Sometimes the best way to restore and old piece of jewelry is to start from scratch with a new mounting! Rather do extensive repairs on all the prongs, bridges, and weak spots and bends in the shank, we decided it would be more effective to rebuild an identical ring and transfer the stones into a fresh, sturdy mounting with stronger prong coverage. These diamonds are ready for another lifetime of wear!
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Hot off the bench this week is a platinum solitaire engagement ring with simple modern looking brushed shoulders, providing a clean look and smooth buffer between the height of the center stone and the band.
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Sometimes the best way to restore a ring is to start from scratch! Just finished a complete remake of a marquise engagement ring with scrolling milgrain details. The older ring was losing thein sharpness of detail in the soft platinum metal. Using photos of the older ring for reference, we remade the pattern in a CAD file and recast and reset the ring in sturdier white gold. The finished product has all the crisp detail of the original and then some!
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Chad managed to outdo himself yet again on the jewelry bench last week. This time we took in a wedding set with not two, three, but FOUR bands, all of which needed complete re-tipping on the prongs of the stones. But the real genius was in rebuilding all four shanks, going from a tangled mess of previous repairs and solder patches to a fresh set of bands laser welded together almost invisibly. Bravo!
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Color is one of the most difficult and nuanced aspects of diamond grading. Diamonds naturally come in an infinitesimal gradient of hue and saturation, but for practical purposes, GIA uses an alphabetical scale from D-Z to measure colorlessness in diamonds (colored diamonds are graded separately). The trick to grading diamond color is to find out what the actual color of the diamond crystal is, not the color of the light the diamond is reflecting. This is tricky given how refractive diamonds are, but not impossible.
The viewing box above is designed for grading diamond color, every aspect of its design from the lighting, distance from light, viewing angle and background color are meant to mitigate the influence of the environment on the diamond’s color. Diamonds are also graded face down, with the point or culet tilted away, steering as much reflected light clear of the viewer’s eyes.
GIA also grades color by comparison to a set of known color diamonds called master stones. It is incredibly difficult to put together a full and accurate set of master stones, but once put together they provide graders a bedrock to measure other stones against.
From a jeweler’s perspective, the importance of diamond color depends on the type of jewelry it’s being set into, and ultimately the buyer’s preferences. A slightly yellower diamond might look just fine set in yellow gold or surrounded by colored stones. A stark white gold solitaire, on the other hand, probably warrants a white stone.
Whatever color you’re looking for in a diamond, at Oceanside Jewelers, we have a wide selection of GIA certified diamonds, along with a GIA graduate gemologist on staff to help you make the best diamond decision possible!
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We just got a fresh inventory of diamonds in stock, including for the first time in our store, a certified lab grown from Stuller. The diamond pictured above was created using a technique called Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) which accelerates the conditions in which carbon atoms form a diamond lattice. Only recently has the process become economical in producing larger higher quality diamonds (the one we have here is a impressive VS2 G). Here are the reasons to consider a lab grown diamond as opposed to a natural:
-It is a diamond, unlike simulants such as Cubic Zirconia or Moissanite. Lab growns are simply manufactured rather than formed in the Earth’s mantle.They’re optically, visually, and chemically identical to natural stones.
-They’re usually 15% – 30% less expensive than naturals depending on size and quality.
-Producing synthetic diamonds is much more ecologically sound than mining naturals. The Mir mine in Russia, for example produced 2,970 Tons of excavated dirt to single carat of diamond (.2 grams), while creating a permanent crater in the earth. Lab grown diamonds produce no waste, and use about half the total energy required to mine diamonds.
-They’re guaranteed to be conflict free, as they don’t need to be sourced from entities funding conflict or unethical labor practices.
-Lastly, and perhaps best of all, the lab grown diamonds we carry from Stuller are included in their lifetime trade in program, which means that As long as you spend any amount over the original purchase, you can trade in for any other Stuller diamond, natural OR synthetic! If you’re unsure about whether you’re comfortable with a lab grown diamond, this Stuller’s guarantee means you have nothing to lose!
For more info, check out our page on Stuller’s Red Box diamond program!