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  • Today Diamond Industry

    Diamond Rarity

    Are diamonds rare? This common question by consumers has a complex answer that’s often oversimplified by the media. Below we’ll explain which diamonds are rare and address this misconception!

    On one hand, approximately 133 million carats of new diamonds are mined every year. So while you aren’t likely to stumble across a diamond in your backyard, there is still a relatively large supply of natural diamonds in the world being mined every
    year on top of diamonds already in the market.

    However, only about 20% of rough diamonds are sold and used for luxury items; the remaining 80% are used for industrial purposes (such as cutting, drilling, polishing and grinding). Once the higher quality 20% is selected, these diamonds must be
    sorted and classified. Diamonds can be classified by more than 12,000 categories, but the most important are, of course, the 4 C’s. See sidebarinfographic below for why only 20% of
    diamonds are viable for jewelry.

    And of this 20%, you will find diamonds with different types of imperfections formed while the diamond travelled closer to the earth's surface. An even smaller number are considered investment-grade diamonds with near zero imperfections. These are
    the truly rare diamonds with exceptional clarity, color, carat and/or cut that usually sell for prices only accessible to millionaires and billionaires.

    What makes only 20% viable for jewelry?

    jewerly vs industrial quality graph

    But what makes diamonds rare from an average customer’s perspective is that each stone is completely unique. No two diamonds are exactly alike. Like a snowflake, every naturally formed diamond has its own qualities and characteristics that make it one
    of a kind. You know that when you buy a diamond ring, it will have an appearance and brilliance unlike any other.

    Synthetics & Alternates

    When shopping for rings, you’re likely to come across a long list of unfamiliar terms used to describe diamonds and alternative stones. But what’s the difference between a natural diamond and a lab-grown diamond? What are the alternatives to diamonds
    that look similar?

    Sneaky advertising can trick you into thinking a synthetic diamond or an alternative stone is really a naturally mined diamond. Here is a glossary of terms to help you understand what you’re looking at – and the advantages and disadvantages of each
    product. You might only be satisfied with a ring featuring a rare and natural diamond, or you may be perfectly happy with a man-made diamond or an alternative stone. It’s a matter of personal preference, but you need all the info to make an educated
    decision.

    Diamonds vs Alternatives comparison graph

    Natural Diamonds

    Natural White Diamonds are formed under extreme heat and pressure in the Earth’s surface, then mined, cut and polished.

    Treated Diamonds are naturally formed but have been exposed to treatments – usually high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) – to enhance their color. These treatments must be disclosed when you buy a diamond.

    Clarity-enhanced diamonds are naturally formed but have received additional manipulations – such as laser drilling or fracture filling – to minimize the appearance of inclusions or cracks. These enhancements must be disclosed when
    you buy a diamond.

    Who natural diamonds are for:

    For many people, the desire for a natural diamond is an emotional one. They feel a diamond ring is more meaningful because it features a rare, authentic diamond that has formed naturally over a long period of time, in a process that can’t be replicated
    by humans. It has significance and prestige that a synthetic diamond or alternative stone does not.

    Alternative Stones

    Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is an alternative stone which is made by melting zirconium and zirconium oxide at a high temperature.

    Who cubic zirconia is for:

    Cubic zirconia stones are not authentic diamonds, but they do have a similar appearance to the untrained eye. CZ is far less expensive than both naturally mined and lab-grown diamonds, though it is not as durable or as brilliant as the authentic
    stone. Cubic zirconia is a good option for people who want a similar look to a traditional diamond ring but who are on a tight budget.

    Moissanite

    Moissanite is an alternative stone that is a naturally occurring mineral made from silicon carbide.

    Who moissanite is for:

    Moissanite has a similar appearance to an authentic diamond, and it offers almost comparable durability. It doesn’t have the same prestige or recognition as a natural diamond, but it is a good alternative for people who value rare and natural formation,
    as well as a low price point.

    Authenticity Tests

    If you have a diamond are and unsure of whether it is authentic, here are a few tests you can try!

    • Informal tests (prone to error)
      • Fog test: Hold the stone close to your mouth and breathe as if you’re fogging up a window. Diamonds can’t hold heat and should clear immediately. If the stone fogs, it’s not authentic. If it remains clear, it’s a real diamond.
      • Light test: Hold the stone over a piece of paper on top of a line of text. An authentic diamond will refract light in a way to prevent you from reading the print through it.
      • Portable diamond tester: Test the stone with a handheld diamond testing kit (which sell for a few hundred dollars) that uses electrical conductivity to differentiate a real diamond from a moissanite
    • Formal test (industry standard)
      • Lab test: Submit your jewelry to a third party lab such as GIA, AGS or IGI, both of which can provide scientific and professional testing to determine the authenticity or qualities of the diamonds in
        your jewelry. Get more information on having your jewelry tested:

    Authenticity Testing

    Authenticity tests should always be conducted by a certified independent testing lab. If tested by a jeweler, make sure to get their claims in writing!

  • The 4cs

    The 4's C's of diamond classification are: color, carat weight, clarity, and cut. Together, the 4 C's determine a diamond's cost and value. It's essential to understand the 4 C's because each C speaks differently to your individual preferences
    and budget.

    The 4 C's will help you understand the value of your purchase so you can get the most out of your budget. Using our four generations of expertise, we've pared this information down to what you need to know to find the best value.

    COLOR

    While diamonds come in every color of the spectrum, the most valuable diamonds are colorless. Truly colorless diamonds are extremely rare to find while mining; as a result, they're very expensive.

    Diamonds are graded on a standard color scale established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Diamonds range from D (colorless) to Z (yellow). The further down in the alphabet the diamond is, the more yellow it appears. Color can best
    be determined by looking at a loose diamond on a pure white surface, and by noting its contrast to other stones.


    diamond color scale graph

    $ AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

    All My Trio Rings diamonds are near colorless, in the G, H and I range, and set to optimize light reflection.

    Though colorless diamonds are held up as the ideal, the truth is that G, H and I diamonds appear colorless to the naked eye. Unless you plan to grade your stones against white paper, you won't be able to notice a distinguishable color for diamonds
    in the G-I range. Your budget will stretch much further if you shop in the near colorless range (G-I), vs. colorless (D-F).

    CARAT

    Some people believe that carat refers to the size of a diamond while in actuality; carat is the term used to measure a diamond's physical weight. The larger the diamond of a particular quality, the harder it is to find while mining and the greater
    its rarity. Because larger diamonds of a particular grade are rarer, they generally have a greater value and cost per carat.

    How big is a carat? A carat is equal to 200 milligrams, and there are 142 carats to an ounce. 1 carat diamond = 0.200 Grams. Some household items which have a weight in a similar range are a hair bobby pin, Q-Tip, peppercorn, or standard
    office staple. While carat refers to the physical weight of a stone, you will find that a well cut stone will have a common diameter which can be compared to a standard dime.


    Carat size comparison to a Dime mobile version

    $ AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

    By replacing one larger solitaire stone with an elegant multi-stone cluster design, we offer rings with a much bigger look (and often higher carat weight) but without the higher price!

