Hawaii Jewelry Blog
Something in Green - Buy Your Sweetheart Gold and Emerald Jewelry! November 15 2017, 0 Comments
Spring is almost over. Summer is here in full swing! This doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the bounties of spring.
What color reminds the most of this wonderful season? Iridescent and beautiful to look at – an emerald ring is the jewelry of this season.
From Inca emperors to Egyptian pharaohs – no other gemstone has managed to capture such undivided attention as emeralds have and continue even today.
Yet buying emerald and gold jewelry isn’t the same as buying diamonds.
Take help from the following guide on how-to buy the perfect emerald and gold jewelry, without getting ripped off:
Look At Emerald Color
Emeralds are known for their green color, most come with faint bluish and yellowish lines crisscrossed on the stone. Additionally, there are two color characteristics that should be considered when choosing an emerald. There are:
Intensity of the Color
This refers to the color saturation level of an emerald. First time emerald jewelry buyers can get confused as this gemstone has many different levels of color saturation. Some stones may showcase a more or slightly less dull look while others are more intense and vivid.
Darkness of the Color
This color characteristic describes tone of the color green that can be seen in the gemstone. This can vary from one extreme to another, i.e. a light green to very dark color.
Look At Emerald Clarity
In colored stones like emerald, clarity and transparency are closely linked and should be considered side by side when choosing a gemstone. It’s true – even high quality emeralds may have some inclusions visible to the naked eye. This doesn’t mean value of the stone is less.
When evaluating an emerald, look at the number, size and visibility of flaws. A gemstone that doesn’t feature any inclusions or visible flaws was likely designed in a lab and is a fake emerald.
On the other hand, too many inclusions of a certain nature can have a negative effect on emerald clarity and transparency. This can also reduce gemstone value.
Look At Emerald Jewelry Setting
Jewelry setting is very important. Choosing the right one can make all the difference between a valuable emerald and gold ring and a de-valued piece of jewelry.
Additionally, the emerald mounting you choose will determine level of surface exposure of the ring to occasional bumps. Solitaire Jewelers recommend setting your emerald in a bezel or V-prong setting for the best protection.
Find the most beautiful emerald jewelry in Hawaii, encased in cool metal or fiery gold from Solitaire Jewelers!
Marquise Diamonds Are Forever – Select The Right One November 13 2017, 0 Comments
Are you an incurable romantic searching for a unique, yet traditional, diamond engagement ring? Here’s the thing; it’s the cut of the diamond that makes it dazzle. As such, the marquise diamond should be your first choice.
Also known as boat-shaped, football-shaped, eye-shaped or the slightly more appealing navette, marquise cut diamonds are as rare as the stone itself. Compared to other less vintage diamond cuts, it’s also the most popular!
However, know what you’re getting into when buying a marquise cut diamond engagement ring…
All about the Marquise
This diamond cut has been around for many years and is perfect for people who prefer vintage styled jewelry. The diamond cut features 56 facets and an elliptical shape with narrow, pointed ends.
Marquise Diamond Buying Guide
- Watch Out For Chipped Diamonds
Picking the right jewelry setting for a marquise cut diamond is very important. If not protected by the setting, sharp and pointed ends of the stone can chip off. Setting this diamond cut in an engagement ring? The setting must feature protected prongs or claws, keeping corners safe. The most secure ring settings are V-end or V-tip prongs.
- Is Your Diamond Perfectly Symmetrical?
Symmetry plays an important role in choosing the right marquise cut diamond. A perfectly balanced ring setting will feature perfect alignment of both points at the end of the stone. Even the smallest imperfection will make final ring setting difficult.
- Keep a Lookout For The Bow Tie Effect
Sometimes, a marquise cut diamond will feature an area of reduced color right in the center of the gem. This effect often resembles a bow tie and occurs due to the narrow shape of the marquise diamond. While all fancy and elongated diamond shapes showcase a bow tie effect, a well cut marquise diamond will hide it.
- Search For The Best Diamond Grade
Most inclusions and color tints can be effectively hidden with this fancy cut. However, it’s still a good idea to search for a marquise diamond within the following diamond grades:
Color – D to I (on GIA color scale)
Clarity – Flawless to VS2 (on GIA clarity scale)
Marquise diamonds are perfect in every manner, no doubt about it. Couples with a tight budget can find a beautiful and unique marquise diamond engagement ring, in a more affordable price.
