Authors Posts by Brenna Ferrentino

Brenna Ferrentino

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Content Manager at Ritani

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...

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...

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...

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. 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...

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...

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. 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...

Lab grown diamonds are relatively new to the jewelry world, making it easy for myths and misconceptions to be formed about them. Here are 7 common myths about lab grown diamonds debunked. Myth #1: Lab grown diamonds are fake diamonds. Some people think that lab grown diamonds are the equivalent of cubic zirconia, but this is simply not true. Lab grown diamonds are 100% real diamonds. They have the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as mined diamonds. It is highly unlikely that an expert gemologist would be able to tell apart a lab grown diamond from an earth grown...

Lab grown diamonds are becoming increasingly popular for engagement rings. Ritani has just added lab grown diamonds to our inventory - but what exactly is a lab grown diamond?  Lab grown diamonds are also called lab created diamonds, synthetic diamonds, cultured diamonds, or cultivated diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are not the same as diamond simulants (cubic zirconia and moissanite). Lab grown diamonds are REAL diamonds - they are chemically, optically, and physically identical to natural (earth grown) diamonds. They will even test as a real diamond using a diamond testing device.  Can you tell which diamond is an earth grown diamond...