February 15, 2019

Places to Propose in Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas— unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to get engaged there! Las Vegas is one of the most thrilling, entertaining spots for a destination proposal. The city’s colorful lights, stunning sights, and many thrilling attractions make it the perfect place for a fun, memorable proposal. Are you thinking of popping the question in Las Vegas? Check out our list of the best places to propose in Las Vegas to find your perfect location.

The Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas

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Who says you have to go all the way to Paris to propose at the top of the Eiffel Tower? If you’re in Vegas, the Paris Hotel and Casino is home to an Eiffel Tower replica of its own. The Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas actually has a dedicated lookout spot that is specifically designed for proposals. Just be sure to make a reservation well in advance of your trip and you’ll have the perfect spot for her to say “oui.”

The Fountains at Bellagio

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If you don’t mind having a more public proposal, the Bellagio Fountains are an incredibly romantic spot. The Fountains are one of the hottest attractions on the strip and its regular shows always draw large crowds. So, while it will likely be busy no matter what time you propose there, if you don’t mind crowds, it’s a gorgeous proposal spot. And if the Fountains appeal to you but you prefer a bit more privacy, you can always book a room at the Bellagio that overlooks the Fountains.

Conservatory Gardens at Bellagio

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Up next is another excellent Bellagio proposal spot: the Conservatory Gardens. All year long, the Bellagio has a beautiful, always changing floral display located inside their hotel. The floral displays depict whimsical, magical scenes, which are charming at any time of year but particularly beautiful during the holidays. While the Conservatory Gardens are always popular, if you want to beat the crowds when proposing there, try going very early or late.

Off the Strip: Seven Magic Mountains

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If you’re looking for a spot that’s a bit off the beaten path (and off the strip), consider proposing at Seven Magic Mountains, a colorful art exhibit just outside of Las Vegas. This exhibit (open to everyone) is a display of seven vibrantly colored pillars that beautifully contrast with the scenic Las Vegas desert. If your partner loves art or nature, she’ll be thrilled by this hip (and Instagram worthy) proposal spot. 

The Venetian Gondolas

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The Venetian hotel is known for the canals that run through the property. A ride on a gondola in the Venetian is romantic on its own, but it’s even more romantic when it comes with a proposal. Luckily, the Venetian has a number of gondola proposal packages (including ones with photographers and planners) to help your gondola proposal go swimmingly.

The Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

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Have you ever dreamed of proposing under the sea? Your dream could become a reality at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. Their aquarium is home to over 100 sharks and thousands of exotic fish. While there are many scenic spots inside the aquarium, the best might be in their aquarium tunnel, where sharks swim all around you (including above you).

At the Top of the Stratosphere

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The Stratosphere has a rotating restaurant called The Top of the World at its peak that lets you enjoy a 360 degree view of Las Vegas while dining. If your partner loves fine dining and gorgeous views, The Top of the World is an incredible proposal spot.

Of course, for thrill seekers, there’s another proposal option at the Stratosphere: before or after riding their sky high roller coaster. Attached to the hotel is the X-Scream, which takes riders 27 feet over the edge of the casino. You don’t want to take an engagement ring out on a roller coaster (we wouldn’t recommend that) but you could always propose right after riding, when you’re both feeling that thrilling rush of adrenaline.

The High Roller at the LINQ Las Vegas

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The High Roller is a relatively new addition to the Strip. This chic observation wheel takes riders on a 30 minute ride that delivers stunning views of the strip, which is perfect for a proposal. They even have a proposal package, which comes with a VIP cabin for 2 to 10 guests (so you can go as a couple or with some friends), champagne, and chocolate strawberries.

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January 30, 2019

Tips for Buying a Rose Gold Engagement Ring

Rose gold has has a beautiful, romantic look, making it a great choice for an engagement ring. Thinking of choosing blushing rose gold for your ring? We’re here to fill you in on all the important info you should know before buying a rose gold engagement ring. We’ll answer all of the most commonly asked questions about rose gold, like what it’s made of, how it wears over time, how durable it is, what it costs, and which type of diamond you should pair it with.

