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  1. Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide for Him

    The perfect gift for the man in your life is at Gold and Diamond Source!

    As the holiday season approaches, we have our eyes on our favorite jewelry and timepieces perfect for gifting to the men in your life, and we're sharing our top picks in this holiday shopping guide! If you are looking for the perfect gift to make this holiday unforgettable for him, this guide is for you.

    2020 Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide for Him

    Engrave a Key Chain

    This Stainless Steel Brushed Polished Key Chain makes a statement on its own, but it will be even more memorable when engraved with a personalized message from you!

    A Tie Bar to Dress Up His Look

    We believe every woman should include a chic, dazzling pair of diamond studs in her jewelry collection. They go with everything, can be worn for all occasions, and shine on their own or paired with other jewelry. Shop earrings here.

    A Stylish Bracelet

    This Mens Sterling Silver Figaro & Anchor Link Bracelet adds a bold touch to any guys everyday look.

    A Timepiece He Won't Want to Take Off

    This CITIZEN ISO-certified Promaster Diver features Eco-Drive technology and is powered by light, so it never needs a battery. Visit our showroom for more timepieces he will be excited to wear every day.

    A New Chain

    Update his look with this gold chain or one of the many styles of mens chains we have in our collections.
    With financing options to work with your budget, and options in every style and price range, it is easier than every to truly spoil him this year.

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    "Love this place! There is no better selection anywhere for beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry. You have to see it to believe it! I am a repeat customer and tell all of my friends about them. Mais and Troy are who I typically work with. Their customer service is incredible. The store has 6-7 jewelers onsite and can do beautiful custom work without paying premium prices. They have loose stones of all shapes and sizes that they bring out to show you how the setting would look. We worked with Mais for my engagement ring, wedding band, and my husband’s wedding band. I worked with Troy for earrings and a watch. I had a girlfriend in town from MI that I took there who has been searching jewelry stores all over for an antique looking diamond and sapphire engagement ring. She had almost given up hope. She flew in to FL and I took her to Gold & Diamond Source. We worked with Troy and in less than 20 minutes, he helped my friend find the ring of her dreams. Highly recommend! The owners, Steve and Julie, also give back to the community. They are the BEST!? — Jessica T. on Facebook


  2. Upgrade Your Look With Diamond Tennis Bracelets

    “True friends are like diamonds – bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style.” ― Nicole Richie

    While everything else might feel out of control, one thing we can take head-on is how we get dressed every day. Diamond tennis bracelets are a favorite piece to immediately upgrade any look.

    With diamonds from every angle, diamond tennis bracelets add instant glamour to every look with wraparound sparkle. The perfect something extra to complete your look, your diamond tennis bracelet will become your go-to whether dressing up to dominate the workday or slipping on your favorite black tie look for an evening out.

    A classic style that can be worn for so many occasions, a diamond tennis bracelet is the perfect gift for a big anniversary, or to celebrate a personal or professional milestone.

    In every metal color, with every shape and style you could wish for, we have diamond tennis bracelets you are sure to love. Here are just a few of our favorites:


    At Gold and Diamond Source, we are proud to offer our Tampa Bay-area and online customers a wide selection of diamond bracelets of different styles and set in different metals— all at different price points it is easier than ever to take home a diamond tennis bracelet today.


    Ready to see our diamond tennis bracelet collection in person? We invite you to visit our Clearwater, Florida, showroom to view our full selection, or explore a selection online HERE.


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    "I have visited GDS a few times since I got engaged and the customer service has been consistently great! Someone is always at the front door to greet you and show you in the right direction. The sales people I have been paired up with always seem happy and eager to please!

    Besides the customer service, who wouldn't enjoy themselves while looking at all the shiny diamonds?

    I had the pleasure to work to Alexis (the brunette) about what kind of wedding band would match my uniquely shaped engagement ring. She gave me so many options and went above and beyond by requesting a price quote from the designer who made my engagement ring for a matching wedding band. She emailed me on her days off to keep me in the loop!!

    Alexis was with another customer when my fiancé and I came back in to buy, but Veronica took care of us as if we'd been working with her all along. She made the check out experience painless and quick.

