Platinum! For Better Or Worse?

Platinum wedding rings are purchased by brides and by grooms. This beautiful, tactile precious metal can be fashioned into almost every wedding band design imaginable. Platinum can be engraved, machined, set with diamonds, matte finished or polished.
Most brides are influenced by the metal of their engagement ring. Jewelers advocate keeping to the same metal choice to ensure consistency with both wear and color between both rings.
Buyers of Platinum wedding rings often base their choice on learning the following benefits of Platinum.

Platinum is NATURALLY WHITE
A key benefit of Platinum is the natural whiteness. By comparison, white gold is ever so slightly tinted – finished with a white Rhodium plating which can wear over time. Platinum requires no plating. You see the bare metal typically polished with a mirror surface.
Platinum can be refurbished.  Some metals don’t take kindly to being worked, repaired and re-finished. Owing to the natural density of Platinum, it can be re-furbished – returned to it’s as-new appearance, mirror polished and gleaming. Many antique pieces of Platinum jewelry remain in circulation – testament to the durability of Platinum. Less metal is lost during re-polishing. As a result Platinum wedding rings wear very well over many years. The natural patina that builds on the surface – accumulated scratches and wear are seen as a desirable characteristic of antique jewelry so buyers should never feel concerned when scratches first appear. They can be removed by simply re-polishing the ring, or by using non-abrasive Platinum cloths.

Platinum feels LUXURIOUS

Jewelry is not just about appearance. As you drop a Platinum wedding ring into the palm of your hand, it is the feel of luxury which is most striking. The first thing you will notice is the weight. Platinum has a weighty, substantial feel to it – weighing approximately a third heavier than 18ct white gold. It is around twice as heavy as Palladium.

Platinum is STRONG
Platinum is strong, making it a perfect metal for setting diamonds. The surface of Platinum is not extremely hard and it will scratch, but malleability is different. The fact that Platinum is less easily bent – less malleable makes it a great choice for holding diamonds with greater strength than many other metal choices.

Platinum is RARE
If you placed all of the World’s mined Platinum in an Olympic sized swimming pool, it would barely cover the depth of your ankles. Platinum is a rare metal – the cost of extraction and the amount of Platinum available, make this metal rare and therefore more expensive with a much higher intrinsic value than other precious metals. There is a significant for demand for Platinum, and the use actually stretches much further than most people know. Most of us carry some Platinum in our pockets – small quantities are found in the circuitry of our mobile phones.

Platinum is NATURALLY HYPO-ALLERGENIC
Platinum wedding rings are perfect for allergy sufferers or for people with sensitive skin. Provided rings are kept clean, Platinum remains a perfect choice for wedding rings worn every day.
If you want to find Platinum wedding rings, in a variety of designs, call us today to set an appointment with Eyal the Diamond expert (561) 999-8878 and visit us online at www.diamondsbyeyal.com

The Brilliance Of Diamonds Is All In Their Color!

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Tis’ the season for DIAMONDS! If there is a holiday gift almost guaranteed to make a recipient swoon with joy, it is a diamond. But while such stones remain appealing as jewelry, the value of certain colored diamonds has increased while traditional white diamonds have unfortunately fallen.

Diamond dealers these days are talking about pink, blue and red diamonds as investments, citing a recent track record of double-digit returns. This new interest in such rare gemstones can make a holiday gift 10 to 20 times more expensive than a similar, high-quality white diamond. However, there are others in the trade who question whether these stones will pay the dividends people imagine in the Christmases to come.

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“Fancy colored diamonds are the flavor of the year – they’re hot, they’re sexy, they’re great,” said Martin Rapaport, chairman of the Rapaport Group, which is considered to be a primary source of diamond pricing information.

“If someone said, ‘I want to buy something great for my wife,’ I’d say, great, buy fancy colored diamonds; you’re a billionaire,” he added. “But anyone who wants to invest in the flavor of the month shouldn’t do it.”

