In What Order Should You Wear Your Engagement and Wedding Rings?

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Engagements and weddings are important life milestones steeped in tradition and etiquette. One such tradition relates to the placement of wedding and engagement rings on the bride’s ring finger. It’s customary for brides to receive two rings. An engagement band before the wedding, and a wedding ring during the ceremony. Your first ring is a promise of marriage. The second solidifies the promise. Sometimes knowing which one goes where can be a bit confusing.

Day of the Wedding

On your wedding day, you should switch your engagement ring to the third finger on your right hand. During the ceremony, your future spouse places the wedding ring on your ring finger. The custom of the third finger on your left hand being your ring finger originated in Egypt, where people believed the vein in that finger led directly to your heart. By placing the wedding ring on that finger, the groom ensures that it is in the position closest to your heart. Yes, definitely romantic!

Engagement Ring Etiquette

Once you’re married, tradition dictates that your engagement band be moved back to the third finger on your left hand. When you do so, your wedding ring should remain closest to your heart (where your spouse placed it on your wedding day) and your engagement ring is placed next to the wedding ring.

Some women choose to ignore ring etiquette, and instead infuse their own style on the custom. Some variations on the traditional ring placement include:

Continue to wear the engagement band on the right hand
Forego wearing the engagement band
Weld the rings together
Regardless of how you choose to wear your ring, the most important thing is that it be comfortable for you and sized properly.

Follow Tradition or Become a Trailblazer

Years ago, it was tradition for a man to purchase an engagement ring with a diamond setting. However, times have changed. Other precious stones are also acceptable on an engagement ring.

Another tradition is for you and your spouse to have matching wedding bands. For instance, if you have a gold wedding band, then his would be gold as well.

Many couples are choosing to incorporate their unique style with traditional ring etiquette.
There are no rules for most faiths on how to wear wedding rings. Whether you want to become an engagement band trailblazer or stick with tradition is up to you.

Engagement and wedding rings are more than beautiful, sparkling pieces of jewelry. They are symbols of your love and future and should be treated with care and respect.

How to choose a Jewelry Based on Skin Tone

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Jewelry is an accessory that’s worn right next to the skin, and often it’s the first thing people notice about your outfit. I always suggest that you should choose a piece based on what you love, but it’s also important to consider how the colors compliment your skin tone. Here is a quick and easy way to find which pieces will suit you the best.

Your skin tone will generally fall into one of two categories, cool or warm. The best way to determine your own personal skin tone is to look at the color of the veins located on the inside of your arm.

JEWELRY FOR COOL SKIN TONES

Cool skin tones are identifiable by bluish colored veins. People with cooler skin tones may notice pinkish or rosy-red undertones when looking in the mirror. Most people have cool skin, including people with dark skin and tan skin.

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If you have determined that you have a cool skin tone, you’ll look best wearing pieces crafted of platinum and white gold. In terms of gems consider pearls, Blue Sapphire, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Ruby, Emerald, Opal, Pariaba Tourmaline, Tanzanite and Zircon.

JEWELRY FOR WARM SKIN TONES

Warm skin tones are identifiable by greenish colored veins. People with warmer skin tones may notice yellow or golden-apricot undertones when looking in the mirror. People with darker skin are not usually warm-skinned.

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Designs crafted in classic yellow gold or rich rose gold look fantastic on those with warm skin tones. Warm hued gemstones such as Alexandrite, Citrine, Garnet, Morganite, Peridot, Ruby, Mandarin Garnet, and fancy yellow diamonds are also a flattering choice.

WHEN IN DOUBT… DIAMONDS

Still not sure about what works best for you? You can’t go wrong with diamonds! They look fantastic on both warm and cool toned skin. What really matters is that you feel comfortable in whatever earrings, necklace, bracelet, or ring you choose regardless of the color of your veins.

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Blue Hope Diamond – One of the most famous

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45.52 Carats, the ironically named Hope diamond (named for its purchaser, Henry Thomas Hope) may have had a long and illustrious history before it became associated with a run of bad luck for its owners. It is thought to be a part of the famous Blue Tavernier Diamond, brought to Europe from India in l642. The Blue was purchased by King Louis XIV who had it cut to 67.50 carats from 112 carats to bring out its brilliance. The diamond was stolen during the French Revolution, and a smaller diamond of similar color was sold in 1830 to Hope, an English banker. After inheriting the diamond, Hope’s son lost his fortune. It was eventually acquired by an American widow, Mrs. Edward McLean, whose family then suffered a series of catastrophes: her only child was accidentally killed, the family broke up, Mrs. McLean lost her money, and then committed suicide. When Harry Winston, the New York diamond merchant, bought the stone in 1949, many clients refused to uch the stone. It is now on display at the Smithosonian Institute in Washington.

