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  1. How to Plan Your Perfect Holiday Proposal Now

    This stylish ring features a shank lined with round sparkling diamonds that surrounds the pear shaped diamond cluster center set in high polished 14k white gold.

    Are you planning a holiday proposal around Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or another end-of-year holiday? Full of family, friends, and festivities, the holiday season is already a wonderful time of year, and a surprise proposal just adds the romance!

    Here are our tips for getting a head start on your holiday proposal:

    1.     Find her engagement ring style.

    Look at the jewelry she already wears. Does she wear minimal jewelry, or does she layer on her favorite pieces? Does she love the simplicity of a diamond, or is her jewelry box full of different colors?

    It’s also a great idea to ask trusted friends and family members. It is likely that she has mentioned different styles she prefers— and maybe even some she doesn’t!

    Now is early enough to browse engagement rings together without spoiling the surprise. Try on rings in person, or begin by exploring different rings online.

    1.     Consider a custom designed engagement ring. 

    While your engagement ring turnaround time might be quick, it’s always better to begin your search early in case you want a custom piece or decide to include existing jewelry in your design.

    While you might have an idea of what you like, seeing and feeling different designs might point you in a whole new direction! Anything is possible when you custom design your engagement ring, and the cost is usually less than a designer ring!

    1.     Scope out the specifics. 

    With progress made on the engagement ring, now is a great time to scope out the specifics of your holiday proposal.

    Timing— Does your partner prefer one holiday over another? Are there events over the holiday season where loved ones will be near? Even if you don’t want to propose in front of others, you might enjoy having them near to celebrate with after!

    Location— Consider the weather when planning an end-of-year proposal, and always have a backup for outdoor locations! The Clearwater/Tampa Bay area has beautiful spots ready for a romantic holiday proposal! We recommend looking at Oystercatchers, the dessert room at Bern's, or Clearwater or St. Pete beach! for your perfect proposal.

     

    Visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view complete selection of diamond engagement rings, or shop a selection online HERE.

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  2. Spotlight on Diamond Accent Engagement Rings

    For couples considering engagement, there are endless options when looking at engagement rings. Vintage, solitaire, halo, diamond accent, and more... you can truly find or create an engagement ring that matches you exact taste and preference. For bride-to-be's who appreciate extra sparkle from every angle, we recommend considering diamond accent engagement rings. Usually with smaller diamonds along the shank, halo, and other decorative details, this engagement ring style adds an extra layer of sparkles to the center stone.

    Here are just a few of our favorite diamond accent engagement rings from Tampa Bay's Gold and Diamond Source:

    Juleve 14 Karat Two-Tone Gold Round Halo Milgrain Ring Featuring a .50 Carat Round Brilliant Center Diamond and .56 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamond Accents Along The Halo And Shank
    14 Karat White Gold Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring with 10 Side Round Diamonds
    Juleve 18 Karat Two-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
    14 Karat White Gold Diamond Accent Halo Ring Featuring a .25 Carat Round Brilliant Center Diamond and .25 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds Along The Shank and Halo
    14 Karat White Gold 3 Stone Oval Halo Ring Featuring .92 Carat Total Weight Oval Treated Blue Diamonds and 1.30 Carat Total Weight Half Moon / Round Brilliant Diamonds
    14 Karat White Gold 1.00 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Halo Engagement Ring
    Juleve Diamond Ring. The Ring Features a 1.63 Carat European Cut Fancy Dark Orange Brown Diamond That Is G.I.A. Certified. The Center Diamond Is Accompanied By 0.37 Carats Of White Diamonds And 0.20 Carats Of Natural Pink Diamonds Set in 18 Karat White & Rose Gold
    14 Karat White Gold 2.00 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Cluster Center Engagement Ring
    14 Karat White Gold Vintage 3 Stone Halo Ring Featuring 1/2 Carat Total Weight Princess Cut, Round Brilliant, and Baguette Diamonds. (Including .25 Carat Princess Cut Center Diamond

     

    Visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view complete selection of diamond accent engagement rings, or shop a selection online HERE.

