Archive for September, 2014

Elegant Oval Cut Diamond Rings

Posted on September 30th, 2014

For a unique look that captures the brilliance of a round brilliant, check out the oval cut diamond rings from Mark Broumand. Though the oval diamond has been around for over 200 years, Lazare Kaplan standardized the modern cut in the 1960s. This modified brilliant hails from generations and many family ties in the diamond world. This family dedication to the beauty of the diamond can be seen in the oval cut. Ovals balance beauty and budget.4.17ct Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandYour oval will typically have 58 facets, inclusive of the table (large flat top facet) and culet (lowest pavilion facet). An ideal length-to-width ratio of the finished stone will be between 1.33:1 and 1.66:1. All oval stones will have some degree of the bowtie effect, which is a bowtie-shaped shadow within the center of the stone. A small amount is characteristic of modified brilliant shapes and will often be intensified in stones with a greater length-to-width ratio or which are excessively deep or shallow. Visual inspection of the stone is the best way to determine the degree of this characteristic in your diamond. 1.70ct Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThough you can find an oval in a solitaire setting, this shape’s beauty is intensified when set in a halo, three-stone or accent stone setting. Ovals also have a greater surface area than other profiles with the same carat weight. This will make an oval cut appear larger than other stones of the same carat weight. This diamond is an excellent choice for the couple on a budget, desiring the look of a larger stone. The elongated shape will also offer a slimming or lengthening effect to the ring finger. Unlike the slim and elegant marquise cut diamond ring, this cut creates no sharp corners. The durability of this stone is perfect for active, every day wear.3.55ct Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandMark Broumand’s collection of oval cut diamond rings represents a wide array of sizes, styles and settings to match every taste and budget. This incredibly versatile ring can reflect the romance of the vintage era or upscale contemporary chic.  The oval cut diamond is a preferred choice as an engagement ring, anniversary ring or custom designed ring as a gift. Each oval cut jewelry creation at Mark Broumand was selected for its high quality and elegance.

Celebrate with Round Cut Diamond Anniversary Rings

Posted on September 29th, 2014

There is a reason that round brilliant diamond anniversary rings are so popular:  the brilliance and sparkle of these amazing diamonds.  Pure science went into creating the round brilliant to maximize light behavior and brilliance and the round cut diamond is proof that science can be beautiful.  Each of the 58 facets in this circular beauty was carefully studied for placement of ultimate light reflection and refraction.  Move your beautiful ring side-to-side and you will see a sparkling rainbow of colors and inner fire unlike other stones.  View some of Mark Broumand’s amazing round cut diamond anniversary rings that shine as brightly as that special lady in your life.

1.75ct Round Brilliant Diamond Eternity Band

1.75ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Eternity Band Angled View | Mark Broumand1.75ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Eternity Band | Mark BroumandThis custom-made eternity band has elegance, brilliance and beauty that will make her smile every time she glances at it.  This round cut diamond anniversary ring features a row of round brilliant cut diamonds channel set on the top with fine milgrain on the sides. The front and back of this magnificently beautiful ring is set with round diamonds, pavé set all around. This gorgeous anniversary band sparkles from every angle.

5.03ct Round Brilliant Diamond Eternity Band

5.03ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Eternity Band Angled View | Mark Broumand 5.03ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Eternity Band | Mark BroumandWith this gorgeous piece, she would say, “I do” all over again.  This 5.03ct  round brilliant diamond anniversary ring is styled as an eternity band that features extremely white and clear diamonds. Two rows of large round brilliant cut diamonds are set all around this amazing band.  This ring was crafted in such a way that hardly any of the white gold shows, letting the brilliance shine through.

3.41ct Three-Stone Round Cut Diamond Anniversary Ring

3.41ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Anniversary Ring Angle View | Mark Broumand 3.41ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Anniversary Ring | Mark BroumandTo symbolize your future, the stunning 2.04ct brilliant center diamond is EGL certified at F-SI2. It is certified as an Ideal Cut diamond; this means that it has optimal brilliance and perfect proportions.  The two side stones are large fancy yellow trapezoids surrounded by rounds. The split shank and center basket is set with round diamonds in a micropavé setting.

These are just a few of the remarkable round cut diamond anniversary rings that Mark Broumand has available for purchase in his Los Angeles, CA store or online.  Searching for other round brilliant cut diamond jewelry?  Browse his selection of brilliant round cut diamond engagement rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces.   If you would like to recreate an anniversary ring that you have seen, Mark can also custom design an anniversary ring for you in any precious metal and diamond that you desire.

