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engagement ring guide

  1. What Is a Pear Shape Engagement Ring?

    What Is a Pear Shape Engagement Ring?

    When searching for the perfect engagement ring, it's essential to find the perfect style for you. After all, this ring will represent your love story, honor your commitment, and serve as your most-loved accessory. If you are looking for an engagement ring style that is both classic and unique, you might be wondering if a pear shape engagement ring if right for you. Beyond the iconic tear-drop shape of the center stone, what is a pear shape engagement ring?

    Pear shaped diamonds have long been loved by brides-to-be seeking a unique, timeless design. With most couples choosing round shaped diamonds for their center stones, pear shaped diamond engagement rings truly stand out from the crowd.

    While it is true that pear shaped diamonds are less common, they do have a loyal fan club of their own. The love for pear shaped diamonds isn't new, either— actor Richard Burton once famously paid $1.1 million for a 69-carat, pear-shaped diamond for his his iconic wife, Elizabeth Taylor.

     

    Is a Pear Shaped Diamond Right for You?

    A pear shaped diamond is also called a teardrop diamond because of its rounded shape which narrows into a point at the top or bottom. It is a modified brilliant round cut on one end and the pointed tip on the other end. When worn as the main stone in an engagement ring, a pear shaped diamond's round side, or head, typically faces the knuckle, while the point faces the fingernail. This makes the dramatic teardrop effect when the finger is raised. But how to wear a pear shaped diamond is entirely personal: you might prefer to wear the round side away from the knuckle, or even horizontally with a dramatic east-to-west setting.

     

    Anatomy of a Pear Shaped Diamond

    Pear shaped diamonds have five different regions: the head, the shoulders, the belly, the wings, and the point. The head is round shaped, and the shape begins to narrow below the shoulders toward the belly, before coming closely together at the wings and finally meeting in the dramatic point.

     

    Tips When Buying a Pear Shaped Diamond

    There are several factors that affect the appearance and beauty of a pear-shaped diamond.

    Most diamond wearers prefer a length to width ratio between 1.55 and 1.75. The length and width of a poorly cut pear shaped diamond will appear out of balance.

    When shopping for a pear shaped diamond, look at it face up and check for gently rounded shoulders and wings. Wings that are too flat will make the diamond appear too narrow, while wings that are too rounded will make it look too short and off balance.

    The perfect pear shaped diamond should have identical sides. When both sides are identical, 29 facets will be visible on both sides.

    When looking for a pear shaped diamond, be aware of the “bow tie effect.” This term refers to the light gray to black pattern resembling a bow tie that typically runs across the width of the stone from the center of the table. A cut that minimizes the effect to the point that it’s hardly visible is a key to a beautiful pear shaped diamond.

     

    Pear Shaped Diamonds Compared to Other Shapes

    One of the most appealing aspects of pear shaped diamonds are that they are significantly less expensive than brilliant round shaped diamonds, thanks to the fact that pear shaped diamonds usually have very minimal amount of waste when being cut from a raw stone. As carat size increases, the price gap between round and pear shaped diamonds widens even more. When considering diamonds 3 carats and higher, choosing a pear shaped diamonds can equal enormous savings.

     

    Are you looking for the perfect pear shaped diamond engagement ring? We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection online here.

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    "I went in to purchase a signet ring for my husband and AJ helped me pick the perfect shape and weight of the ring that would be the foundation of a custom piece. From then on, I worked with Val to design and create a beautiful heirloom for my husband's birthday. Val is an authentic and warm person who genuinely wants you to be happy with your purchase. After lengthy discussions, she knew exactly the style I was going for with my husband's ring. She worked above and beyond what is expected contacting me continuously through email (with pictures!) before moving forward with each iteration of the ring's design. I would be remiss to not mention the jeweler who crafted the ring. It is just beautiful. My experience was definitely a 5 star experience. I highly recommend The Gold and Diamond Source and ask for Val!!" — Jessica C. on Yelp

     

  2. The Cost-Saving Reason to Consider Fancy Shape Diamonds

    Did you know that one small choice then shopping for a loose diamond can save you more than 25%?

