Archive for June, 2014
Posted on June 30th, 2014
A diamond engagement ring is something that many women have dreamed of since youth when they believed they could be a real princess. For many brides-to-be, the ring looks exactly the same as in childhood; for others, the style may have changed over the years. Regardless of how old your fiancée was when she designed her ring, you can be sure to find many wonderful possibilities in Mark Broumand’s rings collection.
There are many decisions to make when selecting an engagement ring. Often the metal and desired diamond cut is known. What may take a bit more time to select is the ring setting. There are four primary settings used in today’s popular diamond engagement rings:
Solitaire engagement ring – One of the most popular engagement ring settings is the signature solitaire. Solitaires can be set for a diamond of any size and any cut. The look of a stunning solitaire is timeless. Round brilliant cut diamonds are the most popular solitaire, admired for its fire and brilliance. For a contemporary look, the princess cut diamond will surely steal the spotlight.
Halo diamond engagement ring – The Halo Ring features a large center diamond surrounded by a halo of smaller accent stones, styled with either diamonds or gemstones. There is absolutely nothing subtle about the halo setting engagement ring and there are numerous options for the center diamond cut, halo stones, and accent stones on the shank, if present. This ring is reminiscent of a glamorous, vintage time and this style may often be seen in classic Hollywood films.
Three-stone diamond engagement rings – The three-stone diamond ring symbolizes the past, present and future as a couple. This ring is also referred to as the trinity ring. Representing the future, a larger center diamond is accented on each side by two equally sized, yet smaller diamonds. These smaller stones represent the past and the present. Some three-stone rings may also feature a halo setting center diamond.
Side Stones – For those who want to add a little additional sparkle to the traditional look of a solitaire, a center stone with side accent stones is the perfect pick. This ring setting boasts the timeless beauty of a solitaire with additional smaller stones that add accent the center stone. Accent stones can be diamonds or gemstones.
Mark Broumand makes finding the ring of her dreams a simple, enjoyable and satisfying buying experience. You will find an amazing collection of diamond engagement rings in solitaire, three-stone, halo or side stone settings. Mark can answer any questions that you may have and assist you in selecting the perfect diamond ring. Can’t find a ring that is “the one”? Mark can custom design a diamond ring that will make her feel like a real princess all over again.
Posted on June 28th, 2014
The Emerald Cut engagement ring offers a subtle simplicity and casual elegance. This cut was originally created for use with emeralds to maximize the brilliance and sparkle of the stone and evolved into a successor of the table cut of the 1500s. The emerald was standardized in the 1940s and was a very popular cut during the Art Deco period. Today it is a very popular choice among fans of antique jewelry.
An emerald cut is rectangular in shape with an octagonal outline and blocked corners, since sharp corner points in diamonds are vulnerable to getting chipped. The emerald cut requires a very high quality stone since imperfections in the stone will be very visible to the eye due to the large table (top area of diamond) and shallow depth. If a lower quality stone is selected, imperfections should be nearest the short ends or corners of the diamond so that blemishes are hidden within the facets.
The emerald cut diamond has step-cuts that are long and narrow, creating rectilinear facets that run parallel to the girdle of the stone. Facets vary in numbers between 50 and 58. The ideal length to width ratio of the emerald cut diamond is 1.4:1 or a range between 1.3 and 1.5:1. Emerald cut diamonds are popular among jewelers since approximately 80% of the rough diamond is retained and the cut is also perfect for handling larger stones. The large facets of this diamond are effective in reflecting the light back through the diamond, thereby increasing its brightness. This cut maximizes a diamond’s clarity, color and luster.
In a standard setting, the emerald cut diamond will run perpendicular to the band which visually elongates the finger. For a truly unique ring, the center diamond can be set perpendicular to the finger (parallel to the band). Some other incredible settings are three stone rings or solitaires with accent stones to balance out this incredibly bold center stone. The emerald is also breathtaking in a rich, canary-colored fancy yellow diamond solitaire with white diamond side-stones.
Emerald cut diamond engagement rings are highly favored because of their unique, vintage style. If your bride to be is bold and sophisticated, spontaneous and self-aware with an effortless elegance, then the emerald cut engagement ring is the perfect piece of jewelry to complement her unique traits. Visit Mark Broumand and his master jewelers in Los Angeles or online to find the perfect match for your perfect match.
