The Perfect Proposal

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So you have finally met the one of your dreams and ready to move to the next level.  This is one of the most important moments in a person’s life. The proposal story, good or bad will be passed down through generations and will be shared time and time again with family and friends.  It’s important to make it memorable for you and your future spouse!

We have all heard the horror stories of the groom who dropped the diamond engagement ring in the spaghetti plate or worse, over a balcony or in a lake. Do not worry. We have put together some tips for you to ensure a perfect proposal!

1. Test the waters

If you have seen your girlfriend looking at bridal magazines or if she is drawn to the engagement ring counter every time you are near a custom jeweler, you probably have no reason for concern.

It is a good idea to know how she feels about marriage and how she sees her future before you drop down on one knee. It is easy to have generic and casual conversations about these things.

If you are still in doubt, try talking to her best friends. They will know.

2. Ask for blessings

This sounds very old-fashioned, and there are times when it is not possible. But if it is possible, talk to her parents before you propose.

This shows respect for her and for her family. If her parents embrace the idea, ask about any family traditions you should know about such as a wedding venue or a vintage engagement ring being handed down.

3. Make it special

Maybe you have a favorite place or maybe you want to go to the spot where you first met.

Put some effort into this and remember, it is about making it special for her. If she hates to hike, but you are a hiker, don’t think a proposal on the top of a mountain is going to be her idea of perfection. What does she like?

Is she the kind of woman who loves wine and soft music, or does she prefer to go for a beer and camping?

Is she a private person who does not like to draw attention to herself or is she one who would feel at home in a room filled with 1000 strangers? Decide based on how well you know her and what she enjoys.

4. Have everything you need

From the venue, time, date, what you will say, the diamond engagement ring, the music, and the weather, plan what you will need. Plan this out carefully and attend to the details before your arrival. Be careful not to over plan things so that it is not possible to carry your plan out smoothly.

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5. Start saving

It’s always a good idea in preparing for an engagement to begin saving. With so many things that go into an engagement process and wedding its very important to begin saving.  You want her to know how important this moment in life is and taking financial responsibility is a good first step.

If you take your time and put your heart into it, you can create the perfect proposal and one that will stay in her mind and heart forever. Use these tips and go for it.

Deciding on the Right Diamond – The Four C’s

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So the special day has arrived for you to finally pick a diamond ring! Good for you. But picking the perfect diamond ring is overwhelming. It has to be just right for the occasion sure, but there are certain things you need to keep in mind these are called the 4 Cs that will help you in picking the perfect diamond ring for her:

Cut:

The first most and most essential aspect of a ring is its appearance and it comprises of its shape and workmanship’s quality.

Some popular diamond shapes are princess, marquise, pear shaped, oval, asscher, heart shape and round brilliant cut. Variety of other shapes is available as well. Though you could ask her the cut she likes best, but wouldn’t it be great if you got a ring she loved?

Observe a little and see the types of ring she normally wears. That would definitely help you.

Color:

Nothing can match that gorgeous sparkle of a white diamond, but you could choose from a variety of colors. The colors vary from colorless (the rare ones) to different shades of yellow diamonds that are less rare. Hints of yellow add to the personality of good made diamond.

Clarity:

Now diamonds happen to have some external and internal flaws which are technically called blemishes and inclusions. Based on how much they are visible, the decision is up to you to decide how much you are willing to get. SI-1 tends to be enough for those who need to stick to a budget and do not want to spend for rarity they are unable to see.

  • You could go for Flawless or Internally Flawless which is very expensive and very rare. But the grade that will make her proud to have always.

 

  • If you want the diamond to look flawless but you don’t want to pay for it, VVS1 or VVS2 are the clarity grades for you.

 

  • If your concern lies with flawlessness that naked eye can see, SI1 or SI2 clarity grades are just fine. Women love these and want to have this flawlessness!

 

  • Last but not the least, if small inclusions do not really bother you that might be visible to naked eye, and you wish to have a larger sparkling stone, I1 clarity is the one for you.

