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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

house of pinterest Game of Thrones

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.

Perfect Places to Propose…That Match The Engagement Ring!

In the real estate market, it’s all about location, location, LOCATION. In the world of marriage proposals, it’s a vital component as well. Your special woman will never forget where you popped the question, so why not give her something remarkable to look back on? If your soon-to-be fiance is more traditional, you may want to choose a location like the place you first met or where your first date was. However, if you’re looking to truly wow her, these ideas will help.

1. Las Vegas

Propose with this 4 carat fancy yellow oval halo engagement ring in Vegas!

Fancy Yellow Oval Engagement ring with Micropave Halo

Las Vegas isn’t just about marriage ceremonies. It also has several romantic locations for you to propose to your sweetie such at as the Venetian in Vegas. If she loves Italy and you can’t afford it, especially after shopping at one of the engagement ring stores Boca Raton, this is the next best thing. You can opt to take a gondola ride on the Venetian canal at this Venice-inspired resort. You can even hire a gondolier to make the experience even more realistic. Don’t forget to awe her with the ring you bought at the best place to buy an engagement ring Boca Raton – us!

2. Central Park

Propose with this classic round brilliant solitaire engagement ring in Central Park!

14k White Gold 1.54ct Round Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring

Central Park in New York stretches throughout the West Side in Manhattan. Consisting of 840 acres of property, over 24,000 trees, 36 bridges and arches, 55 sculptures and monuments, and 150 acres of lakes and streams, Central Park is quite impressive when you’re trying to impress that special lady. You can opt to take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the park and get down on one knee in the carriage to surprise her with one of the engagement rings Boca Raton that you selected from our store. Since the park has something to offer during every season of the year, you can also propose while you’re taking a strolling through the park, ice skating or picnicking.

3. Golden Gate Park

Propose with this Art Deco style engagement ring in San Francisco!

Art Deco style diamond engagement ring

There is a truly a lengthy list of activities for you to do at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco such as Strawberry Hill and the buffaloes. The park is 430 feet in the air and is meant to look like an island. It truly is a unique place for you to propose to your unique bride to be. You can choose to propose while looking at Mount Tamalpais or at the waterfalls. Other places here include the Conservatory of Flowers or a carousel for the young at heart. You can even ask her to marry you on the Golden Gate Bridge.

4. Pittsburgh, PA

Propose with this stunning radiant cut engagement ring in Pittsburgh!

Platinum GIA Certified 3.03ct Radiant Cut Three Stone Engagement Ring

While Pittsburgh might be the home of champions – you know the Steelers who have six Super Bowl rings – it’s also home to many beautiful locations like Mt. Washington. Mt. Washington offers views of the city that are fantastic for a proposal during any season. You can profess your love at the ritzy LeMont restaurant or while walking hand-in-hand down Grandview Avenue. Additionally, the Pointe is beautiful location for an engagement.

5. The Coral Castle

Propose with this radiant cut halo engagement ring in Miami

18k White Gold 5.04ct Radiant Cut GIA Certified Engagement Ring

Coral Castle in Miami, Florida was a labor of love. Ed Leedskalnin crafted a castle out of 28 tons of coral by hand. Although he passed away in 1951 and left the castle unfinished, the mystery and wonder of this castle makes it an excellent place to ask for her hand in marriage.

How Much Should I Spend on An Engagement Ring?

Proposing to the love of your life is a once in a lifetime experience. There is no experience quite like the moment when you lay your love on the line for someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. For this reason, many men will put a great deal of thought into all the details of their proposal: where he will propose, what he will say, what the ring will look like, and numerous other considerations that must be thought about in advance. When it comes to choosing the right engagement ring, there are a number of things to consider. While price is not the most romantic aspect of the proposal, it is nevertheless something every man has to think about, and at some point, he’ll ask himself “How Much Should I Spend on An Engagement Ring?” Money spent on an engagement ring is money that cannot be spent on a wedding, honeymoon, or down payment on a house. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend your life’s savings to get engagement rings in Boca Raton.

Round Brilliant Halo Style Engagement Ring Set in a Cushion Shaped Halo

Round Brilliant Halo Style Engagement Ring Set in a Cushion Shaped Halo

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How to Sell Estate Jewelry

You have always remembered being a kid and visiting your grandmother’s house every summer. Chief among those memories is sitting in her parlor and playing with her jewelry. She would bring out her jewelry box and leave you to your own devices as you whiled away the hours going through her vast collection. Now, decades later your grandmother has passed on, but not before leaving you the jewelry collection that you admired so much as a child. Unfortunately, money is kind of tight, so if you are looking to sell jewelry in Boca Raton, Florida, then you have a myriad of options open to you.

