Buying Diamond Ring Online – What I Learnt

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A couple of weeks before the last Valentine’s Day a friend of mine sought my help on buying a diamond ring. It was his long cherished desire to surprise his wife by presenting her a solitaire diamond ring. And what could be more romantic than offering it on a Valentine’s Day? 🙂

diamond ring, solitaire diamond ring, solitaire ringNow, diamond jewelry is something we don’t buy often. Secondly, it was difficult for him to make time from his busy schedule and visit the local jewelry stores in search of his solitaire. Even if he could manage he also wanted me to accompany him. Unfortunately, it was a pretty bad week for me at work too. I knew I won’t be able to make time. Suddenly this idea hit my mind.

Why not buy a diamond ring online?

We don’t have to go anywhere to do that. Most importantly, like any brick and mortar jewelry shop, we will have an array of solitaire rings to choose from. Products are displayed with clear images and detailed information on online stores. What we need to do is a bit of research online. It can be done sitting in the comfort of home or during the break in office. In our case, my friend had already made up his mind. He wanted to buy a yellow gold solitaire diamond ring. He set his budget Rs 35,000-40,000. So that made our search narrower and the research easier.

But as soon as I gave the proposal guess my friend’s reaction. “What… Buying a diamond ring online!!!… Are you out of your mind?” Well, it was expected. Online jewelry shopping, especially gold and diamond, is not so popular a concept in India compared to online purchase of clothing and accessories.

But buying expensive items such as diamond jewelry online (from a trusted brand) can actually be good for your pocket.

Price is the biggest factor for many. If you have limited budget you may have to compromise on quality and/or size of a diamond while buying locally. On the contrary, you not only get extensive choices online but also wide range of pricing. Additionally, there are special offers and discounts available at online stores most of the time. Why not take advantage of that as well?

But yes, you need to know a few important things to save yourself from a bad purchase.

After deciding your budget and the type of jewelry you need to choose your brand wisely. I suggested Candere to my friend. Candere is a prominent name when it comes to jewelry. My reasons for choosing this brand were –

  • Wide range of selection
  • Bespoke international designs at affordable price
  • Products available on EMI (which I think is a great advantage)
  • Products comes with insured free shipping, jewelry certifications and lifetime exchange
  • Guaranteed ‘express delivery’ within 7 days anywhere in India (which my friend badly needed at that time)
  • 30-days return policy with 100 percent money back guarantee
  • Lifetime warranty

We had to explore the product gallery at our convenient times, select the diamond ring and place the order – it was easy.

If you are thinking how I am supposed to be sure about the size of the ring, there is no reason to worry. Choosing your diamond ring size is very easy with measurement provided in centimeters on Candere product gallery.  If you still have confusion go through their elaborate size chart before hitting the ‘shop now’ button.

Checking the certification

Candere diamond jewelry come with certification from the world’s top gemological institutes – GIA (Gemological Institute of America), IGI (International Gemological Institute) or HKD Diamond Laboratories Canada.

diamond ring, diamond ring onlineMore information on gradation of the quality of a diamond

The Four C’s defined by GIA – Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat are the primary deciding factors of a diamond’s quality.

Color: Colorless diamonds are of highest value. The color of a diamond is rated using a scale ranging D to Z where D indicates colorlessness and Z indicates a visible yellowish hue. Remember that D-F category diamonds are completely colorless and are most coveted items while S-Z is noticeable yellow which should be avoided when you aim for a colorless diamond.

Clarity: The clarity of a diamond is determined by the amount and type of inclusions (impurities) in it detected under 10x magnification. The diamond is graded in a clarity scale of FL (flawless), IF (Internally Flawless), VVS (Very Very Slightly Included), VS (Very Slightly Included), SI (Slightly Included) and I (Included). In case of VVS to SI graded diamonds inclusions are not visible to the naked eye.

Cut: Don’t confuse cut with the shape of a diamond. It refers to the angle with which the diamond is cut. The angular cutting helps in total internal reflection which lends the diamond its sparkling shine. The finer the cut is the brighter the stone.

Carat: Carat refers to the weight of a diamond and not size. One carat equals to 0.2 gram.

Hope this information helps. Happy shopping! 🙂

P.S: Finally, my friend was convinced to buy his diamond ring online. Later, he told me that it was the best Valentine’s Day in his life so far. Well… you know why. 😉

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Travel in Style in Leggings – Do’s and Don’t’s

Summer is in full swing. Many of you might be thinking of switching to leggings from jeans; if not already have done so. Light, stretchable, skin-friendly cotton-lycra leggings are ideal for hot and humid tropical summer. Those who are involved in 9 to 5 jobs know best. Sitting 8 hours in the cubicle in a pair of trousers or jeans can be uneasy at times. I used to feel this problem especially after lunch.  🙂  But leggings can give you the desired comfort at its best.