 

Carat:

Carat is the last C you need to take care of. You might think size does not matter in the price of a stone. It does. And you can rest assured that its beauty shall not be affected. Now think about the size that you can get according to your quality preference. You need to know about diamond pricing extensively.

You are ready to buy a ring for her now. Getting engaged or married is one of the most important decisions of your life so you would like to get the quality that makes her happy. Do not let the cost become a burden and make a wise decision remaining proud of each other with full commitment!

From the Workshop: Making of Halo Diamond Rings

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Diamond rings are a beauty to look at. But ever wondered how they reach to this final beautiful form? The patience, craftsmanship and that dedication to create the perfect ring for your finger from scratch is incredible.

We think that we will select a metal for the band, a stone and a setting to mount the diamond and our work is done. But that is when the actual work starts as jewelers create the ring according to your choice one detailed step after the other.

Here is a sneak peek from the workshop of how diamond rings are made:

Creating Band:

A bar of Platinum or white gold is used to create the band. A bending machine works the metal bar into circular shape according to ring size of the wearer.

Closing Band:

Now by soldering, the band is closed up. For consistency so that entire ring is smooth, filler of the same material used for metal bar is used as filler material in soldering. Solder fills up the gap between the two ends of bar so that a band is formed. Flux paste is applied to keep it from oxidized under high pressure.

To remove any excess flux, it is placed in weak acidic solution after soldering. At this stage, the band is rounded out and formed smoothly with adjustments to get the required ring size.

Creating Rims of Halo Setting:

The process could differ according to type of settings. For halo diamond ring, leftover piece of bar is utilized to make it into arc to fit with circumference of band and the ends of arc are hammered to make them thin.

Flux paste is reapplied over the band and arc before soldering.

Gem Setting:

Now a leftover piece of bar is rolled to make oval setting punch. The metal is shaped into a conical form that is used to hold the diamond. Now this cup needs to be fitted to the bank so that final part if the ring is formed.

A wedge is created in the band using jeweler’s saw for the cup placing. Using filling of small specks of gold the cup is aligned with band so that the two are soldered .Curve on the inside is smoothened to remove the remaining rough edges.

Stone Mounting:

For gem setting, the ring is held securely in a ball clamp in a thermoset plastic. A small seat is carved out in the cup for the stone. Prongs are used to press the diamond downwards and special tool is used to hold it in place.

Ring Polishing:

The ring is put into hot water and washed thoroughly after the thermoplastic material has been removed. Last steps involve touch ups and ring polishing so that it gets a nice luster. For white gold rings, the rings get rhodium plating so it that a metallic sheen is achieved.

Now you know the immense dedication, patience and craftsmanship is what it takes to get that perfect ring for your lady!

The Perfect Custom Jeweler

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Have you noticed when you browse jewelry stores everything looks so similar? If you’re bouncing from store to store and can’t find the perfect engagement or wedding ring maybe what you need a custom jeweler.  It’s your opportunity to add a personal touch to your next custom engagement ring.

Time to Learn

Learn about the type of jewelry that your significant other likes and what you see with their personality. Decide if you want your custom jewelry to incorporate a level of cultural or family value to it. Also, take note of what is popular and trending today. It can help you decide features you like and don’t like to incorporate with your custom ring.

Express Yourself

Creating a custom engagement ring is a change for you to express yourself with something completely originally. The hardest part for you may be what do you want to the ring to ultimately “say” when your significant looks at it everyday.  It can be tough to figure this part of the ring out but with a enough research and scanning existing designs you’ll come up with it.

Don’t Forget The Wedding Band

Keep in mind the whole point of the engagement ring is knowing a wedding band will follow! Have fun with the custom engagement ring but keep in mind she will accompany it with a wedding band.  Make sure when you design the engagement to keep the band in mind! You want to coordinate the entire custom design process.

