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How Much Should You Spend On An Engagement Ring?

diamond engagement rings

Decided that you’re ready to pop the question? Before you start looking for the perfect ring, you’ll need to work out your budget and how much you’re looking to spend to make your dreams a reality.  

How much you should spend on an engagement ring will ultimately come down to how much you can afford to spend, and the type of ring you’re looking for. Does your future bride or groom prefer platinum or gold? Do they have a diamond cut in mind? While finding the right ring is important, the focus should be on what an engagement ring represents, not the cost of it. 

Our guide should help you work out how much you should spend on preparing for your engagement, and what you’ll need to consider to find the perfect diamond for your partner.

What is the average cost of an engagement ring?

Diamonds are known to be luxurious and sought after, so tend to be something you’ll need to save or budget for. After all, an engagement ring is a life-long investment that your partner will hopefully wear for the rest of their life. The cost of an engagement ring varies depending on the cut of the diamond, color of the diamond, clarity of the diamond and whether you’re buying platinum or gold, and even how much it sparkles.

In 2021, the average cost of an engagement ring in the USA was $6,000 (according to the Knot 2021 Jewelry and Engagement Study).
Whereas, in the UK the national average cost of an engagement ring is £1865, which equates to around $2,407.
For those in France, the average budget people spend on an engagement ring is around €697, which equates to around $752.87.

But before you start thinking about how you’re going to save the money, it’s important to set your own budget and shop around. Engagement rings can vary dramatically in price, and you shouldn’t aim for a particular price point to wow your partner if you really can’t afford it.    

You can choose to propose with any ring you like – perhaps you’ve been gifted a ring by a family member that would offer a sentimental touch. It’s also worth keeping your partner’s preferences in mind – do they prefer more simplistic rings which are naturally cheaper than those with a larger diamond?

The most important thing is that you set a budget before you start shopping around, to avoid unnecessary pressure and a strain on your finances.

Is the ‘three months’ salary’ rule true?

You’ve likely heard of the ‘three months’ salary’ rule when it comes to proposing – the idea that you need to spend between one to three months of your salary on an engagement ring to propose ‘properly’.

This ‘rule’ originated from a marketing campaign that ran in the 1930s by the De Beers diamond company. The campaign promoted the idea that a man should spend a month’s salary on his wife’s ring to prove true love and commitment. This rule and societal expectation later grew to two months’ salary in the 1980s, with the ‘three months’ salary’ rule being known today.

It’s natural to feel some societal pressure when it comes to choosing a ring for your significant other that feels like ‘enough’, both in its appearance and value. In reality, you should only spend what you feel comfortable with and can afford – the value of the ring shouldn’t equate to how strongly you feel towards your partner. 

What to consider when choosing an engagement ring

Not sure where to start with choosing an engagement ring? Here are some considerations to help you with your ring search:

Set a budget

A good place to start is to set a budget early on –  both to narrow down your choices of rings and minimize potential money worries so you know what you have to work with. If you’re unsure of how much to spend, it may be worth looking at your monthly outgoings and working out how much you can afford to set aside each month to save for the ring. 

Make sure to keep your savings goal realistic and try not to give in to societal pressures around the three month’s salary rule. Remember that the meaning behind the ring and proposal is much more important than the cost and value of it. 

Taking out insurance

Insurance is designed to protect against the unexpected – so if you’re purchasing a high-value item like an engagement ring, it may be worth you insuring it. Insurance can cover you for things like accidentally losing the ring, the ring being stolen and accidental damage, so if the worst happens, you won’t need to pay out for repairs or worse still, a replacement ring. 

Make sure that you always insure the engagement ring for its current market value, especially if you’re planning to wait a while before you get married. This is because gold, diamonds and other stones usually increase in value over time.

Platinum or gold

The choice between platinum or gold will depend on both your partner’s preference and your budget. There is no right answer as to whether platinum is better than gold – both are used to make stunning diamond rings, but they do come with their differences. 

In terms of strength, platinum is a denser metal than gold so it’s less likely to break long term. But while it may be stronger than gold, platinum is also softer and may be more likely to get scratched by accident. 

While they’re almost identical in appearance other than their color, platinum is usually more expensive than gold as it’s rarer metal. So, if you’re torn between the two and looking to save money, gold may suit you better. But if you’re looking for something durable that is less likely to tarnish, a platinum ring may be a more sustainable option.

Conflict-free diamonds

When deciding on the right engagement ring, you’ll need to consider if conflict-free diamonds are something that is important to you. Conflict-free diamonds, otherwise known as ‘ethical diamonds’, means that the diamonds haven’t originated from or been mined from areas controlled by forces at war.

If getting a conflict-free diamond ring is important to you, you’ll be pleased to know here at Diamond Mansion we only sell conflict-free diamonds. We take conflict-free diamonds very seriously by adhering to strict guidelines set by the Kimberley Process. The Kimberley Process was established in 2003 to prevent ‘conflict diamonds’ from entering the market. This means all diamonds entering the United States must be accompanied by a government-issued Kimberley Process Certificate. 

Thoughtful doesn’t have to mean expensive

It’s natural to feel pressure around buying an expensive ring, but it’s important to remember that the size of the diamond isn’t supposed to be a representation of how much you love your partner. What matters most is the thought that goes into choosing a ring that is right for them.

What if I can’t afford an engagement ring?

An engagement ring is often a big investment and whatever your situation, it can feel overwhelming to find a way to cover the cost of it. 

Here are some ways to help you afford an engagement ring:

  • Look at your outgoings: You may be paying for things on a monthly basis that you aren’t using, like gym memberships or subscriptions. You may find yourself gaining some extra money quicker than you think by cutting back on what you don’t need or use! 
  • Set up a savings account: Putting aside money each month that you can’t access can help you meet your savings goal and resist any temptation to overspend
  • Pay in instalments: Here at Diamond Mansion, we offer 0% APR finance to help you spread the cost of your jewelry into instalments to help make your purchase feel more affordable, rather than paying for it all upfront. 

Upgrading your ring

If you want you can also upgrade your ring in the future, perhaps when you reach a relationship milestone or you have a bigger budget than you did when making your initial purchase. Here at Diamond Mansion, we offer lifetime upgrades on all GIA-certified diamonds that were originally purchased from us. This means, if you bought your engagement ring from us, you can upgrade your center stone in the future.

  • You will receive credit equal to 100% of the original price toward the purchase of a new diamond which must be at least twice the price of your original diamond.
  • The credit value will be based solely on the original value of the center diamond

For more information on how you can upgrade your ring, take a look at our FAQs.

Ready to take that next step in your love story and find your dream engagement ring today? 

What Is An Eternity Ring?

Diamond Eternity Ring - Oval Shape Diamond

If you’ve been married for several years, you may be looking for a way to celebrate your commitment to each other and remind your partner of the love you share. A popular way to do this is with an eternity ring. But what exactly is an eternity ring?

Usually used to commemorate a milestone in your relationship like a big anniversary, an eternity ring is seen as a symbol of eternal love and is the perfect gift to reignite a spark in your relationship. An eternity band is  used to represent not only the time you’ve already spent together, but the time you have to look forward to –  to symbolize your unending future as a couple.

What makes them different from other rings?

Unlike an engagement or wedding ring, an eternity ring is usually (not always) given after you’re married – often to commemorate an anniversary or special occasion. They’re designed to symbolize your commitment and celebrate your love after you’ve been together for a significant amount of time.

