Archive for June, 2015
Posted on June 29th, 2015
If you desire a large stone with the optical performance of a round brilliant cut without the circular shape and with a lower price tag, the modified brilliant diamond engagement rings, available as an oval cut or Marquise cut diamond engagement ring may be just the ring you are looking for. These two diamonds possess a very large table, which is the flat facet that acts as the window into a diamond when in a face up position. The cuts fall into the modified brilliant category with facet patterns based on those found in the round brilliant cut diamond.
The oval cut diamond that we enjoy today was standardized in the 1960s, but the shape itself has been used with gemstones for over two centuries. Your oval shape will run the gamut from short and full-bodied to long and slender, ideally with a length-to-width ratio ranging between 1:33 and 1:66 to 1. A stone that is too shallow or deep will sacrifice brilliance. Your oval cut diamond from Mark Broumand will have ideal proportions, high quality and sparkle brightly.
Marquise cut diamonds not only offer a large surface area and brilliance, but is also one of the most unique shapes found in gems. Also referred to as the “Navette” cut, the French term translates into “little boat” since the shape is often compared to the hull of a boat. The outline is centrally ellipsoid, with ends that taper to fine and delicate points. Like the oval, you can find a Marquise cuts that are thin and long or short and wide. Symmetry will be critical in this cut and care should be taken that the points align with each other and the curves are identical.
An advantage to the elongated shape of both cuts is a lengthening effect on the finger which can also create an overall slimming effect of the hand. Both cuts will typically display 58 facets and have a large surface area, carat for carat over other diamond cuts; not only does this allow for a visually larger stone, but an equally smaller price tag. The oval cut or Marquise cut diamond can offer a great value to the budget conscious consumer that desires the brilliance of a round cut in a large stone.
The oval and marquise are stunning in any engagement ring style, bold and center-stage as a solitaire or accented in a halo, three-ring or side-stones setting. Mark Broumand offers a fine selection of other modified brilliants, including the romantic heart shaped engagement rings or the sophisticated and elegant pear shaped diamond engagement rings.
Posted on June 28th, 2015
Fancy color diamond engagement rings are valued due to the unique color they possess, most often found in yellow. Fancy colored diamonds are assessed based on three particular characteristics of color: hue, tone and saturation. Once the assessments are completed, then the colored diamonds are provided a grade on the actual color scale, with descriptions such as “fancy light” and “fancy intense”. Fancy yellow diamonds are naturally created by high temperatures and pressure applied to carbon atoms over millions of years; the yellow color is created when nitrogen is introduced into the formation process.The classic and romantic heart shaped engagement ring features a stone which is a modified round brilliant cut diamond fashioned to honor the universal symbol of love. It is crucial that each half of the heart stone you select is identical to the other and overall symmetry will be of great importance visually. The ideal weight of a heart shaped diamond should be greater than .50 carat since the outline of shape will be harder to perceive in a smaller stone. If you choose the heart shaped diamond for an engagement ring or anniversary ring, keep in mind that the larger stones will require a four-prong setting.A bold and sophisticated oval cut diamond engagement ring showcases a stone that is a modification of the round brilliant cut diamond; both cuts being created by a family of jewelers dating back to the early 1800s. The oval was created in the late 1950s by Lazare Kaplan, whose cousin, Marcel Tolkowsky is the father of the modern round brilliant cut diamond. Your 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. Individual taste should prevail when choosing a slender or full-bodied oval shape. There are typically 70 facets and angled corners in the fiery radiant cut diamond. The larger number of facets can help to conceal inclusions, flaws, dark areas and shadows. The inherent brilliance can make a high-quality stone appear to have better color than the same diamond with a different cut. The radiant maximizes color, making it an excellent choice for fancy colored diamond rings.
Posted on June 25th, 2015
Though Mark Broumand is famous for his diamond engagement rings, he actually carries a full line of fine jewelry for women and men, for special occasions, weddings or just because. For couples that desire matching diamonds in their wedding jewelry, here are some men’s wedding bands that can perfectly compliment your bride’s round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring.
