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.

Buy the beautiful diamond of your dreams with these tips.

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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.

Choose the best diamonds within your budget with these ideas.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Diamond Education: Color

This post is about diamond color. To know about diamond cut, check here.

What Is Diamond Color?
After cut, the color is the most noticeable of the 4Cs. The absence of any color is what to look for when buying loose diamonds. Diamonds that are colorless, without any tint of yellow or brown are the most desirable.

What Are Diamond Color Grades?
Based on the absence of color, gemological labs grade diamonds. The colorless diamonds gets the highest grades. The GIA grades color on a scale of D to Z. The grade D signifies bright colorless diamonds, without the presence of any other tinge. Diamonds show more and more color as the grades drop toward Z.

How Are Diamonds Graded?
Gemologists in the GIA have a set of master diamonds. While grading color, they place the diamond to be graded next to these diamond to compare it. And, that is how diamonds are graded on color, by a side-by-side comparison view.

Diamond Color and Subjectivity
Diamond color is actually very subjective. Some people prefer colorless diamonds while others don't mind seeing a bit of warmth in diamonds of lower grades.  Very few people can actually tell one color grade apart from another, when looking at just that diamond, and not comparing it with other diamonds. Diamonds between the grades D to H are known as "face-up white diamonds". This means that when these diamonds when set face-up in engagement rings and other jewelry, appear white to the untrained, naked eye.

Diamond Color and the Setting
The setting you choose for your engagement ring and other jewelry also influences the diamond color. Diamonds reflect the color around them. So, when set in a yellow gold or rose gold setting, the diamond is going to show tints of yellow. So, even a K or M color diamond can look good in a yellow gold setting. In fact, it may just be a fantastic deal as you can get a larger carat weight for the same budget.

Diamond Color and the Shape of the Diamond
Different shapes also show color differently. Brilliant cuts like round and princess are more forgiving than diamonds with step cuts like emerald and asscher.

Diamond Color and Diamond Cut
Cut also has some influence over the color. Better the cut, more the diamond reflects and refracts light, making it more difficult to judge the color of the diamond. So, never compromise on cut!

Diamond Color and Price
The less color a diamond shows, the more it costs. So, diamonds in the colorless range of D,E and F are the most expensive with prices going down as the grade drops towards Z. And, as we talked about it before, the preference for diamond color is a personal choice. Some people consider a bigger carat weight a great tradeoff for diamonds of lower color, while others will compromise on carat but not color. So, you have to decide which of the 4Cs is the most important to you to choose a diamond that is perfect for you.

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Monday, 22 October 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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Thursday, 11 October 2018

How to be a Stylish Fall Wedding Guest

Fall weddings are the best - they're not too hot like summer but they aren't too cold either. You can have a lot of fun dressing for fall weddings. Here are our top picks for being a stylish wedding guest.

Color Palette
Be inspired by the rich fall foliage and opt for beautiful autumnal hues to be a stylish wedding guest. You can also choose dresses with bold fall-themed prints. Floral prints in deep rust and purples can be quite stylish for fall weddings. Whimsical patterns such as butterflies or berries are also appropriate for casual weddings. Besides the popular reds and oranges, consider dresses in purple, wine and burgundy. You can add a touch of metallic with rose gold jewelry or glittery gold shoes.

Wedding guest often wonder about wearing white or black. White continues to be big NO. White is reserved for the bride, unless specifically asked to wear white. Black on the other hand, is gaining acceptance at weddings. Just make sure your outfit isn't head to toe black. A black lace dress with a floral jacket and colorful shoes makes a good fall wedding outfit.

Autumnal Chill
As for the chill, be prepared with the right coat or jacket or even an elegant pashmina. Layering can be beautifully done when you mix and match the right pieces. Even a slip dress in a rich autumnal hue can be paired with an evening jacket to make for a stylish outfit. The key is go for tailored coats, jackets and blazers to keep a sharp silhouette.

Make Your Own Rules
We're firm believers of dressing up simple pieces you already have in your wardrobe to create a stunning outfit. You can match a simple white shirt or top with a bold skirt. If the wedding is going to be held outdoors, you can opt for boots to counter the chill. Accessories and jewelry can go a long way in putting together a gorgeous outfit for a fall wedding.

