Gold and Diamond Clearwater

  1. How to Choose the Right Metal for an Engagement Ring

    Shop this White Gold Diamond Accent Halo Ring Featuring a .88 Carat Round Brilliant Center Diamond and .82 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds

    As you shop for an engagement ring, there are many decisions to make— from her style, to your budget, and other preferences. There are many different metals to choose from when shopping for an engagement ring, including white gold, yellow gold, platinum and others.

    How Can You Tell Which Metal is Ideal?

    There are a few ways to get an idea for what your fiancée may like in an engagement ring, including:

    • Look through her current jewelry collection to see what kind of metal features in most of her favorite pieces. Is there something that she likes to wear daily, or always wears on special occasions? Matching the metal of these frequently worn pieces is a safe bet and will allow the engagement ring to match nicely with them.
    • Take inspiration from her favorite celebrities or rings you’ve seen her admire on family or friends.
    • Ask a trusted person who knows her well, like her mom, sister or best friend, for advice. Make sure this person is trustworthy, or you run the risk of ruining the surprise!
    • Ask her directly. While the proposal is traditionally a surprise, more modern couples are having open and direct conversations about what they want in a proposal. if you know your future bride has discerning taste, she may welcome the chance to give some input. Many couples shop for engagement rings together to ensure that the rings they end up wearing for many years suit them.

    Gold

    Within the gold family, there are several types to choose from, including:

    • Yellow gold
    • Rose gold
    • White gold
    • Green gold

    Each of these may look different, but they hold the same advantages. Gold is a hypoallergenic metal so it will never cause a rash or irritation on your fiancée’s skin. Gold is also a valuable metal that is likely to appreciate over time. It’s traditional and classic, perfect for a woman with timeless style.

    A disadvantage of gold is its pliability and the likelihood of damage. Gold is a soft material, so it is combined with other metals to make it harder. The more alternate metals mixed in, the more durable the ring will be, but it will also be worth less. The colored forms of gold may need retouching over the years to stop any fading.

    Platinum

    Strong and durable, platinum is a rare metal that has a similar look to white gold or silver. However, its natural scarcity makes it much harder to find in nature and therefore much more expensive. Investing in a platinum band means that you’ll never have to worry about damage or fading, because the metal can stand up to any activity your fiancée takes on. You can also feel less worried about losing the precious stones in the setting, especially diamonds, because platinum is strong enough to hold them in place against any impact.

    Still not exactly sure which one would best match? Explore different engagement ring styles on our website here.

     

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  2. Why Some Ask for a Woman’s Hand in Marriage

    Have you ever wondered why some ask fathers if they can marry their daughter?

    If you are planning on proposing soon, should you ask your partner's father for her hand in marriage before proposing marriage? We are uncovering many possible answers, depending on the situation and the family, as well as a look into the history of this tradition.

    Marriage and the traditions surrounding it are always evolving, and it can be hard to know what is appropriate for today's couples. Asking for a woman’s hand in marriage is one of the traditions that many men bypass, but whether you should is a personal decision. Here are some of the factors to consider when deciding whether to ask for a woman’s hand in marriage.

    What Does This Question Represent?

    Some people think that asking for a woman’s hand in marriage minimizes her ability to make decisions on her own. Others see it as a sign of respect and serious intentions.

    Before deciding if you should approach your future father-in-law, take some time to consider why you would be asking. Do you want to show respect and good intentions, or is it simply a formality? Also think about how you will respond to any questions he asks about the future and your intentions in marriage. Asking this big question is likely to start a conversation, so be ready to spend some time talking about serious topics. If you are close with your fiancee’s father, you may want to take him out for a beer or a meal, so you can discuss proposing in a more relaxed atmosphere.

    Family Traditions

    One of the best indications of whether your future father-in-law will expect to be asked for permission to marry his daughter is how he handled this situation himself. If the tradition within the family is to ask for permission first, and this tradition has taken place for many generations, you don’t want to be the first to break it. This is the kind of thing that may get brought up at every family holiday for years.

    Consider Cultural Implications

    Although asking for a woman’s hand in marriage might seem antiquated here in the United States, there are many countries where this practice is still normal. In some cultures, proposing without asking the woman’s father first is insulting to the entire family. If your fiancee’s family comes from another part of the world, do some research to find out how proposals work in that culture and if it is appropriate to speak to her father first. In some cultures, it is also normal for the bride’s family to ask for a dowry, a gift given to the bride or her parents. This is often symbolic, but in some cases, can mean giving a monetary gift.

