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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Pretty in Pink

Wedding Trends: Rose Gold

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The rosy hues have been quickly rising in popularity over the recent months. It goes by different names, like Russian Gold, Pink Gold or Red Gold; crafted from the yellow gold and copper alloy comes the newest must-have for this wedding season: rose gold rings.

We’re used to seeing the white wedding gown paired with a silver or gold band, but sometimes it’s good to have fun and break some rules… the fun bride will love to opt for something unique and gorgeous in its own way. The rose gold wedding theme goes from dresses, to flowers, decoration and obviously: the ring!! it has the elegance and sophistication of the classic metals, but its warm pink hue adds an unexpectedly feminine twist.

Where traditional meets nontraditional, the rose gold alternative It’s a perfect choice for the bride who not only wants it all, but also wants to pass it all down for generations. To achieve this seamless look, our Szul team has for you a great choice of rings.

Starting off with a classic three stone ring featuring channel set side diamonds set in solid 10K rose gold, a rare, fancy and sweet color of pink with an attention to details that will shine through in your most special day.

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With just a touch of color and a stunning round center stone, excellent workmanship and sparkling white diamonds combine on a ring that is sure to last a lifetime. The ring is crafted in solid 14K white gold and a ring of 14K rose gold.

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This one will be treasured forever: A dazzling, brilliant cut round diamond weighing 0.16 carat is set on this one of a kind wrap around setting crafted in 10K rose gold. Unique and outstanding!!

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Are you going to be pretty in pink for this wedding season?

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Most creative wedding proposals ever

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The wedding proposal is that instant when all the planning, memories, emotions and nerves resume to a one word answer. So much is at stake! Everyone wants to make sure that their proposal is different, unique and that it has a lot of meaning to their special someone, anything it takes just to assure that positive answer. You want her to say yes and… quite possibly: cry a lot.

We think that when it comes to this unforgettable moment in your life, you can’t overdo it! If you want to take it one step further and have a crazy, extravagant proposal, just go for it. You’ll only have one opportunity to make this a wonderful moment in your life.

Chances are that if you go over the top, do it right and make a memorable experience; you might become viral on the internet or get featured on your local newspaper, like these guys:

Matt and Ginny

This is the most watched video proposal in the internet, and it’s because the groom decided to create a legit “movie trailer” asking his girlfriend’s father for permission to marry her and got to actually screen it in a movie theater. Not only that, but he rigged the theater with cameras to capture her reaction!

 

This movie trailer proposal has been viewed over 26 million times on YouTube and spawned a series of copycats, but nothing has been able to top the original.

 

 

Steve and Hayley

Steve English took girlfriend Hayley Groves to a very romantic picnic at the beach. He made sure they had their copy of the Eastern Daily Press, because when he suggested that Hayley flicked through the paper she encountered a proposal on a full page that read:

“Hayley Groves, will you marry me?

I love you with all my heart. We’ve been with each other for years and my love for you grows more each year.’You are a beautiful and caring person and have always been there for me 100pc through the bad times.’My family adores you and I cannot imagine my life without you in it. Now we are expecting our first child I hope you will say yes and make me the happiest man alive.”

As he got down on bended knee… she said yes immediately.

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Sam and Jess

This couple has known each other since they were 10. Sam started planning his proposal with help from his cousin: They told Jess that he needed a couple to star in his music video, but little did she know that it was all a setup to capture their special moment (original song included!) All their family and friends were there to witness it, too!

The video for this proposal already hit 13 million views on Youtube, it’s truly love poetry, and it’s real!

 

But even before starting planning how you’re going to propose someone to spend the rest of your lives together; the first thing you need to put your head to is looking for that perfect engagement ring. Find some inspiration and feast your eyes with our team’s weekly pick of the greatest sparklers for your girl.

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1 1/2 CARAT DIAMOND HALO BRIDAL SET IN 14K WHITE GOLD

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3/4 Carat Diamond Halo Engagement Ring in 14K Yellow Gold

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IGI Certified 1 1/6 Carat Antique Styled Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

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Hot Trend In Holiday Gift Giving: Two Stone Diamond Jewelry For Couples

The latest fine jewelry trend makes gift giving easier than ever: two stone diamond jewelry. Perfect for anniversaries, holidays, and any other time you’d like to make extra clear just how much your love your spouse or partner, two stone jewelry comes in a variety of styles. Just check out these picks from the holiday sale–and some words of romantic wisdom (which–hint, hint–would work great on an accompanying card!).

