How Diamonds Are Created

diamonds are made

The diamond has been long-considered a one-of-a-kind accessory and is also one of the most precious stones on Earth. Because of this, it has been widely used in various pieces of jewelry like rings and necklaces. So, how exactly are diamonds made?

There are many ways diamonds are formed. Several scientists are still figuring out the exact recipe and process but, nevertheless, diamonds can be formed by either natural or synthetic method. Most of the time, they are formed using a combination of high temperatures, carbon minerals, and great pressure.

High Temperatures and Pressures

Carbon, high temperatures, and immense pressure are the most crucial elements in the formation of a diamond. Generally, these materials and conditions can be found in the Earth’s mantle, which is about 150 kilometers below the Earth’s surface. Pure carbon dioxide is heated up to around 1200 degrees celsius and after this, high amounts of pressure are then applied so that the carbon mineral may solidify. At this point, the diamond is ready to be mined.

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Synthetic Processes

The natural process takes around 1 to 3.3 billion years to finish. This is also one of the reasons why diamonds have a higher price point than other stones. Thus, some of the diamonds available in the market today are synthetically made. This can be done in a laboratory using a process called Chemical Vapor Deposition or CVD. This process uses plasma as well as high pressure and temperature to turn graphite, a type of carbon mineral, into diamonds.

 

Diamonds as Jewelry

diamonds are made

A diamond’s raw materials need to be manufactured into a well-polished product before it can be in a piece of jewelry. The diamonds are sorted into sizes, shapes, and levels of quality. After this, they will be meticulously cut and polished into the shape that fits the jewelry piece it will be placed in.  The cuts made in the raw diamond material are important since it will determine the grade and the price of the finished product. Because of this, computer automation can be used to further refine the material. After these processes, it is now ready to be marketed and sold.

If you are interested in adding diamonds to your jewelry collection, e-mail us at  info@shopedc.com or contact the Elizabeth Diamond Company line (866) 434-8244 for details.

Popular Gemstones for Engagement Rings

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Maybe you’re thinking of veering away from the traditional style of engagement rings. Maybe you’re wondering what else is out there. You’re in luck because there are many beautiful gemstones that can be used as engagement ring stones, still just as beautiful as the traditional diamond.  

Here are some of the popular gemstones that are storming the market today.

Colored Diamonds

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A colored diamond is a different variety of the traditional diamonds put in most engagement rings. Colored diamonds are rare which only appear about once in every 10,000 diamonds. You can get several distinct colors like yellow, pink, black, and pastel. Given its rarity, colored diamonds are also at a higher price point than traditional ones. White Diamonds and colored diamonds are mined from several different regions of the world including Russia, South Africa, Botswana, and Canada.

 

Emeralds

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Considered to be the “Jewel of Kings,” the emerald is an elegant alternative to diamonds. It can give your engagement ring a light-to-dark green sparkle, depending on the grade of the jewel. On the hardness scale, it falls at an 8, which indicates a high level of durability. You can rest assured that it won’t scratch easily. This is a  rare stone known for its astonishing allure and color. Emeralds are mined from several different regions of the world including Columbia, Africa, and Brazil.

 

Sapphire

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The sapphire gemstone has long been known as the gemstone of the elites and royalty. Several artists from Hollywood have been seen sporting sapphires this season. The hype is justified because of its brilliant blue luster. The stone also has the property of pleochroism, which is the unique ability to reflect different colors depending on the person’s point of view. It has a 9 on the hardness scale and is now becoming one of the most sought-after engagement ring gemstones on the market. Sapphires are mined from several different regions of the world including Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Burma, and Montana.

 

If it’s time to pop the question, make sure you pop the right ring. E-mail info@shopedc.com or contact the Elizabeth Diamond Company at (866) 434-8244 to get a quote on the best engagement rings available on the market.

Birthstones

From garnet to opal, to amethyst, diamond, and many more, there is a birthstone for every month on the calendar, each one as unique as the person wearing it. Check out the list below to see the the stone that matches your birth month. We’ve even included birthstone-inspired jewelry to keep you shining and help you stand out!

January. Honora features an elegant necklace that incorporates January’s stone, the garnet. Masterfully cut into a pear shape, it is perfect for any occasion. There’s a reason that legend says it will bring peace, prosperity, and good health!

