Why is the Diamond April’s Birthstone?

The diamond has become a symbol of pure love for many couples around the world. Today, its durability inspires countless couples to hold the diamond as a symbol of the eternal commitment and unbroken bonds between lovers. This symbolism has garnered the diamond a spiritual touch as well. Today, the diamond is an integral element of astrology, representing love, luck, and prosperity.

Diamond and the month of April

In astrology, each month has a corresponding gemstone that represents the unique characteristics of each of the 12 sun signs in the Zodiac. Astrologers and gemstone wearers believe that wearing the birthstone protects us from harm and lends our life joy and love.

Just like other gemstones, the diamond also holds a pride of place in the list of birthstones. Based on the analysis of the Zodiac, astrologers believe that the characteristics of the diamond resemble the characteristics of the sun sign Aries. Independent, strong-willed, and optimistic, both the Aries-born and their birthstone, the diamond, shine their brilliant light on the rest of the Zodiac.

A credible nomenclature

To prevent this commercialization of gemstones and to protect customers from being cheated, the American National Association of Jewelers decided to publish a verifiable List of Birthstones in 1912. This list was the go-to source of information for customers who wished to purchase birthstones. In this list, the diamond was placed as the birthstone for the month of April to correspond with the sun sign of Aries.

Diamond as a birthstone

Diamonds form when carbon is subjected to intense force and pressure for millions of years. When they finally become diamonds, these gemstones are hard-wearing, sturdy, stable, and unbreakable. This physical characteristic of the diamond has enthralled people for years. Their ability to survive the odds and come out stronger and more beautiful speaks volumes to April-born people.

Courageous, tenacious, and enthusiastic to begin with, the traits of the diamond resonate with Aries-born people. Diamonds symbolize romance, grace, serenity, artistry, and humanitarianism – all of which are found in the typical April-born. This makes the diamond the perfect birthstone for the month of April.

The physical and spiritual properties of diamonds.  

Known as an energy amplifier in spiritual communities, the diamond is believed to detoxify the body, freeing people from digestive problems, infertility, diabetes, and dermatological concerns. In order to properly absorb the diamond’s healing properties, astrologers recommend having a 1-3 carat diamond inserted into gold/silver for the best results.

Take advantages of healing properties of the diamond buy purchasing your own custom-designed piece from The Diamond Reserve.

Celebrate National Diamond Month

The diamond, one of the hardest substances on Earth, represents unbreakable bonds of love. Today, the diamond is the favored jewel for the engagement, wedding, and anniversary ring,  symbolizing fidelity and lifetime commitment. No wonder the ancient Greeks called it adamas, meaning ‘the invincible’.

Commemorating the world’s most loved stone

As the commercialization of gemstones began, most industry veterans saw how many couples had no idea what gemstone to choose and for which occasion. To help ease the process, the experts at the American National Association of Jewelers dedicated a gemstone for each month of the year, using their representative qualities as a guideline.

As per astrology, each gemstone is connected to a specific zodiac sign. It is believed that wearing the right gemstone based on your sun sign brings luck, love, and happiness.  In astrology, diamonds are most compatible with the sign of Aries and as a result, they became the gemstone of the month for April.

So shower yourself this April with something shiny. Check out these innovative ways to add a little sparkle to your life an honor national diamond month.

Have a custom-designed diamond ring made for your wedding

Pre-made diamond rings are so yesteryears. Now it’s the time of the personalized, custom-designed diamond rings. If you’re tying the knot this year, you may want to consider a custom-designed diamond ring.

These days, you’ll find specialized, trailed and highly-qualified wedding ring designers to work with, to create your very own diamond ring. From unique shapes to creative color combinations, you can experiment with them all.

Gift your partner a diamond-studded cufflink or tie pin

Who says diamonds are only a girl’s best friend? With the phenomenal pieces specially made for the gentlemen, you’ll be hard-placed to find an anniversary gift better than a diamond-studded cufflink or tie pin.