    Solitaire vs Cluster graph

    CLARITY

    Internal imperfections and external irregularities affect the clarity of the diamond by interfering with the passage of light throughout the stone. Imperfections such as spots, lines, or bubbles are known as inclusions. The diamond is more valuable
    when it has fewer inclusions. According to the GIA's quality analysis system, clarity is graded on a scale ranging from flawless (FL or IF) to imperfect (I). The system is based on the visibility of inclusions at a magnification of 10x.


    Diamond Quality Analysis System Graph mobile version

    $ AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

    My Trio Rings offers diamonds with clarity ranging from SI1-SI2 to I1-I2; they have some inclusions but they're not usually noticeable to the naked eye. There is a huge variation in quality available in these grades; we select diamonds that have
    the best clarity and sparkle in an affordable price range (for example, those with inclusions located on the side of a stone, where they're much less visible than in the center). You don't need to pay exponentially more on a higher clarity diamond
    just because it looks better under a magnifying glass.

    CUT

    Each diamond is cut using an exact mathematical formula to unleash its maximum brilliance and fire. The cut can also refer to the number of facets, or flat faces that the diamond has.

    The most common cut is the round brilliant which has 58 flat, polished facets that reflect the most possible light. The mathematical formula also takes into account the depth of the cut. If a diamond is cut too shallow or too deep it will lose some of its “fire” or “life.” A well-cut diamond will reflect the light and refract it back to your eye. Cut is not to be confused with shape.


    Anatomy of Diamond graph mobile version

    $ AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

    A skillful cut emphasizes a diamond's assets, while minimizing flaws. The diamond cutters at My Trio Rings work meticulously to let the most light shine through each stone, and to keep any imperfections imperceptible to the naked eye.

  • Ring fit types

    You’ll wear your wedding rings every day for many years to come, so it’s important to understand the different ring fit types offered by jewelers. Wedding ring fit refers to the shape of a ring’s interior surface; some are flat or curved, and some are
    solid or concave. My Trio Rings offers four different ring fit types: standard, comfort, gallery and Concave.

    Concave Fit - $
    Concave fit wedding rings are made with less metal than standard fit rings. Their interior surface is slightly concave, curving inward. The concave shape allows the ring to be lighter and more affordable while still retaining its strength.
    Standard/Regular Fit - $$
    Standard fit wedding rings have a classic profile. Their top surface has a slightly rounded shape, but their interior surface is straight and flat.
    Gallery Fit - $$
    Gallery fit wedding rings are similar in appearance to standard fit rings, featuring a straight interior surface. The only difference is that a gallery fit band does not have a solid gold interior; instead, it has hollow indentations. This design makes gallery fit rings both lighter and more affordable than standard fit rings.
    Comfort - $$$
    Comfort fit wedding rings are designed to rest more comfortably on your finger, and to slide on and off more smoothly, than a standard fit ring. A comfort fit band’s interior is crafted using extra metal, creating a gently convex or domed surface.


    ring fit types

    $ AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

    The gallery fit is perfect for any couples looking for a beautiful look, comfortable fit and affordable price tag. Look for a rings’ fit type in the ring details section of any ring page!

  • Platinum jewelry

    Platinum is a strong precious metal that is used to make high-end jewelry. Platinum may
    be similar in appearance to white gold, but it has different characteristics which we will cover below!

    Appearance

    Platinum has a natural silver-white appearance that complements the brilliance of diamonds. While
    platinum’s shiny finish may dull over time but it does not fade to a yellowish color and require
    more frequent repolishing as white & yellow gold
    does.


    platinum appearance polished platinum and patina platinum

    Price

    Platinum is more expensive than both yellow and white gold for a number of reasons. Platinum is
    harder to discover in nature, and therefore less mined than gold. Platinum is also far heavier than
    gold, so the same ring will weigh more when crafted
    in platinum instead of gold (metals are priced by weight). Platinum rings are made almost entirely
    of platinum (about 95%), while gold rings contain a higher percentage of alloys; this increases the
    value of platinum rings


    Platinum vs White Gold graph

    Durability

    Platinum is denser and more durable metal than gold. It holds up well to wear and tear, though it
    also has a substantial weight (not the best choice if you want a very light ring). Though platinum
    is more durable than gold, it can still scratch
    over time, developing a patina finish similar to an antique piece of jewelry. Many couples love
    this vintage aesthetic, while others prefer to have their platinum rings repolished to a nearly new
    appearance.


    Density and weight - Platinum vs White Gold

    Be Consistent with Your Metals

    The precious metal you choose for your wedding ring set will depend on your budget, style and
    personal preferences. Whatever metal you settle on, keep it consistent across your matching rings.
    White gold and platinum have a similar appearance,
    but their color differences will be stark if you wear them side by side (for example, a platinum
    engagement ring with a white gold wedding band).

  • Gold overview

    Gold is a metal mined from the earth that has been used in jewelry for hundreds of years. Gold’s malleability (how easily it can be shaped and molded) and its rarity (how unusual it is to be found in nature) have made it a choice metal for engagement and wedding rings.

    But malleability – one of gold’s most appealing attributes – is also its biggest weakness in jewelry. Pure gold jewelry is brittle and susceptible to breaking. Gold is therefore mixed with alloys such as copper, zinc or silver to increase its strength. The proportion of pure gold used vs. alloys used is what determines a gold’s Karat (or K) purity.

    Gold Purity

    Not to be confused with a diamond’s carat (weight), a gold’s karat (K) is determined by the proportion of pure gold vs. alloys added to strengthen it. Gold purity is measured in karats; the highest karat number is 24K, which is the karat of pure gold. Since pure gold is too soft to be used in jewelry making, gold is mixed with other metals, which make the resulting alloy harder and more durable as jewelry. A higher percentage of pure gold to alloys equals a higher Karat. To determine what gold karat a piece of jewelry is, look for the gold stamp that’s on the inner edge of a gold ring.

    For example:

    • 10 karat gold is an alloy made up of 10 parts gold + 14 parts other metals
    • 14 karat gold is an alloy made up of 14 parts gold + 10 parts other metals
    • 18 karat gold is an alloy made up of 18 parts gold + 6 parts other metals

    Visually the differences among the different karats is subtle, and the polish used on jewelry can be misleading. To verify the gold Karat of jewelry, you must have jewelry tested in a nationally certified independent lab as informal tests such as scratch testing and acid testing are prone to human error.


    Gold Color Varietes

    Karat vs. Carat

    Carat refers to the weight of a diamond, whereas Karat,
    refers to the pure gold content in jewelry.

    Is 10K or 14K Better?

    In some parts of the world, gold jewelry with a higher karat, such as 18K and 22K, is more is widely sought after. But in the U.S., most people opt for 10K and 14K gold; these varieties are stronger and more affordable than those with higher pure gold content.

    My Trio Rings offers both 10K and 14K gold options for all our diamond ring sets. But what’s really the difference between the two?

    Is 10K Lower Quality?

    You’ll notice that 10K jewelry is less expensive than 14K pieces. This makes sense, since 10K jewelry contains less gold. However, keep in mind that in this case, cheaper doesn’t mean low quality: 14K gold may be more expensive, but its higher gold content also makes it softer and less durable than 10K gold.

