Read more about the article Proposing this season? Arm yourself with information.
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Proposing this season? Arm yourself with information.

Proposal season in the USA runs from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day. Of course suitors should choose the month and day best suited to their situation, but 40% of engagements normally occur between November and February. Prepare yourself with this information on recent trends, pricing and preparation.

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Watch ‘Your Diamond Story’ video from IGI

A diamond's journey through our laboratory is one of sophisticated assessment and analysis. From intake through inscription, every step is performed with careful attention to detail and thorough, transparent reporting. See how Your Diamond Story may be told to the world with confidence, in this descriptive video.

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Home Jewelry Cleaning – Seven Steps to Sparkle

First things first: A friendly reminder not to expose your gemstone jewelry to mechanical cleaners. Traditional oil treatments can be driven out, dulling transparency or color, and many gems can crack or shatter when exposed to sudden temperature changes or ultrasonic bubble implosions. Use these SEVEN STEPS TO SUCCESS for safe home cleaning.

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Read more about the article Practically Prioritizing the Diamond 4Cs
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Practically Prioritizing the Diamond 4Cs

If you know anything about diamonds it's probably the 4 Cs - Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat Weight. There's plenty of information about the 4Cs which can be found online and learned in conversations with professionals and enthusiasts, but prioritizing them is not always easy. Here are my suggestions.

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Same Carat Weight – Visible Size Differences

Different 1.00 carat diamonds can look different sizes. This is because we typically view diamonds from a single direction: Above. Imagine cooking a 1 pound meatball and a 1 pound pancake. On your scale they weigh the same. But the meatball's weight is distributed in a deeper geometry.

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Some Clarity on Diamond Clarity

Nature's birthmarks? Or unsightly specks? What do you think? There are many different philosophies regarding natural diamond and gemstone clarity. What do you think? Should a diamond be allowed to have few blemishes, or should it be as clean as the pure driven snow?

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Read more about the article Is it a diamond? Don’t get fooled.
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Is it a diamond? Don’t get fooled.

Believe it or not, there are people who like to presume they're wearing big money but don’t actually want that theory tested.  That's harmless - until it leads to misunderstandings.

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Read more about the article Frequent hand washing and jewelry care
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Frequent hand washing and jewelry care

In today's climate my attention to my hands, what I touch and how often I clean them has reached new heights. And of course, each time I clean my hands, I'm aware of the rings I am wearing. Fortunately, there’s good news ahead for jewelry wearers as it relates to sanitizing frequently.

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Read more about the article Will a feather make my diamond EXPLODE?
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Will a feather make my diamond EXPLODE?

Crack! Fracture! Cleavage! Gletz! These words are used to describe one of mother nature’s most common clarity characteristics. The feather. The dreaded feather. That notorious, ticking-time-bomb that could cause your diamond to EXPLODE!

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Read more about the article You must spend THIS MUCH on an engagement ring
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You must spend THIS MUCH on an engagement ring

You’ve found the perfect partner and want to propose. Wonderful! Now you need a symbol of affection and connection. A symbol of your glorious lives together. A physical reminder of…

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