December 4, 2019

The Diamond Details for the Perfect Holiday Look

The holidays are all about spending time with your loved ones— and, of course, hitting those fabulous holiday parties! Holiday parties are a time to eat, drink, and be merry. But for all the fashionistas out there, holiday parties are also an opportunity to have fun putting together some show-stopping holiday party looks. If you’re planning your holiday party looks, don’t forget your diamond details. The holidays are all about shimmer and a fabulous diamond accessory (or two) can make any ensemble look perfectly holiday-party ready.

Some carefully selected diamond details can take a holiday outfit from good to incredible. But which diamond details should you choose for your holiday party looks? Read on to see our top recommendations as we share the best diamond details for the perfect holiday look!

Diamond Hoop Earrings

Diamond hoop earrings have it all: they’re beautiful, classic, elegant, and eye-catching. So if you’re hunting for some diamond jewelry that will take your holiday looks to the next level, you can’t go wrong with a pair of spectacular diamond hoops!

One thing we love about diamond hoops is how many options you have to choose from. Diamond hoops come in so many sizes and colors, and they can be set with any size of diamond. So when you pick out your diamond hoops for the holidays, consider what type of look you’re going for. Do you want to go bold? Try an oversized pair of hoops, like the elegant yet glamorous pair pictured above. Do you want to keep your look a bit more delicate? Try a pair of petite diamond hoops that will add the perfect amount of shimmer to your ensemble.

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Diamond Studs

Diamond studs are always a top choice for holiday looks, since there’s no piece of jewelry that is more classic and versatile. If you want to get just one new piece of jewelry to wear during the holidays, diamond studs are an ideal option. They pair beautifully with cocktail attire, black tie looks, casual-cool looks, and even work looks (for those times when you need to take your outfit from day to night). A single pair of diamond studs is something you can use to elevate your looks all season long— and also enjoy wearing for decades to come.

As with hoops, there are many styles of diamond studs. If you want to keep your studs ultra classic, you could opt for a chic, traditional pair of round brilliant diamond studs. Or, if you want a more unique look for your studs, you could go for a pair of fancy shaped diamond studs. One of our favorite fancy diamond shapes of the moment is the cushion cut diamond (pictured above), a romantic and elegant shape with a vintage-style. Cushion cut diamonds look quite classic, but also have a distinctive, romantic beauty that adds something incredibly special to a pair of studs.

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Diamond and Blue Topaz Cocktail Ring

If you love a colorful, vibrant look, rock a diamond and gemstone cocktail ring this holiday season. Diamond and gemstone jewelry is one of our favorite ways to wear diamonds. You get some rich, eye-catching color from your gemstone, while also getting dazzling brilliance from  your diamonds— it’s the perfect combination!

There are so many different types of gemstones you can use to add a bit of color to your holiday looks. One of our current favorites is blue topaz, a glimmering sky blue gemstone. Blue topaz is rich in color, yet is also one of the more reflective colored gemstones, which makes it particularly mesmerizing. When paired with diamonds, blue topaz looks extra icy, so a blue topaz and diamond piece is an ideal glam winter accessory.

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Black Diamond Pendant

If you’re shopping for the perfect diamond details for your holiday look, remember that white diamonds are not your only option! Diamonds come in every hue imaginable, including in a rich, velvety black.

We absolutely love black diamond jewelry for a holiday look, since black diamonds add a stunning, luxe depth to any ensemble. Black diamond jewelry is a bit unexpected. It’s striking, bold, mysterious, and incredibly eye-catching. So if you’re looking to add a uniquely luxurious touch your holiday look, black diamond jewelry is an excellent choice.

One of our favorite ways to wear black diamonds is in a solitaire pendant, like the lovely rose gold and black diamond pendant necklace pictured above. We love black diamond pendants because they’re both beautiful and versatile. They look spectacular when worn on their own or when worn as a part of an intricate layered look.

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Want to see even more dazzling diamond jewelry that can amp up your holiday looks? Browse our full selection of handcrafted fine jewelry.

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December 4, 2019

4 Luxurious Rings to Day Dream About for the Holidays

While we love a good minimalist engagement ring, we also adore a ring with a more of a “maximalist” vibe. There’s just something so utterly gorgeous about an engagement ring that’s simply dripping with dazzling white diamonds.

