Diamonds & Wedding Rings
It begins with the ring...
Many times, an engagement ring or wedding bands are your first important jewelry purchase. We help you sort through all the choices available so you can confidently make the best decision to celebrate your relationship. From simple to ornate, from popular designers to entirely custom made, we can create the mounting to hold the diamond (or colored gemstone) that will get a "Yes" to the question "Will you marry me"?
How do we help you find the perfect engagement ring? By explaining these about diamonds:
Carat Weight - Weight, not diameter. How does the size affect the price? It's exponential. We'll explain it.
Color -The subtle body color. It's personal. Some people are more sensitive to it than others. We'll show you the difference.
Clarity - The birthmarks of the diamond. We like some better than others. We'll tell you why.
Cut - The facet relationship. Bet you thought it meant the shape. It can affect the price up to 40%. We'll help you understand it.
We search the market for the best value for you.
We scrutinize the quality factors to meet your preferences and your needs.
Custom Design Engagement Rings
An engagement ring should be as unique as the couple it represents. With a complete custom design studio on the premises, we can help! Do you want to design a ring from a sketch and see the design carved into wax before it's cast into the perfectly designed ring? We can do that! Do you want to see a CAD rendering before the ring is made? We can do that! Do you want to take parts of design elements from several mounting styles and create your own design you won't see on anyone else? We can do that too!
Your Family Jewelry
We love when a client brings in family jewelry to use as part of their wedding jewelry! We can give a diamond or gemstone new life with a new mounting. We can use all or parts of a family mounting in an engagement ring or wedding bands. There are many choices to redesign jewelry to keep the sentiment and provide years of enjoyment to you.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Today's new engagement styles are a beautiful reflection of design elements from the early 1900's to the 1940's. There's also the availability of actual vintage engagement rings, lovingly given many years ago. If a new engagement ring and wedding band doesn't fit your budget or your style, treasure hunt in our Miriam's Attic collection of previously enjoyed jewelry!
Looking for something different? Use a colored gemstone as the focal point of your engagement ring! But not all gemstones lend themselves to everyday wear. We have the gemological expertise to help you make a lasting choice.
Ring Registry at Continental Jewelers
Do you know about our ring registry? No, it's not for towels or cookware! It's for the most important purchase… the engagement ring! Purchasing an engagement ring can be so scary for the giver! We can help. Send your intended into the store to play. Trying on different shapes and styles is so helpful in narrowing the options. We'll keep track of favorites for when the time comes. It will still be a surprise, but with less angst!
Men's: We carry all the most popular styles and metal choices. Platinum, Gold, Palladium, Tungsten Carbide, Titanium, Sterling. We'll explain the differences in wearability and cost.
Women's: Diamond or no diamonds, engraved or textured, contoured or straight. We have a wide selection of styles and can help you choose what will accentuate your engagement ring beautifully. We have many ways to customize wedding bands as well.
Want some ideas? Here are a few of recently purchased engagement rings:
On A Side Note:
Synthetic Diamonds and Diamond Simulants - What are these? Simply put, a synthetic diamond is grown in a lab but has the same chemical composition as a natural diamond. Synthetic diamonds have only been commercially available for a few years. It is still an expensive process, though less expensive than mining natural diamonds. A diamond simulant is anything that “simulates” the look of a diamond, from a rhinestone to synthetic cubic zirconia to synthetic moissanite, a relatively new gem material that is close in hardness and brightness to a natural diamond.
There are many reasons why someone would choose a synthetic or simulated diamond over a natural diamond. Cost is one reason. Synthetics and simulants are less expensive than natural diamonds, but they do not hold up to everyday wear as well as a natural diamond would. Some are concerned about the origin of natural diamonds after the negative press quite a few years back. Great strides have been made by the diamond industry to track and monitor how diamonds get to the market. Others feel it is detrimental to the earth to mine for diamonds, though many in third world countries depend on this for sustenance. All are valid reasons to look at alternatives. Our opinion is that we are happy to find the best option to fit with your personal needs and beliefs, and we’ll go over the pros and cons of each option.