This exception men’s eternity style wedding band is a perfect fit for the man that desires sparkle on his wedding band. This 8mm wide band is crafted in platinum and features larger round brilliant cut diamonds set in a flush setting with rows of pavé set round diamonds separating them. The front and back of the ring also features pavé set round brilliant cut diamonds.
The band of this dramatic men’s wedding band features 14k white gold rectangular links. Very white, bright and clear round brilliant cut diamonds are flush set in the center of each link.
The round brilliant cut is the most popular diamond cut selected for use in jewelry because of its clarity, fire and brilliance. This cut accounts for over 80% of loose diamonds in the world. The 58 facets in this round diamond were placed to maximize the natural fire and sparkle of the gemstone. This diamond works well in prong, bezel or channel settings and shines with an unparalleled brilliance.
1.20cts of five very clear and very white round brilliant cut diamonds are showcased in this men’s 14k white gold wedding band. The diamonds are channel set in this rounded and bold band, with an even proportion of white gold and gemstones.
A row of flush set round brilliant cut diamonds are centered on this 14k white gold wedding band. For an added touch of sophistication, milgrain detail edges the row of diamonds.
In addition to the men’s round brilliant cut diamond wedding bands shown here, Mark Broumand also has a selection of men’s baguette cut, princess cut or simply elegant precious metal wedding bands. Mark can also custom design the men’s diamond ring, cuff links or wedding band that will surprise him and exceed your expectations.
Posted on June 23rd, 2015
Fancy color engagement rings are an excellent option to consider for those that desire a diamond with a little splash of color. Though yellow is one of the most abundant colors available, diamonds actually occur in every color of the rainbow, including black. Here are some lovely fancy brown diamonds, often referred to as “chocolate diamonds” as an example of some of the other colors available in fancy colored diamonds for your engagement ring, available from Mark Broumand.
This rare, fancy dark brown diamond is a rare find in a round brilliant cut. It has a luscious brown color, coupled with the brilliance of a round cut. The showcase 1.13ct round brilliant cut diamond is EGL certified at Fancy Dark Brown in color with a clarity of SI2. The color is rich and even and is perfectly eye clean. The high quality cut brings out the inherent sparkle of this mesmerizing gem. It is complimented by a contrast of a very bright, white halo of round brilliant cuts in a pavé setting surrounding it and along the sides. To round out the color profile, the ring is fashioned from 18k yellow gold. The front and back of the piece also has a very elegant custom design and features addition round brilliant cut diamonds embedded within the yellow gold setting.
This beautiful piece of art is fashioned from high polish platinum and 18k rose gold, providing the perfect foundation for this fancy color diamond halo style engagement ring. The center diamond is a rare and stunning 4.12ct round brilliant cut center diamond, GIA certified at Fancy Brown SI1. This perfectly eye clean stone has a rich and vibrant champagne brown color and the extraordinary cut brings the large, even and clean facets to life with brilliance. For accent, round brilliant cut diamonds are set on the top of the halo in a single row with two rows along sides. The platinum shank splits into a gorgeous, open rose gold leaf design dotted with diamonds flanked by two rows of micropavé set diamonds.
Not only is the radiant cut desirable in clear stones, but the mesmerizing facet patterns also enhance the natural color in fancy color diamonds. The beautiful 0.81ct cushion cut diamond set in the center of this 18k white gold designer setting is GIA certified with a color Fancy Dark Pinkish Brown and a clarity of SI2. The pinkish brown color is warm and rich and is enhanced by rose gold prongs. The stone was expertly cut and shines with much brilliance and vibrant color. This chocolate diamond is highlighted by a two-sided halo of white round brilliant cut diamond, micropavé set in a custom designed weaving rope detail that intertwines down the 18k white gold shank. The white gold setting and fancy color diamond creates a visually stunning contrast.
