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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

Select the Right Ring for a Surprise Proposal

Posted on December 1st, 2015

Planning to propose to the love of your life is exciting for everyone, but that doesn’t mean each couple approaches the process in the same way. Some couples have looked at rings together for months, and both parties even have a strong inkling as to when the proposal is arriving. For others, however, the planning is a bit more difficult since they want to truly surprise their beloved.4062-5

Do Some Detective Work

Some elements of the ring can undergo alteration. Poke around to see if your sweetheart has saved any webpages with images of rings or has marked off particular pages in a magazine with favorable designs. By engaging this simple detective work, you may find that your significant other has stored away plenty of photos of princess cut rings. If so, you’ll know where to start.1.20ct Princess Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Find the Right Size

Size is an element that can get adjusted later if necessary. However, you don’t want to propose only to discover that the ring doesn’t fit at all. Placing the ring on your significant other’s finger is part of the proposal process after all. Sneaking one of your sweetie’s rings to the jeweler when he or she is away for a weekend trip or out at work for the day can best help you to determine the size. You may also want to talk to a trusted relative or friend to help you get the right size. Remember, however, that some people are eager to tell when an engagement is near, so you need to make sure this individual is able to keep quiet.1.61ct Three-Stone Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Consider Alternative Options

If you’re not a traditional couple, then the traditional ring-buying process may not be for you. For example, you can select a customized ring to buy a piece that truly fits with your loved one’s style. Also, you may have a significant other who would prefer that you propose first. Afterwards, the two of you can shop for rings together and pick out the perfect fit that is truly a symbol of your love.1.60ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Planning a surprise engagement isn’t an easy task, especially in a world where so many people know the proposal is happening before it does. However, if you’re willing to do a little bit of extra work, you can get a ring that your loved one will cherish forever.

The Perks of Buying an Engagement Ring Online

Posted on November 19th, 2015

An engagement ring is an important purchase, which is why you should explore the options thoroughly before making a final decision. Browsing online is a great way to do this as it gives you access to a much wider selection of diamonds and settings at your convenience. When it’s time to buy, remember that making your purchase online has several advantages as well. Online engagement ring shopping helps many find the perfect diamond at a comfortable price point. Consider the benefits of an online purchase when you’re ready to start shopping.

Hassle-free Shopping

2854-5Reputable online jewelry dealers have customer service representatives available either online or via telephone if you need to chat, but the contact with the gemologist or salesperson is initiated by you. This makes the buying experience much more relaxed and pressure-free. You can spend as much time as you like browsing without interruption online.

See It All Together

Gemologists that make custom jewelry are happy to show3868-5you the setting and stone you like next to each other, but you won’t be able to see exactly what the stone will look like when mounted in the setting. Computer software doesn’t suffer this limitation. Once you’ve selected the diamond and the setting, the computer will put it all together for you so you can see exactly how the custom design of your ring will look.

Better Selection

You want to find a stone as sublime as she is, but your selection will be limited at brick-and-mortar stores. Jewelers who conduct most or all of their transactions online have a lower overhead and purchase diamonds on a much larger scale. This translates into both better selection and lower prices for you

Comparisons Are Easier

If you’ve narrowed the field to two or three candidates, comparing the stones side by side to make a final decision is much easier online. Offline, you may have to drive back and forth between two different stores multiple times to decide which stone you like best.

3749-5The process of purchasing fine jewelry online is a smooth and safe one. Simply choose a name you trust, verify that returns and ring sizing are both offered and boot up your computer to start shopping. Once you’ve made your selection, sit back and relax. Soon the perfect expression of your love for her will arrive conveniently at your home and you can start planning a proposal that will leave her breathless. Let Mark Broumand offer the superior shopping experience you are hoping for. It will be our pleasure to help.

Why Custom-designed Rings Might Be Right for You

Posted on November 17th, 2015

Shopping for an engagement ring is one of the most exciting moments that couples share. If you want to pop the question in an unexpected way and get her to say yes, you might consider buying the ring long before you ask her to marry you. While you will find a number of different rings available in stores, you may want to look at the benefits of a custom-designed ring that you make just for her or that you design together.

