Marquise Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted at July 24th, 2014

Marquise cut diamond engagement rings feature an elongated oval shaped diamond with ends that taper to a point. The Marquise of Pompadour was honored with this diamond commissioned by King Louis XV of France. It was said that the King wanted the diamond created as a tribute to his mistress’ perfectly shaped mouth. Also known as the “Navette Cut”, French for “Little Boat”, the Marquise’s namesake is an elliptically shaped (boat shaped) diamond with delicate lines of symmetry and fragile, pointed ends.

A symmetrical silhouette is a crucial part of this diamond’s profile as any misalignment will be painfully apparent, especially once the stone is set. The softly rounded left and right sides of the diamond should mirror each other and the pointed ends should be in perfect alignment. There are 58 standard rectangular facets in this beautiful cut. The pavilion (underside of diamond) can be cut with 4, 6 or 8 main facets.

Marquise Cut Diamond Three-Stone Ring | Mark Broumand Marquise Cut Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Per carat, the Marquise cut diamond has the largest crown surface area and will appear visually larger in a “face up” position than any other diamond cut. This cut is vulnerable to the “bowtie effect”, which is a bowtie shaped shadow in the center of the diamond. Severe bowtie should be avoided; however some degree will be seen in all Marquise cut diamonds. The Marquise diamond will be high quality in color and clarity since flaws will be very visible through the large crown.

The Marquise cut is one of the most difficult shapes to set and care should be taken to protect the tips with prongs if set as a solitaire. The stone should not be structurally set on the points only, as this will make the diamond even more prone to chipping and breakage. Any flaws are best set in the tapered ends. The ideal length to width ratio will be 2:1, but may range in length between 1.85 and 2.10 to cover more oval stones and more narrow stones.

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The unique and delicate Marquise cut diamond engagement rings in Mark Broumand’s collection were selected for their visual appeal and high quality color, clarity and perfect symmetry. If your fiancée desires a larger diamond that slims the finger, the Marquise cut diamond ring is the perfect choice. View Mark’s selection of Marquise cut white diamond and fancy yellow diamond engagement rings in an array of ring settings sure to capture her heart.

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Round Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted at July 23rd, 2014

Round Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings | Mark BroumandThe most popular engagement rings on the market today are round cut diamond engagement rings. There is such a high demand for these beauties that 80% of loose diamonds are round brilliants. The modern round brilliant cut was standardized in the early 1900s by Marcel Tolkowsky, who hailed from several generations of well-known jewelers and diamond cutters. Tolkowsky’s work led to a standardized set of proportions, depths, angles and cuts to enhance the natural qualities of a rough diamond. The result is a 58-facet round diamond that is incredibly brilliant, with amazing color, fire and energy.

Round Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Rings | Mark BroumandA century of light theory, math and optics studies led to the visual masterpiece that is the modern round brilliant cut. The table was enlarged to be 53% of overall width or larger and the crown of the diamond was not as deep. Crown facets were arranged in a repetitive pattern of three different facets: star, bezel and upper half. The pavilion and the lower-half facets were elongated over time. The angles of both the crown and pavilion were not as steep. The lowest point of a diamond, or culet was reduced in size. All of these changes created a more “splintery” light refraction whereas older round cuts had more of a “checkerboard” or chunky black and white refraction of light.

Round Cut Diamond Engagement Rings | Mark BroumandIf you are looking for a unique variation of the round diamond, the Antique European round cut is the predecessor to the modern round brilliant cut. Antique cut diamonds also have 58 facets, but the table is smaller and the crown is steeper. The diamond has an open culet (lowest point of the diamond profile) and the pavilion is shorter in this cut. Though similar to a contemporary round brilliant cut diamond, light is refracted differently. Light that enters the diamond gets captured within the diamond and reflects off the larger culet. This enhances the inner fire of the diamond in more of a distinctive black-and-white pattern whereas the light refracted in modern round is more splintered and brilliant.

Round Cut Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandWith all the possibilities for round cut diamonds available, you can rest assured that Mark Broumand has chosen only the highest quality round brilliant cut diamond engagement rings to lend his name to. You can find round cut diamond engagement rings of different carat weights and in a variety of solitaire, halo, three-stone and side stone ring settings. Mark can also custom design the perfect round cut diamond engagement ring to your specifications.

