Mind Blowing Celebrity Engagement Rings

Celebrities are known for many things. Throwing extravagant parties, giving back to charities, owning one too many luxury vehicles, juicy scandals, etc. But every year, without fail, a handful of celebrities make headlines for getting engaged to, more often than not, another high-profile celebrity..and spending millions in the process. 

We’ve been in the jewelry business for decades and have seen all sorts of lavish engagement rings and proposals. Nothing causes the jaw to drop more than a celebrity spending millions (yes, MILLIONS) on a breathtaking rare diamond engagement ring. We’ve dug up some of the most spectacular celebrity engagement rings in pop culture history. Grab some shades because you’re about to be blinded by some MAJOR bling, BLING. 

Royals

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry 

It’s no surprise that Meghan Markle is the talk of the tabloids from New York City to the United Kingdom. It’s a story ripped straight from a Hollywood movie script. A beautiful, successful actress from Los Angeles falls in love with a handsome and highly sought-after prince from across the pond..and the rest is history (literally.) 

The two met through mutual friends (it’s okay, our friends don’t set us up on dates with royalty either) and announced their engagement two years later, in November 2017. Harry, Duke of Sussex, popped the big question with an even bigger diamond engagement ring, a whopping 6.5 carat 3-stone ring set on a yellow gold band. The couple told a news outlet soon after their engagement that the diamond was sourced from Botswana, where the couple first fell in love (how ROMANTIC). The ring, worth $200,000 will go down in history with the likes of other royalty engagement rings.

6.5 carat 3-stone ring set on a yellow gold band

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton, another household royalty name, was gifted a 23-carat oval blue sapphire engagement ring surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds by the Duke of Cambridge in November 2010. Cue the tears because this specific ring has a deep and emotional meaning to not only Prince William but to the entire royal family. The ring was once owned by Princess Diana, the princess icon who tragically passed away in a car accident in August 1997. Prince William kept his mother’s beloved ring and eventually passed it on to his now wife, as a way to keep his mother’s memory and legacy alive. The 18K white gold ring was worth approximately $47,000 in the 80s when Princess Diana owned it and is now worth more than $500,00. Ah, diamonds age like fine wine. 

23-carat oval blue sapphire engagement ring

Hip-Hop Artists

Beyonce and Jay-Z

There’s royalty..and then there’s hip-hop royalty. At the top of the throne is none other than Beyoncé and Jay-Z. Their union is one of the longest running couples in the music industry. The music mogul proposed to the R&B princess with a 24-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring. It was custom made by experienced jeweler and diamond expert, Vashi Dominguez. Jay-Z reportedly bought the ring for $4.7 Million in 2008 and it is now worth more than $10 Million in 2019. This is an insane amount of money to most people, even other A-list celebrities. For example, Mary-Kate Olson’s vintage Cartier engagement ring cost her then-fiance a cool $80,000. This may seem like pocket change to the $4.7 Million Jay-Z dropped over a decade ago. Just to put things into perspective even more..the average American spends $5,500 on an engagement ring. 

24-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring

Cardi B and Offset

Cardi B shot to fame in late 2017 after releasing her debut single “Kodak Yellow”. Within months, the rapper topped every chart in the music industry, sold out some of the biggest venues in the country and caught the eye of Migo’s rapper, Offset. The two kept a low profile until he popped the question to Cardi at a concert in Philadelphia, in front of a sold-out crowd. Although the couple was said to have officially tied the knot a few months prior to the public proposal, the 8-carat pear-shaped ring, set Offset back $500,000. Despite cheating rumors, a public break-up and an even more public attempt to get Card B back, Offset and the rapper remain happily married and the proud parents to their one-year-old daughter, Kulture. 

8-carat pear-shaped ring

Athletes 

Caroline Wozniaki and David Lee

Caroline Wozniaki is winning both on and off the court. The tennis superstar got engaged to former NBA athlete David Lee during a romantic trip to Bora Bora in 2017. The 8.88 carat large oval diamond set on a diamond pave band. The ring holds much significance to Caroline, who’s fathers’ favorite number is 8. The gorgeous ring was custom made by Hamra Diamonds in New York City. The luxury diamond company even got to leak some exclusive details about the making of the ring. “It’s absolutely the nicest and perfectly made oval I have seen to date. It’s the perfect stone for this awesome, perfect couple” the jewelry company proudly boasted on Instagram.

8.88 carat large oval diamond set on a diamond pave band

Actors

Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas

Catherine Zeta Jones ranks very high on the list of pricey celebrity engagement rings. The actress met her longtime husband and Academy Award winning actor, Michael Douglas in 1996. The two were promoting separate movies at a film festival in France. Despite criticism from the public due to their 25-year age difference, the Hollywood couple got engaged on New Years Eve 1999 at his home in Aspen, Colorado. As much as the engagement captured headlines, most of the talk was about the engagement ring. The lucky lady received a vintage Fred Leighton 10-carat diamond side-set marquise center stone surrounded by a halo of 28 smaller diamonds. The breathtaking engagement ring reportedly set Douglas back a cool $1 Million. The wedding, labeled “the wedding of the year” in 2000 and took place at the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City, cost the couple more than $1.5 Million. 

