Care and Feeding of Your Diamond Jewelry

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Jewelry Clean and Polish

Raise your hand if you know the best way to clean and maintain your diamond jewelry.
 
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I’m going to blow your mind.
 
The best way to clean your diamond jewelry is with 3 things you likely have at home already: warm water, a soft-bristle toothbrush, and dish soap.
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I see that look. Well, I hear it. Ok, fine…I’m imagining it.  But really. Here’s why:
 
Diamonds may be one of the hardest substances on earth, but the same is not true of the precious metals we set them in. Metals like gold and platinum are malleable, which means that they can be bent into shape. But that malleability it means that they can also be bent out of shape, dented, or scratched. And with gold, the higher the karat, the softer the metal.
 
Diamonds are a perfect 10 on the Moh’s Scale of Hardness, which means that there are very few things that are going to damage the diamonds in your jewelry (that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible–but that’s a conversation for another time!)
 
An interesting thing about diamonds, which you may not know, is that they’re attracted to grease. They looooove grease. In fact, they’re so attracted to grease, that grease is utilized in part of diamond mining process; as the diamonds are freed from the crushed ore, they stick to the grease, making them easier to find amongst the rest of the rocks.
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White Gold or Yellow Gold?

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White Gold or Yellow Gold?  YES!

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It’s almost a question for the ages–or at least the last century or so: Should I choose white gold or yellow gold for my ring?

 

The answer is not so simple, and yet, it is.

 

While there are trends that come and go in jewelry–for instance, you see a lot of white gold in jewelry from the 20s and 30s, and you saw a lot of yellow gold in the 80s and 90s–it currently is really anyone’s game.

 

There are several things that you might want to take into consideration when selecting gold jewelry. The first, of course, is preference.  If you don’t have a strong preference for one or the other, think about which might look better with your coloring–some people think they look better in one metal tone or another.

 

The second is maintenance. In it’s natural form, all gold is yellow.  In fact, it’s usually a rather rich orangey yellow.  White gold is alloyed with other white metals–usually nickel, manganese, or palladium–in order to achieve it’s white color.  But the story of white gold doesn’t end there. Typically, white gold jewelry is also coated in a thin layer of a platinum-family white metal called rhodium. The rhodium is bonded to the jewelry by a process called electroplating, where the item being plated is dipped in a solution with dissolved rhodium, and then jolted with electricity, causing the rhodium in the solution to bond to the gold, giving the bright, white appearance. The procedure is semi-permanent, in that the bonding is permanent, but the layer of metal on the surface is quite thin. After a while–especially things that are worn very regularly, like rings–nearly all jewelry will show a little wear and tear. When the rhodium layer of a piece of white gold jewelry wears off or starts wearing thin, the ring will begin to look duller, as un-plated white gold has a bit of (what I can only think to refer to as) a “dishwatery” appearance.  Yellow gold generally just needs a quick polish to get it looking brand new again, while white gold will need polishing and then to be re-plated with rhodium (often referred to as “dipping”).  This is something that nearly any jeweler can do for you, for a nominal fee. If you purchased your diamond ring from Union Diamond, you can bring it in to have it polished or polished and re-plated, free of charge, and usually while you wait.  How often you’d choose to have your jewelry re-plated is also a matter of preference, and depending on the ring and the wear, some people go very long periods of time without ever re-plating their white gold jewelry.

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Jewelry Questions? We are here to help!

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Hi, hello, and welcome!  Glad you’re here!  My name is Laurie, and I’m here to help!
 
Ok, maybe that sounded a little weird. Perhaps proper introductions are in order before I get started here, so let me tell you a little about myself: I am a cat lover, a big 80s music fan, and–most importantly for you–a GIA* trained Diamond Graduate and Accredited Jewelry Professional.  I’m here to share with you all sorts of things about diamonds and fine jewelry, answer some questions, and (hopefully) entertain sometimes. But ultimately, my goal here is to do what I can to help you learn the things you want and need know, in order make what might be one of the most significant purchases of your life–an engagement ring.
 
 So let us speak a little bit about engagement rings, especially diamond engagement rings. Besides a home or a car, the third biggest purchase that most people make in their lives is an engagement ring.  And just like you’d ask for someone to inspect a home before you buy, and have a mechanic look over a vehicle before you drive it off the lot, it’s a very good idea to work with an expert before buying a diamond.  But why should you seek help buying a diamond?
 
Diamonds are one of the few things in the world that actually ARE special snowflakes, in that NO two diamonds are ever alike. This is not something you can tell simply by looking at them; it requires magnification, proper lighting, and a trained eye. A diamond professional can help you evaluate a number of things that contribute to both the value and beauty of a diamond, and help you balance all the characteristics that you want, in order to guide you to the perfect stone to create your ideal diamond ring.

