Friday, March 20, 2009

The Five C's of Diamond Buying

Most people have heard of the 4 C's of Diamond Buying. It is common knowledge that all diamonds are graded for their cut, color, clarity and carat weight

But did you know that Renaissance Diamonds introduced another "C" into the equation: Created. Renaissance Diamonds offers lab-created, fancy colored stones at a fraction of the cost of mined diamonds. Our created diamonds are identical to mined diamonds in every way except their origin. The diamond creation process is outlined below:

The 5 C's are identified on all of our diamond buying certificates. Every Renaissance lab-created diamond is certified by the International Gemological Institute (IGI) and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and all 5 C's are taken into account during diamond grading.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

Renaissance Diamonds urges you to do your part in eliminating global warming by turning off your lights along with the rest of the world on March 28th at 8:30pm. 

We care about our planet! That's why we donate a portion of our profits to Earth Share, a nationwide network dedicated to creating a sustainable environment. 

We have revolutionized the eco-friendly diamond market by pairing with Earth Share and continue to offer an eco-chic alternative to the environmental and humanitarian issues surrounding mined diamonds.

Join the world in an effort to raise awareness and help fight global warming March 28th for Earth Hour.

Monday, March 9, 2009

From Wedding Crasher to Wedding Planner: Vince Vaughn Pops the Question

Vince Vaughn, 38, is now engaged to Kyla Weber, a 29 year old Canandian real estate agent.  
The Wedding Crashers star got down on one knee and proposed with a $125,000 four carat diamond ring on Valentine's Day. 
A wedding date has not yet been discosed and likely will not be released, as Vaughn likes to keep his private life out of the public eye. 

Monday, March 2, 2009

How to Buy a Diamond: The GIA's Four "C"s

Review the Gemological Institute of America's 4 "C"s of diamond buying. Know the components of cut, clarity, color and carat weight before you buy a diamond.

Renaissance Diamonds offers GIA certified cultured diamonds. Each diamond is laser inscribed with its growth and certification number and comes with an International Gemological Institute Certificate detailing the diamond's 4 "C"s. 

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day From Renaissance Diamonds

Whether you are planning to propose with a lab-created diamond ring from Renaissance Diamonds, to spend the day with your sweetie or to enjoy V-Day with friends, Renaissance Diamonds wishes you a Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Trend Alert: Diamonds Set in White Metals

Sunday's Grammy awards lived up to all the glitz and glamour surrounding the event. 

What really stood out was all of the white metal jewelry being worn. Platinum, white gold and silver replaced the traditional yellow gold settings of the stars' jewelry.  

Diamonds, as always, were popular at the Grammys but there was a noticeable trend which favored white metal settings for the stones. Whether it was a diamond ring, necklace, earrings or bracelet, the stars opted for platinum, while gold and silver settings.

Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson, Sara Bareillis and Gwyneth Paltrow were all seen wearing white metallic diamond jewelry.

Inspired? Check out our selection of diamond jewelry set in white metals

Friday, January 30, 2009

The World's Most Expensive Bicycles

Can you imagine paying $114,464 for a bicycle? When it's completely plated with 24 K gold and is embellished with 600 Swarovski crystals you can. There are only 10 of Aurumania's limited "crystal edition" bikes but they can be purchased and delivered anywhere in the world for $114,464. 

The second most expensive bike sold in 2005 for $75,000 at the Lance Armstrong Foundation Gala. This "7-Diamond" bike commemorated Lance Armstrong's 7th victory in the Tour de France. The bike featured seven 1 ct. Gemesis man-made diamonds and 300 white diamonds. 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Karats? Carats?

The terms "karat" and "carat" are thrown around a lot in the jewelry industry, but what do they really mean? Is there a difference?

The answer is Yes. 

"Karat" (K, KT.) always refers to gold and "carat" (ct.) always describes a gemstone. But the differences don't stop there. "Karat" measures the purity of gold where "carat"measures the weight of a stone, regardless of its purity. 

Pure gold, and gold which is traded in the market, is always 24 KT. However, when metals are added to the gold, the jewelry is no longer pure gold. The alloy formed will fall into the 10KT, 14KT or 18KT category. 

Two gemstones with the same carat may not be the same size. It is crucial to remember that carat measures only the weight of the stone, not the size.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

10 Steps to a Flawless Valentine's Day Proposal

Thinking of proposing on Valentine's Day? Here are a few pointers and ideas to make sure your plans go smoothly...
  1. Let your significant other know you are planning to spend time with them on February 14th. There's nothing worse than planning a marriage proposal and finding out they had other plans!
  2. Know that you may face rejection. If she says no, you may have to face a painful reminder of that rejection next Valentine's Day. 
  3. Identify and recreate past moments that you have spent together: where you first met, your first date, your first kiss. Show her you want to make a future with her but that you still cherish your past together.
  4. If you're planning a special trip, don't propose on the plane. It will be hard to share the news with family and friends.
  5. There are 14 ways to say "I love you" on Valentine's. Write out 14 cards saying why you love her and place them in a line, creating a path. Hide the ring under the14th card and surround it by red candles.
  6. Consider whether she wants a public or private proposal. Proposals can be as intimate as breakfast in bed and as public as a stadium screen.
  7. If you want to shout your love to the world, hire a skywriter to write your message in the air. 
  8. Keep it simple and traditional.
  9. Write "Will you marry me?" in the snow or sand. Just don't lose the ring at the beach!
  10. Create a Valentine's haven. Gather potpourri, rose petals, red candles and fluffy cushions and top it all off by proposing. 

Friday, January 2, 2009

Are You Ready for Valentine's Day?

With Christmas and New Year's out of the way, it's time to start thinking about Valentine's Day!

February 14th is the second most popular day of the year to propose. If you're planning on popping the question to your Valentine this year, it is time to find a ring. 

Thankfully, has stunning diamond engagement rings for your bride to be. Why not stick with the Valentine's theme and consider our selection of pink or heart shaped stones? Whatever cut or color you are looking for, is sure to have the perfect ring.