You have already made the hardest decision of your life – you found your significant other and decided to marry her! The coming choices are, of course, simpler than that, but still not very small tasks. The next one, I suppose, is the choice of the ring, the one ring in the whole collection of jewelry that she will wear throughout her entire life.
Thus, unlike any other gift you choose for her, this will require more research and thought. Not only the ring has to fit her style and meet your budget, but it also has to represent something special about her, about you, or about your relationship. So, a big task is on its way!
When shopping for a diamond, a lot of questions will arise, and you may feel that it is tough to determine the quality and the worth of the ring. If you’re guessing that some key things can help you to determine the quality, you are right. To understand the quality of a diamond, you should be aware of its 4 essential attributes. It is summarized in 4Cs: color, clarity, cut, and carat weight.
Let’s quickly understand what each of those attributes estimates.
The color of a diamond refers to the natural shade of a white diamond. Naturally, all diamonds have yellow shades. The less is that color, the rarer and more valuable the diamond is.
The universally accepted standard is the scale from D to Z, from yellow to absolutely colorless accordingly. The yellowish color is to estimate the quality of a diamond — generally, the less the color, the higher the diamond quality and value. The more is the yellow light, the lower is the grade of it.
If you are looking for a different color diamond, you should consider naturally colored diamonds that are rare and valuable than the white ones. The more intense the color, the higher the value of a diamond.
Diamonds come in many beautiful colors! Not a surprise that many prefer those fancy ones.
The second attribute, diamond clarity refers to the purity and cleanliness of the diamond both on the surface and internally.
Those natural blemishes on the surface and internal inclusions are usually not visible to the naked eye and can be determined with the help of a microscope. The clarity might affect the sparkle of a diamond. It may appear cloudy if the clarity level is low.
Overall, relax. Some natural flaws will not affect the external beauty that we see. Because it is hard to identify without the help of technology, it can be considered as the least important attribute.
You can go to this link and check the scaling to have a better visual understanding of the diamond clarity.
You may think that the diamond cut refers to the shape of the stone, but it is much more. It refers to the diamond interaction with the light. The way a diamond is cut and polished directly affects the sparkle that comes from the stone.
To determine the quality of a diamond’s cut, we should understand the three important factors: symmetry, proportion, and polish. These attributes are the most technically complex ones to analyze.
But overall, to make it simple, focus on the desirable visual effects created as a result of the cut. Those can be the brightness or the white light reflected from the stone. It can be how the white light is scattered, creating rainbow colors inside of this beautiful stone. And most desirable visual quality resulted from a diamond cut is the sparkle that the light produces.
You can go to the following link, see it visually explained in the official website of Tiffany and Co.
You may think that carat weight directly refers to the size of the stone, but it is not quite so. Although sometimes the high carat weight may also imply a larger size, it is not necessarily so.
The carat weight may appear different based on the diamond shape. Generally speaking, 1 carat equals 200 milligrams.
Take into consideration that the carat weight alone does not indicate high diamond value. It should be analyzed in relation to other attributes of a diamond.
So, another step is passed! You have some general understanding of determining diamond quality and value. Even if you cannot understand it visually, you can read the attributes in the stone certificate.
Now, let’s move to the next step: the choice of the ring! Despite the diamond value, there are other more individual factors to consider when choosing the ring. What should be the shape of the diamond? What color might she prefer?
What is trending now? Although, as was already said, it is a very personal decision, here we’ll present some of the best rings available in the engagement ring market to give you some ideas for your choice.
Considering that we live in the age of social media and internet, try to check her Pinterest account. She might have a board on engagement rings where you can see what she prefers without asking her!
Fashion changes every year. Trends come and go, even for the things that we are supposed to wear throughout our whole life. When making a valuable investment in engagement ring purchase, you may wish to give her something that will be timeless.
In that case, the French Pavé Diamond ring offered by Blue Nile, may be a perfect solution for you!
This ring with the side stones in the front and with the perfect platinum diamond of the shape of your choice will be a truly timeless work of art representing elegance, beauty, and simplicity. Your eyes will be forever impressed with it.
