A-Z Jewelry Guide (2021)
Jewelry is one word with so many different meanings. Jewelry can be a 1.5-carat oval cut diamond engagement ring or a set of gold stack-able bangles. Jewelry can be sterling silver cubic zirconia stud earrings or a white pearl necklace. Jewelry can be plastic beads made into a bracelet to give away at a music festival or uncooked pasta woven through a piece of yarn made during arts and crafts at daycare. (Remember the good ol’ days?)
Jewelry comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and prices. Jewelry is for you, for her and for him! We have compiled an A-Z jewelry guide to prove just how vast the jewelry world can be. Keep some of these hot styles in mind for your next jewelry haul.
A – Asscher Cut Diamonds
The cut of a diamond is the most important quality of a stone and the greatest factor of cost. The most common styles are cushion or radiant cut. But that doesn’t mean that other styles don’t get any love! Asscher cut diamonds flaunt a prominent square shape with deeply cropped corners. In order to achieve this look, an experienced jeweler must make cuts using parallel steps to achieve a “house of mirror” effect. Asscher cut is often compared to radiant cut. The only difference being the number of facets is much less in asscher cut diamonds.
B – Baguette Diamond
A baguette cut diamond is very common in everyday jewelry and is often used to accent a larger stone. A baguette cut diamond is shaped into a long rectangle and is cut with 14 facets. They are part of the step-cut family which also includes emerald and asscher cut diamonds. Baguette diamonds are used in all sorts of jewelry from earrings and rings to necklaces and bangles.
Check out this 0.50 Ct Scattered Baguette Diamond Ring
C – The 4 C’s
The letter C is definitely the most important letter in the A-Z jewelry guide. The “4 C’s” was created by the GIA to grade diamonds based off their color, cut, clarity and carat. Each of these factors affect the price of the stone. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, it is important to be educated on the four c’s in order to get the best ring for your budget. Read “The Four C’s – The More You Know” from our sister company, King of Jewelry, to learn more about what each “C” represents.
D – Diamonds
As the saying goes – diamonds are a girl’s best friend. We can thank Miss Marilyn Monroe for that! Diamonds were formed billions of years ago, deep under the earth’s surface by intense pressure and extreme heat. Diamonds can stand alone but are more often made into jewelry, most specifically engagement rings. Diamonds come in all shapes, sizes and can range from all different costs. If you’re in the market for diamonds, visit Diamond Mansion.
E – Emerald Cut
An emerald cut diamond is a very traditional and common shape for an engagement ring. The shape of an emerald cut diamond is an elongated rectangle with beveled corners for protection. It has straight linear facets—usually arranged parallel. down the stone. This allows for a large surface area which typically makes the stone look larger than it actually is. This cut is very popular because you get more for your money.
F – Fluorescence
“There’s a lot of misconceptions about diamonds, one of them being whether diamond fluorescence is good or bad and how it affects the price. Diamonds with fluorescence are neither good nor bad. It’s entirely up to the buyer and how they perceive the diamond. Let’s debunk some myths about diamonds with fluorescence so you can make an informed and confident decision when purchasing a diamond.”
G – the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
“The GIA is short for Gemological Institute of America, the leading authority in the world for diamonds, colored stones and pearls. The GIA is basically the Harvard University of the diamond industry. If your diamond is GIA certified, it is an assurance that your diamond is of utmost quality in regards to the Four C’s; color, cut, clarity and carat weight.”
H – Heart Cut Diamonds
“If you’re paying for a heart shaped diamond, you want it to look like a heart. How frustrating would it be for people to question the shape of your stone? “Is it supposed to be a heart?” When you purchase your ring from Diamond Mansion, there will be no confusion on whether your diamond is a heart or err, uh, a blob?”
I – Imitation Stones
Imitation diamonds are very common in low cost jewelry, often sold in discount jewelry stores such as Claire’s. Unlike lab-grown diamonds, imitation stones don’t share any of the same qualities of a real diamond except physical appearance. Imitation diamonds can be made with cubic zirconia, moissanite, glass, plastic, etc. Diamond Mansion does not sell imitation diamonds unless specifically requested by the customer but it is a good alternative if you’re on a budget.
J – Jewelry
Jewelry is the most versatile accessory you can own and has been around since the beginning of man-kind. Jewelry can add extra flair to any outfit, during any time of the year. Throw on a chunky necklace to add spice to a solid colored dress. Put a few gold rings on the same finger for a trendy stack-able look. Layer a few bezel diamond train necklaces and you’re sure to get a handful of compliments. One thing is for sure – jewelry is never going out of style.
K – Karat
This one can get confusing! In the jewelry industry, karat and carat are used quite often to describe jewelry but mean two completely different things. Carat describes the weight of a diamond. Karat is the standard measurement for gold. Pure gold is 24 karats, which is a very popular term used in pop culture. When gold is not pure it is often mixed with materials such as metal. When gold is listed as 14k, that means it is 14/24 gold and 10/24 metal.
