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Diamond Color: How to Get the Best Value When Ring Shopping
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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She'll Say Yes! Valentine's Day Wedding Ring Set Specials
Now that you’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, it’s time to start planning your romantic proposal. My Trio Rings has the perfect wedding ring set for you both - whether you are looking for a stunning engagement ring, a bridal set or a trio ring set.
We have hundreds of options to fit your style and your budget. Select from our curated ring sets or customize your own design with the click of a button. Browse our Valentine’s Day ring specials, and make this holiday one you both will remember forever.
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A Trio Ring Set
This wedding ring set has everything you need for both the bride and groom: an engagement ring, women’s wedding band and men’s wedding band. Find a perfectly matched set that suits you as a couple. A few favorites:
- 1 3/4 Carat T.W. Diamond Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set 10K White Gold
- 3/8 Carat T.W. Diamond Trio Matching Wedding Ring Set 10K Yellow Gold
A Bridal Ring Set
Our bridal ring sets include a diamond engagement ring and a complementary women’s wedding band and can be customized just for her personal style. A few favorites:
- 3/8 CT. T.W. Diamond Women's Bridal Wedding Ring Set 10K White Gold
- 3/8 CT. T.W. Diamond Ladies' Bridal Wedding Ring Set 14K White Gold
An Engagement Ring
Make your Valentine’s Day proposal shine with a brilliant diamond engagement ring. If you’re not yet sure which wedding bands to buy to complete a full trio ring set, don’t worry. Take advantage of our She Said Yes! Special and receive 10% off any future wedding band set purchase. A few favorites:
- 1/2 Carat T.W. Diamond Women's Engagement Ring 14K White Gold
- 3/8 CT. T.W. Diamond Ladies' Engagement Ring 14K White Gold
Need some help planning a romantic Valentine's Day proposal? Get some inspiration on how to pop the question from the My Trio Rings blog, and share your ideas in the comments below!
3 Perfect Prompts for Your Thanksgiving Proposal
A week from today is the big day. You’ve decided you are going to ask the love of your life to marry you on Thanksgiving, when you’ll be surrounded by loved ones and reflecting on all that you have to be thankful for. You have the engagement ring, and you have been scoping out wedding rings for her as well. Now all you need to do is find just the right words for your romantic Thanksgiving proposal.
Even if you are normally outgoing and comfortable with making speeches, do yourself a favor and write out a draft of what you want to say. It’s easy to get caught up in the emotion of the moment and draw a blank on everything you planned to tell her! Write down something from the heart, and practice it out loud until it comes naturally.
Here are a few prompts to get you started.
1. I’m thankful for…
If you are planning a Thanksgiving proposal in front of the family, think it through carefully beforehand to make sure it’s something she will appreciate or if she’d prefer something more intimate with just the two of you. If you know she’d want the more public grand gesture, plan with her family to have a discussion around the table where each person shares what he or she is thankful for - with you going last. This is the perfect introduction for you to speak about the happiness she has brought to your life and how you would be so thankful if she accepted your proposal.
2. A yearly reflection
It’s almost the end of the year and a time when we naturally reflect on the past 12 months and set goals for the future. Think about your past year together. When were you happiest together? When did you feel most connected? When were you sure you wanted to spend the rest of your life with her? Use these thoughts in your Thanksgiving proposal. When the two of you are alone - perhaps before you go to celebrate with family or friends - tell her about the milestones you two shared during the last year. Tell her all the reasons why you know she is the one for you, then ask her if she will be your wife next year and the many years after that one.
When you get married, you make vows to love, protect, support and cherish one another through all that life throws at you. Take this opportunity to tell her all the ways you will do this for her - not in front of the congregation on your wedding day, but when it’s just the two of you and you’re asking her to marry you.
Why Engagement Ring Shopping is Better Without a Showroom
Here at My Trio Rings, we pride ourselves on being able to give our customers a unique engagement ring shopping experience. We don’t think that any other online jewelry store can compare, and we definitely don’t think that showrooms can compare to what we offer our customers here. Let’s discuss why engagement ring shopping is truly better with us and without a showroom:
We know you’re busy. You work long, tiring hours and when you get off work, you probably don’t want to do anything but relax. Sometimes you might even come home to a long list of other things to do. That’s where we come in. You don’t have to worry about making it to a jewelry store before they close. We’re open 24/7 and are accessible wherever you have an Internet connection. That means you can shop with us from home in your comfy pajamas at any hour you want.
