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.

Featured photo by TVZ Design

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.

Featured photo by Steven Coutts

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.

Featured photo by hermanturnip

Our 10 Favorite Square Cushion Cut Engagement Rings

Square Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

We recently featured our 10 favorite elongated cushion-cut engagement rings, but today we’d like to show off the same diamond cut, in a square shape. Square cushion-cut diamonds have more equal symmetry and are perfect for anyone who also likes princess or Asscher cut diamonds. In general, cushion-cut diamonds are our hottest sellers right now, and it’s not difficult to see why! They look like sparkling little pillows of luxury.

In this post, we share our 10 favorite square cushion-cut engagement rings.

Flat Shoulder Shank

Flat Shoulder Shank

Flat Shoulder Shank

One of our most popular square cushion cut engagement ring styles is our flat-shoulder shank pave halo engagement ring. It’s very on trend, and the simple, sparkling setting won’t distract from your gorgeous center diamond. The pave-set diamonds will twinkle every time you move your hand.

Pave Split Shank

Pave Split Shank

Pave Split Shank

If the first style is too simple for your taste, don’t worry! This split-shank halo engagement ring setting is unique and has an added layer of interest. The shank moves in two different directions before it meets the center diamond, and the halo surrounds your square cushion-cut stone with luxury.

Three-Row Pave Shank

Three-Row Pave Shank

Three-Row Pave Shank

If you like the look of a thick band, then this ring was made for you! There’s no need to stack many rings together when one ring has the look of three. Your square cushion cut center diamond will appear dreamy in this three-row shank pave halo diamond engagement ring.

Twisted Eternity Pave

Twisted Eternity Pave

Twisted Eternity Pave

If you like more girly and feminine styles, then this twisted pave diamond band will be the look for you. Pictured here is the rose-gold version with a fancy yellow square cushion-cut center diamond, but you can customize the ring in your favorite color of gold with whatever square cushion cut diamond your heart desires.

Simple Pave

Simple Pave

Simple Pave

For a simple pave diamond setting without a halo, which can sometimes distract from the beauty of your square cushion-cut center diamond, this setting is ideal. The band in fairly thick compared to some other pave diamond bands, and the bead setting allows for more gold to show between the diamonds.

U-Prong Halo

U-Prong Halo

U-Prong Halo

What makes this pave diamond halo setting different from some of the others is the u-prong setting, which holds up the diamonds and allows the metal to “get of the way” so that it doesn’t distract from the sparkle. Your square cushion cut center diamond will look spectacular with the princess-like setting complementing it!

U-Prong Halo

U-Prong Halo

White Gold U-Prong Halo

So maybe you’re not a fan of rose gold. This setting is exactly the same as the previous one except in white gold. We can also make this ring in yellow gold and platinum!

Dramatic Split Shank

Dramatic Split Shank

Dramatic Split Shank

Here’s another example of a split shank, but the divide is a little more dramatic than the one in the second setting style. With this setting, you’ll be able to show off just a little more skin. Your center square cushion-cut diamond will find its happy home in this setting!

Classic Halo

Classic Halo

Classic Halo

A classic halo diamond engagement ring, this setting will look stunning on anyone’s finger. You can’t go wrong by pairing a square cushion-cut center diamond with this sparkling and classic halo setting!

Royal Halo

Royal Halo

Royal Halo

If you’re looking for a ring that’s fit for royalty, this pave halo diamond engagement ring setting has lots of detail, and the careful craftsmanship is obvious. Your square cushion cut center diamond will be sitting on a throne when it’s paired with this ring setting.

Craving some more sparkle? Check out Diamond Mansion’s complete selection of square cushion cut engagement rings.

 

Our 10 Favorite Radiant Cut Engagement Rings

Radiant Cut Engagement Rings

Radiant cut diamonds are truly innovative and unique – they were the first square-shaped diamond to have a brilliant-cut pattern like the round brilliant diamond.

First developed in the 1980s, radiant cut diamonds can come in square or rectangular shapes, and they’re perfect for anyone who enjoys the look of princess and cushion-cut diamonds. The radiant is definitely another option to consider!

