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  1. Mens' Wedding Bands Getting the Fashion Treatment

    Mens' rings have come back into fashion in a big way, and mens' wedding bands are no exception. Wedding bands are a hot way for men to express a bit of their individuality through subtle details, or a more flashy statement. Check out all the latest in mens' wedding band trends at your favorite jewelry store, and you will be astonished at all the options available to today's groom!

    High-Tech Bands Are Built to Last

    One hot trend in mens' wedding bands is using high-tech materials such as super-tough tungsten, durable yet lightweight titanium, or beautiful, indestructible cobalt chrome. These modern-day materials are just as beautiful as the more traditional gold and platinum, but can keep up with adventure-loving men who don't want to have to worry about scratching or chipping their beloved bands. These high-tech materials are often surprisingly affordable as well, offering a great value and excellent longevity.

    Uniquely Expressive, Yet Totally Masculine

    Today's mens' jewelry doesn't have to look boring to feel masculine. Modern men are searching for wedding bands that are as unique as their individual personality. Mens' bands have been cropping up with intricate geometric patterns, or with Celtic designs to reflect the wearer's heritage.  Another cool mens' jewelry trend is imprinting the band with a thumbprint for a true stamp of originality! The trend has also definitely been moving away from yellow gold for men, with the majority of younger wedding band wearers opting for white gold or platinum hues.

    In Conclusion

    If you are looking for a mens' wedding band that feels unique and on-trend, head out to your local jewelry store to see all of the new options available. Whether you're looking for something sleek and simple, or a little more flashy style, modern men have almost as many options as women do when looking to invest in the ring of a lifetime.

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  2. What Makes Diamonds So Special?

    The word “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamas,” which roughly translates to “proper” or “unbreakable.” Before the diamond came to the ubiquitous jewelry store and pawn shop, it rose to popularity in India, where they were used as religious icons. They were valued for their light-refracting properties, and were used to ward off evil, engrave metal, and heal wounds, among other varied uses.

    Rings have been used as a symbol of everlasting love and commitment for thousands of years. In the Middle Ages, Pope Innocent III declared that there must be a waiting period between betrothal and marriage. The ring was a symbol of commitment to still marry each other. Then, in 1477, Archduke Maximillian gave the first diamond engagement ring to his betrothed.

    Diamonds in Modern Times

    It wasn’t until the De Beers company coined the term “a diamond is forever” in 1947 that diamond rings really took off and were accepted as the norm by laypersons and average working-class people as well as nobility.

    This marketing campaign was wildly successful, and for good reason. Diamonds are the hardest known mineral on Earth – standing solid at a 10 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. The hardness is influenced by the diamond’s purity, adding reason to why flawless, brilliant diamonds should be priced much higher than lower-grade diamonds in the jewelry store and pawn shop.

    Diamonds are hardy, and not very reactive. Few substances can actually tarnish a diamond, and even these can usually only do so under very unusual conditions, such as unnaturally hot temperatures. This longevity and durability only adds to the allure and meaning of the diamond.

    Whatever occasion for which you may desire a diamond, this is why they are so expensive. For a one-time price, you can purchase from a jewelry store or pawn shop something that will last you a lifetime, and your childrens’ lifetimes, and their childrens’ lifetimes… and so on. The price is directly related to the quality of the diamond, and the higher the quality, the longer it will last, and – perhaps more importantly – the more brilliantly it will shine. A diamond truly is forever.

  3. The Value of Gold

    Many people turn to gold as a form of investment. Gold has been used for thousands of years throughout the world’s history, before the jewelry store and the pawn shop even existed. Gold was a popular form of currency, and perhaps gold investment is an offshoot of that imposed value. Until recently, many countries employed the “gold standard,” where all of their government-regulated currency was measured by its relation to the value of gold.

    The value of gold is driven, as most things in an economic market, by supply and demand. However, demand plays much less of a role than does supply. This is because there is a large amount of accessible gold in the world, so the supply is not as much of a dire factor.

    Where to Buy & Sell Gold

    Many of the top banks in any country have reserves of gold. Therefore, central banks and the International Monetary Fund play a distinct role in its value. Gold can be used effectively against financial distress for a country or an individual. As conventional investments in the national and global market become more or less attractive, the value of gold has an inverse reaction.