How to Sell Estate Jewelry in Boca Raton

Find Out What you Have…

Although you may have played with this jewelry for decades as a kid, you really don’t know what you are working with, so it behooves you to look at having the collection appraised prior to putting them out on the open market. Whether you are interested in the value of a diamond encrusted watch, rare broach, or golden necklace, a qualified appraiser can tell you what you are looking at and its value. It is important to remember to ask for the current resale value of the pieces rather than its insurance value because the latter typically represents inflated values.

Do it Yourself…

Once you have an idea about the value you are working with, there are several options available for those looking to sell jewelry in Boca. For those seeking to sell these items on the open market, technology has made that task much easier with the internet. Online options include selling your items on Ebay or Craigslist. Either of these options are convenient venues for getting out the word on your wares.

To fully avail yourself of these options requires taking quality pictures of the pieces so that their beauty and uniqueness is fully appreciated by jewelry buyers in Boca Raton. Always remember that if you are meeting someone who has expressed an interest in buying your jewelry, always be sure to take precautions for your personal safety. As such, be sure to schedule a meeting at a public place, bring a friend, and make sure that our friends and family know that you are going to be meeting someone to sell your jewelry.

Consignment shops are another viable option for selling your jewelry however, consignment sales can tale awhile to be completed, and you can expect that a goodly portion of your proceeds will go into the pocket of the consignment store owner rather than your own pocket.

Clearly, going it alone to sell your unwanted jewelry is a viable option, but doing so is not without its own risks like dangerous interactions with strangers, and the need to wait forever to get a nibble from your online advertisements.

A Better Option at Raymond Lee Jewelers…

Residents of Boca Raton, Florida have another option that just might be the better idea. Raymond Lee Jewelers in South Florida has been doing business in the Sunshine State since 1983, and they have been buying and selling quality jewelry for more than three decades. They carry an extensive line of designer jewelry, vintage jewelry, GIA certified diamonds, and quality watches, which they are always looking to augment by buying new pieces from people like you.

They buy name brand items from companies that are stalwarts in the jewelry industry and proudly stock such designers as Patek, Philippe, Cartier, Tiffany, Bvigari, and more. More to the point, the experienced staff on hand understands that there is an emotional component to selling cherished family heirlooms and can help guide your selling decision. Over the years, Raymond Lee Jewelers has become one of the largest buyers of vintage jewelry in the country and has become one of the major players in estate jewelry buyers, particularly in Boca Raton.

High End Retail Jewelry…

Specializing in only high end specialty pieces, the inventory of Raymond Lee Jewelers is highly sought after by people who know their jewelry. This exposure means that your jewelry will receive the attention it deserves which results in you receiving the full value that you deserve.

They sell from their high end retail store in Boca Raton, as well as at numerous jewelry shows around the world at such exotic locals as: Hong Kong, Dubai, and the finer jewelry houses of Europe. This exposure allows Raymond Lee Jewelers to pay you premium pieces for your jewelry.

They are always looking for fine platinum jewelry that dates to the early twentieth century and before. Additionally, they are always looking for 14kt and 18kt gold jewelry including bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, watches, and broaches. Their qualified and trained staff knows what to look for and how to sell your piece quickly and easily. For a truly easy selling process, those in the know realize that Raymond Lee Jewelers is their one stop shop for getting rid of that unwanted jewelry.

Call the Experts at Raymond Lee Jewelers…

Call the experts at Raymond Lee Jewelers when it comes time to sell your treasured jewelry pieces. The breath of their skills and experience ensures that you will receive top dollar for your grandma’s broach and every other piece you bring in for their consideration. They will treat you fairly and honestly, which is why they are the company that everyone is talking about when it comes time to sell jewelry in Boca Raton, Florida. Your memory of your grandmother will live long in your memories, and those summer afternoons you used to share with her as a kid will always be with you, but if you need to sell some of her vintage jewelry to meet your other financial responsibilities, she would want you to sell them safely while getting all that it’s worth.

If you are ready to explore your options for selling jewelry in Boca Raton, Florida, then you need to reach out to the experts in Boca Raton to make sure your efforts go off seamlessly and without a hitch.