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  1. What Is A Vintage Style Engagement Ring?

    For 2020 and 2021 brides, we expect vintage engagement rings to continue to grow in popularity. Full of intricate details, these vintage-style engagement rings have a timeless appeal that works with both modern and heirloom styles. Bride-to-be's who appreciate classic fashion, midcentury modern furniture, vintage scores, and old photos might fall for these lovely engagement rings overflowing with detail.

    Vintage-style engagement rings are detail-oriented designs with a timeless allure. Unlike a simple solitaire on a polished band, this engagement ring style features rich details from every angle. Look for designs with miligrain details, beaded edges, touches of yellow gold, and colored stones. Some key terms to let you know you're looking at a vintage-style engagement ring are Art Deco, 1920's-era, mid-century, Asscher cut, Victorian, and Edwardian.

    Here are a few of our favorite vintage-style engagement rings (click to shop!): 

     


     

     

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

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    "I have visited GDS a few times since I got engaged and the customer service has been consistently great! Someone is always at the front door to greet you and show you in the right direction. The sales people I have been paired up with always seem happy and eager to please!

    Besides the customer service, who wouldn't enjoy themselves while looking at all the shiny diamonds?

    I had the pleasure to work to Alexis (the brunette) about what kind of wedding band would match my uniquely shaped engagement ring. She gave me so many options and went above and beyond by requesting a price quote from the designer who made my engagement ring for a matching wedding band. She emailed me on her days off to keep me in the loop!!

    Alexis was with another customer when my fiancé and I came back in to buy, but Veronica took care of us as if we'd been working with her all along. She made the check out experience painless and quick.

    I will always recommend GDS when a friend is getting engaged. We've already sent two happy couples their way!" — Nina M. on Yelp

     

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    Trust in Our 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.

  2. Perfect Proposal Guide: Round-Up

    14 Karat Gold Oval Diamond Solitaire Ring Featuring a 2.00 Carat Oval Cut Diamond

    Whether you are planning on proposing now or planning ahead for a fall or winter proposal, now is an ideal time to get started planning your magical moment. From finding your perfect engagement ring to making sure the right people are nearby to celebrate with you during or afterward, proposing marriage to your partner is one time planning ahead of time will really pay off. 

    We've been sharing engagement tips for years— and helping couples find their ideal engagement rings in our Clearwater showroom for even longer. Today we are sharing a round-up of our proposal tips:

     

    1. Find her engagement ring style.

    Look at the jewelry she already wears. Does she wear minimal jewelry, or does she layer on her favorite pieces? Does she love the simplicity of a diamond, or is her jewelry box full of different colors? It’s also a great idea to ask trusted friends and family members. It is likely that she has mentioned different styles she prefers— and maybe even some she doesn’t! Learn how to uncover her engagement ring style here

    2. Explore different engagement ring options.

    While your engagement ring turnaround time might be quick, it’s always better to begin your search early in case you want a custom piece or decide to include existing jewelry in your design. While you might have an idea of what you like, seeing and feeling different designs might point you in a whole new direction! Learn more about different metal options here and diamond shapes here.

    3. Consider colored gemstones.

    Fancy color engagement rings (rings with gemstones or fancy colored diamonds as their center stone) are continuing to grow in popularity! At Gold & Diamond Source, we are happy to offer customers a variety of color engagement ring options including rubies, sapphires, fancy yellow diamonds, and more— in addition to classic colorless diamonds. Learn more about fancy colored diamonds here.

    4. Budget and finance. 

    It is important to stay on budget when shopping for an engagement ring. It is important to take the next step of your relationship feeling financially confident, and you want to take this next step with nothing but positive feelings. With countless different options, custom design, and financing options, it is easier than ever to get the most ring for your dollar.
    Exactly how much is the right amount to spend on a ring is a loaded question with a different answer for each person. In this post, we've dug into how much you should spend on an engagement ring, some of the factors that will make your ring more or less expensive, and how to stay on budget! Bonus: learn more about our financing options here.

    5. Scope out the specifics. 

    Now it’s time to scope out the specifics of your proposal.

    Intimacy of the Moment— Do you envision a moment with just the two of you or something more grand? Now is a great time to think back to whether your partner has mentioned a preference for intimate moments like these to be kept close or shared.

    Timing— Are there upcoming events where loved ones will be near? Even if you don’t want to propose in front of others, you might enjoy having them near to celebrate with after!

