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synthetic diamonds

A synthetic diamond — also called an artificial diamond, cultured diamond or cultivated diamond — is a diamond produced by an artificial, human-engineered process, as opposed to a natural diamond, which is created by a natural geological process. Synthetic diamonds are commonly referred to as HPHT (high-pressure high-temperature) diamonds or CVD (chemical vapor deposition) diamonds after the two most common production methods.

There’s nothing wrong with synthetic diamonds, if that’s what you’re after. But the real danger lies in believing that you’re buying natural diamonds when you are instead getting synthetic ones, which are significantly less valuable.

What Synthetic Diamonds Are Not

Synthetic Diamonds

Synthetic diamonds are sometimes incorrectly referred to as imitations or simulants. Diamond imitations such as cubic zirconia and synthetic moissanite — which only look like diamonds — have very different chemical and physical properties from diamonds. This is what allows trained gemologists to recognize them more easily. Synthetic diamonds, however, are much harder to detect.

Synthetic and Natural Diamonds are Made of the Same Thing

Synthetic Diamonds

While most people associate the term synthetic with imitation products, artificial diamonds are actually made of the same material as natural ones (pure carbon, crystallized in isotropic 3D form). In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission is working to make the naming distinction more clear. It has indicated that terms such as laboratory-grownlaboratory-created, and [manufacturer-name]-created “more clearly communicate the nature of the stone.”

How to Avoid The Synthetic Trap

Synthetic Diamonds

Gem-quality synthetic diamonds are more available than ever before. The process for making them has improved, and consequently, so many good synthetic diamonds are entering the market that customers can inadvertently purchase a synthetic diamond without knowing it.

There is certainly nothing inherently wrong with buying a synthetic diamond. But they are less valuable than natural diamonds, and they can easily be passed off as natural by untrustworthy jewelers and merchants.

To that end, the importance of working with a jeweler you know and trust simply cannot be overstated. A good jeweler will have the expertise and equipment to determine synthetic diamonds from natural ones.

Synthetic Diamonds

The bottom line is: If you’re going to invest in quality diamonds, you should do so from a reputable, authorized dealer like Eiseman Jewels.

To shop our stunning selection of natural diamond jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

Henry Dunay

Our Eiseman Estate Collection is a treasure trove of vintage jewelry by legendary designers who exemplify craftsmanship, quality and timeless style. One of these designers is Henry Dunay, a goldsmith and jeweler whose finely honed techniques and unique sensibility have made his pieces iconic to the generations of women who have worn and loved them. 

Henry Dunay

The influential jewelry designer Henry Dunay began his swift rise to success at just 14 years old, when he began serving as a jewelry apprentice for a master goldsmith in New York. He quickly developed his own talent and passion, working his way up the ranks to become a master model maker and setter in his own right. In 1956, at the remarkably young age of 21, Dunay started his own company and began designing and selling his own jewelry. He built a team of the world’s finest artisans and stone cutters to implement his designs.

Henry Dunay

Dunay’s breakthrough came in 1967, when he won the first of three De Beers Diamonds International Awards for a carved gold, sapphire and diamond ring. The international recognition he gained from this exposure lead to a slew of commissions — including one for a gold chastity belt. He went on to win more than 50 international awards for his designs, including being chosen two times as “The Best of The Best Designer in the World” by The Robb Report Magazine.

Henry Dunay

Dunay’s works included the Faceted Collection, which consisted of gold pieces with many surfaces, achieved by creating deep cuts into the metal. His Cynnabar Collection was a tribute to Eastern Art. And he released a collection featuring semi-precious gemstones of various colors called Color-Me-Henry. But Dunay is perhaps most famous for his Sabi finish. Inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which emphasizes simple elegance, Dunay’s Sabi motif consisted of finely hand-etched lines in brushed gold that required remarkable precision and skill to create.

