Top Bel Dia Engagement Rings for 2014

I love doing lists, so I thought now would be a good time to do another one. For this list, I’m featuring our best selling engagement rings for 2014… so far. All of these rings come from our exclusive Bel Dia Collection. No. 2 is one of my favorites. Let me know which one is your favorite by leaving a comment!

Without further ado, here is the list.

Diamond Halo Rose Gold Engagement Ring

Diamond Halo Rose Gold Engagement Ring – HE74-R

Vine Twisted Engagement Ring Setting

Vine Twisted Engagement Ring Setting – HE226

Cushion Baby Split Double Halo Engagement Ring

Cushion Baby Split Double Halo Engagement Ring – HE140

Halo Pave Engagement Ring with Morganite

Halo Pave Engagement Ring with Morganite – HG5932-M

Heart Shaped Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Heart Shaped Halo Diamond Engagement Ring – HE3492

Morganite Three Stone Engagement Ring

Morganite Three Stone Engagement Ring – HEK1010-M

Princess Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Princess Cut Halo Engagement Ring – HE106

The cushion cut continues to be extremely popular, so it’s not surprising that four of these rings feature a cushion cut diamond or morganite gemstone. Rose gold also continues to be popular. Last year, HEK1010-M was our best selling morganite engagement ring, but it’s dropped in ranking this year and was surpassed by HG5932-M, a beautiful antique style morganite engagement ring. The diamond version, HG5932, also is traditionally very popular.

The only ring that surprised me is the last one, the princess cut halo engagement ring. I would have thought a round version of this halo style would have made the top rankings.

A quick note about this data: This list is based on Google Analytics data from Jan. 1 to Aug. 18 and only includes orders placed online through our website.

If you liked this list, you might be interested in these lists as well: 2013 Best Sellers: Top 10 and Top 10 Most Expensive Engagement Rings.


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New Diamond Wedding Rings for Women from deBebians

Our jewelry designers and experts have been working to add more diamond bands that can be worn as anniversary or wedding rings by women. We have an impressive collection of varying styles that would look beautiful if worn on their own or paired next to an engagement ring. I have selected three of our newest styles, but I encourage you to visit our diamond wedding rings for women’s section in addition to our collection of eternity bands.

1. Baguette and Round Diamond Accented Wedding Band

diamond wedding rings for her

Style # DWB-15

I personally love the mixed diamond cuts in this wedding band. The milgrain detail adds vintage flair while the 2.5mm width makes this a versatile ring. The contrast between the round brilliant cut and baguette cut diamonds makes this ring unexpected, yet elegant.

2. U-Prong Diamond Wedding Ring

3/4 diamond eternity ring

Style # DWB-14

This u-prong diamond ring features round brilliant cut diamonds part-way around the ring. The sizing bar is a wonderful idea because this ring will be able to be sized in the future in case the wearer’s finger size changes over the years.

3. Two Row Pave Wedding Ring

knife edge diamond wedding ring

Style # DWB-18

This pave wedding band has a knife edge design as well as a tasteful taper that measures 4mm to 2mm. This wedding band, as well as the other two, can be manufactured in 14 kt or 18 kt rose, white, or yellow gold in addition to platinum.

If you would like help with finding a matching wedding band or the perfect anniversary ring for your beloved, please contact one of our jewelry experts. We can also create a custom ring if you have not found the exact style that you desire. Our office is open Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm PST. We are closed most holidays.


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Vintage Wedding Rings from deBebians

I love looking at celebrity engagement rings, especially the big, over the top ones! Recently I was searching online and came across an article that showcased celebrity vintage and vintage inspired engagement rings. Typically, vintage style is not my taste but I decided to look further and actually found some rings that I loved! The thing I noticed though was that I didn’t come across too many vintage wedding rings.

While we don’t sell actual vintage wedding rings, we do sell a few rings that are vintage inspired!

Here are a few of my favorites…

1. Hand Engraved Channel Princess Eternity Band

hand engraved wedding bands

Style # HDEB-01

This is my favorite vintage inspired wedding ring from deBebians! I absolutely love princess cut diamonds when they are channel set. This ring features gorgeous milgrain with hand engraving that to me, makes it very vintage.

2. Eight Stone U-Prong Wedding Band with Milgrain

vintage inspired wedding rings

Style # HE191

This vintage inspired eight stone ring features diamonds in graduated sizes almost floating in a sea of milgrain. With diamonds getting smaller down the side of the ring, this will only add to the overall comfort. Milgrain is a simple way to give any piece an older, more vintage feel.

