Tuesday, 17 April 2018

4 Most Prominent Cursed Diamonds

Diamonds are absolutely beautiful. Whether it is an engagement proposal, birthday surprise or a seemingly ordinary Tuesday, these sparkly little stones brighten every occasion. But did you know these extraordinary gems can also be really spooky sometimes? Over the years, throughout history, expensive, exceptional pieces of jewelry have caused great drama, conflict and left behind mysteries. Here are 4 famous diamonds that are supposedly cursed and have fascinating stories behind them.

The Hope Diamond
When talking about interesting, cursed diamonds this one is almost always the first one to be brought up. The Hope Diamond is believed to have originated in India and then smuggled and brought to the west. This beautiful 45.52 carat, fancy deep blue gemstone is infamous for bringing bad luck to all its owners. Some of its most famous owners were Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI who were both beheaded. Princess de Lamballe was lynched to death, Jacques Colet committed suicide; Lord Francis Hope went bankrupt and had to sell the diamond; musical actress May Yohe got divorced and remarried several times before she died in poverty at 72. The last person to privately own the diamond was American socialite Evalyn McLean whose daughter died of overdose, son died in a car crash and husband left her for another woman. The trustee of her estate sold the diamond to Harry Winston who donated it to the Smithsonian, where the cursed stone is still on display.

The Sancy Diamond
The Sancy Diamond is a stunning 55.23 carat pear shaped diamond with a subtle yellow hue that was allegedly stolen from India. The diamond was sold at some point by a French soldier to King James I of England who would often wear the diamond as a symbol of good luck – Ironic. The Sancy Diamond has disappeared and reappeared several times in history. Once the stone was supposedly stolen from a messenger and lost to thieves. However, the Sancy Diamond was found in an unexpected place just a few days later.

The Koh-I-Noor Diamond
The Koh-I-Noor is a large, colorless diamond that rests in the famous crown of Queen Elizabeth and is on display at the Tower of London. This sparkling diamond was fought over by rulers all over the globe and has a history of about 5,000 years. Till this day, the diamond is fought over by Afghanistan, Iran and India – all claiming to be its rightful owner. The curse of the Koh-I-Noor is believed to only affect men.

The Black Orlov Diamond
This beautiful black diamond originally was one of the eyes in a statue of a Hindu god in Pondicherry and was stolen by a monk in the nineteenth century. Diamond dealer J W Paris brought it to the U.S in 1932 and ended up jumping from a New York skyscraper. The next owners of the gem like Nadia Vyegin-Orlov and Leonila Galitsine-Bariantinsky also committed suicide. The diamond was finally cut into three pieces by a jeweler who claimed to have broken the curse.

These diamonds were as gorgeous as they were fatal. As they say – Everything that glitters is not gold. Sometimes it’s a cursed diamond!

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

5 Gorgeous Celebrity Engagement Rings

Celebrities – They are just like us. Their engagement rings – Erm, not quite like ours! Here are 5 celebrities who had their partners go above and beyond to find the most perfect engagement ring.

Kim Kardashian
Kris Humphries – Kim Kardashian’s second husband proposed to her in 2011 and presented her with an extremely grand engagement ring! The 2 million dollar engagement ring had a 16.21 carat center diamond and two 1.8 carat diamonds on the sides. Sadly their marriage ended after just 72 days from the wedding and the ring was auctioned off in New York City for only 749,000 dollars on October, 2015.

Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring from her now husband – Kanye West, is equally grand and impressive if not more! The 36 year old rapper proposed to the mother of his 4 month old daughter, North, at the AT&T Park in San Francisco by projecting “pleeease marry meee!!!” on the stadium screen. The engagement ring was a 15 carat, D flawless, cushion cut diamond ring. West worked on the details of the ring with the jeweler to finally create the most perfect ring for the very beautiful Mrs. Kim Kardashian West!

It's definitely not Kim Kardashian's ring but we do adore a cushion cut diamond engagement ring.

Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey’s second husband proposed to her with a magnificent 17 carat engagement ring in 2008. The ring was made of an emerald cut center stone and was surrounded by fifty eight smaller fancy, pink colored diamonds. The ring was approximately of 2.5 million dollars!

Mariah’s engagement ring from Australian billionaire businessman – James Packer, was even larger and grand and expensive. Packer proposed to Carey with a whopping 35 carat, platinum engagement ring! The ring is estimated to be nearly 10 million dollars. However, the couple broke up before they could get married and Mariah got to keep her phenomenal diamond.

