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Single Stone

At Eiseman Jewels, we have a reputation for unparalleled service, impeccable quality, and for partnering with the most revered independent designers in contemporary jewelry. Single Stone is one of those designers. Drawing their inspiration from vintage design and the unique charm of antique diamonds, Single Stone is devoted to creating engagement rings and wedding bands that remain true to original, historic details.

Single Stone

Single Stone is no ordinary jewelry designer. They use antique diamonds all selected by hand — most of which were cut over 100 years ago — in their engagement rings, and each mounting is made specifically for every single stone. The result is a timeless, sophisticated aesthetic — best viewed under candlelight — with an edge and rings that are as individual as their wearers.

Single Stone

Whether they’re meticulously restoring a vintage piece or creating a one-of-a-kind heirloom, Single Stone excels in their commitment to craftsmanship. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in Los Angeles using metalwork techniques from past eras, including Art Deco, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau. Single Stone rings are available in a variety of metals and exclusive finishes, starting at 22-karat gold all the way to 18-karat gold, including 18-karat oxidized yellow gold and 18-karat natural white gold.

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Whether it’s a bespoke engagement ring, a jewel to mark an important milestone or a piece that will help create a signature look, each of Single Stone’s stunning designs is made to celebrate life’s most treasured moments.

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To shop our stunning selection of Single Stone designs, visit our Wedding Band Event on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at Eiseman Jewels in Dallas’ NorthPark Center, Single Stone’s exclusive North Texas retailer.

 

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.

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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.

 

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

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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

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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

alternative engagement rings

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.

setting styles

When it comes to designing jewelry, choosing the right setting is just as important as choosing the perfect metal or gemstone. In jewelry making, a “setting” refers to the metal base that holds a stone in place. Each type of setting is designed to enhance a particular stone’s beauty and appearance.

With what seems like an infinite amount of choices when it comes to stone and setting combinations, the setting you choose says a lot about your taste and personality. The descriptions below will help you select the perfect setting type that speaks to you.

Pavé

setting styles

In this elegant setting type, diamonds or gemstones are set low and very close together, and are fixed with small prongs that look like beads. This setting allows light to reflect off the diamond’s many facets, making the surface of the ring appear to be encrusted with brilliant stones.

Channel

setting styles

In channel settings, diamonds are suspended between two rails of metal called channels. The stones are nestled side-by-side with no metal in between, creating a sleek, contemporary look. Channel settings work best with princess cut diamonds (or other straight-edged cuts) that create a continuous line of stones across the band without any space in between.

Prong

setting styles

In this classic setting, two or more prongs wrap around the crown of a stone to secure it in place. This mounting style highlights a stone by minimizing the amount of metal used and allowing more light to pass through, which amplifies the brilliance of the jewelry. This prong setting is suitable for almost all diamond shapes, making it one of the most popular setting types.

 

Bezel

setting styles

With a bezel setting, a metal rim surrounds a diamond by the girdle to secure it in place. Bezels can have straight edges, scalloped edges, or can be molded into any shape to accommodate the stone. The main practical advantage of this type of setting is security. A bezel setting is custom-made for the stone that it will hold, so it is always exactly the right size. This dramatic setting style can also create the illusion of a larger stone.

 

Bead and Bright Cut

setting styles

A bead and bright cut setting is a very popular and versatile setting style that uses a metal engraving technique involving chiseling the metal with a polished tool. The result is a highly reflective surface that makes the stone appear larger.

For more information on different setting types and how you can design your perfect piece of jewelry, visit the experts at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center.

 

fancy color diamonds

Natural fancy color diamonds are rare, beautiful and extremely valuable. In fact, they are some of the rarest and most highly valued diamonds in the world, since they fall outside the usual color range for diamonds.

Only about 1 out of every 10,000 diamonds is considered a fancy color diamond, according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and only a handful of those receive the top grades of Intense and Vivid. The strength of a fancy diamond’s color is one of the most important factors in determining its value — the more vivid the color, the more valuable the stone.

Colored diamonds have always intrigued our in-house diamond cutter and expert, Andre Vorster. “One thing that fascinates me is that nitrogen, the same element that makes a diamond yellow, can also make it pink,” he says. “Very mystifying.”

Let’s take a look at a few of the different kinds of stunning natural fancy colored diamonds and learn how they’re made.

Pink Diamonds

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Pink diamonds range in color from delicate pastel pink to deep raspberry and evoke a sense of romance and luxury. These extremely rare diamonds have long been beloved by celebrities and are revered by collectors and connoisseurs.

Pink diamonds have only been found in a few mines across the world. According to the Argyle Diamond Mine, a pink diamond can cost 20 times the price of its white equivalent. Adding to the intrigue and desirability of pink diamonds is the fact that there is limited gemological information about them.

