How To Prepare For A Marriage Proposal

Discuss Your Future

There are many details in developing your life plans with your significant other. You and your partner must discuss where you’d both like to be financially in your careers, personal goals, having a family and many other opportunities down the road.

Receive The Parent's Blessing

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Sit down with their parents and let them in on the exciting news. The parents must know about your love for their daughter.  Explain why you feel now is the time to move the relationship to the next level and follow it by asking for their blessing.

Save Up To Find The Perfect Engagement Ring

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Decide what you’re comfortable spending on a beautiful engagement ring. Your partner will be wearing this ring every day for the rest of their life, so get an understanding of what they love! There is a lot to take into account purchasing a diamond engagement ring. There are countless variables that affect beauty, quality and cost. These include the "4Cs". Color, Clarity, Carat Weight and Cut. 

Come Up With A Plan

Timing is everything. Make sure your proposal comes at a time that makes the moment absolutely perfect. Romance doesn't have to be expensive as long as you make it personal. If your partner's friends or family are a big part of their life, consider involving them in the planning process or even the proposal itself. The effort you put into the proposal will show your partner what they can expect from you for the rest of your lives.

Eye Contact. Relax. Take Your Time. 

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Having eye contact with your partner is the most important thing. It shows you mean it. It displays your confidence. Even if you stumble over your words continue to relax and take your time. 

After The "Yes"

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This is the one moment that belongs only to you both. Make it last. Enjoy the moment and appreciate it. It is one of those memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life. This is the most intimate memory that you will ever experience.

 

 

 

Know about your Diamonds before you make a purchase

There is a Diamond available in a range of sizes and qualities to fit every consumer's tastes.

 

The color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value. GIA's D-to-Z color-grading system measures the degree of colorlessness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions to masterstones of established color value. GIA's D-to-Z color-grading scale is the industry's most widely accepted grading system. The scale begins with the letter D, representing colorless, and continues, with increasing presence of color, to the letter Z. Many of these color distinctions are so subtle that they are invisible to the untrained eye; however, these distinctions make a very big difference in diamond quality and price.

The color evaluation of most gem-quality diamonds is based on the absence of color. A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water, and consequently, a higher value. GIA's D-to-Z color-grading system measures the degree of colorlessness by comparing a stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions to masterstones of established color value.

GIA's D-to-Z color-grading scale is the industry's most widely accepted grading system. The scale begins with the letter D, representing colorless, and continues, with increasing presence of color, to the letter Z.

Many of these color distinctions are so subtle that they are invisible to the untrained eye; however, these distinctions make a very big difference in diamond quality and price.

Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This process can result in a variety of internal characteristics called 'inclusions' and external characteristics called 'blemishes.' Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value. Many inclusions and blemishes are too tiny to be seen by anyone other than a trained diamond grader. To the naked eye, a VS1 and an SI2 diamond may look exactly the same, but these diamonds are quite different in terms of overall quality. This is why expert and accurate assessment of clarity is extremely important.

Natural diamonds are the result of carbon exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth. This process can result in a variety of internal characteristics called 'inclusions' and external characteristics called 'blemishes.'

Evaluating diamond clarity involves determining the number, size, relief, nature, and position of these characteristics, as well as how these affect the overall appearance of the stone. While no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value.

Many inclusions and blemishes are too tiny to be seen by anyone other than a trained diamond grader. To the naked eye, a VS1 and an SI2 diamond may look exactly the same, but these diamonds are quite different in terms of overall quality. This is why expert and accurate assessment of clarity is extremely important.

Intriguing Facts About Sapphires

Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September. 

Sapphires are a stone of love, fidelity, and commitment; which are commonly used in engagement rings. The traditional Sapphire Wedding Anniversary is the 45th one. 

Sapphires are said to be able to calm nerves which aid in bringing about mental clarity. They can help to bring a positive attitude toward life. They can be used to increase self-motivation and discipline, as well as to bring about calm energies when the mind is busy.

EMERALD CUT BLUE SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND PLATINUM RING

EMERALD CUT BLUE SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND PLATINUM RING

It is believed that there are mystical powers to sapphires. Throughout ancient times, sapphires symbolized protection from evil. In the middle ages, Europeans believed that sapphires cured eye diseases. 

EMERALD CUT YELLOW SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND PLATINUM RING

EMERALD CUT YELLOW SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND PLATINUM RING

 

 

Glamor up with Fashion Rings

Bold Statement

32 carats of Pink Sapphire and Amethyst set in in 14k rose gold, framed by 0.62 carats of white diamonds, this ring makes the absolute Royal statement! We love this look because it gives us confidence and it is a great conversation piece that will definitely get a lot of compliments.

