July 1, 2020

Our Most Pinned Rings on Pinterest

Pinterest is the go-to place for soon-to-be-engaged couples to get engagement ring inspiration. With so many engagement ring styles to peruse on Pinterest, we feel lucky that so many people have shown Diamond Wish rings love on the site! To celebrate that love, in this post we’re taking a closer look at our most pinned rings on Pinterest. Whether you’re looking for a vintage-inspired style, a unique alternative engagement ring, or an utterly glam halo design, our most pinned rings are here to inspire!

Emilia Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

 

The glamour and gorgeous detail of the Emilia Halo Diamond Engagement Ring has earned it a place on many Pinterest boards. This halo engagement ring, crafted from romantic rose gold, features an ornate vintage-inspired band adorned with milgrain and dozens of accent diamonds.

Aquamarine and Diamond Ring

A 2.75 carat aquamarine captivates at the center of our highly pinned Aquamarine and Diamond Ring. The glittering blue beauty of this ring’s featured aquamarine is complemented by a brilliant, twisted diamond band, which adds a classic touch to this unique engagement ring.

Skylar Black Diamond Engagement Ring

The Skylar Black Diamond Engagement Ring is mysterious, bold, and luxe. This engagement ring features a mesmerizing 1 carat round cut black diamond, which is enclosed within the pointed prongs of a dazzling white diamond halo setting. Perfectly matched accent diamonds shimmer on this Pinterest-worthy ring’s 14 karat white gold band, ensuring that it will draw eyes from every angle.

Taylor Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

With its uniquely glamorous look, the Taylor Halo Diamond Engagement Ring has found numerous fans on Pinterest. This yellow gold engagement ring features a breathtaking oval cut center diamond and a dazzling array of accent diamonds. Pave set diamonds create stunning scintillation on this ring’s halo setting and elegant, twisted band.

Skylar Halo Morganite Engagement Ring

Meet our most popular engagement ring on Pinterest: the Skylar Halo Morganite Engagement Ring. It’s easy to see why the Skylar ring has so many admirers. This stunning halo design features a romantic and eye-catching center stone, a 1 carat marquise cut morganite, which looks simply sublime against the ring’s 14k rose gold setting. Pave diamond accents glimmer across this ring’s halo setting and slim rose gold band, adding an enchanting shimmer that will make your heart skip a beat every time you glance down at your ring.

Unique Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This Unique Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring is an elegant and classic halo style with a distinctive touch: its center diamond. This ring’s breathtaking oval cut center stone adds an unexpected element to this dazzling design. The lovely shape of this ring’s center diamond is echoed by an oval shaped diamond halo, while perfectly matched pave diamonds rest upon the ring’s band.

Skylar Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

This Pinterest favorite has a rare, captivating beauty. The Skylar Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring is halo style that features a mesmerizing pear shaped blue sapphire at its center. Accent diamonds rest upon this ring’s glamorous halo setting and white gold band, adding a bright white brilliance that makes the design’s center gemstone look even richer and luxe.

_______________________

Looking for even more Pinterest-worthy ring inspo? Browse our full collection of handcrafted engagement rings and wedding rings. Our bridal collection features engagement rings and wedding bands in a wide range of classic styles, including classic solitaire diamond rings, romantic vintage-inspired designs, traditional three stone rings, diamond side stone styles, and rings with split shank bands. Our collection also features a range of unique engagement rings and wedding rings, such as Art Deco era inspired designs, colorful gemstone rings, and a vast array of fancy shaped diamond designs, including cushion cut, emerald cut, princess cut, and asscher cut styles.

Share article
March 27, 2020

March’s Beautiful Gemstone: Aquamarine Facts

If you’re a March baby, your birthstone is the aquamarine, a lovely blue gemstone named for its resemblance to a shimmering, crystal clear blue ocean. Aquamarine is a gorgeous gemstone that looks simply stunning in every type of fine jewelry. Aquamarine’s soft blue hue also pairs beautifully with every precious metal, making it quite a versatile gem. But then, in addition to being beautiful and versatile, aquamarine is a gem with rich history and meaning. Curious to know more about March’s birthstone, the aquamarine? Read on to learn 14 fascinating facts about aquamarine!

