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6 Gorgeous Diamond Engagement Ring Styles

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 21 April 2015 Wedding Rings

When you are dazzled by all the different styles of engagement rings, it can be hard to narrow down a short list of your favorites. Are you drawn to more classic styles, or do you go crazy for rings that are more unusual? Patterns or asymmetry? Simplicity or maximum sparkle?

Here are a few of our favorite diamond engagement ring styles - which one captures your personality?

1. Geometric patterns


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Symmetry has never been more beautiful. This 3/8 carat engagement ring has a stylish 4.69 mm 14K white gold band and clean, elegant patterns that highlight 36 round and princess-cut diamonds.

2. Floral accents


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The floral design of this 3/4 carat ring is both feminine and modern, and the wide band makes the round-cut diamonds stand out.

3. Heart-shaped


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Wear your heart on your finger with this simple and elegant engagement ring, featuring princess and round-cut diamonds set in 10K white gold.

4. Big bling



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This is not for retiring wallflowers. It demands attention in the best kind of way, sparkling with 51 total diamonds set in 14K white gold.

5. Art deco


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Channel your 1920s sophistication and wow admirers with this eye-catching 7/8 carat diamond engagement ring - shining with 98 diamonds.

6. Twisted bands


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This unique twisted style, created by weaving together three thin bands set with 72 conflict-free diamonds, gives the engagement ring a modern flair.

 

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Diamond Carat: What to Know When Ring Shopping

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 16 April 2015 Wedding Rings

wedding-ring-sets For the last few weeks, we have been taking a closer look at the 4 C’s - the most important guidelines for diamond ring shopping. When you are trying to choose the perfect diamond wedding ring sets for him and her, it can sometimes feel overwhelming, but these four standards make the process more accessible. We have already covered color, cut, clarity and finally, we arrive at our final characteristic: carat.

What is a carat?


A common misconception is that carat refers to the size of a diamond. A carat is actually a measurement of a diamond’s weight, defined as 200 milligrams (and there are 142 carats to an ounce).

Each carat can be further subdivided into 100 points, which allows us to measure each diamond precisely, to the hundredth decimal point. For example, you can have a diamond that is .75 or 2.09 carats.

Why do we use carats to measure diamond weight?


The origin of the carat system dates back to early gem traders who used carob seeds - because of their uniform weight and size - to determine the weight of stones. Now we use incredibly sensitive scales to determine a diamond’s weight.

How does diamond carat influence value?


Larger diamonds are more rare, so they usually carry greater value per carat than smaller diamonds. But because carat is only one of the 4 C’s, the value of diamonds also are greatly influenced by color, clarity and cut.

How should you think about diamond carat to find the best value when ring shopping?


Because one large diamond will cost more (sometimes much more) than several stones equaling the same weight, it’s a good idea to shop for wedding ring sets for him and her that are made up of many smaller diamonds, or diamond clusters. These rings have just as much eye-catching sparkle - but they often cost a fraction of the price of rings set with larger stones.

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How to Care for Your Diamond Trio Wedding Ring Sets

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 14 April 2015 Wedding Rings

diamond-ring-care You want your beautiful trio rings to be just as sparkling 20 years from now as the day you say, “I do.” Follow these simple steps to care for them, and your wedding jewelry will last a lifetime.

Do’s and Don’ts of Taking Care of Trio Wedding Ring Sets

Do
Maintain and clean your rings.

Take your wedding jewelry to a professional jeweler to be cleaned and inspected (for example, having settings tightened or any damages repaired) once or twice a year. In between visits, use a commercial jewelry cleaner and a soft brush to remove dirt and dust.

Don’t
Use harsh chemicals while wearing your rings.

Chlorine, bleach and other harsh chemicals can damage or discolor the diamonds and gold in your wedding jewelry. Remove your trio wedding ring sets before cleaning with chemicals or taking a dip in a chlorinated pool or hot tub.

Do
Take off your trio rings when you shower.

Soap can build up on gold jewelry over time, leaving a thin film on the surface. Take off your wedding and engagement rings when you shower to cut down on how often you have to clean them.

Don’t
Handle your rings harshly.

Your diamond rings are made of resilient materials, but that doesn’t mean you should put them through unnecessary wear and tear. Take off your rings before doing any work - such as auto repair, woodworking or even dishwashing - where you may accidentally knock them against hard objects.