Henry Dunay

Over the course of his five decades as a designer and business owner, Dunay has always maintained a focus on beauty, craftsmanship and stone quality. He has said that in creating each one of his stunning one-of-a-kind-designs, he first found the perfect stone and then built the piece around it. Today, Henry Dunay is known for his bold designs, sensuous curves and signature finishes, and has secured his position in history as a designer, artist and innovator the world of fine jewelry.

Henry Dunay

To see our selection of striking Henry Dunay estate designs, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Holiday Gift Guide

Every year, the experts at Eiseman Jewels put together a curated selection of their top gift selections for all the most important people on your holiday shopping list. Read on to find out which pieces made their (very) nice list for 2018.

Gifts For Her

MessikaMessika

Dazzle her with this stunning Messika necklace and bracelet set from the Undine Collection. Set in 18-karat white gold and unlike anything else in her jewelry box, these pieces each feature five cascading rows of breathtaking emerald-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds.

Roberto Demeglio Collection

Roberto Demeglio

Can’t decide between these beautiful Roberto Demeglio Collection ceramic and diamond bracelets and rings? Get them all so she can mix and match!

Diamond Earrings

Diamond Earrings

When in doubt, diamonds are always the way to go. But our brilliant collection of diamond earrings will make it hard to choose.

Roberto Coin

Roberto Coin

Exclusive to Eiseman Jewels, these bracelets from the new Roberto Coin Sauvage Prive Collection, with its bold geometric designs in diamonds and 18-karat gold, will not disappoint.

JB Star

JB Star

Make her holidays exponentially happier with this incredible sparkler from JB Star. This cocktail ring features a 16.98-carat rectangular cushion cut Paraiba Tourmaline and a total of 4.40 carats of diamonds.

Vintage David Webb

David Webb

For the woman who has everything, this vintage David Webb bracelet from the Eiseman Estate Collection will wow even the most discerning recipient. The bracelet — which can also convert into a pin — features diamonds, emeralds and pearls set in platinum.

Exclusive Italian Collection

Italian Collection

She will love this twist on a traditional gold bracelet from our Exclusive Italian Collection, featuring rubies and diamonds in 18-karat rose gold.

Eiseman Fashion Collection

Eiseman Fashion Collection

Who can resist diamonds by the yard? Choose from varying metals and diamond sizes with the Eiseman Fashion Collection.

Jaeger LeCoultre

Jaeger LeCoultre

Make it the most wonderful time of her year with the rose gold Jaeger LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Date featuring a bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

Gifts For Him

L’Epée’s Gaz Derrick

L'Epée

When an ordinary desk clock simply will not do, try an extraordinary one. The L’Epée 1839 limited edition Gaz Derrick clock is one of a very limited run of only 50. Powered by the earth’s energy, the clock’s movement allows for precise timekeeping for up to seven days.

Breitling

Breitling

Watch his eyes light up when you present him with this Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 from Breitling. A favorite among pilots and aeronautical enthusiasts since 1952, this legendary model stands out with its steel case, black dial with red seconds hand, silver chronograph counters and applied hour markers.

Men’s Accessories

Men's Accessories

Eiseman carries a little something for every man on your list, from an Underwood London watch winder to cufflinks, stretch bracelets and bands available in a variety of metal options.

Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin

If he’s crazy about timepieces, we have just the thing. The first automatic watch in the Freak Collection, the Freak Vision “Grinder” boasts a super-light silicium balance wheel with nickel mass elements and stabilizing micro-blades and a new platinum case design made even thinner by a box-domed crystal.

Let our experts help you choose the perfect gifts for the VIPs in your life this year. Visit Eiseman Jewels during our special holiday hours at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

David Webb

Known as “America’s Quintessential Jeweler,” David Webb was a creative visionary whose bold, beautiful statement pieces have been highly sought-after by everyone from socialites to movie stars. Long after his passing, Webb’s legacy continues to make an impact on the jewelry and fashion worlds.