The Cushion Cut Diamond Ring

Posted on September 26th, 2014

Cushion Cut Diamond Rings showcase a brilliant and uniquely square-shaped diamond with rounded sides and corners, often referred to as a “pillow shape”. The shape is often described as a hybrid of a rectangle and an oval shape diamond. The old mine, or antique cushion had 58 facets while the modern cushion has 64 large facets. Though the cushion cut is widely known in famous gemstones such as the Hope Diamond (45.45 carats), Regent Diamond (140.5 carats) and Yellow Tiffany Diamond (128.54 carats), the cut is rather rare. Larger facets highlight the diamond’s clarity and the modified brilliant shape increases the stone’s brilliance.2.68ct Cushion Cut Diamond Ring | Mark BroumandOriginally known as the Old Mine Cut, this diamond has been around for nearly 200 years and was as popular in its time as the round brilliant is today.  Due to its larger facets, the cushion cut returns light in chunkier patterns than many other modern shapes. The changes that Marcel Tolkowsky began making to the Old Mine in the 1920s amplified the inner light of the diamond.  Many buyers are attracted to the scarcity of the cushion. The look of the stone combines modern day brilliance with a classic and romantic feel. 3.09ct Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Ring | Mark BroumandCushion cuts often render a more intense fire than other stones, but are less brilliant than the round cut. The cushion is also one of the preferred choices for fancy colored diamonds, since it can intensify the color.  Cushion cut stones generally display one of three fundamental facet patterns which can create varied appearances. The shape of the stone can also vary between diamonds; some will have more rounded sides while others have sides that are more linear. Most will be square-shaped and other stones may be more of a rectangular shape.   A cushion with larger facets will create broad flashes of fire. Smaller facets of the cut result in more precise bursts of fire often referred to as “pinfire”.2.12ct Cushion Cut Diamond Ring | Mark BroumandMark Broumand has hand selected many stunning pieces for his cushion cut ring collection. This diamond is amazing in any ring setting. This ring is ideal for a lady that desires a popular and classic style in a recognizable, yet rare cut. Much like “The One”, fiery and rare cushion cut diamond engagement rings are beautiful and scarce finds.

Earrings to Accent Your Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

Posted on September 25th, 2014

There are few gifts that compliment a clean and sparkling Asscher cut diamond ring better than a pair of Asscher cut diamond earrings.  It may just be time for a new pair of earrings or you may be adding a pair to accent an existing anniversary band or engagement ring.  Regardless of the reason, Mark Broumand has the selection of Asscher cut earrings and other jewelry to complete any set.

1.10ct Asscher Diamond Stud Earrings

1.10ct Asscher Cut Diamond Stud Earrings | Mark BroumandIf you have an appreciation of vintage jewelry from the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s, then you will love these diamond stud earrings. We selected two beautiful asscher stones weighing 0.86ct total.  We then set them with a row of round diamonds prong set all the way around them. The studs are custom made with very special attention given to every detail.  Wear these for any special occasion.

0.90ct Asscher Cut Dangle Earrings

0.90ct Asscher Cut Diamond Dangle Earrings | Mark BroumandThe square-shaped, 58-facet stunners are created with a series of step cuts that run parallel to the widest point of the gem. It is this style of cutting that creates a mirrored windmill effect when looking at the diamond from the top. These gorgeous asscher cuts are accented by a halo of round brilliants. They dangle from a small hoop studded with diamonds as well. They are immensely brilliant and beautiful.

0.72ct Asscher Stud Earrings

0.72ct Asscher Cut Diamond Stud Earrings | Mark BroumandThe Asscher cut highlights the inherent clarity and color of the diamond.  This is why these square beauties have incredible sparkle that makes them great for stud earrings.  The 0.72ct Asscher cuts are set on 14k white gold screw-back settings that showcase them wonderfully. The diamonds are very white and eye clean.  These are perfect for everyday wear and easily stun on special occasions as well.

Though you will find many intriguing Asscher Cut diamond jewelry pieces, the earrings in Mark Broumand’s collection showcase the beauty of this diamond. When searching for a high quality earrings with shine and sparkle, Asscher cut diamond earrings are sure to please.

