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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.

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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!

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How To Tell Your Mom You’re Getting Married

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting things possible. The feeling of joy is matched only with the overwhelming feeling of love. However, not everyone takes engagement news the same way. With so many children moving away from home and starting their adult lives elsewhere, there’s a good chance your mom hasn’t spent a ton of quality time with your future husband. Plus, some parents find it hard to let their children go. Therefore, telling mom you’re getting married can be hard. It can be doubly so if your fiancee didn’t ask permission from your family ahead of time. In order to have the conversation go as smoothly as possible, make sure you and your fiancee are prepared.

How To Tell Mom You’re Getting Married

In most cases, parents are thrilled to hear that their children have found love. However, sharing the news that you’ve just received the engagement ring of your dreams can be difficult. Many parents are very protective of their children, and they will want to speak at length to your future husband. When telling your parents you are getting married, be sure to temper their desire to grill your fiancee. Focus on how happy you are, how beautiful the diamond ring is, and your plans for the future. One thing can really keep the peace is having a date selected. This shows your family that you’re serious about your marriage and future together.

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Getting married is exciting news to share with your family.

The best way to tell your parents is in person. However, this is not always practical. In the days before social media, the news of your engagement could last until a trip home was planned. Now, though, engagement news spreads quickly, and in many cases a phone will have to suffice. If possible, video chat is a better way to tell your parents you’re getting married. They’ll be able to see your excitement, you’ll be able to present a unified front, and you’ll be able to show of the diamond engagement ring.

Things To Avoid

In the rare instance that your parents might be overly worried or potentially upset, warn your fiancee ahead of time. They will need to be prepared to answer tough questions, especially if you haven’t had the chance to spend lots of time together. Be sure to keep the conversation positive, and boost the confidence of your partner as needed. If you know the conversation could quickly turn sour, try and keep it short as possible. Finally, be sure to let your mother know you’re a grown woman, and you’ve made the best decision in your life saying yes.

If you find that your mother is still worried about your engagement news, perhaps it’s time to visit and show her the engagement ring in person!

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How To Plan The Perfect Labor Day Proposal

For many, Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer. However, because it is a three day weekend for most people, it is a popular time to get engaged during a romantic getaway. If you are planning to propose this Labor Day weekend, keep these helpful tips in mind!

Don’t Wait Too Long

While you may be planning a Labor Day proposal, that doesn’t mean you have to wait until Labor Day to propose. Depending on the travel arrangements for your weekend, you probably want to ask her either Friday night or Saturday. If you’re arriving at a hotel or campsite late Friday night, then find the right moment to present her with a custom designed engagement ring on Saturday.  Waiting to ask once you have already decided to pop the question just provides more chances for something to go wrong. By asking earlier in the weekend, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the romantic getaway.

Plan For A Quiet Moment

One of the most important things to do when planning a proposal is to pick a quiet moment for popping the question. Be sure to plan a romantic weekend getaway that provides these perfect opportunities. Whether its standing on the hotel balcony, a quiet walk through a vineyard, or sitting by a campfire, there are plenty of great times to ask for her hand in marriage. One of the things to consider is whether or not you want to propose indoors or outside. This will help you plan ahead for weather, as well as come up with a second option in case the moment isn’t right.

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Labor Day weekend offers the perfect chance for a proposal during a romantic getaway

Be Sure To Pack The Ring!

It may seem like the most basic of advice, but be sure to bring the engagement ring with you on your vacation. Since the proposal will be a surprise, forgetting the ring is possible. Pack the ring in a safe spot that is also hidden. A good place to store the ring box before asking is with your accessories, such as your watch. This will prevent her from stumbling across the ring while searching for some toothpaste or an oversized T shirt to sleep in.

For more planning help, check out the proposal tips from Adiamor’s education center!

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How To Choose An Engagement Ring Metal

Getting engaged is a life changing decision. And picking out the perfect ring can seem nearly impossible at first. When you start shopping for an engagement ring, there are many choices to make. In addition to learning about diamonds as well as ring styles, you also have to make sure you understand the differences in ring metals. Most engagement rings consist of a band made from a precious metal, typically gold or platinum, as well as one or more diamonds.