February. This very lady-like elegant necklace from Tacori simply elevates any outfit. With an amethyst stone, this necklace can rest across your collarbone as a bold statement piece, graced in elegance.

March. These vintage-inspired earrings from Simon G. are perfect for the magnificent March baby. The aquamarine stone represents fun and sophistication, which adds more beauty to the total look.

April. They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend and that’s especially true for April babies. This cuff bracelet from Tacori delivers comfort and style. These jaw-dropping and simple, but intricate details are perfect to take any outfit from day to night.

May. Another breathtaking piece from Simon G. is this vintage style emerald bracelet. A pioneer in the industry, Simon G. brings out the “wow factor” of your style. With subtle, yet attention-getting diamond and emerald stones, this just might be your favorite go-to bracelet.

June. Fun, timeless, and classic are these pearl earrings from Honora. These make the June baby stand out from the rest! This timeless style is accented by 14K gold and precious pearls.

July. Instantly feel like a queen with another versatile necklace from Simon G. Made from 18K black gold, 18K white gold, and pieces of ruby stones, July babies will have all eyes on them.

August. The perfect gemstone bracelet for everyday wear, this might be your next favorite thing! An onyx stone simply completes the totality of this bracelet made by world-class jeweler Tacori.

September. Look at the beauty and elegance of this sapphire engagement ring! Another beautiful piece from Tacori, this ring will turn heads and incite awe everywhere you go.

October. Feel like a goddess with this diamond-encrusted opal necklace from Simon G. It delivers a mixture of sophistication and elegance, yet is simple enough for everyday wear.

November. One piece of the fashion-forward collection from Tacori, these topaz earrings boost your sparkle with resplendent stones and sterling silver full of majestic beauty! These stud-style earrings are timeless and effortlessly stylish.

December. Turquoise and sterling silver make this Tacori bracelet an instant classic in its simple elegance. Delicate amethyst, topaz, and turquoise stones adorn it, while the sterling silver proves it will stand the test of time.

What’s your birthstone? Whichever birthstone is yours, let us help you find the perfect piece that shows your beauty and uniqueness. Contact us today to help you get started!

Check Out This New Custom Design

 

EDC is one of the most well-known jewelry stores that caters to you by allowing you to custom-create the design of your dreams! It is one of the best gems EDC has to offer because you can  get what you want without breaking the bank! If you want it, EDC can create it!

With hundreds of designs, stone types, colors, and accessory types, to whatever suits your style and personality, we got you covered. Choose from the world’s top jewelers like Tacori, Hearts on Fire, Simon G., Gurhan, A. Jaffe and well-known timepieces from Tissot, Alpina, Omega, and so many more!

Don’t forget that here at EDC, we also offer repair services, lifetime warranties, free shipping, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We always provide high-quality service, the best products, and incomparable custom designs that will make you fall in love.

Not all jewelry stores offer custom designs to satisfy your taste, but at EDC…you can find the perfect fit and creation to suit your heart’s desire!

Great Ways To Expand Your Wardrobe

-Stephanie Weber, Designer & Graduate Gemologist, GIA at The Elizabeth Diamond Company

 

Jewelry is a precious fashion statement that connects us to sentiment, legacy and timelessness. Over time we can build a personal jewelry wardrobe that suits our lifestyle, expressing our individuality.

 

THINK VERSATILITY

Detachable earring drops suspended from a stand alone diamond hoop or pavé top offer two looks in one.  Likewise, consider a double sided pendant to feature a colored gemstone one way and all diamond or plain texture the other.  Even rings can perform double duty.  Imagine a cluster ring center that unlocks to serve as a pendant on a chain.  A matching necklace and bracelet can connect nicely to make one longer piece, accented by interesting ball or toggle catches.  An experienced goldsmith can often modify existing pieces of jewelry to maximize wearability.  

 

MIX AND MATCH

Play and experiment pairing different metals and gemstones.  Yes, go ahead and mix yellow gold jewelry with platinum or white gold.  Dress down a classic strand of pearls with simple silver hoops. Or on the flip side, dress up the same necklace with diamonds- perhaps a chandelier earring or an important right hand ring.  Jewelry professionals can guide you on how to make better use of what you already own and identify smart wish list pieces to best enhance your wardrobe.

