Engagement Rings For Active Lifestyles

While we all will have times where we need to remove our ring to keep it from being damaged, some of us have experiences like that at a far higher rate. And none of us are perfect. There are climbers who keep their rings on all the time, surfers who trust their band enough to risk losing it in the ocean forever, and countless other daring souls who either simply don’t think to take it off or weigh the risk and decide not to be worried.

Truth be told, several jewelers do a very poor job of setting the diamond and many don’t even bother to inquire about you as a person at all. While we take great care of our customers and make sure their rings are exactly what they need, we realize that not every consumer can choose us, so below we’ve gathered some tips to make sure you get a ring that can bear the brunt of your lifestyle:

Bezel Settings Are Your Friend

Bezel Settings are where the metal rim is elevated over the gemstone and “wraps” itself around the gemstone or diamond. Essentially, for the gemstone to get out the setting itself would have to bend or warp, which is unlikely if you go through the right jeweler, though it can happen under extreme circumstances (yes, climbers, we’re looking at you).

While this covers more of the gemstone, the safety outweighs the downsides for many people which is why this is a fairly popular setting.

How Low Can You Go?

At our core we all love flashy rings. Large diamonds, gemstones that pop off the finger, dazzling reflections and sparkling brilliance. If you’re wedging your fingers into a mountainside repeatedly or diving for shots on a racquetball court (some people take racquetball very seriously), then you might not want a giant diamond attached to your finger.

There are plenty of gemstones that can be made to look beautiful but stay closer to the finger, preventing any catching of the ring of scratching of the stone itself. Some of the top designers in the world have made flat, emerald rings that look as magnificent as any ring you’ve ever seen, which brings us to our final point.

Small or Different Gemstones

We hate picking on mountain climbers so much, but there are few realistic activities that are as dangerous to have a ring on during as climbing a rocky mountain. However, if you love rock climbing, cross fit, or other extreme sports then you can still get the diamond or gemstone of your dreams. You just need to remember to take it off during these activities. Talk to your jeweler about what activities you should and shouldn’t do with it on. In general, just have common sense in mind and realize that even the most well-made rings will get scratched and can bend if not taken care of properly.

For those that like to keep it on, however, losing a large diamond during a climb can certainly kill the mood fast as well, which is why diamonds aren’t the only option. Many people have made engagement rings and wedding rings from rubies, emeralds and sapphires. Believe it or not, some people choose to make engagement rings out of Onyx, though we wouldn’t recommend that because Onyx chips very easily.

While a pitch black gemstone may be too different, you shouldn’t be afraid to stray from the norm if your ring will go through some expected turmoil. Of course, we’re here to help you decide and guide you to the best choice. Drop us a line or call us at (303) 385-8449 to schedule a free consultation!

How To Take Care Of Your Engagement Ring

That sparkle that your ring had when it first slid on your finger doesn’t have to disappear. Between the toughness of Diamonds and the care that we’ll put into making your custom ring, there’s no reason for it’s brilliance to fade over time.

To combat the daily wear your ring will get, make sure to do the following:

Get Insurance

This is the most important step, mainly because of most women’s obsession with twirling their ring in their fingers. Many don’t realize they’re doing it until they drop it and get scolded by their husbands. Just in case you decide to do that above, let’s say, a sewer cap, make sure to get insurance so that you’re covered.

Take it off only when needed

Good times to take off your ring include before:

Using lotions or creams
Getting in cold water (your finger will shrink and it could come off)
Playing intense sports
Using cleaning chemicals

Typically there’s more worry regarding the band itself in regards to chemicals, but the stone’s setting will never be strong enough to take a direct impact of a certain force. Losing a diamond is a real concern, so make sure to be wary of that and put the ring in a safe spot whenever you do decide to remove it.

Keep it Clean

Aside from getting it professionally cleaned every 6 months or so, try to get into a routine for doing some basic cleaning.
The most basic method is lukewarm water with just a dash of dish soap. Make sure its something mild and not too strong. Let the ring sit in that for a few minutes and lightly scrub afterwards. Do note that not all gems are the same, so some gemstones may not react as well to this. Also, make sure to never use bleach!

Avoid alterations

There might be times where your ring needs resizing or the jeweler needs to repair it, but ideally you don’t want to alter it. Every time you make an alteration, it affects the structural integrity of the ring. Every time it’s resized there’s also the possibility of damage.

