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Put a ring on it: How to buy a beautiful engagement ring

Holidays are primetime for popping the question with an engagement ring. Buying a diamond can be intimidating—but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re shopping together or on your own, here are some guidelines to make the engagement ring process as easy as getting down on one knee. Engagement ring checklist The Gemological Institute of […]

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Diamonds are an (April birthday) girl’s best friend

If your birthday’s in April, you’ve hit the birthstone jackpot—the diamond. Love for this sparkly gemstone isn’t new; in first century Rome, Pliny wrote, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.” If you’ve ever bought a diamond, I’m sure you’ve heard about the 4Cs: clarity, […]

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6 Tips for buying diamond jewelry this holiday season

Thinking about buying diamond jewelry this season? When you’re surrounded by holiday excitement, music, and decorations, it can be easy to get carried away. Add the shiny beauty of diamonds and other gemstones, and getting carried away can be expensive! Before you go gaga over glitter… If you’re buying diamond jewelry or helping someone else […]

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C is for Carat: Figuring out your diamond’s weight

You’ve heard the ads, “1 carat total weight diamonds.” But what does it mean and how is it measured? Here’s the low-down on carat weight. Diamonds (along with other gemstones) are measured in metric carats, abbreviated as “ct.” A carat equals 0.2 grams, or as the GIA puts it, “about the same weight as a […]

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How durable is your gemstone: “Mohs” the word

You probably know that diamonds are one of the hardest gems, but what about other   stones? A stone is a stone, right? But some are more durable than others, and might do better, for example, in a brooch versus an everyday ring. Here’s a quick tutorial. Gemstones are rated on “Mohs’ Hardness Scale,” from […]

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Insure Your New Diamond Ring Against “Oopsies”

No matter how careful you are with your diamond jewelry, “oopsies” happen. Be sure it’s  adequately insured for loss and damage. You can get insurance as a rider to your homeowners or renters insurance policy, or a policy from an insurance company that specializes in jewelry. It all starts with an appraisal To be able […]

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