Disney Star Aly Michalka Engaged

Aly Michalka fiance

Photo Credit: Aly Michalka’s Instagram

Aly Michalka, best known for the Disney Channel original series Phil of the Future, announced her engagement to her director boyfriend, Stephen Ringer, on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. She revealed that their engagement took place on July 8th and tweeted, “Wanted to share the exciting news! Feel very blessed to know such a great love #engaged x Aly.”

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Photo Credit: Aly Michalka’s Instagram

The Disney actress shared a close-up photo of her engagement ring. It is a vintage-inspired square lined setting with a round brilliant cut center stone. The band features unique metal work and what appears to be hand-engraving. This type of illusion setting was originally popular during the 1950′s, but many couples are choosing more antique-inspired engagement rings these days. Our GIA graduate gemologist, Olivia, estimates that the center diamond weighs between 1.20 and 1.70 carats.

The happy couple has been dating for over a year and a half. Michalka, 25, can also be seen on Two and a Half Men and is also in a musical duo with her sister called 78violet. This will be the first marriage for Michalka and we wish her and her fiance all of the best.


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Don’t Get Too Hung up on Carat Weight: Diamond Spread vs Carat Weight

Diamond spread vs carat weightOne thing that should be very important to consumers and can sometimes be overlooked is ‘spread’.  By spread, I mean how large the diamond will appear when looking at it face up.  Often times I hear customers who are so focused on carat weight but don’t stop to think about the actual mm measurements and how those will play a role in the overall size appearance of that particular diamond.  What they don’t realize is that carat weight is just the weight of the diamond but not necessarily how large the diamond will appear.  Don’t get too hung up on carat weight! Yes, of course a certain carat weight will coincide with a particular mm measurement but diamonds of the exact same carat weight can vary as far as the mm measurements go.  No one wants a diamond that weighs a certain carat weight but may appear smaller than similar diamonds in terms of face-up spread.  I have yet to speak with a client who says, ‘Give me a 1.00ct round that measures like a 0.90ct!”.  Why not try to get a diamond that may appear larger than other diamonds of similar carat weights.

For example, I was running a loose diamond search earlier this week and my client had a budget of around $4500 for a 1.00ct round G color GIA certified diamond. Here are the options I presented my client.

  1. 0.90ct G color, SI1 clarity GIA certified round diamond. This diamond has a very good cut grade with a depth % of 57.2% and mm measurements 6.35 x 6.40mm. Price: $4370.24
  2. 0.90ct G color, SI1 clarity GIA certified round diamond. This diamond has a very good cut grade with a depth % of 62.9% and mm measurements 6.35 x 6.40mm. Price: $4341.12
  3. 1.00ct G color, SI1 clarity GIA certified round diamond. This diamond has a very good cut grade with a depth % of 63.8% and mm measurements 6.25 x 6.31mm. Price: $5491.12

Which loose diamond would you choose? For me, it would be pretty clear that getting option #3 doesn’t really make sense. Yes, it’s 1.00ct BUT it measures smaller than option #1. Plus, the overall savings is $1120.80. This ‘new found money’ could be used towards the engagement ring setting!

Don’t get so hung up on reaching a particular carat weight. Spread is something that should be considered and looked at when searching for that perfect diamond.  Of course, you don’t want to sacrifice cut grade to get the largest spreading diamond as this could detract from the overall sparkle and brilliance. Be sure to keep compare apples to apples when searching for diamonds. Make sure to look at the overall size of the diamonds are you comparing and not just the carat weight!


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New Designs of Engagement Rings from Bel Dia

One day I was looking through our current designs and felt like we needed to switch things up a bit. We have antique designs, modern designs, traditional designs, but I still felt like we were missing designs that feature aspects of all our styles. I decided to play a little game of musical chairs with our product images and mix and match designs that I felt would complement each other. What ended up happening?? Really amazing new designs that have a little bit of everything we love in a totally new way. Now you don’t have to choose between modern and vintage, simple and fancy… these designs have it all!

Princess Three Stone Engagement Ring with Pave Band

three stone pave engagement rings

Style # HE268

A 3 stone ring is a very traditional design typically featuring one large center stone with accenting side stones on a solid shank. One of the shortfalls of a 3 stone ring for many people is that they show too much metal since they typically do not have any pave diamonds. Now available, you can get a 3 stone engagement ring that features less metal and more diamonds with literally diamonds just about everywhere! This ring features our amazing u pave style shank for maximum sparkle and a delicate feel.

Cushion Halo Engagement Ring with Engraved Pave Band

antique cushion engagement rings

Style # HE269

Style HE269 might be one of our most interesting engagement rings yet! This mounting features a combination of u pave and standard pave, hand engraving and antique style milgraining. In other words, if you take the halo of our HE104 mounting and match it to the shank of our HE70… you get this GORGEOUS ring. The u pave style used on the halo makes for more sparkle and flush appearance between halo and the center diamond. The more vintage inspired shank featuring regular pave with milgrain gives more structural support to the ring. The hand engraved accents leaves no surface area left untouched, making this ring the embodiment of all wonderful things old and new.

