Tag Archives: Diamond

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 →

Should You Ever Buy an EGL Diamond?

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 specifically by EGL? What’s EGL? What’s certification? What kind of wormhole have I opened? Henri Daussi Engagement Rings Well, the short answers are: Sometimes Sometimes Sometimes A diamond grading lab Please check here A reasonably sized one. EGL is one of the major gem grading labs. They issue a large portion of the certificated for diamonds in the trade, along Read More →

Engagement Ring Budget Series: Under $4000

This week, I’ll be sharing my favorite engagement rings in our most popular budgets. The average ring at RLJ sells for anywhere from $4,000 – $8,000, (which makes sense, with he average US engagement ring falling right around $5,000.) We have a generous amount grooms who do shop above this budget, but for the most part, we want to ensure we have a huge selection for our guys shopping in that budget. Today, we’re starting with our engagement rings under 4000 dollars. Most of the engagement ring settings at RLJ are under $4000, but for our purposes, I limited it Read More →

January Birthstone: Garnet

Garnet is a gorgeous birthstone for all January babies! This rich red gem is often mistaken for ruby, though it’s a totally different gem family. Whereas ruby is part of the corundum family (along with sapphire), garnets are a group of silicate minerals. Also included in the garnet party are spessartite and tsavorite (both of which I’ve written about before!) They come in a huge variety of colors including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless. Red is by far and away the most prevalent, and in gemstones, it’s a glossy, glass-like sheen on these pretty gems! Garnet is Read More →

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., Uneek 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 platinum and Read More →

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