Thursday, 10 January 2019

Why You Should Start Planning for Valentine's Day Early

So you have decided to be more organized and together for the new year. We completely agree with this particular resolution and we know exactly where you should beginValentine's Day. Yes, Valentine's Day! Just like shopping for holiday gifts during the Black Friday Sales means you get your shopping done on time and you get great deals, Valentine's Day shopping should ideally start from mid-January. And, if you're planning on popping the question on Valentine's Day, the time to shop for the ring is RIGHT NOW!

Lucky for you, we have a 15% Sitewide Sale going on till the 20th Jan 20019*

Frantically shopping for some sort of gift the day before at the mall and trying to find a restaurant that isn’t booked solid is not the way to go. Planning ahead will show your partner you are thoughtful and that you genuinely want to to celebrating this day of love with them. So, what can you do to make this Valentine's Day absolutely spectacular?

1. Order the gift now!
Don't wait for the last minute. We have a great selection of diamond and gemstone jewelry in every budget so get started. When you shop for the Valentine's Day gift early, you can take your time and pick something thoughtful that will really delight your partner. Birthstone jewelry is also a great idea for Valentine's Day gift. Trust us, they'll know and appreciate the thought you put into it. 

2. Pick an original card
Aren't those cliched Valentine's Day cards the worst? Choose an offbeat, original card. You'll find plenty of those on online stores like etsy. There are so many artists offering their original prints that you're sure to find one that resonates with you and your partner. You can even give the card the day before with a sweet message like 'Can't wait for tomorrow'. If cards are not really your thing, flowers or balloons are an option. The thing about starting early is that it gives you time to choose a personalized gift.     

3. Get the ball rolling the day before (or even the weekend before)
The thing about Valentine's Day is that it tends to get pricey and crowded on the day of. So, if both you and your partner agree, you can celebrate it a day or a weekend early. Go out to dinner the day or weekend before and Valentine's Day can be a relaxed night in. When you talk to your partner in advance, they won't mind and will probably appreciate your foresight.

4. It's all about the details
Valentine's Day isn't about expensive gifts and exclusive restaurants. It's the little personalized details that makes the day really memorable. Knowing their birthstone, ordering their favorite dessert or adding that inside joke on the card—those are the personalized details that will make their heart melt. Taking the time to remember all the details is what differentiates a good Valentine's Day day from an unforgettable Valentine's Day. 

5. Plan the whole experience
When you have time, you can plan an impressive day and not just a hastily put together dinner and gift. Have  a special breakfast with your partner, slip a card in their work bag, send flowers at work and finally build it up to the dinner. Go a step further and have an extra special breakfast the next day. All these things aren't expensive or difficult. All you need is time.

Create the ultimate Valentine's Day experience with these ideas.

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Monday, 7 January 2019

Engagement Ring Trends of 2019 You Need to Know About

If you or your partner are planning on taking the plunge this year, this post is definitely for you. We have looked at everything from celebrity engagement rings to our own customer rings of last year and are making predictions for this year so let's get started!

1.   Three Stone Engagement Rings
With the memory of the Royal wedding still fresh on our minds, Meghan Markle's three stone engagement ring continues to hold reign. The three stone engagement ring is not a new design but the royal wedding has sparked a renewed interest in this design. The design does have a romantic significance making it a lovely choice as an engagement ring. The two side stones are said to represent the past and the future of the happy couple while the center diamond is the shining beacon of the present.

This three stone engagement ring from our Cinora Collection is a stunning take on the traditional three stone design which consists of three diamonds of the same shape. This ring puts a different spin on the old design and has a sizeable cushion cut center diamond flanked by two absolutely delightful heart shaped diamonds. Adding to the sparkle are the diamond halo around the center stone and the diamond-encrusted band.

But if you're looking for a classic three stone engagement ring, we would recommend this trellis three stone ring setting. Your three precious diamonds are securely held, as each expertly crafted setting features four individual prongs.

2. Vintage Inspired Engagement Ring
What is old is new again! In the past year, a lot of customers have expressed an interest in vintage-inspired engagement ring with intricate details such as milgrain, scroll work and leaf motifs. So, we have launched a new collection of engagement rings with a definite vintage appeal but have the strength and durability of contemporary craftsmanship.

This vintage-inspired ring has a round center diamond set in claw prongs. But the leaf motif band of the ring is what takes center stage. The design gives the impression of diamond petals with the diamond being the gleaming center. 

While the ring above still has a clean, simple aura of contemporary jewelry, this next engagement ring takes a plunge straight to the intricate style of jewelry of a bygone era. Resembling an splendid medallion pattern, this engagement has milgrain edges all around. Adding to the overall appeal are the marquise shaped frames on the band of the ring.

