Nathan Dumlao

At Ritani, we want everybody to have their dream engagement ring. We’re happy to create a custom engagement ring for you at no additional cost. When you design a custom engagement ring, we’ll create a 3D render of the ring so you’ll know exactly what it will look like. We’ll also give you a quote on the ring with zero obligation to make a purchase.

We’ve created some beautiful engagement rings – here are some of our recent creations.

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This glamorous custom engagement ring features an emerald cut diamond center stone with asscher cut diamonds around the band. This customer chose a matching asscher cut wedding band to complete the look.

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This unique engagement ring resembles a bow with a round cut diamond center stone and micropavé diamonds flanking the center stone.

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This custom engagement ring features a round cut diamond in a bezel setting. The milgrain border surrounding the diamond gives it a vintage feel, while the clean lines of the bezel setting gives it a modern look.

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This custom rose gold engagement ring features a radiant cut diamond center stone, a braided band, and a surprise diamond.

custom double halo engagement ring

This oval cut diamond engagement ring with a double halo has a romantic, vintage feel to it. A double halo will add even more sparkle to your ring.

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This custom floral-inspired engagement ring features a round brilliant diamond center stone and six surrounding diamonds acting as petals. 

If you’d like to create a custom engagement ring, call us at 1-888-9RITANI – we can’t wait to hear from you!

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Thanksgiving is a time for great food, family, and fun. It’s also a very popular time to propose. According to Wedding Wire, 40% of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for ways to propose on Thanksgiving, you’ve come to the right place. 

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Use Thanksgiving traditions to make your proposal memorable. Have everyone go around the table and share what they are thankful for. When it is your turn, share how thankful you are for your significant other and get down on one knee! 

Keep in mind your partner’s personality – some people don’t like being the center of attention or being put on the spot. If this is the case with your partner, you may want to choose a more private way to propose on Thanksgiving.

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Take your significant other on a walk through the beautiful fall foliage. Sometimes, it’s nice to take a walk after eating to help digest all of that food! Share with your future spouse how thankful you are for them, get down on one knee, and pop the question! Then, you can take them back to your family, share the good news & show off the ring. Your whole family will be there to celebrate!

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Use Thanksgiving seating arrangements to your advantage. Attach the ring to their wine glass charm, or attach it to their napkin ring. When they notice the ring is there, get down on one knee!

At Ritani, it can take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks to make an engagement ring depending on the style. Order your ring soon to get it in time for Thanksgiving!

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When Haley and Cameron met a little over a year ago at a lake, they instantly connected. The two soon bonded over motocross – Cameron owns a business called Pryme MX, which sells motocross inspired apparel, custom parts, and cleaning pads. Haley is a future dental hygienist. 

Six weeks after they met, Cameron was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Haley was by his side the entire time, staying overnight at the hospital with him and keeping his spirits high. Today, Cameron is cancer-free. “I’m thankful cancer gave us this opportunity to become an unstoppable force and taught us what real strength is like,” Cameron shared in a sweet Instagram post.

After everything they had been through together, Cameron knew that Haley was the one for him and would make an incredible wife, so he set out to find the perfect engagement ring for her. After doing some research online, Cameron soon discovered Ritani. He picked out a beautiful pear cut diamond hidden halo engagement ring. Once the ring was ready, it was time to propose. Haley always said that she wanted to be proposed to on a mountain, so Cameron began planning the proposal. 

On the day of the proposal, Cameron found a scenic spot on the side of a mountain and set up pumpkins and candles to make Haley’s dream come true. They spent the day dirt biking, and then went on a hike towards the area Cameron had set up. Haley had no idea what surprise was in store for her ahead! 

Cameron brought her to the place he had decorated, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry him. 

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Of course, Haley said yes! “The look on her face is something I’ll never forget,” Cameron said. Cameron got the whole day on camera so Haley could relive it forever. 

