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Diamond Engagement Rings: Which Setting is the Best?
February 27 , 2018 | Written by: Riko Specogna

The setting you choose for a diamond will have a big impact on what the stone looks like. Normally, settings covering a large part of the diamond will cause it to look smaller. Meanwhile, if you allow a larger part of the diamond to show, it will give it the appearance of being larger. When the mounting covers the diamond, it lets less of the light enter the stone. In addition, the flaws might look more visible as a result.

Four Prong Settings

The mountings with six prongs or more or even the V-prongs tend to obscure the diamond even more. When you want to underscore the size of the diamond, the best setting will be the four-prong settings. However, you should also understand how a tradeoff exists when you use a four-prong setting. This setting leaves your stone a little unsafe because this exposes it to direct hits, which could cause it to crack or fall out. The settings with more metal will help them to feel more secure.

Looking at the Mounting

When it comes to the mounting of the diamond, you want to make sure the mounting doesn’t look too large, or it will overpower the appearance of the stone. This will also cause it to look disproportionally small, but if the mounting looks too small for the diamond, the ring will appear out of proportion, also. Other times the diamond will look too big for the mounting, and this can cause the ring to feel heavy because of the imbalance and the shift on your finger.

Color of the Diamond

Finally, you should look at the color of the diamond. The color should match the mounting of the stone and have the right color. The setting will make the white color of the diamond stand out. In general, you want to avoid a mounting stone where the combination doesn’t look compatible.

With the setting a diamond engagement ring, one of the things to remember is you have full creativity with the design so that it feels more like custom jewelry. The only thing you have to do with your engagement ring is to make sure when you combine it that it looks good for you and makes you happy.

At Marlow’s Diamonds and Design we can give you the best diamond engagement rings. If your jewelry is in need of repair, sizing, or cleaning. Let us be your one stop! Questions? Contact us today for a free quote!
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Everything You Need to Know When You Start Looking at Engagement Rings
January 21 , 2018 | Written by: Riko Specogna

An engagement ring is a big purchase, and one that many people don’t know a lot about. If you’re ready to look for a ring for your partner it’s important to get an idea of the process. Here’s what you need to know before you start looking at Calgary engagement rings.

Your Budget

Knowing how much you can afford to spend is an important first step. Of course, if you find the perfect ring that’s less than your budget, great. You can use the rest of the money to buy a beautiful wedding band. Get an idea of what engagement rings cost, then set a realistic budget and stick with it.

The Four C’s of Engagement Rings

One thing you’ll probably see a lot of when shopping for engagement rings Calgary is the four C’s. This is how diamonds are priced and graded and it stands for cut, carat, colour, and clarity.

The Metal for Engagement Rings Calgary

Gold or platinum custom engagement rings are generally the best choices for durability. Choose the metal based on what your partner typically wears for jewelry. For example, if she wears silver jewelry, then white gold or platinum are a good choice.

The Style of Custom Engagement Rings

Think about your partner’s style and what you know she likes. Custom engagement rings offer a great opportunity to create something unique that reflects your sense of style as a couple.

Return and Insurance Policies

n engagement ring is a big purchase, so it’s a good idea to get it insured. You should also find out about the return policy before purchasing a ring.

Shopping for engagement rings is exciting and a bit overwhelming. Use this information to help you get ready to find the perfect ring for your special someone.

At Marlow’s Diamonds and Design we can give you the best custom engagement rings. If your jewelry is in need of repair, sizing, or cleaning. Let us be your one stop! Questions? Contact us today for a free quote!
Phone: 403-992-8452

How Much Should You Expect to Spend When You Need Jewelry Repair
December 14 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Your beautiful jewelry is meant to be worn and loved, but it’s natural for it to show wear. Jewelry eventually needs a little care, whether it’s a simple polish or major repairs. You might be wondering what it will cost to restore your special pieces to their former beauty. The answer depends on the type of repair needed and the condition of your jewelry, but here’s an idea what you can expect to pay for some common Calgary jewelry repairs.

Cleaning and Polishing Custom Jewelry Calgary

The most common thing Calgary jewelry needs is cleaning and polishing. If you purchased your piece at a jewelry store, they often will clean it for free or a minimal price. Polishing is sometimes a little more expensive, but usually quite reasonable.