It’s natural to want to resize it during a pregnancy when your hands might swell, but it’s suggested to avoid that as you’ll have to resize it back later on. Put it aside in a safe place (preferably an actual safe) for the time being or put it in your jewelry box and wait it out. After the pregnancy, it may take some time for your fingers to go back to their original size, so don’t prematurely think that they’ve grown in size.

Of course, you also want to make sure it’s done right. If you want a ring that will be gorgeous, affordable and lasting, we’d suggest looking into a custom engagement ring.

Have questions or need help selecting and maintaining your ring? Contact us at our Cherry Creek location and we’ll walk through the process together.

4 Ways to Cut Engagement Ring Cost Without Sacrificing Quality

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments in a couples life. But the stress that comes with purchasing a very expensive diamond engagement ring, especially if you do not have the ability to drop mega-bucks on a ring, can often put a damper on the whole thing. Thankfully, it is possible to buy the love of your life an engagement ring she will treasure without putting yourself in a financial crisis. Here are five ring-shopping tips to help you stay within your budget.

  1. Compromise on the 4C’s of Diamonds

The first and most effective way to control costs is to compromise on at least one of the four C’s.

  • Color
    • Diamond color is classified on a scale of D( colorless) to Z( considerable amount of color).  If you are looking for a colorless diamond but do not have the budget, consider purchasing a diamond in the G or H class. Both options are nearly colorless, and the hint of color is not really visible to the untrained eye.  
  • Clarity
    • The fewer flaws your stone has, the more light it reflects, and this produces a fiery and brilliant stone.  We recommend never purchasing a diamond with a clarity rating of less than SI1 or SI2. Here are the grades of clarity:
    • FL ( Flawless) – Extremely rare and the most expensive diamonds
    • IF ( (internally flawed) – Nearly flawless and quite expensive
    • WS1 and WS2 ( very, very slightly included grades) –  Beautiful stones and inclusions only visible through magnification.
    • VS1 and VS2 ( very slightly included) – These selections are some of the best buys for your money, flaws are undetectable to most people.
    • SI1 and SI2 (slightly included grades) – Flaws are noticeable to the naked eye.
    • I1, I2, and I3(included) – On the bottom level of the clarity scale, they are the cheapest and least desirable.
  • Cut
    • While all the Four C’s are vital to determining the overall value of a diamond, the cut has the biggest impact on the diamond’s quality. A diamond’s cut is graded on a sliding scale of poor, good, very good and excellent. A diamond’s cut is a key factor when it comes to the stone’s sparkle and fire. Even diamond with perfect clarity and color can appear dull if the cut is not right.  We recommend choosing the highest cut grade your budget allows.
  • Carat
    • Referring to the weight of the diamond, not size, the term “carat” is the most misunderstood category in the Four C’s. Essentially, the more a stone weighs, the greater the carat and the more valuable the stone. If you are looking to save money but do not want to sacrifice any other the other categories, choosing a smaller carat is an easy choice.
  1. Choose A Ring With The  Right Setting

Get a unique and stunning ring by choosing a ring with an intricate setting.  Not only will this add to the beauty of the ring but the right setting can create an optical illusion of a bigger stone!

  1. Go Custom

While it seems counter-intuitive, creating a custom engagement ring can often be less expensive than purchasing a designer ring from a jeweler. It is important to note that many retailers mark up the prices of their designer rings, resulting in much more expensive prices. At The Diamond Reserve, our diamond brokers help clients design the ring of their dreams at a wholesale price.

  1. Consider Colored Gemstones

For the more non-traditional brides, we recommend considering other gemstones. Non-diamond rings such as emeralds, sapphires, and tanzanite are often less expensive, and you can typically upgrade the size of the stone.

Shopping for diamond engagement rings is one of the most exciting times in life. These tips can help you keep your feet on the ground, so you don’t get carried away by emotion and make a big mistake. Don’t forget to keep your budget in mind and schedule a consultation with The Diamond Reserve.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Summer of Love Comes To An End

The days were not the only thing HOT this summer. Celebrity romance was in perfect form this season with not one but NINE celebrity engagements. Yep, you read that right, nine of your favorite celebrity couples made the ultimate promise.  And after a spring of beloved celebrity splits, these summer engagements are enough to make you believe in love again. Let’s take a moment to celebrate love with the 5 most memorable summer proposals.

