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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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.

 

diamond cuts

When a diamond comes out of the earth, it is rough and unrefined. It takes hours of cutting and polishing to turn a rough diamond into the beautiful stone we know and love.

Not to be confused with diamond shape (such as round, pear or oval), a diamond’s cut refers to its symmetry, proportioning and polish. A diamond’s cut has an enormous impact on everything from its beauty and sparkle to its value and appearance. Here’s a guide to the various cuts you may encounter when shopping for a diamond.

Old Mine (Cushion)

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With its rounded corners and curved sides, the old mine cut (also known as the cushion cut) is simply breathtaking. It has 58 facets — the same number as the modern round brilliant diamonds produced today. The cut’s name comes from the fact that hundreds of years ago, most diamonds came from India or Brazil. After Africa became the diamond capital of the world, diamonds that preceded this new era were said to be from the “old mines.”

Popular throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, old mine cuts are essentially the great-grandfathers of modern brilliant cuts. There are few good examples of old mine cuts around today, so demand is high for these vintage beauties.

Old European

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Old European cut diamonds were handcrafted from 1890 to the 1930s, and were very popular during the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras. This cut’s 58 facets take the shape of thick triangular blocks, as opposed to the thinner facets found in modern round brilliant cuts. Old European cuts also appear round from the top view as opposed to old mine cuts, which have a more squared-off top view. The 58 facets make the old European another predecessor of today’s modern round brilliant cut.

Rose

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A rose cut diamond echoes the petals of a rose by imitating the narrowing spiral of the flower’s petals. Rose cut gems have anywhere from three to 24 triangular facets that come to a point at the top and a flat bottom that creates a larger surface area to enhance the stone’s brilliance. The rose cut was popular in the Georgian and Victorian eras of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Asscher

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Invented by the Royal Asscher Diamond Company in 1902, the Asscher cut is one of the very first patented diamond cuts in the world. However, it didn’t gain widespread popularity until the Art Deco era of the 1920s. Distinctive and understated, its vintage-inspired style is a favorite among brides who envision their rings becoming future family heirlooms. The Asscher cut is typically more brilliant than its cousin, the emerald cut.

Emerald

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Stonecutters initially created the emerald cut for emerald stones — hence the name. It became popular partly because of the fact that its shape helped prevent chips from occurring in the emeralds during the cutting process. Diamond cutters took notice of this new shape and began to use it on diamonds as well.

The emerald cut boasts a stunning “hall of mirrors” effect, and while it’s understated, it’s also very glamorous. Its subtle elegance is associated with royalty, which may be why emerald cuts have remained one of the most popular choices for engagement rings and other jewelry pieces since the Art Deco era.

Marquise

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The marquise has one of the most interesting histories of all the modern diamond cuts. Named for the Marquise De Pompadour, the mistress of French king Louis XV, the marquise cut was created to resemble the shape of Madame de Pompadour’s mouth, which Louis believed to be perfect. The marquise cut is made to maximize carat weight and features 58 facets and an elliptical shape with pointed ends.

Round Brilliant

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Invented early in the twentieth century, this versatile and sophisticated cut has become incredibly popular in recent years thanks to its sparkling brilliance and elegant symmetry. The round brilliant’s 58 facets are cut in such a way to increase the light bouncing off it, giving it unparalleled fire and radiance. It’s the cut of choice for brides seeking a thoroughly stylish, up-to-date and eye-catching look.

Learn more about the various diamond cuts available by visiting the experts at 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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.

Classico

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.

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:



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The Setting: Breathtaking Breckenridge, Colorado, near Lake Dillon.

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The Proposal: Andrew and Raquel were at dinner and began a prayer before beginning their meal. Andrew gave thanks for having Raquel in his life, and after they said “Amen,” he got down on one knee and proposed.

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The Reaction: She said yes! And she was completely caught by surprise.

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The Ring: A stunning, princess-cut diamond.

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The Team Behind the Scenes: Andre E. Vorster and Megan Martin at Eiseman designed Raquel’s engagement ring. Andrew made it a point to mention that he went to every major jeweler before settling on Eiseman Jewels. And that it was Megan and Andre together—and their industry knowledge and customer service—that made it, by far, the very best experience.

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The Big Day: The happy couple is making arrangements to tie the knot on October 6, 2016.

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Congratulations, Andrew and Raquel!

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Eiseman Ruby Birthstone

If you were lucky enough to be born in July, the ruby is your birthstone. Said to represent love, passion, courage, heat and power, rubies have been the prized possessions of emperors and kings throughout the ages.

Eiseman Ruby Birthstone

It has been said that the ruby’s red glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making it a symbol of everlasting love. Legends also say that, when worn on the left hand, a ruby will bring good fortune to its wearer. Given that rubies are rarer and more expensive than diamonds (and the mythology about love and passion associated with them), they make perfect engagement rings and anniversary bands.

7.04ct_vivid_red_oval_ruby_ring.jpgCoined the King of Gems, the ruby is one of the most highly prized gems throughout history—but that doesn’t mean they should only be brought out for special occasions. Any day you wear a ruby becomes a special occasion!

