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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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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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Upgrade An Heirloom Engagement Ring With Wholesale Diamonds

Family heirloom jewelry makes for an incredible link to the past. Whether its the diamond ring your grandfather used to propose to your grandmother or another treasured item, heirloom jewelry has great sentimental value. However, in the past, many engagement rings had small center stones or sometimes no diamond at all. If you have an heirloom engagement ring, but you want to upgrade the center stone, wholesale diamonds are a great choice. Not only are wholesale diamonds readily available on the internet, they are also much more affordable than buying loose diamonds from a retail store. Additionally, when working with a diamond wholesaler, you can set your budget and have a custom diamond search performed. This search provides you with the perfect wholesale diamond for your ring.

Upgrading The Center Stone

Currently, the most common carat size for an engagement ring is 1.5 carats. One carat diamonds can range widely in price depending on cut, color, and clarity. However, the median price for a one carat diamond is approximately $5,000 which means a 1.5 carat diamond can cost anywhere between $7,000 and $25,000. In the past, though, engagement rings often did not have diamonds until the early part of the twentieth century. At this time, diamond engagement rings became the norm. Nevertheless, the diamonds in these older rings were often much smaller than one carat. For this reason, many people look to upgrade the center stone in their heirloom rings.

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An engagement ring with a 2.27ct oval center stone.

The Right Diamond For Your Setting

The perfect diamond for your heirloom engagement ring will depend on the setting. Many vintage rings were specifically designed for round diamonds. However, this does not mean you would be unable to choose a different diamond shape. Other diamond shapes can be used with heirloom rings by customizing the prongs of the engagement setting. Additionally, if you are significantly increasing the carat weight, then the ring will need customization to support the larger diamond.

Why Choose Wholesale Diamonds

Wholesale diamonds make perfect sense for upgrading the center stone on another ring because they simply cost less for the same pristine quality. Diamond importers such as direct manufacturers are able to keep their prices low. Since there is less overhead for inventory and retail space, diamond wholesalers pass savings on to their customers. Find a diamond wholesaler such as Adiamor to get the lowest prices that are still backed by a lifetime warranty.

Start your search for wholesale 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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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!

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How Big Of A Diamond Should My Engagement Ring Have?

While the cost of an engagement varies wildly, there are some ways to help understand price points. Although even  one carat diamonds can vary in price by as much as $12,000, the size of the diamond often has less to do with price than quality. Higher quality cut diamonds will typically demonstrate better quality in color and clarity.  However, most people best understand diamonds by their size, or carat weight. Typically, engagement rings fall into one of three carat weight classes: under one carat, one to two carats, and larger than two carats. Larger diamonds are more rare, and therefore deciding how big of a diamond to choose will raise the cost.

Diamonds Under One Carat

Diamonds under one carat are typically used either in budget friendly engagement rings or as accent diamonds. For example, a popular three stone diamond engagement setting is the R2237. This tapered baguette setting features two smaller diamonds channel set around the center stone. These two diamonds total 0.35 cttw which means how big of a diamond is selected for the center will make the side stones feel larger or smaller. A half carat diamond will give the appearance of three smaller, fiery stones. Half carat diamonds range in price from about $1,000 to as much as $3,000.

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This three stone engagement ring features smaller side stones which make the center stone appear larger

Diamonds Between One and Two Carats

The most common size of an engagement ring diamond is in the one to two carat range. When side stones are considered, the total carat weight of most diamond engagement rings is approximately two carats. When all of these factors are considered, the most common engagement rings average around $5,000 to $15,000. However, two carat diamonds are considerably more expensive than one carat diamonds, so deciding how big of a diamond to use as a center stone matters. Larger, high quality stones can cost as much as $25,000 on their own.

Diamonds Larger Than Two Carats

Finally, the most luxurious engagement rings are those which contain center diamonds larger than two carats. For the average American, these rings are out of budget. However, rings of this size are extremely common amongst celebrities and those with high end tastes. Diamonds larger than 2 carats typically start near $12,000 for just moderate quality. The most expensive diamonds that can be used for most engagement ring settings top out in the 5 carat range. These diamonds, with the highest quality in cut, color, and clarity cost nearly $150,000. This puts large diamond engagement rings for many, yet they are still desired by most.

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How Does Sunlight Affect Diamond Fluorescence?

Diamond color is not related to fluorescence; it is a separate element referring to the diamond’s ability to fluoresce under ultraviolet (UV) light. Although the sun emits some UV rays in sunlight, it is generally not enough to detect most fluorescence. However, when exposed directly to UV light, many diamonds will glow with a blue coloration. Blue is the most commonly displayed diamond fluorescence, but other hues are possible. Diamond fluorescence grades include None, Faint, Medium, Strong, or Very Strong.

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Fluorescence’s Impact

Although fluorescence is a characteristic that can be measured, it is rarely an issue when selecting a diamond. This is because diamond fluorescence is rarely detectable to the eye. The impact of fluorescence on the value of a diamond depends on its noticeability. Since diamonds graded none or faint fluorescence have little effect on color, the value of these diamonds is not affected. However, some higher grade stones such as those rated D to G may contain a milky white appearance under UV light. This can greatly reduce the stone’s value. On the other hand, fluorescence often adds value to stones with a hint of color, such as I-color and below, as diamond fluorescence often gives the diamond a brighter appearance.

Diamond Fluorescence In Direct Sunlight

Although the sun’s UV rays don’t affect most diamonds, diamonds with very strong fluorescence glow blue under direct sunlight. While the amount of fire and brilliance is not changed, the diamond’s color appears blue. However, even very strong diamond fluorescence will still be faint in most sunlight. Ambient sunlight, such as the light that passes through windows into buildings, will not alter the diamond color. Therefore, while a diamond’s fluorescence may lower the value of a stone, it will still appear gorgeous with great sparkle in nearly every situation. For this reason, many shoppers on a budget will opt for a diamond with strong fluorescence when designing a custom engagement ring.

Learn more about diamond fluorescence in the Adiamor Diamond Color Education guide.