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Designing Your Own Designer Diamond Rings Online

Shopping for the perfect designer ring for your engagement or wedding ring can be an exciting but overwhelming experience.  Jewelry counters are filled with hundreds of diamond and gold rings, but sometimes none are ‘just right’.  Perhaps you see a beautiful ring in platinum,  but you would prefer a diamond ring in yellow gold.  Or, maybe you are looking for a unusual setting for a diamond ring to give your fiance a designer ring that reflects her unique personality.  Designing your own ring online lets you create a beautiful ring that you won’t find in any store.

Creating your own diamond designer ring online has many advantages.  As the designer of the ring, you can make it to your exact preferences, choosing the setting for the engagement ring, the size and type of gemstone you want in the ring, and the color of the metal.  Create a completely unique diamond ring in yellow gold, platinum or silver.  Add other gemstones such as Tanzanite, emerald or rubies to your diamond designer ring.  Using you and your fiancé’s birthstone, or the stone from the month that you met is an extremely romantic way to add extra special meaning to your engagement ring and is just one of the ways that you can create a one-of-kind designer ring that has personal meaning.

Browse through a selection of settings for engagement rings online to get an idea for what style you are looking for.  Do you want something simple and classic, such as a plain band with a princess cut solitaire diamond?  Or maybe you want to create an unusual setting for a diamond ring, with trillion cut gemstones and an asymmetrical design?  When designing settings for an engagement ring, try to imagine what you (or your fiance) will wear.  You want to design a beautiful ring that will be worn every day, and will match the wearer’s sense of style.  An unusual setting of diamond ring might not be appreciated by someone who has a more traditional style,  while the simpler, popular settings for an engagement ring might seem boring to a woman to likes to look different.

One big advantage of designing rings online is that you are able to work to your budget.  By changing the size, quality and type of gemstones in your designer ring, or the metal in the setting of an engagement ring, you can adjust the cost.  For example by choosing a setting for your diamond ring in yellow gold you may be able to afford a larger gemstone than if you opted for one of the more expensive platinum settings for an engagement ring.

Another plus is that you can design in your own time,  playing with an almost endless selection of settings for an engagement ring, swapping gemstone shapes and colors, and even letting friends and family preview the designs to get their opinion on your designer ring.  You will save time by not trailing around the jewelry shops trying to find the perfect, beautiful ring and will have fun creating your own, unique diamond designer ring.

The Many Advantages of Buying Fine Jewelry Online

If diamonds are a girls best friend, then the internet must surely be a diamond ring buyer’s best friend. While it is true that diamonds never look better than when they are sparkling in your hand, buying online offers you a wealth of information and tools that you won’t find in the high street or mall, and also allows you to shop in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  You will find wholesale jewelry at greatly reduced prices, cheap engagement rings and unusual gemstone rings such as a diamond and tanzanite ring or a pink sapphire diamond ring.

Educate yourself in the intricacies of diamonds to give yourself the peace of mind that you are buying the best quality diamond designer ring for your money.   Learn the difference between 14k jewellery and 18k jewelry,  and the different settings for engagement rings.  While shop assistants are trained to give you a particular sales pitch, you can find a wealth of impartial information about diamond jewelry on the internet, from company websites who make it their business to educate their customers about the high quality of their diamonds to information hubs that offer key hints on how to get the best value for your money.

Buying diamond jewelry online also often works out cheaper. By cutting out overheads such as the rent, for a high street storefront, companies are able to offer the highest quality jewelry at a greatly reduced price.  Online stores are a great place to find a cheap engagement ring or diamond bridal sets.  By buying a wholesale diamond ring online you can be sure that your money is paying for the value of the jewelry rather than any expensive advertising campaign or flashy storefront.

