December 23, 2019

What Does Diamond Fluorescence Mean?

As a jeweler that specializes in diamond jewelry, we often get questions from our customers about diamond fluorescence. Many of our customers wonder if diamond fluorescence is a good thing or a bad thing, or they may wonder what it is to begin with.

To help clear up some of the confusion around this topic, in this post we’ll be taking a closer look at diamond fluorescence. We’ll talk about what diamond fluorescence is, what causes diamond fluorescence, what diamond fluorescence means, and how you can tell whether or not a diamond is fluorescent.

What is Diamond Fluorescence?

Does the marquise diamond featured here in our Ella Classic Diamond Engagement Ring have fluorescence? You’d have to look at it under a UV light to see.

Fluorescence is a light effect that occurs when something (such as a diamond) is exposed to ultraviolet light. Some diamonds can emit a “glow” under UV light. When a diamond glows or radiates under UV, it’s displaying fluorescence.

According to the GIA, around 25% to 35% of diamonds have some degree of fluorescence. Then, if a diamond has fluorescence, the fluorescence can range from faint to very strong.

What Causes Diamond Fluorescence?

As diamonds form in the earth over millions of years, they can absorb other minerals. And if these minerals are fluorescent, the diamond can become fluorescent. Trace minerals that can cause fluorescence include aluminum, boron, and nitrogen.

What Does Diamond Fluorescence Mean? It is Good or Bad?

So, now that you know what diamond fluorescence is and what causes it, let’s talk about the top question we get about diamond fluorescence: its it good or is it bad?

In our opinion, whether or not you like or dislike diamond fluorescence is largely a matter of personal preference. Diamond fluorescence primarily affects whether or not a diamond will glow under UV light. If this is something you dislike, then you may want to select a diamond with little to no fluorescence. If this is something you don’t care about, then you may be perfectly happy with a diamond with fluorescence.

However, there is one important thing to understand about diamond fluorescence and what a diamond looks like when it’s not under UV light. Even in regular lighting, diamond fluorescence can sometimes affect the color of a diamond— in either a good way or a bad way.

There are two primary types of diamond fluorescence: blue fluorescence and yellow fluorescence. Blue fluorescence, the most common type of diamond fluorescence, can actually have a positive impact on a white diamonds color, since it can make a diamond look a bit more white in full natural daylight. Yellow fluorescence, on the other hand, can have a negative impact on a white diamonds color, since it can make the diamond look more yellow in natural daylight. Additionally, yellow fluorescence can sometimes give a diamond a “hazy” or “milky” look.

So, if diamond color is important to you, it’s important that you consider a diamond’s fluorescence before you purchase it. You’ll likely want to avoid diamonds with yellow fluorescence. But on the other hand, you may be happy with a diamond with blue fluorescence, since it can give a diamond’s color a boost in natural lighting.

How Can You Tell if a Diamond is Fluorescent?

To tell whether or not a diamond is fluorescent, all you have to do is check its grading report. Since 1997, the GIA has included fluorescence on all white diamond grading reports. So, a diamond’s level of fluorescence will be noted on its GIA report. Then, if it has a fluorescence level of Medium, Strong, or Very Strong the color of the fluorescence will also be noted on this report.

Additionally, if you’re shopping for an engagement ring on our online site, know that you can sort diamonds by fluorescence when you browse our diamonds. You can also request a diamond’s full grading report by clicking the “Request Diamond Certificate” link below a selected diamond.

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December 23, 2019

5 Ways to Care for Your Engagement Ring

Engagement rings are usually made of durable materials, like gold and diamonds. But though engagement rings are built to stand the test of time, they do require a bit of maintenance if you want them to look their best year after year. Wondering what you can do to take care of your engagement ring? Read on to see 5 jeweler-approved ways to care for your engagement ring!

1. Get a Professional Cleaning Twice a Year

Getting your engagement ring regularly cleaned by a professional is extremely important. At a professional cleaning, your ring will, of course, be thoroughly cleaned, which will make it look brand new. But then, additionally, the jeweler who is cleaning your ring will inspect its structural integrity. They will examine your ring’s settings under magnification to make sure they’re secure, which will help your gemstones stay firmly within your ring when you wear it.

Wondering how often you should get a professional cleaning for your engagement ring? The general rule is to get your ring cleaned twice a year.

