds. Even the most classic yellow gold solitaire can be updated into a modern ring with pave set diamonds.

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