diamond rings

  • Why Forevermark?

    I’ve been asked many times, “Why is this Forevermark Diamond better than the GIA diamond I found online?

    My response; “That’s a great question!

    Well, let me start by saying… GIA is not a brand it is a report and just an opinion. I repeat… Just an opinion. Forevermark Diamonds are graded far beyond the 4’c, and who better to grade the diamond then De Beers. No one has touched, seen, or mined more diamonds in the history of the earth than De Beers. Each diamond has been carefully selected for its natural inherent beauty.

    Another question that comes up from time to time. “Is this a conflict diamond (blood diamond), and what does this do to the environment?” 

    Forevermark, as a part of the De Beers Group of Companies is committed to ensuring that each diamond from rough to polish has met strict standards and guidelines along its journey. With responsible business practices, the advancement of women, and protection of the natural world. For example, the 3 to 1 rule... For every 1 acre mined, 3 acres are set aside for conservation and natural wildlife sanctuaries.

    Recently a friend asked me, "Ray, how do I choose the perfect diamond?"

    In my opinion, it’s always best to purchase a diamond by looking at the diamond and multiple comparisons. Buy the diamond that speaks to you, never purchase a diamond by just reading its grading report. Two diamonds with the same 4c’s can and will look completely different. There is always a reason one is more valuable than the other. In most cases, you’ll be able to see that difference.

    Forevermark is committed to ensuring that you will see the difference.

    That’s why Days Jewelers is proud to be partnered with De Beers, and selected to be a part of that journey to offer the world’s most responsibly sourced, and most carefully selected diamonds.

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    Blogger:
    Ray Peare
    South Portland Sales Associate

     

  • Day’s Jewelers a Third Generation Family Owned Jeweler You can Trust!

    Day's Jewelers, a Maine company with 3 generations of commitment to quality and service in the fine jewelry industry.
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  • Surprise Marriage Proposal Video with Forevermark Diamond Engagement Ring

    See Josh propose to Amy with a brilliant Forevermark diamond engagement ring set in white and rose gold. The proposal went on without a hitch!

  • A Day’s Jewelers Cliff's of Moher Proposal

    Day's Jewelers Proposal Story:

    Hi my nameimage2 is Michelle Devereux. My fiancé Ryan Sylvain proposed to me on June the 9, 2016 at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. We have been together 2 and half years.

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    I recently brought Ryan to Ireland for my cousins wedding. I moved to the USA with my parents when I was 7 but both my mother and father reside in Ireland. We traveled around Ireland for a few days with my brother and a couple of friends. Ryan carried the ring around with him while we were traveling and a few times he thought I was sure I would find out.

    image3On Thursday the 9th, on our last stop back to Cork, we visited the Cliff's of Moher. We were taking photos and laughing and the Ryan dropped to one knee. I remember he was nervously asking my brother for the ring, I remember spacing out into the ocean not believing this was happening. I thought I was in a dream. A wave of emotion came over me and I said yes while crying, but Ryan did this in a country (Ireland) that is so dear to my heart and will always be my home.

    He definitely put thought into and it will be a day I will never forget. Ryan told me that Day's Jewelers was great to work with and I felt so comfortable with Day's too. Our big day isn't till October 2018, but I wouldn't trade June 9th 2016 on the Cliff's of Moher for anything.

  • What the Carat?!? How to pick the perfect carat size

    What is the best carat size??? This is a question we hear often at Day’s. The bigger question is, what does it all mean? Carat, not to be confused with karat or carrot, is defined as a unit of mass equal to 200 mg used for measuring the weight of diamonds.  Karat is used as a measure of the purity of gold, such as 14 karat yellow gold. The metric carat was adopted in 1907 at the Fourth General Conference on Weights and Measures.  The word carat derives from the Italian carato meaning carob seed.

    Today diamonds are often purchased as the symbol of love for an engagement ring.  Most girls have admired and dreamed about the perfect diamond.  Now that we are all grown up and use Pinterest to pin the perfect ring, how do we pick a diamond carat size?  We know our budget may not allow for a Lady Gaga size diamond as much as we may dream. In regards to size, we’ll try to put it into perspective.

    To be clear, carat is one of the 4 C’s when purchasing a diamond is a factor in determining value. The average diamond size purchased is around a ½ carat.  A ½ carat is often a good starter for couples knowing they can trade up the diamond at some jewelry stores. At Day’s we have an awesome upgrade program to trade up your diamond.