    Notify Instead of Asking

    If you’re feeling uncomfortable about proposing without notifying your future father-in-law, but do not feel it is necessary to ask for his permission, letting him know you intend to propose is a good compromise. While you aren’t putting the entire situation in his control, you are still showing respect for his position as a father. This gives him an opportunity to bond with you and offer any words of advice he may have for your marriage.

     

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  3. Everyday Jewelry to Wear and Love

    If you're a busy woman on the go, a lover of minimalist style, or a fashionista traveling from work to happy hour, everyday jewelry pieces are critical to your style. Basic pieces look fabulous on their own, work with bolder jewelry, and never go out of style. Collect everyday earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings so dressing up your look is the most effortless part of your day.

     

    Here are some of our go-to everyday pieces we love at Gold & Diamond Source:

    EARRINGS

    White Gold 1.20 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Hoop Earrings
    White Gold 0.50 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Halo Earrings


    A gorgeous pair of diamond earrings is a must in every jewelry collection. Appropriate for every occasion, simple and stunning diamond earrings add huge shine in their conservative size. Shop earrings HERE.

     

    NECKLACES

    White Gold Interlocking Circle & Oval Diamond Necklace
    Diamond Leaf Necklace Featuring 3/8 Carat Total Weight Diamonds
    White Gold 18 Inch Moroccan Necklace Featuring .40 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds


    A necklace is often the final piece to make any look polished. A delicate pendant makes a statement on its own and is even better when layered with other favorites. Shop necklaces HERE.

     

    BRACELETS

    A classic staple, this timeless sterling silver bead bracelet is an essential to every woman's jewelry collection.
    This fashion cuff bracelet crafted in sterling silver has round faceted diamonds on the symmetrical parallel bar end caps.
    White Gold 6" Cuff Bracelet Featuring .75 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds.


    We love bracelets alone or stacked with our favorite watch and other bracelets. Bracelets are wonderful alone; stack them together to up the impact. Shop bracelets HERE.

     

    RINGS

    Gold Chevron Ring Featuring .08 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamondsld Twist Band Featuring .09 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    14 Karat Rose Gold Twist Band Featuring .09 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds


    Complemented with wedding rings or not, rings are an absolute must in any look. A stacked look is trending and allows you to wear your favorites and really show off your personal style. Shop fashion rings HERE.

     

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of fancy color diamond jewelry online HERE.

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  4. Guide to the Top Three Precious Metals

    If you've worn or shopped for jewelry, there's a good chance you are familiar with different metals. More than just the outward color, different metals feature different compositions and durability. The three most popular precious metals are gold, silver, and platinum. These metals are used alone or alloyed with other metals to make jewelry and coins in addition to their industrial uses.

     

    GOLD

    Gold has the longest history of use in jewelry of all precious metals. Gold is very scarce and it takes approximately 3.2 tones of mining ore to produce 1 ounce of pure gold. Gold is a very strong metal but also very malleable so it is frequently alloyed with other metals to increase its strength, durability, and color. The most common colors of gold used in jewelry are yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. The fineness of gold is measured in karats which denotes how many parts pure gold out of 24 parts. Pure gold is 24 karat and is rarely used in jewelry as it is too soft. The most commonly available gold bullion coins are 22 or 24 karat gold. All jewelry sold in the United States must be a minimum of 10 karat gold and stamped somewhere on the jewelry. Below is a breakdown of gold karat content and purity:

    • 10 karat - 41.7% pure gold
    • 14 karat - 58.5% pure gold
    • 18 karat - 75.0% pure gold
    • 24 karat - 100%  pure gold

     

    PLATINUM

    Platinum is the rarest of the precious metals commonly used in jewelry. Only about 150 tons are produced a year compared to 1500 tons of gold. It takes approximately 10 tons of mining ore to produce 1 ounce of platinum. Platinum has a relatively short history of use in jewelry due to the difficultness of working with it. Platinum is very heavy and durable, as well as hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant. Naturally white, platinum jewelry is 90-95% pure while platinum bullion is usually 99.9% pure. Platinum jewelry will have stamps indicating its purity.

    • "950 plat or 950pt" is 95% pure platinum plus 5% other metals
    • "900 plat or 900pt" is 90% pure platinum plus 10% other metals

     

    SILVER

    Silver is the most widely used precious metal of the precious metals commonly used in jewelry. According to estimates, there are approximately 17 ounces of silver for every ounce of gold. In ancient Egypt, silver was considered more valuable then gold and the leading producing countries in the world today are Peru and Mexico.

    Sterling Silver jewelry is the United States is made up of 92.5 % silver mixed with other metals and will be stamped ".925" or "sterling". Most silver flatware is made of sterling silver although lower quality silver was also used in flatware.

