Jewelry Cleaning

Jewelry cleaning is the easiest way to make your jewelry look its best.  We are happy to clean and check your jewelry as often as you want to stop by.  We use a ultrasonic cleaner followed by high pressure steam to rid your jewelry of the dirt and lotion that accumulates over time.  However, we understand that sometimes you are too busy to stop but still want sparkly jewelry.  We get asked all the time what you can do at home to keep your jewelry clean.  Follow these simple steps to keep your jewelry looking good: (more…)

How do I know that the diamond you are giving me is the same one I left with you?

We get asked this question all the time.  And the answer is simple – we show you your diamond through a microscope and plot the birthmarks (inclusions) in your diamond.  Only the highest clarity diamonds – VVS2 and higher are difficult to plot because the birthmarks are so small.  The vast majority of diamonds have birthmarks that are easy to see through a microscope.  The photo above shows a plot.  Once you have seen your diamond through a microscope and shown the birthmarks in your diamond it is easy to identify your diamond.

It is becoming more common for diamonds to have a serial number engraved on the girdle (edge).  This microscopic number makes identifying your diamond a cinch.

The 4C’s of a Diamond

Hearts On Fire Diamond

Almost everyone has heard about the 4C’s of a diamond – Carat, Clarity, Color, and Cut.  But, which of these C’s is the most important and why?  What we like most about diamonds is their sparkle.  And, the C that is responsible for sparkle is Cut.  So, the better the cutting the more sparkly the diamond.   (more…)

White Gold Vs. Platinum

When it comes to what we call “white” metals you have three precious metal choices – Silver, White Gold, and Platinum.  Let’s focus on White Gold and Platinum today. (more…)

What Does Karat Mean?

Gold Karat
You have heard the term karat a million times.  But, what does it mean?  Karat is simply the purity of gold.  If 24 karat (24k) is 100% gold then 10 karat is 41.6% gold, 14 karat is 58.5 % gold, 18 karat is 75% gold and so on – you get the idea.  While it is common to buy jewelry in these gold purities it isn’t necessary.  We could make you a 16 karat ring very easily. (more…)