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  1. Emerald Cut vs Heart Shape Engagement Ring

    Unique fancy shape diamond engagement rings are continuing to grow in popularity. While many brides still love a dazzling round diamond, the top choices of engagement rings are as varied as the women who wear them. At Gold & Diamond Source, we are seeing brides opt for fancy shaped diamonds more and more. Today we are going to look at emerald cut and heart shape engagement rings. 

     

    First: A Look at Diamond Cut

    When you think of the cut, you probably think of the shape of the diamond. You are partially correct. While cut does refer to shape, it also refers to the proportions of how the diamond is actually cut.

    Diamonds are cut into many different shapes, reflecting not only popular taste but the proportions and quality of the rough diamond. The most popular shapes include Round, Princess Cut, Cushion, Oval, Emerald, Heart Shape, and Marquise cuts. Many specialty shapes are also available.

    A diamond’s overall proportions, as well as the size and placement of its many reflective surfaces or facets, also play a large part in “cut.” The consistency and balance of these can greatly affect how the stone captures light and reflects it back to the eye.

     

    Emerald Cut Engagement Rings

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

    Many brides choose emerald cut diamonds for their elegance and vintage-looking beauty. Emerald cut engagement rings are rare and distinctive— which makes sense that powerhouses Beyonce and Amal Clooney wear this shape diamond 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.

     

    Heart Shape Engagement Rings

    14 Karat Rose Gold Heart Diamond Solitaire Ring Featuring a 2.00 Carat Heart Shape Diamond

    Diamond shape is possibly the single decision that will have the biggest impact on your engagement ring. While metal, setting, and carat size all play a role in your dream engagement ring, diamond shape is often the first thing people notice.

    The shape of a diamond can drastically alter the look of the ring, the way it catches the light, and how the stone sits on your hand. With any of the popular diamond shapes on the market, the idea behind the cut is to leave as much of the top of the stone intact as possible. This allows light to filter through and reflect the natural sparkle of the stone. Each diamond shape has different facets and cuts that help to make the diamond shine.

    The heart is a universal symbol of love. Beautiful in its own right, a heart shape engagement ring stands out any metal option or other style choice. We think a heart shape engagement ring is a picture-perfect way to say ‘I love you.’

    Heart-shaped diamonds are difficult to cut, so it's a good idea to know what to look for so you get a perfectly cut diamond.

    Symmetry is the most important feature to look for in a heart-shaped diamond – asymmetry in heart-shaped diamonds is easy to spot. Select diamonds with Excellent symmetry to ensure a visually appealing diamond.

    A proper length-to-width ratio is important in order to have an attractive diamond. The ideal length-to-width ratio is 1:00 to 1:1.2. A diamond with ratios above 1:1.2 will appear narrower, while diamonds with a length-to-width-ratio below 1:00 will appear wider.

    The point of a heart-shaped diamond is the most delicate and can easily chip, so make sure to choose a setting that protects the point, especially if you plan to be active with your hands while wearing your ring.

     

     

    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. "Can I Resize My Engagement Ring"

    Whether you've recently become engaged and your ring doesn't fit quite right, or you've had a life change that has caused your ring to no longer fit, there are many reasons people need to resize their engagement rings. If you are wondering, "can I resize my engagement ring?" more than likely, the answer is yes.

    An engagement ring is one of the most significant purchases you’ll ever make. You will always remember the feeling of sliding the ring onto your partner’s finger for the very first time— but in the case that the engagement ring feels a little bit too loose, or a little too tight, it will likely need to be resized before it will fit your partner’s hand properly.

     

    Get the Size Right First

    Figuring out your partner's ring size to begin with is the first step. While the ring can be resized, it will save time away from the ring and allow your fiancé to wear her ring right away if you can figure our her ring size ahead of time.

