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  1. What in the World to Get for Your Mother-in-Law?

    Okay, so you know you should get a gift for your mother-in-law.  It’s her birthday/Christmas/some other event that the matriarch of a family deserves a gift for, and it all comes down to you and what you want to get your special-someone’s special someone.  Whether you love your mother-in-law, or you have an agreement to not kill each other, jewelry is a timeless gift that is always a safe go-to.

    What do I Buy for This Woman?

    Fortunately, choosing to give her jewelry as opposed to, say, monogrammed cookie cutters, makes the entire process worlds easier. You are now in a positive area, removed from the follies of personalized neutral gifts. Even if she absolutely hates what you give her, your mother in law will appreciate the effort that went into buying her some shiny baubles of objective value.  Choosing to give her such sparkly things may help your next next encounter play out a bit smoother. Now that you know that jewelry is the way to go, let’s look at some options.

    Are You Close?

    If you share a close relationship with that wonderful woman in your life who is not THE wonderful woman (or significant other) in your life, you already have a leg up in deciding what to get for her. If you know your mother-in-law well, then get her something that she will enjoy aesthetically. If you don’t really know her,, then get her something that she will be happy to look at. Say she happens to be a huge dog lover - a necklace with a simple dog pendant could really brighten her daily wardrobe.

    Maybe you aren’t Close

    If you and your mother-in-law are not exactly on a first-name basis, then you may have to be a little bit more generalized when selecting.  It’s generally ideal that you know the person you’re gifting, but if you don’t, you can still come out ahead. Your mother-in-law is someone who your significant other really cares for, so regardless of your personal feelings, it’s important to get her something simple and beautiful. You may not know what it is that this mysterious woman wants or cares for in normal life, but you can still buy her something that is almost sure to be a hit. Diamond pendants and earrings are almost never rejected, and may even be a good step towards building a better relationship.

  2. Avoid Disappointment When She Sees a Jewelry Box

    Few things can accurately convey the disappointment that a person feels when they think they are getting a ring, but do not. Don’t allow a misleading box to fuel her disappointment. You have more than a few packaging options available so that you can still give your significant other a piece of jewelry without her getting excited about something that is not on the slate, just yet.

    The Box

    Don’t let her get too excited when she sees a gift box from a jeweler.  For starters, if she is in a place where she may be expecting a commitment ring, don’t bring a small rectangular box to dinner (this applies for Christmas, anniversaries, and any other gift giving holiday). If there is any indication that she may be ready for the ring-phase of things, don’t ever (under any circumstances) bring a gift that may even remotely resemble a ring. She’s a clever girl, so don’t let yourself accidentally give her signals that may be misread. If you want to buy her some jewelry, put it in a box that she could never confuse as an engagement ring.

    Set Things Straight

    Before you go throwing around any presents that could be taken incorrectly, make sure she knows what to expect. Jewelry is a go-to present for women, but you don’t ever want to get her hopes up about something that you are not ready for. If you are not in the place where you want to throw an engagement ring around, make sure that she truly understands that before you bring any jewelry to the Christmas table and end up accidentally implying otherwise.

    Play it Smart

    If, on the other hand, you do want to use the guise of a regular celebration to make things official, be smart about it.  Don’t throw a ring in the wake of tragedy, and don’t throw a ring in the face of rejection. There is a time and place for everything. Being spontaneous can seem very romantic to some people, but getting caught up in the whim of a moment can end in a lot of awkward moments. Don’t let poor planning on your part end up as disappointment for anyone else. When the time is right, being able to surprise her with the perfect ring from Gold and Diamond Source will be made all the more sweeter by her acceptance.

  3. Let’s Get Fancy: Colored Diamonds

    Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and now, they can brighten up the room even more than before. Fancy colored diamonds are becoming increasingly popular when customizing jewelry, as they offer a unique and stunning touch to any statement piece. They make for a breathtaking addition to any gift, but before taking the leap and purchasing a colored diamond for a loved one, or yourself, here are some things you should know.

    What’s possible?

    Diamonds, in the purest form, are entirely colorless. When defects and impurities occur in its formation, though, a variety of colors can manifest. Diamonds can come in yellow, orange, brown, pink, blue, black, green, and the most rare of all – red. These colors can make for a stunning engagement ring, as seen on Jennifer Lopez’s pink engagement ring. Yellow diamonds usually result from the presence of nitrogen, while green diamonds occur from natural radiation.

    Color Scale

    About 60 years ago, a color scale was developed to evaluate diamond color. The scale ranges from D to Z, with D colored diamonds containing the least amount color and Z colored containing the most. Any diamond that falls past Z in color is classified as Fancy, with its own set of constraints.

