You can have it all!!!

Celebrity engagements get lots of attention! Because of magazine coverage we get a steady diet of jaw-dropping engagement rings and mega-diamond centers. Of course, it’s easy to believe that these sizes are the norm. But when couples start the search for their own engagement ring it can often be an eye-opening experience when they see rings they desire and then start to reconcile their budget to match. The gap between what they want and what they can afford can be wide.

Many tips have been offered on buying the diamond of your dreams. Want a brighter, whiter diamond of better quality? Well, you can trade down on size! Want a larger diamond? Well, you can trade down on quality! But what if you could have a brighter, whiter looking diamond AND one that looks up to 50% larger? Sounds like that might meet both desires!

Christopher Designs is a company started by Christopher Slowinski. Originally trained in engineering, Slowinski started to apply engineering principles to the cutting of a diamond. After years of studying light performance, reflection and refraction of light within a diamond, then exacting the proportions and angles of the facets, he made a brilliant discovery.

A diamond, like an iceberg, carries significant size and weight below what can be seen from the top. In the case of an iceberg, that’s the waters surface. In the case of a diamond that area is called “the girdle”, the widest point of the stone and usually the point, below which you cannot see any more of the diamond. Below the girdle, the bottom of a diamond is called the pavilion, carrying a lot of the weight, but usually not seen once the diamond is in a setting. When buying a diamond, a key factor in price (and one of the 4 C’s) is “Carat Weight”. Even though one may not see any of the diamond weight below the girdle, one ends up paying for it.

Slowinski discovered that if the proportions and facets of a diamond were modified to precise angles and sizes, the light return would be superior AND it would not be necessary to have so much weight hidden in a place it wouldn’t be seen. The result? A brighter, whiter-looking diamond that is larger in surface area than other diamonds of equal carat weight.

Slowinski’s L’Amour Crisscut diamonds, available in a variety of shapes, place more of the diamond into the visible area, resulting in a diamond that appears up to 50% larger. The size difference is astonishing when a 1.00 carat L’Amour Crisscut diamond is placed next to a 1.00 carat standard emerald-cut diamond. Another benefit of this unique “broader” cut and faceting is that because light travels through a shallower area to be reflected, the stone appears whiter and brighter, bursting with color and sparkle!

Because of this proprietary cutting, couples no longer need to choose between a larger diamond or a high quality look that is bright white. They can have both!

Christopher Designs offers L’Amour Crisscut diamonds in a variety of popular shapes. Additionally, Christopher Designs sets these sparkling cuts into the most popular engagement ring styles, made right here in the USA. To learn more about Christopher Designs, the unique cuts and beautifully handcrafted settings visit

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