Stackable RIngs

It looks so original and out of the ordinary. Plus, you can always purchase a set of stacking rings that you just need to place on your fingers and you are ready to go!

You can style these delicate or midi rings,  to create a very fashionable stacking style. These kind  of rings are great for casual, and dressy outfits.

What is a Baguette Diamond?

A Baguette can be used in a wide variety of jewelry. They are mainly used as accent stone or side stone in diamond jewelry especially diamond rings. Baguettes particularly enhance diamond engagement rings, diamond earrings and diamond bracelets. The geometrical shape gives the jewelry a unique look, different from the usual smooth, oval and round diamonds. The diamonds resemble the shape of a baguette.

Baguettes are long and rectangular, and its corners are octagonal. They are less brilliant than a round diamond. This means that the color difference comes out strongly with these diamonds, and it is preferable to go for the colorless grade. Lack of brilliance means lack of clarity. Clarity in baguette stones are therefore less as compared to other diamonds. This means that inclusions and flaws are more visible. 

EMERALD CUT 2.36 CTW VVS1 CLARITY, H COLOR DIAMOND BAGUETTE PLATINUM RING

EMERALD CUT 2.36 CTW VVS1 CLARITY, H COLOR DIAMOND BAGUETTE PLATINUM RING

BAGUETTE & ROUND BRILLIANT 3.20 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM BAND

BAGUETTE & ROUND BRILLIANT 3.20 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM BAND

 

 

 

The Most Popular Engagement Ring Settings

DIAMOND SOLITAIRE  

The solitaire setting displays classic elegance. The most popular stone shape is a classic round brilliant because of its beauty and sparkle that shows the true depth of the stone. 

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.33 CT VVS2 CLARITY, D COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM SOLITAIRE RING

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.33 CT VVS2 CLARITY, D COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM SOLITAIRE RING

SOLITAIRE WITH ACCENTS

An engagement ring that includes solitaire with accents are small diamonds that are placed beside a larger stone in a ring. They are designed to enhance the overall beauty and brilliance of the piece of jewelry.

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.20 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM RING

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.20 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM RING

THREE-STONE

Three-stone engagement rings tell the story of a journey. The three stones that make up the ring represent the past, present and the future. The stone that represents the present is always the biggest and is placed in the center of the three stones. The smaller stones that surround the middle one represent the past and future.  

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.44 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM THREE STONE RING

ROUND BRILLIANT 1.44 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM THREE STONE RING

HALO

The halo setting is when the center stone has a ring of small stones around it. The beautiful advantage of a single or double halo setting is that it makes the center diamond look huge. The halo ring makes the center stone look more brilliant. The halo outlines and encircles the center stone beautifully and make the ring that much more great.

CUSHION CUT 1.07 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM RING

CUSHION CUT 1.07 CTW VS2 CLARITY, I COLOR DIAMOND PLATINUM RING

Which Engagement Ring Should you choose?

Keep It Simple, with a Solitaire. Focus on the diamond and have it set in a solitaire-style engagement ring. It’s classic, affordable, and makes every diamond shape look fantastic. 

However, much like a classic strapless wedding gown, solitaires are a very popular style so chances are high you’ll get it right the first time.

The traditional solitaire consists of a ring head with four or six prongs that holds a center diamond and that’s it—no other stones along the band (or shank as it’s called in the biz). A four-prong solitaire allows more light to circulate around the stone compared to a six-prong, which tends to be a little more secure, given the two extra prongs. A small diamond can look smaller when set in a six-prong, but the true difference between a four-and six-prong is marginal don’t let it slow you down.

Similar to solitaires are sidestone rings, where the main center stone is flanked by a trail of tiny pavé diamonds that go part way or entirely around the shank. This is also a very popular and safe style to go with when you’re unsure or overwhelmed by the choices.

Diamond Buying Tips

Try Halo

If your budget is more suited for a smaller diamond, choosing a halo setting (small diamonds around the center stone) is a great way to make the stone appear larger.

Step-cut, Explained

Step-cut diamonds, such as emerald and Asscher, are designed with rectangular facets that emphasize clarity over brilliance. We recommend purchasing a step cut diamond with a clarity grade of VS1 or better to ensure the inclusions, or microscopic imperfections, are less visible.

Consider Fancy Shapes

Emerald, princess, cushion, and heart shapes are generally less expensive than a round cut of the same carat weight and sometimes even appear larger.