Princess Cut Engagement Rings Size Guide

The second most popular cut for engagement rings today, by a long shot, is the princess cut. Ladies love those clean lines, crazy sparkly hearts and arrows, and perfectly crisp corners. The princess cut steals many a heart, and our RLJ brides can’t get enough. So when their grooms come to us to start shopping, all they need to do is tell us their budget  so we can find the perfect princess cut for their lovely ladies. Now, you already know I can’t tell you how much a 2 carat diamond costs, but I can show you what one looks Read More →

Buying an Engagement Ring vs. Buying a Car

You know something funny? I like to compare purchasing a pre owned luxury watch to buying a car. Just like cars, luxury watches come with a high price tag, especially when you buy them new. And just like cars, watches have a large value depreciation as soon as they leave the authorized dealer. However pre-owned watches already lost that big chunk of change. So purchasing one in excellent condition gets you an investment that will perform just as well as the new one, but that initial depreciation is passed to the new buyer in the form of a lower price. Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Mojito + Mother of Pearl

It’s time to get tropical. And not tropical like the tropical storms we’ve been experiencing oh, every single day in South Florida. Back in my day it would rain at 3pm every day in the summer, and return to business/sunshine as usual by 5pm. Not so now that I’m back in the “sunshine” state. but whatever, it’s Thursday, it’s happy hour, and we can all drink like it’s sunny. Enter this mango cilantro mojito. Now, I realize that cilantro is a highly divisive herb, and that many individuals feel it might be the direct botanical descendant of satan, but I’m 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 →

The Evolution of Watches

Much like the evolution of dance, the evolution of watches is entertaining. The only difference is, Jimmy Fallon can’t reenact it with the help of The Roots anytime soon. Nonetheless, watches have a colorful and storied past, beginning hundreds of years ago. From the Valle Joux to 5th Avenue, watches have come a long way. Interestingly enough, the biggest headliners haven’t shifted too much. Names like Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin are among the original watchmakers (and the Stern family, who has owned Patek Philippe since the 1930′s, remain and the helm of the luxury giant.) So these watches are Read More →