Understanding the lust for colored diamonds begins with understanding the broader forces pushing and pulling diamond prices.  The white diamonds that adorn engagement rings and will dangle from ears and wrap around bracelets this holiday season have fallen in value over the last year. Prices for one-carat diamonds have dropped 7.15 percent as of Dec. 1, according to an index Mr. Rapaport developed.

Mr. Rapaport said demand for white diamonds has dropped globally because of a slowing Chinese economy, currency devaluation in Russia and low oil prices in the Middle East. Yet on the supply side, the cost of rough, white diamonds has stayed high, which has hurt the rest of the diamond trade’s ability to make a profit.

During the same time, colored diamonds have surged in value. Buyers have sought them out for their beauty, extreme rarity and investment potential.

The best-known pink diamonds, for example, are from the Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia. That mine, which supplies 90 to 95 percent of the world’s pink diamonds, will be exhausted by 2020, and the scarcity has driven up prices.

“Argyle pink diamonds outperform any other,” said Leibish Polnauer, president of Leibish & Company, a colored-diamond dealer. “They’re less and less available and more and more in demand. Fifteen years ago we bought Argyle pink diamonds for $10,000 a carat. Today it’s $150,000, $200,000, $250,000 a carat.”

Dealers say wealthy buyers in volatile economies view rare, colored diamonds as a hedge against economic uncertainty. A diamond can also be a discreet way to put a tremendous amount of money into something smaller than an aspirin tablet.

“You can buy a large house for $1 million, or 1/16 ounce — or less than half a carat — of a red diamond,” said Yaniv Marcus, founder of the Diamond Investment and Intelligence Center. “A one-carat red diamond could be valued at $2.5 million.”

At the highest end, colored diamond prices have reached a level that rival rare art works like Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché,” which sold for $170.4 million at the fall auctions.

“It’s all about rarity,” said Frank Everett, vice president and sales director in the jewelry department at Sotheby’s. “The best ones stand out like a great piece of art.”

In the last year, Sotheby’s has sold two well-known blue diamonds for record-setting prices. A 9.75-carat blue diamond that belonged to the socialite Bunny Mellon sold in November 2014 for $32.6 million – or $3.3 million a carat. Last month, the auction house sold the 12-carat Blue Moon for $48.5 million – or just over $4 million a carat.

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Those prices far outstrip the 100-carat white diamond Sotheby’s sold in April for $22 million — or $2.2 million a carat.

More broadly, a one-carat fancy pink diamond in a cushion cut is 11.50 times more expensive than a one-carat cushion-cut white diamond that has been judged to be internally flawless and carries the highest color rating, said Eden Rachminov, head of the advisory board of the Fancy Color Resource Foundation. A blue diamond is 20.8 times more expensive than a similar white diamond.

But it is not so simple to jump into the trade just based on the soaring prices. Investors also need to understand the very different ways white and colored diamonds are judged.

With white diamonds, it is the widely known measures of color, cut, clarity and carat weight that drive prices. But investing in white diamonds is a lot like picking quality stocks. There are established measures of quality, relatively transparent pricing, knowable transaction costs and liquidity, at least in smaller carat sizes.

Mr. Rapaport views investments in white diamonds as a way to capitalize on the growth of the global middle class who will buy them as gifts and drive prices back up.

In the world of colored diamonds, what determines value is more subjective. The range of prices for any given colored diamond can range wildly, corresponding not only to the rarity of their colors but also to the vividness of the color itself. (The so-called chocolate diamonds that mall jewelers are advertising are not considered investments; until fairly recently, they were used for industrial purposes because they are so common.)

“It’s the strength of the color,” said Jordan Fine, president of JFine Inc., a dealer that specializes in colored diamonds. “A light yellow could be $3,000 a carat and a vivid yellow could be $15,000 a carat. A one-carat light pink could be $75,000 to $700,000 a carat for a vivid pink.”

He added, “It’s hard to fathom how expensive and rare that little stone is.”

Yet discerning the vividness of a colored diamond can be more art than science. If white diamonds are likened to stocks, colored diamonds are private equity investments, with all the risk and reward such forays entail.

