How to tell if a diamond is high quality

When your significant other has that ring on their finger, the quality is a reflection of the entirety of your time together. That ring encapsulates the entire history you have with them and it should shine as brightly as your marriage will. It can be hard, however, to tell at a first glance if a diamond is real or how high its quality is.

We’ve broken down a few steps to help the untrained eye in knowing if your diamond will have the right sparkle:

GIA Certification

The easiest method is to see if the diamond is GIA-Certified. If it is, it should have a come with an official GIA certificate and some even have the GIA number inscribed on them. The certification was developed in part because it is so hard to tell the quality of a diamond from a glance and most of us aren’t exactly specialized in determining the brilliance of a gem.

We’ve put together some information on GIA Certified Diamonds to help you out!

Carat Weight / Size

Size is the easiest visual indicator and weight can be accomplished with a scale. The price of a 1 carat diamond will be significantly more than, say, a .75 carat. However, it’s important to consider all 4 C’s, as they call them. Carat Weight, Color, Clarity and Cut. We’ll view these below.

Color

The idea with color is diamonds is simply this: we don’t want any. Color takes away from the quality of the diamond and specific colors can hurt the brilliance more than others.

For example, brown and yellow tinges are common but red colors will decrease the value of a diamond significantly. There are special cases where they can actually increase the value, such as red diamonds, but these are rare. In general, unless you’re shopping for a member of the royalty, you’ll want as little color as possible.

The GIA Certification uses a color scale as following. As mentioned, the goal is to be as close to (D-J) as possible:

Light (S-Z)
Very Light (N-R)
Faint (K-M)
Near Colorless (G-J)
Colorless (D-F)

Cut

Contrary to popular belief, the cut does not refer to the actual shape of a diamond. Terms like “princess diamond” and “pear” do not actually refer to cut.

When diamonds are cut, the cut needs to be performed in a certain way that lets light escape in a proper manner. This is very important, because poor cuts can refract light differently and dampen the brilliance of your diamond.

We could go into brightness, scintillation and a bunch of other terms, but to keep it simple: if the diamond gives a bright, “sharp” appearance then the cut is generally high quality. When viewing the diamond, make sure there is good lighting in the room or area you’re in. A good diamond can only reflect a good light source and if it gives that sharp, bright shine then you’re likely looking at a nicely cut diamond.

Clarity

Finally we have Clarity, which is more difficult to judge with the naked eye. This is where you look for imperfections, inclusions, and other faults.

Chips in particular are important, because they can make the diamond more prone to cracking and shattering. Diamonds are strong, but there are still forces that can ruin your gem under the right circumstances. Everyone, at some point, is going to bang their ring into something or scrape it against a wall on accident. The better the clarity, the less likely something bad will happen from that.

There are some obvious faults that can be spotted by an unaided eye just by looking closely, but clarity is usually gauged under a gem microscope. This is another factor where GIA certification will make your life a lot easier.

Of course, telling diamond quality can be difficult. If you have any questions on diamond quality then don’t hesitate to contact us.

Want to build an engagement ring with a GIA certified diamond? We’re here to help!

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.

 

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.

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.

Finding the engagement ring of your dreams starts with choosing the right precious metal. Of course, the classic choice is between platinum and gold. Most people assume that platinum is just for the super-rich, and that certainly was the case in the past. After all, big names like Natalie Portman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gisele Bündchen, and even Marilyn Monroe chose platinum engagement rings. These days, however, platinum is a great option for brides all over the globe. Why should you choose a platinum engagement ring?

Endlessly Elegant                                              

Platinum never really goes out of style so, it’s a great choice to represent your marriage as the years go by. This beautiful white metal really reflects style and class, making it a popular choice among the upper echelons of society. If you want a truly elegant ring, platinum is a great choice for your band.

Perfect For Diamonds

Gold has its distinctive yellow color which reflects clearly through your diamond. However, platinum is so pure and white that it doesn’t send any color through your diamond. This makes platinum a fantastic choice if you want your diamond to really shine.

The Most Secure Setting

Platinum is incredibly durable and long-wearing. You can do pretty much anything to a platinum ring, and it will generally remain unscathed. It’s one of the strongest settings for diamonds, so it’s a safe way to ensure that your precious stone doesn’t get harmed.