     

    Most engagement rings at a jewelry store have between a 1/5th carat and upwards. Size wise, a 1 carat diamond is about that of a pea.  The image below shows how a 3, 2, 1, ¾, ½ 1/3 carat loose diamond compare to a 4 carat diamond ring.  This gives a good visual of how a diamond will sparkle on you!!

     

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    This is a great reference to start the search for your diamond. The best way to decide on size is to visit your local store and try it on! What is better than a girl’s date and trying on sparkling diamonds? Trying on a diamond ring will give you the visual to see what looks best and fits your personality. You will know when the perfect size diamond fits you when it makes you smile, you have butterflies and know there is no other diamond that will compare.  Feel free to stop in your nearest Day’s to fall in love with your perfect diamond carat.

     

    -Amanda Nadeau | Diamond Certified & Diana Rice Diamond Certified Jewelry Professional at Day’s Waterville

  • What is Your Diamond Engagement Ring Style?

    What are the basic setting styles for engagement rings?

    It is always daunting for a young couple to come in and explain exactly what they are looking for in an engagement ring or wedding band.  Descriptions like "  It has lots of little diamonds"  or " It has a big one and some others around it" are very common, and unfortunately, not very helpful when a jeweler is asked to show you an item like what was envisioned.  It leads to a frustrated guest when the jeweler cannot immediately come up with the right product, so I thought it might be helpful to explain some of the styles used in today's jewelry.

    Let's start with the setting styles which are the most popular.  These are far from the only styles available, and there are numerous variations on each.  However, you will likely find these basic styles everywhere you look for diamond engagement rings.

     

    1.  The Tiffany Solitaire.

    sampl0432_1This is the traditional engagement ring and consists of a shank (the band) and the crown (the part that holds the diamond).  It usually has 4 or 6 prongs to hold the diamond and places the diamond high and away from the band.  This has the effect of allowing the most light to enter and exit the diamond freely, enhancing its beauty and light return.  It usually fits most wedding bands and can handle wedding wraps in most cases, should one wish to add a little more side sparkle at a later date.

    Strengths of this style: durability and beauty. 

    Weaknesses:  Prongs may bend more easily and wear a little faster than other styles. 

    Overall diamond security: Excellent.

    2.  Trellis or Lucida Solitaire

     

    sampl0572_2This is a lower 4 prong solitaire with a wider shank and heavy, short prongs.  It is named due to the side design that sweeps up around the diamond like a trellis.  It is best used in Platinum, White gold, or Palladium, as it is usually a one piece design and will add color to the diamond if made in yellow gold.  It is a mounting that lends itself to standing alone and will not take wraps at all.  Women who chose this style generally are traditional, but want something a little different.

    Strengths of this style:  Durability and increased strength in the shank. 

    Weaknesses:  Not good for yellow gold and has a slightly more limited band selection. 

    Overall diamond security:  Very high.

     

    3.  Trinity (Past, Present, Future) 

    dshf0819This is a relatively new design and highly popular.  It consists of three diamonds set in a row that stand for the past, present, and future.  The center diamond is usually twice the size of the side diamonds and is set slightly higher.  As a rule, the whole ring is similar in height to the trellis design and therefore sits lower than a standard tiffany solitaire.  Also, like the trellis, it is usually set with four very low, heavy prongs to ensure the security of the diamonds.  This setting cannot use wraps and generally needs a curved wedding band to fit against it properly.

    Strengths of this style:  More brilliance due to 3 diamonds, heavier shanks, durability.

    Weaknesses:  Wraps cannot be used and wedding bands may be more restrictive in choices. 

    Overall diamond security: Very high.

     

    4.  Center of My Universe or "Halo"

    sampl0995_1This style has the most sparkle of all the others and certainly one of the most romantic.  It consists of a large center diamond encircled by much smaller diamonds.  This creates a very vibrant look that makes the center diamond look one to two sizes larger than it actually is.....it really pops!  Although a more modern setting style, the addition of the smaller diamonds makes this ring look like a vintage piece you may have seen in the roaring twenties.  In short, it's a great blend of fashion and tradition!  Better still is the message behind the design:  The center represents her as the center of your universe and all the smaller diamonds are all the things she does for you and the family.  It still gives me goose bumps when I think of it!

    Strengths of this style: Major sparkle! and a modern/traditional look.  Bands are usually readily available.

