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Stackable Rings: How to Wear Them with Elegance & Style
March 27 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Whether you’re planning on spoiling someone for her birthday or you want to add to your own personal collection, stackable rings are the perfect way to go. This style has been the hottest trend in both costume and fine jewellery for years. As new fashions and bold designs become available, there are more ways than ever to express ourselves with rings. Not only are they stylish, but like charm bracelets, they can be personalized to suit your own style. If you’re worried about getting the right rings to start your collection, remember that there is no wrong way to wear a stackable ring. However, to make a statement that says elegance and style, here are a few tips.

#1: Mixing Materials
There are so many combinations of metals, gems and designs, that the choices can sometimes overwhelm us. If you can’t decide between silver, gold and rose gold colours, why not stack them all? There are plenty of pictures of stackable sets online that prove that mixing metals makes for interesting combinations that catches the eye and completes the outfit. Make sure to choose one metal that dominates the others to ensure you don’t overwhelm the overall look. This can be accomplished by wearing a chunky or eye-catching piece on your index or middle finger, like our 14k yellow geometric ring or the 14k rose gold geometric rope ring, and adding a midi ring of the same metal.

#2: Less is More for Formal Wear
The beauty of stackable rings is that you can mix and match depending on your outfit and the occasion. We’ve seen stackable rings complement styles for every outing. For more formal wear or to add a sophisticated and elegant look to your outfit, we suggest downsizing your stackable rings. A single ring on your fourth finger, like our 14k white gold skinny rope ring will pair perfectly with a statement piece on your forefinger, such as an accented two-tone ring or a tall stack of alternating rose, yellow and white gold beaded V rings. Adding an asymmetrical diamond and pearl ring will give you a touch of sparkle. Alternatively, stack your rings on your middle finger like a cocktail ring, leaving all other fingers bare.

#3: Gems, Stones and Pops of Colour
Metals aren’t the only thing to make your fingers pop! Add a beautiful touch of flair to your fingers by matching your stackable metal rings with hints of colour. The possibilities are endless. While diamonds, amethysts and rubies are always a safe bet, don’t forget to try different textures, like opals and turquoise. To make it easy on the eyes, we suggest separating your eye-catching gemstones with plenty of interesting metals in between.

What we love about stackable rings is that no one’s assortment is the same. Start your collection today or spoil that special someone with a stylish and elegant ring to suit any occasion. Visit Marlow’s Diamond & Design to browse our wide collection of stackable rings.
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Designing a Custom Engagement Ring
January 18 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Do you find that while you look at different engagement rings that you like specific aspects but can’t quite find a design that feels right? If you want to have more control over design elements, why not consider the custom design route? There are numerous benefits that come with designing a custom ring. For one, it offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to style, colour, cut and design. There are also endless possibilities and combinations that make it a versatile option that is highly customizable. Here are some aspects of custom designed rings that are trending right now!

The Vintage Feel

Engagement ring designs that emanate a vintage feel have really made a comeback. Designs that feature halos –a large centered bezel diamond circled by smaller pavé diamonds, are an example of a new design that reflects vintage values. This design paired with mixed metals, as an example, can really play up the vintage feel of a ring. Plus, this design can be adapted to look as simple or as luxurious as you’d like.

For example, one simple round cut diamond on a silver based ring with one halo is a simple, delicate and elegant design choice. Whereas, a larger square-cut diamond with 2-3 halos can create a more dramatic look. Using these parameters can help you create a unique and distinct ring that reflects your partner!

Play with Colour

Traditional wedding ring designs are often seen in white metals and yellow gold. But did you know that you can use other means of colour to your advantage? Consider hues like rose gold when thinking about the ring’s base. Rose gold is an incredible way to create a romantic hue that can balance out or accentuate other features in the ring’s design. It will also add a completely different dimension from traditional looks, if you’re looking to create something distinct and new.

Diamonds are also available in a variety of fancy colours such as a bright, clear light blue, and yellow. The variety of colours can range from light to vivid depending on the look you’re trying to go for. For instance, if you just want a subtle hint of colour, you can opt for a lightly coloured fancy colour diamond.

If you’re looking to create a custom ring design for your significant other, but you’re not sure where to start, we can help you find the right meld of elements for your design. Get in touch with us today to get the process started.

 

 

 

Engagement Ring Aftercare and Maintenance
January 9 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Owning a precious piece of jewellery like an engagement ring comes with a few things to know. Diamonds are forever brilliant… if you take care of them. To ensure that your ring stays in optimal shape and stands the test of time, here are some things to consider.

