If you’re looking for the history of the round diamond - wrong blog. We've got bigger things to do.
If you want your engagement ring to look amazing, it's important to ensure the main diamond is the star of the show and has all the brilliance and fire you would expect from a diamond.
Fluorescence is a little-known diamond specification that can drastically alter the price and appearance of any diamond you cross paths with.
Mother nature rolled the dice and around 30% of diamonds emit some degree of fluorescent glow when exposed to concentrated UV light. It's random.
As you know there’s UV in sunlight, and although far from concentrated there is a small reaction with the UV light in natural sunlight.
Diamond colour grades change in unexpectedly tiny increments.
Diamond colours range from D to Z, and as they trinkle down the alphabet the colour hue becomes more visibly prominent. Z is not a dark brown or yellow, yes, the colour is visible but far less pronounced than you would imagine.
Internet diamond colour-sheets aren't accurate. Just see them as a visual parable to just show that colour intensifies as you slide down to Z on the colour scale.
I can tell you right here before we sail off; G and H are white to any pair of eyes. You're better off focusing on some other characteristics like cut-grade and size when your in this boat.
What do you think is the single biggest complaint customers have in their dealings with jewellers?
With no runner-up in sight.
Here's a typical scenario: You spent your hard earned money on an engagement ring, and somehow it has been damaged (bent, lost a diamond etc....) on your fiancee's hand without an apparent cause like a car accident.
What and what not to include in engagement ring chats can be a bit blurry. This is part one of a blog series on engagement ring questions for “Surprise me”, “hands on” and “hinter” girlfriends. Keep an eye out for the next installments.
Girlfriends have a 6th sense when it comes to engagement ring activity.
You can be as stealthy as a grain of salt - she’ll know something’s up.
Do you know how long, on average, couples spend researching diamonds, engagement ring styles and jewellers?
6 months. That’s literally how long it would take you to walk around the moon… twice
If gathering quotes, deciphering them, Googling every question, visiting a ton of jewellers with irreconcilable recommendations and the working through all the slippery sales talk seems daunting - I’ve got some good news. We’ve done 99% of the work and you can save 6 months worth of free time.
You want your engagement ring to look absolutely amazing, and so do I. Whether you’ll be sliding it on someone’s finger, or the proud recipient - the quality of this significant piece of jewellery can’t be overstated.
This engagement ring you’re planning… should it be cherished and enjoyed or compulsively stressed over?
That’s a no brainer.
And this very issue shoves the exploration and choice of metal for your engagement ring to centre stage, instead of just a mere by the way formality.
In a nutshell, we use a combination of cutting-edge technologies to ensure our designs are as fluid and neat as possible, but the final stages of manufacturing are still done by hand, working with the same tools of 50 years ago.
It’s easier than you would imagine.
“Design your own engagement ring” is a mantra thrown around online, like colorful scatter cushions in a gypsy’s caravan.
The process of working closely with a jewellery designer to make a unique, once-off piece has been dumbed down to;
- Choose a design.
- Choose a diamond.
- Choose a metal.
- Ring size?
This is a fantastic budget-range to optimise, and your extra effort will pay off surprisingly well.
Engagement rings simply look nicer when setting with a larger center diamond. That’s why most designs you’ll cross paths with on Instagram or Google Images will be set with diamonds up to 3,00ct in weight.
You’re in a range where most rings you see online can be stunningly well executed.
If you had R30 000 to work with, there would be limits and constraints in what we can do for you. For instance; intricate metal work needs space for a designer to work his magic. As you can imagine a larger diamond creates a much roomier area to incorporate elements you love.
Sneak Peak; It’s not overly ambitious to set your sights on a 1,00ct diamond in a platinum setting. You have a good shot at proposing with the perfect custom engagement ring.
First of all, you’ll notice we’re not a store.
You’ll be strolling into a busy, but relaxed, studio with diamond consultants, jewellery designers and goldsmiths doing what they do best.
We’ll offer you some coffee, worth saying yes to, and then you’ll be joined by a knowledgeable consultant and/or designer for a session.
I nabbed our head of design and one of his team members for some good old feedback on common questions in the realm for vintage engagement ring design. Both have done stellar jobs at creating vintage designs over the past few months.
If you have any questions after this - get in touch. I’m sure these two would love to chat you through any further details.