    If you select a fancy shaped diamond over a round diamond of similar size and quality, you can save more than 25% off the cost of your diamond. And to sweeten the deal even more, elongated fancy shapes such as marquise, oval, and pear tend to appear larger than their round counterparts. Nearly one-third of today's brides choose engagement rings with a fancy shaped diamond, and the most popular fancy shapes are princess, cushion, and radiant.

    Are you convinced to consider a fancy shape diamond for your engagement ring? Read on to learn about different popular fancy diamond shapes.

    Popular Fancy Shape Diamonds

    Square or Cushion

    Eye catching and unique, the distinctive shape of a square cut diamond draws the eye as it stands out against the finger. A square shaped stone is best for women with long fingers, as it can make short fingers look even shorter.

    Emerald

    The emerald is a rectangular shape with multiple long facets cut along each side to encourage the light to reflect and sparkle. These are called stepped cuts, and they encourage light refraction. This cut can make the diamond attract more light than other shapes like a round or square cut. Fashionable and unique, many celebrity women love emerald cut diamonds, including Amal Clooney,

    Pear

    The pear-shaped diamond is less like the fruit shape and more like a teardrop, with a rounded bottom that comes up to a pointed tip. Pear shaped diamonds saw a surge in interest in early 2018 when Ariana Grande wore a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring during her short-lived engagement to Pete Davidson. Sources said she was drawn to the ring because it reminded her of the teardrop emoji symbol.  Pear shaped diamonds are said to make short fingers appear longer and stand out thanks to the pointed shape, which refracts extra light.

    Heart

    A heart shaped diamond can stand out in a sea of engagement rings, because you do not see as many of them as the more traditional shapes. However, your fiancée might find the cut too cute or girly, especially if she works in a professional office environment.

    Princess

    Like the emerald cut, a princess cut is a variation on a geographic shape. While the top of the stone is a square or rectangle, the bottom side comes down to a point. This inverted pyramid shape is due to the beveled cut, which creates multiple beautiful facets. A relatively new shape, the princess cut originated in the 1960s and quickly became the second most popular shape for engagement rings, behind the round shaped stone.

     

    Lifetime Diamond Trade-In Policy

    With our unique 100% diamond trade-in policy, you may trade in your diamond at any time toward another diamond(s) of equal or greater value. Your trade in value is the original purchase price, excluding tax. The lifetime trade-in policy is valid for in-store and online purchases. Items that qualify for trade in are diamond solitaire rings, diamond solitaire pendants, and diamond solitaire earrings. Learn more about this policy HERE.

     

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    "My husband and I went to the G&DS before we got engaged to look at diamonds and settings. We were immediately impressed with the friendly, professional atmosphere and the incredible selection of beautiful stones and jewelry. Cale and Debbie were extremely knowledgable and super helpful. We ended up buying all three of our rings from G&DS, and they were very accommodating making sure everything fit perfectly. Their customer service is superior and the quality and prices of their jewelry is unbeatable. Highly recommend!!!" — Kathi Y. on Yelp

     

  3. How to Get Engaged This Fall

    Are you planning on getting engaged this fall?

    With a little planning now, you can plan the perfect fall or winter proposal to end 2020 with a moment to remember! At Gold & Diamond Source, it's our passion to help couples find their perfect engagement ring and tie the knot. In this post, we are sharing our top proposal tips to help you take this next step with ease.

    Like most big decisions in life, communication is key, and picking out an engagement ring is no exception. Even if the proposal will be a surprise, it's a good idea to discuss a few key factors as a couple.

    Your engagement ring will likely be your most-used, most-treasured piece of jewelry. It will be worn for years to come, through all seasons and all life events, so now is the time to explore, discuss, and try on different shapes, styles, and sizes to find a ring that feels just right for you.

