Tips And Lessons

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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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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105 Best Wedding Blogs You Should Be Reading

If you think buying a diamond engagement ring is an intimidating process (trust me, I know), preparing for a wedding is going to be many times more stressful.

From setting a date, finding a venue, sourcing for wedding decorations to sending invitations, there are loads of things that require careful planning and budgeting.

In an effort to help brides and grooms-to-be prepare for their big day, we have put together a list of the top 105 wedding blogs that are shaking up the bridal space. These are the handpicked cream-of-the-crop selections after weeks of sieving through thousands of bridal blogs on the Internet.

Whether you are looking for wedding ideas or seeking advice on burning questions, these blogs will provide you with handy tips and information to help you turn your dream wedding into a reality. (more…)

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13 Best Designs For Rose Gold Engagement Rings

When most people think about buying diamond rings, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that they are made of platinum or white gold. However, did you know that rose gold is fast becoming a popular choice of metal because of its unusual pinkish hue?

A rose gold engagement ring is the perfect choice for people who want a piece of jewelry that looks distinct and classy. And because rose gold is so versatile (colors available from light pink to amber with proper alloying), jewelers have begun to offer a variety of contemporary and vintage ring designs.

In today’s article, I want to show you some of the best rose gold diamond ring designs available in the market. Let’s get started… (more…)

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Proportion Factors In AGS Grading Reports – What It Means

Recently, one of our readers noticed something weird in an AGS lab report for a princess cut diamond and asked me the following question: “I was browsing through James Allen for a 1 carat sized princess cut and shortlisted a couple of diamonds in their True Hearts line. When I brought up the certificate to look at details, I noticed a description called Proportions Factors under the Cut Grade section.

I’m not sure whether this is something new because I don’t see anything similar in other AGS platinum light performance reports. I hope you can shed light on this.”

First of all, let me show you a copy of the grading report for the diamond in question. You can clearly see that the stone receives a rating of “AGS Very Good 2” for Proportions Factors. You can view the full details of the diamond with this link. (more…)

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