“Colored diamonds don’t have a price list or somebody managing the value,” Mr. Marcus said. “It’s a true supply-and-demand free trade. It’s like real estate. Its value is what someone will pay for it.”

Mr. Rachminov said the prices of yellows have been stable, tending to track the stock market, but the pinks and blues have soared in value, which has made some industry experts like Mr. Rapaport skeptical. (Red diamonds are at the top but they are exceedingly rare.) “There’s more interest from high-net-worth individuals, just like there’s more demand for art and wine and luxury items in general,” Mr. Rachminov said.

Colored-diamond dealers talk of the stones as a store of value, and they have shown to be over decades. But they are not the easiest investments to sell.

“The approach should be long term,” Mr. Marcus said. “It’s not a trading commodity first of all because of liquidity. The return is exponential over time.”

He also divides colored diamonds into two categories: jewelry and investments. This is by quality but also by the color itself. He said there are not enough orange, green, violet, and purple diamonds to create the liquidity for an investment market. Therefore, most investors focus on blue, pink and red diamonds.

What should you do to make your jewelry look like new?

taking-care-of-jewelryIs your jewelry looking old and dingy-have no fear here are some suggestions how you can maintain your beautiful jewelry in the gorgeous Boca Raton.  First suggestion is, don’t drape your pearls or other expensive beaded necklaces on a hook or doorknob. The beads will weigh down the string and then you will have to have them restrung, rather lay them flat and store them in a soft cloth or jewelry pouch. You are not going to believe this one, as you enjoy soaking in a bath and enjoy the warm soapy water so does your diamond engagment ring. As soon as you get out look at your beautiful engagment ring and see it smile back at you. They were instantly cleaned; don’t try it with pearls, opals, turquoise or other porous stones.  These stones should never be worn swimming, washing dishes or showering as the color and texture can change. On the flip side, don’t soak in a swimming pool with your diamonds. While you always see in the magazine ads, images of jewelry by the poolside, don’t be fooled. Chlorine is not great for the stones and metal. The metal can discolor and weaken and cause the piece to change shape.

Whatever you do, try not to get chemicals on your diamond engagement ring, diamond bracelet or any jewelry on your hands.  DO NOT clean with your jewelry on unless you are wearing gloves. The chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, acetone, etc. can dull your metal and pit your stones. So remember only wear gloves to clean your house. Or maybe you should just pay someone to clean your house for you. And what about when you put on your makeup and do your hair. Your jewelry should always be put on last. Your makeup lotions (which includes suntan, body lotion, body glitter, gel…) can put a film on your diamond that is dulls the shine of your stone. Think of your jewelry as the icing on the cake-it goes last.

When you store your jewelry, pieces shouldn’t hav them touch one another. If you just throw your pieces on the counter they can rub against each other and get scratched. Even the stones can get scratched. When a jeweler packs jewelry we store the pieces separate from one another, we don’t take chances with our goods, why should you.

Make sure that you get your jewelry a checkup at the jewelers. It must be a jeweler that you trust, you don’t want your stone swapped or charged for something you don’t need. We hear so many stories from customers that came in after being cheated. Regarding your ring-prongs will loosen and your center stone just might fall out. We had a client come in, she had lost her center stone, the prongs wore down and the diamond fell out, luckily her grandson found the stone in her car. She took it to Diamonds by Eyal we built up the prongs and secured the center stone. Her daughter also had her ring checked while she was her with her mom. Both customers were very happy.

 

What’s on your Man’s Mind?


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      A majority of the time, woman have no idea what is on their man’s mind. Whether it be work, his friends and family or even YOU! Ladies if you have a good man, give him time. Just when you think things might be getting rocky in your relationship or if he has been “out” a few questionable times, (because women have that intuition when something’s “off”) he might just be out looking for the perfect diamond for you.
Time after time we see so many men come in with some idea of what they are looking for, sometimes they have no idea, but we are here to help! It is critical for men to work with someone they trust when making such a large purchase. This is especially important when picking out a diamond because there are many factors that come into play; working within respect to the parameters of a man’s budget and wishes for size, color, clarity, cut, certification type, as well as the time it takes to choose the best setting for the diamond.
When the trust is built with our clients, they know they are getting only the best service, education and experience.
It is truly a beautiful process from beginning to end to see the men finally walk out confident with their choice of an engagement ring. Personally we really look forward to that e-mail or phone call we receive when we know she said yes and loves her custom ring.
So much effort is put into choosing the perfect diamond just for you ladies so please recognize your man for the time and effort he has put forth to make you his happily wedded wife forever!

