Custom Design Jewelry: The Four C’s of Diamonds

With the technological advances of today, the popularity of custom design jewelry is higher than ever. What, at one time, took months to accomplish can now be done in a matter of weeks. To custom design jewelry of nearly any style gives today’s fine jewelry consumer the opportunity to express their own personality and taste without costing an arm and a leg. There are a few simple things to be remembered when working with a jeweler to create a unique, one of a kind custom piece, especially if the intention is to use diamonds and precious gemstones.


Custom design your engagement ring

Custom design your engagement ring

While gemstones come with a similar certification, diamonds set the standard for valuation of all precious stones through the use of the four C’s of diamonds. Some may have heard about these C’s but if custom design jewelry is a coming project, knowing at least the basics of diamond certification is wise. The jeweler creating the custom design jewelry should produce the certification of the stone’s worth and its origin. If either of these certifications cannot be produced, move on to a different jeweler. Without the proper certifications, you may end up with custom design jewelry worth far less than you paid.


The four C’s of diamonds are Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat. Diamonds vary from clear or white to every color imaginable, the most valuable being the traditional clear diamond. Clarity rates the flaws and inclusions within the stone. While most of these inclusions and flaws are not seen by the naked eye, the value of the diamond is directly affected.  Cut is the diamond’s facets and is what produces the prism like sparkle when light passes through the stone.  A diamond can appear cloudy or dull, even have a dark center, if the cut is incorrect or poorly done. The final C is the most commonly known of the C’s, Carat. Simply put, Carat is the weight of the diamond. Keep in mind, that a larger stone my look pretty but due to the inclusions or cut, the value may be less than a smaller more quality diamond. Make sure to go over each of the C’s with a professional jeweler to determine the perfect diamond for the custom design jewelry being created. As stated, gemstones are rated in a similar fashion.


Custom design jewelry can be the perfect way to express one’s personality and style and in today’s highly technological era, custom design jewelry is more affordable than ever.

Diamond Engagement Rings for a Lifetime

Each and every day, beautiful, loving couples all around the globe become engaged. It is a joyous time in the lives of the young lovers and begins a new phase of life together. Beginning that life as one is the biggest step most people take and it is wise to go into it with your eyes wide open. Often young men will make the mistake of thinking the diamond engagement ring has to put him deeply in debt to be good enough for the woman he loves. That is generally not necessary. If you can follow a few simple suggestions, buying the perfect diamond engagement ring can be easy and virtually painless.


Gabriel and Co Diamond Engagement Rings

Gabriel and Co Diamond Engagement Rings

It’s likely that most lovestruck young men have a very limited knowledge of jewelry. It’s important to learn just a few basics about diamonds and diamond engagement rings to insure the purchase is of the value paid.


First, and most importantly, knowing the fashion style of the bride-to-be will help define the style of diamond engagement ring that will best suit her personal flair. There are hundreds of styles to choose from and to the uneducated consumer, it can be overwhelming. While jewelers are trained to help ease the tension of buying diamond engagement rings, they are void of the ability to match the bride’s personal style. Once a groom has determined the style of engagement ring that will best complement his lover’s fashion, then it’s always a good idea to know something about diamonds themselves.


There are four C’s that define the value of a diamond. The first is Color. Diamonds vary from the most valuable white or clear to every color of the rainbow.  Tradition in wedding jewelry is white or clear diamonds but if the betrothed woman has colorful tastes, colored diamonds might do nicely. The next C of diamonds is Clarity. This refers to the flaws and inclusions within the diamond. Most of the time these flaws are not visible to the human eye but directly affect the value of the stone. Cut is the most commonly misunderstood C. It is NOT the shape of the diamond but the cut of the facets or angles of the stone. This is what gives the diamond its sparkle. The fourth C is the most commonly understood. It is the weight of the stone. All of the C’s directly affect the value of the stone and should be documented by the jeweler. If there is no certification on the diamond engagement ring, move on.

Surprise Her With Custom Design Jewelry

In a world filled with chaos and life’s distractions, it’s often hard to remember the little things. We have our careers that take up much of our time, school activities for our kids, after-hours business meetings and get-togethers with friends. It seems as if our days get filled with so much “stuff” that we neglect the person most important in our life…our romantic partner. Valentine’s Day is over but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a little time to gift this person something romantic…just because. Custom designed jewelry is all the rage these days. What is it, you ask? It is designing a piece of jewelry from an idea in your head and making it come to life.

Design Your Own - Gabriel Mountings

Design Your Own – Gabriel Mountings

Many family-owned jewelers have artisans employed that are trained in custom designed jewelry. And contrary to popular belief, it is not nearly as expensive as it used to be. In the past, custom designed jewelry was painstakingly slow. You had an idea, you gave it to the jeweler, the jeweler drew it on paper and attempted to create the piece you had in mind. Oftentimes, it would take many revisions before the piece was perfect. This created long wait times and could often become very expensive based on how many revisions were needed. Today, that has changed.

