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The top engagement ring trends for 2018 revealed

If you’re hoping your significant other will pop the question soon, then you might want to point them this way.

Pinterest has released its 2018 Wedding Report and it appears unique engagement rings are back in fashion.

More brides-to-be are ditching diamonds and opting for unusual stones and art deco rings. According to Pinterest the three types of engagement rings that are trending are makes getting down on one knee a little more stress-free.

The top engagement ring trends for 2018 have been announced by Pinterest (stock image)

Images of moissanite (synthetic) gems have increased by 294 per cent in popularity on Pinterest, art deco rings have gone up by 173 per cent and oval stones have risen by 125 per cent by people pinning them on the social media platform.

Speaking to FEMAIL, the gemologist and Director at Pluczenik, Grant Mobley, said that oval rings were proving to be the ”it’ shape this year.

‘The most recent standout diamond shape has certainly been the oval, and it’s predicted to continue to gain popularity through 2018,’ Grant said.

Art deco rings have are trending up by 173 per cent on Pinterest (stock image)

If you’re looking to channel the shape of the season, Grant said it’s all about the oval-shaped ring, which can be seen on the likes of Blake Lively (pictured)

Just a few celebrities who have been spotted with oval diamond engagement rings are Blake Lively, Kirsten Dunst, Serena Williams and Ashley Greene.

‘What many don’t realise is that elongated diamond cuts such as the oval usually appeal larger next to the same size round, or square cut diamond.

‘This size illusion makes a great choice for an everlasting investment.’

Grant also said three-stone rings were having a moment, thanks to royal-to-be Meghan Markle.

Speaking to FEMAIL, the gemologist and Director at Pluczenik, Grant Mobley (pictured), has shared the top engagement ring trends for 2018.

‘Three stone rings have been around for a long time, but their popularity has increased following some high-profile engagements such as Meghan Markle (pictured),’ Grant explained

He said this style of ring was a classic and would never go out of fashion.

‘Three stone rings have been around for a long time, but their popularity has significantly increased following some high-profile engagements such as Meghan Markle,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Meghan’s gorgeous three stone engagement ring has a cushion shape centre diamond, and side diamonds from the late Princess Diana – the ultimate family heirloom.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the gemologist, three stone rings are ‘an amazing option because their design possibilities are endless – diamond shapes and colour can be any combination you like’ (pictured: Meghan Markle with Prince Harry)

Consider this your perfect ring choice if you’ve got an heirloom in the family, and haven’t found a home for it yet (pictured: Meghan Markle)

According to the gemologist, the three stone rings are an ‘amazing option because their design possibilities are endless – diamond shapes and colour can be any combination you like, making this a true classic option’.

Consider this your perfect ring choice if you’ve got an heirloom in the family, and haven’t found a home for it yet.

 

Ashley Greene (pictured) also wears an oval-shaped engagement ring.

By Sophie Haslett and Sheree Mutton For Daily Mail Australia

The Christmas “Sing”

THE CHRISTMAS “SING”©

Christmas at our house was always a very festive time of the year, and finding just the right tree topped our list of importance when it came to decorating. Tree hunting was a family affair that included my dad, my mother, my little sister, and me. It always seemed like we had to visit every tree lot in town before we found the perfect tree. But, once we were gathered around our specially-picked tree that we had decorated “just so,” we were very pleased with our efforts.

Another of our family traditions was to gather around the piano on Christmas Eve and sing Christmas carols. This Christmas was no different . . . with Mom playing the piano, we began working our way through the Christmas carol book, each of us choosing a favorite. As we concluded every song, Mom would tap repeatedly on the middle C saying, “This just doesn’t sound right.” Not being pianists, we all kind of shrugged our shoulders and went on to the next song.

Finally, after a half dozen songs she’d had it. Standing up she said, “There really is something wrong with this key!” and asked my father to lift the lid of the piano so she could see why the key wasn’t hitting right.

As Mom looked down into the piano, she exclaimed, “Well, no wonder! There’s something stuck on one of the wires.” She reached in to remove it and further exclaimed, “Somebody taped something on here . . . what’s going on?”

Mom fiddled with the tape for a few seconds and popped up with a beautiful emerald stud earring held up for inspection between her thumb and forefinger. She turned around to see all of us with these lovingly goofy grins on our faces as my father held out the box containing the other earring. “Merry Christmas honey, from all of us.”

Fun Information – Why do we give engagement rings?

Presenting an engagement ring during a proposal — be it a diamond, gemstone, or totally unique metal band — has been a custom for so many generations that no one really knows why we even do it. Thanks to our etiquette experts, we’ve uncovered some fun facts about that oh-so-special piece of jewelry. Here, a basic history of the engagement ring.

Engagement rings have been credited all the way back to Ancient Egypt, but instances of exchanging rings goes back to Ancient Greece and Rome, too.
In ancient Greece married couples weren’t the only people who gifted each other gold jewels for their fingers — lovers did too (but with the inclination that they’d tie the knot soon enough)! In Ancient Egypt, men wore rings to symbolize their wealth, hence sharing one with their wife to represent the joint ownership of riches. Ancient Rome took the exchange one step further by having a betrothed couple’s parents exchange tokens too.