 

Written by:

Lindsay Greatorex
Lindsay Greatorex
Director of Social Media and Marketing

 

My Grandmother: My Jewelry Icon

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Jaclyn Gross, Professional Organizer in South Florida

 www.TipTopOrganizing.com

Age 27

 

 

As I’ve grown through the years, my style has evolved.  I always loved dressing up with my “pretty, pretty, princess” kit as a child and covering myself with loads of “jewels.”  The feeling of dripping in earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings makes you feel better.  Makes you feel royal, makes you feel confident.  Or at least it did for me. 

 

But then something happened.  I turned 6.  And on my 6th birthday, my Oma gave me a pearl necklace.  It was a gold chain that had just a few tiny perfect pearls in the middle.  I loved feeling how smooth and cold they were.  It made me feel different.  Every year for Christmas, she would take my necklace and place a few more pearls on it.  She did this for my cousin Jillian and I who are just one year apart.  So when we would get it back in time for the yearly Christmas party, we would have our new pearls on our necklaces.  Every year it would grow just a little bit more and did this for about 10 years until it was fully covered.  That was very special to me and it was also the first time I had ever had a “real” piece of jewelry.  It changed how I felt.  No more plastic for me; I had graduated onto the real thing.  I felt like once I felt the feeling of a “real” piece of jewelry, I could just never go back.

 

My grandma always wore the most stylish and exquisite pieces.  I always wanted to be like her.  Right now as I am writing this, I am wearing a tiffany silver ball necklace and matching bracelet that I inherited from her.  She was a main influencer in my jewelry choices.   She had a safe where she kept her really expensive pieces, but the rest were all tucked away perfectly in their original boxes and pouches in one of her dresser drawers.  She was so organized.  I loved that about her, too.  She maintained the sparkle of her jewels.  They never tarnished or dulled.  They were cleaned, repaired if broken, insured and never out of place.  She took care of her belongings.  Anything that was hers, whether it was her diamond ring, her child, grandchild or home was taken care of fully 1000%. 

 

I always adored her choices from her broaches to earrings, rings, bracelets, ankle bracelets, and necklaces.  She always looked like a celebrity.  I should have taken more pictures of her.  Her style was just impeccable; perfectly put together everyday.  And the jewelry was what tied it all together.  I just loved all of her choices in style because her style was timeless.  It influenced me then and still does today, and will forever.  This is what I pass on to my clients, too.  When I take them shopping for a new wardrobe and when I weed out their old items- we focus on timeless classic foundational pieces instead of hip and trendy for just 1 season. 

 

I wanted my Oma’s collection of jewelry (and clothes- but I couldn’t fit in them since she was a size 0 her entire life, and I’m definitely not!)  And the funny thing is that her collection of jewelry, even after all the decades that have passed would mean nothing to the jewelry because they will still be just as magnificent as they were on the first day.  She had mesmerizing yellow diamonds, white diamonds, pink diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and of course white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum and silver.  I was hypnotized every time I saw her brilliant collection.   I couldn’t wait to build my own collection; to have my own treasure chest of fine jewelry.  So far my collection does not involve many diamonds (yet!) but I’m working on it. 

 

Over the years, as I was with her in her room helping her get ready before parties (my dad lived with her for a few years after my parents divorced) I watched as her outfit transformed from already stunning to just over the top magnificent stand-out with the help of a few classic, timeless classic pieces of jewelry.  It made the entire outfit pop.  I helped her as we went through her selection and picked the right pieces. 

 

This was eye-opening to me as a child to see this transformation.  With just a little (or not so little!) perfect sparkling well-placed diamond or jewel can make all the difference. 

