Dec. 9, 2011, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

What Does the Color of Your Diamond Say About You?


We're seeing all shapes, sizes and colors of engagement rings lately. Colored diamonds are making a resurgance on the ring fingers of many celebs and fashion forward brides a-like. Some vintage inspired, and others simply striking and completely modern statements.

2.04-carat pear-shaped orange pink colored diamond

Two incredible colored diamonds were sold as part of a cyber monday sale this year. Our favorite was this 2.04-carat pear-shaped orange pink diamond valued at $142,550. A girl can dream, right?

What does the color of your diamond say about you? Read on to learn more about what the color of your rock means!

Dec. 6, 2011, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Celebrity Engagement Rings: Get the Look for Less


From Kate to Carrie, here are Gemvara's 10 favorite celebrity engagement rings with tips on getting the stars’ looks for less.

Jaw-droppingly large, undeniably brilliant, and surprisingly colorful, celebrity engagement rings are certainly original. From antique to contemporary, we count down the best of the best. (And show you how to get the look for less!)

Kate Middleton Engagement Ring
Kate Middleton's Ring

1. Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring

If only all hand-me-downs were this stunning! Kate Middleton’s 18-carat sapphire surrounded by diamonds is, of course, Princess Diana’s engagement ring. Enormously influential then, this ring has once again made sapphire a popular choice for engagement rings. Originally valued at $40,000 to $60,000 in 1981, it is now valued at about $500,000. If that’s a bit out of your price range, you’ll be happy to know that sapphire engagement rings are available for much less. Gemvara’s 2.45 carat Princess Kate Ring starts around $5,500 in platinum.

Keep reading for the 9 other best of the best ...

Feb. 8, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Will You Marry me? Teach Your Man How to Pop the Question


Does Your Boyfriend Know How You Want Him to Propose?

how to propose to your girlfriend
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Have you hinted about what kind of ring you'd like? Or whether you want this to be a complete surprise?

Some of you have already discussed getting engaged, for others it will be a complete surprise.

It's up to you to educate your future husband to be about what you want in a proposal and a ring - but tread lightly, too much hinting can really turn a guy off (read: SCARE) the whole process.

Did you know that one in ten grooms purchase online diamonds? While others go for loose diamonds so their bride can choose the setting.

Read on for more tips you can pass along!

July 31, 2014, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Is it ok to split the cost of your engagement ring?


Weddings are all about tradition, but some traditions are meant to be broken. Do you have to have a cake? No. Garter belt? Definitely not. Take your husband's last name? Totally up to you.

The same goes for engagement rings. Women everywhere dream of their engagement ring long before their boyfriends have thought of popping the question yet we expect our partners to know exactly what we want. AND, to start setting aside precious resources to save for a giant investment. Should an engagement ring really amount to three month's salary? Does it even have to be a diamond? Your finances will soon be joint - so how much is going to be spent on a ring should be a mutual decision.

From budget to design, more and more couples are choosing a ring together. The Knot surveyed 14,000 brides in 2013 all about their engagement and jewelry. Turns out,
most women are somewhat involved when it comes to their engagement ring. 64% are involved in selecting ...