Valentine’s Day, often referred to as a “Hallmark Holiday”, is the universal day to celebrate love and for showing appreciation to your loved ones. It’s a day filled with flowers, chocolates, oversized teddy bears, fancy dinners and gifts from the heart.  

Valentine’s Day also happens to be one of the most popular days of the year for proposals. Surprised? Probably not. According to Entrepreneur.com, 50% of proposals happen on Valentine’s Day. In fact, Bing.com reports “rings” generated the most search traffic during the first seven days of February.

Some may say the Valentine’s Day proposal is a bit over-done or too predictable. At Diamond Mansion, we believe you can pull off the most romantic Valentine’s Day proposal without being too cliché. All you need is a plan, a location, and of course, an engagement ring.  

The Location

The location of a proposal is one of the most important and memorable pieces to the puzzle. When planning a Valentine’s Day proposal, it’s important to remember that restaurants, theaters, parks, etc. will be buzzing with people. Reservations should be made ahead of time to avoid any delays for your big plan.  

If crowds aren’t your thing, consider planning the proposal at a meaningful and quint location such as the place you first met or the home you two share together. “At home” proposals are growing in popularity due to its personal and intimate environment. This would be a perfect way to propose on Valentine’s Day without the chaos of the holiday imposing on the special moment. 

“At home” proposals have been growing in popularity.

Planning an overnight or weekend trip for Valentine’s Day is common for couples. It’s a great way to block out the stress of everyday life and spend some uninterrupted quality time with your significant other. Picture this; a cozy cabin in the woods, a bottle of champagne and… a proposal! Sounds like a dream come true but be careful. They might be suspicious of an upcoming proposal if you’re planning a trip on a special day. Try to throw them off by hinting at other gifts you may have bought such as “that faux-fur winter jacket you’ve been talking about since Christmas” or “a down payment on the boat we’re buying this summer.” Talks of a big purchase will help deflect from the actual big purchase! 

HowTheyAsked.com: Stephanie & Gregory
Photo from HowTheyAsked.com: Stephanie & Gregory

The Ring

We’re all for a Valentine’s Day proposal. What better way to say “spend forever with me” than proposing on the one day of the year dedicated to love. Since we love LOVE, we’re going to say it is totally acceptable to buy a heart shape engagement ring to propose on V-Day. But you obviously know your significant other better than we do and if a heart shape ring on a holiday consumed by hearts seems too cheesy, follow your gut and opt out of a heart ring. There are more than 10 different popular shapes to choose from. Don’t feel pressure to buy a heart shape stone. You can even customize your ring from cut to carat directly on the website.  

Halo Heart Twisted Shank Engagement Ring

The Plan

As important as it is to have a proposal plan, it’s just as important not to over-plan. Life happens and not everything will go off without a hitch. Be flexible and try not to have sky-high expectations.  

While we insist on not over-planning, it is highly encouraged to start planning the proposal weeks ahead of time in regards to ring shopping. Timing is very important in order to pull off a Valentine’s Day proposal. Imagine spending hours planning the big day, only to have the ring not show up in time.  

Here’s where to start; Browse Diamond Mansion’s website to view our vast collection of engagement rings. Read “DIAMOND BUYING GUIDE: THE CHEAT SHEET.” Once you have a design in mind, schedule a consultation either over the phone or in person. Work one-on-one with a ring specialist to design the ring of their dreams. Creating an engagement ring from start to finish typically takes up to two weeks. The process can be expedited but to avoid any last-minute delays or changes, schedule a consultation at least two weeks prior to the big day. If the plan is to propose on Valentine’s Day, you won’t have much flexibility so be proactive. It will make the entire experience a lot less stressful.  

Dino, lead sales associate, showing a customer the GIA grading system for diamonds. GIA is the leading authority for diamonds in the world.

Tips & Tricks

You have a location, a ring, and a plan! Congratulations. The hard part is over and you’re ready to execute your master plan on Valentine’s Day.  Here are some last-minute things to remember.  

