Most Common Questions We Received from Previous Customers
- What does “total carat weight mean?” (also called “carat total weight”)
- How many “points” are in 1 carat?
- What is the best diamond shape?
- Is it important to buy a certified diamond?
- Which Cut Sparkles The Most?
- Do Any Of The Diamond Shapes Cost Less?
- Do I Have To Buy Or Wear A Matching Wedding Band?
- Is It Bad Luck To Buy A Pre-Owned Diamond Or Engagement Ring?
- Which Is The Best Metal For An Engagement Ring?
- Do You Offer Colored Gemstone Engagement Rings?
- Will I get the exact ring in the video shown on the product page?
- Why doesn’t a diamond’s price increase proportionately to it’s size?
Answer: The abbreviations that you will see when these terms are being used are either “ctw” or “tcw”. “total carat weight” OR “carat total weight” is referring to the total weight of diamonds that are in a complete diamond engagement ring. If the engagement ring does not include a center diamond, like in the case of our engagement ring settings, the carat total weight is only referring to the total carat weight of diamonds in the rings itself, without the center diamond. So for instance our engagement ring setting BBR434 is 1.78 ctw., meaning that the engagement ring setting has that amount (weight) of diamonds, without including a center diamond. Now if you were to add a 2.0 carat center diamond to that engagement ring setting, the ring would become a 3.78 ctw. engagement ring. So it is important to establish the “total carat weight” of diamonds that are in the engagement ring setting itself, and whether a center diamond is contributing to that total carat weight.
Learn more about Diamond Carat Weight.
Answer: The easiest way to remember the answer to this question is to just compare it to a $1 dollar bill in the USA. 1 carat has 100 points, just like a $1 dollar bill is equal to 100 pennies. So if you have 75 points of 1 carat, it is like saying that you have 75 cents of a dollar. In each case you would have 3/4 of the whole amount. The proper way to designate carat weight in decimals is 1.0 for 1 carat, and .75 for 75 points (0.75). Diamonds are available in literally every carat weight, so for example you could buy a diamond that is .89 points (89 points), or 1.27 points (127 points) You will usually only hear the terms “points” or “pointer” when a diamond is under 1.0 carat. So if you have a diamond that is 70 points (.70 ct) you may also hear it referred to as a “70 pointer”. It is also sometimes called 7/10’s of a carat.
Answer: The best diamond shape depends upon what type of ring that you are planning on buying for it. In strict terms of which is the best diamond shape, there really is no such thing as “the best diamond shape.” With that said, the most popular diamond shape is the Round Brilliant Cut diamond shape. If all things are equal in terms of cut grade, clarity grade and color grade, a Round Brilliant cut diamond will typically sparkle the most. There is an exception to this rule, and that is certain “Branded” diamond shapes that will often include additional facets to gain more brilliance. However even these “Branded” diamond shapes are typically still “round” in shape and they will always be more expensive.
Answer: Our recommendation is to always to buy a certified diamond, especially if you are buying it online “sight unseen”. Without an Independent evaluation from a 3rd party such as GIA, you really have no idea what you are actually buying. In fact you can take it one step further if you are buying a larger or more expensive diamond, by making sure that the diamond has been Laser Inscribed on the Girdle with the report number issued by the laboratory. Unfortunately smaller or less expensive diamonds often do not have the “Laser Inscription” included. However you can still buy a diamond that has been independently certified in almost all cases, if you insist upon it.
Beware: It is common for many jewelry stores to issue their own certification/appraisal for the diamonds, engagement rings or diamond jewelry they sell. They can do this by employing a graduate GIA gemologist that will perform the service “In-House”. (it could even be the owner) While this is certainly convenient, it is not recommended. This is a potential “conflict of interest” since the jewelry store that is selling you the item, is also evaluating the item’s quality and worth. Since grading a diamond’s quality and worth is very subjective and “open to opinion”, it is possible that the diamond’s grading will be overstated. Remember that the jewelry store is likely to put their own interests in front of yours.
Solution: If you decide to buy a diamond, engagement ring or valuable piece of jewelry from a jewelry store, consider having it graded and appraised by an independent & qualified 3rd party. It is important to always obtain a “non-biased” evaluation by another qualified company or individual that has no interest in the financial aspects of your transaction.
It’s always important to insure your diamond or engagement ring!
Answer: This question can be a little confusing since cut and shape are very often referred to in the same manner, even by professionals. The first thing that I recommend is discussing a diamond’s cut and a diamond’s shape as 2 different diamond characteristics, which they are. A diamond that is perfectly cut is measured by EGL as Ideal Cut and GIA as Excellent Cut. Although GIA and EGL have different names for a perfectly cut diamond, the remaining cut grades are referred to in the same manner. They are in order of quality as Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. Now that we have that out of the way, the Cut That Sparkles The Most is going to be the diamond with the highest cut grade. As we just learned, GIA’s highest cut grade is Excellent and EGL’s best cut grade is Ideal. (sometimes called “Super Ideal”) You may also hear the term “Hearts and Arrows” which is a visual effect that is seen in “perfectly cut diamonds”. The 8 hearts are seen from the top and the 8 arrows are seen from the bottom.
Cut and Shape are not the same thing.
Now that we have briefly discussed “Diamond Cut“, let’s talk about shape. The most common diamond shapes are Round, Princess, Cushion, Radiant, Marquise, Emerald, and Heart Shape diamonds. The most common “antique diamond shapes” are Old Miners Cut, Old European Cut, and Rose Cut Diamond Shapes. Since established “cut grades” were not around centuries ago when antique diamond shapes were the only shapes available, antique diamond shapes are most likely responsible for the terms cut & shape being confused.
