jewelry buying guide

  1. Easy Ways to Customize Your Ring Band

    Braided Pave Engagement Ring

    The band holds a lot of real estate in your engagement ring. While some bands shine with a simple polished engagement ring band, we see all that space as an opportunity to make a statement. Below are a few of our favorite ways to excite your engagement ring band.

    1. Side Details

    From scrollwork to a touch of two-tone gold, side detailing can make your band the favorite part of your ting.

    2. Pavé or Micropavé Set Diamonds

    In French, pavé means “cobblestone.” Pavé refers to the way accent perfectly diamonds fit together, much like the stones on a cobblestone street. Pavé settings are unique that its diamonds are inset into a groove rather than raised. Micropavé band is the same as pavé, but it uses even smaller diamonds and typically has several rows of diamonds.

    3. Channel Set Diamonds

    Unlinke pavé diamonds that are held in place by prongs, channel set diamonds  are held in place by the pressure of the sides of the ring, This design features small diamonds inset into a groove, usually following the curve of the ring band, for a bold look.

    4. A Contrasting Band

    A second (or third!) wedding band with a contrasting style or tone can mix up the look of your current engagement ring band. If you are choosing a white gold or platinum engagement ring, consider a yellow gold band.

    4. French Set Diamonds

    The French setting features small diamonds raised with prongs around the band or in a halo around the center stone. The look creates the effect of a single, continuous line of sparkle.


    Visit Gold & Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom, or shop a selection of our wedding bands online here.


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  2. Currently Obsessed: Minimalist Jewelry

    At Gold and Diamond Source, we believe there is an occasion and style for all jewelry— big and bold, small and feminine, eccentric and fun. We appreciate jewelry collections that suit your every mood. That said, we adore minimalist jewelry that is tried and true— the little treasures that you can wear day after day, on their own or layered other pieces. Today we are sharing a few of our favorite pieces of minimalist jewelry from bar pendants to rings with lots of open space. Let us know what is your favorite minimalist style!

    Minimalist Jewelry We Love

    Diamond Bar Ring
    Diamond Bar Lariat Necklace
    Open Pear Shape Ring Featuring .20 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    This trendy necklace is crafted in 14 karat gold and is an adjustable 16-18" cable link chain including clasp
    Round Brilliant Diamond Bar Stud Earrings
    Open Circle Diamond Ring Featuring 0.13 Carat Total Weight of Round Brilliant Diamonds


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  3. Jewelry Cleaning Made Easy

    From your engagement ring to that treasured heirloom piece, your jewelry collection likely features some of the most precious items you own. By incorporating a few precautions and maintenance habits now, you can make sure your jewelry shines for years to come!

    We are sharing the most important (and easy!) tips to keeping your engagement ring, necklaces, rings, pendants, and bracelets as dazzling as the day you first put it on!


    Avoid harsh chemical residue.

    The first step to keeping beautiful jewelry is to avoid damaging it. Chemicals from everyday products ( like the ones in perfume, sunscreen, and lotion) can add residue to gold and gemstones, which can cause potential damage. Make it a habit to remove your jewelry before applying products that may be made with harmful chemicals.

    Clean your well-loved pieces at home with mild solutions.

    Regularly wash your engagement ring and other commonly-worn pieces at home by soaking it in a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid for roughly 30 minutes before gently scrubbing them with a soft bristle toothbrush.

    You can also clean metals and precious stones with baking soda with its mild, non-abrasive consistency that makes it perfect for cleaning . Simply pour a bit of baking soda into a bowl and mix it with a bit of warm water to create a soft paste. Take off your ring and use your fingers to gently rub the paste around the stone, the setting, and the ring. Rinse the ring in warm water and dry with a lint-free cloth.

    Keep a go-to safe spot.

    Whether you always take your jewelry off to sleep or shower, or if you only remove it when you really must, it's wise to have a designated spot for your engagement ring and other daily pieces. Whether you choose a specific area in your jewelry box, or a small dish on your dresser, having a go-to location will cut down on the chances of forgetting where you put it.

    Restore shine to white gold and platinum.

    No matter what care you give your jewelry, every white gold ring will start to dull and a yellow hue will start to shine through. This is natural and unavoidable, but the gold’s original sheen can be easily restored through a process called Rhodium plating.

    While platinum rings do not need Rhodium treatments as platinum does not originally start off as yellow, those who want a shinier look to their platinum engagement ring can opt to have their platinum band plated for more shine.

    Consider an alternative ring.

