Consumer Guidance

A Buyer’s Review: Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Ring

Ever since I developed a passion for the jewelry industry, colored diamonds have always intrigued me. Known for their fascinating hues, rare fancy color diamonds have also been in the headlines for their record breaking auctions.

And I’m not alone.

Over the years of managing Beyond4cs.com, I noticed a growing interest on colored diamonds (specifically, yellow diamonds). Most of the questions received are usually related to making stone selections and who’s a reliable vendor they can trust when shopping for natural yellow diamond rings.

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Differences Between 10k, 14k & 18k Yellow Gold (Karat)

14k gold vs 18k gold

When you are shopping for fine jewelry or engagement rings, you will often come across the terms 10k gold, 14k gold, 18k gold or even 24k gold.

So, what do they mean and why should it matter to you?

In this article, we will address some of the differences between karat values and most common misconceptions people have about white/yellow gold settings. (more…)

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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

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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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