5 Mistakes Men Make When Purchasing Diamond Jewelry

Buying jewelry can be an intimidating prospect for many men, and that often leads to mistakes and overspending. Whether you are buying a pair of diamond earrings for your wife or choosing an engagement ring for your soon-to-be fiance, it is important to avoid these common mistakes.

 

Mistake #1 Failing to Educate Yourself

Jewelry is a specialized product, and jewelers have their own terms and language. If you do not understand the terms, you could end up making a purchase you later regret. Take the time to educate yourself, and learn as much as you can before making any purchases.

Not sure where to start?  We recommend starting with educating yourself on the Four C’s of Diamond Quality the GIA is a great resource for this information.

 

Mistake #2 Making an Emotional Purchase

Purchasing something as important a diamond engagement ring is an emotional purchase by nature, but you should not let your emotions cloud your judgment. That can be hard to do, but it will pay off in the end.

 

Mistake #3 Choosing Size Over Quality

Contrary to many people’s belief, bigger is not always better.  Not at least, when it comes to diamonds. Just because a stone is sizable, does not connote quality.

Diamonds are rated on a number of different characteristics, and carat size is only one of them. Choosing a diamond based solely on its carat size is a huge faux pas. If you ignore a stone’s other qualities ( cut, color, & clarity), you run the risk of picking a lower quality diamond.

 

Mistake #4  Failing To Ask For Help

It is important to ask the jeweler any questions you may have. Do not be too proud or too stubborn to ask for help when you need it. Any reputable jeweler will be happy to aide in your education. As with any purchase, the more you know, the easier it is to make a good decision.

Are you ready to make a purchase? Contact the experts at The Diamond Reserve to schedule a consultation.

 

A Royal Auction to Watch For This Fall

Every now and then, an auction comes along that takes the world’s breath away. This November, Sotheby’s will feature one that could transfix even the most sophisticated of collectors. The Royal Jewels from the Bourbon-Parme Family. This is the first time in nearly 200 years that this collection will be available for public view, providing an unprecedented insight into the turbulent course of events that affected the royal family.

 

Who Were the Bourbon-Parme Family?

 

Descended from Louis XIV of France, the Holy Roman Emperor and from Pope Paul III, the Bourbon-Parma family is linked by blood to the most important ruling families of Europe.  Members of the lineage include Kings of France and Spain, Emperors of Austria and the Dukes of Parma.

The royal Bourbon-Parma family itself has been an instrumental part of changing the course of Europe’s past. This exquisite collection demonstrates the extraordinary opulence of the time and is led by a group of jewels that once belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette, arguably the most famous Queen of France in history.

Owning A Piece of History

Sotheby’s is proud to be offering over 100 lots of ‘love 

jewelry’ for auction, each piece is saturated with its own piece of historical and noble connections to the great royal houses of Europe. Of course, not everyone is privileged enough to attend —let alone bid— this unprecedented auction. Luckily, Sotheby’s has released a sneak peek into the collection. Here is a highlight of some of the collections most talked about pieces.

Pearls Fit For A Queen

Composed of three rows of slightly graduated pearls measuring from approximately 7.30 to 9.30mm, this fabulous natural pearl and diamond clasp necklace is one of the few fully intact pieces obtained from the collection of Queen Marie Antoinette.  Presale estimates of this triples strand 

pearl and diamond necklace vary, with some estimated reaching all the way up to $1-2 million.

The Mother of All ‘Push ‘ Presents

Given by Archduke Frederic of Austria of his daughter, Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria, Princess Elle de Bourbon Parme, for the birth of her sone, Charles in 1905 this diamond bow brooch featuring a 6.89-carat Burmese ruby will make your jaw drop. The brooch has been estimated at a presale value of $200,000 to $300,000.

Tiara’s Aren’t Just For Queens Anymore

As a wedding gift, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria received a diamond tiara with a foliate scroll design, in 1902. This was given to her by her uncle, Emperor Franz Josep to celebrate her union with Elias of Bourbon, Duke of Parme. The estimated value for the piece is $80,000 to $120,000, and it’s a creation of Köchert, a Viennese jeweler.

There is no doubt that this auction will mark a crucial point in the history of these jewels. The exclusivity alone is bound to attract some of the most arduous collectors the surface of the planet. The good news is, even if you can’t be there, you can still start a legacy of your own.

