August 11, 2020

Non-Traditional Engagement Ring Alternatives

Today, more and more couples are looking for alternatives to traditional diamond engagement rings. Some people want a non-traditional ring because they’re looking for something unique that will stand out, while other people want an alternative engagement ring because they want something that feels more personalized and meaningful.

Whatever your reason for wanting a non-traditional engagement ring, opting for an alternative engagement ring is an excellent choice. Non-traditional engagement rings are beautiful and special– and, as an added bonus, they can also be much more affordable than traditional diamond engagement rings.

Another thing we love about non-traditional engagement rings is that there are no rules on what you can choose for your gemstone. So, which gem is right for you and your partner? Learn about your options as we go over some of our favorite diamond alternatives below!

Morganite Engagement Rings

This east-west set morganite and diamond engagement ring shows off how beautiful rose gold and morganite look together.

Morganite is a beautiful pink to orange-pink variety of beryl, putting it in the same family as emerald (green beryl) and aquamarine (blue beryl). With its blushing pink hue, morganite is an incredibly romantic alternative engagement ring option. Morganite tends to be particularly popular when paired with rose gold, since the warm pink tones of these luxe materials look simply stunning together.

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Lab-Grown Diamond Rings

This white gold diamond ring has a classic look and a non-traditional center stone: a round cut lab-grown diamond.

Over the last few years, lab-grown diamond engagement rings have skyrocketed in popularity, quickly becoming one of the most popular non-traditional engagement ring options. Lab-grown diamonds have almost all of the same advantages as natural diamonds. Since lab-grown diamonds have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as natural diamonds, they’re just as brilliant, durable, and beautiful as natural diamonds. But lab-grown diamonds are different from natural diamonds in two ways that are very important to many modern consumers: they aren’t mined and they come with a significantly more affordable price tag. So, for those who want a diamond engagement ring or wedding band but don’t want a mined diamond (or just don’t want to pay the premium for a mined diamond), a lab-created diamond ring is an ideal choice.

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Moissanite Engagement Rings

A two carat moissanite stuns in this vintage-inspired engagement ring, which features a rose gold band set with marquise cut diamonds.

Moissanites are brilliant, colorless gemstones that look remarkably like diamonds, yet cost around 90% less. This gorgeous gemstone was first discovered in 1893 by the French scientist Henri Moissan. Initially, Moissan thought that he had found diamonds in a meteor crater, but later discovered that he had found an entirely new gemstone made out of silicon carbide.

Moissanites look similar to diamonds, but these gemstones do have some differences, including in light reflection. Moissanites have a higher refractive index than diamonds, so they’re actually more brilliant and fiery than diamonds. Moissanites shine brightly on their own in solitaire settings, then also look gorgeous in bands with diamond accents, as moissanites and diamonds look stunning together.

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Black Diamond Engagement Rings

This white gold halo diamond ring features a mesmerizing pear shaped black diamond.

Black diamond engagement rings have a luxurious, dramatic beauty, making them an ideal option for the style-setter who loves to stand out from the crowd. Black diamonds are a wonderful center stone option not only because of their striking look, but also because of their meaning. Like all diamonds, black diamonds symbolize eternal love. But then, black diamonds also have a unique meaning of their own, symbolizing passion and strength.

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Sapphire Engagement Rings

This white gold, white diamond, and blue sapphire engagement ring is the picture of classic beauty.

Blue sapphire engagement rings are somewhat rare today, but they were actually the default choice for hundreds of years. Until diamond engagement rings skyrocketed in popularity in the 19th century, almost all brides wore sapphire engagement rings. Sapphires were chosen for their beauty and durability, but also for their meaning. For millennia, sapphires have been associated with fidelity, loyalty, and truth.

Blue sapphire engagement rings are an uncommon choice in the 21st century, but they’ve had a couple of notable surges in popularity within the last few decades. Most notably, in the 1980s, Princess Diana’s 12 carat blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring sparked a sapphire engagement ring trend. Then, when Kate Middleton started wearing the same sapphire ring in 2010, it led to another spike in sapphire engagement ring popularity.

