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  1. Is Hand Sanitizer Bad for Your Engagement Ring?

    In a time of COVID and extra sanitation measures to keep ourselves and those around us healthy, the impact of the current crisis on your engagement ring and other fine jewelry might not be top of mind. As your jeweler, we are looking out for you and are answering, "Is all this hand sanitizer bad for my engagement ring?" as well as sharing some easy jewelry care tips to keep your jewelry in top shape in 2020 and beyond.

    Is Hand Sanitizer Bad for Your Engagement Ring?

    While washing with soap and water will not cause harm to your diamond engagement ring and will actually help keep build-up and smudges at bay, hand sanitizer is a different process. Hand sanitizer is made up of rubbing alcohol and will not hurt diamonds or damage the integrity, value, or brilliance of your stone, but excessive use can make the finish on white gold wear a little faster.

    In order to help extend the shine and luster of white gold, avoid applying hand sanitizer directly onto your ring and remove your ring, apply hand sanitizer, let it dry and then put your ring back on whenever possible.

    Good Ring Care Is Easy

    By incorporating a few precautions and maintenance habits now, you can make sure your jewelry shines for years to come. We are sharing the most important (and easy!) tips to keeping your engagement ring as dazzling as the day you first put it on!

    Avoid harsh chemical residue.

    The first step to keeping beautiful jewelry is to avoid damaging it. Chemicals from everyday products ( like the ones in perfume, sunscreen, and lotion) can add residue to gold and gemstones, which can cause potential damage. Make it a habit to remove your jewelry before applying products that may be made with harmful chemicals.

    Clean your well-loved pieces at home with mild solutions.

    Regularly wash your engagement ring and other commonly-worn pieces at home by soaking it in a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid for roughly 30 minutes before gently scrubbing them with a soft bristle toothbrush.

    You can also clean metals and precious stones with baking soda with its mild, non-abrasive consistency that makes it perfect for cleaning . Simply pour a bit of baking soda into a bowl and mix it with a bit of warm water to create a soft paste. Take off your ring and use your fingers to gently rub the paste around the stone, the setting, and the ring. Rinse the ring in warm water and dry with a lint-free cloth.

    Keep a go-to safe spot.

    Whether you always take your jewelry off to sleep or shower, or if you only remove it when you really must, it's wise to have a designated spot for your engagement ring and other daily pieces. Whether you choose a specific area in your jewelry box, or a small dish on your dresser, having a go-to location will cut down on the chances of forgetting where you put it.

    Restore shine to white gold and platinum.

    No matter what care you give your jewelry, every white gold ring will start to dull and a yellow hue will start to shine through. This is natural and unavoidable, but the gold’s original sheen can be easily restored through a process called Rhodium plating.

    While platinum rings do not need Rhodium treatments as platinum does not originally start off as yellow, those who want a shinier look to their platinum engagement ring can opt to have their platinum band plated for more shine.

    Consider an alternative ring.

    Many brides are choosing to rely on a “backup ring” to supplement their engagement ring. This ring is an alternate to your engagement ring that is often less valuable and can be worn without worry of it getting lost or damaged. When you don't want to put your engagement ring at risk (a long day at the beach or gardening, for example), leave the real bling at home and opt for a ring of lesser value.

    Get insurance.

    As with any serious investment, it's wise to consider getting insurance for your engagement ring. While it might be emotionally difficult to ever have to replace your engagement ring, knowing you wouldn't have the financial upset if you ever did lose it can be more than worth it.

    Schedule professional cleanings.

    Our jewelers at Gold and Diamond Source are happy to give your jewelry a thorough, professional cleaning. Not only will we clean your jewelry, but we will examine it under magnification to make sure the prongs and clasps are secure, and to check for fractures and loose stones. It is wise to have your ring and other commonly-worn jewelry professionally cleaned twice a year to maintain the structural integrity and keep it as dazzling as the first day.

     

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  2. Designer Spotlight: Shy Creation

    About Shy Creation

    We are thrilled to feature Shy Creation’s world of award-winning fine diamond jewelry at Gold and Diamond Source. Exquisitely handcrafted and designed to celebrate the moments that matter to you, this designer believes you never need a reason to treat yourself.

    Layer, stack, mix and match-find the fun in creating your unique Shy style. Today is about following your own trends and defining luxury by your own terms. Make your own rules and embody your brilliance with a touch of Shy. Shine Bright. Shine Bold. Show Your Shy.

