Diamond Dictionary: Fancy Colored Diamonds

Fancy Colored Diamonds Colored diamonds relate to white diamonds as a Ferrari might relate to a BMW… magnificent, exotic and different. Natural colored diamonds exist in a rainbow of colors and intensities. Less than one percent of the thousands of diamonds graded by the GIA annually qualify as ‘natural fancy colors” or fancy colored diamonds. […]

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Oval Cut Diamonds: Classic Elegance Meets Non-Traditional

Classic Elegance Meets Non-Traditional An oval shape diamond engagement ring is perfect for a woman who seeks a timeless, classic look combined with a shape that is slightly more uncommon. Popularized and perfected in the 1960’s, Oval shape diamonds have a rich and controversial history dating back several hundred years. The 186 carat original Koh-I-Noor […]

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Diamond Guide: How to grade color in a diamond

How to grade color in a diamond Whether you are shopping for a diamond or not, at some point you have probably heard the reference to the “4 C’s” of a diamond. With one of those “C’s” being Color, how exactly do you determine the color in a diamond? Unless you are looking for a […]

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Diamond Dictionary: Princess Cut Diamonds

Princess Cut Diamonds Maybe your girlfriend has subtly mentioned that she wants a princess cut diamond as the center stone of her engagement ring. Now what?! A princess cut… seriously, who does she think she is?! In order for you to be her Prince and not her Pauper, we had better help you a bit… […]

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Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings

Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Rings After Round brilliants, Cushion cut diamonds are the most admired and sought after shape in the world today. Cushion cut diamonds are described by diamond laboratories in three possible ways; Antique Cushion, Cushion Brilliant and Modified Cushion Brilliant. Antique Cushion Cut Diamonds Antique cushions were produced in the early 20th […]

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Diamond Clarity and Categories Explained

Diamond Clarity and Categories Explained Inclusions in a diamond are characteristics visible inside the stone created by Mother Nature during the formation of the crystal under enormous heat and pressure billions of years ago. The highest clarity rating for diamonds is Flawless (F). Flawless diamonds have no inclusions or blemishes visible under 10X magnification when […]

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Best Guide for Buying a Diamond

Best Guide for Buying a Diamond Buying a diamond can be intimidating for anyone. There are so many different shapes, qualities and vendors to choose from. One has to consider budget, carat weight and of course, the girlfriend’s expectations! On top of this, there are many different laboratories that certify diamonds, with a lot of […]

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Diamond Dictionary: The History of Diamond Cuts

The History of Diamond Cuts Before the 1400’s diamonds were typically cut into shapes that were determined by the shape of the rough crystal that came out of the earth. The “Point Cut” and “Table Cut” eventually develop into almost all of the 12 modern diamond shapes. In 1458 the gem cutters called lapidaries, started […]

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Gift Ideas for Mothers Day from Ascot Diamonds

Perhaps one of the most timeless and genuine gifts you can give the special mother in your life is a beautiful piece of diamond jewelry. For this Mother’s Day, here’s a list of excellent gift ideas. Diamond Stud Earrings An essential part of every woman’s fine jewelry collection, diamond stud earrings are something that the […]

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Diamond Dictionary: Radiant Cut Diamonds

If you prefer a rectangular shaped diamond but want the brilliance of a round cut, the Radiant cut diamond might be a great selection for you. Radiant cut diamonds combine the classic shape of the Emerald cut with the life and fire of a Round Brilliant. They tend to lengthen the sightline on a woman’s […]

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The History of the Diamond Engagement Ring

The custom of presenting a diamond engagement ring to your significant other dates back to the year 1477 when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria, of the Habsburg Dynasty, proposed marriage to Mary of Burgundy with a ring set with thin, flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an “M.” At the time, diamonds were […]

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Diamond Dictionary: Pear Shape Diamonds

Pear Shape Diamonds Pear shape diamonds look exquisite in diamond engagement rings, diamond necklaces or diamond earrings So you’re looking for a stunning diamond engagement ring but want something a little different and unique… ever considered an elegantly set pear shape diamond? The pear shape diamond has also been referred to as the “teardrop” diamond, […]

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4 Easy Ways To Tell If You Have A Real or Fake Diamond

4 Easy Ways To Tell If You Have A Real or Fake Diamond Imagine you’re strolling down a sidewalk and your eye catches the sparkle of something that appears to be a diamond… could this be your lucky day?! Is it real and how can you tell? The best thing to do is to take […]

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Diamond Dictionary: Ideal Cut Round Brilliant Diamonds

Ideal Cut Round Brilliant Diamonds When a round brilliant diamond has been cut to “ideal” proportions by a master cutter, it is a splendor to behold. The Ideal Cut Diamond describes a round brilliant diamond that has been cut to exact and mathematically proven proportions. Its symmetry, with 58 precisely placed facets, produces the ultimate […]

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Diamond Engagement Ring Trends for 2013

Diamond Engagement Ring Trends for 2013 Every year brings a fresh wave of trends in engagement ring styles. Sometimes the number of options out there can be dizzying (in a good way). The two most important things to keep in mind while ring shopping, are the bride’s personality and style. Does she lean toward the […]

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Cushion Cut Diamonds: Antique, Brilliant and Modified Brilliant Cuts

Cushion Cut Diamonds: Antique, Brilliant and Modified Brilliant cuts and the difference between them So your girlfriend has mentioned she wants a cushion cut diamond engagement ring… now you’re ready to start looking for the perfect ring, right? Not necessarily… You may have heard that one cushion cut diamond can look different from the next, […]

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Choosing Platinum or White Gold for your Engagement Ring

Choosing Platinum or White Gold for your Engagement Ring Knowing the differences between white gold and platinum is essential when deciding between the two metals. After you’ve chosen your diamond and your setting, showcasing its brilliance with a metal that will best allow it to shine is the next step. While we’ve touched on the […]

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Diamond Dictionary: What is an Emerald cut diamond?