3. The resurgence of yellow gold
Yellow gold is back and how! For the past few decades, white gold and platinum have reigned supreme when it comes to engagement rings. But, the last couple of years have seen a steady rise in the popularity of metals in other colors. The trend got its footing in the huge success of rose gold jewelry and now it's a full fledged alternative movement. 

We think yellow gold is an especially wonderful alternative for the traditional white gold or platinum ring settings for couples looking for budget engagement rings. The reason being diamonds of lower color grades, other than the bright white and expensive D, E and F shades, look very nice when set in yellow gold. The warmer hues of diamonds with color grades G, H, I and even J look so beautiful when embraced by yellow gold settings. The other advantage of course being the price drop seen in these diamond color grades.

This yellow gold engagement ring epitomizes elegance. It has a classic pave set diamond band and the center diamond is securely set in a trellis mount. 

If you prefer a center stone other than round, how about this cushion halo engagement ring. Its band is encrusted with sparkling french pave set diamonds. 

So, we have looked into our crystal ball and these are the three main trends we foresee. You can create any of these trending rings or anything else you would like with our customization services. Get started!

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Thursday, 3 January 2019

Paint the Town Red! Garnet: January Birthstones

The birthstone for January and the gem for the second anniversary, gorgeous Garnets can be a great addition to your wardrobe. They most commonly occur in a rich palette of reds—deeply saturated red, orange-y red, pinkish red, purplish reds and every other shade of red imaginable. But, did you know garnets also occur in shades of orange, green and even blue?

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All garnets have the same crystal structure, but what makes all the lovely hues is the different chemical composition. Red garnets are the most common to occur while green garnets, also known as tsavorite, is rarer because they need specific rock chemistry to form.

Garnets have a fascinating history. Most notably, an Egyptian one. Red garnet necklaces were discovered entombed in the mummified remains of pharaohs as they were considered precious for the afterlife. During Roman times, red garnets were widely used in signet rings to seal important documents. In the middle ages, they were often worn by nobility and the clergy. More recently, fascinating intricate jewelry was created by Faberge made of demantoid garnets, a green variety of garnets.

With its beautiful rich shade, we think garnet rings make lovely accent rings. This particular garnet ring is 14K yellow gold which beautifully offsets the vivid red garnet. The mirror finish and the sleek bezel setting, give the ring a modern appeal. It can be used as a right hand ring or stacked with the other gemstone rings and bands.

Red garnets also look lovely in white gold like this delicate garnet necklace. Featuring a twist setting made of 14K white gold, the true star of this design is the glowing oval garnet.

The most alluring piece of jewelry in our garnet collection has to be this pair of garnet and pearl earrings. Set in a charming 14K yellow gold setting, these earrings feature South Sea cultured pearls and square-shaped Rhodolite garnets.

Go ahead and explore the fascinating world of garnets. 
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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Online Jewelry Shopping Tips for the Holidays

Picture this - you're fighting through the holiday crowd to spend hours at a jewelry store, looking through and choosing from a limited collection. Sound familiar? Holiday shopping should be fun, not stressful. This holiday season, give stuffed malls a miss and shop in the comfort of your home. Shopping online is the practical and beneficial way to buy jewelry. Online shopping offers you many perks like large collections to choose from, return policies and many discounts. Also, no pushy salesperson to add more pressure! Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your online jewelry shopping experience.

Make a List and Set a Budget
First things first – before you set out to buy your holiday gifts, make it a point to write a list of people and things that they might want. Also in case you are planning to make a big purchase for a special someone, like an engagement ring, it is very important that you do your calculations and set a budget.

Compare Prices
While shopping online it is easier to keep a tab on the price of your jewelry by comparing it to other available jewelers on the internet. This way you can make sure you have the best deal and get the best value for money.

Quality Check
As long as you are buying from a reputable online jewelry store, it is assured that the quality of the jewelry will be as good as any other high-end jewelry store in town. In fact, it is easier and more assuring to check the quality of jewelry online as they have well updated product information, right from the 4Cs to the craftsmanship of the piece. Most jewelry stores online also offer high-quality, magnified images of the diamond which is not the case in brick and mortar stores.

Make the Most of Free Shipping and Returns
This is one of the best parts about online shopping. Many online stores offer free shipping so you do not have to worry about that extra cost at all. We also offer an extended returns that extends your return period, till the 15th of January eliminating any inconvenience. But the best part has to be returns! You don't have to worry about buying gifts for picky recipients. Check our return policy before buying.

