‘Engagements’ Category

Anatomy of An Engagement Ring

Posted on July 1st, 2016

Designing a one-of-a-kind engagement ring is a great way to create a personalized piece of jewelry; however, the different technical terms used by jewelers may seem confusing and overwhelming. The following guide will help decode the mystery surrounding jewelry jargon.

The Head

Multiple elements comprise the head of the ring. It includes the center stone and the fixtures that hold the stone in place. The collet, also called the setting, is made up of the circular rim that holds the stone and the claws that help keep the stone secure.

Types of Heads and Settings
Different head, setting styles and shapes are available to highlight the carat size and shape of the center stone. For example, a buttercup setting features claws that curve over the side of the stone. This type of setting is elaborate and typically resembles a flower as suggested by the name. Marquis, princess cut, or other angular stones are well-suited to a V-shape claw setting.
This 3.5 carat old mine cut diamond engagement ring flaunts a beautiful setting:

The Center Stone

This is the star of the ring design. The center stone can be cut into a variety of shapes ranging from the traditional round to more oval or angular styles. While a single stone is the most common choice, a setting can feature more than one center stone. Engagement rings feature center stones in all different sizes ranging from 0.3 carat up to 10 carats that may be surrounded by smaller side stones. Diamonds are the traditional choice, but a yellow diamond, a sapphire, emerald, or ruby can be equally beautiful.

This 3.4 carat transitional cut diamond ring flaunts simplicity and displays the center stone masterfully:

The Prongs or Claws

Most rings feature between four and six pieces of metal that hold the center stone securely in place. When designing the ring, it is important to strike a balance between form and function. More claws mean that the stone is more secure and less likely to come loose while fewer claws highlight the clarity and beauty of the stone by permitting more light to shine through.

Side Stones

Elaborate rings may feature dozens of small stones surrounding the band or center stone. These stones may match or serve as a contrast to the larger center stone. For example, a ring may feature a large, colored gemstone, such as an emerald, surrounded by smaller diamonds.  Side stones can expertly accent your engagement ring and enhance and enlarge the appearance of the center diamond. This masterful enhancement provides unrivaled brilliance and dazzling sparkle.
This 6.37 carat fancy yellow cushion cut diamond is magnified with the beautiful yet simple side stones:

The Band or Shank

This is the part of the ring that encircles the finger. The band is adjusted to your size and often inscribed in the case of an engagement ring. Many brides opt for diamonds to cover the band or shank. There are also a variety of styles in terms of how many shanks and where they connect and end in connection with the center stone and side stones. The possibilities are really endless. You can customize and create your timeless engagement ring with the expertise of Mark Broumand and our wide selection of stones on display at our showroom.
This 4.16 carat fancy yellow cushion cut diamond rocks a simple diamond band:

This 3.11 carat oval cut diamond has two bands:

Classic vs. Vintage Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

Posted on June 15th, 2016

At Mark Broumand, explore a wide selection of beautiful diamond emerald cut engagement rings. From a simple, elegant emerald cut diamond, to a sparking setting with two emerald cut side stones, with or without a halo, we provide the highest quality of jewels.

Rectangular Emerald Cut Ring, 4.48 carat

This exquisite wedding ring displays a popular, traditional platinum setting, with a rectangular emerald-cut diamond set atop a single band. The combination of platinum and other, beautifully translucent elements make for an eye-catching display, which is at once both simple and elegant. The shape is instantly recognizable as to what the ring signifies; it is as tasteful as it is stylish, evoking both vintage appeal and modern artistic references. This ring is certain to open eyes, and to inspire a sparkling smile in that one special someone.

Classic Emerald Cut Engagement Ring, 2.15 carat

This classic ring features a setting and single band studded with small, round-cut diamonds, set so as to capture and refract the sunlight, giving it a beautiful sparkle from every angle. The center stone on this wedding ring is perfectly cut to an impressive size relative to the fine, delicate work present throughout the rest of this classy, finely-worked engagement band. Soft colors and platinum chasing contribute to a lovely and glorious appearance, one that is absolutely befitting such notions as a traditional wedding ceremony, a white bridal gown, and a union that is meant to last for a lifetime. With this ring, an otherwise inexpressible potential is caught up into a glittering sparkle which is almost too perfect to describe; fortunately, no words will be needed to explain it, to anybody who sees it on her finger.

