As Seen On:
Menu
Shopping Cart - $0.00

You have no items in your shopping cart.

Accessories

How to Buy Bling | Diamond Shopping Tips

Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube
James Allen Jewelers
Alpha has never been more confused and out of his comfort zone than when he bought his wife's engagement ring. He had zero idea what to expect, what he was looking at, what it should cost, or if he was getting ripped off. Clarity, color, setting, budget!? He had no idea! All he wanted was a diamond ring!

In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, and Pete & Pedro has teamed up with leading online diamond bridal jeweler JamesAllen.com to help viewers understand the diamond buying process including what you're looking for, why you're looking for it, and the different aspects of buying a diamond. Tips to save some cash are also given. The goals is to give you enough info so you know what you're doing when you shop for some bling.

Alpha doesn't understand the allure of diamonds. Women lose their mind over them, however. When's the last time when you were sitting with your girl when she exclaims, "OMG, did you see the size of that ring!?"

Diamond Buying Basics

First, determine the diamond shape. Alpha discusses each with a chart and recommends selecting 'round' because it's always in style & in vogue, and she'll always love it. Other options are emerald cut, princess cut, heart, radiant, oval, marquise, asscher, and pear.

Next the four Cs are discussed:

  1. Color - colorless is the best quality with near colorless next to the best (D,E,F,G,H). Slightly tinted, faint yellow, very light yellow, and light yellow round out the not desirable (I - Z).
  2. Clarity - inclusions are spots that are out-of-place and less clear. The less inclusions, the more expensive the diamond. Alpha discusses with a chart (IF, VVS1, VS1, SI1, I1)
  3. Cut - Alpha discusses the versions which dictate what the diamond looks like. The sparkle is more lustrous from the 'ideal' cut diamond: very shallow, shallow, ideal, deep, very deep).
  4. Carat - the carat is the weight of the diamond and correlates to the size of the diamond.

 

The setting is the band and prongs that the diamond is set in and can make the diamond look 20% larger. Buy what you can afford. Set your budget and upgrade later. Buying online can afford you a bigger diamond at a lower price.

Great Resource and Educational Tool

A great resource and educational tool is JamesAllen.com. They have over 70K conflict-free diamonds to choose from. You set all of your criteria, such as diamond cut and clarity, and your results are revealed. JamesAllen.com shows you the actual diamonds that you can chose from with their HD 360° view of their diamonds-- zoomed up to 40x magnification! They also have gem stones and wedding bands. Buying online with a site like  JamesAllen.com is 30-50% cheaper than regular retailers.  JamesAllen.com offers a 100% 30-day money back guarantee. Their sales associates are non-commissioned and available 24/7. Each purchase comes with a life-time warranty, and you can get your ring resized for free.


Past Topics

New Topics Added Weekly!
7 Luxury Brands Worth the Money  -
May 14, 2016
Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube 7 Affordable Men's Clothing Brands | Style That Won't Break the Bank 7 Overpriced Clothing Brands | Overrated Men's Clothes  In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, and Pete & Pedro goes over seven luxury brands that he adores and loves! Note that this post is not sponsored! When you spend Read More»
10 Tattoo DON'Ts! | How to Avoid STUPID Tattoos -
May 13, 2016
Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube My Tattoo Removal Journey Alpha likes the *idea* of tattoos. Whenever he sees a guy with a sick-ass sweet sleeve, he thinks, "Dude, he's a badass!" But there's a razor-thin line between badass and dumbass.   In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, and Pete & Pedro presents his two tattoos tRead More»
5 Awesome Automatic Watches at the $500 Price Point -
April 28, 2016
Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube The Urban Gentry Channel 5 Great Men's Watches Under $100 Watches are one of the best accessories that men can wear. In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, and Pete & Pedro presents self-winding (automatic) watches at the $500 price point by Tristano of The Urban Gentry. Seiko Sub 033 - this Read More»
5 New Spring Fragrance Ideas | Men's Cologne -
April 19, 2016
Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube Fragrance Bros YouTube In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, and Pete & Pedro presents new spring men's fragrance suggestions. Discover new fragrances! It's great to switch-up scents. If you stick to one too long as your signature scent, it gets tired. Also, an old cologne can 'date' you. It'Read More»

Used and Vintage Luxury Men's Watch Sweet Spots  -
April 7, 2016
Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube The Urban Gentry Channel Buying a Watch on the Gray Market There is nothing quite like a great watch where you love putting it on, looking at, and showing off. One of Alpha's favorite purchases of all time is his Rolex Milgauss which took him 10 years to finally save up for. In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphRead More»
TOP 3 Eyewear Buying Tips | How to Pick the BEST Sunglasses & Frames -
April 4, 2016
Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube Choose the Best Glasses Frames for Your Face Shape GlassesUSA.com 50% off + free shipping with code WELCOME50 (free basic lenses; premium and marked-down frames excluded) Aaron's Eyewear Muse M7380 Ray Ban 4221 (Sunglasses) Muse M5181 MUSE M Modern Brutus Emilio Shabazi Corsby Muse M Classic (Sunglasses) Ray Ban 5154 Ottoto Pisa According tRead More»
How to Remove Scratches from Watches | Fix Watch Face Scuffs -
March 15, 2016
Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube The Urban Gentry Channel Cape Cod Polishing Cloth Sabrina Silver Polishing Cloth When Alpha notices a scratch on his new watch, he used to get mad and frustrated! In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, and Pete & Pedro presents how to keep your watch looking sweet with Tristano. Remember to eRead More»
How to Be the Best Dressed Guy in the Room  -
March 4, 2016
Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube Short Man Style | Find Clothes That Fit! Picture it: you enter the room, and you know it-- so does everyone else. You are the best dressed guy in the room, and your confidence soars. In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, and Pete & Pedro presents ways to be the best dressed guy in any room. ARead More»
5 Great Men's Watches Under $100  -
March 2, 2016
Subscribe to Alpha M. on YouTube The Urban Gentry Channel Alpha's Favorite Watch Under $100 | Timex Weekender Alpha loves watches! There's no better accessory, and you don't have to spend hundreds or thousands on a great timepiece. In this video men's style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM, AaronMarino, and Pete & Pedro presents Tristano (TGV) who discusses tRead More»

Items 31 to 40 of 145 total

per page
Pages:
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. ...
  8. 15