Thursday, 11 October 2018

All About Engagement Ring Insurance

Planning and putting an insurance policy on your engagement ring might not sound like the most romantic thing to do but it is one of the most important things to do while buying a piece of jewelry. Engagement rings are pricey and investing in expensive jewelry comes with a lot of responsibility and precaution. Insurance protects the value of your purchase and offers you peace of mind. Here is everything you need to know before you dive into the seemingly complicated world of insurance for your engagement ring.

What’s an Insurance Policy?
There is more than one way to protect and insure your engagement ring. Renters and homeowners insurance policies usually do cover jewelry theft to an extent but you probably will not be protected for other losses such as flood or fire. You can insure sentimental items in your home like engagement rings, electronics and other valuables through scheduled personal property coverage, which is an insurance policy extension that has its own advantages and limitations. You can always insure your diamond from a company that specializes in jewelry insurance. These insurance policies normally offer more coverage than a basic homeowners policy, like covering loss due to theft or various other reasons and also the routine damage that comes with regular wear and tear.

An insurance policy is an important part of buying jewelry, especially if the piece of jewelry is meaningful and holds sentimental value for you. Whether it be an engagement ring, wedding band or something you bought for an anniversary as a couple; it could be $5,000, $50,000 or $500, if it is important to you, you need to protect it with an insurance so that in case it’s lost or damaged it can replaced.

How to go about it?
First of all you need to go to a professional appraiser and have your engagement ring appraised. Getting your jewelry appraised is the best way to protect your jewelry correctly; you can always ask your jeweler for an appraisal at the time of your purchase. A valid receipt of your jewelry purchase may also work as well so make sure you inquire with your insurer about the necessary requirements beforehand. Many couples have their engagement ring insured at the bride’s home before marriage and so if you are planning to move, you need to remember to add it to your new home.

You also need to be completely aware and informed about your renters and homeowners policy. Make sure that the policy covers your engagement ring perfectly and if it doesn’t then you definitely need to get a separate policy for your jewelry. You need to make sure that your existing policy covers your loss when you’re traveling, loss from theft and also other various reasons. Make it a point to ask the right questions – How will you need to prove the loss of your engagement ring? Are the items covered for full replacement cost? How exactly is it covered?

Remember – Prevention is always better than cure, and it’s always a good idea to have a cure ready to go just in case!
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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Top 5 Diamond Shapes for Your Engagement Ring

If you have been considering buying an engagement ring,  we are sure you have heard about the 4Cs. The cut, color, clarity and carat of a diamond are the most important aspects of the diamond buying process. But there is one important step that comes before the 4Cs—diamond shapes! Diamonds are available in lots of different shapes and each diamond shape has its own unique beauty. But first let's understand the difference between diamond shape and diamond cut.

Diamond shape has to do with the overall geometric shape or outline as well as the facet pattern while diamond cut has to do with diamond facets—it's numbers, proportions and alignment.  Diamond shapes are often called round brilliant cut and emerald cut but it's important to know the difference between the two.

Another fact that you should know while starting your diamond buying journey is the two different types of facet patterns: Brilliant cut and Step cut. While you may be familiar with the brilliant faceting of diamond shapes like round, the kind of facets you see in an emerald cut or baguette diamonds is called a step cut. The brilliant cut facets are made for maximizing sparkle, fire and brilliance. The step cut facets arranged much like pyramid steps leading down to the center of the stone are designed to showcase the clarity of diamonds. Both are beautiful but their appeal is different. Brilliant cut diamonds like round are sought after for their sparkle while step cuts like emerald for their understated flashes of fire. Of course, there are shapes like cushion and radiant diamonds that are mixed cuts that combine the beauty of both.

 Let's try to understand the advantages of top five diamond shapes for engagement rings: round, emerald, cushion, pear and princess.

Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds
Round brilliant cut diamonds are the most popular diamond shape, whether it's for engagement rings or any other type of jewelry. They account for about two thirds of the diamonds sold around the world. The round brilliant diamond’s cut pattern has been perfected down to science. It is the only shape for which the GIA gives a cut grade. This is because the brilliance or light performance of a round brilliant diamond can be predicted accurately by its facet pattern and proportions. It is a great choice for engagement rings because, all those mirror-like reflecting facets hide imperfections. A smart shopper can therefore compromise on clarity and gain on carat size.

Emerald Cut Diamonds
The emerald cut diamond is named so due to its cutting technique which is the same as the way an emerald is cut. The emerald cut is a step cut diamond. The other one being asscher diamonds and baguette diamonds. So, instead of tiny mirror-like facets, the emerald cut diamond has long facets that are cut parallel. It leads to a stunning hall of mirrors effect. The emerald cut diamond is mostly rectangular with cropped corners. The cropped corners help to prevent chipping. When choosing an emerald diamond, you cannot compromise on the clarity. Due to the long facets and larger table facet, choose a diamond with superior clarity.

Cushion Cut Diamonds
The cushion cut diamond is a mixed cut so it has a combination of brilliant faceting and the step facets of an emerald. This diamond is square with rounded edges, which makes it look like a cushion and so the name. Cushion cut diamonds have gained a lot of popularity lately, whether it's for engagement rings or earrings. These diamonds can have two distinctive looks. The antique cushions have well-defined facets or the cushions with the crushed ice effect. Antique stones do well in vintage-inspired jewelry settings like rings with milgrain borders or engraving.

Pear Shaped Diamonds
The pear diamond is rounded on one side and it narrows to a definite point, on the other side, like a teardrop. When choosing a pear diamond, symmetry is very important as symmetry affects its brilliance. The pear diamond can have an elongated or chubby profile. Both looks are appealing so it really all comes down to personal choice.

Princess Cut Diamonds
The princess cut diamond was at one time the second most popular diamond shape for engagement rings. It has all the sparkle of a round diamond in a square shape. Although princess cut diamonds are traditionally square, you may find them in slightly rectangular shapes. The corners of princess cut diamonds are sharp 90 degree corners and they may be prone to chipping. Most engagement rings for princess cut diamonds come with V prongs that are designed to protect the corners. Due to the way princess diamonds are cut, they cost less per carat than round brilliant diamonds. This makes them an excellent choice for budget engagement ring shoppers.

We hope we have made the buying process a little more easy and fun with these ideas.

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Monday, 13 August 2018

How to Choose the Right Metal for Your Engagement Rings

Which metal is the best for engagement rings? Is it platinum? Or is it gold? Let's talk metal and how to choose the right one for your engagement ring. Two metals are widely used for engagement rings – platinum and gold. Both are unique and beautiful. Let's take it one step at a time and first understand these metals.

Platinum is the strongest of all the metals that are usually used to make engagement rings, wedding bands and other jewelry. Due to its high density as compared to gold, diamonds are set quite securely in it. This is important because besides aesthetics, you should also be looking at durability and security when deciding on a metal for your engagement ring. Most jewelers will use a 95% platinum and 5% alloys composition for making rings and other jewelry. Platinum engagement rings are a great choice for people who have an active lifestyle or play sports often or work with their hands a lot.

Platinum and Diamond Jewelry
Platinum is naturally white and has a sheen to it. This is why many people prefer it for diamond jewelry as it complements the brilliance and sparkle of diamonds. Platinum does develop a patina over time. Some people love that look but if you don't, you can always have your ring polished.

Gold is the most popular choice for engagement rings and one of the oldest metals used for making jewelry. When it comes to engagement rings, 14K gold, 18K gold, white gold and rose gold are widely used.

18K Gold and 14K Gold
Pure gold is a soft metal so it is mixed with other metals to form alloys that are strong and can be used for making jewelry. 18K gold has about 75% gold with the rest of the 25% made up of other metals. 14K gold has about 58.5% gold and the rest is made up of other metals.

