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  1. April's Diamond Birthstone

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    Happy birthday to all marking another year in April! Those with April birthdays can celebrate with the most prized gemstone of all. The diamond is the birthstone for April. For April-born ladies, diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend.

    The Diamond Birthstone

    Diamonds are tough. In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of just one element: carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond.

    Diamonds come in several colors, including yellow, red, pink, blue, and green, and range in intensity from faint to vivid. Generally speaking, the more saturated the color, the higher the value. Diamonds sparkling with intense color are rare and may be priced higher than a colorless diamond of equal size. Lab-colored diamonds are also available and are called color-treated diamonds.

    Its unique physical properties mean it has the best possible luster of any gemstone when cut and polished well. If you are looking for a gem that sparkles, the diamond is the gemstone for you.

     

    History and Folklore of Diamonds

    The diamond first became a popular gemstone in India, when the Moghuls and Imperial Colony easily mined diamonds from deposits along three major rivers.

    Our fascination with diamonds is nothing new. Diamonds have long been admired, with some historians estimating them being traded as early as 4 BC. One of the reasons it is so admired and valued is because of the process by which a diamond must be formed well below the earth’s crust, then forced upward until it is uncovered.

    But before this process was understood, many ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were lighting made real on earth. This might be the reason that diamonds have often been associated with great healing powers from curing brain disease, alleviating pituitary gland disorders, and drawing toxins from the blood.

    Today, the diamond is most widely known as the center stone in engagement rings, and is the stone that marks the 60th anniversary of marriage.

     

     

    Visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view all diamond jewelry, or shop a selection online HERE.

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    "I went in to purchase a signet ring for my husband and AJ helped me pick the perfect shape and weight of the ring that would be the foundation of a custom piece. From then on, I worked with Val to design and create a beautiful heirloom for my husband's birthday. Val is an authentic and warm person who genuinely wants you to be happy with your purchase. After lengthy discussions, she knew exactly the style I was going for with my husband's ring. She worked above and beyond what is expected contacting me continuously through email (with pictures!) before moving forward with each iteration of the ring's design. I would be remiss to not mention the jeweler who crafted the ring. It is just beautiful. My experience was definitely a 5 star experience. I highly recommend The Gold and Diamond Source and ask for Val!!" — Jessica C. on Yelp

  2. How to Buy a Pear Shape Engagement Ring

    The Perfect Pear Shape Engagement Ring

    Pear shaped diamonds have long been loved by brides-to-be looking for a unique, timeless design. With the most common choice for diamond engagement rings being round shaped diamonds, pear shaped diamond engagement rings truly stand out from the crowd.

    Pear shaped diamonds are less seen, but they do have a loyal fan club of their own. The love for pear shaped diamonds isn't new, either— actor Richard Burton once famously paid $1.1 million for a 69-carat, pear-shaped diamond for his his iconic wife, Elizabeth Taylor.

     

    Is a pear shaped diamond right for you?

    A pear shaped diamond is also called a teardrop diamond because of its rounded shape which narrows into a point at the top or bottom. It is a modified brilliant round cut on one end and the pointed tip on the other end. When worn as the main stone in an engagement ring, a pear shaped diamond's round side, or head, typically faces the knuckle, while the point faces the fingernail. This makes the dramatic teardrop effect when the finger is raised. But how to wear a pear shaped diamond is entirely personal: you might prefer to wear the round side away from the knuckle, or even horizontally with a dramatic east-to-west setting.

     

    14 Karat White Gold .66 Carat Total Weight Pear Shape and Round Brilliant Accent Diamonds

    Anatomy of a Pear Shaped Diamond

    Pear shaped diamonds have five different regions: the head, the shoulders, the belly, the wings, and the point. The head is round shaped, and the shape begins to narrow below the shoulders toward the belly, before coming closely together at the wings and finally meeting in the dramatic point.

     

    How do I choose a pear shaped diamond?

    There are several factors that affect the appearance and beauty of a pear-shaped diamond.

    Most diamond wearers prefer a length to width ratio between 1.55 and 1.75. The length and width of a poorly cut pear shaped diamond will appear out of balance.

    When shopping for a pear shaped diamond, look at it face up and check for gently rounded shoulders and wings. Wings that are too flat will make the diamond appear too narrow, while wings that are too rounded will make it look too short and off balance.

    The perfect pear shaped diamond should have identical sides. When both sides are identical, 29 facets will be visible on both sides.

    When looking for a pear shaped diamond, be aware of the “bow tie effect.” This term refers to the light gray to black pattern resembling a bow tie that typically runs across the width of the stone from the center of the table. A cut that minimizes the effect to the point that it’s hardly visible is a key to a beautiful pear shaped diamond.

    How do pear shaped diamonds compare to other diamond shapes?

    One of the most appealing aspects of pear shaped diamonds are that they are significantly less expensive than brilliant round shaped diamonds, thanks to the fact that pear shaped diamonds usually have very minimal amount of waste when being cut from a raw stone. As carat size increases, the price gap between round and pear shaped diamonds widens even more. When considering diamonds 3 carats and higher, choosing a pear shaped diamonds can equal enormous savings.

