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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Monday, 9 July 2018

Engagement Ring Styles for Women on the Go



An engagement ring is probably the one piece of jewelry that you would regularly wear throughout your life. With such regular use engagement rings anyway are more prone to damage. On top of that if you or your fiancé are often more active in life than not, i.e. have a job where you have to lift things or deal with equipments like a doctor, artist, carpenter or a police officer, then the ring is more prone to damage. If you’re someone who engages in hobbies like gardening, backpacking, hiking and dancing or also if you are just a really clumsy person, then the chances of your engagement ring getting damaged considerably increases. It’s really a hassle to keep removing your engagement ring every time you need to get some work done in order to make sure it’s not easily damaged and then constantly worrying about misplacing or losing it. So, to get a durable and comfortable yet beautiful engagement ring in the first place will solve most of the problem. Here is everything you should know about when you are considering to get a sturdy engagement ring.

The Setting Style
Out of all the engagement ring settings available if we had to choose one setting that would guarantee the protection of your diamonds more than any other it would be the Bezel setting.The edges of a diamond are usually the most vulnerable part of the stone. If the edges of yours stone are exposed in your jewelry and you are planning to wear it every day then it is more prone to chipping. That’s why for the women on the go, a bezel set engagement ring is the safest option there is. The bezel setting gives your center stone a protective rim around its edges that prevents it from chipping.

Setting Styles that are a Big No-No
If the bezel setting is not for you, then of course you can look into other setting styles that may make a well protected and beautiful ring but there are certain ring settings that are a big no-no if you are someone who is active most of the time.

The Cathedral setting is one that you should absolutely avoid in engagement rings if you are someone who is often on the go and has a job that requires physical activity on a daily basis. In the cathedral setting the center stone of your ring is raised high above the band to showcase its brilliance and exposes the diamond to as much light as possible. But because it is placed high is it very likely to get snagged on clothing etc. The prongs used in this setting are delicate and easily bent which may result in your diamond getting lose or lost!

Another setting that you should avoid is the pave setting. In a job where you need to move things around, the small diamonds held by tiny delicate prongs will definitely get loose and the little diamonds may get dislodged and lost.

Choice of Gemstone and Metal
Diamonds make a great center stone as it is known as the strongest natural material that is the closest to indestructible. Moh’s Scale is a scale that measures the hardness of natural materials and the diamond scores 10/10 on it. Rubies and sapphires also make great engagement rings as they are quite sturdy and rank a 9.0 on the Moh’s Scale. However steer clear from stones like the emerald, which is a very soft stone and is easily damaged.

If you are going for a white colored ring then white gold plated in rhodium is the best way to go. Platinum is not a bad choice either especially if you are thinking about prongs as this material is harder to bend than the others.

We hope you spend a good amount of time researching and taking everything into consideration before you settle for the most perfect engagement ring ever!

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Thursday, 5 July 2018

How to Rock Layered Necklaces


Layering necklaces is the new way to add a little extra effort in your “getting ready” game. And bonus point: Layered necklaces were never not in style! This brilliant way to up your styling and adding more sparkle to an outfit has been on trend since the beginning of jewelry-time. It is one of those jewelry tricks that fit in with both modern and traditional wear. The best part about this is that you do not have to stress about how to do it, the whole point of layering necklaces is to have fun and play around with jewelry. However if you are not sure how to approach layering, here are some tips that might inspire you!

1. Think of Different Necklace Styles and Pendants
Now contradictions and juxtapositions are very, very welcome here. The more different the merrier! Think of pairing different styles like geometric shapes with a vintage sapphire solitaire and modern pearls. Look for chains that have different textures and weights; it could be a rolo, rope, bead, cable, wheat or Venetian. The necklace-world is your oyster! The different textured chain also helps in not tangling instantly. Let your mind run wild and remember to think out of the box.

2. Don’t Limit Yourself to One Length
The different lengths of the chains are the most important part about layering necklaces. Chains that have different lengths help you achieve a cascade effect that gives each chain its moment. If you have a few favorite necklaces that are about the same length you can always get chain extenders to differentiate the lengths. Start with the neck piece that fits the closest to the neck and then build your layered necklace look from there onwards. Make sure all your pendants are visible and not completely overlapping.