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When speaking about the engagement ring shopping process, Cameron shared, “For you guys that like doing custom builds, go to a ring manufacturer that can build to order. I went with Ritani, and I was able to pick every single detail that went into Haley’s ring! It made the experience a ton of fun, and I knew exactly what I was getting. Everything was made in the US and ended up being far less than a big box store. Buying a ring is a big time purchase, so choose wisely. It can be one of the best investments you’ll ever make.” 

Check out their proposal video below – just make sure to grab some tissues first.

Congratulations to this adorable couple! 

 

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Take 30% off wedding rings using code CAM30 at checkout, or save 15% on jewelry using code CAM15. 

 

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The first part of your wedding that guests experience is your save the date, followed by the formal invitation. Your invitations set the tone for the entire day, so you’ll want to make sure they match the style, formality, and color scheme of your wedding. If you’re having trouble deciding on what stationery is right for your wedding, talk to a wedding planner. They’ll guide you in the right direction. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to hire a wedding planner, read our blog post here.

Luckily, wedding invitations are easy to order online. Some popular websites for wedding invitations are Minted, Shutterfly, Mixbook, and Zazzle. They’re affordable and full of beautiful designs.

Here are some trending wedding invitation styles that you’ll love.

1. Watercolor

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Watercolor invitations are perfect for a beach wedding or a wedding with a free-spirited, dreamy theme. These unique invitations are fitting for an artistic couple.

2. Patterned envelope liners

 

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Patterned envelope liners are great for any wedding theme. They add pops of color to your invitations and they’re a fun surprise when your guests open the envelope.

3. Wax Seals

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This old-school touch will look beautiful on your invitations. Wax seals are great for a formal or rustic themed wedding. You can buy self-adhesive seals online or DIY.

4. Calligraphy

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Calligraphy adds an elegant look to your wedding invitations. This style of invitation is great for a formal wedding. However, calligraphy can sometimes be hard to read depending on how well it’s done, so choose your calligraphed stationery wisely.

5. Maps

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Map invitations are a great way to introduce guests from out of town to the area. They are a unique and memorable way to invite guests to your wedding. You can include the location of your wedding and reception on the map as well as any other places that are important to you and your future spouse for a personal touch.

6. Modern

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Minimalism is in right now. A modern-style invitation is one that is full of carefully designated white space. These invitations are perfect for a less formal affair or one in a non-traditional venue like an art gallery.

7. Metallic details

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The resemblance of precious metals will add an elegant feel to your stationery. The metallics will also brighten up the invitation, making it more exciting. Rose gold is currently trending, so you may want to consider including it in your stationery.

8. Vellum paper

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Vellum invitations are easy to DIY with your home printer, making them an affordable wedding invitation option. The dreamy look of vellum makes it perfect for your special day. The only disadvantage to vellum is that without a backdrop, they may be difficult for guests to read.

9. Geometric designs

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Who doesn’t love the look of clean lines? Geometric designs are perfect for a less upscale wedding, especially one at a non-traditional venue.

10. Deckle edge

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Deckle edge paper has a rough, uncut edge. These antique-style invitations are perfect for a rustic wedding.

With all of these beautiful stationery styles to choose from, you’ll probably want to keep yours for years to come.

Want to save on your wedding invitations? Save 20% sitewide with Fine Stationery! Exp. 11/30. Use code AFLST20

If you own a lab grown diamond or are simply searching for a lab grown diamond engagement ring, you may be wondering how they are made. Lab grown diamonds can be made from two processes: HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature) method or the CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) method. But what are the differences between these two methods? 

The HPHT Method

The HPHT method is the original method of creating lab grown diamonds. Gem quality HPHT diamonds were introduced in the 1950s. Outside of growing diamonds, the HPHT process can also be used to enhance the color of diamonds to make them colorless, pink, green, blue, or yellow.

To grow an HPHT diamond, a small diamond seed is placed in carbon, the element that diamonds are made of. The diamond seed is exposed to extreme heat and pressure, replicating the way diamonds are naturally grown underground by the earth. The diamond seed is exposed to temperatures of over 2,000 degrees fahrenheit and pressure of about 1.5 million PSI (pounds per square inch). The carbon melts and forms a diamond around the seed. It is then cooled and the diamond is formed.

