Wedding Season: Tips and Ideas for your Unique Summer Reception

Historically, the height of wedding season falls between May and October. Warmer months bring with it longer days and beautiful weather. When it comes to your summer wedding reception, there are no limits to what you can or cannot do. Your love is meant to be celebrated how you two want. If you dream of having a furry four-legged ring bearer and food trucks, go for it. From Elvis officiating your ceremony to a Harry Potter-themed reception, the possibilities are endless! wedding season

If you find yourself rocking the engagement ring of your dreams, but have no idea how to start planning your reception, read on. We’ve gathered some of our hottest tips and ideas for your summer wedding to help get your creative juices flowing. 

A Romantic Setting

outdoor weddingWith warmer weather, outdoor venues allow couples to exchange their vows in a naturally romantic setting. Planning an outdoor wedding can add a unique landscape, but also comes with its own challenges. 

Here are a few things to consider for an outdoor wedding:

  • Use the surroundings to your advantage. Design your altar, seating arrangements, and decor to enhance and compliment the beautiful backdrop.
  • Sunlight will naturally illuminate your reception until sunset. Try to add some unique lighting arrangements, like hanging paper lanterns and fairy lights to keep the party going well into the night.
  • Make sure to have backup plans. Some of the most common plans should include backup plans for rain, wind, or unexpected guests.

Treats for the Summer Palette 

wedding treatsPlanning the menu for your reception can also be challenging if you’re hosting it outdoors. Here are some tips and ideas:

  • A traditional multi-course menu will always have its place at weddings. Today, some couples are deciding to forgo the sit-down dinner altogether and opting for buffet or cocktail style choices instead.
  • While having a beautiful 5 tier cake may be picturesque, melting buttercream frosting won’t be. Instead, consider fondant as it can withstand heat better.
  • Having a bar for blended drinks or milkshakes is a unique idea for any event and one you and your guests would really enjoy on a hot day. 

An Evening To Remember

A wedding reception is the act of the newly wedded couple receiving the love of their friends and family, as well as their embrace for their guests. Here at Alberta Diamond Exchange, we love to hear stories about unique reception ideas. Send us your stories and photos of your wedding reception and decor! 

Three Engagement Rings Future Brides Will Adore Now and Forever

engagement ringWhen it comes to proposing to the person we love, we want to get everything right, especially the ring! The ring, aside from the marriage itself, of course, is the most permanent part of the proposal, so there is—understandably—a lot of pressure in getting the right ring.

At Alberta Diamond Exchange, we pride ourselves on beautiful engagement rings. We know you can find or design the perfect ring for your special someone at our store.

Check out these trends for some awesome engagement ring inspiration.

Trend #1: Colored Stones

Colored stones have risen in popularity over the last couple of years. From designing rings with different colored diamonds to using nontraditional ones as engagement rings, you have options. Sapphire is a great choice for an engagement ring, as they are the closest to thing to diamonds in hardness, and come in every colour! Some of the most popular colours currently are light peach pinks, light blues, and blue-greens.  

Trend #2: Navette Rings

The term “navette” in navette rings actually stands for “little ship,” which is probably something you wouldn’t think about when shopping around for the perfect engagement ring. However, it just refers to the design of the ring, which resembles a small ship. Navette rings were popular in the Victorian era but have risen in popularity at other points throughout time. If your special someone wants something alternative, vintage-looking (even when it’s brand new), or something that looks like it’s straight out of the Victorian era, plain and simple, these are the rings to choose.

Trend #3: Vintage Art Deco Rings

Vintage will never go out of style, no matter what the term “vintage” is referring to, and the same goes for vintage art deco rings. Now, this style of engagement ring has risen in popularity immensely over the past couple of years. Each ring produced in this style is unique and honestly, to die for. While you may be able to custom design one mimicking the style, your best bet is to shop vintage!

Contact Alberta Diamond Exchange Today!

Whether you’re looking for a vintage ring or to custom design the perfect one, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.

 

Thinking of Buying a Diamond Online? Read This First.

How well do you know diamonds?

Sure, you may be familiar with the 4c’s. You even may be very familiar with the 4c’s. Unfortunately, that is exactly what the industry wants you to be, familiar. These four important factors are just that, important factors. While they are important, they are also a dramatic oversimplification. The 4c’s barely scratch the surface on all there is to know about a diamond. In fact, they are often used to sell unsuspecting clients a diamond that looks great on paper, at a premium price, for a sub-par diamond. Most clients believe that a diamond that has identical carat, cut, colour and clarity will all look the same, but this is not the case.

