Friday, 14 June 2019

3 Months Salary and Other Engagement Ring "Rules" You Really Don't Need In Your Life!


Picture This: You are in a jewelry store and looking at different kinds of rings. You know what you want and you’re asking for diamond rings with specific details, or maybe it’s not a diamond ring at all; maybe it’s a pink sapphire ring that you know your partner will love or it could be that you, yourself are looking for a delicate band with sparkling diamonds. “Minimalist jewelry is very in right now” the jeweler says. “Oh no, I am looking for an engagement ring.” you respond and watch the jeweler gasp in shock, take all the rings away and shake his head in disappointment.

Now this is just a dramatic representation of what society does to people buying the “wrong” engagement ring. When a piece of beautiful jewelry is labeled “engagement ring” it suddenly is subjected to so much speculation, judgment and pressure that it can get quite ridiculous at times!

There are all these rules around this piece of jewelry that are completely irrational and only make the whole ring buying process unnecessarily stressful. After all, this is a piece of jewelry that celebrates a very special bond. The last thing it should be is stressful. Here's what we think you should do with these so-called "Engagement Ring Rules".

“You can’t shop with your partner, it will ruin the surprise!”
The man surprises the lady with a ring she has never seen before – She loves it and they live happily ever after! Um okay, what if she doesn't like the ring? What if she wanted a rose gold band with an oval center diamond in a halo setting and you can’t believe this is happening because you went out of your way and spent a fortune on a round brilliant diamond solitaire ring? Now instead of “happily ever after” you’re both disappointed.

You can save yourself from a lot of stress if you just take your partner along to choose the ring. There is literally no chance that she won’t like it if she has picked it herself. Not convinced? Ok. How about talk to your partner about the ring she would like? We're talking about diamond shape, ring setting and a range of carat size. It would help if you ask her for some inspiration photos.

Also, just because you got the ring together doesn’t mean you can’t keep the proposal a surprise. There are many ways to figure that out!

“A good engagement ring should cost three months’ salar-" SHUSH!
It is absolutely not true that you need to spend your three months’ salary or any arbitrary sum to get the perfect engagement ring. How much you can spend on an engagement ring is completely up to you and your partner. Will you be having a big wedding, are the two of you students just starting out, do you have other financial commitments - these are all questions the two of you need to answer before coming up with a budget for the engagement ring.

But the good news is, it is possible to find a beautiful engagement ring at absolutely ANY and we mean ANY budget. It's all a matter of balancing the 4Cs and the right setting to get the most bang or bling (see what we did there) for your buck! 

Here's another possibility that most couples don't realize - Upgrade in the future. Most online diamond retailers and that includes us offer diamond upgrades. You can trade in your old diamond for a bigger, better diamond in the future. Read up on all our lifetime diamond upgrade to know more.

“If it’s not a round brilliant diamond solitaire, is it even an engagement ring?”
Yes it is, Susan. Round brilliant diamonds may be the perfect match for many people but it doesn’t have to be the only choice that you need to go for. Same goes for the classic six prong solitaire setting. A good engagement ring is subjective and it should be exactly what you want and want to spend for. You could go for a radiant or a cushion cut for the best brilliance or you can check shapes like oval, emerald or marquise for a unique touch. If you’d love some color in your engagement ring you could go for a blue sapphire side stones on your band or maybe even a yellow diamond center! The world is your oyster! Which brings us to the next point -

“Custom rings are way more expensive!”
Not true. Custom rings are actually not more expensive than pre-made ones. You can build yourself a custom ring within your budget and make it exactly how you want it without any compromise. Get started on your ring journey.

We hope you make an informed decision while buying your engagement ring now that you don't have to worry about these "rules"! 
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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

How to Buy a Beautiful and Sturdy Engagement Ring


It’s summer; it's beautiful outside and you have also been invited to what seems like a thousand weddings. And this has finally got you thinking, that it's time to pop that all important question! So, you read a few blogs, do a little bit of research and with an optimistic heart full of hopes to marry the love of your life, you’re at the jewelry store about to buy the most perfect engagement ring there will ever be!

