Friday, 3 January 2020

You're Engaged! Yay! What's Next Though?

You said yes and now Pinterest boards, bridal magazines, "oh, what about the dress?" thoughts are swirling about your head. Stop. Breathe. Let us handle this for you. Here's a list of 5 things you should do after you say, "YES"!

Family Comes First
Before you post ring selfies and cutesy captions on social media, talk your family! Your near and dear ones deserve to know before your online friends and followers. Mom and dad, siblings and BFFs probably already know the proposal was due so give them a call to share the good news.

Nails on Fleek
You're going to be showing off that sparkler for the next couple of weeks. Not just on social media but friends, family and co-workers will want to take a look at your ring. It would be a good idea to get a manicure. You can still have nice nails with clear polish if you're a fan of the natural look. Oh and grab your favorite lotion and show your hands some love!

Time to Get Social
Ok, now you can open up Instagram! You can share a nice photo of you and your fiancé or a close up shot of your ring. If you and your partner are not comfortable sharing the news online, you absolutely don't have to! Share as much or as little as you wish. If you're planning on having a small wedding, it may be best to keep the news off social media completely.

Insure That Sparkler
This is a piece of jewelry you're going to have for a loooong time and it's precious so it makes sense to have it insured. You can ask about ring insurance from the jeweler that you bought the ring from. Understand the differences between ring insurance and having an extension to your homeowner or renter's insurance before picking one.

You and Me Time
Unplug from social media, cancel all plans and just spend some time with your fiancĂ©. The next couple of weeks are going to be a whirlwind so dedicate some time just for the two of you. Talk about what kind of wedding you would like, the venue and other big questions. 

You can go on to wedding planning from here!
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Monday, 25 November 2019

Engagement Ring Trends of 2020 Part 3

This is part 3 of our engagement ring trend series, where we compile all the #ringgoals of 2020. Check Part 1 and Part 2 to get inspiration for your engagement ring. Let's jump right into the next trend in this post.

Think outside the round brilliant diamond box!
The round brilliant diamond continues to be the most popular diamond shape for engagement rings but we do think a lot of modern brides are exploring other diamond shapes. Your engagement ring will be your most personal piece of jewelry so it makes sense to choose a diamond and setting that speaks to you.

Emerald Cut Engagement Rings
We predict the emerald cut with its long facets and understated elegance will see a surge in popularity in 2020. This cut has many celebrity fans. Beyonce sports a whopping 24-carat emerald cut engagement ring and recently Jennifer Lopez has been wearing a 15-carat emerald cut engagement ring.

The emerald cut diamond performs a lot differently than the round brilliant cut diamond. Rather than the sparkling effect of a round brilliant diamond, the emerald cut throws subtle flashes of light. Due to the way this diamond is cut with long step-like facets, it is very essential to choose a diamond with superior clarity grades. Unlike round brilliant diamonds that can be forgiving of inclusions, you have to be careful of inclusion when choosing an emerald cut diamond. Talk to one of our diamond advisors at 1-866-522-2539 to find the perfect emerald cut diamond for your dream engagement ring.

Take a look at this minimalist, super chic emerald cut engagement ring from our latest collection. The princess diamonds on the band add to the allure of the ring.
This cut is quite versatile. It can look quite stunning with a vintage-style setting too as you can see with this petite engagement ring.

Oval and Pear Diamonds
Some of the other diamond shapes that you'll be seeing brides wearing a lot in 2020 are the elongated silhouette shapes like oval and pear. These two shapes have the same sparkling effect as the round brilliant diamond but come in intriguing shapes. Both shapes also have their own pros and cons.

The pear shaped diamond and the oval cut diamond with their elongated shapes offer the most "finger coverage". This means that when you compare an oval and pear diamond with a round diamond of the same carat weight, these two diamonds appear bigger due to the nature of their shapes. This is a big pro.

The con with these two diamond shapes is the bow-tie effect. The bow-tie effect is when there is a dark region in the center of the diamond, shaped like a bow tie. This happens due to the way these diamonds are cut. There is always going to be a bow-tie effect and in fact, it is a part of the beauty of the cut. The trick is to find oval cut and pear diamonds with minimal, not-severe bow-tie effect. This is why we suggest talking to our diamond experts on 1-866-522-2539 before choosing the center diamond for your dream engagement ring.

We hope these insights into 2020 engagement ring trends help you find your engagement ring. 
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Friday, 22 November 2019

Engagement Ring Trends of 2020: Part 2

Engagement ring trends, just like fashion trends, come and go. But having a look at these engagement ring trends of 2020 gives you an idea about what is popular right now and what you may want your own engagement ring to look like. For more engagement ring trends of 2020, take a look at Part 1 and Part 3 of this series. In Part 2 of this series, we’ll specifically look at center diamond trends of engagement rings.

