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How to Propose to Your Loved One Based On Her Personality

Posted on February 15th, 2016

Getting engaged is a special moment for every couple, as they begin to forge two lives into one. When it is time to propose, you want it to be a story you’ll be able to tell your children. It helps to consider your loved one’s personality when you’re choosing not only where to propose, but also which engagement ring to get.  Here are a few ideas to help you along the way.

The Sentimental Love of Your Life

If your loved one keeps mementos and keepsakes from your first dates to special occasions, she’ll want to be proposed at a place that means something in your history together. The place where you met, where you had your first kiss or the location of your first date will have special meaning and would be the perfect place for you to propose. Someone who is sentimental will love a classic Antique Cut engagement ring.4011-1D118833_160_010_PLAT

That Special Urban Chic Gal

Your love might be entranced with the bustling city. Whether she lives in a hustling metropolis or not, if she loves the city, you can tailor your proposal to her favorite locations. It could be a trip to the city she loves and the top of her favorite building where you pop the question. An urban lover will appreciate the strong lines and architecture of a heart-shaped engagement ring.3942-1D187242_250_175_PLAT

The Free-Spirited One

A person who loves the wild, crashing waves on a rocky shore might love a proposal at the beach. You can propose in a romantic way whether you choose to do it during the day or as the sun sets below the beautiful water. A ring like the princess cut will remind her of beautiful waves around the setting sun.2208-1D382257_301_140_PLAT

The Natural Woman

Whether it’s a hike through the woods or a stroll through a peaceful meadow, a loved one who enjoys the outdoors will love a proposal in their favorite location. The location you choose should be natural and free of urban distractions. The top of a local mountain after an enjoyable hike would be the perfect opportunity for a proposal. The ring you choose for the occasion should be inspired by nature like the pear-shaped diamond ring.2745-1D550803_406_130_PLAT

Ideas for the Dramatic Lover in Your Life

If you have a lover with a flair for the dramatic, she’ll love events where she’s the center of attention. A flash mob in the middle of a public venue or a proposal in the middle of a major sporting event is the way to propose to her. A ring like the Asscher cut diamond is a glamorous statement for this woman who loves the dramatic.3329-1D69182_126_120_PLAT

When it’s time to pop the question, go with Mark Broumand

When choosing a proposal location, make sure you have the perfect ring to match the personalitiy of your soon-to-be spouse. Our engagement ring experts can help you choose the perfect ring to show her how much her love means to you. Visit us online today to learn more.

Modern Twists on the Tennis Necklace Are Impressing New Buyers

Posted on December 23rd, 2015

Tennis necklaces go back decades, but your grandmother may have called them “eternity necklaces” instead. One of the draws of this classic style is their simplicity as well as the fact that they can be passed down through the generations without outdating themselves. With the recent return of simpler retro styles, the tennis necklace is once again in the spotlight.
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Delicate and Feminine Styles Abound

Recent trends highlight shapes that are feminine and flattering. Though these newer necklaces earn their name by circling the neck all the way around continuously with diamonds, they also offer subtle variations in cut and size at the back of the necklace versus at the front. These variations are just enough to show off the workmanship of the piece itself without losing its traditional appeal. Modern designs do a good job flattering the wearer by elongating the neck.
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Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds Continue to Dominate

There’s no reason to change a winning equation, as any fan of a round brilliant cut diamond will attest. Though the settings may vary as widely as the shape of the necklace itself, the round brilliant cut remains a favorite with everyone from young girls receiving their first diamond necklace to elegant mature women with firmly established tastes. Current trends strongly favor this cut, but the necklaces can still vary greatly.1325-2

Quality Over Size

Diamond lovers want to know they’re receiving the best stone their money can buy, and this is especially important when selecting a tennis necklace as the stones are the stars of the show. That doesn’t necessarily mean getting a piece with stones of the highest carat weight but rather getting as close to a series of matching stones as possible. Cut, color and clarity are as important as carat weight when selecting a piece of jewelry. In a jewelry design where the continuity is so important, finding a necklace where the stones match as closely as possible is critical. One discolored stone is enough to disrupt the never-ending circle of stones that makes up this style, so buyers should choose a trusted supplier to ensure high quality.
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The Importance of Insuring Your Jewelry

