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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.

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

The Brilliance of Pear-Shaped Diamonds Throughout History

Posted on December 26th, 2015

Pear-shaped diamonds have graced the world with their elegant beauty since their creation in the 1400s and have been a popular choice ever since. Though the specifics of the cut and its uses have changed somewhat throughout history, its beauty has not. Pear-shaped diamonds are a popular choice today for couples looking for a diamond engagement ring.2788-6

Creation of the First Pear-shaped Diamond

The pear shape first came into being when Belgian diamond cutter Lodewyk van Berquem fashioned the shape in 1458. Van Berguem first invented the diamond-polishing wheel, which is what allowed him to shine eac
h facet of his new creation to coax the most brilliant sparkle from the stone. After the creation of the pear shape, many jewelers pierced holes in the narrow tips of stones shaped in this way to wear as pendants.4025-5

Progression of Pear-shaped Diamond Styles

As fashion progressed, pear diamonds were incorporated into rings and other jewelry, expanding their reach beyond pendants. Some modifications to the shape were made along the way, such as the addition of a table, with the modern pear shape coming into being in the 1900s. Today’s pear-shaped diamonds boast 56 to 58 facets with as many as 4 to 8 pavilion facets on each stone. All these surfaces allow pear-shaped stones to reflect surrounding light beautifully.
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The Largest Pear-shaped Diamonds on Record

Pear-shaped diamonds have beautifully adorned many classic women, but one of the largest and best pear-shaped diamonds known belonged to Elizabeth Taylor. This incredible diamond was cut from a stone that weighed a record-breaking 240.8 carats when it was brought out of the diamond mine. After being cut and perfected to adorn the classic pear-shaped engagement ring Richard Burton gifted to Taylor, at completion it weighed in at an astonishing 69.42 carats. The record for largest pear-shaped diamond, however, is held by the Cullinan I. This flawless, 530.20-carat diamond forms part of the British Crown Jewels and boasts a colorless and Type IIA quality grading (GIA).

Christie’s Breathtaking, Record-breaking Blue and Pink Diamonds

Posted on December 13th, 2015

Christie’s auction house is synonymous with opulence, and it is only fitting that the organization has auctioned several record-breaking diamonds throughout the years. The diamonds in its record books represent all the colors of the rainbow, but the pink and blue paragons are the things daydreams are made of. A paragon is a perfect diamond — flawless and without inclusions. In the 16th century, a mass of twelve carats was sufficient to qualify for this designation, but today the threshold lies at 100 carats.

The Sweet Josephine

Surrounded by a halo of clear diamonds, the Sweet Josephine cushion cut pink diamond center stone is glorious enough to leave royalty in awe. Its facets reflect the light brilliantly out of the pure pink 16.08ct heart. While the band is platinum, rose gold prongs hold the stone in place while complementing its hue. d5945871x

(Photo Credit: Christie’s)

On November 10, 2015, Sweet Josephine broke the record for the highest final sale price for a pink diamond at auction. The anonymous new owner paid $28.5 million for the honor.

The Winston Blue

The world’s largest flawless blue diamond, the Winston Blue, is the color of a crisp blue. The 13.22ct diamond is pear shaped and is flanked by glittering, clear diamonds on each side. Christie’s dubbed it “The Blue,” but its new owner renamed it the “Winston Blue.”

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(Photo Credit: Forbes)

On May 13, 2014, the Winston Blue sold for $23.8 million. That is a sale price of nearly $1.80 million per carat, the most a blue diamond has ever sold for. No need to dream about owning a fancy color diamond. These options below are rings that are exquisite yet attainable.

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The Vivid Pink

Fancy-colored diamonds are sometimes on the small side, making them ideal for multi-stone bands like this round brilliant cut diamond wedding band from Mark Broumand. Smaller does not have to mean less extraordinary, and the Vivid Pink proves it. At 5.00ct, it is not the largest diamond Christie’s has ever sold, but the cushion cut stone astounds with its cherry blossom pink hue. Clear diamonds twinkle like snow at its sides, and yellow gold prongs add a final kiss of color to the piece.3690-1D16148_030_18k

The Vivid Pink continues to hold the highest price per carat record for a pink diamond. It sold for $10.78 million, or $2.15 million per carat, on December 3, 2009.