2. Clean Your Ring At Home, Gently

In between professional cleanings, you can clean your ring at home to ensure it looks bright and brilliant. The best way to clean your ring at home is to use the simple, jeweler-approved soap and water method. To use this method, first soak your ring in a dish soap and warm water solution for 20 to 30 minutes. Then, gently scrub your ring with a soft toothbrush. Finally, rinse your ring and either pat it dry with a soft cloth or let it air dry. If you think your ring still looks a bit dim or dull, simply repeat this process.

We recommend using this soap and water method because it’s simple, effective, and gentle. Gentle is a key word here, since there are many harsh ways people may try to clean their rings at home, which can end up damaging their jewelry. To avoid damaging your engagement ring when you clean it, never use harsh chemicals to clean your jewelry, which can damage both precious metals and gemstones. Then, also never use anything physically abrasive, which can leave unsightly scratches on your ring. And lastly, we recommend that you do not use at-home ultra-sonic cleaners to clean your engagement ring. These machines can loosen gemstone settings, leaving you at risk of loosing a stone.

3. Don’t Wear Your Ring in Potentially Dangerous Situations

There are certain activities that put your engagement ring at a high risk or being damaged or lost. For example, going out on a boat or swimming in the ocean. Being out in the open water is freeing and fun— but if your engagement ring slips off into the ocean’s depths, you’ll almost certainly never see it again. Then, to give another example, many common activities put your ring at risk of getting extremely dirty or even damaged. Playing sports, working out at the gym, and even doing certain types of chores (such as gardening) can put your ring at risk of getting grimy or damaged.

So if you’re going to be engaging in any situation where your ring could easily get damaged, lost, or even especially dirty, what should you do? We recommend that you leave your engagement ring safely at home. If you’re ever unsure whether or not a particular situation would be risky for your ring, we also recommend erring on the side of caution and leaving your ring at home to keep your ring safe and sound.

4. Rock a Backup

So, we mentioned in our last tip that you should avoid wearing your ring in potentially dangerous situations. However, we know that some people just really want to wear an engagement ring all the time. And if you’re one of these people, we have another tip that’s perfect for you: get a backup ring.

If you want to wear an engagement ring during a potentially risky situation, you can keep your real engagement ring safe by rocking a backup. There are many department stores that sell costume jewelry rings that look very much like engagement rings. Also, if you want to wear a backup ring made that looks just like your engagement ring, a jeweler that does custom work can easily make you a faux version of your ring using non-precious materials.

By having a backup available, you can still wear an engagement ring whenever you want— but also protect the monetary and sentimental value of your real engagement ring.

5. Get Your White Gold Ring Re-Plated When Necessary

If you have a white gold engagement ring, eventually it’s going to start looking a bit yellow. This is because white gold is actually yellow gold that has been plated in an exceptionally shiny white metal called rhodium. With regular wear and a bit of time, rhodium plating will always start to wear off. And at that point, your white gold ring may start to look yellow.

But if your white gold ring is starting to get a golden glow, you can easily just have it re-plated with rhodium. Rhodium plating is a standard maintenance treatment that’s simple and fairly inexpensive (on average, it costs between $60 to $120 have a ring rhodium plated). And after your ring gets a touch up with a rhodium plating, it will look bright white, shiny, and brand new again.

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December 10, 2019

Blue Topaz Engagement Rings: Why They Are Trending This Holiday

Blue topaz engagement rings are trending this holiday season. This is, in part, because of the ongoing popularity of gemstone engagement rings in general. But there are a few more things about the brilliantly blue topaz gemstone that have made soar in popularity– which we’re sharing with you today! Read on to learn why blue topaz engagement rings are the hottest trend of the holidays.

Blue Topaz is Gorgeous, Versatile, and Affordable

Topaz is a gemstone that comes in a rainbow of beautiful colors, including blue. Then, blue topaz has three different color families of its own: Sky Blue topaz (a pale, light blue), Swiss Blue topaz (a bright, electric blue), and London Blue topaz (a rich, deep blue). Each of these blue hues offers its own unique, mesmerizing beauty that can make an engagement ring incredibly eye-catching.

This stunning, incredibly unique 2.1 carat trillion cut blue topaz engagement ring has an equally stunning price tag: it’s under $1,000!

Then, on top of being beautiful, blue topaz is a very affordable gemstone. Gemstone engagement rings are, in general, more affordable than diamond engagement rings. But even among gemstone engagement rings, blue topaz engagement rings are one of the most affordable styles. The attractive price tag of blue topaz means that many couples can fit a much more glamorous, sizeable engagement ring into their budget if they opt for a blue topaz center stone, which has helped this gem’s popularity soar for engagement rings.