But before you do that, there are some aspects you need to consider while buying the ring – the size of the center stone, the metal that brings it together and any little detail that you could add to make your ring special and personal?

What about how practical the design is and how sturdy it is? In the excitement of buying the most sparkly, beautiful engagement ring people often forget about the durability of the jewelry that they’re planning to invest in for life. Of course, it’s a great goal to make your ring gorgeous but it’s practical to also make sure that the expensive ring you are buying is secure and strong enough to be worn on a daily basis. It is very important to choose your engagement ring carefully to minimize the risk of damaging it. Here are the things to keep in mind in order to buy an engagement ring that is beautiful and sturdy.

The Setting 
One of the most important aspects of a good engagement ring is the setting that you end up with. There are quite a few settings that you could go with that will give your ring the ultimate protection. If you are looking to have diamonds on your engagement ring band, then you should know that the channel setting is a very safe way to set small diamonds in a band, as the setting holds the stones in a secure metal channel.

Another great one is the bezel setting. This setting offers a protective metal rim around your center diamond that holds it securely in place and makes sure the edges of your diamond are way less likely to get chipped. The top of the diamond is not sticking out in this setting so it will not get snagged on sleeves.

Now, there are certain settings which are quite popular for engagement rings but they may not be the best choice for your partner's lifestyle. One of them being the cathedral setting that places the center diamond very high above the band and uses prongs to secure the diamond in place. The advantage of this ring setting is that it focuses attention on the center diamond beautifully by placing it so high. The setting also allows a lot of light to pass through the diamond so it sparkles like crazy. There are many good things to recommend about this setting but if your partner is someone who has an active lifestyle or someone who has to put on gloves and take them off through the day, this setting may not be the best for everyday use. So, it's all about finding an engagement ring that matches her life.   

The Gemstone
Diamonds are a great choice for a sturdy engagement ring as it is one of the hardest natural materials. It is very hard to destroy and break a diamond during everyday activities. Other strong gemstones that you can consider are rubies and sapphires which are variations of the same stone – Corundum. Although they are about four times less hard compared to the diamond, these gemstones are quite durable and make great jewelry to wear daily.

Emerald is a gemstone that is often used in engagement rings but is actually not a very great practical choice. Emeralds are softer than gemstones like rubies and sapphires and you need to take extra care to prevent them from getting scratched, chipped or damaged.

Next, let's talk about diamond or gemstone shape. Shapes like heart, pear, and princess have sharp pointy ends and that's where they are most vulnerable. So, if you do choose a diamond with pointy edges, go for a setting that secures these pointy ends. A bezel would be excellent or tab prongs that protect the edges are perfect.

The Metal
Whenever you are choosing a metal for jewelry there are two factors that you need to consider: hardness and toughness. The hardness makes sure that the metal doesn’t scratch easily and toughness helps it to not bend and break. Platinum has tremendous toughness and is a great option for an engagement ring as it is sturdy and very hard to bend. So platinum is actually a great metal to consider for the prongs that will hold your center stone. While pure gold itself is a pretty soft metal, white gold, that’s mixed with copper, zinc, and nickel and then platted in rhodium for extra strength is a great choice for your ring band as it is quite durable and not easily scratched.

Anything worn every day of your life, like an engagement ring, will tend to get banged around quite a bit so how the metal will hold up is also very important. Platinum over the course of years develops a patina while white gold loses its rhodium plating. You can love the look of rich patina the platinum develops and you can always have white gold re-plated with rhodium – it's a matter of personal choice. 

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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

How to Buy Your Engagement Ring Together As a Couple



There are many traditions and rules around proposals that are absolutely not mandatory and honestly, quite outdated to follow in the twenty-first century. They say, to buy the perfect engagement ring you need to spend at least three month’s salary – it's rather arbitrary don’t you think? Another tradition that’s quite popular is that it’s necessary that the man surprises his partner with an engagement ring that he has to pick himself with no input from his partner whatsoever!