    Gold Color

    Gold is most often found in yellow, white and rose colors. Since all gold jewelry is made by mixing pure gold with alloys (other metals), this combination of metals is what determines a gold’s final shade.

    Yellow Gold
    Yellow gold’s warm hue is created by combining pure gold with alloys such as zinc and copper.
    White
    White gold’s silvery appearance is the result of blending pure gold with white metals such as nickel, palladium or manganese.
    Rose
    Rose gold’s pinkish glow is achieved by adding more copper to the alloys mixed with pure gold.

    Do Gold Rings Fade?

    It’s a common misconception that rings which fade are not authentic. But it’s not the gold itself that fades - it’s the polish that all gold jewelry has on its surface which gives it the lustrous shine. It’s important to take gold jewelry in for a “tune-up” from time to time to get a new coat of rhodium, yellow polish or rose polish. Many jewelers also refer to this practices of having gold rings “redipped” which references how rings are dipped into an electroplating solution which is how polish adheres to the gold surface.


    Gold Color Varietes

    Buyer Beware: Nickel Allergies

    Nickel is commonly used in gold alloy mixtures and is also a metal that many people are allergic to. For people with this sensitivity, jewelry made with nickel can cause a skin reaction or rash if the gold polish fades over time. Currently My Trio Rings does not guarantee rings are Nickel Free.

    Customize Your Rings

    We offer all of our rings in both yellow and white gold (10K and 14K). On each product page, you can select the gold color and karat you want. To see how the same ring looks different in yellow and white gold, try our interactive slider below!

    White Gold Trio Ring SetsWhite Gold Bridal Ring SetsWhite Gold Engagement Rings
    White Gold Ladies Wedding BandsWhite Gold Mens Wedding BandsWhite Gold Wedding Band Sets
    Specials on White Gold Rings

    Yellow Gold Trio Ring SetsYellow Gold Bridal Ring SetsYellow Gold Engagement Rings
    Yellow Gold Ladies Wedding BandsYellow Gold Mens Wedding BandsYellow Gold Wedding Band Sets
    Specials on Yellow Gold Rings

  • Diamond Trends

    Diamond Trends

    When you think about the phrase “bridal fashion” you tend to compare it to the fast moving fashion industry. But when it comes to the Bridal market, it’s a careful balance of “timeless evolution”. Diamond ring styles don’t change dramatically every season, the way apparel trends do. Diamond styles tend to go through new evolutions every few years led by an individual's strong taste preference or a few key trendsetters (like the famed Princess Diana Ring). Below we’ll cover a few of the most recent trends that modern couples are seeking and a bit of information about what makes them unique.

    Halo Rings

    Halo engagement rings feature a center diamond encircled by smaller accent diamonds, creating the illusion of a much larger (and more expensive) center stone.

    Featured Halo Rings

    Round Cut Premium Diamond Ladies Engagement Halo Ring

    Round Cut Diamond Ladies Engagement Halo Ring

    Princess Round Cut Diamond Ladies Engagement Halo Ring

    Halos & Clusters

    Halo wedding rings and Cluster wedding rings involve using multiple stones for the final effect. Many smaller stones in a design are far more affordable than single solitaire stones. Explore our
    Haloand
    Clustercollections to see what a big difference they provide!

    Solitaire Rings

    Solitaire engagement rings offer a classic, elegant look: a single center diamond – some also featuring smaller accent diamonds.

    Featured Solitaire Rings

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Solitaire Ring BT323W10KE

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Solitaire Ring BT705W10KE

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Solitaire Ring BT324W10KE

    Cluster Rings

    Cluster engagement rings feature a center setting made up of several smaller stones, instead of a large solitaire; this design shows off a lot of sparkle for a very reasonable price. This is one of My Trio Ring’s core strengths -- you won’t
    find a bigger offering anywhere else!

    Featured Cluster Rings

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Cluster Ring BT109W10KE

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Cluster Ring BT103Y10KE

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Cluster Ring BT110W10KE

    Three Stone

    Past Present and Future rings represent a couple's history as a couple, their present day celebration of love and the future of their commitment as a couple!

    Featured Three Stone

    Princess Round Baguette Cut Diamond Ladies Engagement Ring

    Round Cut Diamond Ladies Engagement Ring BT322W10KE

    Round Cut Diamond Ladies Engagement Ring BT571W10KE

    Two Stone

    Two stone rings are a very new concept with two stones at the top of the ring representing the two hearts that make a relationship one. This often carries different meaning for different couples whether the ring is to commemorate husband &
    wife or a mother & daughter bond!

    Round Cut Diamond Two Stone Ring BT721W10KE

    Round Cut Diamond Two Stone Ring BT719W10KE

    Round Cut Diamond Two Stone Ring BT722W10KE

  • Understanding diamond grading

    The My Trio Rings Certificate of Authenticity

    Every ring comes with a My Trio Rings certificate of authenticity, guaranteeing its gold purity and diamond qualities. This document provides tangible and specific verification that a diamond ring is exactly as advertised, giving you peace of mind when making an important purchase.

    GIA Certificate for Higher-Grade Diamonds

    For diamond rings with center stones of a higher grade (generally starting at a clarity of SI2, a color of J, and a carat of ⅓), a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) report is also available. This nonprofit gem research organization provides Diamond Grading Reports with thorough and unbiased analysis of a diamond’s quality, including the 4 C’s and additional grading information. The GIA offers reports only for individual diamonds – not the actual jewelery piece.

    Here’s a breakdown of the most important terms in a GIA report and what they mean:


    Diamond grading information table

  • Diamond overview

    You’re on a mission to find the perfect diamond ring. Congratulations!

    Too often, ring shopping seems like an expensive and complicated puzzle you have to piece together. Our Diamonds 101 guide is designed to help you crack the code, sharing information as industry insiders that are shaking up the industry. With four generations
    of expertise we share facts and shopping tips that empower you as the customer no matter where you decide to buy.

    giving you all the information you need to make a safe, confident and budget-friendly purchase.

    How are diamonds formed?

    Diamonds are formed deep within the Earth, typically more than 100 miles below the surface in the upper mantle (the Earth’s mantle goes to a depth of about 1800 miles, or the distance from Minneapolis to Miami!). In the mantle, the combination of intense
    pressure and high temperatures form what are called diamond crystals. Diamonds are actually comprised of 99.95% pure carbon atoms.


    How are diamonds formed?

    Through volcanic eruptions below the surface of the earth’s crust, these pressure-formed diamond crystals emerge closer to the surface, where they can be mined. Diamonds can be found anywhere in the world – under rock formations and even under the
    seabed! But because real diamonds are formed in such unique conditions, they are not easy to mine, and certain qualities are considered rare and very valuable.

    When a diamond is unearthed, it hardly looks like the shiny stone you see on most jewelry. After it’s mined, it’s sent to a diamond cutter, an expert at cutting a stone to give it the best possible look. Stones can be cut manually with polishing wheels,
    or with sophisticated laser-guided cutting machines that analyze the clarities within the larger stone and cut precisely to extract the high-clarity cross-sections. Any “waste” from this process is often ground down and used for commercial purposes,
    such as high-grade drill bits.