Men’s Wedding Rings and Wedding Bands

Posted on September 24th, 2014

We often overlook the men in our lives when it comes to wedding rings or wedding bands.   Some men prefer the sleek look of a precious metal band while others like adding some diamonds to their band.  Here are some affordable options from Mark Broumand when it comes to selecting a ring for that special man in your life.

1.20ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Men’s Band

1.20ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Men's Wedding Band | Mark BroumandThis sophisticated round brilliant cut men’s diamond wedding band is eye catching. It features five big, brilliant round diamonds totaling 1.20ct in a channel setting set on 14k white gold. It’s perfect for the man looking for a big, bold, but rather simple look.  This men’s band will be the perfect accent to the fiery and brilliant round cut diamond engagement ring.


Men’s 1.48ct Princess Cut Diamond Wedding Band

Men's 1.48ct Princess Cut Diamond Wedding Band | Mark BroumandThis classic men’s princess cut diamond band will never go out of style! There are 1.48ct of bright, white princess cut diamonds channel set on this three sided top 14k yellow gold ring.  If your bride-to-be is wearing a perfectly crafted princess cut diamond engagement ring, this band will be the perfect compliment.


Men’s Handmade Segmented Sandblasted Band in Platinum 7.0mm

Men's Handmade Segmented Sandblasted Wedding Band in Platinum 7.0mm | Mark BroumandThis gorgeous handmade comfort fit men’s wedding band is superbly crafted. The platinum band has sandblasted segments going all the way around the ring accented by high polished beveled edges. The ring looks bold and beautiful on the hand.  Choose this elegant band to match your bride’s ring or make a statement by choosing this look as your own.


Men’s Two-Tone Hand Engraved Band in Platinum 7.0mm

Men's Two-Tone Hand Engraved Wedding Band in Platinum 7.0mm | Mark BroumandThis exquisite hand engraved 7mm men’s band has a comfort fit and is very elegant. It is finely handcrafted in platinum with a hand engraved yellow gold filigree center accented by milgrain and high polish rounded edges. The beautiful two-tone band looks stunning on the hand!  If your fiancée wears a two-tone engagement ring or ring with milgrain accents, this is the perfect match.

 Visit Mark Broumand to fulfill all of your engagement, wedding or anniversary jewelry needs.  When searching for men’s or women’s wedding bands, shopping for diamond engagement rings or choosing his favorite band; Mark Broumand has a wide selection of all the jewelry you will ever need.

Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

Round brilliant cut diamond stud earrings will showcase a diamond that was a beautiful breakthrough in brilliance.  The round brilliant cut was created in the early 1900s by engineer, Marcel Tolkowsky.  His lineage traced back to several generations of well-known diamond cutters and jewelers.  In 1919, his book Diamond Design introduced the specifications of the round cut which would become the North American diamond-cutting benchmark.  His engineering background led him to study mathematical calculations about light behavior and how to maximize the brilliance in a natural stone.  The result of his work is a 58-facet stunner that seems alive with brilliance and fire and sparkle.

This most popular cut accounts for over 80% of loose diamonds currently on the market.  View some of the stud earrings below and you will know why.

2.06ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Stud Earrings

2.06ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Stud Earrings | Mark BroumandThe round brilliants on this pair of stud earrings total 2.06cts.  The diamonds are EGL certified at H-I, SI2. The diamonds are set on 14k white gold with screw backs for added security. These round cut studs will surely sparkle for a lifetime!

1.00ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Cushion Halo Stud Earrings

1.00ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Cushion Halo Stud Earrings | Mark BroumandThese beauties are made for everyday wear.  This beautiful pair of 1.00ct round brilliant cut stud earrings are crafted with great quality.  The beautiful design features two bright, white round brilliants in the center encased in a diamond cushion halo. The one carat of diamonds sparkle brightly on this 14k white gold butterfly back setting.

1.56ct Round Brilliant Cut Stud Earrings

1.56ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Stud Earrings | Mark BroumandThis gorgeous pair of round brilliant stud earrings feature two beautiful and exceptionally brilliant fancy light yellow rounds totaling 1.56ct. They are set in 18K yellow gold bezel set pushbacks, lending a bright warmth to this pair of earrings. They are the perfect addition to any jewelry collection and are great for any occasion!

Browse Mark Broumand’s selection of round brilliant cut diamond stud earrings. These stunning earrings are timeless and are a perfect gift for any occasion.  These earrings will perfectly accent any one of Mark’s fiery round brilliant cut diamond engagement rings or any other existing piece of round diamond jewelry.  Mark also offers  jewelry design if you have loose stones that would like to set in a custom pair of earrings.  Anyone that receives a pair of diamond stud earrings from Mark Broumand will be delighted with the finest quality in beauty for years to come.