Vintage Engagement Ring, 1.9 carat

Vintage styles and traditional settings remain a popular aspect of today’s wedding rings, and are often combined with modern elements to create wonderful, beautifully detailed pieces of artistic elegance. This bold wedding band of warm, rose-tinted gold is set with the same, then bedazzled with the ornamentation of round-cut diamonds set to as to capture and refract the surrounding lighting every time she puts it on display. The center stone is nestled into a warm golden setting, the crown amidst the surrounding jewels, creating a unique and stylish ring that will leave anybody who sees it fondly reminiscing as to their own special day.

This exquisite wedding ring displays a popular, traditional platinum setting, with a rectangular emerald-cut diamond set atop a single band. The combination of platinum and other, beautifully translucent elements make for an eye-catching display, which is at once both simple and elegant. The shape is instantly recognizable as to what the ring signifies; it is as tasteful as it is stylish, evoking both vintage appeal and modern artistic references. This ring is certain to open eyes, and to inspire a sparkling smile in that one special someone.

Unique Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings Are Increasingly Popular

Posted on June 1st, 2016

Fancy color and yellow diamond engagement rings make for a particularly special adornment. Its unique character stands out amidst a wide variety of cuts, while bringing a warm, soothing accent to a variety of traditional and modern ring styles.

Oval Cut Engagement Ring

An oval cut yellow diamond brings to mind many warm and appealing images. It evokes springtime, a happy home, the pleasant imagery of daisies, and the life-giving energy of the sun. This makes it one of the most perfect emblems for a life-long union, one that is meant to bring boundless happiness into the lives of two very special people. This oval diamond is set within a ring of tiny, round-cut diamonds, with that same studding continuing with even smaller diamonds along the ring’s double-band. Celebrate a life-long union with this perfect emblem of unblinking, unyielding love with this oval cut classic.

Pear Shaped Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring with Halo

The pear cut shape of this ring’s yellow diamond is a traditional image of health and vitality in cultures all over the world. Evoking a well-established image with hints of vintage style, this delightfully shimmering band speaks to the warmth and happiness of a perfect union, to cherished love, and to life’s goals being steadfastly achieved. It is emblematic of good health and good fortune, while the lustrous sparkle and opalescent quality of the small round-cut diamonds in the halo evoke the suggestion of honeyed warmth and softness. It is a compelling sign of one person’s love for another, and one that would look absolutely dazzling on the finger of any bride.

4.2 Carat Yellow Cushion Diamond with Halo Engagement Ring

Few diamonds are more perfectly fitted to a classic, vintage look than the cushion cut diamond. This breathtaking yellow stone, set within a halo of modest round-cut diamonds, emphasizes the warmth and supportive emphasis of the diamond’s color. Its lustrous sparkle is stylish and appealing; at the same time, it speaks to the desire to love and be loved by that one special person forever. This gorgeously studded engagement band, with its beautiful cushion-shaped stone, is breathtaking enough for any vintage look; it also offers the tastefully sparkling style necessary to fit into the most modern of weddings.

Rose Gold Diamonds & Celebrities Who Wear Them

Posted on April 17th, 2016

Rose gold diamonds are increasing in popularity for their classic design and stunning shade. Celebrities are often the first to be spotted wearing the jewelry with gorgeous engagement rings that are on display after becoming engaged. When learning more about rose gold diamonds that make for a statement piece in any woman’s jewelry collection, there are a few to take note of.

Blake Lively and Her Diamond

Blake Lively’s pink oval cut diamond is beautifully mounted on a split shank band for a classy design that isn’t overly regal. The sparkler is eye-catching and features small diamonds on the band for a feminine style that surpasses any temporary trends.

Alison Brie

Alison Brie couldn’t resist accepting Dave Franco’s proposal when he presented her with a stunning rose gold ring. The accessory features a round-cut diamond and a pave double halo. The unique style of the engagement ring stands out with the rose gold detail and colored diamond to match.

Lauren Conrad’s Rose Gold Diamond

The lifestyle blogger and reality star is known for her girly style and feminine frocks, which are made complete with the rose gold engagement ring and wedding band that William Tell gave her. The simple style of the diamond draws a high level of attention with the metal on the band with paveé stones that are included for added detail.

Whitney Port

Whitney Port is known as one of the top designers to come out of reality television and is specific with her taste and jewelry items that are worn. Her rose gold engagement ring is a trend-setting statement piece that features a three-carat diamond that is plenty feminine and stylish. Port prefers to show off the ring with other types of metal rings on her hands for an eclectic look that is incredibly original.