This 14k white gold twisted band ring features a gorgeous cushion cut aquamarine, the gem of the sea.

1. The word aquamarine is derived from the Latin word “aqua,” which means water, and the Latin word “marina,” which means the sea. So the gemstone aquamarine’s name, “aqua marina,” literally translates to “the water of the sea.”

2. Aquamarine is the blue to blue-green variety of beryl, which means it’s in the same family as emerald (green beryl) and morganite (pink beryl).

3. Aquamarine gets its mesmerizing blue color from traces of iron that reside within its crystalline structure.

4. In engagement rings, aquamarine is thought to symbolize health, clear communication, and courage.

The emerald cut aquamarine within this beautiful diamond and aquamarine engagement ring is thought to help promote clear communication in marriage.

5. In modern times, aquamarine is associated with tranquility, mental clarity, and good health.

6. Due to its oceanic color, aquamarine has long been associated with the mermaids, the sea, and sailors. Since the time of Ancient Greece and Rome, aquamarine has been nicknamed “The Sailor’s Stone.” Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that carrying this light blue stone would ensure safe passage to sailors during their voyages and help to prevent seasickness. Greeks and Romans sometimes engraved Poseidon or Neptune, the gods of the sea, on an aquamarine stone to provide extra protection for its wearer, who would generally wear the engraved gem in an amulet.

7. The beautiful blue aquamarine is the traditional gemstone given on the 19th wedding anniversary.

This dazzling halo aquamarine ring works beautifully as an engagement ring or as a 19th wedding anniversary gift.

8. Many cultures throughout history believed that aquamarine had healing properties. Using aquamarine medicinally was particularly popular in Europe during the Middle Ages. During this time, Europeans believed that aquamarines could improve digestion, help one avoid fluid retention, and even work as an antidote against poison.

9. Aquamarine became the official modern March birthstone in 1912, when the American National Association of Jewelers gave it its new title.

10. Aquamarines rank at a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, making them quite a durable gemstone. Since they’re a hard gemstone, aquamarines are a great option for many types of jewelry, including rings.

The emerald cut aquamarine within this elegant halo aquamarine ring is as durable as it is beautiful.

11. The largest gemstone-quality aquamarine ever found weighed in at a staggering 243 pounds. This aquamarine, discovered in the Minas Gerais mine in Brazil in 1910, was cut into numerous smaller stones that together weighed over 200,000 carats.

12. The largest cut aquamarine gemstone in the world has a name: Dom Pedro. The Dom Pedro Aquamarine weighs 10,363 carats and is available for public view at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian.

13. Queen Elizabeth II, a known lover of fine gems, adores aquamarines. During her coronation in 1953, the President of Brazil presented Queen Elizabeth with a fine aquamarine necklace and a stunning pair of aquamarine earrings. Queen Elizabeth found that she loved the gem so much that she added numerous aquamarine pieces to her collection of royal jewels. Some well-known aquamarine pieces within Queen Elizabeth’s collection include an aquamarine tiara, an aquamarine bracelet, and an aquamarine brooch.

14. Today, most of the world’s aquamarine is found in Brazil. But aquamarine has been found in many places across the globe, including in Angola, Pakistan, Kenya, Madagascar, Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique, Russia, Tanzania, and in Colorado, USA.

Can’t get enough of the gem of the sea? View more aquamarine jewelry.

Share article
February 28, 2020

One in a Million: The One Carat Diamond Price

Did you know that only one in every one million diamonds is a one carat diamond? One carat diamonds are quite rare, and they also have one of the most coveted carat weights. One carat diamonds are a top choice for engagement rings, stud earrings, pendant necklaces, and many other types of jewelry.