To celebrate the best of the best in the ultra luxurious engagement ring category, we’re taking a closer look at some of our favorite pieces from our Le Desire Luxury Collection. These luxury couture pieces feature breathtaking center diamonds and beautifully arranged diamond accents that shimmer from every angle. The holidays are all about shimmer. So this holiday season, spark your imagination with these luxurious rings that you’ll be dreaming about all season long.

Halo Oval Diamond Engagement Ring

There’s so much to love about this ultra-glamorous halo engagement ring, which features an absolutely exquisite 4.03 carat oval cut diamond at its center. In addition to its 4 carat centerpiece, this ring also features a halo setting (which ups the impact of the center diamond even further), a diamond set split shank bank, and beautiful, swirling diamond set accents under its raised cathedral setting. With over 5 total carats of dazzling white diamonds, this ring is truly something to dream about.

Double Halo Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This double halo cushion cut diamond ring is simply mesmerizing. In this design, a beautifully clear 2 carat cushion cut diamond rests in a romantic, dazzling double halo setting. Additional diamond accents adorn this enchanting ring’s band and raised setting, creating a refined and highly brilliant look.

Halo Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This sophisticated, icily beautiful engagement ring features a 2 carat emerald cut diamond at its center. This ring’s gorgeous center diamond is enclosed in an emerald shaped halo setting that adds brilliance and impact to the piece. A wide, diamond set split shank band adds balance to this ring’s design, while hidden engravings along the cathedral setting add an extra dash of romance.

Halo Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

A stunning 3 carat cushion cut diamond rests in a glamorous halo setting in this breathtaking design. This ring’s halo setting beautifully echoes the elegant shape of its enclosed center diamond. Along this ring’s slim split shank band, pave diamonds add additional brilliance. This ring also features delicate hidden diamond details, which rest along curling white gold accents upon the ring’s cathedral setting.

Looking for even more luxurious rings to day dream about this holiday season? View our full Le Desire Luxury Engagement Ring Collection.

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December 4, 2019

7 Best Ideas for a Whimsical Winter Proposal

There are so many ways to use winter’s beauty (and many fun activities) to your advantage during a winter proposal. And in this post, we’re rounding up some of our favorites! Read on to see our list of the 7 best ideas for a whimsical winter proposal, full of charming, memorable proposal ideas she’ll adore.

1. Take a Sleigh Ride Together

Taking a sleigh ride with your sweetheart is undeniably romantic. So why not make it even more romantic by popping the question while you go dashing through the snow together? If you don’t live in an area where sleigh rides are freely available, you can adapt this proposal idea by opting for a horse drawn carriage ride instead!

2. Head to the Ice Skating Rink

Give her an icy, glamorous halo engagement ring on the ice with this whimsical proposal idea.

If you’re steady on your feet, consider proposing at an ice skating rink that’s all decked out for the holidays. This proposal idea is fun, sweet, and absolutely charming.

3. Try a New Year’s Countdown Proposal 

When people think of a winter proposal, their first thought is often of a Christmas or Hanukkah proposal. But there’s another romantic winter holiday that can make your proposal ultra magical: New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s is an incredibly exciting holiday, full of optimism for the coming year. So why not start your new year with a “yes!” by getting down on one knee as the ball drops?

4. Consider a Puppy Proposal 

What’s better than a puppy? A puppy that also comes with an engagement ring, such as this beautiful blue topaz engagement ring.

If you have a dog (or if you’re thinking of gifting a puppy for the holidays) get your pup in on the proposal action to create a fun and memorable proposal.

There are many ways you can incorporate your dog into your holiday proposal. For example, you could have your dog deliver a holiday letter with your proposal message enclosed. Or you could dress your dog up in a festive outfit that includes a ring bearer collar. If you’re gifting a puppy for the holidays, you could also try writing your proposal message on the new pup’s collar or on a ribbon around their neck, then get down on one knee as your partner reads it.

5. Say it With Snow

Add a bit of winter magic to your proposal by incorporating one of the season’s most beautiful features, soft white snow, into your proposal. First, find a pretty outdoor location with plenty of snow. Then, write “will you marry me” into the snow. You can carve out your message, write it with flowers, or say it with lights. This proposal idea is simple, sweet, and memorable. And, as an added bonus, it’s also incredibly photogenic, so it can make for some incredible engagement pictures.