When Webb was just nine years old, he was introduced to metalwork and quickly developed a passion for jewelry-making. He eventually apprenticed at his uncle’s factory, and at 17, he moved from South Carolina to New York City to pursue his craft full-time. At 23, he opened the doors to his flagship store on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue. It would go on to become one of the greatest luxury jewelry houses in America. Just two years later, his jewelry was featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine. And the rest, as they say, is history.

David Webb

Best known for his animal designs, Webb’s jewelry was recognizable for its decorative, bold use of color and impeccable attention to detail. His design influences ranged from his boyhood memories of the South to his explorations of faraway places and ancient cultures. He excelled in his use of yellow gold, diamonds and semi-precious stones to bring the creations of his imagination to life.

David Webb

Webb’s iconic jewelry has been worn by everyone from Hollywood A-listers to American royalty since the brand was founded in the late 1940s. Some of his clients included Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Estée Lauder, Lana Turner, Jackie Kennedy and even generations of Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. Elizabeth Taylor featured four pages of David Webb jewelry in the photo book of her famous collection, “My Love Affair with Jewelry.” And Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar, was rarely seen without her favorite David Webb zebra bangle.

More recently, you’ll spot stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Eva Mendez, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz wearing Webb’s jewelry to Hollywood parties, award shows and galas.

David Webb Estate at Eiseman Jewels

David Webb

David Webb left behind an incredibly rich and diverse archive of bold, beautiful and intricate jewelry that continues to be treasured by new generations of jewelry enthusiasts. At Eiseman Jewels, we have a stunning collection of vintage David Webb pieces in stock in our Estate Collection. Our current pieces include an eye-catching 18-karat yellow gold, emerald and diamond Tuscan-style cocktail ring, as well as an intricate 18-karat yellow gold grasshopper brooch made with emeralds, diamonds and enamel.

While our customers were once required to visit us at our location in NorthPark Center in Dallas to browse our collection of estate jewelry, we’re happy to announce that you can now conveniently view our Estate Collection online.

Or, if you prefer to view our unique selection of David Webb estate designs — or any other pieces in our Estate Collection — in person, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

Temple St. Clair

Jewelry is a very personal form of self-expression. A piece of jewelry may celebrate a milestone, remind you of a loved one or represent something else special in your life. Jewelry can be a reflection of our values, beliefs, culture or accomplishments. It is a way we tell the world a little about who we are.

That personal relationship with jewelry is something that designer Temple St. Clair understands intimately. It’s the reason why her iconic amulet has become her signature piece, both in her everyday life and in her jewelry collections.

Temple St. Clair

“My amulets embody and represent the history of our human relationship to jewelry,” St. Clair says. “The transparent yet luminous quality of the rock crystal is chameleon-like, becoming essentially an extension of its owner.”

The Origins of the Temple St. Clair Amulet

The essential Temple St. Clair jewel, the rock crystal amulet, is one of the first pieces the designer ever created and remains her most iconic. Originally inspired by an exhibit of charms and amulets from the personal collection of Lorenzo de’Medici, St. Clair was fascinated by the mysteries and meanings contained in these pocket-sized wearable treasures. It was these exotic jewels that led her to design and create her first amulet out of gold and rock crystal.

Temple St. Clair

Since then, her collection has grown to include 18 iterations of the original — all beautiful, all fashioned from 18-karat gold, but now with the addition of precious gems and stones. There is the vine amulet created for the Diana, goddess of the hunt; there are crystal amulets embraced by royal blue moonstone starfish fit for mermaids; amulets alight with bees, flowers and dragonflies; and cosmic amulets that track the phases of the moon.

Temple St. Clair

“I am endlessly fascinated to see how others choose, wear, and make these amulets their very own,” St. Clair says.

To see our entire collection of Temple St. Clair jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

furrer jacot

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a wedding band. The quality, the materials, the price — they all play a big part in the decision. But what matters most is the emotional connection to the ring. Does it make the bride’s face light up? Does the groom beam with pride when he wears it? When you find the right one, you just know.