Since we’re an online jewelry store, we don’t have to worry about the costs of renting a showroom, employing salespeople, or setting up fancy showcases. That means one really awesome thing for our customers: low, low prices. We love being able to make beautiful diamond engagement rings a realistic and affordable option for couples in love.
3. No Pressure Sales
Want to shop in peace without pushy sales staff looking over your shoulder? No problem! You can shop at your own pace. We want you to find the ring you love and we're not trying to earn a commission by encouraging you to buy something that's at a higher budget. We want you to take your time, explore all your options, and find the ring that really speaks to you. After all, you’ll be wearing it for the rest of your life! But you dont have to sacrifice a personal connection, if you have any questions at all, you can always reach us by phone, email or live chat!
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How to Propose at Gillette Stadium
Fall is a beautiful time of year in New England. The vibrant colors of the changing leaves draw visitors from around the country, the air is crisp as the summer heat fades, and football fans in the area begin flocking to Gillette Stadium to cheer on their beloved Patriots. If you're ready to propose to your sweetheart, give her a moment to remember by popping the question at the home of your favorite team!
Here's how to propose at Gillette Stadium:
1. Visit the Patriots Name in Lights website to get the basic information on a video board proposal. Your proposal message will appear on the HD video boards in each end zone during the first timeout of the third quarter, which is typically the first ten minutes after halftime.
2. Submit your message through the Name in Lights website, up to 52 characters and spaces. Put some time into writing a romantic message that will grab the attention of the bride-to-be! When your message appears on the video board, the official Patriots photographer will snap a picture of it, and you'll receive a copy as a souvenir.
3. Fill in your personal details (address, etc.) and submit your credit card payment through the website. Your $200 payment is a tax-deductible donation to the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in New England and supports thousands of nonprofit organizations in the area, so you can feel good knowing that your proposal will help your community!
Here are a couple of additional ideas on non-game days for Patriots fans who are ready to propose:
- Propose on the upper plaza at Patriot Place, which overlooks Gillette Stadium, and celebrate with a glass of wine or dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.
Now that you know how to propose at Gillette Stadium and have a few other options that involve the Patriots, the rest is up to you!
When you're ready to propose, buy your sweetheart the perfect diamond engagement ring at My Trio Rings.
How to Propose at At&T Park in San Francisco
So you're ready to propose! If you and your sweetheart are fans of the San Francisco Giants, you know that she would love a proposal at the ballpark, and you're confident that she'll say yes, why not propose at AT&T Park? Here's how:
1. Select the game at which you'd like to propose. Proposing at a weekend or premium game will be more expensive than proposing at a weekday game.
2. Call the Giants Experience Hotline at 415-972-2349 to set up the details.
3. Choose how you'd like to propose:
- Propose on the scoreboard. This is the most popular way to propose at AT&T Park. Make sure to reserve early, as space is limited. Scoreboard messages display during inning breaks, and the cost is $135 for weekday games and $160 for weekend (Friday-Sunday) and premium games. You'll have four lines of text available, with 20 characters maximum including spaces and punctuation. You can include a custom photo for an additional $75. A few days after the game, you'll be able to order a picture of your scoreboard message or print it on a mug, t-shirt, etc. If you like, you can reserve your scoreboard online and pay by credit card or PayPal. For more information, email
- Propose on the "Seal-ebrity Ride" with Lou Seal. You and your partner will be the "Seal-ebrities of the Day" and ride around with Lou Seal on his cart between innings. This typically happens after the 5th inning and lasts around a minute and a half. Your name and image will appear on the video board as you wave to the cheering crowd. The announcer will say over the loudspeaker that you have a question for your loved one, which is your cue to propose. Once you get your answer, Lou Seal will hold up a sign that said, "She said yes!"
- Request special proposal arrangements. If you have an affiliation with the Giants or a compelling personal story that will tug at fans' heartstrings, you can request arrangements that take extra coordination. Examples include a proposal on the kiss cam, or a game that your girlfriend plays on camera that leads to your proposal.