Traditional Yellow Gold

yellow goldSince the natural color of gold is yellow, yellow gold is the most classic of all ring metals. It is also considered to be the most timeless choice. Yellow gold’s natural hues pair exceptionally well with the sparkle and brilliance of diamonds. This combination of warm colors and cool sparkle makes yellow gold an excellent choice for pave settings and halo settings that incorporate additional gemstones.

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Romantic Rose Gold Engagement Rings

rose gold ringThe pinkish hues of rose gold are one of the reasons its so popular these days. Since rose gold rings are flattering to nearly every skin tone, they are highly sought after. Also, rose gold is considered to be a romantic ring metal due to its pink colors. Another reason rose gold is such a popular ring metal is it pairs well with both fancy colored diamonds and other gemstones. For this reason, rose gold is the perfect ring for creating a unique look that stands out.

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Elegant White Gold

white gold ringThe sophistication of white gold is why so many now prefer it to yellow gold. Although white gold does have a slight natural tint of yellow, it is plated with rhodium to make it appear brighter and more white. This durable coating requires upkeep to prevent the natural yellow tints to show. The cool tones of white gold make these rings the perfect match for brilliant diamonds. The shine of white gold resembles the look of platinum, and this is another reason it is such a popular choice.

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What Is The Best Day To Propose?

Any relationship with a future deserves an engagement ring. However, the act of proposing requires a little bit more than knowing you’ve found the one. Whether you plan on doing something crazy like proposing while skydiving or something more classic like a candle lit dinner, the proposal itself takes a lot of planning. In addition to popping the question at the right time in the right place, the engagement ring itself requires plenty of thought. It can be nerve wracking to learn about diamonds, budget for the cost an engagement ring, and finally to pick the perfect ring for her. But that is truly only have the battle. You still need to ask her parents for permission (or not) and determine the best day to propose. If all of this has your head spinning, relax. If she’s the one, then figuring out when to actually propose will be a breeze.

The Best Day To Propose

Ask any couple about their engagement story, and you’re likely to hear a wildly different take on the proposal. Many brides will claim they knew something was up early in the day. Whether it was the special dinner reservations, the awkwardly timed vacation, or the simple fact of him getting a haircut, future husbands often tip their hand. However, just as many brides to be are completely shocked by the proposal. The truth is, the best day to propose may not always be the day you planned. It is quite possible to plan a trip to the beach only for it to storm all weekend. It is also possible to pick the one night restaurant service is miserable or to get a parking ticket. In these cases, take it as a sign from the universe to wait a little bit longer.

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If he’s acting weird and dressed nicer than normal, he might be trying to propose!

 

When it comes to getting engaged, the best proposals happen when a couple is truly in love. If this is the case, then the ring will be perfect, he’ll overcome any possible butterflies, and she’ll be able to overlook the fact he’s got a couple dozen roses “hidden” in the trunk. If you plan on getting engaged soon, trust your heart, and be sure not to stick the ring inside her dessert!

 

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Should I Engagement Ring Shop With Her or Surprise Her?

An engagement ring is intended to be a once in a lifetime purchase. Because of this, the pressure to find the perfect ring can be extremely difficult. Traditionally, an engagement ring is a proposal gift, and the proposal is usually a surprise. However, plenty of women claim to have seen the proposal coming, or they were tipped off by a friend. Additionally, since many brides to be have a particular ring style in mind, they may drop hints. Some future wives even engagement ring shop with their partner; this allows them to get the exact ring they want. If you are currently shopping for a diamond ring, should you engagement ring shop with her or surprise her? There are good reasons for each.

Reasons To Engagement Ring Shop With Her

The primary reason to engagement ring shop with her is she will get the exact ring she wants. Additionally, this may help make wedding planning easier because she may have her eye on a matching wedding ring as well. While some people may say shopping together ruins the surprise, that doesn’t have to be true. In nearly every proposal, the woman is expecting the relationship to result in marriage. Even if she knows what the ring looks like, even if she designed her own engagement ring, the proposal itself would still be a surprise. Plus, if she’s picking out her own ring, you definitely don’t have to worry whether or not she’ll say “Yes!”

