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…)
In case your mother or grandmother never told you, there are two staple items that belong in every woman’s jewelry box: a string of pearls and a pair of diamond stud earrings. Both are fun to receive. Yet there’s something extra special about receiving something sparkly this time of year, so let’s talk about the diamonds. But first things first: Right now you can buy a pair of gorgeous, quality diamond stud earrings at Goodman’s starting at $119. Now read on to learn more about why you should!
Play Well with Others
Diamond stud earrings play well with lots of clothing styles—from business to cocktail to formal attire—and with most other jewelry pieces. (The latter can’t be said of a strand of pearls, by the way.) You could think of them as the jewelry equivalent of the little black dress, of the crisp white shirt, of your favorite going-out jeans. They never go out of style, and you’ll get far more mileage out of them than most other things you wear.
Just the Right Amount of Significant
Maybe it’s not yet time to buy the diamond engagement ring, or maybe you’ve already tied the knot. Whatever the case, if a diamond ring isn’t on the agenda this year, that definitely does not mean that gifting a diamond should be off the table. On the contrary, diamond stud earrings are a gift that can be significant or even symbolic but without the pressure that can be attached to a diamond ring. When she sees those diamond studs in the box, the recipient knows she’s cherished, no strings attached.
Not Just for Women
The times, they are a-changing, and no longer are diamond stud earrings the domain of just women. From David Beckham to Will Smith to Pharrell Williams, men are sporting them more, too—and, yes, in both ears. So, women, if you’re man is on the trendy side and has the confidence to pull off diamond studs, come see us!
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.
The decision to propose isn’t always easy. Sure, there are many out there that know right away they have found their soul mate; they have found that special person who they want to share the rest of their lives with. For every one of those, there are others who have a hard time making the decision not because they do not love the person they are with…but because they are afraid of the actual act of proposing!
Eric made the decision to propose to Angie but was nervous about the ring and whether or not she would like it. There’s always some trepidation when it comes to the engagement ring. Sure, she would more than likely say yes and all would be wonderful, but would she truly love the ring? Eric had been to Goodman’s before and we had worked with him on other jewelry, but this was big. What could we do with a diamond that had been his Grandmother’s that was then handed down to his own Mother? It had to be something special since it was going to the woman of his dreams, but it was still a family heirloom.
We took the diamond and fashioned a personalized ring that shared Eric’s grandmother’s and mother’s special engagement with Angie’s special day. When he proposed to Angie, she couldn’t stop crying… because she didn’t think it was actually happening? Not entirely. The ring was so unique, Angie instantly knew Eric had worked especially hard to make an heirloom her own! The custom made ring could never be duplicated even though it had special memories for Eric’s family. Now, starting their own life together, they would create special memories that would forever be intertwined.
That’s why we are Madison’s Diamond Store! We want to help you create remarkable memories!
How many different ways are there to propose? Probably too many to even count! The moment itself is priceless and is supposed to be unforgettable. The moment becomes a story you tell your friends, your family, your kids, your grandkids and anyone else who will listen. There are, of course, those proposals that some would like to forget…you know the ones I am talking about – she still said yes, but it wasn’t what was planned. These could be, though, the best stories…filled with laughter and tears and, in the end, a strong bond of love.
There are plenty of engagement ideas out there you could choose from that would make “the story behind the moment” so unforgettable. If you want it to be public, what about hiring a skywriter? You could do it on a plane when travelling, asking the flight attendant to help you out by letting you use the plane’s speaker system. Here’s a great one: buy an ad at the movie theater and get there during the previews…making sure she notices, of course! How about the private story behind the moment? While she’s sleeping, gently put the ring on her finger, wake her with champagne and see if she notices the ring. Place photos of you and her as children growing up in different parts of the house and have her find them with the last photo being the two of you together as adults and the ring box in front of it. Or, replace her everyday jewelry one day with that special engagement ring that took you so long to pick out!
There are so many stories behind the moment that we want to hear them from you! Do you have a story to share and want to let us share it with the world? Write it out and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will share those stories here in this blog and also on Facebook! If you want it to remain anonymous, that is perfectly OK! We will share it without names and will change locations to protect privacy…but, your story behind that very special moment will be something you can always share and make others smile…and maybe offer some ideas to other couples hoping to make a moment that matters!