    More than 95% of annual silver consumption is from industrial and decorative uses: photography, jewelry, and silverware.

     

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to learn more about precious metals and shop our full jewelry collections.

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  5. Everything You Need to Know About Fancy Color Diamonds

    A Rainbow of Multi Colored Sapphires Is The Highlight Of this Stunning Juleve Bracelet.

    While white diamonds have long been the standard, fancy colored diamonds are growing in popularity for everything from engagement rings to earrings. Naturally appearing in nearly every color of the rainbow, fancy color diamonds offer rich, sophisticated colors to all types of jewelry. Fancy colored diamonds are enjoying their time in the spotlight— and we wouldn't have it any other way.

    Diamonds in Every Color of the Rainbow

    Colored diamonds come in every color you could imagine — yellow, blue, pink, champagne, chocolate, even black! Yellow diamonds are always popular from engagement rings to fine jewelry. Pink and champagne are feminine and subtle options, while exotic colors like chocolate and black are sure to get noticed for their unique beauty and flair!

    A Perfect Pick in Any Color

    Fancy-colored diamonds may be the hottest trend in jewelry design right now, but these colorful beauties are much more than just a fad. Colored gemstones have long been classic choices for the discerning jewelry lover, from emeralds to rubies and sapphires.  Fancy-colored diamonds combine these gorgeous tones with the classic appeal and high value of a true diamond.

    Fancy-colored diamonds let the wearer express her unique fashion sense, as well as her love of the finer things. Classy and colorful— what could be a better combination?

    Natural vs. Treated Colored Diamonds

    Many colored diamonds occur naturally due to minerals that make up the diamond stone.  However, technological advances have made it possible to recreate the same gorgeous  colors at prices that are within reach for every jewelry lover. Either way, colored diamonds are completely unique and individual items.

    Psychology Behind Color Diamonds

    The impact of colors on psychology is an area of study that is closely linked to the impact of colors on human emotions. Colors are used effectively in everything from branding to controlling public behavior. The psychological power behind colors is fascinating. A colored gemstone has hidden meaning and also hidden influence on the psychology of the wearer and viewer alike.

    Naturally colored diamonds, also known as Fancy Diamonds, come in every color of the rainbow and they are exceptionally rare. Blue, pink, red, purple and canary yellow are some of the most sought after colors in Fancy Diamonds. Fancy Diamonds also can come in black-gray, brown and even milky white. Before you buy your Fancy Diamond, here are some interesting facts about the psychology of the color as well as the formation of the stones.

    Blue Diamonds

    The Hope Diamond is the most famous blue diamond on the planet. Pure, cool, magically rich and deep, the color blue is associated with purity and wealth. It is the color of intuition and peace. The presence of boron when the stone was forming, leads to stones that range from a light sky blue to a rich deep blue, the color of the ocean. Associated with water and the sky, blue is the color of sophistication and calm.

    Pink Diamonds

    Pink diamonds are breathtaking in their beauty and they have been known to bring astronomical prices at auction. It isn’t exactly known how pink diamonds are formed but it is thought that at some point during its formation the diamond was exposed to intense pressure causing an alteration in the crystalline structure of the stone. Psychologically, pink is associated with femininity as well as fertility. Pink is a calming color and it is associated with caring and relaxation.

    Red Diamonds

    Red diamonds are one of the rarest stones on the planet. These stones are so rare that not much is known about them or their formation. Like pink diamonds, it is thought that pressure during formation changes the crystalline structure resulting in the rich red color of the diamond. Red is the color of passion and love. Fiery, vital and volatile, red is also associated with happiness and health.

    Purple Diamonds

    Associated with royalty, purple diamonds command noble price tags. Purple is the color of fidelity, honor and courage and the wearer of a purple diamond is thought to have good luck and long life. Purple is also associated with the imagination.

    Green Diamonds

    Some of the most interesting diamonds, the color green is thought to result from the irradiation of the diamond while it was forming in the earth. The effect of the radiation causes the electrons in the crystalline structure to change slightly resulting in the color green. Psychologically, green is associated with growth and fertility, with balance,  renewal and rebirth.

    Yellow Diamonds

    Fancy yellow diamonds are created through the addition of nitrogen during the formation of the stone. Intensely yellow diamonds are the most common of the Fancy Diamonds but they are still extremely rare. Some of the best canary yellow diamonds come from mines here in this country, in Arkansas. Yellow is the color of happiness and wealth. Yellow reflects an intellectual individual. It is also associated with joy and power.

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of fancy color diamond jewelry online HERE.

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