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August 20, 2020

How to Plan a Wedding During COVID-19

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Wedding planning during the outbreak of COVID-19 presents some unique challenges. As we enter into late summer in the United States, the CDC is still recommending strict social distancing guidelines. Many non-essential businesses are either partially or fully shut down– including pretty much all wedding vendors and venues. While couples planning their weddings this summer might normally be meeting up with their florists to see mock-up designs or trying out potential tasting menus, these typical wedding planning activities are off the table during the coronavirus pandemic.

Needless to say, the current situation in the world isn’t exactly ideal for couples who are planning their weddings. However, though planning an event is decidedly more difficult at the moment, your wedding planning doesn’t have to be put on hold due to the pandemic. Whether you’re planning a wedding that will take place at the end of the year, in 2021, or beyond, there are still numerous ways to plan for your future wedding while social distancing.

Many couples are wedding planning during COVID-19 and every couple is at a different stage in the planning process. So, below, we’re giving a wide variety of suggestions of ways you can plan your wedding during the pandemic. Read on to browse our list, then utilize the tips that work for where you are in your wedding planning journey.

1. Work on Your Guest List

If you’re in the early stages of the planning process, now is the perfect time to hone in on your ideal guest count and guest list. Times like these really make us think about connecting with the people we care about. Spend some time thoughtfully considering who you want to have at your wedding and how big or small you really want your wedding to be.

2. Triple Check Those Wedding Contracts

Whether you already have contracts with vendors and your venue or will soon be signing on the dotted line, triple check your wedding contracts. Right now, it’s best not to sign any new contracts if they don’t include wedding date postponement clauses and the potential costs associated with a postponement. Be sure you know exactly what you’re agreeing to when you sign a contract.

3. Send Out a Notice to Your Guests

If you’re planning a wedding on a new date because you had to postpone your wedding due to COVID-19, send out a notice to your guests. You can send out a notice via email or through a card sent in the mail. It’s best to do this as soon as you possibly can after you know you’ll be rescheduling since giving plenty of notice for a cancellation is good etiquette.

4. Collect Wedding Guest Addresses

Before you can send out your physical wedding invitations, you’ll need your guests’ addresses. Now is the perfect time to organize your address book so that you’ll have those on hand when it’s time to send out your invites. As an added bonus, reaching out to get the addresses of your friends and family members also offers a wonderful excuse to connect with your loved ones more during this time of social distancing.

5. Assess Your Aesthetics

If you have more free time during the coronavirus pandemic, why not spend some of that extra time really thinking through how your wedding will look? Research decor ideas and let yourself get inspired. As time goes by, start organizing your ideas and narrowing in on your perfect wedding colors, theme, and decor.

6. Think Through Your Wedding Day Schedule

Another thing you can think through right now is the flow of your wedding day schedule. How easy and enjoyable the flow your wedding day timeline is will have a big impact on how much fun you and your guests have at your wedding. So, consider putting on your wedding planner cap and thinking through how your wedding day events will be experienced as you make your wedding ceremony and reception schedule. Right now, you may also want to consider whether or not there are any thoughtful extras you could add to your nuptials that could make your guests’ experience even better (like personal handwritten notes on table settings, added comfort items at your wedding venue, hotel welcome bags, etc.).

7. Pick Out Your Vendors

If you didn’t lock down all your wedding vendors before the pandemic locked down your city, you can still work on this element of wedding planning while social distancing. You can research vendors like caterers, photographers, videographers, DJs, officiants, and florists online and can also ask your friends and family for recommendations. And since plenty of vendors are offering virtual consultations right now, you can still connect with potential vendors via Zoom or Facetime and move forward with your bookings.

8. Work On Your Wedding Website

Getting your wedding website set up is a crucial part of the modern wedding planning process. Your guests will look to your wedding website for all the important information about your big day, like your wedding location and date, information on hotel blocks, and your wedding registry. So, go ahead and get this ever-so-important part of the planning process crossed off your list by setting up your site now.

9. Research Marriage Licenses

Marriage laws and regulations are two things that most people don’t think about much. They’re also two things that vary from state-to-state. If you’re not sure how getting a legally binding marriage license works in your area, now’s a great time to do some research.

10. Register for Some Experiences

The age of COVID-19 is actually a great time to create a wedding registry since you can have fun at home daydreaming about what you want on your registry. When you make your registry, consider registering for some experiences in addition to gifts. Receiving experiences as gifts will help you make memories with your new spouse, while also giving you something to look forward to once the pandemic is in the past.

2020 Engagement Ring Trends You Need to Know About

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If you’ll be shopping for an engagement ring in 2020, it’s a good idea to take a look at the current trends. Researching the year’s biggest engagement ring trends can help you understand your options and spark inspiration as you hunt for your perfect ring. So, what exactly are the top trends this year? Read on to discover the six top engagement ring trends of 2020!

Yellow Gold

Art Deco Style Diamond Engagement Ring, Pictured in Yellow Gold With 1.5 Carat Center Diamond

First up, we have the most dominant engagement ring trend of 2020: yellow gold. For most of the past decade, white gold and platinum have been the top precious metal options. Rose gold had its moments as well (rose gold engagement rings were the top choice for a period in the mid 2010s) but yellow gold had remained a less common choice. However, yellow gold is back in a big way for 2020!

If we had to guess why this beautifully classic precious metal is such a big trend for 2020, we’d say it’s due to a combination of two factors. One, that yellow gold jewelry in general is trending this year. Glance at any 2020 runway and you’ll see models covered in yellow gold necklaces, earrings, and rings. Then, two, more traditional engagement ring styles have seen a big rise in popularity over the last few years and yellow gold happens to be a very traditional precious metal. So, it makes sense that yellow gold would become more popular as classic engagement rings become more popular, since these two design elements pair perfectly together.

Oval Diamonds

Modern Style Diamond Halo Engagement Ring, Pictured With 3 Carat Oval Diamond

The top diamond shape for 2020 is the gorgeous, sophisticated oval cut. Oval cut diamonds have been rising in popularity for a few years thanks to the fancy shaped diamond trend. But in 2020, the oval shape has become notably more popular than other fancy shapes, likely because of their traditional style (which fits with the traditional engagement ring trend) and the impact of some celebrity engagement rings. Hailey Bieber, Blake Lively, and Katherine Schwarzenner are among the many celebs who have recently received oval diamond engagement rings.

