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  1. What You Need to Know About Lab Grown Diamonds

    Everyone loves diamonds; their sparkle and beauty make them a rare gem. It needs years for a diamond to form. Over the years, lab-grown diamonds have gained popularity. Here is everything you need to know about lab-created diamonds.

    What are lab-created diamonds?

    The lab-grown diamonds are created in a lab environment. The diamonds have the same physical, chemical, and properties as natural diamonds. The only difference is just the point of origin. Just like the natural diamonds, lab-created diamonds are made with consideration to the 4cs; clarity, cut, carat weight, and color. They are also available in the same shapes as natural diamonds.

    How are they made?

    Lab-created diamonds are made using advanced technology, where extreme heat and pressure are used to make them look like a natural diamond. There are two ways in creating lab diamonds. The first method is through high pressure and high temperature. The high pressure mimics that of the natural diamonds. Hydraulic pressure, iron, cobalt flux, and nickel create an excellent environment for the diamond to grow.

    The second method for creating lab diamonds is using chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Under this process, the diamond seed is placed in a sealed chamber. The chamber is then heated to high temperatures and filled with methane gas and carbon-rich hydrogen. Through the ionization, the carbon gets broken down and allows the carbon molecules to hold onto the diamond seed. It takes 14 days for a diamond to grow using the CVD process.  

    How to differentiate natural and lab-grown diamond

    It's not easy for consumers to differentiate lab-created and natural diamonds. There are even jewelers who can't tell the difference. Here are ways to differentiate the two.

    • Type IIa test — it identifies the purity of carbon that makes the diamond. Out of the four types available, Type IIa is the purest. Most lab-created diamonds are type IIa.
    • A radiation test — the test is done using specialized equipment. The lab-created diamonds are put under test to measure the light absorbance across ultraviolet regions.

    Benefits of lab-grown diamonds

    • Cost — Lab-created diamonds are affordable compared to natural diamonds.
    • Characteristics — the lab-grown diamonds have the same optical, physical, and chemical characteristics as natural diamonds.

    Should you buy lab-grown diamonds?

    Some people don't put a lot of thought into whether a diamond is lab-grown or natural. Lab-grown diamonds have the same look and feel of natural diamonds but at a lower cost. When choosing between natural and lab-grown diamonds, consider your needs and preference. You can also consult your jeweler to help you make the decision. If you want to surprise your loved one with a diamond jewelry, contact us.

  2. How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring: Your Official Budget Guide

    While you've probably heard that you should spend three months' salary on an engagement ring, that is not a hard and fast rule. In fact, there are no rules when it comes to buying an engagement ring. It is a very personal decision for each couple. 

    What Should I Spend?

    Spend what your budget allows. Or perhaps take a second job to upgrade a bit beyond your normal budget. We know a fellow who sold his plasma to fund his bride's ring. That's extreme, but do what works for you. The average engagement ring in 2020 was in the $4,000 range, but that's much lower than in 2018 and no doubt much higher than other years. Do what works for you.

    Study Before Shopping

    It's good to have a basic knowledge of the "4Cs" -- cut, color, clarity and carat -- before you venture into a store. It's also good to know your partner's preferences in a diamond. Perhaps bigger is better even with visible flaws, or perhaps smaller with great clarity is preferred. 

    Be Creative

    Consider Cut

    Without knowing a partner's preference, most buyers choose a round or brilliant cut diamond. These diamonds are great for sparkle and reflecting light, but a marquis or princess cut of the same weight will look bigger. 

    Diamond or Nontraditional Stone

    Lower clarity diamonds can be just as pretty as higher clarity but a lot less expensive. If flaws can't be seen by the naked eye, no one is the wiser. You could also choose a quality gemstone for the larger stone and put it in setting with smaller diamond accents. However, assume your beloved prefers a diamond unless you know for sure. 

    Antiquing We Go

    Consider antique rings or putting a family diamond into a new, modern setting. Because of their cut, these diamonds may have great sparkle and life. Don't go strictly by their paperwork -- look at these diamonds in person. 

    Have A Conversation

    Yes, surprises are nice, but most brides want an engagement ring that suits their personal style. Talk about the ring. Discuss your budget. Look at pictures of rings. Have these conversations before you find yourself at the jewelry counter falling in love with something that is beyond your budget.

    If you have a plan, you'll be less likely to be caught up in the excitement and spend money that you'd both prefer go to the down payment on your first home or to make your wedding more special.

    We've been around since 1984, and while things have changed over the years, we're still in the business of making sure you get the ring of your dreams. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to engagement rings. We'd love for you to contact us today. 

  3. Is Wearing My Ring In The Shower Recommended?

    The short answer is no.

    While you may be in love with your new engagement ring,  you may never want to take it off, but the truth is that showers can damage your ring.  Protect your token of love and devotion by removing it before you shower. There are many damaging factors to your ring associated with showering, including harsh soaps, oils, steam, and cleaners.  

    Harsh Soaps

    Many common soaps and body wash come with exfoliating ingredients. These are wonderful for leaving your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. But they have the opposite effect on metals. The small beads can scratch and the metal, which will increase the wear and tear over time.  Other types of soaps and conditioners may have chemicals that can cause your ring to become dull over time.

    Loose and Slippery

    Water naturally loosens your ring while you're in the shower. Though your ring may usually fit snugly when your ring interacts with water, it can become loose on your finger. Additionally, if it happens to slide off, it may become very slippery from the soap and accidentally fall into the drain in no time. It's better to be safe than sorry and secure your ring in a safe place before you shower.

    Cloudiness

    Keep that sparkle and shine of your brand-new ring.  When you wear a ring in the shower, the steam,  soap, and oils can build up on the diamond, causing it to become clouded. While this does not immediately mean your diamond is defective, it is beginning to become damaged. 

    Have no fear

    If you have been wearing your ring in the shower up to this point, the damage may not be permanent. You can schedule an appointment with an experienced jeweler like Gold & Diamond Source, to restore your diamond or band. There are also cleaning kits available for purchase to clean your ring at home. 

  4. 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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  5. 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