You can endow your family with its own piece of splendor that can be passed on, from generation to generation. At The Diamond Reserve, we can help you find a unique diamond that will encapsulate the significance of family values. All our diamonds are GIA certified. This means you’ll be acquiring an authentic one-of-a-kind jewel that is truly precious. Get in touch today to schedule an appointment and find out more!

 

Shining Stars: The 70th Annual Emmys Brings Out The Bling!

Audiences were blinded by more than justs the glitz and glamour of the 70th Annual Emmys this year. The stars were out, and their bodies adorned with some of the most brilliant diamonds in the world. Inspired by the old Hollywood glamour of yesteryear, the stars showed off their bling with pride.

Whether you didn’t get a chance to bask in the brilliant shine these stone left in their wake, or if you just want to revisit the best pieces we have got your back.

An ‘Avenging” Sparkling Angel

Always a fan-favorite, Scarlett Johansson did not disappoint this year dressed in a sexy sequined white dress. Beautiful in its simplicity the dress’s thigh-high slit wasn’t the only thing that had people talking. It was the gorgeous white and icy diamond chandelier earrings from Nikos Koulis that really caught people’s eye.

Show Me The Emmy!

While Regina King first made waves as the ambitious and loving wife of an athlete in Jerry Maguire, it was her performance in Netflix’s Seven Seconds that garnered her first Emmy win. While her win was an unexpected delight for her, it was her one-of-a-kind Irene Neuwirth mixed stone and diamond earrings that had us all stunned.

Sinfully Beautiful

2018 has been a banner year for Jessica Biel both professionally and personally, that culminated in an Emmy nomination. While The Sinner star and producer did not take home the coveted trophy, she did look like a winner adorned in  Harry Winston. The actress wore open cluster diamond earrings, the Secret cluster bracelet 3 Row Carpet ring with diamonds, a pear-shaped diamond cluster ring, and the Brilliant Love band ring.

 

Diamonds Fit For A Queen

Fan favorite Emilia Clarke is always a joy to watch whether she is preparing for battle or attending an award show.  The ‘Mother of Dragons’ shined in Fernando Jorge nephrite jade, yellow gold and diamond earrings from the Surround collection.

Diamonds Are Forever

Another first time Emmy winner, Rachel Brosnahan channeled old Hollywood glamour with diamond earrings and rings from the Tiffany & Co. Paper Flowers™ Collection. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star chic style surely made her aunt ( the late Kate Spade) proud.

Comedic Gold Turns Platinum

Comedian Tiffany Haddish added some sparkle to her stunning rainbow gown. The Night School star shined bright in Tattoo earrings with white diamonds by Lorraine Schwartz.

Platinum Perfection

Chrissy Teigen’s jewelry was the perfect complement to her sparkling gown. The mother-of-two and model rocked white diamond earrings and a ring with an eight-carat double marquise diamond by Lorraine Schwartz.

Inspired by these baubles? Let The Diamond Reserve help you create a customized piece of diamond jewelry that will make you feel like a star!

 

The Secrets of Diamond Cutting

Have you heard the phrase ” a diamond in the rough”? If you are unfamiliar with the phrase, it is often used to describe someone who is generally of good character but lacks style or polish. This phrase was inspired by the process of taking a raw diamond into the brilliant multi-faceted diamonds we covet today.  

The Real Diamond In The Rough

When diamonds are first mined from the earth, they do not look like what we see in stores. The process of transforming natural diamonds into the brilliant and gorgeous stones we love requires the hands of a skilled professional.

The process of producing a cut and polished diamond requires five steps: planning, cleaving, bruting, polishing, and inspecting.

Planning

A professional diamond cutter must first assess the stone. The cutter uses their experience and knowledge to determine how to cut the diamond in a manner that will maximize waste. By carefully inspecting the rough stone they can tell what shape will give the best results. The planning process itself can be very time consuming as this step will determine the final value of the finished product.

Cleaving or Sawing

After deciding how to cut the diamond, the stone is reduced to a manageable size by a process known as cleaving.  To cleave the gem, the cutter finds the diamond’s weakest plane. With the gem held in a mold, the cutter carves a groove along the correct plane. Once the groove is complete, a steel blade is placed in the slot and struck, cleaving the rough stone in two.

Often there is no apparent weak plane, and the diamond cannot be cleaved. In this case, the stone is cut using a high-speed phosphor-bronze blade. Lasers may also be used to saw diamonds, but the process is very time-consuming.

Whether cleaved or sawn, the cutter decides during this step which part of the diamond will become the flat area with the largest surface and which will become the outside rim of the stone with the greatest diameter.