Trust us. A look at this sparkling beauty and your partner will be swept off his feet. These days, you’ll find entire sections in diamond stores, dedicated to men. Find a design you like and gift it to your loved one on your special day. Diamonds are no longer considered a girl’s best friends. Today, diamond jewelry manufacturers make custom-pieces for the gentlemen too. From diamond-studded cufflinks to diamond encrusted tie pins, your partner is sure to find a stunning piece for your special day. A great way to celebrate Diamond Month is to have coordinated diamond jewelry made for both yourself and your partner.

Go on a guided diamond tour

Have you ever wondered how the gorgeous diamond wedding ring on your finger was cut, shaped, and designed? If yes, why not go on a guided diamond tour? Some stores run seasonal tours where they allow clients to get a glimpse into the action that takes place behind-the-scenes.

If however, you don’t have the time to go on an actual tour, do read up on the stringent and highly-controlled operations that Denver-based The Diamond Reserve follow when creating their magnificent engagement and diamond rings.

Experiment with shapes, sizes, and colors

From pinks to yellow, diamonds come in many colors. With so many combinations available, you’ll be left breathless with the choices you have on hand.

This National Diamond Month, wave goodbye to the traditional white round diamond and choose another lovely color. Experiment with the various shapes – hearts, squares, circles and princess cut. Trust us; with a unique diamond on your finger, you’ll become the cynosure of all eyes.

Celebrate National Diamond Month in style and call now to make an appointment with one of our experienced diamond brokers. You will be glad you did.

For decades people from all over the world have positioned the diamond as the symbol of true love. But did you know in many other cultures, other precious gemstones have symbolic meaning too?  Throughout history, societies have imbued gemstones with significant power and symbolism. In this week’s blog, we will shine a light of a few of the legends associated with some of the world’s most treasured jewels.

SAPPHIRE

Before diamonds became the preferred gem for engagement rings in the early 20th century, Sapphires were the favored choice as the stone’s blue hue has long been considered the color of fidelity.

EMERALD

As legend tells emeralds to protect those that wear them from evil spirits. There is also another legend that says if you place an emerald under your tongue you will be able to foresee the future.

RUBY

While people in India and Burma believed that rubies provided the owner with safety and peace, the ruby has deep mythical roots all over the world. In medieval Europe, it was thought that these gems guaranteed wisdom, wealth, health and success in love. But the myth of the ruby goes even further back than the Middle Ages as ancient Hindus believed that those who offered rubies to the god Krishna would be emperors in a future life.

AMETHYST

Due to this gem’s deep purple hue, the Amethyst is often associated with the Greek God Bacchus. As such in ancient Greece, it was believed by many that this stone could protect the wearer from drunkenness. In more modern times, the amethyst is thought to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted.

GARNET

Associated with nobility and spirituality, the garnet is a common stone found in the jewelry of Pharaohs and clergymen. In ancient and medieval times, garnets were worn to enhance bodily strength, endurance, and vigor.

PERIDOT

Often confused with its darker cousin, the emerald,  ancient Egyptians believe this stone brought the wearer good luck and protect them from nightmares.

Fun Fact: Many of Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridots!

PEARL

Prior to modern cultivation techniques, pearls were once more valuable than even the purest diamond. Associated with chastity and purity, pearls have ties all the way back to ancient China.

TOPAZ

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, topaz is said to bestow intelligence and strength on the one who wears it.

ZIRCON

Thought to protect travelers and drive away evil spirits, this stone has been chosen for its protective qualities since the Middle Ages.

DIAMOND

Thanks to a brilliant marketing campaign by De Beers in the early 20th century,  diamonds are now synonymous with love and commitment. But before De Beers debut its “ A Diamond Is Forever” campaign, diamonds were thought to symbolize ascension, clarity, and wisdom.

While we are known for our wide selection of wholesale loose diamonds if you are looking for something a little different let our brokers find the perfect stone of your choice. Call today for a consultation.

How to Polish Your Diamond Jewelry

Whether it is a brilliant diamond engagement ring or a family heirloom, diamond jewelry is precious and often hold sentimental value. Regular caring for your jewelry will help to maintain its shine and sparkle. Diamond rings especially require regular maintenance because our hands are constantly coming in contact with substances that could dirty a ring. From the dirt stuck on your fingers while gardening to the moisturizer that you apply on your skin, the ring picks it all up and in time, starts to look dull and loses its shine.

