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Diamond Diaries

Insider knowledge and inspiration for fine jewelry lovers


Diamond Diaries

Insider knowledge and inspiration for fine jewelry lovers

Is It Worth Getting a Custom Engagement Ring?

While there are a wide variety of engagement ring styles out there, sometimes it can be hard to find exactly what you want. Whether you already have the stone or envision a specific design, working with a jeweler on a custom engagement ring is the way to get you — or your partner — exactly […]

July 12, 2024

Where To Take Engagement Photos in Denver?

As a newly engaged person, you’re likely to be caught up in the details of wedding and honeymoon planning but don’t forget to enjoy your engagement. An easy way to do this is by having an engagement photo shoot, whether with a professional photographer or a helpful friend with a camera. Thanks to our Denver […]

July 5, 2024

Why Do People Buy Handmade Jewelry?

Like buying handmade clothes or home goods, handmade jewelry is an investment. Working directly with a jeweler on an item like a custom engagement ring or purchasing handmade finished pieces ensures that you’re spending your money on quality materials and construction. While you may save money in the short run by opting for a mass-produced […]

June 28, 2024

What is a Halo Ring Setting?

For those seeking a dazzling engagement ring or a statement piece, the halo setting reigns supreme. This captivating design features a center stone surrounded by a sparkling halo of smaller diamonds or gemstones, creating an illusion of grandeur and brilliance. Second in popularity to a solitaire engagement ring style, halos accentuate the beauty of the […]

June 23, 2024

Are Lab-Grown Diamonds Real?

You’ve likely heard of lab diamonds compared to real diamonds for their affordability. Just like it says in their name, lab diamonds are grown in a lab, not found in nature like natural diamonds. Whether shopping for an engagement ring or a pair of diamond stud earrings, a lot of people wonder whether the origination […]

June 21, 2024

Is Engagement Ring Insurance Worth It?

From picking out a ring, to planning the perfect proposal, engagement and wedding ring insurance is probably the last thing on your mind. After saying yes, chances are someone will be sporting a shiny new addition on their hand and it’s important to make sure this special token is protected. Just as it sounds, ring […]

June 17, 2024

Where To Do Engagement Photos in Austin?

Whether you’re newly engaged or months into wedding planning, an engagement photoshoot can be a fun way for you and your partner to capture some memories during this time in your life. If you’re in the Austin area, we found the best places to snap some engagement shots. Plus, we rounded up the best tips […]

June 14, 2024

Are Channel Set Diamonds Secure?

How gemstones are set in jewelry plays a crucial role in both their beauty and functionality. A channel setting is a style where gems are placed in between two metal strips, forming a “channel” on the band of the ring resulting in a sparkling row of gemstones or diamonds. This is a very secure and […]

June 10, 2024

Do Couples Pick Engagement Rings Together?

Whether you’re getting ready to pop the question soon or just want to be prepared for the future, picking out an engagement ring can be a challenging decision — especially if you’re not the one who will be wearing it. If you’re not sure whether to include your partner in ring shopping or surprise them […]

June 7, 2024

Why Is Diamond Jewelry So Popular? 

Whether rings, earrings, or necklaces, it’s hard to walk through a crowd of people and not see someone wearing diamond jewelry. The stones themselves have become a status symbol, signifying luxury, but how did this come to be? Let’s talk through what makes diamonds so special, from the gemstone’s geological origins to its history of […]

June 4, 2024

How to Read a GIA Diamond Grading Certificate

A diamond’s brilliance and beauty may capture your heart, but understanding its quality requires delving into the world of gemology. Thankfully, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) provides a diamond grading certificate, a document that serves as your diamond’s passport, detailing its key characteristics. While these reports contain a lot of detailed information and can […]

June 3, 2024

Can You Change the Setting of an Engagement Ring?

Whether it’s for a change of style, an upgrade to a larger stone or to add additional stones and details like an extra sparkly halo, you can absolutely change the setting of your engagement ring. However, because your ring represents something very special and personal, any modifications should be carefully planned with your jeweler to […]

May 27, 2024