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Conflict Free Diamonds, What Are They?

Conflict Free Diamonds are a relatively new but tremendously necessary phenomenon. Conflict diamonds were brought to the attention of the world in 2006 by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “Blood Diamond". No movie could ever clearly portray the horrors of a civil war torn Sierra Leone between 1991 and 1999, or how the country became so corrupt. [...]

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Custom Jewelry In Boston!

Clients come to our Boston gallery everyday with unique ideas to personalize their engagement rings and fine jewelry. Custom jewelry is a great way to express a special moment in your relationship, or because you just can’t find the ring you’re looking for. A great idea and a custom jeweler who makes jewelry you actually like [...]

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How Much Should You Spend On A Diamond Engagement Ring?

When you visualize a diamond engagement ring what comes to mind? For some it’s an 8mm 2 carat F VS1 Excellent Cut diamond set in a platinum setting, for some it’s a smaller diamond with a diamond halo in yellow gold, and for others it’s a lab grown gemstone in rose gold. All are heart-felt and [...]

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Ethical Engagement Rings...What is an Ethical Engagement Ring?

An ethical engagement ring should encompass more than just a conflict free diamond, it should also include recycled metal, ethical diamonds in the setting and low impact manufacturing processes.Recycled precious metal refers to the reclaiming and refining of gold, platinum and sterling silver previously used in jewelry. The refining process returns the precious metal to it’s original [...]

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​Ethical Diamond Or Conflict Free Diamond. What does it really mean?

Many of our clients know they want an ethical engagement ring and a conflict free diamond before they come to us, others choose to buy ethical when educated on the advantages of ethical sourcing. But what is an ethical diamond? In a nutshell it means sustainable and ethical mining practices, humanitarian efforts, the safe treatment of [...]

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How to Design and Purchase a Custom Ethical Engagement Ring Like a Pro

A custom designed ethical engagement ring is the ultimate in personal expression. If you want a ring as unique as you, sprinkled with personal significance, a custom design may be what you’re looking for. Here are 7 tips on how to go about purchasing your custom design.Observe: Notice the jewelry that she or he wears to get a sense of [...]

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Fluorescence, or No Fluorescence in a Diamond? An Ethical Diamond Buyers Guide.

Copyright: GIA and Harold & Erica Van Pelt. Courtesy: Harry Winston, Inc. Fluorescence is the reaction of trace minerals within the diamond that cause the diamond to glow when exposed to ultraviolet light. In the laboratory, special ultraviolet lights are used to detect fluorescence, but the sun is also a source of ultraviolet rays so a [...]

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February's Birthstone: Amethyst 10 Interesting Myths and Facts

Amethyst is the birthstone for the month of February and the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. A variety of quartz recognized by it’s many shades of purple, from lilac to deep violet, the Amethyst is a gemstone with a long and mysterious history. 10 Interesting Myths and Facts about February’s Amethyst The lore of amethyst began with [...]

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A Diamonds 4 C’s - What Should I Look For In A Grading Report? How Do The 4 C's Affect the Diamond Price?

Diamond purchasing can be intimidating with so much information, and advise it can even be overwhelming. So many choices and different prices for seemingly the same diamond, and what does a nice diamond look like even if you saw one?! Diamonds like any other major purchase, should be researched, but then follow your heart. You're [...]

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GIA or EGL Diamond Certificates. Which one is better?

We at Laura Preshong want every diamond client to feel that they have made an educated diamond purchasing decision. The benefits of purchasing a certified diamond is the standards set in grading, such as the 4C’s that aid the consumer in making an educated purchase. Laura Preshong only sells ethically sourced diamonds graded by the Gemological [...]

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