 

LAYER MULTIPLES

Start with the most delicate necklace closest to the neck and descend to the heaviest layer.  Spacing guides the eye, influencing proportions.  Anchor the look with a signature pendant or wrap longer strands of beads or pearls, doubling and tripling the same necklace.  Adding an extender to an existing necklace works well for different necklines.  Mult-strand chains and gemstone station necklaces can completely transform a special pendant, stretching wearability especially for dressier occasions.  

 

STACK THE UNEXPECTED

Rings and bracelets are naturals for stacking and repurposing heirlooms to suit your style. Frame a timeless diamond band with skinny textured or enamel guards.  A stack can completely refresh an older piece.  Avoid soldering rings together to leave your options open and enjoy a more comfortable fit.  Mix textures and styles; variety adds interest.  On the wrist, combine a straight line diamond bracelet with a plain gold cuff.  Or tell a story with skinny slip on bangles.  Ideally, any piece should be strong enough to stand alone or be integrated as desired.  

 

To schedule a complimentary appointment to expand your jewelry wardrobe or to repurpose existing pieces, email stephanie@shopedc.com or phone 937.434.0003 at The Elizabeth Diamond Company.

7 Ways to Keep Your Jewelry Like New

Knowing how to properly clean, maintain, and repair jewelry is necessary for the long life of your pieces. If not taken seriously, your jewelry could lose its value and eventually depreciate over time. So you can stay in the know, below are some tips on how you can make your precious pieces look new again…and stay that way!

 

Keep it clean. Gently wipe off skin oil and makeup after each time you wear a piece. This will help preserve the jewelry’s sparkle. Use a 100% cotton cloth to wipe it off, but never paper, polyester, or other types of fabric, including synthetics. These materials may impart fine scratches in the metal, especially on sterling silver.

Sterling silver. To keep it from tarnishing, wrap the jewelry in tissue paper and place it inside a zipped plastic bag and seal it.

 

Remove fingerprints and dirt. Add a small amount of mild liquid soap to a half cup of warm water, soak the piece for 2-3 minutes, then rinse. This will help remove fingerprints, dirt, or light grease from your favorite sterling silver pieces.

 

Never use chlorine. When cleaning stones like amber, lapis lazuli, and turquoise, do not soak it longer than you would other types of stone. Be sure to never use chlorine on them.

 

Remove your accessories. Before doing any housework or activities that could cause your jewelry any abrasion, especially using products that contain bleach, make sure you have removed and properly stored your pieces.

 

Toothpaste or other abrasive. Keep in mind, you shouldn’t use toothpaste or other products just because others are doing it. Whatever works for their jewelry might not work for yours, so be sure you know how to treat it.

 

Ultrasonic cleaners. This is great for cleaning some types of jewelry, but not recommended for gemstones, pearls, and other fine stones.

 

Hopefully these tips help you keep the right mindset about how to keep your jewelry beautiful for years to come. We care about helping you preserve your pieces. For the safest repair and maintenance, you can contact us or visit one of our stores to know more about proper care for your jewelry!

Jewelry that Says, “I’m Grateful for You”

There are so many ways to express your gratitude to someone you love, whether it be a family member, a friend, or your significant other. Our team is passionate about helping you find the right piece for that person, to tell them just how grateful you are for them. You can browse our beautiful selection in our online store…but for a few key ideas, keep reading!

They say that time is the most precious thing you can ever give someone. Made with leather and PVD-finished stainless steel, you can never go wrong with this minimalist timepiece. Since this is a unisex piece, it boasts a wide appeal. Because of its technical design and classic feel, this watch from Tissot is the pinnacle of fine watchmaking. With a technically-advanced quartz movement, this is a reliable accessory for any ensemble and any situation.

Also considered a classic is this Fulfillment style diamond heart necklace in 18K white gold that can be worn for special occasions or as an everyday piece. This symbol tells your wife, mother, or special lady in your life how much you appreciate their love and support. This Hearts on Fire necklace makes every day sparkle.

Not all men wear bracelets, but this is a wonderful present for your dad, brother, husband, or son to show them how grateful you are to have them by your side! A unique cuff bracelet from Tacori, this design is simple yet luxurious. Made of sterling silver (925), this stunning piece will surely stand the test of time.