  • Hire a photographer to capture the proposal; You’ll be thankful to always have that moment on camera! 
  • Make sure they are dressed for the occasion. A perk of proposing on Valentine’s Day is that, even if they aren’t suspecting a proposal, they will already be dressed appropriately, due to the holiday.
  • If you’re planning an intimate or at home proposal, consider music to set the mood. Make a playlist of romantic songs or find an already curated one on Spotify. If the proposal is taking place outside, bring a Bluetooth speaker (very portable nowadays) and serenade them to their favorite song. “L-O-V-E” by Frank Sinatra is one of our favorites, if you need any inspiration! 
  • Get a special ring box designed to hide perfectly in a suit jacket or pant pockets. This is especially important for a Valentine’s Day proposal. They may already be suspicious and will be eyeing your pockets all night looking for a traditional sized ring box. This will be a great way to throw them off before popping the question. At Diamond Mansion, we offer several different options for ring boxes with engagement ring purchases.  
  • Valentine’s Day is a winter holiday. Plan for the weather and dress accordingly. Check the forecast if you’re traveling out of town to avoid any cancellations or delays.
  • If possible, avoid having any packages addressed to you arrive in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. You can never be too careful. This is a once in a lifetime experience and the surprise itself is something to be remembered forever.  
  • Check out our proposal guide for more information an all things proposals!

We can’t wait to see how it turned out! Good luck.  

Guest Post by Abby Sparks Jewelry

Abby Sparks Jewelry is an award-winning custom jewelry designer helmed by an all-woman team of creatives. As a custom engagement ring design studio that makes rings from scratch, they’re the first to note when ring trends are about to take off, with their clients using the same ringspo pics again and again. Here are their educated predictions for the most popular engagement ring trends for 2020.

Alternative HalosAbby Sparks, CEO

“2020 is going to have some edge. More ladies are asking for bolder, sharper, bigger alternative halos. These alternative halos look more like sunbursts and pointed petals- very solar and flower inspired. These sunburst halos are fresh, bold, dynamic, and more representative of the dynamic beauty of women. A classic halo suits some women but more and more, women are coming in to design a ring saying they want a more bold look, they want something more dynamic, they want some movement for the eye to play, they want more diamonds dancing with wild and whim around their center stone. They want more light, more brilliance, more shine, more design, more originality, much like Mother Nature herself. Ladies, this bolder burst of you is quite stunning. Every rose loves it’s thorns. “


The Megan custom sapphire and diamond engagement ring

Shape PlayKelsey Dickinson, Marketing Associate

“For 2020 I am so excited to see brides playing with shapes and angles in their engagement rings in a more bold way than they ever have before. As we can see from 2019 high profile celebrity engagements, such as J.Lo’s mega carat emerald cut engagement ring, or Scarlett Johannsen’s avant-garde brown diamond ring (love it or leave it), brides are moving away from the round and oval shapes that have so dominated the engagement ring scene for the last decade. Marquise shapes and emerald cuts are surging back into popularity as more and more engagement rings become and exploration between the traditional and the non-traditional. This can manifest itself with either symmetry or asymmetry, as we can see from both The Charlotte and The Erika – a striking angular band paired with a soft, round half halo or a symmetrical design with clean rectangular shapes created by both stones and setting. At the same time there really are no rules or limits when it comes to these organic or geometric compositions – think a hexagon paired with pears, an emerald cut with a wavy wedding band, marquise diamonds sprinkled around a classic round diamond. The one thing that defines this trend is uncluttered and sleek lines with the juxtaposition of contrasting forms – reminiscent of the shape play that was happening in mid-century furniture design. The point is that it’s fun, it’s fresh, and it’s not your grandmother’s ring.”


The Erika geometric engagement ring

Big and BoldMadeleine Tuinier, Design and Account Manager

“I sense bigness coming in 2020. More women embracing the goddess/queen within and choosing a large center stone that is as deep and complex as they are. By complex, I mean we’re calling in the darkness and the light. Big bright white stones like diamonds and moissanite, but also large stones with deep hues – lab grown alexandrite, deep Montana sapphires, sapphires and emeralds. Lab-grown stones will be a great way to maximize size and keep an eye on budget.”


The Abelson 3 carat diamond ring

Wide BandsStephie Brown, Digital Branding and Marketing

“There’s definitely been sort of a decline in the “dainty band, big stone” style we’ve seen in the seeing in the past 5-10 years, with that being said I feel like there’s going to be a bit of a shift towards more metal. Thicker bands, more metal, more gold – so lavish. A thick band engagement ring makes for a stronger design and a boss statement. In terms of stone colors, I feel like Montana sapphires are going to continue to rise as a center stone but also as accent stones. The muted blue tones make for a sweet addition, The Sanka’s dreamy accent stone color palette is a great example of this. I feel like grey spinels are about to emerge as a popular stone choice. They aren’t pure grey, the lighter ones will be more silvery-lavender and the darker stones will be more of a deep charcoal with plum or teal undertones. While we haven’t designed a ring with one (yet), grey spinels are a pretty hard gemstone (8 on the Mohs scale). For people that want a darker stone but want more transparency/ refraction than a black diamond, it’s a great choice.”


