Posted at June 1st, 2016
Fancy color and yellow diamond engagement rings make for a particularly special adornment. Its unique character stands out amidst a wide variety of cuts, while bringing a warm, soothing accent to a variety of traditional and modern ring styles.
An oval cut yellow diamond brings to mind many warm and appealing images. It evokes springtime, a happy home, the pleasant imagery of daisies, and the life-giving energy of the sun. This makes it one of the most perfect emblems for a life-long union, one that is meant to bring boundless happiness into the lives of two very special people. This oval diamond is set within a ring of tiny, round-cut diamonds, with that same studding continuing with even smaller diamonds along the ring’s double-band. Celebrate a life-long union with this perfect emblem of unblinking, unyielding love with this oval cut classic.
The pear cut shape of this ring’s yellow diamond is a traditional image of health and vitality in cultures all over the world. Evoking a well-established image with hints of vintage style, this delightfully shimmering band speaks to the warmth and happiness of a perfect union, to cherished love, and to life’s goals being steadfastly achieved. It is emblematic of good health and good fortune, while the lustrous sparkle and opalescent quality of the small round-cut diamonds in the halo evoke the suggestion of honeyed warmth and softness. It is a compelling sign of one person’s love for another, and one that would look absolutely dazzling on the finger of any bride.
Few diamonds are more perfectly fitted to a classic, vintage look than the cushion cut diamond. This breathtaking yellow stone, set within a halo of modest round-cut diamonds, emphasizes the warmth and supportive emphasis of the diamond’s color. Its lustrous sparkle is stylish and appealing; at the same time, it speaks to the desire to love and be loved by that one special person forever. This gorgeously studded engagement band, with its beautiful cushion-shaped stone, is breathtaking enough for any vintage look; it also offers the tastefully sparkling style necessary to fit into the most modern of weddings.
Posted at May 15th, 2016
There is a certain stunning quality and undeniable appeal to vintage diamond engagement rings, whether it is a antique emerald cut, old European cut, oval cut, pear shaped, radiant cut or asscher cut engagement ring. Vintage styles feature bold angles and large, open tables for that distinctive eye-catching look. They are popular with people from many walks of life, and are often displayed by fashionable celebrities, whose fortunes are based in part on their ability to maintain an in-depth appearance of class and style.
This 1.36 carat vintage engagement ring’s radiant cut diamond is framed by an elegant and graceful single band. With its own adornment of pavé diamonds, this single band offers a striking vintage appearance through its expansive surface area. Its appearance is reminiscent of various artistic styles from the 60’s and 70’s, including Art Deco, as well as that which was then considered to be Avant Garde.
The emblematic look of cropped corners strongly favors the grace and elegance of a central asscher cut stone, prominently displayed by this vintage halo engagement ring. The rare and undeniable appeal of the ring’s old-fashioned shape is enhanced by the band’s beaded detailing and the brilliance of its micropavé diamonds. The halo style was popular for many years, and is now one of the most favored of vintage engagement ring looks. This 2.63 carat asscher cut engagement ring is sure to capture the heart of your special someone.
This 2.16 carat old European cut diamond is in its own league. It’s hard to surpass this European cut diamond for sheer class, while the added luster of the cut elevates this vintage ring into something that will ensure all eyes rest upon it. This particular ring offers a stunningly classic shape. This is truly a timeless piece.
This stunning 3.51 carat pear diamond is gleaming and exceptional. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to known qualities when they exemplify the taste of this vintage engagement ring. On this particular ring, the center stone is truly the focus of all attention. Its simplicity is managed in such a way as to enhance the ring’s overall elegance, while ensuring that its style has a measurable impact on all who see it.
Posted at May 1st, 2016
While a few lucky people immediately know when they meet the person they are going to marry, most of us require a bit more time to figure out whether or not we’ve found the perfect person. You may know that your partner is a fantastic human being, but how do you tell if you two are meant to be together forever? According to expert matchmakers, here are a few ways to tell if you’ve found “the one.”
Finding the One: You’re Best Friends
This is one cliche that is absolutely true, and there’s a reason that matchmakers often start off pairing people up based on common hobbies and personalities. The best couples are always each other’s best friends, and they share many common interests. If you and your partner laugh at the same jokes and love spending time together even when you aren’t doing anything interesting, it’s definitely meant to be.
