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A Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring to Wow Her

Posted on March 31st, 2015

The princess cut diamond engagement ring adds fire and brilliance to a square shaped stone, popular not only with consumers, but jewelers as well since approximately 80% of the rough diamond is retained in the finished diamond.  Your princess will be square to slightly rectangular with a profile that looks like an inverted pyramid.  This versatile stone stands majestically in a solitaire setting, but also works well in a halo or three-stone ring setting. If you would like a square stone that concentrates on the clarity of a diamond, look into the bright and mesmerizing facets found in an asscher cut diamond ring.  Here are some of the gorgeous princess cut creations available from Mark Broumand.

1.50ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

1.50ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThis clean and sophisticated princess cut diamond solitaire engagement ring features a 1.50ct center stone, EGL-certified at E-SI2. It is eye-clean in clarity and exceptionally white in color. It is set on high polish 14k white gold, lending even more sparkle to this amazing cut diamond.

1.67ct Fancy Light Brown Yellow Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

1.67ct Fancy Light Brown Yellow Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe center gem is a radiating 1.02ct princess cut center diamond, GIA-certified at Fancy Light Brown Yellow SI1. It has a very vibrant fancy yellow color it is perfectly eye clean. The high polish 18k yellow gold basket and prongs compliments this center stone, picking up the slight brown undertones perfectly.  The princess is beautifully contrasted by bright, white round diamonds set around it and a row set down the shank in a micropavé setting with minimal metal showing.

3.58ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

3.58ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe breathtaking 3.01ct princess cut center diamond is GIA-certified at K-VS2. It is nearly colorless and is very clear even under 10X magnification.   The cut is nearly perfect and the facets sparkle with tremendous brilliance. It is accented by equally bright and beautiful baguette cut diamonds flanked on its sides. The ring is made in high polish white gold and the prongs and metal accent the diamonds beautifully.

A princess cut diamond engagement ring is an excellent choice when balancing budget with a brilliant stone.  For price per carat, you will get a large and regal stone for much less than other brilliant cut diamonds.  All of Mark Broumand’s princess cut diamond rings are selected for their unique look, high quality and value.

Fancy Color Halo Diamond Engagement Rings Under $5000

Posted on March 31st, 2015

One of the most popular ring settings this year is the halo style for fancy color engagement rings.  This ring style is a tribute to the vintage era and has also been a popular choice for celebrity romance over the last few years.  Here, we have coupled the halo style with fancy color diamonds in a ring to showcase the beautiful merger of the two doesn’t have to break the bank.

2.05ct Fancy Dark Brown Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

 

2.05ct Fancy Dark Brown Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe center beauty in this 2.05ct halo style engagement ring is a spectacular 1.55ct oval cut diamond, GIA-certified at Fancy Dark Brown Yellow and has a clarity of I1. The inclusions are thin, clear lines that blend naturally into the facets and are less noticeable. This gorgeous gem is surrounded by a halo of round brilliant cut diamonds.  An additional row of round diamonds is set down the shank in a dainty shared prong design.  This means that very little metal shows and this showcases the diamonds perfectly.  This shank design will allow for a wedding band to sit flush against it.

 

1.32ct Fancy Intense Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

 

1.32ct Fancy Intense Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand This radiant cut diamond ring is set with a beautiful 0.81ct radiant cut center diamond that is EGL certified Fancy Intense Yellow in color and VS1 in clarity. It is accented by a halo of round diamonds in a micropavé setting and a row of magnificently beautiful rose cut diamonds set around them in a bezel setting with beautiful milgrain detail.  Rose cuts are an antique diamond cut and are very beautiful and rare.   The dainty shank is also set with round diamonds in a micropavé setting and the gorgeous center basket is outstanding in detail.  This ring is so well crafted with attention to detail that it truly looks like an antique piece.

 

 1.87ct Fancy Yellow Brown Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

 

1.87ct Fancy Yellow Brown Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe stunning 1.02ct cushion cut diamond set in the center of this custom piece is GIA certified at Fancy Yellow Brown and has a clarity of SI2. The color is exceptionally rich and beautiful and cushion cuts are known to intensify the natural color of a diamond.  It is surrounded by a halo of bright round diamonds for an amazing contrast.  An additional row of round diamonds is set down the shank in a micropavé setting. The center basket is made in high polish rose gold as a perfect compliment to the cushion and has added intricate details of hand engravings throughout. The connectors are also studded with round diamonds for an added touch of brilliance.

