May 23, 2022

The How and When of Posting the Perfect Ring Selfie

Most proposals happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, which means this year’s proposal season has only just begun. In the coming months, you’re sure to see a flood of engagement ring selfies on social media, since this modern tradition has all but replaced the practice of calling friends and family to break the good news. 

If you’re freshly engaged (congratulations!), you may be thinking about posting a ring selfie of your own. You also may be wondering how to take a great picture, how to write a good caption, and when you should post your ring selfie. There’s more than one way to post a great ring selfie, but there are some universal tips that will help you craft a post you’ll love. We’re sharing them below as we go over the how and when of posting the perfect ring selfie. 

How to Take a True-To-Size Picture (And Why You Want To) 

A top-down picture gives an accurate view of this lovely cushion-shaped halo engagement ring.

The key to a great engagement ring picture is getting your ring and your hand to look their best, while also making sure your picture looks true-to-life. It’s all about enhancing natural beauty, rather than trying to make your ring look different. 

Many people are tempted to use photography tricks to make their ring look a bit bigger than it really is, but we don’t recommend doing that. If your ring looks different in real life, your less tactful or kind acquaintances could comment on it, and that’s just not something you should have to deal with during this happy time. 

The best way to photograph a ring and have it look true to size is to photograph the top of the ring. You want a straight-on, top-down, table view shot of your new ring since angled shots can make your ring look larger or smaller than it actually is. 

Another thing that can affect how big your center stone looks is other jewelry. It’s generally best to remove any other jewelry, including watches before you take your ring selfie. Why? Because it can make your ring look much larger or smaller by comparison. 

How to Make Your Ring Shine

This oval diamond engagement ring looks sublime in the sunshine. 

If you want your ring to pop in your selfie, photograph it in the right light. Ideally, you want to take your picture in natural light, which will make your diamond sparkle beautifully and show off the true color of your ring. 

As an added bonus, taking your picture outside gives you easy access to plenty of great backdrop options. Use whatever beautiful backdrop you have in your area, whether it’s the ocean, a scenic lookout point, a pretty plant in your garden, or perhaps the exterior wall of a trendy neighborhood business. 

One type of light you want to avoid when photographing jewelry is dim or yellow-toned light, which is the type of light in many people’s homes. While this lightning can look lovely in person, it tends to photograph poorly. It makes it hard to get a picture that isn’t blurry or yellow, which can be very frustrating, especially when it makes a colorless diamond look yellow.

Another type of light to avoid is the light emitted from a camera flash. Flash photography tends to be extremely unflattering for fine jewelry since it creates strong shadows and reflects back off shiny surfaces.

How to Get Your Hand to Look Good in Your Picture 

Neat natural nails and a relaxed hand pose lend the pic of this halo sparkler a soft, romantic look.

You want your hand to look its best, so having neat nails and moisturized skin is key. If you can get a manicure before you take your picture, do so. But if a professional mani isn’t an option, just make sure your nails look clean and even, then put on a good lotion or hand cream shortly before you take your picture. 

Something else to consider is how you pose your hand. Keeping your hand flat and holding your fingers together is a top pose choice that will help your ring take full focus in your picture, like the way the Alice Oval Ring stands out above. Another popular option is letting your hand have a natural, relaxed arch, as seen in the above picture. If neither of these poses works for you, consider resting your hand against something or holding something. Giving your hand something to do usually helps it look more natural in pictures.  

How to Write the Perfect Engagement Ring Selfie Caption

A sweet message creates a built-in caption in the photo of this bride-to-be’s new bling.

The best engagement ring picture caption is different for everyone since a good caption needs to be in line with the poster’s unique personality. The best engagement ring selfie caption is honest, positive, and usually brief (unless you always post long captions). If you can’t think of anything to write, consider posting a song lyric or a quote that speaks to you. You can also simply post an emoji or two if that’s what feels authentic. 

While everyone’s perfect ring caption is different, there are a few things that no one should include in their caption. You probably don’t want to mention anyone else’s engagement or engagement ring, since that may invite comparisons or create awkward feelings. It’s also not the best idea to price-related ring details, such as your center stone’s carat weight. That may spark jealousy and prompt unwanted comments or criticism. If you want to include details about your ring, stick to sentimental details. 

When to Post a Ring Selfie 

The Charleston Ballerina Halo Diamond Ring is eye-catching no matter what time of day you post it.

