Estate Diamond Jewelry Blog

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What is Milgrain? January 27, 2016 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Milgrain, a word that comes from French, means “one thousand grains”. Milgrain is sometimes spelled as millegrain or millgrain. The term describes what appears to be rows of tiny grains along the edges of many vintage jewelry pieces. Those small grains are actually tiny metal beads, sometimes individually applied in rows along the edge of a metal. Most milgrain uses precious metals like gold or platinum, but can be created with silver and other metals…

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How Big Will A Diamond Ring Look On My Finger December 7, 2015 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

A diamond is a beautiful stone regardless of size, shape, or placement, but when sizing an engagement ring on a finger, each stone needs to be taken into consideration. Obviously, hand sizes and finger widths can be different, so understanding how a ring will look from an image is a complex matter. To help, we’ve provided a brief explanation of the factors at play, as well as a few pictures of differently sized rings being…

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Sapphire Vintage Engagement Rings September 10, 2015 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

When we talk about vintage sapphire engagement rings, it’s all too easy to give diamonds all of the attention. However, the history of the sapphire appearing on engagement rings is both fascinating and intricate. The word sapphire is derived from the Greek “sappheiros” meaning “blue stone,” and it is the stone’s unique color profile that has captivated and mystified jewelry lovers for centuries. The History of Sapphires Despite its Greek etymology, the history of the…

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The Definitive Guide To Sapphires August 24, 2015 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Whether you like to keep tabs on famous sapphire rings, are interested in a diamond engagement ring with sapphire accents, or are looking for a full-on sapphire vintage engagement ring, you’re certainly not alone.  To help you learn more about this singular stone, we put together a few key facts about the sapphire. We have compiled a list of where to find sapphires, common colors and cuts for jewelry, and a list of the five…

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About Edwardian Engagement Rings April 14, 2015 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

The Edwardian era is something of an anomaly both culturally and literally. Named for King Edward VII of England, the period officially commenced in 1901 and should have ended by 1910 on Edward’s death, but is generally used for the period up to 1915. Click here to see our collection of Edwardian Engagement Rings. This short time-span puts the jewelry designs of the time firmly within the realms of the Art Nouveau movement, and thereby…

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Art Nouveau Engagement Rings April 1, 2015 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

The art nouveau movement began in the late 19th century and, unusually for jewelry design at least, was all but over within 25 years. Although fashion is, by definition, a temporary affair, high quality jewelry pieces tend to buck the trend somewhat by remaining desirable and very wearable regardless of the current clothing and other trends. It’s true that certain styles are more en vogue than others, but a diamond engagement ring from a century…

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Antique Jewelry Quiz March 9, 2015 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

There’s so much history behind each piece of antique jewelry. How well do you know about antique jewelry? Give this test a try! If you want to broaden your knowledge of vintage and antique jewelry, we suggest browsing through our blog. We update our blog every week and it is packed with fun, education articles connected with antique jewelry. We also recommend following our social media. Every other day, we post questions on our Facebook…

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Vintage Diamond Cuts February 18, 2015 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Below is our definitive list of the diamond cuts that were popular throughout the early 1900’s. Most of these vintage diamond cuts are still very popular. Some of the diamond cuts have since waned in popularity. Here is the list of the most common vintage and antique diamonds cuts: Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Old European Cut Diamond Old Mine Cut Diamond Rose Cut Diamond Asscher Cut Diamond Antique Emerald Cut Diamond Antique Cushion Cut This…

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Our New Email Mailing List November 24, 2014 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Estate Diamond Jewelry is proud to announce the opening of Our New Mailing List. This mailing list will be sent out once or twice a month and will have some of our new finds in it. The finds will be shown first to the subscribers of the mailing list and only then revealed on our website and social media pages.

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