A Ring Like No Other

Designing a custom engagement ring lets you create a ring she’s never seen before. Though professional
designers work hard to produce rings that appeal to different types of shoppers, designing your own ring puts you in complete control. You can add in small elements that remind her of important moments you shared together, a colored diamond that appeals to her sense of style or other details to showcase her personality.

Cut, Clarity and More

When designing a custom engagement ring, the decision as o how the final ring looks is up to you. Though you might think you can’t afford an elaborate ring, your designer can work with you to make the finished ring look amazing and still fit within your budget. You can draw inspiration from antique-style engagement rings that you see online or from specific shapes like oval-cut rings. Not only do you get to decide on the cut you want to use, but you can also select the clarity and the number of karats used in the diamond as well.3693-5

Show Your Commitment

Proposing to your loved one shows your commitment. It shows that you took the time to think about your relationship and choose a ring that is just as special as your future spouse. Whether you use a princess cut ring as your inspiration or any other type of design, the right ring makes it even more special when you pop the question. She’ll look forward to telling everyone about the time you spent designing the perfect ring just for her.1.45ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Diamond Engagement Rings in the History of Humanity

Posted on November 15th, 2015

People in all cultures have worn jewelry since before time was recorded. In fact, our ancestors may have decorated themselves with jewelry before they wore clothes. They made their ornamentation from bones, feathers, seeds and other natural materials. Rings today are just as unique, especially when custom designed by expert jewelers.

2.00ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Solitaire

Rings Represent Eternity

Historians believe rings were the first types of formal jewelry. Because circles have no beginning and no end, they came to symbolize eternity. The first rings were likely worn as talismans and may have had magical powers attributed to them. Later, rings were used for identification as well as religious and commemorative purposes. They were even sometimes intended to be seen by the public and convey a message of eternity.


An Engagement Ring Is a Promise

Prior to the second century B.C., one ring sufficed for both engagement and marriage. Around this time,
ancient Romans began giving their brides-to-be two rings. One was a gold band to be worn in public, and the other was an iron band to be worn at home. Whether gold or iron, the betrothal ring represented a pledge to marry. Historians once thought that ancient engagement rings served as part of the bride price in which girls were purchased and owned by their husbands-to-be, but that is now regarded as a fallacy.

5.83ct Oval Cut Diamond Three-Stone Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Engagement rings came into greater use in the Middle Ages as church authorities mandated that couples wait until marriage banns had been posted. As wearing an engagement ring spread to other cultures through the ages, the rings evolved from simple bands of metal. Colored gemstones were fashionable until contemporary times when beautiful, clear diamonds became signs of love and promise.

The Promise of Diamonds

Now, nearly all engagement rings include one or more diamonds. Each diamond is unique, but it takes an expert to facet the uncut stone so that it flashes with light. The faceted diamond is then placed in a setting that further enhances its beauty. The sparkling engagement ring is then given to another as a promise of lasting love.

1.81ct Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Accentuate Your Style by Adding a Touch of Color to Your Diamonds

Posted on November 13th, 2015

Diamonds are Perfect for Any Occasion

Wearing diamonds is one of the best ways to make a fashion statement, regardless of your lifestyle. They3390-6 are timeless pieces of jewelry that never go out of style, and they have always been worn to represent special events, like weddings, engagements, birthdays, graduations and anniversaries. The idea of giving diamonds as a gift to a loved one is very endearing in nature. Not all diamonds are designed alike. You can find a variety of different styles, cuts and shapes to suit your fancy, and if you’re looking for quality, diamonds are the highest quality stones. Each diamond is unique, and the rarest of diamonds are considered highly valuable. An expert jeweler can provide an appraisal of a piece of jewelry with diamonds to determine its precise value based on the four C’s:
• Cut
• Clarity
• Color
• Carat

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone With Rich Diamond Colors

If you’re looking to attract the spotlight, wear eccentric styles of diamonds. Colorful diamonds are 4.28ct Fancy Brown Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ringbecoming popular with diamond ring choices over the traditional white and colorless diamonds. They vary on a color scale from D to Z, and Z represents the most striking diamond colors. Celebrities have been spotted wearing various colors, like pink, yellow, green and blue diamonds, which have prompted the progress of this fashionable trend. Wearing different colors can accentuate your look, bringing out your unique style and individuality. The color that you choose is one of the most important aspects to the overall look of the diamond.