Show your special someone how you want to keep them close with the Honora Embrace drop style earrings. Just one of the beautiful pieces Honora has to offer, this earring is made with 14K yellow gold and pearls. They are perfect for your mother, sister, best friend, or even yourself! The pearl stones glimmer endlessly, just like that special lady.

These are just a few ideas, but visit us online or come by one of our locations for even more beautiful ideas. Whatever special gift you surprise them with, make sure it comes from the bottom of your heart!

Timeless Gold Pieces

Gold and silver never go out of style. May it be any trend, style, generation – these gold and silver accessories, not only give us an additional oomph, but their worth increases over time.

It’s smart to invest in gold accessories because the value doesn’t depreciate, unlike other items. From engagement rings, marriage bands, watches, and accessories, we got you covered..in gold!

A pendant is perfect example of a timeless piece that will never go out of style. No matter what you are opting for, may it be a classic lady, city girl, lady farmer, or whatever else you may call yourself, this pendant instantly adds class.
Timeless Gold Pieces

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Hoop earrings are what a lot of women prefer. Not only does it give a classy ensemble, but it pulls it all together. This go-to earring, will make you stand out amidst a big crowd. People will surely admire you for how lovely and put-together you look. You can rock these hoop earrings from day to night. The subtle movement in the diamond create an extra sparkle that will turn heads!

Timeless Gold Pieces

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Add instant glam and sparkle to the total look, by adding this gold bangle from Hearts on Fire! You can either combine this with the pendant necklace above, or be a head turner by combining it with the hoop earrings.

Timeless Gold Pieces

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To finish our gold roundup, another stunner from Hearts on Fire, is this Copley Bezel Band! You can either stack it with other rings or simply wear it alone.

Timeless Gold Pieces

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How do you wear your gold?! We don’t think there are many limitations, but balance does matter. When you wear a gold piece, you don’t need to wear a lot of jewelry. Usually, less is more. So, choosing a few really great gold pieces, will bring your wardrobe together and a smile on your face!!

Check out the shop to see a wide-range of our gold selection: ring bands, necklaces, bangles, and earrings. We have something that will satisfy your taste!

Top 3 Autumn Wedding Color Palettes to Match Your Wedding Band

As you may know, June through September is wedding peak season, and we thought it would be so fun to showcase the colors that are hot for Autumn and what bands we would pick to go with the vibe!!


Indulge yourself in this selfish read!!

  1. Light Pink & Berry

 Top 3 Autumn Wedding Color Palettes to Match Your Wedding Band

A combination of dark hues makes the wedding pop and emphasize the Groom’s suite, which we love the idea of. Plus, the decorations POP against an outdoor backdrop.

Top 3 Autumn Wedding Color Palettes to Match Your Wedding Band

This band by Henri Daussi would make the perfect match for a ‘berry’ special wedding day! 😉

  1. Burgundy, Navy & Gold

 Top 3 Autumn Wedding Color Palettes to Match Your Wedding Band

Mmmmm…Mmmmmm – can you say classy?! We are FALLING (pun intended!) for this luscious color palette.

A mixture of light tones and a pop of dazzling gold shade, create the perfect recipe that pairs with the bold colors of burgundy and navy. We imagine these colors in a more intimate setting.

 Top 3 Autumn Wedding Color Palettes to Match Your Wedding Band

We paired the Diamond Bar Milgrain Band by Hearts on Fire to match the dazzling sophistication for this wedding.

  1. Mauve & Grey

When you want to make sure, your wedding photos are timeless, these colors will make a safe bet!!

 Top 3 Autumn Wedding Color Palettes to Match Your Wedding Band

A mixture of minimalist tones with grey and mauve, laced with texture and pattern. This palette will make a wedding look like a fairytale.
 Top 3 Autumn Wedding Color Palettes to Match Your Wedding Band

This Envelop Wedding Band by Hearts on Fire is a perfect fit for a fairytale wedding.

Whatever colors you will choose, and whatever ring sits on your finger, the most important thing is that you have a diamond that tells the story of your love together.

If you haven’t shopped at Elizabeth Diamond Company, you’re not done shopping yet! Stop by one of our locations in Centerville or Troy.