As a jeweler that specializes in diamond jewelry, we get a lot of questions about this highly desired carat weight. Mostly commonly, people ask us, “how much does a one carat diamond cost?” This is a simple question that has a bit of a complicated answer. One carat white diamonds can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $12,000– which is a very wide price range. The reason this price range is so strikingly wide is that carat weight is far from the only thing that determines the price of a diamond. Other factors, like diamond quality and diamond shape, also play a major role in a diamond’s price.

If you want to understand what determines the price of a one carat diamond, read on. Below, we’ll go over all the other major factors that change the price of a diamond, like diamond cut, clarity, color, and shape.

One Carat Diamond Price and The 4Cs

The price of a solitaire engagement ring is affected by its center diamond’s carat weight, clarity, cut, and color.

The 4Cs of diamonds are color, cut, clarity, and carat. Out of all of the 4Cs, carat weight does have the largest impact on the price of a diamond. The higher the carat weight, the higher the price tag. However, the rest of the 4Cs also play a huge role in determining a diamond’s price, since they affect a diamond’s quality and beauty.

Apart from carat weight, diamond cut is the quality that has the biggest impact on a diamond’s price. Diamond cut is a measurement of how well a diamond was cut, which affects how well it reflects light. A well cut diamond will capture and reflect light beautifully, while a poorly cut diamond will look dull and dim. Diamond cut grade dramatically affects a diamond’s beauty, so it makes sense that it can also dramatically affect its price.

Both clarity and color grade impact a diamond’s price, but not quite as dramatically as carat weight or cut. Higher clarity and and color grades will, however, always fetch a higher price. In particular, the top grades within these categories tend to fetch a premium price. For example, a completely colorless diamond will be considerably more expensive than a faintly yellow diamond (assuming all their other qualities are the same).

Each of the 4Cs impacts a diamond’s price on its own. Then a diamond’s unique combination of 4C grades will impact its price, as will details like fluorescence, polish, and symmetry. If you’re looking for a one carat diamond on a budget, consider which diamond qualities you could be more flexible on. We generally recommend prioritizing diamond cut, since it has such an enormous impact on a diamond’s beauty, and then being more flexible on diamond clarity and color.

One Carat Diamond Price and Diamond Shape

The round brilliant cut diamond, as seen above in the Reagan Ring, is the most expensive diamond shape.

Diamond shape, the shape a diamond has been cut into, is another diamond quality that has a major impact on diamond price. There are two main factors that can impact the price of a certain diamond shape: the cost of production and market demand.

Round is easily the most expensive diamond shape, since it’s both more expensive to produce and extremely popular. Cutting a round diamond leads to more diamond waste, which means it’s more expensive to manufacture. Then, round is the most popular diamond shape. Over half of all diamonds sold today are round diamonds. Because round diamonds are so in demand, manufacturers and jewelers know they can charge a bit more for them.

When it comes to fancy shaped diamonds, market demand plays the biggest role in their price. All fancy shaped diamonds will cost less than round diamonds with the same qualities, but there’s much price variety within the fancy shaped diamond category. The price of fancy shaped diamonds can vary often as market demand changes. For example, cushion cut diamonds have become a bit more expensive recently, since they’ve become more popular over the last several years.

Final Thoughts

The Black Diamond Elise Ring is a lovely one carat diamond option for those looking for a distinctive engagement ring (and a more affordable price tag!).

There you have it: everything you need to know about the price of a one carat white diamond! If you’re considering selecting a one carat diamond for your engagement ring, browse our selection of pre-set one carat engagement rings.

To close out our post, we have one final tip. If you’re shopping for a one carat engagement ring on a more strict budget, you may want to consider stepping outside of the white diamond category and exploring your other gemstone options. Center stones like black diamonds, moissanite, aquamarine, and morganite are all more affordable than white diamonds– but no less beautiful! If you have any questions about either our white diamond or our gemstone engagement rings, reach out. We’d be happy to assist you.

Share article
December 23, 2019

5 Ways to Care for Your Engagement Ring

Engagement rings are usually made of durable materials, like gold and diamonds. But though engagement rings are built to stand the test of time, they do require a bit of maintenance if you want them to look their best year after year. Wondering what you can do to take care of your engagement ring? Read on to see 5 jeweler-approved ways to care for your engagement ring!