Bruting and Cutting

The bruting and cutting processes give the stone its final shape. Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man so only another diamond can be used to cut and shape the stone. When done by hand the shaping process is known as bruting When performed mechanically using a lathe, the process is called cutting.

Polishing

With the shape of the diamond formed, the polishing process develops the facets and creates the final look of the stone. In the polishing procedure, the cutter places the gemstone above a rotating polishing wheel coated with abrasive diamond powder. Pressing the diamond against the wheel polishes and finishes the stone, creating the smooth, reflective facets of the diamond.

Inspecting

The final stage is the inspection process. In this process, the diamond is inspected to ensure that it meets the specifications set by the manufacturer. If the stone does not pass the inspection stage, it is sent back to the polishers to ensure that it meets the quality control standards.

The Diamond Reserve

Creating the perfect diamond from a raw stone requires the skilled hands of experienced craftsmen and may take months to complete. Finding the highest quality diamonds requires an intimate knowledge of every aspect of the diamonds production.

At The Diamond Reserve, we only carry the highest quality to ensure that we only carry the highest quality GIA certified diamonds. Denver’s premier diamond broker and fine jeweler, The Diamond Reserve, specializes in custom diamond engagement rings, GIA certified loose diamonds and fine gemstone jewelry.

The Diamond Reserve in Denver operates differently than a retail store and is revolutionizing the way that consumers shop for diamonds. To learn more about diamonds custom fine jewelry contact us today.

 

How to Choose a Loose Diamond

When it comes to choosing the picture-perfect engagement ring, many people assume choosing a pre-designed ring is the way to go. But, designing a custom engagement ring is actually quite affordable when working with a diamond broker like The Diamond Reserve. The first step in designing a custom engagement ring is to choose the perfect loose diamond to place in a setting of your choice.

The Four C’s of Quality

When it comes to choosing a quality diamond, you will want to refer to the “Four C’s of diamond quality” laid forth by the GIA.  The Color, cut, clarity, and carat weight of the diamond are all important factors when it comes to determining the stone’s worth. Let’s look at each one in detail.

Color

The color of your diamond is crucial because it affects the amount of shine and brilliance that the stone is able to achieve. Color grades range from D to Z.  D class diamonds are the highest classification and are colorless, whereas Z class diamonds have a yellowish or brown hue. True fancy diamonds ( pink, blue, yellow, etc.) are graded on a separate color scale. These are unique and rare, but colorless diamonds are the most expensive due to their extreme transparency and natural beauty. When choosing the color grade for your diamond we recommend staying between D and J color.

Cut

When it comes to identifying the cut of a diamond, the average person equates the shape of the diamond with the cut, but this is not the case. Part of what is most appealing about diamonds is their ability to transmit light and sparkle so intensely. It is the diamond’s cut that determines just how brilliant it shines.  By examining a combination of factors like facet shapes, angles, girdle width, culet size, polish and symmetry, diamond experts are able to determine a diamond’s grade. Once these factors are taken into consideration, the diamond is graded from Excellent to Poor. When choosing the cut grade of your diamond we only recommend purchasing Excellent or Very Good.

Clarity

Referring to the degree of imperfections a diamond has, clarity is an important aspect of the four C’s as it is one of the most visible to even a layman. During their formation, the extreme heat and pressure cause “birthmarks” to form on the stone. These small imperfections (called inclusions) inside the diamond or on the surface ( called blemishes) affect the overall clarity of the diamond.  Often not visible to the naked eye, these blemishes or inclusions can interfere with the path of light through the diamond. Affecting the stones overall brilliance.

Almost all diamonds are graded for clarity using the 11 point diamond clarity scale ( FL-SI2) created by the GIA, In grading diamond clarity, the GIA considers the number, size, color, reflectivity, and position of every flaw visible under 10x magnification.

Carat Weight

The carat weight is another valuable asset of your diamond. It is a measure of the diamond’s weight or mass. If carat weight increases, the size of the diamond also increases.

How to Prioritize

The key to finding the best quality is to prioritize what is most important to you and to choose the best diamond broker to help you find the perfect diamond for your engagement.

The Perfect Diamond

It’s true there is no “perfect” diamond. Even the best stones have tiny flaws. That’s what makes them unique and natural.  At The Diamond Reserve, we only carry the very best GIA certified loose diamond, making the choosing process that much easier. If we don’t have the diamond that speaks you we help you to determine the quality factors that matter the most to you and curate you a selection of diamond that fit your needs and budget.