Blue Diamonds

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Distinctive blue diamonds are considered extremely rare. The most famous blue diamond in history is the Hope Diamond, a 45.52-carat, cushion-cut diamond which hangs on a pendant surrounded by 16 white pear and cushion cut diamonds. The necklace chain contains 45 white diamonds. It is estimated to be worth anywhere from $200-250 million.

Blue diamonds typically get their color from the presence of boron in the earth. The bonding of boron to carbon causes the diamond to absorb red, yellow and green light, which produces a blue color.

Yellow Diamonds

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Yellow diamonds make up about 70 percent of all natural color diamonds graded by GIA each year. Their brilliant, dramatic glow makes them a red carpet favorite among celebrities. The Allnatt, a 101-carat cushion cut fancy vivid yellow diamond, is perhaps the most significant yellow diamond in history.

Yellow diamonds get their color due to the presence of nitrogen atoms, which absorb blue light and produce a yellow color.

Green Diamonds

Green diamonds are extremely rare — only a handful of natural green diamonds are put on the market each year, making them some of the most sought-after of all natural color diamonds.

Unique among natural color diamonds, green diamonds get their color from naturally occurring radiation in the ground. This radiation pushes into the diamond, causing them to absorb red and yellow light and produce a green color.

Brown Diamonds

fancy color diamonds

Known for their endless range of shades, brown diamonds are the most common colored diamonds and therefore the most affordable.

Brown diamonds are produced when heat and pressure deep within the earth cause the diamond’s crystal lattice to distort. These distortions cause brown diamonds to absorb blue light and impart a brown color.

To view a stunning selection of natural fancy color diamond jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

custom design

If you’re looking for a piece of jewelry that no one else in the world has, consider a custom-designed piece. As an industry leader with more than 50 years of experience, Eiseman Jewels offers expert advice and the most qualified jewelry designers.

custom design

If you can’t find just the right piece you’re looking for, consider working with our designers to create something truly original that reflects your personal style. You can bring in existing jewelry, diamonds or gems to use in the design, or we’ll help you create something completely new from scratch.

The result is a piece that’s imbued with personal significance and truly one-of-a-kind. The possibilities are endless, and you can be sure that personalization is one trend that will never go out of style.

custom design

Our design experts will work with you to ensure that your one-of-a-kind piece is created to your satisfaction. While the timeline will depend on the intricacies of the piece, we will provide artwork of your design for you to review as the process advances. Once the piece has been completed and purchased, Eiseman Jewels will provide an evaluation for insurance purposes. 

Let us guide you through the process of creating custom, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Danhov Process

At Eiseman Jewels, our commitment to providing the very highest level of service, quality and expertise is evident in the jewelry designers we choose to carry in our store, including Danhov.

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Known in the luxury jewelry world for its innovative design philosophy, Danhov’s highly trained artisans craft each of their stunning pieces in Los Angeles using only the finest diamonds and precious metals.

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This painstaking process preserves the quality and unique intricacies that you’ll only find in handmade pieces. That’s why you’ll never find a manufactured-by-machine ring with the Danhov stamp inside it. Each Danhov ring begins with a single wire and is shaped to perfection by the artisans in the designer’s California office. This provides every customer with a unique, custom-fit ring tailored to his or her desires.

Solo Filo

This ring-making process is also eco-friendly. It avoids the harsh chemicals and large machinery used in traditional molding and manufacturing processes.

Carezza

Danhov offers both handmade and hand-assembled jewelry. Handmade means that from start to finish, the piece of jewelry is made by the skilled hands of one of their expert jewelers. Hand-assembled means that parts of the jewelry are individually created with a wax mold, then assembled and finished by hand to create the perfect ring.

Per Lei

The uniqueness of Danhov pieces is not only the design but in the details, such as the hand-pulled and hand-soldered prongs used in many of their settings. This process makes the rings stronger than with traditional casting. After all, these heirlooms in the making are created to last.

Abbraccio

The Danhov woman is elegant and classic, but never boring — she’s a trendsetter. She’s an independent woman who appreciates art, design and quality.

If that describes you, you can shop an exquisite selection of Danhov designs at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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At Eiseman Jewels, we love being a part of our customers’ love stories. Couples like Natalie and Houston make our work so fulfilling. Natalie was kind enough to share some of the details of her engagement to Houston, as well as their ring shopping experience at Eiseman Jewels.

Was this your first purchase with Eiseman Jewels?

Yes, my engagement ring and our wedding bands were our first purchases from Eiseman.

Can you tell us a little bit about how you and Houston met? 

We met through a mutual friend in the summer of 2012. I grew up in Savannah, Georgia and attended college in Dallas at SMU, while Houston grew up in Dallas and went to the University of Georgia in Athens, so essentially we swapped states.

He moved back to Dallas after graduation and became roommates with a friend of mine. Houston and I quickly became great friends, but we didn’t start dating until a few months later. We both say that being friends before we started dating really was the best foundation for our relationship.

