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Diamond Engagement Rings Under $2500

Posted on August 31st, 2014

Mark Broumand makes it possible to acquire a high-quality diamond engagement ring without breaking the bank.  Here are three rings in a halo setting, center stone with side stones and as a three stone ring.  All rings shown below are priced under $2500 that will make your fiancée (and bank account) smile.

1.07ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Ring1.07ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This extremely elegant and very sparkly round brilliant cut diamond ring will amaze you. It all starts with the super brilliant half a carat round diamond set in the center. It is super white and very clear! The cut is mesmerizing! It is accented by two smaller round diamonds flanked on its sides. The shank features a row of round brilliant cut diamonds set in a prong setting. The look is mesmerizing! All you see are diamonds and hardly any gold whatsoever! There is also a very unique and beautiful leaf design right underneath the center stone that is also studded with round diamonds. The look is majestic. You will love this stunning ring! It has exceptional quality, incredible design, and magnificent sparkle!

1.45ct Round Brilliant Cut Engagement Ring1.45ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This gorgeous round diamond wedding set is set with exceptionally beautiful high quality diamonds in a stunning design. It features three larger round diamonds in the center which are accented by a row of round diamonds set down the shank.

0.85ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring0.85ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

This stunning cushion cut diamond engagement ring is very elegant and beautiful. It features a half a carat cushion cut diamond set in the center. It has an amazing cut and tremendous brilliance. It is accented by a split shank set with round brilliant cut diamonds in a prong setting. Elegance, beauty, and quality at an amazing price. What a value!

Just because a diamond engagement ring is affordable doesn’t mean it should be low quality in cut, clarity or color.  Mark Broumand only puts his name on high quality pieces that he selects for his jewelry store.

One of a Kind Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on August 27th, 2014

Mark Broumand prides himself on beautiful traditional and unique engagement rings, some fashioned with gemstones as accent stones or .  Engagement rings now utilize gemstones for accent as side stones or on the shank.  Three stone rings are popular now both as a celebration of an anniversary or as a symbolic representation of the past, present and future when getting engaged.  Here are some of the more unique diamond rings from Mark Broumand’s jewelry collection; featuring black diamonds, sapphires and unique ring settings.

2.51ct Cushion Cut Diamond Ring

2.51ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand2.51ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Side View

This gorgeous three-stone and halo ring hybrid highlights a 1.71ct cushion cut center diamond, IGI certified at E-SI2, colorless and incredibly bright. Its gleaming beauty is noticeably flattered on the custom-made three sided pavé setting. On the 18k white gold setting, two trapezoids flank the squarish cushion center diamond for the three-stone effect and more round diamonds embellish the rounded basket in a halo setting.

2.37ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

2.37ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand2.37ct Princess Cut Black and White Diamond Engagement Ring Side View | Mark Broumand

Ebony and Ivory is the theme of this gorgeous ring with black and white diamonds.  This spectacularly beautiful Princess Cut Diamond ring features Fancy Black Diamonds set on the sides. It is custom made from top to bottom with the utmost attention given to every detail. The center stone is a 2.02ct Princess Cut. It is GIA Certified at G-VS2. The piece is made in high polish Platinum for shine and brilliance all around.

1.66ct Marquise Cut Diamond and Sapphire Ring

1.66ct Marquise Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand1.66ct Marquise Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring Side View | Mark Broumand

The gorgeous marquise cut center diamond is poised in the center with a halo of round diamonds and flanked by two bright blue pear shaped sapphires.  The two blue beauties are also set with a halo of round diamonds around them. The clean and smooth shank transitions into a three tiered shank, which is hand engraved to perfection! This exceptionally beautiful ring will surely turn heads.

These are just three of the truly unique rings that Mark Broumand has custom designed or selected for his fine jewelry portfolio.  If you want to create a one-of-a-kind ring or are searching for traditional diamond engagement rings, Mark and his team of jewelry experts can help you with exactly what you need.  View all of his beautiful jewelry creations online or in person when in the Los Angeles, CA area.

