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

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 Pure Joy and Challenges of Custom Designed Jewelry

The authentic art of jewelry encompasses metal smithing, gemstone knowledge and the ability to connect with the creative soul of the client. All three require decades of academic study and practical experience. Other than appraising, designing and making custom jewelry is by far the most challenging service within the jewelry business, but almost always the most rewarding. Read more