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  1. How To Save For Your Dream Engagement Ring

    As we work with couples find their dream engagement rings during different seasons of their lives, we understand that being able to afford an engagement ring is a concern for many soon-to-be-engaged or newly-engaged couples. While it's easy to dream of proposing with a beautiful ring that they show off to their friends and will love to wear every day, you also want to feel comfortable with making such a large purchase.

    Though an investment, an engagement ring doesn't mean you have to empty your entire bank account or take on unwanted debt before you take the next step in your relationship together. Read on for tips on how to save for your dream engagement ring to take this next step with confidence.

    1. Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Lane

    First thing first— keep your eyes on your own lane. Toss the old ideas of two months' salary, or any ideas that an engagement ring needs to be a specific dollar amount. Purchasing a ring should not just make your partner happy, but also allow you to sleep well at night because you took the steps that were right for your lifestyle, desires, and budget!

    2. Create a Ring Budget

    When it comes to life's moments, it’s important to think about a realistic budget before you get too far in the planning process. Take a look at your proposal timeline, your finances, how you plan to save for and/or finance the ring, and come up with an engagement ring budget that allows you to still sleep well at night.

    3. Find Their Style

    While a surprise proposal can be amazing, a totally surprise engagement ring might not be as welcome. Even if you plan on handling the actual picking out or designing of the ring, it is still a good idea to try to uncover their ring style ahead of time. Finding out in advance if they prefer modern to vintage, or solitaire to halo— or even if they've always wanted a fancy color diamond— will direct your engagement ring purchase more than anything else.

    4. Bring In the Experts

    While exploring engagement rings online has its value, it's wise to take advantage the knowledge and resources of the experts when shopping for your engagement ring. Our online diamond education has easy-to-digest information that can help you make an informed purchase.

    5. Understand What You Want to Pay For

    There is a lot to consider when purchasing a diamond, so get to know the 4C’s to find the key characteristics that are most important to you and worth paying a premium for.

    6. Protect Your Investment

    Just like other larger purchases, it’s a good idea to protect your investment. Learn about our warranty here.

     

    Ready to see our engagement rings in person? We invite you to visit our Clearwater showroom to view our full selection, or explore rings online HERE.

     

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    "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

     

  2. What Is a Pear Shape Engagement Ring?

    What Is a Pear Shape Engagement Ring?

    When searching for the perfect engagement ring, it's essential to find the perfect style for you. After all, this ring will represent your love story, honor your commitment, and serve as your most-loved accessory. If you are looking for an engagement ring style that is both classic and unique, you might be wondering if a pear shape engagement ring if right for you. Beyond the iconic tear-drop shape of the center stone, what is a pear shape engagement ring?

    Pear shaped diamonds have long been loved by brides-to-be seeking a unique, timeless design. With most couples choosing round shaped diamonds for their center stones, pear shaped diamond engagement rings truly stand out from the crowd.

    While it is true that pear shaped diamonds are less common, 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.

     

    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.

     

    Tips When Buying 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.

     

    Pear Shaped Diamonds Compared to Other 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.

     

    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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    "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

     

  3. The Cost-Saving Reason to Consider Fancy Shape Diamonds

    Did you know that one small choice then shopping for a loose diamond can save you more than 25%?

    If you select a fancy shaped diamond over a round diamond of similar size and quality, you can save more than 25% off the cost of your diamond. And to sweeten the deal even more, elongated fancy shapes such as marquise, oval, and pear tend to appear larger than their round counterparts. Nearly one-third of today's brides choose engagement rings with a fancy shaped diamond, and the most popular fancy shapes are princess, cushion, and radiant.

    Are you convinced to consider a fancy shape diamond for your engagement ring? Read on to learn about different popular fancy diamond shapes.

    Popular Fancy Shape Diamonds

    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.

    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, including Amal Clooney,

    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.

    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.

    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.

     

    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 about this policy HERE.