10-carat diamond side-set marquise center stone surrounded by a halo of 28 smaller diamonds

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

One of the biggest celebrity couples of our time, nicknamed Bradgelina, made headlines around the world when they got engaged in April 2012. The couple had already been dating for 7 years and had several children together.  Brad popped the long awaited question with an emerald cut multi-stone ring designed over a year with Beverly Hills jeweler Robert Procop. The gorgeous ring is worth $500,000. Well done, Mr. Pitt, we expected nothing less. 

emerald cut multi-stone ring

Celebrities are notorious for spending lavishly and their engagement rings and weddings are simply no exception. Whether these marriages last a year or last decades, they will no doubt be remembered as some of the most expensive and costly unions in pop culture history. Just wait until you hear how much these brides spent on their wedding dresses..but we will save that one for another day.

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7 Debunked Myths About Diamond Fluorescence

Diamond fluorescence under UV light

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

A famous quote first coined by author Margaret Wolfe Hungerford. This is another way of saying beauty is subjective. This theory applies to many things in life. For example, who you choose to fall in love with, the home you decide to purchase, the material items you own. As humans, we all have different tastes, styles and preferences. This is especially important to remember when purchasing a diamond or buying jewelry in general. 

There’s a lot of misconceptions about diamonds, one of them being whether diamond fluorescence is good or bad and how it affects the price. This is where the quote mentioned above comes into play.  Diamonds with fluorescence are neither good nor bad. It’s entirely up to the buyer and how they perceive the diamond.
Let’s debunk some myths about diamonds with fluorescence so you can make an informed and confident decision when purchasing a diamond. 


1. All diamonds have fluorescence. FALSE!

Gemological Institute of America (GIA) conducted a survey of more than 26,000 diamonds. It found that only 25% to 35% of diamonds have some degree of fluorescence. Out of that percentage, only 10% have enough fluorescence to actually affect the appearance or the brilliance of the diamond.

It’s also important to know that even a non-real diamond can have fluorescence and has nothing to do with the authenticity of the stone. Just because a stone has fluorescence does not ensure it is a genuine natural diamond! Always have a professional evaluate the stone to prove its authenticity. 

2. The fluorescence is visible under any sort of light. FALSE!

The fluorescence is only visible under UV light. Although the sun emanates some UV rays, it is usually not enough to detect Faint to Strong fluorescence in a diamond. Diamonds with VERY STRONG fluorescence will appear somewhat blue under DIRECT sunlight.   If you’re a regular at the tanning salon, dance club, nail salon or other places where UV light is often used, you may notice it more often. But rest assured, your diamond will look perfectly fine in the majority of light and isn’t visible most of the time. 

Diamond fluorescence Under UV Light


3. The amount of fluorescence a diamond has affects its color grade. FALSE!

If you’re unfamiliar with the diamond grading scale, it’s an important tool to utilize when purchasing a diamond. The scale grades each diamond based on the color of the diamond, or lack of. The scale, which ranges from D-Z,  is separated into five different categories. A completely colorless diamond (the most expensive) ranges from D-F. Near colorless, G-J, is mostly colorless. Faint, K-M, shows some color but is still very hard to make out with an untrained eye. Very light yellow, N-R, a yellowish hue, can be visible in large stones. The last category, Light, S-Z, a distinct yellow or brown, is visible in most stones. 

Diamond color Grading and how its affected by fluorescence
fluorescence effecting diamond clarity

Now that you’re familiar with the grading system, it’s important to know that diamond fluorescence does not directly affect its color grade on the certificate. However; if a diamond with a color grade I to N has some degree of blue fluorescence, it helps the diamond appear more WHITE. This is why our diamond guides at Diamond Mansion recommend our customers to choose a diamond with fluorescence if they are buying an I-J-K Color or a lower color diamond.

What about the other color grades on the scale? If your diamond ranges from D-F on the color scale, some say the fluorescence makes the stone appear milky or oily, bringing down the value of the diamond.  Based on our experience at Diamond Mansion, this is case by case. We have seen many D color stones with strong fluorescence or even very strong fluorescence that are 100% brilliant, full of fire and luster. We have also seen many stones with fluorescence or without fluorescence that are milky or hazy.
One of the most important questions you should ask your jeweler, specially if you are buying a diamond online, is that “Is This diamond milky, hazy or oily at all? Is it 100% Brilliant? “


At Diamond Mansion we decided from the very beginning of our business that we will NEVER offer to sell a stone that has any degree of haziness or is milky in any way. We believe people buy diamonds because they are rare, they are brilliant and because they sparkle. Therefore, we only stock and sell diamonds that are 100% full of shine and sparkle. Even if we sell a stone that has strong fluorescence, we make sure that the fluorescence is not affecting the brilliance of the diamond in any way.

4. The amount of fluorescence in a diamond doesn’t have a scale, making it impossible to know just how fluorescent your diamond really is. FALSE!

The buyer can easily detect how fluorescent a diamond is based on the scale made by the GIA. The GIA is very thorough when it comes to their grading scales. The scale has five degrees of intensity; None, Faint, Medium, Strong and Very Strong. The amount of fluorescence a diamond has will be listed in the GIA report so there will be no mystery or surprise when purchasing a diamond.  

fluorescence of diamond shown on the GIA certificate


5. Diamonds with fluorescence only show a blue color. FALSE!

While diamonds with fluorescence usually show a blue color, it can also be a variety of colors ranging from yellow to red. According to the GIA, this phenomenon is caused by variations in the atomic structure, such as the number of nitrogen atoms present.

