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8 Fantastic Sites For Awe-Inspiring Engagement Ring Ideas

Diamond rings have always been an integral part of modern day weddings. After all, they are a women’s best friend and a diamond is “forever”. Unfortunately, when it comes to selecting an engagement ring design for a loved one, most people have no clue where to start.

In this blog post, I had compiled a useful list of online resources to help you find inspiration and ideas for ring designs. Best of all, these websites provide real photographs (and even videos!) instead of generic “stock images” to help you better visualize things.

Whiteflash’s Jewelry Gallery

Whiteflash is a company which is famous for their ideal cut diamonds and fine jewelry. Besides offering competitive prices for certified diamonds, they also offer affordable custom design services for a global audience.

You can find a collection of their finest work (as well as designer pieces like Tacori & Verragio!) inside their jewelry gallery. What I like about their gallery is that it is very well organized and easy to navigate.

Also, I find their craftsmanship on finished products to be of extremely high quality and this is largely due to the state-of-the-art production facility they have on-site. And if you ever need additional information about a piece of jewelry, it can be conveniently found within a couple of mouse clicks.

whiteflash three stone rings display

James Allen – Videos of Various Engagement Ring Styles

James Allen allows you to interact with their diamond rings in 360° videos (yes! videos and not just photographs) from your computer screen. This slick website is the go-to destination for online jewelry. Besides search filters you can tweak to view designs by style or material type, there is also a lifelike computer simulation which shows how the ring looks like on a hand.

james allen recently purchased

CustomMade.com – Build Your Own Engagement Ring

CustomMade.com is a platform that bridges craftspeople and consumers. The great thing about CustomMade.com is that you get to browse thousands of projects submitted by hundreds of different makers on one single website. For people who are looking for unconventional and unique designs, this is going to be your playground…

custom made

Pinterest – biffmeplease

If you didn’t know yet, Pinterest is the kingpin of online pinboards (pun intended). While Pinterest may not be the most user-friendly website to navigate around, they offer Internet users a great way to share and find new content. In fact, these visual pinboards created by members are a treasure trove of ideas waiting to be discovered.

One of the pinboards that deserves a special mention is a collation of engagement ring designs made by a user called biffmeplease.

pinterest idea board

WeKnowMeMes

For hardcore gamers and movie fanatics, this image gallery is geek heaven for you. From realistic “Poke ball” diamond rings to a “Death Star” ring box inspired by Star Wars, getting engaged has never been more fun.

proposal ring ideas for geeks and gamers

OneWed

OneWed.com is a place where you can connect inspirations directly to the vendors. Besides browsing through the latest bridal trends, OneWed.com also allows you to save your own notes in an ideabook.

wedding ring trends

Brian Gavin Diamonds

Brian Gavin is a well known figure in the world of diamond cutting and showcases a wide range of exquisite jewelry designs. Every piece of jewelry they make is crafted to the highest level of workmanship and subjected to meticulous quality control. Besides their own in-house designs, they also collaborated with international brands like Sholdt and H. Levi & Co to provide a wider range of selections.

brian gavin image gallery

Conclusion

As you can see, the Internet has made it really easy for anyone to access hundreds of ring designs with the click of a few mouse buttons. For people who dislike walking into a physical jewelry store and getting served by pushy sales people, these online websites are a huge boon to do your research.

I strongly recommend taking your time when browsing through the designs. And if possible, it would be best to find out the tastes and preferences of your recipient before making any purchases.

Hope you enjoyed the post!

Do you make use of any other resources when looking for diamond ring ideas? Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below.

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Infographics: How to Be a Smart Diamond Shopper

When it comes to buying a diamond, first timers often find the experience to be intimidating and confusing. Speaking from the perspective of someone who had been through the process, I can empathize with the feeling of being lost and getting overwhelmed by information.

Besides the 4Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat), there are many other factors to take into consideration when you are choosing a diamond. A lack of knowledge or misinformation can easily turn your purchase into a big disappointment. (more…)

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Beautiful Diamond Photographs For Your Eyes

Just yesterday, I brought out my old Canon camera from the dry box and decided to shoot some images of loose diamonds. In total, I captured about 120 photographs and picked out some of my favorite and most beautiful diamond photographs below.

ant beside a diamond

My favorite shot occurred by accident when a curious ant happened to pass by…


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Searching For a 0.90 Carat Diamond, SI Clarity With A Budget Of Around $5,000

5000 dollar budget diamondHi Paul,

Thanks for the great site. I have read pretty much every page of your website and it has given me the confidence to buy a diamond online.

Now, I have a question on how to go about selecting a SI1 diamond with amazing sparkle. My budget is about $4800 without the setting. I want to stay at a G or better in color and I want the diamond to have an excellent cut.

What exactly should I look for in the blown up video and image? When I look at the following list of diamonds, they all are SI1s but look dramatically different in how their arrows appear. Should I request other images for them?

http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/F-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1520684.asp
http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/G-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1542585.asp
http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/F-SI1-Excellent-Cut-Round-Diamond-1525466.asp

I really just care about it being eye clean.

Thanks so much!
Ashish Patel (more…)

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41 Industry Experts Reveal Factors On How They Choose And Buy Diamonds For Themselves

For many diamond shoppers, buying a diamond ring can be one of the most confusing and intimidating experience as a consumer. Why is that so? Well, diamonds are expensive purchases and involve careful consideration of various factors like budget, setting design and the 4Cs (just to name a few).

Almost every day, I get emails from consumers seeking help and advice on their purchase. The majority of the questions usually revolve around the 4Cs and a second opinion about their diamond choices. And then it got me thinking…

Will someone with gemological knowledge or experience in the diamond business make their buying choices differently from the general public? (more…)

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