The Leah Kay rose cut diamond ring

Cluster RingsSarah Kiley, Marketing Manager

“This engagement ring trend has been a slow burn, but it’ll fully reach the mainstream in 2020. We’ve done a few cluster rings here and there over the years, but we’ve gotten so many requests for them in the last month or so. Now, cluster rings can take many forms (technically any clustered gemstones or diamond rings can fall in this category), but the style for 2020 is asymmetry in terms of stone shape, size, and color. Brides are wanting this very organic, stones just-strewn-about feel that’s achieved by things looking perfectly imperfect. We’ll see more interest in achieving an overall color palette than one single color, like a warm palette of pink, blush and champagne stones; or cool palettes of cornflower blues, periwinkle and lavender. Varying shapes and sizes add to the special, handcrafted vibe of these types of rings, as does selecting each stone yourself.”


The Rebeku Montana sapphire cluster engagement ring

Unique SolitairesStacey Cuzzacrea, Production Manager

 “I think we’re going to see a surge of rings from past decades; in particular, the 90’s. Platform shoes, tanks layered over T-shirts, overalls, the list goes on. I think a marquise standalone is unique enough to compete with past trends involving large halos. Its simplicity but timeless showstopper abilities will prove timeless and elegant. Like they say, history repeats itself. And in this case, I foresee 2020 trends being “retro chic” [editor’s note: Stacey requested we attribute that quote to Muffy from Arthur.)”


The Kathleen marquise diamond engagement ring

Intricate Settings – Raven Law, Operations Manager

“Designing an intricate undercarriage into a ring is such a luxurious way to showcase personality and eccentricity without compromising on a classic, show-stopping center stone. There is something incredibly personal and almost secretive about having a ring that looks traditional from the top-down view, but when you move your hand to the side, a beautiful and intricate design emerges. You can use colored stones, filigree, flowers or even geometric shapes in a way that supports your ring, but in a way that is really just for you.”


The Christophany oval moissanite engagement ring

Asymmetry – Alex Balkovatz, Marketing Intern

“An engagement ring trend emerging for 2020 is asymmetrical engagement rings. As brides are venturing further from tradition, their rings are following suit! Asymmetrical rings provide for more creativity and diversity regarding shape, design, and colors in a ring. The capability to use different colored stones, various shaped jewels, and creative accents allows tons of inspiration to come into play. Asymmetrical rings are unexpected, bold, and organic. These rings foster designs that are often nature inspired because of their innate free-flowing feel. Without the limitations of symmetry, these trendy rings have unlocked a whole new world of possibilities.”


The Jen gemstone heart engagement ring

For more engagement ring trends and inspiration, browse Abby Sparks Jewelry’s extensive portfolio of one-of-a-kind rings and Instagram @Abbysparksjewelry.

Guest post blog: Abby Sparks Jewelry

The halo engagement ring is one of the most popular and sought-after styles for engagement rings in the world. Some may even say its a bit overdone. If you’re not familiar with the term “halo”, you will definitely recognize the design – a row of diamonds that frame the center stone.

But how familiar are you with the term hidden halo engagement ring? The hidden halo is a modern take on a traditional design and it’s been growing in popularity. Here is everything you need to know and why you should take a chance on this exciting, new trend.

 1.6 Ct. Cushion Cut Natural Diamond Under Halo Pave Diamond Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)
1.6 Ct. Cushion Cut Natural Diamond Under Halo Pave Diamond Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)
  1. A hidden halo can make your center stone appear larger.

The hidden halo engagement ring, also commonly referred to as under halo setting, is an innovative and unique take on the classic halo design.  Although similar in theory, both settings yield very different results. The best way to describe a hidden halo setting is that instead of framing the center stone, the halo sits below it, “hidden” and acts as a base for the diamond.