At Diamond Mansion, we love and appreciate radiant-cut diamonds, and we hope to share our enthusiasm with you. Below is a list of our 10 favorite radiant cut engagement ring style:

Baguette and Round Setting

Baguette and Round Setting

Baguette and Round Setting

Radiant cut diamonds look great paired with many different stone shapes – in this setting style, you can find two lovely shapes: baguettes and round-cut diamonds. They surround the center stone in a halo for maximum attention. Delicate milgrain detail creates even more interest.

Surprise Pave

Surprise Pave

Surprise Pave

If you’re seeking a fairly simple setting that has an element of surprise for your radiant cut center diamond, this ring is perfect for you. Pave diamonds are bead set in the band, and the side view reveals diamonds on the prongs.

Trapezoid Accent Stones

Trapezoid Accent Stones

Trapezoid Accent Stones

Practice geometry when you wear this setting style featuring trapezoid side stones to complement your center radiant cut diamond. The thick gold band is just an added layer of luxury to pamper your finger.

Two-Tone Verragio

Two-Tone Verragio

Two-Tone Verragio

Ring designer Verragio has some of the most elegant and unique ring settings in the industry, and this two-tone setting is the classiest way to display your radiant cut diamond. Milgrain detail around the bands demonstrates Verragio’s attention to the tiniest features.

Mixed Accent Stones

Mixed Accent Stones

Mixed Accent Stones

If you’re having trouble deciding on a ring setting, this style has almost everything: a place for your radiant cut center diamond, two sizes of round-cut diamonds, baguettes, and textured gold. It’s truly a designer-inspired look that will prompt complete strangers to grab your hand.

Diamond-Crusted Split Shank

Diamond-Crusted Split Shank

Diamond-Crusted Split Shank

If you enjoy more of a diamond-encrusted look, this engagement ring style will make a perfect home for your radiant cut center diamond. The split shank shows off just a hint of skin, and pave diamonds in multiple rows wrap the shank. The prongs are swooping and elegant.

Bar-Set Baguettes

Bar-Set Baguettes

Bar-Set Baguettes

Bar-set baguettes are the highlight of this radiant cut diamond engagement ring, which also includes two rows of pave diamonds. The thickness of the gold will wrap your finger with luxury and also serve as a lovely highlight for your radiant diamond.

Updated Pave

Updated Pave

Updated Pave

The design of this setting takes takes the traditional pave setting and adds a contemporary twist. Squares of gold create additional design elements to highlight your radiant cut center diamond. The thick, flat prongs create an extra layer of visual interest.

Substantial Setting

Substantial Setting

Substantial Setting

If you have more muscular fingers and want a thick ring to complement your sturdy hands, then you’ll appreciate pave diamond and bezel-set princess cut setting. The mix of prongs and bezel settings are very interesting to the eye.

Parade Floral

Parade Floral

Parade Floral 

By famed designed Parade, this engagement ring has a floral motif that’s perfect for the nature lover. A radiant cut center diamond is a lovely contrast to the vine-like swooping gold. This style is simple but lovely in its detail.

Shop Diamond Mansion’s entire selection of radiant cut engagement rings.

Scholarship

Are you a student who’s getting married? Are you worried about paying for both your wedding and your tuition?

It’s not hard to believe that the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 school years was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. (CollegeData.com)

Furthermore, according to CNN Money, couples are now spending more than $30,000 to get married. Paying for a dress, a venue, a DJ, flowers, food, and photography (among other expenses) can quickly become very expensive. Forget about the honeymoon!

Diamond Mansion wants to help you.

Starting this fall, we’re going to award a $1,000 scholarship to the one person who can dazzle us with an essay in response to the following question: How will earning an undergraduate or graduate degree better prepare you for being a life partner and/or parent?

All you need to do is write a 500-word response to this question and send it to [email protected] by September 30, 2016. We’ll choose one winner, who’ll receive a check from us directly.

For all the details, just visit our scholarship information page. We truly look forward to reading all the entries and choosing a deserving winner!