In the 11th century, the church sanctified the importance of rings.
And then in the mid-16th century, it was incorporated in the wedding ceremony to take on a crucial role.

Way back when, only kings and queens wore precious stones.
There were even legends created about the gems!

Colorful birthstones as engagement rings have been popular since the Middle Ages.
Sorry celebs. But these vibrantly-hued gems really gained traction during the Victorian era.

Diamonds were only discovered in the mid-1800s and were worn by the social elite.
Unsurprisingly, between World War I and the Depression, people stopped toting around diamonds as much. By the late 1940s, though, they became a permanent fixture in engagement rings again once De Beers created one of the most lucrative ad campaigns in history with the catchphrase “A Diamond Is Forever.”

Source: Brides Magazine

How Light Affects a Diamond’s Appearance | GIA 4Cs Blog

“Shine bright like a diamond,” is a phrase that can be understood in a variety of ways, depending on the diamond light source. In fact, there’s often a noticeable change in how a diamond appears in sunlight, in candlelight, and under artificial light. This change proves the importance of understanding how light affects a diamond’s appearance.

It All Begins with Diamond Cut

Diamond cut is often confused with shape, but they are very different. Diamond shape refers to the general silhouette or outline of the stone; diamond cut refers to its facet arrangement. Of the 4Cs of diamond quality (color, clarity, cut, and carat weight), cut is the most complex and technically difficult  “C” to assess. The proportions, facet arrangement and finish (quality of polish and quality of symmetry) constitute what we call cut. These define the diamond’s ability to transmit light and sparkle so intensely — proving the quality of cut is crucial to a diamond’s final beauty and value.

A diamond’s facet arrangement is key to understanding how your diamond interacts with light and its surrounding environment. Think of your diamond’s facets as a complex series of mirrors reflecting the environment. A round brilliant colorless diamond has an astounding 58 facets or “mirrors” that show the reflection of its surroundings, including you.

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Every time the diamond moves, or if you move past the diamond, you see a mesmerizing display of glinting lights and colors, as light reflects on the facets and the facets reflect light on each other. This symphony of reflected light is made up of brilliance (the total light reflected from a diamond), fire (the dispersion of light into the colors of the spectrum), and scintillation (the pattern of light and dark areas and the flashes of light or sparkle when a diamond is moved).

Try it for yourself:  See how the diamond changes its look depending on how far or close you hold it from your gaze.  It will also respond differently to a diffused lighting environment – for example, fluorescent light bounced off of a white ceiling. Or to an environment with a dark ceiling and spot lighting only.  And its look will even be influenced by the color and lightness or darkness of the clothing you wear.

As you shop for diamonds pay close attention to a diamond’s interplay with light and your personal preference for the pattern of light and dark areas caused by the reflections within the diamond. Ask your jeweler to show you diamonds under different lighting conditions so you can compare looks between store lighting and daylight or incandescent light.

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Consider the lighting conditions you’ll wear the diamond most, and ask to view the diamond under those conditions.  For example, if you work in an office under fluorescent lighting, ask to see diamonds under fluorescent lights until you find that one diamond whose sparkle and brilliance seems to speak just to you.

And once you’ve purchased your diamond, remember that facets are like mirrors and mirrors work best when they’re clean. So to maximize your diamond’s play with light, make sure to keep it clean by following these simple diamond cleaning tips.

It’s captivating to see how a diamond’s appearance can change in relation to its surroundings. Seize the opportunity to find out which kind of light complements your diamond best by exploring different environments.

Diamond cut quality and the surrounding environment play a significant role in how light interacts with the faceted stone. What scenery do you think maximizes your diamond’s brilliance?

To enjoy another gemstone’s reaction to light, you might also like alexandrite’s color change. Check it out in Phenomenal Gems.

Main image photo by Robert Weldon/GIA

Source: How Light Affects a Diamond’s Appearance | GIA 4Cs Blog

Yellow Gold Engagement Rings are Making a Comeback!

Yellow gold may have a rep for looking dated, but the classic metal is making a comeback (along with vintage-inspired rings in general!). What’s the appeal of this pure form of gold? It’s about as low maintenance as it gets. Yellow gold is the most hypoallergenic gold, and is easier to clean than white or rose gold. Not to mention, it’s priced lower than other fine jewelry metals like platinum. Whether you’re in the market for a modern take on a old classic, or looking to give off a fabulous nostalgic vibe, we can’t get enough of this trend!

Check out our favorite yellow gold engagement rings below!

yellow gold engagement rings

1. Ring by Simon G Jewelry 2. Ring by Demarco 3. Ring by Frederic Sage 4. Ring by 25karats 5. Ring by Mark Broumand 6. Ring by Tiffany 7. Ring by Danhov 8. Ring by Ritani 9. Ring by Tacori

 

WhoSource: The Knot – Yellow Gold Engagement Rings are Making a Comeback!