Communication is the most important part of any relationship and buying an engagement ring that will be worn forever is a big deal! With discussion and clarity from your partner, buying an engagement ring can be way less stressful than it normally is. But before you jump into your car and drive off to your nearest jewelry store, take a moment to talk about your visions for the ring and the basic things to consider before buying an expensive engagement ring. Here is everything you need to know before you go on to buy the perfect engagement ring together as a couple!

Learn About All the Different Engagement Ring Styles
Gone are the days when you only had a couple types of metal and gemstones to choose from. Today you can choose from a wide variety of settings, sizes, colors and metals to create the perfect engagement ring of your dreams! Get to know the common settings and styles before diving into the world of engagement rings. If you like classic designs you might want to look for options in solitaire settings while rings with a halo setting are a great way to add extra bling to your classic diamond ring. If you like meaningful and thoughtful gestures, a three-stone engagement ring might interest you, or you could even go for a completely custom made ring!

Get Familiar With All the Shapes and the 4Cs
With all the varieties of shapes and cuts and designs, there is no way you won’t get caught in the chaos. If you learn about the shapes of diamonds beforehand you will have better clarity and choosing the perfect diamond for your ring will become way easier! First of all brush up on the 4Cs of a diamond – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. The balance between all the 4Cs is the key to creating the engagement ring that will look spectacular on you and also be a good value for the money you pay for it!

Openly Discuss Your Budget
We get it – This isn’t the most romantic, fairytale way to propose and get engaged, but it is definitely healthy, practical and the sensible thing to do. Make sure to discuss and set a budget for your engagement ring to avoid conflict about it later. With a budget you will have better clarity and judgment about the kind of ring you prefer.

Don’t Forget About the Important Documents
Whether you choose to buy your engagement ring from a local jewelry store or a reputable jewelry store online, either way, make sure to check for all the documents that should come with your very expensive piece of jewelry, namely the diamond certification. Check for their upgrade and return policies, insurance and make sure the stone is certified and ethically sourced.

We hope your progressive step towards buying an engagement ring only strengthens your bond as a couple!

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Monday, 27 May 2019

The Magnificent Pavé Engagement Ring



The pavé ring setting is one of the most magnificent styles there is for engagement rings. A pave setting is a type of a ring where tiny little diamonds are mounted together, often set in multiple rows to surround the entirety of the metal band on the ring. The word pavé is the French translation of the word 'Pavement', for the diamonds in this setting need to fit together like the bricks and cobblestones on a street. If you are considering getting the love of your life a pave diamond engagement ring, you are definitely on the right track! But before you do, let’s get to know your pave engagement ring a little better.

How is a Pavé Engagement Ring Made?
A pave engagement ring is made with keeping maximum brilliance, light and sparkle in mind. These rings are made with utmost care and precision. To create a magnificent pave diamond ring, tiny accent diamonds are set very closely together to give your ring an extraordinary look. Each diamond is set with tiny metal beads that can be a part of the ring or can be soldered on for less metal visibility and better security.

Why Choose a Pavé Engagement Ring?
If you and your partner are looking to add some extra bling to your engagement ring, then a pave setting is just what you need! Also, with a pave ring you can choose to go for a comparatively smaller center diamond as the ring would look very sparkly with pave diamonds on the band than it would have appeared without it.

How Much Does a Pavé Engagement Ring Cost?
Here’s the thing – even though a pave setting is an absolutely great way to add some extra bling to your ring, you can never tell how much it might cost you. Because there are many, many small diamonds involved and it takes extra workmanship to set each stone in individually, the cost of a pave diamond ring may go up. The more intricately diamond encrusted your engagement ring is, the more expensive it will be.

Types of Pave Setting Rings
Pavé Halos
Halo engagement rings are quite a popular choice when it comes to engagement rings because of its fiery sparkle. This setting features a halo of diamonds studded around the center diamond. This setting makes the center diamond look bigger and is a great option for a bride that’s looking for an engagement ring that isn’t too flashy but has sparkle around the center diamond.