    Value

    Where a diamond falls on the color scale directly affects its value. Diamonds that are closer to the D end of the scale are higher in value and cost than diamonds approaching the other end. The pricing is also determined by the hue, tone, and saturation of the diamond, as it usually is. Red diamonds are some of the rarest and most expensive diamonds on the market. Fashion trends also hold a lot of weight over the value of colored diamonds.

    Where are they?

    Fancy colored diamonds can naturally be found in a number of places, including Australia, Africa, Brazil, and Canada. Though they aren’t found everywhere, colored diamonds can also be synthetic or lab grown.

    Diamonds make for fantastic gifts, especially when secured to the top of a gold or white gold ring. When selecting an engagement ring, keep your options open to colored diamonds as they offer something unique. What better way to capture how the unique beauty of your love than with a unique gem? Ask your local jeweler (when you visit the Gold & Diamond Source) to show you any possible colored diamond pieces they have, or search online for the perfect piece.

  4. How to Survive the Thrill of Ring Shopping as a Couple

    Marriage is one of the biggest steps a couple will ever make. Though nerve-wracking, the entire engagement process and wedding planning can be a source of both excitement and stress for many couples. Both engagement rings and wedding bands require a lot of thought and can be quite the adventure when selecting. For those couples who opted to have their rings selected by the partners, there is often a lot of discussion regarding what style to choose, as well as how to match up engagement and wedding pieces. The following are some tips on how to remove stress from the equation and make the experience a more enjoyable one.

    Set A Budget And Stick With It

    One area that causes a lot of stress in terms of wedding planning is the exorbitant costs that can often been involved with such events. Without strict budgeting, the costs can easily balloon out of proportion and couples begin their new lives under a small mountain of matrimonial debt. When it comes to shopping for the rings, the first step should be to set a limit on how much is to be spent and stick with it; this also means only browsing within that price range. One mistake that couples often make is not clearly expressing that they’re only interested in browsing items within their price range. It can be difficult, but it is possible to be both courteous and firm with your requests of the jewelers. Shopping online selections can help even more with sticking to your budget, since most sites have filters that allow items within only certain price ranges to be displayed.

    Be Willing To Compromise

    Part of being married means being able to compromise and make mutual decisions. When it comes to wedding rings, not everyone is going to agree on the same design choices. One way that couples can learn to compromise is by both making a list of the attributes they want, or of selections they like, and then discussing which options or attributes they are willing to forgo. With the literal millions of rings available in the world today, as well as the near limitless possibilities for customized sets, it’s almost impossible to NOT find a set of rings that makes everyone happy. The most important things to remember when shopping are to be patient, compromise, and most importantly, have fun.

     

  5. Give Her Some Sparkle So She Can Shine

    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and with that comes the extreme pressure to buy the perfect gift for your loved one. Your relationship is past the “chocolate and flowers” stage, and you find yourself lacking any sort of direction regarding what to give him/her. Regardless of how many days, or hours, are left until Valentine’s Day, online jewelers make it possible for you to make any last minute necessary purchases, without hurting your wallet. Though your partner will appreciate any piece of jewelry you get them, here are some things to keep in mind when shopping so that you get something perfectly suited for them.

    What do they like?

    Whether your partner has drawers full of jewelry, or just one or two simple pieces they wear daily, it’s possible to tell what style jewelry they’ll like best from their personal wardrobe. If you notice that she only really wears simple, studded earrings, a stunning pair of diamond-encrusted earrings might be the perfect addition to her tiny collection. Anyone can be partial to jewelry; it’s just a matter of finding the right piece. So just because your partner doesn’t really wear much jewelry doesn’t mean they wouldn’t welcome a delicate ring. Pay attention to the types of clothing they wear – do they wear loud pieces? Do they appreciate bold fashion? These are the kinds of questions you should ask yourself when shopping.

    What’s your budget?

    They say you can’t put a price on love, but for those of us who are struggling financially, you can certainly put a price on how you choose to express that love. Just because you choose to give your partner a piece of jewelry doesn’t mean that you have to break your bank doing it.

    Valentine’s day is notorious for its last minute participants, and jewelers know this. That’s why plenty of jewelers, both online and local, offer a variety of discounted and inexpensive jewelry. We have one of the area's best deals on jewelry every year with our gift card match program.

    Just because you don’t have a lot of money, doesn’t mean you can’t give your honey something beautiful. There are so many options available when it comes to shopping for jewelry at The Gold & Diamond Source that the perfect piece exists for any budget minded couple.