Both these alloys are strong, resistant to tarnishing and they are easy to repair. 14K gold contains lesser gold than 18K and it is stronger but less expensive than 18K gold. 14K gold has a mellow shade while 18K has a rich golden shade. Both alloys have distinctive advantages so choose the one that fits your lifestyle.

White Gold
White gold is a great way of getting the look of platinum for less. Gold is a naturally yellow metal. It is mixed with zinc, palladium and other metals and further plated with rhodium to make it look whiter, like platinum. White gold is resistant to scratches and has a beautiful shine. It is available in both 18K and 14K gold alloys. Although the rhodium plating is quite durable, you may need to re-plate it after some years of use.

Rose Gold
When gold is alloyed with copper, it gets a pink hue and that's where the romantic name - rose gold comes from. Just like white gold, rose gold is also available in 14K and 18K variants. Rose gold engagement rings have become popular in recent times due to the popularity of the shade of rose gold.

Which Metal is the Best?
All these metals are strong, durable and beautiful. The strong platinum is ideal for people with active lives but the most expensive. White gold has the look of platinum for less. 14K gold is strong and inexpensive as compared to 18K while rose gold has a unique shade. B2C Jewels offers all engagement rings in 18K and 14K gold, platinum, white gold and rose gold.

Mixed Metals
Engagement rings are can also be made with more than one metal to get the best of the both the metals. This stunning engagement ring has white gold prongs to showcase a gorgeous bright diamonds while the rest of the ring is cast in yellow gold.

You are now ready to choose the right metal for your engagement ring!
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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Top 10 Engagement Ring Buying Tips

Your engagement ring is an investment, so we encourage all our customers to do their research before choosing one. Here are 10 things to think about before taking the leap.

1. Cut
The cut is the most important of the 4Cs because it influences the sparkle of the diamond. Choose the best cut in your budget. It doesn't matter if the diamond has the best clarity and color grade. If a diamond is cut too shallow or deep, it may appear to be dull.

2. Clarity
The clarity of a loose diamond varies from a range of FL to I. I range stands for included and FL stands for flawless. Flawless diamonds are also the most expensive. It is ideal to buy 'Eye-Clean' diamonds with VS2 or SI1 clarity over flawless diamonds as their flaws are not visible to the naked eye, without magnification.

3. Carat
Save by buying under a carat. The price of carat weights such as 1.00 ct or 1.50 ct is more than carat weights like 0.90 ct. or 1.40 ct but the difference in spread is minimal. One should remember that a carat refers not to the size of a diamond but to its weight.

4. Color
Diamond color grades range from D to Z. D, E and F being colorless diamonds while G,H and I are called near colorless diamonds. After the grade I diamonds start to show more color. Diamonds between the grades G to J when set in an engagement ring appear quite white. Save by choosing these diamonds as opposed to diamonds graded D to F .

5. Go Online
You deserve to get the best engagement ring for the right price. Go online, study all the differences and choose a diamond of your liking for your engagement ring. Local jewelers and brick and mortar stores mark up their diamonds as high as 200%. Do your research!

6. Metal
Diamonds reflect the light around them and lasts for a lifetime so choose the perfect metal for your engagement ring. Gold or Platinum are the two most popular metals used for an engagement ring. If your ring is Yellow Gold or Rose Gold, you can save by choosing a near colorless or faint yellow diamond. On the other hand if you go in for a Platinum ring, it is clear that there's nothing better than a Colorless Diamond. The icy whiteness of these diamonds will complement the white sheen of platinum.

7. Shapes
There are 10 popular shapes for loose diamonds. This is where it comes to personal preferences. The Round brilliant diamond sparkles the most while the Emerald cut has subtle flashes of light. The Asscher is quite identical to the emerald too. There is the Princess that has a distinct shape and pointed corners. The Marquise Diamond is unique as it makes fingers appear long. The Oval is nearly similar to the round diamond in a fun shape. The others namely Radiant, Pear, Heart and Cushion each have their own special uniqueness. Choose according to the look you want for your ring.