Posted on December 21st, 2015

Jewelry of any kind, especially diamonds, may be considered an investment with value that can be passed down to future generations. The amount of money tied to these pieces may be more than you could replace should something happen. It’s for this reason that many people pay for insurance that covers at least some of the costs in the event that something should happen to their items3794-6

Stolen Jewelry

With the exception of wedding bands,  jewelry can sometimes be stored in jewelry boxes in the bedroom. In the case of an unfortunate event, like a home invasion, this is often one of the first places thieves will look for valuables. It’s much easier to peddle stolen jewelry than it is to walk out with a television. Insurance can help you recuperate some of the losses experienced in such a scenario.

Theft can also occur in social situations. It takes mere seconds for a visitor to drop a diamond ring into a pocket and walk away. It could be months, if not longer, before you realize that a particular ring or necklace is missing. At this point, it becomes exceedingly difficult to recover the piece

Accidental Damage

While many rings can be built to withstand a great deal of pressure, accidents are still capable of destroying these valuable works of art. Accidental drops, scrapes and other instances can cause damage to the piece that may be irreparable. Insurance policies may be able to help pay for replacements or repairs depending on the extent of the damage. At Mark Broumand, we recommend getting quotes through homeowners or renters insurance3121-4

Protecting Customized Settings

Customized settings can require a greater monetary investment as well as more time to create the ring. Insurance may be able to help you financially should something happen to this one-of-a-kind item. It’s difficult enough when the customized jewelry is damaged, destroyed or stolen. Financial security can help you recreate the customized piece without heavy out-of-pocket expenses.

Insuring your jewelry can be vital to financial recovery. Every day your diamonds go uninsured is another day the investment is at risk. Consider what can be lost in the event of natural disasters, accidents or theft before deciding to forgo insurance on your high-end pieces. We recommend a company called Jewelers Mutual that offers great service in jewelry insurance.2118-5

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.

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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.

Custom Jewelry Design Possibilities To Consider

Posted on May 31st, 2015

There are many reasons to create a custom jewelry piece and Mark Broumand has the experience and skill to turn your idea into reality.  One of the best reasons to create custom jewelry is possibly for no reason at all.  The inspiration to create a new ring to be treasured can come from anywhere.  Mark has some options to make the custom jewelry design process even easier.

Turn something old into something new

Update an outdated piece of jewelry by providing Mark with your existing ring and your new jewelry ideas.  Turn a diamond pendant into an engagement ring solitaire or take a family heirloom ring and create a complimentary pair of earrings for a surprise anniversary gift or an addition to a wedding set.  Transform an engagement ring into an anniversary ring or diamond eternity band.

 1.82ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Halo Stud Earrings | Mark Broumand2.50ct Asscher Cut Diamond Eternity Band | Mark Broumand1.37ct Marquise Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Set a loose diamond or precious gemstone

If you have a loose diamond or gemstone, you can select a ring setting of your choice that is available without the center stone.  You have many options for precious metals and accent stones if you choose to design a ring other than a solitaire.  If you don’t find a setting you love, Mark can create a custom diamond ring setting for you.

3.49ct Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand  5.49ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring5.38ct Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring

Complete a setting with a center stone

Do you have a setting that is missing its center stone?  Mark can locate the perfect loose center diamond or gemstone that you desire.  Just let him know your preferred diamond cut or gemstone shape and he can find the showcase gemstone for your setting and create a new, whole remarkable piece.

Select a Center Diamond for Custom Jewelry | Mark BroumandWith Mark Broumand, you can create a custom diamond ring for any occasion. By filling out a simple quote request form, you can receive the upgrade value of the pieces you are trading in to create a new diamond ring.  Bring new life to an old ring setting or find a treasured new home for a loose diamond. Though jewelry always warms the heart to give and especially receive, it is even a little more special when it is custom created.  When you custom design with Mark Broumand, the possibilities are endless.

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