How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

Men, and ladies too, are often in the dark when it comes time to shop for an engagement ring. There are so many different benchmarks and advice out there that trying to figure out how much to spend on an engagement ring can be one of the most confusing things in the world. And you want to do it right. Girls often dream of the perfect ring from when they’re young and we kno you want to surpass her expectations.

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Wedding Trends of 2017

With each passing year, wedding trends come and go. If you’ve ever looked at your parents wedding photos, you probably saw a lot of lace and a lot of volume. If you had family that got married in the early 2000’s, you probably saw a lot of strapless gowns and sequins. With 2017 in full-swing, weddings and engagement rings have started to develop new trends.

Colored Stones Stick

The fact that colored gemstones are trending for engagement rings is no surprise to us. As we’ve mentioned, colored diamonds are in high demand and now, potential brides are demanding them too.  Many blushing brides will likely be making a bold statement in 2017 with a colorful engagement ring. From a colored diamond to a unique sapphire piece, colored stones are making their way into the wedding industry and onto ring fingers.

Get the Groom’s First Look

Honestly, we can’t look at what photographers are referring to as “first look photos” without getting emotional. This upcoming trend is something we are in full support of, especially if we get to see the end results. “First look photos” are when the photographer takes pictures of the groom’s reaction when he sees the bride for the very first time. It is done before the wedding in a private setting, where the intimate moment can be captured with no interruptions. The reactions are so sweet, and maybe it’s the Valentine chocolate talking, but we can’t even.

Rope Rings Reign

Another engagement ring trend that you can expect to see in 2017 are rings with intertwined bands. These rings almost appear to have two different bands, with each one looking slightly different when compared to the other. For instance, some of the band might have stones while the rest of it might be relatively plain. The band of this engagement ring looks very similar to how a rope would, making the focus of the ring your stone in the center. For many people, the rope style band symbolizes two lives becoming one, and we think that idea is exceptionally sweet.

Brides Go Greenery

Flowers were often “all the rage” at weddings, but weddings in 2017 are likely going to be filled with lush greens instead. Brides are tossing petals aside and choosing to highlight the basics.  Many brides in 2017 are expected to go the “simple” route with their wedding décor, which has been a common theme in the past few months. Weddings are likely going to be filled with different shades of green such as moss, eucalyptus, and so forth. Flowers had their moment to shine, and 2017 brides are shifting them from a focus to a detail.

If you’re searching for a customized engagement ring, visit Diamonds Forever for a large and unique selection. We would love to be a part of your special day, start your story with us.

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DIAMOND DIALOGUE – WHAT IS A GIRDLE?

There are many things to consider when choosing a diamond. Among other things, the diamond’s girdle is something that should not be overlooked. The girdle of a diamond is the outermost edge of the diamond and the widest part of the stone. It connects the crown, or top, with the pavilion, or bottom. The girdle is the part that makes contact with the setting and in loose diamonds is how length and width are measured. It doesn’t stay the same amount of thickness all the way around the diamond but varies considerably.There is an eight grade system for thickness of the girdle and it ranges from extremely thin to extremely thick. Most experts recommend trying to find a diamond in the middle, from thin to medium.

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Colored Diamonds Grow in Demand

If someone asked you to picture a diamond, you likely picture a traditional white sparkling stone. However, that picture is quickly fading for some people. Demand for colored diamonds is on the rise, and investors are doing whatever they can to profit from these unique stones.

As many women know and love, diamonds come in a variety of colors.

In recent months, colored diamonds have become highly sought after.

Colored diamonds are considered especially unique because they are created when a chemical element is trapped during the diamond’s formation process which only happens on rare occasions and results in a colored diamonds. (This process also takes about a million years but we’d consider it worth the wait!)

In the spring of 2016, a Geneva-based fund-manager purchased a bright orange diamond for over $1 million per carat, and the trend has continued on, resulting in higher prices for colored diamonds each month.

From 2009 to 2016, the price of a pink diamond increased nearly 180%, reaching an absolute record high.

The demand for blue and yellow colored diamonds has also grown tremendously in the past several years. In May of 2016, a 14.62-carat blue diamond sold for over 57 million dollar, making history as the most expensive jewel ever sold at an auction.

Colored diamonds used to be a focus of wealthy collectors but lately, luxury markets are also seeking them out.

Professional investors have started investing in colored diamonds on behalf of wealthy clients as well. The high prices of these diamonds are attracting investors and they keep competing for colored stones, resulting in increased prices.

The sudden increase in interest of colored diamonds can’t exactly be pinpointed.

The sudden obsession with colored diamonds could be a result of people realizing how rare these stones are.

According to the Gemological Institute of America, just one out of every 10,000 diamonds is considered colored.

If you’re looking for customized jewelry complete with a colored diamond or a traditional diamond, contact Diamonds Forever to get started.

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