Taraji P. Henson and Kelvin Hayden

Cookie fans rejoice!! Taraji P. Henson started the summer season off with a celebration. The Empire star got engaged to Super Bowl Champion and NFL star Kelvin Hayden on Mother’s Day.

An Empire of their own.

The 47 year old actress excitedly shared the news by flashing her stunning round diamond on Instagram with a caption that read “ I said yes y’all!!! He started with the Cartier love bracelet BUT that was my #Mothersday gift and then he dropped to his knee and I almost passed out!!! 😩😩😂😂😂#sheisofficiallyoffthemarket and she is sooooooooooooo HAPPY!!!!!! #GODIS 💍💋”

Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson

On June 20th, 2018, SNL comedian Pete Davidson confirmed his engagement to the pop star on an appearance on The Tonight Show. Davidson was scheduled on the show to promote his new Netflix rom-com Set It Up. When asked how his engagement to Ariana is going, Pete said, “Yeah, I feel like I won a contest. So sick. It’s f*cking lit, Jimmy.”

A ring fit for a pop princess.

Determined to find a diamond ring fit for pop royalty, Davidson reportedly worked closely with NYC based celebrity jeweler Greg Yuna to find a ring that would make the singer “Love Me Harder”.  Davidson popped the question to Grande with a 3 carat pear-shaped diamond valued at an impressive $93,000.


Chance the Rapper and Kirsten Corley

The hitmaker proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kirsten Corley during a backyard BBQ over the Fourth of July.  Parents to 2 ½-year-old Kensli, the couple reconciled in January of 2017 after a temporary separation.

A Viral Proposal

Not one to shy away from the camera Chance the Rapper once again made waves when a video showcasing the proposal circulated on social media.


Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin

Not to be topped, another famous musician got engaged over the holiday.  Justin Bieber popped the question to model Hailey Baldwin in the Bahamas on July 7.

An Insta-Ready Proposal

The couple has not shied away from the public eye throughout their relationship and news of their engagement spread like wildfire.  But in an odd turn of events, the couple stayed pretty mum about the news with Bieber only remarking on social media shortly after the news broke “Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!” he later wrote on social media. In fact, Haley reportedly exchanged her huge $500,000 rock for a slightly subtle diamond eternity band.



Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner

Known for her classic beauty and dorky personality, Karlie Kloss proudly announced her engagement to longtime love Josh Kushner this summer in a video posted to her Instagram Story. In the video, the 25-year-old model flashed the gorgeous ring while getting her hair and makeup done for a photo shoot in Beijing. The model’s ring, a high-carat cushion cut diamond in a platinum solitaire setting with a diamond pavé band, inspired an uproar of congratulations on social media.

“My phone is blowing up with the sweetest messages from loved ones. This poor makeup artist is gonna kill me.”

That’s a lot of bling!

The venture capitalist proposed to the Victoria Secret model while the couple enjoyed a romantic weekend in Upstate New York a few weeks prior to the announcement.


Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra

This fan-favorite couple first made a splash when they attended The Royal Wedding. A close friend of Meghan Markle, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas set the Twitterverse afire when they announced their engagement this summer.  The Quantico leading lady and Jumanji star made it official by sharing a string of sweet, intimate photos from their traditional Roka ceremony on Instagram.

A Family Affair

All of the couple’s family and friends were in attendance to the couples Roka ceremony and no one could be happier for the beautiful couple than Chopra’s cousin who gushed about the engagement on her Instagram

“Today I witnessed the magic and a fairytale…When we were kids, Mimi and I used to play “ghar ghar”. We would pretend to be shy brides, have imaginary children, and serve tea to our husbands! 🙈🙈 cheesy, but it’s because we always believed in the magic of love and hoped we would both find that perfect man for us one day!! Today there was no pretending. I can’t think of a more a perfect man for her. Like I said this morning, there are two ways of judging a human being. One – travel with them, and two, eat with them. Nick, I have done both with you. And so I know you’re perfect for her!! Love her, because she loves you like mad! Protect her, because she’s strong, but a soft soul inside. I love you both and wish you all the happiness forever!!!!! HAPPY ROKA AND FUTURE WEDDING!! 💍💑@priyankachopra @nickjonas”

Inspired by these gorgeous couples?  Are you ready to custom design an engagement ring that rivals that of today’s celebrities?  Give The Diamond Reserve a call today to set up a consultation.


