Well, there are quite a few ways that an Engagement Ring Consultant can save you money on the purchase of a ring. Chase.com points out three reasons to consider hiring a LITTLE BIRD Engagement Ring Consultant:
1. Hiring a Ring Consultant can save you 20 to 40 percent off the cost of the ring
Linda DiProperzio of Chase.com says: "This is key, since spending on engagement rings is at its highest ever. A survey by The Knot, a popular wedding resource, found that the average price of an engagement ring is about $6,000. Making sure you get the most for your money is crucial." LITTLE BIRD agrees. Big time. There's not a lively secondary market for private engagement ring sales out there. So, you're likely going to hold on to this ring for a very very long time. Let's make sure it's an investment you can stand behind for the long haul!
2. Ring consultants have insider knowledge
We go way beyond the 4c's. A consultant can inform and educate you on nitty gritty diamond and ring vocabulary that you won't glean online. We can also review diamond and gemstones certificate prior to you pulling the trigger. Furthermore, do you have the right metal type selected? Is this the right style of pavé? How will this ring jive with your future wedding band. We know this stuff inside and out and getting personalized advice based on YOUR goals and your lifestyle is what getting great ring consultation is all about.
3. We can offer a wider selection
AND we can help you figure out what you want. Picking out an engagement ring isn't a cake walk. You might not be aware of all your options and of all the bespoke and custom elements that are available to you for each little part of the ring anatomy. The options are endless. Your ultimate ring IS possible. It's just a matter of understanding what's out there!
A word to the wise: check on the commission
The thing is there are a few types of consultants out there. There are consultants with affiliate relationships with 6-8 online diamond companies. There are consultants who also sell diamonds. And then there's LITTLE BIRD. "Consultants like LITTLE BIRD don't profit off the sale of the gems or the design of the ring. Instead, the company charges a flat fee, with packages starting at $75. 'Our clients know that we're giving them unbiased recommendations because we're not profiting in the amount someone pays for the ring,' says Beth Moore, LITTLE BIRD's expert GIA certified Graduate Gemologist."
HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR DIAMOND SIZE from GH's Expert Panel on Engagement Ring Advice You Haven't Heard Before
Jewelry blog GEMHUNT.co hit the Internet like WHOA in 2016. We are honored to be joined by Jewels by Grace, The Clear Cut, Victor Barboné & Designs by Kamni on their expert panel, topic: Engagement Ring Advice You Haven't Heard Before. Among sage advice on how to find imperfections in the diamond and how to find the perfect engagement ring that is utterly personal, and unique is our hot pro tip on how to maximize the size of your diamond:
4. Don’t forget that “carat” refers to the weight, not how large the diamond actually appears when viewed from the top. Therefore, it’s super important to me that my clients choose a high standard for the quality of “cut” and then select the stone with the largest millimeter measurements so that they get the largest top view of the diamond for their money. Danielle, Little Bird
Get all the wisdom here:
We are honored to have been included in Style Girlfriend's LEVELED-UP ENGAGEMENT RING GUIDE. Among many nuggets of wisdom are a couple of favorites:
1. SNOOPING IS ENCOURAGE and it's good to do your homework, but....
2. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE SIZE (OR PRICE)
Read the whole guide here!
Thank you for the stellar review, Blinklist! Read the whole review here.
It's always a pleasure to chat with the good people at GH. Check out this piece on Lab Diamonds vs. Real Diamonds. We answer the following questions:
1. What is a lab diamond?
2. What makes lab diamonds different than earth mined diamonds?
3. Are there different ways of making a lab diamond?
4. Do lab diamonds cost less than earth mined diamonds?
5. Who is a lab diamond for?
6. Do you think lab diamonds will be become more popular?
7. Where do you think is the best places to shop for a lab diamond?
8. Tell us about the "Real Is Rare" movement and what does it mean to consumers?
And it turns out that we've got some stuff to say! Check out our answers here....
"Thanks for bringing something innovative and fresh to the industry! So innovative and brilliant!" - Judith, MakeHerSayDuh.com
LITTLE BIRD has something very dear in common with the team over at Make Her Say Duh = we believe in going the extra mile to help our clients imagine super personalized jewelry. Recently, Judith at MHSD chatted it up with LITTLE BIRD founder Danielle Mainas. The most common engagement ring questions, engagement ring mood boards, the most memorable proposal stories, best precious metals, lab created diamonds and dream engagement ring trends, it's all here.
Thank you for a great interview, Make Her Say Duh! The mutual admiration society is strong.
Thank you Offbeat Bride for putting together such a fun and super well written piece about how Little Bird Engagement Ring Consultants help our clients nail their dream rings. We've officially made Engagement Ring Consultants "a thing"? It's so so exciting.
xoxo, The Birds
In a sea of fashion bloggers there are but a few standout jewelry bloggers. Chief among them, Gem Hunt. On the average day, Gem Hunt reports on all things hip while eating diamonds for breakfast. Us Little Birds? Well, we are usually deep into diamond selections and proposal planning. So GH interviewed LB on how to make sure you and your finance are on the same page when to comes selecting the perfect engagement ring!
4. Would you want to design something together or would you want to surprise me out of the blue?
Known for their insatiable appetite for well-cut carbon and rock solid fine designers, Gem Hunt's Intagram is quickly becoming a must-follow...
Michael Ian Black interviews the co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian - Little Bird Receives a Stellar Plug!
"Sometimes it's a good idea to get expert advice, like when you're buying a house, or a car (and I so wished I had listened before buying that Pinto...), OR AN ENGAGEMENT RING that will be handed down to your grandkids. Enter: LittleBirdToldYou.com."
Thanks for the rad partnership, MIB!
Oh, and enjoy this great cast with Alexis Ohanian of Reddit. This podcast has really taken off over the last 12 episodes, but this single episode remains a fave. Michael Ian Black interviews Alexis Ohanian on the revolution happening on the internet over the past few years, and how we can keep the internet the open playing field that allows everyday people to become entrepreneurs. It's about being able support ourselves doing the things we are passionate about. SOLD to these Little Birds.
"you really have to make something people want"
"know that it is a numbers game"
"failure is not an option"
"...spend more of your best years working on what you really love..."
Menprovement asks, Little Bird answers. What should every man consider before buying an engagement ring?
In an extended podcast, Sean from Menprovement and Little Bird discuss engagements, diamonds, strategies, and culture. When should a man propose? Is two month's salary still an appropriate starting point for the ring budget? Should you always get a GIA report with your diamond? Listen to the podcast here.
The podcast also comes with a fantastic article on other commonly asked questions, as well as a guide to getting optimal value on a diamond. There's an excerpt from the article below.... You can read the entire article here,
Question 8) Are diamonds really that common?