Thursday, 11 April 2019

Legacy Collection Diamond Engagement Rings - Part 2

Our Legacy Collection is a selection of engagement rings that are created to pass down to generations over time. These timeless pieces have moving memories, sentiments and emotional attachment associated with it, thus making the curation of this collection an important task. A classic diamond is often the ideal choice for such a collection for its adaptable and timeless qualities. Here is a list of glorious diamond rings with authentic designs from the Legacy Collection.

Vintage Round Diamond Engagement Ring with Floral Head



An ethereal vintage design is the ideal look for a timeless piece of jewelry. The brilliant round center stone is securely held in place by a floral head, and the shank is laced with a sparkling row of diamonds and leaf motifs. The white gold of the ring subtly adds to the brilliance of the endless diamonds making it glow even more. Is there anything more gorgeous than that?

Classic Cushion Cut Engagement Ring with Scroll Details


The cushion cut diamond center sets the vintage tone for this ring. A lavish cathedral profile with the elegant miligrained scroll details is the perfect recipe for a unique piece of jewelry. This is one such design that can never go out of style, instead can only be enhanced.

Graceful Round Diamond Engagement Ring with Diamond Curls


There is nothing ordinary about this gem of a design. Elevated with prongs, the brilliant center stone stands out as the sparkling highlight of the show! The band of the ring is truly a work of art. Laced with carefully miligrained diamond curls and an intricately scrolled gallery, this ring is unlike any other.

Exclusive Cushion Shaped Halo Engagement Ring


This artistic cushion halo diamond ring is definitely a statement piece. It has a rich miligrained cathedral design with leaf motifs on the shank. A legacy collection would be quite incomplete without a striking statement piece such as this breathtakingly brilliant diamond ring.

We hope you take your time as you go about choosing the perfect jewelry that will last you a lifetime. 
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Monday, 8 April 2019

Legacy Collection of Engagement Rings

Timeless, invaluable and profound – Our Legacy Collection is more than just an accumulation of jewelry. These are meaningful pieces that evoke deep sentiments and can play a big part in your generational history. An ideal legacy collection calls for pieces that are classic and ever-lasting – Something that never goes out of style! And that is why diamonds make for the perfect addition to a thoughtfully curated collection. Diamonds are ageless, versatile and a perfect balance of elegant and eye-catching. Here is an assortment of vintage inspired diamond rings that make for the perfect legacy statement pieces to live on for generations.

Vintage Round Diamond Engagement Ring in Cathedral Setting


This vintage style ring is an unforgettable one. The intertwining pave lines and the grand cathedral setting are little details that bring out the uniqueness of this piece. Set in 14K white gold and embellished with a diamond halo around the center stone, this antique-y ring will always maintain harmony with the changing styles of the years to come.

Brilliant Art Deco Inspired Cushion Diamond Engagement Ring



This undeniably striking diamond ring is exactly what legacy jewelry-dreams are made of. The cathedral design enhanced by the delicate miligrain edges is the secret to the ring’s royal elegance. The most magnificent part of this piece is the classic cushion cut center that brings it all together into the perfect addition to a legacy collection.

Classic Round Diamond Engagement Ring with a Double Halo



If you are looking for a jaw-dropping engagement ring that stands out in a crowd, this is it. This diamond ring is an heirloom in the making that one can proudly pass down. The brilliant round diamond center is exceptionally made better by the art deco-inspired double halo that surrounds it. The chevron shaped pave-set diamonds across the shank makes this ring the sparkliest ring of all time!

Ornate Swirl Design Round Diamond Engagement Ring


This ornate engagement ring has a dazzling round diamond center perfectly balanced by the intricate miligrain-accented swirly shank. A poignant remembrance of a time gone by – This intricate 14K white gold ring makes for quite a memorable piece of jewelry.

Dazzling Oval Diamond Engagement Ring with a Double Halo


The oval diamond center gives this ring a sublime vintage look that fits just right in our legacy collection. Set in 14K white gold, the paisley elements in the halo and the miligrain edges are the remarkable details that complete the heartfelt and soulful design of this breathtaking Legacy engagement ring.