Engraving a personalized message of love on the inside of a wedding band makes it you unique to you and your spouse. Your wedding date, special nicknames you have for each other, a sentiment that means a lot to you both — these are just a few engraving examples that can add a special touch to your rings. Yes, an engraved wedding band is a romantic gesture, but it’s also a lasting expression of love between you and your new spouse. Your rings will likely become family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation.

Engraving and Personalizations Options from Furrer Jacot

engraving laser english script

Since 1858, in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, Furrer Jacot has produced made-to-order individually crafted wedding bands and jewelry according to the highest standards of Swiss craftsmanship. The FJ trademark stamped into every piece symbolizes this traditional company’s dedication to and responsibility for the quality and authenticity of the materials used and the workmanship of its products.

Below are the different engraving options offered by Furrer Jacot, as well as a few ideas for what to engrave on your wedding bands.

Hand Engraving: There was a time when all engraving was done by hand, but today the art is known only by a select few. A hand-engraved ring preserves the hand of the artisan, so no matter the message or sentiment, it truly remains one-of-a-kind.

hand engraving Schreibschrift

Laser Script or Block Engraving: A laser burns your personal message into the surface of the ring in script or block lettering. This cutting-edge technology provides unsurpassed detail and depth.

engraving laser block letters

A Message in Your Own Handwriting: Take your ring’s customization a step further by engraving your personal message inside your spouse’s wedding band in your own handwriting. The moment they see their wedding band with your handwriting on it, they will know that ring was made just for them.

Engraving laser handwriting

A Poem: A poem or any other short writing piece that is special to the two of you can also be engraved inside your wedding bands.

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Laser Fingerprint Engraving: Engraving your fingerprints inside each other’s rings is a new way to show your love and make your rings entirely your own.

engraving laser fingerprint-text

To see our beautiful collection of customizable Furrer Jacot rings, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

computer-aided design

In the early days of jewelry making, designers would sit down with paper and pencil to sketch out a design, drawing and re-drawing until it was perfect. The drawing not only had to capture the beautiful design, but it also had to be completely accurate so it could be used in the process of hand-making the jewelry. If the designer wanted to create a slight variation on their original design, they would have to start the process over and create a new model from scratch.

Today, thanks to cutting-edge design technology, things are very different. CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer aided-manufacturing) are tools that generate traditional technical drawings on a computer and then manufacture the items designed on those computers. CAD creates three-dimensional models that allow designers to examine intricate designs up close from any angle, rotate and manipulate models onscreen just like a physical model, and even “weigh” the item before it’s constructed. CAM uses computer software and machinery to manufacture the products designed by CAD models.

computer-aided design

What does all that have to do with jewelry design? A lot, it turns out. Here are some of the key benefits of using CAD/CAM systems in jewelry design.

  • CAD technology helps create designs that are both precise and complex — many of which would be almost impossible to do by hand.
  • With CAD, we can design pieces specifically for certain gem sizes, which helps increase accuracy, decrease errors, reduce production time and minimize the cost and waste of materials. In many cases, it minimizes the time taken up by trial and error and speeds up each step of the process.
  • If you aren’t happy with the way a piece of jewelry is progressing in the design stage, alterations and modifications can easily be made before the design is carried out. In the same vein, CAD allows us to see realistic images of virtual jewelry in its finished state before execution, making sure we get it just right.
  • It also gets you involved in the design process in a much more intimate way, which translates to a higher degree of personal expression in the custom-designed finished piece.
  • If your specially designed piece of jewelry happened to be lost or stolen, it can easily be recreated with your saved CAD file.

To explore the possibilities of designing your own jewelry via CAD/CAM with us, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

At Eiseman Jewels, we travel the world to bring you the very best in jewelry and timepieces. And every summer, our travels take us to the luxurious Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, where the Couture show hosts the who’s who in the luxury jewelry and timepiece industry. This is the only venue in the United States to present a curated collection of more than 200 preeminent designers and brands, and more than 4,000 buyers from the world’s most distinguished retailers attend the show each year.

