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Engagement/Wedding Rings

Tip from Brilliant Earth: Add some Color to your Hand

A helpful summer tip that comes straight from Brilliant Earth, Ethical Origin Fine Jewelry, is add some color to your hand!  This is the perfect summertime tip when bright colors are everywhere and your hand should reflect just that.  It’s often easy to get stuck in a rut… Read More

Engagement/Wedding Rings

Gem Gossip contributes to Etsy blog

    Check out the “Guide to Engagement Rings” I wrote for Etsy’s blog–I broke down the top five trends I feel are really popular right now.  Here is the post: Danielle has been a jewelry collector since she was four years old. Her career in the… Read More

Engagement/Wedding Rings

Diamond in the Rough

In 2005, Diamond in the Rough reintroduced the jewelry world to raw, rough diamonds set into jewelry.  Their designs were innovative and captured everyone’s curiosities.  Celebrities began wearing Diamond in the Rough designs on the red carpet, and the concept of a rough diamond… Read More

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Engagement/Wedding Rings

Art Deco Engagement Rings

Probably the most requested, most popular, best-selling item over at Walton’s Antique Jewelry (where I work as a Gemologist) is the Art Deco Diamond engagement ring.  Since being there for over a year now, I’ve come to realize how each one is unique–different filigree patterns, different prong… Read More

Antique & Vintage Jewelry

Family Heirlooms: My Grandparents’ Wedding Rings

The past week has been crazy, with an unexpected trip back North to where I used to call home. My grandpa has been sick and we finally got a chance to go see him. It was uplifting to get a chance to talk about jewelry with my… Read More

Engagement/Wedding Rings

The Quest for the Perfect Engagement Ring

Photos via Ariel Gordon's Blog Some days I can't even imagine how difficult it would be to pick out an engagement ring--then there's other days where I'm like "I definitely just want an Emerald cut solitaire." But then a week later, that idea is out the window. I recently was reading some fellow jewelers' blogs and couldn't stop admiring the above photos. Each and every one of those rings is truly beautiful in their own way. I think myself and any other woman out there, would be completely proud if she owned one of the above. Sentiment over style is a good thing to keep in mind. Jeweler Ariel Gordon is on the quest for her perfect ring, which is even harder to do while trying to match up an 80 year old heirloom wedding band! Hey Ariel, when you find it, send us a picture--we'd love to post it here on Gem Gossip! And good luck!! Here are some engagement rings that stood out to me--of course the real test would be trying them on to see if it truly "fits" you. This one is a beautiful Edwardian Era ring, with a 1/2 carat cushion cut diamond in the center, 14k white gold. There are old mine and rose cut diamonds surrounding the center stone, which give this ring a lot of character--and .70 carats worth! Price: $1650 from Israel Rose. I love this option because it is simple (the solitaire) yet has some beautiful scrollwork in the setting. This is from the Victorian Era, and is very unique with the diamond being an Old Mine cut. Can't find that anymore! The setting is 10k yellow gold and total weight of .80 carats. Price: $2850 from Israel Rose. I find the baguette cut, as well as the emerald cut, to be so intriguing. It looks like sharp ice to me. That is why this ring is so great, not only does it have a classic, fiery round diamond, but some baguette accents that really give it an Art Deco feel. This one is from the 1950s, all set in platinum. The center round is 1 carat, Old Mine cut. Price: $6300 from Israel Rose. Read More