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  1. Three-Stone Engagement Ring Settings To Love

    Three stone engagement rings represent a couple's past, present, and future. It is a meaningful style to choose to celebrate your love story for all that it was yesterday, all that it is today, and all that it will be tomorrow. This style features three main gemstones, which can all the same size or cascading.

    Your three-stone engagement ring can take form in all shapes, sizes, colors, and gemstones. The options of customizing your dream ring are endless— meaning your engagement ring can truly be as unique as your own love story.

    We at Gold and Diamond Source love helping couples find their perfect engagement ring. Here are a few of our favorite three stone engagement ring settings. Can you pick a favorite?

    14 Karat White Gold 0.67 Carat Total Weight Side Round Diamond And 0.31 Carat Total Weight Pear Side Diamond Halo Mounting
    18 Karat Gold 3 Stone Milgrain Halo Setting Featuring 1.00 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    18 Karat Gold 1.00 Carat Total Weight 3 Stone Style Halo Mounting
    This 3 stone halo style engagement ring features 0.87 carat total weight of round brilliant and baguette diamonds
    18 Karat White Gold Oval Halo 3 Stone Setting Featuring .50 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    14 Karat White Gold 0.58 Carat Total Weight Round & Baguette Diamond Halo Mounting For 1 Carat Center Cushion Or Princess Cut Diamond
    This 3 stone halo style engagement ring features 1.00 carat total weight of round brilliant diamonds
    18 Karat White Gold Vintage 3 Stone Milgrain Setting Featuring .875 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds


    Visit our engagement ring experts at our Clearwater, Florida, showroom, or begin your search online here.


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  2. Guide to October's Two Birthstones

    Do you celebrate an October birthday?

    October is a month of changing colors, so it is quite fitting that the October birthstones are opal and tourmaline.

    Both gems are so unique and offer an incredible array of color and diversity. Tourmaline features a rainbow of colors, and opal has limitless fire and color play. Both accentuate the beautiful colors of fall and add a glow and beauty unlike any other. Read about October's two birthstones below, and be sure to let us know which is your favorite!

    October's Tourmaline Birthstone

    Juleve 18 Karat White Gold 3 Stone Emerald Shape Halo Ring Featuring a 7.05 Carat Blue-Green Tourmaline Accented By 1.06 Carat Total Weight Baguette & Round Brilliant Diamonds.

    Tourmaline is a powerful gem. Representing love and humanity for centuries, the history behind these incredible jewels is limitless. Legend says that the tourmaline ran along a rainbow collecting all the colors, allowing it to be any color it desires. Incredibly durable, tourmaline figurines made by ancient Chinese, and Indians as ceremonial artifacts are on display around the world. Anyone wearing tourmaline will feel the history emanating from this established and beautiful gem.

    Perfect in almost any setting, tourmaline excels on necklaces and rings. There are even Russian crowns that bear tourmaline gems. Not too showy, this gem is a perfect addition to any outfit. Coming in many colors, and even having the possibility to have a multitude of colors in one gem, tourmaline is a very diverse stone that has the ability to fit any person.

    October's Opal Birthstone

    Handcrafted To a Standard Of Perfection, These Unique 9.73 Carat Total Weight Briolette Ethiopian Opal Drop Earrings Feature Beautiful Round Brilliant Diamonds Weighing a Total of .41 Carats.

    Opal is another adaptable gem. It is known as the Queen of Gems because of it has every other gem color hidden in its depths. Like your fingerprint, no two opals are the same. Each one has designs differing in colors, shape, and pattern. there is an opal for every person. Ranging from bright reds and yellows to soft greens and blues or even having the rainbow in one gem, opal is easily the most diverse gem.

    When placed in rings, an opal's true potential can be unlocked on the finger. You can turn and move the opal to get a wide variety of colors and visual effects. Coveted by many, the opal is a must for your autumn and winter apparel. By far the most individual gem, be sure to choose an opal that accentuates and works with you.


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

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  3. How to Sell Your Jewelry in Tampa Bay or Clearwater

    Do you have old, unwanted pieces of jewelry taking up space at home? Whether it be a change in taste, a broken relationship, or just the need to make space for new pieces, selling jewelry or gold is a great way to quickly get cash for unwanted items.

    At Gold & Diamond Source, we will purchase your jewelry and offer you the best price possible. When you use our gold buying services, you can trust that you will always receive the best offer. We do not believe in taking advantage of our customers, so fair pricing is the foundation of our Gold and Diamond Buying program. If you live within the Florida area you can stop in today and get cash for all of your unwanted jewelry pieces.