3. Make Sure to Consider your Clothing when Layering
What you’re wearing plays a big role in how your layered necklace looks and adds to the whole outfit. Consider the cut of the top that you are wearing; the cut of the neckline of your shirt specifically should work well with the style of your jewelry. If you have a high neckline like a turtleneck, then focus on how the selection of your jewelry matches with the texture or color of the clothing that you are wearing. You do not have to exactly match your jewelry to the type of clothing you are wearing but they should definitely maintain a good synchronicity and complement each other.

4. Combine Contrasting Metals and Odd-Number Multiples
Layering necklaces do not follow any hard and fast rules about how to do it “right”. So once a complete no-no – Combining different metal colors in jewelry is now a big, fat YES! Don’t hold back and consider all different variations: Color, metal, stone and texture. Here only you know what works best.
Same goes with deciding how many necklaces you should wear. Many people often stick to 3 necklaces while layering and it is widely believed and agreed open that an odd number of necklaces look the best. It could be a combination of three, five or more necklaces and it would work as long as you take care of the relationship between the lengths, shapes and styles.

Here are some of the Best B2C Jewels Pieces for Layered Necklaces:
This round diamond solitaire pendant adds just the right amount of sparkle to your layered statement piece.

The undeniable charm of the oval Sapphire pendant in sure to steal the show.

This 18 inch white gold cable chain is the perfect addition to a classy layered combination.


A 14K yellow gold box chain adds a wonderful warm glow to the mix.



This stylish diamond bezel set long station necklace brings the whole look together in the most delicate manner.

Make sure you feel free and aren’t afraid of breaking the rules while layering necklaces. When you finally let go of your inhibitions and open yourself to honest expression you can come up with the best styles!






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Monday, 2 July 2018

All About the Fiery Glow of the July Birthstone: Ruby

The red glorious ruby is one of the most highly prized gemstones and also the birthstone of the lucky ones born in July. The fiery red gemstone symbolizes passionate love and success. The value of a ruby increases by the size more than any other precious stone because it is way more difficult to find a large sized ruby than to find a large diamond, sapphire or emerald. Here is everything that you need to know about this rare little July birthstone!

What is a Ruby?
The July birthstone Ruby, like Sapphire, is a type of mineral corundum that has trace amounts of an element called chromium that makes the gemstone bright red. The more chromium a ruby has the more strong the color red is in it. Other than the deep color, chromium can also cause red fluorescence that makes the intensity of the color brighter and stronger.

When there is heat and pressure applied to the minerals in limestone, often rubies form in marble. These ruby stones are high on chromium and have less iron in them so they are priced quite high. These rubies are deep, bright red and high in fluorescence.

Many rubies are also made in basalt after hot molten lava cools down and becomes solid. These rubies have more iron in them compared to chromium and so basalt-hosted rubies are typically darker than marble-hosted rubies. Because these rubies are so high on iron the darkness of the stone often masks its fluorescence depriving it of that bright red colored glow.

The July Birthstone History
The fascinating ruby has a long history of rational and irrational theories. In ancient times the ruby was believed to heal a body of hemorrhage because of its blood like red color. The red gemstone was believed to soak in and soothe anger in a person and cure inflammatory diseases.
In Hindu folklore, it was believed that the fiery red stone would glow and burn so hot that it allegedly boiled water, and there were Greek legends who similarly believed that the warm fire of a ruby could melt wax. In Burma – a big source of rubies since about 600 AD, warriors thought that keeping a ruby near would make them invincible. Many warriors at some point implanted rubies into their skin for an endless protection in battle.

Buying a Ruby the Right Way
There are many ways to buy a ruby for you or for that special someone. If someone that you love is born in the month of July, then a ruby is the perfect stone to gift them in jewelry. Rubies also make very unique and magnificent engagement rings and especially if your soon to-be life partner’s birthday is in July. Since ancient times rubies have been believed to raise your energy levels and bring you health, passionate love, wealth and loads of success. This gemstone is also traditionally given for one’s 15th and 40th  wedding anniversaries.

Here is Everything Red that B2C Jewels has to Offer:

The stunning Starburst Diamond Halo set in cool white gold does the spectacular brightness of the ruby justice.

A charming oval cut ruby set in exceptional platinum is no less than grand magic.

This ruby set in 14K white gold is all that minimalist dreams are made of.

A prong set bright ruby solitaire makes it the perfect evening jewelry.

Round cut ruby earrings set in a diamond encrusted scalloped halo are the perfect match with every outfit.

They are unique, elegant and undeniably charming. Maybe now is the time to make brightly glowing rubies your best friend! 