Rose Gold: What Exactly Is It?

Rose gold is an alloy, which means it’s made of more than one type of metal. Pure gold (24k gold) is too soft to be worn everyday, so almost all gold used in jewelry is an alloy. When making 14k or 18k rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold, craftsmen add in other metals to make the gold durable enough to be worn regularly.

Rose gold is usually a mixture of gold and copper, though it can sometimes contain zinc or silver as well. The addition of copper is what gives rose gold its beautiful, rosy pink hue. How intense this pink color is depends on how much copper is inside the rose gold. Pure gold is 24k and most gold alloys are either 14k or 18k gold. Since 14k rose gold has less pure gold in it, and therefore more copper, it will look more richly pink. And 18k rose gold will be a bit less pink.

You can see an example of the rich color of 14k rose gold in the Rose Gold Elise Engagement Ring, pictured above. This romantic solitaire design features a cushion cut diamond set in a twisting rose gold band. The brilliance of this ring’s enclosed white diamond contrasts beautifully with the rich color of the 14k rose gold setting. 

Rose Gold: Is It Good For Everyday Wear?

Like other gold alloys, rose gold is excellent for everyday wear. And, in fact, rose gold is a bit more durable than yellow gold and white gold, as copper is a strong metal.

Rose gold is a particularly good choice if you’re looking for a gold ring with engravings, like the stunning, the Vintage-Inspired Emilia Ring pictured here. Because rose gold is more durable than other golds, engravings are less likely to get scratched or worn down on a rose gold ring.

Rose Gold: Does It Tarnish Easily? Do I Need to Clean It Often?

A big benefit of rose gold is that doesn’t tarnish. Instead, it develops what’s called a patina, which is a coating (caused by oxidation) that gives rose gold a deeper, more rich look. Patinas are generally considered assets— most people want to keep the patinas that slowly appear on their rings. However, if you don’t like the vintage look that a patina gives, you can easily have a rose gold ring polished to remove a patina.

Rose Gold: Is It Cheaper Than Other Golds?

Some people think that rose gold will be cheaper than other golds, because copper is generally thought of as a cheaper metal. However, gold jewelry is largely priced based on the amount of pure gold in the metal. So, since 18k yellow gold and 18k rose gold contain the exact same amount of pure gold, they’re usually priced similarly.

Rose Gold and Pairing Diamonds: Special Considerations

Now that you’ve learned a bit about rose gold, let’s talk about how this beautiful precious metal pairs with diamonds. Because of the color of rose gold, you should pay close attention to two diamond aspects: color and shape. One thing that’s excellent about rose gold is that it hides the color of a diamond well if it’s a bit yellow. When pairing a diamond with a rose gold ring, you can usually go as low in color as an H or an I grading without noticing the yellow in the diamond when it’s placed in the ring. Of course, diamonds with colors above that will also look look beautiful in a rose gold ring, as they will “pop” beautifully against the rich color of rose gold. 

For shapes, many people prefer brilliant cut shapes (like round, cushion cut, or princess) over step cut shapes (like emerald or asscher cut) in a rose gold setting. This is because brilliant cuts draw light from many facets, while step cuts draw much of their light from the bottom of the diamond, including where the setting is. Some people find that step cut diamonds absorb too much of rose gold’s color, making them look less white than they are. So, if you want your diamond to look as white as possible, you may want to avoid step cut diamonds in your rose gold ring.

The Nicole Rose Gold Engagement Ring is the perfect example of just how stunning brilliant cut diamonds look in a rose gold setting. This ring features a dazzling brilliant cut oval diamond and dozens of brilliant cut pave diamond accents. Because the diamonds used here are brilliant cut, they capture light beautifully, allowing them keep their sparkling white color, even against this ring’s rose gold band.

