June 2012

Wedding Bling!

Author: Doug Safe, Heritage Jewelers | Photographer: Mark Staff Photography

Rings listed in order from top to bottom

PURE ROYALTY: 18kt white gold ring with 4.22 ct. cushion cut sapphire and accent diamonds (.78 total ct.) $28,980

YELLOW ELEGANCE: 14kt white and yellow gold with 1.12 ct. fancy yellow diamond and accent diamonds (.95 total ct.) $16,788

GREEN WITH ENVY: 18kt white gold ring with a 1.14 ct emerald and two round brilliant cut diamonds totaling 1.21 ct. $13,375

WHAT’S YOUR PASSION: 14kt white gold ring with 1.04 ct. round passion cut center diamond set in a halo mounting with matching band (1.23 total ct.) $10,193

Over the course of 35 years in business, Heritage fine jewelry has taken part in many engagements, although today it has become less traditional and more of a shared discussion. With so many options to choose from in diamond shapes and ring styles, sometimes the bride is included in selecting the engagement ring. Still, today, most men spend countless hours attempting to find the perfect ring. They will also look to get hints of information from friends of their soon-to-be-bride. We believe you can’t put a price on the perfect surprise engagement.

When purchasing a diamond engagement ring, it is important to understand a little bit about how the diamonds are priced to be sure you are getting what you want. To do this, it is important to find a jeweler who will help explain the four Cs of diamond grading: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat weight.

Cut: Refers to the arrangement of the diamond’s facets. A diamond that is “ideal cut” captures and releases maximum light.

Clarity: Natural formed inclusions that could be present in the diamond.

Color: Diamonds range from colorless (the rarest and most valuable) to yellowish-brown, with many shades in between.

Carat-weight: Standard measurement for diamond size.

These days, it is very common for people to buy only “certified diamonds,” meaning that the diamond has been to an independent company that grades and charts the stone. This will give you security that the diamond quality is not just what the jeweler is telling you.

Although in the past it’s been stated that you should spend three-months’ salary on an engagement ring, at Heritage Fine Jewelry, we believe you should live within your means and make a decision based on what’s best for you and your bride-to-be.

Rings listed in order from top to bottom

PRINCESS PERFECTION: Platinum ring with 2.01 princess cut diamond and two accent diamonds (.53 total ct.) $19,750

CANARY CHIC: 18kt white gold ring with a 1.93 ct. fancy yellow oval diamond and halo mounting (.91 total ct.) $21,385

SUPERIOR CLARITY: 18kt white gold ring with 3.41 ct. emerald cut diamond and accent diamonds (.78 total ct.) $44,900

MEN’S BLING: Assortment of men’s 14kt white gold bands with or without diamonds, $1,000 and up

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