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  1. Let GDS Engage YOU! Happy GDS Couples

    GDS is more than a store where you buy an engagement ring, we cherish all the couples we bring together and all the anniversary couples who celebrate the years they have together. This is absolutely the most rewarding work we do!

    But don't take it from us- here are our what our happy couples have told us recently on Facebook about their recent experiences at GDS in Tampa!

    Michelle Herold: "I absolutely love my ring! The picture does not do it justice! Thank you to your wonderful staff for helping my fiancé pick the perfect ring!"

    Herold Ring

    Chris & Gretchen: "The people at Gold & Diamond Source are absolutely amazing! We worked with Darrell and he was incredibly patient and provided the most professional service! I recommend them to all! Got engaged October 21, 2016 and I absolutely love my ring! Can't thank you, enough!"

    Rainer and Patricia

    Couples send us photos of their weddings and engagements all the time. A big thank you for the photos and congratulations to Derick and Katy, Jeremy and Jessica,  Randi and Marc, Porter & Denise, Rainer and Patricia, Samantha and Elizabeth and Elise and Randy and the other couples how have let us be a part of your special love!

    And a special congratulations to our very own Dee & Sean!

    Dee and Sean

    Among our latest anniversary friends, Tina brought her stunning 1.2ct Fancy Intense Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond ring in for her clean and check and we just had to share this amazing piece! She received this ring as her 25th wedding anniversary gift. Join us in congratulating her on 25 years!

    tina's 25th!

    We also have to share this amazing ring  belonging to a truly lovely couple, Winnie and Roy. They have been married since 2001 and together for 20 years. She was due for an upgrade and BOY was this an upgrade!!!

    Winnie & Roy

    This stunner was an anniversary treat for one of our newest couples! Congrats!

    aniversary stunner

    GDS in Tampa is also super excited that we were named #1 jeweler by the Tampa Bay Business Journal! We are honored to be their readers first choice!

    best of the biz

    Cate Elting commented  "Are there other jewelers around? I always thought you were the one and only!!"

    Thank you all! We Love You!

  2. Engagement: Let GDS Clearwater Engage You!

    Gold and Diamond Source is a family owned and operated jewelry store and we care about our customers and about our Clearwater community. We try everyday to make the experience our customers have in our jewelry store unique, memorable and easy.

    Whether you are looking for an Engagement Ring or a Father’s Day present for the dad that has everything, we can help. But, don’t take our word for it, below are reviews by happy customers taking time out of their busy lives to tell you why Gold and Diamond Source in Clearwater is the only place to shop for an engagement ring or a gift for any special occasion.

    Engagement rings at Gold and Diamond Source

    Houman Farhangi writing to congratulate this year’s winner of the Gold and Diamond Source Mother’s Day SA Contest:

    ‪"What an amazing way to give back!! I can only imagine how happy they must be, because I was one of the winners from the Great 38 Mother's Day Contest! My mom has gone through soooooooo much also, and to have been able to give that to her was indescribable and really one of the most happiest days of my life because I didn't know what I was going to do for Mother's Day or how! Congratulations Karin and Rosita, I will keep you both and your family in my prayers! To whomever decides to do these contests, and the Weintraub's you don't know just how much this means! I can't say thank you enough personally, you really made it possible to make Mother's Day one I was and still am so sincerely thankful and grateful for and one that will ALWAYS for my entire life be memorable! Thank you, and congrats again!!"

    Steve Fidrych, engaged and loving life:

    “Hi Julie,

    I waited a long time to find the special person in my life. It felt like an even longer time to pick out the right ring! ;-) Your staff at G&DS was patient, knowledgeable, kind, understanding, and outright amazing. I went to several jewelers in the entire Bay Area (Tampa, St Pete, Brandon, Clearwater, Wesley Chapel), and none could match the customer service in your store. Erik and Ray were fantastic. They showed me just about every diamond that you had and explained all of the differences in each stone as if they were buying it for themselves or a family member of their own. Well, my girl said "yes" this weekend, and she loves her ring. We will be in on Saturday to get it sized. I'd like to take the chance to say "thank you" to you and Steve if you are around. Thanks again for playing a part in making my dreams come true.”

    Bruce Mills, newly married:

    From the moment we stepped into the Gold and Diamond Source Showroom, they have treated us like family! The staff is simply amazing! Thanks, Julie, Debbie and Sandra! The Gold and Diamond Source is now our jeweler of choice and we could not be happier with our rings! Thanks GDS for featuring us on your Facebook page and thanks, Maria Boutzoukas, for the beautiful photos!”

    Airman Cody H Wiley, one of America’s bravest:

    Mr & Mrs Weintraub,

    “I can’t articulate just how grateful I am; the wedding band and engagement rings for my Wife are perfect. Special thanks to you two as I couldn’t have afforded them without you. I wanted to get her something special and beautiful, but everything I saw here in Texas didn’t cut it and you have such a great selection and let’s just say that I don’t have a lot of “free time” being in the military. So again, a thousand thanks. In a way you’ve helped facilitate a “dream come true” and for that my fiancee and myself will forever be grateful.”

    Jennifer Harris, a very pleased fiancée:

    “Al proposed to me this weekend. I about fell over when I saw the ring you created. It is AMAZING! There is no other way to describe it. I am excited to let everyone know who you are and the incredible work you do. Thank you so very much! We will stop in soon.”

    Eric and Nikki Miller, one happy couple:

    “Alexis made our experience so memorable! She listened and created the most beautiful pieces, it brought tears to my eyes. Alexis was so attentive and caring. Gold and Diamond Source is the only place we will be buying jewelry from in future!-Thank you G&DS and the Amazing Alexis!”

    Bunny and Lamar Askew, together for 54 years and counting:

    “My husband had bought me a diamond many years ago when you had a store in Bradenton. Since our 54th Anniversary is coming up we decided to see if we could afford the ring guard to go with the diamond. We made the trip up last Saturday, was assisted by Faith Wilson. Her service and attention to detail with what we were looking for was exceptional. My ring needed to be notched to accommodate the ring guard and was to be soldered together. When I went to pick up, it was completed when they said it would be, workmanship was impeccable. Just wanted you to know. In this society of sloppy work and lousy customer service, this was a most pleasant experience.”

    THANK YOU AGAIN Gold and Diamond Source Customers for all your kind words!

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  3. How Diamonds became Popular for Engagements

    Everyone has seen it on women’s hands. That shiny stone set on a silver or gold background. The beautiful stone we call a diamond. Women don’t just wear them on their finger because they want to show off their love, although that is the main reason, but girls definitely like to have a bit of pretty bling. Since when and how did diamonds become popular as part of an engagement ring?

    The story of the first diamond engagement ring goes all the way back to Archduke Maximilian of Austria who gave his betrothed Mary a fancy and shiny engagement ring. Seeing as he was rather popular, it started as a trend amongst those of European aristocratic and noble background.

    Diamonds Were Evidence of Wealth

    In this day and age, although diamond rings are evidence of having either saved up money to buy one or of being well off, they used to be a very prominent sign of wealth. Those who were not very well to do were not able to afford diamond rings, because back when they first became popular, the diamonds used were more difficult to come across, thus costing more.

    With the discovery of African diamond mines and the following rush to sell diamonds, the price dropped and diamonds could be seen on the fingers of all types in society. Soon, those who were leading the diamond import decided to put a halt on the mad rush of selling diamonds at a cheap price so that now diamond engagement rings are sold at a decent yet not too cheap price.

    It was with the change in price and access that made diamonds easier to obtain and use in engagement rings, making what was just a pretty stone a famous trademark of a women’s engagement ring.

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