Different diamonds with different fluorescence


6. The fluorescence in a diamond makes it less sparkly. FALSE!

This is one of the biggest misconceptions about diamonds with fluorescence and one of the leading reasons most buyers don’t want to purchase one. The fluorescence of the diamond has nothing to do with the shine and sparkle of a diamond. The cut of a diamond, made uniquely by the jeweler, influences the way light hits the diamond and makes it sparkle. This has nothing to do with it being fluorescent or not.

7. The fluorescence of a diamond greatly affects the price of the diamond. IT DEPENDS!

This has been an ongoing argument between experienced jewelers for decades. The cost of a diamond is usually decided based on color, cut, clarity and carat. However, some jewelers believe that diamonds that fall within the D-Z color scale range, are worth less when they are fluorescent because the diamond can sometimes appear milky or cloudy. Some traders will pay more for a diamond with fluorescence that appears yellow because natural light often washes out the yellow tint, making it look more similar to the higher priced and color grade diamonds. Despite these two factors, diamonds with or without fluorescence do not differ greatly in price. 

To sum it up, in terms for someone who doesn’t know much about diamonds, a diamond with fluorescence is a rare phenomenon where the diamond “glows” under UV light. It is not visible under natural light and does not affect the sparkle of the diamond. Whether or not a buyer wants to purchase a diamond with fluorescence is entirely up to their perception of the phenomenon. Don’t let decade old myths or a “think they know it all” friend, try to persuade you in one direction over the other. Trust the professionals and our decades worth of experience in the industry and make the decision you feel most comfortable with. You’ll have this diamond for a lifetime, make sure it’s one you love. 

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Life moves fast. As human beings, we’re constantly running around from place to place, almost 24/7. On any given day, we may be in the office, at the grocery store, sitting in traffic, picking up after ourselves, cooking dinner or just laying around the house on a rainy day. During the daily routine, it’s easy to neglect the precious and expensive jewelry that we wear on a daily basis.

Hours turn into days and days turn into months and you realize, a little too late, that your diamonds have lost their luster and shine or worse..a precious gem or diamond is missing. Don’t panic or cancel your busy day just to wallow over broken or damaged jewelry. Avoid the situation all together and follow our simple steps to keep your jewelry clean for years to come. Jewelry is a timeless treasure that should be passed on for generations to come and we’re here to help make that possible. 

Household Cleaning Items:

There are countless products on the market that claim to keep your jewelry looking brand new. Before you head to your local convenience store, check your cabinets for these household products that will do the trick.

Aluminum Foil – Line a small bowl with aluminum foil and fill it with hot water. Mix one tablespoon of bleach-free laundry detergent and let jewelry soak for a minute or two. This process, known as ion exchange, is similar to how silverware is kept clean. 

Baking Soda – Not only has your diamond lost its shine but months of dirt and dust have made a home in the small crevices of your favorite pieces of jewelry. Make a thick paste using ¼ cups baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water. Use the paste to coat the jewelry and then pour vinegar over it to rinse it clean. This will remove all the dirt and dust from places you didn’t even know existed. Do not use this technique for pearls. 

Vodka– You’re at the bar, sipping on a vodka soda when you realize the diamonds on your bracelet are looking very dim. This is an emergency since your date is scheduled to arrive any minute now *nervously looks at watch.* Dip your napkin in your drink and use it to clean the diamonds and hopefully bring it back to its best condition before your date arrives. 

Best Jewelry Cleaner Brands

Household items are always a cheap and practical option for keeping your jewelry clean but if you have the time and resources, purchasing an actual jewelry cleaner is probably ideal and will give you the best results. Here are some brands that people hail as the absolute best on the market right now.

Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner – This type of device can be pricey and probably only useful if you have a lot of real diamonds in your collection. This is a great alternative to bringing your jewelry into a professional to clean and will yield very similar results. Retail price can range from $40-$80. 

Blitz Gem & Jewelry Concentrate  – There are a lot of solutions out there that claim they are the best for cleaning jewelry. Blitz Gem & Jewelry Concentrate is one of the better, more well-known brands and is guaranteed to bring your jewelry back to life. An 8 oz. bottle will cost you around $5 and is best used twice a week. Other reputable brands include Brilliant Jewelry Cleaner, Sparkle Bright All-Natural Jewelry Cleaner and Connoisseurs Precious Jewelry Cleaner.

Jewelry Wipes and Clothes – If you’re constantly on the go, keeping a wipe or cloth in your purse is ideal to clean your jewelry at any given moment. Mayflower has the most effective cleaning and polishing clothes without the mess or strong odor. 

Jewelry is, no doubt, a timeless treasure. We often receive jewelry to mark momentous milestones in our lives such as graduations, engagements, birthdays and other special occasions. It’s important to keep it clean, regardless of price or value. If you follow a few of these steps frequently, your jewelry will look brand new for years to come. Don’t forget that Diamond Mansion has free lifetime jewelry cleaning and maintenance for customers!

Now that your jewelry is CLEAN, keeping it safe is a whole new problem. Tune back in next week to learn smart, easy and convenient ways to keep your jewelry safe.

Wedding Planner Guide

You’ve spent the last six months picking out an engagement ring and planning the perfect proposal. Everything went according to plan and she said yes! Congratulations! Now you can rest…that is until the wedding planning starts. 

