Art Deco Engagement Ring Ballerina

Shout out from weddingchicks.com

Art Deco Engagement Ring Ballerina
Aurora Art Deco Tiara Engagement Ring

I remember when I got engaged the first thing I did was start looking at (ok, stalking) wedding blogs. Not only are do they have lovely pretty pictures and inspiration to browse but they are full of wonderful tips & color palette ideas for your wedding.

One of my favorites was Weddingchicks.com.  Which is why we are so excited to be mentioned in one of their blog articles 12 Art Deco Rings That Are Absolutely Gorgeous. Yay for us! We had not only one, but two of our engagement rings featured. The Claudette Ring with a Teal Montana Sapphire and our Aurora Art Deco Ring. Head over there and check out their wedding blog, you will be glad you did.

 

 

grey rose cut diamond

How much should you really spend on an engagement ring?

grey rose cut diamond
Antoinette Ring-Grey Rose Cut Diamond

How much should I really spend on an engagement ring?

Engagement rings are one of the most valued and meaningful purchases you will make. Not only are they a big investment but they also carry a big sentimental price tag. Picking out an engagement ring is a tough task for a lot of guys and a lot of things go through their heads. Will she like it? Is it going to fit? But the biggest one that no one talks about is: How much should I spend on an engagement ring in the first place?

Men, just by their nature, tend to be a lot more practical than us girls. They tend to get sticker shock when beginning to look at how much to spend on an engagement rings. The first thing they think of is all of the practical things they can buy with $xx,000 dollars instead of a gemstone. Girls, well we just follow the pretty shiny things.

So lets get down to it.

So, how much should you really spend on an engagement ring?

We have all heard the old school rule that you should spend one month salary on an engagement ring. That was updated to two or three months. That can add up to a lot of money. Quick.

Before you start panicking, I am going to let you in on a little secret. This was a marketing strategy put into play by, you guessed it, the diamond dealers. Talk about letting the fox guard the henhouse. After World War II they needed to increase their sales and this was a pretty successful campaign to make that happen. We still are talking about it as an engagement ring buying strategy today.

Engagement Ring Calculator

The sky is the limit guys. You can certainly spend high 5 figures on that big 3 ct. diamond. The good news is that you don’t have to spend that much on an engagement ring. There is a trend now that we have seen here at Rough Luxe Jewelry, where brides are choosing a unique stone over a traditional high dollar white diamond.

Yay for you! And yay for your bank account. So throw away that engagement ring calculator. Because the new trend is that brides are not necessarily concerned with how much you spent. They are looking for something unique and custom designed for them. Something with some meaning to it. Not a big price tag.

Teal Montana Sapphire Engagement Ring White Gold
Teal Montana Sapphire Engagement Ring

The real value of an engagement ring ~ Meaningfulness

We find that many of our brides most important criteria is that they want their ring to be meaningful. That’s right guys, not big bling like you thought. They want something that has romantic details, a stone choice that has special meaning or even using heirloom stones from a family member. Also, top on the list is one that fits her personal aesthetic and also lifestyle. If she has a pretty active lifestyle a big blingy ring with a lot of pave is going to end up sitting in her ring box most of the time and not on her finger.

Our brides to be are absolutely loving colored diamonds, and unusually colored sapphires such as Padparascha or Teal Sapphires. Grey diamonds and peach diamonds are two of our most coveted sellers now.  Most of these colored diamonds are Rose Cut Diamonds and will sit lower to the finger. Perfect for active girls.

And not only are they are a fraction of the price of a comparable white diamond, but you can often afford a much bigger stone and it will still be a lot less money at the end of the day.

If your bride to be absolutely loves the look of a big white diamond we offer Lab Grown Diamonds which are visibily, structurally and chemically identical to natural diamonds, but are easy on the wallet.

We also offer custom, bespoke engagement rings so that you can design your dream ring that tells your story perfectly. We can also work with heirloom diamonds to create your ring.  Contact us and we will be happy to help you out with a wonderful option that won’t break the bank.

Montana Teal Sapphire Engagement Ring

Sapphire engagement rings are the new diamonds

 

Montana Teal Sapphire Engagement Ring
Montana Teal Sapphire Engagement Ring

Are Sapphire engagement rings the new diamonds?

Sapphire engagement rings are the new diamonds. Not only are they sometimes indistinguishable from diamonds if they are white they also come in beautiful easter egg colors giving your beloved lots of choices to create a unique engagement ring. Here at Rough Luxe we specialize in teal, lavender, peach, pink and yellow sapphires of all sizes and shapes. Mix and match to your hearts content. Or choose a white sapphire engagement ring as an alternative to a more expensive diamond.

Now a days people are looking for unique and affordable engagement rings and our sapphire rings really fit even the most discriminating budget. They rank just below diamonds on the Moh’s hardness sale which makes them durable and long lasting.

