Taking care of your diamond engagement ring

You’ve finally received the most important piece of jewelry of your life… You want to wear your engagement ring even in your sleep! but you’ll also want to keep it safe and sound, looking as bright as the first time you saw it. Diamonds might be the hardest stones on earth, but they’re still prone to cracking and other kinds of damages. Here are some infallible tips on how to take care of your favorite ring.

 

1 – Be extra careful with your ring when you’re in public spaces, we’d recommend not taking it off! Leaving jewelry in public restrooms is a common thing, or even worse: dropping it down the toilet! Don’t even take that risk.

2- Don’t wear your ring when you’re doing tasks or chores. Even gardening, working in the kitching or lifting something heavy could potentially crack your diamond.

3- Makeup first, then jewelry. Cosmetics can damage diamond jewelry, incluiding but not limited to lotions, perfumes and hairspray.

4- Keeping your jewelry clean: The best you can do is take it to jeweler that can get it properly steamed cleaned if you notice that the ring is looking somewhat dirty.

5- Never do your laundry while wearing your ring: Bleach and other chemicals can dull the finish of the ring or harm the gems.

6 – Remove your diamond jewelry before you take a swim or do sports: Chlorinated water can cause potential structural damage, and any kind of quick movement or hard blow while playing sports could loosen the stones of your ring.

For more information about caring for all types of jewelry, visit our Jewelry Care section in our Szul Jewelry Guide.

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10 best gemstones for non-traditional engagement rings

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Think outside the box: sometimes just one style doesn’t fit all brides. A colored stone will set a ring apart, pair it with diamonds and you’ll have the best of both worlds! At Szul, we’ve come up with a choice of 10 beautiful and unique rings with the finest gems that will give you the best look when you say the big “Yes!”

Find an engagement ring that fits your personality here:

Aquamarine

“Aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word for “seawater”, this sky blue stone with tints of green reminds us of paradise. Recently it has become a really trendy stone, and we think is beyond perfect for a summer proposal at the beach!

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1.50 CARAT PEAR SHAPE AQUAMARINE AND DIAMOND RING IN 10K YELLOW GOLD

Garnet

The most popular color hue for garnet is this stunning deep red that undeniably matches with the antique settings for engagement rings, a great choice for an even better price.

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1.75 GARNET AND DIAMOND THREE STONE RING 14K WHITE GOLD

Pink Topaz

Topaz is the most popular choice for engagement rings after the well known diamond, in its pure form the topaz is actually colorless but to our amusement, it’s the little imperfections that leave us with colorful gemstones and our favorite is by far, the pink tone.

FYI it is also the gemstone that commemorates the 23rd wedding anniversary!

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4.50 CARAT PINK TOPAZ & DIAMOND RING IN WHITE GOLD

Emerald

Add an emerald to a classic vintage setting or a modern one, with this stone you’ll have a timeless engagement ring that’s fashionable and elegant at the same time. Emerald is like no other green gemstone, it highly surpasses them with its unmatched vivid tones.

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1 CARAT EMERALD AND DIAMOND FLOWER TWIST RING IN 14K YELLOW GOLD

Sapphire

They are the perfect substitute for the diamond, the sapphire is the third hardest mineral on earth, and one of the most durable too! Excellent choice if you plan on wearing your engagement ring every day.

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1.00 CARAT OVAL SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Ruby

The blood-red tone of the ruby screams luxury! Both resistant and shiny, the finest of the red gemstones is undeniably the ruby, a choice for the most passionate brides.

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2.50 CARAT OVAL RUBY AND DIAMOND ENGRAVED RING IN 10K WHITE GOLD

Opal

Opal’s popularity has skyrocketed recently, they reflect the entire rainbow as they move, and every one of them is unique. Opals are believed to bring happiness and confidence for the wearer.

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MORNING GLORY OVAL OPAL & DIAMOND RING

Tanzanite

This rare stone was discovered recently in Northern Tanzania. This is a particularly precious stone, as it is said that only a 30-year supply is left on the world. If you’re one of a kind, this is the gemstone for you!

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OVAL CUT TANZANITE AND DIAMOND WRAP RING IN 14KT WHITE GOLD

Amethyst

When this stone is well cut, there’s no other like it. The purple/lavender hue is both romantic and mysterious, lovely choice for an intellectual lady.

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5.00 CARAT AMETHYST AND DIAMOND HALO RING IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Peridot

The olive-green tone of the peridot is the only one you will find, this makes this a very special gemstone. The brightest of greens for the woman that’s true to her identity!

Peridots are often considered a token of love because Napoleon famously gifted his first wife Josephine with one with that symbolism of his admiration.

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5 popular trends for engagement season 2016

Summer is all about vacations, sun, bikinis and… diamond rings!

As we know, summer is one of the most popular seasons for weddings and engagements for a reason: you get the outdoors ceremony and the happy, lively engagement photoshoot… you could even get proposed in an exotic location! So, you might be wondering which are the hottest trends when it comes to rings right now? There are plenty of options out there, but we’ve got the scoop on the ones that are totally IN.