Did you know you could have a pink diamond engagement ring too? We have a diamond search tool exclusively for fancy color diamonds, check it here.

Beyonce Knowles
One of the most talked about couple – Beyonce and Jay-Z have been married since 2008. Jay-Z proposed to the Flawless singer with an 18 carat, flawless, emerald cut diamond solitaire. The ring had two delicate bands holding the center diamond and cost more than 5 million dollars!

This emerald cut engagement ring features an emerald center diamond with trillion cut side diamonds.

Blake Lively
Blake Lively’s engagement ring is one of the most unique engagement rings. Lively’s now husband Ryan Reynolds proposed to her with a 2.5 million dollars engagement ring before their surprise wedding in 2012. The ring featured a gorgeous oval cut, flawless pink colored, 12 carat diamond. The band was covered in little diamonds making it sparklier than ever!

Oval engagement rings are so beautiful. They have all the sparkle of a round but in a different shape. This stunning ring has a stunning yellow diamond.

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie’s partner for 12 years – Brad Pitt, popped the question in 2012 with a stunning custom engagement ring that he spent months perfecting with the jeweler. The ring was approximately 16 carat, made of emerald cut diamonds and is worth almost 1.5 million dollars! Sadly after a 12 year old relationship and a 2 year marriage the couple split in 2016.

If your partner doesn't care much for jewelry, how about an wedding band as an engagement ring. This emerald cut eternity ring has subtle flashes and will do double duty as the engagement ring and wedding band.

Celebrity couples come and go but we’re glad these stunning engagement rings still exist in our memory!

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The GIA Grading Report for your Diamond

A diamond grading report basically is a documentation of the particular characteristics of a diamond. If you have bought a diamond before you would know that you are provided with a certificate with your purchase. Some jewelers often provide documentations that are issued by in-store gemologists, some of who are actually trained and educated by the GIA – The Gemological Institute of America. However, these gemologists cannot issue a GIA report; only the Gemological Institute of America can issue a GIA grading report.

GIA is a nonprofit organization and a public benefit research and educational institution that works as an independent and impartial establishment for analyzing the condition and quality of diamonds and other gems and providing unbiased, accurate information. The GIA does not represent any other sellers or retailers and also does not sell diamonds or other gemstones.

How Does GIA Evaluate a Diamond?
A GIA report is in no way an estimate for how expensive your diamond is but it really is the clear disclosure of your diamond’s characteristics, if there is any treatment involved in enhancing its color and clarity and an assurance of its quality. This report is quite necessary for you to make an informed and confident purchase.
The GIA tests every diamond that is submitted to the institution to determine if the stone is natural, synthetic or stimulant, and reveals if a diamond has been treated to artificially look a certain way. The GIA report is a comprehensive and scientific evaluation of your diamond’s qualities that contribute to its overall value. This really helps both sides of a transaction to make a smart and informed decision.

The GIA grading report includes the most important thing that determines the worth of a diamond – The 4Cs. The 4Cs are the color, cut, carat weight and clarity of a diamond. In addition to the 4Cs the report also identifies other characteristics like a its fluorescence, which is a diamond’s ability to glow a certain color in UV light, measurement, shape, polish and symmetry.

Why Should You Use a GIA Grading Report?

The GIA grading report has been known to be accurate and unbiased. GIA has developed, established and maintained the practices and methods for diamond analysis all over the world. GIA is the creator of the commonly used 4Cs of diamond quality and the GIA International Diamond Grading System. It basically introduced the common language used for describing the standard of D to Z color diamonds.

Uniformity and Accuracy
All the GIA laboratories operate using the same, exact set of principles and standard procedures to make complete sure of the accuracy of the identification and grading report that is issued for each gemstone. These principles are built on reliable and thorough research, good control systems, well trained staff and a suite of best practices.

The GIA protects the incomparable gem and the public that buys and sells jewelry with its research, good education and impartial gem grading and analysis system. The institute sets, stands by and maintains the global diamond quality standards, thus giving you a sense of relief and assurance.

Want to know more? Our jewelry advisors will be happy to help you. Give us a call on 1-866-522-2539 or visit www.b2cjewels.com

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Friday, 6 April 2018

The Best Diamond Jewelry Gifts You Can Buy

Have you ever wanted to gift jewelry but didn't know where to begin? Beautiful jewelry is one of the most memorable gifts and it will also be appreciated. This blog post will help you pick the best diamond jewelry for different occasion.