    Weaknesses:  Sizing restrictions exist on many of them due to the stones they usually have down the shank.  Be prepared...it may need to be made to size.  Skipping regular six month checks are not an option. 

    Overall diamond security:  High to Very High. 

    This primarily depends on the manufacturer.  Going for the lowest price usually results in a lower durability ring.  Trusted "Halo" companies like Forevermark, Ritani, Martin Flyer, Michael M and Artcarved provide a slightly more expensive setting, but are far more durable than their cheaper counterparts and would rate very high in durability.

    The above four styles are still the most popular by far, yet there are several others that bear noting as well.  Though not as popular as they once were, they are still requested and have proven themselves to remain timeless.  You may not find all of these in all jewelry stores, but you will surely find some of them in all jewelry stores.

     

    5.  Bezel setting.

    dsfe0319_1The bezel setting is usually a solitaire setting, but can come in a three stone setting as well.  It consists of a shank usually similar to the tiffany solitaire, however the diamond is 1/2 to fully encircled with gold.  This is a very secure setting style that is highly durable and eliminates prongs from the design.  It is a very clean, modern look that appeals to people who work with their hands a lot, like nurses.

    Strengths:  Highly protective of the diamond.  Usually low set.  Smooth clean lines. 

    Weaknesses:  Bands may need to be custom made or hard to find.  Diamond loses some brilliance due to more gold over the diamond. 

    Overall diamond security:  Excellent

     

    6.  Tension setting.

    rsemi1063_1This one is sometimes confused with a bezel setting.  In a tension setting, the diamond is suspended between the two sides of the ring, unlike a bezel where the gold is folded over the top of the diamond to secure it.  Approximately 100 pounds of force are used to keep a tension set diamond in place.  It is truly a modern marvel how they get the diamond in and keep it there!  If you have never seen this.....I encourage you to check it out.

    Strengths:  Diamond is more vibrant due to minimal metal around the diamond.  Mountings are very rugged and heavy.  Design is very modern. 

    Weaknesses:  Heavy equals more expensive.  The tension setting requires substantially more metal to maintain the force on the diamond.  Usually must use their matching bands due to the weight.  All work must be done by the factory. 

    Overall diamond security:  Excellent

     

    7.  Vintage.

    sampl0311_1This style focuses on times gone by.  It usually mimics styles from the 1920's to the 1950's that were highly unique compared to anything in today's more modern assortment.  They usually are characterized by large amounts of filigree and hand engraving that makes the ring look much more like a work of art.  Styles are focused much more on form melded with function to produce a one of a kind feel.

    Strengths:  Very unique looks that will appeal to those who want different. Designs hide wear and scratches better than most other styles.  Prongs on these styles are likely more protected and last much longer than other styles.  Diamonds are recessed many times, providing extra protection. 

    Weaknesses:  Bands are usually custom fit, limiting you to as few as one choice.  Some styles will not support a wedding band.  More metal is usually around the diamond, giving a more blended look to the ring...especially in white gold or platinum, therefore the diamond my not be as prominent.  

    Overall diamond security:  High to Excellent.

    The vintage style being copied dictates how secure the diamond is.  Some with more filigree will be more susceptible to damage, while those with recessed diamond setting can wear for decades with little to no work.

    How to Pick?

    Within these 7 styles, there are still many, many variations.  There are also many more styles that mix elements of these styles together or even exist as a separate style altogether.  Simply put:  We could continue to list style after style or variant after variant and work ourselves into a ball of confusion.  My hope is that a guy might look at this list and say " I basically want a trinity!" and at least have some starting point.  From there we could look at variations that may address other wants for the ideal ring.  In the end, it's all about finding the ring that he is proud to give her and she is proud to wear.

     

    mark-poulin2-web20111Blogger: 

    Mark, Store Manager,
    Auburn Day's Jewelers

     

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  • Right Hand Ring, the Freedom Ring

    photoRecently, a customer came in to see me to help her design a new ring. She brought in a loose stone from a ring given to her from a previous relationship and her mom’s wedding band. She was interested in using these items in her new ring in some way. As we talked, she shared with me some major life events from the past year including the loss of a loved one, an illness and a major job promotion. The ring she was looking for would be worn on her right hand and for her, would be a symbol of the newest chapter in her “beautiful, healthy, happy life.”