Additional help on the sparkle of the diamond can be found here:
How does Diamond Polish affect the brilliance of my diamond?
Just how important is Diamond Symmetry for the sparkle of my diamond?
Answer: Round Diamond shapes often cost more than other diamond shapes. This is because more “cutting waste” is created when creating a Round Diamond shape, than the other popular shapes. Diamond shapes typically fall into 2 pricing tiers at the wholesale level which is passed on to the retail customer. These 2 “pricing tiers” are #1) Rounds #2) Fancy Shapes. All popular diamond shapes other than Rounds, fall in to the Fancy Shape wholesale pricing tier.
Exceptions: There are exceptions to the cost of diamond shapes and that would be in certain cases of “Branded Shapes”. One of the better known Branded diamond shapes are LEO diamonds. There are also many other Branded diamond shapes that are completely unique in shape. One fact about Branded Diamond Shapes is that they will cost significantly more in almost all cases.
Answer: This is 100% up to the individual. However if you are interested in being “traditional”, then a matching wedding band will likely be in your future plans. Another factor to consider is whether you would like to wear the wedding band on it’s own occasionally, without the engagement ring. Some matching sets will have a wedding band style that is not practical to wear on it’s own.
Caution: Some jewelry stores and engagement ring manufacturers do not offer matching wedding bands for their engagement rings. If you believe that you are going to want to purchase a matching wedding band, consider checking with the jewelry store if there is one available before you make your purchase. If you don’t check first, you may be very disappointed to find out later that one is not available. BloomingBeautyRing.com offers matching wedding bands for all of our engagement ring settings, so you won’t have to worry about that if you buy your engagement ring from us.
Possible Solution: If you have your heart set on an engagement ring that has no matching wedding band available for it, some women choose to wear a “non-matching” wedding band on another finger, or on the other hand’s ring finger. If you are having trouble finding a wedding band or wedding ring that you are happy with, please call us at (213) 222-8868. Since we design all of our own engagement rings, wedding rings and custom made matching wedding bands, we may be able to design one for you as well.
Answer: Our short answer to this question is absolutely not, however we are not the individual wearing it. Pre-owned engagement rings and pre-owned diamonds are one of the best ways to potentially save a lot of money. You may even be receiving a family heirloom in the form of your grandmother’s antique or vintage engagement ring.
However with that stated, our advice to the guys out there would be to always consider the feelings of your fiancé first! If she is not going to be comfortable wearing a pre-owned diamond or engagement ring, then you should probably not go that route. If money is the issue, please consider calling us to discuss the best alternatives for saving money on your diamond engagement ring. We have many Low-Cost options available including precious gemstones such as white sapphires that cost significantly less than a diamond will. Although white sapphires are an excellent diamond alternative, you can always “change it out” for a diamond in the future. (Perhaps even for an anniversary gift at a later date when you have had a chance to save more money for a diamond)
Answer: There is not a “One Size Fits All” answer to this question, especially when budget is also a concern. Each precious metal choice offers “pros and cons” and all of the pros and cons will have to be considered in order to decide which is best for you. A few quick points about Gold Engagement Rings: 14k White and Yellow Gold are going to be the least expensive options and are durable and long lasting. 18k white and yellow gold is appreciated for the beautiful luster that it’s higher gold content offers. 14k gold is approximately 58.3% Pure Gold and 18k gold is 75% Pure Gold. 24k gold is 100% pure gold but is much too soft to be used for an engagement ring. BloomingBeautyRing.com charges $200 more for 18k gold and $200 more for Palladium. Platinum cost varies depending upon market prices and the overall weight of the setting. Larger settings or settings with thicker bands will typically cost more.
Answer: Absolutely! We work directly with several large Colored Gemstone importers from all over the world that offer a complete selection of precious, semi-precious and colored gemstones of all types. In fact we have recently created engagement rings that included Emeralds, Rubies and Sapphires. Customers choose colored gemstone engagement rings for many different reasons and you should not be concerned with choosing a colored gemstone instead of a diamond for your engagement ring, if that’s what you prefer. Also, buying a White Sapphire instead of a diamond can save you thousands of dollars.
Answer: An astounding YES. Many online jewelers use 3D renderings of their jewelry, and it’s amazing how they can differ from the actual piece of jewelry sent to you. This is usually because the mold to create that piece of jewelry has not been made yet. Only a computer rendering with measurements in it. Making it so the piece of jewelry they send to you can often times look different than their video. We create the mold first, then we make the ring, then, finally, we take pictures, and make videos of the ACTUAL RING. Since we actually make our rings first, we now have the mold to recreate that exact same ring again, every time, that you see in the videos on our product pages.
Answer: Buying diamonds is not like buying hamburger. Whereas 1lb. of hamburger costs $2 it stands to reason that 1.50lb. or 2lb. of hamburger would cost $3 and $4. Makes sense. But diamonds and precious metals use a much different pricing scale. If a 1ct. diamond costs $1000 I can guarantee you will not find a 2ct. diamond that costs $2000. Unless it’s all cracked up and on it’s last life. The reason: Rarity.
Larger diamonds with the same quality as smaller diamonds are not as common in nature. Remember, real diamonds are not created in a factory with machines. Mother Nature created these sparkling little wonders over the course of millions of years, and she did not make very many big, perfect diamonds. So if you buy a bigger diamond, you are not just getting a bigger price tag. You are also getting a diamond that is much more rare, and, of course, the more perfect that diamond is, no matter how big, will always cost more. Again, because “flawless diamonds” are few and in-between.