Diamonds

opal ring in 60's yellow gold design

What is the Mohs scale? Gemstone Hardness vs Durability

Why should you care about the Mohs scale? People ask me about the hardness of gemstones all the time. They know that some gemstones are harder than others, but have no idea how to determine whether amethyst or diamond is the stronger gemstone besides stepping on it or something. This is not recommended. The jewelry…

White Gold and Diamond Intricate Wedding Band with swirls design

All About Diamond Carats, Choosing Engagement Diamonds by Weight

In case you haven’t heard of the four “C’s”, guys, they are: Carat weight; Color; Clarity; and Cut. These are the four major points that need you need to be aware of when choosing an engagement diamond for your sweetheart. In this post I’m going to talk about the weightiest of the C’s: Diamond Carats.…

White Round Brilliant Diamond badly chipped

Six Actions You Can Take With Your Chipped Diamonds

  To break a nail, ladies, is never good. To break a diamond…even less so. Nails grow back relatively quickly. Diamonds…not so fast. Hmmm, actually not at all. Believe me, I’ve seen plenty of chipped diamonds. In this post I am going to suggest six actions you can take with your chipped diamonds.Even though they’re the…

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Inspirations for Baguette Diamonds and Designs

Inspiration Strikes Every Day, Bracelet, Pin and Ring Re-Purposed When my jeweler friend Link Wachler of Link Jewelry Designs shared this epic project of creating four gift necklaces from the jewelry left to his client I was wowed. Many of my clients show me jewelry like this that they are not wearing. I’ll admit, when…

White Sapphires vs Diamonds for Wedding and Engagement Rings

  I could make a case for setting white sapphires in wedding and engagement rings. Then again, I could make a much stronger case for using diamonds. Both white sapphires and diamonds are rare and valuable and each is steeped in rich history. They’re both great gems. However only of these gemstones is suitable for…

loose mine cut diamond cushion shaped

Grandma’s Vintage Diamonds vs. New Diamonds, How to Design With Them

“I have seven pieces of inherited jewelry from my Grandma Lolly that I never wear,” Pat said to me one day. “My challenge to you is to design a brand new custom piece of jewelry using all of the old diamonds from my Grandma.” Is there a trick to designing with older cuts of diamonds?…

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