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Diamond Buying School: A solitaire diamond engagement ring.

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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 […]

Should you spend three months’ salary on an engagement ring? Two months? One? These benchmarks for how much engagement ring to buy have been around for decades. But they’re not the right answer to how much you should spend on an engagement ring. How much engagement ring to buy When buying an engagement ring, you […]

To cut to the chase: The best diamond cut for an engagement ring is the Round Brilliant, followed closely by the princess cut, the cushion cut, and the oval cut. Almost everyone agrees that the Round Brilliant cut is the most stunning diamond shape.   That’s my best answer in a nutshell. And I’ll back up […]

Sure, a tasty dinner out at a swanky, fancy restaurant and maybe an evening dancing to a live band is a good way to celebrate and observe an anniversary, but that’s not the only way, and something that only comes around once a year deserves to be celebrated differently than by doing the same kind […]

Good things do come to those who wait, especially if you’re a diamond merchant, a woman who likes to have a few “best friends” in her jewelry box, or a miner looking to strike it rich. Striking a new diamond friendship could just be what a woman needs, especially if there is a diamond wedding […]

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