Today, computers have made the job of custom designed jewelry much easier. You work with your jewelry artisan to create a 3-dimensional image on a computer. You are able to see the piece as the computer creates it and make changes to the image before the piece is ever created. It allows you to have full knowledge of what the custom design jeweler will be creating and give you full disclosure of what will be created for you. This frees up time…and money. You may still have to wait a few weeks for the piece to be delivered to you, but more often than not, the piece is perfect on the first try.

Does your wife thrive on simplistic or vintage? Is she classy or flashy? Know her tastes and styles and get in to your nearest custom design jeweler and create the piece of her dreams. Nothing says love like an original piece, created by you with love, when she least expects it. “Wow” her with a custom designed jewelry piece and watch her smile light up your world when she opens it.

Custom Design Jewelry: Opportunity for Romance

Christmas and New Years have long passed. Valentine’s Day memories are fading quickly. How do you go about keeping the romance that the holidays produced going? Simple: remember that romance needs no holiday. A tried and true way to keep those romantic flames blazing is by creating unique and affordable custom design jewelry.


Surprisingly, custom design jewelry is far more affordable than most think. Often by using old and tired jewelry, you can create a fresh, new piece that will thrill the love of your life and spark up that romantic feeling without breaking the bank. You know she’s got broken gold necklaces and a few gemstone rings she has mentioned turning into new jewelry. Why not surprise her with a sparkling pair of gemstone earrings, made from the jewelry debris cluttering her jewelry box? But, how do you go about that. It is far more simple that you think.


Find a trusted and capable jeweler. Generally custom design jewelry is not something that the chain jewelry stores that you find in the mall can do, so look into family owned and operated shops in your city. They are far more likely to have the artisan capable of creating your custom design jewelry. Also make sure that the jewelry store you choose has the capability of melting down the metals you plan to recycle.


If you don’t have your own ideas for the custom design jewelry, (after all, you’re not a designer or a jeweler), trust your jeweler to show you some of the designs that you might like. Also, be sure that the pieces you plan to use in the custom design jewelry are comprised of the quality metals you want in the new piece. Again, your jeweler can help you determine which will work best.


The most important aspect of creating custom design jewelry from old, broken and forgotten pieces is to be 100% sure that the old pieces are just that…old pieces and not heirloom jewelry passed down but not worn. It may be a bit tough to keep the new piece a surprise if you need to ask but if you don’t ask, you could make a mistake that will definitely affect your hopes for romance.


Bottom line, if you want to keep the romance alive all year round, custom design jewelry is one of many ways. The best idea is show your love on a daily basis, gifts of jewelry or not.

Diamond Engagement Rings: The Ultimate in Romance

You’ve dated for a while. Even when you’re not with her, your thoughts are of her. You know in your heart of hearts that she is the one with whom you want to spend the rest of your life, have a family and make a good life together. The proposal will be simple but finding the right diamond engagement ring is a challenge. She is very creative, funny and one of the most unique women you have ever known. The ring needs to reflect her style while showing just how you feel about her at the same time. You know finding the perfect diamond engagement ring won’t be easy.


Gabriel and Co. Diamond Engagement Rings

Gabriel and Co. Diamond Engagement Rings

First things first, you don’t want a ring that is just like the engagement ring that everyone else wears so it is wise to steer clear of cookie cutter jewelry stores like those you find in every shopping mall across the country. A family owned and operated jewelry store is far more likely to have the creative designs of diamond engagement rings that will more appropriately fit her style. Not to mention, many smaller, non-chain jewelry stores are capable of creating a design specifically for you through custom design jewelry.


Believe it or not, custom designed diamond engagements rings are far more affordable than you might think. The technology used by modern jewelers today make the creation of unique and one-of-a-kind rings an option worth considering. If you choose to create a special ring just for her, there are few limitations to the style and look you can create. Diamond engagements rings designed following classic styles can still be quite unique by using a variety of precious metals or mixing in some colored diamonds to match her own individuality.


It’s very trendy these days to use colored diamonds as a focal point of your diamond engagement ring featuring her favorite color. Chocolate or black diamonds are a very popular stone used in custom designed engagement rings with a scattering of clear or white diamonds giving that extra little sparkle. You can choose nearly any color of the spectrum for your diamond engagement ring and accent the colored diamonds with the precious metal of your choice. Custom designed diamond engagement rings offer a plethora of options to create the ideal ring that is sure to take her breath away as you go to your knee and open your heart to her.