Blue Topaz is Great for Everyday Wear

Another thing that makes blue topaz an attractive option for an engagement ring is its superior hardness, which makes it great for everyday wear. All gemstones are ranked on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. And while some gemstones are a bit too low on the scale to make them practical for an engagement ring, blue topaz ranks high on hardness and durability. Blue topaz comes in an 8 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale, which makes it an excellent option for frequently worn pieces (such as engagement rings).

Blue Topaz is the December Birthstone

This oval cut blue topaz engagement ring features December’s beautiful and meaningful birthstone.

Blue topaz has been growing in popularity all year, as more and more couples are drawn to its beauty, its attractive price tag, and its practicality. But its popularity has spiked even higher leading up to the holiday season– and we have a theory as to why: because it’s one of the December birthstones.

Selecting a blue topaz engagement ring can add even more meaning to your engagement ring if you or your sweetheart has a December birthday. Blue topaz is a stone that is always associated with peace, honesty, loyalty, and deep emotional attachment. Then, for December babies, wearing blue topaz is also thought to attract good luck. So while blue topaz has a lovely, appropriate meaning for an engagement ring no matter when you were born, it’s particularly fitting if you or your partner has a December birthday.

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December 10, 2019

Lab-Grown Diamonds and Natural Diamonds –What are the Differences?

Another question to ask might be, ‘what are the similarities?’ Lab grown diamonds are of the same chemical composition and physical composition and same durability as natural diamonds produced by mother nature in the earth. There are important variable factors between lab created diamonds and natural mined diamonds. Though, the most common misconception is that lab grown diamonds are “fake diamonds” or a diamond simulant that is not a real diamond, but that is just not the case. While a diamond simulant such as a cubic zirconia or moissanite gemstone will only be visually similar with similar optical properties— being chemically different. Needless to mention, these only visually similar stones may maintain a lower value and will prove to be less durable overtime.

Before you make a lifetime purchase for that unique diamond engagement ring, you should consider all the comparisons between a natural diamond mined from the earth and a laboratory grown diamond ring.

Where the Diamonds Grow Make all the Difference

Really. In simple terms the place that a diamond grows creates the biggest difference between a natural diamond and a created lab diamond.

Mined diamonds take form over a long period of time. In fact, for a natural diamond to take formation may range anywhere from 1 billion to 3.3 billion years. This lengthy process takes place under extreme conditions inside of the earth at about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit combined with immense amounts of pressure. Over time, volcanic movements and earthquakes within the earth’s crust disrupt the location of these natural grown diamonds bringing them closer to the surface embedded in large chunks of rocks ready to be discovered. Understanding this extensive process helps us to convey the rarity of a genuine mined diamond. The journey for a single diamond ring continues from the rough diamonds that are then exhumed from the earth then to the intricate cutting process until finally being hand selected and set into fine diamond rings and diamond jewelry.

 Another varying factor to note is that these extreme conditions cannot be controlled and are at the mercy of mother nature. Therefore, producing a wide range of variable diamond colors, diamond clarity and differing carat weights. These variations can be caused by the presence of differing trace minerals and other atmospheric conditions that influence the surroundings as the diamond is taking shape.

The saying ‘A diamond is forever’ should now carry a deeper understanding of what this sweet simple phrase means. When you select a natural diamond, you are wearing a stone that could be over 3 billion years old. This truly is an astounding and romantic consideration.

So, what is a Lab-Grown Diamond?

With advanced technological processes, diamonds can now be created in a laboratory. A created diamond is grown in highly-controlled laboratory conditions that replicate the earth’s environment – high pressure and high temperature, just rather above ground. These man-made diamonds have the same chemical makeup, crystal structure, optical and physical properties of earth’s natural counterparts. Being of the same makeup, a lab diamond will exhibit the same strength, durability, brilliance and fire. There are two ways to reproduce this above ground process in the lab with either with high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) or chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Either way these above ground diamonds are created, they will perform the same as a mined diamond.

