Engagment Ring Talk: May Birthstone - Emeralds


There are many things to consider when purchasing an Emerald for a custom engagment ring. Below is a short summary to help kick start your search, but I highly recommend speaking with an expert before moving forward on your selection. 

Things to consider when buying an Emerald engagement ring:

  • The most desirable Emerald colors are bluish green to pure green, with vivid color saturation.
  • Expect to see inclusions in Emeralds. This happens because of the way they are formed over time. The less inclusions the higher the price.
  • Because it's density is lower, a one-carat emerald will appear larger in size than a one-carat diamond.
  • Most Emeralds have gone through a form of heat treatment to improve the color saturation, which is ok. 
  • Less valuable Emeralds have also gone through a clarity enhancement process to improve it's transparency, which is not ok. Clarity enhanced gemstones have a short life span and will fracture over time.
  • Recommended Emeralds start at around $1,000 to $1,500 per carat, and go up from there. Because Emeralds appear larger than their carat weight it's more important to focus on the dimensions rather than the weight.

If you would like to setup a consultation to learn more about Emerald Engagment Rings please contact us here.

Matthew Kaufmann
Pear Shape Diamond Engagement Rings


Yes, Pear Shaped Diamonds, also known as "Tear Drops" are one of our biggest requests this May in Santa Monica. Pear Shapes were first introduced in the 1400' by Lodewyk van Berquem, a diamond cutter responsible for major improvements of the symmetry and placement of facets in many popular diamond cuts. The cut is a combination of an Oval Shaped Diamond and a Marquise Cut Diamond. 

Pear Shaped Diamonds are great for Engagment Rings. They are classic, and have an elongated profile adding a touch of elegance to any design. Because of their unique proportions, most Pear Shapes will appear much larger in size than many other diamond shapes. A large portion of the carat weight is on the top half of the diamond making it appear slightly bigger than it's carat weight.

When designing a ring, it's very important to consider your hands and your fingers. Pear Shapes are great for women with longer fingers. Pear Shapes are a fancy shape which means that GIA does not offer a cut grade for these types of diamonds. Pear Shapes can be found in an infinite amount of length-to-width ratios, the most popular being between 1.50–1.75:1. Some are longer and more narrow, some are shorter with larger shoulders, choosing the right Pear Shape ratio depends on your specific wants for the design.

If you would like to setup a consultation to learn more about Pear Shape Engagment Rings please contact us here.

Matthew Kaufmann
New Trend Alert! Teal Sapphires


Selecting a gemstone for your engagment ring is very common in today's bridal ring designs. Many couples are choosing to opt-out of the tradition Diamond engagment ring, and instead pick a vibrant colored gemstone of their choice. The best part is that you don't have to pick your standard Green Emerald or Red Ruby, you can pick any hue of gemstone you please. In 2018 we have noticed a large interest in Teal Sapphires. The color of this Sapphire is a slight greenish blue, which is very similar to an Alexandrite. 

The great part about Sapphires are that they rank a 9 on the MOHS Scale. This is very important because it means that this particular gemstone is more durable than most other gemstones, and has a stronger probability of staying intact throughout the wear and tear of everyday life. You can find these sapphires in most shapes and carat weights. Most commonly, you will find this gemstone cut into a Round, Oval or Cushion. We recommend setting a Teal Sapphire in White Gold or Platinum - the combination is stunning!

If you would like to setup a consultation to learn more about Sapphire Engagment Rings please contact us here.

Matthew Kaufmann
Push Present Gift Ideas

What Is A Push Present?
Nowadays it's very common to gift a loved one shortly after they have given birth. This gift carries a lot of significance because it creates a family heirloom with a specific meaning behind it. Once given that piece of jewelry will always represent an important experience in time. But what should you choose as a good push present?

Birthstone Right Hand Rings
One of the best ways to incorporate the birth of a newborn in your Push Present would be to design a ring around the baby's birthstone. Most birthstones are very affordable and when set in a traditional diamond setting are very attractive. It's best to plan this gift within a few weeks of the expected due date. 

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Birthstone Pendants
You can never go wrong with a gemstone pendant. A simple bezel set birthstone, dangling on a delicate gold chain, is bound to get a lot of attention. A pendant like this can be worn everyday for any occasion.


