rose cut diamond cognac diamond

engaged in paris and where it began*

When my husband proposed to me in Paris on the steps of Versailles he asked me to design my own engagement ring. I was beyond thrilled to be engaged to the most awesome man in the world…and was just as excited to be able to create my own engagement ring.

There ensued a journey of first finding the perfect stone and ultimately create my perfect ring. I searched and obsessed over what this would be. Pretty much just like every bride to be does.

I was lucky enough to have access to some of the worlds best diamond dealers and had the most perfect stone fall into my lap unexpectedly. It was a very, very rare 1.5ct Grey Chameleon Diamond. It is a color changer and changes color according to the heat & light. This one changes color from a smokey grey to a light green. They are highly coveted…and kind of like trying to find the Easter Bunny…you hear about them, but never really see them.

rose cut grey chameleon diamond

I was hooked. I fell in love with the process of designing my ring and watching it evolve. I also fell in love with rare and alternative stones. Especially rose cut diamonds.

I also knew that other brides would feel the same way. They were searching to find something unique and alternative for their engagement rings…instead of the same old overpriced, cookie cutter, manufactured jewelry from the big name stores.

This is where Rough Luxe shines. Over the years I have cultivated relationships with stone dealers from all over the world…some of them own the mines. I get first pick of their gems and choose each stone myself for its unique and special character. I always remember that feeling I had when looking for my stone & designing my ring.

To me it wasn’t just a certain carat stone or a fancy ring. It was a symbol of our relationship and the life we were going to build together. It meant so much more. And it had to be perfect. Or at least perfect to me!

So feel free to explore our collection and contact us if you want us to design your dream ring!

gray rose cut halo ring alternative engagement

palladium white gold ring diamond

what is the difference between white gold and palladium white gold*

Who doesn’t love to display to show off your beautiful new engagement ring? However, wading through the complicated choices of metals for your engagement ring can be a little confusing. There are so many new combinations in the market and certain options that appear similar from the naked eye can actually be totally different. Thus, before you finalize a particular band, just be aware of the point of differentiation among some most popular wedding band metals – White Gold & Palladium White Gold. Let us have a look at both of them:

White Gold

Gold is a typical yellow colored metal and thus, other metals are required to be added to give it a white color. To change the hue of the metal and provide it the strength and durability, various alloys work together. These alloys include silver, copper, nickel, zinc and even palladium! The composition and usage of these metals determine the price and style of White Gold. White Gold is available in various carats, ensuring that there is one for every budget. Keep in mind that white gold in its natural form will not be bright white as we are used to seeing when we look at engagement rings. White gold will have a slightly yellow hue.

The only way to get while gold really, really white is to plate it with rhodium. At Rough Luxe we do not recommend plating your ring. First of all if you are going to have rhodium put over the white gold…you may as well just get a rhodium ring. Second, your ring will need to be replated every six months to a year. This usually involves removing the stones, replating and resetting it again. You can see how this would damage the delicate settings over time. If you like a really really true white color we suggest going with Platinum. Of course Platinum is a lot more expensive and a lot heavier. It is also notoriously more difficult to work with and requires a jeweler to have a whole different set of tools to work with it.

The second reason not to select 14k White Gold is that it is usually mixed with nickel to give it its white tone. Many people have nickel allergies and wearing your new engagement ring is not the time you want to discover that.

Palladium White Gold

Which is why our white metal of choice for an engagement ring is Palladium White Gold.  Palladium White Gold is a noble metal and part of the Platinum family of metals. It is one of the rarest metals of the world and is a perfect choice for a wedding band or engagement ring. It has a silvery grey color and a beautiful, soft luster.

Palladium is high in quality, is hypo-allergic (non-nickel based) and strong. It doesn’t tarnish with the passage of time or lose whiteness when worn, and doesn’t need replating.  Palladium White Gold stays natural white without any regular maintenance and care, and is lighter in weight as compared to platinum. It is also a more affordable option as compared to Platinum.

Palladium has emerged as a new trend in the engagement rings and due to its ever growing popularity, it has now been acknowledged as a precious metal. Palladium is almost of the same price as white gold but keeping in mind the ever increasing price of gold, overall Palladium should be less expensive. We love working with Palladium White Gold and can design any customized ring for you. Contact us for the most magnificent Palladium engagement ring today or have a look at our collection of alternative engagement rings available!

Salt and pepper grey diamond

swooning over this salt and pepper rose cut diamond*

Salt & Pepper diamonds were all the rage this buying season at the Tucson Gem Show which I attend every February. Dealers, miners, artists and stone cutters all converge in the desert and present their best finds for the year.