We have here for you a simple guide on how to care for your diamond jewelry and keep it safe from damage:

Spot the dirt: Before you clean your ring, it is important to know what has got caught up in it. If there is a crusting of dirt or a mix of oil and dust, you should get a jeweler to clean the jewelry professionally. While diamonds are resistant to most cleaning and scrubbing, the metal that it is set in is not. Gold, silver, and platinum are all susceptible to damage from harsh chemicals and scrubbing.

If your ring is just dulled from body oils or lotions, you can clean it at home.

How to clean your ring at home: The first thing to remember is to be gentle. Make a solution of warm water and a little bit of liquid detergent and soak your ring in it for at least twenty minutes, the longer you soak the better. After soaking, use a soft (dedicated) toothbrush to clean out any debris that might still be stuck in the ring. Rinse the ring thoroughly under warm, running water and make sure you clean it off all the detergent. Dry your ring well with a soft cloth.                                                                                                    

What not to do: As mentioned earlier, the metal that your diamond is set in could get damaged with harsh cleaning methods. Chlorine-containing household cleaners, like bleach, are a big no-no when it comes to cleaning jewelry. Even ready-made products that are made specifically for jewelry cleaning and polishing should be treated with caution. Read the labels carefully of any commercial cleaning products and make sure that the chemicals contained are safe for use on your jewelry. Alternatively, you could buy a product that is chemical-free and non-abrasive. Never use a rough surface to clean tough-to-remove dirt. Scrubbing too hard could scratch the metal or even cause the stone to come loose. Avoid using an ultrasonic cleaner at home because the vibrations could loosen the diamond from its setting.                                                                                                                             

Get a professional check: If you own diamond jewelry, especially antique jewelry, you should take it to a reputed jeweler for inspection every now and then. Don’t clean old pieces at home until you are sure that they are in good condition. A jeweler will be able to repair old jewelry and tighten loose prongs so that you can safely clean it at home.

Be regular with the cleaning and polishing of your diamond jewelry to avoid the build-up of dirt around it. A simple maintenance routine will keep your diamonds sparkling all year through.

 

Stand Out: Design A Custom Engagement Ring

The engagement ring has been a symbol of love for generations. But as each generation reaches this momentous stage in life they each put their own spin on this tradition. For today’s couples purchasing an engagement ring that is as unique as their union. One of the most effective ways to get a ring that is as unique as your love is to go the custom engagement ring route.

Making your ring unique

Designing a custom engagement ring is one of the best ways to create a ring that will truly be one of a kind.  At The Diamond Reserve, our experts seamlessly marry extensive knowledge of diamonds with incredible custom design expertise to create the ring of your dreams.

How to get a custom-designed ring?

There are a few steps involved in custom-designing your ring:

  1.  Starting point: Start by setting an appointment with one of our diamond brokers. At your appointment, our expert will sit with you and discover exactly what you are looking for in a custom engagement ring.  Our expert will begin by asking you a series of questions to determine your individual tastes and budget constraints.
  2. Select Your Diamond: Our showroom contains a wide selection of loose diamonds that come in a variety of carats, shapes, and colors. Be sure to take your time and ask our broker any questions you may have. All our diamonds are GIA certified, so you can rest assured that the diamond you are purchasing is of the highest quality.
  3. Customize Your Engagement Ring Design: By familiarizing ourselves with your budget and your desires, our broker will help you design your engagement ring right down to the millimeter width. Once the design is determined, we will render a 3D CAD image that will showcase your ring from every angle.From this image, you can examine every aspect of the ring and make any changes. We will not continue with the process until the image reflects the exact ring you have envisioned. YOUR approval is what matters most!
  4. The Ring: And finally once all the details have been ironed out, the actual ring can be made. On average it takes about 3 weeks to create your custom engagement ring, so plan accordingly. In special cases, your ring can be ready in as little as 2 weeks, ask us about rush orders.

