Jewelry Blog

Check Out Ritani's New Design Your Own Ring Feature

Thu, 15 Aug 2013

By Erika Winters

We're always on the hunt for innovative online shopping features, so when we learned about Ritani's new Custom Ring Designer, we had to check it out. The ring designer lets you choose from an almost endless array of styles–there are literally thousands–to create your ultimate dream engagement ring. And the first thing that struck us was the cool use of design sketches that let you build your own rendering. For those of us who want a custom ring, but can't draw to save our lives, Ritani's designer lets you control the sketching process, one step at a time.


Ritani Custom Ring Designer Finished Ring


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Watch: ABC News Video Reveals Clarity-Enhanced Diamonds Sold Without Disclosure

Thu, 11 Jul 2013

By Erika Winters

ABC News correspondent Dan Harris and gem and jewelry expert Antoinette Matlins went undercover to reveal that two jewelers from the New York Diamond District sold them fracture-filled diamonds without proper disclosure, according to a segment from ABC's The Lookout, which aired yesterday.


Clarity-enhanced diamond illustration from ABC News


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DIY Diamond Fireworks for the 4th of July

Wed, 03 Jul 2013

By Erika Winters

Everyone loves a diamond's sparkle and shine. But the rainbow of colors that burst from a diamond–called fire or dispersion–is so captivating that PS members have made an art of capturing this light in fantastic photographs. So to celebrate the 4th of July, here are some gorgeous fire shots shared on our forum.


Diamond Ring


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Video: The Creation of a Custom Engagement Ring by High Performance Diamonds

Tue, 07 May 2013

By Erika Winters

With engagement rings there are a dizzying array of choices, so some opt for a custom-made ring. When going custom, you get to choose from a variety of styles to create your ultimate dream ring. So how does the custom process work? In the following video, High Performance Diamonds walks us through from start to finish.


Custom-made engagement ring from High Performance Diamonds


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New Pricescope Guide for Consumers: How to Sell Your Diamonds

Thu, 28 Feb 2013

By Erika Winters

Looking for information on how to sell a diamond? We've just added a great new diamond-selling guide for consumers written by independent jewelry appraisers Neil Beaty and David Atlas and edited by diamond expert John Pollard. The tutorial, How to Sell Your Diamonds: A Guide for Consumers, outlines five primary sales strategies for consumer sellers.


Loose diamond


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Surprise Proposal? Yes. Surprise Engagement Ring? Eh, Not So Much.

Fri, 25 Jan 2013

By Erika Winters

Surprise! She said yes! She loves you! But the ring? Not so much. It doesn't suit her lifestyle, her tastes, or her sensibilities--it's just not her. While some women will be over-the-moon with a surprise engagement ring, many will not. And it feels a little odd to be writing something so obvious, but times have changed. Couples are getting married later in life, women are earning more than ever before, mangagement rings are on the rise, and same-sex couples can marry...in some countries and U.S. states anyway. So why are men still picking out the engagement ring? And should they? The answer is definitely up to the couple, but we hope that both parties are involved in the decision.


Beaudry Couture diamond engagement ring

Window shopping is a great way to learn about her tastes. You may think she wants a simple solitaire when she has her eyes set on an ornate halo style like this Beaudry Couture engagement ring.


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Importance of Good Colored Gemstone Cutting by John Dyer

Wed, 02 May 2012

By Erika W.

Master gemstone cutter and AGTA Cutting Edge Award winner, John Dyer, discusses the importance of quality colored gemstone cutting in the following video. From oversized "windows" to poor polish, Dyer illustrates common problems with colored stone cuts often found in the marketplace. With changes in cutting angles, some poorly cut gemstones can be maximized to better display color and inherent beauty.


AGTA Cutting Edge Award winning pink tourmaline by John Dyer

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7 Tips for Successful CAD Design by Wink Jones

Tue, 20 Mar 2012
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By Erika W.

Pricescope Featured Sponsor and active forum member, Wink Jones, has written an article on the CAD (Computer-aided design) process for consumers. The article illustrates the process with before-and-after pictures of CAD designed jewelry pieces and concludes with a helpful set of tips for consumers.

**Check out Wink's article for an in-depth look at the CAD design process: Custom Jewelry Design Process with CAD


Tips for Successful CAD Design by Wink Jones

1. Have some ideas about what you want and be prepared to discuss them with your jeweler.

2. Understand that the creative process may take more than one try before you are satisfied.

3. Be critical when you look at your CAD. If you have any questions, now is the time to express them. At this point what you are looking at is a design concept. If there is something about the design you do not like, talk with your jeweler and have him make a new CAD prior to beginning work.

4. If at any time you feel your jeweler is not responding to your concerns and desires, walk away. Your CAD fee will be small and walking away from someone who is not listening to you is better than ending up with a piece you do not like.

5. Understand that with most CAD programs the ring will not look exactly as it will when it is finished. The prongs will tend to stand up too high as they will be made longer than necessary so that the stone may be set securely and the excess removed after stone setting. Things like pavé will not look finished as the beads that are used to set the stones will not show in the CAD. If you are uncomfortable with this, ask your jeweler to show you an example of a CAD and the finished piece so that you can see the difference. If you go back to the beautiful ring we did with the purple sapphires it will be very easy to see how different the finished piece looked than the CAD did where the sapphires were pavé set.

6. Understand that doing proper custom work takes time. If you want this ring next week go to the mall and buy a finished piece.

7. Enjoy the process!!! You are about to create something that is uniquely you! Enjoy it. If you are creating this for someone you love, or for yourself, know that the end result will give you a story to tell for the rest of your life. What a shame it would be if you did not enjoy creating this magnificent story.