Super Exclusive

Platinum is also about thirty times more rare than gold. It is found in only a few select spots around the world, so the simple fact is that not everybody can have a platinum ring. If you want a ring that looks stunning and really sets you apart, platinum is the perfect choice.

Hypoallergenic

Even good quality gold can often irritate sensitive hands. However, platinum is a great hypoallergenic option for the more sensitive brides out there. You’ll never have to worry about irritation with a gorgeous platinum band.

Long-Lasting Beauty

Unlike white gold, which needs to be replated after a while to retain its shine, platinum never fades – just like your love! So, it is a fitting way to really symbolize your relationship.

A platinum engagement ring just might be the most stunning investment you ever make. This beautiful precious metal will stand the test of time and always looks elegant and expensive. Get in touch with one of the diamond brokers at The Diamond Reserve  today for  a personal consultation.  

 

The Elegant Beauty of Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

There is no such thing as the perfect engagement ring style, as beauty is always determined by the eye of the beholder. However, if you are attracted to the gorgeous appeal of the classic emerald cut but, want a ring that shines with more radiance we have just the cut for you. The brilliance of the radiant cut diamond is hard to match. This gorgeous, relatively modern style of diamond ring will wow just about anyone.

What is a radiant cut diamond?

Cut into a radiant square silhouette with gently trimmed corners, resulting in a beautiful stone with 70 facets that produces an amazing pattern of refracted, sparkling light. Some people liken this look to that of crushed ice. The top and bottom of a radiant cut stone are both heavily faceted to allow for maximum ‘sparkle effect’

Finding the perfect setting

In order for light to be transmitted through the diamond to produce this brilliant effect, a radiant cut stone must be placed in a raised setting that requires four prongs to keep the precious diamond firmly in place. The diamond can either be orientated across the wearer’s finger so that it follows the circle of the engagement ring, or so that it points towards the tip of the finger. If you choose a large stone for this style of ring, it is probably best to use the latter setting.

Designer tip:  For extra sparkle consider adding smaller, accent stones set against your radiant cut diamond.

Not sure which setting is best for you? Take a look at the industry’s most popular radiant cut diamond engagement rings for some inspiration.

Classic Solitaire

A modern alternative to the classic engagement ring, this elegant setting showcases the radiant cut in spectacular fashion no matter the carat size. Whether you prefer the look of a platinum, rose gold or the classic yellow gold band this stone will dazzle on your finger.  

3 Stone

Looking to make a “WOW” statement with your ring? Try on this beauty for size. In this setting, your radiant stone is flanked by two gorgeous stones, designed to amplify the sparkle and brilliance of the ring.

Designer Tip: To customize this design experiment with the shapes (tapered baguettes, trapezoids, etc) and colors of the side stones.  

Halo

Harkening back to the glamour of the Roaring 20’s, this Art Deco option is perfect for the woman looking to add a stylish twist. With a ‘halo’ of smaller diamonds encircling the center stone, this setting makes a big splash on any budget.

Hidden Halo

Looking for something a bit more discreet?  This incredible setting flips the traditional halo on its side, literally.

Designer Tip: This design maximizes the appearance of the center stone’s size, so you can get more bling for your buck!

Micropavé  Accent Diamonds

Are none of the above options giving you the sparkle you desire? No problem. Simply add some Micropavé accent diamonds to your ring. This dazzling look will make your ring look like every inch is paved with diamonds. Ooh-La-La!

Ready to take the plunge?  Let one of our diamond brokers walk you through your options and design a custom engagement ring you will treasure forever.

Buying a Diamond – The Importance of the Certification

Chances are your diamond engagement ring will be the most expensive single piece of jewelry you buy in your lifetime. When it comes to diamonds, the price is directly related to quality, and getting a superior stone often means paying a high price. With all that money on the line, you want to make sure you get exactly what you pay for.

That means not only shopping around and comparing prices but insisting upon a diamond certification. A certification helps to assure you that the diamond you purchase is all the seller claims it is and can also help guide you in online research to make sure you are getting a fair price.

What is Diamond Certification?