    • Employ Some Sneaking: One of the easiest and most accurate ways to find the answer out is to measure any rings the other person already wears on their ring finger. Some people enjoy jewelry and have several rings that they wear daily or when dressing up. For those who are lucky enough to have a partner who regularly wears rings, obtaining this information can be as simple as being a little sneaky. Pay special attention to which ring fits their ring finger, and where they store it when not wearing it. The next time they leave the house without it, simply take the ring to a jeweler and have it sized. The ring can often be replaced without the other person ever finding out and your special surprise can go off without a hitch.
    • Get Help From Friends: If your significant other doesn’t wear a lot of jewelry, finding out the ring size might require some outside help. Depending on how much they socialize much with others, it may be possible that their best friend either knows their ring size, or can help you find out. If they don’t already know it, they can bring it up casually in conversation and report back what they find. While not as assuredly reliable as sizing an owned ring, it can still help partners pull of a romantic surprise proposal.
    • When All Else Fails: If they do not wear a lot of jewelry and have no friends who can assist, a third option for finding a ring size relies on having a heavy sleeping partner and a delicate sense of touch. Using a small piece of paper or string - about 3 to 4 inches in length - a pen, and a ruler, it is possible to find out ring size using a simple measurement. While they are asleep, carefully slip the paper or string around their finger and make marks for measurements. Using just about any ring sizing chart at a jewelers shop or site, it is possible to find the exact ring size.

     

    How Should an Engagement Ring Fit?

    An engagement ring should be able to slide on fairly easily, but resist enough when sliding off that there’s no risk of it falling off without some effort. You should need some pressure to get over the knuckle on the way off. But if it gets stuck behind the knuckle and needs more than a second to be maneuvered off, it’s likely too tight and needs to be adjusted to a larger size. If it slides off without any pressure at all, that is a sure sign it needs to be adjusted to a smaller size.

    Not sure if your engagement ring is a good fit or not? A skilled jeweler will be able to quickly let you know if your ring fits properly of it it needs to be resized by seeing how it fits on the finger. With an investment as special as an engagement ring, it's worth the visit to the jewelry store to be sure!

     

    Can All Engagement Rings Be Resized?

    Most engagement rings can be resized, although rings that have gemstones on the entire band (such as an eternity band) usually can’t be resized. Eternity bands don’t have enough exposed metal available for a jeweler to work with, so it is especially important to know your partner’s ring size before you buy a ring with gemstones that go all the way around the band.

    It is important to know that there are limits on how much a ring can be adjusted. Typically, you can adjust a ring up to two sizes smaller or larger. Stretching beyond this introduces the risk of damaging the ring and affecting the diamond (or other gemstone) setting.

    Lastly, it is important to note that some materials are too hard or brittle to resize safely. For example, rose gold is more sensitive to stress and can crack when being resized, while Tungsten and stainless steel rings are usually too hard to resize effectively.

     

    Full In-House Repair Department

    At Gold & Diamond Source, we are proud to have a full in-house repair department with Master Jewelers on hand to resize your engagement ring, as well as repair, restore, or refurbish any piece of jewelry you have using the latest state of the art tools and technology.

    And when you have a item repaired by the Gold and Diamond Source, you will have the peace of mind that your item was repaired with the finest materials and craftsmanship available in the industry. We guarantee our work to be free from materials or craftsmanship defect for 6 months.

     

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

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    "We absolutely LOVE the Gold and Diamond Source! Debbie is by far the best in customer satisfaction and expertise. My husband bought my engagement ring and wedding band here about 6 years ago. We bring it every 6 months for service and cleaning....which of course has prompted us to buy other pieces of jewelry. They have the highest quality gold and diamonds with the best prices. And we have compared diligently and did our homework. They always honor their word with replacing and repairing anything that happens to any of our pieces because we are such loyal customers and bring our pieces in for service every 6 months minimum. I highly recommend you stop in and check out their selection Ask for Debbie... you will thank me, I promise!" — Robyn M. on Yelp

     

  3. Diamonds, Diamonds, Diamonds

    There's no denying that we love diamonds— from diamond engagement rings to say "I do" with, to diamond stud earrings to wear every day, to diamond jewelry to mark special occasions, diamonds are a classic, timeless gemstone that we can't get enough of.

     

    14 Karat White Gold .75 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Halo Earrings

    Get to Know the Diamond

    Diamonds are tough. In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of just one element: carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond.

    Diamonds come in several colors, including yellow, red, pink, blue, and green, and range in intensity from faint to vivid. Generally speaking, the more saturated the color, the higher the value.

    In fact, diamonds sparkling with intense color are rare and may be priced higher than a colorless diamond of equal size. Lab-colored diamonds are also available and are called color-treated diamonds.

    Its unique physical properties means it has the best possible luster of any gemstone when cut and polished well. If you are looking for a gem that sparkles, the diamond is the gemstone for you.

     

    14 Karat Gold Heart Diamond Solitaire Ring Featuring a 2.00 Carat Heart Shape Diamond

    Diamonds in History and Culture

    The diamond first became a popular gemstone in India, when the Moghuls and Imperial Colony easily mined diamonds from deposits along three major rivers.