Our 10 Favorite Pear-Shaped Engagement Rings

Pear Shaped Rose Gold Engagement Ring

A fusion of the classic round-brilliant and marquise diamond shapes, pear-shaped diamonds are also sometimes known as teardrop diamonds. They possess the sparkle of a round-brilliant diamond but stun with the fancy shape of a marquise. A pear-shaped diamond comes to a point at one end and is rounded on the other end. Traditionally, the diamond is worn with the point facing upwards, and pear-shaped diamonds are flattering center stones for engagement rings because they make the finger appear longer than it is. Here are 10 of our favorite pear-shaped engagement rings:

U-Prong Pave Diamond Setting

U-Prong Pave Diamond Setting

U-Prong Pave Diamond Setting
The curves of your pear-shaped diamond will be highlighted by this simple pave diamond setting. The diamonds are held by u-prongs to create a sleek and contemporary look.

Simple Solitaire Setting

Simple Solitaire Setting

Simple Solitaire Setting
If you want nothing more than to highlight the pure beauty of your sparkling pear-shaped diamond, then a solitaire setting might be your best choice. A smooth gold silhouette will complement your center stone.

Verragio Infinity Pave Diamond Setting

Verragio Infinity Pave Diamond Setting

Verragio Infinity Pave Diamond Setting
Dainty and delicate, this open, twisted pave setting is a feminine way to complement your pear-shaped center stone. The curves of the setting will match the curves of your diamond.

Infinity Design Pave Diamond Setting

Infinity Design Pave Diamond Setting

Infinity Design Pave Diamond Setting
Want to capture the infinite nature of your love? This pave band with infinity symbols is both meaningful and stylish. It will be an ideal match for your pear-shaped center diamond.

Art Deco Halo Setting

Art Deco Halo Setting

Art Deco Halo Setting
This 1920s-inspired, Art-Deco-look diamond engagement ring is substantial and fashionable. With its pave halo, this setting is a stunning accompaniment to a pear-shaped center diamond.

Simple Tension Setting

Simple Tension Setting

Simple Tension Setting
If you’re looking for a more modern and sleek way to display your beautiful pear-shaped center diamond, you should consider this high-polished tension setting. We promise that a force slightly more trustworthy than magic is holding your diamond safely in place.

Bezel Setting with Diamond Collar

Bezel Setting with Diamond Collar

Bezel Setting with Diamond Collar
A bezel setting for a pear-shaped diamond will ensure that its pointed end is well protected from clumsy hands. This setting has a pave diamond collar for high-fashion detail.

Tapered Baguettes and Rounds Setting

Tapered Baguettes and Rounds Setting

Tapered Baguettes and Rounds Setting
Add even more geometric interest your pear-shaped center diamond by accessorizing it with tapered baguettes and round-cut accent diamonds. This style is classic and eclectic at the same time.

Raised Bezel Setting

Raised Bezel Setting

Raised Bezel Setting
A sleek and minimalist bezel setting will protect the pointed end of your precious pear-shaped diamond and look very contemporary on your hand.

Split-Shank Solitaire Setting

Split-Shank Solitaire Setting

Split-Shank Solitaire Setting
Pair your pear-shaped center diamond with a gold setting that’s full of geometric drama. It’s a solitaire setting for people who think solitaire settings are boring and unimaginative.

Shop all pear-shaped engagement rings at Diamond Mansion.

Why Buy a Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring?

Solitaire Engagement Ring Settings

These days, many customers want engagement rings with diamond halos and pave shanks for maximum sparkle. We don’t blame them! Diamond-encrusted setting styles can be beautiful, eye catching, and unique.

At the same time, there’s something to be said for a simple diamond solitaire engagement ring. You probably already have an engagement ring setting style in mind, but in this post we’ll explain what a solitaire setting is and ask you to reconsider the often-ignored solitaire.

The word “solitaire” is a derivative of the Latin word solitarius, which means “alone” or “by itself.” Being alone doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative circumstance. Instead, being alone can be empowering – there’s strength in independence and carving your own path. In a market saturated with ornate rings, wearing a solitaire ring is an expression of individuality and confidence.

De Beers Diamond Solitaire, from Quora.com

De Beers Diamond Solitaire, from Quora.com

Advantages of a Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

  • It probably won’t ever go out of style. Like fashion trends, engagement ring styles come and go. If you visit a second-hand jewelry shop and view some of the ring styles from the 1980s, you probably won’t be impressed. Avoid engagement ring style regret by choosing the most classic and timeless look: a diamond solitaire engagement ring. The vintage De Beers ad on the left, which features a diamond solitaire engagement ring, still looks contemporary, even though the makeup and styling don’t.
  • It can easily be upgraded in the future. Some couples opt for a “starter” solitaire engagement ring because they know they’ll eventually upgrade their diamond or even their setting. Maybe they can afford a high-quality center stone now but can’t yet afford the diamond-encrusted setting they desire. It’s easy to remove a diamond from a solitaire setting and reset it in a new setting at any time.
  • It allows your center stone to truly shine. If you’re investing in a gorgeous center stone, don’t you want it to take center stage? In general, solitaire settings best allow light to shine through the diamond and help showcase its beauty. No ornaments can distract from the sheer brilliance of your diamond.