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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

How Are Engagement Rings Made?



If you just bought an engagement ring from b2cjewels.com - Congratulations! We hope you love the ring and wish you all the very best in starting this exciting new journey in life. And now, if you're wondering what happens after you click the buy button, we're here to explain how engagement rings are made at B2C Jewels.

The journey to create your ring is an exciting one and a global one because different parts of your ring come together from all over the world to form one, beautiful piece of jewelry. There are four parts in a ring that need to be assembled by a team of craftsmen - the ring band, the ring head, the center diamond and accent diamonds, if any.

Let's start with the center diamond. The diamonds that you see listed on b2cjewels.com are a part of our virtual inventory. What is a virtual inventory? B2C Jewels has partnered with several diamond suppliers across the globe. These diamond partners hold diamonds on our behalf while they are listed in our inventory. As soon as a sale is made, the diamond is shipped to our office in New York. Your diamond could make its way from anywhere in the world, Europe or Asia - exciting! Quality control is very important to us so each and every diamond that comes through our office is checked by our team of gemologists. They match the diamond to its certificate, make sure any inclusions present are not visible to the naked eye and check other quality parameters.

We also have an in-house inventory of diamonds called Perfection Diamonds. Unlike the other diamonds in our inventory, Perfection Diamonds are not available with any other retailer. These diamonds are our signature collection and their brilliance is unparalleled. If you select a Perfection Diamond, we already have it with us.   

While the diamond makes its way to our New York offices, your ring takes shape. The ring band is often cast. This process involves pouring molten metal into a mold and then plunging it in cold water to solidify it. Often several rings are made together with a ring casting tree. So, the rings are one standard size. Each ring is then shaped, polished and sized appropriately. The ring head, the part that will hold your center diamond, is die struck. This process involves pressing the metal between two hardened steel plates which have cut outs in the desired shape. The process results in a ring head that is very strong and essential to hold your center diamond. The ring head is soldered onto the band. This requires expert skills as the welding has to be done in such a way that the whole ring looks like one whole part. 


Now that your ring is complete, your diamonds are ready to be mounted in it. This part of the process is done by extremely skilled craftsmen as the diamonds have to be placed in their setting securely. Since each diamond is unique with different sets of angles and measurements, each setting process is unique and takes skill. Finally, the whole ring is polished to perfection. The last step of the process is again quality control to make sure the ring looks beautiful and fits your requested size.

We hope you have enjoyed reading exactly how your engagement ring is made. If you have questions about this process, our jewelry advisors will be happy to answer them. Simply give us a call on 1-866-522-2539 or email us on info@b2cjewels.com.
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Thursday, 7 June 2018

What Does Dad Really Want To Do On Father's Day


We know some great tips to make this Father's Day the best ever. Check our advice on Father's Day gifts, Father's Day activities and more.

Family Time
Does dad travel a lot or have the kids moved out? Then, a day dedicated to family time sounds perfect. Plan activities where the whole family can have fun. A Father's Day backyard barbecue is great. You could invite the family or the neighbors and celebrate all the "dads". Another fun idea is a family picnic. With the beautiful weather, even your local park becomes a great spot for a family picnic.

Start a Father's Day Tradition
We love holiday traditions. So, just like every family has a Christmas tradition, how about a Father's Day tradition. The tradition could be bonding time with the kids like Annual Father-Daughter Fishing Day or something that involves the whole family like Father's Day Barbecue. We also love other outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy like movie night in the backyard. It is very easy to set up a movie screen in your backyard and your family can have a fun time picking the movies to screen each year.

Let's Do Nothing
Maybe all dad needs is some downtime so how about you plan a day of doing "nothing" for him? A day of no chores, not having to fix anything and more importantly no rush to do anything or get anywhere sounds wonderful. Make it happen for him! And let him choose what he wants to do with his newly-available free time. If all he wants is catch a game on TV, then let him do that! We tend to get caught up in planning the "perfect day" when maybe all he wants to do is "nothing".

A Husband and a Father
Besides celebrating the bond of a father with his child, this day is also celebrated to honor him as a wonderful partner. Tell him how much he means to you and appreciate all the "dad' things he does. Make him feel special by spending time with him. You could take him out for dinner or a game–do something he loves.

Father's Day Gifts
We love classic Father's Day gifts like a beautiful, well-made watch or a handcrafted wallet. These are things dads need so it is very thoughtful to gift them. But, if dad already has all his essentials, we love giving hobby gifts. That game station he has had his eye on or maybe the fishing gear so he can finally take that fishing trip with his buddies. These are all gifts that show you know and care about his needs and likes.

