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How to Approach And Find Good Buys in Estate Jewelry

If you had been around auction rooms or antique stores, you may have come across a term called estate jewelry. To put in layman terms, estate jewelry is pre-owned jewelry. However, most people confuse this term with antique style jewelry.

Strictly speaking, we only use the word antique when we refer to things that are more than a 100 years old. While some estate collections can date back to the distant past, not all estate jewelry might necessarily be that old. (more…)

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Top 10 Most Popular Places to Propose in the USA

A marriage proposal is one of the most memorable moment of anyone’s life. I know most women dream of getting proposed in a romantic backdrop and to be swept of their feet by their loved one. On the other hand, I also know most men face difficulties at the first hurdle in finding the right diamond ring (that’s why Beyond4Cs was created).

This one’s for the guys. So, what happens after you bought the ring?

How do you choose the right moment and location for popping the question? If you are clueless on how and where to propose, perhaps some our handpicked locations in the States might help get your creative juices flowing. (more…)

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Should I Get An Engagement Ring In Dubai Or Antwerp?

Antwerp is well known as the city of diamonds while Dubai is known as the city of gold. Both are famous cities in the world where the rich flock to purchase exquisite jewelry pieces. If you are hunting for a engagement ring, where is the ideal place to do your shopping? This was the question that one of our readers posed to us.


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Hi Paul, I found your online guide a very useful read. Great work! I am in the market for an engagement ring and wanted to gauge your thoughts on whether it is best to buy one in Dubai or Antwerp? I currently live in London and will be in Dubai for a holiday till end of this week. Are there any particular stores that you would recommend? (more…)

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GIA’s New Report Format And Diamond Certificate Layout

Starting from January 1st 2014, GIA will begin issuing reports for their services in a new format. I have to tell you I saw this coming when I first noticed GIA completely revamped their website in mid-2013. It seems like GIA finally decided to give their image a make-over in order to keep up with times.

Did many of you also noticed that the corporate colors for their website design had shifted primarily from blue towards a much more neutral appearance using colors like grey and white? Yep, that was a clear signal change was coming.

With the revamp, the GIA website also took on a modern outlook which utilizes a flat design concept. (more…)

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How to Take Photographs of Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Getting great looking jewelry photography can be tricky to capture. Most people don’t realize a lot of expertise has to go into creating the stunning pictures you see in splash pages and magazines. That’s the reason why jewelry companies often employ people with specialized skill-sets and invest in high-end equipment to create professional images of their products.

That said, don’t let this scare you into thinking you can’t take decent photographs even with simple tools. If you had just received your ring and want to share pictures of it with everybody online, you are at the right place.

This article will show you insights on how to photograph your diamond ring using basic point-and-shoot cameras and mobile devices. (more…)

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