Wedding Day Jewelry Every Bride MUST Have

On the big day you have the perfect dress, the perfect hair, the perfect nails and the flowers are just right, but have you thought about your wedding day jewelry?

Wedding day jewelry is like the icing on the proverbial cake.  It is the finishing touches that make the dress sparkle and you shine.  But, we know that you have already spent money on the engagement ring, the wedding band, the wedding dress and shoes, not to mention the wedding itself, so you certainly don’t want to spend a fortune on your wedding day jewelry, and I have the answer for you for that! [Read more...]

Blind Offers: The Art of Diamond Buying

Blind offersLately I have been getting great traffic and lots of people have sent me diamonds to buy and jewelry to buy through the contact forms on this site.  Here’s the problem with that; I have to give them ‘blind offers’.  That wouldn’t be such a huge problem, but what I’ve started to notice is that many of you will get my offer and even after you are told it is a blind offer, I never hear from you again, which leads me to believe one of two things:

  1. I smell really bad
  2. You might not understand blind offers [Read more...]

Jewelry Shopping For Sport – Where Jonathan’s Diamond Buyer Likes To Shop

Jewelry BoxI love estate jewelry and although when I go jewelry shopping I try to focus on never buying new, unless it is something that is custom made in the shop at Jonathan’s Fine Jewelers, I stick to eBay to find my watches and places like 1st Dibs and other auction sites to find those special pieces that can round out not only what I have in the showroom, but also what my wife has in her jewelry box.

But, sometimes it’s fun to go jewelry shopping for sport, and there are places that I prefer to shop because I love the designs, the metals that are used and more importantly the creativity that I get to see in the pieces.  Don’t get me wrong, I see creativity every day in the engagement rings that we produce at Jonathan’s Fine Jewelers, but it’s a different type of creativity, not like the jewelry designer who starts to sketch and then gets out a blow torch and some metal and creates. [Read more...]

How To Make More Money From Your Diamond Sale

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Diamond Sale(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I am buying a diamond, I price it according to the carat weight, the color, and the clarity and if there is a certificate, what the certificate says.  There are many times a seller comes into my office and they can make more from their diamond sale, but there is a trust factor that has to be involved.  This is not only a true story, but also how you can make more money from your diamond sale. [Read more...]

Antique Engagement Rings – Go Antique or Go Home

Antique Engagement RingsI love a shiny diamond in a shiny setting that is all blinged out with diamonds and such, but there is something about antique engagement rings that have so much style and substance that I can’t help but wonder why more people don’t go this route when they are buying engagement rings.

First, to be considered an antique, the piece must be at least 100 years old.  Now, you can buy something that is a reproduction, in other words, it was made to look old, but that is not the same as an actual antique.  Think about it…each of these antique engagement rings tells a story.  Wouldn’t it be cool to add your story to the timeline of the story that has already unfolded? [Read more...]