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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.”
If you’re as in love with diamonds as we are, we encourage you to visit our online store, MarkBroumand.com, to learn see our beautiful diamonds firsthand.
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.
See all that Mark Broumand has to offer by visiting our online store today!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted on November 14th, 2015
There is something about a vintage-inspired engagement ring that just seems to catch the eye and turn heads. Because your engagement ring is something you’ll wear for the rest of your life, it’s important that you give some thought to your own personal style and which type of vintage-inspired ring will work best for you or your partner.
Princess Cut Rings
Princess cut rings are a great example of jewelry pieces that combine elements of modern and traditional styles. Slightly square with rounded edges, these rings catch the light in a way that other cuts cannot. As the designs fluctuate so much, we recommend that you try a few out and see which ones appeal most to you before making your final decision. We have princess cut rings with brilliant clarity and up to four or more carats.
Emerald Cut Rings
If you’re a fan of classic Hollywood films, you might appreciate the look of emerald cut rings. We take your favorite diamonds, cut the stones in the same way we would emeralds and polish the edges for a fantastic shine. Adding extra diamonds and wrapping those stones with a white gold band creates the type of ring that Hollywood royalty like Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor once wore.
Antique Cut Rings
Couples who enjoy the look and elegance of classic jewelry will love the style of antique cut rings. These rings look very similar to the ones produced by major designers in the 1940s and earlier, but the rings have all the modern brilliance and shine that shoppers come to expect from us. Some of the antique cut diamonds we carry include European round cut diamonds, antique cushion brilliants, which are also known as old mine brilliants. These look amazing in modern rings crafted with a vintage feel.
For something that has a classy yet slightly different appearance, take a look at our colored diamonds. Whether you select a ring with a classic clear diamond in its center or a ring with a yellow, brown or even pink diamond, you will be investing in something spectacular that both you and your future spouse will love showing off to others.
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 16th, 2013
The asscher cut diamond is one of truly unique brilliance. It is a cross between the shape of a square princess cut with the facets of an emerald cut. This combination results in a brilliantly stunning diamond that allows for the simplicity of seeing the diamond’s true quality and weight. When you shop with Mark Broumand you can be assured the diamonds you purchase are appraised and certified.
This magnificently beautiful asscher cut diamond engagement ring will mesmerize you with its exceptional quality, design and craftsmanship. The 1.03ct asscher cut diamond set in the center of this magnificent ring is GIA certified (one of the leaders in diamond grading) at G-VS1, perfectly white and clear! The cut is exceptionally beautiful! It sparkles beautifully! It is accented by baguette cut diamonds flanked on its sides with a row of round diamonds going around them all. The shank is set with two rows of round diamonds. All you see are stunning diamonds! This magnificent piece is surely going to get you compliments daily! A mesmerizing asscher cut engagement ring!
Posted on December 28th, 2012
The New Year is all about glitz and glamour! It’s a time to reinvent yourself – show off the New Year with new diamonds that will set your resolutions in stone.
The number three in jewelry often represents past, present, and future. Try the baguette trio that emphasizes the present!
Sometimes the world is simply black and white – at least when it comes to party attire! Show off your best black and white style with a diamond and 18k white gold right hand ring.
If elegance and tradition are what excites you, try the 2.5ct brilliant round diamond ring to match your timeless style.
This micro-pave setting reminds us of a feminine rising that integrates the highest quality of rose and white golds. Wear this ring to symbolize your 2013 growth!
3.55c of diamonds is no laughing matter – unless you are wearing it as you laugh your way into the new year! Be bold and beautiful as you add this black and white ring to your 2013 collection.
Try your hand at right hand rings and see what your fortune brings. Mark Broumand, Los Angeles will supply you with all your party fashion needs to bring style to the new you!
Posted on December 9th, 2012
CNN Money has recently reported on the FAA’s communication policies. The report addresses whether in-flight cell phones are still a dangerous threat to electronics navigation systems on-board aircraft.