It is an important place to see whats new, whats up and coming and what stones are hot. Now it is no secret that I have been a big fan of rose cut diamonds…as I chose one for my own engagement ring. I love the old world feel and how they are imperfect, yet beautiful at the same time. And each one is unique…kind of like every marriage. Ok…not just kind of…exactly.

This year Salt & Pepper diamonds were in high demand. If you saw some…you better buy them because if you walked off to think about it…they were gone. I have a lovely client in California who I was on the hunt for the perfect Grey rose cut diamond for a ring I was making for her. And these were perfect.

We set the Salt & Pepper diamond in 14k rose gold and added diamonds around the bezel. It came out so unique and beautiful. She was in love!

 

secret to affordable engagement rings*

An engagement ring is not just a ring. It is one of the most important investments in your relationship and is precious for reasons more than one. It’s a commitment of togetherness, a promise of marriage, a symbol of your pristine love and above all, a bond that will always keep you both tied to each other. It is indeed a monumental gift but is there any use in dreaming about getting engaged when you can’t afford the ring? Well, getting a ring might be easier than you think. Don’t get daunted by the cost, for there are plenty of options of Affordable Engagement Rings. However, the term ‘Affordable’ holds different meaning for different people, whatever you budget is, we have one for everyone. Here at Rough Luxe we pride ourselves in having the most beautiful rings for every budget.

here are the secrets for a stylish and affordable engagement ring:

set your budget:

Well, before heading to shop for your engagement ring, carefully set a budget. Though we’ve got you covered in every budget but at least have some tentative budget in your mind. There is no specific rule for an engagement ring’s budget and everyone has his own purchasing power. Respect yours and spend accordingly. Irrespective of your budget, we have a wide collection of choices to help you select a perfect engagement ring.

choose your stone wisely:

We have already discussed in our earlier blog how colored stones have always held an illustrious position in engagement rings. The increasing trend of colored engagement rings can help you get an engagement ring which is unique as well as affordable.

Moissanite and Diamonds are same in every aspect expect that the diamonds are slightly harder in texture than Moissanite, yet no one can find the difference between the two with a bare eye. With Moissanite almost one tenth of the cost of diamonds, people prefer Moissanite rings over Diamonds rings. Moissanite engagement rings work as perfect alternative engagement rings for Diamonds.

People often have this misconception that Sapphire Engagement Rings are very costly, however, that is not entire true.  In general, a Sapphire Engagement ring can be significantly more affordable than the more common diamond ring and can be within everyone’s reach. Having a sapphire as the center stone instead of a diamond can provide you with a distinctive look for a smaller price.  We have a wonderful selection of lavender, yellow, peach and pink sapphires…pretty much every color of the rainbow. Please feel free to contact us to begin the process of designing your affordable dream engagement ring.

select a more detailed setting:

A glorified way to get a more distinctive yet affordable engagement ring is to step up the detailing. The price of a diamond increases with the increase in its size, however, smaller sized diamonds are much cheaper. Thus, selecting a ring setting with diamond accents is an intelligent way to create a stunning ring within budget.

choose a ring without a center stone:

Today, people are constantly looking for options that seem unique and trendy. There has been a gradual shift of choice from the traditional center gemstone engagement ring to the non-traditional engagement ring without any center gemstone. Despite of not having a center gem stone, these alternative engagement rings have gorgeously shining diamonds that are affordable but never look cheap. A common example of this would be our Three Blessings ring which features three rose cut diamonds. Or our Past, Present and Future ring.

Give your relationship a beautiful start with an engagement ring, which is as unique as your love and as affordable as your budget. Whatever your requirements are, we are always there to help you take your first step towards your dreams.

teal montana sapphire

blue velvet*

This pretty little thing is on its way to one lucky bride. It is a Montana Sapphire set in 14k palladium white gold amongst a sea of diamonds.  Montana Sapphires are some of my favorite stones as they can range from a beautiful sea blue green to teal to everything in between if they are a color changer. A color changer means they can change colors based on heat and light.

Keep in mind here at Rough Luxe we only use high quality diamonds…regardless of their size. In fact melee diamonds (the tiny ones for the halo) are often where jewelers cut corners…but we believe that using quality gemstones in every aspect of the ring makes all the difference in the world and really makes a ring pop.