 

1.55ct Fancy Brown Yellow Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

 

1.55ct Fancy Brown Yellow Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand The one carat pear shaped diamond poised in the center is GIA certified, at Fancy Brown Yellow and has a clarity of I1. The caramel color is very rich and vibrant! The diamond is accented by a halo of bright, white round brilliants and an additional row of rounds set down the shank.  The ring is crafted in high polish 18k white gold. The center prongs are handmade in rose gold which adds complimentary brightness to the caramel color. It has an outstanding combination of size, quality, and brilliance.

This is just a handful of the beautiful fancy color halo diamond engagement rings available from Mark Broumand with a price tag under $5000.  He also has an amazing selection of both halo style engagement rings or rich and brilliant fancy color diamond rings that match any budget that you may have.  Custom engagement ring design is also available for any type of ring setting that your heart desires.

The Simple and Sophisticated Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

Posted on March 30th, 2015

Some diamonds are so intrinsically perfect that the best way to display them is the simplest way, as a round brilliant cut diamond solitaire engagement ring.  If you like the larger center diamond but want a little more flash, look into the elegant and brilliant halo engagement rings from Mark Broumand.  Here are some of our favorite round brilliant cut diamond solitaires which prove sometimes less really is more.

5.07ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

5.07ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Solitaire | Mark BroumandThe 5.07ct round center diamond is GIA certified at K-SI2.  This incredible five carat center stone has a grading of triple excellent for the cut, polish, and symmetry.  This grading makes the K color incredibly white and brilliant when viewed through the table.  It is currently set in a six-prong platinum setting with a traditional reverse-tapered shank and flat edge, but can be re-set in another solitaire setting or design a custom setting of your choice.

 

2.21ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

2.21ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe gorgeous 2.21ct round brilliant cut diamond is EGL certified at G-VS1. It is very white, very clear and possess incredible fire and brilliance.  It is set on a high polish 14k white gold in a four-prong setting. The traditional straight shank has a rounded edge and is incredibly dainty.

 

 3.07ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

3.07ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe 3.07ct round diamond set in the center is AGS certified at K-SI2, nearly colorless with slight inclusions. The cut is exceptional and offers the diamond marked sparkle.  This ring is crafted in high polish 14k white gold and is brilliant and bright.  The solitaire setting can be swapped for another free of charge or contact us to custom design the engagement ring setting of your dreams.     ** Diamonds that display color (J and higher) pair up nicely with yellow or rose gold as a solitaire, since the color of the shank and prongs can compliment the tint of the diamond.

3.40ct Antique European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

3.40ct Antique European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe astonishing 3.40ct antique European round cut center diamond is EGL certified at M-SI1. It has a warmer color which is perfect for this antique cut which has larger facets and slower light scintillation.   It is perfectly clear, even under 10X magnification. Small, white inclusions are off to the side of the diamond and are strategically hidden under one of the prongs, improving the visual clarity to look as if it is VS1.  The 18k rose gold setting is handmade and engraved to perfection and the rose color compliments the warmth of the diamond perfectly.

An amazing round brilliant cut solitaire is a timeless classic and her answer will surely be an emphatic, “Yes!”.  If you have a loose round brilliant diamond with inclusion(s) near the sides, it may be very possible to completely hide it with a double four-prong setting or other custom design from Mark Broumand.

Get Lost in the Luminescence of an Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

Posted on March 30th, 2015

If you take 58 step-cut facets fashioned in a quadrilateral parallel array, you create a mirror-like reflection of light that is the signature look of the Asscher cut diamond ring.  This turn-of-the-20th century creation was the namesake of Joseph Asscher, whose family still designs diamonds today.  Often loosely referred to as a “squared emerald cut”, this label simply describes the shape of the stone, since the facet patterns are very distinctive in an Asscher cut diamond.  This special cut is reminiscent of the Art Deco period, hitting its apex of popularity during the 1920s-1930s.  If you love the jewelry of this era, look into the incandescent beauty of the emerald cut diamond ring as an alternative to the Asscher.