French Pavé
In this setting the metal forms a little U or V shape underneath each diamond, exposing the sides of the diamonds. With this setting, the ring appears to be diamond encrusted with minimal metal visible.

Micro Pavé
If you want your engagement ring to look elegant and delicate, go for the micro-pave setting. In this style, very, very small diamonds are mounted together to give your ring an extremely sparkly look.

Pave diamond rings are wonderfully bright, intricate and just extraordinary! We hope you find your perfect engagement ring for the perfect partner that you’ve chosen for yourself!





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Friday, 24 May 2019

Beautiful Three Stone Engagement Rings From Our Collection

If the love of your life has an inclination towards unique designs and classy jewelry and appreciates thoughtful and romantic gestures, then a personalized three stone engagement ring is the one to go for. The three stones in the ring are traditionally said to represent the past, present and future. Three stone rings are also the best choice for an anniversary gift – the stones binding the past, present and the future of the couple’s relationship. However, this beautiful concept applies to all relationships, which is why these rings also make for great engagement rings. Here is everything you need to know before buying your perfect three stone engagement ring.

Price and Versatility
Three stone engagement ring buyers have the advantage and more room for experimenting. Because there are three diamonds in this setting style you can make a choice to go for smaller diamonds which will help you save a big deal. You do not have to make an expensive purchase of one big diamond for this style of ring. Instead, you could get three diamonds that are eye-clean and relatively inexpensive or go with unique tinted diamonds.

To make it more meaningful, you could make your partner’s birthstone the center gemstone of your the engagement ring. Sapphires, rubies and emeralds are popular choices for three stone engagement rings as they add interest and color to the otherwise classic diamond engagement ring. And it does not end here! Here are some amazing ring combinations that may serve as inspiration in your quest to find the perfect engagement ring!

Three Stone Engagement Ring with Princess Cut Diamonds


The three stone ring design has two smaller diamonds on either side of the larger center diamond. Although round diamonds are a popular choice, you can also opt for princess cut diamonds. Princess cut diamonds are a perfect choice for this ring design because of their flat sides and symmetry. The diamonds can be held in place by a trellis setting, instead of simple prongs, which gives the ring an elegant flourish and intricacy.

Three Stone Engagement Ring with Baguette Diamonds


Now if you don’t want a classic three stone diamond ring you could consider a ring with two baguette diamonds with a round center diamond. The baguette diamonds usually produce broad flashes of reflected light that brings all the attention to the sparkling faceted center diamond.

Three Stone Engagement Ring with Half Moon Diamonds


Another great thing about these diamond rings is that diamond shapes that are not commonly used in other ring settings work perfectly in this setting. The half moon side diamonds add a charming look to an otherwise standard ring and their glittering shine perfectly complements a round brilliant or cushion diamond in the center.

Three Stone Engagement Ring with Pear Shaped Sapphire Side Stones


Here is where things get even more exciting! This setting is a great way to add color and personality to your ring. Choosing colorful gemstones as the side stones will only add to the existing wonderful qualities of the center diamond. You could even consider mixing up the shapes – a pear-shaped sapphire or emerald on either side of a round center will certainly mean a unique ring.

There are endless possibilities with the three stone engagement ring and with its charm and versatility, you just can’t go wrong!

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

All About Halo Engagement Rings



Halo engagement rings are a perfect blend of eye-catching and elegant. The halo setting features a formation of smaller diamonds surrounding the center gemstone of the ring. Typically diamonds are the choice of center gemstone for a halo engagement ring but if you and your partner are people who like unique designs then feel free to use gemstones like emerald, sapphires or rubies to surround your center stone.

Halo engagement rings are quite popular at the moment because of the variety of styles that they come in – everything from retro and classic halo designs to grand double halo engagement rings for an even grand proposal! Here is everything that you need to know about the halo engagement ring before you make a purchase.

Price – Pro/Con
A halo setting for your engagement ring is a great technique to make your center stone look larger than it really is without the cost of having to buy a bigger diamond. The price of diamonds does not increase linearly. If the other 4Cs, that is, color, cut and clarity being the same, a 1-carat diamond won't cost just double of a 0.5-carat diamond, but a lot more. So a halo setting can be a really good way of adding some bling to your ring without needing to spend big bucks for a big center diamond!

