How to Take an Awesome Engagement Ring Selfie

The selfie, the best or the worst of technology – depending on who you’re speaking to. But selfies aren’t just about grainy shots of you with a few friends in a dark bar, or a chance selfie with a celeb you bumped into in the street. A selfie can be sophisticated and even cool, if the subject is right and the conditions are used well. For an engagement ring selfie, it’s all about making the…

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Emerald Cocktail Ring on Grass Surface

What Is A Cocktail Ring?

Cocktail rings are a little unusual in the world of jewelry, in that nobody has ever really been quite sure of their place in the hierarchy. They were, in effect, the original bling, emerging during the prohibition era at the many secret – and illegal – parties that were held in towns and cities across the nation. Women were starting to see changes in their own role in both the household and in society, and…

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Proposal Checklist

Estate Diamond Jewelry have tapped into their 30+ years of experience to bring you the most definitive proposal checklist on the internet. Below is the list of everything that you need to do in order to propose successfully.

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Historical Spotlight: Frédéric Boucheron

Like many of the great French jewelry ateliers, the Boucheron company was formed in the mid-19th century. The first jeweler to move the legendary Place Vendȏme, with the unit at number 26 being chosen due to Boucheron believing it to be the sunniest location in the square, and therefore all the better for the pieces in the window to capture as much light as possible.

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A Frosted or Polished Girdle?

When we discuss diamonds, we’ll often talk about the crown or the pavilion, but we rarely mention the girdle. This article is going to explore what a girdle is, and whether to go for frosted or polished?

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How Many Facets Do Diamonds Have?

In simple terms, a facet is a single aspect of a three dimensional object. In the case of diamonds, there are usually many facets, each cut precisely to maximize the light reflecting properties of the stone. How many facets depends on the cut itself, with the modern round brilliant cut having 58 facets. Or 57, which we’ll explain shortly.

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Marquise Diamonds – Old and New

The marquise cut dates back to the 18th century when, so legend has it, Louis XV of France asked for a diamond to be cut in the shape of the lips of his lover, the Marquise Madame de Pompadour. Today, we have very exacting standards when judging the quality of a marquise cut, but buyers weren’t always so demanding of diamond cutters when it came to this unusual and incredibly striking cut.

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Jewelry vs Jewellery

“England and America, two countries separated by a common language” – George Bernard Shaw When Shaw uttered those immortal words, he had no idea how close to the truth of the matter he was. English is the most widely spoken language on earth, with British English (usually just called ‘English’) being the dominant variation. But we also have American English that is unique to North America, or most of it. Depending where you are in…

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Vintage Diamond Earrings

Vintage Earrings – The Periods And Styles

Vintage is a word that has generally come to mean anything not of the present day but, for jewelry purposes, it means anything older than 20 years but younger than 100 years. Earrings, as with any other jewelry types, are subject to the whims of fashion and have changed as much as any other down the ages. Here, we take a look at the different periods which have influenced earring design and manufacture.

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Artistic Picture of Rose Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Is the Rose-Cut Going Back in Style?

The rose cut has been around for about 500 years, but hasn’t really been in demand for approaching a century or so. In the last 4 or 5 years, though, rose cut diamond rings have been gaining in popularity, but how does one of the most basic cuts appeal to generations of wearers brought up on variations of the round brilliant cut?

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