2.93ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

2.93ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand2.93ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Short Side | Mark BroumandThe 1.73ct Asscher cut center diamond in this beautiful halo style engagement ring is GIA certified, I-VVS1. It is a very bright white and nearly flawless.  The cut, polish and symmetry of this center stone is graded as excellent.  Pavé set diamonds accent the ring throughout, immediately surrounding the highlight diamond in a halo.  Additional round diamonds also extend halfway down the shank in a pavé setting.   Milgrain details add extra flashes of light, bordering all fine edges of this platinum ring.

1.26ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

1.26ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand1.26ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Short Side | Mark BroumandThe 1.01ct Asscher centered in this engagement ring is GIA certified at D-SI1; it is colorless, bright and eye clean. This handpicked center stone has a phenomenal cut and it shines when viewed from every angle.  The round brilliant cut diamonds are pavé set and extend halfway down the shank, adding even more brilliance to this platinum ring.  The setting is dainty and perfectly balances out the center diamond by adding just the right touch of fire for accent.  This ring is the perfect compromise for someone that wants a little added flair to an Asscher cut diamond solitaire.

1.16ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

1.16ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand1.16ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Short Side | Mark BroumandThe featured 0.86ct Asscher cut center diamond is GIA certified at E-IF. It is exceptionally white and flawless in clarity.  Not only is the cut listed as excellent, but the polish and symmetry are all graded excellent on this magnificent gem as well. The platinum setting showcases it beautifully with a halo of round diamonds in a micropavé setting. The unique split shank is also set with round diamonds.  The center basket is intricately detailed with handmade filigree touches that compliment the additional round brilliants.

Those that appreciate the clarity of a diamond presented in a clean, angular and symmetrical fashion will absolutely love their Asscher cut diamond ring.  Though this cut is nearly 100 years old, the unique facet pattern can easily blend into a contemporary ring setting as well as in its natural Art Deco styles.  Contact Mark Broumand to help you select the perfect engagement ring, or if you would like to surprise her with a custom designed Asscher cut diamond ring.

Three Stone Round Brilliant Cut Engagement Rings Under $4000

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Mark Broumand’s selection of fine jewelry is affordable for nearly any budget, such as these three-stone round brilliant cut engagement rings for under $5000. Not only are these rings an amazing value, but the three-stone setting is also very versatile.  This style is a very popular choice as a diamond anniversary ring for those that would like to celebrate their enduring love with an option other than an eternity band.

1.07ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

1.07ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandAdd some elegance, sparkle and brilliance to your past, present and future with over 1 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds in this three-stone engagement ring with accent stones.  The “future” stone in this 18k white gold three-stone diamond ring is 0.51cts, certified G-VS1.  It is extremely white with exceptional clarity and the cut is absolutely mesmerizing.  Two smaller “past and present” stones flank the center.  This setting emphasizes diamonds and hardly any metal can be seen securing the stones. There are very rare and beautiful round cut diamond leaves bordered with milgrain detail located directly beneath the center diamond, enhancing the profile of the ring.  This addition is one of the many intricate and often subtle custom design details for which Mark Broumand is known.

1.55ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

1.55ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandA beautiful and delicate single row diamond wedding band accompanies this gorgeous three-stone diamond engagement ring, making the entire set even more of a value.  The center stone comes is approximately half-a-carat and is accented by two smaller round brilliants flanked on each side. They are bezel set and each of the three beauties is surrounded by a halo of round diamonds. The shank features a row of round diamonds that start with a larger size at the bottom and gradually taper down in size to match the shank. The center connectors feature a unique triple “U” shape.

1.45ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

1.45ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThis gorgeous round brilliant cut diamond wedding set features exceptional high quality diamonds in a stunning design. It features three larger round brilliant cut diamonds in the center accented by additional round brilliants set down the 18k high polish white gold  shank.  This wedding set is bright and brilliant, an exceptional value.