We hope you create wonderful Father's Day memories with these ideas.
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Monday, 4 June 2018

Your Guide To Buying An Engagement Ring Online


If you are here reading about engagement rings, then first: Congrats! You’re in love and exciting things are in store for the future. We’re so happy and excited for you. Buying an engagement ring can be really stressful and tiring; to go from store to store checking out their limited collections, comparing prices, unsure and confused – it can be hard. We are here to help you! Why would you want to run from one jewelry store to the other stressing over not being able to find the perfect ring, when you can pull up a chair, and browse through limitless options of engagement rings on your computer or phone (May we add: you can do this in your sweatpants)? Here’s why buying an engagement ring online is way better than buying one in-store.

You Can Really Focus on the Quality
As long as you are shopping from reputable jewelers you are on the right track. What’s great about buying an engagement ring online is that you get a chance to really see every facet of the jewelry. Most reputable jewelry stores online offer magnified diamond images, which allows the customer to see the inclusion or flaws in the diamond. With this sense of security and confidence, buying a ring becomes a breeze.

Reputable Jewelers Have Their Reputation at Stake
It’s understandable to be apprehensive about shopping for jewelry online; it’s new, we’re not used to it so obviously don’t trust the process yet. First of all, it is important that you shop from a reputable jewelry store. Reputable jewelry stores will offer you certification from independent labs such as GIA, AGS or IGI; they will also provide you insured shipment and delivery.

Honestly, It Is so Much Easier!
Does it not reduce half your stress knowing that you can look for and select a ring from the comfort of your home, and don’t have to deal with the pushy salesperson trying to pressure you into buying that expensive ring that you are not that into? Buying an engagement ring in an online jewelry store comes with features like free shipping and returns, free ring sizing and also a lifetime warranty.

Way More Choices!
Whether you go to a high-end retailer or a small jewelry store, options are limited. Online you will be able to choose from hundreds of settings and diamonds. You can also choose the diamond separately from the ring, as it does not necessarily come fixed in a setting, unlike in-store engagement rings.

It Is More Affordable
Did you know that you could save more while buying a ring online, compared to buying one in-store? You can find better prices for engagement rings with online retailers because they do not have the overhead costs (such as rent, store upkeep, etc) that jewelry stores normally do include in their products.

It becomes so much easier to focus on finding the perfect engagement ring, when you know you’re saving and have so many options to choose from!

Here are some engagement rings to get you started:

The Classic Solitaire Engagement Ring






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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Diamond Education: Diamond Cut



The 4Cs of diamonds are the basics you should know when you decide to buy a diamond. The 4Cs stand for Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. Let's understand Cut, first.

Why Is Diamond Cut the Most Important?
Cut is the most important of the 4Cs because the way a diamond is cut determines how much it will sparkle. And, isn't the sparkle and brilliance the most important thing about a diamond?

What Is Diamond Cut?
What exactly is diamond cut. The cut refers to the way facets or polished flat surfaces have been cut on the diamond. When light enters a diamond, it refracts and reflects on these facet. An expertly-cut diamond will refract and reflect the most light due to the way these facets have been cut on the diamond. So, better cut equals better sparkle. And this is why cut is the most important factor of diamonds.


Is Diamond Cut the Same As the Shape?
There's often some confusion between cut and shape. Cut is not the shape of the diamond. Diamonds shapes such as the round or emerald are often called as the round brilliant cut or the emerald cut but that's just a turn of phrase.

What Are Diamond Grades?
Like the other 4Cs, diamond cut is given a grade. Independent gemological labs such as the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and the AGS (American Gem Society) grade diamonds without any bias. There are many gemological labs that diamond vendors use but the GIA, AGS and HRD are widely recognized and the most reputable. You should choose diamonds certified by these authorities to know what you're getting. Also, it becomes easy to compare engagement rings across retailers when they are graded by either the GIA, AGS or HRD.

What Is the Grade Chart?
The GIA grade scale goes from Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair to Poor. While the AGS grades on a scale of 0 to 10, 0 being the best possible grade. These grades are assigned on the basis of the proportions, facet pattern and other factors.

Round Brilliant Diamond
A round brilliant diamond has 57 to 58 facets or polished surfaces. The angles and proportions at which these facets are cut can predict how a diamond will sparkle.

