Category Archives: Diamonds By Raymond Lee

East West Engagement Rings

Let’s talk about East West engagement rings! This style of engagement ring refers to how the center stone is set. Instead of vertically, an elongated fancy shape diamond – think oval, emerald cut, marquise, radiant, pear shape etc. – is set horizontally. You most commonly see this style with symmetrical elongated shapes, but I included pear shaped because I’ve seen some really cool bezel set East West engagement rings by Catbird floating around on Pinterest, and it’s a great style for brides who want something totally unexpected. Fancy shapes, I’m not sure if I’ve written about here (though I have Read More →

#Engaged Around The World!

If you didn’t post it on Instagram, did it even happen? Forget about stories now coming to literally anything with a screen in 2017, the buzz is all about making things officially #official – thanks to the good looking geniuses at Diamonds by Raymond Lee. We conducted a super scientific study (you’re welcome) and got down to the facts about #engagement on Instagram. And we aren’t talking about how many likes and comments you get on each post. We’re talking about what really matters here at Designers & Diamonds… diamonds. DBRL scoured literally all of Instagram, the whole thing, to 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 →

Ring Stack Tips: How To Rock It

Ah, the ring stack. My most favorite recent bridal jewelry trend. I love nothing more than to see just oodles of diamonds piled upon one another. Whether you start right out of the gate with two wedding bands, or you carefully curate a collection over the years, I say the more the merrier. I love the idea of anniversary bands, or thin stackable diamond rings given on birthdays, anniversaries, and to commemorate major milestones like children. It gives your bridal set a layered, lived-in look that has a story to tell. And if there’s one thing I love more than Read More →

Layering Necklaces

I love layering necklaces. Back in the olden days before I had a toddler I usually wore two at a time. Much to my delight they’re still going strong out there among fashionistas who don’t face a minute-by-minute risk of garroting if they wear them. And while there’s a few different approaches to layering necklaces (long lariat + dainty pendant, choker + pendant, pendant + pendant, etc.) I like the small, delicate touches best. They’re my favorite way to add a little symbolism – your kids’ initials, your birthstone, your husband’s anniversary gift to you – or even a way Read More →

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