    Location— Clearwater and greater Florida have beautiful locations ready for a romantic holiday proposal! 

     

     

     

    Visit our diamond experts at our Clearwater, Florida, showroom, or begin your search 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

     

     

  3. Engagement Ring Tips and Tricks You Need

    14 Karat White Gold Yellow Diamond Emerald Halo Ring With a Euro Shank Featuring a GIA Certified 3.06 Carat Radiant Fancy Yellow Diamond Accented By .72 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds

    Purchasing an engagement ring represents one of the biggest moments of your life— you've found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and it's time to take the next step. Purchasing an engagement ring is a big step both emotionally and financially, so of course it is a purchase you will want to get right. Just like buying a car or putting a down payment on a house, it's best to go into it informed. 

    At Gold & Diamond Source, we've been helping the Tampa Bay-area say "I do" since 1984. Today we've pulled together our tips and tricks for discerning brides- and grooms-to-be considering buying an engagement ring. 

    Engagement Ring Tips and Tricks You Need Now

    Ignore the 3-months salary rule.

    We've heard it all: that you should spent two months pay, three months pay, and a certain percentage of your annual salary on an engagement ring. This is a myth; the best budget is the one you come up with and that feels comfortable in your own financial situation. Remember, you can always finance, or pay with a credit card. Learn more about financing here.

    Try on different diamond shapes to get the biggest look for your buck.

    Round diamonds appear the largest compared to other shapes. While round diamonds have the potential to sparkle more than any other diamond shape, their symmetry also makes them appear slightly smaller in comparison to a fancy shaped diamond of the same carat weight. The apparent size of any diamond, when viewed from the top down, can vary depending on the shape and size of the wearer’s hand. This is why it's a great idea to try on different diamond shapes and setting styles when beginning your engagement ring search.

    Make the 4 C's work for you.

    The 4 Cs are an acronym for cut, color, clarity and carat. These are the top four characteristics to look for when purchasing a diamond and together cover the most basic need-to-know diamond buying information. Brushing up on each of the 4 C's will help you determine which is most important to you and where your opportunities are for saving money. Learn more about the 4 C's here.

    Opt for near-colorless diamonds.

    D grade (colorless) diamonds are the rarest, making them the most expensive color grade. By looking for near-colorless diamonds (diamond color grades G through J) instead, you will find diamond color grades that will face up white— it is difficult for those who are not gemologists to differentiate between colorless and near-colorless diamonds.

    To save money in your setting and allow for a larger gemstone, consider setting a diamond with a lower color grade such as K or L in a warm-colored metal. Warm colored metals such as yellow or rose gold engagement rings will conceal some yellow coloration.

    Spend time choosing a setting.

    Settings can truly make or break your center stone. A diamond set higher up, like a cathedral setting, will appear slightly larger than it really is. Halo settings, where tiny diamonds surround your center stone, make the center stone look larger. You can choose a slightly smaller carat weight for your center stone if you choose a halo setting, which will save you money in the long run. Consider the width of your shank, too— a wide shank can take away from the center stone and make it appear smaller, where a thinner band can let the center stone shine.

    Designing your own engagement ring is easier than you think. 

    Custom designing your engagement ring can actually be very easy (and cost efficient!) to design the ring of your dreams. A custom, handcrafted piece of jewelry allows you the opportunity to create and design a one of a kind piece of jewelry that will become a part of you. Our expert custom designer gives you the opportunity to create the jewelry piece of your dreams. We use the latest design tools to show you exactly what your piece of jewelry will look like so you can be assured it will be exactly what you are looking for and enjoy for years to come. Learn more about custom design here.

     

     

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

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    "Had to go back out to this location to drop off a piece of jewelry that my husband purchased for me to be altered. Tyler was his usual pleasant and helpful self. Lol...
    The business was taking a lot of precautions amid the Covid restrictions. I found that to be pretty awesome. I could tell that the owners truly care about the safety of both their customers and themselves. The gift bags with the gloves, masks and other anti-bacterial products that they were giving away at the door with a great added touch.
    I definitely wasn't expecting it to be that crowded on that day.
    We actually had the pleasure of meeting Julie. I guess I wasn't expecting her to be so kind and helpful. It was a very nice surprise. She was very kind and pleasant to talk to. She is very down to earth. Which I guess I was not expecting after seeing her on commercials and billboards and such. Thanks Julie!
    My husband surprised me with purchasing a Mother's Day great gift which Julie wrapped for me and I was very appreciative.   I wasn't expecting it nor was I expecting her to be wrapping it for me.
    All in all it was yet another pleasant shopping experience. Tyler is always on top of his game.
    Other people who choose to stand around and look at you and not offer to help should take note of the way Tyler handles his business.
    Just saying.....
    I cannot stress enough how glad I am that we "DID" decide to listen to an associate of ours and check out this store. It is well worth the trip across the bay. We had seen the store in passing for years now. But had never checked it out.
    We had no idea what we were missing!
    Being the jewelry lover  that I am, I know that they'll be seeing more of me in the future.
    Thanks again Tyler and Julie!
    You rock!" — Shernea D. on Yelp

