Archive for December, 2014

The Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on December 29th, 2014

The radiant cut diamond engagement ring couples the fiery brilliance of a round brilliant with the linear clarity of the emerald cut.  Henry Grossbard’s three-plus decades of development led to this magnificent fusion of clarity and fire by creating the “brilliantized step cut”.  This new cutting technique amplified the best qualities and light behavior of both the emerald and round.  The radiant evolved from an original 61 facets to the 70 standard facets used today.

3.23ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe shape of your radiant diamond will be square to rectangular.  The table or “flat top facet” will be large, accounting for approximately 60% of the stone’s width.  A deep, rough crystal is required for the radiant since depth is needed for the facet work on the lower portion that creates the brilliance.  Radiants will appear smaller than other diamonds of the same carat weight when viewed from above. This cost per carat is one of the least expensive diamond shapes, allowing a buyer greater price flexibility for a larger gemstone.  Most diamonds available in this cut will be 1 carat or larger.

The radiant maximizes color, making it an excellent choice for fancy colored diamonds, such as this fancy intense yellow radiant cut engagement ring. Due to the stone’s unique shape and circular life, radiants look especially stunning when accented with either squared, trillion or round accent stones.1.69ct Halo Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe 70 facets and angled corners in this fiery beauty can help to conceal flaws and inclusions. A high quality radiant diamond can make a stone appear to have better color than the same diamond of simpler cut.  The more brilliant the radiant appears, the higher quality cut. It takes a highly skilled diamantaire to create the best radiant cut diamond.0.91ct Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

The radiant cut engagement ring is a perfect choice for anyone that doesn’t want to compromise brilliance, but prefers a diamond that is not round. This incredibly rare and beautiful gem is also an amazing value.  Browse Mark Broumand’s collection of rare and exquisite radiant cut eternity bands and engagement rings in a variety of precious metals and ring settings sure to fit every budget and your taste.

Love Your Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on December 28th, 2014

The Princess cut engagement ring is second only to the round brilliant diamond engagement ring in popularity. Its square shape and varied numbers of facets offer a sophisticated look with different degrees of brilliance. This shape’s profile looks like an inverted pyramid and there are four beveled and intact sides on the table (flat top facet). If you are interested in another square brilliant stone similar to the princess, the breathtaking and rare radiant cut diamond rings in Mark Broumand’s collection will offer you additional choices.

4.01ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring4.01ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

The stunner in the center is G-I1, AGS certified princess cut diamond.  On each side, 4 incredible rows of additional princess diamonds accent the center stone.  The design of the ring is so very unique and the 18k white gold gives this ring even that much more sparkle.  This ring will surely dazzle for decades to come.

Much of the facet work is done on the pavilion, or lower side of the stone. These facet cuts (chevrons) provide different levels of optical dimensions in each princess.  Fewer chevrons will give you larger and more distinguished facets with slower light scintillation. More chevrons produce faster scintillation with a “crushed ice” mosaic of facets.  The preference between more or less facets is completely objective based on personal preference.

2.31ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring2.31ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

This incredible halo style engagement ring highlights a 1.01ct, F-VS1 EGL-certified princess center diamond.  The ring is fashioned in platinum and the center stone is crowned by a halo of round brilliants.  The round diamonds also extend down the shank and run along the sides of the center basket and connectors.  Milgrain detail accents the center basket, connectors and extend three-quarters of the way down the shank.

A princess cut engagement ring offers the wearer a similar brilliance to a round cut, but with a square shape and lower price range.  Be sure to review Mark Broumand’s impressive selection of carefully hand-selected princess cut Engagement Rings, as solitaires and multi-stone ring settings.  You will also be impressed with the options available to you in complimentary princess cut fine jewelry.

A Unique Pair of Round Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on December 27th, 2014

Marcel Tolkowsky forever changed the beauty of round cut diamond engagement rings for brides-to-be everywhere in 1919; this was the year that he first introduced the round brilliant cut diamond to the world. Centuries of development led to a large table (top, flat facet), a smaller culet (bottom facet) and elongated facets on the lower section of the stone.  These changes were a result of Tolkowsky’s study of light behavior and mathematical calculations that would maximize the optical performance of the round brilliant’s predecessors.

Most round cut diamond rings will showcase a larger center stone in a solitaire, halo, accent stone or three-stone ring setting. Here are two rings presented by Mark Broumand to show you that a ring selected for such a special occasion can be just as unique as she is.