6. Give the Best Stocking Stuffer Ever

Give her the best stocking stuffer of all time by slipping her engagement ring box into her Christmas stocking. This proposal idea is so simple and easy to pull off, yet it’s also something that’s sure to surprise and thrill her!

7. Propose on a Romantic Holiday Trip

This pretty peridot engagement ring is a dazzling, unique option that will take her breath away when you propose on holiday.

If you want to wow her with your winter proposal, propose while on a romantic holiday trip. You could go to a cozy, secluded mountain cabin or perhaps visit a beautiful city that’s decked out for the holiday season. Wherever you choose to visit, proposing while on a romantic holiday excursion is a sure way to wow her with your proposal!

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December 4, 2019

The Holiday Engagement List of What to Do and Not to Do

Holiday engagements can be incredibly magical. The holidays are a beautiful time of year: lights are twinkling, snow is falling, and there’s simply a feeling of joy in the air. Then, the holidays are also a time when we tend to start thinking of the year ahead and planning for the future. These elements make the holidays a perfect time to propose, which is why so many people choose to pop the question in the winter months.

However, if you’re thinking of proposing during the holidays, there are some things you should think about to make sure your proposal goes off without a hitch. Because, though the holidays are a lovely time of year, getting down on one knee during the holidays isn’t always a foolproof plan. There are many things to take advantage of that can make your holiday proposal incredible— but also a few pitfalls to avoid. To make sure your holiday proposal is as perfect as you dream of, read on to learn the do’s and don’ts of holiday engagements!

DO: Use the Magic of the Season to Your Advantage

Proposing with an icy blue topaz engagement ring can add a magical, fairytale-feel to your holiday proposal.

The holidays are an incredibly beautiful time of year. The scenery is stunning and the holidays are full of fun and special activities. So, be sure to use the magic of the season to your advantage when you plan your proposal.

There are many ways to amp up your proposal with a bit of holiday magic. For example, you could propose in front of a gorgeous holiday display, like in front of the most festive Christmas display in your city. Or, you could incorporate the snow into your proposal by writing “will you marry me?” in a snowy bank. You could also incorporate a fun seasonal activity into your proposal by proposing while decorating your Christmas tree or while on a sleigh ride.

The key to using the magic of the season to your advantage is to get creative. Think about your sweetheart’s favorite things to do during the holidays and find a way to incorporate them into your proposal.

DON’T: Propose in Front of Family (Unless You Know She’d Love It)

Proposing in front of your girlfriend’s family can be a wonderful idea. But it can also be a terrible idea. Some people have awkward or unpleasant family dynamics. And these family dynamics can be heightened by the holidays. So if you’re thinking of proposing in front of your girlfriend’s family, we would advise you to seriously consider whether or not that’s a good idea.

If she absolutely loves being around her family during the holidays and everyone in her family always seems to get along, then proposing with her family there could be a great idea. But if there are some negative dynamics in her family (say, she has anxiety or frustration after being around her family, she has divorced parents who argue, or perhaps she has an unhappily single relative who would be overtly jealous of a proposal), you might want to reconsider proposing around them.

DO: Propose Before the End of the Holiday Season

A halo engagement ring is a glamorous and classic option that will be the center of attention at every holiday gathering.

Proposing early in the holiday season is not a requirement. However, it is a great idea, since it will make the rest of the holidays even better. If you propose before the very end of the season, you and your new fiancé will get to celebrate your engagement as you make the holiday rounds. Your friends and family will all be able to celebrate your engagement with you, which will make for many happy holiday memories.

DON’T: Make Her Wait A Long Time if She’s Expecting a Proposal

Some proposals come as a total surprise. But, sometimes, she may be expecting it. And if you think your girlfriend may be expecting a proposal during the holidays, you shouldn’t make her wait and wait. As every holiday event or activity passes by, she could get more and more frustrated if she’s expecting a proposal— but it never seems to come. So if you think, for any reason, that she could be expecting a proposal during the holidays, make sure to plan your proposal for early in the season. Use your best judgement and pick a time and date when she’ll still feel excited (rather than frustrated or annoyed) about your proposal.