3. Diamond Half Eternity Micro Pave with Milgrain

vintage wedding bands milgrain

Style # HE133

Round diamonds micro pave set on the top and both sides divided by a row of milgrain makes this the perfect vintage inspired wedding ring for any woman. Plus, the beauty of this ring is that it can be sized because the diamonds do not go all the way around.

If you have a vintage or vintage inspired engagement ring and are looking for a vintage band, do not hesitate to call on us. We can make a wedding band with vintage flair that can mimic the design of your engagement ring.


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How to Create a Pair of Custom Diamond Stud Earrings

diamond earrings custom

On the left, a CAD design was created with a custom martini bezel setting.
On the right, Olivia shows off her diamond stud earrings (left) and the diamonds that were selected for her sister’s custom earrings (right).

This week I got the pleasure of designing my sister’s first pair of diamond stud earrings. A family member of ours contacted me saying that she wanted my sister to have her own pair of diamond studs (recently my sister had been borrowing mine for some events). Knowing my sister, I knew that diamond studs were not something she really wanted; she was very content just borrowing mine when she needed to. As a gemologist and salesperson…what could I say? I can’t turn down a sale just because my sister thinks she doesn’t need diamond earrings! So, I was given the challenge of assembling diamond studs that my sister would actually enjoy as well as please my family member who wanted to buy her such a thoughtful and special gift.

I currently have 1.40cttw (0.70ct each) diamond studs that my sister has become well accustomed to wearing. My goal was to get her the closest I could get to my size (5.6 mm in diameters) but with a budget that was under what I had paid for. As a gemologist, I knew that diamond weight and size can be drastically different depending on how a diamond is cut. My mission was to find the largest measuring round brilliant cut diamonds I could find for a budget of $3,000.

In running my diamond search, 0.70ct stones were out of budget. I knew I had to find stones that measured close in size to mine but with less carat weight, so they would cost less. In addition, I had to find two stones that measured identical and had similar proportions so that they would be a matched pair. Juggling price, size, and quality was not easy but I did successfully locate two stones that I knew were the ones!

I selected two GIA certified 0.59ct, J color with SI1-SI2 clarity round brilliant cut diamonds. The depths of the two stones were around 58%, very slim for maximum size. Each stone measures 5.5mm in diameter which is just shy of mine (at a much lower carat weight). They are very good-excellent cut grade; I chose stones that emphasized size as their most valuable factor. Despite the lower clarity, both diamonds are 100% eye clean. The best part, the price was $2,914.25. I saved money and got earrings that will look comparable to my own.

In order to make these studs feel appropriate for every day, I decided to choose a custom martini bezel setting. Bezel set diamonds to me give a more understated feel. Anyone who opts for a bezel set design is not afraid of metal and is attracted to a more casual look. I decided to manufacture the earrings in 14kt rose gold because that is my sister’s favorite choice of metal.

Stay tuned for the final product. If you are interested in creating a custom pair of diamond stud earrings, please contact our jewelry experts directly by filling out our custom jewelry page.


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Most Popular Platinum Wedding Bands for Men

Our Men’s platinum sale is in full force. We are currently offering an additional 10% off of our already affordable sale price on all men’s platinum wedding bands. Simply use coupon code PLATINUM10 during checkout or mention it to one of our customer service representatives over the phone in order to claim your savings. In honor of our sale, I have selected a few of my favorite men’s platinum rings that are also quite popular with our clients. Our sale ends Friday August 29th.

1. Platinum Wedding Ring Domed 6mm

plain platinum wedding band

Style # BM6PPT

A plain domed ring is among the most classic and timeless styles of wedding bands. The 6mm width of this ring is contemporary, while the overall design is rather traditional. We offer a high polish, brushed, or hammered finish for this ring as well as different finger sizes.

2. Brick Design Platinum Ring

men's platinum wedding bands modern

Style # BM-446PT

For an updated wedding band with clean, simple lines, this platinum band with a brick design is a fantastic choice. This ring has a comfort fit inside and has a desirable 6.5mm width. The bricks in this ring are representative of the strength of your love and commitment.

3. Braided Handmade Platinum Wedding Ring

handmade platinum wedding bands

Style # BM-245PT

I adore this ring because it is handmade and truly one-of-a-kind. The design of the woven platinum mimics the appearance of a laurel wreath. Our dedication to the craft is evident in the making of this 6mm wide band.

We have many more styles of platinum wedding bands available on our main website. Don’t forget to use coupon code PLATINUM10 during checkout before our sale event ends to claim your additional savings.