    I will always recommend GDS when a friend is getting engaged. We've already sent two happy couples their way!" — Nina M. on Yelp



    Trust in Our Lifetime Diamond Trade-In Policy

    With our unique 100% diamond trade-in policy, you may trade in your diamond at any time toward another diamond(s) of equal or greater value. Your trade in value is the original purchase price, excluding tax. The lifetime trade-in policy is valid for in-store and online purchases. Items that qualify for trade in are diamond solitaire rings, diamond solitaire pendants, and diamond solitaire earrings. Learn more about this policy HERE.

  3. "Should I Sell My Jewelry On Facebook Marketplace?"

    Whether you've outgrown the style, or you've outgrown the relationship, or you just want something new, you might be wondering whether it's a good idea to sell your unwanted jewelry on Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or a similar site.

    Whatever the reason, there may come a time when you want to sell your jewelry. While it may be tempting to simply put your items on Facebook Marketplace and hope for the best, this is seldom the best approach, particularly if you’re looking for a good return on your initial investment. Besides not knowing how to price your jewelry, dealing with lowball offers, not knowing who you are meeting with, and other concerns, listing on Facebook Marketplace might not be in your best interest.

    If you have decided to sell your unwanted jewelry and want to know the best way to do it, here’s a helpful guide.


    "Should I Sell My Jewelry On Facebook Marketplace?"

    1)    Find a reputable reseller. If possible, avoid selling valuable jewelry on sites such as Facebook Marketplace or eBay. They’re competitive, occasionally unreliable, and it’s highly unlikely that you’ll make the money that your item is worth. Instead, do some investigation in your local area. Identify reputable jewelry stores that are happy to value and buy your jewelry.

    2)    Get a valuation. If you want to get a good price for your item, it’s a good idea to know how much it’s worth. However, be aware that prices fluctuate, and your jewelry may not be worth the same as when you purchased it. A good dealer will weigh your jewelry, then offer you a price then and there for your consideration.

    3)    Explore your options. Don’t be afraid to explore different jewelry buyers, and don't let price be the one and only factor influencing your decision either. It’s better to sell to a reputable dealer than one with a shady reputation!

    4)    Be realistic. It’s important to be realistic when selling your jewelry. You may have paid thousands for it when you bought it originally, but if it has become damaged or scratched, this will affect its value.

    5)    Know how you’ll be paid. Be aware that different jewelry buyers may pay in different ways. Some may offer cash on the spot, others may offer a bank transfer or check. If you’ve got any queries or concerns about payment, make sure you address them at the time, rather than leaving it until it’s too late.


    What Items Are Good to Sell?

    At Gold and Diamond Source, we buy the following:

    - Precious Gems and Diamonds
    - All diamond shapes 0.50 carats and above, fine quality rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.
    - Gold
    - Jewelry (10 Karat & Up, Any Condition)
    - Bullion (Coins, Rounds, Bars, Etc.)
    - Old US Coins Including Numismatic Graded Coins
    - All US and foreign Bullion Coins
    - Pre-1965 US Coinage and 1965-1970 Kennedy Half Dollars
    - Gold Teeth/Fillings (teeth must be removed due to health concerns)
    - Silver
    - Sterling Jewelry
    - Sterling Silver Flatware
    - Platinum
    - Jewelry (Any Condition, Must Be Stamped)
    - Watches (Including Rolex, Cartier, Patek Phillippe, Tag Heuer, Panerai, Other Fine Swiss Brands, and All Precious Metal Watches)
    - fine gold, diamond and platinum jewelry, gold bullion, coins, including numismatic coins, currency & sterling silver flatware

    What Items Aren't Able to Be Sold?

    Our policy is to not buy the following:

    - Any type of costume jewelry, this includes items made by Speidel©, Monet©, Avon©, Napier©, Trifari©, Sarah Coventry©,and Swank©
    - Non-precious metals or items that are gold-filled, gold or silver plated, or gold electroplated, this includes items that are stamped 1/10,1/20, GE, RGP, or HE as these are indicators items are filled or plated.
    - Plated or Filled Gold
    - Silver Plated Flatware
    - Coins that say "Copy" on them


    How to Secure the Best Price for Your Jewelry

    If you’re looking to sell your unwanted jewelry at a fair price, then get in touch with us here at Gold and Diamond Source today. We offer an in-store selling service, or alternatively, if you live out of the area, we can send a free gold kit in the mail. Find out what used jewelry we will and won't purchase with our gold and diamond buying guide HERE. To find out more, simply call 1-800-494-4940 or click HERE.