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Still searching for your perfect non-traditional engagement ring or wedding ring? Browse our full bridal jewelry collection. Or, if you’re looking for a colored gemstone style, browse our gemstone collection, which features a wide selection of gemstone engagement rings and birthstone jewelry options, including blue topaz rings, amethyst rings, morganite rings, aquamarine rings, emerald rings, and ruby rings.

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August 11, 2020

Three Stone Rings and Their Significant Meaning

Three stone engagement rings are enduringly popular. This style of engagement ring, which features a center stone that’s accented by two prominent side stones, is loved for its aesthetic appeal and its rich meaning. While all engagement rings are meaningful, three stone rings have a beautiful symbolism that can make them particularly special and romantic.

The Meaning of Three Stone Engagement Rings

The three gems at the heart of a three stone engagement ring represent a couple’s past, present, and future. The largest stone in the ring, the center stone, represents the present, while the side stones symbolize the past and future.

The unique meaning of a three stone engagement ring allows it to tell a story, the story of your love and commitment. When proposing with a three stone ring, people often use their engagement ring’s gems to reflect on how their love blossomed in the past, how deep their love is in the present, and how they foresee their love growing in the future.

Alternate Symbolism of Three Stone Engagement Rings

While the three stones in a three stone ring are most commonly thought to be a symbol of the past, present, and future, three stone rings have been ascribed other meanings. Some people associate the three stones in a three stone ring with a friendship, love, and fidelity, the three building blocks of a lasting relationship. Devout couples also sometimes associate three stone rings with the Holy Trinity, taking the three stones of the ring to represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Three Stone Engagement Ring Styles

One of the best things about three stone engagement rings is the diverse selection of styles within the category. There are classic three stone rings, vintage-inspired three stone styles, unique modern three stone designs, and much more. So, if you’re drawn to three stone rings because of their lovely meaning, you’ll have no issue also finding a three stone engagement ring with a style you love.

Three Stone Round Diamond Engagement Ring

The Emerson Three Stone Engagement Ring, pictured here in yellow gold, is as beautiful as it is classic.

The most traditional three stone engagement ring designs feature three round diamonds, which can vary in proportion. Some three stone round diamond engagement rings feature a large center diamond and more petite side diamonds, which can enhance the visual impact of the center stone. Then, other three stone round diamond designs feature side diamonds that are only slightly smaller than their paired center stone, which provides a balanced look that many people find incredibly attractive.

Colorful Three Stone Engagement Rings

This three stone yellow diamond engagement ring from our Le Desir Collection features a captivating 3 carat radiant cut yellow diamond and two exquisite trapezoid cut side diamonds.

Three stone engagement rings that feature colorful diamond or gemstones are lush and vibrant, making them an eye-catching three stone option. Colorful three stone engagement rings can feature one colored gemstone as their center stone, two colorful side stones, or three colorful gemstones.

Fancy Shaped Three Stone Diamond Engagement Rings

Fancy shaped diamond three stone rings have a distinctively captivating look that makes them feel highly personal. This style of three stone ring tends to lean one of two ways: either more classic or more modern in style.

Emerald cut diamonds stun in this chic three stone engagement ring design.

This three stone emerald cut diamond engagement ring shows off a more classic fancy shaped three stone design. This 14k white gold ring features three emerald cut diamonds and a beautifully proportioned channel set diamond band, giving it an elegant and somewhat retro look.

The Clara Halo Diamond Engagement Ring is a contemporary beauty.

This halo three stone pear shaped diamond ring provides an excellent example of how striking and gorgeous a more modern fancy shaped three stone design can be. Here, a pear shaped diamond rests in a halo setting atop a rose gold band. This glamorous centerpiece is accented by more petite round cut side diamonds, which make the center stone look even more bold and breathtaking.

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Interested in seeing even more beautiful, meaningful three stone setting styles? Browse our full collection of three stone engagement rings. Or, if you’re interested in browsing other traditional engagement ring styles, browse our complete fine jewelry collection, which includes round brilliant cut solitaire engagement rings, princess cut diamond solitaire rings, halo engagement rings, diamond band engagement rings, diamond wedding bands, classic bridal sets, and our gemstone ring collection, which features a wide selection of gemstone engagement rings and birthstone rings.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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