Platinum

Modern Style Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring, Pictured With 1 Carat Round Center Diamond

Platinum is the second most popular engagement ring precious metal for 2020. This beautiful, bright white precious metal is experiencing a boom for a similar reason as yellow gold: it’s quite classic. Platinum is elegant and luxe, and it has a certain timeless quality that’s very appealing. Highly classic platinum rings, like platinum solitaire rings and platinum three stone engagement rings, are particularly en vogue for 2020.

Super Skinny Bands

Classic Style Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring, Pictured With 2 Carat Round Diamond Center

Super skinny bands have been popular with celebrities for a number of years, and this trend now seems to be piquing public interest in a big way. Super skinny wedding bands and engagement rings that feature very skinny bands are practically the default choice for 2020.

It’s easy to see why wedding rings with super slim bands are so popular. Extremely slim bands not only have a delicate and chic look, but also provide a size advantage. Through the power of optical illusion, a very slim band can make your center diamond or gemstone look larger.

Hidden Halo Rings

Modern Style Diamond Engagement Ring, Pictured With 1.70 Carat Oval Shaped Center Diamond

Simple, classic engagement rings with hidden details are very popular for 2020. And by the far the most popular type of hidden detail at the moment is the hidden halo. A hidden halo engagement ring features a tiny pave-diamond-set ring around or just underneath their raised center stone. Hidden halos have been popular in past years because they can add even more shimmer and detail to already ornate designs. This year, however, these hidden accents are most popular on classic styles, like solitaires and diamond band designs, where they add just the right amount of delicate detail and personality.

Elongated Shapes

Modern Style Diamond Ring, Pictured With 2.5 Carat Center Emerald Cut White Diamond

The oval shaped diamond isn’t the only elongated fancy shape that’s trending this year– emerald cut, radiant cut, elongated cushion cut, and pear shaped diamonds are all in high demand. It’s hard to know exactly why elongated fancy shaped diamonds in particular are trending, but it could be because word has spread about the many advantages of choosing an elongated diamond shape. Elongated diamond shapes are flattering on the finger, less expensive than round diamonds per carat, and they also look larger per carat when compared to most other shapes. By the nature of their cuts, elongated gemstone shapes carry more of their mass on their table (their tops). So, per carat, elongated shapes like emerald cut diamonds and pear shaped diamonds look bigger when compared to other shapes.

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July 14, 2020

Tips on Making an Engagement Ring Look Bigger

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Many people love the gorgeous, glamorous look of a large engagement ring. And if you’re a fan of sizable engagement rings, you’ll be happy to know that there are a variety of ways you can make an engagement ring look bigger– without necessarily having to spend a premium for a huge center diamond. Selecting a larger center stone will, of course, make your ring look larger. But there are numerous other things you can do to make your engagement ring look bigger. By using proportions, setting styles, and shimmer to your advantage, you can enhance the visual impact of a ring with a smaller center stone or make a ring with a large center stone look even more bold. Ready to learn how to make your engagement ring look big, beautiful, and brilliant? Read on to discover our top tips for making an engagement ring look bigger!

Choose Your Diamond Shape Wisely

Certain diamond shapes look larger per carat than other shapes. Elongated fancy shaped diamonds like oval shaped, emerald cut, radiant cut, pear shaped, and marquise cut diamonds have more of their surface area on their table (their top). Therefore, they take up more space on your finger per carat, making them look bigger. So, just by carefully choosing your center diamond shape, you can get a larger looking center diamond without having to go up in carat weight.

Don’t Skimp on Diamond Cut

If you want your engagement ring to look as large as possible, don’t skimp on your center diamond’s cut grade. Our eyes perceive light as an indicator of size, so a sparklier diamond will look bigger than a dimmer diamond with the same measurements. Since diamond cut dramatically affects how much light a diamond will capture and reflect, diamonds with better cuts will look larger per carat. Therefore, if you want to maximize the visual impact of your engagement ring, it’s best to choose a center diamond with an Excellent or Very Good cut grade. Below the Very Good grade, diamonds look much more dull and dim, making them appear smaller than they actually are.

Go Halo

Halo settings are an excellent way to make an engagement ring look larger and more glamorous. A halo setting surrounds your center diamond with a dazzling ring, or “halo,” of smaller diamonds. This diamond halo adds visual impact to your center stone while also increasing the overall brilliance of your ring, making it look significantly more substantial.

Choose a Pavé Diamond Band

Though the diamonds on a pavé set band are petite, they can make your diamond engagement ring look more sizable through the power of optical illusion. Brilliant, pavé set round diamonds add serious shimmer to your ring. And since our eyes perceive more brilliant objects as being bigger, having more accent diamonds on your setting can make your ring look larger than it actually is.

Consider Band Size

Proportions can make a big difference in how large your center diamond looks. If you choose a ring setting with a very slim band, your center diamond will look larger by comparison. But if you choose a ring setting with a wide band, that can make your center diamond appear a bit smaller. If you want to maximize the impact of your center stone, consider selecting a ring setting with a slim band that will enhance your center stone’s size, rather than detract from it.

Go For (White) Gold

If you want a white metal band for your engagement ring, you should consider choosing white gold over platinum. White gold is plated in rhodium, which is the shiniest and most reflective precious metal. A shiny white gold engagement setting will reflect the light emitted by your center diamond and side stones, further enhancing their brilliance and creating a dazzling effect.

Keep Your Ring Clean and Sparkling

With regular wear, all engagement rings get dirty. Over time, things like soap, lotion, dirt, dust, and the oils from our skin will gradually create build up a ring’s precious metal and gemstones, dulling their shine. But you can easily make sure your ring looks as brilliant and big as possible by regularly cleaning your engagement ring. Take your ring to a jeweler for a professional cleaning around twice a year. Then, in between professional cleanings, clean your ring at home with gentle soap, warm water, and a soft toothbrush. This will ensure that your ring looks as dazzling– and sizeable– as it did the day you brought it home.

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Step-By-Step Guys Guide to Engagement Ring Shopping

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Shopping for the perfect engagement ring to propose with is exciting, but it can also be a bit daunting. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you start shopping for your ring, since you have thousands upon thousands of options to choose from. But while engagement ring shopping can be stressful and confusing at first, finding your perfect engagement ring doesn’t have to be difficult. Once you understand the decisions you need to make and the order you should make those decisions in, shopping for an engagement ring can be easy. So, to help you do just that, we’ve written this step-by-step guy’s guide to engagement ring shopping.

