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Your Necklace and Pendant Shopping Guide
December 23 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Necklaces are the most popular and classic style of jewelry. A nice necklace can add a touch of sophistication and elegance to your wardrobe. Accessorizing with a necklace is a great way to dress up any outfit. There are many different types of necklaces, chains and pendants available, and the right piece of jewelry for you will depend on your personal style and budget. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a necklace or pendant from the industry experts at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

Pendant Styles

The pendant refers to the gemstone that provides the centerpiece of your necklace. Pendants come in a variety of materials, shapes, sizes and colours. When choosing a pendant, it’s important to think about what function you want it to serve. Do you want a pendant that makes a big statement? In that case, you may want to choose a larger or more colorful gemstone. If you’re looking for a more subtle accessory, choose a smaller gemstone with in subdued hue. Gemstones vary in price depending on colour, cut, size and rarity, so keeping your budget in mind when choosing your perfect pendant.

Chain Styles

The chain of your necklace is often as important as your pendant. When picking a chain for your necklace, think about how it will look with your pendant. Does the style compliment the pendant, or does it clash? Does the chain draw attention away from the pendant? Another thing to consider when choosing a chain is length. Do you want your pendant to rest along your collarbone, or do you want a longer necklace? These considerations will change how your necklace looks with the rest of your clothes.

Finding the right piece of jewelry can be difficult, and choosing the chain and pendant styles that work best for you can be its own challenge. At Marlow’s Diamond & Design, we offer custom jewelry design services, so we can help you design the perfect necklace for you. For more information about our custom design and jewelry repair services, contact us today.

 

What to Consider When Buying an Engagement Ring
December 23 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna

An engagement ring is symbolic of the love and dedication between you and your partner. It represents the enduring commitment you have to one another, and the beginning of a new stage in your relationship. It’s important to choose an engagement ring that reflects the personal style of your partner, fits within your budget, and is classic enough to remain stylish for many years to come. Here are a few things to consider when shopping from an engagement ring from the jewelry experts at Marlow’s Diamond &Design.

Choose the Right Band

Many people are so preoccupied with choosing the right diamond for their engagement ring that they totally forget about the band. The band is almost as important as the central feature of your engagement ring—the band provides the frame for the central focal point of the ring’s diamond, so it has the potential to change the look of the entire ring. When choosing a band, it’s important to consider width (do you want a thin band or a thick one?) as well as colour. Engagement bands are available in a number of materials including gold, white gold, platinum and silver.

Think About Setting

Setting refers to the piece that holds the stone in place on the band. Similar to the band, the setting can change the entire look of the ring so it’s important to choose this feature carefully. Pronged setting refers to a set of little metal claws that hold the diamond in place. There are usually four to six prongs in a setting, and they can be rounded, flat, pointed or V-shaped. Other types of setting include bezel setting, in which the gemstone is encircled by a custom-fit frame to hold it in place, and the channel setting, in which the gemstone is held in place by small gemstones encrusted into the band.

Purchasing an engagement ring is a big decision. At Marlow’s Diamond & Design, we offer custom engagement rings so you can create something that suits your partner perfectly. For more information about our engagement ring and custom jewelry services, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

Earrings: A How-to Guide from Marlow’s Diamond & Design
December 23 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Earrings are one of the most popular accessories on the market today, and yet still many people find them intimidating to wear. The great thing about earrings is their versatility—they can act as a bold statement piece or as a subtle accent to your outfit. If you’re feeling unsure about how to incorporate earrings into your wardrobe, here is some advice from the jewelry experts at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

Studs versus Dangling Earrings

The two most common earring styles are dangling earrings and studs. Both of these styles are beautiful in their own way. Dangling earrings makes great statement pieces, allowing the wearer to add a striking accent to their outfit. Studded earrings, on the other hand, can be used to add a more subtle complimentary element to your wardrobe. Choosing dangling versus studded earrings will depend on the context in which you wear them. Dangling earrings, for instance, may be better for a dinner party or night out on the town, whereas practical and subtle studded earrings may be better for professional scenarios such as interviews and business meetings.

Material Options

Earrings are available in a number of different materials and can feature a variety of gemstones, including diamonds and pearls. The type of material you choose for your earrings will depend on several factors, including your personal tastes and budget. Colorful gemstones such as turquoise or ruby are great for a youthful, fun and eclectic look. Classic stones and materials such as diamond, pearl, gold and silver are great way to add sophistication and elegance to any look.

Earrings are a great way to dress up your outfit and add a little bit of fun and personality to your wardrobe. Earrings are some of the most versatile accessories available, so the right pair can help you achieve whatever look you want. At Marlow’s Diamond & Design, we offer a variety of different earrings as well as customized jewelry services so you can get the hand-crafted pair of earrings that are best for you. For more information about our stunning earring designs and customization services, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

December Birthstones: Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise
December 23 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna collection of gemstones


People born in December are lucky enough to have not one, not two, but three different birthstones. Tanzanite, zircon and turquoise are each known for their own unique and eye-catching shade of blue. Available in a range of styles, cuts, colours and rarities, it’s easy to find the December birthstone that best suits your personal tastes and budget. Here is some more information of tanzanite, zircon and turquoise, the three birthstones for the month of December.