In the end your perfect legacy collection needs to be a reflection of who you are.  We hope you find just the right engagement ring!












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Thursday, 4 April 2019

5 Unique Jewelry Worth Adding to your Collection

Jewelry is often more than just an accessory – It’s an elegant route to self expression and confidence, and also a smart future investment. However, with the ever-changing trends buying jewelry can get a little tricky. Do you keep buying new pieces as soon as the latest collection drops? Or do you risk sticking to outdated bijouterie that does not go with anything?

Here is the truth: The secret to a good jewelry collection is not in having all the jewelry that the trends call for, but actually in investing in the few timeless pieces that never go out of style.
Investing in classic, good quality jewelry that will last you years is a way smarter choice than buying many junk jewelry that you’d hardly wear. Here are 6 breathtaking pieces of jewelry that are definitely worth the big price tag.

Sophisticated Stud Earrings
A pair of elegant stud earrings is an absolute must-have. These princess-cut earrings laced with a sparkling diamond halo around it are the delicate details that completely change an ordinary look. Go for well-cut diamonds for the most sparkle.

Dazzling Diamond Necklace


This best thing about a classic, diamond necklace is that it’s eye-catching in the most effortless way. The emerald cut pendant offers an understated brilliance that balances the stunning nature of the round diamonds studded across the cable chain, making it the perfect choice for a special occasion.

Diamond Dangle Earrings

Dangle earrings are charming, impressive and always fashionable! These vintage earrings are a great way to make an effort while making no effort at all. The intricate miligrain details around the brilliant round diamond gives this piece the antique-y look that makes it so special.

Diamond Pendant Necklace

Of course, an extravagant, flawless marquise diamond necklace with a shimmering halo is on this list! This breathtaking pendant is one of those classic pieces that will always make heads turn no matter what year it is. Sometimes vertical and at times horizontal – You can forever play with this pendant and make it look brand new each time.

Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band


If there's one piece of jewelry that you will wear everyday and for a long time - it is your engagement ring or wedding band. While some designs like the classic diamond solitaire or eternity ring never go out of style, it's more important to get something you love. Something you love looking at everyday.

No matter what you like, there is always a timeless gem or a diamond that will take your breath away. We hope you find the perfect pieces to hold onto forever!









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Monday, 1 April 2019

The Top 3 Diamond Jewelry Must-Haves

Jewelry is the most transformative thing that you can wear. Paired with a formal skirt or a plain dress, a simple piece of jewelry can effortlessly elevate your outfit from a 5 to a 10! A thoughtful collection of jewelry is an essential part of a woman’s closet. Not a treasure chest of endless gold, but a fashionable assortment of essential pieces that is easy to mix and match is the key.

Diamonds are the perfect addition to a chic jewelry collection. Whether you’re looking for an eye-catching statement piece for a lavish event or just an elegant-something to zhuzh up a casual outfit, diamonds are versatile enough to fulfill all your sparkly-needs! Here are three types of diamond jewelry essential for a well-curated jewelry collection.

Classic Diamond Earrings
A minimalist way to add a little sparkle to an everyday outfit – it’s quite magical what a pair of diamond earrings can do!

Vintage Drop Earrings

These paisley diamond earrings set in 14K white gold pair perfectly with a dreamy evening dress. The diamond halo around the center stone is what makes these earrings look so spectacular. If you’re looking for something that is subtle yet striking, these vintage drop earrings are it!

Sublime Stud Earrings

A timeless pair of stud earrings is the ultimate must-have! You just can’t go wrong with these. The six unique heart-shaped prongs make these earrings even more special. For a work meeting, movie-date or just a casual hang with friends – stud earrings are your best friend!

Graceful Diamond Pendants
A pendant necklace is one of the smartest pieces of jewelry that you can have. An uncomplicated strategy to make the ordinary seem fabulous – a diamond pendant always works!