As professionals that have been in the business of love for decades now, we won’t sugar coat it. The next year will be one of the most stressful periods of your life but so worth the headache when you’re on a tropical beach somewhere with the love of your life, basking in newlywed bliss. As crazy as wedding planning will be, you don’t have to do it alone. You will have the support of your fiancé and hopefully your family and friends. But if you really want to take some of the responsibilities off your plate and truly enjoy this once in a lifetime period in your life, hiring a wedding planner is definitely the way to go. Just ask any bride that has ever hired one. 

Any big city, from Los Angeles to New York City, is filled with professional wedding planners, ranging from all different types of services and prices. The hard part will be choosing the right one for you and your fiancé. We have done our research, spoken with some of our past clients and compiled a list of some of the best and highly recommended wedding planners in Los Angeles and New York City. We’re more than just an engagement ring company, we’re here to guide you through this exciting time in your life by providing as much information about the wedding industry as possible. 

Los Angeles, California Wedding Planners

  1. Amber Events – Serving West Hollywood and the surrounding area

(949) 742-1253 

www.amberevents.com 

Amber Events has been in the wedding planning business since 2007 and comes highly recommended by Yelp reviews and past clients alike. Planning a destination wedding or a backyard shindig in the Hollywood Hills? Amber Events has experience from coast to coast and all over the globe. They provide every service from creating wedding invitations to booking your dream wedding venue. 

Yelp review excerpt from past clients of Amber Events: “Their attention to detail, creativity, vision, organization and professionalism is definitely what I loved about them the most!  They curated an entire weekend for my wedding party to the tee, from our magical rehearsal dinner on the edge of a cliff in Oia, Santorini. To sailing through the Mediterranean on the most epic catamaran, and obviously making our special day a day that we will never forget!”

2. LA Wedding Woman – serving the Los Angeles and Orange County Area

323-682-8697

www.laweddingwoman.com

This company takes wedding planning to the next level. Not only will they plan and execute your dream wedding ceremony, they will officiate it! This family ran company has been in the business for three generations so it is easy to trust their expertise. Uniquely, they don’t call themselves wedding planners but their services include customized ceremonies, quick “I Do” ceremonies, vow renewal, marriage license help and rehearsal assistance. 

Review from official website: “My husband and I were married by Arielle, yesterday. I had been searching for someone that was down to earth, not showy or flashy, and who just “got us”. I’m so glad I found her!! She is great and so thorough.”

3. Mad Love Events – Serving Pasadena and surrounding areas

(562) 356-8315 

www.madloveevents.com

Mad Love Events is unique in the sense that they offer different packages depending on how much or how little you want your wedding planner involved. If you want them to do everything from booking venues to contacting vendors, the “Everything” package deal is highly recommended. If you’ve done most of the work yourself but want the wedding planner to take over communications and final details, the “Adore” package is the one for you. If you’re looking for something in between, the “Lovely” package is ideal for the undecided bride. 

Yelp review excerpt: “We hired Mad Love Events as our day-of coordinator, but Cindy began to organize and keep in contact with us weeks before our wedding. She efficiently asked all the important questions to keep us on track and not a single detail was missing. Thank you so much, Cindy + Mad Love team, for having the expertise to execute such a seamless wedding for us.”

New York City, New York Wedding Planners

  1. Firefly Events – Serving Lower East Side and surrounding areas

(917) 921-6052 

www.firefly-events.com

Firefly Events call themselves a luxury wedding, event planning and design company, and that they are! Named top wedding planners by Vogue, Harpers’ BAZAAR and more, believe us when we say the hype is real! Firefly has a team on both coasts, making wedding planning for bi-coastal couples a breeze. They are on the pricey side but if they aren’t within your budget, they conveniently offer an online planning program. 

Yelp review excerpt from past client: “The best way to explain my experience with Firefly is EASY. They made every single part of planning our wedding so easy on me. From researching and booking vendors to the day of timeline was not only headache free, but fun. I had an absolute blast planning our wedding. The entire process was perfectly seamless.”

2. Modern Rebel – Serving Brooklyn, Manhattan and surrounding areas

(917) 593-7114

www.modernrebelco.com

Are you and your fiancé a little unconventional and fear dealing with an uptight, flashy wedding planner? Thank god you came across this article because we have found the jackpot of unconventional wedding planning companies. Enter, Modern Rebel Co! Modern Rebel Co. is ran by women and queer feminists and their mission is to “throw a kickass celebration that dwells on the heart swelling, mind-blowing love stuff and not the light-airy-wedding-industrial-complex we- want-to-oversell-you-on-the-swans type of thing.” We had to share this quote directly from their website because not only is their marketing director a genius but their methods and mission our greatly sought after in the LA and NYC areas. Even better, Modern Rebel gives back to nonprofits through each event. 

Yelp review excerpt from past client: “We can’t say enough about Amy and Modern Rebel! They are the BEST. To start with, Amy took a genuine interest in us as a couple and approached the entire process with no assumptions and no judgments. Amy helped us with the full planning process.”

3. Dream Makers- serving all of NYC (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Long Island, Queens)

(516) 242-0397 

www.dreammakersny.com

Dream Makers has been in the event planning business for 20 years and has thrown parties for some of the most well-known companies in the game including Facebook, UGG, NBC and more. This is one of the more professional event planning companies we have looked into. There “About Me” page boasts about not showing up to work your wedding in a cocktail dress and four inch heels, which is appealing to many future brides and grooms. They also offer their own liability insurance which most other companies do not. Dream Makers offer different packages depending on how little or how much you want them involved. If you want to play it safe, Dream Makers is the way to go. 