4. Make sure you're ready for the big moment. Throughout the game, make sure you're ready to propose, and that your lady is where you need her to be when it's showtime!
Now that you've learned how to propose at AT&T Park, pick out the perfect engagement ring at My Trio Rings.
Best Places to Propose in Honolulu
If you and your sweetheart are planning a trip to the Hawaiian island of Oahu and you're ready to propose, take advantage of the opportunity to pop the question in paradise! Hawaii is known for its natural beauty and welcoming spirit of aloha. The Honolulu area has plenty of fine dining options and adventurous activities, so it will be easy to romance your bride-to be.
No matter where you propose in Honolulu, order a flower lei in advance that you can gift to your lady after you present her with the diamond cluster ring of her dreams. A local florist can recommend the best kind of flower for the occasion.
Where to Propose in Waikiki
Waikiki is the famous resort area located on the south shore of Honoloulu. The main street, Kalakaua Avenue, is the hub of shops and restaurants. The brilliant blue waters of the Pacific and waving palm trees are as romantic a setting as you could imagine.
If your girlfriend is the outdoorsy type, she will love a proposal in Waikiki. Think about planning a hike to the top of Diamond Head crater, a well-known landmark of the island of Oahu. The hike isn't easy, but the ocean view is completely worthwhile and provides a perfect backdrop for a proposal.
After you've placed the gorgeous diamond cluster ring on her finger and you've hiked back from Diamond Head, you'll have worked up a strong appetite. Take her to the brunch buffet at Duke's Waikiki to celebrate. Located right on the beach, it's a beautiful place to toast to your future with champagne.
For dinner, an excellent choice is Roy's, the first of Roy Yamaguchi's famous restaurants. The steak and seafood house with Asian influences serves up signature dishes like "Roy's Original Blackened Ahi with Spicy Hot Soy Mustard Butter Sauce." If your mouth isn't watering yet, just think about the chocolate molten lava cake, which you absolutely cannot miss.
Where to Propose in Downtown Honolulu
If you can, plan your proposal around First Friday Honloulu Gallery Walk in Chinatown. It's a free, lively outdoor event on the main drag of downtown Honolulu between 5 and 9 pm on the first Friday of every month, with late night parties happening at the bars in the area. Stop by the galleries and shops and then head to dinner at one of the amazing restaurants downtown.
Many say that their dinner at Chef Mavro was the best they've ever had. Once you're ready to propose, make a reservation here for an Asian fusion/French multi-course meal your sweetheart will never forget. The attentive staff and the impeccable ambience will complement the diamond cluster ring that will take her breath away.
After dinner, head to Indigo for drinks. The bar is known for its delicious, affordable cocktails, like lychee marinis and lemon drop martinis for around $4 each. Catching a show at the Comedy Club at Indigo will cap off a night that neither of you will forget.
When you're ready to propose, pick out the perfect engagement ring at My Trio Rings! Check out the new videos that showcase our wide selection.
Ready to Propose? 5 Lessons from "The Bachelor"
Season 16 of "The Bachelor" ended last night with the most controversial outcome in the history of the show: Bachelor Ben Flajnik proposed to contestant Courtney Robertson, whom America loves to hate. Many doubt that the couple will survive the media firestorm that they've faced since this season began airing. When Courtney's unkind treatment of the other contestants has come to light, Ben pulled away from Courtney and even briefly called off the engagement.
Despite the challenges that may lie ahead for Ben and Courtney, there are several tips that you can glean from the steps leading up to his proposal. These lessons will be useful even if you're planning a wedding on a budget.
1. Make sure that you're ready to propose.
As Ben narrowed down the group of women from 25 to the final two, he asked himself whether he could picture a future with each woman. The women who were most open with him, the adventurous ones, and the ones with whom he could be completely himself were the contestants who made it until the end. When it came time to pick out an engagement ring, Ben said that he had only one woman in mind to receive it. Though he was nervous, he felt completely ready to propose to Courtney.
Lesson: Figure out your own set of "must-haves" and deal breakers. Envision yourself proposing to your loved one and see how it makes you feel. Is this the person for you? Are you ready to propose?
