Tag Archives: Engagement Ring

Why Are There No Step Cut Fancy Yellow Diamonds?

About a week ago, I was waxing romantic about my adoration of fancy yellow diamonds. In particular, the emerald cut fancy yellow diamonds on either side of this ring. These fancy yellow emerald cuts are a sight to behold – we never get fancy yellow step cut diamonds in the store. But why? Why are step cuts so rare in untreated fancy yellow diamonds? Well, it’s all about color, the biggest selling point of any fancy yellow diamond. In a white diamond, the cut is used to minimize the presence of any color. In a fancy yellow, the yellower, the Read More →

GIA vs. EGL

The differences between GIA vs. EGL certified diamonds are hotly debated. A diamond certificate is a report card issued by a diamond grading lab. The diamond is evaluated on several different factors, including measurement/proportions, clarity, cut, color, polish, symmetry, brilliance and more. Many diamonds receive a certificate before they arrive at the retail point – your local jeweler. This assures you, the one shelling out the big bucks, that you’re getting what you pay for. Diamond grading labs across the globe produce certificates. The authority of all of them though, is GIA (Gemological Institute of America.) The next best lab Read More →

Alternative Gemstone Engagement Rings

Alternative gemstone engagement rings have become quite the trend in the bridal jewelry world. With more and more couples choosing to express their personal style, and many brides turning away from the traditional engagement ring. The diamonds that were so “necessary” thanks to De Beers in the 20th century, aren’t mandatory in the 21st. Today, I’m noticing a trend in brides who prefer small, vintage style and vibrant gemstone engagement rings to a huge rock. The options for these treasures are pretty limitless, considering the huge amount of amazing vintage and antique engagement rings that feature gemstones, and their modern Read More →

Using The 4 C’s To Your Advantage

I talk a lot about the 4 C’s round these parts. And it’s for good reason: they’re the foundation for your diamond knowledge. And in order to get a good diamond, you need to be able to recognize a good diamond. Not just a big one, not just the most expensive one, but a truly beautiful diamond. And you’d probably like to get a good deal on it too, if you’re human. That’s where the 4 C’s come in. They are the way a diamond is graded, and this assures you that you’re getting what you’re paying for. As I’ve Read More →

Best Facebook and Instagram Engagement Announcement Ideas

The days of newspaper engagement ring announcements are over. Sorry Benedict Cumberbatch, that you didn’t get the memo. And it seems as though the world has divided into two equally passionate camps: The Facebook Posters and The Nonchalantly Nonsocial. Facebook, by necessity, includes the Instagram category, just so you don’t think I’m neglecting the ‘Gram. And while the latter group’s eyeballs will spontaneously abandon their sockets if they have to roll any harder at the former’s posting habits, they are just as happy in their own way. For those who wouldn’t dream of posting a ring selfie or letting second cousins Read More →