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  1. Summer Jewelry Care

    There are few possessions as prized and personal as our jewelry. Whether it's your engagement ring that represents your love, a pendant that is a family heirloom, or the diamond earrings you couldn't imagine living without, jewelry is more than worth taking care of.

    Especially in extreme weather such as summer and winter, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect our jewelry and preserve its beauty. Summer months (especially those extra-hot days in Florida!) present unique challenges to protecting fine jewelry. With a few easy and simple precautions, you can maintain the dazzling allure of your jewelry through this summer and for years to come.

    Traveling

    For many, summer means vacation days and traveling. Make sure that if you are taking any jewelry with you on your travels, that you properly store and pack these items to ensure their safety. Never toss loose jewelry into a suitcase as it could easily be lost or damaged. Try and pack jewelry in a padded area of your suitcase, preferably in a box or pouch that was provided with the piece. If you’re flying, consider keeping your jewelry close by packing it in your carry on so you can keep a close eye on it’s whereabouts and condition. It may be a good idea to purchase a travel jewelry box made with special materials and with designated compartments to protect and store your jewelry.

    Summer Activities

    Long days in the sun and the sand… summer means tons of fun activities to enjoy with friends and family. Some of these pastimes however, are not so jewelry friendly. These activities sometimes present extreme conditions that can pose serious threats to the state of your jewelry. When planning on spending time in a chlorinated pool or saltwater, it is best to leave your jewelry at home to ensure that none of your precious pieces are lost or damaged. Always store your jewelry in a safe place, shielded from excessive heat, sunlight, and moisture.

    Another important factor to consider: residue buildup can cause stones to appear cloudy and lose some of their sparkle. Summer weather often calls for special skin care, like the increased use of sunscreen. When caring for your skin, make sure  you’re also caring for your jewelry. Remove any jewelry before washing your hands, bathing, or applying lotion.

    Clothing

    Warmer weather can mean more changing— whether due to heat or summer activities. When getting dressed and undressed, pay attention to rings, earrings, and the like. A simple rule to follow is to put your jewelry on only after getting fully dressed, and removing jewelry entirely before getting undressed. If you wear hats or accessories that may cover your jewelry, just make sure to take special care when removing these articles.

    Have fun this season, but make sure to protect your jewelry so you can continue to enjoy it for many summers to come!

     

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  2. Is a Fancy Color Diamond Right for Your Engagement Ring?

    Juleve Platinum & 18 Karat Rose Gold Double Pear Shape Halo Ring Featuring a .90 Carat Pear Shape Fancy Light Pink Diamond Accented By 1.20 Carat Total Round Brilliant Diamonds

    Diamonds have long been the standard for engagement rings, but fancy colored diamonds are making waves! We are digging into whether a fancy colored diamond is right for your engagement ring as well as the history, psychology, and colors of these stunning gemstones.

    Is a fancy colored diamond right for your engagement ring?

    If you want a diamond engagement ring but are also looking for details to up the personality of your ring, a fancy colored diamond might be right for you. Naturally appearing in nearly every color of the rainbow, fancy color diamonds offer rich, sophisticated colors to engagement rings, while still providing the sentiment, durability, and sparkle we love about diamonds.

    Psychology Behind Color Diamonds

    The impact of colors on psychology is an area of study that is closely linked to the impact of colors on human emotions. Colors are used effectively in everything from branding to controlling public behavior. The psychological power behind colors is fascinating. A colored gemstone has hidden meaning and also hidden influence on the psychology of the wearer and viewer alike.

    Naturally colored diamonds, also known as Fancy Diamonds, come in every color of the rainbow and they are exceptionally rare. Blue, pink, red, purple and canary yellow are some of the most sought after colors in Fancy Diamonds. Fancy Diamonds also can come in black-gray, brown and even milky white. Before you buy your Fancy Diamond, here are some interesting facts about the psychology of the color as well as the formation of the stones.

    Blue Diamonds

    The Hope Diamond is the most famous blue diamond on the planet. Pure, cool, magically rich and deep, the color blue is associated with purity and wealth. It is the color of intuition and peace. The presence of boron when the stone was forming, leads to stones that range from a light sky blue to a rich deep blue, the color of the ocean. Associated with water and the sky, blue is the color of sophistication and calm.