In terms of appearance, eternity rings have a different look to typical engagement and wedding rings. While most wedding rings are of a plainer style to complement the metal and jewel of your engagement ring, eternity rings feature a strip of diamonds or gems that covers the entire circumference of the band. 

Full or half eternity rings

When looking for the perfect eternity ring for your better half, there are two different styles for you to choose from. 

You can either have a full eternity ring with diamonds all the way around it (including the underside) or a half eternity ring, with diamonds only on the face of the band. The type you choose won’t affect the material used for the band or how the stones are set – only how many diamonds there are and where they’re positioned.

Diamond Eternity Ring Stacked

What occasions are eternity rings for?

When you choose to gift an eternity ring to your partner is entirely up to you. There doesn’t need to be a special occasion or reason to celebrate your love – it may just feel like the right time for you.

But while eternity rings can be gifted at any time, they’re usually given to commemorate a special milestone or occasion in your relationship. Perhaps you’re celebrating your ten year wedding anniversary and want to remind your partner of your commitment, or maybe you’re looking for a gift to celebrate the birth of your new baby (push gift). Whatever your reasoning, eternity rings can work as the perfect way to celebrate your relationship – both the memories you’ve shared and the ones you look forward to creating together in the future.

The meaning of eternity rings

As the name suggests, eternity rings symbolize eternal love and the love you share with your partner being everlasting. 

Eternity rings continue to grow in popularity each year, but their roots date back to the ancient Egyptians who used them as tokens of eternal love and life. Their eternity rings were often simple bands set with a stone, while others included a snake swallowing its own tail to represent the idea of eternity. 

Today, some women prefer to wear an eternity ring instead of a traditional wedding ring, while others wear both together alongside their engagement ring for extra sparkle. 

How to choose an eternity ring

Choosing an eternity ring, like any other type of sentimental jewelry, can take time – especially if you’re looking for the perfect ring for your other half. Here are some key considerations for choosing an eternity ring:

  • Decide on the right occasion: You’ll need to pick the right moment to gift the ring to your partner. Perhaps you have a significant milestone coming up like an anniversary, or maybe the time just feels right for you. Whatever the occasion, you’ll need to plan how and when you’re going to surprise them.
  • Set your budget: Eternity rings vary in price, so it’s important to keep a budget in mind so you spend what you can realistically afford. It’s the meaning behind the ring that is most important – not the value of it.
  • Choose the diamond shape: A round diamond is a popular choice for eternity bands, but the shape you choose is down to your personal preference. Perhaps an emerald cut diamond may suit your taste, or a pear cut diamond for an elongated shape that looks larger than a round diamond. What makes a perfect eternity band is how the size, shape and quality of the diamond come together
  • Choose your setting style: at Diamond Mansion most of our eternity rings come in four popular setting styles.
    Which setting style you choose will depend on what you prefer the look – with Classic Gallery Style being he most secure and popular.

Checkout 8 Stunning Eternity Rings For Eternity Gifts to see some of our popular eternity bands.

Are eternity diamond rings certified?

Most diamond ring purchases come with a diamond certificate, also known as a diamond grading report. They’re used to provide information about the diamond, from its weight and color to its clarity. A diamond certificate is used to authenticate that the details of the diamond are correct.

When shopping for the perfect diamond eternity ring, you’re likely to wonder if the diamonds are certified, which means that each diamond has been graded & checked by a third-party gemologist.

Here at Diamond Mansion, we usually offer GIA Certified diamonds for eternity bands over 5 to 6 carats, since each stone is larger than 0.30 carats. Smaller stones that are less than 0.30 carats are usually non-certified, although they are 100% natural and as described. The reason smaller stones are not sent to GIA for grading is because GIA certificates costs anywhere between $50-$150 and it’s just not cost effective to our customers.
Smaller eternity bands from Diamond Mansion come with a regular Diamond Mansion appraisal which describes the over all quality & weight of diamonds.

GIA is an most reputable independent, nonprofit organization that carries out gem research, educates gem professionals, and sets the standards for judging diamond quality. .

How should I wear an eternity ring?

How your partner chooses to wear an eternity ring is entirely their choice. Eternity rings are usually designed to be worn alongside their engagement and wedding ring. A popular way to wear it is between the engagement ring and wedding ring, or sitting on top of both rings. 

Alternatively, some people wear an eternity ring separately to their engagement and wedding bands, giving it its own space on the right hand. It may be that your partner’s engagement and wedding ring were designed to complement each other as a set, so they may prefer to wear an eternity ring separately. 

Some unique eternity bands such as our baguette and round diamond eternity band are best worn by it self.

Can you propose with an eternity ring?

The type of ring you choose to pop the question with is up to you. Choosing to propose with an eternity ring has become more popular – with some preferring the look of an eternity ring with its several stones and more intricate design, over a traditional engagement ring. Or, you may prefer to propose with an eternity ring initially, before you pick out the perfect engagement ring together as a couple.

One thing to keep in mind if you choose to propose with an eternity ring is, unlike most traditional engagement rings, eternity rings are difficult to resize. To avoid disappointment, it may be a good idea to get a custom-made eternity ring to make sure it fits your bride to-be. 

How much should I spend on an eternity ring?

How much you should spend on an eternity ring will depend on how much you can realistically afford to spend and the type of ring you’re looking to buy. At Diamond Mansion, our smallest round cut eternity band is 1 carat and it starts at approximately $2,000. Our largest round cut eternity band is the 7 Carat eternity ring starting at $24000.
Further, We have larger made larger custom eternity bands that go all the way up to 12 carats and can cost up to $75,000.

If you’re conscious of how much an eternity ring will cost, it may be worth setting a budget early on to help narrow down your choice of rings and know what money you have to work with. The price of eternity rings can vary depending on the cut of the diamond, whether the ring is platinum or gold, diamond shape, diamond quality and even how much it sparkles

It’s easy to feel societal pressure when it comes to buying sentimental jewelry for your partner – but it’s important to remind yourself what matters most is the meaning behind the eternity ring, not its value. 

Looking for a way to surprise your partner and commemorate a special occasion? Take a look at our luxury and unique eternity rings

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What Is a Halo Ring?

Halo Diamond Engagement Rings

With added sparkle and a retro and contemporary appearance, a halo ring provides all the brilliance of a high-end engagement ring while being kinder to your budget.

Halo rings were first popularized in the 1920s and ’30s, and feature a central stone surrounded by a ring – or halo – of smaller pavé-set diamonds (or occasionally other gemstones). The purpose is to draw attention to the central piece, highlighting it and helping it look bigger than it actually is.

A halo ring is a classic design, with an appearance that denotes glamor while actually being more budget-friendly than some other designs.

Why are halo rings so popular?

Halo rings amplify the beauty of a diamond by helping it stand out. A halo ring exists to complement a central stone and enhance it while adding additional sparkle and fire. 

Because a halo ring will typically surround a single modestly-sized central diamond, they’re popular with buyers who are conscious of budget, because they’re more affordable than other ring designs while not compromising on extravagance.

Halo rings remain popular because they’re unique and don’t have the stereotypical appearance of other engagement rings. They’re the perfect choice for those who love the sparkling side of jewelry, with calls back to the glitz and glamor of the roaring ’20s. Some halo designs also have pavé diamonds on the band for even more sparkle.

Modern halo rings are still reminiscent of those early designs, but cater to more modern tastes.

Before we tell you about all the pros and cons of halo engagement rings, lets first tease you with a few of our best selling halo diamond engagement rings. All designed and crafted at Diamond Mansion.

