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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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What are Ethical Diamonds and Conflict Free Diamonds? Where are they Mined? And How They Do Good.

There are only a few reliable sources for truly Conflict Free Diamonds or Ethically Sourced Diamonds. Australia, Canada and Botswana Africa are the most well known and prolific. The Australian Mines are the Argyle Mine owned by The Rio Tinto Mining Company, and the Ellendale owned by Goodrich Resources.The Canadian Mines are Diavik owned by [...]

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One Diamond Carat Weight. Why So Many Different Prices?

Diamonds and gemstones are sold and priced by a weight of measure called a carat. Carat is a weight, not a measurement like millimeters. Diamond cutters strive to cut the most perfect stone characteristics for each raw diamond they are presented. Inclusions and other natural properties of the stones determine how the cutter is best able to [...]

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Iconic Wedding Dresses from Princess Di to Angelina Jolie

A classic New Yorker married in a chic black dress designed by Morgane Le Fay, Sarah married Matthew Broderick May 19, 1997. See 100 Iconic Wedding Dresses in this fun Iconographic by Vashi.

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The Charismatic Diamond. 15 Captivating Facts.

Diamonds are provocative, magical gems with thousands of years of history and lore. We've compiled 15 facts about diamonds, to read more about ethical diamonds visit our Ethical Diamond Education page.1. Diamonds are all between one and three billions years old. The earth is 4.543 billion years old.2. A diamond is an allotrope (meaning other form) [...]

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