Diamond Studded Floral Pendant
This pave-set pendant is a mélange of sophistication and femininity. Set in white gold, this floral pendant is utterly necessary to elevate your look on a vacation! This piece is perfect to carry with you while you’re traveling to mix things up once in a while.

Fancy Emerald Cut, Halo Pendant 
The emerald cut center stone is all that vintage-jewelry dreams are made of! Made special with a magnificent diamond-halo, this piece can make many a basic outfit effortlessly stylish.

Voguish Diamond Bracelets
Diamond bracelets are honestly the superhero that swoops in and saves the day. A cool way to make an effort, this jewelry-magic trick shouldn’t be underestimated!

Station Bracelet

This understated seven-diamond, station bracelet goes with almost anything you wear. There is nothing too flashy about this piece, which makes it a delightful addition to a casually put-together outfit.

Tennis Line Bracelet
A heavenly lace of star-like diamonds set in white gold – this tennis line bracelet is a lovely detail that makes all the difference! Just a pair of stud earrings and this exquisite diamond bracelet is all that you need to stand out from the crowd.

Take your time to choose what works best for you. A good jewelry collection lasts a long time!
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Friday, 29 March 2019

6 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Diamonds

The most popular gemstones all over the world, sparkly little stones brought out for celebrations of all kinds – diamonds are gorgeously fascinating! These stones are loved by all and quite difficult to destroy. Did you know that only a diamond is strong enough to cut or scratch another diamond? That’s not all – there is just so much more to this beautiful gemstone! Here are 6 facts about diamonds that are quite interesting to know.


Diamonds Are Very, Very, Very Old – Billions of Years Old
Did you know that the oldest diamonds in the world are found to be over 4 billion years old? If that is not magical I don’t know what is! Most natural diamonds today are 1 billion to 3.3 billion years old. Diamonds are formed almost about 120 miles beneath the surface of the earth. It needs carbon and extreme pressure and high temperature for diamonds to be naturally formed.

Some Diamonds May Be from Outer Space
Carbonado diamonds that are mainly found in Africa and South America are believed to be accumulated by an asteroid that impacted the earth about 3 billion years ago. These diamonds are different from conventional diamonds not just in color but also in composition. These stones contain high levels of graphite and are quite porous so they do not make great engagement ring diamonds but they are great to cut and polish into black diamond jewelry.

There Is a Planet Made of Diamond
55 Cancri e is a planet that was found in 2004 and it is primarily made of carbon in the form of diamond and graphite. The planet has twice the width of the Earth and a mass that is eight times larger and is known as a “super-Earth”. 55 Cancri e orbits around the sun in only 18 hours, as opposed to the Earth’s 365 days.

A Diamond Can Be Broken in One Blow
When a diamond is placed in a certain position, there is a specific angle where when struck it can completely shatter and split. However it takes good knowledge and analysis to break a diamond that way. Don’t worry about the diamonds in your jewelry though. Diamonds are 58 times harder than any natural material.

Your Pencil and Diamonds Have a Lot in Common
The graphite that is the lead in your pencils is made of 100% carbon, the same as diamonds! The carbon crystals in graphite are arranged differently than diamonds and that is the reason it’s opaque and easy to break with a little bit of pressure.

The Largest Diamond Was 3106 Carats
The largest diamond ever discovered was 3106 carats and 1.33 pounds and was called the Cullinan diamond. The Cullinan was found in 1905, South Africa, and was given to King Edward. The diamond was then cut into nine big diamonds and hundred smaller stones. Three of the largest stone are on display today in the Tower of London.

The precious little stones are much more than just jewelry. Diamonds are magnificent, meaningful and quite possibly magical! Start your diamond journey here.



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Monday, 25 March 2019

The Gorgeous and Underrated Radiant Cut Diamond

Are you thinking about getting a loose diamond and jewelry setting separately? Buying a loose diamond gives you the flexibility to customize the other aspects of your jewelry and potentially save up on parts of your jewelry that you do not necessarily want and would have had to put up with if you bought an already set diamond. If you are someone who likes unique and classic jewelry you definitely need to consider the gorgeous Radiant Cut diamond!