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How did you two select the ring? Did you give Houston any hints about the style you wanted, or did he choose it all on his own? Did anyone specific at Eiseman assist you with your purchase?

Eiseman Jewels was our first stop when we started looking at engagement rings. Richard Eiseman, Jr. was actually the one who picked out the ring I fell in love with. I immediately knew that a round center diamond with two canary half-moon side stones was just what I had been looking for. A few weeks later, I brought up the ring and Houston told me that the diamonds had been sold, which left me heartbroken. But little did I know that it was Houston who bought them!

Richard helped us with the whole process. André worked with Houston to design the setting and ring, which is absolutely gorgeous. And Karen helped find and design our beautiful wedding bands.

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Tell us how he proposed! 

We got engaged on a joint family trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 8, 2015. After having a drink together at the Four Seasons, we decided to take the scenic route home. It was so beautiful. The sun was setting and there was a rainstorm off in the distance. I asked him to slow down so I could take a picture. He said, “No, let’s pull off and take a picture together!” We got out of the car and he started snapping selfies while my back was to him. I turned around and saw that he was on one knee. He said, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Natalie. I love you so much. Will you marry me?”

I started crying and I didn’t even wait for him to put the ring on my finger — I grabbed it and put it on myself! Later, I asked him how he was able to replicate the diamonds that I fell in love with at Eiseman, and he said that he was the one who bought them. It was an amazing surprise. We capped off the day with an amazing dinner at our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe to celebrate our engagement!

 

Visit Eiseman at NorthPark Center in Dallas and let us help you choose the most important piece of jewelry for the most important person in your life.

Eiseman Engagement Story: Albert & Megan

Megan and Albert met at a Christmas party while attending Texas Christian University. Completely unphased by her incredibly tacky holiday sweater, Albert was instantly captured by Megan’s beauty. They dated for five years before Albert popped the question atop the peak of Windy Mountain in Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Colorado.

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The day started with a hike with the dogs. Once they scaled the mountain, Albert got his camera out to take a picture—or so Megan thought. He was really recording a video as she stared out at the distant snow-capped mountain peaks. He snuck up behind her and dropped to one knee. When Megan turned around, it only took her about two seconds to scream “Yes!” Her very next words were “It’s so shiny!” The ring was so beautiful that it almost stole the show!

They then hiked back down the mountain, where Albert had one more surprise waiting for her: both sets of parents were waiting with champagne and treats for the dogs.

Eiseman Engagement Story: Albert & Megan

Megan and Albert had often talked about getting married, and they had even stopped by Eiseman Jewels to look at rings about a year before the engagement. They were helped by Urek Reznik, who talked to Megan about what styles and designs she liked (and didn’t like).

Fast-forward 12 months, and Albert visited the store again to discover that Urek miraculously remembered all of these details. Urek and Richard Eiseman, Jr. (a close friend of Albert’s family) then got together and created the perfect ring using a family stone. And the rest, as they say, is history!

Let the Eiseman’s jewelry experts walk you through the steps of choosing the perfect engagement ring. Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.



Wedding planning

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You want everything to be perfect—and that’s why it’s best to look to the experts. Luckily for modern brides-to-be, there are countless online planning resources out there for every kind of wedding these days. Here are a few of our favorites.

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THE KNOT

As one of the most popular and comprehensive wedding-planning websites around, The Knot has everything you need to plan the perfect wedding. You’ll find information on dresses, planning tools and local wedding vendors as well as plenty of ideas and inspiration. They’ve even got a special feature called Real Weddings to which couples can submit wedding photos for consideration for their site and magazine.

WEDDING WIRE

Wedding Wire provides an easy way to find local wedding venues, cakes, dresses, invitations and more. There are tools that let you design your floor plan and map out a seating chart, a wedding-planning checklist that can be filtered by month or category, and links to lots of handy wedding apps.

MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS

You can always count on Martha for entertaining advice—especially when it comes to the biggest party you’ll likely ever throw in your life. She’s got tips on everything from gowns and bouquets to invitations and traditions. Martha Stewart Weddings also features registry tips, gift-giving ideas and—of course—an etiquette advisor.

SQUARESPACE

In today’s digital age, plenty of couples opt to create their own wedding websites in order to share details and updates with friends and loved ones leading up to the big day. Squarespace, an easy-to-use website-building tool, offers mobile-optimized templates that make it easy for couples to tell their unique stories online. Use it to create RSVP forms, registry links, maps, photo galleries and more.

EISEMAN JEWELS BLOG

The experts at Eiseman Jewels have been helping brides and grooms find the perfect engagement rings, wedding bands, wedding day accessories and bridal party gifts for 50 years.

Visit the wedding experts at our store at NorthPark Center in Dallas, and peruse our extensive blog archive for ideas and advice on just about everything you need to know about planning your big day, including: