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Estate Diamond Jewelry Blog

Dive into the world of antique jewelry with our educational blog. Learn the history, value, and beauty of vintage jewelry, antique rings, and wedding proposal advice in our expert guides. Written by renowned authors Afshin Shaddaie and Benjamin Khordipour.

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How to Save Money on an Engagement Ring?

Written by: Afshin Shaddaie, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
January 25, 2024 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

In this enlightening article by Afshin Shaddaie, a renowned expert jeweler at Estate Diamond Jewelry, you’ll discover practical and creative strategies to save money on an engagement ring without compromising too much on quality or style. Drawing from decades of industry experience, Shaddaie shares insider tips and lesser-known approaches to make your engagement ring purchase memorable and affordable. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or not, this guide promises to equip you with the knowledge to…

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What Hand Does the Engagement Ring Go On?

Written by: Benjamin Khordipour, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
January 24, 2024 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

The hand that the engagement ring goes on is not as easy a question to answer as you might think. The overall convention in the US is to wear an engagement ring on the fourth finger of the left hand. In fact, the fourth finger is called the ring finger. But this “rule” isn’t accepted all around the world. Keep reading! You’ll be surprised to learn that the left hand isn’t always the correct hand…

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Top 40 Big Diamond Engagement Rings

Written by: Benjamin Khordipour, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
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Although there’s something charming about modest engagement rings with just a speck of sparkle, nothing grabs attention like big diamond rings. Large diamonds are not only stunning but also rare, which makes them a coveted asset that remains valuable over time. These pieces of jewelry are real show-stoppers. Let our top 40 big diamond engagement rings dazzle you with their stunning brilliance. 1. Montreal Ring Price: $33,000. Learn more about the Montreal Ring. The Montreal…

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The Secret to Stacking Wedding Bands

Written by: Benjamin Khordipour, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
January 23, 2024 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Stacking wedding bands has been a cherished tradition throughout the history of jewelry. Recently, this trend has surged in popularity, becoming a modern favorite over the past decade. Read this article to get an insider reveal about everything that you’ll need to know. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about stackable wedding bands.  What is Wedding Band Stacking? Wedding band stacking is a contemporary and expressive trend in bridal jewelry, where multiple…

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Birthstones for each Month

Written by: Benjamin Khordipour, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
January 22, 2024 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Birthstones play a sentimental part for those who love jewelry, but what exactly are the birthstones for each month? In this article, you’ll see that it is a lot more complex than you initially imagined. Birthstone Gems of the Month Chart The birthstone for each month is a matter of contention. Not everyone agrees with each other regarding which birthstone represents which month. We have followed the most traditional opinions. In situations where there are a…

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The Six Eras of Antique Jewelry

Written by: Benjamin Khordipour, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
January 15, 2024 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Six separate and distinct eras in jewelry spanned the years from the 1700s to the 1950s. Although the periods do sometimes overlap one another, the following is the widely accepted breakdown of the jewelry historical eras. The Georgian Era (1714 – 1837) The Georgian Era lasted over 120 years and spanned four English Kings: King George I, King George II, King George III, and King George IV. While the era is impressive simply because of…

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The Top Jewelry Investments for 2024

Written by: Afshin Shaddaie, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
January 11, 2024 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Over the last ten years, jewelry investments have been one of the strongest investments for those who know what they’re doing. Jewelry investing is like fine art, not real estate, but if you’re in it for the long haul, there is real money to be made. It’s becoming common for serious investors to allocate some of their options toward investment-quality jewelry. This article was written by Michael Khordipour, Afshin Shaddaie, and Benjamin Khordipour. They’ve been…

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Top 40 Engagement Rings for $25000

Written by: Afshin Shaddaie, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
January 10, 2024 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Deciding on a budget is crucial when selecting an engagement ring; a long-established rule is that you should spend approximately two months’ worth of your salary. However, it isn’t always that simple. If you’re unsure about how much to spend, then consider checking out our ring budget calculator. And if you’ve decided that you want to look at engagement rings for $25000, then read on to find the best options in this price range. 1. Cartier…

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How to Negotiate on Your Engagement Ring?

Written by: Afshin Shaddaie, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
January 9, 2024 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

So, you’ve begun your quest for the perfect engagement ring. You’ve found a gorgeous statement piece, but the price is slightly over your budget. Negotiating with your jeweler for a better price is an easy solution to this problem. But is this standard practice? Will the jeweler be offended? And how do you even go about it? And will negotiating even work? I’m Afshin Shaddaie, and I’ve been selling jewelry (especially rare and vintage) for…

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What Is A Solitaire Ring?

Written by: Benjamin Khordipour, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
– Posted in: Jewelry Blog

The popularity and stunning appearance of solitaire rings make them among the top settings to consider for engagement rings. Be that as it may, like a halo, pave, and cluster settings, they have a single center stone– so how do you differentiate between them? Understanding the Basics of Solitaire Rings If you’re new to the world of rings, a setting dictates the number of stones in a ring and how they appear. A solitaire setting…

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Famous Jewelers of the 1920s

Written by: Benjamin Khordipour, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
January 4, 2024 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

For several reasons, the 1920s is considered one of the most critical periods in jewelry design. The surge in the standard of design and craftsmanship was enormous. It coincided spectacularly with the emerging Art Deco period that has remained incredibly popular up to the present day. Another reason the “Roaring Twenties” is so important in jewelry history is due to the famous Art Deco jewelry designers who made their mark on the jewelry design business…

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Navigating the NYC Diamond District – History, Tips and Warnings

Written by: Benjamin Khordipour, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
January 2, 2024 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

The ultimate guide to navigating the Diamond District NYC. Learn the History of the NYC Diamond District, discover the insider tips, and find out what to look out for. If you’re planning to visit New York’s famed Diamond District, you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Nestled in Midtown Manhattan, West 47th Street offers more than 4,000 wholesalers and retail jewelers. A Brief Overview of the Diamond District Though the foundation of the Diamond District dates…

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Complete Buying Guide for Red Diamonds 

Written by: Afshin Shaddaie, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
December 28, 2023 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

If you are in the market for a red diamond, you need to consider several things before you buy one. While red diamond engagement rings are a fantastic choice, they are extremely rare, making them the world’s most expensive color diamonds.  Red diamonds belong in the fancy color category, including diamonds even rarer than white diamonds and those with a yellow undertone. Moreover, red diamonds are the rarest types of fancy-color diamonds.  If you want…

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Art Nouveau vs Art Deco Jewelry

Written by: Benjamin Khordipour, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
December 27, 2023 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

The importance of jewelry for women is immeasurable. Many historical art styles have inspired jewelry design today. We all know that the Victorian and Edwardian Era were important and groundbreaking. However, two periods that made a great impact are the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. Read on to learn more about Art Nouveau vs Art Deco. What Is Art Deco Jewelry? Art Deco comes from the exhibition “Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels…

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The Insider Guide to Natural Saltwater Pearls

Written by: Afshin Shaddaie, Jewelry and Gemology Expert
December 20, 2023 – Posted in: Jewelry Blog

Here’s our guide to learning what you need to know about when shopping for Natural Saltwater Pearls. When we talk about pearls in regard to fine jewelry, we usually base the discussion around “natural versus cultured” pearls and not “saltwater versus freshwater” pearls. But both terminologies are extremely important to any discussion regarding pearls. Have questions about Natural Saltwater Pearls. Feel free to send us a message. We will respond within 1 business hour. Natural…

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