Below, we’re going over the 8 steps you should take when you’re shopping for an engagement ring. From everything you need to do in the pre-planning stage to what you should know before you finally order your ring, our guide will walk you through the entire shopping process.

1. Set Your Budget First

Before you start seriously shopping for an engagement ring, you should set your budget. Setting your maximum budget before you even start looking for an engagement ring will help you avoid accidentally going overboard. It will also help you narrow down your options, which will make the shopping process easier.

If you’re wondering how much you should spend on an engagement ring, we’d advise you to ignore the so-called “rules” about how much you “need” to spend on your ring. Commonly, you’ll hear that you should spend the equivalent of two or three months’ salary on your engagement ring. But this is a myth. You should simply spend an amount that is right for you, whether that’s more than, less than, or equal to a few months of your salary. Consider your financial situation, what your partner wants in their ring, and what you’d like for the ring. Then, come up with a budget that you’re comfortable and happy with.

A Note on What You’re Budgeting For
If you’ve never purchased an engagement ring before, you may not know that you typically need to buy two things when you buy an engagement ring: your ring setting and your center stone. These two elements of an engagement ring are usually sold separately. While you can find pre-set engagement rings, which will come set with a center gemstone or diamond, be aware that most engagement ring settings sold by jewelers do not come with a center stone. Keep this in mind as you shop, since you’ll need to fit both your center stone and your engagement ring setting within your budget.

2. Consider Her Style

Once you’ve set your budget, consider what your partner might want for her engagement ring. You can look at her wardrobe or her jewelry collection to get an idea of her style. You can also ask her friends and family what type of ring she may want. They may have a good understanding of her tastes and, if she knows you’re getting close to engagement, she may have even told them what she’s been dreaming of for her ring.

3. Choose Your Center Stone Type & Shape

Now that your budget is set and you have an idea of your partner’s style, it’s time to start making decisions about your ring. You have two things to decide on: your center stone and your ring’s setting. We recommend making some decisions about your center stone first, since your choice of center stone will have the biggest impact on your ring’s style.

The most popular choice for an engagement ring’s center stone is a round brilliant cut white diamond. However, you have many other options if you’d like something a bit more unique. You could instead select a fancy shaped diamond, such as an oval cut, pear shaped, or emerald cut diamond. Or, you could go for a colored diamond, like a pink diamond or a yellow diamond. You could also select a gemstone, such as a blue sapphire or a ruby. Do some browsing, weigh your options, consider your partner’s style, and decide what’s right for you.

4. Understand Diamond Quality Basics

If you’ll be choosing a diamond for your ring’s center stone, you should spend a bit of time researching and understanding the basics of diamond quality. This will help you make a more educated decision when it’s time for you to pick out a specific diamond for your diamond engagement ring.

There are four primary elements of diamond quality you should understand: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. These elements are called the 4Cs of diamonds and understanding them can help you pick out a diamond with ease.

A Brief Overview of the 4Cs
Cut: A grading of how well a diamond was cut, which affects a diamond’s brilliance.
Color: A grading of how colorless a white diamond is.
Clarity: A grading of how flawless a diamond is internally and externally.
Carat Weight: An objective weight measurement that can give you an idea of a diamond’s size.

Note: If you’d like to understand how to use your knowledge of the 4Cs practically to select a diamond, view our in-depth blog post on the subject: A Practical Guide to the 4Cs of Diamonds.

5. Select Your Precious Metal

Before you choose your exact setting style, it’s a good idea to decide on the precious metal you’d like for your setting, which will help you narrow down your options. Engagement ring settings typically come in one of four precious metals: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum.

When selecting your precious metal, first consider whether or not your partner has a precious metal preference. If your partner predominantly wears jewelry in a certain precious metal, you’ll almost surely want to select that metal for her engagement ring.

If your partner doesn’t have a precious metal preference, you’ll likely want to choose your ring’s precious metal based on which metal’s style best fits your partner’s style. Yellow gold is a traditional option, while rose gold is a romantic option that works beautifully for vintage-inspired styles. Then, white gold and platinum are both classic, chic, sophisticated options that have similar looks. The difference between white gold and platinum lies in their price, their durability, and their metal content. White gold is considerably less expensive than platinum, but it’s also less durable. Then, white gold may contain nickel, while platinum does not. So, platinum is hypoallergenic, making it the best fit for those with metal allergies.

6. Choose Your Setting Style

There are so many engagement ring setting styles for you to choose from. But, luckily, if you already have a good idea of your partner’s style, you’ll be able to scope out the setting styles she’d love fairly easily. Do some browsing and explore your options. Look at classic solitaire styles, traditional three stone designs, glamorous halo rings, romantic vintage-inspired styles, and unique modern engagement ring designs. Narrow in on the engagement ring style category that would be right for your soon-to-be fiance, then start seriously considering which specific setting within that category would be the perfect fit.

7. Figure Out Her Ring Size

At this point, you’ve picked out your center stone and your ring setting. So, it’s almost time to purchase your engagement ring. However, before you can order your ring, you need a final piece of information: your partner’s ring size.

If you don’t already know your partner’s ring size, there are a few different ways you can try to figure out this information. You can ask her friends and family if they know her size. You could also try sneaking one of her rings out of her jewelry box, taking it to a jeweler, and asking the jeweler if they can figure out her approximate ring finger size. Then, you can also just ask your partner outright what her ring size is, so long as you don’t mind ruining the element of surprise.

If you can’t figure out your partner’s ring size before you order her engagement ring, you may end up having to guess it. If you do have to guess, we recommend going with a bigger size than you think you may need. It’s generally easier to have a ring sized down than sized up. Additionally, it’s better to have a ring be too big during your proposal than to have it be too small. If it’s too loose, you’ll still be able to slip it on her finger when she says, “yes!”

8. Order Your Engagement Ring With Time to Spare

We’ve made it to the final step: ordering your ring. We have one final tip for this last step in the engagement ring shopping process, which is to leave enough time for your ring to be made. Engagement rings are often made to order, and it generally takes around 4 to 6 weeks for an engagement ring to be made once it’s ordered. So, be sure to order your ring with plenty of time to spare before your planned proposal date.