    After millions of years of formation, mining, cutting and polishing, a stone is now ready for its final destination! The diamond’s size and shape will determine how it is set in a piece of jewelry.

    Are Diamonds Really That Rare?

    How do we measure a diamond’s true value and rarity? Read more about today’s diamond market here.

    Where are diamonds found?

    Where are diamonds found?

    Which Diamond is Right for Me?

    You might not be convinced that you want to buy a diamond ring – and that’s totally understandable. A diamond is certainly not a requirement for a happy marriage, and you may be considering your options, from skipping rings altogether to opting for
    a different type of stone. Let’s explore some of the common doubts and misconceptions that come up during ring shopping.

    Myth: Only a diamond can profess true love.
    Fact: True love is expressed in any way you and your significant other would appreciate. When it comes to proposing or marriage, what counts most is a sign of dedication or commitment.
    This may be symbolized with a traditional diamond or in a completely different way – but authenticity is important if you do decide to go with a diamond ring.

    Myth: The biggest diamond is the best diamond.
    Fact: The best diamond is the one you can’t stop staring at and want to show off to everyone (this does not have to be linked to a high price tag).

    Myth: A diamond engagement ring should cost at least two months’ salary.
    Fact: A ring should cost what fits your personal budget – but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on its look. Learn more about how to find affordable
    and practical options, and how My Trio Rings is leading this new charge.


    Which Diamond is Right for Me?

    The average cost of an engagement ring and two wedding bands in 2015: $7,593.00 The starting cost of a diamond and gold trio ring set at My Trio Rings: $499.99

    Myth: There are strict rules about what makes a “good” diamond.
    Fact: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So much of diamond selection is based on what you like and what you’ll be proud to wear.

    Myth: You’ll get a “fake” when you buy a diamond ring
    Fact: The jewelry industry is tightly regulated by the United States Federal Trade Commission. Reputable jewelers, both online and in store, will offer guarantees and certificates
    of authenticity

    The right diamond for you comes down to your personal preferences and priorities. We’ll help you figure out what’s most important to you, and how to get what you want for an affordable price.

  • Shane & Jackie

    Shane and Jackie’s first date was a weekend camping trip in British Columbia. The two had met online – and clicked right away – but they lived about three hours apart: Jackie in Kelowna, and Shane in Chilliwack. They had talked constantly over Skype for six months, forging a strong connection, before finally meeting in person.

    “She came down for the whole weekend, and we’ve been inseparable ever since,” said Shane.Jackie and Shane eventually moved in together in Chilliwack, then relocated to Jackie’s hometown. Together they have two children – Dylan, 5, and Charlotte, 1 – in addition to Shane’s twin 11-year-old daughters from a previous relationship.“Everything was working out so well and we were so happy together,” said Shane. “I wanted to be with her for the rest of my life. So I proposed to her with an engagement ring that my mom gave me. It was a set with an engagement ring and a wedding ring.” Shane knew from the beginning that he wanted to upgrade Jackie’s bridal rings before they got married, but since the two set a wedding date far in the future – spring 2017 – he had plenty of time to find the perfect set. Then a family illness caused them to change their plans. Jackie’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and Jackie and Shane decided to get married this summer instead.

    “I was actually planning on spending a lot more money, $5,000 to $6,000, on a wedding set because I had the time,” said Shane. “But then the wedding got pushed forward, and I needed something really beautiful that was going to be affordable within about a week’s pay.”

    Shane visited multiple jewelry stores but was disappointed with the prices and the lack of unique options. He started browsing through jewelry stores online, when he came across My Trio Rings.

    “I didn’t think I could really get something I wanted shopping online,” he said. “I’ve been stung so many times buying stuff online. You expect it to be one thing, and it turns out to be something totally different. And wedding rings are one of those things you kinda gotta get right.”

    But after dismissing a few other online jewelers, Shane was pleasantly surprised by My Trio Rings’ inventory and presentation.

    “I went through their selection, and every ring they had was one I was looking for,” said Shane. “They were really cool and different and nice. I spent two days on the website, going through and finding the wedding set that I wanted. The online experience with some of these other stores was not really the greatest. They don’t take the time to explain it so well. I found with My Trio Rings, you click on a ring and normally there’s a video of someone actually wearing the ring; you can get a size comparison and what it looks like and how it reacts to the light. So that made me feel better.”

    With about two weeks until the wedding, Shane opted to set up a layaway plan and pay for the rings in two installments. He wanted to pay through PayPal, which isn’t a normal billing option on the site, so he called My Trio Rings customer service and spoke with CEO Vipul Lakhi. After Shane explained his situation, Vipul helped him manually set up the payment plan he wanted and got everything processed.

    “I thought it was so cool he did that for me,” said Shane. “I got it all paid off, but by the time I’d made the second payment, we found out Mom wasn’t going to make it.”

    Jackie’s mother’s health had started to deteriorate rapidly, and the couple moved the wedding date to a few days in the future. Shane got in touch with Vipul again to see if rush delivery for the rings was possible. “I said, ‘I’m pretty sure it’s going to be impossible to get them here on time, but if there’s any possibility of sending them out next day, I’ll pay whatever shipping you want,” said Shane. “And Vipul sent me back an email saying, ‘We’ve got your sizes; the guys are working on them. We’ll ship them out overnight with FedEx, and don’t worry about the expedited shipping.’ His team even sent a handwritten card, saying we hope your mom gets better and thank you for shopping with us.”

    Shane said he knew he had made the right decision as soon as he opened the box and saw the rings for the first time. “My fiancée was out shopping at the time, so she didn’t see them right away, but I was so excited,” he said.

    “I upgraded her engagement ring with the one that came with the set, and she was just so happy with that. I was sitting here almost every night before we got married, and I’d take out the box and put the ring on my finger to check it out. It was the best experience ever. The rings looked exactly like they did online. I couldn’t be happier.”

    Jackie’s mom sadly passed away a few days before the wedding. Shane and Jackie held a small, intimate wedding ceremony in their living room with just a few close friends and family members, while the rest of their loved ones came to town for a larger ceremony and reception the following weekend.

    “After we exchanged rings, we both hugged each other for about 10 minutes,” said Shane. “We were very happy that we had gotten married, but we were also sad Mom couldn’t be there. We just held each other and cried a little bit.” 
    Shane expressed gratitude for My Trio Rings’ personalized customer service. “They’ve helped me out right from the beginning,” he said.

    “They’ve got to be one of the best I’ve dealt with online. I’ve never had a company be so responsive with questions or changes to the standard way of doing business. It would have been so easy for Vipul to say, ‘No, sorry, everything on layaway has to be on a credit card,’ and then go on with his day. But instead, he took the time to listen to me and do this manually for me so I could get the rings that I wanted. I will be ordering from these guys in the future. Anybody I know who’s getting married, I’m going to send them to My Trio Rings.”