However, because of all the little diamonds and workmanship needed to fix them in little prongs around the center diamond for the making of a halo engagement ring, the cost of the jewelry can really creep up. And the more intricately designed the halo setting is, the more expensive it will be.

Maintenance
Halo engagement rings need a little more care than a simpler style of engagement ring because of the number of little diamonds that are used in making it. Each tiny diamond in a ring with a halo setting needs to be arranged individually by a jeweler with tiny prongs. It possible that over time some of the prongs may get bent out of position and a diamond or two comes loose and falls out. This is why these rings should be regularly checked and taken to the jewelers to be checked and fixed.

Here are a few popular styles of engagement ring with a halo setting:


Classic Halo Engagement Ring
The classic halo setting features a ring of little sparkling diamonds surrounding the diamond in the center. This design is the least expensive when it comes to halo styles and adds around 0.3 carats to the total weight of the halo engagement ring.


Double Halo Engagement Ring
This is a great example of how grand an engagement ring with a halo setting can look! The two tiers of beautiful diamonds around the center diamond add to the sparkle and prove that you don’t need a huge diamond to make your ring look really impressive!



Floral Halo Engagement Ring
To add a romantic twist to your ring, you could choose a floral silhouette to surround your brilliant center diamond. The romantic and nature-inspired motif is the perfect choice for an engagement ring.

We hope you have a great time creating the most perfect engagement ring for the perfect love of your life. Congratulations! 
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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Classic Yellow Gold Engagement Rings


Yellow gold engagement rings are traditional, classic and one of the most popular settings around the world. The warm glow of the yellow gold engagement ring is seen as a symbol of sophistication and luxury. Even though in recent years white gold has started to gain more popularity, yellow gold engagement rings have not lost their charm at all and still hold a special place in our hearts. If you are considering buying a classic yellow gold engagement ring for your future wife or yourself, here is everything you need to know.

Understanding the Karat of Yellow Gold Engagement Rings
Yellow gold is popular because its warm tone is the closest form to gold’s natural fiery hue. However, the gold that is used in engagement rings and other jewelry is not pure 24 karat gold. Pure gold is extremely soft and cannot be used in jewelry. It would definitely not survive the day-to-day hustle, occasional knocks and drops. That is the reason pure gold is mixed with other durable metals to make a stronger alloy. The proportion of the actual gold used in the jewelry compared to other metals is indicated by the “karat” system.

The different amounts of gold used in jewelry give it different properties because of the natural components of the metals that are in the alloy.

Normally 18 karat yellow gold engagement rings have 75% gold, 12.5% silver and 12.5% copper. These rings have a brighter glow compared to other yellow gold rings that have lower percentages of gold in them. Jewelry is less likely to tarnish if it has a higher amount of gold in it so it is understandably more expensive.

14 karat gold engagement rings have about 60% gold and the remaining of it is usually a mix of copper, silver and at times zinc. Even though these don’t have the kind of bright glow that 18 karat engagement rings have, they still have a very beautiful yellow hue.

9 to10 karat gold rings have only about 40% gold and a higher percentage of other metals to create an alloy. These rings have a whiter or copper colored look to them and are more likely to tarnish but on the plus side, are quite affordable for a yellow gold engagement ring!

You Can Save on the Diamond Color
One of the interesting things about a yellow gold ring is that it can manipulate the color of the diamond that you choose to set in it. A white metal setting like platinum or white gold needs to be paired with a colorless or less tinted and expensive diamond because any tint of color in a diamond is very clearly visible in a white metal setting. With a yellow gold setting, even the slightly warm diamonds will look beautiful against the warm tone of the metal and so you could save significantly by choosing a diamond with a lower color-grade.

Make Sure You or Your Partner Doesn’t Have Allergies
Keep in mind that many people are allergic to gold jewelry which makes it very uncomfortable to wear. It often happens that a person is allergic to nickel that’s sometimes used while making the gold alloy. The last thing you want is for your partner to not be able to wear her engagement ring, so find out if she already wears gold jewelry!