Custom Designed Diamond Eternity Bands

Posted on September 22nd, 2014

With Mark Broumand, you can custom design a diamond eternity band to celebrate your eternal love.  Many people think that their options are limited when it comes to eternity band selections.  Just like creating a fantastic diamond engagement ring or a custom right-hand ring, you have several choices available to you when you create a diamond eternity band, or any piece of fine jewelry for that matter when you design with Mark.  Here are some of his creations that showcase different design options when creating this special band.

Select a diamond

You will be able to select the carat weight and desired diamond cut.  Though you can select any diamond to create your eternity band, some of the most popular include:  round brilliant cut, asscher cut, and emerald cut.  If you haven’t already, be sure to look at the many unique looks of our selection of dazzling pear shaped diamond eternity bands.

1.80ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Eternity Band

1.80ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Eternity Band | Mark BroumandEach of the larger round brilliant cut diamonds set on this incredible piece are surrounded by smaller round diamonds in a micropavé setting.  The larger design set to form a wider is spectacular.  The shimmer and brilliance of this eternity ring is incredibly unique and will surely become a treasured family heirloom.

Select a precious metal

Select from yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum to use in your band.  You can also use more than one metal in your band, as seen in the band below.

2.00ct Fancy Yellow Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Eternity Band

2.00ct Fancy Yellow Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Eternity Band | Mark BroumandThis gorgeous custom-made fancy yellow and white diamond eternity ring will mesmerize you with its brilliance, beauty and craftsmanship. A row of fancy yellow diamonds are set atop the band in a pavé setting. The front and back is set with white diamonds in a pavé setting. The ring is made in high polish platinum and features handmade milgraining throughout.

Special touches

You can add special touches, such as multiple rows of diamonds or multiple sizes of diamonds.  View the asscher cut diamond eternity band below, which triples the beauty of the traditional asscher diamond anniversary ring.  The eternity band at the top of the page uses different weights of round brilliant cut diamonds in a wide band setting.

8.12ct Three-Row Asscher Cut Diamond Eternity Band

8.12ct Three-Row Asscher Cut Diamond Eternity Band | Mark BroumandThis statement ring features 8.12ct of bright and clear Asscher cut diamonds going all the way around.  Each stone is a perfect match to the others.  The elegant diamonds are set in a platinum prong setting that showcases each stone perfectly.  This piece has three times the beauty of a traditional asscher cut anniversary ring.

Mark Broumand is passionate about turning your idea into a  beautiful and beloved piece of fine jewelry that will be cherished for generations to come.  With Mark Broumand, any jewelry piece is possible!  Fill out a simple custom design form to begin designing the diamond eternity band or other fine jewelry piece you desire.

A Symbol of Love: The Heart Shaped Diamond Ring

Posted on September 19th, 2014

There are few diamonds as symbolic in emotion as the heart shaped diamond ring.  This modification of the incredibly brilliant round cut diamond is shaped to honor the universal symbol of love, while retaining the highly desired brilliance of a standard round.  You will want to select a stone with perfect symmetry; the left and right half should mirror each other and the top cleft and lower point should align.  A weight of greater than .50 carats will be desired so that the outline of this special shape will be well defined visually.  Smaller sized hearts are best set in a bezel or three-prong setting (one on the shoulder of each lobe and one at the bottom point) and larger stones may use a fourth prong.

1.84ct Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring1.84ct Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Heart shaped diamonds have been traced back to the royalty of the 16th century when Mary, Queen of Scots presented one to Queen Elizabeth; the gift was given as a sign of goodwill and friendship.  These silhouettes were especially cherished given that the heart shape was very difficult to cut during those times.  The heart shaped diamonds that we enjoy today were standardized in the early 1900s.

The silhouette or shape itself will be a matter of personal preference.  You or your fiancèe may like a more traditional heart, with a deep cleft and rounded lobes.  Others may favor  a more slender heart with lobes that are straighter and a more shallow cleft.  Different lengths and widths are also affected by the particular setting of the ring. When searching for a heart shaped engagement ring, symmetry and clarity are critical.