Our Five Favorite Solitaire Styles

Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

Simple Solitaire Setting

Simple Solitaire Setting

Nearly any size stone can fit in this very simple and delicate solitaire engagement ring setting. Choose from white, yellow, and rose gold colors in both 14 and 18 karat gold purity.

Beveled Edge Solitaire Setting

Beveled Edge Solitaire Setting

Beveled Edge Solitaire Setting

This 2.5 mm band is slightly thicker than the first option and also has an interesting beveled edge that encircles the entire ring. The gold, in the color and karat weight of your choice, rises to meet the diamond in the center with a sturdy prong setting that will hold the diamond in place.

Bezel Solitaire Setting

Bezel Solitaire Setting

Bezel Solitaire Setting

Looking for something a little more contemporary than the traditional first two options? Look no further than this sleek 4 mm band with a bezel setting that completely surrounds your center diamond and protects it. With a bezel setting, not as much light will be able to pass through your diamond, but the overall appearance will be sleek, minimalist, and seamless.

Split Shank Solitaire Setting

Split Shank Solitaire Setting

Split Shank Solitaire Setting

Why not try a 2 mm band with a split shank, which means the band divides before it meets the center diamond. The split allows some skin to show through and adds some visual interest that draws the eye to the rings’ main attraction.

Cathedral Solitaire Setting

Cathedral Solitaire Setting

Cathedral Solitaire Setting

If you’d like your solitaire to have some visual interest in the side view, consider cathedral-style setting, which means that the shank and prongs are formed in an arch-like design. It’s classic and elegant, and it looks just like the architectural details on a cathedral.

Did you ever realize how many types of solitaire settings exist? Would you consider custom designing any of these solitaire engagement ring settings by choosing your own diamond?

Shop all of Diamond Mansion’s diamond solitaire engagement rings.

Elongated Cushion Cut Diamond

Recently, we’ve noticed that an elongated cushion-cut diamond shape has become more popular than a square cushion-cut diamond shape. We’re guessing the ladies like how the more rectangular shape makes the finger appear longer. If you’ve never heard of “cushion cut” before, it’s a cross between a princess (square) shape and round brilliant shape diamond, with softened corners to look like a pillow. Elongated simply means that it looks more like a rectangle than a square. Here are 10 of our favorite elongated cushion-cut diamond engagement rings:

The Lady Boss

The Lady Boss

1. The Lady Boss

If you’d like to adorn your finger with a substantial status symbol, this elongated cushion-cut diamond engagement ring with diamond halo is an ideal choice. The solid halo can be admired not only from the top but also the side view. Bead-set diamonds highlight the luxurious nature of the weighty gold.

The Vegas Getaway

The Vegas Getaway

2. The Vegas Getaway

A pave diamond shank has an edgy, contemporary look that complements a long weekend of cocktails and tables games. Edginess is apparent in this elongated cushion-cut engagement ring with diamond-encrusted band. Overall, this ring possesses a simple silhouette, but the play of light from your hand as you’re rolling the dice at a casino table will definitely take the house.

On the Rocks

On the Rocks

3. On the Rocks

You know the relaxed heaviness of that one, large ice cube at the bottom of a lowball glass, as the ice slowly melts into the warmth of your chosen libation. This gold-heavy engagement ring protects your elongated cushion-cut diamond with a slick bezel outline and won’t be ignored on any finger.

Smooth Move

Smooth Move

4. Smooth Move

A classic solitaire setting is often the best way to showcase a high-quality diamond, especially one with excellent clarity and cut. This ring has a smooth and slick shank, which curves upwards to meet your elongated cushion-cut center diamond.