The Diamond 4Cs
Before anything else you absolutely need to know about the 4Cs of a diamond – Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. The 4Cs are the measurements of the important characteristics of a diamond that is documented in the certification that comes with your diamond purchase.

Cut: The cut is the way a rough, unpolished stone is cut and carved into a real diamond filled with brilliance and sparkle. The more efficiently a diamond is cut the better it will reflect light and sparkle endlessly. A diamond that reflects light well is of good quality and costs more than one that’s not cut properly and doesn’t sparkle as much.

Color: The color of a diamond is graded on a D-Z scale; D being absolutely colorless and Z being the most yellow. And then there are other rare diamonds that are found in colors like brown, pink, blue etc. The closer a diamond is to white, the most valuable it is. Remember, it’s a better idea to get a nearly colorless G-grade diamond that’s cheaper than a completely colorless diamond such as D and looks colorless to the naked eye.

Clarity: Diamonds come natural imperfections that form under the earth. These flaws are called “Inclusions”. Most inclusions are invisible to the naked eye. This C in the 4Cs is not the most important one because some inclusions hardly make a difference in the diamond’s appearance.

Carat: The carat weight is what will most affect the cost of your loose diamond. Even though it’s a popular belief that the carat is the most important part about buying a diamond, it’s not true. The cut is the most significant part of a diamond. Remember to never compromise on your loose diamond’s cut for carat.

Price
A Radiant cut is a fancy shape because it is not a traditional round diamond. It’s a square cut with cropped corners that has brilliant-cut facets making it extremely sparkly. Because it’s a fancy shape it is considerably cheaper than the popular round brilliants – It’s about 30% cheaper than a round brilliant with the exact same qualities.

Fire
Unlike most other square shaped diamonds, the radiant cut diamond has an excellent amount of sparkle because of its well cut facets that helps it reflect light in the best ways. The best part about a Radiant cut is that because it is so sparkly, you can go for a diamond with a slightly lower color and clarity grade and its well-lit facets will take care of hiding all imperfections!

Practicality
A Radiant cut diamond has blunt edges so it’s less likely to get caught in clothes and or get chipped or cracked. You can set your loose diamond in an engagement ring – a piece of jewelry that’s regularly worn without worrying about it getting damaged easily. The Radiant cut is also quite versatile – It comes in squares but also in rectangles so you can modify it according to your preference.

We hope you have an easy-breezy experience while shopping for a loose diamond! Good luck!

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Thursday, 21 March 2019

The Classic Asscher Cut Diamond



Buying a loose diamond is often better than buying a diamond that is already set in your jewelry and especially while buying engagement rings. It is a better investment to be able to buy a loose diamond and choose how you set it and what you set it in. If you are looking for a classic loose diamond for your to-be engagement ring then take a look at the Asscher cut diamond. Here is everything you need to know about the Asscher cut diamond to make an informed decision.

In 1902, Joseph Asscher was the one who developed a square version of the emerald cut and called it the Asscher Cut Diamond. This stone with diagonally cut corners and ‘stepped’ sides is also often called the ‘square emerald’. Even after all these years, the Asscher family in the Netherlands is quite an important jeweler family.

Original Asscher Cut Diamond
Joseph Asscher made the original Asscher cut diamond in the Art Deco era and is often seen in vintage jewelry. This cut was popular because of how different it was from the other simple cut diamonds. Its large facets and deep pavilions make it look almost octagonal and such geometrical brilliance is what makes this cut so special.


Royal Asscher Cut Diamond
The Royal Asscher diamond was created by Joseph Asscher’s great, great grandsons Joop and Edward Asscher as an advanced version of the original Asscher diamond to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original cut. The Royal Asscher has 74 facets while the original only has 58 facets. Because of the modern touches the diamond reflects light better.