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester’s proven herself to be a fan of rose gold engagement rings after she became engaged to Adam Brody. Her wedding band is also rose gold in a beautiful set that is both classy and lovely. The rose gold ring offers a unique look from white gold or gold options with engagement rings that are traditionally worn.

Want to look like your favorite celebrity?

Visit Mark Broumand online to see our large inventory of jewelry and to view a variety of rose gold jewelry that is available with both engagement and wedding bands.

What you should know when choosing insurance for your engagement ring

Posted on March 30th, 2016

Your engagement ring is a sentimental piece of jewelry that you wear day after day for many years. The ring is also a valuable piece of jewelry that could become lost or stolen.

With insurance, you can ensure that the ring is protected in the event of loss or theft. Finding the right insurance policy ensures that, no matter what the situation, your ring is fully protected.

The Fine Print of Engagement Ring Insurance

Insurance policies can be hard to understand. Take the time to review the full policy with the insurance agent before choosing the policy that is right for your personal needs. You should ask the agent which situations are covered, and what types of situations aren’t covered.

For example, will insurance cover the cost of repairing the ring if the setting is damaged? You should also know how long the policy covers the replacement cost of the ring, and whether the insurance becomes inactive after a certain amount of time.

Compare Policies

Different policies are available for jewelry. Make sure to compare the available policies, and choose one based on the coverage offered rather than the price. For instance, an inexpensive policy may not cover the cost of replacing a lost ring, while a comprehensive policy may cover the cost of replacing the ring whether it is stolen or lost.

Compare Companies

Along with comparing different policies from the same company, you can also compare policies from several different companies. A wide range of insurance options are available, including budget-friendly, comprehensive policies that ensure your ring is fully protected at an affordable cost.

Insuring Your Engagement Ring: Asking Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about specific situations. For example, you may want to ask whether the insurance covers dropping the ring down the drain while washing dishes, or whether the replacement cost is covered if the ring simply disappears from your jewelry box. You should also know what type of documentation or verification is needed if the ring is lost or stolen.

Verifying Your Loss

Some insurance policies only cover theft, which must be verified by a police report. Asking questions can help you find a policy that covers a wide range of events, ensuring you can replace your ring if it becomes lost for any reason.

If you need to replace a lost, stolen or damaged engagement ring, visit our online store today. We offer a huge selection of engagement rings and other fine jewelry, allowing you to choose a replacement ring that reflects your personal style perfectly.

What’s the best size diamond engagement ring to buy?

Posted on March 17th, 2016

Finding the perfect engagement ring can be stressful, especially if you’re unsure what size diamond to buy. The normal “three month salary” guideline can be helpful but it may not always be the right decision. Even if you can afford the largest diamond in the store, it may not be the stone that your fiancé desires.

Factoring in Your Finances When Buying an Engagement Ring

You always want to take into account what you really can afford. If you have saved up enough money beforehand, you will have a better idea of which diamond fits into your budget. Financing the ring will help you spread out the payment over time and allow you to get the bigger diamond that she wants.

And remember, if your budget is tight, sticking with the one carat diamond engagement ring might be a good idea for now as you can always upgrade later when your finances improve.

Choosing THE ring: The 4 C’s

When purchasing a diamond, it’s always important to remember the 4 C’s – cut, carat, clarity and color. Our diamond specialists can help you understand how the 4 C’s factor into a gorgeous diamond. The carat size will help dictate what type of setting you ultimately choose whether it’s a simple engagement ring or a larger setting with accent diamonds. Also, the level of clarity and color you choose will definitely have an impact on what size stone you will be able to afford.

Make Sure You Know Her Style and Tastes in Jewelry

Definitely take into account your fiancé’s style. Get clues from the styles of jewelry she already wears and don’t be afraid to ask a close friend or family member if they have suggestions.

Her style will help dictate which carat size you will end up leaning towards. You may already have an idea from joint shopping trips to the jewelry store what types of styles she prefers. If she is petite and prefers understated pieces, you may want to stick with a classic one carat diamond engagement ring. However, if she already wears larger pieces and would prefer a diamond with lots of accents stones, then a two carat diamond may fit into that larger setting she desires.

Picking out the perfect diamond is never easy but always keep in mind the 4 C’s, your budget and your fiancé’s preferences. Contact Mark Broumand today to learn more about the 4 C’s and to get the help you need finding the ring of her dreams.

