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Popping the Question? First Choose a Diamond Shape

engagement ringsWedding season is upon us and love is definitely in the air. Before popping the question, 61% of men consult with their girlfriends prior to purchasing wedding jewelry. Nowadays, women aren’t the only ones sporting engagement rings. A recent study reveals that 29% of men agreed that they too would wear one. To help decide which diamond shape best suits your spouse, here is a little information about the different diamond shapes.

Round
Being the most searched for diamond shapes today, the round, brilliant cut diamond is the most popular diamond of all. For just about 100 years, diamond cutters have developed advanced techniques to enhance the brilliance of a round diamond. Not only is it the most popular diamond shape, but it also allows more flexibility in balancing cut, color, and clarity grades. You can get all these things and still have the fire and brilliance you desire.

Princess
The most popular, non-round diamond is by far the princess cut diamond. This unique, yet stunning cut makes it a top choice for engagement rings. It features pointed corners, and when choosing a color, remember that its hue may be visible in its corners. While typically found in a square shape, you may find local jewelers with varying square or rectangular shapes.

Emerald
Its pavilion is what makes this diamond shape stand out from the rest. It is cut with rectangular facets to produce a unique optical appearance. Similar to the princess cut, emerald cuts can also vary in how rectangular they are. If you prefer emerald cut engagement rings with a distinct square shape, ask the diamond cutter to highlight the clarity of the diamond.

Asscher
Almost identical to an emerald cut, the Asscher-cut is definitively square in shape. It also has a pavilion that is cut with rectangular facets the same way an emerald-cut is. When deciding on color grade, keep in mind that while a J-color, non-round diamond has a higher price tag, color may be visible in the corners.

Marquise
The shape of this diamond can capitalize on karat weight and give the appearance of a much larger diamond. When paired with round or pear-shaped stones on the side, this brilliant-cut diamond looks stunning. One added bonus is that the shape of a marquise diamond gives the illusion of a longer, slender finger.

Cushion
In the fine jewelry industry, the cushion shape has been popular for more than a century. Also referred to as “pillow-cut” diamonds, this shape has rounded corners and large facets to enhance its brilliance. They range in shape from square to rectangular and have large facets to highlight clarity.

Contrary to belief, not all women prefer a diamond as an engagement ring. In fact, 52% of surveyed brides said they would wear a colored stone. Some of the most outstanding bridal jewelry have been a unique balance of tradition mixed with custom jewelry design. All in all, when choosing the shape of the stone, make sure it is as special and stunning as the person it is intended for.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

MOTHER’S DAY IS TOMORROW!
We’ve got you covered!

Stackable birthstone rings are a trendy way to represent multiple kids!

stackable birthstone rings stackable birthstone rings

Birthstone pendants can be worn as a single necklace or layered – another versatile way to show love for one or more children!

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Diamond Jewelry – if you can swing it, you know Mom deserves diamonds! We’ve got great looks for a few hundred or a few thousand dollars. How much grief have you given Mom this year?

two stone diamond jewelry diamond pendants

Gold-dipped roses are an annual favorite here. Flowers that never fade, just like your love for Mom! Start a bouquet today.

gold dipped rose gifts

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms out there! As a mom myself, I know we don’t do all the hard work for the gift once a year (although it’s nice to be recognized). We do it for the sloppy toddler kisses, the joy of watching our children try something new and succeed, the feeling of pride when we see our kids being kind or generous, anytime they let us know we’re raising good people. I’ve never known a harder job, or a more rewarding one. It sure is an adventure!

 

Color Diamonds

mocha and white diamonds set in rose and white gold ring on blue backgroundLet’s continue to celebrate April’s birthstone with a look at some colorful diamonds!

One of the biggest factors affecting the value of color diamonds is the rarity of the color. The most accessible diamonds of color are the ones of brown, grey, and black hues. Then come the yellows. These are followed by pinks, blues and greens. The very rarest are reds, purples and oranges.

Within each color family, the strength of the color impacts the value. The most expensive stones are the ones with the most vivid colors. If you are on a certain budget, but really want a pink diamond for example, consider one with lighter color. You can stay within your price point and then use a strategic mounting to make the diamond “pop”.

Clarity also impacts the value of color diamonds, not just white ones! Some colors are more predisposed to inclusions and blemishes due to the formation process. Yellow and blue diamonds tend to be the clearest.

The cut of the stone is another aspect of the value of color diamonds. Due to demand and cutting technique, the most expensive are round, princess, and emerald cuts.

The final factor in the pricing puzzle is size. If two stones are the same in cut, color and clarity, the larger stone will be worth more.

All of the qualities affecting the value of white diamonds also factor into the value of color diamonds. The only difference is the rarity of the color and the intensity or strength of that color takes precedence over the other elements of the stone.

                       
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Birthstone Spotlight – April

April’s birthstone is DIAMOND. Cherished for more than 6,000 years, diamonds were thought to be pieces of stars that had fallen to Earth. With lore like that, it’s no wonder that diamonds have long been seen as possessing magical and spiritual qualities, such as embodying fearlessness and invincibility! Most people are aware of the diamond’s hardness rating (10 out of 10), but few know how well it can tolerate heat. Diamond’s melting point is 3412°F, while steel melts at only 2500°F! Clean your diamond jewelry with warm, soapy water. Better yet, bring it in to us for a free inspection and cleaning. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, APRIL BABIES!

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