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Style # HE271

Dealing with a smaller diamond but you still want that big ring feel? We have included a double halo to our batch of hybrid designs. This ring is really all about the bling! The halo features our iconic u pave set diamonds for maximum sparkle and flush set design between center diamond and halo. The shank is a more tailored traditional standard pave with a wall for extra support. The sides of the ring feature a high polish design for a more classic diamond engagement ring.


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Newest Diamond Accented Engagement Rings

We recently updated our site with four brand new diamond accented engagement ring designs, so I decided to take a look at these sparklers for those who have tastes that are a bit simpler.

1) Milgrained Leaf Engagement Ring

Milgrained Leaf Engagement RingMost of our new designs utilize a marquise shape in them creating a design that emulates leaves and expands our collection of pieces inspired by nature.  This particular piece doesn’t use marquise shaped stones, but has round brilliant cut diamonds pave set into marquise shaped metal compartments that are lined with milgrain.  The orientation they are set in emulates a clover and even closely resembles the triskelion symbol which represents action and forward movement.

2) Pave Accented Leaf Diamond Engagement Ring

Pave Leaf Accented Engagement RingContinuing on with our nature inspired jewelry, we have this pave accented band with marquise diamond side stones.  The pave provides a textured feel to the piece that seems to emulate the natural appearance of a plant’s stem while the marquise diamond leaves open up like leaves branching out along the stem that present the center stone in such a lovely way akin to the blossoming of a flower.

3) Pave and Milgrained Engagement Ring with Nature Inspired Accents

Pave and Milgrained Engagement Ring with Nature Inspired AccentsThis pave and milgrained engagement ring is similar to the one above, but the added milgrain provide an extra vintage appeal to the ring and a detail that seems similar to a ribbon tied to a flower that you provide as a gift to the person you love.  Like the ring above, the marquise diamonds on this engagement ring are oriented in such a way that they emulate the natural beauty of leaves on a stem or vine as they flank the center diamond like a flower blossom.

4) Pave Three Stone Engagement Ring with Pave Band

Princess Three Stone Engagement Ring with Pave BandA three stone engagement ring is always a classic look and we have a number of pieces that feature trillion side stones already, however, this is our first design that incorporates some additional sparkle with a pave band.  The center stone featured is a princess cut stone, but we can incorporate any shaped diamond into this piece and you’ll have a classic design that represents the past, present and future of your relationship.

We hope you enjoyed this look at our new designs.  To check out all of the engagement ring designs we offer, please be sure to browse our collection.


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Last Week to Save 10% on Select Bel Dia Engagement Rings

save on engagement ringsOur Summer of Love Sale is coming to a close. Today and tomorrow are the last two days that our customers can save an additional 10% on halo engagement rings, double halo engagement rings, and yellow diamond engagement rings. During checkout, please use coupon code SUMMER to claim your savings.

Our Bel Dia line of engagement rings is manufactured with only the finest materials. We use a combination of Old World and modern manufacturing techniques to achieve our high-quality standards for each engagement ring that is lovingly created. We design each ring setting specifically for your center stone. If you are purchasing a center stone from deBebians at the same time, we will assemble the ring in its entirety before shipping the item to you. If you already have a center stone, we just need the dimensions of the stone and you may have the stone set locally by a reputable jewelry store.

If you would like assistance with your purchase, our US customers may call us toll-free at 877-472-2700 or our direct office line is 213-627-1300. Our GIA graduate gemologists would love to assist you with finding a center stone or answering any questions that you may have in regards to ordering.

Please note that the coupon code may not be applied to loose diamonds.

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Act Quickly on Your Loose Diamond Purchase or Lose Out

buy loose diamondsWhen you find that ‘perfect’ diamond, don’t think about it! Go for it! A few weeks ago I was assisting a customer with a loose diamond search for a GIA certified radiant cut diamond. The customer was seeking a 2.50ct plus radiant cut diamond, I or J color and any clarity as long as the diamond was eye clean. The other fairly specific request was a length to width ratio around 1.2. With radiant cut diamonds, the ratio can vary from very square to very rectangular. For me, a 1.2 length to width ratio is just perfect.

