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Anniversary Bands: Kick Start Her Heart…Again

After years of marriage, it can become a bit difficult to keep the spark alive. While the love you share is still very strong, how can you show the woman who has raised your children and supported you through years of career changes that she is still just as special to you as the day you bent on one knee and proposed? Fine jewelry is always a good bet but for this anniversary…make the day even more special with a diamond anniversary band.


There are literally hundreds of anniversary band styles to choose from. While you might be able to find the perfect band to complement her wedding set, it is a good idea to consult your local professional jeweler to insure the anniversary band will fit correctly with her existing engagement ring and wedding band. Your jeweler will be able to suggest the appropriate band styles for you.


A Jaffe Diamond Anniversary Rings

A Jaffe Diamond Anniversary Rings

Eternity anniversary bands are a very popular style today.  Set with diamonds around the entire band, eternity bands symbolize the many years together and the many years yet to come.  Depending on your budget, eternity anniversary bands are available with a single row of diamonds, two rows and even a dazzling triple row of diamonds, any of which are sure to take her breath away.


In addition to eternity bands, most fine jewelers carry a broad assortment of anniversary and wedding bands that are beautiful stand-alone rings. While many choose to wear their anniversary band on their left ring finger alongside a wedding set, others are proud to display the commemorative ring on their right hand. Most of the bands you will find at your local jeweler are certain to maintain their brilliance on either hand.


While diamond anniversary bands are certainly the most popular of this type of ring, the options available vary from simple to highly ornate. It is wise to consider the taste and style of your spouse in addition to the style of her wedding set. Also consider the anniversary itself. A monumental anniversary such as a 25th or 50th may warrant a ring worthy of the occasion. Fine jewelry is always a great gift idea but when it comes to marking the milestones of a lifetime together, a breathtaking diamond anniversary band could well be the gift that shows just how much she has meant to you for all of those years.

Designer Diamond Engagement Rings Offer Artisan Beauty to Last a Lifetime

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Choosing your diamond engagement ring is a once-in-a-lifetime affair, and one you want to know you’ll be happy with for the rest of your life. There are many options for purchasing a diamond engagement ring, and many-brides-to-be draw inspiration from some of today’s most magnificent diamond engagement ring designers.


An engagement ring from A. Jaffe, for instance, is a finely crafted artisan piece of jewelry in the old school tradition. Fine jewelry artisans create intricate bridal engagement rings, wedding rings and anniversary bands that are recognized for their quality, craftsmanship, and high quality diamonds. A Jaffe uses palladium-based 18k white gold and Platinum 950/ Iridium, the purest of all platinum for their rings settings, guaranteeing a lifetime of wear with no tarnish or color change.


A. Jaffe rings all come with a signature shank designed to insure that every bride’s ring fits properly. Their unique shank design helps prevent the ring from turning on the finger, insuring the most comfortable fit and a lifetime of durability.


Alishan Halebian, another original jewelry artist is a talented self-taught goldsmith whose is a master in his treatment of precious metals. Alishan uses sophisticated techniques to create diamond engagement and wedding rings that seem weightless, while maintaining textures within the precious metals for a truly elegant and inspiring look.Alishan diamond rings


Since he began his jewelry career in 1970, his talent was recognized almost immediately. Alishan started his jewelry career in 1970 and soon thereafter, private clients recognized his artistic talent. The California-based designer is an award winning jewelry designer whose diamond engagement rings and wedding rings are as remarkable for their bold and beautiful use of precious metals as they are for the magnificent diamonds set within.


Maev diamond engagement ringScottish designer and artist MaeVona creates diamond engagement and wedding rings that express her love for details. Inspired by the lines of Celtic artifacts growing up in Scotland, Maeve learned the art of goldsmithing and jewelry design as a teenager, and fine-tuned her craft over the years. An award-winning engagement and wedding ring designer and jeweler, she completed traditional training and earned two degrees in jewelry and goldsmithing from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, and a master’s degree from the prestigious Royal College of Art in London.


She worked in a family-run retail jewelry store while she was completing her studies, and it was the diamond engagement rings that most influenced her passion. She said she learned to anticipate which designs worked with brides, and she learned to relish the rewards that go with making a bride feel special through the design of her ring.


There are plenty of options when it comes to purchasing a diamond engagement ring that feels personal and unique. But it pays to look at the designers who devote a lifetime of artistry to creating some of the world’s most spectacular diamond engagement rings and wedding rings.





Yellow Gold, White Gold, or Platinum for Your Diamond Engagement and Wedding Rings?

bride wearing diamond ringsWhen it comes to choosing between gold and platinum for your diamond engagement ring setting and your wedding rings, many soon-to-be brides and grooms aren’t sure if they should be choosing one precious metal over the other. Gold and platinum are the two precious metals used most often in diamond and gemstone jewelry, particularly bridal jewelry.


