This time of year so many things shine like stars, grabbing our attention! All the wonderfully lit Christmas trees, shiny tinsel, and the hot chocolate mustaches that adorn smiling children lighten our days. Christmas cheer fills the air and sweets fill our bellies. The holidays are truly a wonderful time for giving and spending time with our friends and family. (more…)
When it comes to the internet and shopping for engagement rings, there are some pros and cons. You can certainly learn a lot about jewelry without having to actually walk through a store. However the internet is not the best place to buy your diamond, for several reasons.
We do recommend that you take some time to explore styles and fashion together online. The internet is packed with all kinds of different designs and styles. Take lots of notes and enjoy your time together doing the research because there are so many options out there. Doing this together will help you both decide which ring is right for you. (more…)
This is a very important time in your life and most guys aren’t quite sure how to go about selecting the perfect engagement ring. In fact it may be easier to buy a car.
Get Educated on Engagement Rings
Gold is the most popular option. 24kt gold is considered pure. It is naturally yellow and soft. Because it is a soft metal, it needs an alloy (strengthening metal to make it wearable). The makeup of these alloys varies and becomes a bit more complicated with white gold. We are happy to educate you more on how certain alloys could shape your decision. (more…)
It’s not something we usually want to admit but pressure is fairly unavoidable during the process of getting married. Although it will test the strength of the relationship that will be bound by matrimony, it still comes knocking as an unwanted visitor. There will be plenty of things circling that will cause the walls to move inward, and picking out the right engagement ring shouldn’t be one of them. (more…)
(If only you could read her mind)
The decision on what type of engagement ring to get usually doesn’t come easily. Guys, you’re not alone when it comes to stressing out over this. You want it to reflect the love you share. Her excitement can be like throwing gasoline onto the fire of anticipation; you really want to get this right! You two have already traveled so far together and this is a celebration of the miles behind and the wonderful road ahead. (more…)
Like many things in life, we first see what’s on the surface. In an instant we can determine, with our eyes, any imperfections or how weathered something is. Still we may question what we see and get out a magnifying glass or microscope to further dissect the beauty of what lies before us. As many get married this summer, celebration and emotions run high! The ascent to the mountaintop of matrimony started long before a ring was ever picked out. (more…)
Somewhere along the way, getting on bended knee with a diamond ring became not enough. All over the Internet, you can see the proof: one elaborately produced wedding proposal after another. The ring box can’t even be presented until the flash mob wraps up its dance number or until the celebrity musicians sing for your girlfriend on a mountaintop. Apparently, an audience is a must. (more…)
Every culture has its own unique wedding traditions, usually packed with symbolism and dating back for centuries. From the African tradition of jumping over a broom to the Jewish tradition of stomping on a glass—many of these non-Western traditions are well known in the U.S. because of our beautiful melting pot culture. But some are lesser known, like the traditional wedding toe rings of Hindu culture. (more…)
Are simulated diamonds and synthetic diamonds the same? Absolutely not! One is really a diamond, and the other isn’t. Though the distinction is simple, it’s one that confuses a lot of people. That’s because all over the jewelry industry, all over the Internet, and all over the grapevine, the two terms are still used interchangeably—but shouldn’t be.
While the problem may be that the terms sound a lot alike, the confusion is pretty convenient for sellers of knock-offs. Lucky for them if you can’t tell which labels describe real diamonds and which ones don’t!
So, here’s the rub:
Here’s a little more to know:
- Simulated diamonds are also known as diamond simulants and include things like cubic zirconia (CZ), moissanite, and YAG. They can also include some natural clear gemstones like white sapphire, white zircon or even clear quartz.
- Synthetic diamonds are also known as laboratory-grown diamonds, laboratory-created diamonds, cultured diamonds, or cultivated diamonds. They are real diamonds but not grown by Mother Nature.
And here is a simple way to help you remember:
- Simulated sounds like similar.
- Synthetic sounds like authentic.
Why Call It Something It’s Not?
Of course, it’s terribly misleading to call stones simulated diamonds when they aren’t diamonds at all. But the term “fake diamond” probably wouldn’t go over well with consumers. For its part, the Federal Trade Commission has at least ruled it an unfair and deceptive practice to use the term synthetic for stones that are not the real deal. Yet that practice persists, particularly online, so buyer beware.
How Will You Know?
Simulated “diamonds” can be gorgeous but do not possess the chemical and physical properties of actual diamonds, so they generally sell for a relatively low cost. If you’re unsure whether a seller is misrepresenting a simulated diamond as a synthetic one, the price tag could be a clue: If it’s unusually low, you might have red flag rather than a great deal on your hands. (Note that we’re not necessarily talking rhinestone-low; the price of a simulated stone could still be in the thousands.) Synthetic diamonds can be cheaper than mined products but not outrageously so. Either way, when you buy a diamond, you should always make sure it is independently certified by a reputable grading agency such as the American Gemological Institute and the American Gemological Society; and have it appraised for insurance by a graduate gemologist.