    Traditionally, jewelry has been used as a way to mark major life events. Perhaps the most well recognized symbol of significance is the wedding ring; the unbroken circle which many cultures understand as representative of eternal love. The wedding ring has always been a universally understood symbol that carries meaning and respect. But what if you’re not married? On a daily basis we work with customers who are looking to commemorate their independence or maybe even a new chapter in their lives. Why not wear a ring as a symbol of wholeness or completeness, not necessarily in a couple, but with one’s self? In a ring we see the circular pattern of life. It is faithful to continue around and around like the daily repetition of our lives. The “Freedom Ring” or “Right Hand Ring” is a piece of jewelry to represent and celebrate a life-changing occasion, or a new outlook on life.

    A freedom ring doesn’t have to be a diamond solitaire, like an engagement ring. It can be a personal piece of jewelry that you purchase or design with the statement of freedom in mind. Maybe turn an unworn wedding ring into a right hand ring or melt down an old wedding band and re-design it into a brand new ring to signify a new life. A refreshing way to repurpose jewelry! The choice of the ring and how you wear it is personal. Use the ring as a reminder of the positive aspects of living independently, as a symbol of a new and brighter future.

    Celebrate your life, your qualities, YOU! This is perhaps the most empowering experience a person can have. Embrace your freedom and independence, your ambitions, dreams and desires and use it to enrich your life.

     

    About the Blogger:

    Kristin_KennedyKristin, Jewelry Consultant
    Day's Jewelers South Portland

    I have been with Day’s Jewelers since November 2012. I love sharing information about the metals and gemstones with the customers. People come into Day’s looking for something special and we get to help them find it. The most satisfying part of customer service is making our guests happy and having them return.

    Learn more about Kristin.

     

     

  • The Perfect Diamond Ring, For The Perfect Soul Mate

    colorchartvertWhen picking out a diamond for a loved one, a lot of the questions at the jewelry counter center around the same few things. Will she love it? Is it beautiful? Can I afford it? Will it be the perfect diamond ring? When looking at the 4Cs of their perspective diamond, many people will come in looking for a similar range in characteristics. They will want the stone to have a cut that makes it shine in any light. They will ask for it to be near colorless (G-I) so that it looks wonderful in any setting and in any light without spending the premium that a fully colorless diamond (D-F) would cost.  They will want it to be clear enough to never have an inclusion seen by the wearer (SI-VS), but not so clear that they are paying extra for a difference that can only be seen under a microscope (VVS-FL).  The size or carat weight of the diamond then usually becomes a question of how much can I afford while keeping all of the other characteristics in balance?

    Sometimes it will go another way.  One day in March, a couple came into the store and asked to look at diamond rings.  He made it clear that she was to pick out any style ring that she wanted and he would see about getting it for her.  She told us that she has seen people wearing the “three diamond ring” and has always wanted one of her own.  They were about to celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary and to her, a Past Present Future ring seemed to be the perfect ring.

    They explained that they got married and started a family when they were young and although he had always wanted to get her a diamond ring, life and family expenses never made it possible.  We tried on a lot of rings until she slipped one on and instantly smiled.  She looked to him and said, “This is the one.  If I could have any ring in the store, it would be this one.”  It was a yellow and white gold ring with a half carat round diamond in the center and two quarter carats on the side.  It wasn’t an unusual style or large in size. It was just what she had always wanted.

    His next visit was on his own.  We checked the ring she had picked and we went over qualities of diamonds and metals for the setting.  He took it all in and then sat in a silent pause for a while.  He then said “I honestly expected her to pick out a much more expensive ring.  She is the most important thing in my life and it doesn’t matter to me if she can see the difference or even knows about it.  I want to get her the most perfect diamond possible for the center of this ring.  She deserves that and more."  He knew she had always wanted a ring to wear but that family had always come first.  He told us that all the kids had grown up and started families of their own and now he was going to do something for her he wished he could have done forty years ago.  We set a diamond of the same size she had seen in the center, but this time it was a colorless, internally flawless, and ideal cut.  The end result was amazing. There wasn’t a person working in our shop that didn’t want to see it up close before he came to pick it up. For him it was the most perfect diamond ring, for a most perfect soul mate.

    About the Blogger: 

    LeoGerriorLeo, Store Manager,
    Day's Jewelers South Portland

    For three years, Leo worked at Day's Jewelers in Manchester , New Hampshire . Now a Store Manager and Diamond Specialist in our largest jewelry store in Maine, the South Portland location, Leo provides diamond proficiency in combination with a little bit of everything jewelry. Read more...

     

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