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Archive for the ‘Diamond Rings’ Category

April Newsletter

Jewelry News

Stackable Rings and Stackable Bangles

Our April newsletter has some interesting stories in it. To read them click here.

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December News & Views

Holiday Jewelry Gift Combos

Mixing gold and diamonds is a matter of personal preference. Learn about some of today’s trends in our December Newsletter.

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January 2014 News & Views

Take a look at our January Newsletter.

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Diamonds for Christmas

You can make this Christmas one that will never be forgotten with diamonds from Starnes.

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Give the gift of love with diamonds from Starnes Jewelers in Albemarle.

Jabel for Christmas

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Diamonds for a Christmas to remember

December 2013 News & Views

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Gem Talk

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One trend surging in popularity is the widespread use of pavé-set diamonds in diamond engagement rings. As the name implies, “pavé” (which is the past participle of the French verb “to pave”) involves setting small diamonds so closely together that they visually meld together. As a result, much like cobblestones arranged on an old city street, there seems to be a continuous band of gemstones. In actuality, each diamond is separated by a small amount of metal, but the gemstones fit so closely together that the separation of metal appears invisible to the naked eye. Jewelers use this design to generate a great effect by surrounding a diamond solitaire with pavé diamonds to make it appear larger.

P.S. Pavé-set diamonds are often popularly displayed on the shanks of engagement rings and wedding bands.

Gem Talk

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The “brilliant cut” is the most popular cut for diamonds and other colorless stones because it ensures that maximum light will be reflected out through the front of the gemstone. Variations on the outline result in the oval and boat-shaped marquise. Colored stones, on the other hand, are often shown to their best advantage with the “step cut,” with its rectangular or square table facet and girdle and parallel rectangular facets. The corners of fragile stones may be removed to create octagonal stones. Mixed cuts are stones that are usually rounded in outline, with the crowns (above the girdle) cut as brilliants and the pavilions (below the girdle) step cut. Many sapphires and rubies are cut in this style.

P.S. A  gemstone’s cut and its shape are two different things.

Gem Talk

columnlogoDiamond Jewelry With A Vintage Look

Vintage-inspired diamond jewelry has always been popular, and the passion for these pieces shows no signs of letting up any time soon. Signature designs of the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco eras are particularly embraced, especially the intricate scrollwork and architectural designs of Art Deco jewelry and the floral romance of Victorian-style necklaces, bracelets, and rings. This enthusiasm has given a boost to the appeal of “rose cut” diamonds, which first became popular in the mid-16th century. The basic rose cut has a flat base (no pavilion) and a crown composed of symmetrically arranged triangular facets (usually 12 or 24), which rise to form a point. Rose-cut diamonds are combined with brilliant-cut diamonds as complementary design elements.

P.S. Although rose-cut diamonds may not sparkle as much as brilliant-cut diamonds, they appear to be twice as big (because they are shallow) and exude much of the calm natural beauty of an uncut diamond.

Gem Talk

columnlogoCutting Edges

The “brilliant cut” is the most popular cut for diamonds and other colorless stones because it ensures that maximum light will be reflected out through the front of the gemstone. Variations on the outline result in the oval and boat-shaped marquise. Colored stones, on the other hand, are often shown to their best advantage with the “step cut,” with its rectangular or square table facet and girdle and parallel rectangular facets. The corners of fragile stones may be removed to create octagonal stones. Mixed cuts are stones that are usually rounded in outline, with the crowns (above the girdle) cut as brilliants and the pavilions (below the girdle) step cut. Many sapphires and rubies are cut in this style.

Looking for a special piece of jewelry? Dazzle that special someone with a gift of beautiful gold, gemstone, or diamond jewelry at STARNES MASTER JEWELERS located at 127 West Main St. We offer more than just the “usual” experience. We travel the world seeking the most beautiful and unique jewelry designs, as well as the greatest values. Please, do not hesitate to contact us at 704-982-1013 for any of your special needs. Our purpose is to serve you, and have every gift deliver your intended affection.

P.S. A  gemstone’s cut and its shape are two different things.