Pop of Color
What do Princess Eugenie, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Elizabeth Olsen have in common? All ladies have beautiful engagement rings with colorful gemstones as the center stone. Although exact gemstone details of all the rings were not made fully available to the public, we can definitely see the rising popularity of colorful center stones. While this is certainly a beautiful trend to see on celebrity ring fingers, how practical is it on your own ring finger? Let’s find out.

Diamonds are not only beautiful but also sturdy. Ranking 10 on the Mohs scale that measures the hardness of natural substances, these sparkling gemstones are a great choice for jewelry that is worn every day such as engagement rings and diamond studs. Sapphires and emeralds are next in line when it comes to popular gemstones for engagement rings. They each rank 9 and 8 on the Mohs scale respectively.

But the scale only tells a part of the story. The numbers on the scale reflect which next harder substance will scratch the substance ranked below it. This actually translates quite differently in real-life circumstances. Although diamonds rank 10 and sapphires rank 9, they are about 90 times harder than sapphire. Both sapphires and emeralds are more prone to scratching than diamonds and require to be handled carefully. But does that mean a total and complete no to your dreams of a colorful engagement ring? Here’s how you can incorporate this celebrity trend safely in your life.

An engagement ring with sapphire side stones can be an excellent compromise between durability and color. This sapphire and diamond engagement ring is perfect as the sapphires add a subtle pop of color and you don’t have to worry about the durability of the gemstones as they are securely channel-set.

Another option for adding color to your ring finger is with a colorful gemstone band.  This pink sapphire and diamond half eternity band can work as a stacking ring or a pretty wedding band.

But if your heart is set on a colorful center stone engagement ring, we recommend a fancy colored diamond engagement ring. Diamonds are available in many beautiful, vivid shades. We are partial towards golden, glowing yellow diamonds. We have a separate search for fancy colored diamonds to make your diamond search easier. In this search, you can find diamonds in shades like yellow, pink and even green!

This yellow diamond engagement ring is from our signature Cinora collection of engagement rings. It features a beautiful pear cut yellow center diamond.

 Talk to our jewelry advisors on 1-866-522-2539 to understand which engagement ring trend will be a good, lasting choice for you.

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Monday, 18 November 2019

Engagement Ring Trends of 2020 Part 1

It's that time of the year again when we review engagement rings of the past and present and predict the engagement rings we'll be seeing a lot of in the future. Without further ado, let's jump into our list of engagement ring trends for 2020. For more engagement ring trends, check out part 2 and part 3 of this series.

Halo Is Out, Pave Is In
The halo engagement ring setting is a very pretty and a very clever one. The aptly named "halo" of smaller diamonds surrounding the center diamond makes the center diamond appear bigger than it is. This optical illusion is why many budget-conscious couples go for the halo engagement ring. You get the big-diamond look for a lot less. But we are seeing a shift in popularity toward another sparkle-ful engagement ring setting, the pave setting.

Pave setting is where tiny melee diamonds are mounted on the jewelry with small blobs of metal, without any prongs. This technique gives the appearance of the jewelry being diamond-encrusted as the metal holding the diamonds in place fades into the backdrop of metal. The pave setting is also a great choice for couples looking at budget-friendly engagement ring setting. An engagement ring with a pave band adds plenty of extra sparkle to the ring so a budget-conscious bride can get away with a smaller, less expensive center diamond.

The pave trend is also influenced by some stunning celebrity pave engagement rings such as Brittany Snow's tasteful round diamond and thin pave band engagement ring. This is a design-classic that you can personalize according to your tastes. Take a look at this compass-point engagement ring from our latest collection. The ring features the two classic elements: solitaire center diamond and the twinkling pave band. The playful element of the prong placement adds a personalized touch to the timeless setting.

Here's another take on the solitaire center diamond with pave band engagement ring setting, the criss cross shank engagement ring from our latest collection. This delightful ring has an intertwined, twisting pave set band that adds visual interest and of course lots of sparkle.

Upgrading Your Engagement Ring and Wedding Band
This next engagement ring trend isn't one design but rather a change in the outlook towards engagement rings and 'engagement ring and wedding band' sets. Earlier this year, when Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to her baby boy, she also created history by changing her engagement ring and wedding band set. The duchess used to wear a yellow gold wedding band along with her custom-designed three-stone engagement ring. While the yellow gold band remains unchanged, her new set includes another beautiful three-stone engagement ring setting and a pave-set eternity band.