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Monthly Archives: June 2018

  • Today Diamond Industry

    Diamond Rarity

    Are diamonds rare? This common question by consumers has a complex answer that’s often oversimplified by the media. Below we’ll explain which diamonds are rare and address this misconception!

    On one hand, approximately 133 million carats of new diamonds are mined every year. So while you aren’t likely to stumble across a diamond in your backyard, there is still a relatively large supply of natural diamonds in the world being mined every
    year on top of diamonds already in the market.

    However, only about 20% of rough diamonds are sold and used for luxury items; the remaining 80% are used for industrial purposes (such as cutting, drilling, polishing and grinding). Once the higher quality 20% is selected, these diamonds must be
    sorted and classified. Diamonds can be classified by more than 12,000 categories, but the most important are, of course, the 4 C’s. See sidebarinfographic below for why only 20% of
    diamonds are viable for jewelry.

    And of this 20%, you will find diamonds with different types of imperfections formed while the diamond travelled closer to the earth's surface. An even smaller number are considered investment-grade diamonds with near zero imperfections. These are
    the truly rare diamonds with exceptional clarity, color, carat and/or cut that usually sell for prices only accessible to millionaires and billionaires.

    What makes only 20% viable for jewelry?

    jewerly vs industrial quality graph

    But what makes diamonds rare from an average customer’s perspective is that each stone is completely unique. No two diamonds are exactly alike. Like a snowflake, every naturally formed diamond has its own qualities and characteristics that make it one
    of a kind. You know that when you buy a diamond ring, it will have an appearance and brilliance unlike any other.

    Synthetics & Alternates

    When shopping for rings, you’re likely to come across a long list of unfamiliar terms used to describe diamonds and alternative stones. But what’s the difference between a natural diamond and a lab-grown diamond? What are the alternatives to diamonds
    that look similar?

    Sneaky advertising can trick you into thinking a synthetic diamond or an alternative stone is really a naturally mined diamond. Here is a glossary of terms to help you understand what you’re looking at – and the advantages and disadvantages of each
    product. You might only be satisfied with a ring featuring a rare and natural diamond, or you may be perfectly happy with a man-made diamond or an alternative stone. It’s a matter of personal preference, but you need all the info to make an educated
    decision.

    Diamonds vs Alternatives comparison graph

    Natural Diamonds

    Natural White Diamonds are formed under extreme heat and pressure in the Earth’s surface, then mined, cut and polished.

    Treated Diamonds are naturally formed but have been exposed to treatments – usually high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) – to enhance their color. These treatments must be disclosed when you buy a diamond.

    Clarity-enhanced diamonds are naturally formed but have received additional manipulations – such as laser drilling or fracture filling – to minimize the appearance of inclusions or cracks. These enhancements must be disclosed when
    you buy a diamond.

    Who natural diamonds are for:

    For many people, the desire for a natural diamond is an emotional one. They feel a diamond ring is more meaningful because it features a rare, authentic diamond that has formed naturally over a long period of time, in a process that can’t be replicated
    by humans. It has significance and prestige that a synthetic diamond or alternative stone does not.

    Alternative Stones

    Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is an alternative stone which is made by melting zirconium and zirconium oxide at a high temperature.

    Who cubic zirconia is for:

    Cubic zirconia stones are not authentic diamonds, but they do have a similar appearance to the untrained eye. CZ is far less expensive than both naturally mined and lab-grown diamonds, though it is not as durable or as brilliant as the authentic
    stone. Cubic zirconia is a good option for people who want a similar look to a traditional diamond ring but who are on a tight budget.

    Moissanite

    Moissanite is an alternative stone that is a naturally occurring mineral made from silicon carbide.

    Who moissanite is for:

    Moissanite has a similar appearance to an authentic diamond, and it offers almost comparable durability. It doesn’t have the same prestige or recognition as a natural diamond, but it is a good alternative for people who value rare and natural formation,
    as well as a low price point.

    Authenticity Tests

    If you have a diamond are and unsure of whether it is authentic, here are a few tests you can try!

    • Informal tests (prone to error)
      • Fog test: Hold the stone close to your mouth and breathe as if you’re fogging up a window. Diamonds can’t hold heat and should clear immediately. If the stone fogs, it’s not authentic. If it remains clear, it’s a real diamond.
      • Light test: Hold the stone over a piece of paper on top of a line of text. An authentic diamond will refract light in a way to prevent you from reading the print through it.
      • Portable diamond tester: Test the stone with a handheld diamond testing kit (which sell for a few hundred dollars) that uses electrical conductivity to differentiate a real diamond from a moissanite
    • Formal test (industry standard)
      • Lab test: Submit your jewelry to a third party lab such as GIA, AGS or IGI, both of which can provide scientific and professional testing to determine the authenticity or qualities of the diamonds in
        your jewelry. Get more information on having your jewelry tested:

    Authenticity Testing

    Authenticity tests should always be conducted by a certified independent testing lab. If tested by a jeweler, make sure to get their claims in writing!

  • The 4cs

    The 4's C's of diamond classification are: color, carat weight, clarity, and cut. Together, the 4 C's determine a diamond's cost and value. It's essential to understand the 4 C's because each C speaks differently to your individual preferences
    and budget.

    The 4 C's will help you understand the value of your purchase so you can get the most out of your budget. Using our four generations of expertise, we've pared this information down to what you need to know to find the best value.

    COLOR

    While diamonds come in every color of the spectrum, the most valuable diamonds are colorless. Truly colorless diamonds are extremely rare to find while mining; as a result, they're very expensive.

    Diamonds are graded on a standard color scale established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Diamonds range from D (colorless) to Z (yellow). The further down in the alphabet the diamond is, the more yellow it appears. Color can best
    be determined by looking at a loose diamond on a pure white surface, and by noting its contrast to other stones.


    diamond color scale graph

    $ AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

    All My Trio Rings diamonds are near colorless, in the G, H and I range, and set to optimize light reflection.

    Though colorless diamonds are held up as the ideal, the truth is that G, H and I diamonds appear colorless to the naked eye. Unless you plan to grade your stones against white paper, you won't be able to notice a distinguishable color for diamonds
    in the G-I range. Your budget will stretch much further if you shop in the near colorless range (G-I), vs. colorless (D-F).

    CARAT

    Some people believe that carat refers to the size of a diamond while in actuality; carat is the term used to measure a diamond's physical weight. The larger the diamond of a particular quality, the harder it is to find while mining and the greater
    its rarity. Because larger diamonds of a particular grade are rarer, they generally have a greater value and cost per carat.

    How big is a carat? A carat is equal to 200 milligrams, and there are 142 carats to an ounce. 1 carat diamond = 0.200 Grams. Some household items which have a weight in a similar range are a hair bobby pin, Q-Tip, peppercorn, or standard
    office staple. While carat refers to the physical weight of a stone, you will find that a well cut stone will have a common diameter which can be compared to a standard dime.


    Carat size comparison to a Dime mobile version

    $ AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

    By replacing one larger solitaire stone with an elegant multi-stone cluster design, we offer rings with a much bigger look (and often higher carat weight) but without the higher price!

