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At Elite Fine Jewelers we have one of the largest selections of Engagement Rings, Bridal Sets and Wedding Bands, at wholesale prices or below. Our Diamonds are certified by GIA, EGL, or IGI. Check out our sister site, Elite Fine Jewelry to browse our current inventory.
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Our inventory includes new, vintage and estate pieces. The items on this page are a small sample of our extensive inventory of more than 8000 items from our Tempe location. See even more items at EliteFineJewelry.com
We can also custom-design that one of a kind ring, that no one else has! We have several amazing photos of each piece of jewelry listed on this page.
Are you going to propose? Or do you both want to come in and select the ring of her dreams? Come in for a consultation with one of our GIA trained diamond experts today. At your consultation, we will go through the following steps:
- We will discuss your budget and the 4 C’s (color, cut, clarity, carat)
- We will show you a variety of options. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, we can custom design your ring.
- We will make sure you get the perfect ring at wholesale price!
Call, email or stop by the store anytime for your one-on-one consultation. No appointment is necessary.
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We feel you should not overpay for your first investment as a couple. Whether you’re ready to pop the question or want to upgrade your current stone or setting, we have the right selection for you.
Our GIA trained family will help you select the perfect diamond or precious stone, at an inexpensive cost.
How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring
Whether you’re doing a surprise proposal or shopping together, finding the right ring can be a daunting task. Even more so, finding the perfect center diamond can be challenging. What should you look for in a diamond?
Here are a few steps, tips, and tricks to choosing the right piece.
1: Choose the Right Diamond
Anyone who has ever bought a diamond has heard of the 4C’s. These are essential to choosing the right stone. They also affect the price. Let’s discuss these more in detail.
While cuts have different shapes, they are not the same as the diamond shape. The cuts actually influence the sparkle. Think of the diamond as a series of tiny mirrors. Positioning those mirrors in different places creates particular sets of light.
These “mirrors” are called facets. The layout and cut of the facets create a distinct sparkle. Most have a brilliant cut which has 57-58 facets.
The cut grading scale ranges from Excellent to Poor. They are judged on a few different aspects: brightness, scintillation, and polish.
Brightness refers to any internal and external reflections of white light on a diamond. Jewelers often call this “brilliance.”
Scintillation describes the sparkle and pattern. Each diamond catches and reflects light in a different way. This pattern of flashes should be balanced.
Polish is simply how smooth the facets are. A careful cut results in a smoother polish. A rough cut makes the facets look jagged.
Carat measures the weight of the stone. A typical diamond weighs one carat or 200 milligrams. The heavier the weight, the more you’ll pay for your engagement ring. Certain settings make a diamond appear bigger.
History Channel describes the largest diamond ever found was 3,106 carats. This diamond weighed 1.33 pounds. Imagine wearing that on your finger!
You’ve probably seen jewelers looking at diamonds and gems through a jewelers lens. The magnification helps them find tiny imperfections in the stones. In a diamond, these inclusions affect its clarity.
The black flecks and lines form in the stone’s early stages in the earth. You may not see them but these blemishes decrease the value of the diamond.
Clarity grades range from Flawless to Included.
GIA defines some inclusions as:
- Pinpoints: very tiny crystals that look like dots
- Clouds: groupings of pinpoints that have a hazy appearance
- Feathers: trade-term for a break in the diamond
- Crystals: a piece of mineral crystal in the diamond
You might be thinking: aren’t all diamonds the same color? The simple answer is no. We aren’t just talking about pink or chocolate.
Even your typical diamond may have some odd colorations. They are rated on a scale from D to Z. D being colorless and Z being yellowish. Saturated colors make the diamond more valuable.
Having a little color tone doesn’t mean it’s a “bad diamond.” Color doesn’t affect the sturdiness of the stone. And your fiance may like a little color.
The 4C’s help determine the value of the diamond. It might help to focus on one C when choosing your engagement ring. This will narrow your choices down and make the process less overwhelming.
2: Pick a Shape for Your Engagement Ring.
Unlike Cut, a diamond’s shape defines the face-up look of the ring. The best way to pick a shape is knowing your bride-to-be’s style. There are plenty of shapes to choose from:
- Oval– A more elongated round shape. Ovals pair well with long, thin fingers.
- Round – The most common shape. Circular, this shape shows off the brilliant cut well.
