Is Quartz Hard Enough for an Engagement Ring?

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Is Quartz Hard Enough for an Engagement Ring? Quartz gemstones are very attractive, fairly durable and hard making them a great choice for jewelry including engagement rings. There are many different varieties of quartz including amethyst and rose quartz, so if you’re looking for an affordable and readily available colored stone, quartz might be the … [Read more…]

How to Read a GIA Diamond Grading Certificate

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How to Read a GIA Diamond Grading Certificate A diamond should come with a report from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or similar gemological organization or laboratory that contains a full scientific and unbiased assessment of your diamond’s 4Cs (cut, clarity, color and carat). While these reports contain a lot of detailed information and … [Read more…]

What Color is Emerald? – The Diamond Reserve

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What Color is Emerald? – The Diamond Reserve Though emeralds are classically green, they actually range in color from yellow-green to blue-green. An Emerald’s color is based on three aspects: its hue (color), saturation (intensity) and tone (purity). Let’s learn more about this highly precious gemstone of the Beryl mineral family and whether it’s a … [Read more…]

What Diamond Shape Sparkles the Most?

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What Diamond Shape Sparkles the Most? Diamonds are famous for their sparkly brilliance. While every stone will shine in certain lighting conditions, certain diamond cuts, or shapes have more noticeable sparkle than others. While round diamonds technically have the most sparkle, there are other factors that can make a diamond shine.  What Makes a Diamond … [Read more…]

What’s a Three Stone Engagement Ring?

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What’s a Three Stone Engagement Ring? Popular as both engagement and anniversary rings, a three-stone ring features three stones that traditionally represent friendship, love and fidelity, or past, present and future. Let’s learn more about this type of ring, how to wear it and some of our favorite trinity styles.  Three Stone Engagement Ring Meaning  … [Read more…]

What Does a Key Symbolize in Jewelry?

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What Does a Key Symbolize in Jewelry? Throughout history keys have not only been known as a tool to lock and unlock doors but also as a symbol of letting go, new beginnings, luck and love. No matter the occasion, key jewelry can make a thoughtful gift to toast to any of life’s milestones. Let’s … [Read more…]

What is a Bezel Setting?

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What is a Bezel Setting? A bezel setting is a style of setting where the stone is surrounded by a metal rim, rather than clutched by the four or six prongs you’re used to seeing in a solitaire setting. Like other ring settings, bezel settings are available in a wide range of metals and styles. … [Read more…]

What Color is Tourmaline? – The Diamond Reserve

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What Color is Tourmaline? – The Diamond Reserve Tourmaline is available in more colors than any other gemstone! Green is the most common color, followed by pink to red hues. Blue tourmalines are more expensive varieties, while yellow, orange and purple are rare. Let’s learn more about tourmaline including its use for jewelry.  What Color … [Read more…]

Jewelry Appraisals, Insurance & Upkeep

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Jewelry Appraisals, Insurance & Upkeep Jewelry Appraisal and Valuation Appraisals are a vital document for fine jewelry and engagement ring owners to obtain. Appraisals are not the only form of evaluating diamond rings and jewelry, but they are a necessary paper to have in your arsenal of jewelry documents. Appraisals describe the value of your … [Read more…]

What is a Split Shank Engagement Ring?

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What is a Split Shank Engagement Ring? A split shank engagement ring has two thin shanks on either side of the center stone, which come together at the bottom of the band. Split shank rings became prevalent during the Art Deco era and continue to be popular today. There are many different adaptations of this … [Read more…]