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  • 2019 Celebrity Engagement Ring Trends

    From JLo to Katy Perry, and Jennifer Lawrence to Hailey Bieber, it seems that this year’s 2019 celebrity rings are all the rage. And with one quick glance it’s easy to tell why...

    Let’s start with the ring that rocked internet, or should we say the rock that broke it.

     

    EMERALD CUT

     

     

    Jennifer Lopez dropped jaws showing off this massive emerald cut number just a couple weeks ago. Measuring between 10 to 15 carats, a diamond like this is worth roughly $1.5- $3 million, but it all depends on the 4 C’s.

     

     

    Speaking of Emerald cuts, Jennifer Lawrence dazzles in this beautiful number. Her ring has a refined elegance that fits her hand beautifully. We image it being around 1.75 to 2 carats and costing anywhere from $15,000 to $25,000.

     

    If Emerald diamonds are speaking to you, check out our Instagram page here, and get the look.

     

     

    ART DECO

     

    This art deco inspired engagement ring has Katy Perry’s name all over it. The flower shaped ring top is not only a nod to her beau’s last name, it’s the perfect compliment to her beautiful personality. This look is made with over 4 carats worth of diamonds, including a stunning pink center diamond.

     

    Looking for something a little different? Check out our selection here.

     

     



    TIMELESS

     

    Cushion Cut

    Katherine Schwarzenegger's is no stranger to the spotlight due to her famous parents, and this stunning ring won’t be keeping her out of it anytime soon! We love the classic cushion cut, with a delicate diamond halo to complete the look.

     

     

    Check out some of our favorite cushion cuts here.

     

     

    Oval Cut

     

     

    Talk about “Loving Yourself”, Justin Bieber’s now wife, Hailey Bieber must be feeling pretty good about herself with that incredible diamond around her finger. Oval cuts are still ranking high on this year’s trend list and with a cut like that, we totally get why.

     

    Check out a few of our oval favorites here.

     

     

    Do you have a favorite of the bunch? Leave us a comment below and let us know! As always, you can make an appointment here.

     

    ~ LB

  • Engagement Ring Trends for 2021

    A new year is on the horizon and after all that 2020 brought to the table, we’re ready for a fresh start. If your upcoming year will include a proposal, keep reading because we have the scoop on the hottest bling for 2021. Now doesn’t that have a nice “ring” to it? 

     

    The New Halo

    Beyonce said it best, you’ll be “Standing in the light of your halo” with this new take on an updated favorite.

    The Retro Halo

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    The Floral Halo

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    The Alternating Color Halo

    Featured: 4-carat pear shaped diamond with pink diamond halo

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    The Colored Stone with Halo

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    Featured: A Ruby set in white gold, with emerald diamond halo.



    Pretty in Pastel

    Speaking of different colored stones, pastel colored diamonds are giving us all the feels. They’re muted, yet sophisticated. Check out this upcoming trend below.

     

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    Geometric & Offset Diamonds

    If colorful diamonds aren’t your cup of tea, but you’re still looking for something uniquely you, perhaps thinking outside the typical setting is more your style. 

     

    The Offset Round Brilliant Trio

     

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    The 4-Corners Round 

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    The Offset Oval

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    The Trillion

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    The Classics

    Let’s be honest, no trending engagement ring list would be complete without the tried and true selection customer favorites that have a way of always staying in style. Which classic solitaire makes your heart beat a little faster?

     

    The Round Brilliant

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    The Emerald Cut

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    The Cushion Cut

     

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    The Oval

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    If you’d love to learn more about any of our featured designs, visit our website to book a no stress appointment. They can be in person, over the phone or via zoom! We look forward to serving you soon.

     

    ~ LB

  • The Engagement Ring You Can’t Put a Price To

    Princess Harry Engagement Ring

    By now most have heard the exciting news that Prince Harry has proposed to American actress and humanitarian, Meghan Markle. The ring he designed for the proposal is nothing shy of dazzling! It incorporates a large center stone from Botswana (a place near to both of their hearts), and two smaller size diamonds from his late Mother, Princess Diana.

    The value of such a ring is quite simply put-- priceless. This is primarily due to the history of the side diamonds, as well as the size of the center stone.

    According to an article written by Real Men, Real Style, in “British law, heirlooms were moveable properties that had to be inherited through the family estate. You could sell one that you owned while you were alive, but once you died, it couldn’t be willed away from the family.

    These days, the law is obsolete, even in Great Britain’s landed classes. But the concept — a piece of moveable property tied by tradition to the family — is still strong in Western culture”.

    The wonderful thing about heirloom diamonds is that they are so versatile. They can be added to other pieces of jewelry or can be reset into a completely new piece. When needed, they can also be sold in order to buy a newer, more modern piece that better suits the purchasers taste. Over time they become much more than a beautiful sparkling stone, they become a piece of history to be passed down from generation to generation-- a true family heirloom.

