How to buy an engagement ring

  • How to Buy Custom Jewelry in 3 Steps

    At Brent L. Miller, we believe that custom made jewelry should be as unique as the moments, memories, and people that inspire it... and, the process doesn't have to be complicated, costly, or time consuming. Here, we will guide you through the 3 easy steps that bring your idea to life.

    STEP 1 is to Talk About It. Whether you already have an idea or need help finding inspiration, the jewelry experts at Brent L. Miller will get you started. You can call to make an appointment or simply walk-in to discuss your design ideas, options, and budget. If you are seeking inspiration, guiding you through our wide selection of jewelry will help you define your likes and dislikes. If you already have an idea, our experts can explain gemstones, how they are set, and the elements of a design.

    STEP 2: Visualize It. Our designers will create high resolution, photorealistic images and can show you a 360' animation of your idea! We can adjust every detail until you tell us it's absolutely perfect. Below are some examples of the photorealistic images based on ideas that our customers dreamed up! And...




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  • Diamond cut - educational video

    A rough diamond is cut and turned into the polished one you're going to propose with. A diamond can be cut into many shapes, the most common of which is round brilliant cut. Everything other than round is considered a fancy cut.

    For round brilliant cut diamonds, GIA grades the brilliance of the stone using a scale of Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. Excellent is the best, but Very Good and Good quality diamonds can present a value when looking for a higher carat weight.

    Popular fancy cuts are cushion, square with rounded corners, oval, pear, princess (which is a square), asscher, emerald, radiant, marquise, and heart-shaped. When comparing two fancy cuts there are visual differences-- the shape of the stone, the way the corners are cut, and even the faceting pattern can be different. It's best to look at these in person so you can see the difference.

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  • How to buy an engagement ring

    Congratulations on starting the engagement ring buying process!  The first step to buying an engagement ring is determining your fiance-to-be's preferences. What color gold does she like (or does she want platinum)?  Does she like round diamonds, ovals, cushions, or something different?  Does she want a classic ring, or something that's very popular right now?  If she has given you hints, lets use that information.  If she has not, we recommend checking out Pinterest or asking her family and friends for suggestions. Don't worry about getting her ring size if it will ruin the surprise, just be sure to ask if the ring you select can be sized (and if there is a cost associated with that sizing).

    Next, you'll need to think about your budget and what is comfortable for you. Budget for the mounting and the diamond, but spend the majority on the diamond, as that is what will get passed down through generations.

    Ask questions. Learn about the quality of the mounting and where it is made. One of our diamond specialists will help with any questions you may have about the diamond's cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Remember that every diamond is different, so choose based on beauty and sparkle, rather than strictly following the 4Cs.

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