You can make a customized ring by choosing the metal color, diamond shape, and the carat of it. Metal color choices available are platinum, 14K white gold, 14K rose gold, and 14K yellow gold.
You have a wide choice of a diamond shape: round, emerald, princess, asscher, marquise, oval, radiant, pear, heart, and cushion.
Blue Nile is one of the best online shopping brands for an engagement ring. You can visit the site and select your preferred shape, metal color, and carat and see what the ring will look like.
You can see pictures of the ring on a hand. And something more fun is that you can upload a photo of your loved one’s hand and try the ring on her.
Moreover, you will receive a lifetime warranty for manufacturer defects.
Many reviewers share their happiness with this ring. Many men share their experiences, writing that their significant others were mesmerized by the ring. Several reviews state that the ring looks even better in person than on the website.
Chaumet created a collection, the inspiration of which is French Empress Josephine, with her strength, femininity, her influence in the history of France as a queen.
You can choose the metal color of the band, which can be pink gold or white gold. The tiara shaped band is covered with perfectly cut diamonds. In the center, there is a colored stone. It can be in the shape of a teardrop, 0.7-carat pink quartz, or it can be a pear-shaped 0.6-carat aquamarine. If you prefer green, you can select the 0.8-carat peridot stone, in the form of a pear.
Other stones include rhodolite, citrine, amethyst, pyrope garnet, and black spinel.
You can check the stone and metal color combinations on the website of Chaumet.
The pink quartz version, for example, can be a perfect choice for a woman who appreciates fashion and who wants to stand out with the unique choice of an engagement ring.
It is not a surprise for anyone that Cartier is truly a jewelry king, with a rich history of design and heritage.
Trinity Ruban Solitaire ring will be the perfect choice for a woman who appreciates luxury and maximalism. The single never-ending line represents the eternal bond and infinity of love. This iconic ring is a diamond-paved ribbon of platinum coiling with a big diamond in the center. The diamond is available in 0.5-0.79, 1-1.3, 1.5-4.99 carats.
Show your endless love with this one-of-a-kind ring. Your lady will be more than happy with it!
Messika suggests another one-of-a-kind jewelry choice for a woman appreciating uniqueness. This ring moves beyond the standards of a classic engagement ring. The white gold band with 2 0.6-carat diamonds surrounded with pave diamonds. What makes this ring unique is obviously the 2 large diamonds of different shapes: pear-cut and emerald.
So, if you cannot decide which shape you should choose, maybe you should go for two. One diamond is good, but two is better. On of the diamonds can represent you, and the other your woman, making the ring as the celebration of your endless unity, and love.
This ring has modern elegance, natural lines, and asymmetry. The open space in a band makes it more unique.
Make sure your woman does prefer modernity and wants to stand out from the classical standards of the engagement rings. This is a very special design, so think carefully.
Price: 16,500 €
It is impossible not to include a ring from the legendary engagement ring brand Tiffany and Co in the list of perfect engagement rings.
It is hardly possible to imagine a girl not dreaming about the turquoise box on her special day.
The Tiffany is a timeless masterpiece and most iconic engagement ring in the world. This ring symbolizes and completes love stories for more than 130 years.
Due to flawless engineering, the six-prong setting disappears under the stone, creating a visual effect that the diamond floats above the band and sparkles in the light.
Needless to say that this is a feminine, beautiful, classical, and timeless piece of art. Your lady will most likely cry from happiness when you open the turquoise box and ask the long-awaited question.
The ring is also available in gold and rose gold metal bands. You can choose the diamond carat, color, cut, and clarity. The price varies depending on the diamond qualities that you choose. Check out the website for more information.
And trust me, you are safe with this ring, and your woman will be forever happy with it.
Another beautiful ring offered by Blue Nile is Milgrain Marquise Diamond and Sapphire engagement ring. If your lady loves old movies, the sense of past centuries, and generally appreciates vintage style, this will amaze her for sure. This vintage-inspired ring has a central diamond and is framed with petite diamonds and blue sapphire stones in marquise and dot patterns.