What is an Emerald cut diamond? One of the most classic diamond shapes is the emerald cut. Emerald cut diamonds are either rectangular or square cut stones with beveled corners and step-cut facets. The underside of an emerald cut diamond is called the pavilion and has layers, called steps. If an emerald cut diamond has few layers/steps, […]

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How To Buy A Quality Diamond Engagement Ring

How To Buy A Quality Diamond Engagement Ring Learning how to purchase a diamond need not be a daunting task. Adequately armed with knowledge and educated guidance, you can find the diamond that meets your criteria and your budget. In the last blog we spoke about navigating through the myriad of choices in terms of […]

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Choosing the best engagement ring for you

A diamond engagement ring is not only a physical representation of a man’s commitment and love towards his partner, but a beautiful piece of jewelry in its own right. Choosing the right engagement ring requires working with people who not only know diamonds but the craftsmanship details involved in creating a true piece of fine jewelry. Diamond […]

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Diamond Dictionary: Asscher Cut Diamond

Asscher Cut Diamond One of the most elegant and timeless diamond shapes is the Asscher cut. Nearly 110 years ago, the Asscher cut was designed and patented by Dutch diamond artisan Joseph Asscher. His brother, Abraham Asscher, furthered their company’s fame in 1903 by cleaving the world’s largest diamond at that time, the 997 carat […]

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How Much Should I Spend on an Engagement Ring?

How Much Should I Spend on an Engagement Ring? So you’ve finally decided that it’s time to “pop the question” and ask your girlfriend to marry you. Congratulations! Now what?! One of the first questions we hear from guys who are thinking about proposing is, “How much should I spend on the engagement ring?” Maybe […]

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Solitaire Diamond Engagement Rings: Trending back to classic ring styles

Solitaire Diamond Engagement Rings: Trending back to classic ring styles Just like clothing, hair and shoe styles, diamond engagement ring styles tend to cycle as the years go by. From the heavy-handed yellow gold look of the 1980’s to highly ornate white gold and platinum engagement ring styles of the past decade, styles are continually shifting. In […]

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Platinum vs. White Gold: The right metal for your engagement ring

Platinum vs. White Gold: The right metal for your engagement ring One of the questions we seem to frequently get asked is, “What is the difference in platinum versus white gold when it comes to selecting the right metal for my diamond engagement ring?” For our personal jewelers, the answer typically depends on a number of factors, […]

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How to Buy a Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

How to Buy a Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring First developed in the early 1900’s, the Cushion Cut diamond shape has soared in popularity over the past decade. The modern day cushion is a descendant of the Old Mine Cut. When cut properly, a Cushion Cut diamond can be breathtaking … it’s rounded corners and 58 brilliant-style facets […]

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Custom Diamond Ring Design: Steps in Creating a Custom Engagement Ring

Steps in Creating a Custom Engagement Ring Let’s face it, what woman doesn’t want a beautiful diamond ring? Maybe you’ve always wanted an elaborate diamond ring design suited for a celebrity’s red carpet walk or something simple and elegant, more fit for royalty. Regardless of your style, there is one thing that is often overlooked […]

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How to avoid diamond scams…

How to avoid diamond scams… Do your research, read reviews and work with a jeweler you can trust. We recently had a client who called to cancel an appointment because he thought he found an ‘exceptional deal’ somewhere else. With so many retail stores going out of business or struggling to stay afloat, it certainly can appear as though […]

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How Do You Define Luxury?

How Do You Define Luxury? Everyone has their own definition of luxury. It may be a bike ride down the Tuscan countryside, a day at the spa, a fast ride on a beautiful day… in a PORSCHE, the feel good factor of wearing a new watch, or fabulous, glorious DIAMONDS! Typically, luxury is a combination […]

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Warning Guys…don’t be tempted by synthetic diamonds or Cubic Zirconia…

Warning Guys…don’t be tempted by synthetic diamonds or Cubic Zirconia… Be authentic. Buy Real. True story… we know a guy who wanted to impress his lady with a gigantic diamond. He told her he made much more money than he actually did. He asked about synthetic diamonds and CZs (aka diamond cut glass) and we […]

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Infatuation With Color

Infatuation With Color Diamonds of every color… Tickle me pink, give me a splash of sunshine, a celebration with champagne or an edge with black…either way I am completely smitten. Let’s be real. Rarity impresses everyone. Most people want what others covet. It makes us feel special to have something nobody we know has and […]

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Have you ever found a diamond that turned out to be real?

Have you ever found a diamond that turned out to be real? One of my favorite stories while working as a private jeweler with Ascot was with a wonderful couple, Melanie and Daniel. Our first meeting was all three of us because he wanted to be sure he selected a ring Melanie would love for […]

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The scoop on Push Gifts and Pushing Presents

The scoop on Push Gifts and Pushing Presents So you’re going to be a Dad! Get ready to surround yourself with baby things, most of which you have no idea what they are … bottles and blankets, cribs and strollers, wipes and diaper Genies. Just make sure that you remember one thing – no matter […]

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Know someone who’s engaged? Tell them about the upcoming Pottery Barn decor event!

Know someone who’s engaged? Tell them about the upcoming Pottery Barn decor event! Tell your friends about the upcoming complimentary wedding decor class at Pottery Barn, Lenox Square Mall … The Perfect Wedding Decor Class

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Diamonds: simply for style or an investment too?

Diamonds: simply for style or an investment too? Now, more than ever, is the right time to buy a diamond. For the first time in years, diamond prices are starting to rise again. Numerous factors play into rising prices, but among the most significant is the recent news of De Beers cutting diamond mining production. […]

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