 

I recently discovered Diamonds by Eyal in Boca Raton, Florida.  The store is run by Elise & Eyal Cohen.  They are the nicest couple ever.  They pay so much attention to you and make you feel like royalty.  Even though I wasn’t purchasing anything extravagant, they treat you like you are.  It doesn’t matter to them whether you are purchasing something for $500 or $250,000, because either way, they want you to enjoy the experience and educate you.  They sit down with you and explain everything.  It is by appointment only so you don’t have to worry about people coming in and distracting you. 

 

The time you have with them is your time only.   They make you feel so special and this customer service is so rare to find these days.  I truly appreciated them spending their time and energy on me.  I was able to leave there feeling confident in my purchase and knowing that this will be the place that I will be buying all future jewelry pieces from, and telling my friends and family to come, too.  The prices truly can’t be beat (as I went to many different places and compared!) and the quality is the best.  They also don’t do any advertising, so that speaks volumes!  It’s all by referrals.  I love that!  I recommend this business whole-heartedly to anyone who has a special occasion (or any occasion!) coming up.  The gift of jewelry is something that will be truly treasured for their entire life… at any age! 

2013 Engagement Ring Trends

Wedding season is in full affect and we can already feel that your girlfriends are pushing for the big question. Men — we know the difficulties of walking into a diamond store and getting bamboozled with the 4 c’s. This post is dedicated to you males out there who are lost in translation when it comes to picking the perfect engagement ring for her. There are so many different options so we have narrowed it down to what’s classic, beautiful, and modern. Diamonds By Eyal is here to help! And if this post hasn’t made you feel completely comfortable and informed, come into our showroom TODAY for a complimentary sit down and educational session with our EXPERT. We would be more than happy to assist you with your choice — after all, we love diamonds over here!!!!

STONES: EMERALD CUT.

Displays a specific je ne sais quoi that simply screams elegance. While still remaining vintage and very ‘art deco’ esque, the sleek lines radiate modernity and remain one of this year’s hottest trends. An emerald cut ring gives an illusion that the carat weight is larger then it is in reality because of the elongation.

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STONES: CUSHION CUT.

Yet another stone with an antique aura. The cushion cut illuminates fire and brilliance due to its large facets. Known as one of the most alive and brightest of the cuts, it has been a female favorite for decades.

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STONES: PEAR CUT.

There is no telling that a pear shaped diamond defines originality and uniqueness. Displaying a very feminine and chic look, the pear shape is naturally classy. It also embodies that taste of vintage we all know and love. The pear cut trend is finally coming back.

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SETTINGS: DOUBLE HALO.

The single halo has forever been the most wanted setting amongst the rest. Since two is always better then one, this year we’re doing a double take on the trend — not one, BUT TWO halos! The double halo setting conquers the epitome of luxury and has been a huge success in 2013. Having more then one halo creates an illusion of a bigger solitaire, who wouldn’t love that!? Sign me up!

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SETTINGS: TWISTED.

Swooping and sensual, with an architecture that catches everyone’s eye, these intricate settings offer as much excitement as the stone itself. Taking a more artistic view on an engagement ring, a twisted settings is intriguing and enticing.

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50 Romantic & Unique Ways to Propose!

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Summer is here — therefore our calendars are jam-packed with weddings. For most of us, a wedding is a time to party with friends and celebrate love and matrimony. For young couples, it is a breeding ground for wandering imaginations and hopeful ambition of one day standing on that alter themselves. Maybe you have come down with engagement fever (it’s contagious this time of year) and want to take your relationship to the next level. Men, we know how hard to is to be unique and romantic, after all your going to have to hear the story over and over again for the rest of your life — so it better be a good one! We have made a list of different ways to propose to that special someone. It’s the biggest moment of your life, so put your own spin on some of our ideas! Good Luck! (Hint: if you haven’t bought the ring yet, come see our showroom)

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Best Public Marriage Proposal Ideas

1. Have a flair for the dramatic? Get in touch with the stage manager of an  appropriately themed production and propose after the cast’s curtain call.