    Solitaire vs Cluster graph

    CLARITY

    Internal imperfections and external irregularities affect the clarity of the diamond by interfering with the passage of light throughout the stone. Imperfections such as spots, lines, or bubbles are known as inclusions. The diamond is more valuable
    when it has fewer inclusions. According to the GIA's quality analysis system, clarity is graded on a scale ranging from flawless (FL or IF) to imperfect (I). The system is based on the visibility of inclusions at a magnification of 10x.


    Diamond Quality Analysis System Graph mobile version

    $ AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

    My Trio Rings offers diamonds with clarity ranging from SI1-SI2 to I1-I2; they have some inclusions but they're not usually noticeable to the naked eye. There is a huge variation in quality available in these grades; we select diamonds that have
    the best clarity and sparkle in an affordable price range (for example, those with inclusions located on the side of a stone, where they're much less visible than in the center). You don't need to pay exponentially more on a higher clarity diamond
    just because it looks better under a magnifying glass.

    CUT

    Each diamond is cut using an exact mathematical formula to unleash its maximum brilliance and fire. The cut can also refer to the number of facets, or flat faces that the diamond has.

    The most common cut is the round brilliant which has 58 flat, polished facets that reflect the most possible light. The mathematical formula also takes into account the depth of the cut. If a diamond is cut too shallow or too deep it will lose some of its “fire” or “life.” A well-cut diamond will reflect the light and refract it back to your eye. Cut is not to be confused with shape.


    Anatomy of Diamond graph mobile version

    $ AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

    A skillful cut emphasizes a diamond's assets, while minimizing flaws. The diamond cutters at My Trio Rings work meticulously to let the most light shine through each stone, and to keep any imperfections imperceptible to the naked eye.

  • Ring fit types

    You’ll wear your wedding rings every day for many years to come, so it’s important to understand the different ring fit types offered by jewelers. Wedding ring fit refers to the shape of a ring’s interior surface; some are flat or curved, and some are
    solid or concave. My Trio Rings offers four different ring fit types: standard, comfort, gallery and Concave.

    Concave Fit - $
    Concave fit wedding rings are made with less metal than standard fit rings. Their interior surface is slightly concave, curving inward. The concave shape allows the ring to be lighter and more affordable while still retaining its strength.
    Standard/Regular Fit - $$
    Standard fit wedding rings have a classic profile. Their top surface has a slightly rounded shape, but their interior surface is straight and flat.
    Gallery Fit - $$
    Gallery fit wedding rings are similar in appearance to standard fit rings, featuring a straight interior surface. The only difference is that a gallery fit band does not have a solid gold interior; instead, it has hollow indentations. This design makes gallery fit rings both lighter and more affordable than standard fit rings.
    Comfort - $$$
    Comfort fit wedding rings are designed to rest more comfortably on your finger, and to slide on and off more smoothly, than a standard fit ring. A comfort fit band’s interior is crafted using extra metal, creating a gently convex or domed surface.


    ring fit types

    $ AFFORDABILITY FACTOR

    The gallery fit is perfect for any couples looking for a beautiful look, comfortable fit and affordable price tag. Look for a rings’ fit type in the ring details section of any ring page!

  • Platinum jewelry

    Platinum is a strong precious metal that is used to make high-end jewelry. Platinum may
    be similar in appearance to white gold, but it has different characteristics which we will cover below!

    Appearance

    Platinum has a natural silver-white appearance that complements the brilliance of diamonds. While
    platinum’s shiny finish may dull over time but it does not fade to a yellowish color and require
    more frequent repolishing as white & yellow gold
    does.


    platinum appearance polished platinum and patina platinum

    Price

    Platinum is more expensive than both yellow and white gold for a number of reasons. Platinum is
    harder to discover in nature, and therefore less mined than gold. Platinum is also far heavier than
    gold, so the same ring will weigh more when crafted
    in platinum instead of gold (metals are priced by weight). Platinum rings are made almost entirely
    of platinum (about 95%), while gold rings contain a higher percentage of alloys; this increases the
    value of platinum rings


    Platinum vs White Gold graph

    Durability

    Platinum is denser and more durable metal than gold. It holds up well to wear and tear, though it
    also has a substantial weight (not the best choice if you want a very light ring). Though platinum
    is more durable than gold, it can still scratch
    over time, developing a patina finish similar to an antique piece of jewelry. Many couples love
    this vintage aesthetic, while others prefer to have their platinum rings repolished to a nearly new
    appearance.


    Density and weight - Platinum vs White Gold

    Be Consistent with Your Metals

    The precious metal you choose for your wedding ring set will depend on your budget, style and
    personal preferences. Whatever metal you settle on, keep it consistent across your matching rings.
    White gold and platinum have a similar appearance,
    but their color differences will be stark if you wear them side by side (for example, a platinum
    engagement ring with a white gold wedding band).

  • Gold overview

    Gold is a metal mined from the earth that has been used in jewelry for hundreds of years. Gold’s malleability (how easily it can be shaped and molded) and its rarity (how unusual it is to be found in nature) have made it a choice metal for engagement and wedding rings.

    But malleability – one of gold’s most appealing attributes – is also its biggest weakness in jewelry. Pure gold jewelry is brittle and susceptible to breaking. Gold is therefore mixed with alloys such as copper, zinc or silver to increase its strength. The proportion of pure gold used vs. alloys used is what determines a gold’s Karat (or K) purity.

    Gold Purity

    Not to be confused with a diamond’s carat (weight), a gold’s karat (K) is determined by the proportion of pure gold vs. alloys added to strengthen it. Gold purity is measured in karats; the highest karat number is 24K, which is the karat of pure gold. Since pure gold is too soft to be used in jewelry making, gold is mixed with other metals, which make the resulting alloy harder and more durable as jewelry. A higher percentage of pure gold to alloys equals a higher Karat. To determine what gold karat a piece of jewelry is, look for the gold stamp that’s on the inner edge of a gold ring.

    For example:

    • 10 karat gold is an alloy made up of 10 parts gold + 14 parts other metals
    • 14 karat gold is an alloy made up of 14 parts gold + 10 parts other metals
    • 18 karat gold is an alloy made up of 18 parts gold + 6 parts other metals

    Visually the differences among the different karats is subtle, and the polish used on jewelry can be misleading. To verify the gold Karat of jewelry, you must have jewelry tested in a nationally certified independent lab as informal tests such as scratch testing and acid testing are prone to human error.


    Gold Color Varietes

    Karat vs. Carat

    Carat refers to the weight of a diamond, whereas Karat,
    refers to the pure gold content in jewelry.

    Is 10K or 14K Better?

    In some parts of the world, gold jewelry with a higher karat, such as 18K and 22K, is more is widely sought after. But in the U.S., most people opt for 10K and 14K gold; these varieties are stronger and more affordable than those with higher pure gold content.

    My Trio Rings offers both 10K and 14K gold options for all our diamond ring sets. But what’s really the difference between the two?

    Is 10K Lower Quality?