Look for the perfect ring that gives off an impression of a larger carat, in the form of a marquise diamond engagement ring from Solitaire Jewelers.
Diamond Ring Repair – How To Know Your Setting’s Prong is Loose November 09 2017, 0 Comments
Glance at your wedding band or diamond engagement ring; what do you see? Is the metal surface riddled with scrapes and light scars? Are the prongs of the setting bent or loose?
The jewelry we wear every day is exposed to some of the worst mishandling during the day. Diamond engagement rings are banged, tugged, and twisted against unforgivable surfaces. We don’t even realize this wear and tear until it’s too late.
By too late we mean broken, bent or loose prongs as this is the most significant problem faced ring wearers. Loose prongs on your ring may not seem like a big issue; but it is common for diamonds to fall out . Here is what you can do to check if your ring’s setting is snug.
How-to Check: Loose Prongs
There are two popular methods of checking your ring for loose prongs or other obvious issues.
Tap the Ring
This is most commonly followed by jewelry repairers, as obvious as the method is. You must tap your ring lightly with a fingernail. You will hear a slight noise if the prong is loose. A rattling sound on the other hand means the diamond is moving around the setting and may possibly fall.
Move the Diamond
A different approach is to physically feel around the setting with your fingernail, whether the prong is loose or not. Does the diamond have enough space to move? Can you twist the stone with your fingernail?
Take off your ring right away! The prong is definitely loose and further prodding and shaking will only loosen it more.
Verdict Found – What Do You Do Now?
When it comes to expensive and sentimental diamond engagement rings, it’s always a good idea to visit professional jewelry repairers.
Safe Rather Than Sorry – How to Take Care Of Your Ring
You have every right to flaunt your beautiful diamond engagement ring! However, you need to keep certain things in mind…
Rough activities such as sports, hiking, etc., can be a great deal of fun. That being said, your ring can sustain damage if proper care isn’t taken prior to participating in that activity. Remember to remove your ring in order to prevent damage or accidental bumps.
There is only so much your ring can handle without showing severe signs of damage. Hand your loose pronged or broken diamond engagement ring to Solitaire Jewelers for professional repair!
Will You Marry Me? Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring Made Easy November 07 2017, 0 Comments
Online shopping has made life easy, no doubt. However, is there a limit to what people should or shouldn’t buy from online stores?
Where should the line be drawn in online shopping?
It will surprise you to know; online shoppers buy everything from clothes and shoes to music equipment and even their course books. Can you buy jewelry from an online store—diamond jewelry?
Here are some commandments when searching online for the perfect ring.
Trust Is Important Between a Diamond Jewelry Seller and Buyer
Trust is a feeling that doesn’t come naturally, especially when buying anything online. Conducting thorough research on the seller will help you give a general idea of operation. Find out:
- How many years has the seller been in business?
- What are the products the seller deals in?
- Does the seller sell his own products or a third party’s?
- What is the experience of previous buyers with the seller?
- Can you contact the seller directly or through third party?
Return Policy – Is It Offered By The Online Jewelry Store?
Many online shoppers make the mistake of buying something without finding out details about the return policy offered by a store. This creates difficulty if they want to return the product due to any reason. Others provide detailed terms and conditions about returning an unwanted product, on their website.
It’s a good idea to read and understand this section before clicking on the ‘Buy’ button. You must know whether or not the seller in question will provide a full refund as per their return policy.
Condition, Authentication, and Certification – Complete Information Provided
How would you feel if you came across a beautiful diamond engagement ring on your online search, yet there was no description? Frustration is one way to put your feelings. A detailed written description of every product makes it easy for you to determine whether to buy a product or not. In addition to the detailed product description, seller should include:
- Complete product measurements
- Several images of product (from all sides)
- Related products with images
- Proof of certification (GIA, EGL, JBT)
- Shipping details
Solitaire Jewelers offers the highest convenience to their customers in terms of their buying process.
Honolulu residents and visitors can frequent the brick and mortar jewelry store, ask questions and browse through displayed estate or diamond jewelry; because we care for our customers!