2.04ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Oval Shaped Ring

2.04ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Oval Shaped Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand2.04ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Oval Shaped Engagement Ring Angle | Mark Broumand

This captivating round cut diamond ring features brilliants set to perfection in an oval shape, surrounded by a double halo in a shared prong setting as well as a micropavé setting for an incredible design! The three tiered shank features round diamonds as well. This mesmerizing piece can be taken apart to form a pendant from the center portion of the ring. Great beauty, wonderfully ornate and a great deal of usability. A truly outstanding value!

1.59ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Teardrop Ring

 1.59ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Teardrop Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand1.59ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Teardrop Engagement Ring Angle | Mark Broumand

This captivating round brilliant diamond ring features a gorgeous teardrop shaped setting in the center. There is a halo of round diamonds set in a micropavé setting around the center stone, extending down the shank and also set on either side. This magnificent piece gives you such an outstanding look and so much brilliance at a great value. Truly awe inspiring!

Browse Mark Broumand’s selection of round brilliant cut diamond engagement rings, in unique styles or traditional settings. These spectacular brilliants are so versatile and perfect as a halo engagement ring, three-stone ring or accented with side stones and of course, as a solitaire. If you have a perfect ring in mind, Mark Broumand can also custom design the perfect diamond engagement ring for you.

She Will Love the Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on December 24th, 2014

Antique cushion cut diamond engagement rings will showcase a center diamond cut in a time to properly maximize the reflection of candlelight.  In comparison to modern cushions, antiques will have a smaller table (flat top facet), larger facets and lager culet (bottom facet).  The larger facets were arranged to maximize light refraction, inner fire and scintillation of  a diamond when viewed by candlelight.  Here are some of the antique cushion cut engagement rings that Mark Broumand has selected for his collection of antique cut diamond rings.

2.20ct Antique Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

 2.20ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand2.20ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Side View | Mark Broumand

The exquisite 1.50ct cushion set in the center is white and completely eye clean, GIA certified at H-VS1. The faceting on this one-and-a-half carat center stone gives this diamond phenomenal fire. The unique diamond is set in a split shank platinum setting. There is a halo of micropavé set round diamonds around the center stone and a split shank coming off the halo meeting in a single band of micropavé stones.

3.26ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring

3.26ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 3.26ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring Side View | Mark Broumand

This ring features a mesmerizing 2.01ct antique cushion brilliant that is poised in the center. It is GIA certified at H-SI1. The stone is white, perfectly eye clean, with immense fire.  The cut of this antique cushion cut is phenomenal. It is accented by round brilliant s in a shared prong setting design in a halo set around it and down the shank. The ring is made in high polish 18k white gold.

2.21ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring

2.21ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand2.21ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring Angled | Mark Broumand

The gorgeous 1.21ct antique cushion brilliant set in the center is GIA certified at H-VS2. It is white, very clear and fiery. The halo of round brilliants set around it accents it beautifully in a pavé setting featuring milgrain detail. The step-cut trapezoids feature a row of round diamonds around them as well. The shank is pavé set with round diamonds on all three sides. The center basket has a beautiful filigree design, studded with a round diamond as well as round diamonds pavé set on the connectors. This piece is not only beautiful, but also a great value.

Antique cushion diamond engagement rings use modern technology to recreate a romantic, vintage era gem.  Many love the warm, inner fire and larger, chunky facets that this diamond ring possesses. Mark Broumand also has an impressive selection of old European antique round cut diamond engagement rings which precede the modern day round brilliant diamond.

The Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on December 22nd, 2014

A cushion cut diamond engagement ring features a fiery square-shaped gemstone with large facets and softly rounded corners. The shape is often described as a hybrid of a rectangle and oval.  The cut is rather rare, even though the cushion cut is widely known in famous diamonds such as the Hope (45.45 carats), Regent (140.5 carats) and Yellow Tiffany (128.54 carats).

1.56ct Fancy Vivid Yellow Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

1.56ct Fancy Vivid Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandFashioned after the 58-facet Old Mine, this diamond shape has been around for nearly 200 years.  It was as popular in its time as the round brilliant is today. The modern cushion showcases 64 facets.  Modern cushions have a large table, larger facets and the facet patterns highlight the diamond’s clarity and increase the brilliance of the stone. A cushion with longer facets will create broader flashes of fire, like those seen in the rich, vintage style antique cushion engagement rings. Shorter facets result in more precise bursts of fire often referred to as “pinfire”.