2. See how you fit into each other's families.
Once Ben had chosen his final four contestants, he traveled to meet each of their families. He felt comfortable with three out of four of the families, and the parents of each of those women gave their blessing to an engagement. Ben said that he could see himself naturally fitting in with each of them. However, the family of the fourth woman, Kacie Boguskie, was aloof and revealed to Ben some fundamental differences between him and Kacie. Though it was difficult for both of them, he decided to end their relationship.
Lesson: It's important that you and your partner know each other's families and understand what you'll be marrying into. Is it essential to you to be close to your partner's family, or is it OK with you to keep your distance if you don't get along?
3. Choose a romantic backdrop.
Ben proposed to Courtney in picturesque Zermatt, Switzerland, with the Matterhorn in the background. Neither could stop talking about how breathtaking they found the views, and how the setting felt like part of a fairy tale. It was an unforgettable place to propose.
Lesson: Even if you'll be planning a wedding on a budget and can't afford to whisk your love away to Switzerland, you can choose a romantic setting for your proposal. Take her to the place where you had your first date, or where you said "I love you" for the first time. Arrange for an inexpensive weekend getaway to a charming town nearby. Choose a setting that will complement the beautiful moment you're about to share.
4. Select a diamond ring that she'll love.
In keeping with "Bachelor" tradition, Ben proposed to Courtney with a sparkly Neil Lane diamond ring. The center stone is cushion cut, and pavé diamonds surround it and line the band. Ben reportedly designed the ring just for Courtney, and upon receiving it on last night's finale, she gushed about how gorgeous it was.
Lesson: Engagement rings on "The Bachelor" typically cost around $60,000, and if you're planning a wedding on a budget, there's no way you can spend that kind of cash. Fortunately, you have a wealth of options for a high-impact diamond engagement ring that is also affordable. Consider buying a trio wedding ring set will be cheaper than buying each ring individually.
5. Prepare a few romantic words to share when you propose.
When Ben proposed to Courtney, he said, "Whenever I'm with you I have these incredible moments. You know, I thought to myself I could see myself with this woman for the rest of my life. I want you to know that I think you're an incredible woman." He continued, ""I have waited a really long time to tell you that I am in love with you more than you will ever know and this whole experience and journey has been worth it every step of the way." He ended with, "You are my forever."
Lesson: Think about the words you'd like to share with your bride-to-be that capture how she makes you feel, and why you want to spend the rest of your life with her. You don't need to write a speech, but do say a few heartfelt words before the four most important: "Will you marry me?"
Where Does Your Diamond Cluster Ring Come From?
Being a modern consumer means not knowing firsthand where exactly all of your purchases come from and in what condition they were produced.
Do you know the farmer who grew your sweet potatoes? Do you know exactly where your gas comes from? Have you been to the country where your running shoes were manufactured? What about the real diamond cluster ring you hope to purchase as an engagement ring?
When it comes to diamonds, your assurance as a consumer comes from the Kimberley Process. Slightly more than a decade old, the Kimberley Process is an international diamond certification scheme that is intended to reassure consumers that the diamonds they are purchasing were mined and sold under fair conditions and that the proceeds from these jewels that symbolize eternal love are not being used to fund things such as armed conflicts. The Kimberley Process is certainly reassuring, but it is not without its problems.
There are difficulties inherent to regulating and monitoring the diamond trade, especially in areas experiencing civil unrest. This is why many different groups are involved in keeping tabs on the diamond trade under the auspices of the Kimberley Process, specifically in regions of the world undergoing political turmoil. In early December 2011, one of the watchdog groups, Global Witness, dropped out of the Kimberley Process, voicing their disagreement about certain diamonds of questionable origins being released into the world market from Zimbabwe. Despite this action, the United Nations supported the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme in a December 20, 2011, press release, and they promised global diamond consumers that they will help further strengthen the system.
As a consumer, you are not likely to travel to Africa, where a large percentage of the world's diamonds are mined, and you are not likely to have the ability to personally check up on diamond mines. Instead, you rely on the Kimberley Process to ensure that the diamond cluster ring you have your heart set on is in fact made from conflict-free diamonds. How can you do this?