Does it cost more to custom design a ring?

Not necessarily. Typically it is less expensive to custom design your ring through The Diamond Reserve than purchasing a designer branded ring from your local jeweler or online.

* Bonus-  Due to our unique connections as diamond brokers and design experts our wide selection of quality GIA certified wholesale diamonds, our custom-design rings are higher in quality than those sold in cookie-cutter jewelry stores.

Should you custom-design your ring?

Depending on your individual tastes and budget restraints your custom-designed engagement ring can take many shapes. From the how high or low the diamond sits or the design of the prongs, even a timeless solitaire diamond ring can be customized to obtain a one-of-a-kind ring. Your custom-designed engagement ring does not have to be elaborate, it just has to match your vision.

Book your consultation today!

 

5 Fun Engagement Announcement Trends

Did he finally pop the question?  Getting engaged is one of the most exciting and wonderful experiences of our lives and wanting to share the moment is only natural. Why go with a simple ‘We’re Engaged’ message on Facebook, when you can get creative and make your announcement fun?  

Fun and creative ways to share your engagement announcement

1. Pose with the ring: There is no mistaking what the sparkly diamond on your finger stands for. A picture on social media of you and your love posing together with the ring on your finger doesn’t even need a caption. A sweet picture of the two of you holding each other close with your hand up displaying the ring will get the message across. Or you could post a picture of you two locked in a kiss with your hand on his cheek showing off the sparkly.

 

2. The contrasting picture: An alternative to you posing with the ring could be a picture where you hold your hand out front and put the ring in focus. You and your significant other in the background slightly blurred out will bring attention to your hand and put the message out there loud and clear.

 

3.Props: Little notes, signboards, balloons, and mugs are all props you can use to announce your engagement. Messages like Just Engaged, I asked accompanied by I said yes, He put a ring on it, can all be used to share the good news with the world. Pictures with these messages displayed on balloons, mugs, signposts and so on make for a creative way to spread the word.

 

4.Pets: If one or both of you have pets, then there is nothing cuter than having them pose with the message. Getting your pets to pose with signs like “Mum and Dad are Engaged” or “My Humans are Tying the Knot” is an adorable way to make your announcement. You could also pose with your pet for a lovely family picture that either displays your engagement ring or has a little sign up with the announcement on it.

 

5.Go live: With social media allowing for real-time updates, you could actually get someone to film the proposal and have it stream live on social media. Gentlemen, if you want to surprise your lady while out on a romantic dinner, you might want to plan this well. Involve a waiter or a friend and have them discreetly be ready with the camera just before you are about to pop the question. If you are both in on the proposal, you could hire a professional to film it or take a few pictures that you can post on social media.

Getting engaged is a memory that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. Make it as big or as small as you want, make it simple or wildly creative, but at the end of the day, your engagement announcement should match your style.

 

What is Wedding Ring Rash and How to Cure It?

Wedding rings are a symbol of everlasting love. They are a mark of the promises between a husband and his wife. They are a testament to an artist’s creativity. Wedding rings are also itchy and painful accessories that cause rashes.

Wedding ring rash is a very painful, not to mention an aesthetically unappealing affliction, which occurs as a result of the constant chafing of the skin against the metal of the ring.

Ring rashes (aka ring dermatitis) occur due to multiple reasons:

  •  When the wedding ring is too tight for your finger
  •  When the wedding ring is made of a metal you’re allergic to
  •  When there is dampness on your skin, causing infection
  •  When there is a build-up of dirt, debris, and soap under the ring
  •  When you are genetically susceptible to dermatological conditions

When you have a wedding ring rash, it becomes extremely painful to wear your wedding ring for days at a stretch. You may also find yourself constantly scratching at your dry skin, worsening the rash further and spreading an infection to the rest of your body.

If given immediate care, your wedding ring rash will subside, leaving behind a smooth, blemish-free skin and the desire to wear your wedding ring.

Tips to cure wedding ring rash

Use jewelry that isn’t made of nickel

Nickel allergy is one of the most common conditions amongst people who wear jewelry. Nickel allergy can develop at any time in your life, and it’s important to avoid wearing nickel to keep your skin clean and healthy.

