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  • Top 10 Engagement Ring Myths Busted

    If you are planning on getting engaged soon, there's a chance you have a few hard things you know about engagement rings. Whether it be the best size, the ideal shape, or the rules for budget, we all have ideas of what is right.

    An engagement ring is a big purchase— both emotionally and financially— so of course it is a purchase you will want to get right. Just like buying a car or putting a down payment on a house, it's best to go into it informed.

    We've pulled together ten of the biggest engagement ring myths— and what is actually true— for discerning brides- and grooms-to-be.

    Top 10 Engagement Ring Myths Busted

    You have to spend XX% of your salary on the ring.

    We've heard it all: that you should spent two months pay, three months pay, and a certain percentage of your annual salary on an engagement ring. This is a myth; the best budget is the one you come up with and that feels comfortable in your own financial situation. Remember, you can always finance, or pay with credit card. Learn more about financing HERE.

    Diamonds are indestructible and can’t be damaged.

    While diamonds score a 10/10 on the Mohs Scale of hardness (meaning of all minerals, they’re one of the hardest and most difficult to destruct), it’s possible for a diamond to chip or crack if struck at the right angle with the right force. This is why it's a good idea to leave your ring in a safe place when working with your hands or playing hand-contact sports.

    Platinum engagement ring settings are indestructible.

    Just like its white gold and yellow gold counterparts, your platinum engagement ring setting can be damaged through excessive wear or blunt force. Learn more about our warranty and trade-in policy HERE.

    A solitaire is a ring with a single round shaped diamond.

    Solitaire comes from the word ‘solo,’ meaning a single diamond when referring to an engagement ring. A solitaire ring can actually have any shape of center diamond. The only real criteria for a solitaire engagement ring is that it has no additional diamonds on the band. You can absolutely have a pear shaped diamond solitaire engagement ring, for example!

    Round diamonds appear the largest compared to other shapes.

    While round diamonds have the potential to sparkle more than any other diamond shape, their symmetry also makes them appear slightly smaller in comparison to a fancy shaped diamond of the same carat weight.

    The apparent size of any diamond, when viewed from the top down, can vary depending on the shape and size of the wearer’s hand. This is why it's a great idea to try on different diamond shapes and setting styles when beginning your engagement ring search.

    The engagement ring and wedding band should match.

    Gone are the days of the engagement ring and wedding band having to be a perfect match (thankfully). There are endless opportunities to create your own unique look with a mix of metals and styles between your engagement ring and wedding band. If you really want to create a unique look, choose more than one wedding band for a stacked look.

    An true engagement ring has a diamond center stone.

    While we love a diamond engagement ring, emeralds, sapphires, and other gemstones are stealing center stage in some stunning engagement rings. Each gemstone has its own beautiful hue and meaning, so there is no need to feel like you have to choose a diamond when finding or creating your perfect engagement ring.

    The setting is just a stage for the center diamond.

    While your center stone might be more expensive than the setting, both combine to make the whole package. If you view an engagement ring setting as simply a stage for the diamond, you could be missing out on some beautiful details. Give thought to the setting as much as the center stone.

    The engagement ring has to be a surprise.

    While most couples still prefer a surprise proposal, discussing what she likes and dislikes in engagement rings— or even stopping by the showroom to try on rings together— will help ensure your partner will love the final ring you choose. Don't worry— the proposal will still be a surprise!

    Designing your own engagement ring is hard.

    While custom designing your engagement ring can be a tedious process, it can actually be very easy (and cost efficient!) to design the ring of your dreams. A custom, handcrafted piece of jewelry from Gold and Diamond Source allows you the opportunity to create and design a one of a kind piece of jewelry that will become a part of you. Our award winning custom designer gives you the opportunity to create the jewelry piece of your dreams. We use the latest CAD (Computer Aided Design) design programs or hand wax carvings to show you exactly what your piece of jewelry will look like so you can be assured it will be exactly what you are looking for and enjoy for years to come. Learn more about custom design HERE.

     

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  • Spotlight on Two-Tone Engagement Rings

    Today's brides are increasingly opting for engagement rings with color— whether it's a bright and unexpected center stone, colored side stones with special meaning, or two-tone metals.

    Two-tone engagement rings offer a beautiful contrast to an engagement ring, often drawing the eye to the center stone or special details. If you can't decide between yellow or white gold, or if you have your heart set on a platinum engagement ring but still love rose gold, a two-tone engagement ring is for you!

    Two-tone engagement rings present as a subtle, classic touch of color, or they can be loud and creative.

    Explore a few of our favorite two-tone engagement rings below:

     

    Two-Tone White and Rose Diamond Ring

    Two-Tone Three Stone Princess Cut Ring

    Two-Tone Fancy Yellow Diamond Ring

    Two-Tone Split Shank Twist Halo Ring

    Round Diamond Double Halo Ring

     

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  • What is the Meaning Behind the Ring Finger?

    Have you ever wondered why you wear your engagement ring on the "ring finger" and how that came to be?

    Today's couples tend to make their own way rather than lean on tradition. We are wear colored wedding gowns, serving donut at the reception, and women are popping the question more than ever.

    Still, the tradition of wearing an engagement ring on the left hand ring finger has stuck.

    Round Diamond Double Halo Ring

    Why the ring finger?

    While the answer varies depending on where you are in the world, those in the United States consider the ring finger to be the finger between your pinkie and middle finger (aka your fourth finger). Wearing a ring on your ring finger on your left hand is known to represent your relationship status.

    Many credit this custom to the Romans, who believed that the ring finger had a vein running directly to the heart. This vein was called this the Vena Amoris, or the “Vein of Love,” although modern science has shown there is actually no such vein.