    Many brides are choosing to rely on a “backup ring” to supplement their engagement ring. This ring is an alternate to your engagement ring that is often less valuable and can be worn without worry of it getting lost or damaged. When you don't want to put your engagement ring at risk (a long day at the beach or gardening, for example), leave the real bling at home and opt for a ring of lesser value.

    Get insurance.

    As with any serious investment, it's wise to consider getting insurance for your engagement ring. While it might be emotionally difficult to ever have to replace your engagement ring, knowing you wouldn't have the financial upset if you ever did lose it can be more than worth it.

    Schedule professional cleanings.

    Our jewelers at Gold and Diamond Source are happy to give your jewelry a thorough, professional cleaning. Not only will we clean your jewelry, but we will examine it under magnification to make sure the prongs and clasps are secure, and to check for fractures and loose stones. It is wise to have your ring and other commonly-worn jewelry professionally cleaned twice a year to maintain the structural integrity and keep it as dazzling as the first day.



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  4. Diamond Stud Earrings for Every Budget

    As women, our style can change throughout the seasons of our life, and can even shift throughout the day! From rushing to work, to catching the afternoon PTA meeting, to squeezing in drinks with friends, we've learned to count on the tried and true jewelry that helps us shine while keeping up with a busy schedule.

    When we want a busy day to be a fashionable day, we count on diamond stud earrings. Minimal and classic, diamond earrings can be the perfect accessory to carry that casual daytime look into a stunning evening ensemble. Next time you find yourself slipping out of your daywear and getting ready for a night out, make sure you’re equipped with these essential day-to-night jewels.

    Our Favorite Diamond Stud Earrings

    Diamond studs are everything a classic pair of earrings should be— they are simple, elegant, and breathtakingly beautiful. They are modest enough to wear to the office— so stunning that they are sure to draw attention, but not too big or bold in a way that’s distracting. And what they lack in size they more than make up for in shimmering decadence. Their dazzling silhouette will steal the show as they catch the candlelight of a romantic dinner for two.

    Under $150

    14 Karat White Gold 1/20 Carat Total Weight Diamond Stud Earrings.

    Under $300

    14 Karat Yellow Gold 0.25 Carat Total Weight Princess Cut Diamond Earrings


    Under $500

    14 Karat Gold Pave Set Round Flat Earrings Featuring .20 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds


    Under $600

    14 Karat White Gold 0.25 Carat Total Weight Princess Cut And Round Diamond Halo Earrings


    Under $1,000

    14 Karat White Gold 0.50 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Halo Earrings


    And Above

    These Stunning 10.03 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds Are Set in 18 Karat White Gold. Both Diamonds Are J Color, SI2 Clarity, and Are Certified by GIA


    Get out there and show the world what you’re made of— a master multitasker, a Jane of all trades, and a fierce fashionista - and remember that a perfect pair of earrings can be a woman’s best jewelry accessory. Visit Gold & Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to experience our full selection, or click HERE to shop online for the perfect pair of earrings for yourself or your loved one.



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  5. April's Birthstone: Diamond Jewelry, Facts, and Folklore

    Gorgeous 18 Karat White Gold 52.35 CTW Floral Design Cuff Bracelet

    Calling all April babies! Those celebrating a birthday in April can do so with the most prized gemstone of all. The diamond is the birthstone for April. For April-born ladies, diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend.

    About the Diamond

    Diamonds are tough. In fact, it’s the hardest gemstone and is made of just one element: carbon. Its structure makes it 58 times harder than anything in nature and can only be cut with another diamond.

    Diamonds come in several colors, including yellow, red, pink, blue, and green, and range in intensity from faint to vivid. Generally speaking, the more saturated the color, the higher the value. Diamonds sparkling with intense color are rare and may be priced higher than a colorless diamond of equal size. Lab-colored diamonds are also available and are called color-treated diamonds.

    Its unique physical properties means it has the best possible luster of any gemstone when cut and polished well. If you are looking for a gem that sparkles, the diamond is the gemstone for you.


    Diamond History and Folklore

    The diamond first became a popular gemstone in India, when the Moghuls and Imperial Colony easily mined diamonds from deposits along three major rivers.

    Our fascination with diamonds is nothing new. Diamonds have long been admired, with some historians estimating them being traded as early as 4 BC. One of the reasons it is so admired and valued is because of the process by which a diamond must be formed well below the earth’s crust, then forced upward until it is uncovered.

    But before this process was understood, many ancient civilizations believed that diamonds were lighting made real on earth. This might be the reason that diamonds have often been associated with great healing powers from curing brain disease, alleviating pituitary gland disorders, and drawing toxins from the blood.

    Today, the diamond is most widely known as the center stone in engagement rings, and is the stone that marks the 60th anniversary of marriage.



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

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