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Ultimate Guide to Buying a 1 Carat Diamond Ring

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My recent 1ct halo diamond ring purchase from BlueNile.com

When it comes to buying an engagement ring, a 1 carat diamond is the benchmark size that most people will shop for. So, what’s the reason behind their appeal? Well, my take is that humans are naturally drawn towards things in their entirety.

Think about it; would you rather buy a 0.94 carat sized diamond or would you prefer to own a 1.00 carat diamond?

If you chose the latter, it’s perfectly normal because that’s what most people would choose too (including yours truly).

In fact, 1 ct sized engagement rings are such a hot topic that I receive questions about them everyday!

In this write up, I’m going to reveal insider buying tips and walk you through the shopping process with a real-life example of a 1-carat diamond ring I purchased with my own money. (more…)

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The Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender

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What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of fancy color diamonds?

If you are like most people, I’m pretty sure you willing be thinking about vivid pink diamonds and the beautiful hue they exhibit.

Although diamonds can exist in almost any color hue imaginable, there’s something extremely special about pink diamonds that make them stand out and highly sought after. It’s no wonder that pink diamonds often find themselves in the limelight of record breaking auctions.

In today’s blog post, I’m going to talk about a very specialized niche market in the industry – the Argyle pink diamonds tender. (more…)

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Diamond Ratings And Quality – The Definitive Guide

 guide to understanding diamond ratings

For most guys, buying a diamond engagement ring is an extremely stressful (and challenging) process to go through when planning a proposal. Can you imagine being hassled by a pushy salesperson who’s trying to hard sell you a $7,000 diamond ring while you are trying to determine the quality of the diamond with a level head?

It’s not easy and not a fun situation to be in especially when thousands of dollars are at stake.

Speaking from personal experiences, I can definitely empathize with many of such encounters. You see, the average person won’t have the necessary experience when it comes to choosing a diamond of good quality. (more…)

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A Buyer’s Review: Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Ring

Ever since I developed a passion for the jewelry industry, colored diamonds have always intrigued me. Known for their fascinating hues, rare fancy color diamonds have also been in the headlines for their record breaking auctions.

And I’m not alone.

Over the years of managing Beyond4cs.com, I noticed a growing interest on colored diamonds (specifically, yellow diamonds). Most of the questions received are usually related to making stone selections and who’s a reliable vendor they can trust when shopping for natural yellow diamond rings.

cushion cut yellow diamond engagement rings (more…)

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Differences Between 10k, 14k & 18k Yellow Gold (Karat)

14k gold vs 18k gold

When you are shopping for fine jewelry or engagement rings, you will often come across the terms 10k gold, 14k gold, 18k gold or even 24k gold.

So, what do they mean and why should it matter to you?

In this article, we will address some of the differences between karat values and most common misconceptions people have about white/yellow gold settings. (more…)

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