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  • Are Millennials’ Demands for Conflict-Free Diamonds Doing More Harm than Good?

    Inside a lab grown diamond plant (picture courtesy of Gemesis Corp.) Millennial consumers are known for their commitment to socially responsible products and brands. Sometimes, however, it’s tough for buyers to determine which products fit the bill. Take the diamond...
  • Do Blood Diamonds Still Exist?

    Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamonds. Warner Bros ©. In 2006, the Leonardo DiCaprio film Blood Diamond sparked international concern about sourcing practices within the diamond industry. And rightly so. For decades, violent militia groups used the sale of conflict diamonds...
  • The Real Impact of Lab Grown Diamonds

    Lab grown diamond seeds that will eventually grow into a diamond. Looking to make a socially responsible diamond purchase? A lab-grown (or synthetic) diamond may not be your best option. Concerns about unethical diamond sourcing have caused some consumers to...
  • How the Diamond Trade Has Benefited Developing Countries

    A miner and her baby at a small diamond mine outside Kenieba, Mali. Picture courtesy of Reuters. The diamond industry does a lot more than put a ring on your finger: It puts money in the pockets of miners across...
  • Avoid These Pitfalls When Buying An Engagement Ring In-Store

    There are a lot of pitfalls to avoid when shopping for an engagement ring in a store Buying your fiance’s diamond ring has completely changed in the past 10 years. In the past, if you didn’t have Grandma Jean’s family...
  • What to Look For When Buying A Diamond

    GIA's 4Cs is the gold standard when it comes to rating diamonds. The 4 C’S. Cut – Color- Clarity - Carat No, this is not a new boy band. It is the universal scale created by the Gemological Institute of...
  • Popping the Question in Chicago Has Never Been Easier!

    Chicago is a beautiful city all year round. We thought we'd give you a few ideas on places to propose in Chicago. You bought the perfect diamond engagement ring and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. Now you have...
  • 3 Chicago Fashion/Jewelry Influencers You Should Be Following in 2018

    First thing’s first: Happy New Year, everyone! Though we updated the blog a day or two after the new year began, wishing everyone well somehow slipped our minds. We know. We’re hopelessly inconsiderate (and late). Our thoughtlessness aside, we’re taking...
  • Should You Buy an Engagement Ring Online?

    Jeweler convinced your partner that she needs a 3 carat diamond? Just go outside and cry it out. You (and your bank account) deserve to let it out. If you’ve ever visited an extremely high-end diamond shop, there’s a good...
  • The Dangers of Buying Cheap Jewelry

    Everyone wants something for practically nothing these days. Nobody, not even us, is immune to this widespread penny-pinching syndrome. Snagging a pair of cute earrings for $15 in the mall on the weekend? Score! A charm bracelet for $20 or...
  • What Exactly Is a Conflict-Free Diamond?

    You may think boycotting a good is an ideal solution, but the abundance of a good can be a community's livelihood. We should instead focus on making improvements to the industry's standards. Today’s consumers are lost in a sea of...
  • Why Real Gold Is The Only Way to Go With Fashion Jewelry

    This tarnished metal has lost its luster and won't make a particularly appealing addition to anyone's Friday night look... From sterling silver to platinum, fashion jewelry may consist of any number and combination of metals. Some of us prefer silver...
  • 7 Ways to Budget Your Way to a Brilliant Engagement Ring

    She isn't going to dump you because of what's not in your pocket! That's why you want to marry her! Hello, all! We’re back with the third installment in our jewelry financing series! If you missed last week’s financing education...
  • 2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Arm Candy Under $300

    You have entirely too many things to get done this holiday season. You’re simultaneously planning your Thanksgiving get-together while scrambling to get your Christmas shopping done. To make matters worse, you’re not quite sure that all of this Christmas shopping...
  • Diamonds Aren't Made From Coal. So Why Does Everyone Think They Are?

    Diamonds may form underground, but their composition is nothing like that of coal. “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure,” or so the saying goes. This old adage has probably been used to inspire a...
  • Thinking of Financing Your Engagement Ring? Here Are 6 Things You Should Avoid.

    It's alright to cry it out. We'd cry too if we had to pay twice the retail value of an item. Luxury goods such as high-quality jewelry have become a lot more accessible to people who don’t fall in the...
  • A Brief History of the Modern Engagement Ring

    The engagement ring tradition is as old as the pyramids. Some traditions really are timeless! Let’s imagine a world in which diamonds aren’t forever, a world in which they were never a girl’s best friend. All that remains in this...
  • 8 Ways to Discreetly Find Out Her Ring Size

    What, if not for helping her get hitched, are her friends for? The new millennium has seen some of us stray away from the traditional proposal, but a large number of us are keeping it old school. We still have...

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