 

rose cut diamond halo engagement ring

what is a rose cut diamond*

 

What is a Rose Cut Diamond? We get this question all the time so we thought we would take a few minutes and share with you the legacy of the rose cut diamond, which has an interesting story. It was named after the petals of a rose flower to which it bears resemblance. Pretty romanitcal, right?

A rose cut diamond is a diamond with flattened base and a faceted domed peaked top. This antique-style diamond cut can take on many shapes with squarish-round, pear, and oval shapes being the most popular. Unlike the more rigid brilliant cut diamond parameters, a rose cut diamond can have from 3 to 24 facets, each bringing a slight variation to the shape. Because of the attraction of the romantic and exotic appeal of this cut, rose cut diamond engagement rings are the most sought after these days. In fact my own engagement ring is a 1.75ct grey chameleon rose cut diamond. It is a color shifter, which means it changes color from grey to greenish yellow in different temperatures and light.

The rose cut diamond is one of the oldest cutting styles for diamonds and is the original diamond cut of heirloom and antique jewelry. The history of the rose cut diamond dates back to the 15th century. It originally emerged in India and gained extreme popularity during the Georgian Period, 17th century and the Victorian Period, 19th century. Choosing a rose cut diamond will give your engagement ring a unique old-world feel, which we love.

During the early 19th century, the development of more contemporary diamond cutting techniques allowed for very sophisticated and brilliant shapes. During those days, the evaluation of diamonds was done through the light of candles in which the yellow or grayish color diamond sparkled warmly. However, with the widespread of electrical lighting, the consumers were more derived towards the diamonds that exhibit the most sparkle.

Modern rose cut diamonds are fairly rare. Only one in a thousand diamonds is made into a rose cut today. Here at Rough Luxe, I spend a lot of time traveling and developing relationships with dealers across the world to bring you the best rose cut diamonds we can find. Most rose cuts, found in antique jewelry from the 17th & 18th century, have some inclusions that add a unique personality to each diamond.

Rose cut diamonds continue to be made and polished by hand while the brilliant cut diamonds are cut by machine. Since the rose cut diamonds are made and polished by hand, they have a less manufactured look in comparison to the brilliant cut diamonds.

Though rose cut diamond rings are designed in a variety of styles and metals, they are often wrapped in a bezel setting offering the most protection to the diamond as it is completely encircled by metal. A rose cut diamond is a truly unique choice for an alternative engagement ring.

At Rough Luxe Jewelry we are are using rose cut diamonds to create contemporary designs with vintage inspired look, adding unique old world vibes to their pieces. Whether you design grey rose cut diamond engagement ring or colored rose cut diamond engagement ring, this unusual cut is definitely a timeless show stopper.

Are you considering a rose cut diamond engagement ring?  We have a wide selection of rings that feature the ever-popular grey rose cut diamond and also a rainbow of colored rose cut diamonds. We pride ourselves on a meticulous eye for detail and a passion to create exclusive jewelry. How about having the romantic rose cut diamond wrapped around your ring finger that connects directly to the heart? Visit us to grab your symbol of love today!

diamond horseshoe ring

horseshoe engagement ring*

Need an engagement ring for your favorite cowgirl? We are swooning over this custom diamond horseshoe engagement ring. I love it so much I may have to make one for myself!

padparasha sapphire

colored engagement rings*

They say ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ but a growing number of Millennial are choosing colored stones over diamonds for their engagement rings. The craze for colored stones has been such that it won’t be incorrect to say, ‘these stones are truly having their engagement ring moment’. Colored engagement rings have re-emerged as the top-most choice for the modern bride. Whether it is Montana sapphires or the grey diamond, choosing a colorful stone can make your engagement ring truly unique. The rise of colored stone engagement rings signifies that the consumers want to own something really unique. Colored stones have always held an illustrious position in betrothal rings. Couples are also using alternating diamonds with a colored gem to give their engagement ring a new look. A colored gem stone in between with diamonds at both sides is said to signify ‘the couple’s past, present and future.’ Interesting, isn’t it?

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There has been a rising trend of preference for Moissanite over Diamonds in the engagement rings for a variety of reasons. About almost one tenth of the price of a diamond, the Moissanite is a shiny white, clear, eco-friendly and conflict-free stone that occurs naturally and is developed by extreme heat and pressure. Though diamonds are slightly harder in texture than moissanite, they both are same in every other aspect. Some people even say that “moissanite has more brilliance and fire than a diamond.”

