There's nothing like getting engaged in Charlotte.
Our Queen City is considered a southern jewel. A city that is unique and one-of-a-kind. Two adjectives that also describe how we feel about our customers. So, it's no surprise when you walk into Donald Haack Diamonds, that you will immediately feel like royalty. We know finding the person of your dreams is a big deal. Finding the perfect engagement ring that will symbolize that love is even bigger.At Donald Haack Diamonds, we're going to make that process easy, and yes, fun! It starts with us working together to know your likes, dislikes and your personal style. We represent some of the world's best engagement ring designers. And, our selection is second to none. But, it's not about overwhelming you. It's about taking the time to find what is right for you. And, that's the kind of service you'll find at our store. We're a family owned and operated business since 1981.We have a staff of credentialed gemologists who are educated in their craft.Walk through our door. We guarantee, the experience will be like no other. Because, we're going to treat you like family. That's our promise. So, let's begin the journey...together.
Shopping made easy.
So how does this process begin? It starts with finding a diamond perfectly suited to your taste and budget. The next step is selecting an engagement ring setting that meets all your needs.There's no question, style matters. So, we'll ask a few questions. Is your style traditional, contemporary, or vintage? Do you lead an active lifestyle? Which precious metal is your favorite? Does she have a Pinterest page? Your answers will be instrumental in finding an engagement ring setting that is right for you.Weather platinum or gold in its rich colors of yellow, white or rose, we have hundreds of ring settings to choose from.
Buy with confidence.
Purchasing a diamond engagement ring is one of the largest and one of the most important purchases you will have in your lifetime. So, it stands to reason that it's important to purchase with a company you can trust. At Donald Haack Diamonds, every certified diamond we sell adheres to strict standards by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) who is the leading authority and most respected organization in our industry. It's important to tell you this, because not every jeweler is so stringent about the type of diamonds they will show or sell you. In addition, we are very proud to have received the Charlotte Ethics in Business Award (regional) and The American Business Ethics Award (national). Buying a diamond and an engagement ring can certainly be a daunting task. Take a deep breath. You've found a jewelry store that will make the process easy and one you can trust! Browse Engagement Rings here.Whether platinum or gold in its rich colors of yellow, white or rose, we have hundreds of ring settings to choose from.
Engagement Ring Designers
When you walk into our store, you're going to notice we're a little different. We don't represent a long list of engagement ring designers. Do we represent a few? Yes. We prefer to work a little differently. First you choose your diamond, and then you can select or design your engagement ring. We prefer to discuss your likes and dislikes. Your personal style. From contemporary to traditional, you'll be hard-pressed to find more unique styles in any other jewelry store in the Charlotte area. A selection of our engagement ring settings can be found here.
And, if you have something specific in mind, well you've come to the right place. We specialize in custom design. Looking for something made exclusively for you? Let's start that process!
Custom Engagement Rings
The only limit is your imagination.
If you need to know one thing about Donald Haack Diamonds, it's that we are the destination for all things pertaining to custom design. And, engagement rings are no exception. Yes, you can find unique settings right in our showcase. But, if you are looking to create something completely unique, then you've come to the right jewelry store! Creating something one-of-a-kind is not necessarily more expensive. And, it's not as complicated as you think. You have the promise of our experience, and we're going to guide you through the process. If you believe your love is like no other, then perhaps your ring should be like no other.
Let us help you design the perfect ring.
The Initial Meeting. Meet with one of Donald Haack Diamonds design specialists to convey your style and vision. Bring your family gemstones, outdated jewelry, or pictures of jewelry you have seen and we will help you develop your design to make it uniquely yours.
The Option of a CAD. Once you and your Donald Haack Diamonds design specialist have agreed on the rendering, the process of developing a CAD begins. The CAD technology analyzes and modifies your design, shape, detail and texture. Adjustments are possible and any changes should be made here.
The Wax. If you need to know one thing about Donald Haack Diamonds, it's that we are the destination for all things pertaining to custom design. And, engagement rings are no exception. Yes, you can find unique settings right in our showcase. But, if you are looking to create something completely unique, then you've come to the right jewelry store! Creating something one-of-a-kind is not necessarily more expensive. And, it's not as complicated as you think. You have the promise of our experience, and we're going to guide you through the process. If you believe your love is like no other, then perhaps your ring should be like no other.Request Your Appointment
Colored Engagement Rings
Time to make a statement.
If you haven't noticed, color has made a huge comeback and specifically for engagement rings. Precious gemstones like sapphire, ruby and emerald express individuality and are a departure from the ordinary. Many fashion-savvy brides are opting for fancy colored diamonds ranging from white and the soft browns of champagne to vivid yellows, pinks and many other hues-all of which are rare and beautiful. There are also stunning sapphires, most known for their vivid blues, but available in an array of colors. Some say the trend re-emerged with Princess Diana and her blue sapphire engagement ring. Kate Middleton continued that tradition. In any case, making your statement in color could be an exciting alternative to a traditional white diamond. Want to know more about color? Visit the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) one of the industry's leading authorities on all things color.
Engagement Ring Metal Types
There are many options in the world of precious and non-precious metals. In many cases, it will come down to the "look" you want and what is best for your lifestyle. Do you lead an active lifestyle and want to wear your engagement ring at all times? Then you need a durable metal. Is your skin very sensitive? Platinum might be the perfect choice for you since it's hypoallergenic.Here's a little information on the most popular metals to help you get started.