Color buying TIPS for Diamonds

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The vast majority of untrained observers (and many gemologists) cannot distinguish a color grade from the one just above or below unless the diamonds are compared side by side in a controlled environment. Even when side-by-side, changes in color are difficult to detect in I color and higher diamonds.

Color becomes much harder to detect once a diamond is set in a ring and placed in an environment that contains color (as opposed to the all white background used in color grading). For instance, an H color diamond may look as colorless as a D when set in a ring under normal lighting conditions, especially if the two are not compared side by side.

For the best value in what would appear to the naked eye as a colorless diamond, look for G-J diamonds. Because color is easier to detect in larger diamonds (just as a large carafe of white wine shows more color than a small glass), opt for G-H in diamonds over 1 carat, and I-J for those under 1 carat. Once set in a ring, these diamonds will look just like higher color grade diamonds. Instead of investing in higher color, invest in higher cut, the most important factor in a diamond’s brilliance.

Because diamonds with more facets reflect more light, they tend to hide color better than other shapes. So, consider round, princess or other modified brilliant cuts over step cuts such as emerald or asscher if you are concerned about color.

If you are concerned primarily about carat weight, and are on a tight budget, consider a yellow gold setting and a brilliant cut diamond in the K-L color range. The yellow gold will complement the faint body color of the diamond.

If, while shopping for a diamond, you are ever given a color range (e.g. G-H) as opposed to a specific grade, the diamond is not certified by GIA. The seller is only estimating the diamond’s color using GIA terminology.

Fluorescence
Colorless (D-F) fluorescent diamonds sell at a 5-15% discount to non-fluorescent diamonds since the fluorescence is perceived as a defect. In fact, the visible effects of faint to medium fluorescence are perceptible only to a gemologist using a special UV light source.

Because the fluorescent glow is usually blue (which is the complementary color to yellow) fluorescence can make diamonds of I-M color appear up to one grade whiter. For this reason, I-M diamonds tend to sell at a slight premium when they possess Medium to Very Strong fluorescence.

Overall, fluorescence should not be a major factor in the diamond purchase since its effects on appearance are negligible, if not slightly positive. The exception would be to exercise caution in purchasing a diamond with strong or very strong fluorescence in D-H color diamonds (which do not possess enough yellow color to offset the blue fluorescence).

CARAT WEIGHT BUYING TIPS

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Look for diamonds that fall just under popular carat weights such as 1/2 ct. 3/4 ct., 1 ct., etc. Because these diamonds fall just shy of the popular weight, they are often sold at a slight discount compared to diamonds of full weight. For example, a .90 carat diamond will typically cost less on a price-per-carat basis than a full 1.00 carat diamond. Visually, they are difficult to distinguish. In fact, a smaller carat weight diamond may have a diameter equal to that of a heavier diamond, making it appear the same size when viewed from above.

Receivers of diamond engagement rings tend to have the strongest preferences when it comes to shape and carat weight. Each Art Of Shine&Co. Diamond is shown as it would appear in a ring as well as actual size, to allow you to accurately gauge the size of the diamond you are viewing.

The most popular carat weights for engagement diamonds are between one and two carats. If a diamond under .75 carats is a budget necessity, consider a marquise cut, which appears larger than other shapes of equal carat weight, due to its elongated cut.

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Biggest And Famous Diamonds Of The World

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The American Star Diamond began life as an unnamed 14.89-carat D-color, Flawless-clarity modern round brilliant. It was bought in late 1999 by the EightStar company of California, with the intent of a recutting. The plan was to prove, on a large scale, that the EightStar approach brings otherwise unattainable sculptural and optical perfection to the round brilliant, even ones the rest of the world already thinks are as good as it gets.