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These lovely diamond studs would make a wonderful holiday gift. We think the heart-shaped prong add a sweet touch.

Maybe their style is more rectangle than round? This pendant can fit an emerald or radiant diamond.

Or maybe, it's time for you to pop the question? Check our collection of design your own engagement rings to create something special.

We sincerely hope you have a great time shopping online! Happy holidays!

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

5 Best Jewelry Gifts to Buy for the Holidays

A beautiful piece of jewelry is one of the most thoughtful and exciting gifts that you could give someone over the holidays. So if you are considering gifting jewelry to a loved one or your special someone, you are on the right track! Here are 5 of the most popular, trendy and endearing pieces of jewelry that will make for an absolutely delightful gift!

Diamond Stud Earrings

Diamond studs are subtle and versatile. They go perfectly with both, dainty dresses and just casual jeans. Studs make for an exceptional addition to an outfit, especially because the diamonds are secured with simple prongs giving it a very minimalistic, chic look. Diamond stud earrings are definitely a big YES!

Rose Gold Jewelry

Rose gold is a very popular choice in jewelry right now. This metal is inexpensive but also wonderfully sublime and serene. You can pair rose gold with any type of wardrobe and it will be a hit! Fashionistas are crazy about elegant rose gold rings that emit romantic energy. For the holidays, vintage, dreamy looking necklaces and earrings with a subtle, pink hue are a wonderful choice. You can really experiment with this metal!

Y Necklaces

These Y necklaces are the embodiment of grace and elegance. Subtle yet extremely stylish, Y necklaces look just magnificent laced around the collarbone and then down the neckline. These necklaces pair fabulously with formal attire and evening dresses. But if they are worn with other chains and pendants, it creates this bohemian look perfect for an artsy event or a night out in town!

Diamond Pendants

You will be surprised how a simple diamond pendant can completely change and brighten up your look. You do not have to make it flashy or add other elements at all; just a brilliant diamond set in simple prongs, added on a thin gold or rose gold chain can make a world of difference! Also pendants are very versatile. You can wear them on a subtle chain everyday and change to a different, embellished chain for special occasions.

Personalized Jewelry

If you are still quite unsure about what your loved ones would really like, remember that a personalized piece of jewelry always makes for a thoughtful, adorable gift. From initialed pendants and bracelets to monogrammed or message-inscribed rings, personalized jewelry is timeless and unique. This can be a really fun experience as there are many ways to personalize jewelry! If you know their birthstone, you could incorporate that in a stylish ring or the center stone of a necklace. The possibilities are endless!

We hope we could help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones. Merry Christmas and a happy new year! 
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Monday, 3 December 2018

December Birthstone: Blue Topaz

Blue Topaz is the birthstone for those who are born in December. The word Topaz may have its origins from the Sanskrit word “tapas” which means fire. Ironically, this stone is known to have serene, cooling properties. Topaz is composed of silicate which is very durable. Here is everything that you need to know if you are planning to buy a blue topaz anytime soon!

Types of Topaz
The purest Topaz is actually transparent and absolutely colorless. Blue is the most popular shade of topaz and is said to have healing properties. Naturally blue topaz is very, very rare and these stone are usually treated with heat and/or irradiation to enhance its blueness. Here are some other shades of topaz that you can find.

Imperial Topaz: This is the most valuable form of topaz and is a fiery golden, orange-yellow color with beautiful reddish or magenta tints.

Colorless Topaz: This is also called White Topaz and it is completely transparent. A colorless topaz is the purest form of Topaz while the color variations are usually caused by impurities.

Swizz Blue Topaz: Swizz blue topaz is very popular among other blue topaz. These stones have a very vivid, intense blue color.

London Blue Topaz: London blue topaz is a medium to dark grayish blue. Many London blue gems have a somewhat greenish hue when viewed from certain angles.

Pink Topaz: Pink topaz is a very light or medium pink colored stone and often is mistaken as pink tourmaline or morganite.

Mystic Topaz: Mystic topaz is a naturally colorless topaz which is then coated; giving is a mystical rainbow hue. It’s an enhanced colorless stone that appears green, purples and blues!

Yellow Topaz: Yellow topaz is comparatively the most inexpensive topaz there is. These range from bright yellow to brownish-yellow.

Azotic Topaz: Azotic topaz is a bright, orange-pink topaz with a rainbow hue, which is synthetically colored by depositing an extremely thin metallic layer onto the stone.

Because blue topaz is so soothing and magical, it translates into really magnificent jewelry! Here are some pieces of jewelry that you can consider while buying your majestic blue topaz.