Do
Insure your rings.

Your trio rings are a long-term investment that you want to protect. Have your rings appraised, and create an insurance policy for each of them. The small yearly fee will be well worth your peace of mind.

Do
Find a safe place to store rings.

When you do take off your rings to work, clean or exercise, you’ll want to have a safe location where you can stash them - without fear of losing or damaging them. Find a secure box or safe where you can leave them until you put them back on.

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Diamond Clarity: What to Know When Choosing Wedding Rings Sets

by Gillian Burgess Thursday, 09 April 2015 Wedding Rings

wedding-rings-sets-clarity With such an important investment on the line, it's essential to do your homework before you go wedding ring shopping. The 4 C's - cut, color, clarity and carat - are quality standards that will guide you to make an educated decision about your wedding rings sets. Let's take a closer look at diamond clarity and how it affects the appearance of your rings. 

What is Diamond Clarity? 

Clarity is a quality that determines the internal characteristics - called inclusions - and external characteristics - called blemishes - of a diamond. When diamond clarity is evaluated, five factors of these characteristics are considered: size, number, position, nature and color. 

Internal Characteristics: Inclusions 

Inclusions - structural imperfections that occur inside the stone - can make a diamond appear cloudy or a whitish color. Most inclusions aren't perceptible to the normal eye, though large inclusions can limit the way a stone scatters light. Some types of inclusions are: 

  • Feathers
  • Clouds
  • Laser lines 
  • Cleavage
  • Bearding
  • Pinpoints
  • Internal graining 
  • Crystals and minerals 

External Characteristics: Blemishes 

Blemishes appear on the surface of a diamond and can occur when the stone is being cut, polished or worn. Most blemishes are too small to see by anyone but a trained professional. Some types of blemishes are: 

  • Scratches
  • Nicks
  • Pits
  • Polishing lines 
  • Naturals

How Diamond Clarity Works

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has established a diamond clarity grading scale with six different categories: 

  • Flawless (FL)
  • Internally Flawless (IF)
  • Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2)
  • Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2)
  • Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2)
  • Included (I1, I2 and I3)

How to Shop for Diamond Clarity

Because clarity is very difficult to determine with the naked eye, it's not necessary to buy rare and expensive flawless diamonds to show off stunning wedding ring sets. Many diamond wedding rings sets have small imperfections that aren't noticeable to observers - they'll look beautiful and be much more affordable. 

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Diamond Color: How to Get the Best Value When Ring Shopping

by Gillian Burgess Tuesday, 31 March 2015 Wedding Rings

diamond-color How well do you know the 4 C’s of diamond ring shopping?

Last week, we began looking more closely at these diamond-buying guidelines, starting with diamond cut. Today, let’s continue with the second important characteristic: diamond color.

How is diamond color measured?


When we talk about the color of a diamond, we’re actually referring to the lack of color. The most valuable diamonds are absolutely colorless - and also extremely rare.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has established a diamond color scale that ranges from D (the highest grade; colorless) to Z (a pale yellow color). A diamond with a stronger color will fall closer to Z on the color scale.

This color spectrum is very subtle and often impossible to detect as an untrained observer. When determining the color of diamonds, gemologists use a plain white background and controlled lighting to compare new stones to diamonds that have already been categorized by color.

What other factors affect how diamond color appears?

Once a diamond is set in a ring and viewed in normal conditions, it is much more difficult for the eye to see color differences. The stone is no longer placed next to another diamond for comparison on a white background; instead, it is set into a ring and worn in everyday settings. For this reason, the H or I diamonds featured in your wedding trio set may look perfectly colorless when you wear them.

How do you get the best quality value in diamond color?

Some diamond fanatics want purity of color over all else and are willing to spend top dollar for diamonds with a grade of D to F. But most couples shopping for an engagement ring or a wedding trio set are more interested in finding quality at a good value. When you shop for diamonds with a color grade of G to I, you will find options with excellent value: they’ll appear colorless or nearly colorless to the normal eye, but they are far more affordable than higher grade diamonds.

Color can also be easier to see in larger diamonds, so rings that feature many smaller stones instead of one large stone often appear to have a higher color grade.

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