 

Sweet little beauties, octahedron diamonds

Sweet little beauties…a laurel of daisies, a beautiful solitaire diamond set in golden leaves and a raw octahedron diamond set in a halo of diamonds.
Did you know that octahedron diamonds are actually uncut diamonds in their purest form…just as they come out of the ground. If you look back at Byzantine rings or old Roman rings from the Vatican you will see that the rings were all octahedrons. We adore the raw look & feel of these diamonds

engaged in paris and where it began*

rose cut diamond cognac diamond

When my husband proposed to me in Paris on the steps of Versailles he asked me to design my own engagement ring. I was beyond thrilled to be engaged to the most awesome man in the world…and was just as excited to be able to create my own engagement ring.

There ensued a journey of first finding the perfect stone and ultimately create my perfect ring. I searched and obsessed over what this would be. Pretty much just like every bride to be does.

I was lucky enough to have access to some of the worlds best diamond dealers and had the most perfect stone fall into my lap unexpectedly. It was a very, very rare 1.5ct Grey Chameleon Diamond. It is a color changer and changes color according to the heat & light. This one changes color from a smokey grey to a light green. They are highly coveted…and kind of like trying to find the Easter Bunny…you hear about them, but never really see them.

rose cut grey chameleon diamond

I was hooked. I fell in love with the process of designing my ring and watching it evolve. I also fell in love with rare and alternative stones. Especially rose cut diamonds.

I also knew that other brides would feel the same way. They were searching to find something unique and alternative for their engagement rings…instead of the same old overpriced, cookie cutter, manufactured jewelry from the big name stores.

This is where Rough Luxe shines. Over the years I have cultivated relationships with stone dealers from all over the world…some of them own the mines. I get first pick of their gems and choose each stone myself for its unique and special character. I always remember that feeling I had when looking for my stone & designing my ring.

To me it wasn’t just a certain carat stone or a fancy ring. It was a symbol of our relationship and the life we were going to build together. It meant so much more. And it had to be perfect. Or at least perfect to me!

So feel free to explore our collection and contact us if you want us to design your dream ring!

gray rose cut halo ring alternative engagement

rose cut diamond cognac diamond

Engaged in Paris where it all began

rose cut diamond cognac diamond

When my husband proposed to me in Paris on the steps of Versailles he asked me to design my own engagement ring. I was beyond thrilled to be engaged to the most awesome man in the world…and was just as excited to be able to create my own engagement ring.

There ensued a journey of first finding the perfect stone and ultimately create my perfect ring. I searched and obsessed over what this would be. Pretty much just like every bride to be does.

I was lucky enough to have access to some of the worlds best diamond dealers and had the most perfect stone fall into my lap unexpectedly. It was a very, very rare 1.5ct Grey Chameleon Diamond. It is a color changer and changes color according to the heat & light. This one changes color from a smokey grey to a light green. They are highly coveted…and kind of like trying to find the Easter Bunny…you hear about them, but never really see them.

grey rose cut diamond
Grey Chameleon Rose Cut Diamond

I was hooked. I fell in love with the process of designing my ring and watching it evolve. I also fell in love with rare and alternative stones. Especially rose cut diamonds.

I also knew that other brides would feel the same way. They were searching to find something unique and alternative for their engagement rings…instead of the same old overpriced, cookie cutter, manufactured jewelry from the big name stores.

This is where Rough Luxe shines. Over the years I have cultivated relationships with stone dealers from all over the world…some of them own the mines. I get first pick of their gems and choose each stone myself for its unique and special character. I always remember that feeling I had when looking for my stone & designing my ring.

To me it wasn’t just a certain carat stone or a fancy ring. It was a symbol of our relationship and the life we were going to build together. It meant so much more. And it had to be perfect. Or at least perfect to me!

So feel free to explore our collection and contact us if you want us to design your dream ring!

palladium white gold ring diamond

what is the difference between white gold and palladium white gold*

Who doesn’t love to display to show off your beautiful new engagement ring? However, wading through the complicated choices of metals for your engagement ring can be a little confusing. There are so many new combinations in the market and certain options that appear similar from the naked eye can actually be totally different. Thus, before you finalize a particular band, just be aware of the point of differentiation among some most popular wedding band metals – White Gold & Palladium White Gold. Let us have a look at both of them:

white gold

Gold is a typical yellow colored metal and thus, other metals are required to be added to give it a white color. To change the hue of the metal and provide it the strength and durability, various alloys work together. These alloys include silver, copper, nickel, zinc and even palladium! The composition and usage of these metals determine the price and style of White Gold. White Gold is available in various carats, ensuring that there is one for every budget. Keep in mind that white gold in its natural form will not be bright white as we are used to seeing when we look at engagement rings. White gold will have a slightly yellow hue.

The only way to get while gold really, really white is to plate it with rhodium. At Rough Luxe we do not recommend plating your ring. First of all if you are going to have rhodium put over the white gold…you may as well just get a rhodium ring. Second, your ring will need to be replated every six months to a year. This usually involves removing the stones, replating and resetting it again. You can see how this would damage the delicate settings over time. If you like a really really true white color we suggest going with Platinum. Of course Platinum is a lot more expensive and a lot heavier. It is also notoriously more difficult to work with and requires a jeweler to have a whole different set of tools to work with it.