    Inspired by concept of the Vena Amoris, wearing a ring on the fourth finger represents a connection to the heart and is tied into affection, love and creativity.

    Women typically wear an engagement ring after they've accepted their partner's proposal, and both partners will gain a band once married. There is an upcoming trend for men to also wear engagement rings before saying, "I do."

    Not all countries or groups of people relate the ring finger on the left hand to represent their commitment.

    Many same-sex couples will wear a ring on the right hand to represent that they are in a monogamous relationship, whether that’s a long-term partnership or marriage.

    Couples in India and Spain typically wear their engagement and wedding rings on the right hand.

     

     

    Find your perfect engagement ring in our showroom, or explore a selection online HERE.

     

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  • All About April's Diamond Birthstone

    2.05 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond In/Out Hoop Earrings

    Those celebrating a birthday in April can do so with the most prized gemstone of all. The diamond is the birthstone for April. For April-born ladies, diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend.

    About the Diamond

    Diamonds are tough. In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of just one element: carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond.

    Diamonds come in several colors, including yellow, red, pink, blue, and green, and range in intensity from faint to vivid. Generally speaking, the more saturated the color, the higher the value.

    In fact, diamonds sparkling with intense color are rare and may be priced higher than a colorless diamond of equal size. Lab-colored diamonds are also available and are called color-treated diamonds.

    Its unique physical properties means it has the best possible luster of any gemstone when cut and polished well. If you are looking for a gem that sparkles, the diamond is the gemstone for you.

     

    Diamond History and Folklore

    The diamond first became a popular gemstone in India, when the Moghuls and Imperial Colony easily mined diamonds from deposits along three major rivers.

    Our fascination with diamonds is nothing new. Diamonds have long been admired, with some historians estimating them being traded as early as 4 BC. One of the reasons it is so admired and valued is because of the process by which a diamond must be formed well below the earth’s crust, then forced upward until it is uncovered.

    But before this process was understood, many ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were lighting made real on earth. This might be the reason that diamonds have often been associated with great healing powers from curing brain disease, alleviating pituitary gland disorders, and drawing toxins from the blood.

    Today, the diamond is most widely known as the center stone in engagement rings, and is the stone that marks the 60th anniversary of marriage.

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  • How to Uncover Her Engagement Ring Style

    If you're planning on proposing to your partner soon, you'll want the perfect ring. You know, the ring she will post all over Instagram, look at far too often, and be proud to show off to her friends.

    While the options for engagement rings (diamond shape, ring style, gemstone choice, and size just to name a few things to consider!) can be overwhelming, it is totally possible to find the perfect ring she will love.

    The first step is to find a ring that exemplifies her personal style. In doing this, you ensure she ends up with a ring that will compliment her lifestyle and that she will adore for a lifetime.

    There are many ways to pick up on her style. Start paying more attention to the clothes she wears, the perfume she uses, the brands she loves, and her overall aesthetic to uncover her ideal jewelry style. 

     

    If She’s Old Fashioned

    Soft and romantic, drawn towards all that is whimsical and nostalgic - perhaps she’s a bit more old fashioned. She’s likely an old soul who loves watching sunsets, reading novels, and collecting things from different eras. A glass of wine paired with a classic, black and white film is her idea of a romantic evening. If she’s dreaming of an intimate ceremony with close family gathered around in a charming garden with her favorite flower tucked behind her ear and violins playing in the background - she’s probably an old fashioned bride to be.

    For an old fashioned gal, think delicate pieces with an old world feel. A touch of floral design mixed with a soft pastel hue or warm tones are likely to match her style preferences. Think feminine and romantic and vintage inspired.

    Three Round Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

     

    If She’s Classic

    There are tons of new and emerging trends in the world of bridal jewelry, but you might find that you’ve fallen for a women who’s a bit more traditional. If you’re bride to be is a bit more classic, chances are she enjoys the simpler things in life. She’s chic, but not flashy, refined and elegant. She knows that simple does not have to be boring. If she’s dreaming of a white wedding, complete with family, friends, and all the tried and true traditions - she’s probably a classic bride to be.

    When shopping for her engagement ring, think simple yet beautiful, more modest and understated designs. Focus on rings with classic solitaire settings or prominent round or square cut diamonds in the center of a simple silhouette cast in white or yellow gold.

    Rose Gold Tiffany Style Solitaire Engagement Ring

     

    If She’s Modern 

    A modern woman is trendy and isn’t afraid to stand out in the crowd. She enjoys spontaneous adventures and knows how to make any day memorable. She’s into big, bold fashions that breakaway from the norm. If she’s dreaming of a destination wedding, a quick flight to a fun place, the more unexpected the better - she’s probably a modern bride to be.

    For a Modern bride to be, think interesting shapes, bold colors, and fun designs - jewelry that makes a statement. Geometric patterns, dual-tones, loud colors, and unique features. Consider fun rings that incorporate asymmetric features, vibrant hues, and unexpected details.

    Halo Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

     

    If She’s a Creative

    Fun, quirky, colorful... if her style is ever-changing, bold and bright, there's a good chance she's a creative. She is a unique gal who craves something out-of-the-box. She enjoys trying the latest restaurant and setting out for a drive without a map. Her perfect wedding includes a fun venue like a rooftop bar, a backyard, or the beach. While she thinks traditional engagement rings are pretty, her heart really craves special details that makes it all her own.

    For the creative woman, look at colorful gemstones and less common shapes. Warm rose gold or a two-tone design would add an extra detail for the creative bride-to-be.

    Juleve Ceylon Sapphire & Diamond Halo Ring

     

    And remember, no matter her personal style, Gold and Diamond Source has the perfect ring for your bride to be. Shop all these engagement ring styles and more HERE at Gold and Diamond Source. 

     

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