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Precious Stones for Your Engagement Ring?

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Using Precious Stones With Your Engagement Ring

There are four different precious stones available in the world. The first is the diamond, and it is the most popular option for diamond engagement rings. However, there are three others that can provide additional elegance and charm to your engagement setting. These precious stones are scarce, are hard and durable like diamonds, and have a rich colour your fiancée will love.

Why would you consider adding other precious stones to the same setting as your diamond? Let’s take a look at a few reasons this might be the right option for you.

  • Style – Precious gems like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds have just as much style as diamonds, and, just like Diamond rings, are available in a variety of colours. The deep, rich red of a ruby, the green of an emerald or the lovely blue of a sapphire can truly enhance your engagement ring. These precious stones are available in a wide range of beautiful cuts and can be set around your diamond.
  • Personality – Want to get a ring that matches the personality and unique sense of style of your partner? Precious stones can provide all the colour, style, and beauty your partner deserves and needs to match there personality.
  • Sentimental Value – Is Ruby the birthstone of the month the two of you first met? Maybe an Emerald reminds you of the green of there eyes. Maybe a Sapphire was there father’s birthstone and he is no longer with the family. You know they’d love for him to walk them down the aisle, but you are also aware that will never happen. A couple of carefully placed sapphires in the setting would show them that you truly take all there thoughts and emotions into consideration. Can you imagine there expression as you explain the meaning behind the precious stones?

The possibilities are truly only limited by your imagination when including precious stones in your engagement setting. While diamonds are the traditional choice for engagement rings, they don’t always have to be. Your ring can be as unique as your relationship.

The Only Proposal Guide You Will Ever Need to Read

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For the most part, men understand how to propose to a woman. It’s a simple process. You purchase an engagement ring, find the perfect spot, and ask for her hand in marriage. Many women are looking to be surprised with so much more, though. While a proposal doesn’t necessarily need to be expensive or over-the-top, you should put your own unique spin on it. Keep in mind, “How did he ask you?” will be a question she’ll be answering for years.

 

How to Propose: The Essential Guide

Proposing to the woman of your dreams can play on your nerves; even if you’re confident she’ll say yes. Planning each step of the proposal is a fantastic way to shake off some of those nerves and prepare for one of the most memorable nights of your life. Here is an essential guide to help you pick out the perfect engagement ring and plan the perfect proposal.

  • Don’t Tell Your Friends- A proposal is almost always a surprise, so keep it that way. This will make it much less likely that someone will accidentally let your secret slip. You may want to discuss your intentions with her parents, but telling your friends can be a mistake.
  • Purchasing the Ring- Engagement rings come in various shapes and styles. Choose a diamond and setting that fits her style. If you need help, consult her mother or her best friend, as long as they are able to keep it a secret.
  • Hollywood It- Does she have a favourite movie? Many women are hopeless romantics and take cues from the movies they watch. If you can, find out what her favourite romantic movie is and take notes from it. This may sound like incredibly sappy advice, but take our word for it, she will be overjoyed.
  • Personalize It- Think about intimate secrets, jokes, or places you’ve shared together. Is there a particular park bench where you first met? Did you two use to play on a certain playground when you were children? Was your first date at the ice skating rink? Taking her back in time to the moment you first met can be an incredible place to propose.
  • Pay Attention to the Details- Once you decide how you are going to propose, make sure to pay attention to those little details that can take your proposal from ordinary to extraordinary. Recreate moments from your first date, first kiss, or even the first day you moved in together.
  • Capture It- Want to preserve the proposal for a lifetime? Make sure to record it. Have a friend, preferably someone she isn’t familiar with, record the event from a distance or set up a video recorder yourself.

With a little imagination and this helpful guide, you can select the perfect engagement ring, plan the perfect proposal, and confidently ask her to be yours forever.

How did you propose to the love of your life? We’d love to hear your story.

My Diamond Isn’t Flawless? A Practical Guide to Understanding Nature’s Creation

03 copyMost of us are aware of the fact that natural diamonds are formed deep within the Earth under intense pressure and heat. Well, with anything that is naturally made, there are also natural imperfections. For a diamond, they are like birthmarks and are completely expected. It’s true, your diamond isn’t flawless. To the naked eye it probably looks absolutely exquisite, but there are minor imperfections to be sure.

If you are just starting your search for the perfect engagement ring, here’s a quick guide to the flaws and imperfections you can expect. Some, such as cloudiness, you’ll want to avoid. This imperfection will affect the brilliance of the stone. On the other hand, a small carbon deposit, which looks like a fleck of pepper, can easily hide under a prong if it’s in the right place and not deter from the sparkle of your diamond at all.

Here’s Your Diamond Imperfection Guide

There are two major categories which diamond flaws fall under. External and internal. External flaws are generally removed in the polishing process. Internal flaws, also referred to as inclusions, are located within the stone itself and these are the imperfections you’ll be looking at when you are selecting your diamond engagement ring.

There are several different internal flaws to look for in a diamond. Keep in mind when looking for your perfect stone, the most important factors are brilliance (or the stones ability to reflect light), colour (you are usually looking for the absence of colour), and transparency (your ability to see through the stone without noticing cloudy areas or large deposits). This is all with the naked eye. With that in mind, here are the imperfections you can expect to find in diamonds:

  • Feathers – These tiny inclusions present in the interior of the stone resemble a feather in appearance.
  • Clouds  – are made up of a large number of microscopic crystals which will absorb light and take away from the brilliance of the diamond.
  • Carbon deposits –  tiny flecks within the diamond and can affect the grade if they are large and easily seen.
  • Pinpoints – are tiny flaws that can generally only be detected through a 10x jeweller’s loupe or microscope.
  • Included crystals – are the most common diamond inclusions and are formed when various types of crystals become trapped within the stone during the crystallization process. The effect they have on the grade the diamond is given depends on the clour as well as the size of the inclusion.
  • A knot – occurs during the polishing process when an inclusion becomes exposed. The knot will have a different appearance than the rest of the polished facets.

Should you be worried about flaws in your diamond? All Diamonds, under enough magnification, will have flaws. The only inclusions to be of concern are cracks which affect the integrity of your stone. Your jewellery professional will make you aware of this situation if it were to occur, but fine jewellery stores rarely include stones in their inventory which are severely included.

It is smart to educate yourself on the different flaws you may run into when comparing stones. This will keep you from being surprised. Since diamonds are created by nature, expect slight imperfections and be aware of which imperfections (cloudiness) will affect the way the stone appears so you can steer clear of those.