Unfortunately, almost all jewelry contains traces of nickel in them. To prevent nickel allergy, you can ask your jeweler to coat your wedding ring in rhodium, which prevents the corrosion of metal and keeps the nickel at bay.

Note: If you have known allergy to nickel, we recommend investing in a platinum setting instead.

Clean the ring before wearing it

Regular ring cleaning is a must to get rid of the dirt and debris that’s built-up under your ring. First, use a damp cloth to clear all the particles out. Next, use a dry cloth to remove the dampness.

If you’re using a specialized jewelry cleaning solution, dilute it with water before use, as it can also cause a skin rash. You can also give the ring to a professional jeweler for cleaning.

Allow your skin to get some air and sunlight

Most times, dermatological infections develop as a result of the dampness underneath the skin. This dampness causes bacteria to grow, leading to the formation of rashes. The best way to prevent this problem is to expose the skin to air and sunlight.

Get a prescription for the rash

From anti-fungal medication to antihistamine pills, you have multiple medical options to treat your ring dermatitis. Visit the doctor for a consultation if you experience severe pain, itching, and swelling. You may just learn you have a nickel allergy which is more common than most think.

Change your skincare routine

Regular moisturizing leaves the hand soft and supple, preventing the formation of dry skin. When this happens, chances of your developing a rash reduce. Apply hand lotion every day and remove the ring when doing so.

 

Cushion Cut Diamonds: A Buyers Guide

For years the diamond shape of choice for many brides was the brilliant round cut diamond, but today’s brides are looking for something more glamorous. Popular among celebrities and everyday brides alike, cushion cut diamonds add a bit of romance and elegance to the traditional diamond engagement ring.

What is a cushion cut diamond?

A blend of the modern round brilliant cut pattern and the old mine facet pattern, a cushion cut diamond is designed with large open facets to emphasize the stone’s color and clarity.

How to choose the right cushion cut diamond?

Unlike many of the  10 most popular diamond shapes, the standards for cushion cut diamonds vary.  But, there are a few elements you must take into consideration before you purchase a cushion cut diamond.

First, identify your ideal ratio. While the classic cushion cut diamond is a square, there are also rectangular cushion cut diamonds with a larger length-to-width ratio. The optimal length-to-width ratio of the diamond will depend on the shape chosen. For example, if you choose a square cushion, we recommend choosing a diamond that is between 1.00 and 1.09 times as long as it is wide.

Note: For the best depth in a cushion cut diamond, try to stick to a depth percentage under 70% and a table percentage under 70%.

Next, take a moment to really consider the type of facet arrangement you prefer. Here are the three options to choose from:

Cushion Brilliant – Similar to the faceting arrangement of round brilliant cut diamond, this type of Cushion cut diamond contains larger facets and does not have the “crushed ice” appearance. Designed to resemble a star, this stone’s facets extend from the center of the pavilion out toward the girdle.

Cushion Modified Brilliant- A variation on the original cushion brilliant, this style of cut allows the cutter to save more weight from the original rough, which makes this stone a more affordable version without losing any of its brilliance. In fact, this style includes an extra set of facets along the pavilion creating an incredible sparkle and added brilliance to produce that “crushed ice” look.

Once you decide on the cut and facet arrangement, it is time to consider the stone’s color, clarity, and carat weight. The color of your diamond is often determined by both your budget and taste, but we recommend never purchasing a diamond with a color grading below an H. For clarity we recommend sticking with an  SI1 clarity grade or better. Cushion cuts have a large open table, which means that it may be difficult to find an eye-clean SI2. Depending on the clarity and color chosen, you may find that your carat selection may be quite limited based on budget constraints. So focus on finding a diamond with the right measurements (length x width) within the carat weight range you can afford.

Need help finding the cushion cut diamond of your dreams?  The Diamond Reserve has a great selection of wholesale loose diamonds to choose from. Our experts are dedicated to helping every client design the engagement ring they will love for an eternity.

