The Case For and Against Lab Grown Diamonds

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

The Beauty of Various Colors of Rose Gold Wedding Jewelry

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

10 Most Important Things to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring

No matter what style you prefer, there are a few things that everyone must know before shopping for and buying an engagement ring. This is our list of the most important to help get you started: Read more

The Best Diamond Halos

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

Synthetic Diamonds

Scientists have been working for more than 100 years to develop a process for creating diamond in a laboratory. The creation of a synthetic diamond would bring significant benefit to a number of industries which require a material of its hardness and durability. Of course, it might also be of interest to buyers of jewelry, depending on its availability and cost. Please click to continue

Why Are So Few Large Diamonds Beautiful?

We recently received a 6.50 carats pear shape diamond that a client has asked us to sell. It is one of the most gorgeous and scintillating large diamonds I have personally handled in over almost 40 years in business. Every tiny facet of the diamond appears to be on fire, as if it were lit from within, the rays of light exploding across its surface like the geometric shapes of color children see at the end of a kaleidoscope. Please click to continue …

Three Important Disadvantages to Buying Diamonds Online

One of the unintended consequences of internet diamond marketing is that potential buyers tend to view diamonds as a series of shapes, weights, and letter and number grades … all of which cause shoppers to reduce diamonds to commodities. For example: potential buyers believe that a rating of VS-2 on the Gemological Institute of America grading scale for clarity means the same thing for every diamond having that rating, thus allowing shoppers to compare diamonds and purchase one with the lowest price. Shoppers do not ask and seldom learn the characteristics that result in the VS-2 clarity grade, and how those characteristics may vary the cost of diamonds having that same grade. Please click to continue …