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Though most diamonds on the American market are graded by one of two organizations - The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or The American Gem Society (AGS or AGSL) - there are many other organizations that offer diamond grading services. You may have seen diamonds featuring certifications from organizations like the EGL, IGI, or the GSI. In this series, we’ll dive into the most common of these grading reports to make sure you have the information you need to make an informed decision on your diamond purchase. First up in this series are EGL diamond grading reports. What is the EGL? EGL stands...

Being a teenager in Normal, IL was just about as ‘normal’ as one would imagine. Between movies, Friday Night Lights, and hanging out with friends on the weekends, Sarah was living a typical Midwest existence. It was only when she started noticing the girl—with a smile far too big for early mornings in school hallways—that her normal life started to get more exciting. Despite the fact that she and Elizabeth were not the same age and had no friends in common, Sarah kept catching her eye across the crowded lunchroom. After a few weeks, she decided to end their silent...

The wedding ring is often overshadowed by its blingy counterpart, the engagement ring. Let’s be real, people rarely ask to look at this simple band, nor is it usually encountered with the same squeals of delight and awe. Yet arguably, the wedding band is the most meaningful piece of jewelry you’ll ever own. After all, the engagement ring is a prelude to that other flashy affair - the wedding. But the wedding band signifies your marriage: the rest of your life together. And though the humble wedding band may not have the same sigh-inducing splendor as the engagement ring, it...

While some romances are whirlwinds that sweep you off your feet, others grow slowly over time and yield an incredibly strong and resilient type of love. For Corey McKean, it wasn’t until he found Heather that he realized what true love was. He and Heather met while they were both working as counselors at a summer camp, and became friends. They shared similar interests and bonded during the first few summers that they knew each other. After a few years of getting to know each other as friends, they had their first official date: a hike along the picturesque Zealand Falls...

Will McGivney was just 15 years old when he met the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen. He had been introduced to Jessica Melendez through mutual friends but found himself intimidated and always ended up resorting to clownish behavior to make up for his shyness. Eventually, they became friends, but he recalls, “Never once would I have ever dreamt I would one day be able to call her my girlfriend, let alone my fiancée.” For the next few years, fate seemed to be toying with them by throwing them together at parties and events, but always when one of them...

Image Source: SCP After much speculation on the royal wedding rings, May 19th’s historic wedding between Prince Harry of Wales and Miss Meghan Markle finally put the question of ‘would he or wouldn’t he’ to rest. Unlike many of his upper-crust contemporaries, Harry opted to follow modern custom and wear a wedding band. It’s not so unusual for the masses, but interestingly, men in higher echelons of society are less inclined to wear jewelry of any kind. And this was just one of the ways Harry & Meghan made their wedding uniquely their own. Old Meets New Those who roused themselves early (or just...

File this one under #sweetAF or #relationshipGoals. A New York man did what too many people in Vegas have regretted the next morning - he got engaged and married in the same night. What makes this story inspirational rather than cautionary are the reasons why Danny Rios wanted to keep his engagement so short. It turns out that his girlfriend, Nicole, suffers from lupus, an autoimmune disease that can cause fatigue, pain, and a number of other unpleasant symptoms. The condition is aggravated by stress, and if you’ve ever been part of planning a wedding, you know that brides are...

First comes love, then comes Khloe with a baby carriage AND a marriage? Friends, family, and fans have been eagerly anticipating an engagement announcement from the youngest Kardashian since she started getting serious with basketball star Tristan Thompson. So when the couple made the official announcement of Khloe’s pregnancy via Instagram, many of us couldn’t help but notice some gorgeous bling prominently featured on the ring finger of her left hand. A post shared by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on Dec 20, 2017 at 2:41pm PST Ritani diamond expert Josh Marion gives us the scoop on her gorgeous rings. “Khloe Kardashian appears to be...