There are various grades of gold purity from 10K, 14K, 18K and 24K (considered pure gold), 18K gold is made up of 75% gold and 25% other metals. As the karat weight drops, the metal becomes more durable, but less yellow. Lower karat weights are usually plated to some degree to enhance the color. Gold is the most popular metal in the US and has the longest and most storied history of all the precious metals. In order to increase its durability, it is typically mixed with other metals. Yellow gold is natural and resistant to rust, tarnish and corrosion. Gold is timeless, elegant and the most popular metal for everyday wear.
White Gold was developed to give a different look. It is made with similar properties to yellow gold but is mixed with different metals to give it a white color - typically with rhodium (a rare member of the platinum family). Rhodium plated rings will wear and eventually need re-plating.
Rose Gold is made with similar properties but is mixed with copper to give it that rose color. Rose Gold engagement ring styles or the use of Rose Gold with White Gold is a very popular look today!
Platinum is one of the most popular metals for engagement rings and wedding bands. It's naturally white and will never fade or change color. It is also durable and hypoallergenic. People love to purchase Platinum because it will last forever and is the ultimate symbol of everlasting love!
Palladium is one of the rarest metals in the world and part of the Platinum Group of Metals. Hypoallergenic, Palladium is extremely light in weight and is considered a "Noble Metal" due to its superior ability to withstand corrosion and oxidation
Not usually used for engagement ring settings, Sterling Silver is primarily used for fashion jewelry and accessories. It is a very soft metal and tends to tarnish, which are two big reasons we don't typically recommend it for holding a precious diamond or colored gemstone for your engagement ring. However, it is a very affordable alternative to White Gold or Platinum
Alternative metals are often a choice for men's wedding bands or widely used as a back-up band to the traditional Gold or Platinum band.
Tungsten Carbide is unique and strong in design and a forged metal that will last a lifetime. It is created from an alloy of 80% Tungsten and 20% Carbon alloy with other metals.
Cobalt is four times harder than Platinum, while at the same time, far less dense. Because of its natural hardness, it resists scratches, chips and corrosion. Cobalt is also hypoallergenic, so it's a great choice for men with sensitive skin and an active lifestyle. Many men choose Platinum and have a second Cobalt band to wear more casually.
Titanium is extremely lightweight, yet strong, and has a silvery-white metal color. It is 45% lighter in weight than Platinum. It is also hypoallergenic and commonly used in men's fashion jewelry.
Engagement rings come in all sizes, shapes, and settings. And, you should always choose an engagement ring that speaks to you, whether or not it's on-trend. As we know, trends do come and go over the years. Today, these following styles and diamond shapes appear to be making a resurgence.
Oval Cut Diamonds
We love round diamonds and they are by far the most brilliant. But ovals are back and we love that they are. Oval diamonds have a flattering shape. They can be worn both vertically and horizontally for a completely different look. They also have a vintage vibe, especially when paired with a simple band.
Gold is by far the most popular precious metal in the US, but there's something about rose gold that makes for a perfect setting. It's been trending for a few years now and is showing no signs of losing ground. Feminine and flattering, rose gold is romantic and becoming more common in many of our engagement ring lines.
We've been talking about it for a few years, ever since the Princess of Wales flashed her blue sapphire engagement ring! If you're looking for a pop of color, you'll be happy to hear that engagement rings featuring colored gemstones are totally in vogue. From subtle to striking, colored gemstones are sure to be a standout choice to switch up a classic engagement ring
Very big in the 1970s and making a quick comeback, pear-shaped diamonds and other gemstones in mixed metals scream modern and fashion-forward, especially when paired with rose gold or stunning halo settings.
Think one band won't do? Then consider the newest trend: Stackable wedding bands. Look for these bands to complement nicely with "tiara" style bands that form half-halos around center stones. Adding a different stack every year also makes this trend the perfect anniversary gift!
Not new, (remember diamonds for your past, present and future?) this trend has seen a resurgence in popularity. You can choose three similar size diamonds, or one larger diamond with two-smaller diamonds flanking each side. After all, why have one diamond when you can have three?
A split shank band looks stunning on any finger. What is it? It's two bands running parallel to each other with a gemstone separating them. This style is both dramatic and classic. Your center diamond will look like it's suspended while it sparkles.
Classic and will most likely be on-trend for quite some time, a simple band featuring a beautiful round diamond is for the bride-to-be who wants a style that's pretty and not over the top.
Lab Grown Diamonds Q&A
What you need to know.
You may have seen lab grown diamonds in the press. And, it's important to understand the differences between purchasing a diamond created in a lab versus a natural diamond produced by Mother Nature. At Donald Haack Diamonds, we choose not to sell Lab-Grown Diamonds and for very good reasons. View this short video to find out why.
Find Your Diamond
Start your journey. We're glad you're starting your journey with us. And on our website, you'll find several diamonds that will fit your style and your budget. But, don't simply search our diamonds. Select a few you love and then stop in our store. A diamond is truly something you need to see in person. And, we promise to make this easy and comfortable.
There are hundreds of loose diamonds, available to you, that can fit any style of engagement ring setting, and, most importantly, any budget. Start now to find the diamond of your dreams!
Are you looking to finance your engagement ring purchase? At Donald Haack, we've made it as easy as falling in love!
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We're a Ethically Sourced Jeweler
It's important how and where it's mined. At Donald Haack Diamonds, our commitment to community extends beyond our local neighborhoods to the world stage. The diamonds we sell are guaranteed to be conflict free,' which means no one has been compromised or hurt in any way in the acquisition of the diamonds. Many jewelry organizations and more than 75 countries have agreed to the Kimberley Process - a certification that requires each shipment of rough diamonds to be secured in a tamper-resistant container and accompanied by a government-validated certificate. Any country declining to participate is barred from the international diamond trade. And, we're proud to support these initiatives.