Diamonds

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How to Avoid Diamond Switching

­­Are You Worried About Diamond Switching? So are jewelers! It’s a two-way street of worry between us and new clients, but a jeweler with a good reputation would never risk their good standing by taking your diamond. Most people who join the jewelry fold do so because of a dual drive: the love of beauty…

White gold and diamonds pendant made from a wedding ring

What to do With Divorce Diamonds?

As a Santa Barbara Jeweler, I get asked often what to do with divorce diamonds. I say redesign with them!  You earned that diamond, regardless of how your union ended.  It shouldn’t sit in a safe or the bottom of your jewelry box. Your diamond should be celebrated in a new way in a new…

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Diamond Shape vs Cut, Square Diamonds

Shape vs Cut of Diamonds, It’s Not Enough to Know the Shape You Want. Shape and cut are often confused but know this: they aren’t the same thing. If you confuse the two, you may ended up making an unfortunate purchase like Nate did. (See below story) I’m going to explain what the difference is…

Good Diamonds vs. Bad Diamonds, Emphasis on Cut

The Four C’s Gone Bad – Diamond Cut As a Santa Barbara Jeweler, I had the unhappy task of explaining to Marly and John, a nice young couple, why that center diamond they got online with the great appraisal certificate looked so lackluster. I didn’t like saying it and they didn’t like hearing that it…

CZ vs Diamond

CZ vs Diamond, the Better Engagement Ring Choice

  Are you Considering a CZ or diamond as your “Gem” of choice for getting married? Is cubic zirconia on your radar for your engagement ring? You’d save a lot of money…. Do I approve? No! As a passionate wedding jewelry designer I’ll tell you why in technical and emotional terms. In responding the not…

Scratched tsavorite gem in bezel setting, close up of damaged gem

Diamonds vs. Forbidden Wedding Ring Gemstones

Cracking, Chipping and Fading. Did You Know About the Risks of certain gemstone choices for your wedding rings? Some gemstones seemingly have no business in wedding rings. Some crack too easily and others are too soft. It seems as if some gems scratch with the swipe of a fingernail. Or they practically chip by looking…

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