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Create a Custom Diamond Ring for Any Occassion

Posted at July 22nd, 2014

Custom Men's Wedding Band | Mark BroumandThere are many reasons to create a custom diamond ring. Mark Broumand can help you create a diamond engagement ring to steal her heart, an anniversary ring to celebrate the years or a men’s wedding band to surprise him.  One of the best reasons to create custom jewelry is possibly for no reason at all.  The inspiration to create a new ring to be treasured can come from anywhere.  Mark has some options to make the custom jewelry design process even easier.

Custom Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandDo you want to upgrade an existing ring?  If you have a ring that is sitting in a drawer taking up space, let Mark turn your old pieces of jewelry into stunning new pieces of artwork.  Turn an old ring into a new celebration of marriage by creating a diamond engagement or anniversary ring.  Perhaps an engagement ring needs an upgrade? You can use parts of your old ring in your new ring, or simply trade in an unwanted piece to create a brand new one.

Custom Diamond Engagement Rings | Mark BroumandDo you have a loose diamond or precious gemstone that you would like to set?  If you have a loose diamond or gemstone, you can select a ring setting of your choice that is available without the center stone.  You have many options for precious metals and accent stones if you choose to design a ring other than a solitaire.  If you don’t find a setting you love, Mark can create a custom diamond ring setting for you.

Custom Yellow Diamond Earrings | Mark BroumandThough many of Mark’s pieces showcase his incredible craftsmanship with custom diamond engagement rings, he can create a beautiful jewelry piece of any kind fashioned with any metal, gemstone or setting you could possibly desire. Many requests have been to create complementary jewelry sets to match an existing beloved jewelry piece.

Custom Brown Diamond Ring | Mark BroumandWith Mark Broumand, you can create a custom diamond ring for any occasion. By filling out a simple quote request form, you can receive the upgrade value of the pieces you are trading in to create a new diamond ring.  Bring new life to an old ring setting or find a treasured new home for a loose diamond. Though jewelry always warms the heart to give and especially receive, it is even a little more special when it is custom created.  When you custom design with Mark Broumand, the possibilities are endless.

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Something Old, Something New – Antique Cut Diamond Rings

Posted at July 21st, 2014

Antique Cut Diamond Rings are treasured for their vintage look and scarcity. Though many authentic antique cut diamonds are no longer in existence, some antique cut diamond rings are still created to recapture eras gone by. Antique Cut Diamond Rings are fashioned from one of four standard antique cuts: Single Cut, Rose Cut, Old Mine Cut and the Old European Cut.Antique Cut Diamond Diagram | Mark Broumand
Antique Single Cut DiamondA single cut diamond has an octagonal or round girdle and consists of between 17 and 18 facets. The table on this diamond is large and the culet may be pointed, flat or non-existent. Many of the first stones did not have a culet until the mid-15th century, when its importance was realized. This cut originated in the 1300s and was valued as a stone for its luster and hardness, not for the fire and brilliance diamonds are prized for now. These diamonds often appeared black to the eye and were represented as such in many paintings of the era.

Antique Rose Cut Diamond | Mark BroumandThe Rose cut was truly a unique shape, with a flat bottom and crown that was dome-shaped. This stone, with between 3 and 24 triangular facets resembles the shape of a rose bud. The Rose cut does not have a pavilion and the facets rise to form an apex point on the crown. This cut was common during the Georgian and Victorian eras and remained popular up until the early 1900s.

Antique Old Mine Cut Diamond | Mark BroumandThe Old Mine Cut, also referred to as the “Antique Cushion Cut”, has gently rounded corners and a quadrilateral girdle. The table on this cut is small and the culet is large and flat. This diamond cut is heavy on the crown and the bottom. This stone has 58 “chunky” looking facets and was a prevalent diamond cut during the Georgian and Victorian eras. Many of these diamonds followed the rough stones octahedral shape and resulted in a square or rectangular shape that were not uniform.

Antique Old European Diamond | Mark BroumandThe predecessor to the modern Round Brilliant, the Old European cut returned to a circular girdle on a 58-facet stone. The table was small with a substantial crown and great overall depth for the time. The cut was much more even on the pavilion facets than the Old Mine Cut. The light dispersion in this diamond cut was more even when radiating off the culet. This gave the Old European quite a sparkle. This cut was prevalent from the 1800s until the  Art Deco Period.

Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Ring | Mark BroumandAntique European Round Cut Diamond Ring

Mark Broumand recaptures the beauty of these vintage stones in the Antique Cut Diamond Engagement Rings he has selected. It is important to note that these Antique beauties cannot be compared to any of the modern cuts available today. These rings are designed to use modern technology to capture the character and beauty of times past. Wear a piece of the past from Mark’s unique selection of Antique Cushion Cut and Antique European Cut Diamond Rings.

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The Romantic Brilliance of a Heart Shaped Engagement Ring

Posted at July 19th, 2014

The Heart Shaped Engagement Ring is a modified round brilliant cut diamond fashioned to honor the universal symbol of love. It is crucial that each half of the heart stone you select is identical to the other. The ideal weight of a heart shaped diamond should be greater than .50 carat since the outline of the heart shape will be harder to perceive. Smaller heart diamonds are best in a bezel or three-prong setting (one on each lobe and one at the point). If you choose the heart shaped diamond engagement ring or anniversary ring, keep in mind that the larger stones will require a four-prong setting.Heart Shaped Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThough the heart shaped diamond is a modified round brilliant created in the early 1900s, the heart shaped diamond has been traced back to the Duke of Milan at the beginning of the 15th Century.  In the early 1560s, Queen Elizabeth received a heart shaped diamond ring from Mary, Queen of Scots.  Heart shaped diamonds were often given as gifts amongst royalty to symbolize friendship and goodwill.  Since the heart shape was difficult to cut during those times, these diamonds were especially cherished by the recipient.Heart Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe silhouette or shape of the heart itself will be a very important, if not the most important factor to consider when buying heart shaped engagement rings.  You or your fiancèe may like a more traditional heart, with a deep cleft and rounded lobes.  Others may favor  a more slender heart with lobes that are straighter and a more shallow cleft.  Hearts of different lengths and widths are also affected by the particular setting of the ring. Yellow Heart Shaped Engagement Rings | Mark BroumandWhen searching for a heart shaped engagement ring, symmetry and clarity are critical. You will find only the most symmetrical and highest quality diamonds in the Mark Broumand Heart Shaped Engagement Rings portfolio. A heart shaped engagement ring will stun in a solitaire, three-stone or halo setting. The brilliance of your heart shaped diamond will sparkle as either a white or fancy colored diamond. Do you have a specific engagement ring vision you would like to bring to life? Mark Broumand can create a heart shaped engagement ring that will surely make her heart sing.

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A Family Affair – The Oval Cut Diamond Ring

Posted at July 18th, 2014

Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandAn Oval Cut diamond ring features a stone that is a modification of the round brilliant cut diamond; both cuts being created by a family of jewelers and diamond cutters dating back to the early 1800s. The oval cut diamond was created in the late 1950s by Lazare Kaplan. Kaplan’s cousin, Marcel Tolkowsky is the father of the modern round brilliant cut diamond, circa 1920.  As of 2009, some Tolkowskys are representative of the 7th generation of diamond cutters.  This dedicated lineage to the art of diamonds is evident today in the round brilliant and the oval cut diamond ring.

The length to width ratio of an oval diamond will frequently range between 1.33:1 and 1.66:1. A lesser ratio will present a softer and rounder oval cut diamond ring as seen on the left in the Fancy Intense Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring and the larger length will form a more elongated oval, as seen in the Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring on the right . The preference in shape is completely objective and each stone sparkles with varying degrees of brilliance infused with the unique oval shape.

Fancy Intense Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandOval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

Much like pear shaped or Marquise cut diamonds, oval cut diamond rings lend the illusion of length to the finger and hands. Women with naturally long and slender fingers will find the oval shape complements their hand quite naturally. Due to the nature of the cut, this stone can be affected with the “bow-tie” effect. This condition cannot be determined in grading or certifications, but will be readily evident upon visual inspection.

Fancy Yellow Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandAn oval cut diamond ring is an ideal choice for the person that is trying to balance brilliance and budget. Mark Broumand’s collection of oval cut diamond rings represents a vast array of sizes, colors, styles and settings to match every taste. This incredibly versatile diamond ring easily transverses time between vintage era and contemporary chic and will work well as a diamond engagement ring, right hand ring or anniversary ring. Each oval cut diamond ring at Mark Broumand was selected for its exquisite beauty and high quality, however you will also find inspiration browsing Mark’s custom designed oval cut diamond rings.