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Top 10 Jewelry Resolutions

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Top 10 Jewelry Resolutions

Happy New Year from Union Diamond! We hope 2016 is off to a fabulous start! As you prepare your list of New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to include some style, fashion and accessory goals for 2016. Some of these are simple reminders for jewelry maintenance and care, while others should be considered for your “wish lists” or to up your style game! Cheers!

  1. Have your jewelry checked. As least once a year, your jewelry should be checked by a professional for loose stones, worn mountings and overall condition.

 

  1. Have your jewelry cleaned. A cleaned and polished piece of jewelry is always dazzling! Such an easy way to restore natural beauty and can be done in our showroom while you wait!

 

  1. Insure your jewelry. Submit all appraisals to your insurance company and store these documents (appraisals, laboratory reports etc.) in a safe location or safety deposit box.

 

  1. Pass down an heirloom. Out with the old, in with the new! We encourage you to treat all of your jewelry as if it is an heirloom, because one day it likely will be. Passing down an heirloom piece of jewelry is an excellent way to commemorate a special occasion or celebration.

 

  1. Repurpose something special. Are you holding on to grandma’s wedding band or an old set of pearls from mom? We love helping to recreate antique jewelry into something current and modern-day.

 

  1. Upgrade your sweetheart’s ring. Anniversaries, milestone birthdays and the birth of a child are opportune times to celebrate and acknowledge with a special piece of jewelry…a stunning pendant, right hand ring or stacked band are excellent choices.

 

  1. Buy a second watch. We often get in a rut of wearing the same watch every…single…day. Your watch should reflect you and different occasions necessitate switching up this everyday accessory.

 

  1. Make a statement. Consider adding a few statement pieces to your jewelry box. Chunky necklaces and bold colors dramatically increase your style and presence.

 

  1. Don’t forget to stay true to the basics. Every jewelry collection should include the basics: diamond studs, a nice set of pearls, gold hoop earrings, a right hand ring. And don’t forget to upgrade your basics from time to time!

 

  1. Lastly, have fun in 2016! Get outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself in 2016, and don’t forget to Sparkle and Shine!
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September Diamond Earring Special

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Union Diamond - September Diamond Earring Special

For a limited time, Union Diamond is offering a special price on 4 prong diamond stud earrings; $799.99 per pair! This is $1,000 back from our normal cost! These earrings make a great gift for birthdays, holidays, graduation or “just because.”

These beautiful ladies diamond stud earrings featuring two perfectly matched round brilliant diamonds. These near colorless diamonds are set in classically elegant 14kt white gold four prong basket settings. They are 1 carat total weight. For more details, click here.

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We’re here to help find the Jewelry You Want!

Our friendly staff includes gemologists, diamond and jewelry experts and will be glad to answer questions providing the best service in the industry. If you need to be served now, please call 1-800-319-9155. For our international customers, please call +1-770-319-9155.

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Round Brilliant Diamond 4.36ct – Union Diamond

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Round Brilliant Diamond 4.36ct – Union Diamond

This was an EGL certified, 4.36ct round brilliant, with I1 clarity, and K color. Diamond priced at $11,900.00

The 14K white gold setting was custom made by Jeff McLaurin and contains about 1.25 carat of diamonds total. They are near colorless, G-H color, and SI clarity stones.

For more information on Union Diamond or any jewelry pieces, visit our website at www.uniondiamond.com

 

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DIY : A Festive Ribbon Bow!

Have you ever shopped at high end retail stores and watched enviously as the sales associates effortlessly gift wrapped package after package into Christmas perfection? No? Ok, so maybe that was just me. But coming from a family where my father used to descend into the basement to wrap his presents, we can only assume that power tools were involved in the process, perfect packaging was a rarity. Now, as I grew up, I became like most of America, reasonably proficient at wrapping a squarish parcel without resorting to a vise grip and table saw. However, I will admit, any odd shaped packages still got shoved in a bag, or if they were too large, my mother’s yuletide favorite, a laundry sack.  Continue reading

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Surprising facts about getting engaged

These fun and sometimes surprising facts, compiled by BRIDES magazine, run the gamut from what month is the most popular time to put a ring on it, to whether or not that rock was a surprise or not. Wow that just got a bit Seussical on you there for a bit. Sorry about that. But onward to the trivia! I’m sure these will help you out the next time you’re on jeapordy… or not, but at least we’re having a good time right? Yep, thought so.  Continue reading

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