Treat your ring carefully

Handle your jewellery with clean hands at all times. Oils, food debris or any sticky residues can and will affect the clarity of your ring. Soaps and lotions can also contain ingredients that can affect its lustre over time. It’s best to always wash, dry and moisturize your hands before putting your ring on.

Another important thing to consider is removing your ring before using household cleaning products that can contain damaging chemicals! Exposure to chemicals like chlorine as an example can corrode base metals like gold.

Take your ring off at night. Hands can swell at night making taking off your ring uncomfortable in the morning. Plus, when you cannot calculate your movements at night, you might end up scratching or damaging your ring!

Store your ring away from other jewellery in a fabric-lined case

Diamonds are tough as nails but they are prone to scratches. Keep your diamond ring away from other jewellery in a soft fabric-lined case. This will lessen the chances of scratching.

Keep the ring away from humidity

Direct sunlight or humidity from heating can affect your ring. Make sure you store your ring away in a cupboard or drawer away from heat sources.

Clean your diamonds

Your ring will certainly come into contact with debris every once in a while — nobody is perfect! The way to combat the effects of this is to clean your diamonds regularly. A mild detergent such as a mix of ammonia and water is a great homemade cleaning solution to use between professional annual cleanings.

Have your ring cleaned professionally

Your ring should be cleaned and polished at least once a year by your jeweller. While small home-cleaning machines are available as an alternative to this, you should consult your jeweller before purchasing one to avoid using any old product that could damage your ring.

Don’t forget about ring insurance

As a new ring owner, you should consider insuring your ring — no matter how much it costs. If it gets lost, damaged or stolen, ring insurance will partially or fully cover the cost of your ring. This can be added to home or personal insurance plans however, they only come into effect when a ring has been appraised by a certified professional (so make sure to keep the original receipt!)

Following these considerations will ensure that your ring stays safe, protected and clean at all times so you can take care of it for the years to come. Have any questions on ring maintenance or aftercare? Get in touch with 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.

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.

 

Sapphires and Moissanite Are Almost As Durable As Diamonds, and Can Be a Wonderful Affordable Option
May 30 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna diamond ring

Every woman dreams of having a diamond in her jewelry collection. It has always been seen as a symbol of prosperity and unending love. However, not everyone can afford the “king” of gemstones. But there are always alternatives which can be as durable as diamonds and much more affordable. Sapphires and moissanites are two such options and they can be dainty additions to your collection too. These stones can be as hard as diamond. They have a hardness of 9.2/9.25 and 9 on the Mohs scale, which is close to that do diamond’s 10.

Sapphire

Sapphire has its name derived from the Latin word “saphirus” that means blue. It is also believed to have its name associated with Saturn. It is a type of Corundum and is an oxide of aluminium, and can range from opaque to transparent. Its true color is blue, which is most popular but it also has other colors including green and yellow. These different colors result from other mineral compounds.

Importance of Sapphires

Sapphires were worn by kings around their necks to protect them from harm. People believed that wearing it helped in protecting against envy and also drew divine favors. During ancient times sapphire became the perfect choice for ecclesiastical rings. Sir Richard Francis Burton is a well known Oriental traveler who wore a large star sapphire. He believed it to be his talisman that helped him bring good horses and all the attention during his expeditions. The stone helps bring luck, and even King Solomon wore one.

Moissanite

Moissanite is very rare to find in nature. This high-end diamond imitation can be so rare that you will have to explore other planetary bodies to find your piece. This is the reason why it is synthetically made. Moissanite is silicon carbide and entered the North American market only in the 20th century. These are colorless crystals and can be used as diamond imitation after cutting. The stone occurs only in tiny amounts in nature. It has been valued for its weight, hardness, brilliance and strong resistance to scratches.

Almost Close to Being a Diamond

Moissanite has many qualities that make it closer to the ‘king’ of gemstones than other stones. It has brilliance that’s closer to diamond. It has a specific gravity of 3.2, while diamond has it 3.51. Its refraction index is around 2.64, while that of diamond is 2.42. The stone also has comparative thermal conductivity. Interestingly, the invariable diamond tester mistakes moissanite for a diamond.

How to Tell a Moissanite from Diamond

But moissanite also has characteristics which make it different from natural diamonds. One of the main differences is that it has double refraction. When you look at the crystal from any direction, out of line with its optic axis, it will show bifurcated rear facets and edges. But gem cutters will mostly position this stone in a way to prevent you from seeing facets bifurcation when it is seen through the base. Just turn the stone a little bit and you will see its bifurcated prong.

