A Wedding Dress For Every Body Type.

When it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress, most women start their search by looking for dresses that they find visually appealing. Finding a dress that you love, sadly is not the only thing you should factor in when purchasing your wedding dress. Besides being your dream dress, it should also compliment your figure. The fact is, certain dresses flatter certain body types, and on your special day you should be flaunting a dress that enhances your natural figure. Depending on your figure – apple, pear, hourglass or rectangle, we’re going to suggest some dress styles that should flatter your every curve – or lack thereof.


Apple Body Type:

Apples tend to have broader shoulders, a fuller bust, and more slender thighs and bottom – with a less defined waist. An Apple may also be a split size; having their bust and waist a different size then their hips. For what not to wear, the Trumpet dress should be avoided for all apples. This cut of dress flares from the knee toward the hem in a trumpet shape. If you are already curvy up top, you are not going to want a dress that emphasizes a less defined waist. For this same reason, avoid the Mermaid or Column type dresses. In terms of body shape, shopping for the apple body can prove to be quite difficult – but not impossible! For what to wear, Empire waists are an apple’s best friend. Always choose a gown that adds definition to your waist. Look for a style that cinches in your waist, creating a more balanced look. Necklines are also something to consider, as a plunging V neck or Sweetheart neckline will draw the eye up.

Pear Body Type:

Pear shaped women tend to have larger hips, thighs and bottoms, but their upper body is usually quite small. A pear shape bride may be a split size, meaning that their bust, hips and possibly even waist, are all different sizes. For what not to wear, if you are drawn to the idea of wearing a column dress for your special day but you are the classic pear shape, you may want to reconsider. If you have a pronounced bottom, wearing a column dress will draw attention to your bottom half – with the silhouette of this dress making you appear unbalanced. For what to wear, we recommend that pears don the A-Line style of gown. As the name suggests, the cut of this dress is narrow at the top and extends out into the shape of an ‘A’. This cut is super flattering for nearly all body types, but especially for pears – as this dress accentuates the top and waist, and billows away from the bottom. Other dress styles to consider are: Dropped Wait and Ball Gowns.

Hourglass Body Type:

Hourglass women will have a bust and hip that has the same or almost the same measurement, with a waist that is smaller. So for example, 36, 26, 36. This means, your size doesn’t matter. A size 8 and a size 16 bride can both be considered to have an hourglass figure. For what not to wear, although this is one of the easier figures to shop for, there are still some things you may want to consider when shopping for this body type. In terms of least flattering dresses, the Column style dress takes the cake – as this style is best fitted on a sleek figure. Some hourglass women prefer to downplay their curves – namely, their hipline – and if this is the case, then forgo the Mermaid or Trumpet style as well. For what to wear, Hourglass women should always be on the lookout for a dress that flatters their curves. The Mermaid or Trumpet are fabulous choices when you want to show off your curves, and the ruching at the waist will emphasize your narrowest asset. If you are looking to downplay what nature has given you, then going with a Ball Gown style or A-Line cut will also be an excellent choice.

Rectangle Body Type:

The Rectangle aka Banana shape can be defined as long and slender – a “boyish” figure or athletic build. Although the Rectangle body typically has a balanced upper and lower body, they can often times have a less defined waist. For what not to wear, the Drop Waist is not the most flattering cut for rectangles, as this dress will make you look less curvy than you are. With a less defined waist as the other body types, you are going to want a dress that creates more curves, not downplay the little curvage that you do have. For what to wear, Fit and Flare styles are the ideal cut for a rectangle body type, as this style of dress will add volume to your bust and your hips. Scoop necks and Sweetheart necklines are also great options for smaller busted women. And of all the body types, rectangles look best in the Column style wedding dress. Ball Gowns are also exceptional choices for your sleek body type.

The Engagement Ring: What Should You Actually Spend?

The Rules

There has always been great debate on how much a man should spend on an engagement ring. Most people have heard of the stuffy three-month salary rule, which thankfully has been put to rest. For most men, spending three months of their annual income would set them back considerably – or worse – accrue them debt. For some couples, adopting the two-month or one-month salary rule is more in line with their finances.

Some couples are even opting to share the cost of the ring. This may be seem too unconventional for some men and/or couples, but when you are building a life together it usually means you are sharing finances – so, if it makes more financial sense for the both of you to contribute to the cost, then why not? And by sharing the cost, this could result in the purchase of a nicer engagement ring.

Another approach is to spend the average cost of a ring. In 2014, the average price point that couples were spending on an engagement ring was $5,855. With that being said, only go this route if your financial standing can support this median price tag.

How to Break the Rules

Purchasing an engagement ring should never cause you financial strain, and that is why it’s important to make a purchase that is in line with your income. We are not suggesting you go the cheap route, as an engagement ring symbolizes much more than dollar signs – a purchase of this magnitude deserves thoughtful consideration, and should be viewed as a worthy financial investment. You want to present your special lady with an engagement ring she will love, and there are ways to do so without breaking the bank.

Custom jewelry is an option for those that want to create a special ring, at an affordable price. Custom allows you to save on the metal, and focus on the setting. Not to mention there are stunning engagement rings that cost well below the average figure we mentioned above. With some careful deliberation on your part, it is possible to find a beautiful engagement ring that works at any income level.