From a birds eye view, you may not be able to see the halo but from any other angle the hidden halo stands out and accentuates the precious center stone . The hidden halo setting can make the center stone seem up to 15% larger. It gives the diamond a platform made of even more diamonds that allows it to shine center stage.

1.5 Ct. Oval Cut Natural Diamond Natural Oval Hidden Under Halo Pave Diamond Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)

2. Hidden halo works with any shaped diamond.

 Unlike some other types of settings, the hidden halo setting fits perfectly with any shaped diamond. In fact, its growing popularity can be attributed to its ability to make any diamond shine, no matter the shape – oval, radiant, round, pear, etc. This particular setting also allows for plenty of room to add diamonds to the band without cluttering the center stone.

 1.7 Ct. Oval Cut Natural Diamond Natural Under Halo 3 Row Micro Pave Setting Diamond Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)

3. Mix metals with a hidden halo setting.

Have you ever wanted to mix metals in an engagement ring set but didn’t know how to do it without looking tacky? The hidden halo setting gives the ring plenty of opportunity to mix metals without overwhelming the design. Picture a white gold solitaire band with a yellow gold setting to support the hidden halo. Having many options when designing and buying her dream engagement ring is key to a successful purchase and a happy bride to be. 

1.66 Ct. Princess Cut Natural Diamond Under Halo Pave Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)

4. Hidden halo engagement rings have similar pricing to halo engagement rings.

As for price, there’s no major difference between a halo or a hidden halo setting. The hidden halo setting may not need as many diamonds since it is positioned below the center stone and doesn’t frame the entire diamond but they typically are priced evenly.

Natural Radiant Cut Hidden Halo Pave Diamond Engagement Ring
Natural Radiant Cut Hidden Halo Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

There’s no right or wrong answer to the question, “should I get a halo or hidden halo setting?” It’s entirely up to the buyer. If we’ve learned anything from being in this business for decades, it’s that every person is different. That translates directly into the style they choose for a ring that they will wear forever. That is until she wants an upgrade for her anniversary. Diamond Mansion will buy back your stone and you just pay the difference! How’s that for a lifelong commitment.

A-Z Jewelry Guide (2019)

Ledodi Luxury Jewelry Collection
Ledodi Luxury Jewelry Collection

Jewelry is one word with so many different meanings. Jewelry can be a 1.5-carat oval cut diamond engagement ring or a set of gold stack-able bangles. Jewelry can be sterling silver cubic zirconia stud earrings or a white pearl necklace. Jewelry can be plastic beads made into a bracelet to give away at a music festival or uncooked pasta woven through a piece of yarn made during arts and crafts at daycare. (Remember the good ol’ days?) 

Jewelry comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and prices. Jewelry is for you, for her and for him! We have compiled an A-Z jewelry guide to prove just how vast the jewelry world can be. Keep some of these hot styles in mind for your next jewelry haul.

Ledodi Luxury fine Jewelry Collection
Ledodi Luxury Fine Jewelry Collection

A – Asscher Cut Diamonds

The cut of a diamond is the most important quality of a stone and the greatest factor of cost. The most common styles are cushion or radiant cut. But that doesn’t mean that other styles don’t get any love! Asscher cut diamonds flaunt a prominent square shape with deeply cropped corners. In order to achieve this look, an experienced jeweler must make cuts using parallel steps to achieve a “house of mirror” effect. Asscher cut is often compared to radiant cut. The only difference being the number of facets is much less in asscher cut diamonds. 

Check out this 2.22ct Asscher-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Halo & Pavé Design F/VVS2

1.68 Ct Asscher Cut Natural Diamond Halo U-Pave Setting
1.68 Ct. Asscher Cut Natural Diamond Natural Halo U-Prong Pave Diamond Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)

B – Baguette Diamond

A baguette cut diamond is very common in everyday jewelry and is often used to accent a larger stone. A baguette cut diamond is shaped into a long rectangle and is cut with 14 facets. They are part of the step-cut family which also includes emerald and asscher cut diamonds. Baguette diamonds are used in all sorts of jewelry from earrings and rings to necklaces and bangles.

Check out this 0.50 Ct Scattered Baguette Diamond Ring

0.25 baguette diamond cuff ring ledodi
0.25 Baguette Diamond Cuff Ring

C – The 4 C’s 

The letter C is definitely the most important letter in the A-Z jewelry guide. The “4 C’s” was created by the GIA to grade diamonds based off their color, cut, clarity and carat. Each of these factors affect the price of the stone. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, it is important to be educated on the four c’s in order to get the best ring for your budget. Read “The Four C’s – The More You Know” from our sister company, King of Jewelry, to learn more about what each “C” represents. 