Three-stone diamond rings can be an exciting gift as an anniversary ring or symbolic engagement ring to celebrate the beginning of your new life together.  The rings above represent just a sampling of the high quality craftsmanship you will find in every piece of jewelry from Mark Broumand, regardless of the number of commas in the price tag.

Pillows of Light – The Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

Posted on March 23rd, 2015

The cushion cut engagement ring is one of the most popular rings sold at Mark Broumand.  This unique diamond will be square to rectangular with rounded corners and gently curved sides, like a pillow – hence the name.  Many shape variations exist in this cut and you are sure to find the exact look that you desire.  Some stones will be mostly square with only slightly rounded corners while others may be more rectangular with ample, curved sides.  The shape of this stone was often described as a hybrid of the old mine cut and the modern day oval diamond.

1.81ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring with Accent Stones | Mark BroumandCushion cuts appeared in the early 19th century and was “the” diamond cut for nearly 200 years until Marcel Tolkowsky’s round brilliant cut diamond was introduced in 1919.  Even though the introduction of the round brilliant cut diamond initially stole the spotlight from many diamonds,  Tolkowsky’s round proved to be beneficial as gradual improvements to the cushion cut caused an eventual resurgence in its popularity.

2.31ct Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandSome developments for the cushion included:

:: Decreasing the size of the culet (lowest bottom facet of a diamond)

:: Enlarging the table (the large, flat top facet of a gemstone)

:: Angular improvement of the facets which increased brilliance

The GIA classifies cushion cut diamonds with two different facet patterns, “Cushion Brilliant” or “Modified Cushion Brilliant” listed on certification reports. There are various patterns which can fall within these two divisions.  The image below lists a sample of one of the facet patterns of each classification.  A distinctive characteristic difference of the modified cushion brilliant cut is characterized by an extra row of facets below the girdle, the horizontal division between the crown (top section) and pavilion (bottom section) of a diamond.

Cushion Cut Diamond Facet Patterns | Mark Broumand

These two classifications are only technical terms for the faceting and you cannot tell from a certification whether one is more brilliant or fiery than the other, regardless of labeling.  When considering ANY diamond, do not get caught up in the technicalities of certification.  Always choose a diamond that appeals to you visually. 4.10ct Cushion Cut Three Stone Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

The cushion cut engagement ring will offer you modern day performance coupled with the sophistication of antiquity in a rare and incandescent diamond.  For a more vintage look, Mark Broumand has a selection of distinctly faceted antique cushion cut diamond rings that shine brightly with candlelit warmth.  Modern or antique, your cushion cut engagement ring will shine brilliantly for generations to come.

Romantic Antique Cut Diamond Rings

Posted on March 22nd, 2015

Treasured for their vintage look and rarity, antique cut diamond rings are produced today using technology to create the facet patterns used in eras past. Antique cut diamond rings are fashioned from one of four standard antique cuts: Single Cut, Rose Cut, Old Mine Cut and the Old European Cut.  Mark Broumand carries a beautiful selection of old European cuts, Old Mine cuts and antique cushion cuts,  which were evolutionary modifications of the four benchmark antiques.

Antique Old Mine Cut Diamond | Mark BroumandThe Old Mine Cut, has gently rounded corners and a quadrilateral girdle. The table on this cut is small and the culet is large and flat. This diamond cut is heavy on the crown and the bottom. This stone has 58 “chunky” looking facets and was prevalent during the Georgian and Victorian eras. Many of these diamonds followed the rough octahedral shape and cutting techniques available at the time resulted in a square or rectangular stones that were often not uniform.  The antique cushion cut followed the form of the old mine, with slight variations.

1.55ct Antique Cushion Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 2.09ct Old Mine Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Antique Old European Diamond | Mark BroumandThe predecessor to the modern Round Brilliant, the Old European cut returned to a circular girdle on a 58-facet stone. The table was small with a substantial crown and great overall depth for the time. The pavilion facets were much more uniform than the Old Mine Cut. The light dispersion in this diamond cut radiated back off the culet more evenly. This gave the Old European quite a sparkle for diamond cuts of the time period. This cut was prevalent from the 1800s until the  Art Deco Period.

