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Insider knowledge and inspiration for fine jewelry lovers

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Diamond Diaries

Insider knowledge and inspiration for fine jewelry lovers

Can You Change the Setting of an Engagement Ring?

Whether it’s for a change of style, an upgrade to a larger stone or to add additional stones and details like an extra sparkly halo, you can absolutely change the setting of your engagement ring. However, because your ring represents something very special and personal, any modifications should be carefully planned with your jeweler to […]

May 27, 2024

What Type of Necklace Should a Bride Wear? 

If you’re prepping for your big day, you’ve probably got your wedding band and engagement ring taken care of — but what about other jewelry? What type of necklace a bride should wear on the wedding day, if any at all, is a very common question that depends on a variety of factors. Let’s talk […]

May 24, 2024

Where Do Pearls Come From?

While most precious gems are formed in the Earth, pearls are the only “gemstone” created inside of a living creature. Pearls are formed by mollusks, a soft-bodied animal group that includes oysters, mussels, and clams. These mollusks create pearls as a defense mechanism against irritants that enter their shells. Let’s learn more about how they […]

May 20, 2024

Where Can I Get Married for Free in Austin? 

Finding a wedding venue can be the most stressful part of planning a wedding, particularly when you’re sticking to a budget. Luckily, if you’re located in the Austin area, there’s no need to shell out thousands for your special day. Here are some beautiful wedding venues that are completely free, whether you’re planning a big […]

May 17, 2024

What is a Modern Brilliant Cut Diamond?

A brilliant cut diamond isn’t just a popular style, it’s a marvel of engineering, meticulously designed to maximize a diamond’s light performance. Its origins can be traced back to the early 20th century when Marcel Tolkowsky, a mathematician and diamond cutter, published his groundbreaking research on light and its interaction with diamonds. His calculations established […]

May 13, 2024

What Is the Easiest Way To Tell If a Diamond Is Real?

If you bought jewelry second-hand or received it as a gift and are wondering if the stone is a real diamond, then you came to the right place. While jewelers often use a small magnifying glass called a loupe to examine the stone and determine its authenticity, there’s no need to spend money or conduct […]

May 10, 2024

How to Tell if a Diamond is High Quality

Diamonds have captivated hearts for centuries, but navigating the world of diamond selection can be daunting. How can you tell if a diamond is truly high quality? Don’t worry, this guide will equip you with the knowledge to assess a diamond’s brilliance and make an informed decision with the help of a reputable jeweler.  Decoding […]

May 6, 2024

Where Is the Crown of a Ring? 

If you’re shopping for a diamond engagement ring, you’re likely to hear a bunch of terms thrown around, like girdle, table, pavilion, and crown. Unless you know a bit about gemstones and diamonds, these words may be new to you. Let’s break down what the crown — one of the most important aspects of a […]

May 3, 2024

What Is the Significance of Birthstone Jewelry?

The practice of assigning different gemstones to different birth months has ancient and possibly even biblical origins. Today, these birthstones are a symbol of identity, often worn in necklaces and even engagement rings. Here’s how you can find your birthstone (or birthstones) and what exactly this significant gemstone means. How Can I Find My Birthstone? […]

April 26, 2024

Do Engagement Rings Have to be Diamond?

While a diamond engagement ring is the most traditional and popular choice, more and more couples are looking for unique and even colorful ring options that fit their lifestyle and taste. Both engagement and wedding rings carry significant meaning, so it’s best to choose something that you’ll want to wear for a lifetime. Alternative Gemstone […]

April 22, 2024

Is a Pear Cut the Same as a Teardrop?

While you may know them as a trendy engagement ring cut, pear cut diamonds have a long history since their beginnings in the 1400s. These diamonds are loved for their distinct teardrop shape, which is why they’re also referred to as teardrop diamonds. From what they are to where they came from, here’s everything you […]

April 19, 2024

How to Wear a Pear Shaped Engagement Ring

The most common way to wear a pear shaped engagement ring is to have the top of the stone pointing upwards towards your fingertips and the round bottom pointing down towards your hand, creating a teardrop shape. Some choose to wear their ring with the pointed end down, and others may opt to set their […]

April 15, 2024