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Shopping for the perfect engagement ring? Don't just put a ring on it: give her (or him!) a one-of-a-kind custom engagement ring. Whether you have the stone and just need the setting, or want an entire ring designed from scratch, this guide will get you started.
Stumped by what to get your boyfriend, husband or father this year for Valentine’s Day? Don’t default to a box of chocolates, golf balls or a tie. From personalized cufflinks to bold leather bracelets, we've gathered the best gifts he'll love (and use) year-round.
Chocolates and flowers have their place, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, what she really wants is jewelry. This year, think beyond a simple diamond necklace and get creative with your jewelry gift giving. Our Valentine's Day jewelry gift guide will help you find the perfect piece for all the special women in your life.
With an estimated 67% percent of brides researching rings before getting engaged, brides-to-be have a clear vision for their engagement rings, according to Knot.com. And fiancés are not just popping into a jewelry store and buying the first ring that catches their eye. Men report visiting at least five retailers and looking at an average of 25 rings before purchasing "the one." So just how important is size when it comes to finding that perfect ring? It all comes down to the bride-to-be.
Long gone are the days when a wedding ring was just a simple gold band. Today’s brides and grooms are opting for bold bands that express their unique style. Couples spend an average of $1,417 on her wedding band (up from $1,126 in 2011) and $558 on his band (up from $491 in 2011), according to The Knot. They're investing in bands that make a unique statement about their personal style and commitment to one another.From stacked eternity bands to colored statement stones and curved bands, these are the hottest trends to watch for in 2016:
Nearly a decade ago, Leonardo DiCaprio rocked the big screen in Blood Diamond, a film about a smuggler, an American journalist and a farmer all in search of a rare pink diamond in Sierra Leone. Since Blood Diamond first raised awareness about the diamond trade – and how rebels use the diamond trade to finance conflicts against legitimate governments, exploiting local labor with deadly consequences and human rights violations – brides-to-be have increasingly opted for conflict-free diamonds. But how do you know if a diamond is truly “conflict free”? From choosing diamonds certified by the Kimberley Process to re-setting vintage rings and family heirlooms, here are three ways that savvy brides-to-be are finding the perfect engagement ring that’s also an ethically responsible choice.
Trendy brides-to-be are increasingly opting for colored diamonds. Nontraditional engagement diamond colors, like yellow and pink, let brides-to-be stand out from the crowd. Kelly Clarkson’s yellow canary diamond engagement ring is a true stunner and made even more special by the fact it was custom-designed by her husband, Brandon Blackstock. Not to be out done, fellow American Idol alum Carrie Underwood has been sporting a flawless, yellow diamond engagement ring since her 2009 engagement to hockey player Mike Fisher. Perhaps the most stunning celebrity engagement ring belongs to Blake Lively, who wears an extremely rare seven-carat pink diamond set in delicate rose gold and pave diamonds.
From diamond engagement rings to diamond earrings, purchasing diamond jewelry is a major investment. Your diamond purchase may become a timeless family heirloom your loved ones will treasure for generations to come. A GIA certified diamond is evaluated using the four “C’s”: carat, color, clarity and cut. GIA is considered to be one of the strictest grading standards. While some of these differences are not visible to the naked eye, these minute differences can have a major impact on price and value. Understanding the four C’s will ensure you make a smart diamond investment.