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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.

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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.

Art Deco Engagement Ring

Art Deco Engagement Rings ~ Why we love them

Art Deco Engagement Ring
Greta Art Deco Engagement Ring

Art Deco engagement rings are elegant, timeless and so very classic. This is why we offer so many different styles of both Art Deco wedding bands and Art Deco Engagement Rings. The word Art Deco is tossed around quite a bit, but what truly is a vintage Art Deco ring?

The Art Deco era in the jewelry got its name from the ‘Exposition International des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes’. In 1925, it was held in Paris and was put on by the French government to highlight a new style they were calling “moderne”. The focus was on Architecture, furniture, glass and of course jewelry. There were 15,000 exhibitors from twenty different countries which later became known as the Art Deco Exposition.

The Art Deco era from about 1915 to the 1930’s, however people remember it best as the “roaring 20’s”.

Instead of the gently curving vines and romantic flowers that were so prominent in the Edwardian era (1890-1912), Art Deco Engagement rings were all about geometric lines and angles. Art Deco rings and wedding bands featured a lot of zig-zag, triangular and trapezoidal shapes. White gold and platinum led the way and for the first time yellow gold fell out of favor.

Art Deco Engagement Ring Ballerina
Aurora Art Deco Tiara Engagement Ring

Different colored stones, often sapphires, were incorporated into these designs to accent the bold geometric patterns. This often made for incredibly striking engagement rings and even wedding bands. You would often see intricate filagree work in these Art Deco beauties.

My love for all things Art Deco came from my time living in Miami. I lived for many years on South Beach, in fact even before it was called South Beach. At that time it was just abandoned hotels and nursing homes. But the amazing Art Deco architecture was still there, albeit in shambles. In fact my good friend owned Al Capone’s old house which was Art Deco at its finest, complete with false doors and escape tunnels that you would expect any proper gangster to have.

I found many cast off art deco engagement rings & jewelry in pawn shops and thrift stores during this time. Each one was more beautiful than the last. I cannot tell you how much it warms my heart that Art Deco Engagement Rings are making a comeback because they truly are amazing treasures.

Our Art Deco style engagement rings & wedding bands are inspired by this great era of opulence and beauty. We would be love to design one just for you!

teal montana sapphire

blue velvet*

This pretty little thing is on its way to one lucky bride. It is a Montana Sapphire set in 14k palladium white gold amongst a sea of diamonds.  Montana Sapphires are some of my favorite stones as they can range from a beautiful sea blue green to teal to everything in between if they are a color changer. A color changer means they can change colors based on heat and light.

Keep in mind here at Rough Luxe we only use high quality diamonds…regardless of their size. In fact melee diamonds (the tiny ones for the halo) are often where jewelers cut corners…but we believe that using quality gemstones in every aspect of the ring makes all the difference in the world and really makes a ring pop.

 

teal montana sapphire

Blue velvet

teal montana sapphire
Montana Mountain Teal Sapphire in 14k White Gold

This pretty little thing is on its way to one lucky bride. It is a Montana Sapphire set in 14k palladium white gold amongst a sea of diamonds.  Montana Sapphires are some of my favorite stones as they can range from a beautiful sea blue green to teal to everything in between if they are a color changer. A color changer means they can change colors based on heat and light.

Keep in mind here at Rough Luxe we only use high quality diamonds…regardless of their size. In fact melee diamonds (the tiny ones for the halo) are often where jewelers cut corners…but we believe that using quality gemstones in every aspect of the ring makes all the difference in the world and really makes a ring pop.

 

rose cut diamond halo engagement ring

what is a rose cut diamond*

 

What is a Rose Cut Diamond? We get this question all the time so we thought we would take a few minutes and share with you the legacy of the rose cut diamond, which has an interesting story. It was named after the petals of a rose flower to which it bears resemblance. Pretty romanitcal, right?

A rose cut diamond is a diamond with flattened base and a faceted domed peaked top. This antique-style diamond cut can take on many shapes with squarish-round, pear, and oval shapes being the most popular. Unlike the more rigid brilliant cut diamond parameters, a rose cut diamond can have from 3 to 24 facets, each bringing a slight variation to the shape. Because of the attraction of the romantic and exotic appeal of this cut, rose cut diamond engagement rings are the most sought after these days. In fact my own engagement ring is a 1.75ct grey chameleon rose cut diamond. It is a color shifter, which means it changes color from grey to greenish yellow in different temperatures and light.

The rose cut diamond is one of the oldest cutting styles for diamonds and is the original diamond cut of heirloom and antique jewelry. The history of the rose cut diamond dates back to the 15th century. It originally emerged in India and gained extreme popularity during the Georgian Period, 17th century and the Victorian Period, 19th century. Choosing a rose cut diamond will give your engagement ring a unique old-world feel, which we love.