A Distinguishing Factor

The time it takes for a lab created diamond is billions of years faster than nature. The lab process of ‘growing’ these diamonds is fascinating as the time is sped up in comparison to billions of years to a mere 6 to 10 weeks. The laboratory growing period does slightly vary depending on the carat size of the diamond. Starting with a single diamond seed, larger lab-grown diamonds will take longer to form. For a natural diamond to be mined today, it would have made its way to the earth’s surface after forming in nature over a few billion years ago. This may also be an important varying price factor.  After all, we could consider earth’s natural mined diamond as one of earth’s most pure antiques. Making the mined diamond even more romantic as the center focus of a natural solitaire diamond ring.

 The carat weight produced by lab-created diamonds is another interesting and notable difference. The carat weight ranges of lab-grown diamonds currently max out at carat weights around 20 carats vs. large rough diamonds being discovered from the earth upwards of 400 carats total weight. There is no doubt that mother nature’s extreme pressure produces a larger natural diamond that can be created in the laboratory. The laboratory produced diamond selection creates an ideal scenario for the most popular carat weight engagement rings. Could you imagine wearing a 20-carat ring?  Maybe, yes. But your hand may experience a little fatigue from the sheer weight of a stone that size. The lab-grown 1 carat diamond ring in a round brilliant cut just happens to be the top selection for its versatile wear and classic style.

Even though created lab diamonds are produced in controlled environments, they will maintain unique varying quality factors. This is because conditions can be controlled but not completely dictated. This keeping higher quality diamonds more rare and every bit as magical.

Do Lab Grown Diamonds Offer More Attractive Prices?

Lab created diamond engagement rings sell for lower prices, about 30% less vs natural diamond rings of the same comparable carat weight, clarity and diamond color. Considering the differences noted with mined and laboratory grown diamonds, this may not be a surprising conclusion. 

Mother nature produces an array of diamonds in varying colors, clarity and qualities. All these variable factors affect the diamonds price. This is also a fact with lab-grown diamonds. These product details along with other options like metal type and carat diamond weight, will determine the overall price of your diamond ring. Opting for the lab created diamond ring may allow you the same budget but with a stunning ring in a larger carat weight or the same carat weight diamond ring, but with a higher diamond quality than you originally hand in mind. This also opens the door to unique diamond rings where previously you may have thought a ring may have fallen just out of your price range but is now suddenly more affordable by selecting the same diamond ring but with a stunning lab-created diamond.

Why Should I buy a Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Ring?

Well if you are considering a lab created ring why not consider other created stones? Such as a cubic zirconia or moissanite gemstone as these stones are optically alike These visually similar stones seem to have the physical appearance factors similar to a diamond, but these diamond simulants simply just do that, they simulate a diamond. The cubic zirconia and moissanite while are also lab-created gems that are designed to replicate diamonds, they physically and chemically just don’t fully compare to the lab diamond. Cubic Zirconia (also known as CZ) stones are always created with a seemingly flawless appearance and high sparkle. Though, the hardness of a cz stone is not similar to the strength of lab-created diamonds and overtime will become porous. Taking on other elements and chemicals they are introduced to (like lotions and perfumes). What you are left with may be a stone appearing cloudy and unclear. 

These two mentioned diamond simulants are not made of the same physical structure, carbon crystals like diamonds. Which means simulated rings sell at prices less than diamonds (laboratory or mined). Though, these diamond simulants may serve a great purpose when it comes to fashion jewelry or a piece of jewelry that is only desired for a certain purpose or time period.  To the untrained eye, these stones at first will be hard to identify the differences. Though, a person educated in gemological training or trained in fine jewelry will be able tell the differences with just with the naked eye.

Final Review – Select the Diamond That Appeals to You

By now you have determined whether a Lab-grown diamond ring or a natural mined diamond ring is ideal for you. Both are of the same chemical and optical properties and both type of diamonds will equally perform. Most importantly, either selection will last for generations to come. The beauty of both is difficult to compare nor deny. So, the most notable difference lies with the origins of each diamond. Selecting your most important factors will help you choose whichever type of diamond ring or gemstone ring accented with diamonds is ideal for you. But there is no doubt every diamond will maintain unique with unsurpassed sparkle and be sure to put a twinkle in the eye of the receiver. But, if you remain a hopeless romantic that adores the unique and enduring process of the traditional earth formed diamonds, a mined diamond may continue to be your ideal diamond ring and wedding band selection.

