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Engagement Ring Eye Candy: Large & In Charge

This week’s engagement ring eye candy has me craving a super size helping of rocks. Luckily, the RLJ showcase is fully stocked with colorful diamond delicacies like so many truffles at Godiva. And this week, we added quite a few new hefty engagement rings with large center stones. With great carat comes great responsibility (to share the blingy gorgeousness far and wide) so it’s my duty and pleasure to introduce you to a few of our new beauties and help these lovely sparklers find a new home.

Cushion Cut Fancy yellow Halo

18k White Gold Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

It’s my personal opinion that the best cushion cut diamond is one over three carats. And no, it’s not because I’m blinded by bling-size (for instance, I think the ideal size for a round brilliant is no larger than 2.5 carats.) I just feel that a cushion cut really shines when its center is bulging, its proportions are balanced, and it’s large enough to display the unique shape that separates it from square & rectangular cuts. Luckily, our newest cushion cut is 4.31 carats, placing it firmly in the B.A.D. category. It’s also yellow (!) which I know is not for everyone, but bear with me because it’s not the only yellow this week. This one features a gorgeous halo setting & microwave split shank.

Fancy Yellow Pear Shaped Halo

18k White Gold Pear Shape Fancy Yellow Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Another huge, yellow diamond, this pear shape is a warm, buttery yellow and is a whopping 6.05 carats. Like the one above, it’s surrounded by a gorgeous white diamond halo. However, the simple, thin microwave band is the perfect foil to the rather voluptuous center diamond. The setting is 18kt white gold, but the yellow gold prongs on the center diamond blend flawlessly into the diamond so that all you see on this ring are, well, diamonds.

9.03ct radiant cut halo

EGL Certified 9.03ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Onto the white diamonds. First up, a radiant cut that would make Beyonce look twice. In fact, this ring reminds me a lot of Beyonce’s engagement ring. Ours isn’t a Lorraine Schwartz original, and with an SI2 clarity grade it’s not quite *flawless*, but it woke up like this. Ok I’ll stop. It’s a massive 9.03 carats but doesn’t stop there – it features an additional 2.06 carats of accent diamonds. Of course, plenty of that weight comes from the halo around the center stone, but if you check out the bedazzled split shank setting, you’ll see that two tapered baguettes and two emerald cuts are nestled in there. So there’s no doubt that this rock shines from all angles.

Three stone emerald cut engagement ring with trapezoids

Platinum 4.24ctw Emerald & Trapezoid Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Finally, my favorite. I know you’re not supposed to play favorites, but I do. Frequently. And this one is a contender! There’s nothing I love more than a three stone ring, and this style is just so classic and regal. The center stone is a 3.04 carat emerald cut (coincidentally my favorite size for an emerald cut is 3 carats exactly) and it’s a stunning VS1 clarity – like staring into a crystal clear pool. If the pool were made of diamonds. I also love the proportions on this one – it doesn’t go too vertical. But the center stone isn’t the only beauty here, two step cut trapezoids flank the side of the center stone to blend into a beautifully symmetrical, seamless profile. Smitten.



4 Cute Ways To Announce Your Engagement

“WE’RE ENGAGED!!!” It’s the text/snapchat/Facebook post everyone hopes to receive from their long-term relationship-bound bestie. But what if you’re the bestie? What if it’s your¬†sparkly new ring on that very important finger? Chances are you’ve had a secret Pinterest board for quite some time now (no shade, just jealousy. I had to preemptively-pin in public like some sort of animal.) Chances are you have a pretty definitive seasonally-dependent line up of possible color schemes. Chances are you know damn well which flowers are verboten from all arrangements. What I’m saying is, you’ve already started to put some thought into your wedding – put some thought into all the goodness leading up to it! You only get one shot at getting/being engaged and married (well, ideally) so live it up! Enjoy every minute – ok maybe not those minutes you spend freaking out over ridiculousness like cake filling flavors or escort cards. But do enjoy the precious moments of sharing this joyful time with loved ones. Especially your engagement announcement. Gone are the days of impeccably worded newspaper announcements. And even Charlotte York’s NYT wedding section obsession is now a thing of ancient history. But listen lady, you can do better than an emoji filled status update. I believe in you. Save the autocorrect for the select texts you can’t wait to send, then put your phone down, bask in the glow of your newly engaged status – not your FB one. Then select your favorite of these cute ways to announce your engagement.

Cute Engagement Announcement Idea

via the abyss of Tumblr. If you have a real source, holla.

