Every Woman Wants a Stud for Christmas!

“Diamond Stud Earrings” I’m referring to diamond stud earrings… I’m not suggesting that Santa or whatever the politically correct term for the various alternatives to the jolly fat guy happens to be this year actually drop off a stud, but I have it on pretty good authority that buying the special lady in your life […]

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James Allen True Hearts 1.33 carat, F, VS-1

I’m always on the lookout for well cut diamonds in the range of 1.33 carats because it’s a very popular size which tends to be difficult to come by… One of the reasons why I like diamonds in this range of carat weight is because I feel that if you’re going to pay the premium […]

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Cushion Cut Diamond Sets World Record Auction Price

A Cushion cut diamond weighing 76.02 carats, known as the Archduke Joseph Diamond was sold by Christies Auction House of Geneva on Tuesday, according to Rapaport Diamond News.  The diamond is from the Golconda region of India and is graded as being of D color and Internally Flawless clarity, it sold to an anonymous buyer […]

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Perception of Diamond Carat Weight

Timothy B. writes: “I am looking to purchase a round brilliant diamond engagement ring. I want to get the Ferrari of Cut – either Brian Gavin Signature or Crafted by Infinity (is one better than the other – i like the Infinity “story” but is it just a sales gimmick ). I am also open to James Allen True […]

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Face Off: Brian Gavin Blue vs. Hearts & Arrows

“Hello Todd, I just got done reading your article for the 3rd time about a Brian Gavin Blue diamond you reviewed for a gentleman back in August. I am very enlightened by your analysis and have tried to since replicate your analytic skills in my search for my future fiancee’s (hopefully) engagement diamond. I have […]

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Vera Wang Wedding Bands for Men?

World renown fashion designer Vera Wang recently launched her “Love Collection” of bridal jewelry exclusively through Zales Jewelry Stores and for the most part I like the concept of the designs in terms of visual appeal.

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Does Size Matter?

Sometimes you just have to accept the fact that in a woman’s eyes, size does matter… sure, we can talk about the importance of Diamond Cut Quality, Visual Performance and Optical Precision and how these factors control how visually pleasing the diamond will be in terms of how much brilliance, dispersion and scintillation are being […]

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Diamond Earrings 101

So I’m on a quest to find a matched pair of ideal cut diamonds for an old client of Nice Ice and thought I’d share my thought process with you since the holidays are just around the corner and diamond earrings are always a popular gift. Today’s search brought me through the online diamond inventories […]

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Think Pink

Every woman wants her engagement ring to be special and unique, to that regard you might want to “think pink” and have the ring custom made in rose gold.  Rose gold is a rich and luxurious looking alternative to the traditional look of yellow and white gold jewelry.  The two rose gold engagement rings pictured […]

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Engaging Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is widely recognized as the ability to solve emotionally based problems… therefore it kind of seems like a good place to begin an article about buying an engagement ring don’t you think? In the 25+ years that I’ve been in the diamond business, I’ve yet to meet a single person who is not working […]

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