Don’t Forget the Certification

No matter where you make your diamond purchase, ensure your lab-grown diamond engagement ring or lab grown diamond necklace includes a reputable diamond certification or grading report. Each lab grown diamond certificate will have different measurement parameters than that of traditional diamond certifications. There are also many different certificates available in the US, some of the most well-known and respected certificates are GIA (Gemological Institute of America), EGL USA, and IGI (International Gemological Institute). Just like all our of natural diamond rings include a certificate, you can expect all our lab grown diamond rings to be IGI Certified and also include a free appraisal report with every purchase from

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December 4, 2019

The Diamond Details for the Perfect Holiday Look

The holidays are all about spending time with your loved ones— and, of course, hitting those fabulous holiday parties! Holiday parties are a time to eat, drink, and be merry. But for all the fashionistas out there, holiday parties are also an opportunity to have fun putting together some show-stopping holiday party looks. If you’re planning your holiday party looks, don’t forget your diamond details. The holidays are all about shimmer and a fabulous diamond accessory (or two) can make any ensemble look perfectly holiday-party ready.

Some carefully selected diamond details can take a holiday outfit from good to incredible. But which diamond details should you choose for your holiday party looks? Read on to see our top recommendations as we share the best diamond details for the perfect holiday look!

Diamond Hoop Earrings

Diamond hoop earrings have it all: they’re beautiful, classic, elegant, and eye-catching. So if you’re hunting for some diamond jewelry that will take your holiday looks to the next level, you can’t go wrong with a pair of spectacular diamond hoops!

One thing we love about diamond hoops is how many options you have to choose from. Diamond hoops come in so many sizes and colors, and they can be set with any size of diamond. So when you pick out your diamond hoops for the holidays, consider what type of look you’re going for. Do you want to go bold? Try an oversized pair of hoops, like the elegant yet glamorous pair pictured above. Do you want to keep your look a bit more delicate? Try a pair of petite diamond hoops that will add the perfect amount of shimmer to your ensemble.

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Diamond Studs

Diamond studs are always a top choice for holiday looks, since there’s no piece of jewelry that is more classic and versatile. If you want to get just one new piece of jewelry to wear during the holidays, diamond studs are an ideal option. They pair beautifully with cocktail attire, black tie looks, casual-cool looks, and even work looks (for those times when you need to take your outfit from day to night). A single pair of diamond studs is something you can use to elevate your looks all season long— and also enjoy wearing for decades to come.

As with hoops, there are many styles of diamond studs. If you want to keep your studs ultra classic, you could opt for a chic, traditional pair of round brilliant diamond studs. Or, if you want a more unique look for your studs, you could go for a pair of fancy shaped diamond studs. One of our favorite fancy diamond shapes of the moment is the cushion cut diamond (pictured above), a romantic and elegant shape with a vintage-style. Cushion cut diamonds look quite classic, but also have a distinctive, romantic beauty that adds something incredibly special to a pair of studs.

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Diamond and Blue Topaz Cocktail Ring

If you love a colorful, vibrant look, rock a diamond and gemstone cocktail ring this holiday season. Diamond and gemstone jewelry is one of our favorite ways to wear diamonds. You get some rich, eye-catching color from your gemstone, while also getting dazzling brilliance from  your diamonds— it’s the perfect combination!

There are so many different types of gemstones you can use to add a bit of color to your holiday looks. One of our current favorites is blue topaz, a glimmering sky blue gemstone. Blue topaz is rich in color, yet is also one of the more reflective colored gemstones, which makes it particularly mesmerizing. When paired with diamonds, blue topaz looks extra icy, so a blue topaz and diamond piece is an ideal glam winter accessory.

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Black Diamond Pendant

If you’re shopping for the perfect diamond details for your holiday look, remember that white diamonds are not your only option! Diamonds come in every hue imaginable, including in a rich, velvety black.

We absolutely love black diamond jewelry for a holiday look, since black diamonds add a stunning, luxe depth to any ensemble. Black diamond jewelry is a bit unexpected. It’s striking, bold, mysterious, and incredibly eye-catching. So if you’re looking to add a uniquely luxurious touch your holiday look, black diamond jewelry is an excellent choice.

One of our favorite ways to wear black diamonds is in a solitaire pendant, like the lovely rose gold and black diamond pendant necklace pictured above. We love black diamond pendants because they’re both beautiful and versatile. They look spectacular when worn on their own or when worn as a part of an intricate layered look.

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Want to see even more dazzling diamond jewelry that can amp up your holiday looks? Browse our full selection of handcrafted fine jewelry.

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