Custom Jewelry Pricing

Custom rings tend to be a bit more expensive than off the shelf but for good reason. This is a completely unique ring that only you and your significant other will share. When you work with a custom jeweler you want to ensure you’re receiving world class service. It’s important to keep your budget in mind and design within that.

Take Your Time

When you decide to build a custom engagement ring remember to take your time. Do your research on design, setting, stone and make sure to find a custom jeweler you can work with! Sometimes it can be a back and forth process in the early stages making sure everything is just right as the design process gets going. It’s important to have a line of communication with your custom jeweler.

Find Your Perfect Custom Jeweler

If you find a custom jeweler you like make sure to ask about the credentials and experience. It’s important you go with a custom designer that knows the business and will take care of you from start to finish. We look forward to working with you at Eaton Custom Jewelers in Plano!

 

How to Buy A Diamond Engagement Ring

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Buying an engagement ring and finally asking the big question is surely one of the most significant things a person does in life. There is so much emotion and value involved in the situation that it can become quite a difficult decision as well.

Some people are lucky to pass on a family heirloom, which makes the moment even more special. On the other hand, some will make it special buying customized engagement rings.

Whenever you are buying customized engagement rings or any custom jewelry for that matter, there are certain elements to be considered carefully.

In the following post, we have outlined a few tips to help you get the best custom engagement rings or custom jewelry for any special occasion:

Decide a Price Point

Budget is the step you should begin from. Valuable jewelry is always expensive; add a custom design and it will cost more. Certain design elements can cost more but you can always ask your designer to suggest alternatives. With a little smart decision making, you can fit a quality design within your budget.

Choosing the Style

This is perhaps the most difficult element to decide. There are so many styles available in the market. You can choose from traditional to ornate to minimalistic. Most of the styles are quite pretty to look at so it becomes difficult to settle at one.

When choosing the style, focus on what your significant other likes; what their personality is. You can consider style aspects like the width of the band and the height of setting. Most importantly, choose something practical because the ring is going to worn almost all the time.

Setting

The setting chosen for the center diamond and the surrounding stones greatly impact the stability and the appearance of the ring. You can choose from the prong, flush, cluster, bezel, tension, channel and pave settings. You can discuss the merits of each one with your designer and ask them to show you a sample.

Selecting the Diamond

The frame in one thing but the diamonds are real elegance of engagement rings. You need to be quite careful with choosing the loose diamond and always collaborate with a credible jeweler in this regard. When selecting the right diamond, never forget the 4 Cs, namely the cut, color, clarity and carat weight.

Size of the Ring

You really don’t want your efforts go to waste realizing that your customized ring does not fit. Firstly, if you can somehow get the size of the ring confirmed before ordering the custom ring, it is well and good. However, as a precaution, always make sure your designer or the jewelry store can offer a resizing.

Engagement is a significant occasion in one’s life. Therefore, it is no surprise that it needs to be special and customized engagement rings can really help accomplish it. However, it is necessary to be careful and rational when buying custom jewelry. It is not just about valuing the sentiments but respecting your investment as well.

First Ever TV Commercial of a Gem Laboratory in the World

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The SGL launches the first ever TV commercial of a gem laboratory in the world. The TVC focuses on the Diamond Trustmark which is the new standard of diamond authentication to protect diamond and diamond jewellery buyers worldwide.

Solitaire Gemmological Laboratories (SGL) is an independent international laboratory that provides professional gemstone identification and grading services to the gems & jewellery industry worldwide through its centres in London, Mumbai (Bombay), Bangalore,Chennai, Hyderabad, Thrissur, Coimbatore, Pune and Jaipur.

SGL is the first international gemmological laboratory to specialise in certifying diamond studded jewellery in the United kingdom and to offer Mobile laboratory services all over the country.

By combining innovative thinking, new technology, and values such as integrity and commitment, SGL has built gemmological laboratories equipped to meet the ever so evolving challenges of the industry. Each day, we strive to protect diamond retailers, manufacturers, traders and the end consumers, by providing them with the highest quality reports and professional services.