Emerald Cut Fancy Yellow Diamond Rings

Posted on August 26th, 2014

Emerald Cut Fancy Yellow Diamond Rings take the best characteristics of this vintage stone and contemporary color and combine it into a beautiful ring.  Some of the facet lines are more pronounced and the reflection of light is different in a fancy yellow diamond.  Standardized in the 1940s, this cut was originally created for use with emeralds to maximize the brilliance and sparkle of the stone and is evident when you see this cut paired with a fancy colored diamond.

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 so that blemishes are hidden within the facet work.

1.95ct Fancy Intense Yellow Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 2.37ct Fancy Yellow Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand5.05ct Emerald Cut Fancy Yellow Diamond Ring | Mark Broumand

The emerald cut has step-cuts that are long and narrow, creating rectilinear facets that run parallel to the girdle of the stone.  Like the Asscher cut diamond ring, the facets create a maze-like world within the stone.  In the three rings above, you can see how different the lines are reflected within fancy colored diamonds with different hues and saturation of yellow.  The facet work in the three rings also show different patterns, since this shape will vary in numbers between 50 and 58 facets. 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.  The first and third image display more of a square ratio while the center ring is more of the rectangular shape.  Emerald cuts are popular among jewelers since approximately 80% of the rough diamond is retained and is also perfect for handling larger stones.  The large facets of this stone are effective in reflecting the light back through the stone, thereby increasing its brightness.  This cut maximizes a diamond’s clarity, color and luster.

Emerald cut diamond rings are a sentimental favorite because of their unique, vintage style.  Visit Mark Broumand and his master jewelers in Los Angeles or online to find the perfect match for your emerald cut or fancy yellow diamond rings.

Unique Diamond Engagment Rings

Posted on August 25th, 2014

A new tradition about diamond engagement rings is that there are no traditions.  Over the last several decades, the solitaire has given rise to engagement rings of every possible size, shape and color imaginable.  Here are some of the more unique diamond rings from Mark Broumand’s jewelry collection.

1.84ct Ashoka Cut Diamond Engagement Ring1.84ct Ashoka Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Truly rare, this exquisite proprietary Ashoka cut is part of the emerald cut family. It features beautiful crisscross facet patterns in a stunning 1.52ct center diamond, GIA certified at G-VS2, very white and perfectly clear. It looks amazing under 10X magnification which means it will be perfect to the naked eye! It is set in a one-of-a-kind setting featuring round brilliant cut diamonds pavé set on the top and sides of the platinum setting.

1.71ct Princess Cut Engagement Ring

1.71ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement RingThis Unique and gorgeous Princess Cut Engagement rings usually showcase the center stone with the sides in a North-South configuration.  This beautiful creation turns the stone 45° clockwise so the corners point up and down.  The center diamond is a mesmerizing 1.01ct princess cut diamond,  GIA Certified (one of the leaders in diamond grading) at E-VS2 , exceptionally white and perfectly clear!  It is accented by two rows of round diamonds pavé set down each side of the shank.

8.15ct Fancy Intense Yellow Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

8.15ct Fancy Intense Yellow Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThis extraordinary fancy yellow pear shaped diamond engagement ring will take your breath away! The stunning center stone is a 2.50ct pear shaped diamond, GIA certified at Fancy Intense Yellow, SI1 –  one of the most vibrant fancy intense yellow colored diamonds you will ever see and perfectly eye clean! The shape of the diamond is magnificent! The ring we set it on is a one of a kind antique ring we acquired through a private sale. It is designed to perfection! It features a row of large baguette cut diamonds set around the center with a row of large round diamonds set around them. The sideways pear shaped design is truly unique and the setting is majestic.  This awe inspiring piece will make your heart melt and will surely become a family heirloom.

These are just a few of the truly unique rings that Mark Broumand has hand selected to showcase in his jewelry collection.  Visit Mark and his expert staff when in the Los Angeles area to view some of these beautiful creations in person.  You can also schedule an appointment to custom design your very own unique engagement ring on location or online.

Find a Fancy Yellow Heart Shaped Engagement Ring for Under $4,000

Posted on August 25th, 2014

The Heart is the universal symbol of love, so what better way to seal your commitment to love than with a heart shaped engagement ring made with fancy yellow diamonds.  Buying a high quality and beautiful engagement ring does not have to empty your bank account.  Mark Broumand has several heart-shaped diamond engagement rings to choose from, all priced under $4,500.

