Posted on November 16th, 2015
The Millennial generation represents a large number of the people getting married today as more begin to settle down. Although Millennials still have many of the same engagement and wedding traditions as previous generations, some have come up with new unique traditions, from staging proposal photography to designing unique engagement rings.
One trend that many couples follow is mutual proposals that are planned. Women feel more involved in the engagement process, and both work to plan a memorable event. Some couples, rather than focusing on the proposal itself, enjoy treating their engagement as a day-long event with a lot of surprises for each other.
Unique Ring Ideas
Because there are so many ring options available today, many couples like to add new twists to classic ideas. Handcrafted rings offer the flexibility that many couples want. Some of the popular options that many couples choose include heart-shaped rings and custom engagement rings in bright colors.
There are many photo-sharing sites available that provide opportunities for showcasing a new engagement ring. Many couples forgo a traditional studio portrait and choose an outdoor photo shoot instead. Some of the top highlights from a photo shoot might include the proposal as well as other events that will happen during the engagement.
Selfies have become a major part of announcing the happy news surrounding a couple’s engagement. Selfies provide easy ways for brides-to-be to showcase their rings for distant family members and friends. Many brides-to-be use extra creativity when taking selfies with their rings, including getting a manicure or using glitter polish on their nails to highlight the sparkle of the brand-new ring.
The Future of Engagements
Millennials live in an age where treasured traditions and exciting new trends come together, and the entire experience can be shared with friends and family at the touch of a button. Selecting the perfect ring for an engagement is one step on an exciting journey toward a happy future, and couples today have more options than ever for custom-designing a ring that reflects their style and history together.
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 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.
Posted on April 1st, 2015
The heart shaped diamond engagement ring is the universal symbol of love, combining the romantic shape with brilliance. Your heart shaped diamond will be a modified brilliant, utilizing the fire and brilliance found in a round cut diamond in a shape other than round. Other modified brilliants include the marquise, oval cut and pear shaped diamond. If you couple the heart shape with a fancy color diamond, you can add a splash of color to this charming engagement ring choice.
The stunning 1.60ct heart shaped diamond set in the center is GIA certified at Fancy Yellow in color, SI2 in clarity. The color is a deep and rich yellow and the diamond is perfectly eye-clean. The symmetry is incredible in this heart and the faceting is amazing. The lower depth percentage is rare in this shape and makes this heart look as if it is two carats in size. The custom-made 18k yellow gold hand engraved center basket adds additional bright yellow accents to the heart. The custom-made platinum setting features a halo of round diamonds and a row of round diamonds set down the shank in a micropavé setting.
This stunning heart shaped diamond ring is so unique and beautiful! The 1.03ct heart shaped diamond set in the center is GIA certified with a color of Fancy Brown Yellow and SI1 clarity. It has a very amazing golden color to it, with a brownish-pink hue and a beautiful sparkle. It is set on rose gold and the three prongs warmly compliment the heart’s color. This center diamond is accented by a row of bright, white round brilliant cut diamonds set two-thirds of the way down the high polish 18k white gold shank. The design is simple and elegant with a nice balance of warm gold tones and sparkling with diamonds.
The spectacular 0.55ct heart shaped diamond set in the center is GIA certified at Fancy Light Yellow SI2. It is perfectly eye clean and has a very rich, but soft yellow color. The inclusion is a small white feather on the side of the diamond that can hardly be seen under 10X magnification. The cut is so exceptionally beautiful that the heart looks as if it is almost one carat in size. The hand engraved center basket is crafted in high polish 18k yellow gold and the heart is bezel set with an accent of milgrain detail. The connectors are also studded with round diamonds for an added touch of brilliance. There is a halo of round diamonds that accent this heart with a row of more bright round diamonds set down the shank in a micropavé setting.
The heart shaped engagement ring is a perfect choice for the bride that believes in symbolism and romance. You will find most heart shaped diamond engagement rings as a solitaire or halo style, and is equally incredible in a natural or fancy color diamond. It is also possible to custom design a romantic and brilliant heart shaped diamond ring, should you want to create a ring with accent stones or in a three-stone setting.