Official website review for past client: “Before I met Tara, I had probably met close to 10 day of coordinators. I’m a very organized and detailed person (Type A) and I had planned everything about my wedding to the tee. Therefore, it was imperative that I found someone that I could entrust to execute my vision.Within the first few minutes of meeting Tara, I knew I wanted to hire her, not only because of her professional demeanor and “make it happen” attitude but, above all, we clicked and we had the same mindset.”

We hope we took the hard work out of searching for the perfect wedding/event planner. You know how the saying goes “When you know, you know.” Trust your gut when hiring a wedding planner, just like you did when deciding to marry the love of your life. Oh, and don’t forget that Diamond Mansion offers free ring cleaning for life (shameless plug).

A Simple Guide to Purchasing Jewelry

No question is a stupid question, especially if jewelry is involved. Buying a ring, necklace, bracelet, or earrings can be a very large purchase, sometimes even more than your monthly rent or car payment. It’s important to ask ALL of the questions and to be as thorough as possible. 

Working in the jewelry industry for many decades, we have been asked every question in the book, especially from confused boyfriends with no interest in fashion or jewelry, buying their fashion forward girlfriend an engagement ring. Don’t worry, we’re trustworthy professionals that want to give you all the facts and make sure you’re prepared for a once in a lifetime (hopefully) purchase. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions, broken down in simple terms. Relax, we’ve got your back. 

  1. What is the difference between carat and karat?

Before we get started, it’s important to note that both carat and karat are used to describe the fineness of a gem, but mean two different things. This is often where the confusion comes from. 

Long before measurement units were available, hundreds of years ago, people would use a carob tree to size their diamonds. A carob trees smallest seed, known as a “carat” seed, weighs approximately the same as their smallest gem. The term “carat” was eventually adopted to describe the weight of the gem. 

The word “karat” comes from the same source of “carat”; Medieval French and Italian. While carat describes the weight of a diamond, karat describes how equal it is to pure gold. 24 karats, the famous line often used in pop culture references, means the diamond is 100% gold or 24/24 gold. One karat equals 1/24 gold. If your ring is considered 14K, that means it is 14 parts gold and 10 parts other material. The other material often consists of copper, nickel, alloys and more. The two are often confused in the jewelry world so please don’t feel embarrassed to have your jeweler further explain the difference between the two. 


2. Do most jewelry stores offer payment plan options?

Purchasing jewelry can be a huge financial responsibility and sometimes even a burden. The average American spends $5,500 on an engagement ring. Most real diamond jewelry can range anywhere from $100-$100,000, maybe even more depending on how rare the diamond is. Beyoncé was proposed to with a Lorraine Schwartz 18 carat, octagon-cut diamond engagement ring, valued at a whopping five million dollars. This particular ring probably wasn’t financed (well, damn) but don’t worry, most jewelers have finance options available. 

Diamond Mansion offers multiple different options to finance an engagement ring. If you pay using PayPal, a fast, secure online payment option, the buyer will receive six months, no annual percentage rate, or “APR.” If the buyer purchases the ring by coming into the Diamond Mansion showroom, located in downtown Los Angeles, they can receive payment options through Wells Fargo for 1-2 years, depending on credit. They also offer layaway options with a 10% deposit for 3-6 months with no interest. Another option, separate from working directly with the jewelry company, is to open a credit card with 0% APR. 

Purchasing an engagement ring or another pricey piece of jewelry doesn’t have to be a burden and you definitely don’t need to skip any meals to propose to the love of your life. As long as you keep up with your payments, the process can be as easy as you want it to be. 

3. Is buying a jewelry online risky?

Well, it can be. Some people need to visually see the diamond in order to know if they like it or not, while others are easily satisfied with just browsing an online jewelry store, adding a ring to the shopping cart and hitting the order button. Maybe you don’t have the time to shop in-store or maybe your dream ring is located in a jewelry store, inconveniently across the country. Either way, the GIA, says these five factors are non-negotiable when purchasing a ring online. 

The first one is trust. It’s important to do your research on the seller. Read reviews, look at their social media pages (if they don’t have any, consider that a red flag), call them and ask to speak to a representative but whatever you do, make sure you know who you’re buying from. The second factor is to make sure they have a return policy, even if it is 30 days or less. There are many reasons why you might return a ring from your bride not liking it (ouch) to the ring simply not turning out the way you expected. Diamond Mansion offers a 30-day money back guaranteed return policy. We also offer an exchange policy and a lifetime upgrade policy. It’s important to us that you receive the ring of your dreams so we try to make that as easy as possible.

The third factor is visuals; ask the jeweler for a million and one pictures of the ring, from every angle. They shouldn’t hesitate to do this and if they are, that’s a red flag. The fourth factor is certification. Every diamond purchased through Diamond Mansion comes with GIA or EGL certification. GIA is industry standard and has a more conservative grading scale but the buyer can request either/or.

The fifth and final factor for purchasing jewelry online is do your homework. Compare the price and quality to other jewelry, in and out of the seller’s collection. Look into the difference between natural grown and lab grown diamonds (read our last blog post for more info). Do not just blindly order a ring online or you might be making a very large and expensive mistake. These factors came directly from the GIA educational website.