You may think to yourself: “This doesn’t apply to me! I am buying an excellent cut diamond!” Unfortunately, it does, and not all excellent cuts are the same. Did you know there can be a 20-30% price difference between various excellent cut diamonds? This is based on how each one handles light.  Do you know the tricks used by cutters to maintain carat weight? How about depth and table percentages? Crown and pavilion angles? What about the effect fluorescence has on a diamond? How thick should the girdle of the diamond be? Sure, these are all things you can google, but even these factors are only part of the picture. A diamond is the sum of all of its parts, and knowing how these parts work together is extremely important. We often see clients being overconfident in their research, and paying more for factors they don’t completely understand.

Another point we often hear is: “Make sure you see the diamond in person, or at least a high-resolution image of it before purchasing.” You can definitely do that whether you’re purchasing online, or in-store. But, do you even know what you are looking for when you see the diamond? To the untrained eye, most diamonds will appear sparkly, especially when the online retailer is manipulating the camera to do so. Typically with diamond images, most clients are just looking at the inclusions. There is much more to a diamond than it’s inclusions. All of this seems very negative, but at the end of the day you want someone who really knows diamonds to be in your corner. Having someone who knows the ins and outs of, not only diamonds, but the industry itself. A trusted jeweller can provide expert advice, and in turn, save you time and money.

Online retailers do not own their inventory.

Do you think that Blue Nile and James Allen would have their prices that low if they owned their diamonds? Not a chance. All online retailers are pulling from the same pool of diamonds; brick and mortar stores included. The difference? The diamonds you are seeing online for lower prices are the diamonds that jewelers pass over. That’s right, it’s not some big secret, most of the cheaper diamonds you see are “discount” stones. Weird proportions, unfavourable inclusions, fluorescence, and even the location the diamond is coming from, all factor into how these diamonds are priced. Too good to be true definitely applies here.

At a brick and mortar store, you are going to pay more. Are you going to pay thousands more for the same diamond? No. A little bit more? Yes. Keep in mind that we are always as competitive as we can be, otherwise we wouldn’t be in business. We understand that the market is changing, and we need to keep current and competitive. Small businesses have some overhead: Rent, lighting, insurance and of course the expertise of a diamond expert. Think of your diamond consultant as your “Diamond Realtor”. Imagine you are moving to a new city, and are trying to find the perfect home in a good neighbourhood. Without knowledge of the market or the the city, you wouldn’t know where to start. You would most likely trust the advice of your realtor to find you that perfect home in the safest neighbourhood. This is what we do when assisting you with a diamond. We fit all of the pieces of the puzzle to find the best possible ring for you, whatever your specifications might be.

What can my local jeweler offer me that online can’t?

This is my favourite point. I love online shopping. I do it all the time. Who doesn’t love ordering random things on Amazon? I also have the expectation that what’s pictured isn’t always exactly what I’ll receive. Have you ever tried to return a product to an online retailer? Maybe that sweater you bought didn’t fit, so you need to pack it in a box and return it. No big deal. Now imagine instead of a sweater, the thing you are returning is a small, sparkling rock that you just spent a substantial chunk of money on. Are you just going to put it in a box and hand it to the kid at the FedEx counter? What happens then?

Okay, maybe your diamond arrives and you love it. Awesome. Who is going to set it for you? Did you know that no jeweller is going to cover any damage that occurs to a diamond that isn’t from them during the setting process? Although this doesn’t happen often, it does happen. You also need to be prepared to not have any warranty or aftercare provided to you. Yes, all of the online retailers offer it, if you are prepared to send your ring away for 8-10 weeks.

Another thing to keep in mind: having your claws checked. Modern rings need maintenance. Most women these days want a thin, dainty band, with thinner, daintier claws holding the diamond in place. (Sound familiar?) These types of rings need to be checked at a minimum every 6 months. This ensures that your savings do not literally fall out of the setting. Rhodium plating, size adjustments, and general maintenance are a reality of owning fine jewelry. Having a trusting relationship with your jeweler is important, since your engagement ring is the beginning of many more jewelry purchases you will make. Once again, we go back to having someone in your corner.

Our Recommendations:

  • Purchase from someone you like and trust. Having a relationship with your jeweler can be the key to a great experience. Not only for the purchase, but for the future as well.
  • Don’t purchase just because it is a good deal. Make sure that it is the right diamond for you. It needs to tick all the boxes, not just the price box.
  • Educate yourself! We offer one-on-one diamond and design consultations, and take pride in giving clients every detail we can, so that you feel confident in your decision.
  • Know the Top 10 Mistakes When Purchasing a Diamond.
  • Have fun! Buying your loved one something special that will be treasured forever should be enjoyable, not stressful.

