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Engagement Rings

How to Clean Your Engagement Ring

Engagement rings are very similar to the ring finger they are worn on, they get dirty, and this dirt can come from a variety of sources. Dirt and sediment from daily wear can build up in the crevices of the ring, specifically where the stone meets the metal. Dust can accumulate from storing your engagement ring or other jewelry out in the open, when you take it off to sleep or to exercise.

There are also several liquid elements which can eliminate the sparkle and shine of your engagement ring. Soap scum from washing your hands or doing the dishes is very common, and will easily dull the sparkle of even the highest quality diamond. The oils from lotions and even our natural skin oils can smudge and tarnish stones and metals of an engagement ring. Aside from the vanity aspect of a freshly cleaned diamond ring, the cleaning process is key in observing any flaws or potential structural issues which could eventually lead to a lost stone or a fractured band.

To begin cleaning your engagement ring at home you will need a bowl, dish soap, warm water, and a soft bristled toothbrush.

How to Clean an Engagement Ring

1. First make a solution with the warm water and a few drops of dish soap.

2. Let your engagement ring soak in this solution for 20 to 40 minutes depending on the level of impurities. (Shampoo or body wash can work in a pinch as long as there are no moisturizing elements present.)

3. After this soak, brush the stone with a very soft bristled toothbrush and rinse under warm water.

4. It is highly recommended to repeat this process for rings that haven't been cleaned in a while.

5. After the cleaning cycle is complete, dry the ring with a soft cotton

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Floral Engagement Rings | Why It's So Popular

Floral Diamond Engagement RingIt is no surprise that in virtually all eras from the Georgian to the modern, the ring design that continues to remain popular for couples all over the world is the floral engagement ring. Floral-inspired diamond engagement rings are typically found in many different diamond shapes and sizes so there are plenty of options if a floral engagement ring is on your mind!

The ring to the left

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What is a Pre-Engagement Ring?

Pre-engagement rings are seeing a rise in popularity, with the non-traditional matrimonial norms over taking the traditional. 

Heart Pre-Engagement Ring

The concept of pre-engagement rings is nothing new in our society, and this idea has been traced all the way back to 15th century England. In that era these posy rings, as they were called, were engraved with romantic poetry, and adorned with gemstones. 

See this beautiful Diamond Cluster Heart Shape Pre-Engagement Ring to the right in 10K Rose Gold > 

As the "posy ring" faded in popularity, the acrostic ring (a poem, word puzzle, or other composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words) was the pre-engagement ring of desire for the Georgian and Victorian era. These rings would feature an array of gemstones that would spell out a “secret” message between the giver and recipient. For example, “Adore” would be spelled with the stones Amethyst - Diamond - Opal - Ruby - Emerald. Now, that’s a trend worth making a comeback. The white & rose gold diamond pre-engagement ring shown here features 1/4 carat total weight brilliant-cut white diamonds.

Pre Engagement RingTHE PROMISE RING

The promise ring would appear in the more recent past, the 1970s. High school boys gave a ring as a sign of “going steady.”  While the names and historic significance are different, the meaning is the same. Pre-engagement rings are just what they are, a promise to marry, eventually. Whether due to financial circumstances, or merely one’s desire to take things slow in the relationship, the pre-engagement ring is a gesture of commitment.

PRE-ENGAGEMENT RING OR A PROMISE RING?

Pre-engagement rings and promise rings are similar in the sense of the representation of commitment, but they differ in how they are worn. Since pre-engagement rings are a placeholder for the soon-to-follow engagement ring, they can be worn on the recipient’s left ring finger. Promise rings are generally worn on any of the other fingers, but that one.  Typically, to avoid confusion, the promise ring is worn on the right ring finger.

Is a pre-engagement ring or promise ring right for you? That is the underlying question. Marriage is not for every

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White Sapphire Engagement Rings & Jewelry

Sapphire gemstones are available in virtually every color of the rainbow, including white. While diamond engagement rings are steeped in the tradition of western marriages, the white sapphire engagement ring is rising quickly in popularity. With the clear stone’s visual clarity mimicking the diamond, it exists in a middle ground between traditional and nontraditional engagement ring center stone options.

DURABILITY OF WHITE SAPPHIRE GEMSTONES

The main factor which makes white sapphire not only a diamond alternative, but an excellent choice for every day wear is it’s durability. The MOHs scale of hardness is the method for measuring the hardness and durability of stones, and diamonds sit right at the top, at a 10. Sapphires, made up of the element corundum, are right below at a 9. This makes white sapphire engagement rings perfect for daily use, and means they are only slightly less scratch resistant than diamonds.

White Sapphire Engagement Ring

HOW TO CHOOSE A WHITE SAPPHIRE ENGAGEMENT RING

When buying white sapphire jewelry or rings, the burden is really placed on the consumer to judge the appearance in person. The GIA, who is responsible for the grading scale of diamonds, does not have an equivalent scale for white sapphires. However, they do publish reports on sapphires focused on weight, measurements, shape, cut, transparency, color and whether the white sapphire has been heat-treated. As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Visually ins

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10 Times When You Should Take Off Your Engagement Ring

There’s a good chance your engagement ring is the most precious and important piece of jewelry that you own. It’s a beautiful symbol of the love you and your partner share and it exemplifies the promise of your forever. And who are we kidding… you LOVE staring at how beautiful it is! Who can blame you!? But it’s actually really important to be aware of when you should take your engagement ring off.

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Ariana Grande Engagement Ring (Diamond & Pearl)

It was just announced late last week that Ariana Grande is engaged again! This time to Dalton Gomez. Looks like they had been keeping the entire relationship on the down low, but mainly due to COVID and social distancing. But being a jewelry site like we are, our team was very interested in the unique engagement ring that Ariana Grande has been wearing that was given to her by Dalton. If you haven't seen it, what makes it unique, is the Pearl and Diamond combination in the ring. This isn't normally something you would see together in an engagement ring.