We hope you have a beautiful time choosing a magnificent engagement ring for the love of your life! Get started here.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Buying Your First Loose Diamond – Is Diamond Fluorescence Important


We are sure you know by now that the 4Cs are the most important aspects to buying a loose diamond. The cut, color, clarity and carat of the loose diamond you finally decide to purchase are what will determine how bright and of what quality it is. But have you ever thought if diamond fluorescence is something that you would like to consider while buying your loose diamond? Here is everything you need to know about diamond fluorescence.


What is diamond fluorescence?
Fluorescence is a diamond’s tendency to release a subtle glow when subjected to ultraviolet (UV) rays from maybe the sun or a fluorescent lamp. Only about 25 percent to 30 percent of diamonds fluoresce to some degree. This glow that a diamond emits is usually a very subtle blue, but on rare occasions it can also glow different colors like green, yellow or red. The GIA (Geological Institute of America) grades a diamond’s fluorescence by its intensity – None, Faint, Medium, Strong and Very Strong.

Can fluorescence affect the diamond’s color?
This is a good question to ask while you are buying a loose diamond. Fluorescence can at times improve the color of a diamond. The blue fluorescence can make a yellowish diamond look brighter and more colorless under UV light, like daylight. However, a strong/very strong blue fluorescence can make your diamond look hazy and milky, rather than sharp and clear. 

A medium blue fluorescence or a faint blue fluorescence usually doesn't have any adverse effect on a diamond's appearance. Not all diamonds with a very strong blue fluorescence look hazy but they may sell for a lesser price than the ones with no blue fluorescence due to market perception.  These little details are important to keep in my mind when investing in a loose diamond with fluorescence.

Can a non-professional tell the difference between a diamond with fluorescence and one without?
In a study done by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) about the effects of blue fluorescence on the appearance of a diamond, they found that the blue fluorescence has an unnoticeable effect on diamonds of the colorless and near-colorless grades. 

Should I buy a loose diamond with fluorescence?
Many factors go into the effects of fluorescence on the appearance of the loose diamond you buy. It depends on what color grade your stone is, how has the diamond been cut and whether the diamond is viewed in natural or artificial light. You would have to consider many things and then as a whole, decide if a fluorescent diamond is something you would like to invest in. The one thing you can do whether you buy the diamond online or in a store - ask a gemologist for an opinion. We have a team of gemologists who looks at each and every diamond we sell. We would give our unbiased opinion about a fluorescent diamond before offering it to you. 

Overall, diamond fluorescence should not be your biggest concern or focus when picking a loose diamond. The effects of blue fluorescence are subjective and also relatively unnoticeable. In the end, what matters the most is that you should love the diamond that you buy. There are no hard rules! We would love to help you find a diamond perfect for you. Give us a call on 1-866-522-2539 or initiate a chat on www.b2cjewels.com. 

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

All About Shimmering Platinum Engagement Rings



Platinum is one of the most commonly used metals for engagement rings. The charm, beauty and durability of platinum are seen as a great metaphor for marriage itself. Right off the bat, platinum is a great choice to go for in an engagement ring – it’s classic, reliable and very good looking. Here is everything that you need to know before you get yourself a shimmering platinum engagement ring or wedding band.

What is Platinum?
Platinum is found in South Africa, Russia and even parts of North America. Majority of the platinum extracted from mines is used for industrial purposes, like catalytic converters in cars, and a minor percentage of it is used in jewelry. Even though the platinum used in jewelry is not 100% pure, it’s still used in big quantities as compared to gold. 18K gold jewelry has about 75% gold and 14K has about 58% gold while the rest is other metals. But jewelry grade platinum is usually 95%.

Few metals that are used to create a platinum alloy are Iridium, which is the most common metal used; Ruthenium, which is a durable and shiny metal and Cobalt that’s known for its high quality and bright finish.