    Pink Diamonds

    Pink diamonds are breathtaking in their beauty and they have been known to bring astronomical prices at auction. It isn’t exactly known how pink diamonds are formed but it is thought that at some point during its formation the diamond was exposed to intense pressure causing an alteration in the crystalline structure of the stone. Psychologically, pink is associated with femininity as well as fertility. Pink is a calming color and it is associated with caring and relaxation.

    Red Diamonds

    Red diamonds are one of the rarest stones on the planet. These stones are so rare that not much is known about them or their formation. Like pink diamonds, it is thought that pressure during formation changes the crystalline structure resulting in the rich red color of the diamond. Red is the color of passion and love. Fiery, vital and volatile, red is also associated with happiness and health.

    Purple Diamonds

    Associated with royalty, purple diamonds command noble price tags. Purple is the color of fidelity, honor and courage and the wearer of a purple diamond is thought to have good luck and long life. Purple is also associated with the imagination.

    Green Diamonds

    Some of the most interesting diamonds, the color green is thought to result from the irradiation of the diamond while it was forming in the earth. The effect of the radiation causes the electrons in the crystalline structure to change slightly resulting in the color green. Psychologically, green is associated with growth and fertility, with balance,  renewal and rebirth.

    Yellow Diamonds

    Fancy yellow diamonds are created through the addition of nitrogen during the formation of the stone. Intensely yellow diamonds are the most common of the Fancy Diamonds but they are still extremely rare. Some of the best canary yellow diamonds come from mines here in this country, in Arkansas. Yellow is the color of happiness and wealth. Yellow reflects an intellectual individual. It is also associated with joy and power.

     

    Diamonds in Every Color of the Rainbow

    Colored diamonds come in every color you could imagine — yellow, blue, pink, champagne, chocolate, even black! Yellow diamonds are classic, pink and champagne are feminine, and more exotic colors like chocolate and black are sure to get noticed for their unique beauty and flair!

    A Perfect Pick in Any Color

    Fancy-colored diamonds may be the hottest trend in jewelry design right now, but these colorful beauties are much more than just a fad. Colored gemstones have long been classic choices for the discerning jewelry lover, from emeralds to rubies and sapphires.  Fancy-colored diamonds combine these gorgeous tones with the classic appeal and high value of a true diamond.

    Fancy-colored diamonds let the wearer express her unique fashion sense, as well as her love of the finer things. Classy and colorful— what could be a better combination?

    Natural vs. Treated Colored Diamonds

    Many colored diamonds occur naturally due to minerals that make up the diamond stone.  However, technological advances have made it possible to recreate the same gorgeous  colors at prices that are within reach for every jewelry lover. Either way, colored diamonds are completely unique and individual items.

     

     

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  3. Unique Men's Wedding Bands

    Looking for a men's wedding band that truly stands out? Men's wedding bands can incorporate different textures, diamonds, shapes, and other materials for a ring that is uniquely your style. Men can choose a ring that complements their partner's, or they can run with a design that is all their own! Whatever your style, these unique wedding bands are sure to impress.

    Men's 10 Karat Gold Diamond Comfort Fit Band With Black Matte Triangles Featuring .14 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Black 8mm Comfort Fit Titanium Band with Carbon Fiber
    10 Karat Gold 7.5 Millimeter Diamond 9 Stone Comfort Fit Band With Black Ceramic Middle Strip Featuring 1.00 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Men's 10 Karat Gold 8 Millimeter Satin Finish Center With Black Lines Comfort Fit Band
    Men's 10 Karat Gold 8 Millimeter Braided Comfort Fit Band With Black Rhodium
    Men's 10 Two-Tone Karat Gold 8 Millimeter 2 Row Black Rhodium Stripe Comfort Fit Band
    Men's 10 Karat Gold 7 Millimeter Black Rhodium Striped Comfort Fit Band
    Men's 8 Millimeter 10 Karat Gold Black Matte Finish Band

     

    Ready to explore men's wedding bands to find your perfect ring? Shop Gold & Diamond Source men's wedding bands by style, price and more online here, or stop by our Clearwater showroom to see our full collection.