Moissanite can be told by its very light grayish-green hue. Still it comes close to diamond. It will also slightly weigh less than a similar sized diamond. What makes it the more special is its wear-resistance. The stone doesn’t scratch easily and will not look as dull as other stones even on your 25th wedding anniversary.

Moissanite shows ample sparkle and fire, and offers good amount of clarity. It is recommended to choose quality stones which offer excellent clarity. It will be best to look a stone under a loupe to get a good idea of its clarity.

So whether it’s a wedding or an occasion for special gifts, sapphires and moissanites can be more affordable yet equally durable and beautiful stones as diamond.

Different Methods of making rings and other jewellery: Die-Striking, Hand Rolling and Casting
April 21 , 2016 | Written by: Riko Specogna diamond jewellery

Purchasing a ring for your loved one is a blissful task from all aspects. You think of their lovable face and you think of the love that this one step is going to bring to your life. The definitive beauty is surely going to bring smile to their face. The diamond ring can do wonders whether you are purchasing it for a proposal or you are thinking of a gift for your anniversary. But have you even considered how much hard work goes into producing a single piece of jewelry or how the piece is actually produced? You can read on to get an idea of the process of making a ring.

Die-striking: It is a popular method of making a ring from raw metal. The method is used for the design of the ring in question without adding the stone in it. Dies are prepared in the factory and metal sheets are used in order to produce the perfect shape. The method is not only used for rings but also for necklaces, pendants, studs and many other types of jewellery. For this method, the metal requirement is high though the resultant amount is not much. Many manufacturers have abandoned this method but those who believe in perfection prefer it over other processes available. This is a method that makes the product more dense and strong enough to last for a long time. Once the shape is formed, the stone is inserted into the ring at the proper places. There are so many benefits of the method but the only problem lies with the extra fine designs. The fine designs cannot be done properly with die-striking.

Casting: Casting is another popular method of making jewelry designs. It is also known as centrifugal jewelry casting which starts with a wax pattern that is built and then placed inside the plaster to form a strong cast. Shapes are carved inside and the gold or other metal is poured in liquid form to form shapes. The method is highly popular and with the hard cast it is possible to make fine designs, too. This method can be used to form any kind of jewelry including necklaces, rings, earrings and much more. This method is still in place for many manufacturers, all over the world.

Handrolling/Carving: Carving or hand rolling is one more method used for making jewelry pieces. Though this method is not quite popular, it is still used for making big jewelry pieces. Hand rolling or carving is done by hand and it is one of the oldest methods used for making jewelry items. Very fine designs can be made using this simple method which is still popular in many countries of the world. Sometimes, a piece of wood is taken as a platform to hold the metal and then heat is applied to give the jewelry a proper shape. If a unique design has to be made where casting or die-striking cannot be used, this remains as the last resource. The method is good but it takes a lot of time to make a piece.

It is always up to the discretion of the manufacturer to use one of the above methods according to the availability and efficiency. There are certain companies that use all these methods according to the applicability and have tools to support the requirement. All the methods have their flaws and but they can be minimized by choosing the right technique and right applicability. It may not be that important to ask for the method of making the piece of art before purchasing, but knowing it will make you a strong decision maker.

Tips for Choosing the Best Diamond Stud Earrings
February 8 , 2016 | Written by:

When it comes to earrings, diamond studs are one of the most popular pieces of jewelry. You may be buying them for yourself or for a loved one. Earrings are best designed to a specific proportion. They shouldn’t be too big or too small. They should blend perfectly with your looks (and occasion).

The choice of the right diamond is the most important factor. So find out what all needs to be considered when choosing the perfect diamond earrings.

Choice of Diamond Cut

‘Excellent’ may be the best cut professionally, but it’s not easy to tell the difference between it and the ‘Good’ cut. When you choose round diamonds, they shouldn’t be too deep. This will reduce their visible surface in comparison to ‘Better’ cut diamonds.

Diamond Size

You will most likely choose the diamonds’ size in stud earrings based on your own preferences. If you are going to wear large and flawless stones, you don’t have to worry. But if you have chosen low-grade colors, larger stones can give away their tints.

When it comes to earrings, it is always recommended not to go for too large stones. It could be an overstatement and may make you look too gaudy.

Diamond Colors

Yellow, pink and blue are popular fancy colors with earrings. Such colors grow in value as their color deepens. Colored diamonds are rare and therefore expensive. Despite that they are in high demand. The color of a diamond is due to the presence of some other element, which gets added to the stone during its formation. There are modern color enhancement techniques too, which help you in finding more affordable colored diamonds for your earrings.