Shopping for diamond designer rings online also means that you can shop in the comfort of your own home, browsing a huge range of designs at your own pace, with no pushy shop assistants or gimmicky sales techniques. You can take as much time as you want to view the high resolution images of each diamond designer ring without feeling rushed or pressurized into making a decision. When you are ready to make a purchase, reputable sites will offer you a seamless and secure checkout procedure, following through on your order with high levels of customer service and personal attention.

As if these reasons weren’t enough, shopping for diamond designer rings online also lets you involve other people in the decision making process without actually dragging them to a store. How many men have asked the best friends opinion when selecting a precious engagement ring? When buying diamond rings online you can share your ideas with friends and family easily by emailing links. Or create a list of your favorite designs using any social bookmarking tool to compare later.

Buying a diamond is a decision that can last a lifetime, and you deserve to choose the most beautiful ring possible in your own time, in a pleasant and relaxed environment. And if you make your decision at 3am in the morning, and simply must make your purchase instantly, you can be sure that unlike the high street, online stores are always open.

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My Hunt for the Perfect Diamond

When you hear the word “diamond” you automatically think of fine quality. A diamond represents exquisiteness. It is the elite and most loved of all gems on the market. If you ask a woman if she loves diamonds you will almost always get a resounding “yes”. However, finding the perfect diamond can be a difficult job if you don’t know what you are looking for. Take my story as an example.

I consider myself to be a well educated man. As a graduate of  a prestigious business school, I had a great career as a senior financial manager in a well respected firm. My career afforded me a great lifestyle. Although I was no where near Robin Leaches “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, I was able to enjoy a life full of wonderful vacations, fine dining, and great friends.

When I was in my twenties, I thought I had found the one true love of my life and proposed to her. I presented her with, what I thought, was a great diamond ring. Actually, it was more of a diamond chip and not a good one at that. The relationship eventually fizzled and we never did get married but I did learn a valuable lesson when buying a diamond ring – only get the very best where a diamond is concerned. We’ve all seen the various commercials on television and we’ve seen the ads for various jewelers in magazines but how do we know that we are getting the finest diamond?

I made it my mission that I would learn all there was to know about diamonds so if I ever decided to get married again I would know that I was getting the finest diamond engagement ring for my future wife. This proved to be a great lesson to me. I never knew there was so much to know about buying a diamond. In fact, when we think of buying a diamond, we all get the same look on our faces. You know the look, the one of shear terror and a bit of hesitation all rolled up into a happy face. Deep inside we want to make the moment as special as we can be but we also know that there is a fine price that can accompany that happiness.

So ask yourself, why do you want to buy a diamond engagement ring  I wanted to present the love of my life with one, everlasting symbol of my love and affection. I wanted her to know that only the finest, superior quality diamond ring would be good enough for her. Even then, it wouldn’t match the love I felt inside but it would come close. I was amazed when I found out that over 1 million men a year set out on the great diamond hunt. Although I am a highly educated person, the sad fact is, there was more to know about selecting the right diamond then just how big it was (carat size) or how it how much it cost.

So with all of this ahead of me, I didn’t know where to begin. There were many jewelers and it was hard to know where to go. After all, buying a diamond was going to be one of the most important investments I would ever make.It ranked right up there with buying my home or vehicle. That is how important it was to me. I was so amazed at the information I needed to obtain to buy this one ring. I saw ads for designer diamond rings and diamond engagement rings but yet I still had no idea where to begin. I consulted my best friend who pointed me in the right direction. He told me there were several ways to obtain a diamond ring:

·Retail Jeweler – retail jewelers were just about everywhere. Each was quoted as selling the finest diamonds on the market. The advantage here was that I could develop a rapport, a one on one relationship with my jeweler. Many retailers offered money back guarantees to back their products.

·Online Jeweler – then there was the wonderful world of the internet and with it endless opportunities to buy diamonds online. As a businessman this seemed a viable option that would accommodate my hectic and very busy schedule.