    You’ll notice that 10K jewelry is less expensive than 14K pieces. This makes sense, since 10K jewelry contains less gold. However, keep in mind that in this case, cheaper doesn’t mean low quality: 14K gold may be more expensive, but its higher gold content also makes it softer and less durable than 10K gold.

    Gold Color

    Gold is most often found in yellow, white and rose colors. Since all gold jewelry is made by mixing pure gold with alloys (other metals), this combination of metals is what determines a gold’s final shade.

    Yellow Gold
    Yellow gold’s warm hue is created by combining pure gold with alloys such as zinc and copper.
    White
    White gold’s silvery appearance is the result of blending pure gold with white metals such as nickel, palladium or manganese.
    Rose
    Rose gold’s pinkish glow is achieved by adding more copper to the alloys mixed with pure gold.

    Do Gold Rings Fade?

    It’s a common misconception that rings which fade are not authentic. But it’s not the gold itself that fades - it’s the polish that all gold jewelry has on its surface which gives it the lustrous shine. It’s important to take gold jewelry in for a “tune-up” from time to time to get a new coat of rhodium, yellow polish or rose polish. Many jewelers also refer to this practices of having gold rings “redipped” which references how rings are dipped into an electroplating solution which is how polish adheres to the gold surface.


    Gold Color Varietes

    Buyer Beware: Nickel Allergies

    Nickel is commonly used in gold alloy mixtures and is also a metal that many people are allergic to. For people with this sensitivity, jewelry made with nickel can cause a skin reaction or rash if the gold polish fades over time. Currently My Trio Rings does not guarantee rings are Nickel Free.

    Customize Your Rings

    We offer all of our rings in both yellow and white gold (10K and 14K). On each product page, you can select the gold color and karat you want. To see how the same ring looks different in yellow and white gold, try our interactive slider below!

    White Gold Trio Ring SetsWhite Gold Bridal Ring SetsWhite Gold Engagement Rings
    White Gold Ladies Wedding BandsWhite Gold Mens Wedding BandsWhite Gold Wedding Band Sets
    Specials on White Gold Rings

    Yellow Gold Trio Ring SetsYellow Gold Bridal Ring SetsYellow Gold Engagement Rings
    Yellow Gold Ladies Wedding BandsYellow Gold Mens Wedding BandsYellow Gold Wedding Band Sets
    Specials on Yellow Gold Rings

  • Diamond Trends

    Diamond Trends

    When you think about the phrase “bridal fashion” you tend to compare it to the fast moving fashion industry. But when it comes to the Bridal market, it’s a careful balance of “timeless evolution”. Diamond ring styles don’t change dramatically every season, the way apparel trends do. Diamond styles tend to go through new evolutions every few years led by an individual's strong taste preference or a few key trendsetters (like the famed Princess Diana Ring). Below we’ll cover a few of the most recent trends that modern couples are seeking and a bit of information about what makes them unique.

    Halo Rings

    Halo engagement rings feature a center diamond encircled by smaller accent diamonds, creating the illusion of a much larger (and more expensive) center stone.

    Featured Halo Rings

    Round Cut Premium Diamond Ladies Engagement Halo Ring

    Round Cut Diamond Ladies Engagement Halo Ring

    Princess Round Cut Diamond Ladies Engagement Halo Ring

    Halos & Clusters

    Halo wedding rings and Cluster wedding rings involve using multiple stones for the final effect. Many smaller stones in a design are far more affordable than single solitaire stones. Explore our
    Haloand
    Clustercollections to see what a big difference they provide!

    Solitaire Rings

    Solitaire engagement rings offer a classic, elegant look: a single center diamond – some also featuring smaller accent diamonds.

    Featured Solitaire Rings

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Solitaire Ring BT323W10KE

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Solitaire Ring BT705W10KE

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Solitaire Ring BT324W10KE

    Cluster Rings

    Cluster engagement rings feature a center setting made up of several smaller stones, instead of a large solitaire; this design shows off a lot of sparkle for a very reasonable price. This is one of My Trio Ring’s core strengths -- you won’t
    find a bigger offering anywhere else!

    Featured Cluster Rings

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Cluster Ring BT109W10KE

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Cluster Ring BT103Y10KE

    Diamond Ladies Engagement Cluster Ring BT110W10KE

    Three Stone

    Past Present and Future rings represent a couple's history as a couple, their present day celebration of love and the future of their commitment as a couple!

    Featured Three Stone

    Princess Round Baguette Cut Diamond Ladies Engagement Ring

    Round Cut Diamond Ladies Engagement Ring BT322W10KE

    Round Cut Diamond Ladies Engagement Ring BT571W10KE

    Two Stone

    Two stone rings are a very new concept with two stones at the top of the ring representing the two hearts that make a relationship one. This often carries different meaning for different couples whether the ring is to commemorate husband &
    wife or a mother & daughter bond!

    Round Cut Diamond Two Stone Ring BT721W10KE

    Round Cut Diamond Two Stone Ring BT719W10KE

    Round Cut Diamond Two Stone Ring BT722W10KE

  • Understanding diamond grading

    The My Trio Rings Certificate of Authenticity

    Every ring comes with a My Trio Rings certificate of authenticity, guaranteeing its gold purity and diamond qualities. This document provides tangible and specific verification that a diamond ring is exactly as advertised, giving you peace of mind when making an important purchase.

    GIA Certificate for Higher-Grade Diamonds

    For diamond rings with center stones of a higher grade (generally starting at a clarity of SI2, a color of J, and a carat of ⅓), a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) report is also available. This nonprofit gem research organization provides Diamond Grading Reports with thorough and unbiased analysis of a diamond’s quality, including the 4 C’s and additional grading information. The GIA offers reports only for individual diamonds – not the actual jewelery piece.

    Here’s a breakdown of the most important terms in a GIA report and what they mean:


    Diamond grading information table

  • Diamond overview

    You’re on a mission to find the perfect diamond ring. Congratulations!

    Too often, ring shopping seems like an expensive and complicated puzzle you have to piece together. Our Diamonds 101 guide is designed to help you crack the code, sharing information as industry insiders that are shaking up the industry. With four generations
    of expertise we share facts and shopping tips that empower you as the customer no matter where you decide to buy.

    giving you all the information you need to make a safe, confident and budget-friendly purchase.

    How are diamonds formed?

    Diamonds are formed deep within the Earth, typically more than 100 miles below the surface in the upper mantle (the Earth’s mantle goes to a depth of about 1800 miles, or the distance from Minneapolis to Miami!). In the mantle, the combination of intense
    pressure and high temperatures form what are called diamond crystals. Diamonds are actually comprised of 99.95% pure carbon atoms.


    How are diamonds formed?

    Through volcanic eruptions below the surface of the earth’s crust, these pressure-formed diamond crystals emerge closer to the surface, where they can be mined. Diamonds can be found anywhere in the world – under rock formations and even under the
    seabed! But because real diamonds are formed in such unique conditions, they are not easy to mine, and certain qualities are considered rare and very valuable.

