Archive for July, 2009

Great Jewelry Gifts for Her

Posted on July 17th, 2009

Great Diamond Gifts for Her | Mark BroumandNo matter what the occasion is, diamonds always have and always will make a great gift for that special loved one in your life. You can view many items, in addition to our amazing engagement rings, that would make your special someone very happy. At Mark Broumand, we carry an incredible selection of: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants, and loose diamonds.

Our assortment of earrings is sure to please everyone. We have items ranging from studs and solitaires, drop earrings, and must-have diamond hoop earrings. All of them vary in weight and cut so you’ll be able to have a variety of sizes and styles to choose from. They are all set in white, rose, or yellow gold as well as platinum.Diamond Earrings Gift for Her | Mark BroumandOur collection of necklaces is also stunning; all of their styles are different and beautiful and will make the lucky recipient very happy. Some of the necklaces are very simple and elegant and can be worn everyday, yet easily compliment any formal wear.  Other intricate and unique diamond necklaces can be worn for very special occasions.

Womens Gifts Diamond Necklaces | Mark BroumandWe carry a variety of magnificent loose diamonds of excellent quality. These loose stones can be placed in any jewelry type you desire and you can even have Mark Broumand custom design an amazing creation for you by using the loose diamonds of your choice. This option is a great choice if you want to personalize something or create a unique piece of jewelry.

All of our fine jewelry collections will make a wonderful gift for any occasion, or even if you just want to say, “I love you”. All of our fine jewelry is unique and carefully hand crafted to suit any personality and style.

Pavé Diamonds

Posted on July 14th, 2009

A popular wedding and engagement ring trend has been pavé diamonds, pronounced “pah-vay”. It is a French word named for the style in which the jewels are set. They are clustered very closely together giving them the appearance of a shiny and shimmering pavement. Though these types of bands may appear to be more expensive than others due to their appearance, these are in actuality less costly since smaller stones are used to create the glittering, “paved” effect.

Pavé rings are made from smaller diamond pieces that are set inside smaller holes that are drilled within the band, or ring shank. Tiny metal prongs mold over each gem to hold it in place. When they are all set together, you see a beautiful continuous row of shimmer from every angle.

White and Fancy Brown Pave Diamond Right Hand Ring | Mark Broumand Amethyst and Pave Diamond Right-Hand  | Mark Broumand

There are two different styles of pavé settings – a single band with one row and wide bands with several rows of stones. With a single band pavé, there is one single row of diamonds that are all the same size and luster. The single band can be thin or wide, with the wide band accommodating larger gem pieces.  The wide band with several rows may have the diamonds set at many different angles. Pavé diamond wedding bands that do not have a center stone are referred to as anniversary bands or eternity rings.

The most popular precious metal in pavé style is white gold or platinum.  These two metals are often selected for this style of shank or band since the look is more contemporary than a traditional solid shank or band, often seen in ring settings such as the timeless favorite signature solitaire style engagement rings.

Traditional or Unique Engagement Rings

Posted on July 14th, 2009

Antique European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandTraditional or Unique? This is often a question couples have when choosing an engagement ring. Some couples prefer the traditional styles to signify their love and relationship while others feel that their relationship is so unique, they want to symbolize that point. Mark Broumand carries a multitude of engagement rings in many styles such as: modern, simple, vintage, traditional, and unique so you and your future spouse are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

When deciding on what style of ring, you should always think of your special relationship and what is between the two of you. Your wedding jewelry can reflect your personalities and symbolize the kind of relationship you share. This might make choosing the perfect piece slightly easier if you want it to reflect your relationship’s characteristics.

If you are still undecided, you can always have a unique traditional ring, a timeless piece that stands out from the others. Its stone or cut and style can have some small differences if you still want to keep with tradition, but have something a little unique. Mark Broumand can custom design any ring or wedding set you choose if you want a jewelry piece that symbolizes your love created by you and your loved one.

Browse through the many rings and styles that we have available and you’ll start to get a better idea of what you can see you and your spouse creating and wearing in the years to come.

Choosing an Engagement Ring with Mark Broumand

Posted on July 13th, 2009

Fancy Light Yellow Heart Shape Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandAre you waiting until you find the right ring so you can pop the question? Well, wait no more because Mark Broumand has made choosing the perfect engagement ring easier than ever. Here, you’ll find a large selection of any kind of ring style and cut you’re looking for, from round brilliant to emerald and ovals to pear shaped. Mark Broumand also carries colored diamonds if you want to escape the traditional look.

Round Brilliant Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe majority of our rings are custom designed and hand crafted so every detail never gets over looked. We carefully choose the right diamonds that go into making our rings, ranging from every cut, size, and quality. This way, we’ll always carry a wide variety to please all of our customers.

Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandWe offer white gold, yellow gold, and platinum to make choosing a ring even easier. With our competitive prices and wide selection of engagement, anniversary, and wedding rings, there is no need to look anywhere else. Whether you want the clean lines of a princess cut diamond ring, a bridal set, heart shaped, or fancy colored diamonds, we have it all. We also carry men’s wedding bands in several different cuts, shapes, and sizes.

Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe ring you choose reflects a lot about you, your partner, and your relationship. It signifies many things between the both of you which is why choosing the right shape and cut is very important. Our rings will last forever during your journey as a couple.

