Friday, 23 March 2018

30 Jewelry Terms You Should Know Before Buying Your Engagement Ring

If you're researching engagement rings for the first time, we understand it can get quite overwhelming. There are so many different designs, metals and gemstones used in engagement rings and you also have to find the one that best describes your personal style. That's why we think it's essential that you know your basics before you go shopping for your ring. Let's start with these 30 terms. 

  1. Solitaire Engagement Ring: The solitaire ring is the most popular design of engagement rings. There is only one diamond on the band hence the name solitaire. 
  2. Halo Engagement Ring: The center diamond is fully surrounded by a 'halo' of accent diamonds. The halo and the center diamond give the appearance of one big stone so the diamond appears to be bigger than it is. 
  3. Double Halo Engagement Ring: The center diamond is surrounded by two concentric halos of accent diamonds. 
  4. Three Stone Engagement Ring: As the name suggests, there are three diamonds in this ring. On either side of the center diamond, there is one diamond. These two side diamonds are usually half the carat weight of the center diamond.
  5. Side Diamonds Engagement Ring: In this design, there are smaller diamonds on both sides of the center diamond. These diamonds are called accent diamonds and they add extra sparkle to a ring. 
  6. Prong Setting: The tips that secure the diamond to the band are called prongs. Prongs are one the most popular and common type of setting used to secure gemstones and diamonds to the rest of the jewelry.
  7. Six Prong Engagement Ring: Most rings and other jewelry have four prongs but six prongs are also popular.
  8. Bezel Setting: In this setting, a thin metal border fully surrounds the diamond, making it a very secure setting. The bezel fully protects the girdle of the stone, offering extra security against chipping. 
  9. Basket Setting: In the basket setting, there are one or two rings connecting the prongs for extra security. The overall shape looks like a basket, hence the name.
  10. Tension Setting: In a tension setting, the diamond is held together by compression. The two ends of the ring's band add pressure from both sides, keeping the diamond in place. There are also grooves on both sides, where the girdle of the diamond fits in. 
  11. Cathedral Setting: The cathedral setting is more about the profile of the ring. The ring band raises towards the center stone, giving it the appearance of graceful cathedral ceilings. A cathedral setting can have either prongs, a basket or bezel. The advantage of this setting is that it holds the diamond high above the band of the ring, making the diamond appear quite large.
  12. Accent Diamonds: The small diamonds, other than the center diamond are called accent diamonds. They can be present on the shank or gallery of the band or any other spots. Their purpose is to add extra sparkle to the ring.
  13. Pave Setting: In pave setting, the diamonds are set together very closely by tiny beads of metal. These beads can be a part of the band or they can be soldered on. They blend so well with the metal band, that when the diamonds are set, they almost fade away into the background.
  14. Micro Pave Setting: Micro pave uses the same technique but for smaller diamonds hence it is even more smaller than pave setting.
  15. Channel Setting: In this setting, the accent diamonds are set in a continuous row between the two metal walls of the band of the ring. There is a slight indentation or channel between these two walls, where the girdle of the stone is secured. There is no metal between the diamonds so they sparkle brilliantly.
  16. Bar Setting: In this setting, a diamond is set in place with a bar of metal on either side. It is a very secure setting and a good choice for people with active lifestyles. 
  17. Shared Prong Setting: In shared prong setting, each accent diamond shares one set of prongs with the diamond set next to it. 
  18. Flush Setting: A hole is drilled in to the band and the diamond is set in it. The top of the diamond sits flush with the band of the ring. The metal is hammered in place so the diamond stays secure.
  19. Ring Gallery: The gallery is that part of the ring that connect the center stone setting and the shank of the ring.
  20. Ring Shank: The band of the ring, around your finger is called the shank. 
  21. Split Shank Engagement Ring: The shank splits into two narrow bands as it approaches the center diamond. Jewelers often recommend the split shank setting for elongated center diamonds like the oval, pear and marquise as it helps to visually balance these diamonds. 
  22. Tapered Shank Engagement Ring: The shank gradually becomes narrow on either side of the center diamond. This highlights the center diamond beautifully and may even make it appear bigger than it is.
  23. Yellow gold Engagement Ring: Naturally occurring gold has a yellowish tint and hence the name. Yellow gold jewelry is made alloy that contain pure gold along with metals such as copper and zinc as pure gold is too soft to make durable jewelry.
  24. White Gold Engagement Ring: An alloy of gold that contains gold along with white metals such as nickel, silver and palladium. White gold jewelry usually has a rhodium coating. Rhodium is another white metal.
  25. Rose Gold Engagement Ring: An alloy of gold that contains a more percentage of copper that results in the pinkish hue of metal.
  26. Platinum Engagement Ring: Platinum is a  naturally white and dense precious metal. When used for making jewelry, the alloy is about 95% to 98% pure while the rest are other metals.  
  27. 14K Gold Engagement Ring: An alloy of gold that contains about 58.3% gold while the rest are other metals like silver, copper and zinc.
  28. 18K Gold Engagement Ring: An alloy of gold that contains about 75% gold while the rest are other metals like silver, copper and zinc.
  29. Fancy Color Engagement Ring: Diamonds in colors such as yellow, pink, brown or shades other than the colorless or white diamonds are known as fancy color diamonds.
  30. Fancy Shape Engagement Ring: Diamonds in shapes other than the round are known as fancy shape diamonds.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Destination Proposal? Here's How to Travel Safely With Your Engagement Ring

