Screening of HPHT Synthetic Melee with Natural Diamonds. Sep 22, 2016

Significant amounts of melee-size synthetic diamonds produced by both HPHT and CVD technologies are manufactured for the jewelry industry. The “salting” of natural diamond melee parcels with HPHT-grown synthetic melee is seen more frequently in the trade today. This presents a threat to the integrity of diamond dealers and manufacturers who might unknowingly sell or… Read More…

The 5 Most Amazing Diamonds on the Planet. Sep 21, 2016

No one knows who discovered the first diamond and then learned that if it was polished the right way it became a thing of radiant beauty. Technological advances have made it possible for the diamond to be polished, cut and faceted till it’s not merely a thing of surpassing beauty, but an object of veneration… Read More…

The Many Colors of Sapphire. Sep 19, 2016

Sapphire is famous for its rich blues, but it also comes in a rainbow of colors: violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, grey, black, brown, and delightful combinations called “parti-colored”. This broad color palette is one reason sapphire continues to be one of the world’s most beloved gemstones. Ranking a 9 on the Mohs scale,… Read More…

September Birthstone: Where Do Sapphires Come From? Sep 18, 2016

Sapphire is a popular gemstone – and comes in a rainbow of colors. It’s also been long prized, from Ancient Greek rulers to the clergy of the Middle Ages. But where does the September birthstone come from? A Little Bit about Sapphire Before we embark on our journey to find the September birthstone, let’s start… Read More…

How to Select a High Quality Diamond. Sep 15, 2016

Congratulations, you’ve decided to propose! Now, you’re faced with a series of complex decisions to start the journey to marry the love of your life, including, but not limited to: budget, selecting the right diamond, setting and band, and finally, planning the perfect proposal. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help you through the process… Read More…

Budget Basics for the Engagement Ring. Sep 14, 2016

Historically, the engagement ring was a way for the man to show the woman (and her family) that he could could make a conscious effort at saving and could take on the support of a family financially. By saving for the ring, he showed that he was capable of saving for a future home. Should the couple… Read More…

What Is a White Diamond? Sep 13, 2016

Colored diamonds have been smashing sales records at auction houses the past few years, but here’s one that hasn’t gotten a lot of press: the white diamond. Yes, white! Get ready to fall in love with this remarkable beauty. You’ll often hear the term “white” applied to colorless diamonds that fall within theGIA D-to-Z color scale or… Read More…

Rules of Engagement Rings. Sep 12, 2016

Shape Matters Most Even before those 4 Cs (cut, color, clarity, and carat), you must know what shape your future fiancee loves. Shape indicates the actual geometry of the stone, as opposed to cut, which relates to the angles of the facets in the stone. Settings Are Second A quality setting — the metal framework… Read More…

Edgy Engagement Rings. Sep 11, 2016

Every romance has its special moments. Every love is unique. Every engagement celebrates a relationship. And sometimes an unusual engagement ring shows another side. With these sentiments in mind, we searched for engagement rings that were far off the beaten path. The eclectic pieces we picked share a few themes: they speak of eco-awareness, feature… Read More…

From Princess to Cinderella – How to Cut a Princess Diamond. Sep 08, 2016

One of the things we have discovered after serving the jewelry industry for many years through our dedicated diamond re-cut and repair service is that Princesses form a disproportionate percentage of repairs. It is also the most abused and butchered of all diamond shapes. Over the years I have seen it all. Out of center… Read More…