It’s Time To Talk About the C Word

Why Your Jeweler Shouldn't Use The C Word

Readers, it’s time for some real talk.

We are here today, to talk about the c-word. Clarity enhancement. Like that other c-word, it’s just as dirty when you’re not up front about it. Some women are fine with it, others appalled. But the importance lies in disclosing when you’re about to use it (you know, earmuffs, etc.)
Clarity enhancement is the jewelry industry’s dirty word. If you’re going to treat your stones, then fine, so be it. But you need to disclose up front that your customers should go into the conversation knowing that the c word is going to be used.
You would never roll up on your grandma and drop that into casual conversation! Nor should you roll up on Pinterest (your cool cousin) and (not) drop it. Because, unfortunately, the vast majority of diamond consumers and engagement ring coveters don’t know to look for it. RLJ doesn’t buy clarity-enhanced diamonds (or we try not to) because it’s confusing to consumers. We’d just rather avoid it altogether. If you’re well-versed in diamond treatments and your jeweler discloses up front that a ring has been treated, there’s nothing wrong with clarity enhancement. It’s a great way to get a great deal on a good looking diamond – but it most certainly affects a diamond’s value and you should always know what you’re paying for.
Clarity enhancement refers to several treatments a diamond might undergo to -you guessed it- enhance its clarity grade.  Common treatments include laser drilling or fracture filling. To fill fractures, a tiny amount of glass material is introduced into super-thin crevices and fractures (aka feathers). Laser drilling is meant to zap away inclusions, much like unwanted body hair. It doesn’t affect the other characteristics of a diamond, like its carat weight or color. GIA has concluded that for normal wear, clarity enhanced diamonds are durable, but may be more susceptible to high heat, pressure or corrosive materials. So, you know, don’t stick your clarity enhanced diamond in a vat of acid (don’t do that with an untreated diamond either.)
So, the c-word makes a statement about a diamond A big one. Maybe you’re cool with it. Maybe it offends you to your core. Either way. You have the right to know that’s its use is imminent. So avert your eyes, your wallets, and your ears if you’re so inclined, but don’t fall for something that seems too good to be true. A $10k-plus “discount” on a diamond doesn’t suggest wholesale pricing. This particular dealer isn’t acting charitably by giving you access to trade price structure, they’re usually selling treated diamonds. It’s up to them, as reputable sellers, to let you know. but it’s up to you, the one parting with hard-earned cash, to be a savvy, well-versed customer. So if you feel violated by use of the c-word, tell that dealer to wash their mouth out with soap and turn heel away from their shop.

Web Roundup: Winter is Coming

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My house. My Sigil. My words.

Happy April ya’ll! Besides my distaste for April Fool’s pranks, I was pretty into this week. The promise of spring is on the horizon, there are plenty of yellow diamonds in the showroom, and we picked up this amazing pair of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels earrings today. I got to share some of my favorite wedding tidbits, while simultaneously learning about the Pink Panther-style ring of European diamond thieves that are at large (hide yo diamonds!) Here’s what else I got up to…

Time to get nitpicky. A) This is not Duchess Catherine’s jewelry collection. The first slide was famously borrowed from THE QUEEN. B) A slideshow of her jewelry & not one designer is mentioned. Who wrote this, Ryan Seacrest? C) Droolworthy isn’t the most accurate adjective here people. Princess Kate is all strategy and pragmatism. She purposely wears understated, every-girl-could-own-it jewelry. You wanna talk drool-worthy jewel collections? Let me direct you here.

I don’t think this is an engagement ring.

How he should have Met The Mother. (I want my 9 years back.)

But when one show sh*ttily ends, another excellently begins. WINTER IS COMING.

Maybe it’s the promise of sandal season far, far in my future, but my designer shoe fetish is rearing its expensive, 3.5″ heel head. Look. Look. Look.

And clearly, designer shoes require a designer evening bag.

“It’s really just about dopeness at the end of the day.”

Shared my favorite wedding budget infographics.

I’m making these this weekend (in between the 900 billion showings our broker has scheduled for our apartment.)

Speaking of which, anyone in Chicago know a good place to hang out with your puppy for oh, 4 hours or so? Not the beach. It’s cold. Not the dog park. She’s vicious.

It’s Official: Google is on the Smartwatch Bandwagon

Samsung and many other companies have already tried their hand at creating smart watches. There are tons of watches out there that are geared toward connecting all facets of your life and making things easier. Be it watches that are made to monitor your heart rate, how much you exercise, or to chart your progress with a fitness program, there is most likely a watch to fit your needs.

Breitling for Bentley A47362 Special Edition Chrono GMT World Timer Watch

Not technically a smart watch, but pretty smart lookin’ amirite?

This year Google has jumped on the wagon and created their own version of the smartwatch. Google confirmed that they are indeed jumping into the market with a preview of their newest technology. The watch, which will be picked up by the Fossil Group for development, is slated to be one of the most innovative watches have hit the market so far. The Android Wear watch is an extension of the current Google Android technology that many already use and love. The watch is a wearable version of the technology that just about everyone is familiar with. Google has worked to quickly pair with large companies like Fossil, Motorola, and LG to insure that the product they introduce is as beautiful as it is functional.

According to Google, the first Android Wear product will be watches because they are wearable and easy to access for just about any user. Smartwatches that are offered through Google will give wearers info and notifications for most of their android applications. This will also allow users to use voice commands for things like texting, calling a cab, or making reservations. This product will also offer remote access to other devices like televisions and phones that have been configured.