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June 11, 2020

Dazzling Jewelry For Summer 2020

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The weather is warming up and the flowers are blooming– summer is finally here! Though we’ll be staying inside more this summer due to COVID-19, there’s no reason we can’t bring a bit of summer’s vibrant, sparkling energy into our homes. These dazzling and richly colored pieces will help you add some summertime cheer to your looks this season and for many summer seasons to come.

Classic Emerald and Diamond Cocktail Ring

Classic Emerald and Diamond Cocktail Ring

Lush and luxe, this emerald and diamond cocktail ring will add eye-catching color and shimmer to any outfit. In this design, an endless ring of baguette cut emeralds rests within a sleek channel setting. Rings of diamonds line the edges of this gorgeous piece, adding beautiful brilliance.

Diamond and Pink Sapphire Halo Pendant Necklace

Diamond and Pink Sapphire Halo Pendant Necklace

This shimmering, vividly colored diamond and pink sapphire necklace is as lovely as a garden filled with flowers. This pendant necklace features a stunning 1.50 carat pink sapphire, which is enclosed within a breathtaking diamond halo setting. Additional accent diamonds set along this necklace’s slide bail provide delicate detail and sublime shimmer, further elevating this exquisite piece.

Mixed Metal Eternity Bangle Set

Mixed Metal Eternity Bangle Set

Amp up your summer style with this dazzling and stylish bangle set. This set includes three diamond set bangles, with one in white gold, one in rose gold, and one in yellow gold. These bangles can be worn together to create a chic mixed metal look, worn separately for a classic effect, or mixed and matched with your other pieces to create a customized bracelet stack.

Fancy Yellow Diamond Cluster Earrings

Fancy Yellow Diamond Cluster Earrings

Glamorous and vibrant, these fancy yellow diamond earrings will add shimmer and sunshine to your look. These unique, ornate earrings each feature a cluster of oval cut fancy yellow diamonds, which together weigh 3.39 carats in total. The scalloped shape of these elegantly arranged yellow diamond clusters is echoed by each earring setting, which adds a romantic element to these stunning earrings.

Sky Blue Topaz and Diamond Earrings

Sky Blue Topaz and Diamond Earrings

These sky blue topaz and diamond earrings have a beauty that’s reminiscent of a glittering blue sea. Each of these earrings features a mesmerizing oval cut blue topaz, which suspends from drop setting adorned with glittering round cut diamonds. Hoop closures allow these lovely earrings to shimmer and sway with the movement of the wearer, making them even more eye-catching.

Modern Style Petite Round and Baguette Diamond Bracelet

Modern Style Petite Round and Baguette Diamond Bracelet

This modern style diamond bracelet is sophisticated, stunning, and beautifully designed. Here, pairs of channel set baguette cut diamonds alternate with prong set round cut diamonds, creating an infinite diamond ring accented by lines of white gold. This heirloom-quality piece features 6.25 total carats of diamonds, with 2.47 carats of excellent cut round brilliant diamonds and 3.78 carats of baguette cut diamonds.

Looking for even more stunning summer jewelry to brighten up your jewelry collection? Browse our full collection of women’s fine jewelry, which features everything from statement pieces to delicate classics, with options in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. Our collection of on-trend jewelry includes summer essentials like diamond hoop earrings, yellow gold hoops, cuff bracelets, chokers, chain necklaces (including chunky chain link pieces, one of the year’s hottest jewelry trends), diamond stud earrings, gemstone drop earrings, and more!

May 20, 2020

Stay In Date Ideas During Quarantine

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If you and your significant other normally go out for date night, social distancing may have put a wrench in your normal routine. However, staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a fun, romantic date night– there are so many ways to go on a date while you and your love stay safely at home. So, what should you do for your date-night-in when you can’t have a date-night-out? Read on to see our top stay in date ideas! 

 

A Fancy Dinner In For Two

Make an at-home dinner date more romantic by going all out with your attire, cuisine, and ambiance. Dress up like you would for a fancy date night out on the town, start the date with an elevated cocktail or a wine tasting, and order takeout or cook some delectable dinner fare. Be sure to set the mood with your music and lighting. A great playlist and some well placed candles can help your date night feel even more special. 

 

Game Night 

Have a lively, lighthearted date-night-in by planning a game night for two. If you have board games at home, pull them out and pick out a few favorites to play during your game night in. If you don’t have many board games at home, you can order them online in advance of your date night. Or, you can go virtual. There are plenty of computer and smartphone app versions of classic games that will allow you to play something new without having to wait for an order to come in the mail. 

 

Go Camping At Home 

Going camping at home together is a fun way to mix up your routine. If you have a backyard, you can set up a tent and sleeping bags outside and enjoy a night under the stars. If you don’t have a backyard, you can still get the camping experience by setting up a fort or a small tent inside your living room. To make an indoor camping experience feel a bit more like an outdoor getaway, consider adding some traditional camping flair to your night. For example, you can tell scary stories, make s’mores, or pack a picnic to enjoy in your fort or tent. 

 

Go on a Double Date Over Video Chat

 

If you love to double date, you can still meet up with your favorite double date duo while you all stay safely at your own homes during the coronavirus pandemic. Set up a time to meet up on Zoom or Facetime, then catch up over video chat while you enjoy brunch or a lovely dinner. 

 

Share Your Favorite Films 

A movie night is a classic date-night-in option. To make this date night idea a bit more intimate and memorable than it would be if you just watched some of the new releases on Netflix, consider sharing your favorite films with each other. You can each make a list of a few of your favorite films, then swap between your picks during your movie marathon. You can share what you love about your favorite movies before or after you watch them together, which will help you learn more about each other. 

 

Paint and Sip at Home

A paint and sip class always makes for a fun date night out. While most in person classes are currently closed due to COVID-19, luckily, you can replicate the paint and sip experience at home while safely quarantining. Round up some art supplies and an excellent bottle of wine. Then, find a painting tutorial online, settle in, and get creative. Once your masterpieces have dried, you can decorate your home with your new works of art. 

A Step-By-Step Guide to Buying Loose Diamonds

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When you shop for a loose diamond, you have thousands upon thousands of diamonds to choose from. Having so many options is wonderful for you as a consumer, since it allows you to find a diamond that perfectly fits what you’re looking for in terms of aesthetic, quality, and price. Then, on the other hand, having so many options can also be a bit daunting, as it can be hard to know where to begin. But if you’re not sure how to start shopping for a loose diamond, read on. Below, we’re sharing exactly how you should buy a loose diamond in our easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to buying loose diamonds. 