You may opt for colored diamonds which cost less than their naturally colored counterparts. Such techniques involve application of high levels of pressure and temperatures for changing the natural chemistry of the stone. Interestingly, the change is permanent.

Irradiation is another technique, but its color effects could be changed due to higher temperatures and further processing such as polishing and re-cutting. Eventually, the choice of the type of colored diamonds will depend on your budget. However, the choice of the color will be more personal.

Metal Settings for Diamond

When it comes to settings for diamond earrings, white gold and yellow gold are the most widely used options. Platinum is also gaining popularity but most people will go for gold because platinum is much heavier. However, platinum is highly durable and ensures more safety by preventing stones from coming off.

A good option could be to have the earrings built in gold and platinum used solely for the prongs. Usually, stud earrings would have the typical basket setting with 3-6 prongs to hold the stone.

Most of the time, the size of the stone will determine the number of prongs. 3 prongs could be ideal for a small stone, but a large stone will require more number of prongs.

Even the stone’s cut is going to affect this factor. If the earring has princess-cut diamonds, it will be required to have a prong each at all the 4 corners.

In the case of bezel setting, the metal will surround the stone, and only the crown facets could be seen.

So when choosing the perfect diamond earrings, you should consider all these factors. Whether you want to gift diamond stud earrings to a loved one or yourself, these can be some of the most elegant jewelry pieces in your collection. It will be best to have them custom designed to your preferences and requirements.

Considering that so many factors are involved, you can never be sure in finding a piece that perfectly matches the person and your specific design needs. So a bespoke pair of diamond earrings is the ideal option.

Understanding the various types of diamonds
December 5 , 2015 | Written by:

The hardest and natural substance that is always dear to women is the diamonds. Every woman dreams of owning this pricey jewellery. Diamonds are not always white and the following post gives details of the various types of diamonds and its qualities.

Diamonds are broadly classified into two types namely type 1 and type 2. Type 1 comes with a little nitrogen molecules and type 2 does not have nitrogen but instead contains other impurities. Diamonds are not only used for jewellery purposes but it has several industrial uses too. Statistics reveal that around 80% of the diamonds are mainly used for the industrial purposes. However, the remaining 20% which is used to carve out excellent designs on rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces comes in the following types:

White

These are the most sought after variety of diamond for its natural radiance. The white colour helps in better refraction of light giving a sparkle that will leave the onlooker stunned with awe. They are mostly found in various parts of the world and specifically the argyle mines boasts of a good quality of white diamonds. White diamonds are mainly studded into the engagement rings.

Champagne

The colour of the diamonds resembles the champagne and is light straw colour. However, they are available in varied shades of straw and cognac. Some of the diamonds under this type are also available in darker shades and are often flaunted by the celebrities as style statement.

Yellow

They are also popularly known as the canary diamonds. Available in shades of yellow and canary colour, these diamonds are also very expensive. The price tags increases with the brightness of yellow. Yellow diamonds are increasingly used to make fancy contemporary designs of jewellery.

Pink

It is the rarest and the most expensive type of diamonds. It is believed that from the total diamond production there are only 1% in pink diamond variety which makes it rare and irresistible piece to possess. The pink diamonds are symbols of love and romance. They can enhance the elegance of any gift like rings and earrings. However, due to its rarity there are higher chances of imitation diamonds.

Blue

One of the rarest types of diamond is the blue ones. It is rare and pricey possession. Many of the jewellers have even claimed to have never seen this variety of diamond but there are few dealers who make extravagant designs using this rare diamonds.

Green

They come in very lighter shades of green as they lose their density when furnished. Green reflects hope and well being. When the diamond is exposed to radioactive material it turns green under given conditions.

Grey

A subtly coloured diamond, they give a very classy look. The colour in itself goes along well with any kind of attire. Its neutral colour is the reason for its extensive use in daily wear diamond jewellery and a hit among the working women.

Simulated

They are much easier to select as one may not fall a prey to fake ones. They are thicker and harder. However, these diamonds will weigh lesser and a very adored form of simulated diamond is the cubic zirconia.

Synthetic

They are also categorised under the diamond segment but these are not natural stones. Manmade diamonds are called as synthetic diamonds and quite often jeweller may mix such inexpensive diamonds with the real ones. So, as a buyer you must be aware of such frauds and check for the four Cs to confirm if the diamond is real and natural.

If you are planning to take the plunge into the diamond jewellery, it’s worthwhile to be aware of the different varieties.