Cost
Buying an Asscher cut loose diamond can help you save a big deal. An Asscher cut retains a lot of its original, rough stone and prevents wastage unlike other shapes like the round brilliant diamond. Because a smaller piece of unpolished diamond is cheaper and it doesn’t take a lot of rough stone to make an Asscher diamond, it saves you and your jeweler a lot of money. Also, an Asscher cut is relatively easier to create and needs less technical expertise and time so you save on labor cost as well.

You will save around 44% on an Asscher cut that is the same carat weight and quality as a round brilliant. An Asscher loose diamond is 10% cheaper than a Princess cut diamond as well.


Durability
An Asscher cut diamond is definitely more durable and less likely to damage compared to other square-cut diamonds. The stone has diagonal, blunt edges that prevent it from getting snagged on clothing and it does not have any fragile edges or corners that are likely to get chipped. It’s a really good option if you’re planning to set your loose diamond in an engagement ring – A jewelry that’s constantly worn.

Distinctness
An Asscher cut is a classic diamond shape. It comes with an air of nostalgic charm. In the age of round brilliants and princess cuts, the Asscher diamond is not always the first choice. But if you’re someone who appreciates vintage jewelry and have a soft spot for unique stones this is for you!

We hope you find the perfect loose diamond to set in your one-of-a-kind jewelry!


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Monday, 18 March 2019

The Embodiment of Vintage: Marquise Cut Diamonds



Anyone who knows diamonds will tell you that buying a loose diamond is always a far better choice than buying a diamond that is already set in jewelry. Even though it’s the long route, there is a whole world of possibilities that open up when you opt to choose how and where exactly your diamond goes. If you are someone who is into vintage styles and designs, a Marquise cut loose diamond is the first one that you should consider. From Ashley Simpson’s 5-carat stone surrounded by rubies to Victoria Beckham’s 65,000 dollar engagement ring to Catherine Zeta Jones’s antique 10-carat diamond – Celebrities have always loved the Marquise! Here is everything that you need to know before you buy a Marquise cut diamond and decide to give it a new life!

The Marquise cut diamond is often known by names like the football shaped diamond, the boat shaped cut or the navette. The diamond has 58 facets and the elliptical shape stretches out to pointy edges. The ring originates from the 18th century when King Louis XV of France asked a jeweler to make a diamond that resembled the shape of his mistress, Jean Antoinette Poisson’s lips. The Marquise cut diamond is not very popular among engagement rings but if you are into vintage jewelry and are looking for a one-of-a-kind, unique ring to seal the deal then Marquise is a great option! Pair it with warm yellow gold or a charming rose gold band and your loose diamond will have new meaning.

What makes a good Marquise?
The most significant part that makes a Marquise what it is is its symmetry. It’s important that the two ends of a Marquise align with each other and form almost a mirror image. In case the ends of this stone are even slightly misaligned it gives off an unbalanced look that’s quite undesirable in jewelry. That is why good gemcutters and good symmetry is necessary when it comes to Marquise cut diamonds. An ideal Marquise has a length to width ratio of 1.75 - 2.15 but in the end, the way your loose diamond looks depends on your preference.



Prongs or no prongs?
Prongs are very important in Marquise cut diamonds to protect the two vulnerable edges of the stone that are more prone to chipping. The ends of a Marquise were the closest to the original, rough stone that it’s made of so most inclusions and flaws are set in the corners. When set in jewelry the prongs cover these corners well so that is a big plus as well!

Color and Clarity
Because Marquise is such a vintage gemstone people usually prefer slightly warmer tones of a G-H diamond compared to the bright, white colors of a D-F diamond. Marquise diamonds that are more than 1 carat often appear darker around the edges and that’s why while buying your loose diamond, make sure to buy a color grade higher compared to other diamond shapes.

The clarity of a Marquise diamond is subjective as well. It depends if you want a diamond that is technically completely flawless or you are okay with a few inclusions that are nearly invisible or hidden by prongs.

Marquise diamonds are unique and quite extraordinary when it’s made into jewelry. We hope you find the perfect loose diamond to invest in!