Finally, let’s talk about when to post a ring selfie. While posting a unique engagement ring picture on social media has largely replaced other types of engagement announcements, you probably want to personally reach out to some people before sharing the big news with the masses. For example, you probably want to call or text your parents, your siblings, and your best friends before posting about your engagement online. You may also want to text close friends instead of having them find out you’re engaged via social media. 

After you’ve personally shared the news with your closest loved ones, you can post your ring selfie anytime you like. If you want instant feedback on your post, try to post at a time when you know people are more likely to be on their phone, like in the morning before work, around the start of lunchtime, after standard work hours, or anytime during waking hours on a weekend.`

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May 8, 2022

Why Simple Solitaire Rings Are Timeless and Most Valuable

Learn how the simplicity of solitaire engagement rings, which feature just one gemstone, has made them timelessly appealing and more valuable.

While other engagement ring styles come in and out of fashion, simple solitaire rings never go out of style. The solitaire design is utterly timeless. And as if that weren’t enough to make you fall in love with solitaire engagement rings, they’re also the most valuable engagement ring style. But what makes the solitaire engagement ring design so timeless and valuable? Find out as we dive deeper into what makes simple solitaire rings so special. 

Why is the solitaire ring design timeless?

This lab-created diamond engagement ring is as stunning as it is timeless. 

There’s more than one reason for the lasting appeal of solitaire rings, but perhaps the most important is the design style’s simplicity. Solitaire rings feature just one gemstone, giving them an inherently minimalist look. This pared down approach to ring design is attractive to virtually everyone, as the primary focus of the ring remains on the ring’s materials. High quality diamonds, colorful gemstones, gold, and platinum are things that simply do not go out of style. A ring that focuses on showing off the natural beauty of these fine materials will always be desirable.

Another reason solitaire rings are enduringly in demand is their style versatility. Though they’re simple by nature, solitaire engagement rings are not all similar in style. Depending on a solitaire ring’s design details, it can be classic, modern, romantic, avant garde, traditional, and so much more. Because solitaire rings have few design elements, changing any detail of their design can have a dramatic impact. For example, the same solitaire ring will look very different when crafted from yellow gold or rose gold, rather than white gold or platinum. Other details that can significantly change the style of a solitaire ring include center stone shape, center stone type, band shape, band engravings, and setting style. A rose gold sapphire ring with a milgrain accented bezel setting is very different in style compared to a white gold six prong solitaire with a marquise diamond center. 

Oval shaped, pear shaped, and marquise cut diamonds look uniquely striking within the same classic solitaire engagement ring setting. 

The picture above shows just how different a solitaire ring can look when you change a single design detail. These three engagement rings all feature the exact same two-tone solitaire setting style. Yet, because they have different center diamond shapes, they look dramatically different. The oval cut diamond version looks quite traditional, while the pear shaped and marquise cut versions are much more striking and unique. If you swap in a round cut, asscher cut, cushion cut, emerald cut, radiant cut, or a princess cut diamond, you can create even more distinct styles, even if you don’t change any other aspect of the setting.

Why are solitaire engagement rings valuable? 

This simple four prong solitaire setting shows off the true beauty of its enclosed round diamond. 

Solitaire engagement rings tend to hold their monetary value better than other engagement rings because, generally speaking, the vast majority of a gemstone ring’s value is in its center stone. When you buy a solitaire engagement ring, the majority of your budget goes toward getting the best center stone you can. You aren’t spending extra for small side stones that can be very beautiful, but are not particularly valuable as a raw material because they aren’t rare. Much of their value is in how a jeweler uses them to create beauty in a design, rather than in the raw material itself. Larger center stones, on the other hand, can have significant value on their own. High quality, high carat weight gemstones are a rare and valuable raw material. Therefore, on average, solitaire rings hold value better than rings with side stones. 

In addition to having monetary value, solitaire jewelry arguably has more practical value than other jewelry styles. Solitaire jewelry is often considered a good investment because of how useful it is to have in your wardrobe. Solitaire pieces are versatile, so they can be worn with any outfit. They’re also timeless, so they can be worn for a lifetime. Even beyond that, fine jewelry with excellent craftsmanship will stand the test of time and can be worn by future generations. There’s a reason the solitaire design is not only the most popular option for engagement rings, but also for other types of gemstone and diamond jewelry, like earrings and necklaces. The timeless, versatile nature of the solitaire design makes it an asset to anyone’s jewelry collection. 

Are solitaire rings heirloom quality?

This oval diamond solitaire engagement ring will be treasured for generations to come.