In the 1940’s the Gem Institute of America ( GIA)  established the 4Cs of diamond buying – cut, color, clarity and carats–  and the International Diamond Grading System .  Today, the GIA’s grading system is still the worldwide standard for evaluating diamond quality, and chances are you are referring to those factors as you search for the perfect diamond. Even so, there is only so much the buyer can do on his or her own. At some point, that buyer needs to rely on the expertise – and integrity – of the jeweler.

That is where the diamond certification comes in. Getting a certification on the diamond you buy serves a number of purposes, including:

  • Providing a gemological analysis of the diamond, including the characteristics and components of the stone.
  • Gives you an independent laboratory analysis of the stone, performed by an outside gemologist.
  • Provides you with a detailed report which summarizes the findings of that analysis.
  • Gives you peace of mind that the diamond you are buying is truly a quality stone.

The Benefits of Diamond Certification

Having a pre-purchase certification done on the diamond you plan to buy carries a number of important benefits. Some of those many benefits include:

  • Certification helps to establish a baseline value for the stone, based on the four C’s of diamond buying.
  • Certification serves to reassure the buyer that the diamond is not being misrepresented and that it is truly worth the price.
  • The certification can increase the resale value of the diamond in the event the buyer wishes to sell the ring or upgrade later.
  • Certification provides a value that can be used for insurance purposes down the road. It can even eliminate the need for a separate appraisal.

Why Is Diamond Certification Important?

In addition to the benefits stated above, there are other reasons why diamond certification is an important step in the pre-purchase process. We recommend never purchasing a ring that has not undergone GIA certification. This is one of the best ways to avoid common scams and rip-offs. It is also important to note to be wary of purchasing any diamonds that have been certified by the EGL or GSI.  Unlike the GIA, both the GSA and ESL do not have standard grading practices, therefore, making it difficult to assess the real value of the stone.

In addition, the ever-increasing quality of counterfeit and artificial diamonds is yet another reason to ensure the diamond you purchased has been certified by the GIA. A decade ago, the only fake diamonds on the market were cubic zirconium – and they looked quite artificial. These days, however, there are artificial diamonds that are almost impossible to tell from the real thing.

What Should The GIA Diamond Certification Include?

When you receive a certification for your diamond from the GIA, the paperwork should include the following:

  • Grading for each of the 4Cs – cut, color, clarity and carat weight.
  • The shape of the diamond
  • The measurements of the stone
  • Diamond grade
  • Table and depth percentage
  • Fluorescence and polish
  • Symmetry and graining

Protecting Your Lifetime Investment

A diamond engagement ring is designed to last a lifetime, but you need to take steps to protect that investment. The loss or theft of such a personal item can be devastating, so it is important to take all the steps necessary to protect your precious stone.

One of the smartest things diamond buyers can do is buy a GIA certified diamond with a laser inscription. The inscription process does not harm the diamond, but it does help to protect it should the ring ever be lost or stolen. GIA inscribes a serial number into the diamond, and that can help identify the stone and return it to its rightful owner. On you the GIA report it will note if the diamond does or does not have the laser inscription with the GIA number.

In addition, we recommend insuring your diamond engagement ring. Insuring fine jewelry is relatively inexpensive and there are many insurance providers that offer extensive coverage. In fact, many homeowner’s insurance and renter’s insurance policies have riders available to purchase.  The cost of the coverage will vary depending on the value of the ring, where you live and the theft rates in the area.

Finally, it is vital for you to trust the diamond broker you are dealing with. At The Diamond Reserve, we pride ourselves on our promise to only sell GIA certified diamonds to guarantee client satisfaction.  Give us a call today to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.

Elegant & Timeless: The Halo Engagement Ring

The right diamond engagement ring sets the tone for a rewarding and fulfilling relationship. It’s the perfect way to share your joy about the prospect of spending the rest of your life with someone that you love. Your other half will be there to lift your spirits and keep you happy. They’ll serve as your sounding board when times get rough or when you just need a human connection, but most of all, they’re the one special person who accepts you in all your uniqueness. The engagement ring that you choose is a symbol of a lifetime commitment of love and loyalty. You can express how much this commitment means to you with a dazzling, stylish halo engagement ring.

