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History of the Diamond: A Story of Strength and Harmony

History of the Diamond: A Story of Strength and Harmony

We’ve all heard it a million times: “A diamond is forever.” But where did this idea originate from? The history of the diamond dates back thousands of years. Diamonds are found all over the world and on all continents, but putting diamonds on engagement rings is a practice made popular as recently as the 20th century. For many years the…

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How to Get Jewelry Repaired Professionally and What to Expect

How to Get Jewelry Repaired Professionally and What to Expect

When your jewelry becomes too tight or gets damaged, it’s not the end of the line. Get your jewelry repaired as soon as possible before the damage escalates. Be diligent in collecting any pieces that fall off as well, because the jeweler will need them to do the repairs. What repairs can jewelers do? The most common jewelry repair services…

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Diamond Shape Guide – Pear Cut

Diamond Shape Guide – Pear Cut

Pear cut diamonds are known for their stunning teardrop appearance that combines the qualities of round and marquis cuts. With exceptional brilliance, pear shaped diamonds contribute to a slimmer appearance of fingers and hands, and are prized for their soft and delicate look. Since pear shaped diamonds are cut for maximum brilliance, be sure to look for excellent symmetry in…

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December Birthstone: Blue Topaz

December Birthstone: Blue Topaz

Happy Birthday, December! The December Birthstone is the Blue Topaz. The Blue Topaz gets its name from the Sanskrit word “tapas” meaning fire. In ancient times, Blue Topaz was thought to have cooling properties. Blue Topaz is the hardest of the silicate minerals. Pure topaz is colorless, but changes of element inclusions within the stone will lead to a range…

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Diamond Shape Guide – Oval Cut

Diamond Shape Guide – Oval Cut

Mixing classic and modern elements, oval cut diamonds are popular in all types of jewelry, especially engagement rings. Oval cut diamonds have incredible brilliance, similar to the faceted appearance of round brilliant cut diamonds, but the oval shape is modern and prized for accentuating long, slender fingers. While a diamond’s SHAPE is not part of the Four Cs of Diamonds,…

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November Birthstone: Citrine

November Birthstone: Citrine

Happy Birthday, November! The November Birthstone is the Citrine. Citrine gets its name from the old French word “citrin” which translates to “lemon.” Citrine is one of the most rare forms of quartz and can be found in colors ranging from pale yellow to a dark amber shade, commonly referred to as “Madeira,” as the color closely resembles the wine…

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Diamond Shape Guide – Asscher Cut

Diamond Shape Guide – Asscher Cut

Often mistaken for emerald cut diamonds, asscher cut diamonds are similar, however, they are square in shape rather than rectangular. Created in the early 1920s, the asscher cut has seen a recent resurgence in popularity. This cut shows off the clarity and color of the stone, so keep these facts in mind when shopping for your diamond. While a diamond’s…

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October Birthstone: Opal

October Birthstone: Opal

Happy Birthday, October! The October Birthstone is the Opal. The Opal gets its name from the Latin word “opalus,” meaning “precious jewel,” and is prized for its unique ability to refract and reflect light into the shimmering rainbow of colors it is known for. Ancient legend says that opals fell from the heavens in a flash of fiery lightning, but, in…

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Diamond Shape Guide – Radiant Cut

Diamond Shape Guide – Radiant Cut

Radiant cut diamonds are special for their uniquely trimmed corners, combining the lines of an emerald cut with the unparalleled brilliance of a round diamond. Radiant cut diamonds are also gorgeous when combined with a variety of other diamond cuts! While a diamond’s SHAPE is not part of the Four C’s of Diamonds, it still will have a significant impact…

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September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire

September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire

Happy Birthday, September! The September Birthstone is the Blue Sapphire. Named for the Greek word “sapphirus,” meaning the color blue, Sapphires have long been a favorite. Ancient civilizations said that the world was set upon an enormous sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection. Sapphires are also prominent among the British Crown Jewels, and Prince Charles famously chose…

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Diamond Shape Guide – Emerald Cut

Diamond Shape Guide – Emerald Cut

Emerald cut diamonds are special in their rectangular facets that are step-cut into the stone’s pavilion, giving emerald cut diamonds a unique optical appearance. This cut highlights the clarity of the diamond beautifully due to the large rectangular “table.” When it comes to the Four C’s of Diamonds, the Emerald Cut will highlight a stone’s clarity and color, so be…

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August Birthstone – Peridot

August Birthstone – Peridot

Happy Birthday, August! The August Birthstone is the Peridot. Peridot get its name from the Arabic word “faridat,” meaning gem. In ancient Egypt, Peridot was called “gem of the sun” for their dazzling brilliance. Peridot is a mineral known as olivine, and can be found in various shades of green ranging from a light yellow-green to a deep olive hue.…

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