Sizing Calgary Jewelry

If your ring doesn’t fit properly it can be uncomfortable to wear. The jewelry repair cost of having it properly sized to your finger depends on factors like the type of metal, the number of sizes it needs to alter by, and how intricate it is. In general, expect to pay somewhere between $30 and $200, with between $30 and $55 most common.

Setting a Stone During Jewelry Repair

A missing gemstone makes custom jewelry Calgary incomplete. Setting a stone also varies considerably depending on the type and size of the stone. Expect to pay somewhere between $15 and $60 to shoulder a diamond up to 1 carat, and more for larger stones. If you notice a loose stone, take your piece in to have the stone tightened since this is often less expensive and lowers the risk of losing the stone.

The cost of jewelry repair clearly varies depending on your piece and the repairs needed. Visit a jewelry store to get an estimate of the cost to restore your custom jewelry Calgary.

At Marlow’s Diamonds and Design we can give you the best jewelry repairs, for a great price. If your jewelry is in need of repair, sizing, or cleaning. Let us be your one stop!

Questions? Contact us today for a free quote!
Phone: 403-992-8452


How Long Does It Take To Make a Custom Engagement Ring?
November 27 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

If you’re getting ready to propose, you want a special ring to symbolize your love. A custom ring is something unique that you’ll both be able to cherish for years to come. But the creation process takes more time than simply walking into a jewelry store and picking out a ring. Plan ahead and give yourself enough time to get the perfect ring with this timeline for creating a custom engagement ring.

Share Your Story with a Calgary Jewelry Maker

The custom ring process begins with your story. Gather ideas you like, pictures or sketches of rings, and a budget range, then contact a Calgary jewelry maker to set up an appointment. During the appointment, you’ll share your ideas and inspirations and the jeweler will use their expertise to help you design a beautiful custom ring.

Get a Sneak Peak and Quote for Engagement Rings

Before placing your order, you’ll get a preview of what the finished ring will look like. This is often done through 3D rendering to give you a good idea of the final product. A wax model is also an option and is usually ready in about a week. After you’re satisfied with the design, you’ll receive a quote and can order your custom engagement ring.

Wait for Your Custom Engagement Ring

Once you’ve placed an order, all you need to do is wait while the Calgary jewelry maker creates your special piece. It usually takes about 3-6 weeks to complete engagement rings, although you may be able to place a rush order. You’ll be contacted when the ring is ready and can pick up your stunning new piece.

Custom engagement rings are a beautiful expression of a couple’s love and relationship. By planning ahead, you can propose to your partner with a stunning custom ring.

If you have that special someone, let them know with our custom engagement rings. Let us help your moment be special.

Questions? Contact us today for a free quote!
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Tips for taking care of your diamond engagement ring
October 24 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

It’s hard not to stare at the beautiful sparkle of your new engagement ring. Keeping it sparkly and in good condition for years to come isn’t difficult, but it does require some care. Here are six tips for taking care of your diamond engagement ring.

Purchase Insurance for Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Insurance protects your investment in case your ring is stolen, lost, or damaged. Have your custom jewelry appraised as the cost of diamonds and precious metals rises, about every five years is a good idea.

Don’t Take Off Wedding Rings in Public

When washing your hands in a public restroom, don’t take off your ring. It might slip down the drain or get left on the ledge.

Keep Your Custom Engagement Ring Clean

Keeping your diamond engagement ring clean is good for it and helps it continue to sparkle, but don’t use random household cleaners on it. For home cleaning, mix a few drops of mild dish detergent with warm water, let the ring soak, then gently clean it with a soft toothbrush and rinse in warm water. Never clean your ring over a drain. Have rings professionally cleaned occasionally.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Harsh chemicals, like bleach and other cleaning products, can damage your wedding rings. Remove rings when you need to use harsh products.

Schedule Regular Maintenance for Custom Jewelry

Visit a jeweler for a maintenance visit once or twice a year to keep custom jewelry in good condition. They can discover and repair potential problems early, before your diamond falls out due to a bent prong.

Store Jewelry Properly

When not wearing your engagement ring, store it in a clean, dry place where it won’t rub against other pieces of jewelry, like a small fabric-lined jewelry box.

Keep your wedding rings looking gorgeous by following these simple tips.

Marlow’s Diamond Design is committed to diamond quality, that is why we emphasize maintaining your custom jewelry with proper tools and cleaning.


Questions? Contact us today for a free quote!

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