    Stop at our Clearwater, Florida, store any time for an offer on your unwanted jewelry items. No appointment is needed when you sell with us. One of our courteous associates will be delighted to assist you. Just come into our store during normal business hours and you get an offer right on the spot. If you accept this offer you will then receive payment for your items immediately. Selling gold and other pieces of fine jewelry has never been easier.

    We are open seven days a week, which makes it convenient to sell all of your unwanted precious metals, diamonds, gems and more. Not only are we available to meet with you any day of the week, we also give our customers the highest offer possible. We pay top dollar as compaired to national gold buying companies. You can trust you are getting what you deserve.

    While it is called our Gold Buying program, it is not limited to gold. We also buy silver, sterling silver, gold fillings, gold teeth, sterling silver flatware, diamonds, precious stones, and a variety of old coins. We purchase foreign coins and platinum pieces too. We buy almost any precious metal, gem or coin that you can find, with only a few minor exceptions. We do not purchase costume jewelry, gold-filled jewelry, gold-plated jewelry or coins that state that they are a copy.

    You will probably be surprised by the amount of jewelry and coins you can find at home and inside your jewelry box. There are so many items that we forget about which can sit unused for years. Free up some room and grab extra cash by stopping in to see what we can offer you for all of your unwanted pieces. If you live outside Florida and can’t visit our Clearwater location, you can use our convenient Gold Kit from home. Simply request a free kit online today, and it will be sent to you right away.


    Best Gold & Jewelry to Sell:

    - Precious Gems and Diamonds
    - All diamond shapes 0.50 carats and above, fine quality rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.
    - Gold
    - Jewelry (10 Karat & Up, Any Condition)
    - Bullion (Coins, Rounds, Bars, Etc.)
    - Old US Coins Including Numismatic Graded Coins
    - All US and foreign Bullion Coins
    - Pre-1965 US Coinage and 1965-1970 Kennedy Half Dollars
    - Gold Teeth/Fillings (teeth must be removed due to health concerns)
    - Silver
    - Sterling Jewelry
    - Sterling Silver Flatware
    - Platinum
    - Jewelry (Any Condition, Must Be Stamped)
    - Watches (Including Rolex, Cartier, Patek Phillippe, Tag Heuer, Panerai, Other Fine Swiss Brands, and All Precious Metal Watches)
    - fine gold, diamond and platinum jewelry, gold bullion, coins, including numismatic coins, currency & sterling silver flatware.

    Jewelry & Items We Don't Purchase:

    - Any type of costume jewelry, this includes items made by Speidel©, Monet©, Avon©, Napier©, Trifari©, Sarah Coventry©,and Swank©
    - Non-precious metals or items that are gold-filled, gold or silver plated, or gold electroplated, this includes items that are stamped 1/10,1/20, GE, RGP, or HE as these are indicators items are filled or plated.
    - Plated or Filled Gold
    - Silver Plated Flatware
    - Coins that say "Copy" on them

    If you are not sure whether your item is real, please call 1-800-494-4940 or stop by Gold & Dimaond Source, we will be happy to check for you.


    How to Sell Your Jewelry in Tampa Bay/Clearwater:

    If you are local to the Tampa Bay area, please feel free to visit the store anytime during normal business hours for a free evaluation and price quote. No appointment is necessary.  Any one of our associates are more than happy to assist you. Please call 727-573-9351 or toll free at 1-800-494-4940 for more information.

     Monday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm
     Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
     Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm


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  4. Our Favorite 5-Stone Wedding Bands

    A gorgeous compromise between a simple metal band and a diamond-studded eternity band, a 5-stone wedding band has just the right amount of sparkle. This diamond-studded band is ideal brides who want just the right amount of sparkle but at a budget-friendly price.

    With five stone set across the top of band, each 5-stone and can be very unique. Available in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, or platinum, 5-stone wedding bands can showcase white diamonds, fancy color diamonds, or even gemstones. To make your ring stand out even more, look for (or custom design) a band that features your favorite cut.

    A Few Of Our Favorite 5-Stone Wedding Bands:

    4 Prong Set Diamond Band Featuring 1 1/2 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds.
    Sapphire & Diamond Five Stone Band Featuring .24 Carat Total Weight Round Sapphires and .12 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds.
    Juleve 18 Karat White Gold 5 Stone Band Featuring .75 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds.
    Square Ruby & Diamond Five Stone Band Featuring .60 Carat Total Weight Rubies and .33 Carat Total Weight Princess Cut Diamonds.
    Diamond Channel Set Milgrain Band Featuring 1.50 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds.
    Emerald & Diamond 5 Stone Band Featuring .50 Carat Total Weight Round Emeralds and .45 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds.
    Yellow and White Gold 0.75 Carat Total Weight Prong Set 5 Round Diamond Band.


    Visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete selection of 5-stone wedding bands, or shop a selection online HERE.

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  5. The Lure and Love of Diamonds

    The love of diamonds is nothing new. We wear them, we sing about them, we get married with them, and we pass them down to future generations. Diamonds have long been admired and used in jewelry, but have you ever wondered why? 

    Diamonds Are Forever

    Have you ever wondered why they say a diamond is forever? More specifically, who came up with that saying? The De Beers company can take credit for that.

    After diamonds started to flow out of the African mines at a fast rate, De Beers Consolidated Mines decided to create a merger with South African mines to have a tighter control on the market.

    The company greatly flourished and the price of diamonds went up, due to the illusion of scarcity. But as time rolled on, diamonds started to lose their attraction as engagement rings. Once more, De Beers had to come up with a new marketing tool to get people interested again.

    With diamonds not selling like they wanted them to, the executives in the company decided they needed to do something. They needed a marketing strategy to get their name and diamonds out. They went to the N.W. Ayer ad agency and got them hooked on helping them convince people they wanted diamonds.

    Needless to say it worked. The Ayer copywriter Frances Gerety penned what is now the most famous slogan you can think of. A diamond is forever; clean, elegant, but best of all effective. Years later, that phrase is still heard all over the world and recognized as a true symbol of strong unbreakable love.

    With the marketing phrase hitting the mark in advertising, De Beers’ sales shot up over 50 percent right away, bringing the company right back up to the top, and making diamonds a girl’s best friend, all over again.

    To this day, people continue to go to the diamond engagement ring as the number one engagement ring style. There’s just something about its sparkling beauty that draws men and women alike to it. So far, diamonds are forever.


    Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

    It may be true that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, just for the simple fact that women like pretty things! It can be said that they are a woman’s best friend because many women love their diamond engagement rings, jewelry and everything pretty.

    But unlike some cheaper jewelry, diamonds are “forever” and there is no way around the fact that a woman would much rather have something that can last her a lifetime than something that may fade with time and need to be replaced.

    The saying “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” came from Marilyn Monroe, who seemed to have all the class and beauty a girl could ever aspire to have. She certainly made it seem that way when she sang the classic song of “Diamonds Are a Girls’ Best Friend.” Written by Carol Channing in the production Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn Monroe made a simple phrase famous for the rest of time.


    Diamond Engagement Rings

    Everyone has seen it on women’s hands. That shiny stone set on a silver or gold ring. More often than not, that beautiful center stone is a diamond. A diamond engagement ring shows your commitment to your engagement or marriage, but it also makes quite a style statement. But when and how did diamonds become popular as part of an engagement ring?

    The story of the first diamond engagement ring goes all the way back to Archduke Maximilian of Austria who gave his betrothed Mary a fancy and shiny engagement ring. Seeing as he was rather popular, it started as a trend amongst those of European aristocratic and noble background.


    Diamonds Are Valuable

    In this day and age, although diamond rings are evidence of having either saved up money to buy one or of being well off, they used to be a very prominent sign of wealth. Those who were not wealthy were not able to afford diamond rings. When they first became popular, the diamonds used were more difficult to come across, thus costing more.

    With the discovery of African diamond mines and the following rush to sell diamonds, the price dropped and diamonds could be seen on the fingers of all income brackets in society. Soon, those who were leading the diamond import decided to put a halt on the mad rush of selling diamonds at a cheap price so that now diamond engagement rings are sold at a more reasonable price.

    The change in price and access that made diamonds easier to obtain and use in engagement rings, making what was just a pretty stone a famous trademark of a women’s engagement ring.


    Lifetime Diamond Trade-In Policy

    With our unique 100% diamond trade-in policy, you may trade in your diamond at any time toward another diamond(s) of equal or greater value. Your trade in value is the original purchase price, excluding tax. The lifetime trade-in policy is valid for in-store and online purchases. Items that qualify for trade in are diamond solitaire rings, diamond solitaire pendants, and diamond solitaire earrings. Learn more here.


    Visit our jewelry experts at our Clearwater, Florida, showroom, or explore jewelry online here.


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