What are the pros and cons of a halo ring?

There are plenty of pros that make considering a halo ring worth it – as well as a couple of cons that are also important to consider.

The pros of halo rings:

  • The halo will enhance the size of the central stone, meaning even smaller stones will look huge and far more impressive
  • By having a halo of colored gemstones around a diamond, or a halo of diamonds around a colored gemstone, it creates a contrast that allows the stones to compliment one another
  • Many smaller diamonds will add carat weight, yet aren’t as expensive as one larger diamond of equal weight
  • Halo rings are full of character, and can have unique and distinct appearances
  • A halo can work as a shield around the central stone and protect it from accidental damage
  • Halos aren’t limited by the shape of the central stone and can be crafted around most shapes
  • What’s more glamorous than one diamond? Lots of diamonds! 

The cons of halo rings:

  • While halo rings are popular now, it’s impossible to say whether they’ll still be as fashionable in the next decade – however, they’re unlikely to lose much of their value
  • With so many smaller stones in a halo ring, it naturally increases the chances that you may lose one – but with proper care, you can help prevent that
  • Halo rings are seen as being distinctly feminine, which means if you’re looking to give one to your male partner then you might feel limited as far as designs go
  • Due to their design, It can be difficult to upgrade the center stone size of a halo engagement ring in the future. If the stone you are upgrading to is 10% or more larger in measurements, then you probably need to buy a new setting as well.

Are halo rings timeless?

As with most fashion trends, the popularity of halo rings rises and falls. While they’re in style now, another design will undoubtedly overtake it in popularity at some point. But, that’s not to say that halo rings will become unfashionable. After all, they’ve been around since the early 20th century, so it’s safe to assume that they’ll always remain desirable.

Thanks to their unique contemporary design and striking appearance, halo rings don’t feel dated or unfashionable. And for that reason, halo rings are as timeless as they are striking and beautiful.

Types of halo ring setting

Halo rings can be much more than just a single ring of stones surrounding a center diamond. Other halo settings include:

  • Singe Halo
  • Double halo
  • Hidden halo
  • Triple halo
  • Star halo
  • Pear halo
  • Gemstone halo
  • Octagon
  • Hexagon
  • Floral
  • Floating halo

Check out our diamond buying guide for more information.

What is a double halo ring?

Double Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

A double halo, as the name implies, is when the center stone is surrounded by two rings of smaller stones. A double halo increases the value of the ring and of course, delivers more sparkle. However, there is a risk of the center stone becoming lost, and the overall size of the ring being too large for smaller hands.

This also applies to triple halo rings, which can appear big on even the largest hands. However, with their increased sparkle they may be exactly what you’re looking for.

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What is a hidden halo ring?

Hidden Halo Engagment Ring

A hidden halo ring is a setting where the ring of smaller stones sits below the center stone. When looking at the center stone from above, the halo is blocked from view, hence the name. However, when viewed from the side, the halo is clearly visible.

Check out blog on 4 Reasons to Choose a Hidden Halo Engagement Ring for more information.

Best diamond shape for a halo engagement ring?

Almost all diamond shapes/cuts look good in a halo engagement ring setting. Take a look for yourself.

Round Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Round Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Cushion Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Cushion Halo Engagement Ring

Oval Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Oval Halo Engagement Ring

Radiant Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Radiant Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Emerald Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Emerald Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Pear Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Pear Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Princess Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Princess Cut Halo Engagement Ring | Diamond

Heart Shape Halo Engagement Ring

Heart Shape Halo Engagement Ring

Marquise Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Marquise Halo Engagement ring

Asscher Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Asscher Cut Halo Engagement ring

What is the best metal for a halo ring?

Halo rings work with any choice of metal, whether it be yellow gold, white gold, platinum, or rose gold. However, it’s more common to see halo rings paired with white gold or platinum, as the pavé diamonds, named after the paving effect they have when set, have more sparkle when it’s white on white.

That being said, there’s nothing wrong with a yellow or rose gold halo ring. Each unique design brings its own qualities, and it’s down to personal choice.

Looking for the perfect halo ring?

Halo rings provide the perfect balance of fire, sparkle, and affordability. The center stone may not be as big as on other designs, but the halo accentuates it and helps the diamond appear bigger and stand out more – great for those conscious of budget but not wanting to compromise on beauty. 
Take a look at our halo engagement rings and see for yourself.

What is the Most Expensive Cut of Diamond?

Best Diamond Shape

One of the main factors that determines the value of a diamond is the carat weight, and it’s predominantly the carat weight that those looking to buy a diamond will consider before making a purchase.

However, in a close second is the diamond cut – also known as the diamond’s shape – can dramatically affect the value.

Why does the cut affect the value of a diamond?

It’s easy to assume that the heavier the diamond’s carat weight, the more expensive it’s going to be. However, the cut of a diamond will also determine the value based on several factors.

Firstly, the amount of diamond that is lost during the cutting process has to be considered. Every natural diamond was of course rough before it was cut into the shape you see on a ring. Each cut, whether it’s round, princess, or cushion, involves a slightly different process to cut the diamond into its distinct shape. And during that process, a percentage of the diamond is removed and therefore wasted. The more that is lost in weight, the more jewelry makers lose in potential revenue. As a result, the value of the diamond increases due to the higher average cost per carat.

For example, a brilliant round cut can lose more than half its weight during the process of cutting it into its unique and desirable shape.

It’s also this desirable shape that determines the value of a diamond. The more a particular cut is wanted, the higher its value – and vice versa for the least popular shapes.

There are also the resources that go into cutting a diamond into shape. More intricate cuts take longer, and require a higher level of skill – both of which can be expensive. The cost of a diamond also has to factor in the many professionals who have mined, transported, cut, polished, and sold your diamond before it even reaches the store you’re browsing it in.

What diamond cut is best?

Deciding what diamond cut is best is, of course, entirely subjective. While you may decide one particular cut is more beautiful and better than the others, somebody else likely holds a very different opinion.

However, thanks to their popularity and value, we can confidently say that certain cuts are viewed as being the best. Below are just some of the best diamond cuts available.

Round cut

Round Cut Diamond

The most desirable and highly valued – and many would say best – diamond cut is the round cut. A round brilliant cut diamond has 58 facets, which is the perfect number of facets needed to produce maximum fire and sparkle – which is what many look for as a sign of ultimate quality in a diamond.

As we mentioned earlier, because so much rough stone is lost during the cutting process of a round cut, that also pushes the value higher than other cuts.

Oval cut

Oval Cut diamond

The shape of an oval cut provides brilliance that rivals that of a round cut, thanks to its 58 facets. And oval cut diamonds can be highly desirable as they can look bigger than round cut diamonds of an equivalent carat weight.

Princess cut

Princess Cut Diamond

Despite its square shape, the princess cut provides incredible fire and sparkle thanks to either 57 or 58 facets. Because less rough diamond is lost during the cutting process, it makes the princess cut a more affordable option, while not having to compromise on quality. One flaw with a princess cut, however, is that the sharp corners are at risk of damage, so it’s important to ensure it’s mounted correctly and properly cared for.

Cushion cut

Cushion Cut Diamond

Cushion cut diamonds are comparable to princess cut, with a distinct square or rectangular shape. However, unlike the princess cut, the edges are rounded, giving it a much softer, cushion-like (hence the name) appearance. The facets of a cushion cut are larger, providing plenty of fire and brilliance.

