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.


We believe in providing quality jewelry that will last a lifetime. Click here to learn more about our warranty policy, our promise of quality to you.


 

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January 18, 2019

Buying a Pear Shaped Ring? Here’s What You Need to Know

Pear shaped diamonds have a unique, sophisticated glamour. This brilliant diamond shape has been around for hundreds of years, gracing the hands of royals, starlets, and style-setters throughout the ages. Today, the pear shaped diamond is actually one of the least commonly worn diamond shapes— making it the perfect choice for someone looking for a more distinctive, eye-catching diamond.

If you’re considering the unique, chic pear shape for your ring, there are few things you should know when shopping. We’ve put together this “need to know” guide for buying a pear shaped diamond to help you pick your perfect pear.

Pear Shaped Diamond: Definition and Sections

Pear shaped diamonds, also known as teardrop diamonds, have a rounded shape that forms into a tip, giving them an elegant look. This diamond shape is cut with a modified brilliant cut that combines the round brilliant cut (on the pear’s rounded side) with the marquise brilliant cut (on the pear’s pointed side).

Pear shaped diamonds have five sections:

Head: The rounded end of the diamond.

Shoulder: The curve from the round end to the center of the diamond.

Belly: The center section of the diamond.

Wing: The narrowing curve that leads to the diamond’s point.

Point: The pointed tip of the diamond.

It’s important to know these sections so you can understand how they may change shape with different pear shaped proportions, which we’ll talk about next.

Pear Shaped Aesthetics: Proportions

The proportions of a pear shaped diamond greatly affect the look of the diamond. Which proportions you find most beautiful are completely up to your personal taste, but we’ll talk a bit about what most people prefer.

When considering a pear shaped diamond’s proportions, there are two things you should keep in mind: length to width ratio and symmetry. Most people prefer pear shaped diamonds with a length to width ratio that falls between 1.5 and 1.75. However, some people prefer more elongated or more rounded pear shaped diamonds— again, it is a matter of personal taste.

In regards to symmetry, most people prefer pear shaped diamonds that are as symmetrical as possible, with identical shoulder, belly, and wing sections on both sides.

How Pear Shaped Rings are Worn

pear shaped ring

Since pear shaped diamonds have an irregular shape, with one pointed and one rounded side, many people wonder how they should be worn. Traditionally, on a ring, the pointed end would be worn outward toward the fingertips. However, some people prefer an inverted look, with the tip pointed in toward the wrist. There’s really no wrong way to wear it— you should simply wear your ring in whichever direction you find most beautiful. 

Aesthetic Concern: “Bow Ties”

A good cut is extremely important for any diamond, as it has the largest effect on how a diamond captures and reflects light. When buying a pear shaped diamond, there’s a specific cut you may want to look out for: one that minimizes the “bow tie” effect. Because of the way pear shaped diamonds are shaped and cut, they will have a shadowy, light gray or black bow-tie-shaped area near their center. The same is true for a few other fancy shapes, like heart, marquise, and oval diamonds. While this “bow tie” effect is always present in pear shaped diamonds, you can look for a cut that minimizes the effect.

The Pear Shaped Advantage: Price and Size 

We’ll end our guide with one of the most commonly asked questions about pear shaped diamonds: are pear shaped diamonds cheaper than round diamonds? Yes! Pear shaped diamonds are generally cheaper than round diamonds of the same carat and quality. This is because pear shaped diamonds usually produce less waste when cut from a raw diamond.

Additionally, pear shaped diamonds will look larger than round diamonds of the same carat weight. Pear shaped diamonds carry more of their size on their table (their top), which makes them look bigger.

So, pear shaped diamonds are not only unique and beautiful, they’re also a great way to get a larger looking diamond for a better price.

Experience the distinctive beauty of the pear shaped diamond: browse our pear shaped engagement rings.