·Estate Jewelers – for those one of a kind diamond rings, an estate jeweler was another way to go. This allowed the possibility of obtaining one of a kind, antique pieces that aren’t seen nowadays. However, I also learned that this can be a problem as well because these rings typically do not come with a certification and often determining the fair market value of these rings can be a difficult task.

·Wholesale Jewelers – these jewelers seemed to offer you a better price then buying from a retailer. However, they generally get their diamonds imported and can often contain some impurities.

I was learning fast that there was more to buying the right diamond then just going to my local mall, picking one out and purchasing it. My best friend for more than ten years told me he bought a diamond engagement ring when he proposed to his wife. It was only later that he learned that it was an “enhanced diamond”. An enhanced diamond is a natural or synthetic diamond that is altered to enhance and improve the gemological aspects of the diamond. A diamond’s clarity can be improved through laser drilling. This can take an off colored diamond and enhances it color and makes it shiner and clearer. I had never heard of this before. I thought diamonds were just naturally beautiful. Truth is, most are and that’s what I wanted. I wanted the natural beauty of a diamond to come through not an enhanced version of it. So I kept moving forward.

During this search is when I met the woman I knew for sure that I would spend the rest of my life with. Whereas the guy in his twenties was fine with giving any old ring, I knew now that nothing but perfection would do. This ring was my sign of commitment to her. My sign of never ending love. Just as a diamond would last forever, so would my love for her. I had learned a great deal over the years about finding that perfect diamond. Yes, we all knew to look for the 4 C’s of a diamond: Carat, Cut, Color and Clarity but there was so much more to it than that I had learned. I learned that in order to ensure that quality then I needed to make sure that I was buying a “certified” diamond. A certified diamond meant that there was written proof that document the attributes of the diamond. Certification meant that the price I was paying for that diamond was back by a certification that meant this was of the highest quality. The certification broke down the actual grade of each of the 4 C’s and helped determining the diamonds value easier. Certifications came from well known labs such as the International Gemological Institute (IGI) and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to name a few. So certification of a diamond is very important to look for when I went into the store. A friend of mine had bought an engagement ring for his wife that wasn’t certified and sadly it ended up being a fake. This is why I had dedicated the past few years to making myself knowledgeable about the world of diamonds. Naturally, it won’t take everyone a few years to understand all there is to know about buying a diamond but investing sometime into research and educating yourself is something I can’t stress enough.

Now at 40 I was a lot more prepared than I was at 20 to make a real investment in a diamond engagement ring. I searched for a jeweler who had a great reputation, who had been in the diamond business for years, who sold certified diamonds, and who would give me the one on one I needed to ensure that the love my life would only get the finest. I learned you get what you pay for and the premium for a highly quality, certified diamond was well worth it. After all, she was worth it and then some. I wanted to make her speechless. Well, just long enough for her to say yes but totally take her breath away when I proposed with the perfect diamond ring. For her I chose a “princess cut” diamond rather than a designer diamond ring. This, I found out was the second most popular cut for a diamond. The princess cut has more of a pyramid shape to it. This cut would emphasize the diamonds fire versus its luster. The fire of the diamond is that amazing flash of rainbow colors you see when the light hits it just right. This is seen well in limited light sources like candlelight or a dimly lit room. So it’s a good thing I was proposing to her in her favorite Italian restaurant. I had it all worked out. The table would contain a centerpiece of yellow roses which her favorite. We’d toast over her favorite bottle of wine. We’d enjoy a lovely dinner and dessert would bring her more than her favorite Cannoli.

I was nervous but confidant in the fact that I had bought her a diamond that was as perfect as she was. My investment in the ring was as important as my investment in her. You’ll be happy to know she said “yes” and the diamond, well it took her breath away just as I hoped it would. Thanks to finding a reputable jeweler who sold certified diamonds, they helped me pick the perfect diamond engagement ring for the woman I’d spend the rest of my life with. The time and effort was well worth the wait and although I paid a good premium for the ring I learned the old saying was true “you get what you pay for”.