Topaz Stud Earrings

The lovely blue of the Topaz beautifully complements the white gold that it is set in. You can pair these with a sophisticated dress for a formal event, or a light-colored evening gown that would really extenuate the blueness of your topaz earrings!

Pear Blue Topaz Cabochon Diamond Pendant In 14K White Gold

The reason why blue topaz looks exceptional with white gold or platinum is because these metals do not have a lot of color and so they fit perfectly with a blue topaz, that’s fiery, bright and catches attention. A blue topaz surrounded by a halo of white topaz or even diamonds is a great idea! Shiny, sparkling diamonds would give  your blue topaz jewelry a glow unlike any other!

Blue Topaz Engagement Rings

If you are planning to propose anytime soon and are in the process of deciding on a unique engagement ring, blue topaz is a very good option to consider! A blue topaz engagement ring is breathtaking, unique and eye-catching! It also makes for a very thoughtful gift because of its healing properties and symbolization of love and fidelity.

Blue Topaz is versatile, meaningful and really one-of-a-kind. We hope you fall in love with this wintery, majestic, December stone!

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Monday, 12 November 2018

8 Hacks To Make Black Friday & Cyber Monday Online Shopping A Breeze!

Shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday is an art. You need to compare prices, be quick and protect yourself from scams all the while! To get the best deals and make the most of these sales, you need proper preparation and a plan. Fret not! Here are 8 hacks to help you snag the best deals on the hottest products this year!

1. Make A List 
You need to make a list of all the websites that you want to visit, as well as the products that you’re planning to buy from them. Bookmark sites beforehand and set reminders for limited products that will be out of stock in no time. By making a list, you will have things in order which will save you a lot of time and hassle.

2. Sign Up For Store Newsletters
It’s important that you sign to your shortlisted retailer store’s e-newsletter a week or two before the sale starts. This way you will be aware of all the deals and promotions, and also could score special subscriber-only coupons. To be even more prepared, follow your favorite brands on their social media pages like Facebook and Twitter to keep updated about any flash sale that might happen.

3. Buy Discounted Gift Cards
Another great way to save money is to buy discounted gift cards to your favorite brands. There are many websites where you could find discount coupons. You can easily save up to 20 percent on your purchases by buying these discounted gift cards.

4. Double-Check The Shipping Cost!
Many online stores do offer free shipping on Cyber Monday but not all of them do. Particularly while purchasing heavy items like electronics and furniture, always double-check the shipping price. Sometimes it so happens that the fancy couch you are about to buy, costs more to ship than it does to pick up in-store. Check to see if you can buy heavy items online, and then pick them up at the store. B2C Jewels offers free shipping, even on returns, within the United States.

5. Create Different Usernames And Passwords 
People shopping during these sales are at high risk of identity theft and hacking. Take extra precaution while making accounts on websites, by creating unique usernames and complex passwords. To keep track of your passwords, note them in a password manager application on your phone.

6. Always Compare Prices
Yes, you’re in a hurry to get the best deals but do not place an order before comparing prices! There are several websites and apps that you can use to make the price comparison easier, accurate and fair. B2C Jewels offers price match guarantee on certified diamonds.

7. Pre-Load Your Shopping Cart
There are sites that allow you to pre-load your shopping cart the day before the sale begins. This will save you a lot of time and make your checkout a heck lot faster!

8. Check Your Internet Speed
If your Internet reliability is questionable on days of heavy internet traffic like Cyber Monday, you need to address the problem and fix it!

B2C Jewels has amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up. Be sure to check them out!

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

How To Plan A Magical Thanksgiving Proposal

Thanksgiving – a day of gratitude, love and joy ... also the day to propose to your special someone? Why not?! A happy occasion of delicious food and family is perfect to express your love and hope for togetherness. We are here to help you plan a beautiful proposal that will always exist in your cherished memories.

A Video-Memento 
There are just so many ways to do this one. You could make a compilation of all the videos and photos that you have together and pair it with a voice over or a favorite romantic song. Or you could ask family and friends to record short, loving messages. Play it after the dinner - when everyone is happy, full and content and she's not expecting it! When the video finishes and her eyes are glistening with happy-tears, you kneel down and ask her the question! This can only go right.

A Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Thanksgiving is the time when most towns light their town Christmas tree and it’s just the most romantic thing ever! You could make a date out this! Bring some wine, or even better – hot chocolate! And as the lights go on, look into her eyes and pop the question.

A Custom Ring in an Ordinary Moment
Another great way to propose is to do it when she’s not expecting it AT ALL. Maybe while you’re shopping for the thanksgiving dinner or are in the kitchen together in the afternoon; make the most of an insignificant moment! Hold her hand and look into her eyes. While she’s wondering what’s this about, kneel down and surprise her with a personalized ring that fills her heart with love, joy and memories. Get started on your design process here.

