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Happy 3rd of July!

It’s 4th of July Weekend! And while every sunny summer Friday in Chicago inexplicably means no work for anyone with a boat, this Friday it seems like everyone is playing a game of sanctioned hooky. But there ain’t no rest for the sparkly, so I’m wrapping up this work week before I celebrate Merica’s B-Day tomorrow! Which is lucky for you because I’ve rounded up your weekend essentials – it’s not too late to scoop them up today before stores close. The ideal Independence Day celebration involves a few elements: Wardrobe: denim cutoffs or a sweet patriotic dress. Preferably maxi, Read More →

How Much Does This Ring Cost?

As you know, I’m the marketing director for Raymond Lee Jewelers. As you should know, RLJ has a fabulous social team that posts new goodies to our social networks every single day. All the engagement ring eye candy you could want, on the daily! And I’d say 90% of the time, the piece we’re showing off that day on Instagram or Facebook is already listed for sale in the online showroom. So we like to share the link to that exact product, so fans and engagement ring hunters can shop to their heart’s content. We’re always happy to share the Read More →

Cushion Cut Engagement Rings Eye Candy

The cushion cut diamond evolved from the old mine cut diamond, but is today’s second most popular diamond cut. This gorgeous look combines a square cut (like princess or radiant) with rounded corners, giving it the look of, well – a cushion. This stunning shape popped onto the diamond scene about 200 years ago, and was the go-to diamond shape for its first 100 years of existence. Round brilliants may have ousted this beauty from the top, but the cushion cut now edges closer to being #1 as brides everywhere want cushions. The traditional cushion cut, like most antique cuts, doesn’t have quite the Read More →

Pearl Colors to Celebrate June’s Birth Stone

On this lovely last day of June, it’s time to pay one last tribute to this month’s birthstone, the pearl. Pearls come in a huge variety of shades, each with their own distinct vibe. A pink pearl bracelet is a different creature entirely from a black, south sea pearl choker. And each color of pearl has its own story to tell. So when you picture your ideal pearl, just know you’re not limited to the Southern debutante’s trusted white pearl necklace. Pearls are some of the classiest pieces of jewelry in a woman’s wardrobe. While we know that most pearls Read More →

Gemstones More Valuable Than Diamonds

Did you know that sometimes certain gemstones are more valuable than same quality diamonds? Even in the days of ancient culture around the world, a fine Emerald was considered higher in value even compared to the world’s hardest substance, a high quality diamond of the equal weight in carats. Emeralds are rare gemstones treasured for their hue, the color saturation of the stone. An Emerald’s saturation level is transparency and the purity of green color, level of other hues throughout the stone. An Emerald’s tone is ranked according to its characteristics of color from light to dark. Unlike diamonds, the Emerald Read More →

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