Your engagement ring is too special to settle. Let us help you find your perfect diamond.

How to Enhance Your Engagement Ring’s Brilliance

Your engagement ring is one of your most prized possessions. You take pride in wearing it everywhere you go, and you want to show it off to everyone. What you don’t want is to let your ring tarnish or start looking old before its time! Below we have included some sound engagement ring maintenance tips that may help your ring last longer and maintain its beauty and shine.

Choose a Unique Cut

One of the best ways to ensure that your diamond will maintain its luster far beyond your wedding day is to choose a significant cut, to begin with. It is a myth that the bigger your stone is, the more it will shine. To keep a lasting shine, you should select a cut that is known for its brilliance.

If you want to increase the luxurious look, the round brilliant or radiant cut diamond, they are known for having the most luster and sparkle.

Choose a Halo Look

Halo rings are all the rage nowadays, and when you see one, you’ll see why. With a center stone set and positioned slightly above a surrounding ‘halo’ of smaller diamonds, the Halo style engagement ring is famous for not only its brilliance and shine but also making the center diamond looking a lot larger, nearly doubling the appearance of the size.

Adding Side Stones for a Brilliant Shine

If your ring doesn’t shine enough to suit you, how about adding some petite and elegant “ side stones?” These little stones line the sides of your engagement ring for added brilliance and glow. Some of these side stone shapes include the half moon cut, trillion cut, and trapezoids.

Focus on the Stone & Choose a Slimmer Band

When choosing your ring, you want the focus to be on the stones, not the band. By choosing a slimmer band, you will ensure that the eye is drawn to your gemstone, rather than the metal band. A thinner band also makes your ring appear more elegant.

Choose a Bezel Setting

Bezels are popular now with engagement rings because of the way they set off the stone and surround it with beauty. You can improve this look even more by adding a milgrain edge which adds a little more dimension to the bezel.

Make it Your Own!

Most of all, when you choose your engagement ring, you should make it your own by finding the perfect stone that reflects your inner beauty. Everyone is different. That’s what makes us so unique. You can custom design your ring by visiting with one of our diamond brokers.

We are Denver’s most trusted custom-design diamond broker, and we understand how you want your ring to last a lifetime. All of our diamonds are GIA-Certified so that every diamond is the best quality possible before we pass it on to you.

Starting with the best cut, stone, and shape then adding your style is the best way to make sure that your diamond will last as long as your memories do!

 

How To Understand The Secrets of Diamond Quality

Shiny, sparkling and brilliant. These are just a few of the adjectives used to describe the beauty of a diamond. But these simple words do not really describe the complicated process that is used to determine the value of a diamond.

The Four C’s of Diamond Quality

It is the mission The Gemology Institute of America (GIA) to ensure that every diamond they touch meets a finite list of criteria. In order for the GIA to ensure the quality and value of a diamond, they utilize a combination of 4 unique attributes to determine its overall value.

Color
Clarity
Cut
Carat

How is color determined?

In order for a diamond to achieve the highest quality color rating – a D class stone- meaning the diamond must be colorless.

What does that mean for a stone to be colorless? A colorless diamond means the stone has no hue to it. An easy way to imagine this is to think of a pure drop of water. In order to evaluate a stone’s color-grading, a GIA technician carefully compares the stone under controlled lighting and precise viewing conditions. Upon review, the stone will be marked with a class rating ranging from D-Z.

What exactly is clarity?

Clarity refers to the number of natural inclusions a diamond has. During formation the diamond is exposed to tremendous heat and pressure deep in the earth, this intense pressure causes the diamond to form inclusions or what some would call blemishes.

How is clarity determined? By evaluating the stone, gemologist carefully determines how the number, size, nature, and position of these characteristics affect the quality of the stone. The closer the stone is to pure ( little inclusions/blemishes) the higher the value.

Why does the cut matter?

Often synonymous with the shape of a diamond, there are a lot of misconceptions people have when it comes to determining a diamond’s cut. While diamonds come in a variety of shape ( round, square, oval, emerald, etc.) only round diamonds have a cut, polish and symmetry grade. Fancy shapes (all shapes excluding the round) only have a polish and symmetry grade.

What is a cut grade? The cut grade of the diamond refers to the way a diamond’s facets interact with light. Crucial to the stone’s final beauty and value, the cut of the diamond is both complex and technically difficult to analyze.