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Celebrity Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings

Have you taken our “What Diamond Shape Are You?” quiz yet? If not, you should go take it, share your results, and come back.

Those who get pear as the answer are given this response:
“You are pear! You are unique and tend to be a perfectionist. The unconventional shape of the pear diamond combines a traditional rounded end with a tapered point, making it a stone that is unique. Given that, fans of the pear typically want it all. You may want to have a simple domestic family life, but at the same time, you enjoy having the freedom to work on a successful career and continue to have a social life with friends.”

With that in mind, I decided to do a roundup of our celebrity engagement rings that feature a pear center diamond. I was a little pleasantly surprised to discover that there are definitely certain similarities between these women.

Here they are:

lauren-kitt-engagement-ring
Lauren Kitt — Her engagement ring, given to her by Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, features 7 carats with a center pear diamonds and two tapered baguettes.

avril-lavigne-engagement-ring
Avril Lavigne — This huge 14 carat engagement ring features a center 10 ct. pear shaped diamond and two 2 ct. half moons on each side. Lavigne’s now husband Chad Kroeger recently topped this with a 17 carat emerald cut anniversary ring.

holly-valance-engagement-ring
Holly Valance — This Australian actress and singer wears a large pear diamond, reportedly 8 carats, with a simple diamond band, given to her by billionaire Nick Candy.

bethenny-frankel-engagement-ring
Bethenny Frankel — Her 6.5 carat pear shaped diamond engagement ring originally featured two trillion cut diamonds (as pictured). For her 41st birthday, the diamond was reset into a more modern halo setting, very similar to Katherine Heigl’s ring below.

katherine-heigl-engagement-ring
Katherine Heigl — Her engagement ring is a reported 3 carats and features a diamond halo around the center stone, as well as recycled platinum from her mother’s engagement ring.

jessica-simpson-nick-lachey-engagement-ring
Jessica Simpson — Her first engagement ring from Nick Lachey featured three pear diamonds in a classic three stone configuration (pictured). Her second engagement ring from Eric Johnson is similar in that it also has two pear shaped diamonds on the sides, but the center stone is cushion or oval shaped 5-plus carat ruby, which is her birthstone.

Here at deBebians, we can make any of these pear settings for you. Three stone settings can be found here, and halo settings can be found here. We can also custom design and manufacture a beautiful pear shaped diamond setting for you.

(P.S. This is my favorite pear engagement ring setting we offer.)


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Choose a Diamond Station Necklace for Your Something New

something newMany brides choose to partake in certain wedding traditions because they are thought to bring the couple good luck in their marriage. One of the most popular traditions is for a bride to carry with her or wear “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.” There are many fun and trendy ways to participate in this tradition. For example, for your “Something Blue,” you may have a blue heart embroidered into your dress, wear blue shoes, or have a bouquet with blue flowers. For your “Something New,” I recommend choosing classic and timeless bridal jewelry that you will be able to wear for a lifetime, such as a diamond station necklace.

Our diamond station necklaces feature round brilliant diamonds set in handmade, delicate bezel settings. We offer a wide variety of total carat weights, qualities, and precious metal options for you to choose from. These necklaces are incredibly elegant, making them ideal to be worn on your wedding day, but also with virtually any other outfit. These versatile necklaces can be dressed up or dressed down and will be a lovely reminder for you to wear each day to take you back to the moment that you and your partner exchanged your wedding vows.

Share the items in the comments section that you will be using if you are participating in the “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” wedding tradition.


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Alternative Engagement Rings from deBebians

Just recently I saw an article on Huffington Post about alternative options for diamond engagement rings. In the article, ’16 Stunning Alternatives to a Diamond Engagement Ring’, by Kelsey Borresen, she mentions how more and more women are turning away from the classic diamond engagement ring to rings that feature other types of gemstones. Maybe it’s for financial reasons, personal style or maybe you are concerned about a conflict diamond. Either way, I have seen more and more men proposing with gemstone engagement rings.

Here at deBebians.com, we offer a variety of gemstones to choose from when you are searching for that perfect gemstone engagement ring. When thinking about a gemstone for an engagement ring, it is important to keep in mind the hardness of the gemstone you are considering. Some gemstones are quite soft and even though they are pretty, they may not be the best option for an engagement ring. For example, two suggestions from the Huff Post article were pyrite (6-6.5 on Mohs hardness scale) and opal (5-6.5 on Mohs hardness scale). Yes, these are beautiful gemstones but, in my opinion, these gemstones are too soft for an engagement ring that would be worn on a daily basis.