Platinum is morePLATINUM ENGAGEMENT RING expensive than gold because it’s rarer.  Additionally, precious metals are bought and sold by weight, and platinum is almost twice as heavy as gold. In the U.S., most platinum jewelry settings are 95 percent pure, while 14 karat gold is only 58.5 percent pure. Platinum is more expensive per ounce than gold, and it’s also more difficult for a jeweler to work with, which also increases its cost.


DIAMOND AND PLATINUM WEDDING BANDIn platinum’s defense, it’s stronger, longer wearing, and more durable than gold. Platinum never needs plating to retain its original white color.


Gold is a softer metal than platinum; in fact 24 karat gold, which is pure gold, is rarely used in fine jewelry because it’s just too soft. 14 karat and 18 karat gold are most often used; 18 karat gold is 18/24ths or 75 percent pure gold, and 14 karat gold, the standard alloy for fine jewelry in the U.S., is 14/24ths or 58.5 percent pure gold. Yellow gold is bright, sunny yellow metal that polishes easily. Yellow gold is beginning to make a comeback after taking a back seat to white gold and platinum over the past 20 years.


White gold is held to the same karat rating and contains the same gold content as yellow gold. Jewelers add certain alloys to yellow gold to turn it white, or almost white. Most white-gold alloys must be plated withyellow gold diamond engagement ring rhodium (a member of the platinum group of metals) to gain a bright white appearance. With a ring that experiences a lot of wear and tear, the plating begins to wear off after about a year, so the re-plating becomes necessary periodically to keep most white gold jewelry looking its best.


Some jewelers today are using white gold alloys that have a natural white color with no yellow in them. These newer alloys don’t need to be maintained with rhodium plating, and give a color very similar to platinum. If you find a jeweler who uses this type of alloy, you can avoid one of the major negative aspects of having a white gold setting instead of platinum. Check with your jeweler to see if they use these new types of alloys in their custom designs, or if the manufacturers they purchase from use them if you’re buying a preset diamond engagement ring ring.


Platinum is a true white-colored precious metal, and a favorite for many because it will last longer that gold and never needs plating to retain its bright white appearance. Platinum is stronger and denser, but slightly softer on the surface than gold.


Platinum has historically been more expensive than gold, but recently the price per ounce of both gold and platinum is much closer than it used to be.


When you are shopping for a diamond engagement ring, you probably will need to decide whether you want a gold or platinum setting, especially if you are designing your own engagement ring. Many preset diamond engagement rings only come in gold or platinum, so the choice may not be yours to make with a preset.


white gold diamond engagement ringKeep in mind too that although gold and platinum are the most common and popular choices in precious metals available, there are other options such as tungsten, silver, palladium and titanium. These metals are more readily found in men’s rings and other jewelry, so you probably will not run into any of these options in your search for a diamond engagement ring and matching or complimentary wedding band.


Gowhite gold wedding bandld, both white and yellow, is the most popular metal choice for diamond engagement rings and other jewelry. Gold is rich, shiny, and easily polished. When you’re considering gold for your rings, your first thought will go to color –white gold or yellow gold? For some women, they know in advance which color they want, but for others the decision isn’t so easy. Believe it or not, some diamonds and gemstones look better in yellow gold, and others look better in white gold. Also, you want to be sure the gold you choose works with your skin tone. Ultimately, you should pick yellow gold or white gold because you love it. It can boil down to personal taste, and you should always go with the one that appeals the most to you.


If you prefer the look of white gold, you may need to decide between it and platinum to get the ring that most closely suits your lifestyle. As mentioned earlier, white gold can wear down and needs occasional re-plating. But because it is so soft, scratches to both white and yellow gold can easily be polished out.


Since platinum is so hard, it doesn’t scratch like gold but it can get pits, which can be very noticeable and can create a patina – a dull, uneven appearance. Pits in platinum can be polished out by a jeweler, but polishing platinum is much more difficult than polishing gold. Keep in mind too that the weight of platinum may or may not be desirable to the wearer – some women like the feel of platinum’s heaviness, while others do not. Weight should be a major consideration in which precious metal to choose for your diamond engagement ring and wedding band.


Regardless of whether you choose gold or platinum, either metal will provide you with a beautiful diamond engagement ring and wedding band that can last you a lifetime with just a bit of maintenance along the way. Have fun choosing the beautiful diamond engagement ring and wedding band you’ve always dreamed of, and you will enjoy them for a lifetime.