5 Considerations to Make When Designing Your Custom Engagement Ring

Are you like the many millions of women who spend hours perusing the gorgeous images of brilliant engagement rings on Instagram and Pinterest? Don’t be shy, we have all been there. Thankfully, you don’t have to be rich to own one of these brilliant engagement rings. Instead of settling for a cookie-cutter ring from a big box store, consider opting for a custom designed engagement ring.

More couples than ever are working with private jewelers to custom design the exact look they want, often at surprisingly affordable prices. At The Diamond Reserve, we have a lot of experience helping couples just like you create the custom engagement ring of their dreams at an affordable price. It is vital to employ the assistance of an expert like The Diamond Reserve when designing a custom ring.  This is the easiest way to ensure that you do not make any of the five mistakes many people make when designing a custom ring.

Here are the five mistakes to avoid when designing a custom engagement ring.

1. Find a Jeweler You Can Trust

This is the most crucial aspect of designing a custom engagement ring. From word-of-mouth to online reviews, it is important to carefully review and vet a jeweler before embarking on the next phase of this journey.   It is important to choose a jeweler with an excellent reputation. It is also important to make sure the jeweler or diamond broker you are working with only deals with GIA certified stones. This is a true mark of an expert you can trust.

2. Never Rush The Process

It is vital to allow plenty o

f time for your jeweler to design and create your ring. The wait time can vary dramatically from jewelry to jeweler and design to design.  However, it usually takes 3-4 weeks from the time you come up with your vision of a dream ring and share it with your jeweler till he or she brings it to life. A tweak or two may be required, so leave a little wiggle room for revisions. After all, you want your engagement ring to be just right!

3. Be as Specific as Possible

Whether you’ve envisioned your perfect engagement ring since the sixth grade or have only a vague notion of what you want, it helps to have inspiration in the form of photos. If you need an excuse to browse Instagram for hours on end, this is it! Spend time finding a diamond shape you like, as well as a setting that suits your taste. You can discuss with your designer exactly what you like and don’t like about the pictured ring for results that fit your style to a T.

4. Avoid Style Anxiety

Diamonds may be forever, but your current design doesn’t have to be. Just as you can custom-design your engagement ring, you can bring it in later for adjustments. As your style shifts over the years, you can easily change your setting, upgrade your gemstone or otherwise alter your ring to suit your evolving tastes and lifestyle.

5. Focusing on Carat Weight

When it comes to imagining your engagement ring, you probably imagine a large rock that shines brightly. But did you know carat weight has very little to do with the diamond’s brilliance?  The cut is really what determines a diamond’s brilliance. It is the facets left behind by the cut that determine how a stone reflects light thus affecting its brilliance. Choosing your cut carefully will allow you to maximize your rings sparkle and shine.  

Need help designing the perfect engagement ring?  No problem. The experts at The Diamond Reserve are here to help. We have the experience and expertise to help couples design the perfect ring.


Rose Gold Engagement Rings: Growing in Popularity

What do you want your engagement ring to say about you? Your unique personality and natural beauty should shine through when choosing your engagement ring. How do you choose the perfect ring to communicate this?

Traditional or Different?

Many people decide to go traditional all of the ways when it comes to their engagement ring. That’s fine if that’s what you prefer to do. Choosing a standard gold color such as yellow gold or white gold accented with a beautiful solitaire stone is also an excellent choice. But if you want to make a statement that illustrates the unique person you are, you may want to consider a rose gold engagement ring.

Rose gold has a beautiful light copper pinkish tint that stands out because of its beautiful, unique color. It is nicely accented by either solitary stones or a set of multiple diamonds or other precious gems.

