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  1. Popular Jewelry Metals and What They Mean

    Possibly the most visible element of most jewelry is the metal used. Different metals complement different skin tones and even the colors of your outfit. Beyond the outward color, different metals feature different compositions and durability. The three most popular precious metals are platinum, gold, and silver. These metals are used alone or alloyed with other metals to make jewelry and coins in addition to their industrial uses.

     

    Platinum Jewelry

    Platinum is the rarest of the precious metals commonly used in jewelry. Only about 150 tons are produced a year compared to 1500 tons of gold. It takes approximately 10 tons of mining ore to produce 1 ounce of platinum. Platinum has a relatively short history of use in jewelry due to the difficultness of working with it. Platinum is very heavy and durable, as well as hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant. Naturally white, platinum jewelry is 90-95% pure while platinum bullion is usually 99.9% pure. Platinum jewelry will have stamps indicating its purity.

    • "950 plat or 950pt" is 95% pure platinum plus 5% other metals
    • "900 plat or 900pt" is 90% pure platinum plus 10% other metals

     

    Gold Jewelry

    Gold has the longest history of use in jewelry of all precious metals. Gold is very scarce and it takes approximately 3.2 tones of mining ore to produce 1 ounce of pure gold. Gold is a very strong metal but also very malleable so it is frequently alloyed with other metals to increase its strength, durability, and color. The most common colors of gold used in jewelry are yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. The fineness of gold is measured in karats which denotes how many parts pure gold out of 24 parts. Pure gold is 24 karat and is rarely used in jewelry as it is too soft. The most commonly available gold bullion coins are 22 or 24 karat gold. All jewelry sold in the United States must be a minimum of 10 karat gold and stamped somewhere on the jewelry. Below is a breakdown of gold karat content and purity:

    • 10 karat - 41.7% pure gold
    • 14 karat - 58.5% pure gold
    • 18 karat - 75.0% pure gold
    • 24 karat - 100%  pure gold

     

    Silver Jewelry

    Silver is the most widely used precious metal of the precious metals commonly used in jewelry. According to estimates, there are approximately 17 ounces of silver for every ounce of gold. In ancient Egypt, silver was considered more valuable then gold and the leading producing countries in the world today are Peru and Mexico.

    Sterling Silver jewelry is the United States is made up of 92.5 % silver mixed with other metals and will be stamped ".925" or "sterling". Most silver flatware is made of sterling silver although lower quality silver was also used in flatware.

    More than 95% of annual silver consumption is from industrial and decorative uses: photography, jewelry, and silverware.

     

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to learn more about precious metals and shop our full jewelry collections.

     

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  2. Our Favorite Channel Set Wedding Bands

    Channel set wedding bands are a popular choice for brides looking for a bold look. A channel design features accent diamonds inset into a groove, usually following the curve of the ring band. These stones are held in place by the pressure of the sides of the ring, much like a rail. Channel settings tend to create a strong, angular effect while pavé settings, which are held in place by prongs, fall more on the delicate side of the style spectrum. Channel set wedding bands can feature different size or shape diamonds for a totally unique look.

    Our Favorite Channel Set Wedding Bands

     

    Romance White Gold 18 Stone Channel Set Band Featuring .375 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    White Gold 10 Stone Channel Set Band Featuring Your Choice Of .25, .33, .50, .75, 1, 1.25, or 1.50 Carat Total Weight Princess Cut Diamonds
    White Gold Alternating Diamond Band Featuring .50 Carat Total Weight Princess Cut and Baguette Diamonds
    White Gold Diamond Channel Set Milgrain Band
    White Gold Alternating Diamond Channel Set Band Featuring .66 Carat Total Weight Round and Baguette Diamonds
    White Gold Channel Set Curved Band Featuring .33 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds

     

     

     

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  3. Easy Ways to Customize Your Ring Band

    Braided Pave Engagement Ring

    The band holds a lot of real estate in your engagement ring. While some bands shine with a simple polished engagement ring band, we see all that space as an opportunity to make a statement. Below are a few of our favorite ways to excite your engagement ring band.