We all can acknowledge that the digital world is not going away. In fact, WiFi service itself is now a regular feature on-board flights. So is it still applicable that with all our advanced technologies we are still censoring our personal equipment like iPods and Blue-Ray players in flight?
While we will have to wait to for federal regulations to complete proper testing on cell phone usage next time we board an aircraft, we do not have to wait to complete quality business.
At Mark Broumand, we can help you manage your jewelry estate by providing you with custom designs over the phone and via email. There is no longer a need to visit jewelers in-house. In fact, we have customers from all over the states and even overseas. Our customers understand that quality and service do not have to be compromised.
What does this mean? Skip the regulations and the flights! Send us your custom jewelry design online and we will bring your masterpiece to life just as you envision it. Whether overseas or in our back yard, we are here to help you have the best experience and quality of your custom designed jewelry.
Posted on December 7th, 2012
At Mark Broumand we stand behind the quality of our work. Apparently, our customers agree. Take a look at some of the comments we received in helping customers meet their dreams!
“My husband, Rick, took me shopping in the downtown Los Angeles jewelry district exactly three times. The first time, he allowed me to select a gemstone for my 28th birthday…The second time…we selected my engagement ring which still adorns my left hand today. The third time, we selected a cocktail diamond cluster ring to celebrate our second wedding anniversary and the birth of our first child…I longed to “marry” two of these jewelry items that have been so meaningful to me…Mark Broumand (whose jewelry I had been admiring for the past several months ever since my dear friend Kathy found her ideal diamond thru his website) was undaunted by my request and completely up for the task. “I have done projects like this before”, he said with complete confidence and reassurance. He further explained that he’d have a computer rendering executed in no time & even went thru a couple of “drafts” until it matched my vision. I was so very pleased with the high end craftsmanship (and I have developed some serious standards over the past few years) and the reasonable price.” – Claudia, Los Angeles, CA
“I Realized He Was Down On One Knee, My Hand Still In His Hand, And Then Before I Knew What Is Going On, He Pulls Out The Exact Ring I Had Always Wanted! He Had Worked With Mark Broumand To Custom Create A Cushion Cut Solitaire With A Halo And Micro Pave Band To Make Me A One Of A Kind Ring Exactly Like I Had Always Envisioned. Unbelievable! It Takes Me About A Solid Minute To Realize That I’m Just Standing There Crying, Staring At This Amazingly Sparkly Ring That I Have Yet To Answer Him! I Somehow Managed To Sob Out A “yes!”” – Adrienne, Chicago, Illinois
“On Our Wedding Day I Was Able To Give My Wife The Ring Of Her Dreams…that She Helped Design, All Thanks To Mark! I Can’t Think Of A Better Gift Than These Earrings For My Wife To Celebrate Expecting Our First Child In A Few Months!” – Rex, Naples, Florida
“Hey Mark, Words can’t express how grateful we are for your amazing and creative designs. I get so many compliments on both my engagement ring and wedding band. Everyone says its the most beautiful ring they’ve ever seen! We have nothing but praise and recommendations for all of your work.” – Marisa & Frank
“Hi Mark. I just wanted to let you know how THRILLED I am with the wedding and engagement rings you created for me. They arrived today and there aren’t the words to tell you how stunning I think they are. They are more beautiful that I could possibly have hoped for!! I’m floating on cloud nine. My partner is happy to see me so happy, so from both of us, a huge THANK YOU!” – Debbie, Sydney, Australia
“Hi Mark– I know it much be ages since made my ring, but Todd and I just got engaged a couple weeks ago…Your ring made my saying “yes” even easier. 🙂 And I have had nothing but compliments ever since. (Yesterday we were wandering around the Tiffany’s on 5th Ave in NYC– and one of the employees there was telling me how gorgeous it was– and I can only presume she has seen quite a few rings in her day!)…. Just wanted to thank you. I know I was a picky customer, but you’ve helped me get exactly what I was hoping for.” – Diana
We would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of our happy customers for allowing us to share in creating mementos of life’s many journeys. Here’s to YOU!