4. “I keep hearing everyone refer to the Four C’s as if it’s a diamond bible. What are the Four C’s?” 

Knowing the four C’s of a stone can make or break your purchase and are incredibly important to know. The first and most important C is cut. A diamond cut refers to face-up appearance, design and craftsmanship. The second C refers to a diamond’s color, or lack of. The less color a diamond has makes it more desirable and can definitely be pricier. The third C refers to a diamond’s clarity. Clarity is the extent in which inclusions and blemishes affect the appearance of the diamond. The fourth and final C refers to carat, or the weight of the diamond. For more information on each C, visit the GIA educational website. 

It’s important to note that most jewelry companies aren’t trying to rip you off or steal your money. They may try to up sell you (Diamond Mansion would NEVER) but in the grand scheme of things they want your jewelry buying experience to be a pleasant one and in return, maintain their shiny reputation (we’re punny). Remember, no question is a dumb question and you’ll be thankful you asked all the right ones when you’re down on one knee and you see the look on your future bride’s face. If you need any help, the people at Diamond Mansion are top-notch, just read the reviews! We wish you the best of luck on your jewelry journey.

Shopping for an engagement ring, wedding band or everyday diamonds, can be expensive, stressful and can offer a whole lot of uncertainty because let’s face it, you’re no gemologist. You will have a million and one questions to ask and that’s okay. The average person doesn’t know much about diamonds. One of the most pressing questions you will face is whether to purchase a naturally sourced diamond or purchase a lab grown diamond. Don’t panic, we’re here to break it down for you, in terms that you and your bride will most definitely understand.

So, what’s the big deal? Is there a difference between lab grown vs natural diamonds? Of course, there is. But how can you tell? Decades of research and technological advancements now make this tall task much easier and the system is improving every day.

1.    How natural diamonds are formed:

Diamonds have been around for almost as long as Mother Earth has. A naturally sourced diamond forms deep under earth’s surface over billions of years. The diamond itself is formed due to extreme pressure and high temperatures. It is then brought to the surface through volcanic eruption and sits in a volcanic rock formation, known as “kimberlite pipes.” The diamond then patiently awaits to be mined by professional mining engineers.  Mining engineering, according to Wikipedia, is an engineering discipline that applies science and technology to the extraction of minerals from the earth.

2.   What a diamond’s material consists of:

Okay, so we know how diamonds form but what is inside of a real, naturally sourced diamond? According to the FTC (federal trade commission), a diamond’s material consists of pure carbon crystallized in the isometric cubic system. Most diamonds, however, aren’t 100% pure carbon. They often consist of other materials such as nitrogen and inclusions, small pieces of foreign objects that have been cemented into the still-forming diamond, billions of years ago. That is the simplest way to explain how diamonds are formed and what materials it consists of.

3.   How lab grown diamonds are made:

Now, for its #1 competition, we will explore how lab-grown diamonds are made and how they differ from naturally sourced diamonds. It’s 2019 and technology is making new strides every single day. It’s no surprise that we have discovered a way to virtually copy a natural diamond, inside a laboratory. This practice starting back in the 1950s but wasn’t available on the market until as recent as the early 2010s, almost 60 years after the practice was first introduced. According to GIA Distinguished Research Fellow, Dr James Shigley, there are two methods used when making lab-grown diamonds.

The first method basically mocks how diamonds are made deep underneath earth’s crust, using high pressure and high temperature. This method is known as HTHP. The second method known as chemical vapor deposition or CVD involves “breaking down the molecules of a carbon-rich gas, such as methane, into carbon and hydrogen atoms, which then are deposited on diamond seeds to produce a square-shaped, tabular diamond crystal” according to the official GIA educational website.

Lab-grown diamonds can take a month or so to make, compared to a naturally sourced diamond that took billions of years to form, deep under earth’s surface. This fact alone, appeals to the buyer (you), because they typically find the natural process much more unique, therefore willing to spend more money on it. Another big difference is that naturally sourced diamonds are expected to increase in value over time, whereas lab grown diamonds are expected to decrease in value over time. If you’re considering selling your diamond in the future (let’s hope not but with the average divorce rate in America, it’s a possibility) the naturally sourced diamond will be worth much more.

4.    How to tell the difference between naturally sourced and lab grown diamonds

So how can you tell the difference? To the naked eye, and even outdated technology, the difference is non-existent. Lab grown diamonds are made up of the same chemicals, making it very hard to tell the difference. The GIA has implemented new technology, educational seminars and more, in order to keep the gem-buying public constantly informed. The big difference, according to Dr. Shigley, is that lab-grown diamonds have different growth morphology which is basically the difference between how earth shapes the diamond versus how the lab will shape the diamond.

Research is constantly being conducted by the GIA and new methods to tell the difference are emerging daily. This information is important now more than ever because the GIA is updating their guidelines as of July 2019. These new guidelines will make it easier for the consumer to know if their diamond is naturally sourced or lab grown.

5.    Difference in price and rarity

In a new era where technology has completely taken over, you can see why the price of a naturally sourced diamond is much higher than its counterpart; lab grown diamonds. Everything, nowadays, can be copied and reproduced. We’re living in a virtual reality. Real diamonds connect us to mother earth because of its rarity and geological origin. Think of it like this, would you rather eat GMO or organic foods? The answer is easy, but the price difference is obviously a factor.