Step 1: Decide on Your Budget

First, set your budget for your loose diamond. We recommend setting your budget first because it helps you narrow down your options immediately and it also ensures that you don’t overspend unnecessarily. 

Everyone’s budget is different, so remember that you don’t need to adhere to any imaginary “rules” that dictate how much you should spend on a diamond. For example, there’s a myth that you need to spend the equivalent of 2 to 3 months of your salary for your engagement ring’s center diamond. But you don’t have to spend any particular amount on a diamond, no matter what it’s for. You should simply come up with a budget that’s comfortable for you and your financial situation, whether you’re shopping for a diamond engagement ring or any other type of diamond jewelry. You can spend 2 to 3 months salary on a diamond if that works for you, or you can spend more or less. Just come up with a budget that you’re happy and comfortable with, then stick to that when you shop. 

Step 2: Choose Your Shape 

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If you’re buying a loose diamond that will be worn in jewelry, your diamond shape is very important for the style of your jewelry. So, we recommend choosing your shape early in the shopping process if the loose diamond you purchase will be worn in jewelry, such as in a diamond ring or a diamond pendant. 

Diamonds come in many shapes and each shape has its own unique style. Round is by far the most popular diamond shape– over 50% of all the diamonds sold today are round cut diamonds. Round brilliant cut diamonds are loved for their classic look and their extraordinarily high brilliance. Since round diamonds are timelessly beautiful and quite popular, round is an excellent option if you’re unsure of which diamond shape to choose. However, if you’re looking for a diamond with a more unique or stand-out look, you have many other options in the fancy shaped diamond category. 

“Fancy shaped diamond” is a jeweler and gemologist term for any diamond shape other than round. Some examples of fancy shaped diamonds include princess cut diamonds, asscher cut diamonds, cushion cut diamonds, marquise cut diamonds, oval shaped diamonds, radiant cut diamonds, pear shaped diamonds, heart shaped diamonds, emerald cut diamonds, and trillion cut diamonds. A fancy shaped diamond can instantly give a piece of jewelry a more distinctive, eye-catching look, since all fancy shaped diamonds are less commonly worn than round cut diamonds. And, on top of that, fancy shaped diamonds can help you maximize your budget, since fancy shaped diamonds are also always less expensive than round cut diamonds per carat. 

If you’re thinking of buying a loose fancy shaped diamond, take some time to look at your options and see which shape speaks to you. If you need some help getting a general idea of the styles of fancy shaped diamonds, here are some style notes on each fancy shape: 

Princess Cut Diamond: A Modern, Chic Shape With Clean Lines

Asscher Cut Diamond: A Unique, Art Deco Era Vintage-Style Shape 

Cushion Cut Diamond: A Romantic Vintage-Style Shape 

Marquise Cut Diamond: A Highly Distinctive, Elegant Shape 

Oval Shaped Diamond: A Sophisticated, Classic Shape 

Radiant Cut Diamond: A Contemporary, Highly Glamorous Shape

Pear Shaped Diamond: A Slender, Eye-Catching Shape With Antique Origins

Heart Shaped Diamond: An Incredibly Romantic Modern Shape

Emerald Cut Diamond: An Elegant, Retro Era Vintage-Style Shape 

Trillion Cut Diamond: An Enchanting and Unique Modern Shape

Step 3: Understand the 4Cs 

You don’t need to be an expert gemologist to buy a beautiful, high quality diamond. But you should understand some basic diamond education if you want to be sure you’re buying a diamond that has the qualities you want. So, before you start seriously considering purchasing any diamond, you should understand diamond quality. And the best way to get an understanding of diamond quality is to understand the 4Cs. 

The Four Cs of diamonds are diamond cut, diamond color, diamond clarity, and diamond carat weight. The 4Cs are four different qualities of a diamond, and you’ll find these qualities noted on every diamond grading report. If you understand what each of the 4Cs can tell you about a diamond, you can choose a diamond with much more confidence. Here is an overview of what each of the 4Cs can tell you about a loose diamond:

Diamond Cut: A grading of how well a diamond was cut. Diamond cut grade is ranked on a scale of Excellent to Poor.

Diamond Color: A grading of how colorless a white diamond is. Diamond color grade is ranked on a scale of D to Z. 

Diamond Clarity: A grading of how flawless a diamond is internally and externally. Diamond clarity grade is ranked on a scale of FL (Flawless) to I (Included). 

Diamond Carat: An objective weight measurement that can give you an idea of diamond size. 

While the summary above can give you a basic understanding of what each of the 4Cs means, it’s important to get a working understanding of the 4Cs before you purchase a diamond, because you’ll want to balance them according to your budget and preferences. Diamonds with the best diamond gradings in every category will be beautiful, but they’ll also be extremely expensive. And diamonds that have slightly lower gradings can be incredibly beautiful to the naked eye, but they will be much more affordable. So, you don’t necessarily need to spend more to get a beautiful diamond if you know how to balance the 4Cs to your advantage.

If you’d like to learn how you can understand the 4Cs and use them practically when you’re buying a diamond, we highly recommend viewing our Practical Guide to Understanding the 4Cs of Diamonds. This guide gives an in-depth explanation of each of the 4Cs, explains what jewelers and diamond experts recommend you prioritize when selecting a diamond, and provides helpful practical tips on how you may want to balance the 4Cs to get a diamond you love that’s within your budget. 

Step 4: Consider Diamond Certification 

Image Courtesy of GIA

If you’ve bought loose diamonds or gemstones before, you’re likely well aware that they generally come with a grading report. But if it’s your first time buying a loose diamond, you may not know much about grading reports. However, it’s very important to understand diamond grading reports before you begin the loose diamond buying process because, once you do, you’ll probably want to make sure that you only purchase a diamond that comes with one. 

A grading report is a type of diamond certification that gives you an accurate assessment of the diamond’s qualities, including its 4Cs. Grading reports are done by independent grading labs such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), not by the jeweler who is selling the diamond. So, diamond grading reports are objective assessments of diamonds, which is important, since that objectivity helps protect your interests as a consumer. 

We generally recommend that you buy a certified diamond that comes with a grading report, since that report is an official documentation of your diamond’s qualities. If your loose diamond comes with a grading report, you’ll have a better understanding of its qualities and you’ll have paper proof of them (which is important for insurance purposes or for when you want to resell a diamond). 