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There’s no feeling like a surprise proposal

Reason To Surprise Her

On the other hand, surprising her has some distinct advantages. Picking out the perfect ring will show her just how well you know and understand her. The mission will be to get some helpful advice from the right people. If you pay close attention to her sense of style, it will help you decide on the right ring for her. Additionally, it can be helpful if you ask one of her close friends you can trust for some pointers. This works best if you have a couple different rings in mind. Additionally, if you ask her parents for permission to get engaged, her mother may have some helpful advice on ring shopping. Even if she is not directly involved with shopping for the engagement ring, you can still find out her likes and dislikes. Knowing her preferences and finding the perfect diamond ring to match her personality will lead to a magical surprise proposal.

If you are planning to propose, start your engagement ring shopping at Adiamor!

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How Much Does An Engagement Ring Cost?

When planning a proposal, the cost of an engagement ring is a focal point. While plenty of myths exist about an engagement ring costing two or three months salary, these are simply guidelines. Although we’ve previously covered topics such as how to budget for an engagement ring and 10 things to know when shopping for a ring, cost deserves some special attention. What, exactly, does an engagement ring cost? The answer, as with most things, is a little more complex than “X amount of dollars.”

The Diamond

If you’ve ever thought about an engagement ring before, you’ve thought about the diamond. In fact, the solitaire engagement ring is perhaps the most iconic of all engagement rings. The single diamond atop a gold ring is so well known that it even exists as an everyday emoji. However, the diamond is mostly known only for carat weight. While the number of carats is great for pop culture and celebrity gossip, diamond cut actually has the greatest effect on diamond quality. When it comes to engagement ring cost, the ring’s center diamond will be the most expensive element. One carat diamonds can range from $5,000 to $15,000, and as a one carat diamond is the most popular choice, a typical engagement ring’s cost will begin in that range.

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The diamond, the band, and the metal all affect engagement ring cost

The Band

While the solitaire band may be the most traditional, it certainly is not the only engagement ring setting available. These days, ring styles range widely from vintage engagement rings with simple accents to modern pave settings, and prices do as well. When considering how much it affects engagement ring cost, consider the complexity of the band. If a particular ring incorporates more diamonds, such as pave rings or three stone rings, it will be more expensive than a simple and dainty 2mm gold band. Again prices range widely between $200 and over $7,000 depending on the style, additional diamonds or gemstones, and ring metal.

The Metal

Finally, the type of metal an engagement ring will affect engagement ring cost. Quite simply, 14k gold is less pure than 18k gold, and therefore an 18k rose gold engagement ring will cost more than its 14k equivalent. Additionally, because platinum is the most rare previous metal on the planet, platinum engagement rings will typically be more expensive than gold. However, it is possible an extravagant 18k rose gold halo ring could be more expensive than a simple 14k white gold engagement ring. Overall, though, the metal will probably have the least amount of effect on engagement ring cost. 14k gold rings start around $200 while their platinum counterparts are closer to $550. 18k gold engagement rings tend to fall in between, closer to the 14k side of things.

The Total Cost of A 1 Carat Engagement Ring

A one carat engagement ring, will cost somewhere in the range between $5,400 and upwards of $25,000. However, that $25,000 one carat ring would require a flawless diamond and an opulent platinum engagement band filled with additional diamonds. When considering how to pay for a one carat engagement ring, start with budgeting at least $5,400. From there, consider the sense of style and personality of your bride to be. This will help you find the right engagement ring to fit your relationship and fit into your budget.

And if you can’t find something perfect, you can always consider designing her an engagement ring that will match her uniqueness.

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Do I Need To Ask Her Family’s Permission To Get Engaged?

Many people find getting engaged to be quite stressful. Not only is there the actual task of proposing, there are lots of other things to think about. One thing that many men find stressful is asking her family’s permission to get engaged. However, this is a very traditional step. In many cases, young couples today skip this step. If you find yourself shopping for engagement rings, you may consider whether or not you want to ask for her hand in marriage. While there are many benefits in asking, there are plenty of reasons not to as well.