5 Unique Engagement Rings You Didn’t Know You Could Buy

alexandrite engagement ringEngagement rings are kind of a big deal — said no person ever. Engagement rings are a HUGE deal. They’re something your significant other will wear for the rest of their lives, so you want to be sure you get something special for them. But what do you do when your significant other doesn’t want a traditional diamond ring? Well, don’t fret, because you have options.

Here are five unique engagement rings that you can opt for instead of the standard white gold diamond ring.

#1: Yellow or Rose Gold Settings

White gold engagement rings were all the rage for years, but yellow and rose gold have risen in popularity over the years. Even when paired with a traditional diamond, choosing yellow or rose gold make for a unique looking ring. Plus, they look great with other stones, such as a sapphire or morganite.

#2: Alternative Gemstones For A Pop Of Colour!

If your significant other prefers a pop of color in their engagement ring, they have options! Colored diamonds come in many different colors ranging from yellow, pink to even champagne hues. Sapphires are a great option for a center stone, as they come in almost every color of the rainbow, and can typically handle day to day wear. We are seeing light pinks, blues and greens gaining more popularity every day. We carry a wide variety of rings beautifully designed with stones of all kinds. Check out our online inventory to see more!

#3: Unique Cuts

In addition to a traditional round brilliant cut diamond, there are many options that can make for a unique engagement ring. From pears to ovals, or even a vintage looking rose cut diamond. We are also seeing trillions and marquise diamonds making a comeback!

#4: Unique Design

The design of the ring is a place where you can really get creative. Whether you find a unique ring design in stock, or you are going with a full custom design, you can make a ring as unique and beautiful as your significant other.

#5: Just the Band

Many couples opt to just get a band for the engagement ring. Whether you want something plain and simple or intricate and complete with diamonds or gemstones, we’re sure you can find what you’re looking for when you shop with us.

For the Perfect Engagement Ring, Visit Alberta Diamond Exchange Today

If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind engagement ring for your significant other, we’re the place to visit. We carry numerous unique rings in our inventory and can also help you custom design one for your significant other’s unique tastes. Give us a call, check out our inventory online, or stop by our jewelry store today! We look forward to helping you.

What’s New in Jewelry Trends in 2019?

yellow gold halo engagement ringIt’s 2019, and boy do we have a lot to look forward to this new year, especially when it comes to jewelry and fashion. At Alberta Diamond Exchange, we’re always staying on top of what is hot in the fashion and the jewelry industry while also providing you with top-notch diamond jewelry.

These trends are what we have to look forward to and what you can expect to see in our fine jewelry store this new year!

Trend #1: The Bigger The Better

While dainty necklaces, small earrings, and even dainty engagement rings have ruled the fashion world lately, statement pieces are predicted to make a comeback in 2019. From large, dripping chokers to statement necklaces made with everything from diamonds to sapphires, you can expect to see a lot of bold pieces this new year.

Trend #2: Fancy, Asymmetrical, and Yellow Gold Engagement Rings

Some of the biggest trends for engagement rings in 2019 include asymmetrical designs, uniquely shaped diamonds, and the return of the yellow gold engagement ring. Inspired by Meghan Markle, Priyanka Chopra, and Cardi B’s engagements, these ring trends came from some of 2018’s biggest celebrity engagements. Keep an eye out on other celebrity engagements for these jaw-dropping rings.

Trend #3: Statement Earrings

While dainty earrings were once the most popular style of earrings, statement earrings are becoming more and more popular every day. Tassel, feather, large hoops, and everything in between will take the jewelry world by storm this new year.

Trend #4: Stackable Bracelets

The bolder the better—whether you’re stacking bangles or diamond patterned bracelets— your wrists will look stylish and trendy. Stackable bracelets will become all the rage in 2019 and they show no signs of stopping anytime after that!

Trend #5: Wearing What Makes You Feel Great

This trend will never go away. Wearing the jewelry and clothes that make you feel like your beautiful self will never go out of style. Whether it’s dainty or gaudy, bold or subtle, we have what’ll make you feel great in our fine jewelry store!

Find What You’re Looking For at Alberta Diamond Exchange!

Whether you’re looking to make a statement or for that perfect ring for your special someone, you can find it all at our store. We carry the latest in jewelry trends, unique estate and vintage jewelry, and the perfect diamond jewelry for the special someone in your life. Check out our selection online or stop by our store today!

Gifts For Him and Her: Your Guide to the Perfect Christmas Gifts, Even If It’s Last Minute!