    The jewelry store accounts for the vast majority of gold demand and supply. Recently, you may have seen many commercials advertising “we buy gold!” The jewelry store or pawn shop buys old, damaged, broken, and otherwise unused gold jewelry for a (hopefully fair) fraction of the price of gold, so that they can turn it into new jewelry and make a profit.

    A reputable jewelry store or pawn shop will give the gold owner a good deal on their gold. That is what Gold & Diamond Source will do for you. If you have old, vintage, broken, or tarnished gold jewelry that you just don’t use, why not take advantage of the security of the price of gold and let us pay you for it?

  4. How to Choose the Right Engagement Ring

    An engagement ring is, for most people, one of the most important purchases you will ever make at a jewelry store or otherwise. So, of course, you want to get it right. Here are some tips for those of you who are not jewelry or diamond experts.

    Know Your Partner

    An engagement ring is for your partner, not you, so you should be sure you know and understand their taste in jewelry. Do they enjoy large baubles and statement jewelry? Or perhaps they prefer daintier, more precious things. Take a look at their jewelry collection to see what they would buy for themselves.

    Choose the Right Stone

    Diamonds are the traditional stone of choice for most people, and for good reason. They last for a lifetime and more, they are difficult to tarnish and retain their value and magnificence, and, of course, they sparkle brilliantly. But you don’t have to be a traditionalist – sapphires, opals, rubies, and other precious stones are also gorgeous and might be better suited to your partner’s tastes.

    Carefully Select Your Jeweler

    Do some research on jewelers in your area. Does your partner want a conflict-free diamond? Do they want one-of-a-kind pieces, or perhaps something vintage with a story from a pawn shop? Rare and precious diamonds and other stones come with a certificate, so make sure you inquire as you shop the jewelry store. And, just in case, ask about a return policy should your partner be less than thrilled with your selection.

    Know Your Budget

    Your partner probably doesn’t want you to break the bank and enter into an engagement with no savings account, so know what you can reasonably spend and then save up. Tradition dictates that you use three times your monthly earnings, but of course this is not a hard and fast rule. Only spend what you’re comfortable spending.

    If all else fails, or you simply want to be in it together, take your fiancé(e) along to the jewelry store or pawn shop! It can be thrilling and romantic to shop for a ring together. Again, these tips will get you started on your search for the perfect engagement ring, but in the end you should always go with your heart.

  5. How to Start a Rare Coin Collection

    Rare coin collection can be a fun and worthwhile activity for anyone interested in history and investment opportunities. Rare coins can be worth anything from pennies to a small fortune, depending on its history, age, and condition. Here are some tips for those first starting out in their coin collection.

    Determine Your Budget

    Rare coins can easily add up, so make sure you know ahead of time what you can spend per month or per year while you are building your collection. It is easy to be sucked into the prospect of your investment growing in value, but it is also important to know your limits for the present.

    Start Small

    Governments often put out yearly silver and gold coins to commemorate historical or memorable events of the year or the country’s history. This is a great place to start because the cost is usually relatively low, and there is plenty of time to watch them appreciate in value. The US Mint, for example, releases a list of uncirculated coins that you can work to get your hands on.

    Buy a Safety Deposit Box

    You should never keep these precious investments in your home. Put them in a safety deposit box, so that you know where they are at all times. It may also be a good idea to have them insured, so that you can retrieve their value if they are ever lost or stolen.

    Set Parameters and Goals

    Perhaps after you’ve collected some uncirculated gems, you want to move to bigger and better things. You should know the ins and outs, and the history, of the type of coins you want to collect and narrow the categories down so that they are more doable.

    Check the Jewelry Store and Pawn Shop

    These are two places where you might not think to look for coins, but many jewelry stores and pawn shops house hidden gems. You may have to slog through a lot of duds, but patience will reward you.

    When you are ready to cash in on your coin investments, contact a reputable jewelry store or pawn shop like Gold & Diamond Source to see what you can earn for your hard work. Or, come check out our collection and see what you can add to yours!

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