Choosing Your Perfect Stone – Pear Shaped Diamonds April 18 2017, 0 CommentsPart of the half rounds group of diamond shapes, pears are catalogued side by side with Hearts, Ovals, and Marquise. Shape-wise, this diamond resembles a tear drop, combining the specifications of round and marquise brilliant cut diamonds.
Planning A Summer Wedding? Don’t Forget These Dos and Don’ts! April 15 2017, 0 Comments
Summer weddings are fun—to plan and attend!
There is just something about this time of year that really turns up the wedding charm.
Have your wedding at the beach or your own back yard garden?
50TH Anniversary Coming Up? Surprise Her With A Beautiful Diamond Ring! April 12 2017, 0 CommentsAn anniversary is indeed a momentous cause for celebration. Each passing year is a reminder of how much you love and cherish your better half, how much you’ve grown as best friends and lovers.
Diamonds by Shape March 15 2017, 0 Comments
2016 Roundup – Which Women’s Luxury Watch Made The List This Year! February 23 2017, 0 CommentsThe world of women’s luxury watches witnessed many surprises last year, considering the rapid trend changes in the past years. 2016 was the year of clunky men’s style watches—for women.
5 Most Popular Engagement Ring Styles To Invest In This Year February 18 2017, 0 CommentsA diamond is forever. However, engagement ring trends keep changing every year. 2016 was all about the classics—a flawless diamond placed inside a solitaire or halo setting.
4 Jewelry Essentials Every Woman Must Own February 16 2017, 0 Comments
Look at your wardrobe—what do you see? A little black dress; a beige pencil skirt; high-heeled boots; a simple white tee; a leather jacket—all must-have essentials every woman owns.
In fact, these important components are necessary when building up a ready-for-anything wardrobe.
The same goes for jewelry. There are some pieces that are inherently more valuable to women. No jewelry collection is complete without these jewelry essentials!
Must-Have Essential #1: A Menswear-Inspired/Boyfriend Watch
Boyfriend watches have enjoyed immense popularity despite there being numerous luxury watch designers for women. A great looking menswear-inspired designer timepiece will not only ensure your punctuality but will also act as a wonderful balance for your other girly jewelry.
Invest in a designer men’s watch that you can even share with your significant other! Look for one with a slightly bigger face and a beautiful metallic strap.
Take a look at this stunning Rolex DateJust 36mm Rose Gold & Stainless, Pink Jubilee Diamond Dial watch. It’s ideal for showing off without losing its practicality.
Must-Have Essential #2: Go-with-Everything Necklace
There are several reasons why women must own a go-with-everything necklace, the first and most important being for everyday wear! Such necklaces are usually stored as backup jewelry pieces that can ensure a complete look even if going out at the last second. You can wear a go-with-everything necklace at work, after-work entertainment, casual dorm party, or even a night of bar hopping.
This Diamond Double Heart Pendant Necklace is an excellent addition in your jewelry box.
Must-Have Essential #3: Statement Ring
Owning a striking and beautiful statement ring is really the final touch for any jewelry collection. It is said women with bold personalities dare to wear a statement and you have to be careful when pairing your wardrobe.
Yes, bold and colorful statement rings can personalize your style! Statement rings can be worn with jeans and a formal top just as easily as a gown, presenting a flawless look in both!
Consider buying this elegant 1.69ctw Diamond 18K White Gold Multi-Band Pave Ring from Solitaire Jewelers.
Must-Have Essential #4 Diamond Stud Earrings
Diamond stud earrings are a must-have essential for obvious reasons. Who says no to a diamond? Especially when it gleams and sparkles in your ear, teasing your audience with glimpses.
Stud earrings work whenever and wherever, in the day or night, at school or a special formal occasion.
These Diamond Solitaire Stud Earrings offer the right amount of elegance and subtlety without being an understating piece of jewelry.
Have nothing to wear for your best-friend’s wedding? Head to Solitaire Jewelers for all your diamond and gold jewelry woes!
Jewelry Style Tips February 15 2017, 0 Comments
3 Stone Diamond Engagement Ring – Why You Should Consider This Design February 14 2017, 0 CommentsThere is a disturbing misconception circulating the diamond jewelry industry that couples deciding to get engaged require a 6-figure salary just to afford a customized diamond engagement ring.
