‘Monthly Features’ Category
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 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 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’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.
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Posted on March 2nd, 2016
Nothing shines quite as brilliantly as diamonds, and when you put one on, you’re wearing a fascinating piece of history. Most diamonds found in nature are estimated to be between one and three billion years old. Maybe that’s why this gem continues to dazzle all of us with its enormous beauty. Join us as we look closely at the many virtues of diamonds.
Only Diamonds Speak Of Unbreakable Bonds
For those lucky ladies born in the month of April, the diamond birthstone gives you more reason to collect them. Diamonds remain the traditional symbol for engagement. It was first recorded in 1477 that a man had proposed to a woman with a diamond.
Austria’s Archduke Maximillian gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring, featuring an M spelled out in diamonds. Diamonds are unmatched in versatility, wearing the title of hardest natural substance found on the planet. Remember this when you want to understand their authenticity – the only substance that can scratch a diamond is another diamond.
Diamonds Go Deep Into The Core
The word diamond hails from the Greek word “adamas,” which means unbreakable, unconquerable and indestructible. When you consider how and where these incredible stones have been formed and found, you realize that a diamond is truly forever.
Diamonds are developed in nature from carbon and believed to form their rare crystalline shape about 100 miles beneath the earth’s surface. They are then carried to the surface by volcanic eruptions. Diamonds were first established and mined in India, Brazil, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Congo. Today, these dazzlers are mined in a number of other countries, with the top three producers being Botswana, Russia and Canada.
Ancients Marveled At The Discovery Of Diamonds
The ancient Greeks had a romantic idea about the beauty of diamonds, believing these brilliant gems were splinters of stars fallen on the earth. The ancient Romans believed that diamonds adorned the tips of Cupid’s love arrows. A diamond’s origin, as a revered stone, can be found way back in the fourth century BC, where the gems were collected and traded in India.
In the first century AD, the Roman naturalist Pliny remarked that, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”
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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.
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 eyes
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.
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.
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 life
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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
(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.”
(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.
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.
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.
(Photo Credit: Jewels Du Jour)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. They 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:
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 becoming 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.
Posted on January 15th, 2013
Diamond hoop earrings are a fashion addition that spans all genres. Today, we bring to you diamond hoop earrings that will compliment your collection of jewelry. Here at Mark Broumand we can help you select and customize your hoops to make them unique to you!
These stunning round brilliant cut diamond hoop earrings are made in a beautiful oval shape. The diamonds are set inside and out for an amazing sparkle from every angle. The prongs are gorgeous "U" shapes that showcase the diamonds perfectly! A special clasp at the top is very easy to use. Simply mesmerizing!
These gorgeous round diamond hoop earrings are simple, elegant and very brilliant! They feature a row of round diamonds inside and out. They are all set in a shared prong setting with minimal metal showing and maximum sparkle! The sides of the prongs are also studded with round diamonds for added brilliance from every angle. The custom built special secure lock is at the top and is very easy to use. You will love these!
These gorgeous micropave round diamond hoop earrings sparkle immensely! Rows upon rows of round cut diamonds inside and out shimmer with every movement. Dress them up or down. Mesmerizing from every angle! A must have.
This captivating pair of round brilliant cut diamond hoop earrings will warm her heart. The 18k white gold "U" shaped prong setting encompasses a total of 6.75 carats of lustrous bright white diamonds. This unique setting showcases the table of the diamonds all the way around so they look fantastic at every angle. She will love them!
This mesmerizing pair of round diamond hoop earrings sparkle in such an astonishing way! They are set with 11.55ct of round brilliant cut diamonds. There is a row set in front and on the inside of the hoop in a shared prong setting style. The sides are studded with round diamonds throughout the prongs for an incredible brilliance from every angle! These mesmerizing hoops are set with exceptionally white, clear and brilliant diamonds throughout. Light up the world! You are going to love them.