    While you can visit our showroom today and purchase an engagement ring, there is a lot of value in a little preparation. Start with the questions below and visit us when you are ready to find your dream engagement ring.

     

    Chat about it early. 

    Even if you plan on making the proposal a surprise, now is a great time to casually bring it up in conversation— fish out little details to see if your partner would want their ideal proposal private or public, indoors or outdoors, and other important details. By bringing it up now, they are less likely to suspect anything when you pop the question later on! 

     

    Start with budget.

    It might not be the first thing you want to talk about when considering a proposal, but getting an idea of budget is healthy and helps set expectations for both partners. There are a lot of engagement rings out there, and getting an idea of budget early helps narrow the choices and keep you on track.

     

    Colorless or color? 

    Many couples are opting for engagement rings featuring a center or accent colored gemstones. Consider if you want only white diamonds, or if you'd like to include some color as a nod to your favorite color, birthstone, or the month you plan to marry. Consider sapphires, rubies, emeralds, or fancy-colored diamonds.

     

    What about style? 

    It's a good idea to get a basic understanding of different engagement ring styles to start off with. Consider a simple solitaire, a bold halo, or a pretty vintage design to get started. You can explore different engagement ring styles here.

     

    How about shape? 

    There are a number of different diamond shapes or ‘cuts’ available, and having an idea of which you prefer (round, pear, heart, and more!) will make it much easier to find the perfect gem for your engagement ring. The diamond shape might be the most visually significant choice you make, so be sure to consider shapes that reflect your personal style.

    Explore different diamond shapes and sizes here.

      

    About that ring size...

    There are three common ways you can measure your ring size right at home so you can finally get your ring measurement right, for good. Be sure to measure both at the beginning of the day and at the end, as your fingers are prone to change size slightly throughout the day. Find out how to measure easily at home HERE

     

    Stop by for a visit!

    While it's easy to fall in love with engagement rings on Pinterest or Instagram, it's also a good idea to try on different styles in person. You’ll want to know how the ring really feels and fits on your hand until you actually see it up close.

     

    Don’t forget the important stuff.

    We'll make sure you are set during and after purchasing your engagement ring. We are happy to provide complimentary cleanings and jewelry repair to make sure your engagement ring stays as stunning as the day you said "yes!" Learn more about our services HERE.

     

     

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    "My husband and I went to the G&DS before we got engaged to look at diamonds and settings. We were immediately impressed with the friendly, professional atmosphere and the incredible selection of beautiful stones and jewelry. Cale and Debbie were extremely knowledgable and super helpful. We ended up buying all three of our rings from G&DS, and they were very accommodating making sure everything fit perfectly. Their customer service is superior and the quality and prices of their jewelry is unbeatable. Highly recommend!!!" — Kathi Y. on Yelp

     

  4. What Is An Emerald Cut Engagement Ring?

    Emerald Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

    Are you looking at different diamond shapes and wondering if an emerald cut engagement ring might be right for you? Diamond shape is possibly the single decision that will have the biggest impact on your engagement ring. While metal, setting, and carat size all play a role in your dream engagement ring, diamond shape is often the first thing people notice, and when you choose an emerald cut engagement ring, it will stand out!

    The shape of a diamond can drastically alter the look of the ring, the way it catches the light, and how the stone sits on your hand. With any of the popular diamond shapes on the market, the idea behind the cut is to leave as much of the top of the stone intact as possible. This allows light to filter through and reflect the natural sparkle of the stone. Each diamond shape has different facets and cuts that help to make the diamond shine.

    What Is An Emerald Cut Engagement Ring?

    Emerald cut engagement rings are trending with bride-to-be's who love the style's elegance and vintage-inspired beauty. Emerald cut engagement rings are rare and distinctive, so it makes sense that powerhouses Beyonce and Amal Clooney wear this diamond shape in their engagement rings.

