Engagement

How to Take Perfect Engagement Ring Photos

With millions of couples getting engaged, you can expect your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be flooded with proposal pictures and engagement ring selfies. This recent phenomenon of ring photos has become many couples’ preferred method for sharing the news of their engagement with family and friends. A sparkling snap of the engagement ring, paired with a cute caption and posted to social media, seems to have replaced the traditional good news phone call.

Of course, with any fad comes a lot of competition and over-saturation. I’ve seen some entirely un-friendly conversations go on between friends over how big the ring looks in person vs. how it looked in a ring selfie.

Some hand lotion and a manicure can go a long way in making your hands look their best for engagement ring photos. Otherwise, there is no reason to use any photography trickery to make a diamond engagement ring look larger or different than it appears in person. There are plenty of ways to enhance the natural beauty of your diamond to achieve a gorgeous, true-to-life engagement ring selfie.

What will make your ring sparkle the most?

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Two words: natural light. Nothing will show off your engagement ring’s sparkle quite like sunlight. If you live near the ocean, lake, or even a river, a beach scene is ideal for letting your diamond sparkle in natural light. In addition to being a popular proposal spot, the beach presents a unique photo op. This is because both the sun’s light and the reflection of the sun on the water will enhance the center diamond’s brilliance.

On the other hand, stay away from taking engagement ring photos in dim, yellow-toned light. In person, a reading light definitely gives diamonds a soft, romantic look. Unfortunately, this look does not translate well to photos, especially when it comes to yellow gold diamond engagement rings. At best the center stone will look blurry, and at worst it will look like it has a very low color grade.

What will make your diamond look bigger (and smaller)?

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No matter how large or small your ring’s center diamond actually is, certain angles and setups can change the appearance of its size. First and foremost, make sure to take a top-down shot of your ring. This is also called a “table view”, and it will give the most accurate impression of the diamond’s size. Depending on which diamond cuts and ring settings are used, side-view photos of an engagement ring can be totally misleading. For example, a large diamond set in an engagement ring that sits low on the finger will look tiny in a side-view image.

Another way to get an accurate picture of the diamond’s size is to remove all other jewelry and accessories from your hand and wrist before snapping a selfie. The shapes and sizes of your other jewelry can skew how big the center stone appears. This is especially true for watches; large watch faces are still in right now, so by comparison the diamond will seem much smaller than it actually is.

When to Share Ring Details

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There has been debate about this topic since long before the era of the selfie. Nowadays, with social media being such a huge part of our everyday lives, awkward conversations and subjects like this one run the risk of being broadcast to friends, family, coworkers, and even random acquaintances.

My recommendation is to not share the finer details of your ring, especially carat weight and price. It could lead to comparisons, jealousy, criticism, and a whole mess of other bad social situations.

What are the right details to share? Any unique touches that enhance the ring’s meaning. For example, sharing the inscriptions from engraved engagement rings is sweet and definitely not too much information. Calling out your sister-in-law for having a smaller diamond? Not as sweet.

Some Quick Do’s and Don’ts: 

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  • DON’T shy way from using your own hand. First off, it isn’t technically a “selfie” if you don’t have any of yourself in the photo, is it? Second, who cares if your nails or skin are perfect? Your friends and family shouldn’t; they should care about your happy announcement first and foremost. If you have a particularly critical audience, you can always crop the photo so that it includes only your fingers and not the nails.
  • DON’T use flash on a diamond close-up. The stone’s brilliance will reflect back in a very unflattering way.
  • DON’T rely on zoom at all. It is extremely difficult to get a high-quality photo of an engagement ring if you zoom in on the center diamond. A zoomed-in photo will almost always come out blurry.
  • DON’T take a close-up of the table if you have an Asscher or emerald cut diamond. These shapes have sizable, open tables, so inclusions will appear more obvious. I would stay away from top-down close-ups of emerald and Asscher cuts, unless you want to answer a lot of questions about the “scratches” on your stone.