Ariana Engagement Ring

According to the jeweler that designed the engagement ring, Dalton Gomez wanted to be part of the entire process of the design of this ring, as it was "Very Sentimentally Special" to Ariana, and he wanted to make sure it was done to the exact specifications. This is definitely

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Guide to Engagement Rings by Personality Type

It seems like there are a million ways to decide which engagement ring is truly the right ring for you. Maybe it’s the sparkly ring in the display box that caught your eye when you passed by, or a fun, trendy ring shape like pear or princess-cut, or the classic diamond solitaire that you’ve always dreamed about… but with so many different and beautiful ring options out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure!

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3 Stone Engagement Rings are Always Trending

The 3 stone engagement rings have been admired due to their symbolism and their royal popularity, not to mention, they can be both classic and unconventional.

Three Stone Princess-Cut Twist Engagement Ring

Three stone engagement rings usually consist of one center stone with a same size or smaller stone on each side. These stones symbolize a couple’s past, present, and future stages of life together. This symbolism dates back to at least the 17th century, where the meaning was more to represent the Holy Trinity. and still holds to presence today. Modern day symbolizes it as “friendship, love, and fidelity” or “mother, father, child.”

 

Three Stone Marquise & Round Diamond Engagement Ring

The design of a three stone engagement ring can be as classic or creative as one would like. They can have different stone shapes and different gems added. For example, all three stones could a classic diamond design, where there is a larger diamond as the center stone and two diamonds on the sides. It could be a little more modern with a diamond in the center with a pop color with two gemstones on the sides. Or all three can be different stones.

Three Stone Morganite & Diamond Engagement Ring

The beauty of a three stone eng

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Lily Collins is engaged and shows off the most unique ring!

Actor Lily Collins and writer-director Charlie McDowell are engaged, and we can’t shut off our heart eyes! Last Friday, the 31-year-old actress announced her engagement on Instagram showing off their intimate engagement and her beautiful ring designed by Irene Neuwirth that includes a “one-of-a-kind rose-cut diamond,” as reported by People

The ring, featuring a yellow gold textured bezel setting with a large cushion shaped rose cut center stone, is absolutely stunning! The “rose cut” diamond is very unique and also very trendy. The “rose cut”  also dates all the way back to the early 1500s as new

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Princess & Square Cut Engagement Ring Buying Guide

If you’ve been dreaming about a princess cut diamond engagement ring for as long as you can remember, you’re definitely not alone. In fact, behind the quintessential round diamond, princess cut engagement rings are the most popular diamond shape amongst brides who are drawn to the excitement and are true romantics at heart. 

There are lots of reasons why women swoon over the diamond shape known to manifest beauty, style, and edge. Save yourself from tons of Googling - here’s a complete guide to buying a princess cut diamond engagement ring, including the stone’s history, characteristics, benefits to buying, and more! Keep reading to learn all about the diamond that will make your dreams come true. 

Characteristics of the Princess Cut Diamond 

A princess-cut diamond looks like an upside-down pyramid, so its face-up appearance achieves more brilliance and fire than other square-cut diamonds. The number of facets and their arrangements can vary widely, but because of its symmetrical shape, a princess cut diamond perfectly captures light, resulting in a beautiful display of brilliance and sparkle. 

Shape: Princess cut diamonds are created from a hybrid of shape and cutting styles, resulting in a diamond that produces more sparkle than a regular square or rectangular diamond. The ideal ratio of a square cut princess diamond is, from length to width, 1.00 to 1.05. This offers a perfect square shape to the naked eye. For a more rectangular-shaped princess cut, the ideal ratio is 1.07 to 1.15. Once you decide how you’d like your princess cut to look, make an appointment with our jewelry professionals to help you get the ring of your dreams! 

Clarity: Inclusions, the small imperfections within a diamond, are not nearly as visible in princess cut diamonds as they are in other diamond cuts. To keep their breathtaking sparkle, SI1 clarity grades and higher are recommended. 

Color: Evaluating the color of a princess cut diamond really depends on the preference of who will be wearing it! Some prefer the warmer tones of color grades G-H while others prefer the cool tones of grade D-F. Choosing a near-colorless stone, like G, H, I, or J, is recommended for a princess cut diamond as these grades will avoid a yellow appearance, but you’ll still get the best value. 

Price: Princess cut diamonds tend to be more affordable than round diamonds. Why? They’re pretty efficient diamonds for manufacturers because they use a large percentage of the rough diamond. This means that less material of the precious stone is wasted, which brings the cost down. For example, a round diamond typically contains 40% of its original carat, while a princess cut diamond retains about 80% of its original weight. You can expect to pay less for a princess cut diamond than a rough diamond of the same carat weight! Bonus! Plus, since the table of a square diamond is larger than its pavilion, a 1-carat princess cut will look larger than a 1 carat round diamond. For a better understanding of pricing based on carat size, keep reading while we explore our favorite princess shaped engagement rings. 

 

Our Favorite Princess Cut Engagement Rings  

elegance engagement ring

Elegance: If you want more than one show-stopping princess cut diamond on your finger, this is the ring for you, as it features a 1-carat princess-cut diamond center with two princess cut diamonds on each side. As if that wasn’t enough, princess cut diamonds adorn the band of this ring, too. There’s a reason we call this one Elegance! 

 

aria

Aria: Extra trendy, this engagement ring is a 7/8ctw quad twist, princess cut, double diamond halo engagement ring crafted in smooth 14 cara

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