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January 30, 2019

Valentine’s Day Fine Jewelry Gift Guide

If you’re looking to give a gift that will dazzle her this Valentine’s Day, look no further. Whether you’re thinking of proposing this Valentine’s Day or are simply looking to gift her a gorgeous new piece of jewelry, we have the perfect piece for you. Read on to discover all our top fine jewelry picks in our Valentine’s Day fine jewelry gift guide!

Valentine’s Day Sale Alert! Keep reading to the end of this post to learn how you can take advantage of our limited time 20-40% off sale!

The Perfect Time to Propose

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to propose. If you’re thinking of popping the question on the most romantic day of the year, we’ve selected some of our top picks to propose with this Valentine’s Day.

Ruby Engagement Rings

The lush red ruby has long been associated with romance, passion, and devotion, making ruby engagement rings incredibly romantic. And not only are rubies beautiful, they’re also unique. So, if you’re looking for a distinctive, eye-catching engagement ring this Valentine’s Day, a ruby engagement ring is the perfect choice.

The ruby engagement ring pictured above shows just how gorgeous and glamorous a ruby engagement ring can be. This ring features a stunning cushion shaped rose cut ruby, which is flanked by two shimmering rows of pear shaped accent diamonds. These dazzling gemstones rest atop a sleek, rounded split shank band, which perfectly balances the sizable beauty of the featured ruby.

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Rose gold is another romantic option for your Valentine’s Day proposal. And rose gold engagement rings are trending at the moment, thanks to their elegant vintage-inspired appeal.

Rose gold looks lovely when used in both simple solitaire designs and more detailed, glamorous designs. You can see an example of a stunning rose gold solitaire in the Elise Rose Gold Engagement Ring, pictured above. In this design, a beautifully white cushion cut diamond dazzles against the ring’s elegant, twisted rose gold band.

The Ariel Diamond Engagement Ring shows that rose gold also looks gorgeous when used in more intricate designs. This unique engagement ring features a diamond set, swirling rose gold band. This modern band winds beautifully to surround a mesmerizing, glamorous halo set round diamond. This ring is eye-catching, brilliant, and romantic.

Valentine’s Day Proposal Idea!

If you’re thinking of proposing this Valentine’s Day, try making your proposal even more memorable by surprising her. Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days of the year to propose, so catch her off guard by proposing at an unexpected time (meaning, basically any time that’s not at a nice dinner out). You can propose first thing in the morning or before you head out to dinner. Then, you can bask in the glow of your new engagement for the rest of the day or evening!

Update Her Wedding Band

If you’re already married, an excellent (and incredibly thoughtful) gift idea is to update her wedding band. Gifting her a new wedding band is a simple way to add new life to her engagement set.

At Diamond Wish, we have a wide array of stunning wedding bands to suit any style and complement any engagement ring. If she loves the vintage look, try gifting her a new wedding band that features delicate engravings, like the one at the top of the gorgeous stack pictured above. Or if she loves glamour, consider gifting her a diamond set band (or even two!) that will up the brilliance of her engagement set.

Fine Jewelry Gift Ideas

If you’re not quite ready to propose this Valentine’s Day, you can still set her heart on fire with a new piece of luxe, timeless fine jewelry. Let’s take a look at a couple of can’t-go-wrong pieces that are sure to wow your sweetheart.

Halo Diamond Studs

These stunning halo set diamond studs offer a glamorous take on the classic diamond stud. This design features two dazzling round brilliant diamonds, enclosed in gorgeous halo settings. These studs are crafted from lush 14k rose gold, which adds a warm, romantic touch to these beautiful earrings.

Diamond Tennis Bracelet

A diamond tennis bracelet is something she’ll treasure for a lifetime. The tennis bracelet featured here boasts three total carats of shimmering round brilliant diamonds, which rest in chic three prong settings crafted from white gold. This tennis bracelet is the ultimate classic; it’s something any woman would be thrilled to add to her collection.