Though the heart shaped diamond was created in the early 1900s,  heart shaped gemstones are historically linked to royalty as early as the beginning of the 15th century. The heart shaped diamond is a modified round brilliant cut diamond and will have at least 59 facets.  The high quality rings available at Mark Broumand will have perfectly symmetrical left and right lobes.  Some hearts will be curvier and shorter and others will have a longer and more slender look.  Your heart diamond will be bezel set or set with three prongs, one at the very delicate tip and one on each lobe of the heart.

The ring below has a deeper cleft and full, rounded lobes.  The distance between the center of the stone and the furthest edge of the lobe is greater than the more slender heart shape.

1.71ct Fancy Light Yellow Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe ring below is more slender in the lobes and has a deep cleft.  Set with prongs, special care is taken with the very delicate tip at the bottom of the heart.  1.14ct Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement RingThe ring below is a combination of the slender and rounded style.  The cleft is less shallow than in the ring above.  The shape is a matter of preference and one type of heart is not more or less valuable than the other.  Perfect symmetry is what you are looking for and the left and right halves should be identical to each other. 1.35ct Fancy Light Yellow Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandAlthough the world is filled with many heart symbols, a heart shaped engagement ring is a unique expression of love.  All of the rings in Mark’s collection have high quality color, clarity and symmetry.  They also showcase a center stone greater than .50ct, which is especially important since it is recommended that a heart-shaped diamond be greater than half-a-carat so that the shape of the heart is visually apparent.  When searching for a heart shaped engagement ring, symmetry and clarity are critical. You will find only the most symmetrical and highest quality diamonds in the Mark Broumand Heart Shaped Engagement Rings portfolio.

Complimentary Bridal Jewelry for Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on August 22nd, 2014

One of the more enjoyable aspects of planning for your special day is selecting bridal jewelry that complements your diamond engagement ring.  If you already have an engagement ring, you have the foundation of beautiful jewelry to fashion your special day after.  If you are still shopping for an engagement ring or hope to design one, Mark Broumand and his expert team can help  you with a treasured wedding day jewelry set.

There are only two rules when it comes to wedding jewelry:

1.  Select jewelry that matches your personal style.  If you are a minimalist, fashion your wedding day with the same types of pieces you would normally wear.  If you enjoy wearing full jewelry sets, you will have a lot of different options available to you concerning selecting the pieces to wear down the aisle.

2.  Do not overdo it.  Just because you can find many pieces that match your engagement ring does not mean you should wear them all.

Earrings:

If your wedding gown has an ornate neckline, you can forego a necklace and make a statement with bold earrings.  If you like the idea of a necklace and earrings, select minimalist styles on both so that you are not “top jewelry heavy”.  Diamond stud earrings matched with a pendant will keep you nicely balanced.

2.05ct Princess Cut Diamond Stud Earrings 1.88ct Fancy Color Pear Shaped Rose Cut Diamond Earrings

Necklaces:

You can wear a bolder necklace (chandelier or ornate design) if you have a strapless or sweetheart bodice on your wedding gown.  A V-neck dress is well-matched with a shorter necklace style.

2.18ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Necklace 1.55ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Necklace

Pendants:  Delicate chains can make it seem as if the jewels of a pendant are defying gravity and simply hovering near your heart.  Pendant on a necklace accent all types of wedding gowns nicely.

1.00ct Emerald Cut Diamond Pendant 0.30ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Pendant Necklace

Bracelets:  Though less popular than other pieces, a bracelet is an excellent option for some sparkle or a touch of color near the middle of the body line without detracting attention from the bodice of your dress or your engagement/wedding ring.  Worn on the right wrist, it can give you a certain amount of balance, especially if you are fond of symmetry.  A bracelet is also usually worn more day-to-day than other types of jewelry.

