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Thanksgiving Proposal Ideas

Thanksgiving proposals have gained a lot of ground over the past decade; because there’s no frenzied shopping for gifts or lavish décor involved, many people have come to regard Thanksgiving as a more family-oriented holiday. If tradition, the home, and family gatherings are most meaningful to you and your beloved, why not prepare one of these Thanksgiving proposals to start your life together?

Propose Wishfully

Breaking the wishbone from the turkey is a long-standing ritual that has become part of many Thanksgiving celebrations. Remove the bone while carving and serving the turkey, clean it, and put it in a safe place to dry. (If you’re not hosting or carving, make sure that the person in charge knows that you need it!)


Wish Bone Thanksgiving Proposal Idea
Wish Bone Thanksgiving Proposal Idea

Tradition holds that two people grasp opposite ends of the wishbone, and whoever ends up with the larger piece after breaking it will be the one whose wish comes true. While you can’t control the outcome, you can prepare and have an eloquent, romantic proposal ready to suit either result. If you hold the larger piece, you can say something like “I need you to help my wish come true—will you marry me?” If she comes out ahead after you break the wishbone, you can say “I don’t know what you wished for, but I think I can make one of your wishes come true right now.” Play with these statements to make the words and references your own for a proposal that is both whimsical and heartfelt.

Propose Deliciously

This type of proposal, while potentially unique and memorable, carries one major caveat: use good judgment about how you choose to conceal or present the ring. Will finding it where you’ve decided to hide it be a pleasant, romantic experience for her? Will it be easy to ensure that ring doesn’t end up on the wrong plate, in the trash, or—worst of all—in the mouth of an unknowing recipient? You don’t want the memory of your Thanksgiving marriage proposal to include rushing a parent or younger sibling to the hospital or dentist’s office because you served their meal with some very expensive garnish!

Choose something pretty, pleasant to touch, and easy to clean from the ring with a napkin immediately after the big moment. Burying it in the turkey, stuffing, or casseroles? Certainly not! Topping a slice of pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce with a dollop of whipped cream and a sparkling engagement ring? Absolutely.

If you’re attached to this idea but concerned about the mess and potential troubles, there’s also the option of skipping the food component altogether. If your family dinner includes fancy table settings and cloth napkins, you can incorporate your proposal into her place setting. Slip the engagement ring around her napkin in place of a traditional napkin ring (or tie on with ribbon if the ring is too small), or hide it underneath her demitasse cup. This involves some very precise timing to ensure that you and the rest of those in attendance are at the table before she discovers her engagement ring and you make your proposal speech, but if you enlist the help of your dining companions, it can be done!

Engagement Ring Napkin Thanksgiving Proposal Idea
Engagement Ring Napkin Thanksgiving Proposal Idea

Propose Gratefully

In most American families and groups of friends who gather to share Thanksgiving dinner, it has become a tradition for one of the hosts to say something for which they are thankful that year and have each guest around the table follow suit.  Arrange with your host to be the last person called upon, and when it’s your turn, talk about your bride-to-be and all the reasons you’re thankful to have her in your life. Then, state that there’s one more thing that would make you the happiest and most thankful person alive: her hand in marriage.

Thanksgiving Family Dinner Proposal Idea
Thanksgiving Family Dinner Proposal Idea

Adiamor makes marriage proposal dreams come true. Our selection of certified loose diamonds and elegant engagement ring settings can be combined to design your own engagement ring to fit most budgets while yielding an engagement ring you’ll be proud to give your beloved.

We wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Best of 2013

As 2013 drew to a close we enjoyed looking back at all the rings we made during the past year. It was a great year for us when it came to custom rings, allowing us to produce some beautiful, unique designs. Here is our list of our top custom rings of 2013:

R2940 Round Version in yellow gold


We made R2940 with a round halo to create this ring. In yellow gold with double wire prongs, it turned out beautifully!





look at that blue
Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring

We used several of our settings for inspiration for this stunning sapphire ring; it has french cut pave diamonds like our R2834, but we added a beautiful halo like R2898 and double claw prongs inspired by the prongs of R2952.