    Our fascination with diamonds is nothing new. Diamonds have long been admired, with some historians estimating them being traded as early as 4 BC. One of the reasons it is so admired and valued is because of the process by which a diamond must be formed well below the earth’s crust, then forced upward until it is uncovered.

    But before this process was understood, many ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were lighting made real on earth. This might be the reason that diamonds have often been associated with great healing powers from curing brain disease, alleviating pituitary gland disorders, and drawing toxins from the blood.

    Today, the diamond is most widely known as the center stone in engagement rings, is the birthstone for April, and is the stone that marks the 60th anniversary of marriage.

     

     

     

    "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

     

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  4. The Scoop on Fancy Color Engagement Rings

    A True Showstopper! This One Of A kind Juleve Ring Features A 6.02 Oval Color Changing Purple-Blue Sapphire Center Stone Surrounded In A Halo Of Round Diamonds With A Split Shank That Weigh 0.63 Carats Total Weight Crafted In 18 Karat White Gold. This Ring Can Only Be Found At The Gold & Diamond Source!

     

    While we don't see traditional diamond engagement rings going anywhere, 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.

    Below we elaborate on whether a gemstone or fancy colored diamond is right for your engagement ring as well as the history, psychology, and colors behind these stunning gems.

    Gemstone Engagement Rings

    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.

    Fancy Color Engagement Rings

    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.

    18 Karat Two-Tone Gold Double Cushion Halo Ring Featuring a GIA Certified 2.08 Carat Radiant Cut Fancy Greenish-Yellow Diamond Accented By .31 Carat Total Weight Pink Diamonds and .36 Carat Total Weight Near Colorless 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. 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! 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.

     

    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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    "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

     

  5. All About June's Pearl Birthstone

    Happy birthday to all who celebrate in June! June birthdays celebrate with three birthstones: pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. Read on to read all about the pearl birthstone and explore some of our favorite pearl birthstone jewelry.

    Meaning and History Behind the Pearl Birthstone

    Timeless and loved by women of all ages and styles, pearl is the coveted birthstone for June. Originating from oceans, lakes and rivers around the world, pearls are organic gems that grow inside the tissue of a living saltwater or freshwater mollusk (either an oyster or a mussel). Natural pearls form when the mollusk secretes a substance called nacre around an irritant such as a piece of sand or a parasite that has invaded its shell. Cultured pearls are a product of human intervention. Thousands of years of pearl fishing have decimated the natural pearl beds, so cultured pearls account for the vast majority of pearl sales today.

    Ancients from the Middle East believed that pearls were teardrops fallen from heaven. The Chinese believed that the June birthstone came from the brain of a dragon. Christopher Columbus and his contemporaries thought that mollusks formed pearls from dew drops.

    Pearls have long been associated with purity, humility and innocence, which might have something to do with why pearls have traditionally been given as a wedding gift.

     

    Care and Cleaning of the Pearl Birthstone

    Pearls are 2.5 to 3.0 on the Mohs Scale of hardness, which means they are a softer gem and require special care. Store them separately from other gemstones and metal jewelry to prevent scratching. Never store your pearl birthstones in a plastic bag, as plastic can emit a chemical that will damage their surface. Always apply perfume, hair products and cosmetics before putting on your pearl jewelry. Use a soft, damp cloth, ideally after each time the pearls are worn.

     

    Pearl Birthstone Jewelry

    Birthstone jewelry is a special way to celebrate a birthday, and for those born in June, pearl jewelry is a perfect fit! Here are a few of our favorite pieces of pearl birthstone jewelry.

    14KT White Round Pearl and Diamond Leverback Earrings. The Earrings Feature 8-9 Millimeter White Round Pearls that are Accented With 0.05 Carats of Round Brilliant Diamonds.
    14 Karat White Gold Pearl & Diamond Accent Halo Ring Featuring a Freshwater Cultured Pearl and .20 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds.
    14KT White Gold 6-7mm White Round Freshwater Cultured Pearl 12-Station Necklace. The Necklace Features 12 Round 6-7mm Pearls that are Set Throughout the 16 Inch Necklace.
    14KT Gold Pearl and Diamond Criss Cross Ring. The Ring Features A 6.00-6.50 mm Center Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Diamond Ring. There is 0.33 Carat Total Weight of Round Brilliant Diamonds Prong Set Throughout the Criss Cross Ring.

     

     

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

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