    If there is a precious piece of jewelry that you or your family owns, you just may want to hold onto it. Someday it may just be priceless too.

    LB

     

  • The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About The Diamond Industry

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    You’re about to make the biggest purchase of your life, yet wish you could clarify a few questions and clear up a few rumors you have heard about the diamond industry as a whole. Well look no further because we’re debunking some of the common misconceptions in hopes you breathe a sigh of relief.

    Myth: Diamond mining is terrible for the environment

    Reality: Considering little to no chemicals are used during diamond mining, (which would otherwise be harmful to the staff’s health), diamond mining is generally less harmful to the environment than other types of mining. Additionally, the orebodies used in mining are vertical not horizontal, ultimately affecting less of the surrounding area. Many companies have established protected habitats adjacent to their operations, often times larger than the mining operation itself.

    Myth: There is a high chance that you could buy a conflict diamond

    Reality: One of the most popularized myths of all is the issue of conflict diamonds — or “blood diamonds”. During the brutal civil wars in Sierra Leone and Angola in the 1990s, the diamond industry has made great strides given what this time unveiled. Since the introduction of the Kimberley Process (KP) certification scheme and the World Diamond Council (WDC) System of Warranties, more than 99.8% of the world’s diamonds are certified conflict-free, with the support of 81 countries.

    Today the industry is mostly self-regulated, and various countries have additional layers of government regulation in place. The UK’s Government Diamond Office, for example, works closely with HM Revenue & Customs, the European Commission and civil groups to combat illicit diamonds.

    Additionally, there are voluntary and self-regulation systems that are effective in maintaining the diamond pipeline. Like most jewelers, we want to ensure our customers have the confidence to know that our source of supply is conflict-free. Additionally, may jewelers subscribe to the Responsible Jewelery Council, De Beers’ Best Practice Principles, and the Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocol.

    Myth: The diamond industry is a monopoly, owned by De Beers.

    Reality: The good news is no one company has had controlled the market for decades. This myth dates back to the 1980’s when De Beers did indeed control over 90% of the supply chain and was almost wholly responsible for marketing diamonds, having developed its famous “A Diamond Is Forever” slogan in the 1940s. This also led to the perception that De Beers “invented” the diamond engagement ring, when in fact the first was recorded as early as 1477 byArchduke Maximillian of Austria, who commissioned the very first diamond engagement ring on record for his betrothed, Mary of Burgundy.

    By the 1990s, the market for new mining companies opened, breaking the hold that De Beers and Alrosa had on the industry and ushering in a new wave of diamond discoveries in Angola and Canada, according to Pouroulis.

    Today De Beers company share of the diamond market is closer to 35%, while five other companies divide the remaining 65% of diamond share.

    Myth: Diamond mining individuals and communities are mistreated and at-risk

    Reality: To first understand why this myth is so false, you must first understand how the mining process works and how much diamond mines actually help strengthen a community. The isolated nature of diamond mines means the workforce lives close by and develops a community spirit, which the diamond industry supports by investing in hospitals, schools, training and bursary programs.

    For example, 33% of Botswana’s GDP comes from diamond mining, and an estimated five million people globally have access to health care thanks to diamond revenues, according to diamondfacts.org.

    Today’s mining is not done by hand but is quite automated with miners moving millions of tons of rocks per year. Miners operating large earth loaders in open pits or underground would never even see a diamond.

    Myth: The diamond industry is secretive and closed to outsiders and not to be trusted.  

    Reality: This myth simply stems from a place of fear. The high-value nature of diamonds may be to blame for the presumption that the industry is filled with inaccessible people and organizations, more comfortable with secrecy than transparency. The reality is there is a whole spectrum of hard-working people all at different levels of financial success. Just like any business, success in the diamond industry is all dependent on how a business has been built.

    It’s not uncommon for society to expect to see businesses reporting on their social activities, financials and stakeholders to increase transparency and trust. This shift in societal expectation has created major changes in the diamond sector for the better - more transparency and more trust.

    You might also be pleased to know that diamond retailers such as De Beers are not sitting on stockpiles of diamonds nowadays, but instead build up inventory before making a sale as any retailer would.

    Have a question that wasn’t addressed above? Leave us a comment below!

    ~ LB

  • The Top 5 Engagement Ring Trends That Are Here to Stay

    It’s hard to believe a new year will be here before we know it! The holiday months are typically filled with celebration and champagne, and end of year marriage proposals are no exception. This month we wanted to share our Top 5 engagement ring trends for 2017 that are sure to sparkle their way into the next year.


    Oval Cut Diamonds

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    Engagement Eternity Bands

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    Halos and Double Halos

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    Two-Toned Metals

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    Colorful Center Stones

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    Which ring is your favorite? Comment below and let us know!

    LB