Diamond Studs
Diamond studs are earrings with a single diamond. You cannot go wrong with diamond studs because they are such a classic and a wardrobe staple for women of all ages. Another advantage of diamond studs – they are available in a wide range of budgets, sizes and shapes.

If you're looking for a spectacular birthday or anniversary gift, classic 1 carat or 1.5 carat diamond studs are a wonderful choice. Round brilliant diamonds are the traditional shape but you can also choose princess or other shapes. Lately with the popularity of cushion diamonds, cushion diamond studs would also make for a gorgeous gift. 

If you're looking for something affordable and within your budget, say for your friend, teenage daughter or even yourself, smaller studs are a great choice. At B2C Jewels, you can choose from pre-set studs or create your own by choosing a setting and diamonds.

Diamond Pendants
Diamond pendants are a great choice for Graduation gifts, Mother's Day, mom's birthday, birthdays in general or any special occasion. A simple solitaire pendant where there's a single diamond is a great choice because it is versatile. She can wear it to work or as an everyday accessory.

If you're on a budget but still want that wow factor, go for a halo pendant. The center diamond is fully surrounded by a 'halo' of small diamonds. The halo and the center diamond fool the eye into thinking this is one big stone so the diamond appears to be bigger than it is. You'll find a variety of settings and styles on our here.
Rose Gold

Rose gold is trending everywhere right now, from phones and gadgets to home decor and  jewelry. This blush pink metal is very beautiful and when paired with diamonds, the results are spectacular. Rose gold and diamond necklaces and earrings can brighten any special occasion.

Minimalist Jewelry

Simple or minimalist jewelry is also very popular right now like this petite heart diamond necklace we have in our collection. It is great to be worn by itself or layering with other necklaces.

This bar necklace is a statement piece and a sparkling option as an graduation gift or birthday gift.   

Choose lovely gifts with these ideas.

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Monday, 2 April 2018

How to Buy the Best Diamond for Your Budget

Did you know you could save hundreds of dollars and still get a beautiful diamond for your engagement ring or other diamond jewelry? In this post, we're going to demystify diamonds! There are plenty of tips and smart moves that will help you get the best diamond possible in your budget.

Tip No. 1: Buy Online

Beautiful diamonds are actually quite affordable. Most chain retailers and mall jewelers have a very high markup, sometimes up to 200%. They have high overhead costs like rent, paying for a large staff, upkeep of the store and other costs. All these are added to the retail price of diamonds and so the prices skyrocket. Unlike these retailers, internet retailers don't have huge operational costs so their markup is quite reasonable.  So, buying your diamond online can potentially save hundreds of dollars.

Tip No. 2: Browse Online Retailers

Many of the online retailers share a virtual inventory of diamonds. So, if you find a diamond you like, be sure to check other websites. You may just find the same diamond available at a lesser price on another website. You could always buy a diamond from one retailer and the ring setting from another retailer, giving you the perfect ring at the right price.

Tip No. 3: Cut

A diamond's sparkle is all about the cut. The better the cut, the more brilliant it will appear. Get the best cut you can afford within your set budget. Don't let anybody talk you out of this because a well-cut .90 ct. tw diamond can appear as big as a poorly-cut 1 ct. tw diamond. In fact, before you set out shopping for your diamond, do some research on the 4Cs. The cut happens to be one of the most important factors you'll need to understand for buying a beautiful diamond.

Tip No. 4: Carat

Carat is actually a measure of weight, not size. And, if you stay just under the benchmark carat weights like 1.00 ct. tw or 1.5 ct. tw, you can save a lot of money. A .90 ct. wt. diamond will cost significantly less than a 1.00 ct. wt. diamond. And, if that diamond is mounted in the right setting, like a halo setting, it can look just as big as  1.00 ct. wt. diamond.

Tip No. 5: Setting 

Some settings make the center diamond appear larger than it is, like a halo setting. The surrounding halo of diamonds fools the eye into thinking, this is one big diamond. Another setting is the cathedral setting. In Cathedral rings, the diamond is set quite high, allowing plenty of light to pass through it so it sparkles brilliantly and appears larger. So, choose the right setting to save more.

Use these smart shopping tips to buy a sparkling diamond that also fits your budget.