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Your Partner Respects Both You and Others
Having a partner who is respectful of your feelings and supportive of your goals is always essential to relationship success. However, it is equally important that your partner also respect everyone else around them. In addition to being kind and polite to family and friends, a good partner is even respectful of waiters and other strangers they interact with.
You Have Top Notch Communication Skills
For a relationship to last, you and your partner have to be able to communicate with each other and make sure that they share the same goals and values. It is important that you two can communicate about both good and bad things. Consider how you argue with each other when you have a disagreement? Do you just angrily and passionately state your opposing views, or do you resort to name calling and rude insults? Most matchmakers agree that good relationships are one where couples never say anything intentionally hurtful in arguments.
Does Your Partner Meet These Qualifications?
If you are fortunate enough to have a partner who fits into all of these criteria, you can be confident that your relationship can weather almost anything.
In fact, it may be a sign that it’s about time to start planning your wedding and life together. If you are interested in finding quality jewelry to commemorate your love, come visit Mark Broumand’s online store to get the perfect engagement rings or wedding bands.
Posted at 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 at March 30th, 2016
Your engagement ring is a sentimental piece of jewelry that you wear day after day for many years. The ring is also a valuable piece of jewelry that could become lost or stolen.
With insurance, you can ensure that the ring is protected in the event of loss or theft. Finding the right insurance policy ensures that, no matter what the situation, your ring is fully protected.
The Fine Print of Engagement Ring Insurance
Insurance policies can be hard to understand. Take the time to review the full policy with the insurance agent before choosing the policy that is right for your personal needs. You should ask the agent which situations are covered, and what types of situations aren’t covered.
For example, will insurance cover the cost of repairing the ring if the setting is damaged? You should also know how long the policy covers the replacement cost of the ring, and whether the insurance becomes inactive after a certain amount of time.
Different policies are available for jewelry. Make sure to compare the available policies, and choose one based on the coverage offered rather than the price. For instance, an inexpensive policy may not cover the cost of replacing a lost ring, while a comprehensive policy may cover the cost of replacing the ring whether it is stolen or lost.
Along with comparing different policies from the same company, you can also compare policies from several different companies. A wide range of insurance options are available, including budget-friendly, comprehensive policies that ensure your ring is fully protected at an affordable cost.
Insuring Your Engagement Ring: Asking Questions
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about specific situations. For example, you may want to ask whether the insurance covers dropping the ring down the drain while washing dishes, or whether the replacement cost is covered if the ring simply disappears from your jewelry box. You should also know what type of documentation or verification is needed if the ring is lost or stolen.
Verifying Your Loss
Some insurance policies only cover theft, which must be verified by a police report. Asking questions can help you find a policy that covers a wide range of events, ensuring you can replace your ring if it becomes lost for any reason.
If you need to replace a lost, stolen or damaged engagement ring, visit our online store today. We offer a huge selection of engagement rings and other fine jewelry, allowing you to choose a replacement ring that reflects your personal style perfectly.
Posted at March 24th, 2016
Diamonds are made of pure carbon, and many people have come to believe that the most valuable are the perfectly colorless or white diamonds. But the fact is that pink diamonds can be 10 to 100 times more valuable than colorless ones, especially if the pink diamonds are flawless and highly graded.
Understanding the allure of the pink diamond
What makes a pink diamond so valuable is not just its beauty, but its rarity. Pink diamonds have always been rare, and they are becoming more so every year.
Every year, only a few dozen quality pink diamonds are mined. Of all the colored diamonds or fancies, the pink diamond makes up 0.03 percent of all the diamonds mined in the world. So far, the highest price paid for a pink diamond was nearly $18 million paid for a 8.41 carat pink diamond with just a tinge of purple.
Interesting facts worth learning
Pink diamonds are always referred to as “she,” possibly because they’re pink! The largest known pink diamond is the Sea of Light or Darya-i-Noor, which is the great jewel among the crown jewels of Iran.
She weighs 182 carats, is very pale pink and is in fact one of the largest cut diamonds on earth. She was found in the same mine as the more famous Koh-i-noor, or Mountain of Light.
The next largest pink diamond is the Eye of Light, which weighs 60 carats and was set into the tiara worn by the Empress of Iran during her 1959 wedding to the Shah.
Most of the pink diamonds found today are quite small. That’s because the forces that bring diamonds from the depths of the earth to the surface are powerful enough to shatter them into smaller and smaller pieces, even though diamond is the hardest natural substance known on earth.