Many diamonds sold at Christie’s end up in a collector’s display, but your diamond engagement ring will be daily reminder of love and commitment. It does not have to break records to be worth more than all the diamonds in the world to you.vivid_pink_diamond_ring

(Photo Credit: Jewels Du Jour)

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.

Diamond News – Week of 11-23-2014

Posted on November 24th, 2014

November 20, 2014 at Sotheby’s New York – A 9.75ct, VVS2 fancy vivid blue pear shaped diamond set a new world auction record for total price and price-per-carat at a Sotheby’s New York auction on November 20th.

The blue pear shaped diamond pendant fetched an impressive $32,645,000, which was a new world auction record for a blue diamond.

The price per carat, $3,348,205 also set a new world auction record, not only for a blue diamond, but for any diamond.  Prior to the auction, the diamond had an estimated value of between $10 million and $15 million.Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond from Sotheby's | Mark Broumand

All bids were taken over the phone and rivalry between seven starting bidders finally narrowed down to two final bidders in a rally that lasted for about 20 minutes.  Bidding ended when a private Hong Kong collector won the diamond, which was then named, “The Zoe Diamond”.  This rare diamond possessed a notable purity of blue color and high clarity.  Many blue diamonds will contain other noticeable colors, graining or other imperfections during formation.

The diamond belonged to the estate of the late Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, wife of philanthropist and horticulturist, Paul Mellon.  Proceeds from the sale of her estate benefit the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation to support ongoing horticultural and education endeavors.

Diamond News – Week of October 20, 2014

Posted on October 20th, 2014

Diamond Company Offers Homes, Cars and Jewelry as Perks in Employee Loyalty Program
Diamond NewsAhmedabad, India: About 1200 employees of Surat’s diamond industry have reason to celebrate this “Diwali”, or holiday of lights season. Hari Krishna Exports, a Surat diamond firm in Ahmedabad presented 1,200 employees with 200 two-bedroom houses, almost 500 Fiat cars or stunning jewelry pieces as rewards for exceptional job performance over the past five years.

Rewards were offered on a need basis. Employees that did not own a home were offered the houses first. Homeowner employees were offered the Fiat cars and employees that owned both homes and an automobile were offered the jewelry gifts.

Surat Diamonds employs about 6,000 workers worldwide with an additional presence in Hong Kong, England and Belgium.

Retailers Should See a Healthy Holiday Shopping Season for 2014

3.14ct Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandAs the shopping season begins to ramp up, the National Retail Federation (NRF) announced earlier this month a forecast of 4.1% increase in holiday spending. While spending may be increased, the NRF still predicts that shoppers will be more careful with their dollars. Shoppers will seek out more sales and research for more discounts available. NRF President and CEO, Matthew Shay shares, “Recognizing the need to keep household budgets in line, we expect shoppers will be extremely price sensitive as they have been for quite some time. Retailers will respond by differentiating themselves and touting price, value and exclusivity.”

Brick and mortar stores aren’t the only retail outlets with anticipated growth. Online sales are also expected to post impressive numbers in November and December. Shop.org’s forecast for online holiday sales presents growth numbers of 8-11 percent over last year, logging an estimated $105 billion in sales.

Shopping for affordable jewelry this holiday season without sacrificing quality?  Check out the fine jewelry selections from Mark Broumand.

Diamond News – Week of October 12, 2014

Posted on October 13th, 2014

Four Rare Fancy Vivid Red Diamonds offered in the 30th annual Argyle Pink Diamond Tender

 

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Rio Tinto Diamonds just closed bidding on the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender collection, celebrating the iconic event’s 30th anniversary.  Running from September 5, 2014 to October 8, 2014, this year’s Tender showcased four rare red diamonds.  The showcase of the four is a 1.21 radiant cut diamond named the “Argyle Cardinal”, after the North American bird (pictured second from the left).  The other three fancy red diamonds include a round cut, pear cut and emerald cut.  The Israeli Diamond Institute expects more than one of the four red stones to sell for more than $2 million each.