2. Take out a full-page ad in a newspaper you know your girlfriend reads  daily.

3. Arrange a surprise proposal with a street caricaturist. Have him sketch a  picture of you two with word bubbles. Yours will read, “Will you marry me?” and  hers will say, “Yes!”

4. Pay the divers at an aquarium to put on a proposal show inside their  biggest fish tank. Give them a handwritten sign that says, “Will you marry me?”  to hold up against the glass.

5. Send your girlfriend on a treasure hunt. Start with a clue at home; then  send her on a tour of your favorite spots all over town. When she gets to the  last hint, the prize should be you on one knee.

6. Go out for a night of dancing and ask the DJ or bandleader to pass you the  mic so you can dedicate a song and propose on the dance floor.

7. Hire a skywriter to spell out your proposal for everyone around to  see.

8. Flying anytime soon? Use the plane’s loudspeaker system (of course, run  your plan by the flight attendants first) and propose at 35,000 feet.

9. Movie buffs? Ask your neighborhood theater to run an ad featuring your  proposal and make sure you get there in time for the previews.

10. Gather a bunch of your friends and family for a party. Have everyone in  attendance put on a T-shirt bearing one of the letters in the phrase “Will you  marry me?” When you walk into the room with your girlfriend, suggest a group  picture and let the shirts speak for themselves.

 

Best At-Home Marriage Proposal Ideas

11. For a simple surprise, after she goes to bed, go to her jewelry box and  replace her everyday ring with the engagement ring. She’ll be completely shocked  in the morning when she goes to put on her regular ring.

12. Write her a love note with the proposal at the end of it. Tuck it into  her favorite book or the one she happens to be reading at the moment, and when  she finds the note, surprise her with the ring.

13. Turn off all the lights in your apartment and make a trail of candles  that leads to a circle of votives positioned around the ring.

14. Slip the ring on her finger while she’s sleeping and wake her with  champagne and strawberries. At first, the gesture will simply seem romantic —  the real surprise comes when she notices her new piece of jewelry.

15. Tie a red-velvet ribbon from one spot in your home to another. Attach  little notes recalling perfect moments in your relationship along the way. You  wait at the last stop, ring in hand.

 

Best Tech Marriage Proposal Ideas

16. Create your own podcast proposal and sneak it onto her iPod.

17. Upload a video of your proposal to YouTube (tell her you have a  hysterical home movie to show her).

18. Steal her digital camera and head to her favorite local outdoor spot.  Bring a friend with you and have posters made with the words “will,” “you,”  “marry” and “me?” Have your friend photograph you holding each one in a  different position. Then, let her know you borrowed her camera and ask her to  upload the photos.

19. Take the scavenger hunt high-tech: Send your mate a text message leading  her to a secret spot. Keep her engaged by text messaging her sweet nothings  along the way (and directions, of course) as you lead her to you, on bended  knee.

20. Create a web page declaring your love and intentions. Leave your sweetie  a clue with the web address written on it — don’t say a word. After the  proposal has been officially accepted (which, of course, it will be!), she can  proudly send the page to friends and family.

21. Set up a live-stream channel (on Ustream.com) and invite all your friends  and family to watch the proposal live from wherever you choose to  propose!

 

Best Foodie Marriage Proposal Ideas

22. Make the box holding her ring a selection on the dessert tray at your  favorite restaurant.

23. Put together a gift basket of yummy delicacies — the best chocolate or  coffee — and hide the ring among the presents (in its box, so it doesn’t get  lost in the goodies).

24. Ask the pastry chef to write, “Will you marry me?” in chocolate sauce  around the rim of her dessert plate.

25. Ask a baker to make a cake with the proposal written in frosting. Have  him display it in the storefront and suggest a little window-shopping to your  girlfriend.

26. Create a personalized fortune cookie with your own proposal  message.

 

Most Playful Marriage Proposal Ideas

27. Create your own crossword puzzle and be prepared to help her work it out  over breakfast.

28. Spell your proposal out in glow-in-the-dark star stickers on your  ceiling. Get into bed, turn the lights off and wait for the inevitable gasp.