3.40ct Antique European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 2.41ct Antique European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Mark Broumand captures the beauty of these vintage style stones in the antique cut diamond rings he has selected or hand crafted. It is important to note that these beauties cannot be compared to today’s diamond standards, since the antiques are truly a different cut than moderns.  These stones capture the character and beauty of times past when diamonds were cut to be viewed by candlelight.  If you feel that the contemporary diamonds are more your style, Mark also has an extensive selection of modern round cut diamond rings and brilliant and fiery cushion cut engagement rings in his selection.

Beautiful New Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on March 21st, 2015

Three-stone diamond engagement rings are a favorite choice for those that love the romantic symbolism of the ring; a large center stone representative of the future surrounded by two smaller side stones reminding us of our past and our time now in the present.  Also referred to as the trinity ring, some correlate it as the emblem of a strong and lasting marriage forged in friendship, love and fidelity.  Regardless of your choice, Mark Broumand ensures that your three stone engagement ring will be high quality, beautiful and affordable.

4.62ct Marquise Cut Diamond Three Stone Engagement Ring

4.62ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe center beauty in this estate collection three-stone engagement ring is a 4.32ct marquise cut diamond, GIA certified at E-VS2.  It is nearly perfectly colorless with an incredibly clarity, even if viewed under 10X magnification.  Two equally white and clear tapered baguettes accent flank each side.  The ring is crafted in high polish platinum.  The center stone is secured with eight dainty prongs and the design of this ring is pure beauty.

4.48ct Emerald Cut Diamond Three Stone Engagement Ring

4.48ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandStep cut trapezoid (four-sided) diamonds flank an astonishing 3.74 emerald cut center diamond in this truly bright, white diamond three-stone ring, perfect as an engagement ring or to celebrate an anniversary.  The center stone is GIA certified at F-VVS2. It is exceptionally white, practically flawless and cut to perfection. The step cut trapezoids are bezel set and equally white and clear with a certification of E, VS1-VS2. Beneath each trapezoid is a matching rare and unique bullet shaped diamond, also bezel set.  This platinum ring shines brightly from every angle and will surely become a cherished family heirloom.

4.83ct Radiant Cut Diamond Three-Stone Engagement Ring

4.83ct Radiant Cut Diamond Three-Stone Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe magnificent 4.04ct center diamond in this incredibly vibrant radiant cut engagement ring is GIA certified at J-VS2. This incredible stone is bright, white extremely clear even under 10X magnification.  The cut on this masterpiece is exceptional. Two prong set trapezoid (five-sided) brilliant diamonds accent along each side and the entire ring is set in high polish platinum. This custom made radiant cut diamond ring is crafted with exceptional quality and craftsmanship that will make this piece your newest family treasure.

This style of ring is ideal for someone who believes deeply in symbolism and recognizes that this design means more than just a diamond engagement or anniversary ring. At Mark Broumand, we realize how important it is to make a statement with your choice in engagement rings and we will help you find or customize your three-stone engagement or anniversary ring to your specific beliefs and taste.

How to Use Precious Metals in Your Custom Diamond Ring

Posted on March 20th, 2015

The selection of a precious metal can create an additional layer of depth and is one of the visual components  to consider when creating a custom diamond ring.  Not only can metal increase a diamond’s brightness, it can also lend the right amount of contrast for a diamond to stand out.  As always, personal preference and what is the most visually pleasing to you should dictate your final choice when selecting a precious metal for your custom diamond ring from Mark Broumand.

• Yellow Gold – 14k or 18k yellow gold is pure gold mixed with alloys for strength
• White Gold – 14k or 18k white gold is pure gold and silver or palladium
• Rose Gold – 14k or 18k rose gold is pure gold mixed with alloys for strength and copper for color
• Platinum – a precious silvery-white metal with high tensile strength

Engagement Ring Metal Choices | Mark Broumand

**Pure gold of any color is relatively delicate and malleable. The addition of different alloys strengthens gold to make it durable for use in jewelry that will be worn daily.