Cluster Diamonds

Talk about wow factor? The cluster diamond rings can be paired with emeralds or sapphires to accomplish even more impact on this stylish option. Cluster rings have a charm that just a single stone can’t match.

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1/3 CARAT TW DIAMOND CLUSTER RING IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Nature Details

The floral motif is a feminine touch that’s nevertheless enchanting. Diamond engagement rings with petals, flowers, butterflies and vines shapes craved in them are a big YES for us!

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3/4 CARAT DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING IN 14K WHITE GOLD

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ANTIQUE ENGRAVED ENGAGEMENT RING SETTING IN PLATINUM

Eternity Bands

This one is not for traditional brides: how about a lot of smaller diamonds stead of just one rock? They are certainly more functional and versatile. Are you willing to take a risk with a eternity band?

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2 CARAT TW DIAMOND ETERNITY BAND IN 14K WHITE GOLD

 Colorful Center Stones

Step it up with a cool and colorful engagement ring. It doesn’t have to be just a diamond, get a stunning stone in the center and add diamonds for a sparkling touch.

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4.00 CARAT TW CUSHION CUT PINK TOPAZ AND DIAMOND RING IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Mixed Metals

If you can’t decide if you want yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum then you’ve got to mix and match! Two toned rings are striking and super original.

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1 1/5 CARAT DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING IN TWO TONE 14K GOLD

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Top 5 Wedding Bands under 200$

Budget friendly, beautiful and creative styles: because getting married doesn’t mean breaking the bank.

We got you covered! Classic to modern, with a little bit of a twist, here are Szul’s team choices for the top 5 wedding bands under 200$ and just to remind you: these are genuine diamonds, and real gold!

5-  2MM FLAT COMFORT FIT WEDDING BAND IN 14K YELLOW GOLD ($139.00)

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Starting with a classic beauty, this pure gold wedding band is stylish and timeless. The retail price was almost $500! But yes, you can have it for even less than $150 (exceeded our expectations) and only at SZUL!

 

4- 3MM DOMED COMFORT FIT WEDDING BAND IN 10K WHITE GOLD ($129.00)

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This one can be worn either by women or men! As a romantic idea, you can have matching rings getting two of this beautifully crafted white gold band.

 

 3 – 1/6 CARAT DIAMOND WEDDING BAND IN 10K WHITE GOLD ($179.00)

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A very fashionable ring featuring a simple, lightweight, all diamond design. Feminine, delicate and very chic.

2-1/10 CARAT DIAMOND WEDDING BAND IN 10K WHITE GOLD ($149.00)

DIAMOND_WEDDING_BAND_WHITE_GOLDTalk about unique! 7 sparkling white diamonds are prong set on this lovely matching wedding band. This one is unforgettable.

1- 1/4 CARAT FIVE STONE DIAMOND WEDDING BAND IN 10K WHITE GOLD ($199.00)

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This beauty almost doesn’t makes it into the list, but it did, and we’re glad because it has a great value on a dazzling 5 stone diamond ring, it’s almost like it was magically designed and crafted. We have a winner!!

 

Which one was your favorite?? 

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The Ring Finger

Wedding rings are a staple of modern day society and the surefire way of telling if someone is engaged or married is by checking their left hand.We also know that engagement and wedding rings go on the fourth finger of the left hand, otherwise known as the ring finger.

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No one really knows the exact origin of the wedding ring. In history, the wedding ring was connected to the exchange of possessions at the moment of the wedding rather than the symbol of love and devotion that it is now. Now, the circle is a symbol of eternity, with no beginning or end while the hole in the middle signifies a gateway or a door into a new life together. By wearing rings on the fourth finger, a married couple symbolically declares their eternal love for one another.
But why put the ring on the fourth finger? Up until the 1700s, the ring could be worn on any finger, including the thumb. Later on, people believed that a vein ran directly from the fourth finger on the left hand to the heart. They titled this vein the ‘Vena Amoris’ Latin for ‘Vein of Love.’ Because of the perceived connection between the hand and the heart, they decided to place their symbol of love on this finger. Though this was proven false by modern day science, the custom remains today.

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Looking down and seeing a ring on the fourth finger holds a different significance for everyone and the rings worn on this finger represent each couple’s own unique version of their eternal love. This ring-finger tradition has stood the test of time just as the ring itself sends the message of a love that will also last forever.

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Definitive guide: Buying the perfect diamond engagement ring ( on a budget! )

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We at Szul know that nothing symbolizes true love quite like a diamond – precious and everlasting –,we have the complete selection on all existing dazzling ring styles for that very important piece of jewelry.

But then comes the question: how to decide which one is THE ONE for your future fiancé? There are so many styles! And they’re all so beautiful.   It’s quite easy to get overwhelmed, but don’t worry, we’re here to help you find the way to your perfect engagement ring.

