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Real Diamond Engagement

Real Diamond Engagement
How popular is it to have a cubic zirconia engagement ring instead of a real diamond? (if at all…)?

cubic zirconia vs. diamond engagement/wedding rings

It’s probably really unpopular. My first engagment ring was a cz because he/we couldn’t afford a real one at the time. About a year after we were married, be bought me a real one (although I didn’t care, I don’t wear it anyway). The ring is not important. Your marriage and faithfulness is what’s important.

Real Diamond Engagement
Real Diamond Engagement
Real Diamond Engagement

Diamond Sapphire Necklace

Diamond Sapphire Necklace
Sapphire and Diamonds… What matches best?

I’m trying to find the best combination necklace & earrings for my wife. But I cant decide at all on what will match the best, and I know next to nothing about how to properly match jewelery, etc… At first I wanted to go with a sapphire necklace and matching sapphire earrings, but I thought that if she was going to wear a sapphire necklace that it should be the focal point, and the earrings should be more-so something like diamonds. So, out of the three option below, which seems like the best match?

1. Sapphire necklace, with two small diamond rounds and sapphire earrings of the same design.

2. Sapphire necklace, with small accent diamonds and diamond stud earrings.

3. Solitaire diamond necklace and sapphire earrings.(I have no idea if this even matches, but it’s an option I’m considering.)

Thank you for any and all help!

I would suggest that you go to a jewelry store and consult with them. They can show you matched sets or individual pieces that would compliment each other.

Personally, I would prefer a necklace with earrings of the same design. The earrings are usually smaller, but take one or two elements from the necklace.

I have a necklace and earrings set that my husband bought me. The earrings and necklace complement each other because the design matches, but the necklace is still the focal point.

Diamond Sapphire Necklace
Diamond Sapphire Necklace
Diamond Sapphire Necklace

Circle Diamond Pendant

Circle Diamond Pendant
I got a 3 ct diamond pendant as a gift. It’s a circle with 50 small diamonds all around. How much is it worth?

Hi there

Firstly, do not take your diamond to a ‘standard’ jeweller for a valuation, you need to get someone with diamond expertise to carry out the valuation.

Also note the jewellers typically charge 2 to 3 times the trade price for a diamond, they make huge profit margins. So, their valuation is likely to reflect this mark-up and not what you would actually get if you sold it.

My recommendation would be to visit a diamond trader or a company that works with diamond traders. In the UK I would recommend www.bestdiamonds.co.uk, they know a huge amount about diamonds, provide a lot of helpful information, and give free valuations. There must be similar companies in the US.

As to value a 3 carat diamond; if it looks white and with no imperfections that can be see with the ‘naked eye’, in a round brilliant cut, it is likely to be worth from $20,000 upwards to well over $100,000 for top quality. Key also to note is the size, if your diamond is just under 3 carat (e.g. 2.99) it would be worth a lot less than a 3.00 carat. The smaller diamonds sound very small and would have little value in themselves, however they would need to be seen to verify this.

Check out the site I mentioned and then try to find someone similar near to where you live.

I hope this helps.

Circle Diamond Pendant
Circle Diamond Pendant
Circle Diamond Pendant

Gold Diamond Square

Gold Diamond Square
What does 373 stamped on gold jewellry mean?

I just got a pair of earrings that have a hallmark that is too small to read and the number 373 stamped on the studs. They are gold with a square diamond-like stone under a white gold bow. I say “diamond-like” as I don’t for a moment believe they are real diamonds. They are from Fraser Hart jewellers in England. Any help would be appreciated.