Now this was about office goers. What about the travel buffs? The best thing about stashing 5-6 leggings in your rucksack is that neither they eat up much of your storage space nor they add much weight to your backpack. On the contrary, when you are on a backpacking tour you can’t afford to carry equal number of jeans in your bag, right? If you want to travel light yet don’t want to get bored with your look (in same jeans and a couple of tops) leggings and layered clothing is the way to go.

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However, wearing leggings involves some rules.

Do’s

  • Length of top: Team up your leggings with long tops or tunics or short dresses of mid-thigh length (or kurti for ethnic wear) so that you butt remains covered. Otherwise, it looks odd and you may make yourself ridiculous. Please note that you can wear leggings with your miniskirts too.

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  • Knit: Go for thick, double knit leggings to prevent showing skin through clothing.
  • Colours: Leggings are not just about neutral colours like black, white or beige. Coloured leggings are very much in vogue these days. If solid colour is your preference go for Oleva Leggings. They offer high-quality leggings in a wide range of colours to choose from. You can buy free-size Oleva leggings online right from the comfort of your home. Remember, when you experiment with coloured leggings keep your top neutral or in lighter shades. It will not only highlight your legs but also maintain a balance in your look.

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  • Layers: Wear layered clothing with leggings. It not only looks stylish but also practical for backpackers travelling to regions where temperature fluctuates during night and day. When the ensemble is in solid colours, casually wrap a printed scarf around the neck for a more dramatic look.
  • Prints: Mix and match your solid colour tops with printed leggings and vice versa. Animal prints, multi-coloured geometric prints, exotic tribal prints can do wonder.

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  • Shoes: Choose your shoes wisely with leggings. Flats and flip-flops are for casual summer look while boots and pumps lend a formal impression.

Don’t’s

  • Carry your white/off-white leggings while travelling as they easily gets dirty and you may not get a chance to wash your clothes on the go.
  • Wear leggings made of finer fabric. It can show your bulges and mar the look.
  • Wear short top or tank top with leggings.

Here is how our favorite celebs flaunt their legs in leggings.

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So what are you waiting for? Add a dash of colours to your wardrobes this summer with economical, high-quality Oleva leggings and create your own style statement.

Images are collected from Google Images.

Benefits of having black t-shirts in your wardrobe

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black t-shirtsWhen I was in college I could never wear black t-shirts with jeans although I loved black so much. Can you guess why? Well, both my parents had an aversion for black clothes as they considered black depressing and it represented negativity. It took me so long to convince them about the benefits of wearing black, by then my days in college were over! (sigh)

When it comes to wearing black, I have seen there are three categories of people in the world – those who don’t like to wear black (probably inspired by similar thoughts as my parents once had.) those who wear black only because they are not sure what colour to wear and find black mitigates the risk of going wrong and finally, those who love to wear black (not just for one reason, but for several reasons) …just like me. 🙂

Gone are those days when that little black dress (LBD) was a staple for women’s wardrobe only. Modern metro sexual man has pretty good fashion sense and he has become conscious about what he wears and how he looks while going out. So, men also need to add black casuals to their wardrobes.

The advantages of wearing black are many

Black makes you look slender. Black helps to hide your baby fat and ensures a more shapely appearance. As a reason black dresses have always been popular among women. So guys, why don’t you try that trick too? In fact, a black t-shirt has all the potential to make you look sexier. 😉

Having a few black t-shirts in your wardrobe can actually save your time. Be it a party, special occasion, date or a casual night out there are times when you get confused what to wear and what not to wear. That’s the time you should put on black without wasting your time in such quandary. You know, I wear black when I am in a hurry. 😀

It’s easy to team up a black t-shirt with any shade of jeans or trousers. You can enjoy more freedom and flexibility when it comes to selecting accessories to match black outfit than to clothes of any other colour.

Black is a convenient choice for backpackers and travellers. If you are a footloose like me you know how convenient it is to wear black on the go. Whenever I travel I carry t-shirts of dark shades such as black, navy blue, maroon or coffee. Since dark colours camouflage dirt and stains well I don’t need to wash my clothes often during backpacking trips.

Black clothing has some distinctive psychological effects. Black hides the odds and the irregularities on your body. So you come out as a more confident person more in control of how you look than you do in any other shades. Most importantly, when it comes to fashion, black is the mark of elegance and sophistication.

Things you should consider while buying black t-shirts

If you don’t find plain black t-shirts appealing then go for graphic t-shirts. Remember black doesn’t look equally good on all fabrics. The shade looks more attractive on viscose and synthetic materials than on cotton. Cotton t-shirts also tend to wear out quickly. So be careful about the quality of fabric before buying anything in black.

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Black is mysterious. Black is seductive. Black is stylish. Add a dash of black to your attire to up your style quotient and see the difference. 🙂