If you want your engagement ring to be a family heirloom, a solitaire engagement ring is an excellent choice. A simple solitaire engagement ring is a timeless piece of jewelry that will remain in style for generations. It will look as classic a century from now as it does today. Additionally, solitaire engagement rings tend to hold value better than other ring styles, so they’re a good choice for practical reasons. A high quality solitaire is undoubtedly among the best options for anyone who wants a ring that will stand the test of time. 

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The Clara Halo Diamond Engagement Ring is a glamorous alternative to a minimalist solitaire. 

Ready to find your perfect engagement ring? Shop the Diamond Wish Solitaire Engagement Ring collection or explore other ring styles, like halo, modern, vintage inspired, or three stone. If you’re in a rush to give your love their ring, be sure to view our Preset Diamond Engagement Ring collection, which features hundreds of gorgeous rings that are ready to ship. If you want to pick up a matching wedding band at the same time, discover our collection of Preset Wedding Ring Sets

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March 25, 2022

Feminine Floral Engagement Rings – Spring Inspired Rings

You may have heard that flowers have a language of their own. In flower language, each flower represents a human emotion. Most people don’t know this when they choose to send a bouquet but maybe the choice is subliminally connected.

Whatever the individual meanings of specific blooms, flowers, in general, have an indelible connection to love. Flowers appear as motifs and patterns on many tokens associated with love so it was an organic progression that led to flower patterns being used in jewelry.

If there is one piece of jewelry that truly demonstrates the connection between flowers and love, it is the floral engagement ring and floral-inspired engagement rings.

What Are Flower Engagement Rings?

Floral engagement rings offer an alternative to single stone rings. They are a type of cluster ring where instead of a stand-alone single center diamond or another type of gemstone, a large center stone is surrounded by several smaller diamonds arranged in a pattern to resemble a flower.

The style is known as a “halo ring”. Halo settings can be a single or double halo and all types of diamond shapes can be used in a halo setting. In a floral halo engagement ring, the center stone is usually round simply because in nature there are limited examples of flowers that are other than circular.

Drawing on the appearance of naturally-occurring flowers, floral engagement rings have a distinctive, classic look. The arrangement of smaller stones around the center stone can make the center stone feel and look larger than it is. They also stand out in a crowd because the smaller stones add noticeable sparkle and luminescence.

Reasons to Choose a Flower Engagement Ring

Most women usually choose a diamond engagement ring but are less specific about the design. They may not have a choice if the ring is purchased as a surprise by their partner. If the engagement ring is a joint decision, unless the bride-to-be has an idea in mind of what they want, the choice is usually made on seeing something that is liked more than anything else.

People are drawn to ring styles for many different reasons. They might love the simplicity of a solitaire diamond. A solitaire doesn’t always have to be a round brilliant. Single stone rings with a center diamond might feature an oval diamond, a princess cut, pear cut, cushion cut, or any other of the favored diamond shapes.

Other people are drawn to multicolor rings. The diamond and blue sapphire ring that Prince Charles presented to Lady Diana Spencer is still one of the most popular engagement ring settings and is much copied.

Another area that gains attention is antique and vintage engagement rings. Unless you go to bespoke jewelers to have a ring designed to your spec, the best way to source a unique engagement ring is in the secondhand market.

So where do floral engagement rings fit into this inspiration?

A floral-inspired engagement ring sings romance. They are chic and feminine and encompass all styles from antique – Victorian and Edwardian- through to Art Deco, vintage and modern. They can be very delicate or bold in style so there is an appeal to many.

Referring back to the earlier statement about the language of flowers, certain types of flower engagement rings hold a special message. For example, a rose engagement ring is a symbol of love and passion while a daisy-inspired ring denotes innocence.

Extra details might be included that add to the story of the engaged couple such as clusters of leaves or scrolls of vines. Another interesting design feature is to include the bride-to-be’s birthstone as the center stone or in the smaller stones.

There is a little limitation in the design of flower engagement rings. Other than needing to evoke the idea of a flower, floral-inspired engagement rings can be made in every precious metal including yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. The center stone of the floral design can be any gemstone, not just a round diamond.

Another reason to choose a floral setting for an engagement ring, especially in a halo diamond ring, is that the design usually makes the center stone look bigger than it is. The most expensive part of a ring is usually the center stone and rings with a floral setting are less expensive than rings of an equivalent size set with a solitaire stone. You don’t get a larger stone — just a setting that looks larger.

Floral engagement rings are easy to match to most wedding rings without stacking issues. Although they look great with a diamond band, they, however, almost always look better with a plain wedding band in a precious metal of the same color to not diminish the stunning effect of the floral design.