6.    So why should I buy one or the other?

If you can afford a real, naturally sourced diamond then definitely take that route. If money is an issue and your bride isn’t concerned over the rarity of the diamond, purchasing a lab grown diamond works just the same. Remember, the difference isn’t obvious to the naked eye or even a professionals naked eye.

At the end of the day, it isn’t about the diamond. It was never about the diamond. It’s about what the diamond represents. A diamond turned into an engagement ring, wedding band or another piece of jewelry, represents love, commitment, accomplishment and so much more. A diamond represents growth, stability and a bright path to your future. The most important thing you can do is to stay educated on the constantly evolving techniques and methods used by the GIA.


GIA Diamond Grading Report

Choosing Between Certified and Non-Certified Diamonds

Many customers shopping for a diamond engagement ring know they should buy from a retailer who only sells certified diamonds, but few understand what distinguishes a certified diamond from a non-certified diamond.

First, we’d like to applaud you for shopping certified! Now let’s discuss the differences between certified and non-certified diamonds and how shopping for certified diamonds is a benefit in itself.

Certified Vs. Non-Certified Diamonds

To put it simply, certified diamonds are diamonds that have been evaluated by an independent certifying agency, and they’re accompanied by a unique identification number and certificate. Some certified diamonds are laser inscribed with the ID number for your peace of mind.

On the other hand, non-certified diamonds have not been evaluated by an independent certifying agency, and a retailer can only speculate as to the diamond’s quality. If a retailer tells you the clarity, color, carat weight, or cut of a non-certified stone, the retailer is only sharing a best guess.

Certified diamonds aren’t inherently better than non-certified diamonds, but they tend to be higher-quality stones because the retailer has chosen them for their documented quality. Many times, certified diamonds are completely natural and have not undergone treatment.

Who Certifies the Diamonds?

A number of diamond certifying agencies exist, but Diamond Mansion works mostly with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and EGL USA. What we’ve noticed with the naked eye is that GIA is more strict with its grading than EGL. As a result, customers tend to prefer GIA certified diamonds because they know that GIA sets a high standard.

Here’s a sample of a GIA diamond grading report. GIA also maintains an online database where any user can search for diamonds by ID number. In addition, here are some sample EGL reports. Users can also verify an EGL report by visiting the agency’s homepage.

Benefits of Shopping for Certified Diamonds

When you shop for a certified diamond that will be the center stone in your custom engagement ring, you remove much of the guess work. Viewing a diamond’s certification can give you peace of mind you might not have if you try to choose from a selection of non-certified stones.

Furthermore, shopping for certified diamonds can educate you about diamonds and give you a better appreciation for them. When you start to understand the various criteria listed on the diamond grading report and then compare grades to what you see with your naked eye, you’ll slowly begin to learn the nuances of characteristics like color and clarity. When you see a D color stone, you’ll be able to appreciate the lack of color for what it is.

Is It Ever Okay to Buy a Non-Certified Diamond?

For small stones or accent stones, you might consider purchasing a non-certified diamond. In smaller diamonds, it can be difficult or near impossible to view quality characteristics with the naked eye. However, GIA does offer special testing for loose and mounted diamonds in smaller sizes. Testing for diamonds less than .2 carats can determine whether your small diamonds are natural and whether they’ve been treated.

How has your experience shopping for certified diamonds been? Do you wish you could understand anything more about the reports or the certifying process?

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5 Reasons to Appreciate Diamonds

5 Reasons to Appreciate Diamonds

Earlier this year, The Daily Beast posed the question: “Why have millennials fallen out of love with diamonds?”

According to market research, young people seem to be choosing non-diamond goods and experiences over diamond engagement rings and other diamond jewelry. They cite reasons like concerns with ethical mining processes, a lack of funds to purchase diamond jewelry, and simply having other priorities.

As a longtime lover of colored gemstones like emeralds and amethysts, I didn’t start loving diamonds until a few years ago, when I learned about their rich history and amazing properties! Now I can appreciate nearly any diamond, even if it’s small, has a large inclusion (these diamonds can be interesting too!), or is shaped in a way that doesn’t suit my tastes.

Diamond Mansion would like to remind everyone that diamonds should be appreciated no matter what your style tastes or personal beliefs, and here are five reasons why:

1. Only about 30% of diamonds mined worldwide are gem-quality diamonds. What does “gem quality” mean? It means that these particular diamonds are worthy of being cut into faceted shapes, and they’re used in jewelry. The other 70% of diamonds are used for industrial purposes. Source: http://www.gia.edu/gia-news-research-diamond-fun-facts

2. All diamonds are at least 990,000,000 years old. Try to wrap your mind around that. The diamond on your finger or in any other piece of jewelry has existed longer than you can possibly imagine, before recorded history. No wonder diamonds symbolize everlasting love! Source: http://nature.berkeley.edu/classes/eps2/wisc/Lect6.html

3. Both diamonds and graphite are made from the same material: carbon. However, diamonds are the hardest material, and graphite is a very soft material. Structurally, the only difference between the two materials is how the carbon atoms are linked. Source: http://nature.berkeley.edu/classes/eps2/wisc/Lect6.html

4. A D color, Internally Flawless (IF) diamond only represents .001% of the world’s diamond production. These near-perfect diamonds are extremely rare, even in small carat weights. Source: http://www.whiteflash.com/about-diamonds/diamond-education/pure-perfection-d-flawless-a-cut-above-923.htm

5. Diamonds are common in outer space. According to Geology.com, “researchers have developed a strategy for finding diamonds in space that are only a nanometer (a billionth of a meter) in size.” These diamonds are too small for engagement rings, but they might help scientists understand how life first developed on Earth. Source: http://geology.com/nasa/diamonds-in-space.shtml

Aren’t these some amazing facts about diamonds? You can visit GIA’s Diamond Fun Facts page to learn more or view Diamond Mansion’s complete selection of engagement rings to learn how we can custom design your engagement ring with a diamond that meets your needs, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences.