Mark the Milestones: Teen Jewelry

As you watch your children grow, you take photos, make videos and create as many lasting memories as possible. You can easily create memories for those children that they will never forget by marking their milestones with gifts of teen jewelry. Here are just a few ideas:


Teen Jewelry - Initial Pendant

Teen Jewelry – Initial Pendant

You received her baby ring from your mother on the day she was born. Of course, as an infant, your precious daughter never wore the ring but you have it, still in its box hidden away in your sock drawer. Next week, that “baby” is turning thirteen, which is a huge milestone in her young life. Why not visit your local jeweler and pick out a nice gold chain necklace for her to wear, with the baby ring as a pendant? She’s a responsible young lady and would truly appreciate a sentimental piece as her first piece of teen jewelry.


If your son or daughter are nearing the biggest birthday of their lives, their Sweet 16, there are many changes about to happen. Here comes the driver’s license and a newfound freedom that you’ve dreaded for years. But this is a milestone for your children. Mark the memory for them with teen jewelry. Your 16-year old son would certainly appreciate a designer watch that you secretly hope will keep him on time for curfews. And your daughter’s first pair of diamond earrings will have you in her good graces for months!


Those examples are just that…examples. There are many varieties of teen jewelry to choose from that will mark your children’s milestones and likely be one of the more precious gifts you give. You don’t have to break the bank by buying expensive pieces as there are plenty of choices of perfectly affordable teen jewelry. Many young men appreciate a valuable ID bracelet or plain gold chain bracelet. Many young women will be thrilled by gemstone earrings or the first of many charms for a charm bracelet.


These are your children. You know what they have liked so far in life so be sure to take that into consideration when shopping for teen jewelry. If you son is into music and loves to “bling” it out, he may be game for CZ teen jewelry, a more affordable but valuable substitute for diamonds. Your daughter is active in sports and not likely to fully appreciate the more “dainty” jewelry. Be sure to choose the right teen jewelry for your teen and it’s likely they will never forget it.

Custom Design Jewelry: A Heartfelt Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Valentine’s Day, the celebration of love, is quickly approaching. Make this year something special for the special someone in your life by choosing custom designed jewelry to show your love. It’s far easier than you would think. Just do a few simple things and you’ll be creating the perfect gift for her!


Custom Mountings from Amidon Jewelers

Custom Mountings from Amidon Jewelers

First, you need to decide what type of fine jewelry you would like to create for her. The options are as many as there are stars in the sky. Once you’ve decided on the jewelry, a gemstone ring or a meaningful pendant, for example, you can begin to look for a jeweler.


While you might be tempted to go to the mall, don’t. The chain stores often don’t offer custom design jewelry. Find a local jeweler, who quite likely is or employs an experienced artisan, highly trained to create custom designed jewelry of all kinds. Make sure the jeweler is reputable and can produce any documentation or certification of the stone and precious metal values to insure your investment is worthy.


Once your jeweler is found, before you go visit the store, do a little research on some basics of fine jewelry and custom design. If you are choosing a diamond creation, be sure to learn the 4 C’s of diamonds; Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. These are all very important to the value of loose diamonds and the end custom design. Also, precious metals have different applications and density. For instance, you would set a diamond in silver, a very soft compound. Research the assortment of metals available and right for your custom design.


Next, visit the jeweler. Discuss your design in detail and if possible, a sketch is very helpful to the artisan. One thing to keep in mind is that the jeweler is a trained professional and knows what will and will not work in a custom design. If he or she makes a suggestion for structural integrity, it’s likely a good idea to take it. You don’t want to lose a stone or have your custom design jewelry piece break.


Now you can sit back and wait. Yep, custom design can take time. Be sure to allow the time for its completion well prior to Valentine’s Day, in case of any changes or flaws. Custom design jewelry is more than the perfect Valentine’s Day gift idea, it’s the perfect statement of your love.

Make This Valentine’s Day Special for Your Kids

When our children were small, Valentine’s Day was simple. We gave chocolates, maybe a stuffed animal or toy and that was it. Now that those children are growing into young adults, Valentine’s Day gift ideas are a bit more difficult to come by. The answer is simple: Teen Jewelry.


Message Jewelry for Teens

Message Jewelry for Teens

In today’s jewelry market, the available variety of teen and children’s jewelry is more vast than ever before. The ongoing popularity of charm bracelets offers a Valentine’s Day gift idea that is sure to please any young lady. Pandora Charm bracelets have taken the world of fine jewelry by storm over the past decade or so, offering bead charms of nearly every interest you can imagine from sea turtles to the Eiffel Tower. Whatever your young lady might be into can be found in a Pandora Charm Bracelet bead. Another benefit to the gift of a charm bracelet is that it is a gift that keeps on giving. You can give different beads and charms as the special young lady in your life grows and her interests change.