1.20ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Eternity Bangle Bracelet 7.85ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Link Bracelet

As you can see, Mark Broumand has many stunning pieces of all jewelry types. Though he is mostly known for his work in custom designing engagement rings, he lends the same care and attention to selecting all types of pieces for his collections.  If you do not find the perfect match, Mark can also custom design any type of piece for your special day.

Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Rings Under $5000

Posted on August 20th, 2014

Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Rings are the second most popular, runners-up to round brilliant cut rings.  This standard 58-facet diamond was created in the 1960s and has steadily gained popularity over the last five decades. Mark Broumand is renowned for providing an incredible value to each and every customer for all fine jewelry that he sells.  In addition to Mark’s incredible prices, the princess is also less expensive per carat than the round brilliant.  Here are a few of our favorite princess cut engagement rings priced under $5,000.

1.01ct Solitaire Princess Cut Engagement Ring1.01ct Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

This stunning princess cut diamond solitaire has an outstanding combination and gives you a great value! The 1.01ct princess cut center stone is EGL certified at I-J SI3. It faces up white and is perfectly eye clean. It is stunning! The 1 carat diamond is set on 14k white gold. An outstanding combination at a great price!

1.36ct Princess Cut Diamond RingThree Stone Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

This gorgeous five-stone princess cut diamond ring features a super white and clear 0.71ct center diamond. It is flanked by two smaller princesses on its sides. The look is spectacular! The piece is made in high polish 18k white gold. Simple, elegant, and incredibly brilliant! Amazing in every way!

1.20ct Princess Cut Solitaire Diamond Ring1.20ct Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

This simple, elegant and very beautiful modified square brilliant diamond ring gives you an outstanding value! The gorgeous 1.20ct princess is EGL certified at H-SI2. It faces up white and the inclusions are white, giving you a perfectly eye clean look! The over one carat diamond sparkles tremendously! It is set on high polish 18k white gold. Pure elegance!

The Princess Cut diamond engagement ring is an excellent choice for the fiancèe that prefers quadrilateral shapes and symmetry with marked brilliance.  Browse Mark’s selection of diamond rings currently for sale or for inspirational ideas if you would like to custom design your own ring.

Breathtaking Radiant Cut Diamond Rings

Posted on August 18th, 2014

Radiant cut diamond rings feature an amazing brilliant stone often described as a hybrid of the emerald cut and round brilliant. Henry Grossbard spent over three decades perfecting diamonds and his stunning achievement, the radiant cut diamond was developed in 1977. The original radiant contained 61 facets, but later evolved into some with 70 facets. The facets in this diamond are created with “brilliantized step cuts”, which are traditional step cuts that were altered for maximum brilliance. Though visually similar to a princess, the angled corners offer less vulnerability in this stone.Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

The table, or large top facet of the diamond accounts for over 60% of the stone’s width. A stone with great depth is needed to create the brilliance of this stone. Since the stone is deeper, the size when viewed from the top may appear smaller than others on a per carat basis. Per-carat cost of the radiant is one of the least expensive which allows for greater budget flexibility in upgrading to a larger carat weight.  Most radiants will be 1 carat or larger.Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Ring

The radiant cut is one of the rarer diamonds available on the market.  The larger number of facets can help to conceal inclusions, flaws, dark areas and shadows visible in a rough diamond.   The inherent brilliance can make a high quality stone appear to have better color quality  than the same stone of a simpler cut. The radiant cut also maximizes color, making it a preferred choice for fancy colored diamonds.  Due to the stone’s unique octagonal shape and circular life, radiant cut engagement rings look especially stunning when accented with rounded or squarish stones.Radiant Cut Diamond Ring

If you are searching for a square shaped stone with incredible depth and brilliance, the radiant cut diamond ring will be an incredible investment in beauty.  To improve the quality of natural diamonds or to maximize the hue of fancy colored diamonds, the radiant will be a favorable selection.  Visit Mark Broumand to shop for or create radiant cut engagement rings, anniversary rings or right-hand diamond rings.