During the early 19th century, the development of more contemporary diamond cutting techniques allowed for very sophisticated and brilliant shapes. During those days, the evaluation of diamonds was done through the light of candles in which the yellow or grayish color diamond sparkled warmly. However, with the widespread of electrical lighting, the consumers were more derived towards the diamonds that exhibit the most sparkle.

Modern rose cut diamonds are fairly rare. Only one in a thousand diamonds is made into a rose cut today. Here at Rough Luxe, I spend a lot of time traveling and developing relationships with dealers across the world to bring you the best rose cut diamonds we can find. Most rose cuts, found in antique jewelry from the 17th & 18th century, have some inclusions that add a unique personality to each diamond.

Rose cut diamonds continue to be made and polished by hand while the brilliant cut diamonds are cut by machine. Since the rose cut diamonds are made and polished by hand, they have a less manufactured look in comparison to the brilliant cut diamonds.

Though rose cut diamond rings are designed in a variety of styles and metals, they are often wrapped in a bezel setting offering the most protection to the diamond as it is completely encircled by metal. A rose cut diamond is a truly unique choice for an alternative engagement ring.

At Rough Luxe Jewelry we are are using rose cut diamonds to create contemporary designs with vintage inspired look, adding unique old world vibes to their pieces. Whether you design grey rose cut diamond engagement ring or colored rose cut diamond engagement ring, this unusual cut is definitely a timeless show stopper.

Are you considering a rose cut diamond engagement ring?  We have a wide selection of rings that feature the ever-popular grey rose cut diamond and also a rainbow of colored rose cut diamonds. We pride ourselves on a meticulous eye for detail and a passion to create exclusive jewelry. How about having the romantic rose cut diamond wrapped around your ring finger that connects directly to the heart? Visit us to grab your symbol of love today!

rose cut diamond halo engagement ring

What is a rose cut diamond

rose cut diamond halo engagement ring

What is a Rose Cut Diamond?

We get this question all the time so we thought we would take a few minutes and share with you the legacy of the rose cut diamond, which has an interesting story. It was named after the petals of a rose flower to which it bears resemblance. Pretty romanitcal, right?

A rose cut diamond is a diamond with flattened base and a faceted domed peaked top. This antique-style diamond cut can take on many shapes with squarish-round, pear, and oval shapes being the most popular. Unlike the more rigid brilliant cut diamond parameters, a rose cut diamond can have from 3 to 24 facets, each bringing a slight variation to the shape. Because of the attraction of the romantic and exotic appeal of this cut, rose cut diamond engagement rings are the most sought after these days. In fact my own engagement ring is a 1.75ct grey chameleon rose cut diamond. It is a color shifter, which means it changes color from grey to greenish yellow in different temperatures and light.

The rose cut diamond is one of the oldest cutting styles for diamonds and is the original diamond cut of heirloom and antique jewelry. The history of the rose cut diamond dates back to the 15th century. It originally emerged in India and gained extreme popularity during the Georgian Period, 17th century and the Victorian Period, 19th century. Choosing a rose cut diamond will give your engagement ring a unique old-world feel, which we love.

During the early 19th century, the development of more contemporary diamond cutting techniques allowed for very sophisticated and brilliant shapes. During those days, the evaluation of diamonds was done through the light of candles in which the yellow or grayish color diamond sparkled warmly. However, with the widespread of electrical lighting, the consumers were more derived towards the diamonds that exhibit the most sparkle.

Modern rose cut diamonds are fairly rare. Only one in a thousand diamonds is made into a rose cut today. Here at Rough Luxe, I spend a lot of time traveling and developing relationships with dealers across the world to bring you the best rose cut diamonds we can find. Most rose cuts, found in antique jewelry from the 17th & 18th century, have some inclusions that add a unique personality to each diamond.

Rose cut diamonds continue to be made and polished by hand while the brilliant cut diamonds are cut by machine. Since the rose cut diamonds are made and polished by hand, they have a less manufactured look in comparison to the brilliant cut diamonds.

Though rose cut diamond rings are designed in a variety of styles and metals, they are often wrapped in a bezel setting offering the most protection to the diamond as it is completely encircled by metal. A rose cut diamond is a truly unique choice for an alternative engagement ring.

At Rough Luxe Jewelry we are are using rose cut diamonds to create contemporary designs with vintage inspired look, adding unique old world vibes to their pieces. Whether you design grey rose cut diamond engagement ring or colored rose cut diamond engagement ring, this unusual cut is definitely a timeless show stopper.