The handmade 18k rose gold setting displays a 4.01ct cushion cut diamond GIA certified at Fancy Orangey Brown-SI2. The stone’s color is unique, rich and even in this gorgeous vintage halo style engagement ring. The cut is magnificent and the facets are large, crisp and clear. The four carat center stone is bezel set and accented with a halo of very white and bright brilliant round cut diamonds. Fleur-de-lis patterns adorn the center basket and tops of the shank, studded with round brilliant cut diamonds. For additional flair, milgrain details accent edges throughout this amazing bespoke fancy color diamond engagement ring.
Posted on June 19th, 2015
The cushion cut diamond engagement ring is a timeless, rare and unique option when looking for a ring that has classic elegance with modern appeal. Though many believe this to be a more modern cut, it is a cut that over a century ago held the popularity that the round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring enjoys today. It is often described as a hybrid of a rectangle and oval, partially squared and partially round and resembles the different shapes of a pillow. Stones can have a more rounded shape with squared off corners or a more squared shape, with gently curved corners. Your personal taste should always dictate the shape preference of your diamond.
This cushion cut diamond solitaire is an outstanding value, featuring a 1.55ct gem which is EGL certified at H-I SI1. It is eye clean and faces up white. The magnificent cut accents the large, clear and open facets that the cushion cut is known for. The high polish 14k white gold solitaire setting allows for this magnificent cushion cut diamond to shine through. Enjoy the existing setting or we can use this diamond in any custom designed setting of your choice as well.
Cushion cut diamonds have larger facets that can often shine with a more intense fire than other cuts. The effective facets of the cushion cut are often selected as one of the choice cuts for use in fancy colored diamond engagement rings, as seen in the gorgeous halo style ring seen below.
This exquisite piece features a very popular halo ring style that showcases a gorgeous 2.00ct cushion cut diamond in the center. The cushion is GIA certified at W-X in color with a much desired clarity of VVS2. The vibrant fancy yellow color is amplified by its practically flawless clarity. Bright, white round diamonds accent the top and side of the halo. Additional micropavé set round brilliants adorn the shank and handcrafted, custom engraved center basket.
If you enjoy the optical performance and facet pattern of the cushion cut with a more vintage profile, look into the sophisticated antique cushion cut diamond engagement rings in the Mark Broumand fine jewelry collection. If you have a dream ring in mind, Mark can also help to bring your ideas to life with his custom design services.
The mesmerizing 0.70ct cushion cut center diamond is GIA certified at H-VS2 and this gorgeous halo style engagement ring with a split shank sparkles beautifully. The center stone is white and very clear. The beautiful center diamond is accented by a halo of round brilliant cut diamonds and a split shank set with round diamonds, all in a micropavé setting. This setting style showcases the diamonds with minimal metal showing and has a classic elegance that will surely be cherished for a lifetime.
Posted on June 15th, 2015
The sophistication and elegance of the diamond solitaire engagement ring is still the most popular setting chosen in the U.S. today. The Mark Broumand collection of signature solitaire engagement rings offers you many options when you choose this classic setting that focuses on the natural beauty of a diamond.
The simplicity and elegance of this 2ct solitaire features a round brilliant cut diamond, certified by one of the leading diamond grading authorities, GIA at F in color and SI1 in clarity. Not only is it colorless and eye clean, but also possesses an excellent cut grade, which further enhances the fire and brilliance for which the round cut is renowned.
The cushion cut diamond solitaire is a timeless classic; it is not only a rare find, but also an outstanding value. This stone is EGL certified, one of the leaders in diamond grading at H-I in color and SI1 in clarity. It faces up white, eye clean and the magnificent cut highlights this diamond’s crisp and clean facets.
This simple and beautiful marquise cut diamond solitaire engagement ring is another rare find. The 1.37ct marquise cut diamond is EGL certified at I-J SI2. It faces up white with a beautiful cut that makes the perfectly symmetrical diamond sparkle from every angle.
Second in popularity only to the round brilliant cut diamond, this beautiful princess cut diamond solitaire engagement ring offers you all of this brilliance and fire for an amazing value. This setting features a 1.01ct princess cut center diamond, EGL certified at G-H in color and SI2 in clarity.