1.81ct Cushion Cut Diamond Ring

1.81ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe cushion returns light in chunkier patterns than many other modern cuts. Marcel Tolkowsky’s scientific research of a diamond’s light behavior in the 1920s was used to enhance the antique cushion cut stone by enlarging the table (flat top of the diamond), decreasing the size of the culet (bottom point) and enhancing the facets. These changes amplified the lumen of the stone. Many buyers are attracted to the scarcity of the shape and the feel of the stone that combines the classic romantic look with modern day fire.

7.11ct Fancy Yellowish Brown Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

7.11ct Fancy Yellowish Brown Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandWhile less brilliant than the modern round cut, cushions often render a more intense fire than other modern cuts. Cushion diamonds generally display one of three fundamental facet patterns which can create varied appearances, from larger, defined facets to a “crushed ice” look. The shape of the stone can also vary between diamonds; some will have more rounded edges while others have edges that are more linear.  Personal preference should dictate which shape and facet pattern that you prefer.

Mark Broumand has hand selected many stunning pieces for his cushion cut diamond engagement ring collection. This ring is ideal for a lady that desires a rare and classic style in a recognizable stone. Much like your special love, cushion cut diamond engagement rings are unique and rare finds to be cherished.

Emerald Cut Engagement Rings Rekindle a Romantic Past

Posted on December 21st, 2014

Emerald Cut engagement rings offer clean, straight lines in a diamond profile that is pure vintage style.  Minimalist and elegant, this shape was originally created to maximize the sparkle and brilliance of emeralds.  The emerald cut was the evolutionary successor to the table cut of the 1500s. This rectangular beauty was very popular during the Art Deco period and this shape was standardized in the 1940s. Today it is a very popular choice among fans of antique jewelry.

4.05ct Three Stone Emerald Cut Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandAn emerald cut is eight-sided, rectangular in shape with chamfered corners.  An exceptional quality rough diamond is needed, since imperfections may be visibly apparent through the large table (flat top facet of a diamond).   Any imperfections in a rough diamond are usually found nearest the short ends or corners of the diamond so that blemishes are hidden within the additional facets that intersect in this area. This shape is an excellent choice for larger, high quality stones since approximately 80% of the rough diamond is retained.

1.80ct Halo Emerald Cut Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandAn emerald cut diamond has step-cuts that are long and narrow, which are cut into the pavilion (lower part of the diamond).  Facets vary in numbers between 50 and 58. The ideal length to width ratio of the emerald cut is 1.4:1 or a range between 1.3 and 1.5:1.  Personal preference should determine if you desire an emerald cut with more of a square or rectangular shape. The larger table, culet (bottom facet) and facets of this diamond effectively reflect light back throughout the diamond.  This shape maximizes a diamond’s clarity, color and luster.

Emerald cut diamond engagement rings are highly favored because of their unique, vintage style. This profile is breathtaking as a solitaire, in a three-stone ring or as a bold center stone accented with side stones.  If your bride-to-be is bold and sophisticated and fancies antiquities, then the emerald cut engagement ring is a preferred jewelry choice to compliment her traits. Mark Broumand also has a selection of masterfully custom designed emerald cut diamond eternity bands to pair with your engagement ring or wedding set.

Wow Her with a Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on December 20th, 2014

The round cut diamond s the most popular and traditional of engagement rings chosen today, as much for its beauty as for its stunning brilliance. The 58 facets in this diamond cut were scientifically calculated for nearly a century in order to maximize and perfect light reflection, refraction, fire and brilliance.  The creation of the round brilliant cut  was a benchmark in the jewelry industry and modifications of the round include: the oval cut, heart-shaped, marquise cut and pear-shaped.

1.62ct Round Brilliant Cut Engagement Ring1.62ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

This is a truly elegant and unique diamond engagement ring you will cherish forever. This gorgeous piece features a 1.02ct round brilliant in the center. It is GIA certified at I-SI2. It is white, eye clean and extremely brilliant. The center stone is then accented by a cluster of three rounds which are prong set on each side. The loop-shaped shank is set with micropavé round cuts and the entire ring is fashioned from 18k white gold.