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December 27, 2018

Millennials are Opting for This Surprising Engagement Ring

Ballerina Aquamarine Halo Engagement Ring

While diamonds have long been the default choice for engagement rings, today’s brides no longer see them as the only option. Instead, they’ve been going for something a bit more unexpected: gemstone engagement rings.

Gemstone engagement rings offer immensely more style variety than diamond engagement rings. There are dozens of gorgeous gemstones, which can come in every color of the rainbow. Plus, they’re often more affordable than traditional diamond options, which is another big selling point for younger couples.

So, which gemstones are among the most popular today? Let’s take a closer look at the top seven gemstones for alternative engagement rings.

Morganite

A soft pink morganite is paired with a romantic rose gold band in this lovely design.

Morganite is a gorgeous, blush colored gemstone that is one of the most popular gemstones of the moment. This millennial pink colored gemstone looks lovely with every precious metal, but is particularly stunning when paired with rose gold.

Pink and Blue Sapphires

A pink sapphire is accented by a twisted, diamond encrusted gold band in this romantic design.

Beautiful engravings add old world glamour to this stunning sapphire and yellow gold engagement ring.

Sapphires are a classic gemstone that come in many colors, the most popular of which are blue and pink. Blue sapphires have a regal, elegant look (think, Princess Diana), while pink sapphires are ultra romantic.

Rubies

This oval shaped ruby engagement ring is fit for a queen.

Rubies are another classic gemstone option. This gemstone has long been associated with love and passion, thanks to its rich red hue.

Emeralds

A deep green emerald dazzles in this lovely vintage-inspired engagement ring.

Emeralds have a stunning, deep green color that has been highly prized throughout history. This luxe gemstone has a gorgeous vintage look that is utterly sophisticated.

Moissanite

In this glamorous style, the center moissanite is surrounded by dazzling pave diamonds.

Moissanite is a brilliant, clear white gemstone that looks very similar to a diamond— but has a much more budget friendly price tag. This stunning gemstone, on average, can cost 90 percent less than a similarly sized diamond. And many people find that they actually prefer the look of moissanites over diamonds, thanks to moissanite’s stunning fire (the rainbow colored light that shimmers from a gemstone).

Aquamarine

This aquamarine and pave diamond engagement ring shimmers like the clearest of oceans.

Aquamarines get their name from their incredible, crystal blue color that is reminiscent of a sparkling sea. This lovely pastel gemstone looks particularly dazzling when paired with an engagement ring that also has white diamonds along the band, as they add gorgeous brilliance that compliments this gemstone’s shimmering beauty.

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December 19, 2018

Budget Friendly Engagement Rings

An engagement ring doesn’t have to break the bank to be beautiful. Today, there are many gorgeous and affordable engagement ring options. And, as an added bonus, these more affordable options can give you a much more unique look. Wondering which gorgeous engagement rings can help you save the most? Here are four of our favorite budget friendly engagement rings.

Morganite

Merilyn Engagement Ring With Pear Shaped Morganite

Morganite has been incredibly popular for engagement rings in recent years, thanks to its gorgeous pink hue and excellent price tag. This glimmering, blushing gemstone adds a romantic look to any setting.

While morganite looks lovely with any precious metal, it looks particularly beautiful with rose gold, which echoes the gemstone’s lovely color. The Merilyn ring pictured above is the perfect example of that. In this design, an exquisite pear shaped morganite is surrounded by a shimmering pave diamond halo. Additional pave diamonds run along this ring’s slim yellow gold band, adding beautiful brilliance to this ultra-romantic ring.

Moissanite

Alena Engagement Ring

Moissanites look so similar to diamonds that the scientist who first discovered this beautifully clear white gemstone at initially thought that’s what he had found. Yet, upon further inspection, he realized that he had found an entirely new gemstone.

And because the moissanite found in jewelry today is lab created (natural morganite is incredibly rare), it has a much better price tag than diamonds. On average, a moissanite costs 90% less than a diamond of a similar quality. That’s an enormous price difference for such a similar look.