Posted on June 27th, 2014
The Princess Cut engagement ring is one of the most popular engagement rings in existence, second only to the round brilliant diamond engagement ring. It’s square or rectangular shape and varied numbers of facets offer a sophisticated rectilinear look with varying degrees of brilliance. This profile looks like an inverted pyramid and there are four beveled sides. Much of the facet work is done on the pavilion, or lower side of the stone. When viewing the diamond from above, one can often see a “cross” shape in the crown. The princess is a relatively new cut, created in the 1960s.
The look of this stone can be modified by adding additional chevrons (facet cuts) on the pavilion of the stone. Fewer chevrons will give you larger facets and the light scintillation (sparkle) moves more slowly. More chevrons produce faster scintillation and more facets can be seen when viewing the diamond from the top, often referred to as the “crushed ice” look. As a general rule, 2 to 3 chevrons is an ample amount in a stone weighing less than 1 carat while 4 to 5 chevrons may be added to stones that are larger. Adding too many chevrons to smaller stones produce chunky facet looks and splintered scintillation. The preference between more or less facets is completely objective based on the preference of the person viewing the diamond.
A princess will retain 80% of the rough diamond since the corners of this cut remain intact. A round brilliant diamond usually retains approximately 50% of the rough diamond since the corners would be removed to produce the round shape. The princess cut is one of the favorites among diamond cutters since more of the crystal weight is retained.
The princess cut engagement ring is similar to a round brilliant with a square or rectangular shape but without the high price tag. These diamonds are beautiful in traditional 14K white gold Princess Cut Diamond solitaire settings or set with accent stones. Yellow Gold is a beautiful metal to use as the gold accents on the shank and prongs peek out from behind gorgeous white diamonds. Some ring designs have a unique twist by turning the corners of a Princess Cut diamond into a North-South configuration. Be sure to review Mark Broumand’s impressive selection of carefully hand-selected Princess Cut Engagement Rings.
Posted on June 26th, 2014
The mesmerizing beauty of Asscher cut diamond rings is perfected by cutting a series of parallel step-cuts into the diamonds. This creates a signature “windmill” or “hall-of-mirrors” effect which can be seen when this 58-facet diamond is viewed from above.
These facets capture light and the eye is drawn into the stone itself. The aesthetic focus is the color, clarity and brilliance of the diamond rather than the “fire” associated with other diamond shapes. The Asscher cut is often generally referred to as a “square emerald cut”, but this statement is inaccurate and very broad. Although both shapes are quadrilateral, there are specific cuts and patterns that must be present for diamonds to carry the Asscher distinction. An Asscher Cut eternity band shows how these stones capture light.
Designed in 1902 by Joseph Asscher, the signature Asscher design was the first diamond cut with a patent held exclusively by the Asscher Diamond Company until the beginning of World War II. These unique diamonds rose to the apex of popularity during the Art Deco Era (circa 1920s) and since that time, have always been in high demand amongst antiques dealers in search of Asscher stones to repair vintage jewelry pieces. Many of the original stones created were later cut down into different shapes since those diamonds were high quality in color and clarity. Beginning in the 2000s, many high-profile celebrities have flaunted their Asscher Cut engagement ring leading to a surge in popularity for the second time in a century.
Though you will find many intriguing Asscher Cut diamond jewelry pieces, the rings in Mark Broumand’s collection really showcase the beauty of this diamond cut. When searching for a high quality ring with a captivating brilliance, Asscher cut diamond rings are sure to please for decades to come.
Posted on June 24th, 2014
While the traditional “white” diamonds are considered at their highest value when they are completely colorless, the fancy color diamond engagement rings are valued due to the unique color they possess. They are available in up to 12 different colors including fancy white, fancy black, red, purple, gray, violet, brown, orange, green, blue, pink and yellow.
Each of the hues is exquisite in their own way; however, the colors that are seen most often for engagement rings include pink and yellow. The fancy color diamonds are then assessed based on three particular characteristics, which include: hue: the actual color that is visible; tone: the darkness or lightness of the color; saturation: also referred to as the consistency, strength or saturation. Once the assessments are completed, then the colored diamonds are provided a grade on the actual color scale.
