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Diamonds

It takes 250 tons of earth to be sifted to find one carat of  rough diamond crystals. Only one diamond crystal in a million carats mined will be large enough to cut into a one carat diamond. Diamonds have been found in every color of the rainbow. If the color is vivid the diamond is […]

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Diamond Studs 45% Off! – Really?

I recently received an advertisement from a diamond firm that specializes in diamond stud earrings. The company sells one pair of 1 CT., white diamond studs for 45% less than another pair of 1 CT., white diamond studs. Wait a minute, how can they do this? Both pair of diamonds studs weigh the same. Both […]

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Diamonds

There is something truly remarkable about diamonds. Even after working in this field these last many years I can’t explain the phenomena. A diamond stands alone as the most cherished of stones. It symbolizes love, romance and commitment. It’s a girl’s best friend. It can be worn day or night, with any outfit, it’s never […]

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Cobalt Wedding Bands Pros and Cons

Cobalt is a bright white metal that is harder and subsequently more scratch resistant that platinum, gold or silver. Only tungsten bands will be harder and more scratch resistance. A cobalt ring is truly white in color. !4 karat white gold, sterling silver, platinum, tungsten and titanium will all age slightly and appear slightly different […]

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Care and Cleaning of Your Jewelry

Care: Separate your jewelry.  Place individual items in compartmentalized areas within your jewelry box or in separate containers such as plastic zip lock bags.  Remove all jewelry before showering.  Soap will form a film on your jewelry. Put jewelry on after applying makeup or cosmetics. Chemicals in these substances can dull the shine of gold […]

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Tips on Buying a Diamond.

Buy from someone you trust. You are not going to be able to determine the difference between two similar appearing stones. Diamond certificates don’t tell the whole story. Stick to certificates performed by the American Gem Society (AGS), Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and ask lots of questions. Examine diamonds unmounted, using a gem microscope […]

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Allergies and Alloys

Sometimes, as jewelers, we are asked if our jewelry is made of pure gold. Technically speaking, only gold with no additives can be called pure. Pure gold (24K) tends to be too soft to be used for jewelry. So various metals that act as hardeners such as silver, copper, nickel, palladium or zinc are added […]

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Appraisals

Do you have the information you would need to submit an insurance claim on lost or stolen jewelry? Take a moment, get pencil and paper, can you list the jewelry you currently own? Chances are you like most of us have forgotten about an item or two. When it comes down to writing a verbal […]

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