    1. Side Details

    From scrollwork to a touch of two-tone gold, side detailing can make your band the favorite part of your ting.

    2. Pavé or Micropavé Set Diamonds

    In French, pavé means “cobblestone.” Pavé refers to the way accent perfectly diamonds fit together, much like the stones on a cobblestone street. Pavé settings are unique that its diamonds are inset into a groove rather than raised. Micropavé band is the same as pavé, but it uses even smaller diamonds and typically has several rows of diamonds.

    3. Channel Set Diamonds

    Unlinke pavé diamonds that are held in place by prongs, channel set diamonds  are held in place by the pressure of the sides of the ring, This design features small diamonds inset into a groove, usually following the curve of the ring band, for a bold look.

    4. A Contrasting Band

    A second (or third!) wedding band with a contrasting style or tone can mix up the look of your current engagement ring band. If you are choosing a white gold or platinum engagement ring, consider a yellow gold band.

    4. French Set Diamonds

    The French setting features small diamonds raised with prongs around the band or in a halo around the center stone. The look creates the effect of a single, continuous line of sparkle.

     

    Visit Gold & Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom, or shop a selection of our wedding bands online here.

     

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  4. Summer Jewelry Care

    There are few possessions as prized and personal as our jewelry. Whether it's your engagement ring that represents your love, a pendant that is a family heirloom, or the diamond earrings you couldn't imagine living without, jewelry is more than worth taking care of.

    Especially in extreme weather such as summer and winter, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect our jewelry and preserve its beauty. Summer months (especially those extra-hot days in Florida!) present unique challenges to protecting fine jewelry. With a few easy and simple precautions, you can maintain the dazzling allure of your jewelry through this summer and for years to come.

    Traveling

    For many, summer means vacation days and traveling. Make sure that if you are taking any jewelry with you on your travels, that you properly store and pack these items to ensure their safety. Never toss loose jewelry into a suitcase as it could easily be lost or damaged. Try and pack jewelry in a padded area of your suitcase, preferably in a box or pouch that was provided with the piece. If you’re flying, consider keeping your jewelry close by packing it in your carry on so you can keep a close eye on it’s whereabouts and condition. It may be a good idea to purchase a travel jewelry box made with special materials and with designated compartments to protect and store your jewelry.

    Summer Activities

    Long days in the sun and the sand… summer means tons of fun activities to enjoy with friends and family. Some of these pastimes however, are not so jewelry friendly. These activities sometimes present extreme conditions that can pose serious threats to the state of your jewelry. When planning on spending time in a chlorinated pool or saltwater, it is best to leave your jewelry at home to ensure that none of your precious pieces are lost or damaged. Always store your jewelry in a safe place, shielded from excessive heat, sunlight, and moisture.

    Another important factor to consider: residue buildup can cause stones to appear cloudy and lose some of their sparkle. Summer weather often calls for special skin care, like the increased use of sunscreen. When caring for your skin, make sure  you’re also caring for your jewelry. Remove any jewelry before washing your hands, bathing, or applying lotion.

    Clothing

    Warmer weather can mean more changing— whether due to heat or summer activities. When getting dressed and undressed, pay attention to rings, earrings, and the like. A simple rule to follow is to put your jewelry on only after getting fully dressed, and removing jewelry entirely before getting undressed. If you wear hats or accessories that may cover your jewelry, just make sure to take special care when removing these articles.

    Have fun this season, but make sure to protect your jewelry so you can continue to enjoy it for many summers to come!

     

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  5. Is a Fancy Color Diamond Right for Your Engagement Ring?