Color Accents With Diamond Rings

Diamond accents are hints of color that are incorporated into the diamond to highlight the distinctiveness of the ring. Many people choose to design or purchase made-to-order rings with color enhancements surrounding the white or colorless diamonds. You can choose different side stones, such as sapphire, emerald, tanzanite and ruby, and select unique shapes, like the popular pear, heart or rectangular shape. The accents are small but can provide the perfect way to personalize your ring.

Will She Love It? Going Beyond the Three C’s

Posted on November 12th, 2015

While an understanding of diamond cut, clarity, color and weight are important when shopping for an engagement ring, don’t get so caught up in them that you forget to match your special partner’s personal taste and style. At Mark Broumand, we’re fond of every piece of jewelry we create, but your fiancée may have more specific tastes. Here are some tips for making sure she loves her engagement ring as much as she loves you.

Watch What She Wears

Pay attention to the jewelry your girlfriend wears to get an idea of what type of ring she might like. Some women prefer to drape themselves in yellow gold while others prefer white gold or platinum. Remember that you need not look only at her rings for suggestions. Earrings, necklaces and bracelets can all give you an idea of what type of jewelry she prefers. Observe the color of her gemstones as well. Fancy diamonds are available in a myriad of colors, so consider getting her a diamond in her favorite hue.1.87ct Fancy Yellow Brown Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Gather Accomplices

Your intended’s best friend knows what she wants. The two of them have been discussing it since they went to grade school together. Swear your accomplices to secrecy if you’re going for a surprise, but ask them what she likes. Her friends and family will know which rings fit her style and which cut she prefers. The final decision is, of course, yours, but having a few helping hands can be quite beneficial.3792-5

Consider Her Activities

When your girlfriend sees the stunning diamond you have chosen for her, she won’t want to take it off again once she puts it on. Make sure she doesn’t have to by choosing a ring that fits her lifestyle. Women who work with small children or place their hands in tight places may want a ring that sits close to their finger rather than standing too tall above it. This stunning emerald cut ring, for example, has a much lower profile than this beautiful cushion cut piece. Each ring is extraordinary, but a woman who works in an office may have an easier time wearing the cushion cut piece than someone who works more with her hands.3658-5

Ask Her

Although this may take away the element of surprise, the simplest and most effective way to know which ring your new fiancée wants is to ask her. Even if you talk to her and shop with her, you can still keep the final ring you choose a surprise. Simply ask her what she likes or go ring browsing with her. Then, you can buy the one she loves or surprise her with one that has the same features.

Add Some Finer Details to Your Custom Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on May 29th, 2015

Creating your custom diamond engagement ring allows you complete customization in addition to some finer details that you may not have thought of.  In addition to selecting any diamond cut, ring setting and precious metal, Mark Broumand is famous for the little extra details and bit of flair that can make your engagement ring truly unique.

Here are some finer details to add to your custom ring:

1.  Milgrain detailsCenter basket milgrain detail custom oval cut diamond ring | Mark BroumandMilgrain is decorative beading that can be added to any part of your engagement ring.  Most often, it is used on the shank (band) or the center basket.  This fine beading is worked into the metal edges.

2.  Filigree detailsFiligree detail on connectors and center basket custom design | Mark BroumandFiligree describes ornamental designs using existing metal of the ring or additional metal wiring to create the desired design.  The designs are often scroll designs or soft curves.

3.  Pavé or micropavéPavé diamonds in custom designed center basket | Mark BroumandPronounced “paw-vay”, the term is of French origin for today’s vocabulary usage of the word “pave” and strives for a continuous paved surface of diamonds.  Gemstones are set close to each other in a pre-drilled hole in the metal and secured with a tiny metal bead to allow very little metal to show.  Micropavé diamonds require a microscope to set.

4.  Hand EngravingHand Engraved Shank Custom Designed engagement ring | Mark BroumandEngraving can be used to add special decorative details to elements such as the shank or center basket.  Mark Broumand and his expert jewelers can add any design to the surface of a precious metal anywhere on your ring.

5.  Shank decorationShank accented with jewels in custom ringSince a center stone is held in a basket and fastened to the band with connectors, it is more than one single piece of metal and is therefore a shank, but is often referred to as the band.  In addition to the metal selection, you can select the shape, width and design of the shank desired.