     

    "I went in to purchase a signet ring for my husband and AJ helped me pick the perfect shape and weight of the ring that would be the foundation of a custom piece. From then on, I worked with Val to design and create a beautiful heirloom for my husband's birthday. Val is an authentic and warm person who genuinely wants you to be happy with your purchase. After lengthy discussions, she knew exactly the style I was going for with my husband's ring. She worked above and beyond what is expected contacting me continuously through email (with pictures!) before moving forward with each iteration of the ring's design. I would be remiss to not mention the jeweler who crafted the ring. It is just beautiful. My experience was definitely a 5 star experience. I highly recommend The Gold and Diamond Source and ask for Val!!" — Jessica C. on Yelp

     

    Are you looking for the perfect pear shaped diamond engagement ring? We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection online here.

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  3. Online Financing at Gold and Diamond Source

    Purchasing an engagement ring is a big step— both personally and financially. That's why we're proud to offer 0% online financing through Affirm. Here's more need-to-know info about this convenient financing option:

     

    What is required to have an Affirm account? 

    Affirm offers clear, simple financing for your online purchases in just a few clicks:

    1. Be 18 years or older.
    2. Have a valid U.S. or APO/FPO/DPO mailing address (excluding overseas territories).
    3. Have a valid postpaid US mobile number that can receive SMS texts. The phone number must be registered in your name, and we cannot accept VOIP numbers at this time.
    4. Provide your name, email, valid mobile number, birthday and last 4 digits of SSN to help us protect and verify your identity.

     

    Does Affirm require a credit check?

    Affirm does a credit check to verify your identity and provide you with a financing offer when you sign up. This is a ‘soft’ credit check and will not impact your credit score. If you choose to complete a purchase and finance it with Affirm, we will do a single ‘hard’ credit check when your first order is processed by the merchant. This may have a minor impact on your credit score. For future purchases with Affirm we won’t need to check your credit again.

     

    Do I have a credit limit with Affirm?

    Affirm has no fixed credit limit. We underwrite each loan individually taking into account the merchant, items purchased and other information available at the time of purchase.

     

    Does Affirm charge any fees or interest rates?

    Affirm charges a small finance charge when you split your purchase into multiple payments. We will always clearly state the cost of the finance charge in terms of real dollars ($) and an Annual Percentage Rate (APR) so that you can know exactly what you’re paying. We never charge any compounding interest and there are no hidden fees. We strive always to be more transparent and fair than any other form of financing.

     

    How do I apply?

    Just select  at checkout!

     

    "I went in to purchase a signet ring for my husband and AJ helped me pick the perfect shape and weight of the ring that would be the foundation of a custom piece. From then on, I worked with Val to design and create a beautiful heirloom for my husband's birthday. Val is an authentic and warm person who genuinely wants you to be happy with your purchase. After lengthy discussions, she knew exactly the style I was going for with my husband's ring. She worked above and beyond what is expected contacting me continuously through email (with pictures!) before moving forward with each iteration of the ring's design. I would be remiss to not mention the jeweler who crafted the ring. It is just beautiful. My experience was definitely a 5 star experience. I highly recommend The Gold and Diamond Source and ask for Val!!" — Jessica C. on Yelp

     

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  4. How to Choose a Wedding Band for Your Wedding

    This beautiful 8mm comfort-fit etched channel set diamond eternity band features a satin-finish and a polished horizontal center trim between rows of three round cut diamonds.

    Congrats! You’ve found the perfect diamond ring for your partner and you’ve popped the big question. But now, it’s time to find the perfect wedding band for you (and you thought proposing was the hard part)!

    While some men love jewelry and everything that comes with it, some grooms-to-be are easily overwhelmed with the limitless options when finding or creating a wedding band that reflects their style and needs.

    There is truly a band for every man. Whether your style is rugged or polished, and if you are a fan of rose gold or technical metals, you are sure to find a ring that truly captures your personal style. Your wedding band will most likely be your most-worn piece of jewelry, and it symbolizes the biggest commitment you will ever make, so we encourage you to take the time to find a ring you will love to wear.

    Five steps to the perfect wedding band:

    Traditional or modern?

    It’s your wedding ring, so the style is entirely up to you. If you want to keep it traditional, choose a simple gold band. If you prefer to choose something a little more unusual, there are plenty of distinctive wedding rings available, such as this striking black titanium band.

     

    To match, or not to match?

    Some couples like to have matching rings, to symbolize their union in marriage. Others like to choose rings that celebrate their unique personality. Discuss your options with your bride before choosing a ring, to ensure that you’re both in agreement, whatever the decision.

     

    Think about the finish.

    Some wedding bands are naturally polished, providing a high-shine finish. Others use brushed metal, which dulls the natural shine. Think about your personal style, and what is best suited to it.

     

    Know your size.