Your engagement will be one of the most special moments of your life (no pressure!). So, if you have decided to go all the way and planned a romantic vacation to pop the question, we can tell you it's a very thoughtful gesture and something she will always remember. As much as we love the idea of a destination proposal, the process of traveling with an engagement ring (while keeping it a secret) can be a little difficult. But, worry not! You should focus on the proposing part, let us give you some tips on how to handle the logistics of traveling with the ring. All it takes is a few simple precautions to make sure that your ring is safe while you are traveling.

As soon as you have your ring, have it insured. This should be easy to do because most jewelers will offer you appraisal and insurance services. It is also advisable to choose jewelry-specific insurance, separate from your home owner's insurance, for better cover. We understand that insurance may be the last thing on your mind with all the excitement and stress of the proposal  but be sure to insure the ring before you travel with it. Insurance will cover theft, lost or damage to the ring (all probable scenarios when on a vacation).

Carry-on Bag
This one is a no-brainer. An engagement ring in a checked bag is vulnerable to theft or getting lost or being delayed. Pack the ring in an inconspicuous box in your carry-on bag. You can put it in a watch box because a ring box could ruin the surprise. Make sure you pack things like chargers or medication in your partner's bag so there's no need for her to hunt through your bag looking for something. 

Destination Safety
As soon as you check in your hotel, find a safe place for your engagement ring. Theft is always a risk at tourist destinations so you absolutely should not carry the ring with you when you are sightseeing. Many hotels offer a safe for their guests (besides the one in your room) so you could use that service. In fact, you may want to call ahead and ask for such a service. We would recommend proposing on the day of your arrival or the day after. That way, the ring is safely on her hand or in your room safe and you get to enjoy the vacation stress-free.

Social Media Security
You may not be a celebrity with a million followers on Instagram but sharing geo-tagged photos of an expensive piece of jewelry on the internet may not be a good idea. It's the little things that make a big difference and it doesn’t hurt to be extra careful. Once you're home, you could share the photos on your social media accounts so your family and friends know about the happy news.

Keep these tips in mind and get ready to pop the question. We wish you good luck!

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

As we're celebrating the upcoming National Proposal Day, we thought about what has changed about engagement rings in the last couple of years. While there is no one definitive change, the rose gold engagement ring trend has certainly caught on in the last couple of years. The warm toned metal has a romantic appeal that is perfect for engagement rings.

So, What Exactly Is Rose Gold
Let's go back to the basics. Pure gold, which is yellow in color, is a very soft metal and would not be a good choice for jewelry. Unless it is combined with other metals to create alloys that are much stronger than the original metal. Copper and silver or zinc are some of the commonly used alloys. The proportion of gold to other metals is different in different alloys. This is where karat comes into play. Karat is the measurement of gold in an alloy. 24 Karat gold is all gold. 18 Karat gold is 75% gold and the rest is other metals while 14 Karat gold is a mix of 58.3% gold and the rest is made of other metals. 

Rose gold is made by combining gold (the natural yellow one) with copper and silver or zinc. The proportions of each metal depends on whether it is a 18K or 14K alloy. But, rose gold contains a significant portion of copper which gives it its characteristic "rosy" tint. The shade is a beautiful mix of the red tone of copper and the golden yellow color of pure gold.

The Evolution of Rose Gold
Rose gold first became popular in nineteenth century Russia. The 'blushing' pink shade also made it popular with Victorian Era brides. It continued to be popular through the 1940s and 1950s as there was a shortage of platinum. White gold became popular in the 90s which led to the decline of rose gold. It has become popular again with rose gold being used for electronics, fashion and home decor. Rose gold is definitely having a moment right now.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Rose Gold
The appeal of rose gold, of course, is in its warm hue. We think it gives an engagement ring (or any other jewelry) a vintage-like, romantic vibe. Especially, if it is combined with engraving and milgrain details. But, rose gold engagement rings with simple and classic designs such as solitaire rings or prong-set three stone rings also look lovely.