How to Keep Your Marriage Strong Beyond the Newlywed Phase

Posted on January 19th, 2016

We all fall in love and marry with the best intentions. This is particularly evident in those cherished early days when merely seeing one another can be euphoric. But relationships always come with challenges. There is no way to avoid it.

If you really want to keep the marriage strong, partners have to support each other. Here are some tips that will strengthen a relationship even if the shine has varnished.

Learn to be patient

The more time you spend with a person, the easier it is to get frustrated by even the most minor quirks. It’s easier said than done, but we need to remember this is someone we love and want to be with. If we give it thought, the small stuff shouldn’t come between us.4142-3

Remember … you’re in love

After the wondrous build up to it, we tend to settle into married life. We’ll turn our focus to careers, children, the mortgage and forget a relationship needs constant nurturing. Put as much effort into your spouse as you did when you were dating. You’ll find it’s not as hard as you think once you see your efforts reflected in their eyes4140-1D54054_119_080_18k

Why do we have to be right?

During the first year of marriage, which is usually pure bliss, couples may begin to find conflict in almost anything. This can be the result of realizing compromise is a personal struggle that we’re not used to. Try to find ways to communicate without getting heated. At the end of any disagreement, try to understand the other’s intent and do not have conversations that just go in circles.4112-1D1210028_1007_155_PLAT

Think partner first

This is a tough one. It can be hard to put someone else before yourself, but this is a critical component to a healthy relationship. If your partner does not believe you are fully committed to their best interests, the relationship will always be lacking. We’re not saying give up what gives you pleasure, but don’t necessarily dismiss theirs.4116-2

Be grateful for your partner

It’s easy to take something for granted when it’s always right there. Gently remind your partner how much you care about them and how aware you are of what they contribute to your life4119-3

Keep your marriage strong by making a Mark Broumand statement

Whether newlywed or long-married, all parties have to be attentive, patient and caring. These are major components to any strong relationship. One of the best ways to show that you care is to surprise your loved one, from time to time, with something as precious as a piece of fine jewelry.

See all that Mark Broumand has to offer by visiting our online store today!

How to Choose a Wedding Band that Complements Your Engagement Ring

Posted on January 7th, 2016

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments in life. Brides and grooms may find it challenging to choose an engagement ring that is beautiful, symbolic of their love, and is a style they will want to wear day in and day out. An additional point of stress can be finding a wedding band that complements and sits flush to the engagement ring. But with the right kind of support and expertise, you should have no problem finding an engagement ring and band that look beautiful together.

How do I know what type of wedding band I need?

First determine whether a straight wedding band will sit flush with your engagement ring. If your ring has a center gemstone that is elevated and sits above the band, then you can likely choose a wedding ring that is straight. Mark Broumand has many stunning straight wedding bands that will sit close to your engagement ring. Your engagement ring may be part of a matched set as designers often create wedding bands specifically for certain engagement rings.3616-3

What if a straight band won’t work?

If a straight wedding band will not work with your engagement ring, then a contoured wedding band may be the right option. This type of band matches the curvature of your wedding ring. It is contoured at the front and straight in the back in order to match the contours of your ring. Contoured wedding bands are quite common, allowing your rings to sit flush on your finger, and work well with many different styles of engagement rings.3525-5

Notched wedding bands are another option for a great fit with an engagement ring. Rather than bending around the ring like the contoured wedding band, a notched band allows the rings to fit together like the pieces of a puzzle.2940-1D12683_105_18K

When your ring has very fine details around the gemstone or the center stone is an elongated shape such as oval, marquise or emerald, then you may want to go with a band that is contoured and notched.3436-6

Are there other options?

Mark Broumand will always make sure your ring needs are met; it’s possible that a custom band may be the ideal choice for you. Though the process of creating a custom band requires time, you will end up with a beautiful band that complements your engagement ring. Visit MarkBroumand.com today to see all of the options for rings you will want to show off for years to come.

Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds, Oh My!

Posted on December 30th, 2015

Whether you want to compliment your diamond or are looking to show off your favorite color, sapphires, rubies and emeralds are spectacular feature stones for engagement rings and wedding jewelry. Just like diamonds, not all specimens are created equal. Learn how to shop for these gemstones to ensure you get the superior quality you deserve.4091-1D297074_1119_175_18k

Sapphires

Ranging in color from deep ocean blue with strong to vivid saturation to a very vibrant pink-orange hue, sapphires are members of the corundum mineral family. September’s birthstone has been a favorite of royalty for hundreds of years; in fact, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with Lady Diana’s iconic 18-carat sapphire engagement ring.