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Two Tone White and Yellow Gold Engagement Rings | Chicago

You've found the perfect mate; now it's time to start your search for engagement rings. Only you will know when you've found the perfect engagement ring - the one that captures your heart, reflects your personality, and symbolizes your growing love. 

When a dynamic couple with a creative vision want a truly original custom designed diamond engagement ring, they come to Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago to turn their diamond engagement ring dream into a reality.

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Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

Geneva Seal's 18k white and yellow gold engagement ring. 2 carat round cut & round diamonds set in yellow with 4 prongs split shank.

When deciding on the engagement ring, choosing a metal type could be a little difficult. Geneva Seal in Chicago recommends considering her preferred jewelry style when deciding on the precious metal of her engagement ring. 

Yellow Gold is for the bride who wears a lot of yellow gold jewelry. Choosing this metal for her engagement ring will complement her current style and taste. Yellow gold is a classic choice for engagement rings, complementing those with warmer skin tones.

White Gold is for the bride who wears mostly white gold or sterling silver. White gold offers a smooth contemporary appeal and blends well with other jewelry pieces and clothing colors.

If you're unable to decide on a metal for your engagement ring, go with both. An engagement ring similar to the 2 carat round cut diamond engagement rings below are always a timeless option. 

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You Have to See the First Pictures of Jennifer Aniston's Wedding Ring

Jennifer Aniston showed off her diamond encrusted gold wedding band for the first time at the premiere of She's Funny That Way. She looked as breathtaking as ever as she graced the red carpet, but it was her beautiful wedding ring which was drawing all the attention at the premiere.

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Prepare yourself, because here come the pics.

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On the other side of this clutch... is history.

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Let's ZOOM in.

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How are your corneas? Fine? Good. Let's check it out from a different angle.

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Simply stunning.

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Gotcha. That's her right hand. Let's go back to that legendary left one again.

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The photo is a little overexposed, but that band of gold is the opposite of underwhelming.

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It looks lovely from afar, does it not? Now change positions for me.

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New position. New position.

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OKAY. Let's do one more.

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Are you all doing OKAY? Can we move on? If you need to scroll back up and relive the symbol of Jennifer's love, be my guest. I'll wait.

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What Does Your Engagement Ring Say About You and Your Wedding Style?

Do you love to be different or prefer to stay on top of the latest trend? Do you favor timeless elegance or love to be edgy? Whatever your style, Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago has an engagement ring that suits it. 

Classic Round Engagement Ring

You are going to want a classic wedding. From the A-line silhouette of your dress to your cathedral-length veil, everything is going to be timeless. The future partners are likely to be traditional, perhaps a bit conservative, faithful to each other, and very loyal. 

You'll include some special details in your ceremony, like your grandmother's brooch pinned on your bouquet. In keeping with your elegant style, you'll probably choose a band over a DJ-you can't imagine having your first dance to anything but Sinatra.

A round-cut diamond is one of the most popular cuts for engagement rings, and for good reason. It sparkles like none other. Brides who favor this classic shape are traditionalists at heart, and recognize a good thing when they see it.

Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

You are drawn to minimalist elegance yet more often than not, money is no object when it comes to showering each other with affection. Your wedding gown is designed to fit close to your body and your style icons are cool girls like Kate Hudson and Keira Knightley.

You'll choose a simple bouquet of lilies, and you'll walk down an aisle lined with candles-because you are just that effortlessly chic. Instead of registering for gifts, you might ask guests to donate to your favorite cause to keep things simple. 

Fewer facets make an emerald-cut diamond susceptible to revealing any flaws the stone may have, which means confidence is a must! Brides who favor this retro-inspired design are open to taking risks and delight in the unexpected.

Princess Cut Engagement Ring

You're a modern bride with edgier leanings. We wouldn't be surprised if you went for a more alternative bridal look, like a white pantsuit or a little white dress. You want to take your wedding off the beaten path. Rooftop gardens and small art galleries appeal to you. 

The bride-to-be will most likely be a pampered spouse, with the future groom being a dedicated, thoughtful husband. The princess-cut diamond is a favorite among brides who want a traditional-shaped engagement ring, but with a little something extra. The stone's four pointed corners make it an excellent choice for a bride with a modern sensibility.

Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

The engaged couple can be quite independent and have high standards, but ultimately supportive of each other. Also known as a teardrop, the pear-shaped diamond is a hybrid of styles. Taking cues from both the oval and marquise, this unique shape is a perfect choice for those who play by their own set of rules and think that two is better than one. 

Marquise Cut Engagement Ring

The engagement and marriage are punctuated with chic and glamorous events, calling for many opportunities to play dress-up.

Because of their shape, marquise-cut diamonds often appear larger than life. The shape of the stone is made to maximize carat weight, which can appeal to brides with a flair for drama.

Heart Shaped Engagement Ring

The future bride and groom are not afraid to indulge in public displays of affection now and then. They are also most likely to be giddy at their own wedding! 

Consider a heart-shaped diamond the wild card in the bunch. Bashful brides who shy away from the spotlight need not consider this finely-crafted shape, as they'll be sure to attract attention wherever they go.

Oval Shaped Engagement Ring

Stability and serenity are important to the couple who choose this shape.

Essentially an elongated circle, an oval-shaped diamond can have just as many facets as a round-cut stone, which means it has the capacity to sparkle just as much. This elegant shape is a favorite among sophisticated brides who are also striving for something unique.

Cushion Cut Engagement Ring

Tradition is important to you, but you like to add your own trendy twist. We bet your "something blue" will come in the form of killer heels that you'll pair with a mermaid gown. It goes without saying that your wedding will be heavy on the glamour-sequin bridesmaid (or maybe too much tulle). Crystal embellished bouquets and champagne towers are all right up your alley.

A cushion-cut diamond gets it name from the rounded corners and curved sides that make it appear softer than a princess-cut diamond but not as circular as a round-cut stone. Everything from the name of the cut to the shape of the diamond is effortlessly romantic, as is the bride who wears one

Asscher Engagement Ring

This vintage-inspired style ha been a favorite among the fashion conscious crowd ever since Carrie Bradshaw modeled an asscher-cut engagement ring during her brief engagement to Aidan Shaw on Sex and the CityBrides who both follow and define the latest trends can wear this stone with confidence.

Radiant Cut Engagement Ring

True to its name, a radiant-cut diamond catches the light in a big way. The shape mimics an emerald-cut stone but the facets allow for extra sparkle. Brides who don't want to stray too far from the classic shapes appreciate this stone's timeless nature. 

Colorful Engagement Ring

We have a feeling you like to do your own thing, We also have a feeling your dress will be unconventional, with a splash of color or quirky embellishments (or maybe even both). You never mind standing out, and your guests will remember your wedding as a crazy-fun party with amazing energy. If anyone is going to throw an exotic destination wedding or pull off a funky backyard theme, it's you.

Our Favorite Celebrity Engagement Rings | Geneva Seal | Chicago

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago engagement ring house, has been discussing celebrity engagement rings from Scarlett Johansson's vintage Art Deco style to Girls actress Allison Williams' classy conventional solitaire cut engagement ring.

While many stars choose over-the-top engagement rings, it's nice to see Mila Kunis rock a simple band with a round diamond. No baguettes. No insets. It's not ostentatious and she doesn't need a security team with her to wear it. It's a lot like her and Ashton Kutcher

Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara became engaged in December 2014 and her stunning oval-cut engagement ring takes our breath away. George Clooney presented Amal Clooney with a seven-carat-emerald-cut diamond engagement ring formed in a platinum setting.

Olivia Wilde and Halle Berry have two of the most original engagement rings we've seen. Olivia's fiance, Jason Sedukis chose to surround this circle diamond with a halo of emeralds to match Wilde's eyes (swoon). Halle Berry's three-stone ring setting is definitely glamorous and allows her unique personality to shine through with different combinations of diamonds and gemstones. The emerald in an emerald cut engagement ring is absolutely stunning.

Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian with a 15-carat diamond engagement ring at San Francisco's AT&T Park.