8. Fluorescence
Loose Diamonds come with five degrees of fluorescence. If you intend to buy a diamond with fluorescence, first have the diamond examined by a gemologist for any visual flaws. Many times fluorescence isn't a major factor and its effects are negligible.

9. Certification
Always choose diamonds graded by reputed gemological labs like the GIA and the AGS as their grading standards are consistent.

10. Insurance
Choose an insurer that specializes in jewelry insurance rather than an extension of your home owner's policy as it may offer better coverage.  
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Monday, 6 August 2018

How to Take a Gorgeous Engagement Ring Photo for the ‘Gram

Your partner asked you to marry them, you said yes and now you’re engaged – Woo hoo! Congratulations. Now is the time to announce your dream-come-true engagement to your friends and family and show off that stunning rock that you’re wearing by posting a photo to your Instagram! Taking an engagement ring photo is a thoughtful task; some may even say it is art, Ha Ha! No, but for real – Even if you are not into the usual “duckface-selfie” or the occasional “post workout mirror-selfie”, you need to put thought into this – This one is different! I’m not saying hire a professional photographer for and invest in a photo-shoot for your social media (however you could very well choose to do that!); all I’m saying is take time with the details to get the perfect photograph of a perfect memory that you would want to remember forever. Here are some tips and tricks to get the most effortlessly (wink) beautiful engagement ring photo!

Make sure the light is just right
This is Photography 101 – Lighting! This is also Diamond 101, by the way. In jewelry stores, jewelers often take the customers to the front of the store to show their diamonds and why wouldn’t they? It’s where the sunlight seeps in, and a diamond shines its best in natural light. When taking your engagement ring photo, make sure the sun is still out. If you are outdoors find the angles where the sun is reflecting on your diamond the best and if indoors, get next to a window or in a room that’s flooded in sunlight. A dimly lit room will make your photo grainy and blurry and a fluorescent or yellow light will ruin the tone of your photography. Trust us – Natural light is the way to go!

Get your nails done
 If you haven’t ever gotten a manicure – It’s a very enjoyable, relaxing experience! If you do not want to get it done professionally you could always do it yourself. Shape your nails, clean your cuticles and maybe apply a clear polish if you are not in colored nails. If you do like a bit of color, remember to use tones that won’t distract from the awesome engagement ring that you’re wearing – think peaches, baby pinks and light blues! If you haven’t had a chance to get a manicure and you want to post a photograph right now, then apply some moisturizer on your hands and play around with the angles to frame your nails out of the photo – Hold your partner’s hand!

Find a good background
If you are taking the photo at home, make sure you make an effort and clear up the laundry. You could find a nice wooden table for contrast, or get a picture of you and your partner out-of-focus with your hand extended in the foreground. You could get an engagement related latte art, get the skyline in the shot or go to the beach! You can get really creative with this.

Take many photos and remember the filters
The perfect photo is next. Make sure you take many photographs and upload the one with the perfect light and angle. Don’t get stressed about it – Even if all else fails, there is always a nice filter that can fix it!
We hope this is the start to many fun photo-shoots with your significant other!
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Thursday, 26 July 2018

August Birthstone: Peridot

What Is a Peridot?
The August birthstone, peridot, is a rare green gem-quality variety of a common mineral called olivine. This mesmerizing gemstone is an idiochromatic gem, which means that its primary color comes from the mineral itself and not from any minor traces or impurities. That is why there are no variations of peridot and it is only found in its authentic color – Green. However the shades of green may vary from light yellowish green to dark brownish green. Most of the world’s supply of peridot has come from the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona. Some other sources of this gem are China, Pakistan, Africa and Myanmar. Recently, China has become the largest producer of peridot.

August babies are protected by the peridot’s good luck. The gemstone is also believed to have healing properties that guard one from nightmares and evil energies, and ensures peace, serenity and happiness in life.