Emerald cut

Emerald Cut Diamond

Also known as a step cut, an emerald cut has a distinct square or rectangular shape with layered faceting. An emerald cut displays the color of the stone, which is why it’s also a commonly used cut for colored gemstones.

Check out our diamond buying guide for more information on diamond cuts.

What is the rarest cut of diamond?

While the above cuts are among some of the best and most desirable, they’re all cuts frequently seen and sold by jewelers. However, there are certain cuts of diamond that aren’t as easy to come by, which of course can hugely increase their value.

Asprey cut

Aspray Cut

It can be easy to mistake an Asprey cut for a cushion cut diamond – after all, they have a very similar appearance, with a square shape and rounded edges. However, an Asprey cut diamond has slightly sharper edges than those of a cushion cut and has the letter “A” engraved on the side.

Asprey cuts are known for their incredible brilliance thanks to their 61 facets and are only cut from diamonds with D-G color grade and flawless to VS2 clarity.

Jubilee cut

Jubilee cut

Created to mark the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887, a jubilee cut has 88 facets, with 8 on top in lieu of a flat table and cutlet. However, it’s a striking diamond cut and produces stunning fire and sparkle.

Royal Asscher cut

Asscher Cut - Square Emerald Cut

The Royal Asscher cut is an updated version of the Asscher cut (an octagonal design with 58 layered facets). However, the Royal Asscher cut has 74 facets and a higher crown, and has exceptionally high clarity. It’s said that the number of jewelers who can craft a Royal Asscher cut is less than 100 worldwide.

Eighty-eight cut

88 Diamond Cut

Eighty-eight cuts are named as such thanks to the 88 facets on the eight-sided, octagonal shape. It has fantastic brilliance and is highly desirable as the number eight is often associated with wealth and good fortune, particularly in some Asian countries.

Ashoka cut

Ashoka Cut Diamond

Reminiscent of a cushion cut diamond, it has a distinct elongated rectangular shape with rounded edges. Because of this, it can be difficult to find rough diamonds that are large enough to produce an Ashoka cut. With 62 facets, it produces incredible sparkle and fire.

Which diamond cut holds its value?

Typically, all diamond cuts will hold their value. After all, natural diamonds have been – and continue to be – highly desirable, and this shows no sign of slowing.

However, as we’ve already discussed, round cut diamonds are the most expensive and will hold their value for as long as people want diamonds.

There are a number of reasons why round cut diamonds are valued the highest:

Brilliance and fire

They reflect light better than other cuts, which gives them the sparkle that those looking to buy a diamond want. The brilliance (aka sparkle, the light show produced) and fire (the rainbow colors produced) are perfectly engineered in a round cut diamond thanks to the ideal number of facets: 58.

For more information on brilliance, check out our blog post on which diamond cut sparkles the most.

Precision shape

Round cut diamonds are the most precise cut of diamonds, all identical and cut perfectly uniform. Square and rectangular cut diamonds can have slight imperfections, which means they’re not always symmetrical.


As we’ve already discussed, round cut diamonds result in the biggest loss of rough diamond, which drives up the cost.


Another factor that drives up the the price of a round cut diamonds is it’s popularity. The round-cut diamond shape is still the most popular shape in 2022. Round cut diamonds are timeless and classic.

As such, you can expect to pay more for a round cut diamond than you would for just about any other diamond shape. 

Looking for the perfect diamond ring?

There are many reasons why you’re looking for the perfect diamond ring, from engagement to commemoration. Purchasing an expensive diamond is not only an investment but worth your money with a luxury quality brand like Diamond Mansion. Browse our wide range of diamond rings today.

Which Diamond Cut Sparkles the Most?

Along with the rarity and status they bring, there are two key attributes that make diamonds so highly regarded: fire and sparkle.

The fire of a diamond is when white light disperses as it hits the facets and produces a wonderful display of colored, rainbow-esque lights.

The sparkle of a diamond is the reflection of light, which produces a disco ball-style display and produces that signature diamond twinkle (aka sparkle) effect.

Both the sparkle and the fire come together to produce the sort of display that is widely sought after. But which diamond cut sparkles the most? And what is the best cut of diamond to ensure you get the sparkle you’re looking for?

What diamond shape sparkles the most? 

Certain diamond cuts do offer more sparkle than others. Often, diamond cuts with more facets have the most sparkle, but more isn’t necessarily better. In fact, the ideal number of facets on a diamond is 58.

Below, we’ll take a look at which cuts produce that fantastical effect you’re looking for in a diamond.

Round brilliant cut

The classic round brilliant cut without a doubt produces the best sparkle. The facet pattern, which is made of 58 facets, ensures light can pass through it in such a way that it creates the perfect sparkle. A round-cut diamond has the quintessential diamond shape and is certainly one of the most popular choices on the market.

Engineer Marcel Tolkowsky created a formula for the round brilliant cut in 1919 when writing the thesis for his PhD. It was from this formula that the round-cut brilliant diamond was created, the diamond with the greatest sparkle.

When it comes to choosing your diamonds, if maximum sparkle is important to you then an Ideal/Excellent Cut round-cut diamond is what you’ll want to go for. Brilliant round-cut diamonds are usually more expensive than other cuts, because while other cuts do offer incredible sparkle, they don’t quite match up to what’s produced by this classic.

Cushion cut

While cushion-cut diamonds don’t offer the same sparkle as a round brilliant cut, its cushion-like shape is still highly effective at producing a high level of sparkle. Also cushion cut diamonds offer a greater fire, so do produce their own fantastic display.

Princess cut

A princess cut is generally square in shape, but can sometimes be more rectangular. However, as with round-cut diamonds, princess cuts also have 58 facets, so offer you a high level of sparkle.

Emerald cut

Emerald-cut diamonds tend to have a larger surface area and are long and usually rectangular in shape. They have step cuts and straight linear facets that run parallel down the center of the stone. The sparkle is more subtle, offering flashes of light rather than the sparkle produced by other cuts.

Radiant cut

The radiant cut is similar to both the round and emerald cuts, but with 70 facets. While the sparkle isn’t as intense as the round cut, there’s plenty of chance for it to reflect light and put on a great show.

Oval cut

Oval-cut diamonds are (of course) oval in shape, and the 56 facets are in a similar pattern to that in round-cut diamonds. 

Pear cut

Pear-cut diamonds have 58 facets, and as the name suggests, they’re shaped like a pear. Pear cuts don’t offer the same level of sparkle as other cuts, but make up for it with their unique shape.

Heart Shape (cut)

Similar to round-cut diamonds, but in the shape of a heart. They will typically have 56 or 58 facets, and the sparkle rivals that of a round-cut diamond, while not quite reaching those heights.

Marquise cut

Marquise-cut diamonds have a distinct longer, narrower shape. They have 56 facets, so offer a high level of sparkle.

Asscher cut

Asscher-cut diamonds are octagonal in shape (though often appear square) with large step facets. They don’t offer the same level of sparkle as other cuts, but have a striking and bold appearance.

What makes a diamond sparkle: color or clarity?

A diamond’s sparkle is produced by light reflections. The more opportunity the diamond has to do this, the higher the level of sparkle the diamond will produce.

To give a diamond the best opportunity at producing sparkle, facets are cut into the diamond. This means there are more angles and opportunities for light to hit the stone and bounce off the surface. This is similar to a disco ball: if it was one smooth, reflective ball, light would only bounce off in one direction. However, with hundreds of facets, each different from the one next to it, light bounces off in all different directions.