Of course, young women always appreciate a new pair of diamond earrings or a birthstone ring, or the time tested and highly popular gift of a heart-shaped gold locket.


Let’s not leave out the young man in your life. As he grows toward manhood, fine jewelry can be a vital part of his image. Especially today, when “bling” is all the rage, most young men will appreciate a designer watch or gold chain necklace. Even a trendy “dog tag” necklace may be a super Valentine’s Day gift idea for your growing boy. Another popular choice for the fellows is a classic ID bracelet or for those with pierced ears, a nice diamond stud or pair of affordable diamond earrings may be the perfect gift.


As we watch our children grow into adults, it becomes increasingly harder to find the right gift to satisfy an often hard-to-please teen. Affordable fine jewelry is one of the most popular Valentine’s Day gift ideas for teens and young adults and can create memories that will last a lifetime. So this Valentine’s Day, as your son’s voice squeaks and your daughter can’t get off of the phone, keep in mind that affordable fine jewelry is often the best Valentine’s Day gift idea you could have.

Affordable Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s not always easy to figure out the perfect Valentine’s gift, especially when you’ve been with your love for a long time. Early on, it was easy. Diamond earrings, charm bracelets, or a dazzling gemstone brooch was guaranteed to please with little effort. Well, now she’s become a bit more difficult to please when it comes to gift giving. Let’s think outside the box – the jewelry box.


Diamond Earrings

Diamond Earrings

You’ve spent years buying her beautiful jewelry and chances are good that some of the older pieces could use some attention. Most fine jewelers offer professional cleaning and jewelry repair services that can bring new life to old, tired and broken jewelry. While it may not be your normal practice, have a peek into her jewelry box or drawer and see if you can’t revive some of her older pieces that she can no longer wear due to a broken clasp, a missing stone or a kink in a chain. You may just find a hidden treasure that will bring a smile to her face and a memory to her mind.


An alternative Valentine’s Day gift idea also involving her older, broken jewelry is to use the pieces to create an entirely new piece. Custom designed jewelry is more popular today than ever due to the increased use of the internet and design programs at your local jeweler. But, before you decide to take her broken serpentine necklace to be melted down, make sure that she doesn’t already have plans for her old fine jewelry. You need to be slick about it to keep the new piece a secret but if you can’t, it’s better to ruin a surprise than to melt down a piece she intended to fix or that meant the world to her, even broken.


We all know how hard it is to come up with really good Valentine’s Day gift ideas for someone who has everything. Fixing an heirloom watch that hasn’t kept time for decades, or reviving a right hand gemstone ring with a broken prong in the setting might be your answer. One thing to consider when deciding on jewelry repair or custom designed jewelry as a Valentine’s Day gift is that these services take time. Make sure to allow enough time to complete the job so that the gift is ready to be the greatest Valentine’s Day gift idea to date.

Fine Jewelry: Special Meaning Without Lifelong Commitment

While certain pieces of fine jewelry are symbolic of ultimate love, a diamond engagement ring for instance, other jewelry is only as symbolic as you make it. If you’ve just started dating someone and wish to impress her with fine jewelry for Valentine’s Day, you need not worry that it might mean more to her than it does you as long as you are careful about the type of jewelry you give. Fine jewelry shows just how special she is to you but that engagement ring or any ring is likely off the table for now.


Past, Present, Future Diamond Ring

Past, Present, Future Diamond Ring

Every woman on the planet cannot have enough earrings. Affordable diamond earrings will not only please her very much but she will know that she is someone special to you without going overboard by thinking she needs to start shopping for a wedding gown. Gemstone earrings might be another alternative that will thrill her. A very popular gemstone choice is to go with birthstones. By doing so you are showing her that you’ve paid attention and know when her birthday is.


Bracelets are another Valentine’s gift idea that is very special but non-committal. The variety of diamond and gemstone bracelets available at most fine jewelry stores is sure to have many that she would love. Gold or silver bangle bracelets have been popular gifts for decades. Stackable and versatile, she will appreciate the thought you’ve put into an accessory so useful.


If you’re a little further along in the relationship and would like to show her a little bit more love, nothing beats a heart-shaped pendant accented with diamonds to show that she means the world to you. When you visit your local jeweler, you’ll find that they often have a huge array of affordable pendants to choose from that will show your love for her without indicating that the next step in the relationship is down the aisle.


Valentine’s Day offers an opportunity to show her just how much she means to you at this point of your relationship. While love may be a part of it, if you’re not ready to commit to a lifetime with her, be sure to stay away from diamond rings entirely. Even right hand rings have the never ending circle that, more often than not, symbolizes your commitment to her. It’s best to choose other types of jewelry until you’re ready to slip a diamond engagement ring on her finger.