 

A Brief Guide to Accent Diamonds

Accent diamonds are smaller side stones that emphasize the bigger center stone.  Commonly used in engagement rings and bracelets, watches, pendants, earrings and gemstone rings. The intent of accent stones is not just to accentuate the center diamond, but also enhance the overall luxurious quality and impact of the jewelry or accessories in which they’re set.

What kind of cuts do accent diamonds have?

Some of the easily distinguishable accent diamond cuts include tapered baguettes, single cuts/melee, and triangular cuts/trilliants. The choice of accent shape depends on your personal preference. If you prefer a tapered look, go for a tapered baguette shape or pear shape. If you want excellent light performance, consider round brilliant cut diamonds.

Accent diamonds are small and therefore the number of facets is less of a concern. Most have between 16 to 18 facets, and are known as ‘single cut’, while bigger cuts have 58 facets and referred to as ‘full cut’.

Color, clarity and carat weight

When it comes to picking an accent diamond you must be mindful of the 4C’s. The color and clarity of accent stones should be consistent with the color and clarity of the center stone.  As for the cut, choose a cut that is complementary to the shape of the center stone.  Afterall, you don’t want the side stones to detract from an otherwise beautiful center stone. Always choose accent diamonds with a clarity grade of  VS2 or better. As far as carat weight is concerned, most accent diamonds typically weigh a few carats less than the center stone.

The bottom line is that accent diamonds should be small enough to let the center stone hog the attention, yet not be so inferior in quality as to lower the appearance and quality of the particular piece of jewelry.

 

Make an appointment with one of our expert diamond brokers today to find the perfect diamond for your loved one. The Diamond Reserve has the best collection of wholesale loose diamond around.

How To Clean Your Diamond Ring

The average person spends the equivalent of three months salary on a diamond engagement ring. Such an extravagant purchase should be treated with great care. But because we wear our diamond rings every day we often neglect the care they need to remain brilliant. From slathering on the hand lotion to exposure to everyday grime, the brilliance of your diamond ring can begin to dull. Over time dirt and other gunk can build up on the back of your diamond, blocking light resulting in a dull appearance. Regularly cleaning your ring is the best way to keep it looking its best.

     The Importance of Taking Special Care When Cleaning Diamonds

While diamonds are extremely durable as they are among the hardest substances on Earth, they do require special attention when it comes to cleaning. Why is that? Well, the answer is quite simple. The coatings and other materials used to enhance a diamond’s appearance are very vulnerable to damage from harsh chemicals and vigorous scrubbing. In order to protect your precious stones from damage follow these easy steps.

First, soak your diamond ring in a mixture of mild liquid detergent and warm water. Next, use a soft toothbrush and lightly brush the stone to loosen and release dirt trapped underneath the stone. DO NOT use a brush with stiff or hard bristles as this can scratch the ring’s metal setting. Then, let it sit for 2-3 minutes.  After the time has elapsed, rinse the ring thoroughly in warm water and then blot dry with a lint-free cloth.

Important Tip:  Be sure to plug your drain before rinsing the ring. The last thing you want is to let that expensive rock slip through your fingers and down the drain. Eek!

If your ring has a thick and stubborn film of dirt and oil, then it is best to have it professionally cleaned at the jewelers. By using a professional ultrasonic device, a jeweler can properly clean and re-polish the ring without scratching or damaging the ring. In addition, a jeweler will take extra care to double check that all the settings are in place and fix them if need be.

How To Protect Your Diamond Rings From Wear & Tear

Keeping your ring clean is just part of what it takes to maintain your ring. Here are a few rules you must follow:

  • Remove your ring before performing housework or cooking.
  • Remove your ring before washing your hands, showering or applying lotion.
  • Remove your ring before playing sports or any activity that may damage the stone.
  • Bring your ring to the jeweler for regular maintenance.  A skilled jeweler will have the tools to properly inspect your ring for microscopic chips, loose stones or prongs.
  • Insure your ring just in case the ring is damaged or lost.

At The Diamond Reserve, our expert diamond brokers are here to help you find a ring to treasure forever. Call today to schedule a consultation.