D – Diamonds

As the saying goes – diamonds are a girl’s best friend. We can thank Miss Marilyn Monroe for that! Diamonds were formed billions of years ago, deep under the earth’s surface by intense pressure and extreme heat.  Diamonds can stand alone but are more often made into jewelry, most specifically engagement rings. Diamonds come in all shapes, sizes and can range from all different costs. If you’re in the market for diamonds, visit Diamond Mansion.

E – Emerald Cut

An emerald cut diamond is a very traditional and common shape for an engagement ring. The shape of an emerald cut diamond is an elongated rectangle with beveled corners for protection. It has straight linear facets—usually arranged parallel. down the stone. This allows for a large surface area which typically makes the stone look larger than it actually is. This cut is very popular because you get more for your money. 

Check out this 2.4 Ct. Emerald Cut Natural Diamond Halo 3 Row Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

2.2 Ct. Emerald Cut Natural Diamond Classic 3 Stone Emerald Princess Channel Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)
2.2 Ct. Emerald Cut Natural Diamond Classic 3 Stone Emerald Princess Channel Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)

F – Fluorescence

“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.  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.”

Read “7 Debunked Myths About Diamond Fluorescence”

G – the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

“The GIA is short for Gemological Institute of America, the leading authority in the world for diamonds, colored stones and pearls. The GIA is basically the Harvard University of the diamond industry. If your diamond is GIA certified, it is an assurance that your diamond is of utmost quality in regards to the Four C’s; color, cut, clarity and carat weight.” 

Read “5 Reasons Why the GIA Is Considered the “ELITE” of Diamond Institutions”

H – Heart Cut Diamonds

“If you’re paying for a heart shaped diamond, you want it to look like a heart. How frustrating would it be for people to question the shape of your stone? “Is it supposed to be a heart?” When you purchase your ring from Diamond Mansion, there will be no confusion on whether your diamond is a heart or err, uh, a blob?”

Read “Home Is Where The Heart Is: 5 Tips For Picking The Perfect Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring”

Heart Cute Halo Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

I – Imitation Stones

Imitation diamonds are very common in low cost jewelry, often sold in discount jewelry stores such as Claire’s. Unlike lab-grown diamonds, imitation stones don’t share any of the same qualities of a real diamond except physical appearance. Imitation diamonds can be made with cubic zirconia, moissanite, glass, plastic, etc. Diamond Mansion does not sell imitation diamonds unless specifically requested by the customer but it is a good alternative if you’re on a budget. 

J – Jewelry

Jewelry is the most versatile accessory you can own and has been around since the beginning of man-kind. Jewelry can add extra flair to any outfit, during any time of the year. Throw on a chunky necklace to add spice to a solid colored dress. Put a few gold rings on the same finger for a trendy stack-able look. Layer a few bezel diamond train necklaces and you’re sure to get a handful of compliments. One thing is for sure – jewelry is never going out of style.

Ledodi Fine Jewelry Collection

K – Karat 

This one can get confusing! In the jewelry industry, karat and carat are used quite often to describe jewelry but mean two completely different things. Carat describes the weight of a diamond. Karat is the standard measurement for gold. Pure gold is 24 karats, which is a very popular term used in pop culture. When gold is not pure it is often mixed with materials such as metal. When gold is listed as 14k, that means it is 14/24 gold and 10/24 metal. 

14K Solid Gold Ball Ring

L – Lab-grown Diamonds

“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 diamonds. Don’t panic, we’re here to break it down for you, in terms that you and your bride will most definitely understand.”

Read “6 Differences Between Natural Diamonds & Lab Grown Diamonds (2019 Guide)”

M – Marquise Cut Diamonds

It’s a football! It’s a boat! No, it’s a marquise cut diamond. A marquise diamond, nicknamed “little boat” due to its shape, has 58 facets and an elliptical shape. It’s not as common as other styles for engagement rings but it beautifully compliments larger stones in dainty jewelry. Here’s some examples if you’re in the market for a truly unique and special diamond.