Upgrading your engagement ring or adding a new wedding band following an important event (think, anniversary or the birth of your child) is a trend we absolutely love. Your tastes and where you are in life changes so it makes sense that you would want to see those changes reflected in your engagement ring and wedding band. Check our diamond upgrade policy here.

Read part 2 and part 3 of this series for more engagement ring trends of 2020. 
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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

How to Get Your Dream Diamond Ring With Our Black Friday Discount

You're just recovering from Labor Day and back-to-school sales and before you know it Black Friday sales have already started! With discounts and shopping events that happen all year round, it can be quite natural to develop Sale-Fatigue. In this post, we're going to explore whether Black Friday Sales are worth it.

Here's When We Think Black Friday Sales Are Totally Worth It: You Were Already Planning on Buying the Thing on Sale. Whether you were planning on buying a TV or an engagement ring, a Black Friday discount only makes sense when the item was already on your shopping list / wish list. We are not believers of impulse-buying and we firmly believe that having a good sale strategy is what makes Black Friday Shopping totally worth it.

Now that we cleared that up, let's find out how you can get your dream diamond jewelry with our Black Friday Sale! If you're planning a holiday proposal, the time to buy the engagement ring is NOW! Choosing the perfect diamond and the best engagement ring setting takes time and careful planning so mid-November is the right time to start the buying process for your engagement ring. We understand this and that is why we launched our Black Friday Sale early!

Another big advantage of doing your holiday-proposal engagement ring shopping online is that you don't have to face the holiday shopping crowds or traffic :) But seriously, shopping online means no pushy salespeople and shopping at your own pace. Another great thing about buying your engagement ring online is that you can do your research, read reviews and then make an informed buying decision together. Here are some of our top picks for a magical holiday proposal.

This lovely engagement ring with vintage-inspired scrollwork on the shank is a great choice for a romantic holiday proposal. The intricate design adds a certain magic that is perfect for setting the mood of your festive proposal.

If dainty is not your style, we recommend our star-burst halo engagement ring. This ring will outshine your Christmas decor ;)
For the purist, we would suggest our classic six-prong engagement ring. It doesn't get more picture-perfect holiday proposal than this!
Our Black Friday sale is also an excellent opportunity to start your holiday shopping. Starting early means you get thoughtful gifts for loved ones and no last-minute panic-y dash to the jewelry store.

Besides getting an amazing Black Friday discount, another advantage of our early Black Friday Sale is that we have extended returns till 15th January 2020*. We understand the holiday season can get quite busy so we extend our usual hassle-free returns period of 30 days. Want some help with choosing the perfect holiday gift? Here are some of our suggestions.

The holidays are the perfect time to get a brilliant buddy for your engagement ring. We pick this classic diamond band that can work as a wedding band, anniversary band or a stacking ring.
This dainty 'XO' pendant is a best-seller and just perfect as a holiday gift for a loved one or for yourself because holiday time is treat-yo-self time!

This chevron diamond pave pendant is absolutely darling and will make someone very happy as they tear open their holiday gift.

So, are you ready for our Black Friday Sale?

*extended returns do not apply on loose diamonds, loose diamonds set in create your own jewelry or customized jewelry   

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Citrine: The Warm-Hued Birthstone of Chilly November

Available in earthy tones of yellow, brown and orange, Citrine, the birthstone for the month of November, is the perfect choice for adding subtle sparkle to your fall wardrobe. November may be a chilly month but the warm hues of citrine are sure to cheer up lucky November-born ladies.

Citrine is a type of quartz and the traces of iron found in the quartz crystals are responsible for the yellow undertones. It often occurs in geodes along with other quartz like amethysts. The name citrine comes from the French word, Citrine which means lemon. This sunny gemstone has an interesting history as people believed it was capable of soothing tempers and granting prosperity. The Greeks carved images into citrine while the Egyptians used them as talismans.

As fascinating as may be the history of citrine, we love it for its brilliant hues ranging from pale yellow to glowing orange. The lovely shades of citrine are beautifully showcased in this gorgeous pendant. Three gemstones in graduating sizes and different shades are set beautifully to achieve an ombre effect. The 14K yellow gold pendant perfectly complements the warm tones of the citrines.