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Friday, 30 March 2018

7 Facts About Diamonds

Diamonds are the birthstone of April and we'll be celebrating these sparkling gems all month long. Let's get started with some interesting facts you may not know.

1. Your diamond is old—like really old. Diamonds can be between one billion to three billion years old. They form deep under the earth's surface and only come up due to volcanic activity.

2. That diamonds are the toughest natural substance on earth is indeed true and not just an Internet forward (haha).

3. If they are so tough, how is diamond rough turned into cut and polished diamonds. Well, in short diamonds are used to cut and shape diamonds. Industrial-grade diamonds and diamond dust is used in the various processes of turning a rough diamond into the sparkling gems we mount on jewelry.

4. So, diamonds are indestructible! It's not quite as simple as that. If a blow is positioned right, a diamond can be cleaved or chipped. While the crystalline structure of diamonds does make them tough, they are brittle and can be vulnerable to extreme force. So, take off that ring if you plan on going rock climbing.
5. The crystalline structure of diamonds is really the reason that diamonds are well, diamonds. Diamonds are 100% carbon and so is the graphite in pencils but due to the difference in structure diamonds are the toughest natural mineral and graphite is soft enough to crush under our fingers.

6. You can actually mine for diamonds and even keep what you find! The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas lets you mine and keep what you find. The site is a volcanic crater and known to be a source of diamonds as well as other gemstones like amethysts and garnets.

7. There is a lot of folk lore attached to diamonds. People in ancient India used to believe that wearing a diamond would protect the wearer from damage. The Greeks were of the opinion that diamonds were tears of gods. 

Interesting in buying one of these sparkling gems? Check our site for discounts and deals on engagement rings and other diamond jewelry. 

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

How to Keep Your Diamond Engagement Ring Sparkling

Is your engagement ring looking dull and lifeless? Has your diamond lost its sparkle? There is a simple solution to make your diamond ring shine like new—Clean it! You wash your hands, cook, use moisturizer with your ring on. All these daily activities add a layer of grime, even if it is unseen, on your diamond and the ring. This layer affects the diamond's ability to reflect light, making it dull and lifeless. Diamonds need proper cleaning to keep their brilliance. The good news is regular cleaning at home is all you need to keep your engagement ring looking its best.

How to Clean Your Diamond Jewelry
You don't need fancy cleaners, just a few drops of dish soap and lukewarm water are enough to get rid of everyday grime. You can soak your jewelry in this dish soap solution for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off. You can rinse it off under running water but be sure to plug a strainer into the drain so you don't accidently loose your ring.

The next step is to use a soft bristle brush to gently clean your jewelry. The pavilion of a diamond, that is the bottom part which is responsible for reflecting the light that enters a diamond is especially susceptible to attracting grime. Gently brushing should help with cleaning off this grime. Be careful around prongs and pave soldering. You don't want to accidentally loosen them.

Drying off your diamond jewelry is the last step of the cleaning process. If you allow your diamond ring to air dry, that may leave water marks on the diamonds, thus affecting the sparkle. Use a lint-free cloth to dry off your ring instead. You can also use a hair dryer, on the lowest setting and from a distance to carefully blow dry your ring. And then, you're done. You should see a remarkable difference in how your diamond ring sparkles. 

What Not to Do
Never use harsh chemicals like ammonia, chlorine and bleach for your engagement ring. While your diamonds and the gold setting will be fine, these chemicals can react with the metals like copper, silver and zinc that are alloyed with the gold. Do not use abrasive substances like toothpaste or baking soda as it can scratch your metal setting.

If you use special cleaning solutions made for jewelry, make sure they are vegetable based and not petroleum based. Petroleum based cleaners can tarnish white gold if the ring is left in them overnight and they also leave a film on the ring that attracts dust.

Professional Cleaning, Ultrasound Cleaners and Steamers
When using ultrasound cleaners or steamers at home, always follow the manufacturer instructions. It is generally recommended to not clean your pave and micropave jewelry in ultrasound cleaners. If your ring is especially dirty, have it professionally cleaned by a local jeweler you trust.

How Often Should You Clean Your Ring and Other Diamond Jewelry
If you wear your engagement ring or wedding band everyday, once in a week thorough cleaning should be good enough to keep your rings sparkling. Jewelry that is worn once in a while and then stored away also needs cleaning, once in a month is a good number.

Keep your engagement ring sparkling like new with these tips.

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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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