     

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  4. The Fiery July Ruby Birthstone

    Happy birthday to everyone celebrating a birthday in the month of July! July birthdays are associated with the rich and romantic ruby. Onyx, Carnelian and Moonstone are additional birthstones for July birthdays.

     

    The Origin of Birthstones

    Have you ever wondered where the tradition of associating a certain birthstone with your birth month was born? Birthstones and their association to the Zodiac extends back to the twelve stones used in the Arron's breastplate mentioned in Exodus. However, the tradition is probably even far older. Adopted and further codified by Christians and related to a passage in Revelation; the association of birthstones with birth months continues in the West up to modern times. There are textual references to the association of certain stones with certain birth months from eighth century Poland and sixteenth century Germany. Exactly which stone represents which month was further refined by Tiffany & Co in the 1870s and then by JA in 1912. For centuries stones have been associated with healing powers, luck and power and this is another reason birthstones are popular.

    The Meaning of Rubies

    Rubies are red and luscious, alive and mysterious. From their deep color comes the associations and symbolism associated with this gem. Rubies represent power and love. They also represent passion and energy. According to Bishop Marbodius from the eleventh century, "Ruby is the solitary and glowing eye which dragons and wyverns carry in the middle of their foreheads."

    Interesting Ruby Facts

    Rubies are a variety of the mineral called corundum and the line between pink sapphires and rubies is based on color rather than composition. Rubies have a Trigonal structure and the chemical name is Aluminum oxide. The hardness of a ruby is a 9. Rubies can be cut into a variety of different shapes, but brilliant cut and cabochon, also known as star rubies, are two of the most prized cuts for this fabulous, rare stone.

    Ruby Birthstone Jewelry

    A ruby ring, pendant, bracelet, or earrings is a thoughtful way to celebrate a July birthday! Here are a few pieces of ruby birthstone jewelry we love:

     

    Ruby and Diamond Bypass Ring
    Ruby and Diamond Clover Earrings
    Ruby & White Sapphire Evil Eye 18 Inch Necklace
    Juleve Inspired Earrings Feature Exquisite 2.33 Carat total Weight Oval Rubies & 2.26 Carat Total Weight Round Diamonds
    Rose Gold Flex Band Featuring .50 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Rubies
    White Gold Diamond And Ruby Fancy Ring

     

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  5. How Did Engagement Rings Come to Be?

    Juleve 18 Karat White Gold Marquise Halo Ring Featuring an IGL Certified 1.45 Carat Marquise Light Yellow Diamond (I1 Clarity) and .58 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant White Diamonds

    An engagement ring is likely to be the most important piece of jewelry you will ever give or receive. Once you say yes and slip that ring on, you will likely realize it is more than another piece of jewelry. Your engagement ring is a symbol— a promise of love and commitment between two people. Its roots dig deep into the history of humankind.

    The practice of wearing a symbol to mark the bond between two people can be traced back as far as the pre-historic era, when cavemen fastened adornments of braided grass around their mates. Although these objects looked much different than the diamond engagement rings we’re familiar with today, it is a vague premonition of the traditions to come and it set in motion a practice that would influence culture throughout the ages.For centuries, ancient Egyptians believed that the third finger on the left hand was directly connected to the heart by a vein that ran between the two. This meant that it carried with it a great deal of significance in the realm of life and love. They were often buried with a gold wire tied around this finger. Today, it is known as the ‘ring finger’. Here we see the humble beginnings of the modern day golden ring and it’s relationship to a very special place on the human hand.

    Fast forward to 1477 and we have the first documented instance of a diamond ring gifted as a symbol of betrothal by the Archduke Maximilian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy. And just like that, the engagement ring comes to life. Jewel studded rings gain popularity amongst the wealthy and become a staple of European fashion.

    In 1867, diamonds are discovered in South Africa and Cecil Rhodes founds the DeBeers Mining Company, setting the stage for the triumphant rise of the diamond as the premiere symbol for a marriage proposal. It’s not long before the undeniable beauty of the diamond ring becomes a far-reaching symbol of the wonder of life long love.

    Hollywood stars and popular culture embraces the diamond engagement ring. With the availability of these precious stones on the rise, affordable rings make their way to the pages of Sears & Roebuck’s mail-order catalog, extending the reach of the diamond ring to the masses. The rest is just history in the making.

     

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