6.46ct Round Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring

6.46ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Here’s an exceptionally large and beautiful round brilliant cut diamond in a cushion halo that will have people complimenting you every day.  This gorgeous piece features a 5.51ct round center gem, AGS certified at N-SI2. This center stone has a very warm color that is perfectly complimented by the high polish 18k rose gold setting.   This center stone is accented by a cushion shaped halo and split shank.  All accent stones are round brilliants in a micropavé setting style, which showcases the central jewel beautifully with minimal metal showing.

Round cuts are the most brilliant of all diamond shapes and because of their simplistic beauty, you will often find the rounds in a four-prong solitaire ring setting.  In addition to many modern round brilliant cut diamond rings, you may also be interested in the vintage look of the antique round engagement rings in Mark Broumand’s showcase.  Beyond the designs in our collection, we can customize any engagement and anniversary ring to match your specific taste.

Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Rings – Tribute to a Kiss

Posted on December 19th, 2014

Marquise cut diamond engagement rings showcase an ellipsoid shaped diamond that narrows to pointed ends.  King Louis XV of France commissioned the court jeweler to create the diamond to honor the Marquise of Pompadour.  The Marquise was the King’s mistress in the mid-18th century and he wanted to capture her perfectly shaped lips in a gem.

1.60ct Marquise Cut Engagement Ring

1.60ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement RingTurn heads with this very distinctive marquise cut engagement ring.  The unique east-west setting of the center diamond in this platinum ring creates a very distinctive look. The 1.00ct center jewel is GIA certified at D-SI2. It is perfectly white and eye clean.  The marquise shape is a nice balance of length to width and is accented by a halo of micropavé round brilliants and a row of rounds set down the sides of the delicate shank. All of the uniquely shaped marquise diamond rings from Mark Broumand will have exceptional symmetry, which is critical in this profile. The delicate points will align with each other, as well as the left and right half.

2.02ct Marquise Cut Solitaire Engagement Ring

2.02ct Marquise Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement RingThis marquise solitaire engagement ring has an elegant simplicity  that accents this incredible jewel.  The 2.02ct diamond is AGS certified, E-SI2.  The color is exceptionally white and the clarity is eye-clean.  The cut on this magnificently shaped marquise is exceptional.  The setting is high polish 14k white gold and the shank is dainty and sleek.  This gorgeous ring is an exceptional value, since the Marquise has the largest crown surface, per carat of any other cut. This makes this gemstone appear larger in a “face up” position than other shapes of the same weight.

9.68ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

9.68ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement RingThis one-of-a-kind and mesmerizing ring is astonishing! The spectacular 8.33ct marquise set in the center is AGS Certified at K-I1. It has a warmer color and small natural inclusions, or birthmarks, which are visible by the naked eye. This stone sparkles like crazy. At over eight carats, it is hypnotic! The custom made rose gold setting features a halo of round diamonds and a split shank set with round diamonds in a micropavé setting. The center basket is handcrafted to perfection, featuring handmade filigree detail and a studded design on the tips. This 18k rose gold diamond ring is truly magnificent and an outstanding value!

The marquise cut engagement rings in Mark Broumand’s portfolio have been chosen for their exceptional color, clarity and symmetry. A marquise cut diamond ring is the best choice for those that desire a visibly larger diamond without the hefty price tag of other cuts based on carat weight. This unique and timeless diamond ring is sure to be treasured year after year.

Antique European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on December 17th, 2014

Antique European round engagement rings feature a diamond that was one of the marked forerunners to the incredibly brilliant round cut diamond ring.  When compared to their modern counterparts, these antique stones will have a very small table(top, flat facet on a diamond) with a steep angle on the crown.  The lower half of the diamond will be shorter than the modern day round.  The bottom facet, or culet will be large.  These variations result in a facet pattern that is more blocky with distinctive black and white flashes of light.

2.15ct Old European Round Engagement Ring

2.15ct Old European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand2.15ct Old European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Side View | Mark Broumand

This magnificent antique European round engagement ring incorporates modern day details with vintage design. The gorgeous star of this piece is a 2.07ct old European round cut, EGL Certified at G-SI1. It is white, clear, extremely brilliant and has an amazing cut. The gem is accented by rounds in a pavé setting on 18k white gold.  The remainder of the shank is 18k yellow gold.  This gorgeous two-tone gold antique engagement ring is simple, elegant and beautiful!