The elegant 2.60ct emerald cut diamond featured is GIA certified at L-VVS2. The over two-and-a-half carat center stone is nearly flawless and possesses an incredible cut that accentuates the clarity and bright, white color. The emerald cut, in addition to the stone found in the bold and regal Asscher cut engagement ring, is a cut that highlights the clarity and luminescence of a diamond.
Though all of diamond solitaire engagement rings are displayed as existing rings, all of these gorgeous diamonds could easily be set in a custom design setting of your choice. It is also possible to add an enhancer, band or any other fine jewelry piece to create a full wedding set.
Posted on June 14th, 2015
These incredible new engagement rings from Mark Broumand are showcased here since rough fancy yellow diamonds were perfectly formed in nature to become these truly beautiful finished diamond cuts. Because of a rough stone’s natural shape, the enhancing facet patterns of a timeless cushion cut or fiery radiant cut diamond is often selected for use in fancy colored diamonds. In clear diamonds, the round cut and the oval cut are favorites for a circular stone that accentuates brilliance. The Asscher cut is often selected for a squared rough stone with high quality color and marked clarity. Here, these beautiful cuts are enriched with a vibrant yellow hue for a fancy color diamond engagement ring that is as unique and rare as she is.
Not only is this amazing fancy yellow round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring rare and breathtaking, but is also a great value. The 0.91ct round brilliant cut diamond in the center is GIA certified at Fancy Yellow I1. This perfectly eye clean stone shines with a very vibrant canary yellow color, secured with yellow gold prongs for an added pop of color. The diamond in the center of this white gold ring setting is surrounded by a halo of very white and clear round cut diamonds. Additional round brilliants extend down the split shank in a pavé setting as well as accenting the front and back of the ring.
This one-of-a-kind masterpiece features a beautiful 5.02ct mixed Asscher cut diamond, GIA certified at Z-VS1 cradled in a hand engraved yellow gold center basket. Since step cut diamonds are often used to accentuate the natural clarity of a white diamond, it is exceptionally rare to find this cut with such a vibrant and beautiful fancy yellow color in addition to excellent clarity. The very clear and white round brilliant cut diamonds in this handcrafted platinum halo ring setting offers a bright contrast to the spectacular five carat gem poised in the center. The split shank is set with round brilliant cut diamonds that joins back into a single row at the bottom. Additional round cut diamonds adorn the center connectors as well.
The outstanding 3.01ct oval cut diamond featured in this platinum halo engagement ring is GIA certified at Fancy Light Brownish Yellow with a clarity VS2. The color is a very vibrant and warm yellow and the stone is amazingly clear, even under 10X magnification. The oval is curvaceous and full-bodied and sparkles tremendously. The setting features round diamonds across the top and along the side of the halo. The sides of the ring are also set with round brilliant cut diamonds, all in a micropavé setting. Additional brilliance is created from the connectors that are accented with round brilliant cut diamonds that join the center basket with fine, hand engraved details.
Posted on June 11th, 2015
No longer are we tied to the traditional round brilliant cut diamond solitaire as the primary option for engagement rings. If you desire some color in your special piece, consider the bold fire and ice contrast of a sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Sapphires can be used as the center or accent stones. Regardless of your choice in usage, these incredible and regal gemstones boldly hold their own with diamonds. Here are some of the beautiful creations offered by Mark Broumand.
This gorgeous antique styles halo style diamond ring features a 1.00ct Asscher cut center diamond, bezel set and GIA graded at J-VS1. A bold and beautiful contrast is created by a halo of royal blue French cut sapphires reminiscent of many Art Deco Era rings. Your Asscher is nearly colorless with eye clean clarity and regal sparkle. Delicate and clean carré cut diamonds are channel set extending down the shank and milgrain detail appears throughout. This 18k white gold Asscher cut engagement ring brings vintage beauty to your love of the future.