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Popular Engagement Ring Settings

In the view of National Proposal Day on the 20th of March, we decided to look at the most popular engagement rings settings. These settings have been around for a while and doesn't look like they'll be going away anytime soon.


Solitaire Ring
The diamond solitaire is the most popular setting in engagement rings. This classic design features a single gemstone, either a diamond or any other precious gemstone like a sapphire or emerald. The gemstone is set with either four or six prongs on a simple band which is also called as the shank of the ring. Solitaire settings are elegant, minimalistic and timeless and their simplicity is really their beauty. They let the diamond or gemstone be the star of the show.



Halo Ring
A halo engagement ring setting has a center gemstone encircled by other small diamonds or gemstones. With the smaller diamonds surrounding the center stone, it appears to bigger than it is. Halo engagement rings also sparkle beautifully. Halo engagement rings are sometimes preferred by budget shoppers because of the visual illusion of appearing bigger than it is.



Three-Stone Ring
The three-stone engagement rings feature a center gemstone with two smaller diamonds on either side. This design has sentimental value as the three stones are said to represent the past, present and future of the relationship. The two side diamonds are approximately half the carat weight as the center diamond. Princess and round cut diamonds look quite beautiful in three stone engagement ring settings but mixing diamond shapes can also result in stunning looks. Trillion cut side diamonds with a princess center diamond or baguette side diamonds with emerald cut center diamond is quite gorgeous.



Side-Stone Ring
Side stone engagement rings feature a center diamond flanked by two or more comparatively smaller diamonds on either side of it. With all the extra sparkle, side stone engagement rings are quite brilliant. You can also opt for birthstone such as sapphires as side stones to add a personalized element to your engagement ring design.


Bridal Sets
A bridal or wedding set is made up of an engagement ring and a matching wedding band. The idea is that they complement each other and look quite consistent. Sometimes engagement and weddings rings, when bought separately can be hard to match. But with a bridal set, both the rings fit perfectly and look great together.

Explore engagement ring settings here to find the right one for you

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Monday, 11 March 2019

If You're Shopping for an Engagement Ring, Don't Make These Mistakes



If you are trying to buy an engagement ring for your fiancé by yourself, we understand it can be difficult. Getting the perfect engagement ring and planning the perfect proposal are a nerve wracking experience. And if you're someone who doesn't know much about jewelry, then the whole process can get confusing and difficult. But don’t worry! We are here to help. These are some common mistakes that men usually make while buying an engagement ring, without help.

Not Considering Her Style
Surprising your partner with the engagement ring may seem like a very romantic thing to do and some partners may prefer it. But we always suggest having a fair idea of her personal style before buying the ring as she will the wearing the ring for a long time.

So, how do you know her style without giving away the surprise? Think about her personal style – does she like to try colors and patterns or does she stick to a classic wardrobe? Her other jewelry can give you a hint. Does she have a lot of vintage, detailed jewelry or does she only have a few pieces that are classic?

If that doesn't help you narrow down on a ring, her social media can give you a big clue to her style. We suggest Pinterest - she may already have a jewelry board. If all else fails, ask her family and friends. Once you know her style, choosing the right engagement ring always become easier.

Not Researching Diamonds At All
Would you buy a car or a TV without any research? So, a diamond ring isn't any different. Walking into a jewelry store without any knowledge about diamonds whatsoever is one of the worst things you can do. Before you even look at diamonds, read up about diamond 4Cs, i.e. Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat.

This isn't as difficult as you think it is. There is so much information available online. If you don't like to read, you will find video tutorials online. An informed decision is the best way to go about buying your engagement ring.

Not Setting a Budget
You have to have a budget. We're not talking about those clichéd guideline that says that you need to spend at least three months’ salary to buy the perfect engagement ring. Engagement rings are available in a wide spectrum of prices - anything from $2000 to $20,000. So, have a budget in mind when you start browsing for rings. Also know that beautiful engagement rings can be found in all budgets - it's a matter of balancing the 4Cs.

Once you're ready with all three, explore b2cjewels.com to find the ring of her dreams.









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