Here are some of the strongest jewelry trends we spotted at this year’s Couture show.

1. Tassels

Our collective fascination with tassels showed no signs of stopping at Couture. They continue to lend effortless flair to earrings, necklaces and bracelets — especially those with an Art Deco influence.

2. Pearls

The recent resurgence of pearls has gone a long way toward shedding this jewelry staple’s prim-and-proper reputation. There are a ton of artful designs that bring this classic into the modern age.

3. Pastels

A palette of soft, delicate hues such as light blues, greens and pinks was everywhere at the show. Even if you’re not big into pastels, you can rock this trend with a big pink cocktail ring.

4. Fan-Shaped Earrings

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Fan-shaped jewelry, like these from Sutra Jewels, was another huge trend we saw at the show. Earrings make a natural fit for fan shapes, which can be quite dramatic when strands of stones hang from them.

5. Engagement Ring Trends

The Solitaire

The epitome of simplicity and sophistication, the classic solitaire continues to be a popular choice, regardless of the shape of the center diamond. Instead of spending a majority of the budget on the ring itself, many brides are opting to place all of the emphasis on the star of the show: the center diamond.

The Three-Stone Ring

A three-stone engagement ring features a (usually larger) center diamond framed by two perfectly matched side diamonds. The most classic three-stone engagement rings feature round brilliant diamonds, but this durable, long-wearing style looks beautiful with any diamond shape, metal or setting.

To see more of the treasures we’ve discovered on our travels, visit Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center in Dallas.

alternative engagement rings

While many women dream of their perfect diamond engagement ring, others desire something more unconventionally eye-catching. Brides who wish to stand out from the crowd have a variety of options to consider when choosing an alternative engagement ring. Here are three of our favorite options for couples who choose to forgo the traditional diamond ring.

Vintage Rings

alternative engagement rings

Technically speaking, any diamond ring over 50 years old is considered vintage. This means that the vintage engagement ring category encompasses a wide range of styles to fit any bride’s personality. Not only do vintage pieces offer unique designs and inherent charm, but they are often made with exceptional craftsmanship and tend to be more affordable than their modern counterparts.

Furthermore, vintage engagement rings make instant heirlooms that can be passed down to future generations. They often appeal to couples who don’t have an heirloom ring in their families, but who wish to start their own family tradition.

Stackable Rings

alternative engagement rings

Stackable rings allow for a new level of personalization in bridal jewelry, as well as more options for wear. Stackables are completely customizable — perfect for women who like to regularly change up their look. These styles allow the wearer to mix and match different stackable ring styles depending on her mood or outfit. They’re supremely stylish and fashion-forward — take it from designer Diane von Furstenberg, who wears 26 diamond bands that her finacé surprised her with to represent the 26 years he knew her before they were married.

One thing that sets stackable rings apart from other styles is that you can continue to add rings to mark important milestones in your life. While this stacked wedding ring look is fairly new to the U.S., it has been popular in other parts of the world for a while. In Scandinavia, for instance, it’s common for women to wear three rings: one for engagement, one for marriage and one for motherhood.

Gemstone Rings

The words “diamond” and “engagement ring” have been nearly synonymous for almost a century. These days, however, many brides-to-be wish to stand out with an alternative stone in their engagement ring. But some gemstones are better suited than others for the task.

While diamonds are the hardest and most durable gemstones, sapphires and rubies are a close second, making them a logical choice for the daily wear of an engagement ring. They are the most resistant to scratches and chips and, with proper care, will retain their luster the longest.

Sapphires

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At 9 on the Mohs Scale, sapphires are the second-hardest mineral and about a third of the price of diamonds. Sapphire engagement rings have recently skyrocketed in popularity, perhaps due to Kate Middleton‘s stunning blue sapphire engagement ring, which was previously worn by Prince William’s mother, the late Princess Diana.

