Gemstone Pricing: What You Need to Know

If you are shopping for a gemstone, no doubt you have encountered some confusing price issues. One vendor may list a gemstone at a particular price, and then you might see a similar gemstone offered for sale for hundreds of dollars less! How can you be sure you are getting the best price on your gemstone? This article will give you a clearer understanding of the gem trade, its global nature, and how world events can shape the gemstone market which will have an effect on the price you will pay.

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5 Ways To Reset A Heirloom Stone To Make Something New

Do you have a heirloom stone that has been in your family for years and was just recently passed down to you? Having something as special as a family heirloom stone creates an everlasting bond between you and your family. You love the sentiment of the piece but maybe the design or setting doesn’t fit your style. We have great news for you! There are so many ways you can reset a heirloom stone and create something that you love.

While some may choose to sell or trade their heirloom stone, resetting the stone to create something new and different is a great option for those who want to keep a family heirloom and actually want to wear it themselves. Heirloom stones are very special and hold a lot of meaning so before you start this process, consider the importance and the quality of your heirloom stone. Continue reading

The Top Jewelry Trends Seen at Couture 2017

After acclimating to normal life, and when I say normal I mean not having to take 700+ photos per day while meeting one jewelry designer after the other all while trying to look like I haven’t just slept for 4 hours and only eaten a diet that could sustain a person for a brief moment, I am happily enjoying my quiet reflection time from the Couture show. Happy to be tucked away in laid back Nashville, far from the dry air, noisy crowds and thick cigarette smoke of Vegas. But don’t get me wrong, there is a large part of me that absolutely loves everything about Vegas Jewelry Week–including all that is complained about.

One of my most favorite things to do when Couture is over is go through all my photos, take in all that I just saw and narrow down all the goodness into a small list of top jewelry trends. It is no simple task and I like to keep my trend categories somewhat pinpointed, so they are not so broad. Tracking trends and observing how these trends evolve is some science mixed with a heavy dose of anthropology, and no I don’t mean the lifestyle/clothing store. Continue reading

Diamonds Truly are an April Birthday Girl’s Best Friend

For those fortunate to be born in April, they are timely enough to have the most esteemed stone of all as their birthstone, the diamond. When we all think about diamonds, most of us think luxury and expensive jewelry, which is reserved for special occasions. Indeed, diamonds are the most coveted crystal, deemed as the “King of all Birthstones,” however they are also April’s birthstone and diamonds make the ideal choice for an April birthday gift. How lucky are they! Continue reading

How to Select Quality Gemstone Jewelry

The engagement ring you choose for your special day will be a symbol of love and the commitment you make to your fiancé. That is why you should choose a ring whose quality represents the unique nature of the occasion. Your wife-to-be deserves nothing but the best, a factor that makes it necessary to invest both time and thought when looking for the perfect engagement ring. Choosing quality gemstone jewelry does not have to be difficult. By keeping in mind several factors, you will be able to choose an engagement ring that will not only make your future spouse happy but also make you proud. Continue reading