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Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Eye Candy

Old, or European? (10 points if you recognized that song.) Well, lucky you because today it’s all about both. Old European cut diamonds are a favorite among the vintage and antique loving set. One of the O.G. ways to cut a diamond, the Old European cut predates today’s most popular shape, the round brilliant. The OEC is also round, but has a smaller table (the flat top surface of the diamond), a taller crown (the sloped sides of the diamond above the middle girdle), and an open culet (the pointy bit underneath). This graphic from GIA can help you out Read More →

Buying an Engagement Ring Online

Why You Should Buy an Engagement Ring Online There are so many benefits when you buy an engagement ring online. Competitive prices, wide range of selection, access to unique or hard to find rings, antique and vintage engagement rings are just a few of them. You also have access to information about the rings and diamonds provided in an easy to understand, detailed listing, making it easier to keep track of those 4 C’s. However, with so many options comes a dilemma: how to choose the right online jeweler to purchase your engagement ring We’ve talked before about how to Read More →

Engagement Ring Eye Candy: Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Rose gold is one of my all time favorite metals. I prefer it to yellow gold when it’s worn solo or when it’s used in a two-tone piece. I am so thrilled that what could’ve been a passing trend stuck around. Its staying power, now at just over 5 years since it burst back onto the scene, means it’s readily available for the most permanent jewelry pieces of all: bridal. Rose gold engagement rings and rose gold wedding bands are gorgeous and coveted by both brides and grooms alike. There’s just something about a rose gold setting that can make Read More →

Popular Engagement Ring Designers

Since this blog is called Designers and Diamonds, I figured I’d combine the two today. Some of my favorite engagement rings are those crafted by the best designers in the bridal game, and each has something different to offer. Appropriate, considering the vast variety of different brides and different styles of each lady. But, for a guy just starting out shopping, the barrage of fancy names might be a bit much to handle. Well, gents, look no further. Your lady friend has obviously pinned this handy graphic for you so that when the time comes you can identify her favorite Read More →

Friday Faves

It’s Friday! We made it to another weekend, friends! And with Mother’s Day this Sunday, springtime celebrations abound! While I’ll be toasting to my Mom long-distance (and trying to bribe her to FaceTime me while she opens her gifts), I’ll be celebrating the official arrival of Spring in Chicago. Flowers everywhere, rabbits for Ruby to chase on every walk, and a gas oven that heats up the whole house insisting that we grill dinner every night. It is goooood. And it also has me in a shopping mood. Enter my Pinterest faves this week! Pin Loves I love these tops. Read More →

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