While sapphires are typically blue precious stones, they also come in other colors, such as peach, pink, yellow, green and white. In fact, Princess Eugenie of York (daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York) recently became engaged to longtime boyfriend Jack Brooksbank with a gold ring featuring a halo of diamonds surrounding a coral pink padparadscha sapphire from Sri Lanka.

Rubies

alternative engagement rings

Rubies are also an extremely popular choice for engagement rings due to their rich, romantic red hue. Like sapphires, they rank 9 on the Mohs Scale, but unlike sapphires, rubies often cost more than their diamond counterparts. Sarah Ferguson, mother of Princess Eugenie, once sported her own pink ruby engagement ring from Prince Andrew, who chose the stone to match his bride’s red hair.

To view an exquisite selection of vintage, stackable and gemstone engagement rings, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

crown jewels

The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom — a singular, world-famous collection of sacred and ceremonial objects, including crowns, robes and other items — have been stored at the Tower of London for over 600 years. With the world abuzz about Prince Harry’s impending nuptials to the American former actress Meghan Markle, speculation regarding the crown jewels she will wear during the May 19 ceremony is rampant.

Since the 1930s, almost every royal bride who has married in Britain has worn a tiara on her wedding day, so the odds are that Meghan will, too. Here are a few of the possibilities for Meghan’s wedding day jewels.

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The Strathmore Rose Tiara

While there aren’t official rules governing which types of tiaras can be worn to a wedding, they historically tend to feature a floral motif. The Strathmore Rose Tiara, which is fashioned of pavé-set diamonds set in silver and gold in the shape of a wild rose garland, was originally purchased as a gift for Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (who would later go on to become the Queen Mother) from her father for her wedding to the Duke of York, the future King George IV.

The Queen Mother’s Cartier Bandeau

Sleek, modern and packed with diamonds, this Art Deco-era royal heirloom consists of three of a set of five gem-set bracelets, which can be worn on their own on the wrist or on a bandeau frame as a tiara. If Meghan — who tends to favor simple, elegant jewelry — chooses to wear this piece on her wedding day, the connection to the Queen Mother (who first owned it) and Queen Elizabeth II (who owns it now) would make a lovely touch.

The Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot

crown jewelsWith its romantic name, storied past, and jaw-dropping beauty, this quintessentially British tiara is a little more than a century old. It is one of the best-known tiaras in the British royal family’s collection, mostly thanks to it being a favorite of the late Princess Diana, who wore it often. Unlike some other famous royal pieces, the stunning diamond-and-pearl creation is part of the family’s private collection and currently belongs to Queen Elizabeth II.

The Spencer Tiara

Although it’s not in the royal collection, the Spencer Tiara, which was worn by Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles, is another wedding-day option for Meghan. However, many consider it a long shot. Not only is it a Spencer family heirloom, not a royal one, but it will also only invite more comparisons to Diana — something Meghan and her future sister-in-law Kate get enough of already.

Something New

crown jewelsMarkle may also have something new commissioned for the occasion — either a refashioning of other jewelry in the royal collection or an entirely custom piece. She might also opt to skip the tiara altogether and wear another kind of jeweled ornament in her hair.

Other Famous Crown Jewels

The most famous royal sapphire is the engagement ring given to Lady Diana Spencer by Prince Charles in 1981 — later slipped on Kate Middleton’s finger by Prince William on their engagement day in 2010. It features an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

The Cullinan Diamond

The Cullinan Diamond, named after mine chairman Thomas Cullinan, weighed in at 3,106.75 carats when it was discovered in South Africa on January 26, 1905.

After being presented to King Edward VII on his 66th birthday, it was cut into several polished gems, the largest of which is known as the Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa. At 530.4 carats, it is the largest clear-cut diamond in the world. Cullinan I is mounted in the head of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross. The second-largest, at 317.4 carats, is Cullinan II or the Second Star of Africa; it is mounted in the Imperial State Crown. Both diamonds are part of the Crown Jewels.

Although you’ll have to travel to England to view some of these and other royal jewels, you can browse our stunning collection of new and vintage jewelry at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.