     

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    "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

     

  4. Breaking Down The 4 C's: Color

    Whether you are considering purchasing a loose diamond as the first step of an engagement ring, to upgrade an existing piece of jewelry, or for another design entirely, nothing compares to the brilliance and fire of seeing a diamond outside a setting. By purchasing a loose diamond, you are able to get the best look at the stone to really see the 4 C's up close— cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. You can view inclusions that a setting might otherwise hide or distract from, allowing you to make an informed decision about the diamond you are investing in.

    At Gold and Diamond Source here in Clearwater, we are proud to be diamond experts. We offer our customers an extensive collection of diamond shapes including round brilliant, princess, oval, cushion, and radiant cuts, and we carry diamonds graded by the most notorious gemological laboratories such as GIA, EGL, IGI and AGS.

    What Is Diamond Color?

    Like all of the 4Cs, diamond color is an important consideration when buying a diamond. While color affects price, there are a number of factors that can help you decide which color grade is right for you.

    With the exception of some fancy colored diamonds, the most valuable diamonds are those with the least color. The color scale for transparent diamonds runs from D-F (colorless), G-J (near colorless), K-L (faint yellow), to Z (light yellow). Completely colorless diamonds are rare.

    D color diamond is the highest grade and is extremely rare—the highest color grade that money can buy.

    When diamonds are formed with traces of other minerals, rare and beautiful colors can result. These “fancy” colors range from blue to brilliant yellow to red, brown, pale green, pink, and violet. Because of their rarity, colored diamonds are highly desirable and may be quite valuable.

    Keep in mind that color is more visible in large diamonds. If you are buying a diamond under 1 carat, you might consider choosing an I, J, or K color diamond. If you have your eye on a diamond over 1 carat, look at H color-grade diamonds or higher, since any color would be more visible.

    If you have your heart set on a certain color grade and carat size that don't match the budget, consider a different shape. Certain fancy-shaped diamonds hide color better than others—and can cost significantly less than a round-cut diamond.

    When setting your diamond, also consider the precious metal color of your setting so it can best compliment the color grade of your diamond. For example, yellow gold naturally casts a warm glow and looks best with diamonds with faint color, but platinum or white gold will make a near-colorless diamond look even brighter.

     

    Fancy Color Diamonds

    Diamonds come in every color of the rainbow. Check out our vast selection of diamonds in yellow, blue, pink, green and purple. Fancy colored diamonds are graded based on the depth of color - Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense and Fancy Vivid. Explore fancy color diamonds HERE.

     

    The Anatomy of a Diamond

    Learn about the 4 C's from the diamond experts. Our diamond education center is loaded with information from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) so you can rest assured you are making an informed diamond purchase. Learn more HERE.

     

    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 about this policy HERE.

     

    Create Your Perfect Piece

    Are you ready to design your perfect piece? Explore our online Stud Builder, Pendant Builder, or Ring Builder to get started.

     

    Explore our Diamond Search

    Get a head start on your diamond search. Explore and compare diamonds by shape, carat, color, clarity, cut, and more with this innovative diamond search tool. Find this online tool HERE.

     

    Ready to see our loose diamond collection in person? We invite you to visit our Clearwater showroom to view our full selection, or explore loose diamonds online HERE.

     

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    "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

     

  5. All About Gemstone Engagement Rings

    Behind traditional diamond engagement rings, and behind fancy colored diamond engagement rings, you will find colorful, gorgeous, and unique gemstone engagement rings that are gaining popularity and are ready to share the stage among choices for today's brides!

    In this post we look into whether a gemstone center stone is a good choice for your engagement ring, as well as the history, psychology, and colors of these stunning gems.

    Is a gemstone engagement ring right for you?

    For the woman who loves color or loves specific gemstones for their history and folklore, a gemstone engagement ring might be the right choice. Often a more budget-friendly option, gemstones can represent birthstones, the month you met or got engaged, or simply tie in your favorite color into your engagement ring. One of the 'precious four' of all gemstones, emeralds are a popular choice for brides considering a gemstone engagement ring.

    Worth considering: a fancy colored diamond engagement ring

    If you want a diamond engagement ring but are also looking for details to up the personality of your ring, a fancy colored diamond might be right for you. Naturally appearing in nearly every color of the rainbow, fancy color diamonds offer rich, sophisticated colors to engagement rings, while still providing the sentiment, durability, and sparkle we love about diamonds.