0. 40 Ct. Marquise Diamond Necklace

0.25 Ct. Marquise Diamond Vine Ring

0.80 Ct. Cat-Eye Diamond Earrings

1 Ct. Marquise Cut Natural Diamond Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)
1 Ct. Marquise Cut Natural Diamond Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)

N – Near-colorless Diamonds

A diamond’s color is not about what you can see but what you can’t see. The less color a diamond has, the more expensive and rarer it is. The GIA has a scale to rank a diamond based on its color, or lack thereof. A flawless diamond, or colorless, is given a letter grade D-F. A near-colorless diamond is given the letter grade G-J. Diamond Mansion sells mostly near-colorless diamonds. 

O – Opal

An opal stone is known for its unique display of colors. According to the GIA, Opal is the product of seasonal rains that drenched dry ground in regions such as Australia’s semi-desert “outback.” The showers soaked deep into ancient underground rock, carrying dissolved silica (a compound of silicon and oxygen) downward.” Opal stones are unique because they have a one-of-a-kind color combination and are also the month of October’s birthstone. 

www.blackopalshop.com

P – Personalize Collection

Let’s get personal with Ledodi! For any special occasion, a personalized piece of jewelry can mean so much. Get your name, a loved one’s name, a pet’s name, birth date, an anniversary, etc. engraved on a pair of gold earrings, a diamond ring or script necklace. It will no doubt be a tear-jerker upon arrival. 

Personalized Name Necklace (Premium Quality)
Personalized Name Necklace (Premium Quality)

Q – Queens Wreath Diamond Ring

Ledodi is always spicing things up by adding breathtaking diamond ring designs to their collection, all while being affordable and high quality. The Queen’s Wreath Diamond Ring is no exception. The 0.50 ct ring boasts 9 marquise cut diamonds and 6 round cut diamonds, clustered together to create an unforgettable display of high-quality diamonds on a 14k solid gold band. Ledodi offers free shipping and a generous 30-day return policy.

Queens Wreath Marquise Diamond Ring
Queens Wreath Marquise Diamond Ring

R – Radiant Cut Diamond

One of the most popular cuts for an engagement ring is radiant cut. A radiant cut is a non-traditional square shape made with a brilliant-cut facet pattern applied to the crown and the pavilion. A radiant cut diamond is known to be very durable and looks bigger than it actually is, making it the perfect center stone for an engagement ring.

1.60 Ct. Natural Radiant Split Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

1.70 Ct. Natural Radiant Cut Diamond Bezel Setting with Radiant Cut Side Stones

1.71 Ct. Radiant Cut Natural Diamond Natural Halo Pave Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)
1.71 Ct. Radiant Cut Natural Diamond Natural Halo Pave Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (GIA Certified)

S – Sapphire

A sapphire is the second hardest mineral in the world, next to diamonds, and they come in every color except red. The most expensive colors are the highly saturated blues, the intensive pinks, and the padparadscha colors, due to their rarity and saturation. Ledodi offers a few unique designs complete with sapphires. 

1.20 Ct Blue Sapphire + 0.20 Ct. Diamond Galaxy Necklace

0.60 Ct. Pink Sapphire + 1.00 Ct. Diamond Cherry Blossom Bangle

0.05 Ct. Pink Sapphire + 0.20 Ct. Diamond Butterfly Bangle 

LEDODI Cherry Blossom Diamond Sapphire Bangle Cuff

T – Total Weight / Total Carat Weight

The total weight or TCW is the total carat weight of all the diamonds used in the design. When a customer asks “What is the TCW of this ring?” we do simple math and add up the carat of each diamond. The certificate that comes with the diamond you purchased will clearly state the TCW as well.  This is important to know if you ever want to upgrade or sell the ring. Read about Diamond Mansion’s upgrade policy.

U – Ultrasonic cleaner

Do you have a piece of jewelry that has lost its sparkle and shine? Or it’s been sitting around collecting dust and dirt. An ultrasonic cleaner is a device used to clean jewelry, often used at home. The device uses ultrasound waves and chemicals to remove dirt, oil, dust and other tarnishes common in jewelry worn everyday.

If you’re in the market for an engagement ring or have been a long-time customer of Diamond Mansion, stop in our office or ship your ring to us for lifetime cleaning and repair. 

To learn about more ways to clean your jewelry read “6 Ways To Keep Jewelry Clean For Decades To Come.” 

Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry And Eyeglass Cleaner

V – Vertical Bar Earrings

No jewelry collection is complete without vertical bar earrings and luckily, Ledodi has some options for you. Long or short, diamonds or no diamonds, the vertical bar earrings match any style you are trying to rock. Ledodi and Diamond Mansion only use ethically sourced materials and natural earth mined diamonds. 

Long Vertical Bar Earrings (14K Gold)

W – Wedding Band

A wedding band is a ring worn to signify a union between two people in love. In most cultures, the wedding bands are exchanged during the official ceremony and worn on the left hand on the finger next to the pinky finger. A wedding band can be as simple or as embellished as the couple wants.

At Diamond Mansion, we custom make every design to fit every couples needs! Schedule a consultation to start building your dream engagement ring set. 

7mm Classic Wedding Band For Men-Platinum
7mm Classic Wedding Band For Men-Platinum

Y – Yellow Diamond

It’s not unlikely to see yellow diamonds splashed across the pages of fashion magazines, worn proudly by A-listers on the red carpet or sitting front and center (stone) on breathtaking engagement rings. (We’re looking at you Kelly Clarkson!)

But what exactly is a yellow diamond and what makes them so special? King of Jewelry has all the answers and will even help you find the perfect yellow diamond when you’re ready to pop the question. 

Read “Yellow Diamonds Are A Hot Trend Right Now – Find Out Why”  

5 Ct. Yellow Canary Diamond Engagement Ring
5 Ct. Yellow Canary Diamond Engagement Ring

Z – Zig Zag Bangle

A non-traditional, unique design! The zig zag bangle is perfect for stacking bangles and creating a layered look. Complete with 0.50 Ct. natural white diamonds and ethically sourced 14K gold, the zig zag bangle will make any outfit pop!

LEDODI Zig Zag Diamond Cuff Bangle
Ledodi Zig Zag Diamond Cuff Bangle

Let’s set the scene. It’s almost sunset and the sky is a picture-perfect collage of pinks and oranges. The colors almost mimicking an orange soda creamsicle. You and your sweetheart are nearing a lookout facing the cliffs of some beautiful, almost dreamy, beach in Italy, hand in hand.  The big moment has finally come! Months and months of long, anxious phone calls with your jeweler, excited and nervous conversations with family and friends, the constant hush hush in order to not ruin the big surprise, all leading up to this moment.

You slowly but surely get down on one knee and pull the little blue box out of your jacket pocket. After a few words of love and affirmation and definitely a couple tears, you pop open the box to reveal the most breathtaking, out-of-this-world, heart shaped diamond engagement ring. Que more tears, a few kisses and one big, fat YES!

Satisfied Diamond Mansion customer proposing to his girlfriend in Italy.

The surprise goes off without a hitch and now you’re a happily engaged man with a very, very impressed fiancé. Why? Because not only did you pull off the most romantic proposal of the decade, you did your research and found the best heart shaped diamond for the occasion. 

This is no easy task. Just ask anyone who has ever been in the market for a heart shaped diamond. There are many things to consider such as getting the right size carat diamond to pull off a perfectly symmetrical heart, the right clarity for the stone and more. Here are a few tips about shopping for a heart shaped diamond to help make the big purchase as stress-free as possible. 

Natural Heart Cut Halo Twisted Infinity Diamond Engagement Ring
  1. Getting the right size carat diamond is very important!

It’s not uncommon for someone shopping for an engagement ring to be on a budget. It’s actually more common than not for the future hubby to request we keep our suggestions within a certain price range. That’s totally okay and at Diamond Mansion, we will always respect a customer’s budget (visit our website to learn more about our fair pricing policy). However, most people don’t realize that in order to achieve the perfect heart shape, the diamond typically needs to be at least one half of a carat.

A traditional heart shape has five separate sections; cleft, lobe, belly, wing and point. The cleft is the dip in the middle that separates both sides of the heart. The lobe is the upper rounded part, while the belly and wing make up the rest of the sides. The point is self-explanatory and is another key aspect in creating the perfect, symmetrical heart. The larger the diamond, the easier it is for the jeweler to achieve these aspects that make a heart shape. 