Here is a list of my most favorite gemstone engagement rings from deBebians and the hardness of the gemstone:

1. Cushion Morganite Halo Rose Gold Engagement Ring

diamond alternative engagement ring

Style # HE74-M

I love this ring! You can choose from either a square or rectangular shape. For me, I would get the square shape! :) I love the pave set round diamonds accenting the gorgeous morganite in the rich looking rose gold. So pretty! Morganite is 7.5 on Mohs hardness scale.

2. Blue Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring

alternatives to diamonds

Style # HE166-BS

This is a bit on the pricier side, but this ring is so classic! The photo shows a 2.00ct center sapphire and for me, that’s what I would choose. This ring is very similar to Princess Diana’s engagement ring. Now, 30 plus years later, Kate Middleton wears her ring. A ring like this will be in style for years and years! Sapphire is 9 on Mohs hardness scale.

3. Pink Sapphires Diamonds Eternity Band

eternity engagement ring

Style # BLDPP500S-14

I know this is an eternity ring, but I do see women opting for eternity bands rather than a classic style engagement ring. Sapphire is a 9 and diamond is a 10 on Mohs hardness scale.

Remember, when you are searching for an engagement ring, you have choices other than white diamonds. However, it is important to remember to think about gem hardness. You want a ring that is hard enough to stand up to daily wear! Choose from our gorgeous selection of sapphire, morganite, ruby and even black diamond engagement rings!


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Perfect Gift for the Bride: Monogram Jewelry

monogram signet ring

Style # SRRS101 shown with hand engraving.

Monogram necklace

Style # ED135Y shown with computer engraving.

Many brides and grooms choose to exchange gifts on their wedding day. This is an optional tradition that is often accompanied by a heartfelt note that is filled with love and excitement. For the bride, I love the idea of gifting her with classic monogram jewelry.

The jewelry can be engraved with either her new initials or her maiden initials. Jewelry engraved with her maiden initials can symbolize the bride’s past. Though she is beginning a new chapter in her life, she will continue to hold onto her past and treasure where her path has taken her. If you choose to have her married initials engraved on the piece of jewelry, it can represent her embracing her future with her new spouse. Either way, it will be a meaningful piece of jewelry that she will treasure forever.

deBebians offers gold signet rings as well as engravable disk pendants that can be embellished with one, two, or three initials. We offer computer engraving, laser engraving, and hand-engraving. Traditionally, if you are getting three initials engraved on a piece of jewelry, the first initial is first, the last initial is second, and the middle initial is last.

We offer a large variety of signet rings and gold disk pendants in either yellow or white gold. Please contact one of our jewelry experts if you would like assistance in selecting the perfect piece.


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Dress Up Your Bridal Set with a Rose Gold Eternity Ring

Rose gold has become incredibly popular not just for engagement rings, such as our morganite engagement rings, but also for wedding bands. One of my favorite aspects of rose gold is that it pairs with a different precious metal color flawlessly, which means that you can easily change the look of your bridal set by adding a rose gold eternity ring. We have many different styles of rose gold eternity bands, but I have selected a few of my favorites that can be found on our recently purchased jewelry page.

1. Radiant Cut Diamond Eternity Band

rose gold eternity rings

Style # RED-400S

I adore the elegance of this radiant cut eternity ring. Each diamond weighs approximately 0.19 ct, which means the ring will feature approximately 4.00 cttw of G-H color and SI clarity diamonds. This ring would make a lovely statement piece if worn on its own, but it would also pair beautifully with an engagement ring.

2. Domed Diamond Landmark Eternity Band in Rose Gold

rose gold eternity bands

Style # LDDE-13R

The flush set diamonds and the domed design gives this eternity ring a clean, sleek look. This band has a 3mm width, making it extremely versatile because it can be worn alone, paired next to an engagement ring, or even stacked with multiple eternity rings. The rose gold makes the white diamonds pop, which are set equidistant the entire way around the ring.

3. Custom Pave Eternity Ring

custom rose gold eternity ring

Based on style # BLDPER200S-14 , but with added milgrain.

deBebians specializes in creating custom pieces, including eternity rings. This ring is based off of style # BLDPER200S-14, but it features milgrain detailing on either edge. The three rows of pave diamonds have G-H color with SI clarity. Even if deBebians does not have exactly what you are looking for, we would love for you to contact our jewelry design experts. We can custom manufacture virtually any design. Please request a free quote on our bespoke jewelry page.


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