    There's more to color than meets the eye

    The impact of colors on psychology is an area of study that is closely linked to the impact of colors on human emotions. Colors are used effectively in everything from branding to controlling public behavior. The psychological power behind colors is fascinating. A colored gemstone has hidden meaning and also hidden influence on the psychology of the wearer and viewer alike. For example, black is associated with power and mystery, red is bold and confident, blue is dependable and trustworthy, yellow is happy, and gray is subtle. It's worth examining how each color makes you feel to make sure you are eliciting the right feelings with your gemstone engagement ring.

    Some of the most popular gemstones for gemstone engagement rings

    Emeralds

    Emeralds are among the rarest of all gemstones. An emerald is even harder to find than a diamond! This gemstone comes in a range of color from faint, opaque green to deep green. The deeper the green, the more valuable the emerald.

    Unlike diamonds—imperfections in emeralds can improve the stone’s value. Emeralds contain internal fractures called inclusions, which create an appealing pattern that generally increases the stone’s value instead of detracting from it! Emeralds are larger than diamonds. Compared carat to carat, a 1ct emerald is larger than a 1ct diamond, due to the emerald’s less dense composition. But unlike diamond clarity, which must be evaluated at 10x magnification, an emerald’s clarity can be evaluated with the naked eye.

    Emeralds are an ancient symbol of eternal youth— so much so that mummies in Ancient Egypt were often buried with an emerald around their neck, as they believe the gemstone was a symbol of eternal youth. In ancient times, emeralds were believed to posses mystical power that could give the wearer the ability to foresee the future and see the truth. It was also believed that emeralds would protect the wearer against evil and even cure diseases like malaria and cholera.

     

    Sapphires

    A popular choice for gemstone engagement rings, sapphire is also the birthstone for those born in the month of September and a traditional anniversary gift for four wedding anniversaries.

    Popular since the Middle Ages, the sapphire is a classic favorite of royalty, clergy, celebrities and fine jewelry collectors. People have prized sapphires for their celestial blues and violets. Did you know you can actually find the beautiful September birthstone in any color, except red? Medium to medium-dark blue hues are the most coveted.
    Some of the most famous blue sapphire engagement rings have been worn by Mary-Kate Olsen, Emma Slater, Victoria Beckham, Elizabeth Hurley, Princess Diana, and Kate Middleton.

    Rubies

    Rubies are red and luscious, alive and mysterious. A stunning choice for an engagement ring, this gemstone is also the birthstone for those born in the month of July.

    From their deep color comes the associations and symbolism associated with this gem. Rubies represent power and love. They also represent passion and energy. According to Bishop Marbodius from the eleventh century, "Ruby is the solitary and glowing eye which dragons and wyverns carry in the middle of their foreheads."

    Rubies are a variety of the mineral called corundum and the line between pink sapphires and rubies is based on color rather than composition. Rubies have a Trigonal structure and the chemical name is Aluminum oxide. The hardness of a ruby is a 9. Rubies can be cut into a variety of different shapes, but brilliant cut and cabochon, also known as star rubies, are two of the most prized cuts for this fabulous, rare stone.

     

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    "Love this place! There is no better selection anywhere for beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry. You have to see it to believe it! I am a repeat customer and tell all of my friends about them. Mais and Troy are who I typically work with. Their customer service is incredible. The store has 6-7 jewelers onsite and can do beautiful custom work without paying premium prices. They have loose stones of all shapes and sizes that they bring out to show you how the setting would look. We worked with Mais for my engagement ring, wedding band, and my husband’s wedding band. I worked with Troy for earrings and a watch. I had a girlfriend in town from MI that I took there who has been searching jewelry stores all over for an antique looking diamond and sapphire engagement ring. She had almost given up hope. She flew in to FL and I took her to Gold & Diamond Source. We worked with Troy and in less than 20 minutes, he helped my friend find the ring of her dreams. Highly recommend! The owners, Steve and Julie, also give back to the community. They are the BEST!? — Jessica T. on Facebook

     

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