From Padparasha Sapphires (which means lotus flower) to Montana Sapphires, Gray Diamonds, Raw Diamonds, Tourmalines and Emeralds, these colored gemstones have brightened the world of the so-called ‘Engagement Rings.’ When it is about colored stones, Sapphires outnumber every other gemstone. Sapphires are a class apart and are popularly used in statement jewelry. A sapphire is more ethically mined and gives a truly traditional look. It is incredibly scratch-resistant and strong. Ever since Prince William proposed Kate Middleton with his mother’s 18 carat sapphire ring, a trend for these magical blue gems has increased like never before. They are just perfectly unique and a symbol of royalty. Today, a number of celebrities and royalty alike, have chosen sapphire engagement rings, for a more unique and personal approach. One very interesting fact about sapphires is that even if they are of the same color, no two sapphires are same in color. There will always a variance in shade, however minor that may be! Sapphires come in a rainbow of colors, each with their own symbolic meaning. With a sapphire ring you’re getting a totally customized piece. Your engagement ring is a once in a lifetime purchase, make it personal!

montana sapphire ring

Fancy Montana Sapphires come in a plethora of colors. They are best known for their outstanding color and brilliance. They normally unveil a blue green tint with colors that vary with the light source they are exposed to. These are known as “color changers” in the industry because they change color depending on the light. Padparasha sapphires are very rare and are a vibrant peachy pink and are named after the color of the Lotus Flower. At Rough Luxe we love mixing Padparasha sapphires with 18K yellow gold.

Apart from the traditional royal blue sapphires, these brilliant stones come in other colors too including orange, pink, yellow, apricot, green, and colorless. Like all sapphires, Montana sapphires are tough and relatively scratch-resistant which make them great jewelry stones.

The increase in demand for fancy colored stones has increased the craze for gray diamonds. Even the sophisticated and gray diamond rings are considered chic these days. When one talks about natural colored diamonds, people rarely can come up with anything beyond yellow and pink. This is where gray diamonds rule the uniqueness. The price of the diamond derives the value of a gray diamond ring. As a result, there is an increase in the price of gray diamond rings. In general, the mounting of gray diamonds is done onto white gold or platinum along with white diamonds. Gray diamonds are neutral and elegant in color which makes them just the ideal color stone for even a man’s wedding ring. Thus, with a gray diamond, the couple-to-be can create matching rings and can complement each other. Another big favorite that are popular these days are cognac diamonds or chocolate diamonds

Choosing colored diamond rings or colored stone rings give you a perfect opportunity to give that personal touch to the once-in-a life-time event of your life. You can select your bride-to-be’s favorite color or even her birthstone and gift her that perfect piece of jewelry which will always bind your hearts together. We can help you custom select the stone and the setting. Select an engagement ring from Rough Luxe that truly personifies you love, sentiments and emotion. After all when you are so special, why to have a common engagement ring? Go for the masterpiece that stands out from the crowd! We wish you all the very best!

cognac diamonds

scattered love…cognac diamonds*

Scattered treasures…cognac diamonds set into an organic trio band. I always love working with cognac diamonds as they come is such a wide array of golden hues…

Interested in having a unique, alternative engagement ring designed just for you? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out!

moissanite engagement ring

what is moissanite*

We all know diamonds are a girls best friend, however if you are searching for an affordable diamond alternative…Moissanite may be just the thing for you.

Moissanite is a lab grown white gem which was first discovered over 100 years ago when a meteor struck the earth.  Their brilliance and fire is 2.4 times that of a diamond. Moissanite is a both rare and scarce and therefore the Moissanite we know today is almost exclusively lab grown.

Proven to be harder than a sapphire or ruby and second only to a diamond, Moissanite is extremely resistant to scratching, breaking or chipping. They rank a 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness which is second only to diamonds.

When viewed side by side diamonds and moissanite are typically indistinguishable.

Add to it that they are eco-friendly and conflict free and are becoming known as the best and most affordable alternatives to diamond engagement rings. The clarity of Moissanite is clean to the eye and can generally be compared to a VS1 diamond.

All of Rough Luxe’s Moissanite Engagement rings use the Charles & Colvard Forever One Moissanite stones. Forever One Moissanite is completely colorless and is similar to a GIA certified E color diamond. The best part is that it is almost impossible to distinguish a Moissanite stone from a diamond with the naked eye. Many jewelers will even have a hard time telling the difference between a diamond & Moissanite without special tools.

Each Moissanite stone set into our rings comes with a certificate of authenticity and a limited lifetime warranty.

Is a Moissanite Engagement ring for you? If you are looking for a conflict free, affordable alternative to a diamond…it may be right up your alley. Most of our engagement ring designs are offered in both diamond and Moissanite options.