    Juleve Platinum & 18 Karat Rose Gold Double Pear Shape Halo Ring Featuring a .90 Carat Pear Shape Fancy Light Pink Diamond Accented By 1.20 Carat Total Round Brilliant Diamonds

    Diamonds have long been the standard for engagement rings, but fancy colored diamonds are making waves! We are digging into whether a fancy colored diamond is right for your engagement ring as well as the history, psychology, and colors of these stunning gemstones.

    Is a fancy colored diamond right for your 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.

    Psychology Behind Color Diamonds

    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.

    Naturally colored diamonds, also known as Fancy Diamonds, come in every color of the rainbow and they are exceptionally rare. Blue, pink, red, purple and canary yellow are some of the most sought after colors in Fancy Diamonds. Fancy Diamonds also can come in black-gray, brown and even milky white. Before you buy your Fancy Diamond, here are some interesting facts about the psychology of the color as well as the formation of the stones.

    Blue Diamonds

    The Hope Diamond is the most famous blue diamond on the planet. Pure, cool, magically rich and deep, the color blue is associated with purity and wealth. It is the color of intuition and peace. The presence of boron when the stone was forming, leads to stones that range from a light sky blue to a rich deep blue, the color of the ocean. Associated with water and the sky, blue is the color of sophistication and calm.

    Pink Diamonds

    Pink diamonds are breathtaking in their beauty and they have been known to bring astronomical prices at auction. It isn’t exactly known how pink diamonds are formed but it is thought that at some point during its formation the diamond was exposed to intense pressure causing an alteration in the crystalline structure of the stone. Psychologically, pink is associated with femininity as well as fertility. Pink is a calming color and it is associated with caring and relaxation.

    Red Diamonds

    Red diamonds are one of the rarest stones on the planet. These stones are so rare that not much is known about them or their formation. Like pink diamonds, it is thought that pressure during formation changes the crystalline structure resulting in the rich red color of the diamond. Red is the color of passion and love. Fiery, vital and volatile, red is also associated with happiness and health.

    Purple Diamonds

    Associated with royalty, purple diamonds command noble price tags. Purple is the color of fidelity, honor and courage and the wearer of a purple diamond is thought to have good luck and long life. Purple is also associated with the imagination.

    Green Diamonds

    Some of the most interesting diamonds, the color green is thought to result from the irradiation of the diamond while it was forming in the earth. The effect of the radiation causes the electrons in the crystalline structure to change slightly resulting in the color green. Psychologically, green is associated with growth and fertility, with balance,  renewal and rebirth.

    Yellow Diamonds

    Fancy yellow diamonds are created through the addition of nitrogen during the formation of the stone. Intensely yellow diamonds are the most common of the Fancy Diamonds but they are still extremely rare. Some of the best canary yellow diamonds come from mines here in this country, in Arkansas. Yellow is the color of happiness and wealth. Yellow reflects an intellectual individual. It is also associated with joy and power.

     

    Diamonds in Every Color of the Rainbow

    Colored diamonds come in every color you could imagine — yellow, blue, pink, champagne, chocolate, even black! Yellow diamonds are classic, pink and champagne are feminine, and more exotic colors like chocolate and black are sure to get noticed for their unique beauty and flair!

    A Perfect Pick in Any Color

    Fancy-colored diamonds may be the hottest trend in jewelry design right now, but these colorful beauties are much more than just a fad. Colored gemstones have long been classic choices for the discerning jewelry lover, from emeralds to rubies and sapphires.  Fancy-colored diamonds combine these gorgeous tones with the classic appeal and high value of a true diamond.

    Fancy-colored diamonds let the wearer express her unique fashion sense, as well as her love of the finer things. Classy and colorful— what could be a better combination?

    Natural vs. Treated Colored Diamonds

    Many colored diamonds occur naturally due to minerals that make up the diamond stone.  However, technological advances have made it possible to recreate the same gorgeous  colors at prices that are within reach for every jewelry lover. Either way, colored diamonds are completely unique and individual items.

     

     

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