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  1. Trend Spotlight: Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

    Trend Spotlight: Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

    Emerald cut engagement rings are trending with bride-to-be's who love the style's elegance and vintage-inspired beauty. Emerald cut engagement rings are rare and distinctive, so it makes sense that powerhouses Beyonce and Amal Clooney wear this diamond shape in their engagement rings.

    The emerald cut dates back to the 1500s when stone cutters began cutting emeralds in a rectangle shape with stepped facets to provide more stability to the stone. The cut was originally performed on emeralds, which are softer and more prone to damage than diamonds. Like most other diamond shapes, an emerald cut diamond has 57 or 58 facets.

    Elongated cuts like emerald cut diamonds tend to look larger and elongate the fingers due to their large top surface, which is far bigger than a round cut diamond of the same carat weight.

    Emeralds tend to be set in a simple solitaire setting to showcase the cut of the diamond. Many couples opt for a halo around their emerald cut diamond to accentuate the stone's beauty and vintage flair.

    Only roughly 3% of the cut diamonds are emerald cut, which makes this shape more rare than other options. With their elongated table, budget-minded shoppers might be pleased to learn that the emerald cut diamonds' elongated shape and larger table makes this shape appear larger than diamonds of the same carat size.

     

    Some of Our Favorite Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

    Diamond Emerald Shape Halo Engagement Ring
    Emerald Style Halo Mounting Featuring .375 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds.
    Diamond Octagon Halo Engagement Ring for Emerald Shape Diamond

     

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  2. Find Your Perfect Engagement Ring at Gold and Diamond Source

    Choosing an engagement ring is not a decision to be made lightly. With a large selection, the best in quality, and affordable financing options, it is easy to find the perfect engagement ring at Gold and Diamond Source!

    Find Your Perfect Engagement Ring at Gold and Diamond Source

    1. Gold and Diamond Source has the largest selection of gold and diamond engagement rings in the Tampa Bay Area.

    2. Each Gold and Diamond Source engagement ring is handcrafted with a focus on quality and attention to detail.

    3. Every piece is hand-selected by our owner to ensure maximum brilliance.

    4. With our lifetime diamond trade-in policy, you are covered when it is time to upgrade.

    5. Enjoy free lifetime cleanings and inspections to keep your ring in its best shape.

    6. Trust you are in good hands with our knowledgeable and caring staff that is always ready to help.

    7. At Gold and Diamond Source, you can either design and create your own engagement ring with our online ring builder or choose from our fine selection of engagement rings in our Clearwater showroom.

    8. We offer affordable financing options to help you get the perfect ring when you need it.

     

    "I highly recommend!!! Their courteous staff, inventory and knowledge sets them apart from any other jewelry store. I was referred by Heather B. and was helped by Patrick and Mais, they took time to show me many loose diamonds and explain everything! After picking a diamond and band they knew exactly what I wanted and had my ring custom made, it was even better then what I imagined! They definitely know what they are doing! I love my ring! Thank you all!"

    — JoJo on Facebook

     

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  3. 5 Steps to the Perfect Men's Wedding Band

    If you are like most couples, your engagement began with all the focus on her... from finding the perfect engagement ring she will love to crafting the perfect proposal to ask for her hand in marriage. After she says yes and you finally get a chance to celebrate, it's time to plan the big day. Now the focus balances out and it is time to find your perfect wedding band.

    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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  4. Currently Obsessed: Minimalist Jewelry

    At Gold and Diamond Source, we believe there is an occasion and style for all jewelry— big and bold, small and feminine, eccentric and fun. We appreciate jewelry collections that suit your every mood. That said, we adore minimalist jewelry that is tried and true— the little treasures that you can wear day after day, on their own or layered other pieces. Today we are sharing a few of our favorite pieces of minimalist jewelry from bar pendants to rings with lots of open space. Let us know what is your favorite minimalist style!

    Minimalist Jewelry We Love

    Diamond Bar Ring
    Diamond Bar Lariat Necklace
    Open Pear Shape Ring Featuring .20 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    This trendy necklace is crafted in 14 karat gold and is an adjustable 16-18" cable link chain including clasp
    Round Brilliant Diamond Bar Stud Earrings
    Open Circle Diamond Ring Featuring 0.13 Carat Total Weight of Round Brilliant Diamonds

     

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  5. Crazy for May's Emerald Birthstone

    Calling all May babies! Those born in May can celebrate with the ever gorgeous emerald birthstone.

    Emeralds are known for their rich, vivid color and radiating beauty—perfect for spring birthdays. This gemstone has been celebrated and used in jewelry for centuries. A few emerald facts you might not know:

    • Emeralds are among the rarest of all gemstones. An emerald is even harder to find than a diamond!
    • Emeralds come 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.
    • 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.

    Here are some of our favorite May birthstone jewelry, hand picked for their rich color and gorgeous green allure:

    White Gold Diamond And Emerald Polished Ring
    Juleve Emerald & Diamond Halo Leverback Drop Earrings
    Yellow Gold Flex Band Featuring .36 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Emeralds
    Yellow Gold Emerald & Diamond Necklace
    White Gold Emerald and Diamond Band
    White Gold Diamond & Emerald 3 Stone Halo Bangle Bracelet
    White Gold Diamond & Emerald Drop Bar Earrings

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view all emerald birthstone jewelry, or shop a selection online HERE.

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