29. Spell out your proposal with refrigerator magnets.

30. Sneak into her office or classroom before she gets there and write your  proposal on her desk or on the blackboard. Stay hiding in the coat closet or  right outside the room until she arrives.

31. Get a ring size chart and ask your girlfriend to look up her size. When  she accuses you of ruining the surprise that you’re shopping for a ring, say,  “Okay, try this one instead,” and show her that you’ve already shopped for a  ring.

32. Play hangman and have the phrase be “Marry me.”

 

Best Fall and Winter Marriage Proposal Ideas

33. During your annual Halloween prep, challenge her to a pumpkin-carving  contest and carve the words “Marry me” into your pumpkin.

34. Write, “Will you marry me?” on the underside of a kite and take flight  one warm, breezy afternoon.

35. Have a friend or family member set up a picnic — complete with wine and  cheese, of course — for you in a park. Take your girlfriend for a hike on a  route where you’ll stumble upon this surprise proposal picnic.

36. Scratch your proposal into the frost on her car’s  windshield.

 

Best Spring and Summer Marriage Proposal Ideas

37. Propose in a flower or botanic garden when everything is in bloom.

38. Gather your families together for a barbecue and make it a family  affair.

39. Go to the beach and casually build a sand castle (at a safe distance from  the ocean!), and place the ring on the highest turret. Then invite her to admire  your handiwork.

40. Make your own message in a bottle. On the night before a beach day you’ve  planned, write a love poem on a piece of parchment paper, roll it into an  antique bottle with a cork and bury it in a well-marked spot in the sand near  your towels. Be sure you “find” the bottle as you dig together — and have the  ring at the ready.

 

Most Thoughtful Marriage Proposal Ideas

41. If you’re artistically inclined or just like to make things with your own  two hands, integrate something you’ve made into the proposal. For example, if  you have woodworking skills, present the ring in a special hand-carved jewelry  box.

42. Buy a pet that she’s always wanted (bunny, kitten, puppy) and loosely tie  the ring around its neck. Or substitute a stuffed animal — still cute, but less  maintenance!

43. Tell your girlfriend you want to make a time capsule together to bury and  dig up years into the future. As you’re gathering the items, say it wouldn’t be  complete without a picture of the moment you two got engaged! Have a camera  ready to take that shot right after you present her with the ring.

44. Rent a Vespa scooter and invite your girlfriend for a ride, but remind  her to be safe and wear a helmet. Hand her the helmet (with the ring box already  in it), and then you can zip around town to celebrate!

45. Meet for a drink at a posh hotel bar. When it’s time to go, casually  mention that you’ve already reserved a room for the night. When you open the  hotel room door, have roses, candles and champagne all set up — everything for  a perfect surprise proposal.

 

Cheesy (but Hilarious) Proposal Ideas

46. Make a list of 10 reasons you’d like to marry your beloved. Read them to  her in front of a crowd, have them delivered via singing telegram or send them  written on individual note cards over the course of a day (or 10!), with the  last card arriving by personal messenger (you!).

47. Want to really surprise your girlfriend? Cut out the bottom of a huge  refrigerator box, wrap it with pretty paper and ribbon, and attach a card that  says, “What’s inside the box is a gift to last a lifetime.” “Deliver” yourself  to her office or front door.

48. Make her ring the surprise in a box of Cracker Jack.

49. Make her feel like a movie star and set your proposal to the scene of her  favorite romantic movie. You could arrange your own Pretty Woman moment (the  finale, of course): Rent a white limo and climb through the moonroof with  flowers in hand to proclaim your love as you arrive at her place.

50. Another funny movie proposal? Steal from that famous Say Anything scene:  Park yourself outside her house with a stereo blaring your favorite tune and  propose on the front lawn.

 

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Diamond Care- What to avoid

Diamonds may be one of the strongest substances in the world; however, they can chip and become loose or fall out of a setting. It is essential that you take care of your diamond jewelry. The most obvious ways of protecting your jewelry include taking it to the jeweler for an inspection and having it cleaned. Unfortunately there are many items which you probably use on a daily basis that can damage your diamond jewelry.

