Gold and Diamond Clearwater

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Amethyst Birthstone Jewelry She Will Love

    Amethyst, the birthstone for February, is marked by a deep and alluring purple hue. This bright and light gemstone is the perfect color to savor the end of winter while looking ahead to spring.

    Amethyst Folklore

    Amethyst is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage. At one time, only royalty could wear the gem. Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication so much so that amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.”

    Amethyst Sources

    Amethyst grows in cavernous depths, extracted from the earth raw in beautiful crystalline formations. It calls to mind the soft elegance of lavender blooms, but brilliantly displays the color of powerful nobility.

    Amethyst is a derivative of the mineral quartz and it's name is derived from the Greek word amethystos, which means "not intoxicated". It has been hailed through the ages to be a stone that promotes a clear and stable mind.

    Amethyst has been found in large reserves around the world, including massive deposits discovered in Brazil in the early 19th century. Because of it's availability and affordability, it remains a widely sought after gem.

    Amethyst Anniversaries

    In addition to being the February birthstone, it is also the gemstone associated with the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

    Amethyst Jewelry

    Amethyst rings, pendants, bangles, and earrings are beautiful ways to celebrate a special February birthday. Here are just a few of our favorite pieces of amethyst birthstone jewelry.

     

    Yellow Gold Amethyst and Diamond Flex Bangle
    Yellow Gold Amethyst Heart Bow Ring
    Sterling Silver and Yellow Gold Amethyst Bangle
    Yellow Gold Emerald Cut Amethyst Leverback Earrings
    White Gold Amethyst and Diamond Round Halo Ring

     

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

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  5. Engagement Ring Vocabulary Guide

    Finding your perfect engagement ring doesn't have to be overwhelming. While we recognize the vocabulary around cut, color, style, and more can sometimes feel more like a lesson in terminology than picking out a meaningful piece of jewelry, we are here to make the engagement ring shopping process easier— and therefore more enjoyable— for you.

    If you've ever felt lost when talking with a jeweler or doing engagement ring research, this vocabulary guide is for you. Save this handy guide so you'll never doubt again when finding the perfect ring for your partner.

    Engagement Ring Vocabulary Guide

    The Diamond

    4Cs: Acronym standing for cut, color, clarity and carat— these are the top four characteristics to look for when purchasing a diamond.

    Accent diamonds: Diamonds that surround or enhance the main diamond; they are typically smaller in size than the main diamond.

    Crown: Top half of a diamond.

    Halo: Ring of diamonds or stones surrounding a center diamond or stone.

    Pavilion: Lower half of a diamond.

    Scintillations: Sparkles in a diamond that are seen as the diamond moves under a light.

    Table: Flat surface that is the uppermost part of a diamond; it is calculated by dividing the width of the table by the width of the diamond.

    The Diamond Cut

    Asscher cut: Square shaped diamond with a high crown, step facets, and a small table.

    Cushion cut: Square cut diamond with rounded edges and the third most popular diamond cut.

    Emerald cut: Rectangular shaped with small, rounded edges and a large, open table.

    European cut: Antique diamond cut created before the precision created by modern technology was available.

    Heart cut: Diamond in the shape of a heart typically found in solitaire settings.

    Marquise cut: Long and narrow diamond-shaped similarly to a football. It’s best set with prongs on each end to protect the points from chipping.

    Oval cut: A unique take on a round diamond. Oval-shaped stones come in a variety of widths ranging from slim to wide.

    Pear cut: Combination of a round and a marquise shape diamond available in a variety of narrow to wide sizes.

    Princess cut: The second most popular diamond cut, below round and above cushion. The cut has a square or rectangular shape when viewed from above, and from the side is similar to that of an inverted pyramid with four beveled sides.

    Radiant cut: Square or rectangular diamond with minimal curved edges similar to an emerald shape.

    Round cut: Circular-shaped diamond. It’s  the most common shape for engagement rings.

    Trillion cut: Triangular shaped diamond, often used as side stones to frame a square diamond.

    The Ring Style

    Art deco: Rings created during or inspired by the art deco era from 1920 to 1935, known for bold line and geometric shapes.

    Baguette: Meaning “long rod” in French, the baguette cut features long, clean lines, and is typically used in side stones.

    Band: Ring that tends to accompany an engagement ring. Can be made of a precious metal, alloys, and/or include stones.

    Bezel: Metal that completely surrounds the diamond or featured gemstone. A half bezel is the term used when half of the stone is framed by metal. Bezel ring settings are stronger and more protective than prong settings.

    Colored diamond: Natural and dyed color diamonds. Popular diamond color options include yellow, pink, blue, chocolate and black.

    Colored gemstone: Engagement rings featuring a colored gemstone stone ranging in a variety of colors. Popular gemstone options are sapphire and ruby.

    Halo: Ring featuring a center stone that’s surrounded by a circle of stones. Engagement rings can have more than one halo, referred to as a double halo if two circles of gemstones encircle one center stone.

    Hand-crafted: Ring that’s been made by hand instead of the casing process of filling a mold. It’s shaped by hand by the jeweler.

    Pavé: Setting of stones where they’re placed close together so as to avoid seeing metal in between the stones.

    Side Stones: Ring featuring a main stone and surrounded by smaller stones. Can also be referred to as a three-stone ring or a halo.

    Solitaire: An engagement ring with a single, solitary center stone.

    Tension set: Gemstone is held in place by metal on either side, thus creating tension.

    Three-Stone: Ring featuring three stones, typically three diamonds or a diamond centered between two other stones. Known to celebrate a couple's past, present, and future together.

    Unique shank: Engagement ring with an individualized lower part that goes around the finger, also known as a shank.

    Vintage or Vintage-Inspired: These are classic-style engagement rings typically created, or modeled after, jewelry from the early 1900s or earlier. An antique engagement ring is technically defined as being over fifty years old.

    The Metal

    14k gold: Made of 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals or alloys.

    18k gold: Made of 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metals.

    24k gold: Pure gold. The softest gold, as gold gets softer the purer it is.

    Alloy: A mixture of two or more metals mixed together.

    Gold plated: Thin, almost microscopic layer of pure gold used to coat another type of metal.

    Platinum: Precious metal with a silvery white color and shine.

    Rose gold: An alloy of gold tinted with copper to create a rosy tone. The deeper the pink color, the more copper there is in the alloy.

    White gold: Yellow gold mixed with a white alloy.

    Yellow gold: The color of pure gold, yellow gold gets darker or changes color the more alloys are mixed with it.

     

    Are you ready to find the perfect engagement ring? We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete collection, or shop a selection of engagement rings online HERE.

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