Go out!
Bundle up and go out because it's beautiful. You could pop the question while you’re out for a walk, or on a drive to look at houses with their lights up. At the end, kiss her passionately and ask her to marry you!

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Diamond Education: Carat Weight

When you’re buying a diamond, carat is one of the most important aspects to consider. This is Part 4 of our diamond education series. Also check our posts on diamond cut, diamond color and diamond clarity.

What is Diamond Carat?
Diamond carat refers to the weight of the diamond. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams or 1/5th of a gram. 5 carats would be equal to 1 gram. So, more carat, means more weight and this is why diamond prices go up as the carat weight increases. Sometimes, people confuse carat with measurements of size. There is of course a correlation between the carat weight of a diamond and its size but the carat weight can be distributed in many different ways.

How is Carat Correlated to Size?

To understand this, let's look at a round brilliant diamond. When you see it face-up, only the top is visible. This is known as the spread of the diamond. The diameter or width of this spread is often what people are referring to when they think about size. Diamonds of the exact same carat weight likely will not have the same diameter. The spread of a diamond depends on the cut. A deep cut diamond like the one on the left will have a smaller diameter, while a shallow cut diamond like the one on the right will have a bigger diameter, though they could both have identical carat weight.

So when you're buying a diamond, you want to know how big or small it will look when it is on a ring on her finger. Well, there is an average size chart that you can use as a guide for expected size vs. carat.

What Is the Average Size of Round Brilliant Diamonds?

A 0.25 carat diamond will have an average diameter of 4 millimeters, a half a carat diamond should measure about 5 millimeters, a 0.75 carat diamond at 6 millimeters and so on.
Also remember that peripheral factors play a big role in the appearance of a diamond. The fingersize, the setting of the ring, the size of the band, etc. all affect the perceived size of a diamond. We always recommend trying on rings to figure out the best carat weight. B2C Jewels has a try at home service that lets you try replica rings at home. You can find out more about that on our site, here.

How Does Carat Affect Diamond Prices?
The price of a diamond is a result of all the 4Cs and not just the carat – so all the other factors being equal, the price of the diamond goes up as the carat weight increases. Another factor to remember is that the price does not increase proportionally.  Bigger diamonds are rare and so they cost more per carat, meaning a 3 carat diamond will cost substantially more than 3 times the cost of a 1 carat diamond. But, there is a way to save while still getting the carat weight that you want.

How to Save on Carat Weight?
Diamonds carat weights such as 0.50, 0.75 and 1 carat are called benchmark or “magic” weights. Most people want to hit these benchmarks of 1 carat or 1 ½ carats so the price jumps up demand increases.  If you can find a diamond just under these benchmark weights, say a .9 carat, or a 1.40 carat you can save substantially.  The difference in physical size will be minimal, but the difference in price could be substantial.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Diamond Education: Clarity

This post is about diamond clarity. It is Part 3, of our diamond education series. Also check our posts on diamond cut and diamond color.

Diamond Education: Clarity
This post is about diamond clarity. It is part 3, of our diamond education series. Also check our posts on diamond cut and diamond color.

What Is Diamond Clarity? 
Diamonds are formed under intense pressure so they have some natural flaws called inclusions. The amount of inclusions present defines the clarity of a diamond. There are different types of inclusions such as crystals, clouds, feathers, etc. The location of the inclusions, the amount and the type of inclusion plays an important role in the diamond's ability to sparkle.

How Clarity Is Graded?
Gemological labs like the GIA and AGS assign clarity grades based on the number and size of inclusions a diamond has. Let's look at the GIA clarity grade scale. It starts with FL and goes down to I. FL being flawless diamonds without any inclusions. Diamonds start to show more and more inclusions as the scale moves towards I. IF stands for internally flawless. VVS stands for very very slightly included, VS stands for very slightly included, SI is for slightly included while I stands for included. Diamonds are inspected at 10X magnification to determine their clarity grade.

How Do Grades Affect Prices?
Now, obviously, FL and IF diamonds are the most expensive diamonds. But, they are not the only clarity grades you should consider while choosing a diamond. To choose a beautiful diamond that also fits your budget, you have to understand the grading process.

Diamonds are assigned grades by experienced gemologists examining these diamonds under 10 times magnification. To the untrained naked eye, it's actually quite difficult to tell one grade apart from another. So, without magnification an FL diamond may look the same as VVS2 but the price difference between these two is thousands of dollars. Diamonds in the VS or even SI grades are great options to get a beautiful diamond on a budget.

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