You can design the ring in your taste. You can select the shape of the central diamond: round, emerald, marquise, princess, asscher, oval, radiant, heart, pear, and cushion. You can select the metal color of the band. It can be platinum, 14K pink gold, 14K white gold or 14K yellow gold.
It is also possible to change those little blue sapphires with diamonds, but I strongly believe that these touches of blue make this ring more unique.
You can visit the website, put your preferences together, and see how it looks on a hand. Moreover, you can upload a photo of the hand of your fiance-to-be and try it on her hand to have a better visual understanding.
Also, note that Blue Nile provides a lifetime warranty for manufacturer defects.
With a rating of 4.8 out of 5, the ring received a lot of positive feedback. As a man who proposed with this ring commented, his now fiance receives nothing but compliments for this ring, which makes him more than happy. Many reviewers state that the ring looks as beautiful as it does on a picture and even better.
So, once again, pay attention to your lady’s jewelry in general and make sure that she loves the old romantic style and vintage solutions. And maybe this is your perfect engagement ring.
The spirit of the past century is achieved with a vintage design of this ring. If your significant other dreams of traveling to previous centuries, you may give her that experience by proposing with this romantic and feminine ring. Very unique and vintage, this ring will make her finger forever beautiful.
Pear-shaped emerald with marquise shape diamonds near it in a rose gold band looks timeless. It is new, yet vintage with the help of the green stone and modern design.
The band color can be chosen by you. It can be 14K rose gold, 14K yellow gold, or 14K white gold.
Every bride-to-be finds it a difficult and pressing decision to choose between traditional and unconventional engagement ring design. However, as the new future brides are the millennials, the approach is changing. They want both classical and yet modern. They want different. They want something that breaks the standards and rules.
If your loved one possesses these views and qualities, then you should try to think outside the box when choosing the right ring for your special moment.
The feminine and modern open ring Camelia is presented by Chanel in its Camelia collection.
The materials used are white gold and diamonds. The pear-shaped diamond looks harmonious with the flower, and the band shape highlights the spirit of nature in a ring.
Whichever ring you choose, just do it with love and care. Find something special about her in the ring. Remember, whichever ring you choose for your special day she will be happy because it will be special for her.
Congratulations! You are a step closer to the long-awaited joyous moment of your life.
DMScript Announces Partnership with OVH for Their Optimized Servers
The United Kingdom-based blockchain gaming company DMScript announced on Sunday that it has partnered with renowned cloud computing solutions provider OVHcloud, to utilize their optimized servers. In the official blog on Medium, the company said they would use OVHcloud services for Higglo, a new gaming platform expected to launch soon.
— DMScript (@DMScript) September 27, 2020
As part of the strategic partnership, OVH will also provide cloud computing and server maintenance for DMPlay in sync with nVidia’s technology to provide a seamless and efficient user experience. On the other hand, Higglo will use OVH services to avoid lags, crash downs, and overload delays due to high traffic. DMScript has been inactive in the community for a long time, which it admitted in the official announcement, and said that the team was busy building the Higglo platform that is due for launch soon along with DMPlay.
Blockchain-based gaming is one of the fastest-growing segments in the crypto-blockchain industry, along with DeFi and gambling. The growing demand leads to higher & faster computing, quick processing cloud data, and 24/7 maintenance.
Partnering with established names like OVH and nVIDIA gives DMScript a great technological advantage and will allow the company to focus on its core strength, and that’s building blockchain-based online games. Such partnerships, like the one with OVH, will help DMScript to employ more capital. Intellectual resources are building unique and wholesome experiences for the gamers, while OVH takes the responsibility to ensure the smooth functioning of the servers.
Research: Cryptocurrencies Are The Leading Point of Entry for Retail Investors In Emerging Countries
The popular digital asset exchange Huobi Group has compiled a study exploring the investment profiles of cryptocurrency traders in emerging markets. It concluded that digital assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum have become “the first point of entry to financial management for many individuals.”
The majority of the survey’s participants came from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. The study concluded that most of them are relatively new to investing.