4.60ct Fancy Light Yellow Heart Shaped Diamond Anniversary Ring

4.60ct Fancy Light Yellow Heart Shaped Diamond Three-Stone Ring | Mark Broumand

You will find only the most symmetrical and highest quality diamonds used in Mark Broumand’s collection of Modified brilliant diamond rings. If you are searching for a diamond engagement ring, a heart shape will stun in a solitaire or halo setting.  A heart shaped diamond anniversary ring will wow in a three-stone ring setting.  The brilliance of your special shaped diamond will sparkle as either a white or fancy colored diamond. Browse our selection or create your own special ring when searching for the perfect symbol of your love.

Wow Her with an Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

Posted on September 18th, 2014

Many people greatly desire the linear and clean vintage look of the Emerald cut diamond ring. The rectangular and clean lines of the Emerald diamond was standardized during the Art Deco Period of the 1940s. The distinctive look of this stone makes it a very popular diamond choice among antique jewelry fans.

5.49ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe Emerald Cut diamond was originally created for use in Emeralds to maximize the sparkle and brilliance of the gemstone. An Emerald shape diamond will have a very large table, or flat top and requires a very high quality stone, in both color and clarity since flaws and imperfections will be readily visible. If a rough stone does contain inclusions, it may be cut so that the flaws occur within the shorter ends or corners of the stone.  This allows blemishes to be hidden within these facets.

This shape’s facets are created by step or trap cuts that are long and narrow. The number of facets in Emerald Cut diamond rings will range between 50 and 58. The ideal length-to-width ratio of this rectangular profile is approximately 1.4 to 1. These rectangular beauties have corner points that are vulnerable to chipping or breakage and will be protected with prongs. Since the corners are intact with only a small section removed for bevel, approximately 80% of a rough stone is retained as the finished stone greater maximizing the value of this rectangular beauty.

1.36ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThis stone does not possess the “sparkle” or brilliance of many other diamonds; the cut maximizes a diamond’s inherent color, luster and clarity. If you desire a square shape stone with incredible fire, you may be interested in the beautiful and brilliant princess cut diamond ring. Most Emerald Diamond Engagement Rings will be set with the center stone parallel to the finger. Since the Emerald Cut is so bold as a center stone, the stone will look captivating as a solitaire, in a three-stone setting or accented with side stones.

The Emerald Cut diamond ring exudes linear sophistication and a vintage elegance for anyone wearing it. Visit Mark Broumand to find the perfect Emerald cut diamond ring, as an engagement or anniversary ring that will surely wow her.

Celebrate Love with a Marquise Cut Engagement Ring

Posted on September 17th, 2014

If you are looking for a uniquely shaped engagement ring, look no further than a Marquise cut diamond ring from Mark Broumand.  Also referred to as the “Navette Cut”, this delicate diamond features an elongated oval shape with tapered, pointed ends. The Marquise was originally commissioned in the 18th century by King Louis XV of France to honor his longtime mistress, the Marquise de Pompadour’s perfectly shaped kiss.

Your 58-facet modified brilliant stone will have perfect symmetry as this is a crucial part of this diamond’s profile. The pointed ends should align with each other and left and right sides should mirror each other.  Much like the notable and unique oval cut diamond ring, this stone is long and slender and creates a slimming and elongating effect on the finger at the wearer. These visually stunning and unique diamond rings very sophisticated and elegant and delicate. The ideal length to with ratio for this stone will be 2:1. This ratio is ideal to balance out stability without sacrificing the brilliance of the stone.

3.01ct Fancy Yellow Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring

3.01ct Fancy Yellow Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 3.01ct Fancy Yellow Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Angled View | Mark Broumand

This special profile contains a large table, or flat top and your diamond will have high quality color and be very clear. Inclusions are often hidden within the shorter ends of the stone where they can disappear within the facet work of the stone.  Per carat, your Marquise has the largest crown surface area of any other diamond and will appear larger than other shapes of the same weight.  Care must be taken with the tapered ends and should be sent in prongs or a bezel setting to protect the delicate ends from chipping or breakage.

1.30ct Marquise Cut Diamond Ring

1.30ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand1.30ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Angled View | Mark Broumand

Each Marquise engagement ring that Mark Broumand has selected for his jewelry store was selected for its high quality clarity, color and symmetry.  Every piece of jewelry Mark selects must also be visually stunning.  If you desire a ring that is delicate and unique at an incredible value, the Marquise cut engagement ring is a sure thing.  Be sure to also browse through Mark’s many other jewelry pieces to perfectly accent this perfect ring.