Besides November birthday boys and girls, citrine jewelry is also given as gift on the 13th anniversary. If it is a (lucky) 13th wedding anniversary gift that you are looking for, we would recommend the citrine ring from our collection. Featuring three citrines in two fascinating shades, this ring is also accented by six sparkling diamonds. The two reddish side stones are called ‘Madeira’ citrine because the vibrant shade resembles the red of Madeira wine. The 14K yellow gold mounting adds to the beauty of this three stone gemstone ring.

Citrine measures 7 on the MOHS scale that quantifies the hardness of gemstones. This means that with reasonable care, citrine jewelry can be used on a daily basis as the gemstone can withstand the wear and tear of regular use. We think this cushion cut citrine pendant would be perfect for brightening fall outfits. The gemstone is set in a secure bezel making it ideal for everyday use.

The sunshine-y gemstone gained quite a popularity in the 1920s and featured in a lot of Art Deco jewelry. The vivid shades juxtaposed beautifully with the angular lines of Art Deco masterpieces. Hollywood icons like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford favored citrine jewelry. We think some of that old world elegance is reflected in this citrine and peridot ring. Featuring two emerald cut peridots and an emerald cut citrine, this ring is set in 14K yellow gold.

If you have your heart set on citrine, here are some tips to care for your citrine jewelry. It is always a good idea to store citrine or any other gemstone jewelry separate from loose diamonds or diamond jewelry or any other material that may scratch it. And although it was believed to be a gift from the sun, citrine should be protected from direct sunlight. Prolonged exposure to sunlight may cause the bright gemstone to fade.When cleaning your citrine jewelry, use mild soap and water and be sure to let it dry completely. Start your love affair with citrine here!
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Monday, 16 September 2019

How to Be A Smart Engagement Ring Shopper

When it comes to engagement ring shopping, there are many outdated "rules" that you can ignore. But financing your engagement ring smartly is the one thing you cannot overlook. So, how do you go about being a smart engagement ring shopper? Let's start at the start.

Your Budget
Many factors go into setting a budget for an engagement ring, such as, are you planning on buying a home, what is your wedding budget, what does your dream engagement ring look like. You and your partner need to have an honest, open conversation about it. Only the two of you can decide on the budget. And trust us, there are many stunning engagement ring options for every budget imaginable.

Financing Options
It is always a good idea to know what options you have. Many jewelry retailers, including us, offer our customers financing options to make it simpler to have your dream ring. Check the attractive financing option we offer to see what will be your rate. 

Understand the 4Cs
How well you understand the 4Cs, determines how your ring will look and what it will cost. A well-cut 0.90-carat diamond can look better and perform better than a poorly cut 1-carat diamond and it will be priced lower too.

Is color important to you? You can choose an on-the-lower-end J color grade diamond but go higher in carat weight. A slightly warm diamond can look stunning in a yellow gold or rose gold ring setting. You can make the most of your ring budget when you understand your 4Cs well.

Do Your Research and Go Online
Most shoppers have an idea in their head what ring shopping looks like. They think they have to go into a store and pick a ring from the selection available there. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Ring shopping should actually start with research. What is your dream ring style, what kind of diamond do you want, how can you make the most of your budget. And, you certainly don't have to limit yourself to traditional brick and mortar stores.

Online jewelry stores have access to thousands of diamonds and hundreds of ring designs to choose from. You have a lot more control over the budget and quality of ring when you choose a diamond and ring setting separately.

Future Upgrade 
Here's an option most couples are unaware of: upgrading your diamond in the future. Most online diamond retailers offer an upgrade policy for your diamond. B2C Jewels has a lifetime upgrade policy! You can save and exchange your diamond for a bigger, better diamond, say two to five years from now with this easy upgrade policy.

Check these five options to be the smartest ring shopper you know.

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Monday, 9 September 2019

Engagement Ring Master Class: Everything You Need to Know

We're talking all things engagement rings and today is Part 2 of our engagement ring series. Read Part 1 here to get started on your ring journey.

Now, that you know which diamond you want for your engagement ring, let's talk about the ring itself or the engagement ring setting. Engagement Rings come in many different styles and settings and each has its own unique beauty. Let's talk about the most popular ones.

Solitaire Engagement Rings: This setting has only one diamond on the ring and it is one of the most endearing settings of all times. The diamond can be mounted on the band with prongs or bezel. There can be other design elements such as engraving on the band but the star of the show is the diamond.

Halo Engagement Rings: Halo settings are a design genius! The center diamond is surrounded by a "halo" of smaller diamonds giving the appearance of a bigger diamond.

Side Diamond Engagement Rings: Engagement ring with smaller, accents diamonds on the band are a great choice for people who like the additional sparkle on their engagement ring. 

You can watch our video tutorial to know more. But if your style is unique, you can have your ring custom designed here.