This is very similar to how the sparkle of a diamond works, just on a much smaller (and more luxurious) scale.

This is known as “brilliance”. Brilliance is the diamond’s ability to reflect light – specifically white light. The more the diamond reflects, the more brilliant it is. It’s this brilliance that creates the sparkle.

Which diamond clarity is best?

The clarity of a diamond is the grade of a diamond’s rarity and purity. Flawless diamonds are quite rare, and as a result are graded the highest. Therefore, flawless diamonds will also be the most expensive. The fewer inclusions and blemishes a diamond has, the better it will reflect light. This means the higher the clarity, the better the sparkle.

What color diamond sparkles the most?

Color also has a big impact on the sparkle produced by a diamond. Because diamonds reflect white light, colorless diamonds produce the best sparkle and fire.

In fact, the more color a diamond has, the less likely it is to reflect white light. And as a result, will produce less sparkle.

A D-color diamond is the highest quality, and will offer the greatest sparkle. Following this are E and F ratings, which still offer a high quality sparkle.

Once you reach I or J ratings, there will be minute traces of color that will start to affect the sparkle. Finally, K, L and M-rated diamonds will have a yellow appearance, and this will have a more noticeable effect on the sparkle the diamond produces.

For more information check out our guide to diamond education and engagement rings.

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Do Men Wear Engagement Rings?

Men's Diamond Engagement Ring

The tradition of giving your partner an engagement ring to signify your intent to marry them has been around since the fifteenth century.

The tradition dictates that the man gets down on one knee, sometimes in a romantic setting, and presents his partner with a diamond ring while asking, “will you marry me?”

Hopefully, the partner agrees. The man then slips the ring onto the ring finger of his new fiance’s left hand, and the two are officially engaged.

However, can it work the other way around? Do men wear engagement rings?

But before we tell dive in to the way men wear engagement rings, lets first tease you with a few of our best selling men’s engagement rings. All designed and crafted at Diamond Mansion.

A brief history of engagement rings

It’s documented that the ancient Egyptians were the first to use a wedding band to symbolise the unity of two people, and some believe both the Egyptians and the Greeks may have used some form of engagement ring.

However, the first widely documented use of an engagement ring is from 1477, when the Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave his fiance, Mary of Burgundy, a ring to mark their engagement.

It wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century that diamonds were discovered, and displayed as a symbol of wealth and nobility. One popular way to wear diamonds was by mounting them on rings. Throughout the Victorian era, diamond engagement rings grew in popularity. However, during the early to mid-twentieth century, during the Great Depression and the First World War, diamond buying saw a rapid decline.

Following the Second World War, with the price of diamonds low, De Beers launched their famous “A diamond is forever” marketing campaign, and helped establish the diamond engagement ring as an integral part of the engagement and marriage journey. As a result, it’s still common today for one partner to present another with a diamond ring during the proposal.

Bringing engagement into the twenty-first century

Humanity has come a long way since the fifteenth century. Back then, engagement rings were a symbol of “ownership” over a woman. Today, an engagement ring represents a couple’s commitment to one another.

It’s now becoming increasingly common for women to propose to their partners, and of course for same-sex couples to get engaged and married.

For centuries there has also been the Irish tradition known as Bachelor’s Day, which states a woman can propose to a man every Leap Year, on February 29th. Unbelievably, at one time, this rule even had a legal basis in England and Scotland.

Of course in the modern world, either partner can propose to the other. However, many couples do stick to the tradition of waiting for the man to propose.

But when a man is proposed to, is he supposed to wear an engagement ring?

Can a man wear an engagement ring?

Yes, of course, any man can wear an engagement ring so long as they’re comfortable doing so. Due to traditions, some men may not feel comfortable, however, they’re perfectly entitled to do so, and shouldn’t feel embarrassed about this display of love and commitment to their partner.

As we progress, typical gender roles are being broken down. It’s becoming increasingly common for women to propose to men, and for men in LGBTQ+ relationships to propose and be proposed to.

There’s now an increase in engagement rings designed for men, as more and more guys are proposed to by their partners.

What is a male engagement ring?

An engagement ring is an engagement ring regardless of who is wearing it. However, there are different styles of engagement ring that a man may be more inclined to wear. 

That being said, a male engagement ring can be anything. Sticking to tradition, the ring is likely to contain diamonds. An engagement ring intended to be worn by a man is more likely to have a band-style design, rather than one with a slimmer design and central diamond.

It’s purely down to the recipient of the ring as to their preference. They may prefer a more “masculine” style engagement ring, but may also be equally as happy with a “feminine” style design. There is no right or wrong, simply preference.

There have even been instances where male celebrities have worn engagement rings, including Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran. As a result, there has been an overall increase in men wearing engagement rings, aka the “mengagement” ring.

Should both partners wear engagement rings?

This is, again, purely a personal choice. With engagement rings no longer meaning that a woman is the “possession” of the man, there’s no reason why both partners shouldn’t be able to wear an engagement ring. This is similar to how both partners will wear a promise ring as a symbol of commitment to one another.

Today, an engagement ring is a display that you’re taken or “off the market”. That means, during the period between engagement and the wedding day, if the bride-to-be is the only one wearing an engagement ring she’s the only one displaying this. So, why shouldn’t the groom-to-be also be able to wear a ring as a symbol of his love and commitment?

In South America, it has long been a tradition for both partners to wear an engagement ring. Only now are other countries starting to catch up.

What hand does a man wear an engagement ring on?

This question, again, has no right answer. You can wear an engagement ring on any finger, on either hand. However, there are traditions as to which hand to wear it on, depending on where you live.

Do Men Wear Engagement Rings? do-men-wear-engagement-rings

It’s tradition to wear engagement and wedding rings on your left hand in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Italy, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Croatia, South Africa, Romania, and the majority of Asian countries.

However, it is traditional to wear them on your right hand in Austria, Norway, Denmark, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, Greece, and several other European and South American countries.

For more information about wedding ring finger, check out our blog post on What does it mean to wear a wedding ring on your right hand?.

Do guys buy their own engagement rings?

If a man has proposed to his partner and they’ve said yes, and the man also wants to wear an engagement ring, then there’s still the tricky question of who buys it.

Traditionally, the man will buy his partner their engagement ring ahead of the proposal. Sometimes, the partner will choose their ring after the proposal. In both of these scenarios, that still leaves the man questioning whether he will have to pay for his own ring, or if the partner is expected to pay.

Unfortunately, this is another question that doesn’t have a straightforward answer and is something the couple will need to discuss between themselves. It will come down to the financials of the couple, and it shouldn’t be expected that the gesture is reciprocated. A couple planning to spend the rest of their lives together should hopefully be able to work this out! 

Learn more about engagement rings for men

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Is Platinum Better Than Gold?

A common question jewelers are asked is “Is platinum better than gold?”. In all honesty, there is no right answer, because it all depends on what you’re looking for, what your budget is, and whether or not you’re happy to regularly maintain your jewelry.

Both gold and platinum are precious metals that are regularly used to make beautiful pieces of jewelry such as diamond engagement rings, bracelets and earrings.

In its natural form, yellow gold has that distinct yellow/golden color that makes it so appealing. However, white gold is also an increasingly popular choice. White gold is created by mixing gold with white metals such as silver or nickel, and is coated in rhodium. As a result, it takes on a very different appearance from the traditional yellow.

How do platinum and gold differ?

Platinum and white gold have a very similar look, so to the average consumer they’re almost indistinguishable. However, there are some key differences that may sway your decision as to which is better.


