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  • Designer Spotlight: David Yurman

    March 24, 2016
    David Yurman is more than just a jewelry designer—he’s a sculptor and an artist. His goal is to make jewelry that is “both a fashion statement and a work of art.” Yurman was born in Manhattan in 1942 and began to take an interest in art at the age of 11. He spent a summer during high school in Provincetown, Massachusetts studying under Roger Rilleau and sculptor Ernesto Gonzales. Gonzales taught him direct welding, which has influenced Yurman’s jewelry throughout the years. He also studied under sculptors Jacques Lipchitz and Hans Van de Bovenkamp, eventually opening his own sculpture studio. Yurman met his wife Sybil, also an artist, in 1969. She became his business partner as well as his life partner and bega ...
  • Pros and Cons of Titanium Wedding Bands for Men

    March 23, 2016
    Over the last decade, titanium wedding bands for men have become a growing trend. Do these rings live up to the hype? It depends on your particular circumstances. If you're considering a titanium ring, it's important for you to understand both the benefits and drawbacks. Luckily, DGSE is here to help. Pros of Titanium Rings Titanium is a silver-colored metal with the unique properties of being both very low density and high strength. These properties are strengths when it comes to titanium's use as a jewelry material. Here are the pros of titanium rings: Lightweight: The low density of the metal makes it a comfortable and lightweight jewelry option for those who don't want to be "weighed" down. Highly durable: Titaniu ...
  • Exploring the History and Tradition Behind the Wedding Band

    March 22, 2016
    Traditionally, couples exchange wedding bands during the wedding ceremony. But why? Why are wedding bands worn by both partners? Who made the decision that a ring would symbolize undying love? Is there really a vein that runs from the fourth finger on the left hand directly to the heart? History of the Wedding Band The ancient Egyptians are credited with beginning the tradition of a groom giving his bride a ring on their wedding day. The circular shape of a ring, with no beginning or end, is said to symbolize eternity and undying love. The Egyptians used reeds or braided hemp as the material of choice for their rings, and it wasn’t until the Romans picked up the custom that metal became popular. The Romans often made t ...
  • 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 ...
  • How Luxury Watches Match Up Against the Rise of Smartwatches

    March 2, 2016
    Luxury watches, particularly Swiss-made watches, have been highly valued and highly sought after since the 16th century, but since the age of cell phones and computers, people generally don’t need them for telling time. Instead, they’ve become more of an investment and statement piece. In April 2015, Apple released its first Apple Watch. Smartwatches have been around for several years, with the first “smart” watch technology dating as far back as 1927, but the Apple Watch has blown the competition out of the water when it comes to sales. Will new technology replace luxury watches? Most horologists (a person skilled in the practice of measuring time) think not. Ariel Adams, founder of A Blog to Watch, suggests tha ...
  • The Best and Worst Ways to Propose

    March 1, 2016
    Proposing itself is stressful enough, but making your proposal creative, heart-felt, and romantic can definitely up the ante. How do you know the difference between what’s cheesy and what will sweep them off their feet? Looking at the best, worst, and downright outdated ways to propose will hopefully give you some peace of mind when it comes time to pop the question yourself. The WORST Hiding the Ring in Food This is a big NO. Not only will the ring be covered in whatever your significant other’s dinner choice is that evening, but it could also pose a choking hazard. There’s nothing romantic about that. At a Sporting Event or in Front of a Crowd Take your significant other into account; if he or she doesn’t see t ...
  • 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 ...
  • Designer Spotlight: James Avery

    February 12, 2016
    “To celebrate life through the beauty of design.” This is the motto that the folks at James Avery Jewelry follow to provide customers with beautiful, meaningful pieces that express the joys of faith and living life to the fullest. Today, James Avery jewelry has risen to high popularity, but the company came from modest beginnings, including a budget of just $250 in 1954. Its founder, James Avery himself, wanted to design jewelry that would hold special meaning for his customers and commemorate life’s milestones. From his garage in Texas, Avery began creating Christian-themed jewelry and releasing his own catalogues in order to attract buyers. As Avery’s jewelry began to catch fire in the market, the company moved ...
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Receives an Upgrade

    February 11, 2016
    Of all Rolex watches, perhaps the most iconic is the Oyster Perpetual. It has adorned and been loved by numerous presidents, royals and notable celebrities. Recently, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date has undergone a redesign, making it more durable and fashionable than ever before. With the new design, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date (a watch that presents the date and day of the week on its face) is now available in Rolex’s Everose gold in addition to the classic platinum and yellow or white gold options. Not only that, the Perpetual Day-Date now features six new dial designs in colors including ice blue, champagne and silver, giving the classic watch an updated, modern spin. The famous and beautiful band of the Oyster Per ...
  • 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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