If you are buying an engagement ring for your partner, it is very important to keep her style and personality in mind while choosing the ring. Read our tips on how to choose a ring based on her personality here and also to find her perfect ring size here.

But, we also recommend to not keep the ring design a surprise from her. An engagement ring is a deeply personal choice and also something she is going to wear all the time. We know just how you can keep the proposal a surprise while shopping for the ring together.

Besides being beautiful, it's important that your engagement ring also be functional. We have many tips on how to choose an engagement ring that is lovely and practical.

But, if there's only one thing you'll read today about choosing an engagement ring, watch this video: We give you insider tips that you'll never find anywhere else on how to save on your engagement ring.

Now, you're ready! Get started on your ring journey.

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Engagement Ring 101: How Do You Choose Your Engagement Ring?

A sparkling round brilliant diamond in a classic six-prong setting or perhaps a dreamy oval halo on a rose gold bandsome women just know their dream ring, have a Pinterest board dedicated to it and all. But, if you're not one of them, that's okay, we're here to help. In this series of Engagement Ring 101, we'll cover everything from what diamond shape should you choose for your engagement ring to should you inscribe your ring with an inside joke? So, how do you choose your engagement ring? Let's get started.

No. 1: There are NO RULES!
Seriously! This is your ring⁠—get what you want. Do you love color? Maybe, a sparkling yellow diamond is more your thing than a traditional colorless diamond. Perhaps, you prefer a dazzling eternity band to an engagement ring. You do you. We seriously suggest trying on a few styles before deciding on your, the one.

Check some of our unconventional engagement rings here:

What to know more about yellow diamonds? Check this post.  

No. 2: Diamond Shape
Once you have decided on overall your engagement ring or diamond band style, it's time to look at diamond shapes. Every diamond shape performs differently and has its own unique beauty. Check our video tutorial on diamond shapes to know more. 

No. 3 Know your 4Cs. 
This is where you will (and should) spend the most time researching. But, once you know these fundamentals, you're very close to buying your dream engagement ring, we promise!

Start with the diamond cut because the way your diamond looks and performs depends on how well it is cut. And then go through our video tutorials on diamond color and diamond carat.

And then finally take a look at diamond clarity

In the next post, we'll cover engagement ring settings and then you're ready to choose your dream ring! 

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Gifts for Groomsmen and Best Man Gifts: Ideas, Etiquette and More

The wedding party plays such a big role in making your dream wedding come true so it makes sense that you want to appreciate all that they have done with the perfect gift. Read our tips on picking jewelry and gifts for bridesmaids and the maid of honor here. This post covers the best man and groomsmen. Let's figure out how to thank your groomsmen and best man for standing by your side!

When you start, you have some questions - How much should you spend on your groomsmen gifts?
Does the best man get a different gift than the groomsmen? So when do you give your groomsmen and the best man their gifts? Let's start at the start - How much should you spend on your groomsmen gifts? The answer to this question is never simple and differs for every couple. A good place to start is to look at your wedding budget and then compare it with what the groomsmen and the best man are spending to be a part of the wedding. These are not cardinal rules, merely a place to start.

Does the best man get a different gift than the groomsmen? Most couples prefer to give something special to the best man, after all, he has been doing his job in the months leading up to the wedding. Additionally, the best man (and maid of honor) will be a part of not only your wedding but your life. So, it's a thoughtful gesture to pick out something nice just for him.

When do you give groomsmen and best man their gifts? Choose the right time to give your gifts. Times that work are at the rehearsal dinner, at the bachelor party or even on the wedding day.

Now, let's figure out what to give your groomsmen and best man!
1. Something for the Wedding Day
Jewelry and accessories that coordinate with what they will wear on their wedding day are always appreciated. Subtle yet stylish bracelets from our collection of men's bracelets make the best groomsmen gifts.   

2. Something That Reflects Their Personality
How about choosing unique best man and groomsmen gifts? Groomsmen gifts that reflect their personalities are gifts that the groomsmen can use after the wedding is long done. Music lovers will appreciate great headphones. For fitness enthusiasts, sports water bottles or protein shakers make the perfect groomsmen gifts.

3. Something Personalized
Personalized gifts for groomsmen and the best man are a thoughtful touch. You can have almost anything personalized with their names, initials or even favorite football team's logo. Some ideas for personalized gifts include personalized beer mugs, tie clips, dopp kits, BBQ tools, barware, wallets and more.

Choosing perfect gifts for best man and the groomsmen takes time and thought so plan in advance and we hope these ideas help you get started.

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