     

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    Trust in Our 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.

     

  4. Did you know these ruby facts? 

    14 Karat White Gold Flex Band Featuring .50 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Rubies

    Every July we celebrate the rich and mysterious ruby, but this gemstone is popular all year long! Ruby is the birthstone for those born in July, and it is a lovely choice for exquisite fashion jewelry and even engagement rings. Did you know these ruby facts?

    The Meaning of Ruby Gemstones

    Rubies are red and luscious, alive and mysterious. 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."

    Interesting Facts About Rubies

    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.

    Yes, Ruby Diamond Engagement Rings!

    Rich and romantic, ruby engagement rings make a fabulous choice for couples seeking something different from the traditional diamond engagement ring.

    Rubies are known for their luscious, alive and mysterious red hue. 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.

    Our team at Gold and Diamond Source loves helping couples find their perfect unique engagement ring. Any engagement ring setting can be paired with a gorgeous loose ruby gemstone. Here are a few of our favorite pre-set designs that would make stunning ruby engagement rings.

    Rubies Are Truly A Timeless Treasure. This Beautiful 18 Karat White Gold Juleve Graduated Oval Halo Ring Features a No Heat 4.04 Carat Oval Ruby and is Accented By The Unique Look of 3.22 Carat Total Weight Half Moon Diamonds & 1.12 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    18 Karat White Gold 2.51 Carat Center Cushion Cut Ruby & 0.51 Carat Total Weight Pear Shape Diamond Ring
    Complete Your Look With This 3 Stone Juleve Designer Piece Crafted in 18 Karat White Gold and Features a 1.50 Carat Total Weight Oval/Cushion Ruby in The Center, and 2.3 Carat Total Weight Pear Shaped Rubies
    18 Karat White Gold Ruby & Diamond Mounting. The Mounting Contains .50 Carats Total Weight Square Rubies & .25 Carats Total Weight Round Diamonds

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete selection of ruby jewelry, or shop a selection online HERE.

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  5. Do People Wear Engagement Rings on Their Right Hand?

    While most couples wear their engagement rings and wedding bands on their right hands, some people in the United States and worldwide choose to wear their rings on their left hands.

    Have you ever wondered why we wear our engagement ring or wedding band on either hand?

    Do People Wear Engagement Rings on Their Right Hand?

    The answer varies depending on where you are in the world. 

    Regardless of which hand you choose, most can agree on wearing your engagement ring on the ring finger— the finger between your pinkie and middle finger (aka your fourth finger). Wearing a ring on your ring finger on your left hand is largely known to represent your relationship status.

    Many credit this custom to the Romans, who believed that the ring finger had a vein running directly to the heart. This vein was called this the Vena Amoris, or the “Vein of Love,” although modern science has shown there is actually no such vein.

    Inspired by concept of the Vena Amoris, wearing a ring on the fourth finger represents a connection to the heart and is tied into affection, love and creativity.

    Women typically wear an engagement ring after they've accepted their partner's proposal, and both partners will gain a band once married. There is an upcoming trend for men to also wear engagement rings before saying, "I do."

    Not all countries or groups of people relate the ring finger on the left hand to represent their commitment. In many cultures and countries, wearing an engagement ring on the right hand is the norm. Just like when worn on the left hand, people wear their engagement rings on the fourth finger, or ring finger, of the right hand. Couples in India and Spain typically wear their engagement and wedding rings on the right hand, while most couples in the USA wear them on the left hand. Catholics also commonly wear their engagement and wedding rings on the right ring finger.

    Many same-sex couples will wear a ring on the right hand to represent that they are in a monogamous relationship, whether that’s a long-term partnership or marriage.

     

     

     

    Visit our diamond experts at our Clearwater, Florida, showroom, or begin your search 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

     

     

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