the jewelry advice to start ignoring in 2019

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I grew up behind the showcases with a workshop as my playroom. I have heard just about every piece of bad advice ever uttered when it comes to jewelry. Read below to get an inside perspective on the 5 pieces of advice that make me cringe the most and what you can do instead.

Never take your jewelry off

If you drove your car endlessly with no maintenance you would expect it to fall apart. The same is true for your jewelry. Fine jewelry is not meant to be worn during many of our more arduous daily tasks.

Clean your jewelry with toothpaste

Toothpaste is slightly abrasive. It isn’t great for your gold, but it will also leave a film on your diamonds. It doesn’t actually clean your jewelry at all. It gets stuck under your stone and allows more dirt and other grime to collect in hard to reach places on your fine jewelry.

Never let your diamond out of your sight, the jeweler might switch it…

It takes a lot of time, expertise, and valuable materials to set a diamond. It is in no way quick or easy. It all comes down to trust. If you don’t trust the person you’re working with…maybe you shouldn’t be working with them. I don’t encourage leaving your jewelry with just anyone I wouldn’t lose sleep over having someone quickly check, ultrasonic, and steam off my ring even if it was out of my sight.

Your ring gets stretched when it’s sized and sizing makes it thinner

Plain, solid gold, and platinum bands without stones that are only being sized up or down 1/4-1/2 of a size are often stretched. ANY ring that has stones must be cut and metal added or removed to change the size. This should NEVER thin the bottom of your ring. The piece that is added should be the same thickness as the bottom was before. An expert can even size a diamond eternity band!

Your diamond can’t break

Diamonds are the hardest substance on Earth. They can still chip and break. Most often this happens through years of constant wear. Other times it happens when there is a significant inclusion that was already a weak spot.

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As always, find me on Insta to ask any diamond questions you have @katetheconcierge

All About Yellow Diamonds

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Quick Facts

About Yellow Diamonds

  1. Diamonds naturally occur in many colors

  2. An increase in nitrogen present during the formation of a diamond gives it it’s yellow color

  3. Yellow diamonds are often called “canary” but this is not an accurate term

  4. For yellow diamonds the cut, clarity, and carat are all graded on the same scale as colorless diamonds. Fancy colored diamonds have their own color grade scale

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How To Shop

For a Yellow Diamond


It might be hard to see the nuanced difference in color of a natural yellow diamond. Especially if you are looking at diamonds that are already set into jewelry. I’m sharing a couple of trade secrets to help you through purchase the perfect yellow diamond.

Yellow diamonds are often in yellow gold settings. The belief is that a white setting could reflect through the stone making it appear more pale than the stone actually is. This is common practice and if a vibrant yellow diamond is set in 18k yellow it looks fabulous!

Sometimes, when a fancy colored diamond is set into jewelry the back of the stone is enclosed. In the case of yellow diamonds the back of the stone would be enclosed in 18k or 22k yellow gold to enhance the color of the stone. I have seriously mixed feelings about this method. I really like this idea, why not use what you have to make the stone shine it’s brightest? On the flip side, if this isn’t disclosed you can’t get a feel for the actual color of the diamond. If the back is fully enclosed dirt can be trapped and be a nightmare to get out causing your diamond to look like it has inclusions or dark spots that it doesn’t have.

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How yellow is your yellow? The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Color Scale for fancy colored diamonds is incredibly complicated compared to the traditional D-Z scale of colorless diamonds. Colored diamonds are graded by their hue, and the tone and saturation of that hue. They are then further broken down by warm and cool then finally into Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Dark, Fancy Intense, Fancy Vivid, and Fancy Deep.

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Yellow diamonds are fabulous. Color grading, pricing, and shopping for natural yellow diamonds can be complicated. It doesn’t have to be. As with any diamond, find a Gemologist you trust. Choose the stone you fall in love with, but if it is a natural yellow diamond check the back of the setting first.

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3 Ways You're Ruining Your Ring This Winter, and How You Can Stop Today

Cold weather is my least favorite weather. Not only because it's cold, but also for the damage it causes to fine jewelry. Yesterday I broke off a prong which led to one of my side diamonds falling out of my engagement ring. It was a total accident on a ring that is very well maintained. Below are situations that frequently damage rings in the Winter, and a few tips to save yourself from a similar fate.

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1. Mittens, gloves, and pockets

Have you ever stuck your hand into your glove and come out with a ring full of fuzz? Most of us have. This is a great indication that you need to have your prongs checked. If you have weak prongs pulling your hand out of your glove, mitten, or pocket could break the prong and pull the diamond out of your ring.

2. Cookies, gingerbread, and roasts

During the Holidays we cook more than any other time of year. Many famous Chefs are vocal about the need to take off your rings when you're in the kitchen. Rachael Ray even wrote about it here. Messy ingredients can get trapped under your diamonds, push prongs away from your stones and generally damage or break your rings.

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3. Lotion, soap, and dish washing

For many of us Winter means dry hands and extra dishes. Lotion and soap stick to diamonds! Every time you lotion or wash your hands with your rings on, a film is left behind on your diamonds. The quick fix is to either take your rings off or invest in some at home jewelry cleaner.

This Winter, take a minute to have your prongs checked by a jeweler. Be careful putting on and taking off your gloves or reaching into your pockets. Take your rings off when you cook. Buy a jar of jewelry cleaner to keep on hand. Follow these tips to protect the bling in your rings this Winter.

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5 FACTS YOUR JEWELER WON'T TELL YOU ABOUT YOUR DIAMOND

It’s no secret that buying a diamond can be confusing and complicated (it’s why we are changing it up) After a lifetime behind a retail counter here are the five things I tell every client I work with.

DIAMONDS CAN BREAK

We all know diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth... but did you know they can chip and break? In fact, it is VERY common to see a diamond that has been worn for many years with small chips and nicks around the the edges or points.

THE 4 C’S DON’T GUARANTEE VALUE

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) revolutionized the diamond grading process with the 4 C's. However, diamond value is a subtle art that can't be quickly determined by a glance at a piece of paper.

Shape

Florescence

Location, Number, Type, Relief of Inclusions

and many more subtleties create the value of a diamond

YOUR DIAMOND CAN LOSE VALUE

Diamonds are frequently sold as a "good investment" but in some cases this isn't true. Round and princess cut diamonds are the two most popular shapes and inherently hold value because of their popularity. The 3rd most popular shape is often whatever is trendiest at the moment.

Currently: Cushion

Trending Toward: Oval

These diamonds will keep their brilliants and beauty long after they are Insta famous. Once the their demand decreases their value may also decrease. Larger diamonds are more rare and may keep their value regardless of diamond shape trends.

The Marquise's popularity in the 1980's and 1990's is a prime example of this phenomenon

YOU PAY MORE FOR A BRAND NAME

(SOMETIMES A LOT MORE)

Brand name diamonds cost more. The diamonds themselves are not always different and often have the same GIA certifications as non-branded diamonds. The brand name can cost double, or triple of a similar non-branded diamond.

Always ask to see the non-branded equivalent to determine the price difference.

IN 10 YEARS YOU WON’T REMEMBER THE NUMBERS AND LETTERS

Unless you carry a microscope or a loupe in your purse you aren't likely to ever see the inclusions in your diamond after you leave the jeweler.

Buy the diamond you love, the one that sparkles to you, the one that makes you light up inside when you look at it.