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  1. Is Cut Or Color More Important In Diamonds?

    Everything about searching for the right diamond is exciting and sometimes overwhelming, especially if you're not familiar with how to purchase one.

    Sure, you've heard about the 4 C's to consider when diamond hunting, but what does it all mean?

    UNDERSTANDING THE 4 Cs

    When the time has come to pick your unique diamond, here's what you need to know —

    Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat — these are the 4 C's that will determine the quality of your diamond and impact its beauty for the life of the stone.

    The cut refers to the angles and proportions of the diamond; color refers to how white it is; clarity refers to how inclusion and blemish-free it is, and carat refers to how much the diamond weighs.

    It's vital, with the help of an expert, that you achieve the right balance among the four components.  It will help you avoid overpaying for an element of the diamond that will simply go unnoticed.

    WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT: CUT OR COLOR?

    Of the 4 C's, the most important is the 'Cut.'

    Why? 

    It is the most crucial aspect of the diamond quality and affects its brilliance and should be the focal point of your selection.

    The cut of a diamond is graded from Ideal, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor.  To ensure maximum brilliance, limit your search to ideal or excellent cut diamonds only.

    The key is finding the diamond of your choice and knowing which aspects you can sacrifice, if necessary, to make that happen.

    Now, this is not to say that clarity and color are not critical as well — because most definitely they are — they're just not the first thing you should consider when shopping for diamonds.

    If you still have questions and would like further assistance, please contact us.  Our staff of jewelry experts is here to help you choose the perfect diamond that will bring you happiness for many years to come.

  2. What Is A French Set Halo Ring?

    Most brides-to-be desire diamond engagement rings because these pieces of jewelry integrate rare gems with a sparkling beauty that stands out. However, not all women are attracted to super-sized center diamonds, so French-set halo rings are gaining popularity.

    WHAT IS A FRENCH-SET HALO ENGAGEMENT RING?

    A French-set engagement ring consists of small diamonds held with tiny prongs around the ring band, creating a single, continuous sparkle of diamonds, unlike most diamond rings. A row of sparkling French-set diamonds adds brilliance to the band of this classical diamond ring. Again, the sparkling pave halo enhances the virtuosity and custom detailing around the center diamond.

    WHAT DOES THE RING ENTAIL?

    The French-set halo ring adopts the 1920s sculpt bringing out a pleasing jewelry trend. Small diamonds are set along the band and as a halo around the center stone. The band is often available in 14K and 18K and can either be white, rose, or platinum-colored with side diamonds. The platinum band complements the center stone, while the white and rose bands bring out an entirely new design.

    With all these features, the French-set engagement ring focuses on the diamonds rather than the precious metal that creates the sparkling band. The sparkle and shine reveal a beautiful effect, reminding the bride-to-be of her beauty.

    BENEFITS OF BUYING A FRENCH-SET HALO RING

    • Reduced metal surface: The ring includes a prong setting with small diamonds arranged along the metal band and around the center stone. This reduces the metal surface and augments diamond sparkling qualities.
    • A continuous row of diamond: Small diamonds are set on a row around the ring, giving it a unique appearance of a sparkling engagement ring around your partner's finger.
    • Stunning halo: The ring includes an incredible halo that complements the center diamond, with sparkling sets of small diamonds around it.

    CONCLUSION

    A French-set halo ring is an incredible piece of jewelry to get your bride-to-be to say "YES." This guide gives you great insights into French-set halo engagement rings and their uniqueness from other diamond engagement rings.

    For more info, contact us to learn more.

  3. Can You Add Length To A Gold Chain?

    Choosing the best length for a gold chain can be tricky. It will hang differently depending on the size and height of the person wearing it. The size and weight of the pendant are influencing factors, as well as the style, alloy and strength of the chain. When you find the perfect chain, but discover it is not quite long enough, you have options. At Gold and Diamond Source, we can add length to your gold chains.

    Gold Chain Lengths Can Be Extended

    Our Master Jewelers use state-of-the-art tools and technology to adjust the length of your gold chain. Whether it is a necklace, bracelet or anklet, there are four preferred techniques to extend it.

    Seamless Extension

    This method works best for standard style chains with defined links, including Figaro or cable. These chains are manufactured at a width of 1-3 mm. We source a section of chain that matches yours and attach it to achieve the desired length.