Scroll down to see a list of our beautiful Majesty Diamonds engagement rings in a wide range of prices!


1 CT 6-Prong Solitaire Round Diamond Engagement Ring, $2,789.00


1 3/8 CTW Multi Stone Round Diamond Engagement Ring, $3,709.00








1/2 CT Classic Solitaire Princess Diamond Engagement Ring, $1,349.00


The Versatile Halo Ring

What is a Halo ring?

For those who are not familiar with the halo ring, the halo ring is a setting that encircles a center stone in a collection of round pavé diamonds. The benefit of these pavé stones is that they add more shimmer to the ring, accentuating the center stone. The ornate nature of the halo ring makes any center diamond look larger than it actually is – with even a half-carat diamond looking as much as a half a carat bigger. When you want people to notice your ring, go with a halo ring. This is why the halo ring appeals to both celebrities and average consumers alike. Who doesn’t want their center stone to look bigger?

DOUBLE-HALO-CUSHION-WHITE-W-1-1600PX-PThe Versatile Styles

Due to its big diamond appearance, and stylish nature, the halo ring is a close runner up to the classic solitaire as the most coveted style of engagement ring. With a halo ring, your options for customizing and personalizing are endless. The most popular style for the halo ring is a big diamond setting, with a single halo of pavé stones supported by a plain white gold band. If you are seeking  a more ornate look, you can choose to pavé the shank as well. You can also opt for a double halo ring or triple halo ring for that more bling look. Although white gold is the preferred choice for halo rings, the rings are also available in yellow gold and rose gold. And with colored diamonds increasing in popularity, a colored diamond paired with a rose gold shank can make for a very special and eye-catching engagement ring. This is what makes the halo ring so versatile – you can find a ring with any size or color of stone, any style of shank, and any color of gold.

HR6196-ROUND-WHITE-W-1-800PXCustom Options

With most jewelers offering custom jewelry services, you can opt to design your own halo ring – getting the exact design and look that you want. With such a versatile ring, you will be hard pressed not to find a halo ring that suits your needs and budget. At Majesty Diamonds, custom jewelry is one of our top sellers – we’ve served over 25,000 happy customers. We custom make rings, pendants, bracelets and earrings. We would be thrilled to custom design your halo engagement ring. For more information on our custom jewelry services, http://bit.ly/1Pgi0Nt.


Diamond Shopping: Finding the Perfect Diamond For You.

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Diamond shopping is fun, but with so many different styles, shapes and quality options out there, it can also be stressful. Find the perfect diamond for your look with the following easy tips:


Although shape has little bearing on the value of a diamond, it can affect how well a ring works in harmony with your style, hand shape and accent jewelry. If you have oval palms and narrow fingers, for example, you should avoid heart-shaped stones and large, round diamonds. To find out what diamond works best with your hand shape, head to your local jewelry store and try on one of each of the following diamond shapes:

  • Round
  • Emerald
  • Princess
  • Oval
  • Pear
  • Radiant
  • Asscher
  • Marquise
  • Heart
  • Cushion

If you already have a selection of favorite rings, try to select a diamond shape that will work in harmony with your best-loved pieces (if you plan on wearing more than one ring at once). A princess-shaped diamond, for example, will not look its best when placed next to a marquise-shaped emerald.


One of the determining factors in a diamond’s attractiveness is its clarity. The fewer flaws visible in any given diamond, the more appealing the gem is considered. Diamond clarity is graded on a scale of “I3” (imperfect) to “F” (flawless).  “I” stones contain a myriad of imperfections that are visible to the naked eye, whereas “F” stones are completely perfect, with no flaws visible even under 10x magnification.


Diamonds that appear yellow in coloring are seen as particularly undesirable by diamond aficionados. Diamond clarity is graded between “D” and “Z,” but diamonds that fall below an “M” on the grading scale are not usually sold by reputable jewelers. When placed in  yellow gold settings, diamonds in the “G” to “J” range will appear mostly colorless. However, if you plan on purchasing a white gold or platinum setting, shop for a stone that falls as high on the color scale as possible.


Carat Weight

Carat is the measure of a diamond’s size. Often considered less significant than clarity, color and cut, carat is largely a matter of personal preference. While  large, low-quality diamonds certainly stand out in the crowd, they are actually less valuable than their smaller, high-quality counterparts. If you are shopping for an engagement ring, be sure to get an idea of how your partner feels about size versus quality before beginning your search.


Cut is all about shine. The perfect diamond is brilliant, fiery and eye-catching. Cut is graded on a scale of “poor” to “excellent.” While poor-cut diamonds are generally dull in appearance, excellent-cut diamonds reflect all of the light of their surroundings. Cut is of very little importance in small accent stones, but becomes a huge factor in carat weights of ¼ or higher.

Congratulations, you’re just about ready to start shopping for your new diamond. Before settling on a stone, be sure to browse a variety of different sizes, shapes and qualities. If you decide to save money by purchasing your new diamond from a pre-owned jewelry store, try to bring an experienced diamond-shopper with you, as pre-owned jewelry generally comes ungraded.