Here are some wonderful accessories for fall weddings that can also be a part of your everyday wardrobe:

Rose Gold
We're a big fan of rose gold and it looks especially good with fall wardrobe.

This floating heart rose gold pendant is perfect for adding subtle sparkle to a fall outfit.

Yellow Gold
Yellow gold is making a comeback and we're not complaining.

This wishbone necklace would make a playful accent for your fall wedding outfit.

The vibrant colors of gemstone jewelry goes very well with the hues of fall weddings.
This Citrine Cabochon Cushion Cut Gemstone And Diamond Ring would make a lovely right hand ring for a fall wedding.
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

5 Fun Ways to Make This Your Best Halloween Ever

Halloween is one of the most celebrated holidays in the country, right after Christmas. It's a fun holiday for the kids as well as grown-ups. But, if you're not so keen on the store-bought candy, tacky decorations and the same old bar scene, here are some ideas to celebrate the spooky day.

Horror Movie Drive-In
Everyone loves watching horror movies on Halloween so how about invite the whole neighborhood for a horror movie marathon? Set up a projector in your yard and invite your neighbors for a frightful night. If there are going to be kids at the event, choose your movie playlist wisely. You may want to check with your local authorities before doing this though. If a drive-in is not possible for the whole neighborhood. You can definitely host one for your friends. Clear away the furniture in the living room, lay down blankets for everyone and set up the projector. You don't need much to host a successful party. Get plenty of popcorn, some snacks and you're set!

Host a Pet Halloween Costume Contest
The contest for the best costume for Halloween is a time-honored tradition. So, how about include your pets on the fun too. Many proud pet owners dress up their furry buddies for Halloween so it can be a lot of fun to host this contest. You could hold the 'contest' at the local dog park and give out treats for the winner.

Make Your Candy at Home
Making candy at home is a great idea, if you're trying to eat healthy or if you don't want your kids to have all that sugar. But, is there such a thing as healthy Halloween candy? Well, let's call it healthier. When you make sweet treats at home, you can control what goes in them. Copycat recipes of popular candy are a better alternative than the store-bought ones.

Incorporate plenty of fruits in your candy recipes. Instead of caramel apples, how about dark chocolate apples. Apples are available a plenty around this time of the year and dark chocolate is a much better option than caramel. You can use nuts and seeds as toppings for your dark chocolate apples. Desserts made with fall flavors like pumpkin pie pops or pumpkin spice cookies make much better options that sugary candy.

Keep Your Decorations Elegant
Hate the over-the-top decorations that flood the stores this time of the year? You can keep the decorations subtle and yet spooky. A great look for subtle Halloween is all-white. White candles on tall candelabras, white pumpkins and floating white 'ghost' made with cheesecloth make a great haunted mansion. Another idea is subtle decorations that you can make at home with things you probably have around the house. A simple banner that says 'Boo' or  'Trick or Treat' made with black construction paper is a great low-key decoration.

Host Your Own Halloween Bash
Are the Halloween celebrations at local bars the same old? You can host your own bash! Keep the theme of the celebration simple and elegant. Ask all your guests to dress as vampires. (This will go really well with the haunted mansion decor) or have a simple theme like masks. You don't have to go with the same old Halloween drinks like orange Jelly shots. Keep things elegant with one drink like a Bloody Mary.

Have a very happy Halloween with these ideas.  
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Friday, 28 September 2018

5 Offbeat Engagement Rings for the Anything-but-traditional Bride

The holidays are coming and you’re planning a one-of-a-kind proposal – we’ve got you covered! Looking for something offbeat? The possibilities are endless. Here are five offbeat engagement rings, for the anything-but-traditional bride.

This piece is surely a fresh new approach to engagement rings! Hidden under the beautiful center diamond is a spinning, diamond-covered collar which is a playful addition to an otherwise traditional ring. This playful but stylish design definitely has our hearts!

If the love of your life loves everything vintage, she will absolutely adore this timeless ring! The filigree details in white gold and milgrain borders studded with diamonds give you the perfect melange of old and new. But, the best part is the prongs! They are shaped like hearts. The antique design and playful vibe spells out romance!

