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  1. How to Buy a Heart Shape Engagement Ring

    Heart Shape Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

     

    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.’

     

    Get to Know Your 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.

     

    How to Buy a Heart Shape Engagement Ring

    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.

     

     

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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. May's Emerald Birthstone

    Happy birthday to all celebrating another year in the month of May! Those with May birthdays can celebrate with the gorgeous green emerald birthstone.

    Popular throughout the ages, emeralds are known for their rich, vivid color and radiating beauty. This gemstone has been celebrated and used in jewelry for centuries.

    Facts about May's emerald birthstone:

    • Emeralds are among the rarest of all gemstones. An emerald is even harder to find than a diamond!
    • Emeralds come 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.
    • 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.

     

     

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

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  3. All About Fancy Color Diamonds

    “I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.” ― Mae West

    It's not hard to find someone who loves diamonds. There's a good chance diamonds make an appearance in your jewelry collection. But do you own any fancy color diamonds?

    While most engagement rings feature white diamonds, there is a growing request for fancy colored diamond engagement rings! Naturally appearing in nearly every color of the rainbow, fancy color diamonds offer rich, sophisticated colors to an engagement ring.

    Psychology of Fancy Color Diamonds

    Aside from making a style statement, the psychology behind fancy colored diamonds can add to the meaning behind a ring, too. Fancy colored diamonds are enjoying their time in the spotlight— and we wouldn't have it any other way.

    A Perfect Pick in Any Color

    Fancy-colored diamonds may be an engagement ring trend right now, but these colorful beauties are much more than just a fad. Colored gemstones have long been classic choices for the discerning jewelry lover, from emeralds to rubies and sapphires.  Fancy-colored diamonds combine these gorgeous tones with the classic appeal and high value of a true diamond.

    Fancy-colored diamonds let the wearer express her unique fashion sense, highlight a birthstone or anniversary month, and more.

    Diamonds in Every Color of the Rainbow

    Colored diamonds come in every color you could imagine — yellow, blue, pink, champagne, chocolate, even black! Yellow diamonds are always popular from engagement rings to fine jewelry. Pink and champagne are feminine and subtle options, while exotic colors like chocolate and black are sure to get noticed for their unique beauty and flair!

    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.

    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. 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.

    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.

    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.

     

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

  4. Guide to Your Perfect Yellow Gold Engagement Ring

    14 Karat Gold Heart Diamond Solitaire Ring Featuring a .75 Carat Heart Shape Diamond

    Yellow gold engagement rings are soaking up their time in the spotlight. Their rich hue provides a classic, warm glow that we can't get enough of. Yellow gold has been used to create jewelry and engagement rings for centuries and is perfect for a timeless look and for couples seeking a vintage-inspired engagement ring.

    Is a yellow gold engagement ring right for you?

    All About Those Karats

    Confused about the difference between karats and carats? Karat denotes a metal's purity, and carat measures the weight of diamonds and gemstones. The most common yellow gold that you’ll come across is 14kt and 18kt gold.

    • 14kt gold is 14 parts gold and 10 parts alloy, making it 58.3% gold.
    • 18kt gold is 18 parts gold and 6 parts alloy, making it 75% gold, making 18kt gold purer than 14kt gold.
    • 18kt gold is an ideal gold mixture because it combines durability, purity, and beauty.
    • 24kt is considered to be pure gold, but it is typically too soft to use for jewelry.

    Yellow Gold and Diamonds

    A yellow gold setting will help hide the color of a faint diamond, so you can go lower on the diamond color grade scale for your center stone. This can help save you money compared to a white gold or platinum setting that might make color more obvious. If you are looking for a vintage-style engagement ring, the warm hues of a faint diamond and the rich tone of yellow gold might be perfect.

    Facts About Yellow Gold

    • Yellow gold is extremely durable with a lifespan of 20-30 years.
    • Yellow gold should be polished and cleaned regularly. Because gold is a softer element, it is subject to dents and scratches no matter what karat you get.
    • 18kt gold is the most hypoallergenic option for yellow gold jewelry. 18kt gold is purer in gold content, so it will have less nickel in it than 14kt gold or 10kt gold.
    • Yellow gold is also a better hypoallergenic option than white gold, which often contains higher levels of nickel in order to give it a silver appearance.
    • Yellow gold generally looks best on those with a warm or neutral skin tone.

     

    Visit Gold & Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to see our full selection and talk to our engagement ring experts, or click HERE to explore different styles online before you come in.

     

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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. How to Stay On Budget When Engagement Ring Shopping

    14 Karat White Gold Diamond Accent Halo Ring Featuring a .88 Carat Round Brilliant Center Diamond and .82 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds Along The Shank and Halo

     

    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. We're digging 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 below!

    Before you start shopping, consider not only how much you want to spend but how you will pay for it. If you can save the entire amount, you can pay for a ring in cash, but many people prefer to be able to pay a ring off over time with a credit card or in-store financing. Remember that getting engaged means that soon you’ll be spending money to plan and throw a wedding, so consider these upcoming expenses as you decide how much to budget.

    The Two Month Salary Rule

    While some people use the rule of thumb that you should spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. This rule came to popularity decades ago, when the people getting married were likely to be younger, living at home, and not carrying student debt. You can use this figure as a guideline to help you start shopping, but do not feel that you must be bound by it.

    Diamond Cuts Can Make a Difference

    If you know that your future fiancée dreams of a ring that features a cushion or princess cut diamond, you may need to spend a little more than you would on a ring with a round or oval diamond. These cuts take more effort to produce, but they reflect the light beautifully and grab the attention of everyone who sees them.

    The National Average

    Sales figures show that Americans spend the most on engagement rings, with Australians spending the second most. The average engagement ring in this country costs around $6000 and is about one karat in size. Australian shoppers spend around $5000 and buy around the same size of diamond as their US counterparts. On average, buyers in other countries, like Canada and the United Kingdom, spend two to three thousand dollars less than Americans.

    Using an Heirloom Ring

    If a family member has given you a ring, but it doesn’t fit your fiancée’s style, you can work with a jeweler to revamp the setting, move the stone to a band made from a different metal, or add extra stones. This lets you keep the family significance while presenting your fiancée with something you know she will love. Taking this approach can end up costing less than purchasing a brand-new ring, and it gives the ring an interesting back story your fiancée can tell for years.

    Custom Design

    A custom, handcrafted piece of jewelry from Gold and Diamond Source allows you the opportunity to create and design a one of a kind piece of jewelry that will become a part of you. Oftentimes, the custom design process can be more cost-effective than buying an existing piece.

    Our award-winning custom designer gives you the opportunity to create the jewelry piece of your dreams. We use the latest CAD (Computer Aided Design) design programs or hand wax carvings 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 here.

     

    If you’re ready to propose to the love of your life, we have the right ring for you, no matter your budget! Explore a selection of engagement rings online, or visit our Clearwater showroom so we can help you in person!

     

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    "This Store is the ultimate of all jewelry stores. The staff treated us with the utmost respect. Cale treated us very very kindly. I would definitely recommend coming to this place to shop for jewelry." — Diana K. on Yelp