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  1. Spotlight on Marquise Shape Diamond Engagement Rings

    Marquise shape diamonds feature a classic look that maximizes carat weight with its stunning shape and cut.

    The marquise diamond cut is similar to that of a football. The unique shape is also known as the boat-shaped cut, the navette, or the eye-shaped cut. Marquise shape diamonds feature an oval shape with pointed ends. This diamond shape has been around for centuries, and it continues to be a flattering, timeless choice for today's couples. Marquise diamonds can maximize carat weight, giving you a much larger-looking diamond.

    Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Marquise Shape Diamond

    1. Because of its long, narrow shape, marquise cuts are thought to be slenderizing and often credited for making a finger appear longer and thinner.

    2. The two points at the ends of a marquise diamond need to align perfectly with one another. The smallest imbalance or imperfection of symmetry of a marquise diamond will greatly affect the balance of your ring when it is set.

    3. The sharp ends of the marquise cut are often susceptible to chipping if not protected properly by the jewelry setting. When set in a ring, make sure your diamond's corners have protected prongs or claws to keep the corners safe.

    4. With their narrow shape, some marquise cuts produce an area of reduced color in the center of the gem— sometimes called the Bow Tie Effect.  All elongated fancy shapes have a bow tie effect, but a well-cut diamond will hide that effect with the brilliance of its facets.

     

    White Gold Marquise Halo Split Shank Ring Featuring a 1.00 Carat Marquise Diamond Accented By .50 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Marquise Halo Ring Featuring .75 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    wo-Tone Gold Marquise Halo Ring Featuring a GIA Certified .81 Carat Marquise Yellow Diamond (O-P Color / SI1 Clarity) and .68 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant White Diamonds
    White Gold Marquise Halo Polish Top Ring Featuring a 1.00 Carat Marquise Diamond Accented By .50 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Rose Gold Marquise Halo Ring Featuring a 1.00 Carat Marquise Diamond and .75 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds

     

    Do you think a marquise diamond engagement ring might be right for you? We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of marquise diamond engagement rings here.

     

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  2. The Ideal Diamond Carat Size

    This Gorgeous Solitaire Diamond Accent Ring is Beyond Exquisite! The Ring Features a 2.00 Carat Round Brilliant Center Diamond.

    At Gold & Diamond Source, we believe educated customers are happy customers. We are very proud of the education we give to our customers as we know that with knowledge comes power.

    Diamond sizes and how diamonds are measured is the most commonly discussed aspect of any diamond. Diamond carat size is on many wish lists, and it's in every headline when a celebrity gets engaged. But have you ever wondered what carat size really means?

    Read below for a breakdown on the carat weighing system used for diamonds and why the weight of every diamond is unique.

     

    Why Carats?

    Carats (ct) are a unit of mass used to weigh diamonds, gemstones and pearls. The carat is a very old standard of measurement that extends back to at least the 16th century for measuring diamonds. The carat probably has its origins in the carob seed used in Greek and Roman times as a standard form of small measurement. Even though we think of carat as a measuring the size of the diamond this is not the case. The carat is a weight measurement so the appearance of two stones that are both 1 carat diamonds can be somewhat different.

    Today a carat is equal to 200 mg. This standard of measurement was adopted early in the 20th Century by the General Conference of Weight and Measures (Conférence générale des poids et mesures – CGPM). Interestingly, the CGPM, established in 1875, is the same organization that established the metric system and encouraged its adoption throughout the world for the standardization of all weights and measurements.

    Each carat is divisible by 100 points, each weighing 2 milligrams. Prior to the standardization and adoption of the carat system different countries used slightly different standards of measurement for diamonds and gemstones making it very difficult to compare one stone to another without placing them side by side. The adoption of the carat meant that a diamond seller in Africa and a diamond buyer in Brussels could reach an agreement concerning a particular stone much more easily.

    However, the carat system has its limitations because diamonds are shaped and cut differently. A 1 carat diamond can be cut long and deep and it will look visibly smaller than a diamond that is cut shallower. The different cuts of the stones, for example cushion, round, marquise, square, emerald or pear will also weigh different amounts because the cuts are different. In other words, how the stone is cut and its shape can have a dramatic impact on the presentation of the stone.

    The size of a diamond dramatically influences its price. This is where the carat becomes a very valuable tool. Larger diamonds are rare compared to smaller diamonds so the price per carat substantially increases based on the weight of the stone. For example, a 5 ct diamond may cost $45,000 per carat while a smaller stone less than 1/2 ct may cost $2,400 per carat for a diamond that is graded the same in all the other categories. For further information about diamonds and to see how stones in different sizes look, please use the free interactive tools on our diamond education page.

     

    Learn more about diamonds and explore our vast inventory at Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom.

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  3. Guide to the Top Three Precious Metals

    If you've worn or shopped for jewelry, there's a good chance you are familiar with different metals. More than just the outward color, different metals feature different compositions and durability. The three most popular precious metals are gold, silver, and platinum. These metals are used alone or alloyed with other metals to make jewelry and coins in addition to their industrial uses.