    Add-On Extension

    Sometimes your chain may be quite fine or fragile, making it a challenge to add a seamless extension. In this case, we can add a length of chain with wider links next to the clasp. This gives you the advantage of manually adjusting the length of the chain since the clasp can be clipped to any of the wider links.

    Custom Extension

    For chains that are very wide, such as curb or Cuban chains with complex designs, we create a custom extension. We design individual sections and incorporate them into the existing pattern. The process takes longer to complete, but the result is a seamless appearance.

    Adjustable Chains

    To make a chain easy to adjust each time you wear it, we start with an add-on extension. We then add a bolo bead and a tab if your chain tolerates it. This makes it simple to change the length by holding the bead and pulling the tab. It is ideal for anyone that has difficulty with using regular clasps.

    Use Our Jewelry Repair Service to Customize Your Gold Chains

    Your jewelry is a reflection of your personality and should be a perfect fit. Contact us today to discuss the many ways we can make your gold chains the ideal length.

  4. Is A Ruby A Red Diamond?

    Ruby is a stone that comes in different colors. It is not, however, the same as a red diamond. Ruby will always be classified as a gemstone, and a red diamond will always be classified as an element of nature because it's made from graphite or coal. The key difference between these two stones is their composition. Rubies are minerals while diamonds are not. 

    Telling rubies and red diamonds apart by their appearance is daunting since they look the same. So, how do you differentiate them?

    Difference Between a Ruby and a Red Diamond

    Red Diamond

    A red diamond is one of the most unique and rarest forms of a diamond. Its red color makes it fancy and attractive. Red diamonds are made of pure carbon and are naturally occurring, and lack chemical impurities that cause color differences in other diamonds.

    Finding a diamond with a rich red coloring is hard. However, when subjected to pressure and heat treatment, the color can be enhanced. Due to its rarity, only a few mines in Brazil, Africa, India and Australia produce a handful of red diamonds annually.

    Ruby

    Just like diamonds, rubies are used as jewelry to create necklaces, engagement and wedding rings. Ruby is a red gemstone consisting of the corundum family. It is made from an aluminum crystalline form called corundum. It possesses a bold red color formed by chromium traces that replace aluminum in the mineral.

     Color difference and intensity determines whether a gemstone is a ruby, emerald or sapphire. Red corundum is a red diamond, while pink, blue or yellow colors form a sapphire. Ruby's red vibrant and saturated color increases its value and commands a higher market price.

     Rubies are not red diamonds, and unlike red diamonds, they are found in more countries. The higher the red color, the more valuable a ruby is. Naturally occurring rubies are more expensive than lab-processed rubies. Still not getting the difference? Reach out to Gold and Diamond Source gemstones experts for more information and purchases.

  5. Can You Change A Yellow Gold Ring To White Gold?

    Gold jewelry comes in three colors; yellow, white, and rose gold. However, yellow is the original color of gold.

    As a jewelry lover, you may have wondered, 'Can you change a yellow gold ring to white gold?' The answer is both yes and no. Yes, because the process of turning yellow gold to white is doable, and no, because the technique may backfire. Rhodium is a type of metal jewelers use to turn yellow gold into white gold. Sometimes, rhodium plating does not work out.

    What is Rhodium Plating?

    Also known as rhodium flashing, rhodium plating increases the luster, durability, and light reflection of pieces of jewelry made from other metals like gold.

    Rhodium is a rare, durable white metal used to plate other pieces or jewelry or turn rings white. Rhodium is so rare that it can be up to 25 times more expensive than gold. Rhodium element, a type of platinum metal, is silver-hued, does not rust, and is highly reflective. Rhodium is harder than gold. It is these qualities that make rhodium way more expensive than gold.

    However, don't expect to see this metal made into jewelry anytime soon as the metal is very brittle and can't be easily shaped into any piece of jewelry. It breaks as easily as glass. Thus, it's used in plating other metals such as yellow gold to make white gold.

    What Is White Gold Made Of?

    As mentioned above, gold is naturally yellow. So, what is white gold? White gold is made by mixing pure gold (yellow gold), and white metal likes rhodium. The more the karats in the white gold, the more refined it appears.

    The best forms of the white gold range are those with 10 to 18 karats. Since white gold is made using durable white metals like rhodium, it lasts longer than yellow gold. It is also this reason that makes white gold high quality and thus more desirable than yellow gold.

    Conclusion

    From the information above, it is possible to turn your favorite yellow gold ring into white gold. Just be sure to get qualified jewelers like us to do the job for you.

    Kindly contact us for more jewelry information.

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