Setting your budget

This is a great place to start, even before you start browsing for options. Setting your budget early helps you guarantee that you won’t have to end up selling your belongings or getting a mortgage for the engagement ring.

However, you need to consider that this is a ring that should last a lifetime and will mark a milestone on both of your lives. In the end, you’re the one that’s going to set your own rules or guidelines … what’s most important is that you’re comfortable with how much you’re spending.

Keeping that in mind and having decided on a budget to invest, you can begin searching for the perfect engagement ring within your desired price range at www.szul.com. We have excellent high quality authentic diamonds and gems for just about… any budget! Our goal is that you find the perfect ring according to your needs.

 

Learning about the 4 C’s

The 4 c’s in diamond criteria refers to the following: cut, color, clarity and carat weight.

The cut determines the sparkle factor… and when it comes to cut, we have a whole article on that prepared for you! which you can look up HERE

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But there are some other characteristics you might want to take into consideration, we’re going to teach you a little about them; so you can get an idea and decide where you might want to compromise to fit your price range.

Clarity is determined based on the types of inclusions that are found in the diamond and how they affect its appearance, while no diamond is perfectly pure, the closer it comes, the higher its value.

If the diamond is color-less it means it’s super high quality!  A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond has no hue, like a drop of pure water.

Tip: in real life the subtle differences between color grades are almost undetectable to untrained eyes!

The carat weight, to us, is just as important as the cut! This is the measurement of how much a diamond weighs. A metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams. To get an idea of the diamond size, you have to consider carat weight with two other characteristics: the distance across the top of the diamond measured in millimeters, and the diamond’s cut grade.

When it comes to selecting the best carat weight of diamond, take into consideration the size of her finger, the size of your setting, and of course: your budget.

Hint: Keep in mind that the smaller the finger, the larger the diamond will appear.

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Knowing your fiancé

While you’re planning your proposal, you might want to start paying attention to her jewelry style. What kind of rings does she wear? Are her pieces rather delicate or thick  Does she prefer yellow gold or white gold? Is she quite conservative or does she likes the bling?? You can’t really go wrong if you opt for something you know she already likes!

If you’re not sure about which diamond shape she prefers and if she hasn’t explicitly told you about her favorite one, you should stick with the classics! They’re called that way for one reason, we’re sure almost every girl loves a round diamond.

For instance, take into account her lifestyle and her daily routines, if she’s very active, sporty or has a job that requires physical activity the convenient choice would be the most secure mountings and a design which is not that ornamental. In the contrary, if she has an office job and seems more delicate and careful, you can go all the way and look for intricate or unique designs with statement diamonds.

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The perfect fit

Ideally, knowing her ring size is in every way, advantageous. But if you don’t, there are some tips we can advice:

The average ring size in the U.S. is 6 (based on the ‘average’ U.S. female being 5’4″ tall and weighing 140 lbs.) If she’s more slender, or fine-boned, her ring size is probably in the 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 range. If she is heavier, larger-boned or taller, her ring size is probably in the 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 range. It’s always better to buy a ring a bit bigger than you think she’ll need, because sizing a ring down is much easier than increasing its size.

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Brilliant Tips: Choosing the perfect diamond shape

Do you want to find out which diamond shape fits you or your fiance’s personality before you decide on the ring? We’re going to tell you about the most popular shapes and how to determine the best combination of size, color, cut and clarity for your needs!

Round Diamond

This one is for the all-traditional bride who likes to keep it simple, this is the most popular diamond shape, representing approximately 75% of all diamonds sold. Due to the mechanics of its shape, the round diamond is generally superior to fancy shapes at the proper reflection of light, maximizing potential brightness.

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Princess Cut Diamond

If you’re contemporary, modern and feminine, then the princess cut diamond fits you the best! It was, first created in 1980, and they’re a great choice due to their flexibility in working in almost any style of ring.

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Marquise Diamond

For the fancy and elegant bride-to-be, the marquise shape creates the illusion of greater size. If you like to feel stylish and ostentatious then you’d prefer to go for this option. Carat for carat, the marquise diamond has one of the largest surface areas of any diamond shape, making it a good choice when trying to maximize perceived size.

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Cushion Diamond

The cushion cut diamond combines a square cut with rounded corners, much like a pillow (hence the name). This classic cut has been around for almost 200 years! This shape is for the optimistic and hopeless romantic girl, this enchanting diamond will take you back to the fairy tale era!

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Radiant Cut Diamond

One of a kind! This fits the woman who likes to shine in her own light; the extravagant, glamorous and passionate lover.

The radiant cut diamond is the first rectangular cut to have a complete brilliant-cut facet pattern applied to both the crown and pavilion, creating a vibrant and lively diamond. The modified square shape is somewhere in between a cushion and a princess cut, and for that reason looks beautiful set with both rounded or square cornered diamonds.

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Which one was your choice?

 

 

 

 

 

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