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Fun Facts About Rubies

  • The word “ruby” comes from the Latin word  rubens, which means red.
  • In 2011, an 8.24-carat ruby ring belonging to Elizabeth Taylor sold at auction for $4.2 million, with the price per carat amounting to approximately $500,000.
  • A ruby is a traditional gift for 15th or 40th anniversaries.
  • Ancient tribes believed that a ruby thrown into a pot of water would cause it to boil instantly.
  • Rubies are extremely strong, registering 9 on the Mohs scale of hardness. They are as strong as sapphires and only a tad softer than diamonds.
  • The history of ruby mining dates back more than 2,500 years.
  • Rubies without imperfections are exceptionally rare and command prices even higher than diamonds of a similar weight and quality.
Duties of Maid of Honor or Best Man

Congratulations! You’ve just been asked to play a key role in your friend or family member’s wedding. As the maid of honor or best man, you’ll be responsible for some important tasks related to the wedding festivities. But don’t worry—this is one of the most fun jobs you’ll ever have!

Duties of Maid of Honor or Best Man

MAID OR MATRON OF HONOR

You’ve never worn so many hats as you will when you take on the role of maid or matron of honor. You’ll be responsible for helping with just about everything: choosing wedding colors, going dress shopping, addressing invites, tasting cakes and leading the bridesmaid troupe—and that’s just for starters! You’ll also need to help with…

Planning the bachelorette party. Plan the bachelorette party with the bridesmaids—put together the guest list, decide on a date, send out invites and make spa appointments, dinner reservations or whatever other arrangements reflect the bride’s idea of painting the town red.

Attending pre-wedding parties: Not only should you attend all the parties leading up to the wedding, but you may even host or co-host a bridal shower for the bride. You’ll have to take good notes (or delegate another bridesmaid to handle this) so the bride will have a record of all the gifts received.

Choosing bridesmaid gifts: It’s always a good idea for a bride to plan different gifts (all within the same price range) for each bridesmaid. That way, each girl will feel special knowing the bride took the time to pick out something just for her. The specialists at Eiseman recommend choosing a pair of earrings for each bridesmaid to wear at the wedding.

Don’t forget the wedding ring!: A maid of honor’s duties include holding the groom’s ring during the ceremony. The safest place to keep it is on your thumb.

BEST MAN

Now that you’ve been appointed the best man, you’ll be expected to corral the other guys and make sure they’re performing their groomsman duties, decorate the getaway car with the groomsmen and bridesmaids, pay the officiant after the ceremony and give the first toast at the reception. Your other duties include…

Planning the bachelor party: Organizing the bachelor party might be one of your favorite “tasks,” but don’t be shy about enlisting other groomsmen to help out. Everyone who comes to the party should pitch in for the cost.

Choosing groomsman gifts: When it comes to groomsmen’s gifts, choose something you and the groom would like or use yourselves. Flasks are a classic groomsmen gift, as are cufflinks—and Eiseman Jewels offers some beautiful pairs. The gift doesn’t even need to be a thing at all—it can be an experience, like tickets to a sporting event.

Don’t forget the wedding ring!: You’ll stand beside the groom at the ceremony and keep the bride’s ring until the vows are exchanged. We’ve all heard those nightmare stories about groomsmen losing the ring, so don’t be that guy!

Sign the marriage license as a witness: You’ll seal your place in history when you and the maid of honor sign the marriage license as witnesses after the ceremony.

You’re sure to find the perfect bridal party gifts at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Eiseman Engagement Story

Whitney and Aaron met four years ago while attending a Junior Conservancy function at Lee Park/Arlington Hall. Their relationship was based on an instant friendship and they served as each other’s dates to parties and events going forward. Whitney immediately knew Aaron wasn’t ready for a serious relationship due to his real estate career, and Aaron knew Whitney was special and didn’t want to risk breaking her heart. But that all changed on Valentine’s Day 2014—they went on their first real date, and Aaron knew it was time to commit.  He was ready to take their relationship to the next level and he told her that he was never going to break up with her… he kept is promise!

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Their dating relationship was one for the books – based on God, travel, food, wine, family, and many friendships.  For the last several months leading to the engagement, Whitney dropped hints on a daily basis that she was ready for a ring on her finger.  Whitney was always very vocal about the kind of ring she envisioned.  After the many not so subtle hints, Aaron still managed to completely surprise her with his proposal. He planned it to coincide with the purchase of a house they were going to remodel.

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On Saturday, May 9th, Aaron told Whitney they had a charity event to attend so that she would be dressed up by 6 pm on a Saturday. When she arrived at his house (fashionably late), he made up a story about their builder wanting to meet them at their new home to go over some construction questions. Little did she know that Aaron had been at their new house all day setting up flowers, candles and champagne, and he even had their favorite photographer there to capture the engagement. Before she was allowed to call any family they were off to the Sky Lounge at The Mayfair on Turtle Creek for a surprise engagement party with 70 of their closest friends and family. 

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When Aaron set out to find the perfect ring, he worked with Karen Miller at Eiseman. He already had a great relationship with Richard Eiseman and the staff through his purchase of several watches over the last few years. 

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“Karen was so good with me,” Aaron says of his experience purchasing an engagement ring at Eiseman. “She could tell I was extremely nervous about the entire process and that I literally knew nothing about diamonds. She did a great job teaching me about different qualities of stones, colors, cuts, and everything else that goes into buying a diamond. I gave her my budget and the picture, and she found the perfect diamond for Whitney. It’s classic and elegant—just like my fiancé!”

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