1. Get a Professional Cleaning Twice a Year

Getting your engagement ring regularly cleaned by a professional is extremely important. At a professional cleaning, your ring will, of course, be thoroughly cleaned, which will make it look brand new. But then, additionally, the jeweler who is cleaning your ring will inspect its structural integrity. They will examine your ring’s settings under magnification to make sure they’re secure, which will help your gemstones stay firmly within your ring when you wear it.

Wondering how often you should get a professional cleaning for your engagement ring? The general rule is to get your ring cleaned twice a year.

2. Clean Your Ring At Home, Gently

In between professional cleanings, you can clean your ring at home to ensure it looks bright and brilliant. The best way to clean your ring at home is to use the simple, jeweler-approved soap and water method. To use this method, first soak your ring in a dish soap and warm water solution for 20 to 30 minutes. Then, gently scrub your ring with a soft toothbrush. Finally, rinse your ring and either pat it dry with a soft cloth or let it air dry. If you think your ring still looks a bit dim or dull, simply repeat this process.

We recommend using this soap and water method because it’s simple, effective, and gentle. Gentle is a key word here, since there are many harsh ways people may try to clean their rings at home, which can end up damaging their jewelry. To avoid damaging your engagement ring when you clean it, never use harsh chemicals to clean your jewelry, which can damage both precious metals and gemstones. Then, also never use anything physically abrasive, which can leave unsightly scratches on your ring. And lastly, we recommend that you do not use at-home ultra-sonic cleaners to clean your engagement ring. These machines can loosen gemstone settings, leaving you at risk of loosing a stone.

3. Don’t Wear Your Ring in Potentially Dangerous Situations

There are certain activities that put your engagement ring at a high risk or being damaged or lost. For example, going out on a boat or swimming in the ocean. Being out in the open water is freeing and fun— but if your engagement ring slips off into the ocean’s depths, you’ll almost certainly never see it again. Then, to give another example, many common activities put your ring at risk of getting extremely dirty or even damaged. Playing sports, working out at the gym, and even doing certain types of chores (such as gardening) can put your ring at risk of getting grimy or damaged.

So if you’re going to be engaging in any situation where your ring could easily get damaged, lost, or even especially dirty, what should you do? We recommend that you leave your engagement ring safely at home. If you’re ever unsure whether or not a particular situation would be risky for your ring, we also recommend erring on the side of caution and leaving your ring at home to keep your ring safe and sound.

4. Rock a Backup

So, we mentioned in our last tip that you should avoid wearing your ring in potentially dangerous situations. However, we know that some people just really want to wear an engagement ring all the time. And if you’re one of these people, we have another tip that’s perfect for you: get a backup ring.

If you want to wear an engagement ring during a potentially risky situation, you can keep your real engagement ring safe by rocking a backup. There are many department stores that sell costume jewelry rings that look very much like engagement rings. Also, if you want to wear a backup ring made that looks just like your engagement ring, a jeweler that does custom work can easily make you a faux version of your ring using non-precious materials.

By having a backup available, you can still wear an engagement ring whenever you want— but also protect the monetary and sentimental value of your real engagement ring.

5. Get Your White Gold Ring Re-Plated When Necessary

If you have a white gold engagement ring, eventually it’s going to start looking a bit yellow. This is because white gold is actually yellow gold that has been plated in an exceptionally shiny white metal called rhodium. With regular wear and a bit of time, rhodium plating will always start to wear off. And at that point, your white gold ring may start to look yellow.

But if your white gold ring is starting to get a golden glow, you can easily just have it re-plated with rhodium. Rhodium plating is a standard maintenance treatment that’s simple and fairly inexpensive (on average, it costs between $60 to $120 have a ring rhodium plated). And after your ring gets a touch up with a rhodium plating, it will look bright white, shiny, and brand new again.

Share article