I want!
Custom Three Stone Trellis

We customized R2814 by removing the pave diamonds on the shank to create this ring. Classic, elegant and timeless!

pretty pretty
R2829 Pear Halo Ring



For this ring, we scaled down R2829 in rose gold to fit to a 1 carat pear shaped diamond. The pave diamonds and hand engraving on the shank added beautiful detail to the ring.




this was seriously heart stopping in real life
Custom Three Stone for a Rectangular Cushion Cut Diamond

This was a completely custom ring we built for a 5 carat rectangular cushion cut diamond. We used elongated tapered baguette side stones and double claw prongs to accentuate the center diamond.


customer favorite
Custom Rose Gold Men’s Rings

These custom men’s wedding rings in rose gold look good with either white or black diamonds!

Here’s looking forward to a wonderful 2014! We can’t make to make another list of top custom rings for next year!

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What are the Most Haunted Diamonds in the World? Part 1

The Koh-i-Noor Diamond
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond

In the spirit of the upcoming Halloween festivities, we thought a series on Haunted Diamonds would be fun. First in this series, the Curse of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond!

The history of the rulers who have owned the Koh-i-Noor diamond is filled with treachery, murder, torture and betrayal. The legend of the Koh-i-Noor stretches back thousands of years to its first mention in a Sanskrit writing nearly 5,000 years old. Its first authenticated mention was in 1306 when it was stolen from the Raja of Malwa, whose family had owned the astonishing 793 carat diamond for hundreds of years. Originally named Samantik Mani (Prince Among Diamonds), the Koh-i-Noor gained its infamous name from Persian general Nadir Shah in 1739. Supposedly he cried out, “Koh-i-Noor!” (‘Mountain of Light’) upon discovering the diamond hidden within the folds of the Mughal Emperor Mohammed Shah’s turban.

Hindu Curse

It is said that any man who has ever worn the Koh-i-Noor has fallen from power or suffered serious misfortune. The first recorded instance of the Curse of the Koh-i-Noor

General Nadir Shah
General Nadir Shah

involves Prince Humayun, who received the diamond and suffered with ill luck for the rest of his life. His heir, Sher Shah Suri, came into possession of the diamond and died shortly thereafter, the victim of cannon fire. Sher’s son, Jalal Khan inherited the Koh-i-Noor and was then murdered by his brother-in-law. Prince Humayun’s great grandson, Shah Jahan (builder of the great Taj Mahal) had the diamond mounted on the Peacock Throne, which was the Mughal throne of India. The Shah was betrayed and imprisoned by own his son. The legend tells that the Shah would only be able to see his beloved Taj Mahal by viewing its reflection in the diamond. His son, Aurangazeb then took the diamond to Lahore, where it stayed until 1739, when general Nadir Shah invaded India and claimed ownership of the diamond.

The historical origin of the Koh-i-Noor diamond is not certain. It was most likely originally mined in the Golconda mines of India, from which also issued the famous (and cursed) Hope Diamond. Eventually, the British Crown came into possession of the Koh-i-Noor after Ranjit Singh, the last Indian owner of the diamond, died. This was not a provision of Ranjit Singh’s will, and even at the time the secretive transfer of the diamond to the East India Company in

Queen Victoria wearing the Koh-i-Noor as a brooch
Queen Victoria wearing the Koh-i-Noor as a brooch

London caused controversy because it was seen more as an ill-gotten spoil of war rather than a true gift to the British Crown. The diamond was presented to Queen Victoria in July of 1850.  She wrote:  “The jewels are truly magnificent. They had also belonged to Ranjit Singh and had been found in the treasury of Lahore…. I am very happy that the British Crown will possess these jewels for I shall certainly make them Crown Jewels”. 