    It’s always a good idea to know your ring size before heading out to make your purchase. If you’re unsure, it’s likely that the jewelry store will be able to measure your finger for you.

     

    Think about practicality.

    You’ll be wearing this ring every day, so you’ll want to make sure that it can withstand the rigors of your lifestyle. If you work a lot with your hands, you might want to consider choosing a material that is scratch-resistant.

     

    Work with an expert to find your perfect wedding band.

    If you’re on the fence with finding the perfect ring, our team of experts at Gold and Diamond source are happy to show you options that will fit your style and lifestyle. Visit us at our Clearwater showroom to experience a large variety of men's wedding bands.

     

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to discuss finding or creating your perfect wedding band, or shop a selection online HERE.

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    "This Store is the ultimate of all jewelry stores. The staff treated us with the utmost respect. Cale treated us very very kindly. I would definitely recommend coming to this place to shop for jewelry." — Diana K. on Yelp

  5. What is Diamond Shape?

    This Gorgeous Solitaire Diamond Accent Ring is Beyond Exquisite!

    Diamond shape is possibly the single decision that will have the biggest impact on your engagement ring. While metal, setting, and carat size all play a role in your dream engagement ring, diamond shape is often the first thing people notice.

    The shape of a diamond can drastically alter the look of the ring, the way it catches the light, and how the stone sits on your hand. With any of the popular diamond shapes on the market, the idea behind the cut is to leave as much of the top of the stone intact as possible. This allows light to filter through and reflect the natural sparkle of the stone. Each diamond shape has different facets and cuts that help to make the diamond shine.

    The 4 C's: Cut

    When you think of the cut, you probably think of the shape of the diamond. You are partially correct. While cut does refer to shape, it also refers to the proportions of how the diamond is actually cut.

    Diamonds are cut into many different shapes, reflecting not only popular taste but the proportions and quality of the rough diamond. The most popular shapes include Round, Princess Cut, Cushion, Oval, Emerald, Heart Shape, and Marquise cuts. Many specialty shapes are also available.

    A diamond’s overall proportions, as well as the size and placement of its many reflective surfaces or facets, also play a large part in “cut.” The consistency and balance of these can greatly affect how the stone captures light and reflects it back to the eye.

    Which Diamond Shape is Right for You?

    With more than ten different possible shapes, it’s easy to get overwhelmed while shopping. Here is a quick overview of the most popular diamond shapes that you are likely to see while shopping for an engagement ring, and how to choose one.

    Round

    The round shaped diamond is by far the most popular choice for engagement rings around the world, for a few reasons. Round is a safe bet if you aren’t sure what kind of diamond your fiancée prefers, as it is universally popular and shaped to capture the most light when worn. It’s also likely to please a woman with traditional style who doesn’t like anything too unique or funky.

    Square or Cushion

    Eye catching and unique, the distinctive shape of a square cut diamond draws the eye as it stands out against the finger. A square shaped stone is best for women with long fingers, as it can make short fingers look even shorter.

    Pear

    The pear-shaped diamond is less like the fruit shape and more like a teardrop, with a rounded bottom that comes up to a pointed tip. Pear shaped diamonds saw a surge in interest in early 2018 when Ariana Grande wore a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring during her short-lived engagement to Pete Davidson. Sources said she was drawn to the ring because it reminded her of the teardrop emoji symbol.  Pear shaped diamonds are said to make short fingers appear longer and stand out thanks to the pointed shape, which refracts extra light.

    Emerald

    The emerald is a rectangular shape with multiple long facets cut along each side to encourage the light to reflect and sparkle. These are called stepped cuts, and they encourage light refraction. This cut can make the diamond attract more light than other shapes like a round or square cut. Fashionable and unique, many celebrity women love emerald cut diamonds for both modern and vintage-inspired engagement rings.

    Princess

    Like the emerald cut, a princess cut is a variation on a geographic shape. While the top of the stone is a square or rectangle, the bottom side comes down to a point. This inverted pyramid shape is due to the beveled cut, which creates multiple beautiful facets. A relatively new shape, the princess cut originated in the 1960s and quickly became the second most popular shape for engagement rings, behind the round shaped stone.

    Heart

    A heart shaped diamond can stand out in a sea of engagement rings, because you do not see as many of them as the more traditional shapes. However, your fiancée might find the cut too cute or girly, especially if she works in a professional office environment.

     

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

     

    "I went in to purchase a signet ring for my husband and AJ helped me pick the perfect shape and weight of the ring that would be the foundation of a custom piece. From then on, I worked with Val to design and create a beautiful heirloom for my husband's birthday. Val is an authentic and warm person who genuinely wants you to be happy with your purchase. After lengthy discussions, she knew exactly the style I was going for with my husband's ring. She worked above and beyond what is expected contacting me continuously through email (with pictures!) before moving forward with each iteration of the ring's design. I would be remiss to not mention the jeweler who crafted the ring. It is just beautiful. My experience was definitely a 5 star experience. I highly recommend The Gold and Diamond Source and ask for Val!!" — Jessica C. on Yelp

     

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