     

    About the Designer

    For over 25 years, Shy Dayan has designed a continuously evolving collection of contemporary fine jewelry that redefines modern luxury.

    Established in 1993, Shy Creation was born of Shy’s lifelong passion and commitment to creating exquisite jewelry designs. Shy began his career as a master jeweler, transforming rare gems and unique stones into statement making, couture-quality creations. Shy’s signature yellow diamond jewelry earned him industry wide recognition for producing impeccably handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces. With unparalleled standards of quality, all Shy Creation designs are handset with meticulous attention to detail.

    As the vision for his jewelry brand evolved, Shy found himself drawn to reinventing his collection by pairing his existing quality with fresh, wearable designs. Shy struck a unique balance that transformed Shy Creation into a brand renowned for unmatched craftsmanship and young, fun, luxurious appeal.

    Today, Shy Creation is America’s fastest growing jewelry brand with a young, energetic team lead by Shy and his siblings, David and Kathy. As CEO, David joined the company in 2000 bringing a passion for success and undeniably positive approach to team leadership. As Creative Director, Kathy’s unique eye and keen sense of fashion is an essential part of the Shy Creation design team.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    "I've seen their commercials for years now. Decided to make the trip from South Tampa to upgrade my wedding band. I'm so here for all the elaborate decorating let me tell you. Including a FABULOUS pair of gold shoes worn by one of the fashionable gentleman associates. Anyway.

    From the second I walked in, they rolled out the red carpet, and every customer thereafter they just provided stellar customer service. And well you might be thinking, yeah lady it's a jewelry store so they have to, to which i say not so fast. Customer service at most places, including another local jewellery store in the area, is quite lacking.

    I worked with Mr. Patrick Kelly, who's a G&D veteran, i learned. PK was fab, listened to exactly what i wanted and within ten minutes I was set. They sized it for me that day, and boxed my new ring up so beautifully. The quality of their products is so easily visible and they provided me with a lifetime warranty, including free cleanings and such.

    COVID: extra precautions all around, excellent job!

    Thanks PK and the G&D team!! Y'all work your butts off! Cheers!" — Brienna A. on Yelp

     

  3. Ultimate Guide to Women’s Wedding Bands

    Congratulations on your engagement! Now it's time to find your perfect wedding band! There are as many wedding band options as there are engagement rings— and even more when you consider the combination your wedding band will make alongside your engagement ring.

    Most women choose to wear both an engagement ring and wedding band— known as a “bridal set."  Some couples opt for purchasing complete, coordinating bridal sets, while others choose to build their own sets with a wedding band of their choice.

    Your wedding band can match and complement your engagement ring, or it can be a standout piece on its own. Gold & Diamond Source is proud to have the largest selection of gold and diamond wedding bands in the Tampa Bay Area.

     

    Eternity Wedding Bands

    With no shortage of sparkle, eternity bands feature diamonds or another gemstone around the entire ring— unlike a 5-stone or 7-stone wedding band that features stone just at the top. This style Shop eternity wedding bands HERE.

     

    Chic Wedding Bands

    A simple gold or platinum wedding band with or without diamonds provides a simple backdrop to allow your engagement ring to truly shine.

     

    Something Different Wedding Bands

    If traditional wedding bands don't live up to what you envision, consider something out of the box. Try on a wedding band with unexpected details that will perfectly reflect your style.

     

    Contrasting Wedding Bands

    If you love rose gold or gemstones but didn't include that in your engagement ring, a contrasting wedding band might be perfect for you. Consider a different metal or a gemstone that reflects your favorite color, birthstone, or anniversary stone.

     

     

     

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    "I've seen their commercials for years now. Decided to make the trip from South Tampa to upgrade my wedding band. I'm so here for all the elaborate decorating let me tell you. Including a FABULOUS pair of gold shoes worn by one of the fashionable gentleman associates. Anyway.

    From the second I walked in, they rolled out the red carpet, and every customer thereafter they just provided stellar customer service. And well you might be thinking, yeah lady it's a jewelry store so they have to, to which i say not so fast. Customer service at most places, including another local jewellery store in the area, is quite lacking.

    I worked with Mr. Patrick Kelly, who's a G&D veteran, i learned. PK was fab, listened to exactly what i wanted and within ten minutes I was set. They sized it for me that day, and boxed my new ring up so beautifully. The quality of their products is so easily visible and they provided me with a lifetime warranty, including free cleanings and such.

    COVID: extra precautions all around, excellent job!