Peridot: Origin and History
Gemstones are mostly formed deep under the earth’s crust but the peridot is formed even deeper down the crust in the earth’s mantle region. It is quite fascinating. The crystals of peridot are formed in magma from the upper mantle of the planet, and are brought to the earth’s surface by the tectonic movements or volcanic activity, where they are then found in extrusive igneous rocks.

The peridot’s history goes way back. This gemstone dates back to the second millennium BC. This gem is said to have originated in Egypt from the deposits on a tiny volcanic island in the Red Sea called Topazios, that’s now known as St. John’s Island or Zabargad. Ancient Egyptians believed that the gemstone protected its wearer from night terrors and called peridot the “gem of the sun”. They also believed that they stone held the power of nature, and often used it to communicate with their nature gods.

Peridot is one of the few gemstones that are found in only one color uniformly. How deep or light its color is depends on the level of its iron content. The color of a peridot looks the best under natural sunlight and its vivid green color does not alter under artificial light. A deep colored peridot is the most valuable and desirable in the industry. A great peridot has less than 15% iron and has some trace elements of nickel and chromium that adds to its beautiful green color.

The great thing about peridot is that there is an abundance of eye-clean specimens of it, with amazing transparency. If the stone is really big it may appear kind of cloudy because of the presence of impurities and inclusion. However, once cut, cleaned and polished, a peridot has a magnificent luster, color and texture.

Cut and Shape
Because a peridot is so uniformly colored and transparent it is often facetted. Tables, step cuts and sometimes unconventional checkerboards are quite popular with peridots. This gemstone can be found in fancy shapes as well as traditional shapes like round, oval, emerald and cushion.

Given its fascinating history, the peridot will make quite a conversational piece in your jewelry collection! Here are great choices from our collection:

Peridot Cushion Cut Gemstone Diamond Ring In 14K White Gold
A lively verdant green peridot is the commanding focal point of this elegant right hand ring.

Peridot Cushion Cut Gemstone Pendant Necklace In 14K Yellow Gold

Diamond Halo And Peridot Hoop Earrings With Drops In 14K White Gold

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Monday, 23 July 2018

Carrie Bradshaw Was Wrong About Pear Engagement Rings

Sex and the City, the well known show with the four iconic characters defined pop culture between 1998 and 2004. In 2001, in the episode titled “Just Say Yes” the protagonist of the show, Carrie Bradshaw stumbles upon an engagement ring in her boyfriend, Aidan’s duffle bag while he is in the shower. After seeing the ring she proceeds to gag, cover her mouth and rush to the kitchen sink to vomit. “It was a pear shaped diamond, with a gold band” she responds when her friends ask what the ring looked like. “Ooof, no wonder you threw up.” Samantha – one of her best friends adds.

Even though Carrie’s reaction to the ring symbolized a deeper issue – her fear of commitment and walking down the aisle, there is no doubt that the pear shaped diamond was a big no-no in the early days. However, even if a diamond is forever, engagement ring trends keep changing with time. An engagement ring style that is quite popular and appreciated in recent times is one that would make Miss Bradshaw go ick in full fledged disgust!

With modern brides, pear shaped engagement rings seem to be all the rage. This beautiful teardrop shaped fancy diamond is not only accepted but loved by brides looking for a one of a kind engagement ring. The shape has always been a hit with celebs – Victoria Beckham, Jessica Simpson, Anna Kournikova and Katherine Heigl have all had pear cut diamonds gifted to them! Here is everything that you need to know about this gem.

A pear cut is quite a unique shape; it’s a round brilliant at one end and a pointy marquise at the other end. This shape is known as a “fancy” cut. Fancy cut stones are basically ones that are not the shape of the common round brilliant. If you are shopping on a budget and want a diamond with a good sparkle, then you should definitely consider a pear shaped diamond. Because of its comparatively less popularity a pear shaped diamond is less expensive than a round brilliant. Unlike some fancy diamonds, the pear shape retains almost as much sparkle as brilliant shapes like princess cut and round brilliant because after all, one halve of a pear cut is in fact a sparkly brilliant cut round.

