You made the decision. You found the right one.
Now, it’s time to find the perfect ring. Luckily, you just found the perfect jeweler. Right here in downtown San Diego. When you walk into Harold Steven’s you’ll see the differences right away. We’re not some impersonal, enormous store. We don’t boast thousands of engagement ring settings and diamonds to choose from. What you will find is a warm showroom with just the perfect amount of exceptional diamonds that meet our exacting standards. Engagement ring settings you simply won’t find in any run-of-the-mill store. Stop in. Make a private appointment, or find that perfect ring online. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
The HS Guide to Buying a Diamond.
Everyone has heard of the 4C’s - cut, clarity, color, and carat. They are the foundation in the jewelry industry, and the basis for what you need to know before making your decision to buy. All true, but any educated, reputable jeweler can show you a diamond and discuss the 4C’s. We can do the same. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is by far the global authority on diamonds. You can read more about the 4 C’s here.
Equally important, is going beyond the 4C’s. It’s the other “C’s”, you need to pay attention to when you’re considering buying a diamond.
How comfortable do you feel across that counter. We know it can be a pretty daunting task. Make sure you are comfortable with the person who is sharing their knowledge and selling you one of the most important purchases of your life.
No two diamonds are exactly the same. Not a single one. They are truly like a fingerprint. Don’t purchase your diamond solely based on specs or the technical aspect. Look at them side by side. And, select a diamond that speaks to you.
It may be the last item someone speaks to you about, but it’s important to understand that the cost of a diamond is based on those 4C’s and even the slightest difference, which might not be readily apparent to the naked eye, can make a difference in the price. We’re here to help you make the best decision on the best diamond that suits your budget. Plain and simple. Search for your diamond now.
Here’s an interesting fact.
Only 3 C’s actually determine the quality of any diamond. That being cut, color, and clarity. The carat size does not. A small diamond can be equally beautiful as a much larger diamond! Of the 4C’s, the cut is not only the most complex, but the one that determines its beauty and value.
It Starts with the Cut.
When you are thinking about “cut”, going beyond the technical qualities, you are mostly thinking about the shape of the diamond. Of which there are many. The most popular cut is round, primarily because it has the most scintillation and sparkle. Rising in popularity and back on the scene are ovals and marquis. Some of our favorite diamonds are vintage cuts which are highly sought after for their romantic look and charm. Selecting the right cut for you has everything to do with your personal style. Every diamond we carry is stunning. There is truly no bad choice.
A classic shape that maximizes brilliance and light return.
The princess cut is one of the newest, contemporary shapes combining the brilliance of a round with a square cut diamond.
Emerald cuts are classic, sophisticated and increasing in popularity. They are also considered one of the oldest diamond shapes.
Cushion cut diamonds combine the look of the round and oval cut diamond with rounded corners. The larger facets increase their brilliance and we love how this diamond looks in many of our vintage settings.
Radiant diamonds are similar to an emerald cut, but because of the facet pattern (70 facets to be exact), they have a more brilliant look.
The asscher cut is also similar to the emerald cut, but it’s much more square than elongated and has a more vintage look and feel.
The pear combines everything we love about a round brilliant and a marquise cut diamond. It was very popular in the 1970’s, and we’re seeing a resurgence back to this beautiful cut.
The oval cut diamond was created in 1957 by famed Lazare Kaplan. It has spectacular brilliance and has recently become one of the most popular cuts. We love the look and are so glad it’s made a comeback. We also love setting it in an east-west mounting.
We don’t see a tremendous amount of these diamonds, mainly because they are one of the most difficult diamonds to cut. Let's be honest, nothing says “I love you” more than something heart-shaped!
This cut features 58 facets and its elongated style will provide a bigger look. Another cut that was most popular in the 1970’s and 1980’s, it is making its resurgence once again making it a timeless treasure.
Engagement Ring Styles & Trends
Trends come and go. And, then come back again. Suffice to say, when you walk into Harold Stevens you’ll find both. What’s on-trend and those styles that will always remain a classic.
Read more about what’s trending now!
All About Vintage & Antique Diamond Engagement Rings.
Every diamond cut from brilliant rounds to marquise are stunning. But, here at Harold Stevens, we pride ourselves on carrying some of the finest and rarest vintage cuts you simply won’t find at your typical jeweler. Alluring old mine cuts, artistic rose cuts to the broad facet patterns in old European cuts. We’ve curated the most majestic collection you will find anywhere. Read more about our collection.
Rustic Diamonds are in the Spotlight
Uncut, raw diamonds are diamonds in their natural state. Today’s engagement rings have evolved and many people are considering a raw diamond. If this is something you’re considering, it’s important to speak to someone who can not only explain it, but has an enormous collection from natural rose cuts to earthy diamond cubes. Dare to be different? Start by searching here.
Colored Engagement Rings
The ultimate expression of love can also happen in color. Color center stones couldn’t be more popular. Precious gemstones like sapphire, ruby and emerald express individuality and are a departure from the ordinary. Other colored gems such as tanzanite, garnet and opal offer a rainbow of brilliance that can be considered for a ring’s center stone or as colored accents. Colored diamonds are more rare, and yes, a little more expensive. But, the look is extraordinary! They range from soft browns of champagne to vivid yellows, pinks, blues, and many other hues. Is it an alternative from the traditional white diamond? You bet.
Take a peek at some exceptional color engagement rings.
Metals for Your Lifestyle
Select what fits your personal needs.
There are many options in the world of precious and non-precious metals when it comes to your engagement ring. What suits the look you are going for and what suits your lifestyle? Are you very active and need something durable? Is your skin very sensitive? Platinum might be the perfect choice for you since it’s hypo-allergenic. These are all questions we will ask so that you find the right engagement ring setting to last a lifetime.
Here’s a little information on the most popular metals to help you get started.
Lab Grown Engagement Rings
Everything you Need to Know.
Lab-grown diamonds are becoming more popular every year. They’re appealing because they are less expensive and do have the same physical and chemical properties of a natural diamond. At Harold Stevens, we sell both lab-grown and natural diamonds. Are they worth the purchase? What are the differences between natural diamonds and lab-grown? These are the questions we get everyday. There is no wrong or right decision if you decide to go either route, but if you’re interested in knowing more, you can find it here.
Custom Designed Engagement Rings
When nothing but the extraordinary will do.
Custom engagement rings are bigger than ever. And why not? Your love is unlike any other, so why shouldn’t your engagement ring be too? If you are looking to create something completely unique, then you’ve stumbled upon the right website! At Harold Stevens, we can create anything and everything. And, the process is simple. Stop by and let’s begin your one-of-a-kind creation. Or feel free to set an appointment here.
Want to know more about our custom design services? Start here.
A long history leading up to today.
Wedding bands are considered the ultimate expression of love, dating back 5,000 years to ancient Egypt where couples would exchange ‘rings of love’ made of woven reeds or leather. Thankfully, the ritual has changed just a little. Now you can find wedding bands in a multitude of metals, gemstones, and styles. Many women choose a wedding band that matches their engagement ring, while others select or create a band that is unique or stand-alone. Traditional metals of gold and platinum remain the most popular for men, yet contemporary metals such as tungsten, stainless steel or titanium are other options. No matter what you prefer, no matter what your budget may be, you’ll find some of the most unique wedding bands right here.
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If you’re in need of financing, Harold Stevens offers 6 month financing, subject to approved credit. Need longer terms? That’s available too. Stop in and we’ll be happy to talk about all the details.