Step 5: Buy Your Diamond Online or in Person 

After you set your budget, decide on your diamond shape, gain an understanding of the 4Cs, and consider diamond certification, you’re armed with the knowledge you need to confidently select a diamond you’ll love. So, it’s time to purchase your loose diamond. 

In the modern era, there are two ways to shop for a diamond: online or in person. At 1-800-LooseDiamonds, we offer our customers both options, since you can shop our loose diamonds online through our convenient Diamond Search Engine or visit our Los Angeles showroom to view our loose diamonds in person. 

Whether you want to shop for a diamond online or in a physical jewelry store all comes down to personal preference. Many people love the ease of shopping for a diamond online. With tools like our Diamond Search Engine, you can quickly and easily sort through thousands of diamonds by setting your exact preferences. Then, other people prefer to shop for a diamond in a brick-and-mortar jewelry store, since they want to see a diamond’s purity and brilliance in person before they make a diamond purchase. However you like to shop, we’re always here to help you find your perfect diamond at 1-800-LooseDiamonds. You can visit our online store by clicking here or get directions to our Los Angeles showroom by clicking here

April 16, 2020

Beautiful and Unique Places to Propose in Los Angeles

Filed under: Tips — admin @ 7:02 PM

If you’re planning on proposing in Los Angeles, you’re in luck: LA is a city that’s brimming with gorgeous, unique, and romantic proposal spots. The City of Angels is as varied in culture as it is in terrain, which means you have a bevy of excellent proposal locations to choose from, no matter what atmosphere you’re looking for. So, Los Angeles has many excellent proposal spots– but which location should you choose? Read on to see our top recommendations as we share our list of the best places to propose in Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

If your sweetheart loves classic Hollywood movies, there’s no better place to propose than the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Roosevelt, built in the 1920s, is a gorgeous Spanish Colonial-style hotel that’s rich in Hollywood history. It was the site of the first ever Academy Awards and it was frequented by Old Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard. On top of being historic and beautiful, the Roosevelt is also ripe with proposal location options. Choose from locations such as the Roosevelt’s spectacular lobby, their center courtyard, their romantic restaurant, and their poolside cabanas to find your perfect proposal spot.

Descanso Gardens

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Propose amongst the beauty of nature by taking a trip to Descanso Gardens, located just 20 minutes from Downtown LA. Descanso Gardens, one of the best gardens in Los Angeles, features over 160 acres of natural scenery. Their diverse array of flora includes a Rose Garden, a Japanese Garden, a Camellia Collection, an Ancient Forest, and much more, so you can choose your ideal natural backdrop for your dream proposal. Since Descanso Gardens is expansive, we recommend taking a solo trip to the Gardens before you propose so you can scout out some prime locations before your couples’ visit.

Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center

There are many museums and cultural centers to choose from for a Los Angeles proposal. But one of the most unique is the California Science Center. The California Science Center is home to many fascinating exhibits, but our favorite for a marriage proposal is their Space Shuttle Endeavor exhibit. The Space Shuttle Endeavor provides quite a grand, wondrous backdrop for when you get down on one knee.

The Micheltorena Stairs

The Micheltorena Stairs, located in Silverlake, are a picture-perfect place to propose. To pull off a surprise proposal at these vibrantly painted stairs, consider this proposal idea: grab breakfast or coffee at a hip local eatery, then suggest you go for a stroll around the neighborhood so you can make your way to your proposal destination.

The Pacific Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier

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The Santa Monica Pier has a fun, nostalgic feel that makes it a superb place for a more whimsical proposal. There’s a lot to do at the Santa Monica Pier, but our top proposal location recommendation there is on the Pacific Wheel. The Pacific Wheel is a 130 foot ferris wheel that overlooks the ocean, the beach, and the city in the distance. For maximum romance, time your ferris wheel proposal for golden hour, when the glow of the setting sun will make the beautiful scenery look even more magical.

The Griffith Observatory

Take advantage of the beauty of LA’s city lights by proposing at The Griffith Observatory at night. The Griffith Observatory is an observatory and exhibition space that’s perched at the top of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. From the observatory, you can see magnificent views of Hollywood (including the Hollywood sign), Downtown Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean, and, of course, the stars. Use the Observatory’s quarter-operated telescopes to scope out the stunning scenery before presenting your love with their engagement ring.

The Gardens The Getty Center

Image Courtesy of The Getty Center

If your love adores art, gardens, architecture, or all of the above, The Getty Center is your perfect marriage proposal location. The Getty Center is simply a lovely place to propose, as you can enjoy fine art, incredible food, and breathtaking natural beauty before you pop the question. The Getty Center is a fairly expansive spot, so there are also many proposal locations to choose from within the Getty. But our favorite is their Central Garden, an ever-evolving garden that features a stone waterfall, over 500 varieties of plants, and a spiraling centerpiece formed with hedges.

Honorable Mentions

Haven’t found your perfect wedding proposal spot in Los Angeles? Here are a few more romantic places and proposal ideas that didn’t quite make the top of our list:

  • Horseback Riding in Malibu or at Griffith Park
  • Disneyland (Technically in Anaheim, But Still Within the Los Angeles Area)
  • On a Gondola Ride at the Venice, CA Canals
  • Hiking Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills
  • El Matador Beach in Malibu
  • Vasquez Rocks
  • The Chateau Marmont
  • The Huntington Botanical Gardens

April 13, 2020

Your Detailed Guide to Engagement Ring Settings

Filed under: Engagement Rings,Jewelry Education — admin @ 4:12 PM

You have two elements to consider when shopping for an engagement ring: your center diamond and your ring setting. While your center diamond is the star of your engagement ring, your ring setting is equally important, since your setting defines your ring’s style. And, when chosen carefully, your setting can also enhance the beauty and shimmer of your center diamond, making it look even more gorgeous.

As you shop for your engagement ring setting, you’ll see that there are hundreds upon hundreds of different designs for you to choose from. With so many options, searching for your perfect engagement ring setting can feel a bit overwhelming. However, know that while there are many different unique settings to choose from, there are only a handful of engagement ring styles. Almost all engagement ring settings will fall into one of the following style categories: solitaire, pave band, channel set band, three stone, halo, and split shank. Once you understand these style categories and narrow in on the ones that interest you most, shopping for an engagement ring setting will become much easier. So, to help you find your perfect setting style, below, we’re taking a closer look at the six most popular engagement ring setting styles.