What Cut is Best in an Engagement Ring?

Posted on July 13th, 2009

The best diamond cut in an engagement ring reflects you and your partner and what you will want to wear on your hand for years to come. At Mark Broumand, we offer several different styles and shapes for you to choose from. You’ll browse through our selection with ease as you turn through the pages of our large selection of engagement rings.

Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandRound Brilliant Cuts are a very popular choice because they incorporate a combination of clarity, color and carat weight. They became very popular through the century due to the fact that gemstone cutters were always trying to make the perfect round diamond. Over years of perfection, the round brilliant came to be.

1.50ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement RingAnother very popular choice for an engagement ring is the Princess Cut. The Princess has sharp, uncut, bold corners which allows the shine and sparkle to reflect from the diamond brilliantly. Mark Broumand’s Princess Engagement Rings come in modern, antique, and the timeless and classic signature diamond solitaire styles which will make choosing the best one very easy.

Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandOval diamonds are based “upon the facet configurations of the round brilliant.” The surface area is much larger than a round brilliant with the same carat weight. This allows customers to select a larger sized diamond for the same price. The oval also lengthens the appearance of the hand due to the unique and elongated shape.

We also carry several other cuts, including: emerald, heart shaped, Asscher, marquise, pear, and cushion cuts. All are beautiful, unique, and competitively priced and ready for you to take home.

Mens Rings and Wedding Bands

Posted on July 13th, 2009

Mens Rings and Wedding Bands | Mark BroumandDiamonds and jewelry aren’t only for women. At Mark Broumand, men will find an assortment of rings and wedding bands that are of high quality with unique designs to match any personality. We have a number of men’s wedding bands to choose from ranging from simple to intricate or you can have a ring custom made to suit your needs.

When choosing a wedding ring for your partner, you can still choose one for yourself at the same time. Or you can choose any type of ring for regular use and wear. We have many styles to choose from, available in yellow gold, white gold, and platinum. You can get one to match your wife’s ring or you can choose any style that suits you best.

Our men’s rings and wedding bands come in several shapes and cuts including princess cut, round cut, baquette cut, and round brilliant cut. We have simple designs with just one stone or more intricate designs that have several stones around the entire band. Some of the mens diamond rings have different sizes of diamonds on the ring making them even more unique.

The diamonds on the men’s wedding bands are “hand set to perfection.” The quality and weight of our diamonds vary so you can always find the one you are looking for. Browse through our pages of rings and you’ll get an idea of what style and diamond cut you prefer.

How to Look for A Quality Diamond

Posted on July 13th, 2009

Loose Diamonds | Mark BroumandA diamond’s grade depends on four characteristics, also known as the Four C’s: cut, carat, clarity, and color. Together, these properties determine how much your gorgeous stone is worth.  For additional information, read more about diamond education.

The first C is Cut. Cut is extremely important in determining value. A round brilliant has about 58 facets and the proportion of the facets on each diamond determine a very key characteristic in quality.  The better the proportion of the facet, the more light will be reflected into one’s eye. The diamond will also sparkle more and give off a bigger shine. The cut can also refer to the shape, such as: round, princess, emerald, heart, pear, or oval.

The next C is for Carat. Carat refers to the size and weight of your gemstone. Larger diamonds, of course, cost more per carat because of their size. Diamonds are measured in points, with 100 points per diamond. A half carat gem has 50 points.

Clarity, the third C, describes how clear the diamond is and ranges from flawless, which is perfect to I, meaning Included.

It goes by this chart:

–Flawless: The stone is perfect inside and out, the rarest of them all. Flawless diamonds are very difficult to find and they are the purest. They contain no imperfections what so ever.

–Internally Flawless: These diamonds are internally flawless and have no imperfection inside at all and are also very rare.

–VVS1, VVS2: These have practically no imperfections. It is very difficult to see any imperfections, even under 10x magnification. Stones in this range are more rare than the lower clarity grades.

–VS1, VS2:  Stones in this range are the most sought after for being as clear as possible without the heavy price tag of VVS and Flawless. Diamonds in this category have very small imperfections which are not visible by the naked eye and sometimes can be picked up using 10X magnification.

–SI1, SI2, SI3: The gems in the SI1 category tend to be eye clean with some exceptions. Some SI2s are eye clean as well. Once in the SI3 range, you can expect to see small imperfections by the naked eye. The SI1-SI2 range is very popular because it will give you the most bang for your buck.

–I1, I2:  A clarity grade of I1 or I2 tend to have multiple imperfections visible by the naked eye.  Stones in this range are great because of the relatively low cost compared to other clarity grades. Clients tend to like this range when looking for a larger size stone at a lower cost. As in life, not everything can be perfect, some of the worlds most beautiful gems can have imperfections and still be the most beautiful in the world.GIA Color Chart D through Z | Mark BroumandLastly, the fourth C represents color. It describes the amount of color the diamond contains. The most flawless and perfect gem should have no color at all and others will range from colorless to yellow with slight tints of yellow, gray or brown. Some can also range from intense yellow to brown, blue, green, pink and red. Fancy colors are rare and therefore more valuable.  Their range is measured on a letter scale from D-Z, with D being exceptionally white and so forth. Color can be determined using a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Certified set of master stones or by using a Colorimeter. The colorimeter is a computer that accurately grades a polished gemstone’s color.