Pros of Asking Permission To Get Engaged

One of the biggest reasons in asking permission is that a marriage will combine two families. Once married, you will have a new mother-in-law and father-in-law. For many parents of the bride, asking is an important step because it helps develop trust. In many cases, asking permission is simply a formality. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, many couples will have met each other’s parents before getting engaged. In these instances, asking should be a simple step. Additionally, the bride’s parents often contribute to paying for the wedding ceremony, and they may feel they deserve input. Finally, asking permission shows respect to her parents in a very traditional way, and this is important to a lot of families.

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Consider the pros and cons of asking her parents before popping the big question.

When Is It Acceptable Not To Ask Permission?

While many future grooms do ask the bride’s parents, there are plenty of cases where it is acceptable to not ask. The obvious ones are when her parents are no longer around. However, millennials are more likely to move way from their hometown than ever. This can present some logistical issues. Additionally, independent young women may look down on the tradition of asking– the only permission they need is from themselves. Whether you decide to ask for permission to get engaged or not, think the decision through. Even if she doesn’t have parents, she may have grandparents or siblings that would appreciate a heads up. Finally, if you plan on eloping, then you probably do not need to ask either.

No matter what you do, be sure to plan out your proposal ahead of time. Be sure you properly budget for an engagement ring you can afford. Also, designing a custom ring just for her might be the best way to show you’re serious. When planning to get engaged, the best decisions are going to come from honest discussions with your partner. These will help you answer the important questions like whether or not you should ask for permission to get engaged from her parents.

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Engagement Ring Shopping: 10 Things I Wish I’d Known

Buying an engagement ring is something the grand majority of people do only once. However, even though engagement ring shopping is a once in a lifetime event, there are plenty of things people wish they had known from the start. Additionally, men who maybe didn’t do a great job the first time often like to upgrade the diamond later. This is often done during a significant anniversary or as a birthday present. Whether you are just starting engagement ring shopping or are looking to amend your mistakes by upgrading, this list is for you.

Engagement Ring Shopping List

  1. Figure out what you can actually afford, then stick to your budget. One of the biggest mistakes people make is going over budget and then resenting the debt. If you are in a bind, you can always look into financing options to help extend your engagement ring budget.
  2. Learn EVERYTHING about diamonds. When many shoppers first start looking at engagement rings, they are completely clueless to the four c’s. Study up on diamond education to make sure that you are getting a high quality diamond without overpaying.
  3. Know your diamond shapes. If your girlfriend is talking about princess cut diamonds and you have no idea what that means, you’re going to have a tough time when shopping. The first thing to know is “princess cut” refers to the diamond shape.
  4. Different settings are better for different reasons. Engagement rings are available in a wide range of styles, and each one will look best with a certain diamond shape and with certain metals.
  5. One carat diamonds can vary widely in price. This is another reason it is so important to follow #2 and learn about diamonds. If the only thing you know is that she wants a 1 carat diamond, you could be spending anywhere between $1,000 and $15,000 on the stone. The other factors matter!
  6. 14k vs 18k. Just like the varieties in diamonds themselves, engagement ring metals also have different categories. 14k gold will not be as pure as 18k gold, but the stronger metal will be more durable. It’s important to know the difference.
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    Creating a custom ring is a great way to get exactly the ring she wants

    Designing your own engagement ring is not more expensive. While many men begin their ring shopping by looking at existing rings, it is only much later than they find out about custom rings. In many cases, creating a custom engagement ring from scratch will give you exactly what you want at a lower cost.

  8. Think about matching wedding bands. It may seem crazy to think about wedding rings before proposing, but its not. Many women prefer their wedding ring and engagement ring to match. It may help to narrow down the potential list of rings by checking out matched sets.
  9. You can always upgrade the diamond. Even if you plan your budget perfectly you may not be able to afford the size diamond you really want. Remember, there is always the opportunity to upgrade the size of the diamond later.
  10. Match her personality, not her shoes. The most important thing to remember is an engagement ring should match her as a person. While she may be into trendy and chic looks now, an engagement ring is a purchase that lasts a lifetime. Seek a ring that compliments her spirit, and you won’t ever have to worry about it going out of style.