Welcome... to a rather misunderstood topic.
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 a fluorescent glow when exposed to concentrated UV light. It's random, as you can see in the image above.
As you know there’s UV in sunlight, and although far from concentrated there is a small reaction a diamond has with the UV light in natural sunlight.
Have you seen how much oval diamonds have boomed over the past few months on social media?
It’s been quite a ride!
Designers seem to have been working in overdrive to create stunning and interesting engagement rings built around oval shaped centre stones. And they’ve done a great job.
Sam: “Good morning, I want to manufacture my ring with you, but can I source the diamond myself?”
Sourcing a diamond, at first glance, seems pretty straight forward.
Talking about wear and tear might not seem like fun... but do you know what's even less fun?
Seeing your precious engagement ring age in dog years.
Not everyone is willing to spend months researching diamonds before they pull the trigger. I completely get that. After she gives you the “yes” you’re probably done diamond shopping for a while.
Last night while finalising an updated version of our extremely well received “Buying A Diamond Like a Diamond Dealer” ebook I realised that the whole ebook (25 pages) could be condensed into a 1-pager. No intricate details, just recommendations drawing on decades of diamond industry knowledge. Challenge accepted.
It’s that time again. We’ve scoured the social web and found the 5 most popular and trending themes in engagement ring designs during April 2019.
No one wants to wear, or give, an engagement ring that ages in dog years.
Longevity problems and issues with engagement rings can be caused by poor craftsmanship, but don’t negate the impact of a poor metal choice.
The engagement ring decorating her/your ring finger will be tagging along as the seasons and years fly by. Let’s make it a great, enjoyable journey that’s just as thrilling as those first few days after the proposal.
No boring history introduction here. We've got bigger things to do.
You’re about to dig into what makes round diamonds a fantastic diamond shape choice for an engagement ring. I’ll help you understand how pricing works, and show you specification combinations that optimise your budget - whatever it is. We'll also talk about unique design opportunities a round diamond brings to the table.
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.