Top 10 Engagement Ring Facts and Trends

Simply Bridal have outdone themselves with another fun infographic. They’re sharing their chart outlining the top 10 engagement ring facts and trends. It may come as no surprise that grooms take their time to make sure the ring is just right (3 months is nothing compared to a lifetime of happiness!), that brides aren’t shy when it comes to shopping for themselves, and that most guys still get down on bended knee (though that shouldn’t be a requirement.) Read on for the rest!  Can we talk about the number one trend I notice among first time ring buyers? It’s not halos. It’s not Read More →

Round Brilliant Cut: Jewelry Terminology

In jewelry terminology a round brilliant diamond cut stone has multiple facets that give the stone maximum brilliance.  A round brilliant cut looks somewhat like a geometric cone. The first round brilliant cut was invented by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919. Before the RB, there wasn’t a standard cut for round diamonds. Most were a mashup of rose cut, Old European or full cut diamond properties, and each cutter had his own particular style of slicing. When Tolkowsky published his thesis “RESEARCH ON THE ABRADING, GRINDING OR POLISHING OF DIAMOND,” he applied then-cutting-edge (lol) technology with his genetically inherited expertise. He Read More →

Lucky You – Pot O’ Gold Engagement Rings

Is anyone else having St. Paddy’s Day confusion? It’s not until tomorrow – and a Friday, no less, – so I don’t know why both Chicago and South Florida held their parades last Saturday. While green beer flooded the streets of Wrigleyville and my friends in South Florida donned their best shamrock bikinis, I kept pinching myself because a) I wasn’t wearing green and b) St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until tomorrow. Anyway, I guess that gives us an excuse to celebrate twice, right? And while Jameson certainly has its place, I think here at Designers & Diamonds we should celebrate Read More →

EGL vs GIA – Just The Facts

I’ve written a lot about GIA, EGL, and diamond certificates in general. Typically, I’m pretty passionate (read: opinionated!) But I realized that I might be missing a bare bones, to-the-point breakdown of these two major grading labs. Just the facts. So I want to share a few tidbits about each, saving my biased opinion for the end. Here we go, EGL vs GIA. EGL (European Gemological Laboratory): EGL was established in 1974 and employs a staff of over 1,100 – many of which are scientists, certified diamond graders, and educators. EGL’s international locations are found in cities such as Paris, Read More →

Is a Morganite Engagement Ring Tacky?

Is a Morganite engagement ring tacky? If you’re a regular reader you likely know what I’m about to prattle on about. If not, please see: Tacky Engagement Rings Are Halo Engagement Rings Tacky? Big Engagement Rings Are Tacky? Ok, back to the topic at hand: Morganite engagement rings and their alleged tackiness. Morganite is a blush pink stone that’s a member of the beryl family. Like its cousins emerald and aquamarine (this month’s birthstone!) It’s a relatively hard gem, with a solid 7.5-8 rating on the Mohs scale of hardness. It’s considerably less expensive than emerald, and makes an appealing Read More →

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