Are you considering a rose cut diamond engagement ring?  We have a wide selection of rings that feature the ever-popular grey rose cut diamond and also a rainbow of colored rose cut diamonds. We pride ourselves on a meticulous eye for detail and a passion to create exclusive jewelry. How about having the romantic rose cut diamond wrapped around your ring finger that connects directly to the heart? Visit us to grab your symbol of love today!

moissanite engagement ring

what is moissanite*

We all know diamonds are a girls best friend, however if you are searching for an affordable diamond alternative…Moissanite may be just the thing for you.

Moissanite is a lab grown white gem which was first discovered over 100 years ago when a meteor struck the earth.  Their brilliance and fire is 2.4 times that of a diamond. Moissanite is a both rare and scarce and therefore the Moissanite we know today is almost exclusively lab grown.

Proven to be harder than a sapphire or ruby and second only to a diamond, Moissanite is extremely resistant to scratching, breaking or chipping. They rank a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness which is second only to diamonds.

When viewed side by side diamonds and moissanite are typically indistinguishable.

Add to it that they are eco-friendly and conflict free and are becoming known as the best and most affordable alternatives to diamond engagement rings. The clarity of Moissanite is clean to the eye and can generally be compared to a VS1 diamond.

All of Rough Luxe’s Moissanite Engagement rings use the Charles & Colvard Forever One Moissanite stones. Forever One Moissanite is completely colorless and is similar to a GIA certified E color diamond. The best part is that it is almost impossible to distinguish a Moissanite stone from a diamond with the naked eye. Many jewelers will even have a hard time telling the difference between a diamond & Moissanite without special tools.

Each Moissanite stone set into our rings comes with a certificate of authenticity and a limited lifetime warranty.

Is a Moissanite Engagement ring for you? If you are looking for a conflict free, affordable alternative to a diamond…it may be right up your alley. Most of our engagement ring designs are offered in both diamond and Moissanite options.

moissanite engagement ring

What is moissanite

moissanite engagement ring

We all know diamonds are a girls best friend, however if you are searching for an affordable diamond alternative…Moissanite may be just the thing for you.

Moissanite is a lab grown white gem which was first discovered over 100 years ago when a meteor struck the earth.  Their brilliance and fire is 2.4 times that of a diamond. Moissanite is a both rare and scarce and therefore the Moissanite we know today is almost exclusively lab grown.

Proven to be harder than a sapphire or ruby and second only to a diamond, Moissanite is extremely resistant to scratching, breaking or chipping. They rank a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness which is second only to diamonds.

When viewed side by side diamonds and moissanite are typically indistinguishable.

Add to it that they are eco-friendly and conflict free and are becoming known as the best and most affordable alternatives to diamond engagement rings. The clarity of Moissanite is clean to the eye and can generally be compared to a VS1 diamond.

All of Rough Luxe’s Moissanite Engagement rings use the Charles & Colvard Forever One Moissanite stones. Forever One Moissanite is completely colorless and is similar to a GIA certified E color diamond. The best part is that it is almost impossible to distinguish a Moissanite stone from a diamond with the naked eye. Many jewelers will even have a hard time telling the difference between a diamond & Moissanite without special tools.

Each Moissanite stone set into our rings comes with a certificate of authenticity and a limited lifetime warranty.

Is a Moissanite Engagement ring for you? If you are looking for a conflict free, affordable alternative to a diamond…it may be right up your alley. Most of our engagement ring designs are offered in both diamond and Moissanite options.

rose cut diamond ring

Halo diamond engagement rings

rose cut diamond ring
Grey Chameleon Halo Engagement Ring

Ever since I got engaged and decided to make my own engagement ring…(after all how can a guy buy a ring for a jewelry designer…talk about pressure)…I have been wanting to add an engagement line to Island Cowgirl. Our new division is called Rough + Luxe and we deemed it worthy to have its very own website.

I have created a lot of commissioned bespoke pieces for clients over the last few years but it has always been a dream to do a proper line where clients can see exactly the ring they were getting instead of only a sketch.

The samples were slowly  carved one by one and stones are painstakingly being chosen and set…and I am finally finding some time to breathe some life into this dream. I don’t think I have been this excited about something in a long time…short of getting my horse!

The signature pieces in this line will be our Halo Engagement Rings…They really have always been my personal favorite…and the inspiration comes from the engagement ring I made for myself when I married the love of my life three years ago. My 18k gold Halo Engagement Ring had a beautiful 1.75ct Grey Chameleon Diamond that I searched high and low for. I have never seen another rose cut diamond like this. This particular rose cut diamond is a color changer…which means that it will change from yellow to green to grey in the light & heat.

It’s never the same and always evolving…kind of like me.

We are going to be offering a variety of center stones from diamonds, to rare peach sapphires, to Moissanite to my new obsession…Octahedron raw diamonds! If you are not familiar with these…then you are in for a treat. I will be doing a detailed blog post about the history of these later.