 

The clock is ticking as Christmas Day draws closer and closer.  Though we’d like to think we’re not the last minute shopper kind, when it comes to finding something for our significant other, it can be quite challenging. We all want that one gift that will make his or her eyes light up from the very moment they open it. There’s nothing quite as perfect as than the sparkle in their eyes and the backdrop of a Christmas tree. But before we can get to that moment, we must find that one item! Here at Alberta Diamond Exchange, we’re all about helping you create a magical Christmas moment. 

For Her: Earrings She’ll Show Off All Throughout the New Year

fashion earrings

It was in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ where we learned “You can always tell what kind of a person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you,” as uttered by the iconic Holly Golightly played by Audrey Hepburn. While you may not abide by this notion, gifting your lady a pair of diamond earrings will certainly tell her you care.

Diamond earrings are ideal for the fashionista who loves to accessorize just as much as they are the minimalist beauty who adores accentuating with one piece of jewelry. We recommend a pair of round bezel diamonds studs. These round stunners are ideal for daywear just as much as they an evening dinner. Another perfect contender is the 1.00ctw Inside Out Diamond Hoop Earrings given their equally beautiful, equally versatile look. If your loved one already wears hoop earrings, then this pair is guaranteed to win her over. For those who know their lovely lady adores yellow gold and whose style is more aligned with vintage and classic pieces, the Buttercup Diamond Studs are a true winner! If you can picture her in this charming pair, then come see us today and we’ll help box them up in the prettiest bow.  

For Him: A Watch He’ll Use and Treasure For Years to Come

watches for him

In the same essence as Golightly’s motto, it was fashion designer Giorgio Armani who said, “A watch is one of the most important things that you buy, it says a lot about a person.” If your boyfriend or husband is fond of watches, consider gifting him one he’ll treasure for decades. No matter his profession or favorite pastime, a watch that captures your beau’s essence is one he will wear will satisfaction during any occasion.

Our top three choices include the following: the Rolex Submariner, the Panerai Radiomir 1940, and the Omega Seamaster. Since we are always updating our inventory of men’s watches, we recommend viewing our inventory in person. We’ll be able to help you settle on a watch that is true to his character and once you’ve found it, you might find something to treat yourself.       

Find Your Perfect Christmas Gifts Today

Christmas is the time of year to surprise your loved ones with something extra nice. A piece of jewelry is something she’ll remember for a lifetime and a watch is something he’ll treasure perpetually. Your last minute shopping habits don’t have to be compromised! Visit us today and we’ll help you find the perfect gift for him and her.  

Don’t Wait to Get Your Christmas Gifts: Visit a Fine Jewelry Store Today!

christmas giftsChristmas is still about a month away, but we promise that once you blink, you’ll open your eyes to the sight of Christmas morning rather quickly. Have you gotten all your gifts yet? What about one for your significant other? Your mother? Even your father? If you haven’t, well, it’s best to get on it! If you’re in need of ideas and really want to get them something special—especially if we’re talking about your significant other here—it’s about time you visit a fine jewelry store. At Alberta Diamond Exchange, we carry a wide variety of beautiful fine jewelry that will make for the perfect Christmas gift for your sweetheart, regardless if you’re shopping for a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife.

Our selection includes:

1) Diamonds, Diamonds, Diamonds

Diamonds are beautiful, stylish, and last forever, making them a great Christmas present (which we’re sure you already know). From diamond bracelets and necklaces to earrings and rings, we carry a wide assortment of diamond jewelry that’ll make the perfect gift for her—no matter if “her” refers to your girlfriend, mother, sister, or anyone in between.

2) Watches for Him and Her

We also carry watches for both him and her. Even with the rise in popularity of cell phones (and thus using cell phones to check the time), watches have failed to go out of style. We carry a wide range of them in our inventory that’ll make the perfect gift whether you’re looking to gift him or her something special. We also carry a selection of watch winders starting at $295.

3) Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings

At Alberta Diamond Exchange, we also carry high-quality necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that’ll make for the perfect stocking stuffers. We have a wide selection of jewelry made from high-quality materials and precious stones, including diamonds, sapphires, morganite, and more. Whether you’re looking for the perfect necklace that says I Love You or a nice gift to show someone how much you appreciate them, you can find that and more at our fine jewelry store.

We Also Do Custom Work

If you’re looking to custom design jewelry or repurpose old jewelry for a special Christmas gift, we can help you with that as well. We can create beautiful custom work that is sure to blow away the person you gift it to.

Call or Visit Us Today!

Don’t wait to the last minute to start your Christmas shopping. Visit our fine jewelry store today for all the Christmas gift inspiration you need this holiday season!