78% answered that their investment experience is less than a year, while only 17% said they had been actively trading or investing for five or more years.
“considering 73% of respondents were of prime working age (26-50 years old), age was not a major contributor to the low levels of prior investing experience.” According to the report.
Furthermore, most participants reaffirmed that cryptocurrencies are their preferable investment instruments with a sizeable difference compared to other markets. Equity trading is next with 30%, while other traditional products such as bonds, real estate, investment funds, and forex received less than a quarter of the answers.
Longer-Term Holders Stick With Bitcoin And Ethereum
The research revealed that most investors maintain short-term views on cryptocurrencies. 55% indicated that their horizon is less than a year. Only 13% aim for a more extended period (more than four years).
However, when it comes down to specific digital assets, the situation was somewhat different. Bitcoin and Ethereum investors appeared “much more likely to hold” their coins for at least three years.
Interestingly, while most retail investors had answered that their annual income is relatively modest, their investment allocations in cryptocurrencies seemed quite significant.
“A majority (54%) report having an annual income of $10,000 or lower, and very few (13%) earn more than $50,000 per annum. Nearly half (49%) of the respondents plan to invest between 10 – 30% of their annual income in digital assets, and almost 25% plans to allocate more than 30% of their income in crypto.”
Vice President of Global Business at Huobi Group, Ciara Sun, commented that these findings:
“aren’t surprising. They do solidify our belief that digital assets will continue playing a significant role in the future borderless economy and help drive global financial inclusion. As crypto becomes more accessible, it will become a gateway to other financial products and services, helping set a path to financial wellbeing.”
Optimism For Ethereum as Layer 2 Testnet Gets Launched: What Does It Mean?
Layer 2 scaling developers at the Plasma Group have recently announced the launch of their Optimistic Ethereum testnet, which will be deployed on projects to test much needed scaling solutions.
Essentially, Layer 2 scaling involves taking work off the root chain to process data and transactions faster. The team has built a system called OVM, a fully-featured Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compliant execution environment designed for L2 systems.
The OVM was first tested on Uniswap’s Unipig L2 decentralized exchange launched as a demo in late 2019.
At long last – light at the end of the tunnel. Welcome to the first phase of the Optimistic Ethereum Testnet ⛅️. https://t.co/cjfhB0WU98
— Optimism (@optimismPBC) September 25, 2020
Synthetix The First Guinea Pig
The Optimistic Ethereum testnet will be rolled out in several phases bringing early adopters on gradually so that the team can individually support each project.
On-chain synthetic assets DeFi protocol Synthetix will be the first to trial the scaling solutions offering 200,000 SNX in rewards to their users for participating. The team added that the testnet is currently open for public use, but not yet for public contract deployment as there will be bugs that need ironing out first.
Phase A of the testing will involve airdropped tokens that will allow participants to mint and burn sUSD, the Synthetix native stablecoin, and claim staking rewards. This will be done using the Görli Ethereum testnet.
Phase B will enable deposits and include an airdrop of Layer 1 Görli SNX tokens to participants who can increase their stakes if they perform a deposit. Phase C will allow withdrawals, and participants must complete a successful withdrawal to receive their testnet rewards on the mainnet.
Optimistic Ethereum is the only generalized L2 solution for Ethereum, which means that it does not require specific functionality to be built to support existing L1 protocols.
Synthetix posted a guide for users wanting to take part in the tests, stating;
“This is a huge milestone for Synthetix, Optimistic Ethereum, and indeed the entire Ethereum space.”
— Synthetix ⚔️ (@synthetix_io) September 25, 2020
Ethereum Fees Update
A week after the digital dust has settled from the Uniswap airdrop and UNI launch, gas fees have fallen back a little. From a high of almost $12 on September 17, the average transaction fee has fallen back to around $2.75, according to Bitinfocharts.
This is still way too high, though, and it is hoped that many more Layer 2 solutions will be deployed to DeFi protocols over the coming months so that they can remain on Ethereum. The ETH 2.0 scaling upgrade is still at least a year away, so efforts such as Optimistic Ethereum could become its savior until then.
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