heart diamond ring, ring size

how to find her ring size*

Careful planning long before popping ‘the question’ can help make the most romantic and unforgettable proposal. While not every proposal is the same and so does each couple’s way of getting engaged, some people want their engagement to be a surprise. This ‘surprise element’ definitely sounds romantic but at the same time makes picking an engagement ring difficult.
So often here at Rough Luxe, people ask us about how to find the ring size of their girlfriend or significant other without them knowing. Well, don’t worry; we have some great tips that can help you choose the perfect engagement ring size for your beloved!

Here are some of tips and tricks that can help you find her ring size without her knowing

  1. Act innocent:

If you are absolutely set to make a surprise proposal but still want to find out her ring size directly from her, act innocent in front of her. Pretend that you need to buy a ring for your relative and casually ask her ring size casually for reference that too in a very subtle manner. You may even purchase an inexpensive ring and have her try it once. This, to an extent, will help you get an idea of the engagement ring size you would need for her.

Tip: Make sure that the pretend recipient hands are similar in size to that of your girlfriend.

  1. Ask Her Friends:

Friends often play a major role in love stories, why not yours? If you know your girlfriend’s friends, ask one of them for her ring size. Chances are that she might already have the insight but in case if she doesn’t, she can get it for you. She may enact for ring shopping for fun with your girlfriend and get her ring finger professionally sized or can find out some other way! Leave it to her friend’s imagination. We’re sure she will have something to help you out!

  1. Ask Her Family:

If you are in good terms with her family and have a comfort level with them, you can involve them in planning the surprise. Her Mom, sister or cousin can easily help you in picking an engagement ring perfect to her size.

Caution: Remind them not to spill the beans out of excitement!

  1. Borrow One Of Her Rings:

You might borrow one of her rings for a day but you need to be careful with this. You got to have a perfect excuse for this or she might get a hint!

Caution: Make sure that the ring you borrow is the one which she wears on a similarly sized finger!

  1. Compare Fingers:

Though this trick can be quite difficult, but if you are really good at estimation, you can go for it. Hold her hand gently into yours and check if her finger is similar in size to any of your fingers. Who knows her ring finger might be of the same size as that of your pinky?

  1. Ask Your Partner:

Well, if you both have discussed marriage earlier as well, ask her directly about her ring size! Don’t worry of the surprise being spoiled! After all, you are not going to tell her when and how you are planning to give it to her. Just ask her you want to have all the information with you to be ready in advance so as to make everything perfect on the actual engagement day. We are sure she will fall in love with you all over again thinking about your love for her!

Thus, these are the tips and tricks that can help you get the perfect engagement size ring for her but the risk is always there as these are just estimations! If you are going for a customized engagement ring, we recommend having the exact ring size as certain designs might not lend themselves to being easily resized. Eternity bands usually fall into this category.

In the end, no matter how you do, who’s around, where are you, just get a perfect sized engagement ring, gather her close and make her wear the ring with all the love.
If you need help creating a dream ring for your proposal please feel free to browse our website or contact us and we can make you something special.

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!

montana sapphire

montana sapphires…for engagement rings*

what is a Montana Sapphire?

Increasingly people are looking for affordable, unique engagement rings. Although, diamonds are always the front runner…more and more couples are open to alternatives to diamonds

Enter the Montana Sapphire.

Montana Sapphires are known for their intense teal color which sets it apart from other sapphires you may have seen. Montana Sapphires are also known for their brilliance & clarity. They may also come in other shades such as yellow, pink & violet…but by far the most coveted and well known Montana Sapphires are a gorgeous shade of Teal Blue…such as the ones we use in our engagement rings.

Many of them are “color shifters”…which in the trade means that they can change color with different light & heat sources. We love these and spend a great deal of time resourcing them.

who discovered Montana Sapphires?

Montana Sapphires were first found in Montana in the late 18th century by a gold miner near Helena, Montana. Some of the first Montana Sapphire stones mined were forwarded to Tiffany & Co. They declared that the stones were “sapphires of unusual quality” and a small scale sapphire rush began. These particular sapphires quickly became known as “Montanas”.

why a Montana Sapphire for my engagement ring?

Montana Sapphires have been successfully mined for over 100 years and are becoming increasingly rare. The most coveted shades are a bright teal green color and becomes even more sought after if it is a color shifter. These are the Montana Sapphires we always look for.

The Montana sapphires we use in our engagement rings here at Rough Luxe are for the most part, not heat treated. The particular chemistry of Montana Sapphires is not very condusive to heat treating. So, the beautiful Aegean sea color you see in the Montana Sapphires we offer is au natural.

We work very closely with families that specialize in mining the rough and hand pick every Montana Sapphire that we use…looking for rich depth of color and only choosing stones that have exceptional clarity and that are eye clean.

Montana Sapphires are by far some of my favorite stones to work with…as every single one is unique in its own way. I sometimes have a hard time parting with them…I want to keep them all!

rose cut diamonds

sending a little sparkle your way*

A few beautiful rose cut diamonds (my favorite)…a very special cognac diamond and a heart shaped diamond that I could not resist when I saw it.

Which one would you choose? You can see more of our unique engagement rings from our website Rough Luxe

 

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.

gypsy vanner sunset

sunset is always better through the ears of a horse*

Not only do horses give you wings…they also can make you happy.

Literally. It has been shown that spending time with a horse lowers your blood pressure & heart rate as well as alleviates stress. It can also reduce symptoms of anxiety & depression.

There is a reason there are so many Equine Therapy centers around the country. One of our favorites is right here in Franklin, TN. and is called Saddle Up.  They do noble work and focus on serving children and youth with disabilities. Check them out.

Some people say my horses are lucky to have such a good home…but my horses are my therapy…and I am very lucky to have them.

dog days of summer

last day of summer*

The dog days of summer are almost over here in Tennessee…and Nigel is running, leaping and playing through his sundog rainbow. It has been a hot one but we are looking forward to the changing of the leaves and the cooler fall days.
Sundance and Liberty Belle are too…

rose cut diamond ring

halo diamond engagement rings*

Ever since I got engaged and decided to make my own engagement ring…(after all how can a guy buy a ring for a jewelry designer…talk about pressure)…I have been wanting to add an engagement line to Island Cowgirl. Our new division is called Rough + Luxe and we deemed it worthy to have its very own website.

I have created a lot of commissioned bespoke pieces for clients over the last few years but it has always been a dream to do a proper line where clients can see exactly the ring they were getting instead of only a sketch.

The samples were slowly  carved one by one and stones are painstakingly being chosen and set…and I am finally finding some time to breathe some life into this dream. I don’t think I have been this excited about something in a long time…short of getting my horse!

The signature pieces in this line will be our Halo Engagement Rings…They really have always been my personal favorite…and the inspiration comes from the engagement ring I made for myself when I married the love of my life three years ago. My 18k gold Halo Engagement Ring had a beautiful 1.75ct Grey Chameleon Diamond that I searched high and low for. I have never seen another rose cut diamond like this. This particular rose cut diamond is a color changer…which means that it will change from yellow to green to grey in the light & heat.

It’s never the same and always evolving…kind of like me.

We are going to be offering a variety of center stones from diamonds, to rare peach sapphires, to Moissanite to my new obsession…Octahedron raw diamonds! If you are not familiar with these…then you are in for a treat. I will be doing a detailed blog post about the history of these later.