October 22, 2019

The Beautiful Blue December Stone: Blue Topaz

They say that wearing your birthstone can bring good luck. And if you were born in December, your lucky birthstone is the beautiful, shimmering blue topaz! In addition to being beautiful, blue topaz is also meaningful. Today and throughout the ages, blue topaz has been a symbol of love, peace, joy, and much more. In this post, we’re celebrating the beautiful blue December stone by taking a closer look at this gem’s history and many deep meanings. Then, we’ll also close out this post with some handy tips on how you can care for your blue topaz birthstone jewelry!

The History and Make Up of Blue Topaz

The London blue topaz in a stunning white diamond halo setting.

Blue topaz is a variety of topaz, which comes in many hues. Most historians agree that the name topaz comes from Topazios, the ancient Greek name for an island in the Red Sea that is now known as Zabargad. Despite this gemstone’s namesake, Topazios Island was never actually a source of topaz. Topazios was instead a prominent producer of peridot, a gemstone that was often confused with topaz in the past.

Topaz is formed when fluorine vapors interact with igneous rocks during the crystallization process. While topaz can naturally form in many colors, including blue, evenly and vibrantly colored topaz is quite rare. So most of the topaz sold today in jewelry has been heat treated to improve or change its color.

There are two colors of blue topaz commonly found in modern jewelry: Swiss Blue topaz and London Blue topaz. Swiss Blue topaz has a lighter sky blue color, while London Blue topaz (pictured above) has a deeper tone and saturation.

The Meaning of Blue Topaz 

A stunning Swiss round blue topaz mesmerizes and captivates in a dazzling halo setting.

Blue topaz has had many meanings (and has been associated with many properties) throughout time. In ancient Greece, people believed that topaz brought strength to the wearer. Then, ancient Romans associated topaz with Ra, the Roman god of the sun who was known as the giver of life. In Europe during the Renaissance, people believed that topaz could dispel anger and that it had to the power to break magic spells. And for hundreds of years in India, people thought that when you wore a topaz above the heart, the topaz would bring beauty, intelligence, and a long life to the wearer.

Today, blue topaz is most commonly known as the December birthstone and it is also the traditional gemstone gift given on a couple’s 4th anniversary. In modern times, blue topaz is known as a stone of love, peace, and joy, and it is also strongly associated with calming the mind. Crystal healers of today say that wearing a blue topaz can improve self-confidence, help one think through complex ideas, calm the emotions, and aid in meditation.

How to Care for Blue Topaz

A radiant cut Swiss Blue topaz dazzles in this unique halo blue topaz ring.

Blue topaz is a beautiful blue gemstone that is excellent for daily wear in jewelry. Some of the most popular ways to wear blue topaz include in engagement rings, cocktail rings, pendant necklaces, and earrings. But if you have a blue topaz piece, how should you care for your blue topaz jewelry to keep it looking beautiful day after day?

Luckily, blue topaz is a fairly hardy gemstone. Gemstones are ranked on a scale called the Mohs scale of hardness. On this scale, diamonds are the hardest of all gemstones with a rating of 10. However, topaz isn’t far below the diamond with its rating of 8. Because topaz ranks high on the Mohs scale, it’s fairly resistant to scratching. However topaz can still break if it is it hit, so be wary of wearing a blue topaz piece when it could get struck (like when working out, playing sports, or using heavy tools). You should also be wary of wearing topaz in extreme temperatures, since topaz is sensitive to both very cold or very hot conditions. Extreme temperatures can cause topaz to change color, get damaged, or even break.

With all that said, topaz is generally an excellent gemstone for daily wear. However, all gemstones can get a bit dirty with regular wear. When we wear jewelry, the gemstones in our jewelry can slowly get covered in a film made up of dust, dirt, and our skin’s natural oils. Then, things like moisturizing lotions, soaps, or conditioners can also cause build up on gemstones. But if you find that your blue topaz jewelry is starting to look a bit dull or dim, you can easily remedy this with an at-home cleaning or a professional cleaning.

How to Clean Blue Topaz Jewelry At Home

To clean blue topaz jewelry at home, use the soap and water method outlined below.

  1. First, place warm (not hot) water in a bowl with a bit of gentle soap. Don’t use a moisturizing soap, as that can cause more build up and make jewelry look even dirtier. Standard dish soap is a great option for your soap and water solution.
  2. Then, place your blue topaz jewelry in the bowl and let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Next, take your jewelry out of the bowl and gently rub it with a very soft cloth or a soft toothbrush to remove dirt and grime.
  4. Then, rinse off your jewelry in clean warm water.
  5. Finally, dry off your jewelry with a soft cloth or let it air dry.
  6. If you find that your jewelry still looks a bit dim, simply repeat the steps above as needed.