Lotions, Sprays and Makeup 

Lotion is used daily by both women and men; some people mistakenly use lotion to care for their diamond jewelry. Lotion should be avoided because it can weaken and discolor metal.  Lotions will dull the surface of your diamond and conceal the stone’s brilliance. Lotions also have a base which can gather under the prongs and loosen your diamond. Hairspray can stick to your diamond blurring the brilliance, as well as making your stone appear yellow. Sunscreens, makeup and other cosmetics contain numerous chemicals which can damage the setting of your diamond and cover its beauty

Cleaning products 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning supplies contain harsh chemicals which are great for disinfecting and removing dirt. Natural diamonds are not greatly affected by these common household products. The brilliance of the diamond could appear dull if it is constantly exposed; however, once the diamond is cleaned it will look alive again.  The mounting of the diamond or any gold jewelry piece faces the biggest threat. Clorox will weaken the rhodium coating on white gold and cause the ring to turn yellow. It could also cause the metal become brittle inducing the prongs to break which will produce the stones to loosen and potentially fall out. Chlorine will corrode the metal, meaning that it will debilitate the setting, whether it is silver, gold or platinum. Some individuals believed that chlorine could be used to clean jewelry so they would go into swimming pools wearing their jewels and instead of cleaning their piece they would cause great damage. Windex has been used by consumers to clean jewelry. Windex contains ammonia which can remove the polish on some gemstones such as turquoise.

Avoid wearing your diamond jewelry while engaging in these activities:

  • Sleeping: It is recommended not to sleep with diamond jewelry in the event that your jewelry has loose diamonds and they fall out. Once the diamond falls out it is difficult to find it, especially since you move around when you’re asleep.
  • Exercising: Working out with jewelry is risky because your hands will become sweaty and your ring or other jewelry could fall off. If you use heavy weights and one hit your jewelry or diamond is could cause your diamond to fall or become loose or even worse your diamond could chip.
  • Cooking: You should avoid wearing your jewelry while cooking because the intense heat could damage gemstones. The various chemicals used to cook could also have a negative effect on your jewelry.
  • Showering: The chemicals in your shampoo, conditioner and body wash could cause your metal setting to discolor. The base on your shampoo and washes could gather up around the prongs of the setting and cause your stones to become loose. Like other cosmetics, shampoo will conceal the brilliance of the diamond. Although this is not a permanent effect, you will have to clean your diamond more often to keep its brilliance.
  • Washing dishes: Dish-washing liquid has harsh chemicals to scrub off grease and breakdown dirt. Washing the dishes with your rings or bracelets on will cause the washing liquid to settle on your jewels. We advise that you place your diamond jewelry in a safe place before washing the dishes or engaging in cleaning. Placing your jewels on the sink counter is very dangerous because your jewelry could easily fall down the drain.
  • Beach: Wearing your jewels to the beach is not a good idea. The coarse sand could scratch the setting. The sunscreen you apply could stick to your diamond and jewelry. Saltwater can also weaken the setting and cause it to discolor.

 

 

Our favorite Halo Pave Engagement Rings

 Engagement Season is right around the corner. Most people become engaged between Thanksgiving Day and Valentine’s Day. Halo engagement rings are high in demand once again this year. Pave Set Halo settings are designed to perfectly showcase the center stone. The encircling pave set diamonds make the center diamond appear larger, while enhancing the overall brilliance. Halo Pave engagement rings are absolutely stunning.

We thought we could show you our favorite Halo Pave settings. Which one is your favorite?

Round Pave Set Halo Design Diamond Engagement Ring with Milgrain Trim
Round 3 Sided Pave Set Diamond Engagement Ring with Halo Design and Bezel Accents

Yellow Gold Round Shared prong Set Halo Design Diamond Engagement Ring

3 Sided Halo Style Pave Diamond Engagement Ring with Bezel Accents Diamond

30 Stone Round Halo Design Pave Diamond Engagement Ring For Princess Cut Center

Round Pave Set Halo Design Diamond Engagement Ring