While both gold and platinum are strong, platinum is harder. Platinum is denser than gold, which means it’s more durable, and is less likely to break. That means there’s a smaller risk of you losing any of the precious metal.


Platinum may be stronger than gold, but ironically it is also softer – that means platinum is more likely to scratch or become damaged on the surface. It’s possible to rectify this damage with polishing.

On saying that, the higher the karat of the gold is, the more likely it is to scratch in a similar way to platinum.


It’s quite rare for somebody to be allergic to either gold or platinum. However, allergies to other metals often mixed with gold are quite common, such as nickel. As a result, thanks to its purity platinum is a much more hypoallergenic metal.


White gold and rose gold can change over time, and lose their shine as they become yellowed. In order to return them to their full glory, you’ll occasionally need to have your jewelry professionally polished and replated.

With platinum you’re far more likely to get good results by cleaning your jewelry at home. If lower maintenance is important to you, then you may prefer platinum. This is ideal when it comes to extra special purchases, such as diamond engagement rings, which you won’t want to part with.

Is platinum more valuable than gold?

Platinum is generally valued higher than gold. This is because platinum is rarer than gold, has a higher density and is purer. Platinum rings require more platinum than gold rings require gold, which can increase the overall cost.

While gold can increase in value the higher the karat, platinum is almost always worth more than gold.

Does platinum make a good investment?

Like gold, platinum is thought to be a worthy investment, as you’re highly unlikely to make any kind of loss. However, it isn’t completely risk-free. As with anything, the price can fluctuate depending on demand.

However, the demand for platinum is only increasing, so there’s money to be made by savvy investors.

The price of platinum doesn’t affect the price of gold, and vice versa. Because of that, investors are recommended to have a diverse portfolio of investments across gold, platinum and silver.

What is so special about platinum?

Around 1,500 tons of gold are mined every year, while only 150 tons of platinum are mined annually. That makes platinum much rarer than gold, and is another reason why it’s valued more highly.

Gold is found in multiple regions worldwide, whereas platinum is predominantly found in South Africa, with 75% of the world’s platinum mined in the region, along with Zimbabwe and Russia. Platinum has even been found in meteorites.

Is platinum as shiny as white gold?

Platinum is exceptionally shiny, as is white gold when it’s new. However, as we’ve already highlighted above, white gold does have a tendency to discolor quickly. Because platinum is naturally white, it never discolors.

This means it’s much easier to polish platinum, and it doesn’t need to be replated, unlike white gold.

When new, both white gold and platinum are hard to tell apart. Only when worn for some time will it become apparent what is white gold and what is platinum.

Why should you buy platinum?

It’s down to personal preference, but there are a number of key reasons why you might buy platinum over white gold:

  • The prestige
  • The rarity
  • The purity
  • Easy and inexpensive to maintain
  • More hypoallergenic
  • Low risk for investors

Gold has a longstanding tradition associated with jewelry, and with good reason thanks to its beauty and prestige. However, platinum does have that extra level of durability and status, making it just that little bit more appealing for some consumers.

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How Can You Tell if a Diamond is Real?

How Can You Tell if a Diamond is Real?

Buying a diamond is a big purchase and there can be so many personal reasons why you’re doing so. Whether it’s love, commitment, a gift, commemoration, or something else, you need to know that the diamond you’re buying is real.

Many people are caught out by scammers who offer diamonds for a price that seems too good to be true – and unfortunately, that’s because it is. That’s why it’s especially important to be on the lookout for sellers who are trying to sell you fake diamonds, either online or in some cases, in person.

Diamonds Are Relatively Easy to Fake

It’s relatively easy to create convincing fake diamonds using artificial materials. The most common materials used are glass and cubic zirconia. It’s also possible to use synthetic rutile and strontium titanate, although neither of these have been in common use since the 1950s.

Other synthetic stones such as yttrium aluminum garnet, synthetic cubic zirconia, moissanite, and gadolinium gallium garnet are also used to create fake diamonds.

Any of these diamond substitutes can be convincing and look like real diamonds to the average consumer. Jewels made from these materials are easy and cheap to produce in the right conditions, which is why they’re so appealing to people hoping to profit from the inexperience of buyers.

However, when closely inspected, diamond substitutes have qualities – or lack thereof – that simply cannot be imitated. That means, when you know what to look out for, it’s possible to spot a fake diamond from a real one.

How are Real Diamonds Certified?

Certified diamonds are analyzed by experts and gemologists under laboratory conditions, whereby the diamond is tested to determine its quality.

There are several professional bodies where these tests and certifications are carried out.


The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has been around since the 1930s and is one of the originators of the basic grading system that is still in use today. Today, GIA is the most trusted and renowned diamond grading entity. They are incredibly consistent and provide the greatest peace of mind when purchasing any diamond.

At Diamond Mansion, any stone larger that 0.50 carats in weight is accompanied by a GIA certificate.


The American Gem Society (AGS) was also established in the 1930s, and grade their diamonds from 0-10, with 0 being the highest quality and 10 being the lowest.


The International Gemological Institute (IGI) certifies diamonds worldwide, with a focus on Asia and Europe. As a result, they’re less frequently seen as a reliable source in the US.

Despite these and other bodies certifying the quality of real diamonds, some fakes do come with falsified certificates. That’s why it’s important to be vigilant when purchasing diamonds, particularly from unrecognized sources and sellers.

Diamonds are one of the most expensive and sought-after minerals, and so you need to be confident you’re buying the real deal, and not a cleverly disguised replica.

So, how can you tell if a diamond is real? There are several tests you can do at home yourself, even if you have no prior experience with precious stones.

How Can You Test Diamonds at Home to Identify Whether they’re Real or Fake?

Even though you may not be a trained gemologist, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure a diamond is real.

How do you tell if a diamond ring is real with a flashlight?

By holding a diamond close to a source of light, such as a flashlight, you can tell whether or not it’s real. Watch closely for the shimmers of light that shine from the stone. A real diamond will reflect light easily, and provide you with a disco ball or rainbow-like display. You can use a flashlight or lamp to do this and it will work best with white light rather than yellow.

If the stone absorbs the light, then there’s a chance that it’s a fake. Cubic zirconia and glass can produce an internal rainbow-like display of color, rather than a shine.

It’s worth noting that you shouldn’t base your decision on this test alone, and it should be done at the same time as other at-home tests.

Can you test whether a diamond is real using your breath?

This one sounds simple, but it can be effective. Simply hold the diamond to your mouth and exhale to produce fog, in a similar way you’d fog up a mirror. If there’s a visible layer of fog on the stone that slowly dissipates, then it may be fake.

Real diamonds don’t fog easily, so the fog will dissipate very quickly.

Can you use heat to identify a fake diamond?

This test can be tricky to do at home, so it’s only recommended if you have access to safe laboratory equipment, such as safety glasses, a beaker, and a Bunsen burner.

Simply heat the diamond in a flame for thirty to sixty seconds, then quickly drop it into cold water. With the shock of a sudden temperature change, a real diamond won’t be affected, however, a fake diamond will crack or shatter.

This test may not be something you want to do, as identifying a diamond as fake will destroy it. That means you shouldn’t try this method on any stone you want to keep intact and may have sentimental value.

If this is a test you attempt, make sure you take all the correct safety precautions to avoid potential injury.

Can you identify a real diamond using water?

Using cold water is a much simpler and safer way to test the validity of a diamond.

