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  • How to Spot a Fake Rolex

    April 26, 2016
    Even if you don’t consider yourself a watch enthusiast, you’re probably familiar with a Rolex. These Swiss-made watches are some of the most widely popular and produced luxury watches in the world. The company pumps out over 700,000 a year, creating a large market for counterfeit Rolexes. The last thing you want to do when you’re investing in one of these timepieces is end up with a fake. Here are some tips on how to tell if a Rolex watch is genuine or counterfeit. Movement and Sound Rolex has designed the second hand on its watches to move in a semi-smooth, fluid motion. The second hand will appear to have a series of high velocity ticks that when loosely observed will have the appearance of fluid motion. Ninety-n ...
  • How to Recognize a Reputable Estate Jewelry Dealer

    January 8, 2016
    …And avoid dealing with disappointment Estate jewelry, simply put, is the term for pieces of jewelry that have been pre-owned prior to your purchase. The term has no age requirements, like “antique” (100 years) or “vintage” (20 years). Buying pre-owned jewelry can be a hassle, especially when it comes to finding a reputable dealer to buy from or sell to. To help ensure you don’t waste time with a dishonest dealer, we’ve compiled some tips on how to find a reputable dealer when shopping for estate jewelry. Get Informed If you’re buying or selling a piece of estate jewelry, it always helps to have some prior knowledge of what your pieces are worth: a rough self-appraisal, so to speak. Do your research, walk ...
  • Why Sell Jewelry to DGSE?

    January 5, 2016
    If you’re considering selling your estate jewelry, there are several ways to do so. For instance, you could venture out on your own and sell it online, have it melted down at a scrap metal company…or you could sell your jewelry to Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange. DSGE is the best way to sell your estate jewelry in the Dallas-Metroplex area. Here’s a few reasons why: Better Value. Each piece of jewelry brought into our stores is given individual attention by our experienced appraisers to ensure that we’re valuing the jewelry at the highest possible dollar amount. That means more money in your pocket when you sell it to us. Accredited. We have an A+ Better Business Bureau We're publicly-traded, trusted, and we ...
  • World’s Most Famous Gemstone: The Hope Diamond

    December 8, 2015
    The Hope Diamond has become one of the world’s most famous stones. It attracts millions of visitors each year and is one of the largest blue diamonds known to exist. With its magnificent size, impressive line of owners, interesting history, and alleged curse, it’s no wonder this gemstone has managed to rise to a celebrity status that stretches around the world. The Specs The Hope Diamond is 45.52 carats. Its official color is Fancy Dark Grayish Blue, a very rare and unique color for diamonds. It’s cut in the Antique Cushion style and valued at around $250 million (in U.S. currency). Surrounding the central blue diamond are sixteen smaller diamonds with the chain housing forty-five more. The Story The Hope diamond ...
  • Diamonds are Forever—And Sometimes Colorful!

    November 14, 2015
    When searching for the right diamond, you will probably look at the 5 C’s. One of those C’s includes color. For most of us, a diamond’s color will be between colorless and hints of yellow. Colorless diamonds are considered higher quality and will fetch higher prices. However, there are other diamonds that feature an array of surprising colors. These are called fancy color diamonds and even though they’re not colorless, their rarity makes them extremely valuable. Fancy color diamonds can be a variety of colors—blue, green, yellow, pink or red. In order to create these vivid colors, naturally occurring diamonds must undergo very specific circumstances during their formation. These circumstances lead to changes in ...
  • Estate Jewelry Shopping Do’s and Don’ts

    October 2, 2015
    Antique collectors will agree with us when we say there’s really something special about buying vintage items, especially antique jewelry. Take a beautiful antique estate wedding ring for instance. Is it just us or does it feel that much more special because it has already been the center of a lifetime of love and affection? Not only is estate jewelry beautiful because of its antiquity, but also because of the previous lives and stories they took part in. Unfortunately, the worth of antique and estate jewelry is also seen by crooks looking to make a quick buck passing off brand new pieces as high value antiques. If you’re not careful, you may end up paying an arm and a leg for something that is newer than some of the ...
  • Carat or Karat?

    September 2, 2015
    When searching for jewelry you are sure to come across these two words—carat and karat. One measures weight and the other purity. Knowing the meanings behind both words may help inform your next jewelry purchase. Carat vs. Karat Carat is a measure of weight used to describe diamonds and gemstones. For example, when purchasing a diamond engagement ring you may come across rings that feature a 2-carat, 1-carat, or even a 1/2-carat diamond. What the carat really tells you is how much the diamond weighs. (One carat equals 200 milligrams, or the weight of the average raindrop.) When shopping for diamond jewelry, know that carat size not only determines weight but also price. The bigger the diamond, the higher the price. Kar ...
  • Designer Spotlight: Tiffany & Co.

    August 19, 2015
    For Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange’s first designer spotlight, it is only fitting to begin our series with the world-renowned, American institution: Tiffany & Co. Tiffany & Co. began in 1837 as a fancy goods store in New York City. Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young, the company became a hub for wealthy Americans looking for exotic artifacts and worldly wonders. The company didn’t become a name for diamonds and jewelry until the 1840s when Charles Tiffany saw the opportunity to purchase jewels from French aristocrats fleeing France during the abdication of King Louie-Philippe. After acquiring a large amount of diamonds and jewelry during that time, Charles Tiffany was dubbed “the king of ...
  • How are Diamonds Formed?

    August 6, 2015
    We put a lot of value on diamonds, and for good reason. These geologic gems are tough, rare, and able to withstand the test of time. It’s no wonder that we’ve associated diamond jewelry with important life events such as engagements, weddings and anniversaries. At Dallas Gold & Silver Exchange, we see lots of people come in looking for the perfect stone to celebrate the best moments of their lives, but what about the life events of a diamond? This led us to answer the question—How are diamonds formed? Birth of a Diamond Diamonds are formed in the upper mantle of the Earth, about 100 miles below the Earth’s surface. It is an environment of extreme heat and pressure, perfect for compressing carbon molecules and ...
  • Diamonds 101: How to Choose a Diamond

    December 17, 2014

    Choosing a diamond can seem like a daunting task but with the information in this guide and help from the knowledgeable experts at Dallas Gold and Silver Exchange it will be an enjoyable experience. Continue reading

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