Brilliance & Timeless Style

While the halo design has been around in some form since Georgian times  (1714-1837), the brilliant design has gone through many different iterations over the years. However, it wasn’t until the 1920s that brides began to adorn their finger with this decorative and aesthetically pleasing ring. Often designed with a collection of smaller stones circling the center rounded or cushion-cut stone, the halo ring provides the appearance of opulence and elegance.  As a result, the halo ring is one of the most sought after engagement rings on the market.

Your bride will appreciate the way that the setting provides a full look when worn on the hand and how she feels every time that she glances at her gorgeous halo engagement ring.

Choosing the Right Halo for Your Bride to Be

The halo setting is a stunning design that offers class and brilliance. The setting offers you big ring looks and great customization flexibility. You can choose from various diamond center stones, cuts, and colors, as well as band metals and shank designs. Future grooms commonly choose a glamorous pavé band to accentuate the halo design. However, those who prefer a somewhat reserved look might opt for a solid band. You can also choose whether to incorporate one or two halos in the setting.

Until the big day arrives, the engagement ring that you choose will be the center of attention. The ring symbolizes your pledge as a couple to remain as one. Your bride will wear the symbol of your devotion to each other for the rest of her life. It’s important, however, to consider the how the wedding band will fit and look alongside the engagement ring. One of the Diamond Reserve’s expert consultants can help you finalize an engagement and band combination that works well together, suits your personal tastes and dazzles her all over again.

The right setting will make your soon-to-be-bride feel loved and cherished, and throughout the course of your marriage, the two of you will have plenty of opportunities to fall in love again. By carefully considering the details that will make your wife happy, you’ll give her at least one reason to do so. So, use this information to your advantage to make sure your beloved knows how much you care her every time that she gazes upon her brilliant, beautiful halo engagement ring, and connect with one of our in-house experts for a personal consultation to make sure that your engagement ring selection is absolutely perfect!

The Most Popular Engagement Ring Styles for Spring

Is the latest engagement ring trend to let go of tradition and replace diamonds with colorful gemstones? Well, yes and no. There has been a definite rise in popularity of commercially prepared gemstones but a ‘girl’s best friend’ has not been completely abandoned. We’ve taken a look at the data and have put together a list of the most popular engagement ring styles for spring 2018

Engagement ring trends for spring 2018

Now let’s take a look at the stones that are getting the most attention:

Something Blue: Blue stones have become popular over the past few years, and we suspect that this has something to do with the Duchess of Cambridge. The engagement ring that William gave Kate with its big blue sapphire appears to have kicked off this style.

Colored gemstones: The new generation of brides to be, seem to enjoy the individualism and originality that gemstones offer. The demand for custom made rings sporting stones in a color that matches the lady’s style has gone up a fair bit.

Diamonds: After all is said and done, diamonds continue to be the most popular choice for engagement rings. With newer designs hitting the market diamond rings are beautifully merging the traditional with the trendy and attracting a whole new niche of buyers. Some of the more popular designs of diamond engagement rings are:

  • Solitaire diamond in a dainty band: The band made of 14K white gold is no more than 1.7mm in thickness and gives the ring a delicate look and feel. The solitaire fitted into the ring could be round, pear-shaped, or princess cut and all go equally well with the fine band. Classic and elegant, this style of diamond engagement ring is one of the most popular this spring.
  • French cut basket setting: This style is also set in a 14K white gold band with a larger stone in the middle and smaller diamonds going halfway down on either side. The French cut basket setting goes well with several cuts of diamonds and the bride can choose a design that suits her best.
  • White gold classic: This take on the traditional engagement ring has the round solitaire set in a 2mm 14K white gold band. Pear-shaped, oval and princess cuts also go well with this design. The white gold adds a modern touch to the time-honored design and the popularity of the rings says that we have a winner.

So, there you have it; new designs and trends are surfacing but they still are a far cry from dethroning the popular diamond ring. At The Diamond Reserve, we have a wide selection of diamond rings set in both white and yellow gold, for you to choose from. Visit our website to browse our catalog and fall in love once again with one of our stunning engagement ring designs.