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Did you know there are only 44 days between New Year's Day and Valentine's Day? After a busy holiday season and start of the year, Valentine's Day can come quickly. Not a day to be missed, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to pause and express your love.
Whether you are shopping for your girlfriend, wife, loved one, or best friend, jewelry is the perfect way to show that you care on this special holiday of L-O-V-E! We have rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings to fit all styles and budgets.
Some of our favorite Valentine's Day Jewelry Under $549:
Shop more jewelry online here, or visit our Clearwater showroom for to explore our complete collection in person.
"I visited the Gold and Diamond Source to select a diamond to surprise my wife for our Anniversary. Many staff members greeted me warmly as I entered the store and made me feel immediately comfortable. Most notably, Veronica and Mais took the time to ask me about my wife's preferences and educated me on the many options before me. I really felt like they were trying to help me - not sell me. We worked together to select a diamond that took my wife's breath away when I presented it to her over dinner. The Gold and Diamond Source staff members are such down to earth people with a desire to create special gifts and amazing memories. Thank you Veronica, Mais, Julie and Steve!" — Bill T. on Yelp
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If you are in the market for a loose diamond or an engagement ring, there is a good chance you have come the term "diamond carat." Read on to learn about what diamond carat means and how it might affect your loose diamond or engagement ring purchase.
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.
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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"I have visited GDS a few times since I got engaged and the customer service has been consistently great! Someone is always at the front door to greet you and show you in the right direction. The sales people I have been paired up with always seem happy and eager to please!
Besides the customer service, who wouldn't enjoy themselves while looking at all the shiny diamonds?
I had the pleasure to work to Alexis (the brunette) about what kind of wedding band would match my uniquely shaped engagement ring. She gave me so many options and went above and beyond by requesting a price quote from the designer who made my engagement ring for a matching wedding band. She emailed me on her days off to keep me in the loop!!
Alexis was with another customer when my fiancé and I came back in to buy, but Veronica took care of us as if we'd been working with her all along. She made the check out experience painless and quick.
I will always recommend GDS when a friend is getting engaged. We've already sent two happy couples their way!" — Nina M. on Yelp
As never-ending as your love for each other, eternity bands (or eternity rings) feature a never-ending circle of diamonds or other gemstones around the entire ring. They symbolize never-ending love and truly sparkle from every angle. They features double the diamonds of their half eternity ring cousins, which have diamonds going only halfway around the band.
When to choose an eternity band
Eternity rings are often gifted to celebrate anniversaries or big milestones, such as the birth of a child, but many couples also choose an eternity band as their wedding band for a dazzling, bold look. We love eternity bands as a lone statement piece, paired with an engagement ring, or the star of a dazzling ring stack. However you style it, diamond eternity bands are a must-have.
Eternity rings come with varying stone shapes like round cut diamonds, princess cut diamonds, emerald cut diamonds, and more.
Can eternity bands be resized?
Due to their design, eternity bands cannot be re-sized. Featuring a complete circle of diamonds, adding or taking away stones from the band may not guarantee that the ring will fit perfectly and can ruin the perfect circle of diamonds. Because of this, we recommend coming into the showroom to view our selection and find your perfect ring in person.
A few eternity bands we love
We're sharing a few different eternity band favorites below. Can you pick a favorite?
Please keep in mind that eternity bands cannot be sized. Due to this fact, we recommend coming into the showroom to see our selection in person.
"My fiance (now husband) and I have nothing but good things to say about G&D Source. We came here first when looking for engagement rings. The staff was very attentive without being too pushy, and it just so happens we came here during one of their big coupon sales! So we got my engagement ring for much less $$ than we would have at a different time. The ring was a bargain while still being an excellent quality diamond and a beautiful, uniquely designed band. Tyler was such a great sales associate he was really helpful. The kicker is that unfortunately my ring was stolen months later! I reported it, it wasn't found, so we went in to buy a replacement ring. Tyler again was very helpful, and we were able to get a similar quality ring for about the same price as before (meaning they took off quite a bit from the retail price to help us out). Then magically months later my ring was found! So now I have two engagement rings. And Gold and Diamond Source was very quick to help identify and confirm the found ring as my original engagement ring. When I needed my wedding band sized in time for my wedding even though they weren't able to size it in time, they let me borrow a ring guard/band at no charge. For a small, family owned chain this place has a fairly large and good quality selection, and from my experience, great sales staff to help you find what you're looking for. In all, this store is much better quality and selection than pawn shops, retail stores you'd find in malls, and I believe a genuine good compromise of bang for your buck. Highly recommend." — Sara D. on Yelp
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January's Garnet Birthstone
Those celebrating a birthday in January can truly celebrate a new year along with the new year! If your birthday falls in January, you traditionally celebrate with the garnet birthstone, a rich, warm gemstone that takes on many varieties.