3/4 CARAT TWO STONE HALO DIAMOND RING IN 10K WHITE GOLD

3/4 CARAT TWO STONE HALO DIAMOND RING IN 10K WHITE GOLD

 

 

TOP TO BOTTOM: 5/8 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND RING IN WHITE OR YELLOW GOLD; 1/2 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND RING IN WHITE OR YELLOW GOLD

TOP: 5/8 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND RING IN WHITE OR YELLOW GOLD; 1/2 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND RING IN WHITE OR YELLOW GOLD

 

LEFT TO RIGHT: 1/2 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND PENDANT IN 14K YELLOW GOLD; 3/4 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND PENDANT IN 14K YELLOW GOLD

LEFT TO RIGHT: 1/2 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND PENDANT IN 14K YELLOW GOLD; 3/4 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND PENDANT IN 14K YELLOW GOLD

 

TOP TO BOTTOM: 1/2 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND RING IN WHITE OR YELLOW GOLD; 1 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND RING IN WHITE OR YELLOW GOLD

TOP TO BOTTOM: 1/2 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND RING IN WHITE OR YELLOW GOLD; 1 CARAT TWO STONE DIAMOND RING IN WHITE OR YELLOW GOLD

 

Find these–and much more–available at special discount via our Hot Holiday Deals sale.

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How to Score Fine and Gemstone Jewelry For Less Than A Latte

 

Fine jewelry isn’t just jewelry. It’s a way we celebrate the best people and relationships in our lives. It’s also a way we celebrate and honor ourselves, whether we’re commemorating achievements, securing a boost of confidence for an important event, or just treating ourselves kindly.

 

More style for less. Image courtesy of our Instagram page; click the image to see more.

More style for less. Image courtesy of our Instagram page; click the image to see more.

 

For the budget conscious, or those striving to be, it can be harder to justify a one-time purchase–even if it is for a quality item with lasting value. That’s where financing comes in. Szul partners with Affirm, a simple, user-friendly financing application selected because of it’s emphasis on transparency–no late fees, hidden fees, etc., just 10% and 30% APR simple interest. Affirm allows our customers to pay in monthly payments that start as low as $1.77 for fashion jewelry. High end pieces, like this diamond bridal set, start at payments of $200-300 per month–perfect if you’re a young couple who want to invest in quality engagement and wedding rings while staying responsible with your monthly spending (and save for your wedding!).

To use Affirm, simply select finance with affirm at checkout. You’ll need to set up an account, which you can do here. Affirm works with a growing number of fashion forward and trending brands, so chances are an account will come in handy this holiday shopping season. They have a great support staff to answer any questions you may have.

Szul is thrilled to be able to offer this service, and hopes it provides customers with opportunities to build their collections of high quality fine, fashion, gemstone and diamond jewelry with meaningful pieces. To see Affirm payment pricing estimates, just go to an item, and view the Affirm pricing listed just under the Szul price.

Ready to get shopping?  Check out the early sale here!

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Anniversary Awesome – Three Stone Pendants At Black Friday Prices

 

Traditionally, the three-stone style represents past, present, and future–making them an especially sweet anniversary gift. Increasingly, three stone pendants have also been used to signify families of three–so if you’ve recently added a little one to your family (even one of the four legged, furry variety) this style can be a great way to imply meaning without letting it overwhelm the piece. It’s also worth noting that the layering trend is going strong for necklaces as well as rings. Three stone pendants, with their delicate chains and simple, understated design, offer endless–and endlessly chic–possibilities as part of a layered set–though of course, they also stun on their own!

 

Here are some of our favorites from the Thanksgiving Day Sale–perfect for scoring a memorable gift at a price that’ll leave plenty of room in your Black Friday budget!

 

1/2 CARAT THREE STONE DIAMOND PENDANT IN 10K YELLOW GOLD

Retail Price: $999.00

Szul Price: $499.00

Special Price: $229.00

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1 CARAT THREE STONE DIAMOND LADDER PENDANT IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Retail Price: $1,999.00

Szul Price: $1,299.00

Special Price: $649.00

 

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1/2 CARAT THREE STONE DIAMOND PENDANT IN 10K YELLOW GOLD

Retail Price: $999.00

Szul Price: $499.00

Special Price: $229.00

 

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1/2 CARAT DIAMOND THREE STONE LEAF PENDANT IN 10K WHITE GOLD

Retail Price: $1,799.00

Szul Price: $699.00

Special Price: $249.00

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Get shopping yourself to score stunning gifts at stunningly low prices!

 

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