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Diamond Rings and The Pawn Industry

We sincerely hope it never gets to the stage where you have the need to sell your diamond ring, but life comes at you very fast sometimes, and you may have good reason for finding a buyer. Today, of course, there are many outlets for buying and selling any kind of item, including diamond rings.…

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How To Identify Synthetic Diamonds

The fact is, we can’t, none of us. At least not by eye, and not even when using a 10x loupe. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant, especially if we truly prefer our diamonds to be completely natural. But this is where the problems really start. Because synthetic diamonds are completely natural in…

Determining The Value Of An Old European Cut Diamond

Diamond grading and, by extension, valuing is actually a complex process. It’s not as simple as just checking the Four Cs, and grading it accordingly, the fact that the various cuts have undergone changes and improvements in cutting techniques means putting a value on any diamond is difficult. This is especially true with stones that…

Instagram #vintage jewelry

The definition of “vintage” is somewhat disputed by those who deal in such items across all sorts of genres and marketplaces. In jewelry terms, though, there is a pretty much agreed definition. To be called vintage, pieces must be at least 20 years old but less than 100, at which point they become antique. Of…

Diamond Guide

A Guide To Precious Stones

Often, terms like “gemstone” and “precious stone” are used interchangeably, but they’re not quite the same. Any colored, mineral-based crystal, as well as some other organic-based materials, used in the manufacture of jewelry can be called a gemstone, but there are also different groups within the broader class, largely based on rarity rather than quality.

Diamond Fluorescence

Why Do Some Diamonds Fluoresce?

Some objects, when seen under an Ultraviolet (or “black”) light will appear very white to the naked eye. This can be clothing, purpose-made party products and even teeth. But it may come as a surprise to know that approximately 30% of diamonds exhibit visible fluorescence. It’s easy to assume that anything which makes a diamond…

Emerald and Floral Engagement Rings

Top 8 Most Famous Emerald Rings

Emeralds make some of the most beautiful pieces of jewelry. In history, influential people worldwide have bought emeralds for themselves or their loved ones. Here are some of the boldest and the biggest emerald pieces that have made it to history books. Emeralds are also the Birthstone for the month of May.

Vintage Engagement Rings

What Are Vintage Engagement Rings?

Vintage engagement rings are, as you might expect, engagement rings over a certain age. There is often confusion generated (sometimes deliberately!) when “vintage”, “antique” and “retro” get used interchangeably, but they all actually mean very different things.

Instagram Jewelry Accounts

Top 15 Instagram Vintage Jewelry Accounts

Even with the best website design it often isn’t practical to show every single item in a collection on any subject, once the size of that collection passes a certain point, but this is where services like Instagram come in. With the ability to post an entire portfolio of images, suddenly showcasing your best work…