Garnet comes in a range of colors like green, orange, pink, and red. Red is the most common color Mozambique Garnet, glowing deep red with hints of orange and brown, reminds us of an autumn harvest or Indian summer. Wrapped in its warmth, we feel protected against the storms ahead. It's no wonder that Garnet was believed to have healing properties, particularly with diseases related to blood.
The rich hue of Mozambique Garnet enhances designs that blend the exotic flavors of India, Africa and the Orient. These styles reflect today's culturally rich society, giving Mozambique Garnet special appeal to those who seek a sophisticated yet organic look. The affordability of this gemstone also makes it readily accessible to shoppers who desire its smoldering splendor. The gem is used for January birthdays and the second and sixth wedding anniversaries.
Celebrities who celebrate a January include Kate Moss, Michelle Obama, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mel Gibson, and Bradley Cooper.
How to care for garnet birthstone jewelry
Garnet is rated "good" for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat and sudden changes temperature. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.
Our favorite garnet birthstone jewelry
"So pleased with the experience my fiancé and I had at Gold & Diamond Source! My fiancé brought me here to look at engagement rings and we were paired with Joe. He was so helpful and gave us such great advice in regards to diamond selection. I was absolutely blown away with my engagement ring when my fiancé proposed! They made the process so easy for my fiancé and the ring was ready pretty quickly as well. We will definitely be recommending GDS to our family and friends!" — Sonia K. on Yelp
Are you ready to find the perfect January birthstone gift? We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of garnet birthstone jewelry online HERE.
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Yellow gold engagement rings provide a classic, warm, and rich glow that we can't get enough of. Yellow gold has been used to create jewelry and engagement rings for centuries and is perfect for a timeless look and for couples seeking a vintage-inspired engagement ring. Is a yellow gold engagement ring right for you?
All About Those Karats
Confused about the difference between karats and carats? Karat denotes a metal's purity, and carat measures the weight of diamonds and gemstones. The most common yellow gold that you’ll come across is 14kt and 18kt gold.
- 14kt gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts alloy, making it 58.3% gold.
- 18kt gold is 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy, making it 75% gold, making 18kt gold purer than 14kt gold.
- 18kt gold is an ideal gold mixture because it combines durability, purity, and beauty.
- 24kt is considered to be pure gold, but it is typically too soft to use for jewelry.
Yellow Gold and Diamonds
A yellow gold setting will help hide the color of a faint diamond, so you can go lower on the diamond color grade scale for your center stone. This can help save you money compared to a white gold or platinum setting that might make color more obvious. If you are looking for a vintage-style engagement ring, the warm hues of a faint diamond and the rich tone of yellow gold might be perfect.
Yellow Gold Facts
- Yellow gold is extremely durable with a lifespan of 20-30 years.
- Yellow gold should be polished and cleaned regularly. Because gold is a softer element, it is subject to dents and scratches no matter what karat you get.
- 18kt gold is the most hypoallergenic option for yellow gold jewelry. 18kt gold is purer in gold content, so it will have less nickel in it than 14kt gold or 10kt gold.
- Yellow gold is also a better hypoallergenic option than white gold, which often contains higher levels of nickel in order to give it a silver appearance.
- Yellow gold generally looks best on those with a warm or neutral skin tone.
Yellow Gold Engagement Rings
Visit Gold & Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to see our full selection and talk to our engagement ring experts, or click HERE to explore different styles online before you come in.
"My husband and I went to the G&DS before we got engaged to look at diamonds and settings. We were immediately impressed with the friendly, professional atmosphere and the incredible selection of beautiful stones and jewelry. Cale and Debbie were extremely knowledgable and super helpful. We ended up buying all three of our rings from G&DS, and they were very accommodating making sure everything fit perfectly. Their customer service is superior and the quality and prices of their jewelry is unbeatable. Highly recommend!!!" — Kathi Y. on Yelp
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