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Diamond Buying School: A solitaire diamond engagement ring.

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When it comes to purchasing a diamond engagement ring, obviously, the first consideration is the diamond itself. But, the setting is just as important as is the metal the setting is made with. You have many choices, including yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum, and silver. So, which is the best for an engagement […]

What are Melee Diamonds?

by David Weliver

One of the best ways to increase an engagement ring’s sparkle and visual impact is to use melee diamonds. They are most noticeable in pave and halo engagement rings, which add brilliance around a centerpiece diamond. Still, melee diamonds can be used in various ways to enhance jewelry. So let’s learn more about these unique […]

How to Clean a Diamond Ring

by David Weliver

A diamond ring is precious and something you will treasure for a lifetime. However, to keep your diamond ring looking brilliant, it needs to be cleaned regularly. Of course, you could go to a jeweler and have it cleaned professionally, but this isn’t necessary. As long as you have the right tools (which are minimal […]

For decades, it seemed like diamond engagement rings, and gold wedding bands were the norm, and our grandparent’s generation didn’t consider alternatives. Today, more couples are choosing unusual stones and settings, tattoos, smart rings, and other creative interpretations of the symbolism of marriage. In fact, the classic stones and bands of wedding rings are a […]

An engagement ring is one of the most important pieces of jewelry you will ever own. Not only is it a profoundly emotional expression, but it is also something you will wear every day of your life. The perfect engagement ring symbolizes your unique relationship and reflects your style. When an expression is so important, […]

1- vs. 2-Carat Diamond Ring

by David Weliver

Are you in the market for an engagement ring, or plan to purchase one soon? Are you wondering about diamond sizes, values, etc.? For instance, you may wonder whether to get a one- or two-carat diamond engagement ring. Is there really that much of a difference between the two? An engagement ring isn’t just any […]

Sparkle, or “brilliance”, is arguably a diamond’s most important quality. But which diamonds shine the brightest? And how can you be sure that you’re buying a diamond that will sparkle, especially if you’re buying online? Learn the factors that affect a diamond’s brilliance and how to narrow your search to include only gems that are […]

There’s no wrong way to “pop the question”. But it’s (hopefully) a once-in-lifetime moment that you and your future spouse will remember for decades. Here are our favorite creative proposal ideas to help you find a romantic proposal method that’s right for you. #1. The airport chauffeur Need to pick her up at the airport, bus […]

Can you buy a diamond engagement ring on Amazon? Sure. Is buying a diamond on Amazon a good idea? Let’s discuss. Can you buy an engagement ring on Amazon.com? Yes, you can buy engagement rings and other diamond jewelry on Amazon — just like everything else! But diamonds listed on Amazon are typically sold by […]

So, you’ve finally found “the one” and are ready to propose? Congrats! But do you know her ring size? Here, we’ll show you how to find a woman’s ring size. We’ll even include a few tricks to use to find her size on the DL if you want to surprise her. How ring size is […]

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