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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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The Best Engagement Rings of 2017 Part 1

As we reach the final stretch of 2017, we thought it would be a good time to reflect. Looking back at all the rings we shared on Facebook this year, we made a list of our top 10 most popular engagement rings of 2017. Keep reading below to learn more about each of these rings in part 1 of our best engagement rings round up!

Our Best Engagement Rings of 2017: #10

french cut cushion halo

Our top 10 list was generated by our followers on Facebook. First on the list is the Adiamor French cut cushion halo engagement ring. This particular platinum version is shown with a 1 carat cushion cut diamond center stone.  Click here to view more photos of R2940.

Best Rings of 2017: #9

vintage leaf diamond engagement

At #9 we have our Adiamor vintage leaf diamond engagement ring. Available in multiple ring metals, it is shown here in yellow gold. This ring looks great with many types of diamond shapes, but it is pictured with a 0.75ct  oval cut diamond center stone. Check out more photos of R2994 here.

#8 Best Engagement Ring of 2017

french cut basket setting

Coming in as the 8th most popular ring is the Adiamor 2mm French Cut Basket engagement setting. This pave engagement ring is perfectly proportioned with a 2mm band. Also, the ring is shown with a 1.5 carat round cut center diamond. View more photos of R3071 here.

Most Popular 2017 Engagement Ring #7

perfect solitaire

Our perfect solitaire is classic and elegant, making it the perfectly placed at number 7 on the list! One of our all time favorites, it is shown here with a 1.60 ct round cut center stone. The band is slightly knife edged, and the basket is perfectly scalloped. Learn more about R3099 here.

Check back later this week for Part 2 of our Best Engagement Rings of 2017!

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Diamonds 101

Whether you are selecting a diamond for a solitaire engagement ring or another piece of jewelry, it never hurts to learn a little more about the history of this precious stone.  After all, you should ultimately be giving this piece of jewelry to someone you have a history with and truly love.

Like true love, diamonds are rare, timeless, and tough.  Did you know that a diamond is the only precious stone that is resistant to scratching from any other source?  Rubies and sapphires come in second, and topazes third.  These other precious stones can be scratched by a diamond, but they can’t scratch diamonds themselves.

So, there is a clear reason why these gemstones continue to be a popular symbol of eternal love,—they are beautiful and tough at the same time, as true love ought to be.  That is why the simplicity of a solitaire engagement ring is a great choice to proudly display such beauty and strength.  With this, here are a few more interesting diamond facts:

Diamonds Are a Form of Carbon

Did you know that diamonds are made of carbon?  In case you don’t recall, carbon is the same element that makes up 18% of your body.  It is one of the most common elements in the world and is necessary for human existence.  Coincidence?  We think not! Just think…without them, what would life be like?

Pure carbon is found in three forms of nature: diamonds, graphite and fullerite.  Graphite is a dark material (no.2 pencil, anyone?) much softer than diamonds. Fullerite, which was just discovered in 1990, is a molecular compound that has a perfectly spherical formation (see cool looking image below)

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How Diamonds are Formed in the Earth’s Mantle

Diamonds were very particular about how they first came into existence, back before humans roamed the planet.  They came to exist under the most stressful, time-consuming, and violent earthly circumstances.  They were originally located (and some could still be) 100 miles underneath the earth’s surface, which is called the ‘mantle’.  In order for a diamond to form, the pressure on carbon needed to be about 435,113 pounds per square inch. This pressure came from overlying rock, and as if that wasn’t enough, the mantle temperature needed to be above a piping 752 degrees Fahrenheit.  If the pressure or the temperature fell at a temperature below this, graphite was formed instead.

How Diamonds Came to the Earth’s Surface

There is no way for any human being to dig to the earth’s mantle and make it out alive.  Luckily, nature had a way of doing the “impossible” work for us in the form of magma eruptions.  These are like volcanic eruptions but much more armageddon-like.  When the magma cooled on the earth’s surface, it left behind what is called ‘Kimberlite’ – the rock which contains diamonds (see image below).

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Diamonds are also found in riverbeds, which are called alluvial diamond sites.  These diamonds also came to the surface via magma eruptions, but got moved around by subsequent geological activity.

Where Diamonds Are Found Today

Today, most diamonds are found in Australia, Borneo, Brazil, Russia, and several African countries like Zaire and South Africa.

So, when you buy your sweetheart a diamond solitaire engagement ring or other piece of jewelry, remember that like true love diamonds needed very specific conditions to form.  If any one thing had gone wrong, the result would have been… graphite. So, don’t let your expression of love turn into something it shouldn’t   Choose the best of the best from Adiamor’s hand picked selection today.

Check out Adiamor’s selection of handcrafted of solitaire engagement ring settings here.