Natural Heart Cut Halo Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

2. Look for a heart shaped diamond with good outline and symmetry.

The traditional heart shape can be achieved by finding a diamond with good outline and symmetry. While browsing, you may come across heart shaped diamonds that actually look more like an arrowhead. This is because the wings are too pointy and the heart shape is oddly elongated. If you’re paying for a heart shaped diamond, you want it to look like a heart. How frustrating would it be for people to question the shape of your stone? “Is it supposed to be a heart?” When you purchase your ring from Diamond Mansion, there will be no confusion on whether your diamond is a heart or err, uh, a blob? 

According to the GIA, the preferred length-to-width ratio for heart-shaped gems ranges from 1:1 to 1:1.2. It is not unusual for the width to be greater than the length. The best way to measure the symmetry of a heart shaped diamond is to draw an imaginary line straight down the diamond. Do both sides appear to be even in shape and outline? Is one side bigger than the other? These are all good questions to ask yourself and the jeweler before picking the right diamond for you. 

Natural Heart Cut Halo Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

3. The clarity of the diamond is very important.

Unlike some diamonds, inclusions and blemishes can be much more apparent in heart shaped stones. If you’re spending a lot of time finding the perfectly shaped diamond, it’s just as important for your heart shaped diamond to look clean and free of blemishes visible to the naked eye. Now this doesn’t mean you need to rush into buying a flawless diamond. Most customers are satisfied with buying anywhere from flawless to slightly included diamonds, meaning flaws can only be seen under 10x magnification. 

Natural Heart Cut Vintage Three Sided Micro Pave Diamond Engagement Ring

4. Find the right setting and band that won’t clutter your beautiful stone. 

Picking the perfect heart shaped stone is only half the battle. If the setting doesn’t match or perfectly hold your precious stone, then all that searching for the right diamond might be wasted. At Diamond Mansion, we typically suggest a five-prong setting to hold and protect the stone properly. The tip of the heart, the most fragile and easily chipped part of the design, needs to be protected to ensure your ring stays in its best condition for as long as possible. Another common setting for a heart shaped diamond is a bezel setting. A bezel setting is where metal outlines the diamond, creating a unique and durable placement for your precious stone. 

Now that you have a perfectly symmetrical, good clarity diamond and a proper setting, you will need the right band. The last piece of the puzzle! Let’s start with the obvious answer. A solitaire setting is simple yet elegant and will not outshine your center stone. A split-shank band will also beautifully compliment the shape of your heart and add an extra flair to your set. Although it’s entirely up to you, trust your jewelers expertise if he tells you a certain setting or band will clutter your diamond and take away from the overall beauty of the ring. 

natural halo heart shaped diamond with matching infinity band

5. Heart shaped diamonds are having their moment in the (Hollywood) spotlight.

Heart shaped diamonds haven’t always been popular. In fact, compared to the number of diamonds sold every year, only a very small percentage of them are heart shaped. It wasn’t until celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Gwen Stefani started rocking them on their ring finger during high profile engagements that they started to gain popularity. In fact, if you keep up with pop culture, you probably heard about the 15-carat heart shaped “Titanic” diamond that Migo’s rapper, Offset, gifted to Cardi B for her 27th birthday. The massive rock, reportedly worth seven figures, is accompanied by an eternity band made up of smaller heart shaped diamonds. The set is unlike anything we’ve seen before and has definitely sent the jewelry industry into a frenzy. 

Whether you keep up with pop culture or can just appreciate an exquisite stone, one thing is for certain, heart shaped diamonds are just as marvelous as they are rare. At Diamond Mansion, we will help guide you through the process of finding the right heart shaped diamond for any occasion, from a once in a lifetime engagement to a momentous anniversary. They say diamonds are forever..well, heart shaped diamonds are for always.

7 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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2014 Getty Images

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.


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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6 Ways to Keep Jewelry Clean for Decades to Come

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.

  1. 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. 
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2. 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. 

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3. 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. 

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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.

4. 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. It is available on Magasonic’s website for $39.99.

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5. 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 $6 on Amazon 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.

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6. 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. Connoisseurs has the most effective cleaning and polishing clothes without the mess or strong odor. 

Photo Credit: www.connoisseurs.com

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. 

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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 

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!”

www.amberevents.com

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

323-682-8697

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 

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.”

www.madloveevents.com

New York City, New York Wedding Planners

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

(917) 921-6052 

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 RebelServing Brooklyn, Manhattan and surrounding areas

(917) 593-7114

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 

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).

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. 

Dino, our lead sales associate and diamond expert, assists a customer by guiding him through the process, step by step.

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 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 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 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.

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.