Boho-chic Bridal Jewelry Speaks to Her Spirit

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There is something so romantic about a boho bride, a light and airy beauty that combines the elegant style of the  Great Gatsby with a late 1960’s flower child ease. Today’s jewelry artisans are happily incorporating the boho influence in their modern wedding jewelry, beginning with the engagement ring.Marco Biego diamond rings


Earthy styles and precious metals, hand crafted to free-spirit perfection. Some boho brides are choosing gemstones over diamonds for their engagement Amethyst and silver wedding and engagement ringsand wedding rings, or combining diamonds with a birthstone or a favorite gemstone.


The look is an understated Bohemian chic that transcends time, and varied enough to give every boho bride the ability to make it her own.


Hand crafted necklaces and bracelets utilizing the earth’s precious metals in some remarkably hand crafted jewelry in silver and gold woven into lace, sculpteGurhan stacking engagement ringsd into wildflowers, and pieced together with gemstones and other elements found in nature to create tomorrow’s vintage pieces.


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In the meantime, boho brides can wear their wedding jewelry every day after the ceremony.


Bohemian brides are finding artisan jewelry made of a variety of  metals and gemstones colors, which makes choosing her wedding day jewelry even more fun.


Color and texture are the heart of boho chic wedding jewelry. It’s up to the bride to devise her own look, which can complement a wedding theme or

Sara Blaine bracelet

encompass a range of beautiful colors – blues and browns, yellows, pinks, and oranges. Against white gold, yellow gold, pink gold or silver settings, your boho-chic wedding jewelry will capture more than just a style – it will capture your spirit.


sARA bLAINE BRACELETJewelry sculpted into florals are hot and perfect for the boho bridal look. Bridal jewelry artisans are combining gemstones and metals for some of the most exquisite jewelry on the planet. Each piece makes a bold statement, whether its soft and muted or bold with Marco Biego Necklacevivid gemstones. Some brides choose a necklace to become their “bold statement” piece, and accessorize with other pieces. Depending on the look she is going for – chic simplicity or all-out gypsy, the boho bride doesn’t have to fear replicating any other bride’s look, since it’s all about self expression here.


Sara Blaine amethyst pendantBy combining multiple metals and gemstones into one piece, jewelers are also exclaiming that nature has many elements to offer that are just as precious as diamonds.  Sometimes all it takes is the right pop of color, or a special stand-out cuff bracelet or pendant to bring the bride to her own “ah-ha” moment, when she knows she’s achieved the look she had in mind.

Nothing is more expressive than than the perfect bridal jewelry.





Find Your Unique Diamond Engagement Ring. You Know, The One That Calls You Over.

You know you want your diamond engagement  ring to be unique, like you. Let’s face it, there are so many talented jewelers creating exquisite diamond engagement rings, it’s amazing a girl can narrow it down to just one.


And although so many artisans create beautiful diamond wedding jewelry that is personal, you find yours out all the options, almost organically.  You knew it was your ring the moment you laid eyes on it. We found some beautiful examples of diamond engagement rings in which the artisans combine two different precious metals to make one dynamic ring that does seem to have an organic lure that makes you want to try it on, feel the textures and make it your own..


Alishan engagement and wedding ringsAlishan Halebian is one of these artistic risk-takers, producing some of the most striking diamond engagement ring and wedding ring sets you’ll see anywhere. He treats precious metals with an acuity that tells you he is a  master artist and craftsman. His designs combine the philosophies of East and West cultures to produce lighter-than-air diamond engagement rings and wedding bands that are sophisticated, striking, and very luxurious.


Aleshan’s fine jewelry designs are most notable for their individual characteristics, with classical art elements that takes your breath away with their beauty, elegance, and uber-chic lines.


And then there’s Maeve Gillie, the young artistic genius behind the MaeVona diamond engagement ring designs that create the fluidity of Maev diamond  engagement ringmolten glass in her two-precious metal designs that combine platinum, white gold, yellow gold or rose gold with breathtaking results. This multi-award-winning Scottish engagement and wedding ring designer grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland in a nationally acclaimed artistic, literary and musical family.


The fine arts influences that have always been a part of her life are obvious in every unique ring she crafts. She is a degreed jeweler and goldsmith, and has earned three design awards from the Royal Society for the Arts in London.


Then there’s the beauty of an A. Jaffe diamond engagement ring, each one a reflection of the craftsmanship of the finest artisans in the jewelry industry. For more than 100 years the designers, model makers, casters, jewelers, setters, and polishers of A. Jaffe have been recognized for their work. The A. Jaffe ring insures a perfect match for diamond color and clarity; in fact, only the top 1% of all diamonds and gems in the world qualify to be set in an A. Jaffe mounting.