Important Cleaning Note: Never use an ultrasonic cleaner or a steam cleaner to clean blue topaz jewelry, as both of these cleaning methods can damage topaz. Additionally, do not use any harsh chemicals to clean blue topaz jewelry, since this can damage both topaz and your jewelry’s precious metal.

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October 4, 2019

How to Find Out Her Ring Size Without Her Knowing

Many people want their proposal to have an element of surprise, so the proposal will be even more exciting! But there’s one thing that can make a surprise proposal particularly challenging: figuring out her ring size. When you go to order an engagement ring, you have to order it in a specific size. And since ring size basically never comes up in a casual conversation, most people don’t know their sweetheart’s ring size. So how do you sneakily figure out this crucial piece of information before you pop the question? Read on to learn our top tips on how you can find out her ring size without her knowing!

1. Borrow a Ring

One way to find our her ring size without her knowing is to borrow one of her rings, then get it measured by a jeweler. If you use this strategy, know that it’s very important that you know which finger she wears this ring on. All of our fingers are slightly different sizes. So if she doesn’t wear the ring you sneak away with on her left ring finger, be sure to note which finger she does wear it on. Then, tell that info to the jeweler (also be sure to tell them which hand is her dominant hand, which can affect finger size) so they can make an educated guess on her engagement ring finger size.

2. Imprint or Trace a Ring

If you’re worried she may notice if you borrow one of her rings for a while, you can also try tracing one of her rings, then taking your tracing to a jeweler for measurement. Draw an outline of one of her rings on a piece of paper or put it on your finger and mark where it sits with a pen. If you’re concerned that your tracing skills will be inaccurate, you can also try the classic strategy of making an imprint of her ring in a bar of soap.

3. Sneakily Use a Ring Sizer at Home

Another way to figure out her ring size without her knowing is to use an at home ring sizer. This printable ring sizer allows you to measure one of her rings by aligning it with a circular ring size chart. It also includes a printable paper sizer that is a bit harder to use sneakily. But to learn how you can, read on our next idea!

4. Use the Sleeping Beauty Strategy

If your sweetheart is a very heavy sleeper, you can measure her ring size when she’s sleeping. Use a paper sizer, like the printable one mentioned above, while she’s in a deep sleep. Or, alternatively, try measuring her ring finger with a piece of string or fishing line. While this strategy only works if she’s a deep sleeper, this is a great option (that’s usually highly accurate!) if she is.

5. Ask Her Friends or Family

Another way to sneakily figure out her ring size is to ask around. If you’re getting close to engagement, it’s very possible that your girlfriend has told her friends or family her ring size. Also, it’s possible that her family has bought her a ring in the past, so they might know her ring size even if she hasn’t mentioned it recently. While her friends and family may not always know her size, this strategy is always worth a shot!

If one of her friends or family doesn’t know her ring size, you can also ask them to do a bit of intel for you. If she has a close friend or family member who is a good actor (and can keep a secret), you can ask them to help you discover her size. They can pull the classic “try on my ring so I can see how it looks on you” move. Or, if she has any loved ones who are close to engagement themselves, you can ask them to go ring shopping with her (for the friend or family member) and note her size while they shop.

General Tips for Guessing Ring Size

The most accurate way to find out her ring size is to ask her directly or go get her professionally sized together. But, of course, many people don’t want to do that, since it would ruin the element of surprise. While the tips above are great ways to figure out her ring size, some of them require a bit of guessing. If you do have to guess her approximate size, we have a few tips!

First, know that the average women’s ring size is a size 6. So if you’re guessing based on no information and her fingers look average in size, size 6 isn’t a bad place to start with your guess. Then, also know that it’s generally better to go with a slightly bigger size than a size that is too small. Most engagement rings can be resized but it’s usually easier to size down rather than size up. Plus, for the proposal itself, you’ll want to make sure you can actually get her engagement ring on her finger. Finally, if you’re completely unsure about her size and really don’t want to guess, know that you can always get a temporary proposal ring. You can propose with a plain sterling silver or gold band, then order that real, spectacular engagement ring after she says yes!

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October 1, 2019

Lab Grown Diamonds are Real: So What’s the Difference in Lab Created Diamonds vs. Genuine?

When you shop for a diamond, you have options. Of course, diamonds come in numerous different shapes, carat weights, clarity gradings, colors, and cut gradings. But, in the modern era, there’s another big option you need to consider before purchasing a diamond: do you want a natural diamond or a lab grown diamond?

Lab grown diamonds (also called lab created diamonds) are becoming incredibly popular and are, therefore, much more widely available. So when you shop for a diamond, you’ll see that many stores now carry lab grown diamonds. But what exactly is a lab grown diamond? And what’s the difference between lab created diamonds vs. genuine diamonds? In this post, we’re breaking down the differences between these two types of diamonds to help you decide which may be right for you.

