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shine bright: engagement ring advice from beyond4cs

August 3rd, 2016 | Rachel Parry

Image by Melissa Beattie Photography

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All wedding journeys tend to start with a ring that will remain on the bride’s hand from the engagement to the ‘I dos’ and throughout married life that follows. As such it’s important that the chosen ring will last a lifetime and offers the most sparkle for your buck.

To help you and your partner pick a winning rock, we’re handing the blog over this morning to GIA Diamonds Graduate Paul Gian. Keen to ensure that couples are clued up on the clarity, cut, color and carat of diamonds before making their ring purchase, expert Paul has set up handy website Beyond4cs.com and is here to share some of his gems of advice with you today…

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Image by Paul Liddement Photography

Paul Liddement Photography

Can you tell us a little about your background in the diamond & jewellery market?

paul says: My story began back in 2012 when I needed to buy a proposal ring for my fiancée. It started months of frustrating online research as there was a lack of reliable information. As I started reading up, my interest in gemstones and diamonds grew. Since then, I’ve completed the GIA Diamonds Graduate program and built up my own gemstone collection.

When and why did you set up Beyond4cs.com and who is it aimed at?

A diamond engagement ring is possibly one of the most expensive purchases someone would make in their lifetime (besides a car and home). Beyond4cs.com was started in 2014 and it is targeted at fellow consumers to shed light on the engagement ring buying process.

Image by Chloe Grayson of Fox & Owl

Fox & Owl

What are the most important elements that should be taken into consideration when shopping for a diamond engagement ring to get the best quality diamond for the budget?

The cut quality of a diamond matters the most because it directly affects how much sparkle the diamond will have.

What would you say to those who have quite a modest budget, what types of diamonds should they be looking at?

It really boils down to personal preferences and needs. There isn’t a particular shape, color or clarity that’s going to appeal to everyone on the same level. In the current market, the most popular diamond shapes are round, princess and cushion.

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lasting style: picking your unique engagement ring

December 14th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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There’s no doubt that an engagement ring is one of the most important purchases during a couple’s lifetime. It’s a symbol of your love, and will always remind you of the day when you promised yourselves to each other forever. For many brides it’s also a piece of jewellery that speaks about her personal style – especially if you have an unusual design in mind. Whether you love vintage, diamond clusters, halos or side-stones, your ring should be as uniquely ‘you’ as possible.

To talk about unique engagement ring styles, the team from the luxury London online jeweller TheDiamondStore.co.uk are taking over our corner of the internet with some expert tips and key pieces from their newest collections.

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if in doubt, add diamonds

When it comes to engagement rings, there are more options than we tend to realise. The classic solitaire is just a start. Right now the focus is on innovative shapes, big designs and multiple diamonds. Yellow gold is making a slow but elegant comeback. Stones on the ring’s band, or forming a halo around an unusual centre stone, add extra radiance and romance.

super stylin’

It’s good to understand the basic diamond quality factors of the 4Cs – cut, colour, clarity and carat weight. But ultimately it’s the style of a ring that should influence your decision. If you want an antique look, pick detailed Art Deco patterns, multiple diamonds clusters or yellow gold. Minimalist or asymmetrical shapes are instantly more contemporary. And if you want to combine the two, look for a ring that has Old World opulence within sleek, modern geometric lines.

Also, you don’t need to forgo classic design to be unique. Just choose a simpler ring with hidden detail that only you know about. Such as intricate gold work in the shape of a heart underneath the mount.

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the bigger the better?

Another important factor when choosing any ring is identifying the right size of the mount. Small hands tend to suit delicate designs. Longer fingers or wider hands can accommodate big settings, as they cover more of the finger without looking too heavy.

follow your heart

Style and size aside, the most important aspect of choosing a unique engagement ring is that it suits your personality. For this, allow yourself simply to be drawn to the right ring. Whatever your heart says will be right.

Visit TheDiamondStore.co.uk to check out their range of rocks. Like you needed telling twice…

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Ruby Thursday! Win A Ruby & Diamond Pendant & Earrings With Wedding Blog Sponsor Jacques Vert!

March 22nd, 2012 | Julia Braime

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I know, I know.  This competition would have been far better launched on a Tuesday!

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Just a quick but effective (wouldn’t you agree!) wedding blog post this Thursday afternoon, since I have been blogging in such bumper editions over the past few days, have [square eyes] and need to back. away. from. the computer. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Exclusives as fab as this one and this one don’t organise themselves you know!

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I’m back tomorrow with something very gorgeous, fun and audio visual too, but until then, I will leave you with this little gem (see what I did there?!) of a competition from Brides Up North sponsor Jacques Vert

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Jacques Vert

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The brand,  famous for mother of the bride outfits, has launched a competition to win a beautiful ruby and diamond pendant with matching earrings worth £300 to celebrate the launch of their new Ruby Rose collection!

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All you need to do is find the rose (there it is above) that is hidden somewhere on their website. Once you have found it, let them know by copying the URL here.  As easy as that! The lucky winner will be notified on Thursday the 12th of April.

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Good luck!

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  – Images © 2012 Jacques Vert

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