You might ask if there are any downsides to a flower engagement ring. There are, but they are quite minor. Because it is a cluster of stones, the ring can take longer to clean than solitaire rings. Delicate setting styles like micro-pave and pave settings may require extra caution and care, although generally and with usual wear, bezels and prongs in fine jewelry should not become loose.

Our Favorite Floral Engagement Rings

Floral engagement rings are not as common or easy to find as other ring styles but we are proud to include several exquisite designs in the Diamond Wish collection.

Our rings are available in various colors and carats of gold and a wide range of ring sizes. You can also request a special size to fit.

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn is a stunning example of a flower halo diamond engagement ring. The stylish floral design is regal but not showy. The center stone is accentuated by uniquely cut marquee-shaped diamonds on the sides.

Lila

An eye-catching engagement ring with a design inspired by floral curves. Lila features a classically beautiful diamond center stone.

Daisy

The modern design of the Daisy diamond engagement ring is reminiscent of plants that climb. The dazzling central diamond is complemented by vine-like bands that include bezel set diamonds.

Adeline

A lovely example of a halo diamond engagement ring, the Adeline makes a definite statement with its center stone surrounded by smaller round diamonds that shape into the soft floral halo  and set with pavé profile diamonds.

Juliana

Another beautiful halo diamond ring, the brilliant sparkle of the Juliana is front and center thanks to the delicate, open split shank l that evokes a single lustrous bloom of summertime.

Adela

The intricate and unique design of the Adela is a wonderful combination of floral filigree detailing scrolling like a growing vine embracing each diamond accent with  Sweet rose gold that gives this intricate ring style an even more feminine vibe. It’s a ring in a vintage style designed to impress with all the little details.

Elaina

The leaf accents on the twisted shoulder bands add a unique charm to Elaina, to present a feminine diamond engagement ring that is subtle, flowing, and detailed with delicate milgrain accents.

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December 3, 2021

DIY Measure Your Ring Size

The best way to figure out your ring size is to get measured at a local jeweler, but that’s not always an option. If you’re in need of a DIY ring sizing method, try one of these three easy ways to measure your ring size at home. If you want your DIY sizing to be as accurate as possible, be sure to read our ring sizing tips before you start measuring your fingers. 

Ring Sizing Tips

  • Understand how a ring should fit. Your ring should fit snugly yet comfortably at the base of your finger. You want your ring to be loose enough to take on and off easily, but tight enough for there to be some resistance as you pull it over your knuckle. 
  • Measure the exact finger(s) you want to wear your ring on. Your ring size can vary not only between fingers but also between your hands. For example, your left-hand ring finger may be a slightly different size from your right-hand ring finger. 
  • Measure your ring size a few times throughout the day. Your fingers change slightly in size depending on your body temperature. Your fingers will be slightly smaller when you’re cold and slightly larger when you’re hot. To make sure your ring will fit regardless of your body temperature, take 3 or 4 measurements throughout the day. 
  • Think about your knuckles when measuring your ring finger size. Remember that your ring will need to get over your knuckles when you’re putting it on, so be sure to think about both the size of your finger and the size of your knuckles. 
  • Compare your results to standard ring sizes. Most women wear rings between size 3 and size 9, and the average women’s ring size is size 6. Most men wear rings between size 8 and size 14, and the average men’s ring size is size 8.5. Consider how your ring size measurement compares to these typical sizes. If you’re outside these ranges and you don’t have a particularly large or small hand, there may be something wrong with your measuring strategy.
  • When in doubt, go with the larger size. If you find that you’re in-between ring sizes, it’s usually best to go with the larger size. This is especially true if you have larger knuckles. 
  • Don’t measure your fingers with anything that stretches. Some people suggest using floss or a piece of string to measure your ring size, but there are better DIY sizing methods. Why? Floss and string are both stretchable, making them less than ideal for accurate measuring. The difference between half sizes is only 0.4 millimeters, so using something that’s even slightly stretchy to measure your ring size is not the best idea. 
  • Understand whether or not resizing is an option Some rings, like plain yellow gold wedding bands, are very easy to resize. But other rings, like diamond eternity bands and tension set diamond engagement rings, can be challenging or impossible to resize. If you’re buying a ring style that’s hard to resize, be extra careful when measuring your ring size. 

