June 26, 2019

Stackable Rings: How to Stack in Style

Ring stacks are a great way to get creative with your style. When you put together a custom ring stack, you can create a look that’s completely your own— the possibilities are endless! You could go for a super cohesive ring stack with matching rings, mix different metals, add in colorful gemstone rings, and so much more. To give you some ring stack inspo, here are some of our favorite ways you can stack your rings in style!

Nest Rings Around Your Engagement Rings

For this look, try surrounding a gemstone or diamond ring (like this Halo Aquamarine Diamond Ring) with curved bands on each side (like the Primrose Diamond Ring).

Stacking rings around your engagement ring can add new life to a piece you’ve worn many times. If your ring has a flat profile, you can comfortable choose any standard rings you like to amp up your engagement ring stack. If your engagement ring’s center stone juts out from its band, you may want to go with a curved ring for a more harmonious stack.

A look we love is choosing to nest rings on both sides of your engagement ring. By adding symmetrical curved rings on either side of your stack (meaning, one of each curved ring on each side), you can create a super unique, romantic look. You can have one pair of curved rings or go the extra mile and add multiple sets of curved bands around you engagement ring.

Note: This idea works for an engagement ring, but it will work for any fun cocktail or fashion ring too!

Embrace Mixed Metals

For an eye-catching look, try mixing your ring stack’s metals. Mixing ring metals is actually easier than you might think! To ensure your mixed metal stack still has a cohesive look, try pairing rings that have similar design details. For example, the beautiful wedding rings pictured above look lovely together because they all feature white pave diamonds.

You can tie rings in with many details, like choosing mixed metal rings that all have engraving, that all feature the same gemstone, that all have migraine detailing, and more.

Stack the Same Ring

A great way to get an ultra-cohesive look in a ring stack is to wear more than one of the same ring. Take the stack of Merilyn rings pictured above: though these rings are made of three different precious metals, they look incredibly chic together since they all have the same design.

You can use this trick with simple rings like the Merilyn ring but it also works well with more detailed rings like the Keira Diamond Ring.

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March 26, 2019

How to Choose Anniversary Bands

An anniversary band is a wedding band you give your partner to celebrate the anniversary of your marriage. While many people choose to gift anniversary bands on major anniversaries (like the fifth or tenth), they can be given on any anniversary. If you’re considering giving this romantic, thoughtful gift, you might be wondering how to choose one. You might wonder what kind of style should you choose, if there are rules to choosing an anniversary band, or if an anniversary band is meant to replace a wedding ring. We’ll answer all these questions and more in our guide to choosing anniversary bands.

Are Anniversary Bands Supposed to Replace Wedding Bands?

Many people wonder if anniversary bands are meant to replace their partner’s wedding band. The answer to this question is that it isn’t necessarily meant to, but it can. An anniversary ring can really be worn in any way the recipient likes. It can be worn in place of a wedding band, alongside a wedding band, or as a fashionable right hand ring.

If you like the idea of an anniversary band becoming an updated wedding band, be sure to choose an anniversary band that complement’s your partner’s engagement ring.

Are There Rules for Anniversary Bands?

There really aren’t rules for anniversary bands but there are some anniversary traditions you can keep in mind. While old-fashioned rules say that gold isn’t given until the 50th year of marriage, modern conventions have gold as the color of your year one anniversary. Let’s go through some of the modern conventions for giving jewelry on major anniversaries.

Year One: Gold

Gold is the modern tradition for gifting jewelry on your first anniversary. It makes sense: gold is precious and so is your first year as a married couple.

Gold is a highly versatile precious metal, so you should have no trouble finding a gold anniversary band that would fit your partner’s personal style. You can choose from traditional yellow gold, chic white gold, or romantic rose gold for your partner’s anniversary ring.

Year Five: Sapphire

Sapphires symbolize truth and loyalty, making it fitting that this precious gem is the traditional gift for a fifth year anniversary. While blue sapphires are the most popular variety, sapphires actually come a rainbow of hues, including the second-most popular color for sapphires, pink. No matter which color you choose, sapphire anniversary bands are classic, elegant, and something your partner is sure to love.

Year Ten: Diamonds

A ten year anniversary is incredibly exciting. You’re marking a decade of life as a married couple— that’s truly something to celebrate. If you want to follow tradition, the best way to celebrate and show your partner your appreciation is with the traditional ten year jewelry gift, diamonds. You can get your partner an anniversary band with just a few diamonds or go all out with a beautiful infinity band.

Do You Have to Follow Tradition?

If you love tradition, you may want to go with the gemstone or precious metal that matches your anniversary year. However, you definitely don’t have to follow these traditions if you have something else in mind. If you want to get a diamond anniversary band, your partner will be just as thrilled to get it on your third anniversary as they would on your tenth (if not even more so!).

It’s also important to note that you don’t have to wait for a major year to give an anniversary band. You can give an anniversary band on any year or even on multiple years.

What Style Should An Anniversary Band Be?

There’s no rule on what kind of style an anniversary band should be. When considering style, just think about what your partner would love. Would they want something sleek they could add to their wedding stack? Or would they maybe want an ultra glam ring that could be worn on its own? Choosing the right style for an anniversary ring is really just a matter of choosing the right style for you and your partner.

Browse more anniversary bands at diamondwish.com. 