Ensuring your stone is a cut above the rest. In order for the GIA to evaluate how successfully a diamond’s facets interact with the light they use the following benchmarks:

Fire- The scattering of white light into all the colors of the rainbow.
Brightness– Internal and external white light reflected from a diamond
Scintillation– The amount of sparkle a diamond produces and the pattern of light and dark areas caused by reflections within the stone.

Once these characteristics are carefully evaluated the diamond will receive a grade of either Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor for cut, polish, and symmetry in round diamonds. For fancy shape diamonds, they will grade only upon polish and symmetry. If you are looking to purchase the epitome of perfection be sure to pick a diamond with an Excellent or Very Good grade report for these quality factors.

What is carat weight?
Diamonds are sold by the carat ( indicated by ct.) that stands for a unit of weight. The word ” carat” comes from the “carob” seed which was the original unit of measurement for diamond traders in the old days. To get a frame of reference in today’s world, you can think of a carat like this: A carat is equal to 0.2 grams, which is about the weight of a small paper clip.

How do carats influence price? Diamonds are measured with an electronic micro-balance scale. A diamond is usually weighed and measured to the fifth decimal place to guarantee precision. Once a diamond is weighed for carat weight, a price is determined based upon the weight. The higher the carat weight, the higher the price.

Size matters too

Is a carat the same as diamond size?

The short answer to this question is “no”. Though the actual size of the stone does influence the weight of the carats, it is not the same thing. Carat refers to weight while size refers to the actual physical size including the width, length, and shape of a diamond when it is being evaluated by a diamond seller.

Magic Size Increase the Price

Diamond experts tell us that there are ‘magic sizes” that increase the price when purchasing diamonds. Diamonds that weigh .50 carats could be priced twice as much as a diamond that weighs in at .25. But this is largely up to the diamond distributor and the company who sells the diamond. Remember other factors do influence price as well including the color, clarity, and cut. If you have your diamond mounted onto an elegant setting, the price will be prorated accordingly.

How We Can Help

If this seems complicated, don’t worry. That’s where we come in. At The Diamond Reserve, we take the guesswork out of the buying process. All of our wholesale diamonds are GIA certified so that you are assured of getting the highest quality possible for your engagement or special occasion ring.

Check out our fine diamonds on our site and contact us at 720-560-3458 for a free consultation.
Your perfect diamond is just a phone call away.

Are Diamonds Still a Girl’s Best Friend?

Diamonds are a traditional and beautiful part of a wedding, and it is something that is meant to last forever. So natural is the diamond in the culture of the wedding and marriage process that it has often been said, “A diamond is a girl’s best friend.” But is this still the case?

While many modern brides choose to disregard this tradition, diamonds are still a popular choice for engagement rings worldwide.  Here is why!

  1. Diamonds are forever. This statement is not just a cliche, though it sounds like one. Diamonds have the longevity that surpasses almost every other stone. One reason for this is that they are the hardest stone and very difficult to damage. In fact, they are so tough that they can cut glass! Providing you make a good choice of diamond initially, it should last throughout your life and become an heirloom that you can then pass onto your children and grandchildren.
  2. Diamonds are unique. Diamonds have a uniqueness about them that echoes the details of your unique relationship. Each one is different, and no two diamonds are the same. Each is cut in a specific way, and each one holds a distinct clarity, cut, and style that is truly beautiful.
  3. Diamonds are quality-controlled. Diamonds are an investment and as such you must be able to verify the diamond you purchase has been properly vetted. We recommend only purchasing diamonds that have been certified but the GIA. The GIA is the only non-profit grading laboratory that is dedicated to protecting the consumer. We do not recommend purchasing any diamond that has been certified by the EGL. Unlike the GIA which has a universal grading system, EGL does not and this can result in a fluctuating value.  

                     Bonus Tip: For more insight into the art of diamond grading watch this video.

  1. Diamonds are a great investment. Diamonds are still the best investment you can make when it comes to beautiful gemstones. When you purchase a custom-made diamond engagement ring, you have something not only that you can enjoy, but something you’ll be able to share with future generations. The value of diamonds is forecasted to only increase over time, so your investment will continue to grow over the years. The more unique the cut, clarity, and size of your diamond, the more value it will likely hold in the market.
  2. Diamonds are a symbol of love. Diamonds are a traditional and romantic symbol of eternal love. The beauty and uniqueness of a diamond tell the world that you are spoken for while displaying your commitment. It is considered to be “the stone of invincibility” in ancient mythology and has a spiritual and mystical significance across cultures.