Matthew McConaughey picked out a vintage-style engagement ring - and wedding bands for the exceptionally gorgeous Camila Alves.

Just like relationships, each engagement ring has it's own unique identity so when you walk down the aisle, make sure you visit us at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago to pick a ring that mirrors the love you feel for one another.

4 Carat Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago engagement ring house specializes in picking out the perfect engagement ring for your loved one. Cushion cut diamonds in the 4 carat range are a stunning choice for engagement rings. Often, clients who want to maximize sparkle will choose a higher quality cut, to balance the large carat size.

Four carat diamonds also work exceptionally well in custom jewelry, such as stud earrings and solitaire pendants. Geneva Seal diamonds are certified by either the AGS or GIA - the most respected independent grading labs in the world.

The Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring You Have to See to Believe

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is proud to house this magnificent 7 Carat Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring. Designed and created by Chicago's favorite jeweler and Geneva Seal's very own, Leonard Goldberg. Geneva Seal Yellow Diamonds possess a sublime color that is rivaled only by the rays of sun. Hand selected by Goldberg, a master gemologist and set to perfection, this rare jewel glows as if lit by an inner flame.

 

The Geneva Seal Yellow Diamond is presented in a phenomenal new setting. Goldberg specifically created and obsessed over every detail of this extraordinary 7 Carat Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring. Each facet meticulously measured, the mounting was handcrafted in pursuit of absolute perfection.

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Divorcing -- Last Look at Her Engagement Ring

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One of country music's cutest couples has called it quits.

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert are divorcing after 4 years of marriage. The singers announced their divorce via a statement to the Associated Press Monday.

"This is not the future we envisioned," the former couple announced in a joint statement. "And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter."

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago wants to give you one last look at the engagement ring Blake gave Miranda in 2010 when he proposed: he picked a platinum and diamond engagement ring with a round center stone and two baguettes.

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Blake helped design a classic and elegant ring for his bride. Before making the ring, they sketched Miranda’s tattoo and then spent about 60 hours to make and carve out part of the ring. Miranda wanted something beautiful in the engagement ring accordance with the theme of her marriage and also a ring that can create a brilliant sparkle.

So they made a ring named “Eternity”, made of platinum and a round gorgeous diamond set with ornate platinum prongs in the middle. Unfortunately even with a name like "Eternity" some marriages aren't meant to last.

Geneva Seal Jewlers Has the Mila Kunis Engagement Ring

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When it came to choosing an engagement ring for his now wife, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher went with a classic piece.

According to Chicago's favorite jeweler, the bling that now sits on Mila's left hand "looks to be a diamond solitaire style with a center diamond, I estimate to be around 5 carats, set in platinum with a band featuring semi pave inlay. The diamond looks to be emerald cut and probably high quality as this cut tends to expose inclusions more than other cuts."

Worth? The engagement ring could run "upwards of 260,000."

That price places the ring just slightly higher than the one Kutcher gifted to ex-wife Demi Moore, which was worth a reported $250,000. It did not go unnoticed that the Ghost star's sparkler was also a 5 carat emerald cut diamond—but to be fair it is a popular style.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces houses the most exquisite engagement rings in Chicago. Visit our home at 112 E. Oak Street or Call Us: 312-944-3100.

A Closer Look at the Sexiest Woman in the World Michelle Keegan's Sexy Engagement Ring

English actress Michelle Keegan was just named the Sexiest Woman In The World by ‘FHM,’ beating out America's sweetheart, Kendall Jenner. This is the first time we've heard of the bombshell, she's a model and actress. Michelle starred as Tina McIntyre in the British soap opera Coronation Street from 2008-2014 when her character was killed off. In 2015, she played the role of Tracy in BBC’s drama series, Ordinary Lies.

All that aside, Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago would like to congratulate Michelle's fiance, Mark Wright, on picking out a beautiful engagement ring.