In the Great Exhibition in 1851 the Koh-i-Noor was displayed for the public. Crowds lined up to see it, but unfortunately the overall reaction was one of disappointment. The diamond was moved to a different case to catch more sunlight, but it still underwhelmed its viewers due to its rough rose cut. In 1852, Prince Albert had the diamond recut into a brilliant oval shape in order to improve its light performance and color. The Koh-i-Noor diamond is now 105.60 cts and is currently

The British Crown containing the Koh-i-Noor Diamond
The British Crown containing the Koh-i-Noor Diamond

set in the Crown of Queen Elizabeth. The Royal Family, perhaps themselves wary of the curse, have decreed that only the females of the family could inherit the diamond, and the Koh-i-Noor should only go to the wife of any male British heir. Today it remains part of Britain’s Crown Jewels, and may be viewed at its resting place in the infamous Tower of London.

Check back next time for more stories about Haunted Diamonds!

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Diamonds for the Holidays: Why Now is a Good Time to Buy

It’s never too soon to start thinking about holiday gifts, and what better way to show your love than by frosting that special someone with season-appropriate ice? You may be thinking that it’s a bit early to break out the mistletoe and gift wrap, but the sooner you get started, the better. Think back to the hazy recollection of holidays past, when you procrastinated right up to the end and wound up frantically scrambling for gifts with no idea what to give. Do you really want to find yourself in that situation again? You really can’t go wrong with the gift of diamonds, and there are plenty of reasons to start shopping now.

1. Sales. If you begin your search for that perfect diamond pendant, a sparkly set of earrings, or even a surprise engagement ring now, you can take advantage of lower prices (due to end-of-summer sales slumps) as well as special sales and discounts. Plus, the ability to take your time will always work in your favor when it comes to making a large purchase.

2. In-stock items. As the holidays approach and the mob heads out to shop in earnest, you’ll be a lot less likely to get good deals, if you can even find the items you want. The early bird gets the worm, so don’t delay if you have something special in mind. Otherwise you could lose out big.

3. The internet. Shopping online requires time for delivery, and once Cyber Monday hits, there are going to be a lot of packages flying around the country. So avoid any mix-ups or delays with your online purchases by getting them drop-shipped before the rush starts.

4. Returns. Buying diamonds can be a bit tricky, but one rule that always applies is appraisal by an independent jeweler. So give yourself time to verify your stone so that if you need to send it back for replacement, you can do so at your leisure.

5. Family matters. Do you really want to be hunting down that perfect pair of diamond studs for your wife come Christmas Eve? She’ll be a lot more appreciative if you’re home for the holidays instead of gallivanting in the snow for something you should have purchased weeks ahead of time.

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When to Give the Gift of Diamonds

Diamonds may be forever, but how do you decide the right time to give them? While most women probably share the sentiment that they are happy to receive a diamond at any time, there are certain special occasions that warrant the gift of ice. So if you’re unsure about whether or not presenting a diamond will win you accolades or get you into hot water, here are a few general rules for diamond gifting.

1. Diamond ring/solitaire. This represents an offer of marriage. If you’re ready to propose, get her a diamond ring. If you’re considering a birthday present, do NOT give her a heart attack by presenting her with a ring box. If you’re already married, feel free to give as many diamond rings as you can afford.

2. Tennis bracelet. Traditionally worn by tennis players to denote tournaments won (the number of diamonds represented the number of tournaments) these in-line bracelets have become a popular gift from husbands to wives. They can be given for any occasion, but a popular trend is to offer one up at the birth of your first child.

3. Eternity band. These have become very popular as wedding bands, but they are really best given on an anniversary as a symbol of continuing love and devotion. You don’t have to wait until your diamond anniversary, either (60 years of marriage is a long time to wait for another diamond).

4. Diamond necklace. A single stone makes a great graduation gift, while something like a heart is better for a romantic occasion such as Valentine’s Day. Something a little more flashy, like a multi-diamond strand, should be given to celebrate an important lifetime milestone.

5. Diamond studs. The all-around best diamond gift. Every woman should have at least one set of diamond studs and they can be given to any woman, at any time. You can bestow them upon your mother, sister, wife, or girlfriend without worrying about what they might read into it (other than the fact that you obviously care about them and have excellent taste).