Look for stones with a rich, dark color with violet undertones in a medium to medium dark tone, rid of any brown or yellow lines. Sapphires usually have inclusions, but less visible ones are more desirable. In fancy colors, like this pink sapphire eternity band, ideal stones have a bright, saturated hue.3802-1D4211_500_14k

Rubies

Rubies are July’s birthstone and, as a member of the corundum family, sapphires’ bold siblings. The finest and more valuable color of ruby is called “pigeon’s blood” which exhibits a deep red with a purple secondary hue. The hue forever links rubies with love, and pieces like a ruby and diamond ring will say “I love you” every time the stones catch the light.

Rubies should have naturally vivid color and ample light to play inside the stone. They can sometimes have dark or gray spots called extinctions that are obvious when held up to the light. Fewer extinctions mean a more valuable stone.3516-1D8146_085_033_14k

Emeralds

May’s birthstone and a member of the beryl family, emeralds were the favored stones of Cleopatra and are an enduring symbol of a couple’s devotion. These best color qualities of these stones range from a lush, blue-ish green to a pure green with vivid saturation.

As with rubies, transparent emeralds are much more valuable than opaque specimens are. Stones that are true green, not erring into blue or yellow, with saturated color are the most desirable. The iconic emerald cut is designed to protect this fracture-prone stone from damage.

Since most colored gemstones are chemically treated,  it is important to ensure you are getting a natural specimen with no chemical treatments before you make a purchase . As the show-stopping center or a subtle accent, a sapphire, ruby or emerald will add a colorful sparkle to your wedding ensemble.3939-1D49874_229_055_PLAT

Celebrity Engagement Ring Ideas For You

Posted on December 28th, 2015

Give your beloved the celebrity treatment when proposing by presenting her with a beautiful engagement ring fit for the stars. Take your inspiration right from the celebrities themselves by incorporating the latest celebrity engagement ring trends into the ring you choose for your fiancé.

Yellow Diamonds

Yellow diamond engagement rings are an intense and vibrant option with the larger and more vivid in color the stone is, the more rare and valuable it is. This look was made popular by many Celebrities like the gorgeous eight-carat radiant cut fancy yellow diamond ring gracing Olivia Palermo’s left finger. This style is truly striking as it is flanked between two sparkling trapezoid shaped white diamonds. Yellow diamonds are also a great option because they are incredibly bright, cheery and stunning when they catch the light. The popularity of yellow diamonds has been steadily growing the past few decades and could possibly be the right choice for you.4076-1D2200242_814_190_PLAT 4076-3

Halo Settings

Although a halo setting finds its origins in the Georgian and Victorian eras, it still remains one of the most popular and current styles to date. This setting is a timelessly classic way to showcase a sparkling center stone, as it will flatter your diamond perfectly. The smaller gems in the halo are stunning in their own right, but they also make the center stone stand out for all the right reasons, especially when the color of the halo stones or their setting provides contrast. Halo settings are also quite popular now with the in-crowd, like Natalie Portman’s conflict-free old mine cut double halo diamond ring made in an exquisite recycled platinum setting. This ring is truly glamorous as the double halo makes the four-carat center-stone appear larger than in is in actuality.3804-1D85179_142_115_18k 3804-2

Emerald Cuts

An emerald cut diamond engagement ring is an enchanting way to express your love. The clean step-cut lines and standard 49 facets create a wonderful sense of depth that absolutely captivates. An emerald cut stone is truly mesmerizing, which may be why it is worn by megastars such as Beyoncé whose astonishing 18-carat emerald-cut diamond ring set in a split shank remains one of the most popular engagement designs.

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Round Cuts

Because there are 57 or more facets, nothing seems more sparkling and everlasting than the elegance of round brilliant cut diamonds which had its most modern cut version you see today perfected in the 20th century. These gems reflect light magnificently and look breathtaking when set in a classic solitaire. Although these diamonds could never be unpopular, they have recently been boosted by celebrity wearers like Keira Knightly who sports a round brilliant cut solitaire diamond engagement ring in a platinum setting that can truly transcend time.3386-1D3297257_545 3386-2