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Show-stopping Sapphire

By Donna Jolly, RJ American Gem Society We are always posting photos of beautiful jewelry from members of the American Gem Society on our social networks.  We noticed our online friends really liked this stunning  5.12 carat ceylon sapphire with two oval diamonds from AG Gems. We can see why. This is the type of ring that shy people should not wear, because they will get noticed–from far away! Extroverts, here’s a ring for you. What do you all think?

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Which Engagement Ring is Right for You? Take our Quiz!

By Donna Jolly, RJ American Gem Society One of the questions we get asked the most at the American Gem Society is, “How do I figure out which engagement ring is the right one?” A lot of people have an idea of what they like when it comes to rings, but most people like many different styles. After all, there are a lot of beautiful choices when it comes to jewelry. Take heart: it doesn’t matter if your taste veers toward classic,or if you are a full-blown hipster, there is a ring that is perfect for you. Our new quiz is a fun and

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4 Reasons Diamonds are Not Expensive

By Preston Wallace, CGA, K-Jon’s Jewelery Customers walk in my door every day and say “Wow! $8,000 for that?  Diamonds are expensive!”  But they’re not.  I know what you’re thinking: I’m crazy, right?  No, I meant what I said, and no, I’m not crazy.  If you consider what diamonds are, how we get them, and what their value does over time, I think you’ll agree that diamonds are NOT expensive.  Here are 4 reasons why: 1. Diamonds are Rare On average, one million diamonds must be mined to find one 1ct diamond.  Think about that!  Diamonds are extremely rare, especially

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Proposals Gone Wild

Fact: We are in the middle of Proposal Season. It starts at the beginning of February and runs through March 20th, which happens to be National Proposal Day. The things you learn from blogs, right? Being a non-profit in the jewelry industry, the American Gem Society has learned a thing or two from our members about marriage proposals. We watch their social media pages and see the stories they share from their own clients. Some proposals are romantic and heart-felt, some are silly, and sadly, sometimes a proposal will fail. It was the latter class of proposals where we felt

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Garnet in Many Shades

By Anna Samsonova, CGA, Ben Bridge Jeweler This January birthstone has a deep history and comes in many colors. Although birthstones have now been established and represent the 12 months of the year, this wasn’t always the case. Birthstones were first associated with Aaron’s (Exodus) breastplate, and believed to be for the 12 zodiac signs. In modern times, most people only associate with their own birthstone, throughout history it was believed to be lucky to wear the birthstone for each month. Currently, the accepted zodiac and monthly birthstones are different, and some months are even lucky to have options! We

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The American Gem Society

by Beau Davis, CSA Shelton Jewelers – ABQ, NM What it is all about – A diamond is the world’s most precious gemstone. Between their unique optic qualities and sheer hardness, these little beauties, though miniscule, have become a valuable part of civilization today. But how do you know that you, as a consumer or buyer of diamonds, are getting what you’re paying for? With such small sizes and high values, there can be much ambiguity and misinformation throughout anyone’s shopping experience. These are some of the primary issues the American Gem Society works tirelessly to prevent. How the AGS

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Canary Diamond, Sing to Me!

By Megan Cott, Social Media Associate, Yael Designs Want to know what the hot new trend in celebrity engagement rings is? Canary Diamonds are all the rage lately and we are not surprised these dazzling lemon drops are making a splash. After all, who could resist such a cheery, sunny diamond sparkling on their ring finger? It also doesn’t hurt that in addition to the sentiments of love and commitment associated with colorless diamonds, the Canary Diamond has an added meaning of prosperity and joy. The most recent, and one of the biggest, Canary Diamond engagement rings we have seen

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So you think you know a guy who knows a guy who has a cousin who can help you find a diamond?

By Evert P. Botha, Registered Supplier, Embee Diamonds Think again. Truth be told, just about everyone knows someone in the diamond and jewelry trade, but do you have a relationship with a trusted jewelry professional? Someone with the credentials to prove that they know their stuff? Someone that’s not interested in simply selling you what they have available at a bargain price? So called “bargain” prices on diamonds should always raise several red flags. Let’s look at some of the many factors that impact such “bargain” prices. Firstly, origin or conscience. Diamonds that make their way into the supply pipeline

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Let's Talk Jewelry

Welcome to our new blog! We are  here to talk about jewelry with you. Whether it’s tips on buying jewelry, the latest trends, historic or celebrity jewelry or even proper care for your gems, we have information to share. Our blog is written by experts in the industry–usually people who work in jewelry stores or are designers. We all share a passion for fine, quality jewelry, and want to share our expertise with you, so that your experience with jewelry, from buying it to wearing it, is a great one. Want to tell us about your most treasured necklace? Have a question about

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