Alright, you’ve got the ring, let the socially acceptable designer shoe shopping consumption BEGIN! Just kidding. Please be responsible with your wedding budget and do not spend it all on expensive footwear (although you already know how I feel about that subject). However if you do happen to have a pair of Valentino’s lying around (or any pair of cute shoes for that matter) – how sweet is this photo idea? And perfect for the truly girly-girl who has been dreaming of her wedding day forever.

Engagement Portrait that your friends & family will actually want to keep

via Pinterest

It’s rare that I read some long comment on a Pin I actually agree with. Typically I’m wondering if this DIY pink lemonade dish soap is going to break my dishwasher or why anyone would put that much effort into Elf on the Shelf. But this Pinner brought up a good point: smoochy pic engagement announcements are sweet, but your friends and family love you, know you, and want to cherish this time in your life too. They’d probably rather not do so with a snapshot of you two sucking face (that’s what the first kiss is for!) Give them a beautiful portrait they can both leave on their fridge for 2 years after your actual wedding and scrapbook.

Introducing Us: cute engagement announcement

via Introducing Us

If you’d rather take things digital, please please please for the love of G_D use this idea so I can live vicariously through you. I’m so upset this didn’t exist when I got engaged! Intorducing Us is a service that lets you create a relationship timeline that culminates in an engagement announcement (and Save the Date if you so choose.) It allows all of us to become Jess & Russ, regardless of any graphic design skills or cleverness. And it is so.cute.

Ring pic engagement announcement

If you do elect to share the happy news via The ‘Gram, please take care to include your intended in your ring pic! He’s spent a considerable amount of time agonizing over the perfect ring for you (trust me, you have no clue how many times I had to assure him that “halo” can mean both pave and micropave). Give that man some credit & show off his sweet face!

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 if you’re convinced I just spoke Dothraki. The OEC also has fewer, larger facets than today’s tightly carved 57 or 58 facets on a round brilliant. Overall, the OEC can appear warmer, with more character, and more handmade. Thus, it looks fantabulous in equally vintage inspired mountings. So when RLJ buys a parcel of Old European cut diamonds, we like to pop them into some equally old and European looking mountings. The result is a stunning ring that will have any vintage engagement ring lover swooning, even with a brand spanking new ring.

Old european cut engagement ring

1.01ct Old European Cut Diamond Cluster Style Engagement Ring

This beautiful 1.01ct diamond is a K color and VS 1 clartiy – and it has company! The main European cut diamond gets an assist from .18ctw of other European cuts that cluster around it like so many petals on a flower.

2.45ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

2.45ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This 2.45ct Old European cut diamond is set into a more traditionally antique style mounting. A platinum band is carved with a leaf motif and inlaid with .46ctw of round brilliant stones that stud all sides of the shank, the prongs, and the gallery. The overall effect is of a beautiful, diamond flower that buds with the K color, VVS1 center diamond.

Platinum 1.43ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Platinum 1.43ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This beauty is the OEC’s take on an antique style halo ring. The gorgeous center stone is a 1.43ct VS1 G color, and I love the negative space between its bezel setting and bezel set halo. The gap lets you peek into the platinum gallery’s open work and gives you an idea of how intricate the rest of this mounting is. With brackets of round brilliants that stop half way across the shank, it’s a stunning modern interpretation of the ever popular halo style that has an antique twist.

Vintage style diamond engagement ring

Vintage style diamond engagement ring

Finalmente, we arrive at what I think is the truest recreation of vintage style. I’m basing this on nothing. But if I were an old timey lady, I’d want this ring to match my sweet hoop skirt. And who wouldn’t? Its 1.06ct center stone is a G color, VS1 clarity, and it’s set into a stunning platinum mounting. The band is set with .22ctw of Old European cut diamonds that trail halfway down the shank. While the platinum itself is carved into ornate fretwork and beading so that the entire surface of this ring is teeming with detail. It’s positively yummy. Now grab your parasol, we’re taking my horse-drawn carriage to tea.

Engagement Ring Eye Candy: Well, Yellow

Happy National Plant a Flower Day! And Happy Pi Day! But guess what, we are celebrating neither of those here, today, in this realm of the internet. Why? It’s also 3-12 and therefore a holiday I just decided is Happy Chicago Day. Which is all well and good because Chicago is the chit, however it snowed AGAIN/STILL last night so you can’t really plant a flower here, unless it’s a tulip and you did said planting last year. And eating pie is a good way to reconcile oneself with wearing layers, but not as good for willing spring and sundresses into existence. So in lieu of flowers (or floral-inspired engagement rings) and pie (or pie-inspired engagement rings, whatever that looks like), we’re celebrating yellow diamonds. Because it’s made-up Chicago Day. And I live in Chicago. And I love yellow diamonds. Therefore by the law of verbal traps, um, you’re celebrating yellow diamonds. Extremely unique yellow diamond engagement rings, to be precise. Let’s proceed.