Fancy color diamond engagement rings have grown in popularity due to the many celebrities who have chosen to wear these rings, such as Blake Lively, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
The fact is that the fancy color diamonds are considered both beautiful and rare, making them sought after by collectors, as well as diamond lovers, alike. Much like a traditional diamond, the fancy color diamonds are the direct result of the earth’s carbons that have had to endure high temperatures as well as extreme pressure for millions of years. What makes them different is the natural addition of certain elements such as hydrogen, nitrogen and boron.
The fancy color diamonds make the ideal center stones for an engagement ring due to the fact that then on only sparkle, but also stand out and demand attention. It is estimated that only one out of each 10,000 diamonds are considered fancy, which make them a truly rare option. Selecting fancy color diamond engagement rings will mean you need to select the color intensity your desire, with the available options being fancy vivid (which is the brightest), fancy intense and fancy.
If the fancy color diamond engagement rings are appealing to you, visit Mark Broumand and discover the options that are available for purchase.
Posted on June 19th, 2014
When you hear the term “fancy cut engagement rings,” you may be unsure of what exactly this is referring to. A fancy cut engagement ring is when a diamond cutter shapes a raw diamond in a way that allows a larger retention of its carat weight. The initial reasons behind the development of the Fancy Cuts creation was to maintain the original shape and weight of the raw diamond. While diamond cutters are still following this original guideline, the introduction of the extremely popular round brilliant has created a demand for a larger number of raw diamonds for this shape, since it is considered the most desirable option available today.
Any experienced diamond cutter will be able to see the types of shapes that would most effectively be able to retain the weight for the raw diamond being used, and would then begin cutting the diamond in accordance to the characteristics of its raw shape. Another consideration made by cutters is the lighting when a diamond is being shaped.
There are a number of different reasons that fancy cuts are used, from the fashionable to the practical. A fancy cut engagement ring can be divided into four general sub-categories, which include: rose, mixed, step cuts and modified brilliants.
The modified brilliant, as the description implies, is a type of brilliant diamond that has a shape changed from the usual round brilliant. As a result of this change, there are a number of different shapes that technology and modern cutting techniques can create, which include the navette, trillian, marquise and heart. This is a popular due to the fact it provides the desired brilliance of the sought after round brilliant cut in a much more personalized and unique shape.
Step cuts, which are also referred to as a trap cut, can be recognized by the square or rectangular shape, which feature the facets for the pavilion and the crown running in a parallel direction to the girdle; this is also one of the oldest profiles. An advantage offered by the step cut is the fact it will preserve a larger amount of the raw diamond’s initial weight when compared to the more traditional brilliant cut. The emerald cut is the most well-known type of step cut available.
The mixed cut is a mesh of the brilliant and the step cuts. The desired result is to create the finish offered by a brilliant cut, and preserve the weight by implementing step cut techniques. This is a newer cut option and only began being seen regularly in the 1960s. The popular Princess engagement rings are the most well-known type of mixed cut currently offered.
The rose is considered an older type of diamond cut. This technique was originally developed before cutters began using electric lighting and the cut became a less-than-popular option in the early part of the 20th century because of the lack of brilliance of the finished product.
There is no question that fancy cut engagement rings are extremely popular due to the unique shapes they offer and a definite consideration when searching for the perfect ring.
Posted on June 6th, 2014
Long after the wedding dress is packed away and the thank you notes mailed, couples will carry one memento from their wedding every day…their rings! But today’s couple has many more choices than their parents did, including style, stones and even metals.
Gold is a traditional choice for many brides and grooms, but there are still many options here, and may come in 14k or 18k. Pure gold is 24k, so the higher the karat, the greater the gold content in the ring. Different metal alloys are mixed with the gold, which is a softer metal, and will affect the band’s strength and color. An 18k yellow gold wedding band, for example, will be a deeper gold color than 14k because of its higher gold content.
Some couples may prefer white gold, which is achieved by adding rhodium on the ring, for a soft cool glow. A more recent option for brides and grooms is rose gold, which is created when a copper alloy is added, and gives the gold a warm pink tone. Some designs even incorporate a mix of gold colors. Each color of gold also has an underlying meaning: white for friendship, gold for fidelity and rose gold for love.
Those couples who love the cool hue of white gold might want to consider platinum as an option. While gold bands are durable, platinum is a denser and much stronger metal, which develops a lovely patina with age. For those with sensitive skin, platinum is naturally hypoallergenic. It also does not need to be mixed with other metals to create a strong ring, so platinum bands are 95 percent pure and will truly last a lifetime.