1. Solitaire

Classic Style Solitaire Engagement Ring in White Gold, Pictured With 1.50 Carat Round Cut Diamond

This setting style features only one stone, hence the name “solitaire.” Solitaire engagement ring settings are truly classic. Their simple, timeless design allows the beauty of your center stone to take full focus and truly shine.

While solitaire engagement rings have a very simple design, there is still variety within this category. The most classic type of solitaire ring features a sleek unadorned metal band and a raised prong setting. While the classic version of the solitaire is the most popular, you’ll also find solitaire designs with bezel settings, solitaires with engraved bands, solitaires with twisted or curved bands, and more.

2. Pave Band

Emerald Cut Engagement Ring Setting With Pave Band in White Gold, Pictured With 2.50 Carat Emerald Cut Diamond

Pave bands feature small diamonds that rest in pave settings, which are petite mini prong settings that hold their enclosed diamonds closely together to create seamless brilliance. Pave engagement rings can feature a partial pave design, where the diamonds only adorn the part of the band, or a full eternity-style pave design, where the diamonds rest along the entire band. Pave engagement rings may also sometimes feature gemstones other than diamonds. However, that’s somewhat rare, since pave settings don’t offer much protection for fragile gemstones, making pave settings a better fit for diamonds, which are highly durable.

A pave diamond ring is both classic and glamorous. Pave bands are delicate and elegant, while adding a serious dose of shimmer to your engagement ring’s design. Many people love the added brilliance you can get from the small stones on a pave band. The brilliance offered by small diamond side stones can make your engagement ring look larger overall, since our eyes perceive more brilliant jewelry as being larger.

3. Channel Set Band

Engraved Diamond Ring With Channel Set Band in White Gold, Pictured With 1 Carat Princess Cut Diamond

At first glance, a channel set band on an engagement ring or wedding band may look very similar to a pave band. Both channel set bands and pave bands will feature diamonds or gemstones along the band. The difference between these two band styles is how the gemstones are set in the band. In a pave band, which features pave settings, gemstones are held in place by mini prongs. In a channel set band, which features one or more channel settings, gemstones rest inside a channel of metal that holds them in place.

A channel set band provides added brilliance like a pave band, but a channel set band has a different style, as it looks more sleek. Then, channel set bands are also smoother than pave bands, which makes them less likely to snag on clothing, and they provide a bit more gemstone protection than pave bands, making them a good fit for those with a more active lifestyle.

4. Three Stone

Classic Style 3-Stone Engagement Ring in White Gold, Pictured With 1.50 Carat Center Oval Cut Diamond

Three stone engagement rings feature, as you might guess from their name, three center stones. In this design, your primary center stone is flanked by large side stones, creating a trio of center stones.

Three stone rings are a traditional engagement ring style, and they come with a lovely meaning. The three stones used in a three stone engagement ring are meant to represent your past, present, and future as a couple.

5. Halo

Classic Cushion Shaped Halo Engagement Ring in White Gold, Pictured With 1 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond

Halo engagement rings are loved for their highly glamorous look. Halo engagement rings feature halo settings, which enclose your center stone in a halo of smaller stones. These smaller gemstones or diamonds create an optical illusion, making your center stone look larger than it actually is.

A classic halo ring design will feature one halo setting that echoes the shape of your center stone. But there are also double halo settings, triple halo settings, floral-inspired halo settings, and halo settings that feature different shapes from their enclosed center stones.

6. Split Shank

Modern Style Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold, Pictured With 1 Carat Round Cut Diamond

A split shank engagement ring setting features a split band, which splits into two or more bands. Note that “shank” is simply a jeweler’s term for an engagement ring’s band. Typically, a split shank band will split into two bands upon the upper shank, widening to meet the ring’s center stone. But a split shank band can split anywhere and feature any number of splits.

Split shank bands are elegant, unique, and modern in style. They’re quite eye-catching, while still being sophisticated and chic.

Ready to find your perfect engagement ring setting? Browse our full collection of beautiful engagement rings.

April 9, 2020

A Practical Guide to the 4Cs of Diamonds

Filed under: Jewelry Education,Loose Diamonds — Elan Lamden @ 3:07 PM

Shopping for a loose diamond can sometimes feel overwhelming. It can be challenging to sort through your different options, especially if you’re unsure of what you’re looking for in a diamond. However, shopping for a diamond doesn’t have to be stressful. If you gain some basic diamond education, you can shop for a diamond with confidence, and even have fun while doing it. So to help you understand some important diamond basics, we’ve written this practical guide to the 4Cs of diamonds. This comprehensive guide will include the definition of the 4Cs, some more in-depth information on each of the 4Cs, and how you can use your knowledge of the 4Cs in practice to find a diamond you’ll love.

What are the 4Cs of Diamonds?

The Four Cs
Cut
Color
Clarity
Carat

The 4Cs of diamonds are cut, color, clarity, and carat. These 4Cs were invented by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in the early 1940s. The GIA, a gemological knowledge institute and grading laboratory, created these 4Cs for their grading reports. Cut, color, clarity, and carat weight are the four main things evaluated on a GIA diamond grading report. But though the 4Cs were invented by the GIA, they’ve been adopted by grading laboratories across the world. The 4Cs are now the standard way of evaluating the qualities of a diamond.

So, in essence, the 4C’s of diamonds provide four different ways of looking at a diamond’s qualities. Here’s a brief overview of what each of the 4Cs evaluates:

The 4Cs at a Glance
Cut: A grading of how well a diamond was cut.
Color: A grading of how colorless a white diamond is.
Clarity: A grading of how flawless a diamond is internally and externally.
Carat: An objective weight measurement that can give an idea of size.

Notice that three of the 4Cs (cut, color, and clarity) are gradings. These three elements of a diamond will be graded on scales. While some people may assume that a diamond has to have the highest possible grading in every category to be beautiful, this is far from true. Diamonds with gradings that fall a bit lower than perfect can be incredibly beautiful to the naked eye, and we’ll talk more about this as we move into our closer look at each of the 4Cs.

Understanding the 4Cs

1. Diamond Cut

A grading of how well a diamond was cut.