This magnificent ring is an absolute favourite of ours! The charming, floral design unfurling around the centre diamond makes the ring, the sweetest detail on an endearing bride. We love how simplistic yet distinctive this piece is!

Relationships are all unique; why can’t your engagement ring be? Think about adding color to your ring! This breathtaking piece of jewellery has a band studded with round diamonds and blue sapphires! Gasp! This could be the perfect “something blue” at the wedding.

If you’re looking for a rather minimal yet eye-catching engagement ring, this three stoned ring is the perfect choice! This ring is accented with two pear-shaped blue sapphires on either side of the centre diamond, and has a tapered shank. Your warm words paired with this magical design guarantees a memorable proposal!

These distinct rings are perfect for a unique and special proposal for an equally exceptional bride. We hope the journey onward is magical! We wish you all the best!

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Yellow Diamonds Are Your New Best Friend!

We’ve all come to know and love the traditional white diamonds found in most classic engagement rings and other diamond jewelry. But these are not the only types out there! Yellow diamonds have gained tremendous popularity because of their uniqueness and relatively affordable prices.

How are these diamonds yellow? The remarkable hue of the yellow diamond can be attributed to one element: nitrogen. When a diamond is forming, nitrogen atoms arrange in such a way that the blue light in the atmosphere is absorbed, thus producing a yellow color. The diamond’s yellow color results from the light that has not been absorbed. So fascinating!

How are yellow diamonds graded? The internationally recognized GIA color grading scale begins with the letter D (pure white) and ends at letter Z (tinted color). Yellow diamonds are graded “Fancy” when they fall outside the D-Z range. When a diamond is graded “Fancy”, it means that it must have more color than the Z master stone. The GIA Colored Diamond Grading System assigns yellow diamonds one of four color grades: Fancy Light, Fancy,  Fancy Intense, and Fancy Vivid.

B2C Jewels has a separate search for fancy color diamonds! Here are some of the exquisite yellow diamond engagement rings from our collection –

Fancy Pear-Shaped Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring 

The magnificent yellow center stone of this ring is secured with claw prongs and accented by a halo of round diamonds. But, the best feature about this ring is that it has an elegant, yellow gold basket to enhance the intensity of the yellow center diamond.

The yellow center diamond is set in a yellow gold basket and surrounded by pave accent diamonds, and the effect  is stunning! The additional diamond accents below the center halo, makes this engagement ring even more divine.

This detailed ring has a diamond halo around the claw pronged center radiant cut yellow diamond. The ancillary gallery has lovely diamond petals so the ring sparkles from all angles.

The vintage, oval yellow diamond engagement ring features a halo of pave set round diamonds, pave accents and a subtle floral design. Breathtaking!

We hope you’re as much in love as we are with these exquisite colored diamonds now!

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Thursday, 20 September 2018

5 Unique Eternity Rings To Create The Perfect Moment

An eternity ring is the perfect gift for an anniversary, birthday or Christmas! There’s nothing better than a promise of togetherness and love to complete an occasion, but why stick to the usual, round diamonds for an eternity ring for such a special moment? Let us help you! Here are 5 creative and unique eternity rings that will make your partner swoon with love!

Princess Diamond Eternity Ring
This beauty is the perfect blend of simple and grand. This ring has nineteen to twenty-three prong-set princess diamonds, which look just heavenly on the yellow gold setting of the ring. A beautiful eternity ring with a tinge of magic!

A dream come true, this eternity ring is the perfect melange of round, princess and baguette diamonds! The pave and channel setting on this ring is what makes it look this flawless!

If this is not the most magical ring, I don’t know what is. These pear shaped diamonds set on a whimsical angle is what makes this ring so exciting and breathtaking. This unique bling is a stunner!

This eternity band is simplicity at its best. The fancy cushion cut diamonds in this ring are set in a secure prong setting with a stylish, open gallery. The vintage design and modern craftsmanship is the perfect combination in this perfect ring!

This eternity band of fancy emerald cut diamonds, surrounded by a halo of dazzling round diamonds is perfect if you love classy art deco jewelry. This elegant ring in 18K white gold is what dreams are made of!

No matter what occasion it is, an eternity ring is the perfect gesture to express your love and hope to be together forever. We hope your journey onward is as beautiful as your unique eternity band!

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