If you place the stone into water, a real diamond will sink to the bottom due to the density. Fake diamonds are far more likely to float or bobble around.

Can you use a magnifying glass to tell if a diamond is fake?

This is a much more difficult test to perform at home if you don’t have any experience or training in gemology. However, it may be possible to find slight imperfections within the stone, which mean it’s more likely to be real. Flawless diamonds are quite rare, and incredibly expensive, which means if you don’t spot any flaws then there’s a good chance the stone is a fake.

Can you use a black light to tell a fake diamond from a real one?

Not everyone has a black light at home, but if you do this can be a simple test to do.

Make sure the only light source is the black light and there are no other sources of light so it’s best to do this one when it’s dark outside. A majority of diamonds will shine blue under a blacklight, whereas fake stones may become yellow, white, gray, or green.

However, it’s worth noting that not all diamonds will shine blue. You shouldn’t rely on this method as your only way for identifying the validity of a diamond.

Can you scratch a diamond to test whether or not it’s real?

Performing a scratch test is a quick way of checking whether your diamond is real or a fake.

To do this, scrape the diamond across the surface of a mirror. If the mirror is damaged, then there’s a chance that the diamond is real. If the stone is damaged, then it’s likely a fake.

Not only does this test risk damaging your mirror, but it’s also important to note that some synthetic materials, such as cubic zirconia and moissanite, are also scratch-resistant.

How can you tell if a diamond ring is real?

If the diamond in your ring is real, then it will usually be set in a high-quality precious-metal ring, such as gold or platinum.

Check the inside of the ring for markings. 10K, 14K, and 18K will indicate the type of gold. PT and karat indicate platinum. Three digits, such as 770 or 900, indicate platinum or gold.

Other markings may indicate another metal, such as silver, was used. Sometimes, you may even see CZ, which indicates cubic zirconia. In instances like these, the diamond ring is likely fake.

Do Real Diamonds Sparkle?

As previously mentioned, yes, diamonds do sparkle. From inside, a high-quality diamond will sparkle white and gray, which is called “brilliance”. They can also produce rainbow-like light shows, known as “fire”.

Can You Tell the Difference Between Lab-Grown and Natural Earth-Mined Diamonds?

While there are ways of telling the difference between real and fake diamonds, it can be trickier to distinguish natural diamonds from lab-grown ones. In fact, everyday consumers will see no difference at all. High quality lab-grown diamonds contain the same chemicals and have the same physical and optical properties – meaning you’ll still see that sparkle and fire you’d expect with a natural diamond.

Of course, there is only a finite amount of diamond we can mine from the earth. That means lab-grown diamonds are more sustainable than natural ones, but aren’t valued as highly. Some time in the future, it’s likely more diamonds will be lab-grown, which will make natural diamonds all the more rare and valuable.

For more information, check out our blog post on six differences between lab-grown and real diamonds.

How The Experts Check if a Diamond is Real

Jewelers and gemologists use several tools and techniques to determine whether or not a diamond is real


A loupe is a small magnifying glass that can be held close to the eye and can help you see intricate details much clearer than with a standard magnifying glass. The expert will then check to see whether the stone has imperfections, which are the sign that the diamond is real.

Diamonds that are certified by GIA typically feature a micro-laser inscription of the GIA report number applied to the edge of the diamond (The girdle of the diamond).
The laser inscription is very small and can only be seen under a 10x+ magnification by trained eyes.

Diamond tester

Another common way experts check the validity of a diamond is by using a diamond tester. This is a small electronic device that emits light and sound, alerting the expert as to whether or not the diamond is real.

High profile weighing

Jewelers and gemologists have access to finely-tuned scales that can detect minute differences in weight, and are far more accurate than the average scale you may use at home. Real diamonds tend to weigh less than their fake counterparts.

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Custom Engagement Rings: How Much Can You Customize

Custom engagement rings

Getting engaged is one of the most memorable times in a couple’s life. And it is especially a moment in time a woman will remember and that is because of the engagement ring. 

Getting a special diamond engagement ring that your soon-to-be-wife will remember for the rest of her life can be a little tricky. You have to make sure it is going to be something that she not only loves but adores. Instead of going to your local jewelry store, you may want to consider customizing the ring yourself beforehand. This way, you’ll be sure that you get a ring that specifically describes your love story.

You may not have been aware that custom design for a ring is a possibility, but it most certainly is. Below is information on the process of designing your engagement ring

Find a Reputable Jeweler

First, you are going to need to find a reputable jeweler in your area who you like and respect. If you have to go out of town to find a jeweler you like, that is okay too. There are also several online jewelers who will do just as good of a job, if not better. Be sure you have the funds already saved for any trips you may decide to go on to find a one-of-a-kind perfect ring. 

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you shop around for a jeweler. If you decide to go with a diamond as your gemstone, for example, you want to make sure that the diamond is registered with the GIA (Gemological Institute of America Inc.), and it comes with a report from that institution. If you don’t get that report, be sure to get an appraisal by a reputable jewelry institution. 

If you don’t have this authorization, chances are you are overpaying for something that isn’t necessarily real. If you already own a registered, authentic loose diamond, be sure to take it to the jewelry store and tell them what you want, and they will be able to set it for you within a few hours. 

Start Planning Early

Once you have a general idea of where you’d like to shop for your engagement ring design, you should start planning early. 

On average, it usually takes up to a month to go through the custom design process. That process consists of speaking with a jeweler at a jewelry store and having them consult and sketch out the ring for you. Then, they will make a raw mold of the ring and make sure it is up to your liking before sending it to be sculpted. 

If you have any issues with the sculpting process for your custom jewelry, be sure to speak up with your jeweler, and they will help you with any alterations that you would like to make. While the mold isn’t exactly the finished product, it is a general idea of what will happen once the process is complete, from design to ring size. You will have to imagine exactly what the ring will look like based on the mold. 

A good idea would be to make sure that you and your jewelry designer get along because you may have to communicate quite a lot during the process of construction. Finding someone patient and kind that you work well with will result in something beautiful and priceless. 

The Importance of Quality

If you are starting from scratch on the ring of your dreams and are looking for the perfect diamond, you have to keep in mind that quality is important. You want to shell out the money for a product that is not only authentic but worth your hard-earned money if you’re designing your own engagement ring. 

When buying a diamond, there are four things to keep in mind, cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. Ultimately, what you decide to purchase should be based on your own personal budget, and ultimately, your tastes. If you think that you need to spend more on a diamond that sparkles, you don’t necessarily have to. 

Most importantly, diamonds can sparkle based on their cut, be it a princess cut or a cushion cut, but you can go up in carats if you have the money to do so, and you find that more important. What makes a cut diamond stand out in the right setting is proportions, symmetry, and polish, which are considerations worth spending your money on. 

Also, you cannot tell the difference between diamonds with slightly smaller carat size. For example, a diamond might be .98 in carat size, but there is hardly any difference between that size and a diamond with a 1.00-carat size. You will, however, be paying more for the larger size. 

Find the Setting That is Right For You

Finding the perfect ring setting is almost as important as going out and shopping for the diamond itself. Great jewelers will discuss everything from what you want out of a diamond down to the millimeter on your diamond band. There are many options for ring styles and settings, including solitaire, bezel, and halo engagement rings. 

Diamond shape is also an important consideration. Do you think your special lady would like a marquise style or oval diamond as the center stone? Or would she prefer her center diamond to be emerald cut? If she loves sparkle, you might consider a pave design that adds small side stones embedded in the metal. 