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When You Don't Like Your Engagement Ring

A newly-engaged woman recently asked Reddit, “What if you don’t like your ring?”

She admits, “I know this post sounds whiney and terrible. And I feel whiney and terrible. I just really, really don’t like my ring.”

She describes her ring as made of platinum, which she doesn’t like as much as yellow or rose gold. She also changed her mind about wanting a cubic zirconia stone. Originally she had wanted a CZ but now wishes she had asked her fiance for a colored gemstone instead. As a result, she’s not sure what to do.

These days, many couples opt to shop for an engagement ring together, to ensure they’re buying something they’ll love for many years to come. But mistakes and changes-of-mind happen.

So what can you do if you love your fiance, but you don’t love your ring (that obviously wasn’t purchased from Diamond Mansion)? You have a few options.

1. Diamond Mansion can help you design your dream engagement ring. Shopping at some jewelry stores can be difficult because they might not have a large inventory. Depending on where you live, your access to stylish and beautiful engagement rings may be limited. When you shop online with Diamond Mansion, the sky’s the limit! You can choose your favorite from any of our design suggestions, modify them to your liking, or create a custom design from your imagination!

2. Diamond Mansion can reuse your existing setting and help you choose a new center stone. Maybe you really like your current setting, but you don’t love your center stone. Perhaps your fiance got you a cubic zirconia or a low-quality diamond due to budget concerns, but now you can afford a better quality stone! We can help you choose a natural, GIA-certified diamond that fits your existing setting and makes you smile.

3. Diamond Mansion can reuse your existing center stone and help you choose a new setting. If you love your diamond but don’t like the style of your setting, you’re in luck! We can custom make the setting of your dreams to fit your existing stone.

4. Diamond Mansion can reuse the gold or platinum from your current settings and melt it down for your new setting. Maybe you don’t like your setting at all and want to start from scratch, but you want to recoup some of the money spent on it (jewelers often won’t buy back settings except for gold). If you’re setting is made from a precious metal that you’d like in your new setting, we can melt down the original setting and use the metal in the new setting.

5. Diamond Mansion can possibly trade in your original diamond. This will depend on the quality of your original stone. Typically we accept GIA-certified stones. Regardless, we can help you find the best solution for your unique situation.

If you’re STILL not happy with your ring, don’t worry! We can start the custom design process for only a 10% deposit and then refund your deposit if you don’t like the result. We also have a 45-day money-back guarantee. To view all the options available to you, browse Diamond Mansion’s complete section of custom engagement rings.

Are there aspects of your engagement ring that you would change or do differently if you had the chance to repurchase it? Share in the comments below.

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Ship Your Engagement Ring without Ruining the Surprise

Nearly all of us have heard stories about engagements gone wrong or nearly wrong. Sometimes the fiance-to-be picks up on strange behavior. Or maybe a close friend who knows about the upcoming engagement accidentally spills the beans.

One of my close friends once told me a story about how he had forgotten about the engagement ring box he had hidden in the trunk of his car. He accidentally opened the trunk with his girlfriend standing next to him and had to craft an on-the-spot lie to avoid spoiling the surprise. Don’t be like him.

At Diamond Mansion, we ship custom engagement rings to customers all over the world, even as far as Australia! A challenge for customers who can’t pick up their ring from our showroom in Los Angeles, CA is keeping secrets from the loved ones they’re trying to surprise!

Even if you don’t live together, hiding your engagement ring shipment from your partner can prove to be a difficult task! Have you worried that receiving your engagement ring shipment might spoil a surprise proposal or gift?

In this post we share five tips for keeping your special delivery a surprise until the big moment.

  1. Ask a trusted friend or family member to receive your engagement ring package on your behalf. If you’re able to pick up your package from a trusted friend or family member who can safely hold your ring for you, consider shipping it to them rather than to your primary residence.*
  2. Ship the package to your work address. Are you always at the office anyway? It might make more sense to have the package shipped to the place where you work, since you’ll most likely be there to sign for it. Even better, you can hide your secret engagement ring in a locked desk drawer until you’re ready to pop the question.*
  3. Don’t stress about the packaging. At Diamond Mansion, we only ship our engagement rings and other jewelry in discreet packaging. Neither our company name nor our address appears on the packaging. You might have to explain to your fiance-to-be why you’re receiving an unmarked package, but you can create a little white lie.
  4. Opt to have your package held at a UPS or FedEx center. If we ship your package to your closest UPS or FedEx center, then you can pick it up at your earliest convenience and find the best hiding spot when you’re fiance to be isn’t around to watch.

What are some ways that you’ve manage to keep your engagement a surprise, or how do you plan to surprise your fiance-to-be?

Design your custom engagement ring with Diamond Mansion today!

*Shipping to an address that’s not your billing address is only possible when you pay with a wire transfer.

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