DIY Ring Sizing Method #1: Use a Paper Ring Sizer

To use this method, you need a printer, scissors, and a printable ring sizer, like the one available here in our free Ring Size Guide

  1. Print out the paper ring sizer in our Ring Size Guide. Make sure you print with your printer’s Page Scaling set to “None.” You can double-check that your page is printed correctly by measuring the two-inch and twenty-millimeter marks on the chart with a ruler. 
  2. Cut out your paper ring sizer and cut a slit in the perforated area along the strip of paper. 
  3. Wrap your paper sizer around the widest part of your finger, keeping the numbers on the outside. 
  4. Slip the pointed end of your sizer through the open slit on the other end and note the number it lines up with. 

DIY Ring Sizing Method #2: Compare Your Own Ring to a Ring Size Chart 

It’s easy to figure out your correct ring size using this method, but you need to have an existing ring with a perfect fit. You also need a printable ring diameter comparison chart, like the one in our Ring Size Guide

  1. Grab the ring that has the fit you want for your new ring.
  2. Print our ring size chart, making sure you print with your printer’s Page Scaling set to “None.” You can double-check that your page is printed correctly by measuring the two-inch and twenty-millimeter marks on the chart with a ruler. 
  3. Place your ring on the sizing circles until you find one that lines up with the inside diameter of your ring.

DIY Ring Sizing Method #3: Order a Ring Sizer 

The most accurate way to figure out your perfect ring size at home is to order a ring sizer online, then use it once it arrives. This is an easy and inexpensive option, but it does involve a bit of waiting since you’ll have to wait for your sizer to come in the mail. 

There are two common types of at-home ring sizing tools: keyring sizers and plastic measuring tape sizers. Both of these tend to be more accurate than using a printable sizer since they allow you to simulate slipping each ring size on and off. 

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November 18, 2021

Jewelry Gift Guide – Shop Early for Holiday Gifts in 2021

Picking out the ideal piece of jewelry for your loved one can be tricky, but we’re here to assist. In this holiday gift guide, we’re showcasing five of the best jewelry gifts you can give in 2021. Whether you’re shopping for someone who prefers classic fine jewelry or for someone who likes to stand out from the crowd, you’ll find the perfect gift on our list. 

Diamond Earrings  

up close, black diamond earring

Brighten up their jewelry box with a luxe pair of diamond stud earrings. Solitaire black diamond studs are at the top of our wish list for 2021, since their striking look is right on trend for winter 2021. But if you’re shopping for someone with a classic sense of style, go for something more traditional, like round-cut diamond studs or diamond hoop earrings. 

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Unique Rings

black diamond and rose gold ring

Thanks to the bold ring and ring stacking trends, unique rings are a top choice among those who are shopping for fashion jewelry. Unique diamond rings are also very popular for engagement rings since more couples are searching for distinctive designs that speak to their one-of-a-kind love story. 

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Diamond Bracelets

diamond tennis bracelet

A diamond tennis bracelet is timelessly beautiful, making it one of the best jewelry gifts you can give. At Diamond Wish, we offer a wide range of tennis bracelet styles, so you can easily find a design that suits your taste. Our tennis bracelets are also quite easy to customize. You can choose your desired length and select from rose gold, white gold, or yellow gold for your setting. For many of our designs, you can also choose from different diamond carat weight and quality options, allowing you to customize your gift down to the tiniest detail. 

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Blue Topaz Rings

blue topaz ring

If you’re on the hunt for something a bit more colorful, blue topaz jewelry is an excellent choice. Blue topaz is a stunning blue gemstone that ranges in depth from light sky blue to deep ocean blue. Every shade of blue topaz looks breathtaking alongside diamonds, so blue topaz is a particularly good gemstone for glamorous cocktail rings or unique engagement rings. 

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Holiday Jewelry Gifts Under $500 

"XO" necklace

You don’t have to spend a fortune to give them a beautiful piece of jewelry that they can enjoy for a lifetime. For those who are looking for an affordable fine jewelry gift, we’ve gathered together over 100 women’s jewelry gift ideas that are all under $500. Click the link below to discover our top affordable jewelry picks for the season. 

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Final Thoughts – Shop Early for Holiday Gifts in 2021

There are so many reasons to shop early for holiday gifts in 2021. If you shop early, you’ll be able to take your pick of the hottest gifts of the year before they sell out. You also won’t have to worry about weather-related shipping delays, which plagued the east coast and midwest last holiday season. And, best of all, early shoppers can take advantage of the biggest sales of the year, like our Early Black Friday Sale. Everything on the Diamond Wish online store is 25% to 60% off during the sale! That means you can take 25% to 60% off diamond necklaces, diamond drop earrings, gemstone pendant necklaces, baguette diamond jewelry, birthstone jewelry, baguette diamond jewelry, amethyst jewelry, aquamarine jewelry, and so much more.

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