Stackable Diamond Eternity Band
You can never have enough diamond bands. Stacking is a fun way to show your off your personality through your hands. A great way to turn an eternity band into a Push Present is to replace a single diamond with the child's birthstone.

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Diamond & Gemstone Cocktail Earrings
An important pair of earrings is always a great gift, especially when you add a child's birthstone into the mix. Choosing to buy a pair of cocktail earrings kills two birds with one stone. You checked off the box for fun dangle earrings, and at the same time you are able to gift an amazing push present symbolizing a special newborn.

Matthew Kaufmann
5 Engagement Ring Trends for Summer 2018


Solitaire Engagment Rings
Solitaire diamond rings have been around forever and have never really gone out of style. However, we have been noticing a strong trend in the majority of couples coming in and asking to look at these style. Solitaires are a great choice because they put the emphasis of the design on the center stone. Another benefit to this design is that you won't have to allocate a lot of your budget to the setting. Since a solitaire doesn't have any accent diamonds you can use the majority of your budget on the center stone.

Two-Tone Settings
Two-Tone ring designs are a great choice if you like something classic, but you also like a would like a touch of color. By keeping the prongs and basket of the ring in white gold or platinum you are safeguarding the colorless hue of your diamond. We are seeing more couples designing this ring with a platinum head and a rose gold band.

Bezel Settings
For the bold, this ring design is not only modern but it is one of the safest ways to set a diamond. Coverings the edge of the entire diamond you can ensure that the girdle will be less likely chip, and it gives the ring a distinct outline of the shape of the center stone.

Basket Halos
This design is a great transition from the "Halo Era" to today. By placing a row of accent diamonds on the pavilion side of the diamond it keeps the overall aesthetic of a classic solitaire when viewed face-up, but when you turn the ring on it's side you get to enjoy a surprise burst of brilliance.

Engagement Eternity Bands
In 2018 there are no more rules for engagment ring designs. We like what we like. A lot of people have active lifestyles or they work in fields that won't permit a tall center diamond. If this sounds like you an important eternity band could be a good choice. Most often our clients will design an eternity band with a little more weight when going with this option.

Matthew Kaufmann
Does the Color of a Diamond Affect the Brilliance or Sparkle? The Importance of the Cut Grade:

A common misunderstanding that we hear from our clients is that they assume a diamond which is lower on the diamond color scale will have less sparkle or brilliance than a diamond which is higher on the color scale. However, this perception of color relating to the fire of a diamond is not always true.

The brilliance of a diamond is most closely related to it's cut grade. The cut grade of a round brilliant diamond starts at poor and goes up to excellent. An excellent cut is the highest cut grade given by GIA. As you move up the cut grade scale the diamond will begin to have more life, more brilliance, and more fire. A round diamond with an excellent cut grade has the most even pattern of bright and dark areas, and scores in the top category for all grade-setting determinants such as weight ratio, durability, polish, and symmetry.

 Image Courtesy of GIA

Image Courtesy of GIA

You have to keep in mind that out of the "4 Cs" the cut grade is typically the hardest for consumers to grasp. The cut grade is something that is best understood when seen in person, and when comparing diamonds side by side. Our clients will often try and teach themselves online but they won't completely grasp the importance until seeing a real diamond close up. You must remember that a diamond is very similar to mirror. As light comes into a diamond, each facet (individual cuts on a diamond) will display it's own individual reflection of the world around it. 

When viewing a diamond for the first time face-up, it's important that you start your inspection from an arm's length and slowly bring the diamond closer to your eye. As the diamond gets closer, you will begin to see more of it's shadows or dark patterns. This happens because the diamond is reflecting the environment around it, as well as your own reflection. Shadows on a diamond can also be seen in photographs or videos because the diamond is reflecting the camera. So when you're taking a picture of a diamond for the first time don't be worried if it seems to be a little dark in certain areas. 

At the end of the day there are many factors that play a role in a diamond's overall brilliance. If a sparkly diamond is important to you, then remember to choose a diamond with a very good or an excellent cut grade. 

If you have anymore questions please feel free to contact us here

Matthew Kaufmann