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  1. Bridal Party Gift Ideas Under $100

    The bridal party. You couldn't say "I do" without them! Your bridal party is vital to your big day— from helping assemble all your DIY projects, to listening to your dreams and fears, to finally celebrating at your wedding! Say thank you with a thoughtful bridal party gift that they will treasure long after your wedding day.

    We've pulled together several of our favorite bridal party gift ideas— all under $100— so you can show your thanks while still sticking to your budget!

     

    Bridal Party Gifts They Will Love

    Pearls for a Classic Wedding

    Sterling Silver White Cultured Pearl Bracelet

     

    A Thoughtful Necklace to Wear to the Wedding and Beyond

    Sterling SIlver Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace

    Simple Studs That Fit Everyone's Style

    Yellow Gold Round Cubic Zirconia Earrings

    A Sweet Bracelet That Makes a Subtle Silver Statement

    Sterlign Silver "LOVE" Bangle Bracelet

    Customized Pendants for the Bridal Party

    Engravable Heart Pendant

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view more bridal party gift ideas, or shop a selection of  jewelry online HERE.

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  2. Everyday Jewelry to Wear and Love

    If you're a busy woman on the go, a lover of minimalist style, or a fashionista traveling from work to happy hour, everyday jewelry pieces are critical to your style. Basic pieces look fabulous on their own, work with bolder jewelry, and never go out of style. Collect everyday earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings so dressing up your look is the most effortless part of your day.

     

    Here are some of our go-to everyday pieces we love at Gold & Diamond Source:

    EARRINGS

    White Gold 1.20 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Hoop Earrings
    White Gold 0.50 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Halo Earrings


    A gorgeous pair of diamond earrings is a must in every jewelry collection. Appropriate for every occasion, simple and stunning diamond earrings add huge shine in their conservative size. Shop earrings HERE.

     

    NECKLACES

    White Gold Interlocking Circle & Oval Diamond Necklace
    Diamond Leaf Necklace Featuring 3/8 Carat Total Weight Diamonds
    White Gold 18 Inch Moroccan Necklace Featuring .40 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds


    A necklace is often the final piece to make any look polished. A delicate pendant makes a statement on its own and is even better when layered with other favorites. Shop necklaces HERE.

     

    BRACELETS

    A classic staple, this timeless sterling silver bead bracelet is an essential to every woman's jewelry collection.
    This fashion cuff bracelet crafted in sterling silver has round faceted diamonds on the symmetrical parallel bar end caps.
    White Gold 6" Cuff Bracelet Featuring .75 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds.


    We love bracelets alone or stacked with our favorite watch and other bracelets. Bracelets are wonderful alone; stack them together to up the impact. Shop bracelets HERE.

     

    RINGS

    Gold Chevron Ring Featuring .08 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamondsld Twist Band Featuring .09 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    14 Karat Rose Gold Twist Band Featuring .09 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds


    Complemented with wedding rings or not, rings are an absolute must in any look. A stacked look is trending and allows you to wear your favorites and really show off your personal style. Shop fashion rings HERE.

     

     

    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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