A rough HPHT diamond forms differently than a rough CVD diamond.

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HPHT diamonds are more likely to have a yellowish hue because they are exposed to nitrogen while forming. They also tend to have darker inclusions, which are metallic. These metallic inclusions can help scientists identify them as lab grown because naturally formed diamonds rarely capture metals during formation. 
The metallic inclusions in HPHT diamonds can make the stones magnetic. This is another way to tell if a diamond is lab grown – natural diamonds are not magnetic. A 2012 study revealed that over half of the HPHT diamonds tested registered a detectable magnetic response.

The CVD Method

The CVD method was created in the 1980s, making it newer than the HPHT method. The CVD method imitates how diamonds form in interstellar gas clouds. The CVD method uses less pressure than the HPHT method as well as smaller machines. 

The CVD method places a diamond seed in a vacuum chamber. This chamber becomes filled with carbon rich gases and is heated to nearly 1500 degrees fahrenheit. The gas turns into plasma from these extremely high temperatures, causing the release of carbon pieces. These carbon pieces become layered onto the diamond seed, which grows the diamond. 

The CVD process produces Type IIA diamonds, which are extremely rare for naturally occurring diamonds. This can help scientists determine if a diamond is lab grown or earth grown. Type IIA diamonds are the most chemically pure diamonds – they lack nitrogen and/or boron impurities, unlike HPHT diamonds that are exposed to nitrogen. CVD diamonds are not magnetic like HPHT diamonds can be.

Which method is better?

You will not be able to tell the difference between a CVD and HPHT diamond with the naked eye. Both methods can create a beautiful, sparkling diamond. Both the CVD method and the HPHT method will create a real diamond that is optically, chemically, and physically identical to earth grown diamonds.

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If you’ve been shopping online for vintage engagement rings, you’ve probably come across old European cut diamonds. An old European cut diamond is a round diamond primarily cut between 1890-1930. They were especially common during the Art Deco period. These antique diamonds were one of the predecessors to the modern round brilliant cut diamond, which is now the most popular diamond shape.

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Old European cut diamonds were cut for carat weight rather than brilliance. They are less sparkly than modern brilliant cut diamonds and were cut and polished with candlelight in mind.

Old European cut diamonds have 58 facets; modern round cut diamonds have 57-58 facets depending on whether or not they have a culet.

These antique diamonds have a special charm because diamond cutters had to rely on their eyes rather than modern technology to hand cut them, making each stone unique.

How to identify an old European cut diamond

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Old European cut diamonds are known for their large facets, which are larger than round brilliant cuts. They are easily recognizable by the small circle at the center of the diamond’s table. This circle comes from the old European cut’s large culet. The culet is the facet at the bottom of the diamond. A large culet allows more light to escape through the bottom of the diamond, which causes the dark circle to appear. Not every diamond has a culet – lots of modern diamonds don’t. Instead, they have a sharp point at the bottom of the diamond, reflecting light and preventing circles on the stone’s table.

Old European cut diamonds also have a smaller table and a higher crown than modern round brilliant cuts. They tend to have poorer symmetry than round brilliant cuts due to antiquated cutting techniques. 

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Sometimes they even have an imperfect circular shape, which can be seen above, because diamond cutters didn’t have the same technology that we do today.

Are old European cut diamonds valuable?

Because old European cuts are no longer being produced, they can be more valuable. However, the value of each diamond depends on its 4 Cs. Old European cut diamonds often have poorer cut grades which can reduce their value. If you have an old European cut diamond, it is best to take it to get appraised in order to understand its worth.

Already have a vintage diamond? Check out our tips for resetting an antique diamond!

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If you’ve recently purchased a lab grown diamond, you’ve hopefully taken a look at its grading report. A diamond’s grading report is an official document from an independent laboratory listing all of its qualities. 