What is a Lab Grown Diamond?

First, let’s talk about what a lab grown diamond is. A lab grown diamond is a real diamond that has been made in a lab by scientists. Lab grown diamonds have the exact same chemical composition as diamonds that grow in the earth. They also look exactly the same as natural diamonds and are equally as beautiful. The only difference between lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds is how they are made. Lab grown diamonds are made in a carefully controlled lab environment, while natural diamonds form naturally in the earth’s crust over billions of years.

This rose gold and moissanite engagement ring shows an example of a diamond simulant.

It’s important to note that lab grown diamonds are real diamonds and that they shouldn’t be confused with diamond simulants. Diamond simulants are materials that look like diamonds but are not diamonds. Some examples include cubic zirconia, rhinestone, and moissanite (a gemstone that looks remarkably like, but is not, a diamond).

Comparing Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds

While both lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds are real diamonds, they do have some differences that can affect which you prefer. At Diamond Wish, we believe that both lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds are excellent options for your diamond jewelry. But to help you understand why some people prefer one type of diamond over the other, let’s take a closer look at how these types of diamonds compare in five categories: price, investment value, environmental impact, color variety, and sentimental value.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds: Price

Lab grown diamonds are usually priced around 30% to 40% less than natural diamonds that have the same carat weight and qualities. So in terms of upfront cost, lab grown diamonds are a better value than natural diamonds. Choosing a lab grown diamond can be a great way to spend less on your diamond jewelry. Or, alternatively, going with a lab grown diamond over a natural diamond can help you buy a larger, higher quality diamond while still staying within your budget.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds: Investment Value

While lab grown diamonds have a lower upfront cost, some people have concerns about how lab grown diamonds will hold their value over time. We know from long-term market trends that natural diamonds tend to hold their value fairly well over time. And if a diamond is particularly rare in quality, it will usually go up in value over time, making it a good investment. But lab grown diamonds are fairly new, so we simply don’t know how their value may change over time.

Investment value is usually not a concern for those who are buying a diamond just to enjoy wearing it in jewelry. However, if you’re a collector who is concerned about long-term investment value, you may want to consider how time (and changing market trends) may affect the value of lab grown diamonds.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds: Environmental Impact

Many people are concerned about the environmental impact of mining diamonds. And environmental impact is often the determining factor that causes an individual to choose a lab grown diamond over a natural diamond. Mining anything, including diamonds, will always have an impact on a region’s environment. And while many modern diamond miners go to great lengths to ensure that their mining practices minimize environmental impact, there is always some environmental impact when a diamond is mined. Lab grown diamonds, on the other hand, have a much more minimal impact on the environment. While it does take some energy to create a lab grown diamond, making a diamond in a lab doesn’t disturb soil or release higher carbon emissions, like mining a diamond does.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds: Color Variety 

Lab grown diamonds can currently be made in five colors: white, yellow, blue, pink, and green. Natural diamonds, on the other hand, come in white, black, brown, and in every color of the rainbow. Then, each color of natural diamond can be found in a vast array of different saturations.

Most people are looking for white diamonds for their diamond jewelry. And if that’s the case for you, you’ll find that there are many beautiful white diamonds to choose from in both the lab created and natural categories. However, if you’re on the hunt for a particular hue of colored diamond, you may find that you simply can’t find a lab grown diamond with the exact color you’re looking for.

Lab Grown Diamonds vs. Natural Diamonds: Sentimental Value

Sentimental value is incredibly subjective. But it is important to mention that many people believe that natural diamonds have more sentimental value, simply due to how they are formed. Natural diamonds are formed in the earth over billions of years. And many people find that the history attached to a natural diamond’s formation gives it more meaning, especially for pieces like engagement rings, which are meant to symbolize eternity. The sentiment associated with natural diamonds is often the main reason people prefer natural diamonds over lab grown diamonds.

Final Thoughts on Lab Created vs. Genuine Diamonds

At the end of the day, whether you prefer lab created vs. genuine diamonds is highly personal. Both of these types of diamonds are real and beautiful. When you choose between these two types of diamonds, we recommend simply listening to your heart and selecting the diamond that feels right for you.

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October 1, 2019

Fall Color Trends: Non-Traditional Engagement Rings

Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s time for fall fashion to start taking over! This year, we’ve seen a major trend in engagement rings: non-traditional engagement rings. This trend is going strong for the 2019 fall season, yet fall’s non-traditional engagement rings are showing a strong trend toward deep, rich gemstone engagement rings in autumnal colors. Wondering which colorful engagement rings are trending for fall? Read on to see our list of fall color trends for non-traditional engagement rings.

