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...
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...
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...
29. October 2014
Of all the amazing features of a diamond, I think one of the coolest is its ability to glow under a UV light. The phenomenon, called fluorescence, doesn’t occur in all diamonds, but it’s fairly common. About a quarter of all the diamonds submitted to
the Gemological Institute of America
over the past decade show some degree of it. More...
23. August 2014
Diamond Engagement Ring with Bent Prongs
In my last post
, we talked about the best ways to clean your diamond
. Today, I’d like to focus
on what you can do to keep it looking beautiful for many years to come. Because here’s the thing: Diamonds are very hard and quite durable, but they’re also expensive and precious. Treat them like they’re valuable (because they are!). Here are my tried-and-true
tips for caring for your diamond ring between regular check-ups and cleanings. More...
23. August 2014
are the superheroes of gems: they’re all flash and fire and seemingly bulletproof. And yes, while it’s true they’re the hardest stones around, they can also show signs of everyday wear and tear. Their
kryptonite? Dirt. Oil, skin cells, muck and grime not only dim your stone’s natural sparkle, they can also build up under prongs, causing the stone to loosen and possibly even fall out. Luckily, taking care of your rock is fairly simple. Today, we’ll
cover how to clean and care for it. More...
24. July 2014
I’m a big fan of online shopping. In fact, a healthy amount of our business comes from our online store
. But even as we’re becoming savvier Internet shoppers, I still have customers bring in sub-par stones they bought
online--and paid way too much for. And hey, I get it: It’s tough to assess a piece of jewelry’s quality based solely on a website photo.
While nothing can replace holding a piece in your hands and inspecting it from all angles, shopping brick-and-mortar-style isn’t always feasible. Sometimes you browse a site and end up falling hard for a piece you can’t imagine living without. Or sometimes
you’re pressed for time and find that it’s easier to handle the whole transaction from the comfort of your laptop or smartphone. But before you click “buy,” check out these tips to help you suss out the real deals from the all-out scams. More...
24. July 2014
Diamonds , Sapphires
A lot of attention has been paid lately to conflict-free stones, and rightfully so. Even with all the reputable vendors out there, the mining and cutting of precious gems isn’t always handled in the most ethical way. Think small children working 12- to
16-hour days in a factory and breathing in harmful diamond dust. Or miners working in unsafe conditions with very little or no medical help at the ready and for little pay. More...