Three Settings for Rose Gold Rings

If you are wondering which setting to create for your customized rose gold ring, below are three exquisite ideas you can check into:

  1. Oval Twist Setting– This set includes a twisted look that features several smaller diamonds on the sides of the rose gold ring in addition to the solitaire stone in the middle. It is a cathedral style that is both elegant and charming and looks great with the rose gold color choice.
  2. Three-prong Pear Setting– This style, as its name implies features a triple setting enhanced by a pear-shaped solitaire diamond. Featuring a triangular geometric look, the rose gold color that surrounds it also features several smaller but significant diamonds on the sides of this classic-looking ring. If you like lots of diamonds in a delicate rose gold ring, this would be an excellent choice of style.
  3. Four-prong Solitaire Setting– This style features four prongs of rose gold in the setting to display your diamond or other precious gemstones for your wedding day. The rose gold adds a unique color enhancement that white or yellow gold doesn’t do when you are looking to add something special to your ring look.

Why is rose gold growing in popularity?

Everyone is different. The traditional bride likes to have more conventional choices in her wedding gown, cake, engagement ring, and other aspects of her special day. But if you are someone who wants your engagement ring to shine far beyond your wedding day and tell the world how unique you are, rose gold is a good choice. Many couples decide to create a single engagement ring that is different and has the beautiful pinkish glow of rose gold.

Rose Gold Value

Rose gold is just as valuable as yellow gold, (depending on the quality and style) and it allows you to make a statement that you want to stray from the traditional looks to something more artistic and unique.

If you want an engagement ring that is as special as you are, visit us at www.thediamondreserve.com.

Ask about our rose gold options when you inquire.

All of our diamonds are GIA certified which means they have the highest standard possible and they can be custom-designed to fit your unique personality, tastes, and style choices.

We are all about making your ring as unique as your relationship.

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!


5 Engagement Ring Rules That Were Made To Be Broken

In the opening scene of “Fiddler on the Roof,” we hear the music: “Tradition!” It sets the stage for the rest of the musical that focuses on the traditions of weddings and cultures.

There are a lot of traditions that are worth keeping. These traditions often have cultural or family origins, and it’s okay to adhere to these ideas such as having the father of the bride place a penny in the bride’s shoe on her wedding day or giving the bride “something borrowed something blue, something old, and something new.”

But when it comes to your engagement ring, something else should sometimes step in where tradition fails us. Sometimes tradition can also be too restrictive for reality. After all, isn’t the most important thing that you get the best engagement ring you can afford and have the best wedding possible?

In this post, we’ll take a look at five engagement ring rules that were made to be broken.

  1. Engagement rings should cost you at least two months’ salary. This used to be the idea among jewelers and people involved in the wedding business, but this is no longer the case. Budgets between couples are often unpredictable, and the cost of fine jewelry fluctuates too, depending on the current diamond market and other factors. So this rule should not be considered the standard when choosing your engagement ring. Instead, pick a ring that truly reflects your personality, style, and budget, as well as the amount you feel comfortable spending on a ring.
  2. The man should purchase the engagement ring on his own. Another tradition that has been passed down through many generations is the idea that the man should buy the ring. While this is indeed fine if the man wants to do this for the element of surprise if the couple understands they are nearing engagement, it is also okay if the woman helps choose her ring. After all, it is she who will be wearing the ring for the rest of her life.
  3. Diamonds are the only choice for engagement rings. While diamonds are still the traditional stone for engagement rings, it is perfectly fine to choose another precious stone instead. There are also variations of the diamond that vary in color or style. Sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are often selected as alternatives for diamond jewelry today. But the quality of the stone is always superior when you genuinely care about the quality of the ring.
  4. Stick with a particular style when choosing an engagement ring. Just like the other ideas above, no set style of engagement ring is required. When selecting a ring, the key is to find the color, style, size, and weight that you want and that makes it uniquely yours. Some people love the look of rose gold while others prefer white gold. There are no rules when it comes to choosing your ring style so feel free to tap into your imagination and sense of beauty to make this choice.
  5. Selection of the ring is all you need to worry about. People often become so obsessed with ring selection that they forget to ask about other valuable information such as how to take care of their ring once they have purchased it. An engagement ring is usually a significant investment, so it’s important to find out what is required to keep it in the best condition possible. You’ll have it with you for a long time!

Traditions are nice. But choosing your engagement ring is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Proper selection and maintenance of your engagement ring are one of the most important things you will do in your life. Choose the way you do it and customize your selection by dealing with us at The Diamond Reserve. We understand the uniqueness you want, and we have a wide variety of gemstones, cuts, sizes, and styles to choose from.

Make an appointment today to learn how you can create your perfect engagement ring and throw tradition to the wind when it gets in the way of your dreams.