    Thanks PK and the G&D team!! Y'all work your butts off! Cheers!" — Brienna A. on Yelp

     

  4. History Behind the Rose Gold Engagement Ring

    Rose gold, sometimes called pink gold, is continuing to grow in popularity with couples shopping for their perfect engagement ring. And it’s not hard to understand why – rose gold is warm, luxurious, and romantic. 

    Rose gold is a mixture of yellow gold, copper and silver. The copper gives it a redded color than yellow gold naturally has. The silver helps to tone down the redness of the copper, achieving a subtle pink shade. No one knows exactly who came up with the idea of adding copper to gold, but it is believed that rose gold first became popular in Russia at the beginning of the 19th century. Rose gold is often referred to as “Russian gold” as it was so popular in Russia.

    Even though rose gold has become incredibly popular in the past few years, it’s not actually new to the jewelry world. Rose gold was brought to the masses in the early 19th century by famed jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, who incorporated rose gold in his renowned Fabergé Eggs. The jeweler was tasked with creating these ornate eggs to be Easter gifts for Russian tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II’s family. 

    Rose gold made a comeback in the 1920s when Cartier released the sought-after Trinityring, a simple design featuring intertwining bands of white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. And while platinum and white gold were popular during the Art Deco period of the 1930s and 1940s, platinum became reserved for war efforts when World War II began in 1939, so rose gold took its place and grew in popularity. 

    For today's brides, rose gold is continuing to trend. Celebrities and style icons are enjoying the romantic hue of rose gold, with many choosing the metal for their engagement rings.

     

     

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    "We absolutely LOVE the Gold and Diamond Source! Debbie is by far the best in customer satisfaction and expertise. My husband bought my engagement ring and wedding band here about 6 years ago. We bring it every 6 months for service and cleaning....which of course has prompted us to buy other pieces of jewelry. They have the highest quality gold and diamonds with the best prices. And we have compared diligently and did our homework. They always honor their word with replacing and repairing anything that happens to any of our pieces because we are such loyal customers and bring our pieces in for service every 6 months minimum. I highly recommend you stop in and check out their selection Ask for Debbie... you will thank me, I promise!" — Robyn M. on Yelp

     

  5. Celebrate September with Sapphires

    Celebrate September with Sapphires

    We never need a reason to celebrate the gorgeous sapphire birthstone, but we pull out all the stops every September 1st. Though popular all year long, sapphire is also the birthstone for those born in the month of September. Did you know it is also a traditional anniversary gift for four wedding anniversaries? Learn more about this beloved, royal blue stone below.

    Popular since the Middle Ages, the sapphire is a classic favorite of royalty, clergy, celebrities and fine jewelry collectors. People have prized sapphires for their celestial blues and violets. Did you know you can actually find the beautiful September birthstone in any color, except red? Medium to medium-dark blue hues are the most coveted.
    Some of the most famous blue sapphire engagement rings have been worn by Mary-Kate Olsen, Emma Slater, Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Hurley, Princess Diana, and Kate Middleton.

    Sapphire Folklore
    Folklore tells that sapphires will protect loved ones from envy and harm and grant the wearer spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. In differing zodiacal systems, sapphire covers both Taurus and Gemini. The Ancient Greeks associated sapphire with Apollo. Violet sapphires represent the number three as well as old age. They are believed to offer healing properties for rheumatism, colic, and mental illness. Sapphires are also considered an antidepressant.

    Sapphires as Anniversary Gifts
    For couples looking for a traditional anniversary gift, sapphires are given for the 5th, 23rd, 45th and 65th wedding anniversaries. Couples celebrating these milestone anniversaries might consider a sapphire anniversary band that can be worn with the bridal set.

    Sapphire Birthstone Jewelry
    Sapphire jewelry is a meaningful gift for those who celebrate a September birthday— and anyone who loves this gorgeous gemstone!

     

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    "We absolutely LOVE the Gold and Diamond Source! Debbie is by far the best in customer satisfaction and expertise. My husband bought my engagement ring and wedding band here about 6 years ago. We bring it every 6 months for service and cleaning....which of course has prompted us to buy other pieces of jewelry. They have the highest quality gold and diamonds with the best prices. And we have compared diligently and did our homework. They always honor their word with replacing and repairing anything that happens to any of our pieces because we are such loyal customers and bring our pieces in for service every 6 months minimum. I highly recommend you stop in and check out their selection Ask for Debbie... you will thank me, I promise!" — Robyn M. on Yelp

     

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