jewelry tips

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Top Valentine's Day Gift Ideas $1,000 and Up

    Valentine's Day 2019 is around the corner! It falls on a Thursday this year, and we're here to help you get ready! 

    Whether you are shopping for your girlfriend, wife, loved one, or best friend, jewelry is the perfect way to show that you care on this holiday of L-O-V-E! We have rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings to fit all budgets. Finding the perfect Valentine's Day is looking pretty sweet at Gold and Diamond Source!

    Here are just a few of our favorite Valentine's Day gift ideas priced $1,000 and up. Shop more gift ideas online here.

    Earrings Featuring 1.30 Carat Total Weight In Round Brilliant Diamonds Set In 14 Karat White Gold
    14 Karat Gold Ring Featuring a .50 Carat Pink Tourmaline and .16 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Diamond Leaf Necklace Featuring 3/8 Carat Total Weight Diamonds On a 16-18" Adjustable Cable Link Chain
    3 Stone Juleve Designer Piece Crafted in 18 Karat White Gold Featuring a 1.50 Carat Total Weight Oval/Cushion Ruby in The Center, and 2.3 Carat Total Weight Pear Shaped Rubies
    14 Karat Gold .33 Carat Total Weight Diamond Infinity-inspired Ring. The Diamonds Are G-H Color and I1 Clarity
    Stunning Pave Pear-Shape Drop Halo Cluster Earrings Featuring 2.00 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds That Are Set In 14 Karat Rose Gold
    14 Karat Gold and Diamond Oval Ring Featuring a Total Weight of 1.07 Carats
    14 Karat Gold .50 Carat Total Weight Princess Cut Diamonds
    14 Karat White Gold 1.20 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Trellis In/Out Hoop Earrings
    4.00 Carat Total Weight Prong Set Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet Set in 14 Karat Yellow Gold
    Heart Diamond Earrings Featuring 2.16 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds Set In 14 Karat White Gold

     

    We invite you to visit Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete jewelry collection, or shop a selection of Valentine's Day gift ideas online HERE.

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  4. Our Favorite Jewelry Under $1,499

    At Gold and Diamond Source , we are proud to be America's leading online jewelry store with a local reputation since 1984. Our customers count on us to always be Clearwater's largest selections of fine diamonds, diamond semi-mounts, diamond bracelets, diamond earrings, fine watches and colored gemstone jewelry that they can find anywhere!

    We are also proud to offer a wide selection of jewelry with collections in every price range. Today we are spotlighting some of our favorite jewelry priced from $1,000 to $1,499— perfect for life's special moments. Whether she has a special birthday coming up, or a big anniversary is around the corner, or maybe you are ready to treat yourself to something new, we have jewelry you will love priced $1,000 to $1,499.

     

    18KT White Gold Diamond Milgrain Setting
    14KT Yellow Gold ROund Diamond Clover Necklace
    14 Karat Gold Ring Featuring a .50 Carat Pink Tourmaline and .16 Carat Total Weight Round Brilliant Diamonds
    14 Karat White Gold 0.25 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Halo Ring
    14 Karat Yellow Gold Pendant with ~17 Carat Checkerboard Citrine Quartz and 0.90 Carat Total Weight HI.SI1-I1 Round Brilliant Diamonds
    Stunning Evil Eye Ring Features a Beautiful 0.17 Carat Round Sapphire that is Accented with 0.25 Carat Total Weight of Round Brilliant Diamonds
    14 Karat Gold .33 Carat Total Weight Diamond Infinity-inspired Ring
    14 Karat White Gold .55 Carat Total Weight Round Diamond Trellis In/Out Hoop Earrings

     

    Visit the Gold and Diamond Source at our Clearwater showroom to view our complete selection, or shop jewelry under $1,499 online HERE.

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  5. Seven Key Tips to Caring for Your Engagement Ring

    This Ring Features A 2.19 Carat Center Cushion Cut Fancy Intense Yellow Color With SI1 Clarity Center Diamond. The Center Diamond Is Surrounded By A Double Halo Of Round Diamonds.

    Your engagement ring is most likely one of the most precious items you own. Incorporating a few precautions and maintenance habits now will make sure your engagement ring shines for years to come!

    We've outlined key tips to keeping your engagement ring as dazzling as the day you first put it on!

     

    Clean at home with mild solutions.

    Regularly wash your ring at home by soaking it in a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid for roughly 30 minutes before gently scrubbing it 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.

    Consider an alternative ring.

    Many brides are choosing to rely on a “backup ring.” This ring is an alternate ring 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 an alternative ring.

    Avoid harsh chemical residue.

    Chemicals from everyday products ( like the ones in perfume, sunscreen, and lotion) can add residue to the ring and diamond, which can cause potential damage. Make it a habit to remove your ring before applying products that may be made with harmful chemicals.

     

     

    Have a go-to safe spot.

    Whether you always take your ring off to sleep or shower, or if you only remove it when you really must, it's wise to have a designated spot for it. 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 ring, 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.

    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 engagement ring a thorough professional cleaning. Not only will we clean your ring, but we will examine it under magnification to make sure the prongs are secure, and to check for diamond fractures and loose stones. It is wise to have your ring professionally cleaned twice a year to maintain the structural integrity of your ring and keep it as dazzling as the day you first saw it.

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