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Emerald Cut Diamond Rings

Posted at July 17th, 2014

The rectangular shape and vintage look of Emerald Cut diamond rings show off a subtle sophistication and luster desired by many. The Emerald Cut diamond was standardized in the 1940s during the Art Deco Period. The distinctive look of this stone makes it a very popular diamond choice among antique jewelry fans.

Emerald Cut Diamond Ring | Mark BroumandThe Emerald Cut diamond was originally created for use in Emeralds to maximize the sparkle and brilliance of the gemstone. An Emerald Cut diamond will have a very large table (top flat area) of the stone and therefore, requires a very high quality stone. Since the table is large, flaws and imperfections will be readily visible upon visual inspection. A rough stone that does contain blemishes may be cut so that the flaws occur within the shorter ends or corners of the stone where they can be hidden beneath the facets.

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe number of facets in Emerald Cut diamond rings will range between 50 and 58. These facets are created by step-cuts, or trap cuts that are long and narrow. The ideal length-to-width ratio of the Emerald Cut diamond is approximately 1.4 to 1, or a range of length between 1.3 and 1.5. These rectangular diamonds have sharp points that are vulnerable to chipping or breakage. Since the corners are intact, approximately 80% of a rough stone is retained as the finished stone.

This cut is an excellent choice for larger stones, since the large facets effectively reflect light back through the top of the diamond. Though this stone does not possess the “sparkle” of many other diamonds, the cut maximizes a diamond’s color, luster and clarity. Emerald Cut Diamond Rings | Mark BroumandMost Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Rings will be set with the center stone parallel to the finger. For a unique twist, some center diamonds may be set perpendicular to the finger. Since the Emerald Cut diamond is so bold as a center stone, the diamond will look captivating in a three-stone setting or accented with side stones.  An Emerald Cut Diamond Ring is also striking when set as a solitaire.

Emerald cut diamond rings are highly sought after for their unique and vintage style. The Emerald Cut diamond ring exudes sophistication and elegance for anyone wearing it. Visit Mark Broumand to find the perfect Emerald Cut Diamond engagement ring, right-hand ring or anniversary ring hand-selected for their high-quality and beauty.

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The Princess Cut Diamond Ring

Posted at July 16th, 2014

The Princess Cut diamond ring is very popular as a diamond engagement ring, three-stone ring or anniversary ring. Princess Cut diamonds are the second most popular diamond choice for diamond engagement rings, second only to the Round Brilliant cut diamond. The Princess Cut is a relatively new cut that was created in the 1960s.Princess Cut Diamond Ring | Mark BroumandThe shape of the diamond will be rectangular or square with a different number of facets which offer varying degrees of brilliance in the stone. Most of the facet work on this diamond will be on the pavilion, or lower half of the diamond. The cut on a princess stone has four beveled sides and looks like an inverted pyramid. When viewing the diamond through the table, or large top facet of the stone a “cross shape” can often be seen. From a rough diamond to a finished Princess Cut diamond, approximately 80% of the stone remains intact since the corners of the stone are not chipped away. This makes the Princess cut a favorite among diamond cutters since much of the stone is retained as compared to a Round Brilliant, whereas approximately 50% of the rough diamond is left on the finished diamond.Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandA diamond’s features can be modified by adding facet cuts, or chevrons on the lower side of the stone (pavilion). More facet cuts will produce faster light scintillation (sparkle) when the diamond moves and is often referred to as a “splintery” or “crushed ice” look. Fewer chevrons in a diamond produce larger facets and slower light scintillation. Two to three chevrons is generally an ample number in a stone weighing 1 carat or less. Larger stones can handle 4 to 5 chevrons on the pavilion. There are no hard and fast rules for the number of chevrons and the desired beauty of a Princess Cut diamond is solely at the discretion of the person viewing the diamond.Princess Cut Diamond Rings | Mark BroumandA Princess Cut diamond ring is the best choice for anyone that desires the brilliance of a Round Cut in a square shaped stone. Since these diamonds retain more of the stone from the rough, their size per carat will look larger than other diamonds with a different cut. Mark Broumand’s collection of Princess Cut diamond rings are sure to dazzle. Mark has a variety of settings to choose from for any type of Princess Cut diamond ring you could desire.