Google announced that they are already in working with the companies they have partnered with to get the product out as quickly as possible. Suppliers like Asus, LG, HTC, Motorola, and Samsung are already helping out on the project to get the most of the product. The product is very well researched and is well on its way to being a fantastic product overall that is sure to get the customers ready and going. Google is also pairing with some of the most innovative microchip manufacturers to insure that the technology being released is as advanced as possible.

The watch is said to be sleek, beautiful, and fantastic for anyone that wants to get the most out of their android technology and what it represents. Though it may seem that a watch is something that may not be all that useful in the world of Android technology, this watch is said to be a great product that is going to make some real waves. This watch is going to help make using your android products far easier to use and even more fun to use overall. There are not all that many images on the market so far but there is plenty of talk.

Though there is no real release date in talks right now, there is sure to be more information released soon about this great new product. Google may have waited quite a while to get with the program, but they are taking the time to be sure that the product the release is a fair rival to other smartwatches that are already on the market.

4 Cute Ways To Announce Your Engagement

“WE’RE ENGAGED!!!” It’s the text/snapchat/Facebook post everyone hopes to receive from their long-term relationship-bound bestie. But what if you’re the bestie? What if it’s your sparkly new ring on that very important finger? Chances are you’ve had a secret Pinterest board for quite some time now (no shade, just jealousy. I had to preemptively-pin in public like some sort of animal.) Chances are you have a pretty definitive seasonally-dependent line up of possible color schemes. Chances are you know damn well which flowers are verboten from all arrangements. What I’m saying is, you’ve already started to put some thought into your wedding – put some thought into all the goodness leading up to it! You only get one shot at getting/being engaged and married (well, ideally) so live it up! Enjoy every minute – ok maybe not those minutes you spend freaking out over ridiculousness like cake filling flavors or escort cards. But do enjoy the precious moments of sharing this joyful time with loved ones. Especially your engagement announcement. Gone are the days of impeccably worded newspaper announcements. And even Charlotte York’s NYT wedding section obsession is now a thing of ancient history. But listen lady, you can do better than an emoji filled status update. I believe in you. Save the autocorrect for the select texts you can’t wait to send, then put your phone down, bask in the glow of your newly engaged status – not your FB one. Then select your favorite of these cute ways to announce your engagement.

Cute Engagement Announcement Idea

via the abyss of Tumblr. If you have a real source, holla.

Alright, you’ve got the ring, let the socially acceptable designer shoe shopping consumption BEGIN! Just kidding. Please be responsible with your wedding budget and do not spend it all on expensive footwear (although you already know how I feel about that subject). However if you do happen to have a pair of Valentino’s lying around (or any pair of cute shoes for that matter) – how sweet is this photo idea? And perfect for the truly girly-girl who has been dreaming of her wedding day forever.

Engagement Portrait that your friends & family will actually want to keep

via Pinterest

It’s rare that I read some long comment on a Pin I actually agree with. Typically I’m wondering if this DIY pink lemonade dish soap is going to break my dishwasher or why anyone would put that much effort into Elf on the Shelf. But this Pinner brought up a good point: smoochy pic engagement announcements are sweet, but your friends and family love you, know you, and want to cherish this time in your life too. They’d probably rather not do so with a snapshot of you two sucking face (that’s what the first kiss is for!) Give them a beautiful portrait they can both leave on their fridge for 2 years after your actual wedding and scrapbook.

Introducing Us: cute engagement announcement

via Introducing Us

If you’d rather take things digital, please please please for the love of G_D use this idea so I can live vicariously through you. I’m so upset this didn’t exist when I got engaged! Intorducing Us is a service that lets you create a relationship timeline that culminates in an engagement announcement (and Save the Date if you so choose.) It allows all of us to become Jess & Russ, regardless of any graphic design skills or cleverness. And it is so.cute.

Ring pic engagement announcement

If you do elect to share the happy news via The ‘Gram, please take care to include your intended in your ring pic! He’s spent a considerable amount of time agonizing over the perfect ring for you (trust me, you have no clue how many times I had to assure him that “halo” can mean both pave and micropave). Give that man some credit & show off his sweet face!

April Showers Playlist

April has arrived, and I won’t insult your intelligence with an April Fool’s post. Mostly because I’m still salty about the one year I called a flash sale site’s customer service line to confirm that their $150 Louboutins were authentic and in NIB condition. Joke was on them, I bet they were INUNDATED with calls to their hotline for that prank. I decided to do one for RLJ a few years ago offering free or dirt cheap Rolexes, no one took the bait. Whatever, instead of pranking you guys, I’ll prank Ruby later with some of this. I can guarantee you she’ll be as amused as I was by the Louboutin gag – like mother like dog-ter we’d both prefer a pair of Louboutins, albeit for very different purposes (chewing/wearing.) And because there’s no pranking here in these blog-parts, we celebrate April (whose birthstone is DIAMOND!) with a sweet playlist. I like to think of this month’s soundtrack as an appropriately shifty tribute to this winter. It starts out well enough, with requisite April showers courtesy of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. And it builds, makes you happy, but then gets super slow (freezing) again. And, just like this winter made me believe in time travel by transporting me back to January in March, April’s playlist will transport you back in time with some throwback music. Enjoy!

April Playlist