    When a diamond is unearthed, it hardly looks like the shiny stone you see on most jewelry. After it’s mined, it’s sent to a diamond cutter, an expert at cutting a stone to give it the best possible look. Stones can be cut manually with polishing wheels,
    or with sophisticated laser-guided cutting machines that analyze the clarities within the larger stone and cut precisely to extract the high-clarity cross-sections. Any “waste” from this process is often ground down and used for commercial purposes,
    such as high-grade drill bits.

    After millions of years of formation, mining, cutting and polishing, a stone is now ready for its final destination! The diamond’s size and shape will determine how it is set in a piece of jewelry.

    Are Diamonds Really That Rare?

    How do we measure a diamond’s true value and rarity? Read more about today’s diamond market here.

    Where are diamonds found?

    Where are diamonds found?

    Which Diamond is Right for Me?

    You might not be convinced that you want to buy a diamond ring – and that’s totally understandable. A diamond is certainly not a requirement for a happy marriage, and you may be considering your options, from skipping rings altogether to opting for
    a different type of stone. Let’s explore some of the common doubts and misconceptions that come up during ring shopping.

    Myth: Only a diamond can profess true love.
    Fact: True love is expressed in any way you and your significant other would appreciate. When it comes to proposing or marriage, what counts most is a sign of dedication or commitment.
    This may be symbolized with a traditional diamond or in a completely different way – but authenticity is important if you do decide to go with a diamond ring.

    Myth: The biggest diamond is the best diamond.
    Fact: The best diamond is the one you can’t stop staring at and want to show off to everyone (this does not have to be linked to a high price tag).

    Myth: A diamond engagement ring should cost at least two months’ salary.
    Fact: A ring should cost what fits your personal budget – but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on its look. Learn more about how to find affordable
    and practical options, and how My Trio Rings is leading this new charge.


    Which Diamond is Right for Me?

    The average cost of an engagement ring and two wedding bands in 2015: $7,593.00 The starting cost of a diamond and gold trio ring set at My Trio Rings: $499.99

    Myth: There are strict rules about what makes a “good” diamond.
    Fact: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So much of diamond selection is based on what you like and what you’ll be proud to wear.

    Myth: You’ll get a “fake” when you buy a diamond ring
    Fact: The jewelry industry is tightly regulated by the United States Federal Trade Commission. Reputable jewelers, both online and in store, will offer guarantees and certificates
    of authenticity

    The right diamond for you comes down to your personal preferences and priorities. We’ll help you figure out what’s most important to you, and how to get what you want for an affordable price.

  • Shane & Jackie

    Shane and Jackie’s first date was a weekend camping trip in British Columbia. The two had met online – and clicked right away – but they lived about three hours apart: Jackie in Kelowna, and Shane in Chilliwack. They had talked constantly over Skype for six months, forging a strong connection, before finally meeting in person.

    “She came down for the whole weekend, and we’ve been inseparable ever since,” said Shane.Jackie and Shane eventually moved in together in Chilliwack, then relocated to Jackie’s hometown. Together they have two children – Dylan, 5, and Charlotte, 1 – in addition to Shane’s twin 11-year-old daughters from a previous relationship.“Everything was working out so well and we were so happy together,” said Shane. “I wanted to be with her for the rest of my life. So I proposed to her with an engagement ring that my mom gave me. It was a set with an engagement ring and a wedding ring.” Shane knew from the beginning that he wanted to upgrade Jackie’s bridal rings before they got married, but since the two set a wedding date far in the future – spring 2017 – he had plenty of time to find the perfect set. Then a family illness caused them to change their plans. Jackie’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and Jackie and Shane decided to get married this summer instead.

    “I was actually planning on spending a lot more money, $5,000 to $6,000, on a wedding set because I had the time,” said Shane. “But then the wedding got pushed forward, and I needed something really beautiful that was going to be affordable within about a week’s pay.”

    Shane visited multiple jewelry stores but was disappointed with the prices and the lack of unique options. He started browsing through jewelry stores online, when he came across My Trio Rings.

    “I didn’t think I could really get something I wanted shopping online,” he said. “I’ve been stung so many times buying stuff online. You expect it to be one thing, and it turns out to be something totally different. And wedding rings are one of those things you kinda gotta get right.”

    But after dismissing a few other online jewelers, Shane was pleasantly surprised by My Trio Rings’ inventory and presentation.

    “I went through their selection, and every ring they had was one I was looking for,” said Shane. “They were really cool and different and nice. I spent two days on the website, going through and finding the wedding set that I wanted. The online experience with some of these other stores was not really the greatest. They don’t take the time to explain it so well. I found with My Trio Rings, you click on a ring and normally there’s a video of someone actually wearing the ring; you can get a size comparison and what it looks like and how it reacts to the light. So that made me feel better.”

    With about two weeks until the wedding, Shane opted to set up a layaway plan and pay for the rings in two installments. He wanted to pay through PayPal, which isn’t a normal billing option on the site, so he called My Trio Rings customer service and spoke with CEO Vipul Lakhi. After Shane explained his situation, Vipul helped him manually set up the payment plan he wanted and got everything processed.

    “I thought it was so cool he did that for me,” said Shane. “I got it all paid off, but by the time I’d made the second payment, we found out Mom wasn’t going to make it.”

    Jackie’s mother’s health had started to deteriorate rapidly, and the couple moved the wedding date to a few days in the future. Shane got in touch with Vipul again to see if rush delivery for the rings was possible. “I said, ‘I’m pretty sure it’s going to be impossible to get them here on time, but if there’s any possibility of sending them out next day, I’ll pay whatever shipping you want,” said Shane. “And Vipul sent me back an email saying, ‘We’ve got your sizes; the guys are working on them. We’ll ship them out overnight with FedEx, and don’t worry about the expedited shipping.’ His team even sent a handwritten card, saying we hope your mom gets better and thank you for shopping with us.”

    Shane said he knew he had made the right decision as soon as he opened the box and saw the rings for the first time. “My fiancée was out shopping at the time, so she didn’t see them right away, but I was so excited,” he said.

    “I upgraded her engagement ring with the one that came with the set, and she was just so happy with that. I was sitting here almost every night before we got married, and I’d take out the box and put the ring on my finger to check it out. It was the best experience ever. The rings looked exactly like they did online. I couldn’t be happier.”

    Jackie’s mom sadly passed away a few days before the wedding. Shane and Jackie held a small, intimate wedding ceremony in their living room with just a few close friends and family members, while the rest of their loved ones came to town for a larger ceremony and reception the following weekend.

    “After we exchanged rings, we both hugged each other for about 10 minutes,” said Shane. “We were very happy that we had gotten married, but we were also sad Mom couldn’t be there. We just held each other and cried a little bit.” 
    Shane expressed gratitude for My Trio Rings’ personalized customer service. “They’ve helped me out right from the beginning,” he said.

    “They’ve got to be one of the best I’ve dealt with online. I’ve never had a company be so responsive with questions or changes to the standard way of doing business. It would have been so easy for Vipul to say, ‘No, sorry, everything on layaway has to be on a credit card,’ and then go on with his day. But instead, he took the time to listen to me and do this manually for me so I could get the rings that I wanted. I will be ordering from these guys in the future. Anybody I know who’s getting married, I’m going to send them to My Trio Rings.”

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