The rosy tone that is its appeal may also be the disadvantage of rose gold. While yellow gold (and white gold in the last 20 years) has retained its popularity, rose gold fades in and out of fashion. And an engagement ring design should be able to stand the test of time and changing fashions. But, we do think rose gold is here to stay. The copper tone is flattering on all skin tones and has a distinct economical advantage.

With a rose gold engagement ring, you can choose a center diamond that is lower on the color scale. Diamonds with color grades such as K, L and M have a bit of warmth in them as opposed to the icy whiteness of D, E and F. A rose gold ring with its warm tones would complement these warm diamonds very well. Diamonds with a lower color grade also cost significantly less than diamonds with a high color grade. So, rose gold rings are a great choice for budget buyers or a smart buyer can trade off a lower color grade with a bigger carat weight.

Want to see more? Here are some absolutely stunning rose gold engagement ring setting in our collection.

Rose Gold Engagement Rings
The classic six prong solitaire is a good choice.

Or choose one with a bit of sparkle like this rose gold engagement ring with pave side diamonds.

If your center diamond has a square profile like a cushion, princess and asscher, choose our Trellis style solitaire rose gold ring. 

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Top Three Engagement Ring Styles - Which one is for you?

If you have no idea where to start with engagement rings, you have come to the right place :) There are many types of engagement rings. Each design is beautiful and has different advantages. You have to keep in mind the wearer's preferences and style when making a choice. Let's get started.

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Finding Her Ring Size — Engagement Ring Shopping Problem Solved!

So, you have found the one and you also found the perfect ring for the one — Congratulations. Now, the only thing standing in the way of you popping the question is finding her ring size. Well, fret not. We know some ways of finding her ring size, without her knowing it. Let's take a look at them.

1. Peek into her jewelry box

This is the simplest way to finding her ring size. "Borrow" a ring she already wears, take it to a jeweler to have it sized. If you can't get away with taking the ring for an extended period of time, two minutes is all you need. Trace the inner side onto a piece of paper and this can work as an estimate of ring size. Of course, this has to be a ring that she wears on her ring finger for an accurate ring size.

2. Recruit her friends to your mission

If you ask her friends or sisters, they would be happy to help you in your mission. If they don't know her ring size already, it would be a lot less suspicious if her friends take her engagement ring window shopping than you.

3. Hold Hands

Covertly compare your ring size to hers. Is her ring finger about the same size as your pinky finger? Do some guesstimation.

4. String method

This method only works for really, really sound sleepers :) Wrap a thin piece of string around her ring finger to get an accurate measure of her finger size. And then, use this table to find her ring size.

5. Ask Her

The proposal can be a surprise, the ring doesn't have to be. Many couples are choosing to do their ring shopping together. It makes sense because you'll get her exactly what she wants. But if you don't want to choose this option, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

A. Most jewelers will size a ring one size up or down at no additional cost. But certain ring styles are difficult to resize such as tension set rings, eternity rings and stones with side stones.

B. Get a temporary setting and use that one to propose.

C. B2C Jewels offers a free ring size kit and a 30 days no questions asked returns policy which you can use to get her the diamond engagement ring of her dreams.

Which one of these methods will you try?
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Monday, 26 February 2018