Celebrate with a Custom Diamond Anniversary Ring

Posted on August 18th, 2014

There are many traditional anniversary presents that are supposed to be given at certain milestones throughout your marriage.  But think of the smile that will light up her face when you surprise her with a custom diamond anniversary ring from Mark Broumand.  The process of creating custom jewelry used to be difficult, expensive and time consuming.  This is no longer the case, especially when you create your jewelry pieces with Mark Broumand and his talented staff of jewelry professionals. If you have a vision in your mind, a drawing on a restaurant napkin or a ring that is made up of several pieces you admire, Mark can turn your vision into a true physical treasure that symbolizes and celebrates your past and future years of marriage.

Anniversary Ring Eternity Band  Three Stone Anniversary RingEternity Band Anniversary Ring

Things to consider when designing a custom diamond anniversary ring:

1.  Ring Size – knowing this ahead of time can make presenting the ring so much more enjoyable, since it won’t need to be resized
2.  The precious metal you want to use in your ring, which will be platinum or yellow, white or rose gold
3.  Ring Setting – are you wanting to create a three-stone ring, eternity band or unique creation all your own?  Are you creating a brand new solitary piece of jewelry or upgrading an existing wedding set to create an anniversary ring?
4.  Diamond Cut – you can select from eleven traditional diamond cuts, which are:  asscher cut, antique cut, cushion cut, emerald cut, heart shape diamond, marquise cut, oval cut, pear shaped diamond, princess cut, radiant cut or round brilliant cut.  You may also opt for a fancy colored diamond.

Once you have made a decision about the technical aspects of the ring, you have the option of providing a detailed description about the design of your piece.  Mark’s online request form allows for you to update any images that you may have on your computer.  You can also select any pieces that you find on the Mark Broumand website for reference.  Once Mark receives your online form, he will personally review it and contact you within one business day to discuss specifics about your ring design and provide you with a cost estimate and advise you on the creation process.

Read about Mark Broumand’s amazing creations by viewing some of his customer testimonials.  You can also browse hundreds of his unique custom creations in his design gallery.  You will be a very satisfied customer and her heart will sing with the new cherished treasure that celebrates your past and future years of marriage.

Hip to Be Square – The Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

Posted on August 15th, 2014

The Emerald Cut diamond ring offers a subtle simplicity and casual elegance that can take on a vintage or contemporary look. This cut was originally created for use with emeralds to maximize the brilliance and color of the lovely green stones. The emerald shape was standardized in the 1940s and is a popular choice among fans of antique jewelry or the Art Deco period.

An emerald cut is rectangular in shape with an octagonal outline and mitered corners, since sharp corner points in diamonds are vulnerable to getting chipped.  If you desire a truly square-shaped diamond that has the corners intact, check out the princess cut diamond rings in Mark Broumand’s collection.  Since an emerald cut diamond ring will have a very large table and a shallow cut, a stone with high quality clarity will be desired since imperfections will be very apparent through the large top facet. A rough stone with imperfections near the shorter sides of the stone can be hidden in the step cut facets used in the ends.2.61ct Emerald Cut Diamond Three Stone Ring | Mark BroumandThe facet work of an emerald cut diamond utilizes long and narrow step-cuts creating rectilinear facets that run parallel to the girdle of the stone. The number of facets will vary 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. An emerald cut diamond is favored by diamond cutters since approximately 80% of the rough crystal is retained; this shape 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 profile emphasizes a diamond’s natural clarity, color and luster.Fancy Yellow Emerald Cut Diamond Halo Ring | Mark Broumand

Since a center stone that is an emerald cut is so bold, this ring will look incredible not only as a solitaire; but also in halo settings (for a vintage look) or also in a three-stone or side stone setting. Emerald cut rings often set the center stone to run parallel to the finger. A more rectangular stone will slim and elongate the finger. To give this traditional ring a unique look, a center emerald cut stone can be set to run parallel to the band.1.56ct Emerald Cut Diamond Halo Ring | Mark BroumandEmerald cut diamond rings are highly desired if you are looking for a ring that represents vintage style. If you desire a bold and sophisticated diamond ring in a rectilinear shape, then this style of ring is the perfect piece of jewelry to consider. Browse Mark Broumand’s diamond ring portfolio to choose from several sizes and styles of emerald cut diamond rings that are sure to be treasured.

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