The pear shape is longer than other diamond cuts and so it may appear bigger in size compared to other diamond shapes of the equal carat weight, which is a good way to get a bigger looking rock on a budget! A pear cut engagement ring looks even better if you have small hands or short fingers because when worn, the marquise end of the diamond faces downwards and in turn makes your fingers look more slender.

Pear cut diamonds absolutely need prongs at the pointed end that’s most likely to chip. The marquise end of a pear cut is the closest to the outer end of the original raw stone that it was made out of and so its natural flaws and inclusion may be visibly present there. When covered with prongs the inclusions won’t really matter.

In Miss Bradshaw’s words, we can’t help but wonder how the fictional character would react to the pear shaped diamond being the talk of the town in today’s world!

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Thursday, 19 July 2018

How to Shop for an Engagement Ring Together and Still Have a Surprise Proposal

There is a big list of reasons why it is a good idea to shop for your engagement ring together with your partner. Even though it’s not the most popular choice, looking at engagement rings together saves both of you a lot of trouble. There are all kinds of chances that you are taking by trying to buy the ring all by yourself. First of all, she may say yes but she might not love the ring and even though fixable, that’s a real sticky situation to be in.

Also, buying the perfect ring comes with such pressure! There are so many little details that go into making a great ring; from choosing the right metal that looks perfect with the sparkling center stone and making sure it’s all in your budget to hoping that you’ve chosen the exact kind of ring that she would like is not the easiest task. But these things run very smoothly when she can tell you exactly what’s on her mind and you can make an informed decision. Here are the things to keep in mind if you are planning to shop for an engagement ring but you still want to maintain the element of surprise while proposing.

Don’t Actually Purchase the Ring Together
Definitely choose the ring together and discuss about all the options available. It’s even a great idea to discuss your budget and financial investment in this engagement ring. You could even split the cost of the ring if that really works for you. However to have an element of surprise, don’t purchase the ring with your partner in the room with you. If she is not there when you place the order she wouldn’t know how long the ring is going to be in production and when it would arrive.

Leave a Few Undecided Details
It is not a bad idea to have your fiancé pick out the exact ring that she wants. But if you and your partner really care about having that element of surprise in the proposal then you could have her leave out some details. Both of you could together decide on the center stone and that’s it. Or she could give you an idea of metals, colors and stones that she prefers without being too specific and you could choose from the choices she has already made. Or in case her heart is set on a particular ring, maybe you could surprise her with a loving inscription engraved on the band.

Decide on the Whats; Don’t Decide on the Whens
Don’t decide on a date or time frame for the proposal to happen. Give yourself and your partner time to move on and not expect it “any day now!” If both of you aren’t in a rush to get engaged and/or married within the next 3-4 months, you could wait even longer. You could propose in a year, within the next couple months or right after the trip to the jewelers – keep her guessing!

Plan Something Big
So, your partner knows that you have purchased the ring so of course it’s clear that engagement is on the table. But she doesn’t know what to expect when it comes to the proposal. Here’s your chance to make her swoon and take her by surprise! Plan something that exceeds her expectations – make it special!

With a couple that communicates nothing much can go wrong. Congratulations on the engagement!

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Ways to Make Your Engagement Ring Look Bigger than it is

Realistically size is not the main concern when it comes to diamonds and engagement rings. It is the feeling and thought that counts and um, also the cut of your stone that makes it sparkle the most it can. The thing with diamonds is that a small well cut diamond can be much more beautiful and brilliant than a big but poorly cut diamond that is dull. It is all about balance and research to land on the perfect engagement ring without spending a fortune. Here are the things to consider if you are on a budget and are looking for an affordable yet stand-out engagement ring.