You can visit www.solitaire-labs.com for more information.

Cultured or Minded Diamonds: Whats All the Fuss?

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Cultured or Mined diamonds, that is the question.

Cultured diamonds are also known as Synthetic diamonds or Man made diamonds. The Term Cultured can be misleading to the consumer so it must be backed up by the terms Synthetic or Man made. These types of diamond are grown in a laboratory whereas mined diamonds are found underground. They are identical, however cultured diamonds are created from the same diamond chips of a mined diamond. This is why a lot of jewellers cannot tell the difference. The only way you can tell them apart is by getting international laboratories to do tests on them. As they have specialised equipment to do so.

Eco Friendly.

Cultured diamonds benefit the environment. Whereas mined diamonds need digging, crushing, dissolving and the removal of tons of rocks. Whereas cultured diamonds are lab grown so they only need a small amount of graphite and electricity. An example of a cultured diamond is a product Moissanite that attempts to replicate a diamond. There are different kinds of diamonds found in the world and man made diamonds are now recommended.

Cultured diamonds can take up to approximately 100hrs to grow and can be as a large as 2 carats. They take less time to produce which lowers the costs to around 80 percent compared to that of mined diamond.

Diamond mining companies might have to change their marketing strategies to promote mined diamonds. Since man-made diamonds are growing in the jewellery market.

“Man-made diamonds make a real threat to the diamond mining industry. People give preference to what doesn’t make a threat to their budget which will meet their demands”

Chairman of the Rapaport Group.

The majority of the public who buy diamonds have no idea what cultured diamonds are, as they are identical to a mined diamond. Sometimes if you go to a particular jeweller you may purchase a cultured diamond that is more expensive than a mined diamond. As they may not have the full knowledge of where their diamonds came from.

To get round any of these probable circumstances always check the diamond certificate.

World’s First Diamond Ring: 150 Carats Of Pure, Unadulterated Bling

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Solid Diamond Ring
Now that’s a ring with some serious bling!
The Swiss jeweler Shawish has created an eye-popping ring that’s made entirely out of one 150-carat diamond.
No gold band. Just an ounce of pure ice.
The ring, valued at approximately $68 million, was unveiled last year in London to gasps of awe.
“A ring made entirely of a faceted diamond has always seemed like a fantasy,” Mohamed Shawish, president of Geneva-based Shawish Jewellery, according to press materials. “To create the perfect diamond ring is the epitome of art.”
Conceptualizing the ring was easy — building it was the hard part.
Shawish said it took a year to get the copyright for the design and then the company had to purchase a special laser to cut the diamond into the perfect circle for the band.
“Diamonds are made of carbon and molecules that can change. Even the colour can be altered when attempting to cut it,” he said.
The question now is, who will drop that much money on a diamond ring?
In December, an Asian buyer got a comparative bargain when he bought the late actress Elizabeth Taylor’s 33.19-carat ring she received as a present from husband Richard Burton.
He paid a mere $8.8 million at Christie’s.

How Is A Diamond Ring Made?

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Creating the final spectacle of a polished diamond ring can take years to master. Having an understanding of the construction of such a small object like a diamond ring is in fact very fascinating. If you’re wondering how using traditional Jewellery skills and techniques are used to make a diamond ring, then you might want to watch the video below.

This beautifully produced film by LionSorbet   for Jewellery Retailer Diamond Rocks is very clear, precise and will show you exactly what’s involved.

Creating a Bespoke Diamond Ring from Diamond Rocks on Vimeo.

The 8 steps for the construction of a diamond ring.

  • The metal is turned and shaped for the diamond.
  • The claws are then made for the design of the shank.
  • The claws are then attached to the shank.
  • The metal for the ring can then be filed and shaped.
  • The claws are then polished.
  • The claws will now be filed and shaped to hold the diamond in place.
  • A final polish is given to achieve the perfect look.
  • The new diamond ring is now ready for purchase.