Pink Diamonds: The Color!
The color of a pink diamond is due to twists in the otherwise very stable lattice of a diamond. This twisting causes light to bounce around the lattice and come out in shades of pink.
Collectors crave pink diamonds with rich hues, which are called Fancy Vivids. They range from lovely cherry blossom pinks, which are favored in Japan, to the extremely rare red diamond. The most valued pink diamond is strong in hue, saturation and tone and even a tiny one can sell for a great deal of money.
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Posted at March 17th, 2016
Finding the perfect engagement ring can be stressful, especially if you’re unsure what size diamond to buy. The normal “three month salary” guideline can be helpful but it may not always be the right decision. Even if you can afford the largest diamond in the store, it may not be the stone that your fiancé desires.
Factoring in Your Finances When Buying an Engagement Ring
You always want to take into account what you really can afford. If you have saved up enough money beforehand, you will have a better idea of which diamond fits into your budget. Financing the ring will help you spread out the payment over time and allow you to get the bigger diamond that she wants.
And remember, if your budget is tight, sticking with the one carat diamond engagement ring might be a good idea for now as you can always upgrade later when your finances improve.
Choosing THE ring: The 4 C’s
When purchasing a diamond, it’s always important to remember the 4 C’s – cut, carat, clarity and color. Our diamond specialists can help you understand how the 4 C’s factor into a gorgeous diamond. The carat size will help dictate what type of setting you ultimately choose whether it’s a simple engagement ring or a larger setting with accent diamonds. Also, the level of clarity and color you choose will definitely have an impact on what size stone you will be able to afford.
Make Sure You Know Her Style and Tastes in Jewelry
Definitely take into account your fiancé’s style. Get clues from the styles of jewelry she already wears and don’t be afraid to ask a close friend or family member if they have suggestions.
Her style will help dictate which carat size you will end up leaning towards. You may already have an idea from joint shopping trips to the jewelry store what types of styles she prefers. If she is petite and prefers understated pieces, you may want to stick with a classic one carat diamond engagement ring. However, if she already wears larger pieces and would prefer a diamond with lots of accents stones, then a two carat diamond may fit into that larger setting she desires.
Picking out the perfect diamond is never easy but always keep in mind the 4 C’s, your budget and your fiancé’s preferences. Contact Mark Broumand today to learn more about the 4 C’s and to get the help you need finding the ring of her dreams.
Posted at March 10th, 2016
When it sold recently at auction for the stunning price of $14.2 million, the historic ‘Jubilee Ruby’ made history. The sparking oval-shaped piece set a record at the Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale event. In a matter of mere moments, the 15.99 carat multi-faceted stone became the single most valuable colored corundum gem to sell at a public auction in the United States.
Understanding High Diamond Prices
Of course, several other valuable pieces at the same auction garnered spectacular prices. The event produced approximately $57 million in jewelry sales, a rather remarkable tally.
Some impressive diamonds sparkled among the dazzling auction inventory. A well-cut brilliant diamond set in a ring obtained a winning bid of $1.4 million. The large 41.18-carat gem displayed an exquisite cushion cut.
Another, smaller, diamond ring offered in the same sale, a round brilliant-cut stone, measured 14.11-carats and included a beautiful platinum setting. The successful buyer paid $1.9 million for that piece. Another round-cut Type IIa stone, weighing an impressive 40.43-carats, commanded the hefty sum of $7.2 million.
Brightly Colored Diamonds
Bidders also paid generously for lovely colored diamonds at the auction. A pretty yellow diamond of 54.62-carats displayed a superb shimmering round-cornered rectangular cut. It brought a successful bid of $2.5 million, earning the seller an amount within the upper echelon of estimates furnished in advance of the sale.
An extraordinary purple-pink diamond of only 10.07 carats in a brilliant cut flanked by triangular diamonds attracted considerable interest. It eventually sold for $8.8 million.
A Ruby Like No Other
Of course, the historic ‘Jubilee Ruby’ with its record-setting sales price created one of the most dramatic moments of the auction, as bidding escalated upwards. Although the piece eventually sold within the upper range of the auctioneer’s estimates, it did generate a number of bids.
The piece displays a finely-crafted polished 18-karat gold setting in which sparkling accenting diamonds surround the central large red stone. Today, high quality red rubies from Burma have generated a lot of interest because of their comparative rarity and beauty.
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Posted at 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 at 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.