Consumer Guidance

The 4 Best Online Diamond Retailers For Stunning Jewelry

When it comes to buying engagement rings, more and more consumers are heading to online diamond retailers to make their purchase – and for good reasons. Not only will you enjoy significantly lower prices and wider product selections, there’s also no need for you to deal with pushy sales people in traditional brick and mortar stores.

We’ve scoured the web to find the best diamond retailers who provide top notch customer service and intuitive websites where you can shop with a peace of mind. While compiling this list of the top online diamond vendors, we also took into account various aspects of their businesses; like sales policies, conflict free diamonds, customer support and range of setting designs offered. (more…)

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L Color Diamonds – A Spotlight on Faint Yellow Diamond Rings

rose gold solitaire diamond ring with l color diamond

When it comes to diamonds, it’s no secret that the majority of consumers prefer to buy colorless (D, E, F) and near colorless (G, H, I, J) stones. Sadly, diamonds in the lower color range often get dissed because of stigmas like “colorless diamonds are more beautiful” and “diamonds with higher color ratings sparkle better”.

It’s really unfortunate because these are misconceptions that many shoppers blindly believe in. The truth is, lower colored diamonds can look just as awesome as colorless diamonds. They can emit identical levels of brilliance and fire if they are well-cut.

Today, I’m going to take you into the world of L color diamonds and highlight the benefits of buying faint yellow diamond rings. (more…)

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Vintage Engagement Rings: Best Designs And Buying Guide

When it comes to fashion and interior-design trends, vintage and retro are the latest buzzwords in the consumer market. Likewise in the jewelry industry, there had also been an increasing demand for vintage style engagement rings.

The Comeback Of Vintage Style Engagement Rings

brilliant earth antique rings amazingFirst of all, I will admit to a certain degree of bias because of my soft spot for vintage styled jewelry.

I believe the resurgence of vintage engagement rings is attributed to their classic and timeless appearances. Somehow, vintage rings seem to have a magical ability to captivate people with feelings of romance and love.

Don’t you think so too? (more…)

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Lab Created Diamonds Review – The Man Made Alternative

require proper banner ad.We live in truly exciting times.

Advancements in technologies have enabled man to create diamonds in the labs at a tiny fraction of the time required by Mother Nature to do so.

Over decades of scientific research and continuous pushing of manufacturing boundaries, scientists are now able to create gem quality diamonds on a large scale basis to meet demands in the jewelry industry.

Now, I want to emphasize that lab grown diamonds have identical properties to traditionally mined diamonds. They are composed of the same material, require the same cutting/polishing process and exhibit similar physical/chemical properties to diamonds mined from the Earth.

Yep, that’s right and it gets even better.

Lab created diamonds can be made to the same level of clarity, color and brilliance as naturally mined stones. In fact, these man-made diamonds are almost indistinguishable unless they are subjected to specialized testing equipment like spectrometers and X-rays. (more…)

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Proportion Factors In AGS Grading Reports – What It Means

Recently, one of our readers noticed something weird in an AGS lab report for a princess cut diamond and asked me the following question: “I was browsing through James Allen for a 1 carat sized princess cut and shortlisted a couple of diamonds in their True Hearts line. When I brought up the certificate to look at details, I noticed a description called Proportions Factors under the Cut Grade section.

I’m not sure whether this is something new because I don’t see anything similar in other AGS platinum light performance reports. I hope you can shed light on this.”

First of all, let me show you a copy of the grading report for the diamond in question. You can clearly see that the stone receives a rating of “AGS Very Good 2” for Proportions Factors. You can view the full details of the diamond with this link. (more…)

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