getting engaged

Tips from Jewelers Mutual: Strongest Metals for Wedding Bands

Are you planning to shop for your engagement and wedding rings? The gemstones are typically the main focus: diamond or colored gemstone, which cut looks best, etc. But what about the metal? The strength of the band plays a significant part, depending on your lifestyle. Jewelers Mutual Group compares the seven strongest metals used in jewelry. Click here to read their blog, Strongest Metals for Wedding Bands.

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Can Crazy be the 5th “C”?

By Katie DaCosta, Craig’s Fine Jewelry   I remember learning about the 4 “C’s” long before I had any business thinking about diamond rings. Years later, my college roommates and I would spend hours on Tiffany’s website, driving ourselves crazy, creating the perfect ring. At that point, it was so much more about the ring than the guy. Did any of us know what type of Ramen we were eating that night? Nope. But we knew what we wanted our rings to look like and that was enough for us. For centuries, diamonds have been at the very heart of

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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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Smart Phones & Diamonds

By David C. Rotenberg, Certified Gemologist Appraiser   DID YOU KNOW that your smart phone can make your diamond shopping experience easier? Now I don’t mean surfing the net, I mean actually looking at and comparing diamonds.   Professional Jewelers like American Gem Society Jewelers have a tool called the ASET (Angular Spectrum Evaluation Tool) which will reveal a well cut diamond, or a not so well cut diamond. What you want to see in a diamond with the ASET device are symmetrical patterns with lots of red which shows brilliance, some blue which is contrast and some green which

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