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  • A Brief History of Rolex Watches

    January 15, 2016
    When someone says “luxury watch,” many people immediately think “Rolex”… and for good reason. Since the company’s founding in 1905, Rolex has risen to the top of the luxury watch market by making timepieces of uncompromising quality and ability. Rolex was founded by Hans Wilsdorf in London. Only 24 years old at the time, Wilsdorf wanted to build a company that focused on luxury wristwatches at a time when wristwatches were nothing of the sort. Wilsdorf set his focus on making reliable, precise timekeeping wristwatches that could also be elegant accessories. The Rolex name came about a few years later when the brand was officially trademarked by Wilsdorf. In 1919, the company was moved to Geneva, Switzerland i ...
  • Designer Spotlight: John Christian

    January 12, 2016
    Over the better part of the last century, John Christian has become a company dedicated to bringing innovative and unique jewelry design to the popular market. From class rings and to wedding jewelry and other personalized pieces, John Christian has developed a repertoire that, despite roots in the uncertainty of the Great Depression, has managed to grow and flourish well into the 21st century. History John Christian’s jewelry making history began with brothers John and Robert Waugh. The brothers shared a passion for creative jewelry and decided to pursue it as a career. They opened the Waugh Brothers jewelry store in Oklahoma in the 1940’s. Soon, the brothers gathered a respectable following from university students ...
  • What Does Your Anniversary Jewelry Mean?

    January 8, 2016
    For centuries, married couples have given gifts of particular metals and gemstones to their spouses in commemoration of their lasting love. While gifts for each year of marriage can range from cotton to wood, couples also have the great option of selecting a particular gemstone or metal that has special meaning. Let’s take a brief look at milestone years of marriage, which gemstones and metals are said to match up, and why. 1st Year It is commonly believed that gold jewelry is appropriate when celebrating the first year of marriage. While there is no consensus as to which gemstone should be given, most agree that pearl or green peridot is the gemstone of choice for the first anniversary. The stone’s signature green c ...
  • 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 ...
  • How to Find Her Ring Size…Without Her Knowing!

    January 1, 2016
    If you’re looking to take the leap into matrimony and want everything to go perfectly when you pop the big question, ring size is an important piece to consider. The last thing you want is for the engagement ring to get stuck on her knuckles as you’re sliding it on or for her to lose it before the wedding because it’s too big and continuously slips off her delicate fingers! So, if you’re determined to have a surprise proposal, here are a few sneaky ways to figure out her ring size: Ask Her, Subtly. You might think this idea sounds like the worst way to keep the proposal a secret, but there’s a few subtle questions you can ask her without giving it away completely. Pretend that you are buying a ring for your mo ...
  • Men’s Watches and Jewelry

    December 28, 2015
    Let’s face it, men can be difficult to shop for. Especially when you want to give a sentimental present, electronics or new socks don’t always measure up. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift that can last a lifetime, consider buying the man in your life a watch or other form of jewelry. Here are three great gift ideas for men: A Watch: Watches are not only practical and useful, they’re also very handsome in design and craftsmanship. While they can be pricey, purchasing a pre-owned watch can help you get more for your dollar. There’s a watch to appeal to every man: used Rolexes are the classic luxury watch, but there are other options to choose from. Breitling watches, for example, offer sophistication with ...
  • 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 ...
  • Should You Go With a Silver Wedding Band?

    December 1, 2015
    Shopping for wedding bands is important; you’re hopefully going to be wearing it for the rest of your life! In the past few years, silver has become a more popular choice metal for rings, especially where price is concerned. We’ve put together some pros and cons of silver wedding bands to help you do your homework. Pros Budget - The price of silver falls well below other metal options for wedding bands like white gold, platinum, or yellow gold. Options - Silver is very versatile. It is a softer metal, so jewelers can create a greater variety of styles and designs from it. This allots for more intricate or unique band design options that are not possible with harder metals. Look - Silver wedding bands can come in a v ...
  • Most Iconic Watches – As Seen On Film

    November 28, 2015
    The most glamorous movie stars and iconic characters often sport the most glamorous watches. Here are a few of our favorite, iconic films where you can spot some of the most valuable wrist watches available: James Bond Franchise It’s hard to get more glamorous than James Bond. While the actors have changed throughout the years, Bond’s signature style has not. No – Sean Connery sports a Rolex Submariner with a silver and black NATO strap. Casino Royale and Skyfall – Daniel Craig wears an Omega Seamaster Professional and Seamaster Planet Ocean for his renditions of the iconic character. Apocalypse Now No one wears a Seiko better than Martin Sheen, and he does just that as Ben Willard in the iconic Apocalypse No ...

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