Monday, April 21, 2014
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Now that you’ve set a budget, found out your soon-to-be fiancée’s ring size and style, and reviewed the essential 4 C’s of purchasing diamonds, you’re ready for the second part of our guide to buying an engagement ring. Here are some more things to remember:

  1. 4) Be creative.
    It’s important to pick out a style that you think your future fiancée might like but this also means that you can be creative. Choose a diamond shape that’s meaningful for you. Round cuts are the most popular ones but there are also princess, heart, marquise, and emerald-shaped diamonds, among others.

    You can also customize your ring’s band by choosing from platinum and gold metals, and having it shaped according to your specifications. A plain round band is typical but there have been rings that appear like braids, branches, have eternity settings, or have names or messages engraved in them. Whatever style you choose, you’ll also have to consider the color of the center stone and your future fiancée’s skin tone when picking among the various shades of gold.

    It’s also not unheard of for couples nowadays to feature other gemstones as their main centerpiece and just accent it with diamonds or to completely eschew diamonds altogether. Morganite, rubies, emeralds, emeralds, and pearls are just some of the precious stones people have set on their engagement rings.

  2. 5) Be careful.
    Engagement rings are very precious pieces of jewelry and while they can be affordable, they’re not exactly cheap so it’s better to be cautious about making your purchase. Your best bet is to buy your ring from a reliable jeweler so you aren’t at the risk buying something you don’t want.

    Here are some things you want to remember when finally buying the ring:

    • Make sure the shop you buy from has a good, long-standing reputation.

    • If you’re buying at a retail shop, inspect their product display to see if their rings match the style you want or if their designers can customize it for you. Use this opportunity to look at their workmanship and the quality of their materials.

    • If you’re buying online, make sure to only buy diamonds certified by the Gemological Institute of America or the American Gem Society.

    • Take note of return policies, especially for online purchases.

    • If you’re having something customized, make sure you’re working closely with the designer even if you’re not able to meet up in person.

    • An online jeweler with a reliable and trusted brick-and-mortar store presence may be a safer bet than a seller that’s purely online.

    • Do your research. Familiarize yourself with the seller, market prices, and the 4 C’s (or other grading systems, depending on what you’re actually buying).

    Finally, once you’ve made your purchase, consider having the ring insured. You can look at homeowner or renter’s insurance, actual value policies, and replacement insurance policies. Just make sure to read up on what’s included in the coverage and what you’re eligible for in case the ring is lost, stolen or damaged.

Choosing an engagement ring may seem daunting to many but once you propose and she says “yes”, all the effort will surely be worth it. So congratulations on finding “The One” and we hope this guide helps you find The Ring that will show her how much you love her.

Good luck!

Thursday, April 17, 2014
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There are two very difficult but worthwhile challenges you may go through during your lifetime. One is the search for your soul mate. The other is, upon finding “The One”, searching for the right engagement ring.

Okay. Maybe the latter is a little hyperbolic but choosing an engagement ring can be a really quite overwhelming. Plus, there’s the fact that you’re still just about to propose once you finally have it – and that can go one way or the other. Don’t fret, however, because while finding a soul mate is something only the fates can arrange, this two-part guide can help you find that very special ring for your beloved. Here are some tips:

  1. 1) Be practical.
    Perhaps one of your more experienced friends or family members have told you that you’re supposed to spend 2-3 months’ salary on a ring. While this might be something of a tradition, what truly matters is the thought behind the ring and not its price. Be realistic about your budget and get the prettiest ring you can afford. Luckily the Internet has made it easier to research about engagement ring characteristics and prices so you can plan ahead.And don’t wait to propose because you can’t buy a better ring. If she truly is your soul mate and you’re eager and ready to start a new life with her now, ask her. You can always get her a better ring as an anniversary present.

  2. 2) Be stealthy.
    Many (but not all) women like to be somewhat surprised with a proposal. If you think your sweetheart might appreciate it, it might require you to be very secretive about researching the ring. Use all the James Bond skills you have or even enlist her friends to find out her ring size and familiarize yourself with her style so that when the time comes, she’s pleasantly surprised and not shocked.

  3. 3) Be savvy.
    Engagement rings have been made with diamonds since Archduke Maximilian gave the first one to Mary of Burgundy in 1477.  So if you do want to go the traditional route, remember to take note of the 4 C’s essential to buying diamonds: Clarity, Color, Carat and Cut.

    • Clarity is measured by the diamond’s perfection. That is, a clearer rock with fewer imperfections is more expensive than one with more “inclusions” and “blemishes”. Inclusions are little fractures or other minerals found on the diamond while blemishes are surface defects.You typically want a something graded from F (flawless) to SI1-SI2 (inclusions can be seen under 10x magnification although they may be visible to the unaided eye). Anything below that (I1-I3) and the flaws may be easily noticeable.

    • Color. White is the most valuable and rare color for diamonds. The best colorless ones are graded “D” while “Z” grades are on the other end of the spectrum.If you’re wondering about colored of “fancy” diamonds (pink, yellow, blue, and the like), these are graded using a scale similar to the one used for other colored gemstones’.

    • Carat is basically the unit of measuring a diamond’s weight and size and one carat is equal to 0.2gm or 200mgm. On average, engagement ring diamonds range between half a carat to one carat.

    • Cut is the one C that isn’t influenced by nature and is therefore prone to mistakes. A diamond’s sparkle depends on how its facets (those little planes cut onto its surface) are cut and shabbily cut diamond may lose its “fire” or brilliance.

    These 4 C’s are important to make sure that you’re getting your money’s worth when you purchase the diamond for your engagement ring.

While we’ve covered some very important steps in purchasing your ring, there are a few more things you’ll still need to keep in mind. To find out what they are, stay tuned for the second part of our guide to finding the perfect engagement ring!

Friday, March 14, 2014

This spring is all about shining gems in glowing pastel hues.  Cate Blanchett was one of many stars on the red carpet with luxurious opal earrings.

Pale pink is almost neutral, and can go with just about any spring look in your wardrobe.  Take Cate’s look to a more everyday level with our Pink Quartz Earrings set in 18k Gold, or our Diamond earrings set in 14k Rose and White gold, for a subtle glow.

We love that pearls are in fashion this spring – and if you’re looking to add a pop of color to your jewelry box, we have several spring hues to choose from.  We have classic pearl stud earrings, or a selection of extremely on trend drops.  Pearls are such a versatile choice; you can wear them from the office to date, from Saturday morning at the kids’ soccer game to brunch with the ladies.

Celebrity fashion is screaming for gemstones right now!  On and off of the red carpet, stars are adorning their ears with sparkling jewels.  And it’s no wonder – with their facets and gleaming clarity, the right stone can brighten your eyes, add a glow to your cheeks, and put a spring in your step.   For example, these diamond and pink emerald hoops are especially springy in a setting of rose gold.

We also adore the freeform jewelry that’s in style right now, like these elegant diamond and oval sapphire earrings set in white gold.

Add some color to your spring with a pair of our earrings that match your look.  We carry so many exquisite earrings that you’re guaranteed to find the perfect set for you!