I began my diamond search and decided to open up my search to more than just diamonds located within the United States. Every time I run a diamond search, I enter my parameters and then sort the diamonds from cheapest to most expensive. I always start with the cheapest one and work my way down through the list. I carefully compare carat weight, color, clarity, mm size (very important, perhaps even more so than carat weight) and price. Well, upon running my search, I found the winner! It was a 2.61ct J VS2 GIA certified radiant cut diamond that measured 8.81 x 7.15 (l:w ratio of 1.23). The price on this diamond was $15,604.40. When I presented this option to my client, she was over the moon! It had the color, size, price, GIA certification…. Everything she was looking for! I knew this diamond wouldn’t last being out on the market for very long. I put the diamond on a 24 hour hold as my client wanted to think about it. She decided she would think about it and let it ride over the 4th of July holiday weekend (even though the 24 hour hold was going to expire). Well, upon opening our office on July 7th, I followed up on this diamond and it had SOLD! I knew based on this diamonds characteristics and price that it would be snatched up quickly… and it was.

I have begun a new loose diamond search but I am certain that this client will compare all of our new options to this diamond that is no longer. It was priced to sell for what it was and I knew it was almost too good to be true!


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Why Choose a Halo Engagement Ring Setting?

Reasons to choose a halo engagement ringHalo engagement rings have become almost as popular as the classic solitaire setting, perhaps even more popular in certain circles. Finding the perfect engagement ring is one of the most important tasks that you will ever face, but it does not have to be a stressful process. I have compiled a few of my favorite reasons to select a halo engagement ring to present to your partner.

A halo engagement ring:

1. Makes the center diamond appear larger

As Maggie has previously discussed, a diamond halo makes the center diamond appear larger because not only does it add substantially more sparkle, it also gives the wearer more finger coverage.

2. Adds carat weight to ring without adding a lot of cost

Accent diamonds are a much more affordable way to add overall carat weight to an engagement ring rather than adding that carat weight to the center stone. The larger that a diamond is, the more valuable and more expensive it becomes.

3. Is Timeless

Our Bel Dia collection of halo engagement rings offers a vast array of different designs that will appease any woman’s taste. We also manufacture each of these pieces ourselves, so it is easy to work with us if you wish to customize a setting. These designs are eternally timeless, often inspired by the decadent designs of the 1920′s.

Please contact one of our jewelry experts if you have questions in regards to choosing a setting. We also have staff GIA graduate gemologists who can assist you in finding a center diamond that works with your budget and fits into our high quality standards. Please fill out our Personal Diamond Shopper form to get started.

Also, just as a reminder, our halo engagement rings are currently on sale during our Summer of Love Sale, which ends July 15th. Use coupon code SUMMER during checkout to save an additional 10% on halo, double halo, and yellow diamond engagement rings.


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Jessica Simpson Weds Eric Johnson

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Photo credit: Jessica Simpson’s Instagram/Neil Lane

Jessica Simpson  finally tied the knot to long-time love Eric Johnson on Saturday July 5th. The couple was married at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California in front of their family and friends. The happy couple was interviewed exclusively by PEOPLE. “We are overwhelmed with complete happiness and love having made our eternal commitment,” they shared in a mutual statement. “To say ‘I do’ in front of family, friends, and most importantly, our children has been the happiest moment of our lives.”

Jessica was given a three stone diamond and ruby engagement ring when the couple became engaged in 2010 after six months of dating. The ring was originally designed and manufactured by Tiffany and Co., but it was purchased through Neil Lane. High quality rubies are quite valuable and with her center stone weighing over 5 carats, the ring must have been quite the investment for the NFL player.

Wedding guests that saw Simpson walk down the aisle in her custom Carolina Herrera gown included the bride’s sister Ashlee Simpson, Evan Ross, Jessica Alba, and Donald Faison.

The is the second marriage for Simpson, who was married to Nick Lachey from 98 Degrees from 2002 until 2006. This is also the second marriage for Johnson, who was previously married to Keri Johnson from 2005 until 2010. Simpson and Johnson have two children together.


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Jack McCoy’s Signet Ring

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I recently read an article about television drama Law & Order’s Jack McCoy (played by Sam Waterston) praising his timeless, conservative style. The screen capture above illustrates this point perfectly — here’s McCoy in “Coma,” episode two of season 5, which aired in 1994, wearing a blue dress shirt and a gold signet ring.

“The funny thing is, the conservative dress (most likely from Brooks Brothers) has kept McCoy looking preppy and relevant in his nearly 20 years on the program,” wrote Michael Williams for Antenna magazine in 2009.

The part I’m paying special attention to, of course, is McCoy’s classic gold signet ring. He wears the large, oval-shaped signet ring on his right ring finger. The large ring adds a little extra gravitas to a character known for being tough and ruthless.

If you’d like to get this same look, we offer a wide range of mens signet rings in 14K yellow and white gold. I would suggest style # SRRS127 which measures 18.4×15.2mm and features a solid back. We also offer an open back version in style # SRRS137. Solid back rings are heavier and contain more gold but are also more expensive. (A quick primer on the difference between the two can be found here.)

It may be of interest to note that Williams also places McCoy in the same camp as Mad Men; and as we’ve covered earlier, Roger Sterling is another great example of television style icon who wears a signet ring.


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