Michelle's square shaped, 5-carat emerald surrounded by diamonds is definitely a stunner. What makes this shape different is its pavilion, which is cut with rectangular facets to create a unique optical appearance. Due to its larger, open table, this shape highlights the clarity of a diamond. Also, emerald-cut diamonds can vary greatly in how rectangular they are. Michelle's engagement ring looks fabulous on her slim finger and stands out in all of her photos. Now that's the kind of engagement ring we love here at Geneva Seal in Chicago.

Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Rings

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry and Timepieces on Oak Street not only houses the rarest diamonds in Chicago, but we pride ourselves in forming relationships with our clients, turning them into family. The most important part of the engagement ring search is trusting your jeweler. Geneva Seal's very own, Leonard Goldberg, has over 20 years of diamond grading experience. LG, as we like to call him, is also GIA certified. So, What is GIA?

 

Internationally, the Institute has distinguished itself as the preeminent source of gemological knowledge and professionalism. The GIA Diamond Grading Report and the GIA Diamond Dossier are considered to be the world's premier credentials of diamond quality. Many retailers provide diamond certification, however no report is as unbiased and complete as a GIA diamond grading report. Diamonds of all shapes and sizes are sent to the Institute from every corner of the globe for diamond grading and analysis.

GIA is the creator of the revolutionary 4Cs of diamond value (cut, color, clarity, cut). It is also the birthplace of the International Diamond Grading System.

CUT:

The cut of a diamond pertains both to the shape (round, marquise, princess, etc.), and to the make (how well it is cut for proportion and finish). The cut gives each diamond it's unique sparkle and brilliance by allowing the maximum amount of light to enter and reflect back out of the diamond. 

While nature determines a diamond's colour, clarity and carat weight, the cut and make are the only factors in diamond grading that are controlled by human hands.

COLOR:

While many diamonds appear colourless, or white, they may actually have subtle yellow or brown tones that can be detected when comparing diamonds side by side. Diamonds were formed under intense heat and pressure, and traces of other elements may have been incorporated into their atomic structure accounting for the variances in colour. 

The scale for grading ranges from D which is totally colourless, to Z which is a pale yellow or brown colour. Diamonds that are ‘colourless’ (graded D, E or F) are very rare and demand premium prices. The untrained eye will find it very difficult to distinguish between D, E or F grades. 

G, H, I and J are ‘near colourless’ and represent excellent value for money. G and H are sometimes called ‘rare white’ and are the most sought after in the ‘near colourless’ group. 

CLARITY:

The diamond's clarity is a description of its internal purity. With fewer imperfections within the stone, the diamond is more rare and has a higher value. The clarity scale was developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to quantify these imperfections. The American Gem Society (AGS) uses the same standards as the GIA; however, the AGS uses a numerical system where "0" is the cleanest (GIA "IF") and "10" is the most imperfect (GIA "I3").

All diamonds are systematically graded and plotted under 10X magnification. If a trained grader cannot see a clarity characteristic at 10X, it does not affect the clarity grade.

Five Factors That Determine Clarity

  • Size
  • Number
  • Position
  • Nature
  • Color

All of the above factors are taken into consideration when a diamond is assigned a clarity grade.

CARAT:

Diamonds and other gemstones are weighed in metric carats: one carat is equal to 0.2 grams, about the same weight as a paperclip.

Just as a dollar is divided into 100 cents, a carat is divided into 100 points. For example, a 50-point diamond weighs 0.50 carats. But two diamonds of equal weight can have very different values depending on the other members of the Four C’s: clarity, color and cut. The majority of diamonds used in fine jewelry weigh one carat or less.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry and Timepieces is known for housing the most exquisite and rare engagement rings in Chicago.

Wedding Wednesday: The Most Stunning Diamonds You Have Ever Seen

Geneva Seal has been home to the rarest diamonds found in Chicago for years. Our family founded a diamond wholesale business 35 years ago whose clientele reads like a who's who of famous jewelers. Our diamond buying office is still located in Chicago, so you can be assured that you will find the finest diamonds at Geneva Seal. Choosing the perfect engagement ring is one of the most difficult decisions a person in love makes. The look on your partners face after you hand them the engagement ring of their dreams is priceless and at Geneva Seal, that look is our only goal.