    The emerald cut dates back to the 1500s when stone cutters began cutting emeralds in a rectangle shape with stepped facets to provide more stability to the stone. The cut was originally performed on emeralds, which are softer and more prone to damage than diamonds. Like most other diamond shapes, an emerald cut diamond has 57 or 58 facets.

    Elongated cuts like emerald cut diamonds tend to look larger and elongate the fingers due to their large top surface, which is far bigger than a round cut diamond of the same carat weight.

    Emeralds tend to be set in a simple solitaire setting to showcase the cut of the diamond. Many couples opt for a halo around their emerald cut diamond to accentuate the stone's beauty and vintage flair.

    Only roughly 3% of the cut diamonds are emerald cut, which makes this shape more rare than other options. With their elongated table, budget-minded shoppers might be pleased to learn that the emerald cut diamonds' elongated shape and larger table makes this shape appear larger than diamonds of the same carat size.

     

     

    "I went in to purchase a signet ring for my husband and AJ helped me pick the perfect shape and weight of the ring that would be the foundation of a custom piece. From then on, I worked with Val to design and create a beautiful heirloom for my husband's birthday. Val is an authentic and warm person who genuinely wants you to be happy with your purchase. After lengthy discussions, she knew exactly the style I was going for with my husband's ring. She worked above and beyond what is expected contacting me continuously through email (with pictures!) before moving forward with each iteration of the ring's design. I would be remiss to not mention the jeweler who crafted the ring. It is just beautiful. My experience was definitely a 5 star experience. I highly recommend The Gold and Diamond Source and ask for Val!!" — Jessica C. on Yelp

     

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  5. How to Buy a Marquise Shape Engagement Ring

    Yellow Gold Marquise Diamond Solitaire Ring

    Is a marquise shape engagement ring right for you? This standout shape features a classic look that maximizes carat weight with its stunning shape and cut. It is perfect for brides who want something different than the traditional solitaire.

    The marquise diamond cut is similar to that of a football. The unique shape is also known as the boat-shaped cut, the navette, or the eye-shaped cut. Marquise shape diamonds feature an oval shape with pointed ends. This diamond shape has been around for centuries, and it continues to be a flattering, timeless choice for today's couples. Marquise diamonds can maximize carat weight, giving you a much larger-looking diamond.

    Tips to Remember Before Buying a Marquise Shape Diamond

    1. Because of its long, narrow shape, marquise cuts are thought to be slenderizing and often credited for making a finger appear longer and thinner.

    2. The two points at the ends of a marquise diamond need to align perfectly with one another. The smallest imbalance or imperfection of symmetry of a marquise diamond will greatly affect the balance of your ring when it is set.

    3. The sharp ends of the marquise cut are often susceptible to chipping if not protected properly by the jewelry setting. When set in a ring, make sure your diamond's corners have protected prongs or claws to keep the corners safe.

    4. With their narrow shape, some marquise cuts produce an area of reduced color in the center of the gem— sometimes called the Bow Tie Effect.  All elongated fancy shapes have a bow-tie effect, but a well-cut diamond will hide that effect with the brilliance of its facets.

     

    Do you think a marquise diamond engagement ring might be right for you? We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of marquise diamond engagement rings here.

     

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    "I went in to purchase a signet ring for my husband and AJ helped me pick the perfect shape and weight of the ring that would be the foundation of a custom piece. From then on, I worked with Val to design and create a beautiful heirloom for my husband's birthday. Val is an authentic and warm person who genuinely wants you to be happy with your purchase. After lengthy discussions, she knew exactly the style I was going for with my husband's ring. She worked above and beyond what is expected contacting me continuously through email (with pictures!) before moving forward with each iteration of the ring's design. I would be remiss to not mention the jeweler who crafted the ring. It is just beautiful. My experience was definitely a 5 star experience. I highly recommend The Gold and Diamond Source and ask for Val!!" — Jessica C. on Yelp

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