If you look closer, it should read .375

The standards of fineness are:

Metal: Compulsory Mark
9ct gold 375
14ct gold 585
18ct gold 750
22ct gold 916
99% pure gold 990
99.9% pure gold 999
800 grade silver 800
sterling silver 925
Britannia Silver 958
99.9% pure silver 999
85% Platinum 850
90% Platinum 900
95% (UK standard) Platinum 950
99.9% pure Platinum 999

Gold Diamond Square
Gold Diamond Square
Gold Diamond Square

Platinum Pave Diamond

Platinum Pave Diamond

When it comes to symbolism, there is nothing like pave diamond engagement rings to symbolizing the invisible bond between two souls. Being held on with tiny beads or prongs, the pave diamonds appear to be just floating in a ring formation around her finger. This represents the symbolism of your life with her as forever strong.

When deciding on having pave diamonds in the band of the engagement ring, a traditional setting has already been avoided. Most traditional solitaire rings are of yellow gold with one large stone. To give the illusion of diamonds dancing on the finger, white gold or platinum must be used with the pave diamonds. This way the mounts, even though able to be seen, will not be standing out like a sore thumb.

For those that have decided on using a wide band for the engagement ring, but still want it to look spectacular and delicate, several rows of pave diamonds can be incorporated into the band. By having the outer rows of diamonds angling in, the sparkle will be magnified when the light hits the stones and give a fire effect like no other.

Of course there is the opposite that can be done. With a tiny band, very small stones can be placed on it. This small little sparkle around her delicate little finger will be spectacular in the sunlight. Some try too hard and get an overpowering effect. This minimalistic approach will be simple, elegant and a delicate touch to your sentiment for her. It will show how delicately you will hold her heart as the years pass by in your life together.

Pave diamond engagement rings are just another way you can show her how much you love and care for her.

Let’s face facts — buying a diamond engagement ring is one of the most important purchases that you will ever make. It will set the tone for your marriage, and may be more meaningful to you than the purchase of your first home. Not only that, but buying an engagement ring is a big investment. Simply put, you want the best value for your money and you need to deal with someone that you can trust.

Fortunately, there are excellent reputable sources to buy discount engagement rings that will let you stun her with an heirloom quality diamond at a fraction of the cost. Don’t be tricked into paying for fancy diamond showrooms in expensive malls staffed by pompous sales people selling overpriced jewelery. Visit http://www.buydiscountengagementrings.com/ today and learn the real secret to getting more ring for your money.

Platinum Pave Diamond
Platinum Pave Diamond
Platinum Pave Diamond

Diamond Wedding Estate

Diamond Wedding Estate
ring choice?

do you like large eternity bands or solitaire diamonds with a plain band better? i’m trying to decide btwn the two and can’t make a decision. the solitaire and plain wedding band seem too safe, but the estate/vintage style eternity bands seem like there might not be enough diamond presence.

http://geocities.com/sbiv37/marr

i’m already married. been married 4 yrs. just trying to upgrade the original rings.
the reason for the upgrade: my husband and i don’t believe in going into debt for material possessions. we bought the ring we could afford when we got married (i was 21), with the intention to upgrade on our 5th anniversary when we could afford better. we both graduated college and have great jobs. we have saved up and want to upgrade.

Just to address a previous answer…
There is no reason you can’t upgrade any time you like…maybe you are at a different financial status than before, and now you can afford what you really want. Lots of people may have to buy the tiniest little diamond chip, and plan to upgrade later. This may be a great 5th anniversay gift, or whatever.

I think an even more appropriate choice for an upgrade/anniversary gift is the 3 stone ring, with the large one in the center flanked by two stones on the side. They can be any shape, and the ones on the sides can be a different shape than the center one (like a triangle or trillion cut that points down each side of the band).

This represents past, present and future.

Maybe that could be your replacement engagement ring and the eternity band can be your replacement wedding band. The fun part with the 3 stone ring is you can mix diamonds with another stone, if you like sapphire for instance. It could be the main stone, or the side stones.

I really love the eternity ring too but my jeweler seemed to advise against it, you may want to discuss with a certified jeweler at a nice local store (not a chain store in the mall, tho I’m sure they have perfectly valid and certified employees of some kind).