Tips To Take Care of Your Jewelry December 14 2016, 0 Comments
5 tips To Choose the Right Necklace Style with Necklines November 10 2016, 0 Comments
Taking Care Of Your Estate Jewelry And Family Heirlooms November 09 2016, 0 Comments
You have a nice collection of vintage and estate jewelry passed down from your mother and grandmother. It is exhilarating to be the recipient of that emerald and diamond brooch you had your eyes on when you were a child.
How To Bring Sparkle To Your Diamonds? November 07 2016, 0 Comments
A beautiful diamond is a girl’s best friend. Diamonds are also one of the hardest known natural substances on earth, i.e. you can cut any kind of metal or rock with them. This incredible stone is so indestructible that it can only be heated between 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit!
4 Things To Keep In Mind When Buying An Engagement Ring August 23 2016, 0 Comments
4 Things To Keep In Mind When Buying An Engagement Ring
Finding the love of your life isn’t the same as finding an engagement ring to place on her finger. And yet it’s similar.
Unlike other expensive purchases, buying a diamond engagement ring is somewhat an emotional investment. However, that solely depends on person to person as many invest in an engagement ring with the idea of trading the diamond for a better, bigger and shinier one.
If you’re planning on getting down on one knee any time soon, read these top engagement buying tips before heading to the jewelry store.
Have You Thought About Your Budget?
This is the first consideration that people should factor in when buying a diamond engagement ring. Figure the amount you can afford to spend on this investment. Decide what will be better: picking a loose diamond first then a ring design or a readily outfitted engagement ring?
Visit online jewelry stores like Solitaire Jewelers. Get as much information about how different carats of diamonds typically cost, what are the factors that determine its price, and so on. An excellent information resource is the GIA’s website.
Does The Chosen Diamond Have Certification?
One carat diamonds (and larger) should ideally come with a gem report. A gem report is an experienced and professional gemologist’s analysis of the stone’s quality by its:
- Color grade
- Carat weight
There are many authentic and professional gem reports issued by several laboratories, the most popular and credible are issued by The Gemological Institute of America, American Gem Society and European Gemological laboratories USA. All loose diamonds available from Solitaire Jewelers are GIA certified.
Do You Know Your Metals?
The diamond set in the engagement ring isn’t the only thing increasing overall value. The metal of the ring also plays an important part.
The most popular choices for metals in engagement and wedding rings are gold and platinum. White gold is another popular option.
Due to its rare, dense and pure nature, rings made from platinum metal are going to be more expensive. Compared to gold, a platinum ring will be far more durable and low maintenance. Some people choose between white gold and platinum due to the color of the metal as well.
What Diamond Setting Are You Looking For?
The right setting can make a very big difference when it comes to price and aesthetic value of your diamond ring. A ring’s setting is basically how the stone or gem is connected to the band. There are many types of ring setting. It will do you good to know them all.
When looking for THE ring, think about the ring as a whole. The right setting can change the entire look of the set diamond or diamonds. Knowing what look and design style you and your fiancé-to-be would like is important when it comes to finding an attractive ring.
Buying an engagement ring involves emotions. You may be inclined to buy the best ring for your fiancé-to-be which is understandable. Choose an online jewelry store that offers a range of diamond rings, with stunning designs, all under the same roof.
We bring to you a collection of dazzling and beautiful array of loose diamonds and engagement rings that will make her fall in love with you all over again.
Everything You Need To Know About Engagement Ring Settings July 04 2016, 0 Comments
It’s no surprise that the decision of buying an engagement ring is one that you approach with uncertainty and caution.
The 4 Cs of Diamonds – How to Choose the Right Stone June 30 2016, 0 Comments
The one rule when choosing diamonds is this; if you want a high quality diamond, you need to pay attention to the four Cs.
The Most Expensive Diamond Jewelry June 29 2016, 0 Comments
Wedding Band Shopping: How To Buy The Right One? June 28 2016, 0 Comments
While you may love to wear your expensive wedding ring, keep in mind that it will bear the brunt of your active lifestyle.
Round Diamonds: Are They More Expensive? May 13 2016, 0 CommentsRound cut diamond s are inarguably the most sought after cut in the world. According to a research, from all the diamond sales, around 75% is round cut. The reason behind its popularity is the fact that this cut preserves and enhances brilliance of the stone, thus making it ideal for jewelry.
All You Need To Know About Emeralds May 13 2016, 0 Comments
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