Bubble Bursting Diamonds

My last post warned against the many phony discounts presented to the public day in and day out. It was followed up with an article from the New York Post.

How can you protect yourself from becoming a victim of unethical pricing? The most surefire way is to buy your jewelry from me. My many friends have enjoyed the ease of buying jewelry, or having their jewelry repaired, knowing they are truly receiving a great value for their money. This is how I do it.

When buying a diamond, be prepared! Know what you are looking for and the price range you want. Of course, we all want the lowest price possible. Unfortunately, with the lowest price comes the lowest quality. Know the diamond. Compare, in person, several diamonds of similar weight and grade. YOU need to be the judge and determine if any paperwork associated with the diamond is accurate. This requires you to use a binocular gem scope set to 10 power magnification. You need to look at each diamond not just for the clarity, but also the color. A more difficult determination is how well the diamond is cut, or proportioned. The cut, not shape, of the diamond has the greatest effect on the cost of the diamond. A well cut, or Ideal cut diamond will cost considerably more than an off-cut diamond, resulting in higher brilliance and sparkle. And, don’t just buy a diamond because a piece of paper indicates the diamond is “Ideal” cut. When you compare, side by side, two diamonds of similar weight and color, you will see a dramatic difference between a true Ideal, or Excellent cut diamond to the off-cut diamond.

The color of the diamond can better be seen when placed against a very white piece of paper. The highest color grade diamond will show no color difference between the diamond and the piece of paper. A little color may be acceptable. Again, when possible, compare two diamonds next to each other. If both diamonds are presented as the same color grade, but you can see a difference between the diamonds, you need to look further into the difference and ask why. The whiter diamond will cost more.

With magnification, examine the diamond, up close and personal. Make sure the diamond is really clean of dust, dirt or finger prints. A diamond that has fewer internal characteristics may cost more. A diamond with eye visible characteristics, or inclusions, will cost less. Be cautious of the term, “eye-clean.” You are paying for the diamond and are entitled to fully understand what you are receiving for your money. What’s a diamond look like inside? Here are two pictures. The top diamond is more included and therefore with a lower price. The bottom diamond is much cleaner, allowing the light to flow through the diamond more easily to create more sparkle.

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You can get a lower price for a diamond that’s just outside some of the standard weight diamonds such as 1.00 carats. Each diamond should be presented with the actual weight such as 1.00 carats, and not as a one carat diamond. There are companies using ranges for a one carat diamond from 0.95 up to 1.04 carats. Be sure you know exactly what your diamond weighs to receive the correct cost for your diamond.

I’ve written about some of the many companies grading diamonds and how the papers may not be an accurate representation of the diamond. You need to look at the diamond and make your own determination of the quality of the diamond based on what you’ve see.

Here’s a note I received from a diamond vendor who was trying, unsuccessfully, to get my business. “Unfortunately, that’s how EGL operates…. I’m sure the GIA stones cost more…  When showing both GIA and EGL stones, it should be a dollar to dollar comparison, not Cert to Cert.  The grading is always stricter with GIA, while EGL grading is more generous.   A 1 ct GIA RB GSI1 will cost much more than a 1 ct EGL RB GSI1.  The EGL GSI1 will be equivalent to a GIA HSI1 or SI2 (at best).  That’s why it cost less.  When comparing a $3000 GIA stone to a $3000 EGL stone, you will see that there isn’t a difference in the quality of stone.  They might have different grading but in the end, you get what you pay for. 

Ie.  Send an uncerted stone to GIA and say it comes back GSI1.  Send the same stone to EGL and it will come back Fvs2.  It doesn’t mean the stone is worse, it’s the same stone.”

As I said at the outset of this message, the best way to know you are receiving a fair price and value for you money when you buy a diamond is to buy from me. If I disagree with the paper, I’ll tell you. Then, it’s up to you to say, “YES!!!”

Engaging Facts

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From Brides Magazine

 

Ever wonder what the most popular month is for engagements? Curious about how many brides were actually surprised when the question was popped? Click through to get the scoop on how many men would actually don an engagement ring and more!

1)      The most popular month to become engaged is December. Will your Christmas be brilliant?

2)      61 percent of guys consult with their girlfriend before buying the ring.

3)      27 percent of brides call their best friend first after the proposal.

4)      Cost of the average engagement ring: $5,229 dollars

5)      Percentage of brides who change their Facebook status soon after they get engaged: 75 percent.

6)      Approximately 2,000 couples get engaged every year at Disney World.

7)      29 percent of men would wear an engagement ring.

8)      The average length of engagements: 14.7 months.

9)      75-100 couples take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty every year to propose.

10)  Percentage of couples who take engagement photos: 69 percent.

11)  7 percent of our Facebook readers dated for 3 months before they got engaged.

12)  62 proposals were made on the Jumbotron at Fenway Park in Boston in 2011.

13)  37 percent of brides were completely surprised by the proposal.

14)  46 percent of couples announce their engagement via Facebook.

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