Round Brilliants Are Great – What Else Is There?
Round brilliant diamonds are the most sought after and also the most expensive choice for engagement rings. Because they are so hard to cut into shape from a rough stone and result in a lot of wastage they cost way more than other diamond shapes that come with less wastage and more profit. When you consider different shapes of diamonds you will find that you could get a bigger diamond for the same budget you had for a smaller sized round brilliant. Consider buying oval stone; comparatively you will get much more stone for the money you invest.

The Type of Band and Prongs You Use Matters
The widths of the band you choose for your engagement ring determine how big or small your diamond looks. The wider your band is the smaller your diamond will appear. So the best way to make your diamond look relatively bigger is by choosing a slimmer band that gradually tapers as it gets to the center stone. Little details like this can make a huge difference. (Get it?)

It’s a similar thing with the prongs you decide upon for your ring. If you use slimmer prongs that do not completely hog and cover the stone and lets the center stone shine your diamond will look bigger than it would with thicker prongs.

Please Make Diamond Cut a Priority
Diamond cut should always be the number one priority. It’s the one thing that affects the look of your ring the most. It’s very important that you understand diamond cut before you decide on a purchase. You might think that buying a wider cut diamond that makes it look larger on top would be a good idea but that’s not the case at all. A wider cut will completely rob your diamond of its sparkle. If your diamond is large but dull then it’s not a good engagement ring anyway.

Go for a White Metal Band
Consider getting a 18K white gold band for your engagement ring. The rhodium platted white gold not only protects your engagement ring from scratches it also makes your diamond look bigger. 18K white gold is bright, shiny and is way less expensive than platinum!

Last but not the least; remember to keep your engagement ring clean so that it continues to shine as bright as it’s meant to!

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

She Doesn’t Like the Ring – What Do I Do?

Planning an epic proposal is one of the most stressful things in life. Whether you are planning to pop the question at an intimate gathering, with just the two of you in the room or very publically in a grand gesture of love, a proposal can be really scary.

What if she says no and walks away? What if you have popped the question a little too early in your relationship? What if she loves you with all her heart but her heart drops as soon as she sees the ring? If you are in a situation where your special someone did not like the ring that you picked out for her take a moment and breathe. This isn’t the end of the world. She still loves you and will gladly get married to you! It’s just the jewelry that is the problem and you can definitely fix that in no time. Here is how you can handle the situation when your partner is not thrilled about the ring.

Treat the Matter with Sensitivity
You do not want to lash out and start the blaming game. This is no one’s fault really – You picked out a piece of jewelry for her to wear and she did not like how it looked. It’s quite uncomplicated and fixable. She was probably the most anxious to even bring it up in fear of accidentally hurting your feelings. No matter what you choose to do moving ahead with the engagement ring, make sure you communicate and make each other the first priority.

Bring Her Along
To be honest, the most practical solution is always making a decision and investment like this together as a couple. Of course it is traditional and romantic to surprise your partner with an engagement ring but oftentimes it is not the most rational option – So much can go wrong! This time around bring her with you to choose the new engagement ring. It will get so much easier when she can pick out the exact type of ring she would want to wear forever.

If you still want to maintain the element of surprise, ask her to pick out 4-5 rings just so you can get an idea of what she likes. Or ask her questions about the materials that she prefers. Does she like rose gold more than yellow gold or colored gemstones like sapphire and ruby more than diamonds? This way you can make a better decision.

Discuss the Size
Make sure to discuss beforehand if size is the main issue in the engagement ring that you bought. These questions involving money are uncomfortable to discuss but it is necessary to talk about now that you are planning to get married. See if there is a way to size up your diamond by balancing the other aspects of your ring or talk thoroughly about why investing in a bigger diamond won’t be a good idea for the both of you right now.

Check for Return Policies
Make sure to ask the jewelry store you bought the ring from for their return policies. Most jewelry stores have easy return policies but there are some limitations that you need to be aware of. Generally if your merchandise is in its original condition it can be returned within 60 or 90 days. Remember to hold onto your sales receipts and certification.

Again – Remember that this isn’t the end of the world! You still have each other!

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