     

    GOLD

    Gold has the longest history of use in jewelry of all precious metals. Gold is very scarce and it takes approximately 3.2 tones of mining ore to produce 1 ounce of pure gold. Gold is a very strong metal but also very malleable so it is frequently alloyed with other metals to increase its strength, durability, and color. The most common colors of gold used in jewelry are yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. The fineness of gold is measured in karats which denotes how many parts pure gold out of 24 parts. Pure gold is 24 karat and is rarely used in jewelry as it is too soft. The most commonly available gold bullion coins are 22 or 24 karat gold. All jewelry sold in the United States must be a minimum of 10 karat gold and stamped somewhere on the jewelry. Below is a breakdown of gold karat content and purity:

    • 10 karat - 41.7% pure gold
    • 14 karat - 58.5% pure gold
    • 18 karat - 75.0% pure gold
    • 24 karat - 100%  pure gold

     

    PLATINUM

    Platinum is the rarest of the precious metals commonly used in jewelry. Only about 150 tons are produced a year compared to 1500 tons of gold. It takes approximately 10 tons of mining ore to produce 1 ounce of platinum. Platinum has a relatively short history of use in jewelry due to the difficultness of working with it. Platinum is very heavy and durable, as well as hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant. Naturally white, platinum jewelry is 90-95% pure while platinum bullion is usually 99.9% pure. Platinum jewelry will have stamps indicating its purity.

    • "950 plat or 950pt" is 95% pure platinum plus 5% other metals
    • "900 plat or 900pt" is 90% pure platinum plus 10% other metals

     

    SILVER

    Silver is the most widely used precious metal of the precious metals commonly used in jewelry. According to estimates, there are approximately 17 ounces of silver for every ounce of gold. In ancient Egypt, silver was considered more valuable then gold and the leading producing countries in the world today are Peru and Mexico.

    Sterling Silver jewelry is the United States is made up of 92.5 % silver mixed with other metals and will be stamped ".925" or "sterling". Most silver flatware is made of sterling silver although lower quality silver was also used in flatware.

    More than 95% of annual silver consumption is from industrial and decorative uses: photography, jewelry, and silverware.

     

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to learn more about precious metals and shop our full jewelry collections.

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  4. Guide to The Perfect Ring Selfie

    He popped the question, you said yes, and now you can't stop staring at your gorgeous ring! Once you've told your family and closest friends, the next step is taking the perfect ring selfie. This is the shot your friends will love to revisit over and over again as they share this exciting time with you. For many, the ring selfie has replaced the traditional method of calling to tell the good news.

    If you plan on celebrating your engagement with a ring selfie, we've gathered the very best tips to do it right and enhance the natural beauty of your diamond to achieve a stunning, true-to-life engagement ring selfie.

    Guide to The Perfect Ring Selfie

    Get it just right

    It all starts with the hand! A little hand lotion and a manicure can go a long way in making your hands look their best for their close-up. If you're planning on getting engaged soon, consider staying away from trendy nail art and choosing a more timeless look that wouldn't distract from an engagement ring.

    The perfect angle

    Regardless of the actual size of your center diamond, certain angles and setups can change the appearance of its size. In most cases, we recommend taking a top-down shot of your ring. This shot is called a “table view”, and it will give the most accurate impression of the diamond’s size.

    In most cases, side-view photos of an engagement ring can be totally misleading. For instance, a large diamond ring that sits low on the finger will look tiny in a side-view image, where capturing it from a table view will help show its true size.

    Bonus tip: remove all other jewelry and accessories from your hand and wrist before snapping a selfie to truly let your engagement ring shine. The shapes and sizes of your other jewelry, especially larger watches, can skew how big the center stone appears.

    What details to share

    Exactly how much ring details to share has been long debated even before ring selfies were a thing. Generally, we err on the side of sharing less about your ring and simply letting friends and family marvel at the good news and the ring's beauty. Sharing details of price and carat weight can lead to discussions and feelings of jealousy and comparison that take away from your special day.

    Bonus tip: We do recommend sharing anything that tells of the ring's special meaning to you. If there was inspiration behind a part of the ring, if you used a family diamond, or if you chose a certain engraving, these details are unique and sweet to share with others.

    Details to remember

    Try to find natural light for the best ring selfie results. When natural light is not possible, avoid using your camera's flash as it can reflect the stone's brilliance in an unflattering way.

    Avoid using zoom for the perfect shot. Zoomed in photos often come out blurry. Avoid using the zoom feature to guarantee a crisp, high quality photo.

    Don't take a close-up table shot if you have an Asscher or emerald cut diamond. With such large, open tables, inclusions appear more obvious in these cuts. Avoid highlighting minor inclusions with a farther away photo or slightly turned angle.

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of engagement rings online HERE.

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  5. Everything You Need to Know About Fancy Color Diamonds

    A Rainbow of Multi Colored Sapphires Is The Highlight Of this Stunning Juleve Bracelet.

    While white diamonds have long been the standard, fancy colored diamonds are growing in popularity for everything from engagement rings to earrings. Naturally appearing in nearly every color of the rainbow, fancy color diamonds offer rich, sophisticated colors to all types of jewelry. Fancy colored diamonds are enjoying their time in the spotlight— and we wouldn't have it any other way.

    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 always popular from engagement rings to fine jewelry. Pink and champagne are feminine and subtle options, while 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.

    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.

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of fancy color diamond jewelry online HERE.

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