Diamond cut is commonly confused with diamond shape, which is not one of the Four Cs. Diamond shape is the shape a diamond was cut into, such as round, oval, princess, emerald, and so on. Diamond cut, on the other hand, is a grading of how well the diamond was cut into its shape by its diamond cutter.

Diamond cut is the quality grading that most jewelers and gemologists recommend prioritizing, since diamond cut has a large impact on a diamond’s shimmer. If a diamond is well cut, it will capture and emit light beautifully. If a diamond has been poorly cut, it will not reflect and refract light well, making it look dull and dim. You can see how well a diamond has been cut by looking at where it falls on the following scale:

Diamond Cut Grading Scale
Excellent
Very Good
Good
Fair
Poor

As we mentioned above, it’s recommended that you prioritize your diamond’s cut when selecting a diamond. We generally recommend going with a cut grade of Excellent or Very Good if you want your diamond to have beautiful sparkle. Very Good diamonds are usually quite close to Excellent diamonds in scintillation, but they’ll have one or two dimensions that keep them from being graded as Excellent. So Very Good cut diamonds offer a good value, while still providing high brilliance.

2. Diamond Color

A grading of how colorless a white diamond is.

Diamond color is a grading that can tell you how colorless a white diamond is. Truly colorless white diamonds, which are extraordinarily rare, will rank at the top of this scale, which goes from D to Z:

Diamond Color Grading Scale
D – F: Colorless
G – J: Near Colorless
K – M: Faint Yellow
N – R: Very Light Yellow
S – Z: Light Yellow

The diamond color scale is divided into categories: Colorless, Near Colorless, Faint Yellow, Very Light Yellow, and Light Yellow. Diamonds that fall into the top category of Colorless (D, E, and F color diamonds) are highly rare and are therefore priced at a premium. When you move into the next category, Near Colorless (G, H, I, J), prices usually drop considerably, even when you go from an F to a G.

When you see the word “yellow” used to describe a diamond, it can be a bit unnerving. But if you’re worried that you’ll end up with a diamond that will look too yellow for you, know that color is very easy to spot in diamond gemstones, even to the untrained eye. All you have to do is look at a diamond to see whether or not it looks yellow to you. And if you don’t want to pay a premium for a diamond that’s within the Colorless range, know that diamonds in the Near Colorless range can look beautifully white to the naked eye. So Near Colorless diamonds (G, H, I, J) are often considered an excellent value, as they can look quite white while costing much less than Colorless diamonds.

There is one special consideration to keep in mind as you consider which diamond color you’ll select for your diamond: shape. Different diamond shapes show diamond color differently. Emerald cut, asscher cut, and round cut diamonds can actually hide a bit of color, so you may be able to go lower on the color grading scale with these shapes. On the other side of the coin, pear shaped, princess cut, oval shaped, cushion cut, radiant cut, marquise cut, and heart shaped diamonds all show color more noticeably. So if you’re shopping for one of these diamond shapes for your engagement ring or another piece of diamond jewelry, you may need to go with a higher color grade to avoid an unwanted yellow tint.

3. Diamond Clarity

A grading of how flawless a diamond is internally and externally.

Diamond clarity is a grading of how flawless a diamond is. Internal flaws within a diamond are called inclusions and external flaws on a diamond are called blemishes. It’s natural for diamonds to have some flaws, since they form slowly over time in the earth. Almost every diamond has some flaws, but how many they have is ranked on the following scale:

Diamond Clarity Grading Scale
Flawless: FL
Internally Flawless: IF
Very Very Slightly Included: VVS1 to VVS2
Very Slightly Included: VS1 to VS2
Slightly Included: SI1 to SI2
Included: I1, I2, I3

Here’s the thing about flaws on a diamond: they can be challenging or impossible to spot with the naked eye. The gradings above use magnification to categorize diamonds and many diamonds with lower rankings are what’s called “eye clean.” Eye clean diamonds may have flaws, but you can’t see them with the naked eye. Whether or not a diamond is eye clean is what’s important to most people, and there are plenty of VS1, VS2, and even SI1 and SI2 diamonds that are eye clean. So, diamond clarity is one area where you usually have more breathing room to go down a bit in grading to help your budget, while still getting a diamond that looks beautiful to you.

One thing to consider about diamond clarity grade, however, is (again) shape. Brilliant cut shapes can hide minor flaws well, since you mostly see shimmer when you look at a brilliant cut diamond. But step cut shapes (like emerald cut and asscher cut diamonds) show flaws much more clearly, since you can see into the center of these shapes. So if you’re shopping for a step cut diamond, you’ll want to prioritize diamond clarity.

4. Diamond Carat

An objective weight measurement that can give an idea of size.

Many people assume that diamond carat refers to size, but carat is a weight measurement that’s used specifically for diamonds. A diamond’s carat weight can give you a general idea of a diamond’s size, however, since diamonds that weigh more will be larger. But diamonds that are the same carat weight may not necessarily be the same size, since their mass can be distributed differently. Notably, some diamond shapes actually look larger per carat than others, since they have more of their mass on their table (their top). Some diamond shapes that tend to look larger per carat include oval cut diamonds, marquise cut diamonds, pear shaped diamonds, and emerald cut diamonds.

Carat weight is easy to understand. So, let’s skip right to what you need to consider when selecting your carat weight: your budget. Out of all of the 4Cs, carat weight has by far the largest impact on a diamond’s price. The higher the carat weight, the more expensive the diamond. With that said, let’s move into our closing section: how to balance all of the 4Cs to find a diamond you’ll love that’s within your budget.

Finding a Diamond You’ll Love: Balancing the 4Cs

Once you understand the 4Cs, selecting a diamond is a balancing act. You want to look for a diamond that’s beautiful to you (in size and quality) while staying within your budget. So when you shop for a diamond, set your budget first. Then, consider what’s most important to you in a diamond and prioritize that. Is size your biggest priority? Consider going down in some other qualities so you can go up in carat weight. Is quality your biggest priority? You may want to go down in carat weight so you can make a highly graded diamond fit in your budget. Then, if you want something in the middle of these two ends of the spectrum, play around with your diamond quality and carat weight options to see what you can find. By using the tips we shared above, you can decide exactly how you want to balance your diamond’s 4Cs to find a diamond that’s perfect for you.

Ready to find the perfect diamond for your diamond engagement ring or another diamond piece? Shop our expansive selection of loose diamonds.

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