The second reason not to select 14k White Gold is that it is usually mixed with nickel to give it its white tone. Many people have nickel allergies and wearing your new engagement ring is not the time you want to discover that.

Palladium White Gold

Which is why our white metal of choice for an engagement ring is Palladium White Gold.  Palladium White Gold is a noble metal and part of the Platinum family of metals. It is one of the rarest metals of the world and is a perfect choice for a wedding band or engagement ring. It has a silvery grey color and a beautiful, soft luster.

Palladium is high in quality, is hypo-allergic (non-nickel based) and strong. It doesn’t tarnish with the passage of time or lose whiteness when worn, and doesn’t need replating.  Palladium White Gold stays natural white without any regular maintenance and care, and is lighter in weight as compared to platinum. It is also a more affordable option as compared to Platinum.

Palladium has emerged as a new trend in the engagement rings and due to its ever growing popularity, it has now been acknowledged as a precious metal. Palladium is almost of the same price as white gold but keeping in mind the ever increasing price of gold, overall Palladium should be less expensive. We love working with Palladium White Gold and can design any customized ring for you. Contact us for the most magnificent Palladium engagement ring today or have a look at our collection of alternative engagement rings available!

palladium white gold ring diamond

What is the difference between white gold and palladium white gold

palladium white gold ring diamond

Who doesn’t love to display to show off your beautiful new engagement ring? However, wading through the complicated choices of metals for your engagement ring can be a little confusing. There are so many new combinations in the market and certain options that appear similar from the naked eye can actually be totally different. Thus, before you finalize a particular band, just be aware of the point of differentiation among some most popular wedding band metals – White Gold & Palladium White Gold. Let us have a look at both of them:

white gold

Gold is a typical yellow colored metal and thus, other metals are required to be added to give it a white color. To change the hue of the metal and provide it the strength and durability, various alloys work together. These alloys include silver, copper, nickel, zinc and even palladium! The composition and usage of these metals determine the price and style of White Gold. White Gold is available in various carats, ensuring that there is one for every budget. Keep in mind that white gold in its natural form will not be bright white as we are used to seeing when we look at engagement rings. White gold will have a slightly yellow hue.

The only way to get while gold really, really white is to plate it with rhodium. At Rough Luxe we do not recommend plating your ring. First of all if you are going to have rhodium put over the white gold…you may as well just get a rhodium ring. Second, your ring will need to be replated every six months to a year. This usually involves removing the stones, replating and resetting it again. You can see how this would damage the delicate settings over time. If you like a really really true white color we suggest going with Platinum. Of course Platinum is a lot more expensive and a lot heavier. It is also notoriously more difficult to work with and requires a jeweler to have a whole different set of tools to work with it.

Palladium White Gold

Palladium White Gold is a noble metal and part of the Platinum family of metals. It is one of the rarest metals of the world and is a perfect choice for a wedding band or engagement ring. It has a silvery grey color and a beautiful, soft luster.

Palladium is high in quality, is hypo-allergic (non-nickel based) and strong. It doesn’t tarnish with the passage of time or lose whiteness when worn, and doesn’t need replating.  Palladium White Gold stays natural white without any regular maintenance and care, and is lighter in weight as compared to platinum. It is also a more affordable option as compared to Platinum.

Palladium has emerged as a new trend in the engagement rings and due to its ever growing popularity, it has now been acknowledged as a precious metal. Palladium is almost of the same price as white gold but keeping in mind the ever increasing price of gold, overall Palladium should be less expensive. We love working with Palladium White Gold and can design any customized ring for you. Contact us for the most magnificent Palladium engagement ring today or have a look at our collection of alternative engagement rings available!

Salt and pepper grey diamond

Swooning over this salt and pepper rose cut diamond

Salt and pepper grey diamond
Salt and pepper rose cut diamond set in 14K palladium white gold

Salt & Pepper diamonds were all the rage this buying season at the Tucson Gem Show which I attend every February. Dealers, miners, artists and stone cutters all converge in the desert and present their best finds for the year.

It is an important place to see whats new, whats up and coming and what stones are hot. Now it is no secret that I have been a big fan of rose cut diamonds…as I chose one for my own engagement ring. I love the old world feel and how they are imperfect, yet beautiful at the same time. And each one is unique…kind of like every marriage. Ok…not just kind of…exactly.

This year Salt & Pepper diamonds were in high demand. If you saw some…you better buy them because if you walked off to think about it…they were gone. I have a lovely client in California who I was on the hunt for the perfect Grey rose cut diamond for a ring I was making for her. And these were perfect.

We set the Salt & Pepper diamond in 14k rose gold and added diamonds around the bezel. It came out so unique and beautiful. She was in love!