Valentine’s Day Sale!

Take advantage of our limited time Valentine’s Day Sale! All of our fine jewelry is currently 20% off! (Our site wide sale excludes only our loose GIA and EGL certified diamonds.) And, right now, we also have a Valentine’s Day Specials page, where we’re offering 40% off some of our most romantic fine jewelry pieces.

 

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January 23, 2019

Lifetime Warranty: What You Need to Know About Warranties

Most fine jewelry comes with a warranty— but have you read the fine print? Fine jewelry is a big investment and often has significant sentimental value for the buyer (especially if it’s an engagement ring or wedding band). So, it’s important to choose to buy from a jeweler with a strong warranty that will protect your investment. In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about warranties to help ensure your jewelry is protected.

Warranties: What Should They Cover?

Without question, you should look for a warranty that covers any manufacturing defects. This is the most important thing a warranty should cover. Manufacturing defects are structural issues that can cause problems with your ring. For example, improperly placed prongs can cause stones to come loose, which puts them at risk of falling off.

Manufacturing defects are no fault of the consumer. When you buy a piece of fine jewelry, it should be built to last, so always be sure that manufacturing defects are covered by a warranty before buying. At Diamond Wish, we believe in providing our customers with beautiful pieces that will last a lifetime, so manufacturing defects are always covered by our warranty.

How to Spot Manufacturing Defects:

Manufacturing defects are easier to spot than you might think, especially for rings. Since rings are worn on the hands, which we use often, they need to be sturdy. If you notice that your ring isn’t stable, especially in the first month or so, that may be a sign of a manufacturing defect.

Warranties: Wear and Tear Protection

Wear and tear, which is the damage that will likely occur to your jewelry as you wear it, is not normally covered by jewelry warranties. However, at Diamond Wish, we do offer free cleanings and free maintenance for a lifetime, which can help reverse or reduce the effects of wear and tear. Any Diamond Wish customer can ship their products to us, then we will clean their jewelry and provide maintenance for no cost other than shipping. Our free maintenance includes cleaning, prong tightening, re-polishing, and rhodium plating.

Warranties: Length of Coverage

Warranties generally cover a certain period of time. Jewelry warranties can last anywhere from a month to a lifetime. Obviously, lifetime warranties are ideal, especially for engagement rings and wedding bands. (At Diamond Wish, we provide a limited lifetime warranty that includes free cleaning and maintenance!) But many warranties, whether they’re short-term or for a “lifetime,” actually come with hidden terms and conditions. If you’re buying from somewhere, always check for hidden terms and conditions. For example, some jewelers have a “lifetime warranty” that’s only valid if you pay to have your ring regularly inspected.

Warranties: Fees

While our warranty comes free with every purchase, some jewelers charge a fee in order for their products to be covered by a warranty. Look out for these fees, which can sometimes be hundreds of dollars, and often come with disappointing coverage.

Warranties: Our Lifetime Upgrade Policy

On top of the normal protection against manufacturing defects, some warranties come with additional benefits. At Diamond Wish, we have a unique lifetime upgrade policy that is included with every purchase. When you buy from us, you can choose, at any time, to return your jewelry and use its value to upgrade to a more expensive piece of jewelry. Just ship your jewelry back to us with its original grading and certification, and you can get a credit of 100% of what you originally paid for your jewelry to put toward an upgraded piece.

Insurance vs. Warranties

It’s important to note that warranties are not the same thing as jewelry insurance. While a warranty can protect against manufacturing problems or offer free maintenance, they can’t protect against accidental loss.

Insuring your jewelry is something we highly recommend, especially for engagement rings and wedding bands. We often take off rings throughout the day, like when showering or when working out. If you aren’t used to wearing a ring, you may forget about it when you take it off. It’s easy to leave a ring at the gym, at a hotel, or in a public bathroom. Insurance can help you protect against that devastating loss in a way warranties aren’t able to.


