Tag Archives: Diamond

Top 10 Soft Square Halo Engagement Rings

As I’ve said before, the soft square halo is hot hot hot. This shape is perfect for brides who want the classic feel of a round brilliant center stone, but the on-trend look of a cushion shaped ring. My favorite designers do these rings in multiple styles (Verragio, Simon G., Tacori, A. Jaffe and Gabriel all rock this look!) And this setting was a huge hit this year among Instagrammers and Pinners alike. Below, the top 10 soft square halo engagement rings! First up, this custom 3 carat cushion cut diamond was the centerpiece for a soft, micropave halo we crafted from 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 →

Rock Beats Paper – Shopping for Diamond Certificates vs. Diamonds

Hi there! If you’re new here, welcome. I’m re-posting a few of my old favorites for the new (and growing) audience here. This guide to shopping for a diamonds vs. diamond certificates is one of my favorites. I’m so happy you clicked over from Insta or Pinterest or Tumblr, and I hope you enjoy an insane amount of engagement ring eye candy and rambling advice about how to score a great deal on them. Your entire life you’ve been led to believe that paper beats rock. When it comes time to buy an engagement ring, the maxim gets reversed. When a jeweler Read More →

Should You Ever Buy an EGL Diamond?

Hi there! If you’re new here, welcome. I’m re-posting a few of my old favorites for the new (and growing) audience here. I’m so happy you clicked over from Insta or Pinterest or Tumblr, and I hope you enjoy an insane amount of engagement ring eye candy and rambling advice about how to score a great deal on them. Well if that’s not a trick question I don’t know what is! Asking “Should you ever buy an EGL Diamond?” Implies several other questions. Is an EGL diamond superior or inferior to other diamonds? Is this because it’s certified? or certified Read More →

How Much Should You Spend on An Engagement Ring?

One of my all time favorite posts is my April Fool’s Day post from last year on the Raymond Lee Jewelers blog. I had so much fun writing it, drawing on overheard snippets of conversation, terrible advice from women’s magazines, and – horrifyingly – actual words spoken by jewelry professionals. It was a great exercise in nonsense, and proved to me, once again, that I’d be utterly lost without the calculator app. Words > numbers in my book. Anyway, people saw the graphic and they. were. MAD. Which was my intention. It was an April Fool’s Day prank, after all! And I even Read More →

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