Tanzanite

Tanzanite is a variety of the mineral zoisite. Tanzanite is named after the country Tanzania, which is its country of origin. Tanzanite is so rare that it can only be found within a few square miles of Tanzania near Mount Kilimanjaro. Tanzanite is known for its exquisite blue coloring, which can range from pale blue to aquamarine. Tanzanite is a sensitive stone that can easily be damaged, so it’s better suited for earrings than rings or pendants.

Zircon

The name zircon comes from the Persian word zargun, meaning gold-colored. Despite this word origin, zircon is actually available in a wide variety of colours, including red, orange, yellow, green and brown. However, the most popular colour for zircon is blue. Blue zircon is variety associated with the month of December. People have believed for centuries that zircon helps to promote sleep in the wearer, as well as ward off evil and encourage prosperity.

Turquoise

Turquoise gets its name from its bold and magnetic blue-green hue. The word turquoise comes from the French expression pierre turque (meaning “Turkish stone”) because it was introduced to Europe by Turkey in the 13th century. Turquoise is one of the softest gemstones, which is why it can be found in so many different carved shapes and patterns. Turquoise has been said to grant power and protection to the wearer.

Anyone born in December is fortunate enough to have three of the most beautiful blue gems as their birthstones. To have custom tanzanite, zircon or turquoise jewelry created for you, contact our expert jewelers today at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

Winter Accessorizing: How to Wear Jewelry In The Cold
December 22 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Now that winter is upon us, you may think that you have to put away your jewelry until it starts to get warmer again. However, just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can no longer look stylish. You can still accessorize your winter outfits with jewelry, even when you’re all bundled up in the cold. Here are a few winter accessorizing tips from the jewelry experts at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

Use Fashion Tape

One of the most frustrating things about wearing jewelry in the winter is having to deal with accessories that fly around in harsh winds and storms. Necklaces especially have a tendency to fly around, get caught in your scarf or hair, or even break in severe winter winds. This problem can be easily avoided by using fashion tape, a clear and easy-to-use adhesive that can purchased at most craft or fabric stores. This tape is almost invisible and sensitive on your skin, so you’ll barely even notice it. Simply place a small amount on the chain of your necklace to keep it in place all day long.

Choose Studs

Wearing dangling earrings in the winter can get complicated. Dangling earrings can get caught in your hair or clothes, which can be uncomfortable and painful. Aside from that, dangling earrings can also make it more difficult to wear a hat or scarf, leaving you more vulnerable to the wintertime cold. For these reasons, you may choose to avoid dangling earrings during the winter months. Luckily, there are many other earring options available. Try accessorizing your winter outfits with a pair of studded earrings. Diamond or pearl studs can add a touch of sophistication to any look. For an extra pop of colour, choose a vibrant gemstone such as a turquoise or sapphire stud.

You don’t have to stop wearing accessories just because it’s cold outside. With these simple winter jewelry tips and tricks, you can stay stylish all season long. Browse our complete catalogue for more winter accessory ideas, and to learn more about our custom jewelry designs contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

 


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Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide
December 21 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about what to get your loved ones. Jewelry makes a great holiday gift—a beautiful necklace, ring or pair of earrings is a very thoughtful way to show how much you care. Get your loved ones gifts to last a lifetime with custom jewelry from Marlow’s Diamond & Design. Here is a holiday gift guide from our team of expert jewelers.

For Him

Marlow’s Diamond & Design has a number of classic and sophisticated jewelry options for men. We also have a variety of sleek and contemporary styles, so we’ll have something for him no matter what his personal tastes may be. We have a variety of men’s rings, ranging from classic bands to more modern sports rings. We also have a range of customizable pendants. With the jewelry selections from Marlow’s Diamond & Design, you’ll have no problem finding him the perfect gift this holiday season.

For Her

Find the perfect holiday gift for her at Marlow’s Diamond & Design. We have a large selection of diamond rings, available in a variety of sizes, band widths, and framing. We also have rings with other gemstone centers, as well as a number of different earrings and pendants. We can also create a custom piece of jewelry for you using the design and gemstone of your choice. At Marlow’s Diamond & Design, we also offer repair and restyling services so you can give a favourite vintage ring or necklace an upgrade as a gift this holiday season.

Finding the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones can be difficult. Jewelry is a beautiful and thoughtful gift that your loved ones can wear for many years to come. Make your holidays something special with jewelry from Marlow’s Diamond & Design. We have a wide variety of stunning jewelry pieces available, as well as custom jewelry designs and repair services. For more information about our jewelry and services, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

Tips for First Time Diamond Buyers
December 20 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Purchasing your first piece of diamond jewelry can be an exciting process. Diamond jewelry can be a considerable investment, so it’s important to do your research so that you can find the perfect diamond for you. If you’re nervous about shopping for your first piece of diamond jewelry, here are a few diamond-buying tips from the industry experts at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

The 4 Cs

The 4 Cs are the most important things to remember when diamond shopping. The 4 Cs are:

  •   Cut
  •   Carat
  •   Colour
  •   Clarity

What you’re looking for in terms of cut, carat, colour and clarity will depend on your personal tastes, the type of jewelry you want, and your budget. Here is some more information about each of the 4 Cs.