2.57ct Old European Round Cut Engagement Ring

2.57ct Old European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring2.57ct Old European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Side View | Mark Broumand

This extraordinary antique European round diamond ring is a one-in-a-million artistic creation.  This mesmerizing piece features a 1.42ct antique European round cut diamond, GIA certified at F-SI2. It is exceptionally white, perfectly eye clean and immensely brilliant. It is accented by a double halo of round diamonds in a micropavé setting. The shank is channel set with baguette cut diamonds with milgrain detail and there are round diamonds pavé set on the front and back of this gorgeous ring as well.  The profile of this ring is breathtaking and this antique European diamond engagement ring is mesmerizing from every angle.

4.02ct Old European Diamond Engagement Ring

4.02ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BRoumand 4.02ct Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Side View | Mark Broumand

This enchanting antique European round engagement ring is an astonishing window into the past. The gorgeous 3.02ct antique round diamond in the center is EGL Certified at H-SI2. The cut is incredible on this white and exceptionally brilliant old European cut diamond.  Two large bezel set pear shape diamonds framed in milgrain detail accent the center stone. The majestic center basket is highlighted with a handmade filigree design and basket and shank are studded with round diamonds in a pavé setting. This piece is breathtaking from every view.

If you enjoy the shape and performance of the round brilliant cut and love all things vintage, the antique round cut diamond engagement rings from Mark Broumand will mesmerize you.  Many of the rings showcase true antique round cut diamonds, but modern technology has also made it possible for Mark and his incredible team of jewelers to create unforgettable engagement rings that can bridge the past with your future.

Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on December 16th, 2014

Oval cut diamond engagement rings feature a stone that is an elongated modification of the round brilliant cut diamond, both cuts created by a family of famous jewelers.  Lazare Kaplan mastered the oval in the late 1950s.  Kaplan is a cousin of Marcel Tolkowsky, who created the modern round brilliant cut diamond in 1919.  Some Tolkowsky family members today are 7th generation diamantaires and their dedication to the art of the diamond cut can be seen in modern day oval and the ever-popular round brilliant diamond rings.  Here are some special creations offered to you from Mark Broumand.

2.23ct Fancy Brownish Yellow Oval Cut Engagement Ring

2.23ct Fancy Brownish Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand2.23ct Fancy Brownish Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Side View | Mark BroumandThis mesmerizing oval diamond ring is truly one of a kind! The enchanting 1.08ct oval center diamond has such an amazing color. It is GIA Certified at Fancy Brown Yellow SI1. It has a very vibrant cognac color and it is perfectly eye clean. The diamond shimmers beautifully with the array of round and baguette cut stones set in this majestic design. This piece is just absolutely breathtaking. You will cherish it forever!

3.71ct Oval Cut Engagement Ring Solitaire

3.71ct Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Side View | Mark Broumand 3.71ct Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThis astonishing oval diamond ring is a handcrafted masterpiece that features a stunning 3.01ct oval in the center, certified at K-VS2 by GIA. It is near colorless and very clear, even under 10X magnification. It has a tremendously beautiful cut and sparkles like crazy! The high polish 18k rose gold setting features round diamonds set on the shank as well as the elegant center prongs. The ring is dainty, beautiful and exceptionally brilliant! You will cherish it for an eternity!

4.37ct Fancy Light Orangy Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

4.37ct Fancy Light Orangy Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand4.37ct Fancy Light Orangy Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Side View | Mark BroumandThis exceptional fancy yellow oval cut diamond ring has such an astounding combination. The gorgeous 3.02ct oval  center diamond is GIA Certified at Fancy Light Orangy Yellow. It is eye clean and the cut is outstanding! It is accented by a halo of round diamonds and a split shank set with round diamonds as well. It has tremendous brilliance! The ring is made in 18k white gold and features a yellow gold center basket that is engraved to perfection. It is mesmerizing in so many ways and all at a great value.

Mark Broumand’s collection of oval cut diamond engagement rings offer a perfect choice for the person that is trying to balance budget with brilliance. This incredibly versatile diamond easily represents the vintage era or transforms for modern chic and will work well as an engagement ring, right hand ring or eternity band. Each oval cut ring at Mark Broumand was created to maximize the exquisite beauty and high quality of this very special stone.