Navy

Navy has been a strong presence on fall runways across the world this year. And it seems like no coincidence that navy engagement rings are also having a major moment in the fall of 2019. While a few different gemstones can feature deep blue coloring, sapphire is by far the most popular navy-colored gemstone. Blue sapphires have a mesmerizing, deep coloring and a classic, chic style.

One of our favorite setting styles for sapphire engagement rings is the diamond halo setting. The bright white shimmer of a diamond halo perfectly complements the rich blue color of a sapphire, providing beautiful contrast that really makes a sapphire engagement ring pop.

Pinkish Red

Many shades of red are trending for fall, including numerous pink-red shades. To embrace this fall color trend, opt for a ruby engagement ring. Rubies can come in multiple stunning shades of red, including many romantic pink-red or purple-red hues. Pink-red rubies are beautifully displayed in the Art Deco-inspired Charleston Engagement Ring pictured above.

Deep Teal Blue

Navy isn’t the only blue hue that’s seen a surge in popularity for fall. Deep teal blue is also trending for fall 2019. Topaz, a stunning semi-precious gemstone, is our favorite teal gemstone. Topaz can range in color, from a bright sky blue to a deep teal blue. To get a gemstone engagement ring with fall’s popular deep teal blue color, look for a London Blue topaz, the darkest variety of this gem.

Lilac Purple

A few different shades of purple are trending for fall, including the vibrant royal lilac purple. Purple amethyst best exemplifies this magnificent shade of vibrant purple. We love diamond accents for purple amethyst engagement rings, as diamonds elevate this semi-precious gem and provide a bright white backdrop that lets amethyst’s rich color truly shine.

Scarlet

Last up in our list of fall color trends, we have scarlet, a deep and vibrant true red. To add a vibrant pop of scarlet to your engagement ring, there’s no better gemstone than a true red ruby. Our favorite engagement ring setting styles for true red rubies are antique-inspired and vintage-inspired settings. Rubies, and deep true red rubies in particular, were highly prized throughout many antique and vintage eras. So an antique or vintage-inspired setting pairs perfectly with a deep, true red ruby.

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September 24, 2019

Fall Color Trends: Non-Traditional Engagement Rings

Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s time for fall fashion to start taking over! This year, we’ve seen a major trend in engagement rings: non-traditional engagement rings. This trend is going strong for the 2019 fall season, yet fall’s non-traditional engagement rings are showing a strong trend toward deep, rich gemstone engagement rings in autumnal colors. Wondering which colorful engagement rings are trending for fall? Read on to see our list of fall color trends for non-traditional engagement rings.

Navy

Navy has been a strong presence on fall runways across the world this year. And it seems like no coincidence that navy engagement rings are also having a major moment in the fall of 2019. While a few different gemstones can feature deep blue coloring, sapphire is by far the most popular navy-colored gemstone. Blue sapphires have a mesmerizing, deep coloring and a classic, chic style.

One of our favorite setting styles for sapphire engagement rings is the diamond halo setting. The bright white shimmer of a diamond halo perfectly complements the rich blue color of a sapphire, providing beautiful contrast that really makes a sapphire engagement ring pop.

Ruby

Many shades of red are trending for fall, including numerous pink-red shades. To embrace this fall color trend, opt for a ruby engagement ring. Rubies can come in multiple stunning shades of red, including many romantic pink-red or purple-red hues. Pink-red rubies are beautifully displayed in the Art Deco-inspired Charleston Engagement Ring pictured above.

Deep Teal Blue

Navy isn’t the only blue hue that’s seen a surge in popularity for fall. Deep teal blue is also trending for fall 2019. Topaz, a stunning semi-precious gemstone, is our favorite teal gemstone. Topaz can range in color, from a bright sky blue to a deep teal blue. To get a gemstone engagement ring with fall’s popular deep teal blue color, look for a London Blue topaz, the darkest variety of this gem.

Lilac Purple

A few different shades of purple are trending for fall, including the vibrant royal lilac purple. Purple amethyst best exemplifies this magnificent shade of vibrant purple. We love diamond accents for purple amethyst engagement rings, as diamonds elevate this semi-precious gem and provide a bright white backdrop that lets amethyst’s rich color truly shine.

Scarlet

Last up in our list of fall color trends, we have scarlet, a deep and vibrant true red. To add a vibrant pop of scarlet to your engagement ring, there’s no better gemstone than a true red ruby. Our favorite engagement ring setting styles for true red rubies are antique-inspired and vintage-inspired settings. Rubies, and deep true red rubies in particular, were highly prized throughout many antique and vintage eras. So an antique or vintage-inspired setting pairs perfectly with a deep, true red ruby.

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