Asscher cut diamond engagement ring with yellow accent diamonds

If you follow me on Facebook, are related to me, or live within a 2 block radius of me, you’ve already heard about this ring. For the uninitiated, this is a diamond engagement ring that is out of this world. An Asscher cut is hard to come by. A 3 carat Asscher cut? Doubly so. Add to this the fact that there are emerald cut fancy yellow accent diamonds, something I’ve only ever seen in Shiraz-tinged dreams, and you have one of the most unique engagement rings I’ve ever seen. The 3.18ct center stone is a fabulous F color, and its SI2 clarity does have some visible internal characteristics, but let’s go ahead and call them beauty marks. Someone come give this beauty a loving home, before I’m forced to.

Cushion Cut Fancy Yellow engagement ringWhat’s that? 3 carats is too small for you? And you prefer a yellow diamond center stone? Come closer, darling, and meet this lovely 4.62 cushion cut. It too is SI2 clarity, but it’s yellow, so it’s even more forgiving. And with an additional 1.38ctw of diamond pave, the added sparkle will catch your eye before any inclusions do. And, in the rare instance where you notice a smidge of imperfection in this diamond, .30ctw of white trillion cut diamonds are there to bring you back to where you need to be: in love with this engagement ring.

Pear shaped yellow diamond engagement ringLast, but certainly mos def not least, is this insanely beautiful pear shape. Pear shaped fancy yellow diamond engagement rings are a rare and welcome treat, and RLJ was lucky enough to have two big, pear shaped fancy yellow pass through our hallowed doors in as many weeks. This one is a 2.01 carat and in keeping with today’s trend, has an SI2 clarity grade. It got the yellow gold bezel setting treatment to add even more warmth to its sunny disposition. And a hefty dose of pave with 1.22ctw of round brilliants in a halo and a split shank setting. Then, to set this ring apart, we added .76ctw of white marquise accents that are in a beautiful rose gold bezel setting. It’s a unique treasure, and it’s begging to be on your finger!

Fat Tuesday Jewelry: Better Than Beads

Better than beads mardi gras

Pile it in, pile it on, Mardi Gras (yes, that means Fat Tuesday) is the perfect opportunity for gluttony. In fact, I’m pretty sure it was invented by the Catholic church to swear, eat carbs and drink as much Diet Coke as possible before Lent (made that up.)¬† Once upon a time, Mardis Gras was basically the unofficial heralding of spring – a trip to the Big Easy for yard tall Hurricanes and debauchery, followed closely by St. Patty’s Day and Spring Break Woo! Oh those halcyon days of college. Now I’m just happy that it’s currently above 20 degrees Fahrenheit and I can see this large glowing yellow orb in the sky. Good times! So while I would, in fact, like to let said bon temps roll in a sun dress, this year’s celebration calls for something different. In Chicago there are options aplenty for crawfish, sazerac, and paczki, but the typical gluttony brought on by our insanely good culinary scene just can’t fly when bathing suit season is like, 5 months away. Maybe! So I’ve decided to indulge in an even more delicious treat, a few of my favorite Mardis-Gras-esque delicacies from RLJ. Trust me, this Fat Tuesday jewelry is a hell of a lot better than plastic beads, and I can guarantee with almost 80% certainty that a fraternity man won’t throw it at you should you decide to indulge along with me. Unless you’re into that kind of thing?

Better than beads mardi gras

Yellow gold, amethyst, and diamond ring – It’s begging to be added to a ring stack, thanks to it’s low profile and east-west set oval amethysts!

Speaking of stacking. This 18kt yellow gold bangle with 5 carats of diamonds is one of my new favorites. it looks fantastic paired with its white-on-white cousin or a bolder cuff style.

Dome rings were hot hot hot at the Oscars on Sunday (Amy Adams and Kristen Chenowith) and this dome shaped sparkler is right up my alley. It’s kind of reminiscent of fireworks, but is more understated than the Diamond Fantasy ring.

These oval cut amethyst studs will never stop being my favorite fun pair of every day earrings. Interestingly enough they didn’t come from the same owner as the oval amethyst ring, but they’d go fabulously together.

A pair of rich green emerald cut tourmaline earrings is striking in bright yellow gold with a smattering of diamonds.

A gorgeous Art Deco style emerald and diamond engagement ring.

Not sure about you but I would much rather find this 5.32 carat fancy yellow oval cut in my king cake than a BPA filled (creepy) plastic baby.