Cut Advice
Always choose the best possible cut grade that your budget allows. You can play around the grades of rest of the 4Cs. But, never compromise on the cut.

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Friday, 25 May 2018

Engagement Ring Myths Debunked to Make Your Life Easier


Buying an engagement ring is not easy BUT, there’s good news! The process of choosing, falling in love with and buying an engagement ring can be less complicated than you imagine it to be! Let us help you cut out the misconceived notions and limit your limitations. Here are 6 myths about engagement rings that you could really do without.

Never, EVER Shop With Your Partner
We all know of the tradition – Man shops for the ring, surprises the lady; she jumps up in his arms and they live happily ever after! Now, let’s get back to 2017 shall we? There are major advantages that come with shopping for the ring with your significant other, rather than you blindly choose one and hope for the best. It will almost completely cut out the stress, you could discuss the budget beforehand and she’ll have exactly the ring she wanted!

Save up a Fortune
Even though it’s true that diamonds are an investment, it’s a myth that you need to save up “three months’ salary”. Engagement rings come in all shapes, sizes, and prices! There are more practical ways to go about this. You could set a budget and explore your options, save a little every month for a while or you and your partner could mutually decide to get a “starter” ring, and upgrade it later down the line. Sometimes it’s good to let traditions take a backseat. B2C Jewels has a lifetime upgrade policy.

High-price Jewelry Stores Are Better
Expensive chain jewelry stores may be the first thing you think about when you think engagement rings, but they don’t necessarily have the best pieces of jewelry in the world. These expensive boutiques have extremely high mark-ups, which is what makes their engagement rings expensive. You may not be getting a "better quality diamond" by shopping at these jewelers. The truth is that, if you’re looking for a good collection of reasonably priced rings, you may find your perfect ring at a regular jewelry store or even online! Keep an open mind about it. B2C Jewels has a 30-Day no-questions-asked return policy for a stress-free ring shopping experience.

Custom Rings Are Way More Expensive
Breaking news: Custom rings are NOT more expensive! You can design your custom engagement ring according to your budget. In fact it’s so much more fun! You can add meaningful, personal elements to the ring and also have more input and control over the design. Let your mind run wild! Learn how the B2C Jewels customization process works here.

Buying an engagement ring should be a beautiful experience. We hope we could help you with these debunked myths!



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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

What Are Certified Diamonds?

Have you been browsing diamonds? Then the term certified diamonds must have come up a lot. What are certified diamonds?

What is Diamond Certification?
Diamonds are graded on four important aspects - the cut, color, clarity and carat. A diamond quality is judged based on these grades and the diamond's price is an outcome of these grades. This grading is present in a report which is called as the diamond certificate. This certificate may also be called other names like diamond grading report, diamond quality document or lab reports. So, when you hear the term 'certified diamond', it means that the diamond in question has been graded and it comes with a lab report. Which brings us to a very important question - who does the certification?

Who Certifies Diamonds?
Most online diamond retailers send their diamonds to be certified by independent, third-party gemological laboratories. Now, there are many labs but not all of them are equal in reputation. The Gemological Institute of America or GIA, the American Gem Society or AGS and HRD Antwerp are some of the reliable and unbiased labs. These labs work independently so their grading is not biased towards a particular vendor or retailer. And this is why certification from a reputed, independent lab is so important because you know your diamond's grading has been done in a unbiased and professional way. This brings us to an important topic and that is does certification affect diamond pricing. 

Diamond Certification And Pricing
Let's say you're looking at a diamond from a not-so reputed lab. This diamond may show a color grade of say G and you may think you're getting a fantastic deal for the price. But, if that same diamond were to be sent for grading to the GIA or AGS, it may come back with a much lower grade. You may end up actually overpaying for a poor-quality diamond. So, which lab a diamond is certified from makes a whole lot of difference. All loose diamonds sold by B2C Jewels have been certified by either the GIA, AGS, HRD and IGI. Our in-house gemologists also inspect all diamonds before they are shipped out to our customers.     

Diamond Certification and Quality
Diamond certification is an important consideration while buying diamonds. It is often referred to as the 5th C. But, a diamond certification is not an assurance or guarantee of quality. A certified diamond doesn't automatically mean a beautiful diamond. The certification is a lab report that states facts about the diamond. It is how you read and understand the report that makes a difference.

Want to know more? Call us on 1-866-522-2539 and our diamond experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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