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Tips on Finding Affordable Diamond Engagement Rings

You have found that special someone with whom you want to spend the rest of your life with and decided to pop the question.  It is now time to purchase an engagement ring that she will love.  Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you can still find a ring that will take her breath away.  Read on to find out how you can find more affordable diamond engagement rings.Invisible Set Princess Cut Engagment Ring

Shop Online

In order to get an idea of what is a reasonable asking price, you need to shop around.  A good place to begin is online.  Because online retailers do not have the amount of overhead that a brick and mortar store does, they can usually offer their fine jewelry at more competitive prices.  You also will have more selections when you shop online. 

Because you will not be able to see the ring in person before you purchase it, it is important that you read the descriptions carefully.  Pay attention to the specifications of each ring to ensure that you are getting one that is top quality.  Also, make sure that the online jeweler has a return policy just in case your ring has any defects or you simply do not like it after seeing it in person.

14K Halo Style Diamond Engagement Ring SetMake the Most of the Diamond

Even if you are unable to afford the biggest diamond out there, there are a few tricks that can make the stone look bigger.  Selecting a ring with specific shapes, settings, and side stones can achieve this look.

  • Shape.  Instead of selecting a diamond that is round or princess cut, opt for a diamond with elongated sides.  These include diamonds that are oval shaped or marquise cut.  These shapes can make the diamond seem larger than it really is.
  • Setting.  The way the diamond is set into the ring can make all the difference in the world.  Two settings that work well for maximizing the size of a diamond are the following:
    • Invisible Setting.  Gemstones are placed close together while the ring’s band is concealed beneath the stones.  When several small diamonds are placed next to each other in this setting, it can give the impression of one large diamond.
    • Bezel Setting.  A metal rim extends slightly above the diamonds that are placed inside.  When white gold or platinum metals are used in a bezel setting, they can blend with the diamonds and give the illusion of them being bigger.
    • Side Stones.  Instead of the ring containing a single large diamond, select one with smaller side stones.  A classic look is a ring with three stones placed together.  Not only can the three stones be a symbol of your past, present and future as a couple, when they are placed in close proximity to each other they can appear bigger.
    • Halo Setting. Similar to the invisible setting, a diamond encircled with smaller diamonds make the center diamond seem larger and even more vintage-like and romantic.  The halo of diamonds give the appearance that they are part of the center diamond.

Purchasing an engagement ring for the one you love does not have to break the bank.  Use these tips to help you choose a diamond engagement ring that gives you the best value within your budget as you begin your search.

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Romantic Ideas For A Holiday Proposal

In our last blog post, we discussed whether or not proposing during the December holidays is a great idea or not.  If you decided to propose during this special time, I wrote this post just for you. 

The holidays are just around the corner, and you’ve finally found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. You bought a gorgeous diamond engagement ring and are now ready to pop the question, but you want the timing to be perfect. Proposing during the holidays may seem cliché, but I believe that if you plan it right, you can have a magical and romantic proposal that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Here are some fun and romantic proposal ideas I have personally seen or heard of. Hopefully these ideas will help spark some creativity for your own memorable moment.

Proposing For Chanukah

If you and your chosen fiancé celebrate Chanukah, you can build up the anticipation through 8 days of unique and special gifts. Try to think of creative ways to present the gifts, such as in the mail, on her pillow, etc. On the final day, prepare a romantic moment to present the ring.

The Christmas Proposal

Christmas Eve or Christmas morning can be a great time to propose, even if it’s somewhat expected. If you time it right, you can still create a fairy-tale moment of surprise.

Of course, you could always have Santa stop in with a surprise gift box delivery. However, if you opt for this type of a proposal, make sure that everyone is gathered together for Santa’s dramatic entrance without making the scene appear too predictable. If you’re bustling around gathering your friends and family together right before he comes in, your surprise effect will be entirely lost.

If you want to get a bit more creative, consider inviting carolers over to the house while everyone is gathered to listen. In the middle of an upbeat Christmas song, have the carolers pause to ask the question in unison. The bride-to-be will be dazed and delighted.

Make Any Day A Romantic Holiday

princess cut diamond engagement ringYou don’t have to propose on an actual holiday to gain the special effect of the holidays. In fact, you might find more of a surprise reaction if you choose a different day.

One of my personal favorite proposals was through holiday lights on the outside of the future bride’s home. Family and friends were gathered for a festive dinner party, and as everyone was walking out to leave, the hopeful boyfriend slipped aside to turn on his lighted proposal. The result was total shock and utter glee. In short, it was a very romantic evening.

More Than Your Average New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve can be a great time to propose. Many new couples become engaged on the stroke of midnight, with a large group of friends and family. However, if you want to be a little bit more intimate, make it a moment for just the two of you. Invite your sweetheart over for a special dinner, and dance to soft music in a room full of rose petals. When the moment feels right, get down on your knee.

Go Ask Her

I’ve given you some ideas, but this is a moment that is entirely up to you. Get up your courage, make it romantic, and go propose to her!

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Is Proposing During The Holidays A Good Idea?

When you finally find the person you want to be with forever, the task of proposing can seem incredibly daunting. What if she (or he) says no? You also have to consider the time and place where you want to ask. After all, if you mess this one up, it might be a deal breaker.

Holiday Proposal Or Not?

During the holidays, it seems like romance is everywhere. For many people, this is a perfect time to pop the marriage question. The enormous increase in engagement ring sales during this time would emphasize this point. On the other hand, many hopeful fiancés wonder if proposing during the holidays is a bad idea. You want me to give you an answer? Well, it depends.

For some people, a winter holiday surrounded by friends and family could be the most romantic time to become engaged. For others, the thought of getting a proposal on Christmas might seem uncreative and even embarrassing. It all depends on the individual in question, and since you are hoping to marry the person, it’s up to you to find out.

Getting To Know Your Fiancé-To-Be

Before you ask someone to marry you, you better make sure you know their style. It doesn’t matter what statistics or anything else says -- it’s your sweetheart’s opinion that matters.proposing holiday season

So how do you find out a good time to propose without being super obvious about your intent? In my opinion, it all comes down to getting to know the person. If your bride-to-be generally prefers more intimate moments with just the two of you, you probably want to avoid a super showy Christmas or New Year’s Eve proposal with a lot of people. On the other hand, a more outgoing and playful personality might be delighted to have a public proposal.

You also want to determine their personal stress level. If Christmas or Chanukah is a huge stresser for your sweetheart, you might want to wait until things start to settle down to ask. This can be a great way to rekindle the festive spirit post-holiday without adding to the stress. It all comes down to how well you know your partner.

If you are having a hard time reading him or her, don’t be afraid to ask for advice from family members or friends they have known for a long time. You will likely be surprised at how much they can help.

Picking The Perfect Moment

The holidays present many opportunities for a proposal, whether it is public, private, exciting, or romantic. Use your good judgment and the advice of the people around you to pick the perfect moment to ask. If you do, you can make your proposal romantic and memorable at any time of the year.


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