A Diamond is Still A Girl’s Best Friend

So, the answer to our question is, yes! A diamond is still a girl’s best friend because of the cultural, economic, and sentimental value of its beauty and meaning. When you wear a custom diamond from The Diamond Reserve, you’ll be assured that you have a precious and unique ring that will serve as one of the best investments of your lifetime.

Not only is it a symbol of eternal love and affinity, but it will also maintain its beauty forever.

Start with choosing the best diamond and book your appointment today. 

Gorgeous Wedding Band Designs You Will Love

Choosing the right wedding band design can be a daunting process.  With so many options available to you, it can be confusing when deciding on the perfect style. You may also feel uncomfortable making such an intimate decision in a public place. That’s why you may want to work with a private jeweler who respects your privacy and understands your needs. That’s exactly what you get at The Diamond Reserve.  To help you get started with your journey, here are some exciting wedding band designs.

The Classic Band

If you want something that’s elegant and stunning, the classic band style is for you. The design matches your engagement ring without taking away from it. This simple and sleek design will make you look stylish while keeping with tradition. It’s also perfect if you prefer a minimalist style that’s classy without being flashy. The classic band shows commitment and true strength of character. It’s the perfect symbol of eternal love.

Stackables

Stackable wedding bands allow you to express your uniqueness. This trendy style will bring out your personality while making an individual statement. The best part is, you can mix and match rings to suit your taste.

You can also stack the rings as you get them for various special occasions such as an anniversary or a birthday. You can then arrange the rings in a way that is the most meaningful to you. Feel free to experiment! After all, the rings you wear represent who you are and what you stand for.

Nested Bands

This type of band is growing in popularity among brides of all demographics. Designed to fit perfectly nestled – hence the name- against your engagement ring, making it easy to wear both your engagement ring and your wedding band at the same time.

Mixed Metals

Add a little edge to your elegant engagement ring by mixing the metal of your band.  From rose gold to platinum, the combinations you choose are completely up to you. Look to your friends or the magazines for inspiration! But whatever you do, go with the mix that feels right for you.

At The Diamond Reserve, we believe that the perfect ring is out there, but sometimes you just need someone to help you find it. From selecting the perfect diamond to designing the setting to choosing the right band, our experienced diamond brokers are here to walk you through every step of the way.  There is never a pressure to buy, and our diamond brokers will work with you until you are satisfied with your decision.

Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.

 

So, You’re Engaged, Now What?

The most important person in your life popped the proverbial question, and you said yes! The time leading up to an engagement can feel so important that many brides and grooms-to-be don’t know what to do with themselves afterward. However, there are a few things you really should take care of once you become engaged. So what do you need to do after you say yes?

Tell Your Loved Ones

Once you’ve let the joyous news set in, it is time to tell the world! Whether you choose to send a group text or post the picture-perfect engagement post on Facebook, telling your loved ones is the first step down this journey. We always recommend telling your closest family and friends directly, not through a social media post!

Celebrate!

Grab the people you love and do something special to celebrate. It could be celebratory drinks, an intimate dinner, or a day out somewhere beautiful. Take this chance to celebrate your upcoming union with your nearest and dearest.

Book Your Venue

Whether you want a long engagement or, get hitched right away the venue is often what dictates the date. Many popular wedding venues book months or even years in advance, so it is important for couples to start the search early on and book the venue as soon as you can.

Good venues can fill up fast, which is why most people choose a venue and base the date on the availability of the venue.

Pro Tip: Be sure to ask the venue how many people they can accommodate and whether they provide things like linens, furniture, and refreshments. Many venues will require the client to outsource and bring in all those items themselves, which can double the cost of your wedding!

Send Save The Dates

Once you have booked a venue, you will have the date decided and can begin notifying your guest. Whether you choose to send traditional save the date cards through the mail or an e-vite depends on your style as a couple. But save the date announcements are a great way to spread the news and let people mark their calendars well in advance so, they can be there to celebrate with you on your big day!

Insure Your Ring

Okay, we get it. Insurance isn’t exactly the kind of exciting thing you think of when you first get engaged, but it is important. In the event that you lose your diamond engagement ring , or it is stolen you will be glad you thought to ensure the ring.

Check Out Trunk Show Dates

If you’re interested in getting a dress from a specific designer, check out their trunk show schedule. You just might be able to snag one of their designs at a great price.

Your engagement should be one of the happiest times of your life. You’re in love, you’re planning a beautiful wedding, and the rest of your life is just beginning. Of course, there’s also the ring to take care of! If you would like a personal consultation with an expert diamond broker, give us a call today!