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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

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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.

Sapphire Engagement Ring Eye Candy

This week we’re swooning for September’s birthstone sapphire. The beautiful gemstone, part of the Corundum family, makes for a gorgeous addition to any diamond engagement ring. It also lends a decidedly antique feel. Sapphires first were used in engagement rings during the crusades, when it was believed that the stones could reflect the fidelity of their wearers. When knights returned, they would inspect the color of the rings of their betrothed. emerged to popularity first in Victorian engagement rings, when it was popular to use gemstones to symbolize initials or letters. Sapphires would have represented the letter “S” in a custom designed engagement ring. In the Edwardian era, they were used as the central stone mounted into filigreed and intricately carved platinum settings. By the time the Art Deco jewelry era had arrived, sapphires were a long treasured tradition for engagement rings and made a fabulous addition to the bold geometric and Egyptian designs that were being popularized by the haute jewelers in Paris. Art Deco style engagement rings are in high demand once more, with couples seeking the romance, glamour and bold shapes of these gorgeous rings. The stunning sapphire engagement ring eye candy we’ve chosen today all draws inspiration from the Art Deco period. Ceylon sapphires inlaid into each mounting are the perfect complement to bright and beautiful GIA certified diamonds. check out our favorites below.

Platinum 2ct Round Brilliant Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring

Platinum 2ct Round Brilliant Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring

The first ring we’re obsessed with is this round bezel set 2 carat diamond that’s I/J in color and I1 in clarity. The round diamond is set into a cushion shaped platinum mounting giving it a fresh combination of shapes, sugarloaf cut sapphires are set in between the center and its perimeter with a subtle milgrain border surrounding the outer edge. The shanks have an additional .11ctw of diamond micropave so the ring sparkles from every side.

Platinum Octagonal Art Deco Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring

Platinum Octagonal Art Deco Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring

This funk octagonal shaped engagement ring is actually fairly traditional by Art Deco standards. Again with a sapphire surround, the center stone in this beauty is 1.64 carats with a K/L color grade and a beautiful VS clarity grade. The diamonds on the shanks are .12ctw and the Ceylon sapphires weigh .86 carats.

Platinum 2 Carat Round Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring

Platinum 2 Carat Round Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring

The halo ring that swept the bridal jewelry world by storm has its roots in the Art Deco era. We love any halo engagement ring that has an added flair, and a circle of rich blue sapphires is perfect. The center stone is a 2 carat diamond SI2 in clarity and K/L in color surrounded by .67 carats of sapphires. An extra helping of .19ctw of diamonds is set as micropave in the shanks.

Platinum Round Brilliant Ceylon Sapphire Engagement Ring

Platinum Round Brilliant Ceylon Sapphire Engagement Ring

Our favorite ring du jour, this amazing cushion shaped setting is unlike any we’ve ever seen before. A pretty 2.08 center stone with J/K color grade and an SI2 clarity grade is surrounded by .81 carats total of sugarloaf cut sapphires that form a rounded cushion shape with rondels at each corner. The outer border is comprised of white diamond micropave, and more microwave is set into the shoulders and shanks of the platinum mounting. It’s incredible, unique, and definitely a big statement.

Spotlight on: Solange Azagury-Partridge Jewelry

The mere mention of Solange Azagury-Partridge brings to mind a number of adjectives for those who are familiar with her work. She’s sophisticated, fiercely independent and has managed to pour her soul into her line of contemporary jewelry. Ah, but try to define, in just a few words, the jewelry collections; odds are, you won’t be able to. How does one quantify genius, anyway?

Solange Azagury-Partridge

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Jewelry for Every Woman

Solange Azagury-Partridge Jewelry embodies the passion that drives the human condition and the creativity needed to give purpose to those efforts. As she insists, there is not a woman who goes through her life and not want something to call her own. That “something”, of course, being jewelry that absolutely changes the way she carries herself.

Ballcrusher earrings by Solange Azagury-Partridge

“Ballcrusher” Earrings – gold South Sea pearls dangle on chains from fancy yellow sapphires.

Azagury-Partridge is quick to reiterate the importance of subtlety. Despite the vivid hues, shapes and sizes of her many London jewelry designs, she insists simplicity can easily co-exist with aggressive design efforts. This London beauty lives – and designs – with no boundaries.

Solange Azagury-Partridge Jewelry

From the first spectacular signature piece, which ironically was her own engagement ring, Azagury-Partridge knew this was where she would build her life, define her career and play a role in the lives of women on an international basis. The self-taught and eclectic artist discovered her raison d’etre early on and she’s never looked back. The result is an exquisite testament to her raw talent and the demand for her jewelry designs.

Emerald step cuff by Solange Azagury-Partridge

Emerald step cuff – blackened white gold set with emerald pave centered around a 72ct emerald cabochon

In a recent interview with Elle, she said jewelry should make a woman “more beautiful and strong”.

It’s Just Business

Gold and diamond fringe bracelet

Gold and diamond fringe bracelet with 69 ctw of diamonds

Just don’t expect prim and proper to be part of any Solange Azagury-Partridge jewelry collection. Instead, she raises the bar, ditches the pleasantries and delves into whatever her passion might be for the day. From the authentic heart design pendant – yes, a miniature gold version of the human heart, complete with intricate beveling for arteries and distinctive heart values – to the haunting purple-shadow laden eye, complete with a single diamond teardrop, this is most certainly going to be a powerful legacy for the young and brutally talented jewelry designer.

Thirsty Thursday: Sapphire Cocktails

This week’s happy hour features sapphire cocktails, neither of which include gin. Rather, we’re referring to the deep, rich blue hue that so many sapphires exhibit, particularly the gorgeous sapphire accents on this amazing diamond and sapphire cocktail ring. An east-west radiant cut diamond weighing a whopping 2.01 carats centers this cocktail ring, with a surround of invisibly set blue sapphires. On the shank, the colors are reversed, featuring sapphires laid into a halo of diamond pave for a geometric (very deco) and opulent cocktail ring.

art deco style cocktail ring with diamonds and sapphires

Platinum 2 Carat Sapphire and Diamond Cocktail Ring

While that’s keeping our finger warm, we’ll need something to keep our hand cool, and this blueberry mojito by Talking Bout Food is calling to us. A play on the citrusy mojito, this cocktail gets a blueberry blast from fresh puree and floating blueberries. Get the full recipe at Talkingboutfood.com. Cheers!

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