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    "I've seen their commercials for years now. Decided to make the trip from South Tampa to upgrade my wedding band. I'm so here for all the elaborate decorating let me tell you. Including a FABULOUS pair of gold shoes worn by one of the fashionable gentleman associates. Anyway.

    From the second I walked in, they rolled out the red carpet, and every customer thereafter they just provided stellar customer service. And well you might be thinking, yeah lady it's a jewelry store so they have to, to which i say not so fast. Customer service at most places, including another local jewellery store in the area, is quite lacking.

    I worked with Mr. Patrick Kelly, who's a G&D veteran, i learned. PK was fab, listened to exactly what i wanted and within ten minutes I was set. They sized it for me that day, and boxed my new ring up so beautifully. The quality of their products is so easily visible and they provided me with a lifetime warranty, including free cleanings and such.

    COVID: extra precautions all around, excellent job!

    Thanks PK and the G&D team!! Y'all work your butts off! Cheers!" — Brienna A. on Yelp


  4. Guide to Men's Wedding Bands

    Men's rings have stepped into fashion in a big way, and men's wedding bands are no exception. Wedding bands are the perfect way for men to express their individuality and style through subtle details, or a more flashy statement. We've pulled together a few of the latest in mens' wedding band trends. Visit us in store soon to see the full collection— you will be surprised at all the options available to today's groom!

    Masculine, Expressive Designs

    Today's men's jewelry doesn't have to look boring to feel masculine. Modern men are searching for wedding bands that are as unique as their individual personality. Men's bands have been cropping up with intricate geometric patterns, or with Celtic designs to reflect the wearer's heritage.  Another cool men's jewelry trend is imprinting the band with a thumbprint for a true stamp of originality! The trend has also definitely been moving away from yellow gold for men, with the majority of younger wedding band wearers opting for white gold or platinum hues.


    Stand Out Designs

    Looking for a men's wedding band that truly stands out? Men's wedding bands can incorporate different textures, diamonds, shapes, and other materials for a ring that is uniquely your style. Men can choose a ring that complements their partner's, or they can run with a design that is all their own! Whatever your style, these unique wedding bands are sure to impress.


    High-Tech Bands 

    One hot trend in men's wedding bands is using high-tech materials such as super-tough tungsten, durable yet lightweight titanium, or beautiful, indestructible cobalt chrome. These modern-day materials are just as beautiful as the more traditional gold and platinum, but can keep up with adventure-loving men who don't want to have to worry about scratching or chipping their beloved bands. These high-tech materials are often surprisingly affordable as well, offering a great value and excellent longevity.


    The Ring of a Lifetime 

    If you are looking for a men's wedding band that feels unique and on-trend, visit us at our Clearwater showroom to see all of the new options available. Whether you're looking for something sleek and simple, or a little more flashy style, men have more options than ever when looking for the ring of a lifetime.



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

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  5. Engagement Ring Tips and Tricks You Need

    14 Karat White Gold Yellow Diamond Emerald Halo Ring With a Euro Shank Featuring a GIA Certified 3.06 Carat Radiant Fancy Yellow Diamond Accented By .72 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds

    Purchasing an engagement ring represents one of the biggest moments of your life— you've found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and it's time to take the next step. Purchasing an engagement ring is a big step both emotionally and financially, so of course it is a purchase you will want to get right. Just like buying a car or putting a down payment on a house, it's best to go into it informed. 

    At Gold & Diamond Source, we've been helping the Tampa Bay-area say "I do" since 1984. Today we've pulled together our tips and tricks for discerning brides- and grooms-to-be considering buying an engagement ring. 

    Engagement Ring Tips and Tricks You Need Now

    Ignore the 3-months salary rule.

    We've heard it all: that you should spent two months pay, three months pay, and a certain percentage of your annual salary on an engagement ring. This is a myth; the best budget is the one you come up with and that feels comfortable in your own financial situation. Remember, you can always finance, or pay with a credit card. Learn more about financing here.

