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  1. "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

     

  2. Pre-Owned Rolex at Gold & Diamond Source

    We are proud to present to our guests a Pre-Owned Rolex Marketplace where they can own a fine Pre-Owned Rolex for a fraction of the cost.

    Every watch we sell has been meticulously serviced to ensure the highest level of performance. All watches are presented with two-year warranty and a box. We offer an extensive online selection of Fine Pre-Owned Rolex watches that includes both prior models and the current models for you to compare. It's our sincere goal to offer you the finest service and guidance to make the best purchase decision. Please browse our online marketplace and contact our store for assistance in selecting or purchasing that perfect pre-owned Rolex timepiece.

    Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 40MM
    Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 40MM
    Pre-Owned Rolex Ladies Datejust 26MM
    Pre-Owned Rolex Yacht-Master 40MM
    Pre-Owned Rolex Yacht-Master 40MM
    Pre-Owned Rolex Milgauss 40MM
    Pre-Owned Rolex Ladies President 26MM

     

    Are you looking for the perfect fine pre-owned Rolex watch? We invite you to explore a selection online here, Please contact our store for assistance in selecting or purchasing that perfect pre-owned Rolex timepiece.

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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

  3. Online Financing at Gold and Diamond Source

    Purchasing an engagement ring is a big step— both personally and financially. That's why we're proud to offer 0% online financing through Affirm. Here's more need-to-know info about this convenient financing option:

     

    What is required to have an Affirm account? 

    Affirm offers clear, simple financing for your online purchases in just a few clicks:

    1. Be 18 years or older.
    2. Have a valid U.S. or APO/FPO/DPO mailing address (excluding overseas territories).
    3. Have a valid postpaid US mobile number that can receive SMS texts. The phone number must be registered in your name, and we cannot accept VOIP numbers at this time.
    4. Provide your name, email, valid mobile number, birthday and last 4 digits of SSN to help us protect and verify your identity.

     

    Does Affirm require a credit check?

    Affirm does a credit check to verify your identity and provide you with a financing offer when you sign up. This is a ‘soft’ credit check and will not impact your credit score. If you choose to complete a purchase and finance it with Affirm, we will do a single ‘hard’ credit check when your first order is processed by the merchant. This may have a minor impact on your credit score. For future purchases with Affirm we won’t need to check your credit again.

     

    Do I have a credit limit with Affirm?

    Affirm has no fixed credit limit. We underwrite each loan individually taking into account the merchant, items purchased and other information available at the time of purchase.

     

    Does Affirm charge any fees or interest rates?

    Affirm charges a small finance charge when you split your purchase into multiple payments. We will always clearly state the cost of the finance charge in terms of real dollars ($) and an Annual Percentage Rate (APR) so that you can know exactly what you’re paying. We never charge any compounding interest and there are no hidden fees. We strive always to be more transparent and fair than any other form of financing.

     

    How do I apply?

    Just select  at checkout!

     

    "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. Warm Weather Jewelry Care Tips

    Pink Tourmaline & Diamond Accent Bypass Ring Featuring a .50 Carat Oval Pink Tourmaline and .12 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds

    With our Florida winter almost behind us, we are looking forward to warm Florida weather and all that comes with it— time outside with friends, fun at the beach, pool parties, and getting that garden back in line. With warm weather activities comes added wear on some of our most prized and personal possessions— our jewelry. Whether it's your engagement ring that represents your love, a pendant that is a family heirloom, or the diamond earrings you couldn't imagine living without, jewelry is more than worth taking care of.

    Especially in extreme weather such as Florida's high humidity, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect our jewelry and preserve its beauty. Warm spring and summer months present unique challenges to protecting fine jewelry. With a few easy and simple precautions, you can maintain the dazzling allure of your jewelry through this summer and for years to come.

    Beach Vacation

    For many, spring and summer mean vacation days and traveling. Make sure that if you are taking any jewelry with you on your travels, that you properly store and pack these items to ensure their safety. Never toss loose jewelry into a suitcase as it could easily be lost or damaged. Try and pack jewelry in a padded area of your suitcase, preferably in a box or pouch that was provided with the piece. If you’re flying, consider keeping your jewelry close by packing it in your carry on so you can keep a close eye on it’s whereabouts and condition. It may be a good idea to purchase a travel jewelry box made with special materials and with designated compartments to protect and store your jewelry.

    Warm Weather Activities

    Long days in the sun and the sand… summer means tons of fun activities to enjoy with friends and family. Some of these pastimes however, are not so jewelry friendly. These activities sometimes present extreme conditions that can pose serious threats to the state of your jewelry. When planning on spending time in a chlorinated pool or saltwater, it is best to leave your jewelry at home to ensure that none of your precious pieces are lost or damaged. Always store your jewelry in a safe place, shielded from excessive heat, sunlight, and moisture.

    Another important factor to consider: residue buildup can cause stones to appear cloudy and lose some of their sparkle. Summer weather often calls for special skin care, like the increased use of sunscreen. When caring for your skin, make sure  you’re also caring for your jewelry. Remove any jewelry before washing your hands, bathing, or applying lotion.

    Clothing Optional

    Warmer weather can mean more changing— whether due to heat or summer activities. When getting dressed and undressed, pay attention to rings, earrings, and the like. A simple rule to follow is to put your jewelry on only after getting fully dressed, and removing jewelry entirely before getting undressed. If you wear hats or accessories that may cover your jewelry, just make sure to take special care when removing these articles.

    Have fun this season, but make sure to protect your jewelry so you can continue to enjoy it for many seasons to come!

     

     

    "Great source for jewelry. Prices, quality and selection can't be beat. I was able to exchange my diamond solitaire I purchased from them 20years ago(still had receipt) and got full credit to upgrade. Other stores offered only a small fraction of the price for my old ring. You can feel comfortable buying from them knowing they will always back their products." — Sherrill A. on Yelp

     

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  5. Plan Your Perfect New Year's Eve Proposal

    Are you dreaming of the perfect New Year's Eve proposal? Even in the business of the holiday season, right now is a great time to make your holiday proposal come true. Our team of experts at Gold and Diamond Source can help you find the perfect engagement ring, and even help guide you to the time and place to pop the question! Not to brag, but having been in business since 1984, we've played a role in a few proposals both small and large. 

    From online shopping to the jewelry stores on every corner, we know you have a lot of options when it comes to shopping for an engagement ring. Here is a little more about Gold and Diamond Source and invite you to begin your engagement ring search with us!

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

    Plan Your New Year's Eve Proposal with America's Leading Online Jewelry Store

    Gold and Diamond Source has been in business since 1984 and has the area's largest selections of fine diamonds, diamond semi-mounts, diamond bracelets, diamond earrings, fine watches and colored gemstone jewelry that you will see anywhere!

    We have the latest equipment and computer imaging to make any custom ring you envision possible. This enables us to offer incredible pricing to our customers. So whether you want to create a one of a kind masterpiece or pick out something unique from our vast selection, we are here to make your dreams come true!

    We have a beautiful 10,000 sq ft showroom designed to have the look and feel of home complete with a saltwater fish tank and grand piano. Our knowledgeable staff will take the stress out of buying fine jewelry or selling your fine jewelry, diamonds, or watches. You can be assured that while buying or selling your fine jewelry you will be in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere dealing with a professional and a company Tampa Bay has known and trusted for over 3 decades.

    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.

    We invite you to take a look online before stopping in.

    • Explore a selection of our engagement rings online HERE.
    • Learn more about custom design HERE.
    • Learn more about financing HERE.
    "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

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