Now You See It

Now You See It

5. Now You See It

How do channel-set diamonds stay in place? Magic. Expect more princess-cut diamonds and less gold on this shank. Your elongated cushion-cut center diamond is the main act.

Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden

6. Sculpture Garden

Have you ever enjoyed a pleasant stroll through a city center and seen a beautiful sculpture rising from the urban landscape? This bezel-set diamond engagement ring is contemporary and heavy with sculptural gold. The elongated cushion-cut center stone forms the foundation of this ring’s impressive stature.

Wave Pool

Wave Pool

7. Wave Pool

No one can ignore this thick, gold-heavy stunner when it’s adorning your finger. The elongated cushion-cut diamond is surrounded by a bead-set diamond halo and a scalloped pattern on the shank. The graduated scallops resemble waves that ripple away from the center diamond, helping transmit energy and light.

Pool Party

Pool Party

8. Pool Party

On a hot day, fewer experiences are better than dipping into a cool swimming pool except maybe dipping into multiple swimming pools. This thick, bezel-set diamond engagement ring with an elongated cushion-cut center has four round brilliant diamond accent stones. The bezel setting protects your precious center-stone investment.

Kissy Face

Kissy Face

9. Kissy Face

The simple split-shank on this diamond engagement ring looks like two lovers meeting for an enthusiastic kiss. The metal splits gracefully into a cathedral setting that holds the center diamond with flourishing arches. Your elongated cushion-cut diamond will look like it’s suspended at the height of a romantic moment.

Panoramic Views

Panoramic Views

10. Panoramic Views

Have you ever been to a scenic location where, no matter the direction you turned, you simply experienced panoramic views? This ring is the perfect vista. A split shank opens the view to the heavy gold, and bead-set diamonds encrust both the top and side views. The diamond-crusted halo cradles your elongated cushion-cut center diamond.

Shop all of Diamond Mansion’s cushion-cut engagement rings.

Blogger MelRod Style Visits the Diamond Mansion Showroom

MelRod Style Visit
Diamond Mansion Showroom

Diamond Mansion Waiting Area

Though Diamond Mansion works with clients all over the world, we do have a showroom in Downtown Los Angeles, in the heart of the largest jewelry district in the United States. If you’re able to visit our showroom, we can show you sample ring settings and loose diamonds, and we can also guide you through the engagement ring customization process.

We’re also known for being great hosts; if you visit us, you can take advantage of our comfy chairs and complimentary Nespresso! For our clients coming in parched from from the Los Angeles summer heat, we also have ice-cold filtered water.

Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting a very special guest at our showroom on the seventh floor of the International Jewelry Center. Blogger Mel of MelRod Style took time out of her busy day to view our selection of bridal and fashion rings and loose diamonds.

Stacking Gold and Diamond Rings

Stacking Gold and Diamond Rings

After reading (with envy) her recent blog post about visiting Palm Springs and spending some time in the California sun, I couldn’t wait to meet this young lady who embodies the image of SoCal style. I had also learned from her blog that she’s a newlywed (check out this super-cute wedding makeup trial video she made with her young nieces), so I knew she’d have an appreciation for diamond bridal jewelry.

Mel most enjoyed our delicate, stackable diamond bands, which are available in white, rose, and yellow gold colors. These minimalist rings are definitely on trend, and I can understand why a stylish young woman would be so attracted to them! We suggest stacking them with as few or as many other rings as you like.

Assortment of Chocolates from Bottega Louie

Assortment of Chocolates from Bottega Louie

To show Mel our appreciation for making the trip to our showroom, we treated her to some of Downtown Los Angeles’ most legendary chocolates from gourmet market Bottega Louie. The assortment of unique flavors included mint, feuilletine, orange Cointreau, Bailey’s, cinnamon caramel, raspberry, passion fruit, dark chocolate, beurre noisette, gianduja, vanilla, and caramel banana, among others. If you’ve never visited Bottega Louie and you have a sweeth tooth, you need to make a trip to this Grand Avenue institution, where the colorful macaron display alone is breathtaking.

Nothing pairs better with chocolates than a bottle of brut rosé! No beverage embodies summer any more than a glass of chilled rosé, and we were sure that sun-worshipping Mel would appreciate the light-pink bubbly drink.

In short, we were happy to have Mel visit our showroom because we’re proud of our diamonds and jewelry selection, and we love to show it off to guests!