As with every EightStar diamond, the American Star was cut using an exclusive light-tracking instrument called a ‘FireScope’ which allows cutters to align facets so precisely they can completely control the flow of light into and out of a diamond. “Without a Firescope, diamond cutting is guesswork,” says Richard von Sternberg, EightStar’s founder and president. “With it, our cutters look inside a diamond and fix fatal problems other cutters never even see.”

After taking ten months for planning, including the design and manufacture of custom cutting equipment, the diamond was slowly recut from 14.89 to 13.42 carats over a six-week period in September-October 2001.
Given such attention during cutting, it shouldn’t be surprising that EightStar produces less than 2000 diamonds every year. “Since the key to diamond beauty is cutting for maximum light output, we treat every diamond, regardless of size or quality, like a potential masterpiece,” von Sternberg insists. “So we cut the tiniest engagement diamond to the same high standard we would cut a giant diamond destined for a royal crown.”
Once an EightStar diamond is finished, the Firescope plays just as important a role for consumers as cutters because it furnishes irrefutable proof that every EightStar has achieved light optimization. That proof: a unique eight-rayed spear-like pattern called, appropriately, an ‘EightStar.’ EightStar dealers almost always deal in regular standard round brilliants
To most of EightStar’s competitors who cut for bulk not beauty, sacrificing 10 percent of a D-color IF-clarity 15-carat diamond’s weight is a catastrophic loss. But Mr. von Sternberg sees the loss as a gain. “What is it about a diamond that you notice first and foremost from clear across a room?” he asks. “Its blaze of white light or its glitter of spectral fire. Hence we have no choice but to cut for sizzle not size.”
It should also be noted that several of EightStar’s competitors do not cut fancy color color diamonds, sticking to colorless and near-colorless stones, which they consider to be more marketable, despite the growing trend towards fancy color stones. This is not the case with EightStar. In early 2005 the company sold a fine natural blue EightStar diamond of approximately half a carat. Its exact color grade is not known but is rumored to be better than Fancy Blue. The gem appeared in the February 2005 edition of Robb Report magazine and is arguably the finest cut round natural blue diamond in the world presently.

How to choose the best diamond

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With so many diamonds to choose from, finding the one that’s right for you can feel overwhelming, especially when compared to a jewelry store where choice is much more limited. Consider the following step-by-step guide for choosing a diamond. Everyone’s diamond search is unique, but you may find this to be a helpful starting point.

 Step-by-Step Guide: How to Choose a Diamond

 1 First, identify the diamond shape desired by the recipient. If you do not know and cannot find out, consider round or princess cut.

2 Set a carat weight minimum based on the recipient’s preferences. If they have their heart set on a one carat diamond, even the most beautiful half carat stone will be a disappointment.

3 Start with the highest quality diamond of the shape and carat weight minimum you identified in steps 1 and 2, and begin making concessions in the following order until you arrive at a diamond that fits your budget:

  • First, lower the Clarity.Go as low as VS2 before making concessions in other areas.
  • Next, lower the Color. Go as low as H before making concessions in other areas.
  • Finally, lower the Cut. Go as low as Very Good in round diamonds, and Good in fancy shapes before making concessions in other areas.
  • If the diamonds that match your revised criteria are close to your budget, consider shaving off some carat weight in order to close the gap. A carat weight difference of 10% or less will be very difficult to detect visually.

4 If after following the steps above, you are still outside your budget, repeat the process with new thresholds:

  • First, further reduce Clarity. Go as low as SI1.
  • Next, reduce Color. Go as low as J. If you know the diamond will be set in yellow gold, you could safely drop to K.
  • Finally, reduce the Cut. Go as low as Good in round diamonds, and Fair in fancy shapes.

5 At this point, if you are still outside your budget, your next step will depend on your individual preferences and needs.

  • If the diamond you seek is under one carat, you could consider a drop to SI2 clarity.
  • If the diamond is both a brilliant cut and under 1.50 carats, an L-M color may be perfectly acceptable when set in yellow gold.
  • If size is the primary consideration, you could consider a Fair cut round or fancy shape.
  • If you are still well outside your budget, you may need to consider increasing your budget or reducing your minimum carat weight target.

6 Other options that are available to you:

    • Email artofshine.co@gmail.com , or call 1 (917) 475-1674 to speak to a diamond consultant.
    • Request a diamond price quote, telling us exactly what you are looking for. We will respond with options that best fit your criteria.