Modernist Platinum Solitaire with Brushed Shoulders

plat textrued stripe solitaire copy

Hot off the bench this week is a platinum solitaire engagement ring with simple modern looking brushed shoulders,  providing a clean look and smooth buffer between the  height of the center stone and the band.


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The First Diamond Engagement Ring


Many of know the story of the first diamond engagement ring, given to Mary of Burgandy by Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477. What most don’t know is that the ring was actually a gift to her father, Charles the Bold, as commemoration of the union of their two empires. And rather than the solitaire we come to picture, the ring was set with roughly shaped diamond slivers in the shape of the letter “M”, presumably for Mary, Maximilian, and Monarchy.

We’ve come a long way since then, an engagement ring is now a symbol of union of both love and fortune between the actual couple betrothed!

In case you happen to be uniting your two kingdoms, we’d be happy to help you find the perfect ring, solitaire, diamond, or otherwise!



Don’t forget the Guys!


Your dad, husband, uncle, grandpa, or brother can all be hard gift buys for the holiday season. Jewelry may not be the obvious choice for men, but it’s definitely worth looking into.  Guys don’t usually buy a lot of jewelry for themselves, so why not give them something they wouldn’t think of getting themselves. A a simple gold band, cuff links, or money clip all carry a personal touch. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, just a small, elegant token of your appreciation. Even if it’s a new band for that watch he beats on every day, it’ll make him feel like a million bucks!

As we all start working on our inevitable gift lists this season, keep these simple jewelry ideas in mind for the men on your list!

for more ideas, check out our men’s ring portfolio!

Pros and Cons of Tungsten and Titanium Jewelry



Contemporary Metal Wedding Bands by Benchmark

In the jewelry market, especially amongst men’s wedding bands, there has been a surge in popularity for rings made with tungsten, titanium, cobalt, and ceramic alloys. Often referred to as “contemporary” or “non-traditional” metals, these rings have more masculine look and feel, are more durable, and often come at a much lower cost than precious metals. Naturally, a lot of guys have been opting for rings in these new materials, here are some of the points to keep in mind when considering a contemporary metal band.

  • They’re considerably less expensive than precious metals.
  • Many guys prefer the less flashy or more masculine look of contemporary metals. Tungsten for example is a lot darker than silver, and also quite a bit heavier. Many wearers are impressed with the heft of a tungsten band.
  • While tungsten, titanium, and ceramic are much harder to scratch, the trade-off is that they’re brittle, and much more prone to shatter, even when dropped on a tile floor.
  • The brittleness also means that these rings cannot be repaired or resized, or polished. If the ring wears, breaks, chips, or no longer fits, it has to be replaced entirely.

That being said, choosing to go with a precious metal or contemporary metal wedding band is completely up to the customer, there are pros and cons to both. We proudly carry Benchmark rings in store. Benchmark manufactures the highest quality bands in both precious and contemporary metals, and most importantly, offer a lifetime warranty on all their products. That means if your ever need a resizing or repair on your band, Benchmark will replace it no questions asked.


for more info on Benchmark and Contemporary Metal Rings, check out our Benchmark Page!

White Gold and Diamond Wedding Band, with a Twist!

twist band


This week we put the finishing touches on another white gold and diamond wedding band, complete with alternating rows of pace round  brilliant diamonds that seemingly weave their way back and forth across the top of the band between ribbons of white gold, beautiful design!

for more info, check out our custom gold design page!


14k White Gold Wedding Band with Flush Diamonds

flush band

We recently completed a custom order for this heavy 14k white gold band, complete with flush set diamonds. This substantial yet  comfortable design is modern, simple, and elegant, and wears equally well on men or women.

Also, by setting the diamonds into the band, the ring itself protects the stones, making this diamond band ready for everyday wear and active lifestyles. This design is an all around winner and a favorite of ours!


for more custom wedding band designs, check out our online portfolio!