As you can see in the moissanite ring above, this gemstone pairs beautifully with classic settings like the Alena setting.

Black Diamond

Maya Engagement Ring

If you love a dramatic, mysterious look, a black diamond engagement ring is perfect for you. Black diamonds are genuine colored diamonds, just like yellow, blue, or pink diamonds. But unlike other colored diamonds, which are generally more expensive than white diamonds, black diamonds are very affordable.

And black diamonds look stunning in an engagement ring. Take the Maya ring, pictured above. Here, a gorgeous cushion cut black diamond is surrounded by a luxe halo of pave diamonds. Pave diamonds also run down this ring’s white gold split shank band. In this design, the richness of the black diamond contrasts with the airy, shimmering beauty of the rest of the ring’s materials, which creates a bold and unique look.

Sapphire

Double Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Sapphires are known for their deep, rich blue color. While this classic gemstone has long been associated with royalty, it can also help you stay inside your budget if you opt for a sapphire center stone for your engagement ring.

Sapphires are a budget friendly option that look extraordinarily luxurious. The beautiful sapphire and pave diamond ring pictured above is the perfect example of this. Here, a breathtaking blue sapphire has been enclosed in an ultra glamorous double pave diamond halo setting. Pave diamonds continue along this ring’s elegant split shank band, adding even more brilliance to this stunning design.

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November 28, 2018

Top Christmas Gift Ideas for 2018

There’s no Christmas gift she’ll love more than a new piece of jewelry. Fine jewelry is the perfect gift, as its both practical and sentimental. It’s a gift that she can enjoy wearing for a lifetime, but also one that will have her thinking of you every time she puts it on. Wondering which jewelry is at the top of her Christmas list this year? Here are our top Christmas gift ideas for 2018.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #1: Solitaire Diamond Ring

A Christmas gift she’ll adore.

The solitaire diamond ring, always a classic option, has been having a revival in 2018, as more modern women are drawn to this design’s chic simplicity. Solitaire diamond rings are an elegant and traditional choice for an engagement ring and also work beautifully as a cocktail ring or as part of a stylish ring stack.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #2: Morganite Engagement Ring

She’ll be thrilled to say “yes” to a morganite engagement ring this Christmas.

Morganite is a beautiful pink gemstone that’s been having a major moment in 2018, particularly for engagement rings. This trending gemstone is not only gorgeous, it’s also highly durable and is more affordable than a diamond. A popular metal choice for morganite engagement rings is rose gold, as the metal’s blushing color compliments rosy morganite, but the gemstone also looks beautiful with white gold, yellow gold, and platinum.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #3: Tennis Bracelet 

Have her ring in the new year with a wrist dripping in diamonds.

Tennis bracelets are gorgeous, glamorous, and sophisticated. Tennis bracelets come in many different designs, with the one constant being brilliant diamonds that run along the entirety of the tennis bracelet’s strap. Whether you choose a classic style tennis bracelet or go with one that’s a bit more ornate, gifting your loved one with a tennis bracelet this Christmas is sure to put a smile on her face.

Fine Jewelry Gift Idea #4: Sapphire Ring

A sapphire ring is sure to set her heart on fire this Christmas.

Sapphires, long known as the gemstone of royalty, have been increasingly popular in recent years. It’s easy to see why: the rich blue color of the sapphire is gorgeous, eye-catching, and distinctive. While sapphires look stunning in any jewelry, sapphire rings are our gift recommendation for 2018. Sapphire rings have been highly desired this year, perhaps because of the public’s fascination with Kate Middleton’s stunning heirloom sapphire engagement ring. While a sapphire engagement ring is something she’s sure to love, if you’re searching for a fashion option, know that sapphire rings also work perfectly as cocktail rings. 

Want to see even more dazzling gifts for Christmas 2018? See our Gift Guide Page for more brilliant gift ideas.

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