are a lot of things: an outward symbol of your love and commitment, a sign that you’re officially off the market and, of course, a nice piece of jewelry. But let’s be honest, they’re also a lot of fun to show off. In fact, part of the thrill of getting engaged is sharing your proposal story with and waving your sparkler of a ring around friends, family and perfect strangers. As any bride-to-be will tell you, showing off your ring is even more fun if it inspires a little envy, too. Here are five gorgeous styles that will cause a serious case of the “I want’s.” More...
Have your heart set on a fancy colored diamond (FCD)? We don’t blame you. With their array of eye-catching shades, these beauties add a pop of color and a quirky-cool edge to your jewelry. Just like their more traditional white cousins, FCDs are the hardest
stones on the market and can be easily customized into the piece of your dreams. But since they are colored, you’ll have a few extra things to keep in mind during the design process.
Here’s what you—and your jeweler—should know. More...
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Natural Fancy Color Diamonds
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Jenny McCarthy. Carrie Underwood. Jennifer Lopez. Kelly Clarkson. The list of celebrities who have rocked fancy colored diamond
engagement rings is long—and it’s easy to see why.
These rare, tinted stones add an exotic touch to a treasured piece of jewelry, and since each one is unique, you’re guaranteed a one-of-a-kind creation. What woman doesn’t want that?
Luckily, you don’t have to have an A-lister’s bank to buy a fancy colored diamond (FCD). Though natural, untreated ones are pricey—especially in ultra-rare blue—there are plenty of lower-cost options that are just as beautiful. Here’s what to know before
you shop for one of these colorful sparklers. More...
Every year in June, the who’s who of the jewelry industry descend upon Las Vegas for the international convention JCK. Besides walking the floor and feeling like I’ve been transported to another country, I love seeing what design trends are emerging.
Here are eight of my favorites:More...
When I first started out as a jeweler, I thought I knew everything there was to know about white gold
. I was wrong. Turns out, this luxurious-sounding metal
is surprisingly complicated.
For starters, though gold
is found in nature, white gold most certainly is anything but natural. In order to make it, manufacturers mix pure, 24-carat gold with an alloy—usually nickel or platinum—that acts as a bleaching agent and strips out any hint
of color. Well, almost any color. That’s because gold’s natural warmth can never be completely erased, even when combined with the highest-quality alloy. So to give the metal the appearance of being colorless, many jewelers will plate it with rhodium.
12. June 2015
The Foolproof Way to Design a Surprise Engagement Ring She’ll Love
Considering all the time, effort and expense that goes into creating the perfect engagement ring
, is it any wonder so many men want some element of surprise? It elevates their all-important question
into a sweeping, romantic gesture -- not to mention, most women like it when their guy picks out the ring.
Of course, just how much surprise depends on the couple. In our 15 years of creating custom rings, we’ve seen it all -- from men who designed their intended’s ring entirely on their own to ones who include their partners in the decision-making process.
(We even had someone propose in our shop!) There’s no one right way to go about it, but there are some things you can do to help ensure your surprise ring is well-received. More...
Celebrities may have enough madcap adventures to keep TMZ photographers busy for days, but when it comes to engagement rings
, they’re surprisingly traditional. Most flock to designs that are elegant and timeless: think a big center stone, a super narrow band and, possibly, a halo
for understated bling.
That said, there are some exceptions -- and they’re pretty amazing. Here are a few of the nontraditional designs I’m loving, plus tips on how to snag a similar style for a fraction of the price.More...
When it comes to designing your own engagement ring
, most of us want anything but cookie cutter. In fact, the more unique and special, the better—which is a big reason couples are flocking to rings made of Gibeon meteorite
This warm grey material is truly like nothing on earth. For starters, it’s tough to find; it’s exclusively found in Namibia, in a huge field of meteorites that are millions of years old. (Thanks to our partnership with Lashbrook
, we’re one of the few
jewelers who offer it.) Also, because this space rock crystallizes in a unique pattern when it crosses into our atmosphere, every piece is slightly different. This is especially evident during polishing and etching, when those prized crystal formations
Alexandrite, the June birthstone,
in a mokume engagement ring
Think your birthstone
should be relegated to earrings or a pendant? Think again. More couples are opting to use these stones in their engagement rings
-- and not just to accent the diamond. In fact, birthstones are becoming the new center stone of choice for some.
A couple’s reasons for eschewing diamonds are as varied as the birthstone they use. Some women want a ring that’s as unique as they are, while others are vehemently against any possibility of wearing a so-called blood diamond. (You can read more about ethically mined stones here
.) Then there’s the matter of price: Some birthstones are a fraction of the cost of a diamond, meaning you can get a much larger stone for much less money. More...