Confusing Diamond Terms Explained - Part 3

This is part 3 of our diamond terms explained. Also check part 1 and part 2.
  1. Diamond symmetry: The alignment of facets is called the symmetry and it is given a grade like cut.
  2. GIA triple X/GIA XXX: A diamond that has been graded excellent in cut, polish and symmetry.
  3. AGS 0: Diamond with cut grade "0" - the best cut grade given by the AGSL
  4. AGS 000/AGS Triple 0: Diamond with "0" grade color, cut and clarity given by the AGSL - their top tiers
  5. Deep Stones/Diamonds Cut Too Deep: When the depth of a diamond is relatively high compared to the diamond width.  Diamonds are often cut this way to maximize carat weight when cut from the rough and often results in poor light performance.
  6. Shallow Stones/Diamonds Cut Too Shallow: When the depth of a diamond is relatively low compared to the diamond width.  It often results in poor light performance. Such diamonds are often cut this way to make them look bigger.
  7. ASET: Angular Spectral Evaluation Tool. A color-coded diamond viewer which helps evaluate light performance.
  8. Fluor/ Fluoro/ Fluorescence: Some diamonds may emit a glow when exposed to ultraviolet light. Depending on the intensity, GIA grades fluorescence as none, faint, medium, strong and very strong. Fluorescence does not always affect the appearance of a diamond but can at times.
  9. H&A/ Heart and Arrows: It is a symmetry pattern a diamond makes when seen from a special viewer. 
  10. Solitaire Engagement Ring: The solitaire ring is the most popular design of engagement rings. There is only one diamond on the band hence the name solitaire. 
  11. Three Stone Engagement Ring: There are three diamonds in this ring. On either side of the center diamond, there is one diamond. These two side diamonds are usually half the carat weight of the center diamond.
  12. Side Stones/Accent Diamonds: The smaller diamonds on the band of the ring are called side stones or accent diamonds. They help to add extra sparkle.
  13. Shank: The band of the ring is called the shank.
  14. Split Shank Ring: The band of the ring splits in to two separate, thinner bands as it approaches the center diamond.
  15. Halo Engagement Ring: The center diamond is fully surrounded by accent diamonds. The halo and the center diamond give the appearance of one big stone so the diamond appears to be bigger than it is. 
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Friday, 23 February 2018

Confusing Diamond Terms Explained - Part 2

This is Part Two of our series of Confusing Diamond Terms Explained. You can check Part 1 here.
  • Crown: The top part of a cut and polished faceted diamond or any other gemstone
  • Girdle: The narrow part between a diamond's crown and pavilion
  • Pavilion: The lower part of a cut and polished faceted diamond or any other gemstone
  • Table Facet: The top-most facet which is also often the largest facet
  • Upper girdle facets: The facets right above the girdle that extend from the edge of the girdle to the table
  • Bezel facets: The facets between the girdle and the table facet on the top part of the diamond
  • Star facets: The facets right below the table extending from the table's edge to the girdle
  • Lower girdle facets: The facets that extend from the girdle to the culet
  • Pavilion main facets: The facets between the girdle and the culet
  • Culet: It may or may not be present in a diamond. The small facet at the bottom of the diamond
  • Crown angle: The angle between the bezel facets and the girdle
  • Pavilion angle: The angle between the pavilion main facets and the girdle
  • Fire: The colorful rainbow flashes you see when a diamond moves
  • Scintillation: When the facets go dark and light as the diamond moves
  • Brightness: The white light that emerges from a diamond's internal and external reflection
  • Sparkle: The flashes of light that are seen when a diamond moves
  • Polish: The quality of the diamond's facet surfaces
  • Symmetry: The precision of a diamond's facet alignment and overall proportion
  • Proportions: The relationship between a diamond's angles and overall measurement
  • Fisheye: A gray reflection of the girdle that shows in the diamond's table facet
  • Dark upper girdles: The upper girdle facets stay dark under any lighting condition
  • Dark ring: A dark ring seen inside the table facet
  • Dark center: Dark area in the center of the table facet
  • Valleys and Hills: The scalloping you see on a girdle. The hills and valleys should be even in size and space

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Confusing Diamond Terms Explained - Part 1

If you have been researching on loose diamonds and engagement ring, you must have come across terms that are confusing. Well, fret not! We are planning a new blog series, where we definitions for confusing terms. Let's start.
  1. Loose Diamond(s): Diamonds that are not set in a ring or other jewelry. These diamonds can be purchased separately, without the ring or jewelry.
  2. Engagement Ring Setting(s): The ring, or any other piece of jewelry such as earrings, without the center diamond mounted in it is called the setting. Buyers can buy a diamond separately and then have it mounted in the setting.
  3. The 4Cs/Diamond 4Cs: The cut, color, clarity or carat of a diamond. 
  4. Diamond cut: The arrangement of facets and the proportions of a diamond. The better the cut of a diamond, the more it will sparkle and the more expensive it is.
  5. Facets: Flat polished surfaces on a diamond. Different diamond shapes can have different number of facets. E.g. A round brilliant diamond has 57 to 58 facets.
  6. Diamond shape: The overall geometric form or outline of the diamond. Diamond shapes such as princess are often called as the princess cut but that's a turn of phrase.
  7. Diamond clarity: The amount of natural flaws present in a diamond determines its clarity. The lesser the flaws, the better the clarity.
  8. Diamond color: The saturation of yellow tint in a diamond determines its color. The lesser the saturation, the better the diamond color and the more expensive a diamond is. 
  9. Diamond carat: The weight of a diamond is measured in carats (not to be confused with karats). One carat equals 200 milligrams.
  10. Certified loose diamonds: The cut, color and clarity of a diamond are assigned grades. This process is often done by independent gemological laboratories to ensure unbiased grading. Diamonds that are offered for sale with these diamond reports are called as certified diamonds.  
  11. GIA/GIA certified diamonds: GIA stands for Gemological Institute of America. The lab is an independent non-profit institute that grades diamonds on the 4Cs and issues grading reports. Diamonds graded by the GIA are sometimes called GIA diamonds. The GIA is a well-regarded lab and acknowledged as reputable institute around the world.
  12. AGS/AGSL/AGS certified diamonds: AGSL stands for American Gem Society Laboratories. The lab is an independent non-profit institute that grades diamonds on the 4Cs and issues grading reports. Diamonds graded by the AGS are sometimes called AGS diamonds. The AGS is a well-regarded lab and acknowledged as reputable institute around the world.
  13. Diamond certification: A diamond retailer or vendor sends the diamonds in their inventory to be graded by independent labs or they may be graded in-house. There are many labs, but not all are equal in reputation. The GIA, AGS, IGI, HRD are some of the reputed ones. Any diamond that comes with a grading report can be called as a certified diamond but not all diamond certification is equal or unbiased.
  14. Excellent cut: A diamond that has been graded excellent, GIA's top grade for diamond cut.
  15. Diamond polish: The overall smoothness of facets. The diamond polish is given a grade much like cut.
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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Etiquette of Proposals: The Millennial Edition