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Create Your Custom Diamond Ring

Posted at July 15th, 2014

There are many reasons to create a custom diamond ring with Mark Broumand. Your vision can become a beautiful piece of jewelry in just a few simple steps. Mark has created diamond rings and other custom designed jewelry pieces for engagement rings, men’s wedding bands, anniversary rings, right-hand rings and other celebrations of life. The possibilities for ring designs are limitless.

Custom Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandFirst, collect any images that you may have about your ring. These can be drawings, existing pieces, a website address or combination thereof. You will be able to call Mark to detail your vision or use the convenient online custom request form to give as much description as you desire.

Once this information is collected, you will be able to call Mark use the convenient online custom request form to give as much description as you desire. Mark begins the creative process to bring your ring to life. Mark Broumand will personally review your custom request and provide you with a quote for your design by phone or email within one business day. Once you have reviewed the quote and wish to proceed, a deposit will be required to begin work on your unique diamond ring.

Mens Custom Diamond Ring | Mark BroumandMark and his team of master jewelers start their magic and create a 3-D software rendering of your ring design. At this point, you will be able to view your ring and can request any changes or additions. After any alterations have been made, you will approve your perfect ring design.

Next, a wax casting based on the 3D model will be created. This foundation for your ring design will then be cast in the precious metal of your choice. During the cast period, the perfect gemstones for your ring will be hand-selected. The highest quality diamond cuts will be used for your diamond ring.

Once the ring is completed, the metals and gemstones will be polished to perfection for their picture debut. Photographs of your ring will be taken from a multitude of angles for your visual inspection if you are not in the Los Angeles area. Your ring is then appraised by a G.I.A. specialist who will issue a certificate of authenticity for your piece. Once you are completely satisfied with the design, your custom diamond ring is then packaged in a beautiful box for pickup or shipment once final payment is received.

Right Hand Custom Diamond Ring | Mark BroumandIf you want the highest quality stones, design and craftsmanship in your custom diamond ring, look no further than Mark Broumand. He creates visual masterpieces for any special occasion or celebration of life. Call, visit or email Mark Broumand to create a stunning custom diamond rings sure to be treasured by the recipient.

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Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted at July 14th, 2014

Fancy Light Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandFancy yellow diamond engagement rings have been gaining popularity in recent years. These diamonds are beautiful, unique and scarce. Natural diamonds are transparent crystals formed under high pressure and at high temperatures. In white diamonds, carbon atoms crystallize forming a diamond lattice. Yellow diamonds occur when trace amounts of nitrogen are present as an impurity in the carbon atoms. The rare and alluring fancy color diamonds coveted by many are ironically a byproduct of contamination.

White diamonds are more valuable when they are colorless and clear. Fancy yellow diamonds should not be confused with a yellow or brownish hue in a low quality color grading (N through Z) of a white diamond.  The color of fancy yellow diamonds are graded based on three factors:

1. Saturation means the strength or intensity of the color
2. Hue indicates the dominant color of the stone
3. Tone describes how much lightness or darkness the stone retains

These three factors produce the following color grades:

• Faint
• Very Light
• Light
• Fancy Light
• Fancy
• Fancy Dark
• Fancy Intense
• Fancy Deep
• Fancy Vivid

Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe selection of a fancy yellow diamond ring is truly about personal preference.  While some people like the fancy vivid, or “canary diamond” others may like the softer hue of a light yellow stone.  Some celebrities have made the yellow diamond engagement ring popular in recent years, including Heidi Klum, Kelly Clarkson, Rebecca Romijn and Carrie Underwood.  These high-profile rings were all fashioned with a different stone size, yellow color and diamond cut.  The versatility of a yellow diamond cut is the same as a white diamond, but cuts such as the Radiant cut can maximize the natural yellow color of a stone.

Mark Broumand has a stunning and rare collection of Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Rings to choose from.  The rings that Mark has selected span all of the different yellow color grades.  You can find a ring in any carat weight, shape or cut that her heart desires.  If you have a hard time deciding, Mark Broumand can create a unique and custom ring for your bride to be.

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