Final Thoughts

A vibrant green peridot engagement ring is a unique engagement ring she’d adore receiving any time of year.

There you have it: our holiday engagement do’s and don’ts! Keep in mind that these holiday engagement tips are just guidelines. At the end of the day, you know your partner best and you should always go with your gut instinct when planning your perfect proposal.

P.S. If you’re still shopping for the perfect ring to propose with this holiday season, be sure to browse our beautiful selection of handcrafted engagement rings!

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November 25, 2019

Can You Tell the Difference in Lab Grown Diamonds?

Laboratory grown diamonds have been experiencing a boom in popularity recent years. Many people are drawn to lab grown diamonds because they have the same physical and optical properties as mined diamonds, yet they involve no mining. Then, on top of that, lab grown diamonds are generally more affordable than mined diamonds, so lab grown diamonds have a more attractive price tag.

As lab grown diamonds have become more popular, they’ve also become more well known. But since lab grown diamonds are still relatively new, consumers often have questions about lab grown diamonds. One of the most common questions we get about lab grown diamonds is “can you tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds by looking at them?” So, do lab grown diamonds look different from mined diamonds? In this post, we’re answering this FAQ!

Can You Tell the Difference Between Lab Grown Diamonds and Mined Diamonds By Sight?

So, can you tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds just by looking at them? No, not with the naked eye (and not even with a jewelry loupe). Lab grown diamonds have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as mined diamonds. So lab grown diamonds have the exact same type of beautiful shimmer as mined diamonds (and they’re also just as durable!).

To give you an example of how similar lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds look, let’s take a closer look at a couple of engagement rings. Below, there are two pictures of engagement rings. Both of these beautiful engagement rings feature a round brilliant cut center gemstone. But one of these features a lab grown round brilliant cut diamond and the other features a mined round brilliant cut diamond. Can you guess which has a lab grown diamond? (Don’t scroll too far before making your guess— we’ll reveal the answer at the end of the next paragraph!)

On the top, we have the Aurora Halo Double Band Engagement Ring in yellow gold. On the bottom, we have the Riley Classic Engagement Ring in white gold. At Diamond Wish, both of these engagement rings can be set with either a lab grown diamond or a natural mined diamond. But in this example, the lab grown diamond is in the picture on the right, featured in the Riley Classic Engagement Ring in white gold.

If you couldn’t guess which engagement ring featured a lab grown diamond, don’t worry— you’re not alone! Even expert jewelers can’t tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and naturally mined diamonds by sight. (So if you did guess right, you simply had a lucky guess.)

Wondering why even an expert can’t tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds by looking at them? Lab grown diamonds are created using a process that replicates how mined diamonds form in the earth. The end result is that lab grown diamonds have the same carbon crystal arrangement as mined diamonds, so they look the same (and have the same physical properties) as mined diamonds. It is possible for a gemologist to tell the difference between a lab grown and a mined diamond, but they would need to use specialized testing equipment to do so. So even a gemologist can’t tell the difference between lab grown diamonds and mined diamonds by sight.

It’s important to note that lab grown diamonds aren’t to be confused with diamond simulants, which you can spot just by looking at them (provided you know what to look for). Diamond simulants, such as cubic zirconia and moissanite, may look similar to diamonds, but they don’t share the same properties as diamonds. So, they reflect light differently and they also aren’t as durable as diamonds.

Take for example, the beautiful moissanite engagement ring pictured above. This ring’s 2 carat moissanite is certainly stunning. But it isn’t a diamond. And while it may be hard for most people to tell the difference between a moissanite and a diamond just by looking at it, an expert jeweler could, since moissanite has a different crystal structure that gives it a slightly different type of light reflection. Moissanite will also rank lower on durability than a diamond, since, physically, it’s not quite as hard as a diamond (diamonds are the hardest substance on the planet!). That’s why, though lab grown diamonds and certain diamond simulants may both be made in a lab, lab grown diamonds are considered more valuable than diamond simulants. Lab grown diamonds have the same properties as mined diamonds, while diamond simulants do not, so diamond simulants tend to sell for much less.

Thinking of choosing a lab grown diamond for your jewelry? Shop our full range of beautiful lab grown diamonds!

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