1. Only purchase wedding
jewelry from a jeweler who can guarantee that
your ring of choice is in accordance with
Kimberley Process regulations, meaning that to the best of their knowledge, it is made from conflict-free diamonds. My Trio Rings is dedicated to providing
consumers with diamonds that are certified conflict-free, as regulated by the United Nations and the Kimberley Process
Certification Scheme. In fact, our organization is one of the 72
companies in the world that has the ability to buy diamonds from De
Beers. Since we only use diamonds that were bought from the De
Beers mines and were cut in our factories, we are able to guarantee
that all the diamonds are Kimberly-certified.
2. Compose emails, write letters, or make phone calls to your state and national representatives, asking them to support the United Nations promise to strengthen the Kimberley Process. Your input can further ensure that American consumers are able to continue to purchase certified conflict-free diamonds with confidence.
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Ready to Propose? 5 Ways to Pop the Question This Fall
Are you ready to propose? Indiana National Guardsman Jesse Fordyce was very ready recently. The Iraq war veteran held up a giant hand-painted sign at the airport with the help of family and friends to propose to his girlfriend Kelly, who also serves in the military. As Kelly descended the escalator to baggage claim, she was surprised to see the giant sign and her boyfriend on one knee with an engagement ring nestled in a grey box.
5 Creative Fall Proposal Ideas
1. Get your fall on at the pumpkin patch. Jump on the hayride, sip some cider, and pick the perfect pumpkins with your future bride. Make plans to carve the pumpkins on a later date, and hide the affordable engagement ring set inside of a scooped-out pumpkin.
2. Take a hike together to enjoy the fall colors. When the moment is right, simply get down on one knee in the middle of the path with the ring box in your hand, and think of a creative way to tell your bride-to-be that you have fallen for her and are ready to propose.
3. Give thanks for your love at Thanksgiving. Nestle an engagement ring in the middle of the apple pie (plan well, so no one swallows it!), or slip a ring onto her finger during the Thanksgiving grace when everyone is holding hands around the table.
4. Dress up as a vampire for Halloween. Instead of using your best fake Transylvanian accent to say, “I vant to suck your blood,” find the perfect moment to cry out, “I vant to marry you!”
5. Invite your future wife over for an old-fashioned leaf-raking party. Challenge her to see who can rake the biggest pile of fallen leaves, and then reclaim your youth by jumping into the piles. When you are both lying in leaves and laughing, pull the affordable engagement ring set out of your pocket.
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How to Secretly Find Out Your Bride's Ring Size
Trying to figure out what size rings you need to buy for yourself and your bride-to-be is not nearly as difficult as you might think. It may be as simple as asking your future mother-in-law or sister-in-law if they know her ring size, or it might take a little bit more detective work on your part.
If you need to figure out your ring size and your bride’s ring size on your own, MyTrioRings has a free, easy ring sizer to get you started.
When you download and print this ring sizer, be certain that you measure the line at the top of the page with a ruler. If it measures exactly two inches, you are all set. If not, you may need to play around with the scale of the image on your printer before you can get started with your secret mission. MyTrioRings also offers a free plastic ring sizer that can be sent to you in the mail if you are having problems doing the measurements for your trio ring set with the printable version.
Grooms, there are two possibilities for using the free ring sizer printout. One option is to find another ring that your bride-to-be wears on her ring finger and compare that to the ring sizes on the free ring sizer. Another option is to cut out the finger measuring tool and measure the ring finger of your beloved yourself, perhaps when she is sleeping (assuming that she’s a heavy sleeper!). Measuring late in the day is preferable, since that is when fingers are at their largest. If you measure in the morning or measure cold fingers, you might purchase a trio ring set that is too small.
You will want to measure the widest point of the finger, usually the lower knuckle, to figure out what size will best fit your bride before you purchase an affordable bridal ring set to surprise her with.
Most women in the United States wear their wedding and engagement rings on the fourth finger of their left hand. In some cultures, the right hand is the more common location for the wedding ring. Seeing which finger your mother-in-law to be wears her wedding and engagement rings on is a safe bet for figuring out which finger your bride will prefer.