Looking for a truly unique stone for your engagement ring? Look no further than the pear shaped diamond. Since the 20th century, this shape has emerged as a favorite engagement center stone, especially for those wanting a unique expression of their personalities. The most famous pear shaped diamond is the Taylor-Burton diamond, an enormous 70 carat diamond given to Elizabeth Taylor by her then-husband Richard Burton, the purchase of which launched this shape into pop culture and cemented its place in the modern jewelry industry.
When shopping for the perfect diamond, there are lots of things to consider. What is the quality of the stone? What setting do you prefer? What shape will be the most flattering for that setting? Each shape and quality diamond will have different pros and cons, and knowing the basics will help you to make the perfect decision for you, and, perhaps, your partner.
There are twelve basic shapes that are used to cut gems in the jewelry industry: Princess, Emerald, Cushion, Asscher, Pear, Oval, Heart, Radiant, Marquise, Baguette, Trillion, and Round. Each of these shapes comes with a different set of qualities that determine the price, quality, and overall appeal of the diamond. This series of blog posts will include a deep dive into each of these shapes, and help you to determine which shape is right for you and your ring.
If you’ve been following my jewelry journey these last few years, you may have heard me refer to diamonds in some very specific terms. VS-1, seventy-five pointer, F color. To me, and those who have worked in the jewelry industry for a long time, these words tell us everything we need to know about a diamond, but to those who aren’t so familiar, it can sound a bit confusing. In this series of blog posts, I am going to teach you the fast facts about diamond quality, and what makes a good diamond. You can catch up on carat weight and color in previous blog posts.
The inimitable fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent hit the nail on the head when he said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal”. Fine jewelry is not only about intrinsic value, but also sentimental value.
Much like a Birkin, jewelry is often viewed as an investment piece. Although they start as classic pieces, jewelry can also be reinvented with elevated designs to suit the ever-changing trends in the world of fashion. No matter the occasion, jewelry is the perfect, polished finish to any outfit.
From basic must-haves to trendy statement pieces that have grown to become accessory culture essentials, here are 7 pieces of jewelry that are totally worth the investment.
I entered the Jewelry industry to make buying fine jewelry easier for the consumer. As we all know, the fine jewelry industry can be ambiguous and intimidating.
Most of us have heard horror stories of diamonds getting switched out with fake. But what about when you think you’re buying natural diamonds but are sold otherwise?
In recent years, there has been a growing practice of selling synthetic or lab grown diamonds as earth-grown. Continue Reading →
Happy Easter weekend! This Spring, many of us are feeling a sense of renewal and motivation to live fuller lives.
After a year being locked down and constrained from the outside world, we are revisiting ideas we’ve wanted to pursue but had stored away. Deciding to take that trip around the world, starting the renovation you’d planned for years….and finally upgrading your wedding ring!Continue Reading →
Wedding Ring Redesign – Before and after’s pictures are my favorite in any topic. In my world, I love to transform an old piece of jewelry to be brand new.
I thought I’d share some jewelry transformations I’ve made for my clients, to give you a little gem inspiration! We all have pieces in our jewelry box that we haven’t worn in years due to the piece not fitting, or it not being our style.
Here is one project on an old wedding ring,
Many women want to own a diamond eternity ring, whether for their wedding ring to pair with their engagement ring or as a right hand piece. With the unlimited choices out there, it can be extremely confusing. Many are left putting off their decision to invest in a piece, or they have no choice but to go to a high-end jewelry store and pay 5-8x mark-up to get the advice they need.Continue Reading →
clean your jewelry -When’s the last time you had your ring serviced by a jeweler? Continue Reading →
I’ve been thinking about the pandemic’s affect on the diamond industry. As an independent, private fine jeweler whose focus is on the interests of my customers (more than the interests of the jewelry industry), I want to educate you on the alternatives to natural earth diamonds in case it is something you’re thinking about Diamonds and Their Posers.Continue Reading →
Solid Gold, Do you know the differences between the different types of gold? Usually, the price will indicate its quality. But it’s still very confusing. Until you read the fine print, it’s hard to tell if something is real gold. And even after you read it, you may still be confused.
The purpose of this post is to educate you on what to look for when you want to buy gold. I think you’ll find this information helpful.
Read “What’s the difference between the various types of gold jewelry?”
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Layering necklaces has never been so popular. There aren’t really any “rules” for layering, as style is personal for each wearer. Continue Reading →
Available now! Paperclip Chain with Round Hinge to hold your mask and glasses while you’re on the go!Continue Reading →
Hi there! I am popping in to introduce myself in case you are new to my site. My name is Jen Oliak and I am a 3rd generation jeweler with a passion for all things fine jewelry. I am a jewelry designer, private jewelry consultant and have an online jewelry store where you’ll find not only my own designs but a collection of other curated items I love and recommend. Continue Reading →