Millennials are killing the proposal! Ah, they are at it again but jokes aside the preferences and dislikes of millennials are changing the course of many businesses and traditions. So, when we find the one, the way we get down on one knee has also obviously changed! Let's take a look at some of the new traditions.

1. Social Media
If we were to name only one thing that has changed the way millennials are proposing marriage (or doing anything really), it has to be social media. From ring selfies to proposal photographers, declarations of love are shared with everyone!

But if you're the sort that cringes at the thought of making private moments with your family public, don't do it. It's really that simple. If you and your partner don't like sharing so much on social media, don't post a proposal video. A subtle ring selfie is quite enough to inform family and friends that you guys are ready to take the plunge. As for the photographer, you may want to capture the moment for yourself, if not the whole world.

2. Hiring a Proposal Planner
Yes, proposal planners are a thing! We're not the ones to judge. If you think you need a little extra help to plan an epic proposal, go for it. And if you want to do it by yourself, the internet is your friend. With so many people sharing their proposal stories and videos online, inspiration is easy to come by. This brings us to #3.

3. Personalized Proposals
We think the best part about the way millennials are proposing is their attention to personalization. Are you and your partner really into a fandom (comic book, movie or video game)? Well, let your geek flag fly in your proposal! Champagne and roses are not always the way to go, unless that is your thing. In that case, go for it. The message to take here is customize this tradition the way you want it.

4. Go Ring Shopping Together
This is one millennial trend we can totally get behind. Buying an engagement ring is an important decision and one that a couple should make together. The proposal is the surprise, the ring doesn't have to be! Millennials are also buying engagement rings from non-traditional sources like online stores. When you choose your ring online, there's more choice and you're also more likely to find a beautiful diamond ring in your budget.

5. Including Family and Friends
Whether it's asking her parents for permission or making sure the whole family is a part of the actual proposal, we think these gestures are really thoughtful. But, we would like to refer to #3 Personalization here again. Do what is right for you and your partner. Do her parents or your family, live across the country? Maybe save the trip for the wedding.

We hope this helps you plan your #proposalstory.

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Did You Know 20th March is National Proposal Day?

A day for proposing? Yes, really!
John Michael O'Loughlin came up with the idea for the day because his cousin's boyfriend wouldn't pop the all-important question after years of dating.

OK. I get it. But, why the 20th of March?
It's actually a pretty significant date. 20th March is Spring Equinox. On 20th March, day and night are of equal lengths across the world. We think it's pretty significant as marriage is an equal partnership.

So, is 20th March the day YOU get down on one knee?
The answer could be a YES, if you and your partner have been talking about marriage. The spring equinox has a wonderful significance.

OK. I'm going to do it! What's next?
Buying her dream engagement ring is the next step. If you start today, you'll have plenty of time to choose and make sure the ring arrives before the 20th of March. Also, we recommend choosing a ring together or at least getting her inputs. The proposal is the surprise, the ring should not be!

But, I'm on a budget.
That diamond engagements are expensive is an untruth perpetuated by chain retailers and mall jewelers. The truth is that you can find a beautiful diamond engagement ring at any budget. And, finding a ring becomes all the more easy once you understand the 4Cs. Give our jewelry advisors a call on 1-866-522-2539 or visit to find a ring that fits your budget.

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