 

Here are some ideas to consider when selecting a precious metal for your custom jewelry piece:

 

Diamonds that accentuate clarity

 

5.49ct Emerald Cut Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThis lustrous and bright emerald cut three-stone engagement ring is highlighted with very white diamonds, color graded as G.  These are perfectly accented by high polish white gold or platinum (this ring).  Milgrain details help to define the shank from the incredibly bright diamonds.  If you have chosen a diamond with a warmer color, yellow or rose gold can add just the right touch to bring out the warmer color of your stone.

 

Fancy Colored Diamonds

1.67ct Fancy Light Yellow Princess Cut Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe fundamental visual effect of diamonds are created by the reflection or refraction of light entering the table (large, top facet) of the stone.  When light enters a diamond, it will also reflect off the metals surrounding the stone.  In the case of a fancy light yellow diamond engagement ring, select yellow gold or rose gold to further enhance the color reflecting back, therefore intensifying the natural hue of the diamond.  If your fancy colored diamond has a strong saturation of color, white gold or platinum will create an enhancing and lovely contrast to your bold stone.

Accents for your side stones

4.37ct Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe side stones used on the halo and shank of this pear cut engagement ring are fancy pink round brilliant cut diamonds.  The shank and prongs are fashioned from 18k rose gold which offers additional warmth to the pink diamonds since rose gold has a subtle red tone to it.  The six prongs on this sparkling white H color diamond offer a subtle contrast that further brightens the center stone.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to selecting the precious metal to use when designing a custom diamond ring.  If you are unsure about a precious metal to use, it is also possible to use more than one metal; one for the shank (band) and a completely different metal for the basket that holds your center stone.  Many of the custom designed jewelry pieces that Mark has created contain different gold colors and he can help you select the perfect precious metal for your unique creation.

A Few Facts About Fancy Color Engagement Rings

Posted on March 19th, 2015

The rare diamonds in fancy color engagement rings come in a range of hues and clarity available in any of the amazing cuts used for natural diamonds.  Natural diamonds are color graded on a scale ranging from D to Z, with D being a colorless stone and grades nearing Z containing tints of color, such as grey or yellow.  Fancies are color graded with terms that run the gamut from Fancy Light to Fancy Dark.  The criteria for grading clarity is the same for all diamonds, regardless of color.

Here are some facts to know when searching for fancy color engagement rings:

1.  Colorless/white diamonds are color-graded in a face-down position, meaning the table (flat, top facet) faces down. Fancy colored diamonds are color-graded in a face-up position and will be certified with terms that range between Fancy Light and Fancy Deep.  The gorgeous clear and rich emerald cut engagement ring below is GIA-certified as Fancy Yellow, which is in the median range of color.

2.37ct Fancy Yellow Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand2.  Fancy colored diamonds form naturally.  The colors are created when chemicals combine with the crystal structure during formation, such as radiation (green), nitrogen (yellow) or boron(blue).  Scientists still don’t know the exact causes of certain colors to form.

1.42ct Fancy Light Blue Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand3.  Fancies can be shaped by the same diamond cuts used in white diamonds.  Certain mixed cuts with a deeper pavilion, such as the cushion or radiant can maximize the inherent hue and may improve the certified color-grade.

1.57ct Fancy Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand4.  Browns are the most abundant of the colors found, with yellow being the second most common.  Red or reddish diamonds are the most rare.

5.51ct Fancy Brownish Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring5.  Terms such as “canary” and “chocolate”, “champagne” and “cognac” are marketing terms only and do not describe a special type of diamond that is worth more or of higher quality.  You may have seen a stone like the one below described as a “canary diamond”, which is a fancier branding of the stone’s actual color certification grade of Fancy Intense Yellow.

1.81ct Fancy Intense Yellow Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand6.  Diamonds nearer the Z grades will contain a hint of grey or yellow and can be an even greater bargain for the shopper that desires just a hint of color without the price tag that accompanies the term, “fancy”.  The center diamond showcased below is not certified as a fancy color, but is a natural diamond graded with a color V.

2.38ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandBeautiful and rich fancy color engagement rings are the ideal choice for the bride that desires a rare gemstone to add a touch of color to their ring.  Mark Broumand makes the purchase of a fancy color engagement ring affordable for everyone.  If you are in the market for a custom diamond ring, Mark can create a fancy color engagement ring to match your budget and tastes.

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