• Gold Jewelry: Is It Real or Fake?

    Jun 25, 2017 | TOM TIVOL

    As the price of precious metals has risen the past 25 years, the resale of old gold jewelry and its subsequent refining by jewelers has become an important service offered by our industry. What do jewelers do to determine whether gold is real or fake? And if it is real, what do jewelers do to determine its karat content?

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  • 10 Tips to Care for Jewelry

    Jun 5, 2017 | TOM TIVOL

    Jewelry can be expensive as well as represent the most memorable moments of a long relationship. Like a fine car, once it is purchased, jewelry should be maintained by annual trips to your jeweler. Here are a few tips we recommend you follow to properly care for your jewelry. Read more: How to Care for Jewelry

  • How to Upgrade Your Engagement Ring, Diamond Studs, and More

    May 3, 2017 | TOM TIVOL

    The 21st century has witnessed a substantial increase in the desire of couples to upgrade gemstone-based jewelry purchased at the outset and in the early years of marriage. While upgrading generally refers to the engagement ring diamond and or mounting, it also pertains to classic diamond studs as well as necklaces of the finer Japanese Akoya cultured pearls. In the case of diamonds, upgrading generally means increasing the carat weight accompanied by some change in the quality of the stone(s). For the ring itself, upgrading refers to a complete change of design, and for pearls, upgrading refers to purchasing both larger and finer necklaces of cultured pearls. Read more: How to Upgrade Your Jewelry

  • The Case For and Against Lab Grown Diamonds

    Apr 26, 2017 | TOM TIVOL

    A lab grown diamond is a true synthetic diamond. This means it has the same chemistry, optics and structure as a natural diamond; however it is grown in quantities in laboratories. Synthetic colored gemstones have been grown and sold since 1905 beginning with synthetic ruby, followed by synthetic sapphire in 1915, then synthetic emerald in 1946. In the 1970’s, synthetic turquoise, opal, alexandrite and quartz made their market debuts. Read more

  • Clear Vivid Green Natural Emeralds

    Apr 2, 2017 | TOM TIVOL

    What makes Clear, Vivid Green Natural Emeralds Fine (and Available)?

    I have always been interested and curious when customers drop by and complain they have been shopping all over and have not found any emeralds that are either a fine deep vivid green color and or emeralds which are fairly clear, or both. Because of this, customers believe that fine quality emeralds must be either cloudy or a pale green or an overly dark blackish green color. Read more

  • The Beauty of Various Colors of Rose Gold Wedding Jewelry

    Mar 27, 2017 | TOM TIVOL

    As most everyone knows, gold is manufactured in various colors. The color of the finished piece is based on the kind of metal alloys used to combine with gold in the manufacture of the ring as well as the quantity of gold, which is based on the karat content. More copper produces the rose color so very much in fashion currently, and I am frequently asked by clients to explain how some rose gold is a deeper more intense color and some is a light rose color. Read more

  • The Best Diamond Halos

    Dec 15, 2016 | TOM TIVOL

    Many women looking for engagement rings in 2016 look for a center diamond surrounded by what modern fashion calls diamond “halos.” Small round diamonds surrounding beautiful center gemstones have been part of jewelry design since ancient Rome. Read more

  • Wonderful World of Jade

    Dec 6, 2016 | TOM TIVOL

    Jade jewelry can be quite stunning, especially for women who enjoy wearing jewelry not seen in most jewelry stores.

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