For a bride to be who’s a little more unique, consider a black diamond, or think about adding other stones for color, like blue sapphires. 

You can also usually customize what precious metals you’d like to use for the ring, from rose gold to yellow gold to white gold. All of these questions are certainly important, considering this is something that will be worn for quite some time. 

Having a ring that fits correctly is also important, so you are going to want to get exact measurements. You also don’t want the band to overpower your diamond. 

If a groom would rather go in blindly in surprising his future fiance, that is something that can be accomplished. One thing the grooms must do is pay attention to what your future wife likes. A good way to gauge what she likes is by going in her closet. Look at the gemstone jewelry she already possesses and pay attention to the color of her clothing. 

Consider Getting Your Wedding Band From The Same Jeweler

Finally, you must remember that if you build a relationship with a certain jeweler who customizes the engagement ring correctly for you, chances are that if you buy your wedding band there as well, you are quite possibly going to save a good bit of money. In fact, if you want to purchase a wedding ring that matches the engagement band, it might be a good idea to start thinking about right away.

Also, if you decide to go in blindly to buying a wedding band, you may end up on a time crunch. Customizing your engagement right will leave you open to the possibility of someone helping you and getting you exactly what you want from your rings. 

If you decide to go with buying a unique engagement ring online, or designing your engagement ring online, be sure to keep the policies in mind about returns. In some cases, buying from online retailers require you to send back your engagement ring for them to keep as a guide while they construct your wedding band. 

Getting a customized engagement ring is a fun process, especially if you want to incorporate jewels passed down from generations in your family. Be sure to do your research and double-check the warranty before committing to a specific jeweler. Regardless of your decision, you will find something your future wife will love if you have patience and are diligent.





Top Rated Valentine’s Day Jewelry for your Significant Other

Valentine’s Day is a special holiday of love and adoration that should never be discounted. 

If you’ve been with your significant other for quite some time, chances are you probably are looking for something special and personalized that says “I love you” in all the right ways. A good way to do that is by getting your partner a romantic gift like jewelry that they will enjoy for years to come. 

You may be wondering where you need to begin shopping for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, and we have you covered. Continue reading below to find out exactly what it takes to buy your special something they will enjoy this year. 

Although teddy bears, chocolates, and red roses are certainly a way to show your partner that you value and care for them, these common gift ideas are not necessarily what your loved one wants. According to statistics, 57 percent of women say that they don’t just want flowers or chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Instead, they would like jewelry because it shows that their partner cares. Read on for some Valentine’s Day gift ideas that will help you surprise your partner in the best way possible. 

Less Than Six Months

Some experts believe that a piece of jewelry should be purchased at the beginning of a relationship to solidify that the woman means something to the man. If you are reading this worried that you need to head to your nearest jewelry store for the perfect gift to show your current girlfriend that she matters, you don’t necessarily have to empty your wallet. 

You should stay away from rings until you want to get married, and there are affordable options to consider. You don’t have to go with something big either. Simple options like a pendant necklace can be a thoughtful gift that shows you care. It is true what they say, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but they can be expensive. 

When you think of Valentine’s Day, chances are you associate the holiday with hues of red and pink. Luckily there are many jewelers out there that specialize in this kind of jewelry. 

There are plenty of pink sapphires and rubies, which are generally less expensive in comparison with diamonds. If you are going into a store with the color “red” or “pink” in mind, be sure to ask your nearest sales associate for help, so they can get you to the right options for a unique gift. Usually, sales associates not only know what to talk about but they keep in mind their customer’s budget and needs as well. Just make sure that you don’t wait too long because a last-minute gift is going to be much harder to pull off! 

If this is your first Valentine’s Day with your significant other, you should go for options that are small and trendy. Earrings are a great example of a trendy gift. Be sure to make sure your significant other has their ears pierced; otherwise, you may purchase something that they cannot even use. 

Earrings are inexpensive and look great on any woman. They can come in a variety of sizes that don’t necessarily have to include diamonds or expensive gems. Experts say that it is best to keep the design of your earrings simple as a way not to overspend or portray yourself in an off-putting way. When you are dating someone for six months or less, this can show that it is the thought that counts. 

If you’re not looking to gift jewelry this Valentine’s, consider a photo frame, or a personalized keychain, coffee mug, tumbler, or wine glass to show that you care about them and considered what they like when choosing this gift. 

One Year

Contrary to keeping things simple, after six months, you are going to have to up the ante if you and your partner have been together for a year or more. 

But experts say that you should still keep your purchase somewhat simple. For example, personalized gifts with their birthstone can be a great gift for a sweet keepsake. With these two options, you aren’t going to break the bank but show your partner that they are the ones for you. 

At this point, many couples start gifting lingerie, as well, because they’ve been together for a long time and may need something to spice up date night. However, make sure that this is something your partner also wants! 

Always make sure to include a Valentine’s Day card with a handwritten message, so they know you were thinking of them. 

Three Years

Being with someone for over three years is different. You should pull out all the stops to show your significant other that they mean the world to you. Experts say that this could solidify that the “third time’s a charm” and that it should be represented in a big way as opposed to previous years. 

You may want to consider getting a charm necklace and then getting them extra charms for years to come. Having a charm bracelet could not only show love but provide a commitment to complete the bracelet each year with new charms. Another idea would be to get some playful bangles because they look great and could be worn for years to come. When your significant other opens that gift box, you want them to be surprised and excited, so make sure that you put some real thought into this. 

If you live together, you might consider gifting your significant other high-quality sheets. While this doesn’t seem like the most exciting option, the feeling of a brand new, soft pillowcase is something that everyone should experience once in their life. To continue with the theme of home comfort, essential oils can be a great gift as well, as they’re used for aromatherapy and to promote health and happiness. 

Five Years

If you’ve been dating for over five years, it is time to start taking things seriously, and the jewelry has to matter. Making it five years with your partner means that you should start thinking about getting an engagement ring

Experts think that half a decade is the perfect time to know that your partner is the one for you for the rest of your lives. A great way option to consider when shopping for the perfect engagement ring is possibly customizing the ring. 

You can surprise your significant other by snooping through their jewelry and understanding just exactly what they like. Then, you can talk with a jeweler and come up with ideas on the perfect ring. Usually, jewelers will sketch out an idea based on what the client tells them. After the sketch has been approved, they will send the ring off to get made. The process usually takes up to a month, so you are going to want to start shopping early. 

To go with the ring, you could get your partner a gift card to one of your favorite restaurants, and set a date for the two of you to go. This might be the perfect time to pop the question! Who knows, maybe next year you’ll be trying to think of a Valentine’s anniversary gift.

Ten Years

Spending a decade with someone means that you have overcome your fair share of obstacles and therefore deserve something special. Many believe that this is for you to go big or go home when it comes to getting your special someone something special. You may want to consider getting a quality piece and spending a little money.

A great example of a gift you should get after ten years of being with your significant other is a diamond choker. Diamond chokers certainly aren’t cheap; they range from being the value of five or six figures. If you have the funds to do so, you should splurge on your partner, so she knows that you care. The reaction will be worth it, and you will show her that she is priceless. 

In Summary

While shopping for Valentine’s Day can present a challenge, but ultimately, it’s the thought that counts and the best Valentine’s Day gifts are the ones that come from the heart. Do not discount that at the end of the day, you are together because you love each other. Love is a wonderful experience that is more valuable than jewels or money, so remember that this Vday.