Cut

The cut refers to the overall brilliance of a diamond, and is affected by how light is reflected by the stone’s facets. Cut is the most crucial of the 4 Cs to pay attention to if you want a diamond that is unique and visually stunning. At Marlow’s Diamond & Design, we offer a full range of diamond cuts so you can ensure that you get exactly the diamond you’re looking for.

Carat

Carat refers to the weight of a diamond. The carat system is a system of measurement created to determine how many grams of diamond are in any given stone. While many people view carat size as the most important factor in buying a diamond, but that’s not always the case—you might choose a smaller diamond that is fewer carats because the cut and fit suits you better.

Colour

Colour refers to the hue of a diamond. Most diamonds are white or clear, but can vary within a range of different opacities and vibrancies. The colour of a diamond can also be influenced by the choice of band or chain.

Clarity

Clarity refers to a diamond’s physical condition. It is a general rating given to a diamond depending on certain factors such as scratches and marks. The less visible or noticeable these marks, the higher a diamond’s clarity. While clarity can be important to some people, it may not be a factor for others. Vintage rings, for instance, may have lower clarity but a classic charm that you may find appealing.

Diamond shopping can be a fun and exciting experience. By using the 4 Cs, you can more easily determine the right diamond for you. For more information about diamonds and to purchase your own diamond jewelry today, contact us at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

 

A How-To Guide for Men’s Jewelry
December 16 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Men’s jewelry has been a growing trend over the past few years. Many men may be interested in wearing jewelry but don’t know how to pull it off. We’re here to tell you that there is a way to wear jewelry as a man which is tasteful and fashionable. If you’re interested in wearing men’s jewelry but aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your wardrobe, here are a few tips and tricks from the jewelry experts at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

Sensible Rings

A simple band or sports ring is a perfect accessory to add to any man’s wardrobe. If you’re concerned that wearing a ring will affect your ability to work with your hands, opt for a ring with a thicker band. A slightly thicker band will hold your ring securely in place so you won’t even notice it when using your hands. It’s also important to have any ring you purchase properly fitted to your finger so it won’t get in the way.

Small Studs

Earrings are a great way to add a subtle and sophisticated accent to your look. If you have your ears pierced, a small diamond stud is a great way to incorporate jewelry into your outfit. Small diamond studs add a little flash to any outfit while still remaining classy and understated. While diamond studs may not be appropriate for every occasion, they are great for special events or to dress up an outfit for a night on the town.

Men’s jewelry can easily be folded into your wardrobe in a way that’s sensible and sophisticated. At Marlow’s Diamond & Design, we pride ourselves on having the latest in men’s jewelry designs. We also offer jewelry repair and customization services so you can have a piece of jewelry that matches your personal style. For more men’s jewelry inspiration, browse our complete online catalogue today. To learn more about our stunning jewelry designs and professional services, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

How to Care For Your Vintage Jewelry
December 15 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Maybe you have some antique jewelry that’s been handed down as a family heirloom, or maybe you’ve just acquired a piece of vintage jewelry as a present. Vintage jewelry is generally more valuable than new jewelry, but it is also much more delicate. If treated carelessly, vintage jewelry can be easily damaged or broken. With the right care and maintenance, however, you can keep your vintage jewelry in good condition for many years to come. Here are some vintage jewelry care tips and tricks from the industry experts at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.

Storage Tips

Vintage jewelry can become damaged due to day-to-day wear, but improper storage can cause damage as well. Prevent your vintage jewelry for acquiring any dents or scratches while you’re not wearing it with these simple storage tips. Keep your vintage jewelry stored in a moisture-free area. Moisture can cause severe damage to precious stones, so it’s important to leave them in a dry environment. Store vintage pieces in their own jewelry box to prevent it from rubbing up against or getting caught in other jewelry pieces. Extreme temperature changes can cause damage to your vintage jewelry, so make sure it’s stored indoors in a temperature-controlled space.

Cleaning Tips

Cleaning your vintage jewelry can help you to achieve the shine and luster you want after years of dirt and grime build-up due to neglect. That being said, it’s important to use the right products when cleaning your vintage jewelry. Avoid anything that contains alcohol, acids or ammonia, as these ingredients can strip gemstones of their natural shine. Simple cleaning products like Windex can often do the trick. Apply the cleaning solution to a soft rag, never directly on the jewelry. Wipe the rag gently over your piece of jewelry until you reach the desired shine.

With careful attention, you can enjoy your vintage jewelry for many years to come. At Marlow’s Diamond & Design, we offer full jewelry repair and refurbishing services so you can count on our expert jewelers to make your vintage rings, necklaces and earrings shine like new. For more information about our jewelry services, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.