A Jaffe diamond engagement ringA Jaffe’s  18K white gild, palladium based settings, as well as their Platinum 950/ Iridium settings are just one of the exquisite luxuries that are part and parcel with an A. Jaffe diamond engagement ring. The A. Jaffe signature ring shanks are designed to insure your ring fits properly, comfortably, and for a lifetime.


There has never been a better time to be in the market for a diamond engagement ring. You can find a variety of exquisite designer engagement rings from a jeweler you know and trust. Enjoy this time of love, hope, and looking toward the future with the perfect diamond engagement ring to symbolize your commitment to a lifetime together.




Treated Color Diamonds: Beautiful and Affordable Diamond Jewelry With an Attitude


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Guess what? Small diamonds are in demand these days, particularly small, treated color diamonds. Smaller diamonds (under .5 carat) are often not graded and therefore less expensive, so treated color diamonds often make an affordable option for gifts, or for yourself. In a tight economy, having an affordable option for trendy diamond jewelry is always welcome.


Treated color diamonds are natural diamonds that undergo a color change through high pressure heat treatment (HPHT), electron  acceleration, irradiation, coating, or similar processes to achieve a  desired color. The result is a permanent color change in the diamond, .  which is then set in some pretty spectacular jewelry.


yellow diamond ring lovablesWhen a diamond undergoes a color treatment, the result is color stable forever. You can find some beautiful pieces of treated diamond jewelry, including these fantastic Lovables color diamond ring, just $249 at Amidon Jewelers.


Amidon’s treated color diamond Lovables make a perfect gift for a special lady. Buy one in the color of her birthstone, and she may want to buy more down the road.  Treat yourself toa Loveable or two (or more) and stack them, or wear them individually and color coordinate to your daily outfits.  At this price, anyone can indulge infun and colorful diamond rings without breaking the bank.


Each treated diamond is as beautiful as the fancy color diamonds found in nature, but much less expensive since the latter are very rare (and becoming rarer), which keeps their price tags high. Treated color diamonds can be found in a wide selection of hues like pink, green, gold, yellow, orange, green, black, blue and red.


Also called “enhanced” diamonds, treated diamonds are one way to enjoy some exquisite color diamond jewelry at a price you can afford. There’aquamarine diamond ring lovabless no reason why a treated color diamond ring can’t be presented as an engagement or anniversary ring, if it means giving your girl a ring she’ll love that fits your budget.


By the way, you can also choose a traditional white diamond Loveable ring for classic elegance.




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Choosing your wedding rings is much more personal today than it was when your parents were planning their wedding. In the past, the bride’s engagement and wedding rings came as a matched set, and often the groom’s wedding ring was pre-designed to match her set. Choices were fairly limited, and there was little room for any serious self expression in the rings’ designs.


Lucky for you that’s all changed now, and both brides and grooms can find the perfect wedding ring to suit their taste and styles. And thankfully, the bride’s engagement ring, her wedding ring, and the groom’s wedding band are three separate entities. No matchy-matchy necessary, which means the options can be limitless.


In fact, you could say the biggest trend today in choosing a wedding band is making it your own. While many brides still want the traditional wedding band with diamonds, more brides are stepping out of convention and choosing a gemstone band to layer against the engagement ring. Emeralds, sapphires or garnets, alone or  combined with diamonds in channel, pave, or garland styles, for example – brides have never before had so many choices.


Grooms are faring much better as well, with bands in a wide array of widths, metals, colors, and gemstones. Amidon has a range of  gent’s wedding bands in gold, steel, titanium, some with diamonds – masculine, intricate rings, each as individual as the man wearing it.


Amidon’s Fable Designs take men’s band choices to a whole new level, with vivid colors, rich designs and unique touches that can be as personal as you want them to be.


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As the price of gold continues to go up, new materials are surfacing including zirconium, cobalt, and ceramic tungsten. As a result, more options are becoming available for grooms than ever before.


If your engagement ring was chosen separately from your wedding ring, you can find a wedding ring with complementary diamonds or gemstone that maintains the classic look of the engagement/wedding ring set, without being stuck with a design that you may not be crazy about. Some brides choose to pass on the engagement ring altogether and select a wide, ornate diamond wedding band, which is practical and chic. Still others are choosing to wear their engagement ring on the left hand and their wedding band on their right hand, allowing each ring to stand alone.


Of course, with all the choices out there, brides and grooms who like certain aspects of different rings may want to create their own ring designs. Amidon’s “Design Your Own Ring” option allows brides and grooms to purchase a diamond and have it set to suit their own tastes and budgets.  This may be the perfect answer to finding a man’s wedding band that compliments the bride’s.


Like every aspect of your wedding, you want your rings to reflect who you are, and your love for each other. Your relationship is unique, your tastes are unique, and your rings  should reflect nothing less.