- Emerald – Rectangular and gives off a classy feel. The long facets show off the diamond clarity.
- Asscher – More of a square emerald shape. The shape has an Art Deco aesthetic. Perfect for anyone who loves the Roaring 20’s.
- Cushion – A vintage, square shape with rounded corners.
- Princess – A popular choice. The shape resembles an upside-down pyramid. This shape makes the diamond look bigger than it actually is.
- Marquise – A long, oval shape with tapered ends. This shape makes the clarity of the diamond stand out.
- Pear – A round bottom with a thin, tapered top. A thin band makes this shape appear delicate.
3: Choose a Setting for Your Engagement Ring
The right setting accents the shape of the your chosen stone. Certain shapes look better in certain settings. Your jeweler can help you pick the setting.
Or you can pick the setting yourself after learning more about each setting below.
In this setting, the four to six metal supports hold the diamond in place. Often symmetrical, these prongs highlight angles of shapes and facets.
When the prong holds only one stone on a band, the setting is called a “solitaire.” A Cathedral setting adds extra slope to the prongs. This gives more protection to the diamond.
Charles Lewis Tiffany created this setting in 1886. He wanted a setting that didn’t hide the diamond. The Tiffany setting uses cathedral-like prongs to hold it above the band.
This shows off the diamond fantastically. It can catch light and sparkle remarkably. The Tiffany setting remains one of the most popular settings for engagement rings.
A metal band wraps around the diamond. In some cases, the band extends above the stone. Usually, the metal matches the band of the ring.
Two-tone colors can be used. The extra band protects the diamond from wear and tear. This makes it ideal for women with active lifestyles. Or ideal for someone looking for a subtle style.
ith this setting, smaller diamonds or other gemstones circle the center diamond. This adds more sparkle to the engagement ring.
In come cases, different gemstones add more color or highlight the center stone.
A Diamond Wrap is when a wedding band is wrapped around a solitaire diamond ring. Some jewelers call this a “Jacket.”
There are a large variety of wrap styles available: Plain, Channel Set Stones, Gemstones, Prong Set, Two-Tone. Our designers will help you make the best choice for your ring set.
Step 4: Choose the Metal for Your Engagement Ring
The metal of the band adds to the expense of your purchase. Certain types of metals are stronger than others.
These factors are just as important as picking out a diamond. They shouldn’t be overlooked. There are various metals that can be used for the band.
You can also check out Elite Jewelry and Loan’s article on the value of precious metals. Here’s a brief summary of the types of metals that are used:
- Gold – Gold’s value increases the higher the karat. Keep in mind that a higher karat means a softer metal. A gold band could show more scratches and blemishes.
- Yellow Gold – This shade of gold occurs with more gold in the metal mix.
- White Gold – Gold gets a lighter shade when mixed with silver, zinc, or platinum. Slightly stronger than regular gold.
- Rose Gold – This hue comes from adding copper to gold. The more copper, the rosier the hue.
- Silver – An inexpensive alternative to gold. Silver matches well with diamond but doesn’t create any extra color contrast. Silver can be soft as well but doesn’t show as much damage as gold.
- Platinum – A strong metal with a shiny luster. Another inexpensive alternative to both gold and silver.
Engagement Ring Shopping Tips
Tip 1: How to Measure Ring Size (The Sneaky Way)
Many men don’t know how to figure out their sweetheart’s ring size without being obvious about it. There are a few ways to be sneaky about it.
While she’s away, find one of her rings and trace the inside loop on a piece of paper.
You can also press the ring into a soft bar of soap to create a mold. Only use this technique with smooth rings.
Try the ring on yourself but don’t force it on. Draw a line where the ring stops.
Despite popular belief, shoe size does not match ring size. If she’s a heavy sleeper, measure her ring finger with a piece of string.
Tip 2: Deciding How Much to Spend
We’ve all heard the Wives Tale. An engagement ring costs three months’ salary. That myth simply isn’t true.
Base your budget on what you think you can afford. What seems appropriate to spend?
Now that you know the 4C’s you can better determine if this is the diamond for you. Spend some time shopping around and do some cost-comparisons.
Tip 3: Get the Grading Report
Wherever you get your engagement ring, insist on getting the grading report. This report details the 4Cs of the diamond.
It will make understanding the price and value of the diamond easier. All of Elite Jewelry and Loan’s diamonds are GIA certified (Gemological Institute of America).
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