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Where and How to Buy Diamonds Safely

  Buying a diamond is a big purchase. You’ve probably put a lot of thought and time into this decision. Buying a diamond is often celebrating a momentous occasion. It’s meaningful and – let’s be honest – it’s an investment. You want to choose your diamond carefully and spend your money wisely. How can you buy a diamond and feel confident in your decision. Let’s look at where and how you can buy diamonds safely. What kind of research can I do before buying a diamond? Most people don’t buy a diamond on a whim. You need to do a

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AGS Laboratories Grand Finale Diamonds

The AGS Laboratories Grand Finale diamonds is a set of nine diamonds that are the last diamonds to be graded for a client by AGS Laboratories. These round brilliant diamonds, ranging in size from 0.23ct to 0.25ct were submitted by Jack Lewis Jewelers owner, John Carter, CGA. Each diamond’s report will have a special comment that reads, “AGS Laboratories Grand Finale Diamond (1 of 9),” each receiving a sequential note for its placement in the last group.  Additionally, each diamond will be inscribed with a custom “Grand Finale” inscription. We are pleased to have the last diamonds commemorated this way

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Natural vs. Laboratory-Grown Diamonds

If you’re shopping for diamonds, you may have heard about laboratory-grown diamonds. Compared to natural diamonds, there are a few key differences you may want to know about the two. Let’s take a closer look at how they differ and more. The development of laboratory-grown diamonds vs. natural grown A laboratory-grown diamond is exactly as its name states: grown in a lab, in contrast to being formed in the earth, as are natural diamonds. The main difference between laboratory grown and natural diamonds is the process of developing them and the time needed for them to form. Natural diamonds may

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Celebrate with Jewelry for Your Wedding Anniversary

An anniversary is a joyous milestone to celebrate. Why not celebrate with something meaningful and lasting? Anniversary jewelry marks the occasion and offers a lasting reminder of the love you share. Where can I buy wedding anniversary jewelry? Anniversary jewelry helps commemorate your love and makes your partner feel special. If you’re shopping for wedding anniversary jewelry, the best place to start is with an American Gem Society (AGS) jeweler. The American Gem Society is the country’s preeminent jewelry trade organization dedicated to consumer protection. With a jeweler you can trust, you’ll be able to concentrate on finding the right

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How to Shop for Diamond Engagement Rings

Buying a diamond engagement ring is a momentous occasion. If you’re ready to purchase a ring, but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place. With such an important expenditure as a diamond engagement ring, you want to feel confident in your decision. You want to feel like you’ve purchased the perfect ring! Doing your research, shopping around, and careful consideration go a long way toward making that happen. It also helps to have informed advice from professionals in the industry. The American Gem Society is the country’s preeminent jewelry trade organization dedicated to consumer protection. We’re dedicated

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Diamond Facts for Kids and Adults

Diamonds are revered for their everlasting beauty, but how many diamond facts do you actually know? We gathered some interesting facts about diamonds so you can impress others at the next trivia night or simply be in even more awe when looking at your diamond jewelry. We also included some April birthstone facts for those lucky enough to claim diamonds as their birthstone. Fun Facts About Diamonds How old is a diamond? The majority of natural diamonds are one to three billion years old. These gemstones most likely formed in the first couple billion years that Earth existed. The oldest

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The Beauty of a Brown Diamond

Did you know that brown diamonds show more flashes of colored light than “colorless” diamonds? If you are in the market for brown diamonds, be sure to ask your jeweler for an AGS Laboratories Colored Diamond Document. It’s a grading report that presents the technical aspects and nuances of colored diamond grading to jewelry buyers with easy-to-understand verbiage and graphics. Brown diamonds will no longer be described simply as “a brown diamond,” but will be communicated visually, highlighting the nuances within the diamond’s color. For example, a diamond with even distribution of brown throughout and hints of orange, could be

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Looking at Diamonds in a Different Light

Diamonds have been celebrated for centuries as a symbol of love and status and have been revered throughout the centuries. No wonder there are literally volumes of references to diamonds in fiction and historical tomes. Though April is in our rearview mirror, we just can’t quite let go of our favorite gem, and in thinking about our obsession, three thoughts struck us that show how special diamonds really are: Diamonds are the result of both nature and man. They come from the earth, but diamond cutters, who are skilled artisans, turn diamond rough into beautiful works of art. Case in

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April Birthstone: Diamond

By Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge Jewelers “Diamonds ARE a girl’s best friend,” especially if you were born in April! Since the beginning of time, diamonds have been associated with strength, love and purity. They are symbols of eternal love and great status. Many of us know of famous diamonds and their stories, from the infamous Hope Diamond to the Koh-i-Noor Diamond (both diamonds reputedly hold a curse to those who own or wear them).  Most people think of diamonds as clear gemstones, and they can indeed be quite clear, but diamonds can also be quite colorful. Diamond colors range

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