    Try on different diamond shapes to get the biggest look for your buck.

    Round diamonds appear the largest compared to other shapes. While round diamonds have the potential to sparkle more than any other diamond shape, their symmetry also makes them appear slightly smaller in comparison to a fancy shaped diamond of the same carat weight. The apparent size of any diamond, when viewed from the top down, can vary depending on the shape and size of the wearer’s hand. This is why it's a great idea to try on different diamond shapes and setting styles when beginning your engagement ring search.

    Make the 4 C's work for you.

    The 4 Cs are an acronym for cut, color, clarity and carat. These are the top four characteristics to look for when purchasing a diamond and together cover the most basic need-to-know diamond buying information. Brushing up on each of the 4 C's will help you determine which is most important to you and where your opportunities are for saving money. Learn more about the 4 C's here.

    Opt for near-colorless diamonds.

    D grade (colorless) diamonds are the rarest, making them the most expensive color grade. By looking for near-colorless diamonds (diamond color grades G through J) instead, you will find diamond color grades that will face up white— it is difficult for those who are not gemologists to differentiate between colorless and near-colorless diamonds.

    To save money in your setting and allow for a larger gemstone, consider setting a diamond with a lower color grade such as K or L in a warm-colored metal. Warm colored metals such as yellow or rose gold engagement rings will conceal some yellow coloration.

    Spend time choosing a setting.

    Settings can truly make or break your center stone. A diamond set higher up, like a cathedral setting, will appear slightly larger than it really is. Halo settings, where tiny diamonds surround your center stone, make the center stone look larger. You can choose a slightly smaller carat weight for your center stone if you choose a halo setting, which will save you money in the long run. Consider the width of your shank, too— a wide shank can take away from the center stone and make it appear smaller, where a thinner band can let the center stone shine.

    Designing your own engagement ring is easier than you think. 

    Custom designing your engagement ring can actually be very easy (and cost efficient!) to design the ring of your dreams. A custom, handcrafted piece of jewelry allows you the opportunity to create and design a one of a kind piece of jewelry that will become a part of you. Our expert custom designer gives you the opportunity to create the jewelry piece of your dreams. We use the latest design tools to show you exactly what your piece of jewelry will look like so you can be assured it will be exactly what you are looking for and enjoy for years to come. Learn more about custom design here.



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

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    "Had to go back out to this location to drop off a piece of jewelry that my husband purchased for me to be altered. Tyler was his usual pleasant and helpful self. Lol...
    The business was taking a lot of precautions amid the Covid restrictions. I found that to be pretty awesome. I could tell that the owners truly care about the safety of both their customers and themselves. The gift bags with the gloves, masks and other anti-bacterial products that they were giving away at the door with a great added touch.
    I definitely wasn't expecting it to be that crowded on that day.
    We actually had the pleasure of meeting Julie. I guess I wasn't expecting her to be so kind and helpful. It was a very nice surprise. She was very kind and pleasant to talk to. She is very down to earth. Which I guess I was not expecting after seeing her on commercials and billboards and such. Thanks Julie!
    My husband surprised me with purchasing a Mother's Day great gift which Julie wrapped for me and I was very appreciative.   I wasn't expecting it nor was I expecting her to be wrapping it for me.
    All in all it was yet another pleasant shopping experience. Tyler is always on top of his game.
    Other people who choose to stand around and look at you and not offer to help should take note of the way Tyler handles his business.
    Just saying.....
    I cannot stress enough how glad I am that we "DID" decide to listen to an associate of ours and check out this store. It is well worth the trip across the bay. We had seen the store in passing for years now. But had never checked it out.
    We had no idea what we were missing!
    Being the jewelry lover  that I am, I know that they'll be seeing more of me in the future.
    Thanks again Tyler and Julie!
    You rock!" — Shernea D. on Yelp



    Trust in Our Lifetime Diamond Trade-In Policy

    With our unique 100% diamond trade-in policy, you may trade in your diamond at any time toward another diamond(s) of equal or greater value. Your trade in value is the original purchase price, excluding tax. The lifetime trade-in policy is valid for in-store and online purchases. Items that qualify for trade in are diamond solitaire rings, diamond solitaire pendants, and diamond solitaire earrings. Learn more about this policy HERE.


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