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  1. 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

     

  2. 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

     

  3. November's Citrine and Topaz Birthstones

    A Tale of Two Birthstones— Citrine and Topaz

    As the year begins to draw to an end, we welcome fall, Thanksgiving, and all the wonder of November! With it comes two birthstones— citrine and topaz. Especially helpful for the tumultuous year that 2020 has been, both November birthstones are known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them. Read on to learn about the meaning behind citrine and topaz, as well as some of our favorite birthstone jewelry.

    All About November's Blue Topaz Birthstone

    One of November's birthstones, topaz is a soothing stone that has been said to calm tempers, cure madness and eliminate nightmares. While the gemstone is found in many colors, the most prized color is Imperial topaz, which features a vibrant orange hue with pink undertones. Brazil is the largest producer of quality topaz. Shop blue topaz jewelry here.

     

     

    All About November's Citrine Birthstone

    Fun fact: citrine is named after the citron fruit because of its lemon-inspired shades. Citrine is November’s second birthstone, a variety of quartz that ranges from pale yellow to brownish orange in color. Citrine has been referred to as the “healing quartz” for its ability to comfort, soothe and calm. It is believed to release negative feelings, spark imagination, and even attract wealth and prosperity. The largest supplier of citrine is Brazil. Shop citrine jewelry here.

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

     

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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

     

  4. Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide for Him

    The perfect gift for the man in your life is at Gold and Diamond Source!

    As the holiday season approaches, we have our eyes on our favorite jewelry and timepieces perfect for gifting to the men in your life, and we're sharing our top picks in this holiday shopping guide! If you are looking for the perfect gift to make this holiday unforgettable for him, this guide is for you.

    2020 Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide for Him

    Engrave a Key Chain

    This Stainless Steel Brushed Polished Key Chain makes a statement on its own, but it will be even more memorable when engraved with a personalized message from you!

    A Tie Bar to Dress Up His Look

    We believe every woman should include a chic, dazzling pair of diamond studs in her jewelry collection. They go with everything, can be worn for all occasions, and shine on their own or paired with other jewelry. Shop earrings here.

    A Stylish Bracelet

    This Mens Sterling Silver Figaro & Anchor Link Bracelet adds a bold touch to any guys everyday look.

    A Timepiece He Won't Want to Take Off

    This CITIZEN ISO-certified Promaster Diver features Eco-Drive technology and is powered by light, so it never needs a battery. Visit our showroom for more timepieces he will be excited to wear every day.

    A New Chain

    Update his look with this gold chain or one of the many styles of mens chains we have in our collections.
    With financing options to work with your budget, and options in every style and price range, it is easier than every to truly spoil him this year.

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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

     

  5. Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide for Her

    The perfect gift for the woman in your life awaits. ✨

    The holiday season is finally near, and we've gathered our favorite jewelry for gifting in this holiday shopping guide for the upcoming season! If you are looking for the perfect gift to make this holiday unforgettable, this is your guide.

    2020 Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide for Her

    A Stackable Diamond Band

    Ring stacks continue to grow in popularity. A stackable band is the perfect gift that can be worn alone or stacked with other diamond, gemstone, and metal rings. Gift her a simple diamond or gemstone ring that she can wear in countless variations based on her mood, outfit, and occasion. Shop rings here.

    The Perfect Diamond Earrings

    We believe every woman should include a chic, dazzling pair of diamond studs in her jewelry collection. They go with everything, can be worn for all occasions, and shine on their own or paired with other jewelry. Shop earrings here.

    A Pendant for Everyday Wear

    A dynamic finishing piece to any look, a pendant is a must when you need an exceptional gift. With options small and big, subtle and loud, chic and more unusual, pendants are as different as the people who wear them. Choose her birthstone or her favorite color for added sentiment. Shop more pendants here.

    A Gemstone Ring She Will Adore

    Gemstone rings are forever coveted by women who appreciate a bold, colorful statement piece. These fashionable rings typically feature a bold gemstone that is made even better with accent diamonds. Choose a ring in her birthstone or favorite color. Shop gemstone rings here.

    A Bangle Made to Layer

    Bangles are the perfect something extra. We have bangles from simple styles to designs loaded with diamonds to fit every budget and style. Shop new styles here.
    With financing options to work with your budget, and jewelry in every style and price range, we have the gifts she wants!

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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