This lovely and bright 14k white gold ring features a very brilliant round 0.65ct center diamond, certified with a color of G and clarity of SI2. Two bright and beautiful baguette cut sapphires flank the round brilliant on each side. You will find three additional clear and white round cut diamonds in a pavé setting down each side of the shank. A filigree heart and other delicate designs accent the sapphires and center diamond. This sleek and elegant ring balances royal blue and brilliant white splendidly.
This beautiful custom designed engagement ring features a 3.80ct cushion cut sapphire presented in an incredibly white and bright diamond double halo setting. A diamond studded platinum split shank features marquise cut diamonds down each side also embraced by additional round brilliants. The split ends with a beautiful princess cut diamond in a bezel setting. The sparkle does not end there, as more round brilliant diamonds adorn the connectors and center basket. This rare beauty will become a cherished heirloom for generations.
This amazing halo style engagement ring showcases a 1.28ct royal blue round sapphire surrounded by 1.90cts of eight exceptionally white and brilliant round diamonds. The halo presents a unique look, utilizing larger stones for the halo, beautifully secured in a shared prong setting. The high polish platinum and incredibly clear and white diamonds creates a marked contrast for the sapphire. The center basket is constructed with an amazing design, making this piece gorgeous from absolutely every angle. She will love the unique twist on this halo engagement ring.
Posted on June 7th, 2015
If you are looking for a unique and classic ring to love forever, look no further than a Marquise cut diamond engagement ring from Mark Broumand’s fine jewelry collection. Also referred to as the “Navette Cut”, this delicate diamond of French origin features an elongated oval shape that tapers down to delicate and pointed ends. It is the timeless tribute of a King wanting to capture the perfect mouth shape of his long-time mistress. If you would prefer a version of this diamond in a softer shape, look into bold and captivating oval cut diamond engagement rings.
Your modified brilliant diamond will adapt some of the facet patterns of the round brilliant cut. Perfect symmetry is critical in this stone, since any misalignment will be visually apparent. 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 preferred length-to-width ratio for this stone will be 2:1. This ratio is considered ideal to balance out stability without sacrificing the brilliance of the stone.
This special profile contains a large table, or flat top and your diamond will have high quality color and clarity. If inclusions are present, these 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 pointed ends and these should be set in a bezel setting or secured with prongs to protect the two from chipping or breakage.
Each Marquise engagement ring that Mark Broumand creates for his jewelry store will contain high quality clarity, color and symmetry in a beautiful hand selected diamond. If you desire a ring that is bold 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 accent this perfect ring.
Posted on June 6th, 2015
Many die hard romantics are in love with the heart shaped diamond engagement ring. This shape is a modified brilliant, which takes some of its facet pattern from the most popular round brilliant cut diamond. Your heart shaped diamond ring from Mark Broumand will feature a high quality stone, in a variety of shaped hearts in an amazing ring setting. Whether you prefer a long and slender heart, or a voluptuous heart like the one showcased below, you are sure to find the perfect heart shaped diamond for the engagement ring of her dreams.
This large and bespoke diamond engagement ring will surely steal her heart with not just one, but three heart shaped diamonds. The custom made platinum setting highlights a round and full bodied 2.50ct heart shaped diamond, GIA certified at J in color and a clarity of SI2. The color is very white in a face up position and it is spectacularly eye clean. Additionally white and clear round diamonds surround the heart in a bold halo.
Two additional heart shaped diamonds lay the foundation for the amazing design on the shank. An outer halo of round brilliant cut diamonds surround the side hearts in this custom heart shaped split and open platinum shank. A hallmark characteristic of Mark Broumand’s design adds extra special touches and fine hand engraving detail highlights the bottom of the shank. An additional heart design is found beneath the center stone, fashioned from the platinum connectors.
This heart shaped diamond engagement ring shines with love from every angle and is a one-of-a-kind creation that will surely be treasured for generations to come. If you love this ring, browse some of the other sentimental and special heart shaped diamond engagement rings from Mark Broumand. If you would like to create a unique and special engagement ring on your own, custom design jewelry with Mark in a few simple steps.