Rio Tinto wholly operates the Argyle mine in western Australia which produces over 90% of the world’s pink diamonds.  Rio Tinto also has partial ownership or interest in mines in Canada, Zimbabwe, and India.  Prior to this year’s Tender of 4 reds, only 9 other rare reds had ever been offered.  The other 51 stones offered this year were purplish red or pink diamonds.  The Tender began its journey in New York and visited Perth, Hong Kong and closed in Sydney, Australia with bids closing on October 8th.  Other noteworthy “birds” expected to wow were the Argyle Rosette, a 2.17-carat fancy intense purple-pink diamond (below left) and the Argyle Toki, a 1.59-carat fancy intense purplish-pink diamond (below right).  Both are emerald cuts.

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October seems to be a great month for fancy colored diamonds.  On October 7th, a 8.41ct fancy vivid purple-pink diamond set a world sales price record for pink diamonds with a sales price of $17,768,041 or $2.1 million per carat at Sotheby’s Auction house in Hong Kong.

Photos courtesy of Rio Tinto Diamonds

Gemstones and Fancy Colored Diamonds Break Two Price Records

Posted on October 13th, 2014

Sotheby’s Hong Kong held an auction on October 7, 2014 highlighting their Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite.  The auction featured 339 lots highlighting stunning and rare gemstones, diamonds, fancy colored diamonds and jadeite.  An untreated 17.16ct Kashmir sapphire and 8.41ct fancy vivid purple-pink diamond ring both broke world price records per carat.  Other notable jewelry pieces included a 3.32ct emerald cut fancy vivid blue diamond ring and a 35.72ct step-cut emerald and diamond ring.

Lot 1938 – 17.16ct Kashmir Sapphire and 6ct Diamond Ring

Mined from Kashmir, India – it is often rare to find such a large gemstone of “cornflower blue” color with such clarity.  Extreme conditions are required to create sapphires and often lead to inclusions within the crystal.  Because of the color saturation and clarity of this gemstone, an emerald cut was used to highlight the stone’s best qualities.  Sale price in USD, $4,056,701, setting a world record selling price of $236,404 USD per carat.

 **Click any image to enlarge17.16ct Kashmir Sapphire Ring

Lot 1935 – Step Cut Emerald and Diamond Ring

The emerald cut was created for use with this beautiful green gemstone to highlight the natural color and clarity of the emerald.  Though natural inclusions are often considered to be a beautiful and intrinsic feature of an emerald, this stone is incredibly clear and transparent.  This gem did not go through any clarity treatments.  It is set beautifully on a split platinum shank accented with diamonds, as to not deter from the emerald’s incredible beauty.  Mined from Muzo, Colombia.  Sold in USD, $4,345,36135.72ct Step-cut emerald and diamond ring

Lot 1936 Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond and Diamond Ring

Mounted in 18kt white gold and flanked by two trilliant (triangular) diamonds weighing approximately 2cts combined, this 3.32ct fancy vivid blue diamond is GIA certified as “internally flawless”.  This amazing blue jewel is natural and color graded as Fancy Vivid Blue.  Sales price in USD, $5,355,670

3.32ct Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond RingLot 1941 – Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring

The stunner of the auction was this pear-shaped 8.41ct fancy vivid purple-pink diamond, mounted in platinum, with pave set circulars on a split shank.  The center diamond is GIA certified as internally flawless with excellent polish and is a Type IIa, the most chemically pure.  Pink diamonds are so incredibly rare that Sotheby’s states that “Only 0.1% of the twenty million carats of rough produced annually is pink, and a whole year’s worth of production of these pink treasures over half a carat would fit in the palm of your hand.”  A pink that is this large with such incredible color and clarity, may be a once-in-a-lifetime treasure.  This prized ring broke the world record sales price for a pink stone this year at USD $17,768,041 or $2.1 million per carat.  The previous record, held by a 5ct pink beauty was in November 2009, at a price of $$10,776,660 USD.

8.41ct Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond Ring Side view of 8.41 Fancy Vivid Purple Pink Diamond

Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s

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