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March 19, 2019

Tips for Buying an Emerald Cut Diamond

Emerald cut diamonds have a timeless elegance. Their sophisticated shape and unique, flashing facets give them a chic, unforgettable beauty. But when shopping for an emerald cut diamond, there are some special considerations to keep in mind. In this post, we’ll discuss all our top tips for buying an emerald cut diamond to help you pick the emerald cut diamond that’s right for you. We’ll cover what defines the emerald cut, what to look for when considering emerald cut diamond qualities, emerald cut diamond prices, and which setting styles are the most popular for emerald cut diamonds.

Know the Cut: What is An Emerald Cut Diamond?

Emerald cut diamonds are shaped like rectangles with cut corners. Like many other diamond shapes, emerald cut diamonds have 57 or 58 facets. But unlike most other diamond shapes, the facets on an emerald cut diamond are step cut, rather than brilliant cut. Step cut facets are larger, more linear facets that are arranged symmetrically. The step cuts of an emerald cut diamond are what give it its signature flashing, “hall of mirrors” effect.

Emerald cut diamonds are often confused for asscher cut diamonds and radiant cut diamonds. The asscher cut diamond is also rectangular and step cut, but you can tell it apart from an emerald cut diamond by noting the asscher cut’s X-shaped facet pattern that runs across its table. Radiant diamonds share the same shape as emerald cut diamonds (rectangular with cut corners) but are brilliant cut, so they don’t feature the same symmetrical, linear facets of emerald cut diamonds.

The 4Cs of Emerald Cut Diamonds

Understanding the 4Cs (clarity, cut, color, and carat) of diamonds is important before buying any diamond. But with emerald cut diamonds, there are some special considerations you should keep in mind. In this next section, we’ll cover the 4Cs of emerald cut diamonds and tell you everything you need to know about emerald cut diamond qualities so you can make an informed choice when buying.

Clarity is Key for Emerald Cut Diamonds

While most experts agree that cut is the most important diamond quality across all diamond shapes, clarity is also very important in emerald cut diamonds. The step cuts of the emerald diamond allow you to see more clearly into the center of the diamond. This gives emerald cut diamonds a unique beauty, but can also make internal flaws much easier to see. So, when buying an emerald cut diamond, you should consider selecting one with a higher clarity grade.

Cut and Emerald Cut Diamonds

Cut is important for every diamond shape and emerald cut diamonds are no exception. Cut is a grading of how well a diamond is cut. If a diamond is cut poorly, it won’t reflect and refract light well, making it look dull and lifeless. So, just like with every other diamond shape, don’t sacrifice on cut when selecting an emerald cut diamond.

Carat Weight and Emerald Cut Diamonds

While many people think that carat is a measurement of a diamond’s size, diamond carat is actually a weight measurement. However, diamond carat can give you an idea of the size of a diamond, as the heavier it is, the more mass it will have.

One advantage of emerald cut diamonds is that they look larger per carat than many other diamond shapes, due to having more of their surface area on their table (the top of the diamond). So, a 1 carat emerald diamond will usually look larger than a 1 carat round diamond.

Color and Emerald Cut Diamonds

For emerald cut diamonds, you should think about color in the same way you would with any other diamond shape. As with other diamond shapes, there’s really no “right” color to choose when selecting an emerald cut diamond. D, E, and F color emerald diamonds will be the most colorless— but also the most expensive. Because of this, many people are happy with G or H color emerald cut diamonds, which have a slightly warmer color but are still near colorless and are much less expensive.

Emerald Cut Diamond Special Consideration: Length, Width, and Depth Ratios

The length to width ratio of an emerald cut diamond can make it look either longer or more square. Generally, ratios of 1.45 to 1.55 are the most popular for emerald cut diamonds. But if you prefer a longer or more square emerald cut diamond, you can certainly get one. The length to width ratio of an emerald diamond doesn’t effect its beauty, only its shape. So, do some browsing and see which length to width ratio you love the most.

However, something that does have an effect on an emerald cut diamond’s beauty is its depth ratio. For the most brilliant emerald cut diamond, look for a depth percentage of 60% to 70% of the diamond’s width.

Emerald Cut Diamond Pricing

Emerald cut diamonds are one of the rarer diamond shapes, which can make them more expensive. However, their larger table surface area means they look larger per carat than many other diamond shapes. So, you can often go with a slightly lower carat to help an emerald cut diamond fit into your budget, while not necessarily sacrificing on its visual impact.

To give you a general idea of what an emerald cut diamond costs, know that a 1 carat emerald cut diamond will usually cost somewhere between $1,400 to $6,000. The cost of an emerald cut diamond, like any diamond shape, will vary greatly depending on its quality. The better the quality, the higher the price.

Emerald Cut Diamond Settings: Which Setting Style Looks the Best With Emerald Cut Diamonds?

Choosing a setting for your emerald cut diamond is really a matter of personal preference. There’s no “best” setting for an emerald cut diamond. You should simply choose the ring setting you think would pair best with your diamond.

But with that said, there are two types of settings that are the most popular for emerald cut diamonds: solitaire and halo settings. Solitaire settings let the pure beauty of an emerald cut diamond take full focus, while halo settings amp up their glamour. Of course, you don’t have to choose one of these settings if you’d prefer another style, like a three stone emerald cut engagement ring or a unique, modern style. When choosing a ring setting for an emerald cut diamond, just take some time to think about your own personal style and consider which type of setting you’d love the most.

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January 23, 2019

Lifetime Warranty: What You Need to Know About Warranties

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

Warranties: What Should They Cover?

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

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

How to Spot Manufacturing Defects:

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

Warranties: Wear and Tear Protection

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

Warranties: Length of Coverage

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

Warranties: Fees

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

Warranties: Our Lifetime Upgrade Policy

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

Insurance vs. Warranties

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

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


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