Durability Is Its Biggest Strength
Platinum is definitely beautiful but the best thing about this metal is its durability. Because so much of pure platinum is used in jewelry you happen to get the best properties of the metal and the metal that it’s alloyed with. Engagement rings made with other metals like white gold need to be replated with rhodium every couple of years to keep them bright. But platinum does not need as much repairing. They are also quite resistant to damage from chemicals.

Platinum may be a good choice for people with an active lifestyle. Prongs that hold diamonds, as well as the shank of the ring, need to be strong to withstand knocks and blows. This is a non-issue with platinum as it’s stronger than gold and is less likely to be damaged or bent.

Hypoallergenic 
Platinum is a hypoallergenic metal so even if you have the most sensitive skin you can still wear a platinum engagement ring without worrying about it. When it comes to white gold, about 10% of the population is allergic to the nickel used to make the alloy but with platinum that is absolutely not an issue.

It’s Suits All Stones and Colors!
Platinum’s white and luminous glow suits all diamonds that are in the upper end of the color grade very well. It showcases them in the best light possible and really brings out their fire and brilliance. Platinum bands also look great with other colorful gemstones like sapphire, ruby and emerald.

Platinum can be a bit pricier than other metals and understandably so. After all, it is 30 times more rare than gold. However, it’s really worth the money especially for a long-term purchase like an engagement ring or wedding band. We hope you find the perfect one for your perfect one! Start your search here.

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Monday, 6 May 2019

All about the Sparkling White Gold Engagement Rings



White gold is relatively newer than some of the other metals that are used in engagement rings and jewelry in general. Yellow gold had always been the first choice for engagement rings for thousands of years, but in the last 60 or so years, white gold has become the most popular choice. White gold offers you durability, shine and good value – no wonder people like it so much! Here is everything about this sparkling metal that’s important to know before you make a decision to buy a white gold engagement ring.

What is White Gold?
Here is a little background check. Gold is an extremely delicate metal that is quite rarely found in its absolute pure form. In its pure form, gold isn’t strong enough and cannot be made into jewelry so to make gold durable enough to mold into jewelry; it is mixed with other stronger metals to create a strong alloy. Now there are quite a few combinations that make jewelry-grade gold.

Some combinations of gold are:
9 Karat: 37.50% pure gold
10 Karat: 41.7% pure gold
14 Karat: 58.3% pure gold
18 Karat: 75.00% pure gold
24 Karat: 100% pure gold

In context, Karat is usually shortened to kt or k, and should not be confused with the similar sounding word “Carat” which is the measure of the weight of a diamond.

The metals that create the rest of the white gold alloy (the non-gold part) will always vary. For 14k white gold it would normally be around 58.5% gold, 20% copper, 14.5% nickel and 7.5% zinc. The nickel and zinc are what gives white gold its shimmery silvery color. White gold is also often coated thinly with rhodium which is a white colored metal that gives out a bright shine and adds better durability.

Durability, Flexibility and Cost
White gold is a great choice for engagement rings because it looks great and not as susceptible to tarnish, rust or corrosion. It’s a good metal to wear on an everyday basis without worrying a lot about it. Also that gold is quite malleable and flexible. In fact, if under pressure your white gold engagement ring will not break or snap but bend instead which is much easier to fix.

The flexibility of this metal also makes things easy for the jewelers to work on it and so you can experiment with different styles of rings and intricate designs. Also, because it is easy to work on, it cuts down the cost of the workmanship so it will be comparatively less expensive.

Looks Spectacular with Diamonds
One of the main reasons why white gold is such a popular choice for engagement rings is that it complements all kinds of diamonds. If you are planning to buy a brilliant diamond that’s graded between D to H, you should definitely consider setting it in a white gold band. This metal will only add to and enhance the shine and sparkle of your precious stone.

The great thing about white gold is that the neutral tone of white gold works well with stones of all kinds and colors. It adds fire to stones like sapphire, ruby and emerald and somehow takes the backseat and makes your gemstone the center of attention!

A white gold engagement ring is the perfect start to an enduring relationship. We say go for it!




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