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  1. How To Save For Your Dream Engagement Ring

    As we work with couples find their dream engagement rings during different seasons of their lives, we understand that being able to afford an engagement ring is a concern for many soon-to-be-engaged or newly-engaged couples. While it's easy to dream of proposing with a beautiful ring that they show off to their friends and will love to wear every day, you also want to feel comfortable with making such a large purchase.

    Though an investment, an engagement ring doesn't mean you have to empty your entire bank account or take on unwanted debt before you take the next step in your relationship together. Read on for tips on how to save for your dream engagement ring to take this next step with confidence.

    1. Keep Your Eyes On Your Own Lane

    First thing first— keep your eyes on your own lane. Toss the old ideas of two months' salary, or any ideas that an engagement ring needs to be a specific dollar amount. Purchasing a ring should not just make your partner happy, but also allow you to sleep well at night because you took the steps that were right for your lifestyle, desires, and budget!

    2. Create a Ring Budget

    When it comes to life's moments, it’s important to think about a realistic budget before you get too far in the planning process. Take a look at your proposal timeline, your finances, how you plan to save for and/or finance the ring, and come up with an engagement ring budget that allows you to still sleep well at night.

    3. Find Their Style

    While a surprise proposal can be amazing, a totally surprise engagement ring might not be as welcome. Even if you plan on handling the actual picking out or designing of the ring, it is still a good idea to try to uncover their ring style ahead of time. Finding out in advance if they prefer modern to vintage, or solitaire to halo— or even if they've always wanted a fancy color diamond— will direct your engagement ring purchase more than anything else.

    4. Bring In the Experts

    While exploring engagement rings online has its value, it's wise to take advantage the knowledge and resources of the experts when shopping for your engagement ring. Our online diamond education has easy-to-digest information that can help you make an informed purchase.

    5. Understand What You Want to Pay For

    There is a lot to consider when purchasing a diamond, so get to know the 4C’s to find the key characteristics that are most important to you and worth paying a premium for.

    6. Protect Your Investment

    Just like other larger purchases, it’s a good idea to protect your investment. Learn about our warranty here.

     

    Ready to see our engagement rings in person? We invite you to visit our Clearwater showroom to view our full selection, or explore rings online HERE.

     

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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. Perfect Proposal Guide: Round-Up

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

    Whether you are planning on proposing now or planning ahead for a fall or winter proposal, now is an ideal time to get started planning your magical moment. From finding your perfect engagement ring to making sure the right people are nearby to celebrate with you during or afterward, proposing marriage to your partner is one time planning ahead of time will really pay off. 

    We've been sharing engagement tips for years— and helping couples find their ideal engagement rings in our Clearwater showroom for even longer. Today we are sharing a round-up of our proposal tips:

     

    1. Find her engagement ring style.

    Look at the jewelry she already wears. Does she wear minimal jewelry, or does she layer on her favorite pieces? Does she love the simplicity of a diamond, or is her jewelry box full of different colors? It’s also a great idea to ask trusted friends and family members. It is likely that she has mentioned different styles she prefers— and maybe even some she doesn’t! Learn how to uncover her engagement ring style here

    2. Explore different engagement ring options.

    While your engagement ring turnaround time might be quick, it’s always better to begin your search early in case you want a custom piece or decide to include existing jewelry in your design. While you might have an idea of what you like, seeing and feeling different designs might point you in a whole new direction! Learn more about different metal options here and diamond shapes here.

    3. Consider colored gemstones.

    Fancy color engagement rings (rings with gemstones or fancy colored diamonds as their center stone) are continuing to grow in popularity! At Gold & Diamond Source, we are happy to offer customers a variety of color engagement ring options including rubies, sapphires, fancy yellow diamonds, and more— in addition to classic colorless diamonds. Learn more about fancy colored diamonds here.

    4. Budget and finance. 

    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. In this post, we've dug 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! Bonus: learn more about our financing options here.

    5. Scope out the specifics. 

    Now it’s time to scope out the specifics of your proposal.

    Intimacy of the Moment— Do you envision a moment with just the two of you or something more grand? Now is a great time to think back to whether your partner has mentioned a preference for intimate moments like these to be kept close or shared.

    Timing— Are there upcoming events where loved ones will be near? Even if you don’t want to propose in front of others, you might enjoy having them near to celebrate with after!

    Location— Clearwater and greater Florida have beautiful locations ready for a romantic holiday proposal! 

     

     

     

    Visit our diamond experts at our Clearwater, Florida, showroom, or begin your search online here.

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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

     

     

  3. "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

     

  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 Buy a Marquise Shape Engagement Ring

    Yellow Gold Marquise Diamond Solitaire Ring

    Is a marquise shape engagement ring right for you? This standout shape features a classic look that maximizes carat weight with its stunning shape and cut. It is perfect for brides who want something different than the traditional solitaire.

    The marquise diamond cut is similar to that of a football. The unique shape is also known as the boat-shaped cut, the navette, or the eye-shaped cut. Marquise shape diamonds feature an oval shape with pointed ends. This diamond shape has been around for centuries, and it continues to be a flattering, timeless choice for today's couples. Marquise diamonds can maximize carat weight, giving you a much larger-looking diamond.

    Tips to Remember Before Buying a Marquise Shape Diamond

    1. Because of its long, narrow shape, marquise cuts are thought to be slenderizing and often credited for making a finger appear longer and thinner.

    2. The two points at the ends of a marquise diamond need to align perfectly with one another. The smallest imbalance or imperfection of symmetry of a marquise diamond will greatly affect the balance of your ring when it is set.

    3. The sharp ends of the marquise cut are often susceptible to chipping if not protected properly by the jewelry setting. When set in a ring, make sure your diamond's corners have protected prongs or claws to keep the corners safe.

    4. With their narrow shape, some marquise cuts produce an area of reduced color in the center of the gem— sometimes called the Bow Tie Effect.  All elongated fancy shapes have a bow-tie effect, but a well-cut diamond will hide that effect with the brilliance of its facets.

     

    Do you think a marquise diamond engagement ring might be right for you? We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of marquise diamond engagement rings 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

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