Your diamond’s grading report may specify that your new stone is a Type IIa diamond – but what does this actually mean? Before we go into detail about Type IIa diamonds, let’s take a step back for a moment.

What are diamond types?

Diamond types are a scientific way of classifying diamonds based on their physical properties and color. Diamond types are important because they can help differentiate between a natural, lab grown, and treated diamond.

There are Type I and Type II diamonds. Type I diamonds are the most common. These diamonds contain nitrogen as their main impurity, while Type II diamonds do not have measurable nitrogen impurities.

These categories are further broken down into Type Ia, Type Ib, Type IIa, and Type IIb.

What is a Type IIa Diamond?

Type IIa diamonds have no measurable nitrogen or boron impurities. They are the most chemically pure diamonds and have the highest thermal conductivity. Type IIa diamonds are often colorless or near colorless. They can also be gray, light brown, light yellow, or light pink. Natural Type IIa are extremely rare – only 1-2% of earth grown diamonds are Type IIa. However, most lab grown diamonds are Type IIa. When diamonds are tested in a lab, a major indicator that they are lab grown is when they test as a Type IIa diamond because they are so rare in nature.

Famous Type IIa Diamonds

Earth grown Type IIa diamonds are incredibly valuable because they are so rare. These natural diamonds are well known for their beauty and their large carat weights.

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The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, also known as the Krupp Diamond, is a Type IIa Asscher cut diamond weighing 33.19 carats. It sold in 2011 for $8.8 million. 

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The world’s largest gem-quality rough diamond, The Cullinan Diamond, is a Type IIa diamond. The rough diamond weighed 3,106.75 carats. It was eventually cut into 9 large stones (above) and several smaller ones. Because the Cullinan Diamond was cut into separate pieces, it’s hard to say exactly how much it is worth, but when combined, all of the stones would be worth billions.

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The Pink Legacy diamond is a 18.96 carat fancy vivid pink diamond. This Type IIa diamond sold for $50.4 million in 2018.

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While shopping for authentic vintage engagement rings, you’re bound to come across old mine cut diamonds. These antique diamonds feature a squarish shape with soft, curved edges, similar to modern cushion cut diamonds. Old mine cuts were popular during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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The proportions of old mine cut diamonds vary greatly from modern cut diamonds. Old mine cut diamonds have a smaller table, high crown, and larger facets than modern cut diamonds – 58 facets total. (Modern brilliant cut diamonds have 57-58 facets.) These bulkier proportions had a purpose – they were chosen so that the diamonds would sparkle under candlelight. However, old mine cut diamonds will not sparkle as brilliantly as modern cut diamonds. Because old mine cut diamonds were cut by eye and hand, each diamond carries a unique charm – they often have uneven facets and an asymmetrical shape. 

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See the circle at the center of an old mine cut’s table? This is an easy way to identify an old mine cut. The circle is a result of the old mine cut’s large culet. The culet is the very bottom of a diamond’s pavilion. When a diamond has a culet, it affects the stone’s light performance and lets light escape through the bottom of the stone, creating a dark circle. Most modern cut diamonds don’t have a culet, and when they do, it’s very small. 

Where did the name Old Mine Cut come from?

Around the late 1800s, diamonds predominantly became sourced from newer African mines instead of the older Brazilian and Indian mines. The term “old mine cut” was originally used to indicate a diamond sourced from Brazilian or Indian mines that was cut to have a squarish shape and produce some sparkle. When African mines started to produce more diamonds of better color quality, these diamonds were cut in the same fashion and were also called old mine cuts.

Are old mine cut diamonds more valuable?

Diamonds are no longer cut in the old mine fashion, making them very rare. There are some collectors who are willing to pay a hefty sum for diamonds from different eras. However, the value of a diamond is also based on its 4 Cs (cut, color, carat, and clarity) and many old mine cut diamonds have poorer cut grades than modern diamonds, which can decrease their value. If you own an old mine cut diamond, the best way to understand its value is to take it to get appraised.

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