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  • Wedding vs. Engagement Rings: What's the Difference?

    May 13, 2016
    Wedding rings and engagement rings are two very important forms of jewelry because these rings are used to commemorate and celebrate a relationship commitment. Though it can be tricky to tell the two types of rings apart, there are a few key differences between them. Timing Of course, the main difference between the two styles of rings is that one is given to a person right after you become engaged to them, and the other is given to a person during your wedding ceremony. Some women choose to wear their engagement ring stacked on top of their wedding ring throughout their marriage, while others just wear a wedding ring after they get married. Gemstones Traditionally, an engagement ring contains at least one larger gemston ...
  • Tips for Buying Estate Diamond Earrings

    April 14, 2016
    Estate jewelry describes any piece of previously owned jewelry, whether very old or fairly new. Shopping for estate jewelry can lead to finding great investment pieces at a lower price; however, those who shop for pre-owned jewelry also run the risk of ending up with a piece worth much less than their investment. Here are a few tips to consider when buying estate diamond earrings: Know Your Dealer It pays to know that you’re buying your estate earrings from a reliable source. Ask around and make sure your dealer is honest and knows their stuff. If buying online, be sure to investigate whether the dealer seems legitimate by reading customer reviews and visiting their social media pages. Additional reading: How to Recogn ...
  • Understanding Diamond Appraisals and the 4 C’s

    April 12, 2016
    Diamond appraisal is the process of having a stone inspected by a trusted appraiser who determines the stone’s retail value. Appraisals are very helpful for insurance purposes. During the inspection, appraisers look at the 4 C’s (color, clarity, cut, and carat) of a diamond in order to formulate a value estimate. Color All other qualities being equal (clarity, cut and carat), diamonds that possess absolutely no color are appraised most highly. This is because of their ability to act as a prism, reflecting all colors of the rainbow in light. A diamond’s color is determined during appraisal using a scale ranging from D to Z. A score of D indicates that a diamond is completely colorless while a Z-rated diamond contain ...
  • Designer Spotlight: Tacori

    March 25, 2016
    Fearlessly dream big. As the primary mission of Tacori, this mantra is emulated in what the company does and how it all started. Haig Tacorian, creator and CEO of Tacori, grew up in Europe but left in 1969 to come to the United States with his wife, Gilda. The two settled in California and began creating jewelry inspired both by European elegance and California’s easy style. They credit much of their success to their new beginning in California. Tacorian says, “California has given us the opportunity to bring our own dreams to life.” Tacorian remains as the head of the company, but his son and daughter have taken on major roles as well. His son, Paul, is currently President of Sales and Marketing, and his daughter, ...
  • 5 Unique Pendant Necklaces for Your Anniversary

    March 21, 2016
    With a new year well under way, it’s probably time to start thinking about an anniversary gift for your significant other. While chocolate and flowers are nice, jewelry almost always tops the cake for a celebratory occasion such as an anniversary. And while your gal or guy may love the bling, it doesn't mean that they want the same cliché heart necklace that every other couple already has. There are many pendant necklaces aside from the traditional heart-shape that can show your love and devotion while offering a more personalized feel and design. Pendants come in a wide variety of styles, from modern-set gemstones to vintage diamond cuts, so it's easier than ever to pick a pendant that your loved one can incorporate ...
  • Natural vs. Synthetic Diamonds: What’s the Difference and Which One Should You Buy?

    February 29, 2016
    There are some slight differences between natural and synthetic diamonds, but unless you’re an expert diamond inspector, you probably won’t be able to tell. Synthetic diamonds (man-made, or “cultured” diamonds) are lab-created, but scientists have been able to essentially replicate the conditions that cause diamonds to produce, which results in an identical chemical compound. Because of this fact, many argue that synthetic diamonds are real diamonds. The difference is that this process takes a matter of minutes or hours, versus a few hundred years for a natural diamond. What many people think of when they hear the word “synthetic” or “lab-created” is something like a cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia, as wel ...
  • Engagement Ring Trends for 2016

    February 10, 2016

    Planning on popping that all-important question to your special someone in 2016? Stressed about choosing a fashionable ring you know they’ll love? We’ve compiled some of the hottest trends in engagement rings to help you choose a ring your future spouse will adore for years to come.


    Rose Gold

    Rose gold has recently seen a dramatic increase in sales, and you can find numerous accessories that now feature this trendy metal coloring. More and more designers are offering rose gold for engagement rings, and it’s sure to be a top trend in 2016, especially since the color is considered flattering on many skin tones.

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  • DGSE’s Top Picks for 2016 Gift Ideas

    January 5, 2016
    Between work schedules, family, and traveling, time can just disappear before you even sneak a peek at your loved ones’ birthday or anniversary wish lists – much less go shopping for them! Luckily, we’re here just in time to help to make sure you don’t forget to buy something extra special for the most important people in your life. Here’s a few gift ideas to help spoil your loved ones in 2016: Luxury Watch There’s something special about a luxury watch and what it does for the owner. Whether it’s the fine-tuned machinery, intricate details, or artistic flare, a watch is a perfect gift that goes beyond just a piece of jewelry. Fine watches are a symbol of individuality, identity, and even power.  What oth ...
  • Tips for Buying a Engagement Ring

    December 22, 2015
    Are you thinking about proposing this year? With all those resolutions, celebrations and commitments of the New Year, planning an engagement can be a lot to manage. It's time to start the process. Here are three tips for a successful engagement ring buying process: Start Now: Jewelry stores are busy this time of year and you need to allow at least two weeks for purchasing and proper sizing of the ring before the big day. That means you'll need to have your ring choice squared away several weeks in advance. Know Your Budget: Knowing how much money you really have to spend when you walk into a jewelry store can help you focus your search. Think about how much money you have available, as well as if you're getting a bonu ...
  • Designer Spotlight: Cartier

    December 15, 2015
    As a second feature in our Designer Spotlight series, we’ll be taking a look at one of the oldest, and most respected, luxury jewelry designers: Cartier. Cartier’s history dates back to 1847 when it was founded by Louis Francois Cartier in Paris, France, where its headquarters remains to this day. Louis Francois began the jewelry trade as a watchmaker’s apprentice, quickly making a name for his company by showing extraordinary and extravagant craftsmanship. Cartier’s list of clients continued to grow over the next few years, even after the company was passed to his son Alfred. A few years later, the company was handed over to Alfred’s three sons, Louis, Pierre, and Jacque, who are credited with giving the Carti ...

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