6.  Center basket (or cup) and connectorsFiligree detail on Connectors in Custom designed diamond engagement ring | Mark BroumandThe center basket holds the large, center stone in place.  The center basket is fastened to the shank with connectors, which can also be adorned with milgrain, filigree or jewels.

The process of creating a custom diamond engagement ring with Mark Broumand is simple, affordable and enjoyable.  For inspiration, you can browse a gallery of incredible jewelry creations from Mark.  When you are ready to design your engagement ring, simply click here to start the custom design process.

Precious Metal Selections for Your Custom Diamond Ring

Posted on May 23rd, 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 shine even more.  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
• 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 and copper for color
• Platinum – a precious silvery-white metal with high tensile strength

Pure gold of any color is relatively delicate and the addition of different alloys strengthens gold to make it durable for daily wear.

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

Metals to Accent Diamond Clarity
White gold and platinum are ideal choices to compliment the clarity in diamonds.  Additional filigree or milgrain details also add additional sparkle to your ring.  Yellow or rose gold can create a contrast to very clear and white diamonds, further intensifying their clarity.  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.

3.54ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 1.70ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond and Sapphire Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 3.56ct Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 2.01ct Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Compliment or Contrast Fancy Colored Diamonds
When light enters a diamond, it will also reflect off the metals surrounding the stone.  In the case of a fancy yellow diamond engagement ring, select yellow gold or rose gold to further enhance the color.  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.

1.72ct Fancy Intense Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand  2.11ct Fancy Yellow Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 1.52ct Fancy Light Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand3.27ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

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.

Explore Custom Diamond Engagement Ring Possibilities with Mark Broumand

Posted on May 4th, 2015

Though Mark Broumand is known for his impressive selection of all types of fine jewelry, his creative passion can truly be seen in his creation of custom diamond engagement rings.  Unlike other jewelry stores, you do not have to select a specific center diamond to be placed in a designated setting; Mark Broumand offers complete and true customization in every piece he makes.  You can share your vision of a perfect engagement ring by providing pictures of an existing piece or a sketch of your dream ring.  If you are unsure of where to begin, you can also browse some of Mark’s creations in his gallery of custom designed jewelry.  Here are a few of the amazing custom designs created for other customers.

3.34ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

  3.34ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand3.34ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Side Tall | Mark Broumand3.34ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Back | Mark Broumand

The Asscher cut center diamond in this bespoke engagement ring is GIA certified at H-VVS2; it is white and nearly flawless with an amazing cut surrounded by a halo of round brilliants edged with milgrain detail.  Round cut diamonds are used as the accent stone across the top of the shank in an incredible design.  Additional filigree and milgrain details adorn the center basket in this amazing platinum setting.

8.33ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

  8.33ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand8.33ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Angle Tall | Mark Broumand8.33ct Fancy Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Low Side | Mark Broumand

The vibrant 6.58ct radiant cut diamond showcased in this custom diamond ring is GIA certified at Fancy Yellow in color with a clarity of SI1. The color is rich and warm in this perfectly eye clean stone further enhanced by a spectacular cut.  A halo of round diamonds hug the top and sides of this center stone and this platinum setting boasts a breathtaking high profile.  The split shank is set with round diamonds in a micropavé setting and the center basket is studded with round diamonds as well.

3.86ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

  3.86ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand3.86ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Side Tall | Mark Broumand3.86ct Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Back | Mark Broumand

The 3.01ct marquise cut center diamond is in this custom diamond engagement ring is GIA certified at E-SI2; it is incredibly white and eye clean.  This beautiful cut is accented by pavé set round brilliants that line the center basket and extend down the shank in this platinum setting.  Fine milgrain details accent  the edges of the setting throughout in addition to handmade engravings that adorn the center basket and bottom of the shank.

3.93ct Pear Shaped Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

  3.93ct Pear Shaped Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand3.93ct Pear Shaped Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring Tall Side | Mark Broumand3.93ct Pear Shaped Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring Short Side | Mark Broumand

This custom 18k white gold engagement ring takes a turn from the norm by showcasing a 3.03ct pear shaped sapphire as the center stone, accented by a halo of pavé set round cut diamonds.  Additional pear shaped diamonds atop the shank also feature their own halo of round diamonds leading to a gorgeous single bezel set round diamond. The three center basket connectors are also studded with round diamonds for added brilliance. The wide-bottom, three-tiered shank is absolutely breathtaking.