The Essential Engagement Ring Handbook

The Essential Engagement Ring E-Book

Make knowledgeable choices and avoid expensive mistakes when investing in the most significant jewelry of your life!

Your dream ring can be a symbol of love, gratitude, and togetherness, and forever remain a snapshot in time of when you first fell in love. What if you could have The Authority on engagement ring design in your back pocket when you're shopping for your ring? What if you could have the ultimate digest on diamond and sapphire buying, so you could be confident that your investment dollars were being well spent?

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This small investment in time can transform your understanding of engagement rings, and affect what ring you'll be looking at for the rest of your life!  This first edition is a 100 page, beautifully illustrated eBook, easy to read, and it is now free.More...

5 Engagement Rings That Inspire Envy

Engagement rings 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...

A Beginner’s Guide to Designing with Fancy Colored Diamonds

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...

Fancy Colored Diamonds 411

Want a Fancy Colored Diamond? Then Read This!


Natural Colored Diamonds
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...




8 Hot Jewelry Trends in 2015

JCK Vegas
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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...



The Surprising Facts About White Gold

White Gold Tree of Life Rings
Rhodium-Plated & Natural White Gold
Tree of Life Wedding Rings
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. More...



Surprise Engagement Ring? Read This First!

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...


Awesome Celebrity Engagement Rings: Get the Look for Less

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...

Meteorite Engagement Rings: Out-of-This-World!

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 appear. More...



Trend to Watch: Birthstones in Engagement Rings


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...