L – Lab-grown Diamonds
“The average person doesn’t know much about diamonds. One of the most pressing questions you will face is whether to purchase a naturally sourced diamond or purchase a lab-grown diamonds. Don’t panic, we’re here to break it down for you, in terms that you and your bride will most definitely understand.”
M – Marquise Cut Diamonds
It’s a football! It’s a boat! No, it’s a marquise cut diamond. A marquise diamond, nicknamed “little boat” due to its shape, has 58 facets and an elliptical shape. It’s not as common as other styles for engagement rings but it beautifully compliments larger stones in dainty jewelry. Here’s some examples if you’re in the market for a truly unique and special diamond.
N – Near-colorless Diamonds
A diamond’s color is not about what you can see but what you can’t see. The less color a diamond has, the more expensive and rarer it is. The GIA has a scale to rank a diamond based on its color, or lack thereof. A flawless diamond, or colorless, is given a letter grade D-F. A near-colorless diamond is given the letter grade G-J. Diamond Mansion sells mostly near-colorless diamonds.
O – Opal
An opal stone is known for its unique display of colors. According to the GIA, Opal is the product of seasonal rains that drenched dry ground in regions such as Australia’s semi-desert “outback.” The showers soaked deep into ancient underground rock, carrying dissolved silica (a compound of silicon and oxygen) downward.” Opal stones are unique because they have a one-of-a-kind color combination and are also the month of October’s birthstone.
P – Personalize Collection
Let’s get personal with Ledodi! For any special occasion, a personalized piece of jewelry can mean so much. Get your name, a loved one’s name, a pet’s name, birth date, an anniversary, etc. engraved on a pair of gold earrings, a diamond ring or script necklace. It will no doubt be a tear-jerker upon arrival.
Q – Queens Wreath Diamond Ring
Ledodi is always spicing things up by adding breathtaking diamond ring designs to their collection, all while being affordable and high quality. The Queen’s Wreath Diamond Ring is no exception. The 0.50 ct ring boasts 9 marquise cut diamonds and 6 round cut diamonds, clustered together to create an unforgettable display of high-quality diamonds on a 14k solid gold band. Ledodi offers free shipping and a generous 30-day return policy.
R – Radiant Cut Diamond
One of the most popular cuts for an engagement ring is radiant cut. A radiant cut is a non-traditional square shape made with a brilliant-cut facet pattern applied to the crown and the pavilion. A radiant cut diamond is known to be very durable and looks bigger than it actually is, making it the perfect center stone for an engagement ring.
S – Sapphire
A sapphire is the second hardest mineral in the world, next to diamonds, and they come in every color except red. The most expensive colors are the highly saturated blues, the intensive pinks, and the padparadscha colors, due to their rarity and saturation. Ledodi offers a few unique designs complete with sapphires.
T – Total Weight / Total Carat Weight
The total weight or TCW is the total carat weight of all the diamonds used in the design. When a customer asks “What is the TCW of this ring?” we do simple math and add up the carat of each diamond. The certificate that comes with the diamond you purchased will clearly state the TCW as well. This is important to know if you ever want to upgrade or sell the ring. Read about Diamond Mansion’s upgrade policy.
U – Ultrasonic cleaner
Do you have a piece of jewelry that has lost its sparkle and shine? Or it’s been sitting around collecting dust and dirt. An ultrasonic cleaner is a device used to clean jewelry, often used at home. The device uses ultrasound waves and chemicals to remove dirt, oil, dust and other tarnishes common in jewelry worn everyday.
If you’re in the market for an engagement ring or have been a long-time customer of Diamond Mansion, stop in our office or ship your ring to us for lifetime cleaning and repair.
To learn about more ways to clean your jewelry read “6 Ways To Keep Jewelry Clean For Decades To Come.”
V – Vertical Bar Earrings
No jewelry collection is complete without vertical bar earrings and luckily, Ledodi has some options for you. Long or short, diamonds or no diamonds, the vertical bar earrings match any style you are trying to rock. Ledodi and Diamond Mansion only use ethically sourced materials and natural earth mined diamonds.
W – Wedding Band
A wedding band is a ring worn to signify a union between two people in love. In most cultures, the wedding bands are exchanged during the official ceremony and worn on the left hand on the finger next to the pinky finger. A wedding band can be as simple or as embellished as the couple wants.
At Diamond Mansion, we custom make every design to fit every couples needs! Schedule a consultation to start building your dream engagement ring set.
Y – Yellow Diamond
It’s not unlikely to see yellow diamonds splashed across the pages of fashion magazines, worn proudly by A-listers on the red carpet or sitting front and center (stone) on breathtaking engagement rings. (We’re looking at you Kelly Clarkson!)
But what exactly is a yellow diamond and what makes them so special? King of Jewelry has all the answers and will even help you find the perfect yellow diamond when you’re ready to pop the question.
Z – Zig Zag Bangle
A non-traditional, unique design! The zig zag bangle is perfect for stacking bangles and creating a layered look. Complete with 0.50 Ct. natural white diamonds and ethically sourced 14K gold, the zig zag bangle will make any outfit pop!