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  3. How Birthstones Came to Be

    Have you ever wondered how birthstones came to be? Full of history and folklore, birthstones are designated to mark birthdays in each month. It's common to give and receive birthstone gifts for birthdays, and many couples even include birthstones in their bridal set or anniversary jewelry.

    Birthstones, gemstones assigned to each month of the year, have been traced back to ancient times. The Breastplate of Aaron that was described in the book of Exodus in the Bible was a religious garment set with twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel. The gems were arranged on the breastplate in four rows of three: Sardius, topaz and carbuncle; emerald, sapphire and diamond; ligure, agate and amethyst; and beryl, onyx and jasper.

    The writings of Flavius Josephus (1st century AD) and St. Jerome (5th century AD) made the connection between the 12 stones in the Breastplate and the 12 signs of the zodiac. It was proposed that each of the gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel had special powers associated with the corresponding astrological sign, and that wearing these stones at the right time would have therapeutic or magical benefits. Thus, the idea of birthstones were born.

    Birthstones still weren't popular until 1912 when the National Association of Jewelers (also known as Jewelers of America) set a modern list of birthstones and began to set the trend that people wear a specific gemstone that corresponded to the month of their birth.

    The list of birthstones set by the National Association of Jewelers has not been changed since 1912— with one exception. In 2002 the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced that they had added tanzanite as a third birthstone for December, though December already had two birthstones, turquoise and zircon). The Jewelers of America recognized the move, though the addition misses the mark of the purported magical powers of the original astrological gemstones.

     

    Visit the Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view complete selection of birthstone jewelry, or shop jewelry online HERE.

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  4. Our Favorite Jewelry Under $549

    Gold and Diamond Source is proud to be America's leading online jewelry store with a local reputation since 1984. We are proud to have Clearwater's largest selections of fine diamonds, diamond semi-mounts, diamond bracelets, diamond earrings, fine watches and colored gemstone jewelry that you will see anywhere!

    We are also proud to offer a wide selection of jewelry with collections in every price range. Today we are spotlighting some of our favorite jewelry under $549— perfect for celebrating a big moment or finding the perfect gift for a loved one.

    14 Karat Yellow Gold 0.16 Carat Total Weight 4 Round Bezel Set Diamond Clover Ring
    4 Karat White Gold 2.10 Carat Total Weight Round Blue Topaz & 0.13 Carat Halo Round Diamond Earrings

     

    14 Karat Yellow Gold 0.56 Carat Total Weight 5 Millimeter Round White Topaz Solitaire Necklace With 18" Chain
    10 Karat Yellow Gold Synthetic Marquise & Round Sapphire Ring With 0.01 Carat Round Diamonds
    Sterling Silver 7mm Lab-Grown Emerald and .015 CTW Diamond 18" Necklace
    14 Karat Yellow Gold 6x6 Millimeter Trillion Cut Cubic Zirconia Earrings With Backs
    Open T-Bar Cuff Style Crafted In 14 Karat Gold
    14 Karat Gold .07 Carat Total Weight Petite Diamond Bar with 16-18" Cable Link Necklace
    14 Karat Yellow Gold Criss-Cross Ring

    Visit the Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete selection, or shop jewelry under $549 online HERE.

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  5. Designer Pins, Brooches, and Money Clips at GDS

    At Gold and Diamond Source, we are proud to be America's Leading Online Jewelry Store known for our engagement rings, and diamond and gemstone jewelry. We are also proud to offer our customers designer pins, brooches, and money clips. These one-size-fits-all, beautiful pieces are ideal choices to celebrate important milestones in your life as well as gifts for Christmas, Mother's Day, and Father's Day. For an even more special gift, we recommend engraving your money clip with a meaningful date or few words.

     

    Platinum Brooch Featuring 5.24 Carat Total Weight Euro Round Diamonds
    18 Karat Yellow Gold and Platinum Flower Basket Pin
    14 Karat Yellow Gold Angel Pin

     

    Sterling Silver Money Clip
    14 Karat Yellow Gold Money Clip

    Visit the Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete selection of designer pins, brooches, and money clips.

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