So I chose the 3 stone ring, in all rounds. The wedding band will be a custom band with 5 smaller stones that bows slightly to hug the engagement ring. They will be soldered together after we get back from our honeymoon.

It was a really hard choice….so many styles to choose from and the antique/vintage designs are so ornate and eye catching. But eventually I had to go with my overall style (more modern/simple, classic even) and go for the 3 stone. Mine is in white gold, by the way, I don’t know if you mentioned your preference on the metal/color.

Diamond Wedding Estate
Diamond Wedding Estate
Diamond Wedding Estate

Diamond Fashion Bracelet

Diamond Fashion Bracelet
teen fashion crafts??

whoever can give me the biggest list of cool teen crafts such as the example gets 10 pts.

crafts like,
decorating a diamond belt buckle,
sewing a barrel purse,
sewing fashion bracelets,
creating cool jewelry like Claire’s.

i want link to instructions and craft name please :)
i dont want little kid crafts i like makeing store jewelry like this

http://www.claires.com/product.asp?id=5183&rcid=31&scid=34&color=silver

http://www.clairesn.co.jp/products/detail.php?c=3&n=30

http://www.forever21.com/category.asp?catalog%5Fname=FOREVER21&category%5Fname=acc_jewelry&page=1&pgCount=100

here’s a list of everything pretty much.

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/category/accessories

Diamond Fashion Bracelet
Diamond Fashion Bracelet
Diamond Fashion Bracelet

Certified Diamond Engagement

Certified Diamond Engagement
What are the advantages of buying a certified diamond and what is the best certification to get?

I’ve been researching diamonds for engagement rings, and I keep seeing different certifications. What certifications should I be looking for, and what are the advantages of buying a certified diamond?

A certified diamond is supposed to match the qualities on it’s papers. The only really good certifications in the US are EGL (European) and GIA (American). A second-class choice is IGI. If you see nearly any diamond that is smaller than a carat and “certified” then it is likely one of those knock-offs. There are many others of course that issue papers (think crummy mall store) but are not very quality, just like the CKC will register dogs from a photo. A certified diamond will also come with a “map” showing the inclusions in the stone, which if you are worried in that a bad jeweler has stolen your stone you can compare it to the map and see. It also is easier to sell/trade your diamond if it is certified because the quality is easy to know.

A certification will make a stone a bit more expensive generally, but you can be sure that it is not misrepresented to you (as long as it is from the ones I told you were good). I recommend going to a small family jeweler for the best price and quality on diamonds. When I worked at a family jeweler our profit margin on diamonds was 30%, with a lower markup on the better quality diamonds to keep them affordable. The mall stores have more than 100% markup– any store that does a 50-75% off sale regularly logically is ripping you off.

Certified Diamond Engagement
Certified Diamond Engagement
Certified Diamond Engagement

Diamond Designer Engagement

Diamond Designer Engagement
Is there a chance that my fiancee broke up because she saw that I gave her a fake diamond?

I bought a diamond engagement ring on eBay USA. The guy told me that it was a real diamond, I believed him. I gave it to my fiancee who accepted to marry me. 3 weeks later, she broke up. 3 months later, I resold the ring on eBay France, I lost $80 in the process and the buyer gave me negative feedback and told me that he brought it to a jeweller who said that it was oxyde of zirconium and not a diamond!
My fiancee told me several reasons (but not the ring) to break up but it was surprising because she changed her mind while I was in Miami and she was in Albuquerque. She told me 2 days before breaking up that she is not attracted by diamonds and would prefer a ring made by a famous designer.
Is there a chance that the real reason of the break up was that she went to a jeweller? Can a woman hide the real reason of why she break up?
To see the pictures of the ring, click at http://taxtipcalculator.com/ebay-craigslist/photos-ebay.htm

Well since she didnt bring up the case then that was not the reason, but still anyway, u can know by asking her.

_K_

Diamond Designer Engagement
Diamond Designer Engagement
Diamond Designer Engagement