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Ring Design from CAD to Finished Piece

Initial CAD Rendering for Diamond and Purple Sapphire Ring

The photo above shows the initial CAD rendering of a diamond and purple sapphire ring for one of Wink's clients. The photos below are of the completed ring. Notice the difference in size and scale of the sapphires to metal in the CAD rendering vs. the finished ring. CAD renderings typically show metal in excess, with detail only to be seen when the piece is finished. (See Wink's Tip #5)


Finished Diamond and Purple Sapphire Ring

Finished Diamond and Purple Sapphire Ring Profile




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10 Tips to Get You to the Proposal without Losing the Ring

Wed, 06 Jul 2011
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By Jessica VandenHouten of Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company

The stress of picking out the perfect engagement ring, purchasing it, and then mustering up the courage to propose can make men a nervous wreck. It makes perfect sense why the proposal brings so much pressure. Especially since the precious ring is often coming next in line after the house and car in terms of most valuable household assets. That is a lot to lose!

Proposals gone bad
We all heard the horror stories of proposals going horribly wrong. The guy who arranged for a hot air balloon ride and watched the ring plummet to the ground just has he was about to propose…. The guy who thought it would be romantic to ask for her hand while boating, only to have the ring sink to the bottom of the lake before she could say yes…. The guy who proposed at a clam bake on the beach who wound up digging, and digging, and digging for the diamond ring that would never be found.

If you’re thinking about proposing soon, here are 10 tips to help you get from the store to the proposal with your ring intact.

  • DO insure the ring before it leaves the store. Even if something does happen to it, you’ll be covered and it won’t mean money down the drain.
  • DO keep the ring in the box and store it someplace safe in your home, like a fireproof lock box.
  • DO stay grounded. If you do happen to drop the ring, you can more easily recover it on dry land than from the air or water.
  • DO let your jeweler hold onto the ring until you are ready to propose.
  • DO use the hotel’s front desk safe, never the in-room safe which can more easily get broken into.
  • DON'T put the ring in checked luggage, which can become lost or stolen, including all contents within it. Instead, place the ring in your carryon bag.
  • DON'T propose on the beach – rings can too easily get lost in the sand.
  • DON'T propose anywhere you have unstable footing – boat, amusement park ride, parachuting, etc.
  • DON'T propose in overly crowded areas where the ring could get bumped out of your hand or snatched from a passerby.
  • DON'T put the ring in food. It could become lost, or worse yet, choked on. Nothing says “I love you” like a trip to the ER.

Following these tips will help assure that your proposal story has a happy ending and you’ll share fond memories with your loved one for years to come. Here’s to hoping your proposal goes off without a hitch!


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Share your proposal ideas on the forum.



*The views expressed are those of the author.

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Recycle Your Jewelry! Part Two

Mon, 10 Jan 2011
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By Erika W.

Recycled Jewelry - Before and After Pics

Visit Recycle Your Jewelry - Part One for simple tips on how to maximize the potential of valuable unused diamonds, colored stones and mountings. Now, get inspired by jewelry recycling projects posted by Pricescopers. It's time to revive your jewels!


1. Ballerina to Bezels

A family piece is recycled into two contemporary jewelry pieces- .28 ct diamond bezel pendant and .50 ct diamond band. A fantastic use of diamonds that were hidden away in the jewelry box!


Before

Ballerina style diamond ring
Posted by chickpea
Suggestions for a reset?

After

Bezel Diamond Pendant
Posted by chickpea
yeah! my recycle project is done!

bezel diamond ring
Posted by chickpea


2. From the 1980s to the 21st Century

A ridged gold 80s green tourmaline ring is updated in a new silver solitaire setting. Texaskj scrapped the gold and used the proceeds for a fresh new mounting.


Before

80s heavy gold ring
Posted by texaskj
It came from the '80's....

After

Bezel Diamond Pendant
Posted by texaskj
It came from the '80's part 2


3. Cluster Ring to Stacking Ring

Me&myboys recycled her anniversary ring into a more practical diamond eternity band. The original was a beauty, but lifestyle changes made the transformation a must.


Before

diamond cluster ring
Posted by me&myboys
The Re-Birth of My Ring :o)

After

Diamond Eternity Band
Posted by me&myboys
The Re-Birth of My Ring :o)


4. Bracelet to Pendant

Citygal chose to recycle the diamonds from her gold bracelet into a five-stone pendant that better fits her style. The .77ctw of diamonds are now set in white gold.

Before

diamond cluster ring
Posted by citygal
From a bracelet to a pendant!

After

Diamond Eternity Band
Posted by citygal
From a bracelet to a pendant!


5. Shared Prong to Scattered Diamond Band

The diamonds in HooCares original setting were overwhelmed by heavy prongs. The end result? Sparkling diamonds flush set in a contemporary scattered diamond band.

Before

diamond anniversary
Posted by HooCares
WF Scattered Diamond Band (Recycling Project Complete!)

After

Diamond Eternity Band
Posted by HooCares
WF Scattered Diamond Band (Recycling Project Complete!)


6. Halo Ring to Halo Pendant

After upgrading to a different diamond engagement ring, mela lu recycled her cushion cut diamond into a diamond halo pendant. Stunning!

Before

halo diamond ring
Posted by mela lu
My Cushion Cut Pave E-Ring

After

Halo Diamond Pendant
Posted by mela lu
Recycle project complete: My Halo Cushion Pendant (custom)


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recycle project - design ideas

Another recycle project...loose stones of 0.45ct, 0.23ct, 0.08-0.12ct...

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