We believe in providing quality jewelry that will last a lifetime. Click here to learn more about our warranty policy, our promise of quality to you.


 

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January 18, 2019

Buying a Pear Shaped Ring? Here’s What You Need to Know

Pear shaped diamonds have a unique, sophisticated glamour. This brilliant diamond shape has been around for hundreds of years, gracing the hands of royals, starlets, and style-setters throughout the ages. Today, the pear shaped diamond is actually one of the least commonly worn diamond shapes— making it the perfect choice for someone looking for a more distinctive, eye-catching diamond.

If you’re considering the unique, chic pear shape for your ring, there are few things you should know when shopping. We’ve put together this “need to know” guide for buying a pear shaped diamond to help you pick your perfect pear.

Pear Shaped Diamond: Definition and Sections

Pear shaped diamonds, also known as teardrop diamonds, have a rounded shape that forms into a tip, giving them an elegant look. This diamond shape is cut with a modified brilliant cut that combines the round brilliant cut (on the pear’s rounded side) with the marquise brilliant cut (on the pear’s pointed side).

Pear shaped diamonds have five sections:

Head: The rounded end of the diamond.

Shoulder: The curve from the round end to the center of the diamond.

Belly: The center section of the diamond.

Wing: The narrowing curve that leads to the diamond’s point.

Point: The pointed tip of the diamond.

It’s important to know these sections so you can understand how they may change shape with different pear shaped proportions, which we’ll talk about next.

Pear Shaped Aesthetics: Proportions

The proportions of a pear shaped diamond greatly affect the look of the diamond. Which proportions you find most beautiful are completely up to your personal taste, but we’ll talk a bit about what most people prefer.

When considering a pear shaped diamond’s proportions, there are two things you should keep in mind: length to width ratio and symmetry. Most people prefer pear shaped diamonds with a length to width ratio that falls between 1.5 and 1.75. However, some people prefer more elongated or more rounded pear shaped diamonds— again, it is a matter of personal taste.

In regards to symmetry, most people prefer pear shaped diamonds that are as symmetrical as possible, with identical shoulder, belly, and wing sections on both sides.

How Pear Shaped Rings are Worn

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Since pear shaped diamonds have an irregular shape, with one pointed and one rounded side, many people wonder how they should be worn. Traditionally, on a ring, the pointed end would be worn outward toward the fingertips. However, some people prefer an inverted look, with the tip pointed in toward the wrist. There’s really no wrong way to wear it— you should simply wear your ring in whichever direction you find most beautiful. 

Aesthetic Concern: “Bow Ties”

A good cut is extremely important for any diamond, as it has the largest effect on how a diamond captures and reflects light. When buying a pear shaped diamond, there’s a specific cut you may want to look out for: one that minimizes the “bow tie” effect. Because of the way pear shaped diamonds are shaped and cut, they will have a shadowy, light gray or black bow-tie-shaped area near their center. The same is true for a few other fancy shapes, like heart, marquise, and oval diamonds. While this “bow tie” effect is always present in pear shaped diamonds, you can look for a cut that minimizes the effect.

The Pear Shaped Advantage: Price and Size 

We’ll end our guide with one of the most commonly asked questions about pear shaped diamonds: are pear shaped diamonds cheaper than round diamonds? Yes! Pear shaped diamonds are generally cheaper than round diamonds of the same carat and quality. This is because pear shaped diamonds usually produce less waste when cut from a raw diamond.

Additionally, pear shaped diamonds will look larger than round diamonds of the same carat weight. Pear shaped diamonds carry more of their size on their table (their top), which makes them look bigger.

So, pear shaped diamonds are not only unique and beautiful, they’re also a great way to get a larger looking diamond for a better price.

Experience the distinctive beauty of the pear shaped diamond: browse our pear shaped engagement rings.

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