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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.

Single Stone

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.

Single Stone

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.

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.

 

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.

 

engagement ring budget

engagement ring budgetWhen it comes to purchasing an engagement ring, there are a lot of so-called rules—and even more expectations. Managing those expectations can be confusing and frustrating, especially since it’s such a personal (and expensive) investment. Here are a few budgeting options to keep in mind before you walk down the jewelry aisle.

Spend One Month’s Salary

Engagement ring budgets are often broken down based on the buyer’s salary. Some guides, for instance, say that a person should spend about a month’s salary on the engagement ring. But a financial analyst didn’t come up with that number—a diamond manufacturer did during the Great Depression. Sure, it’s not the most modern rule of thumb, but it may serve as a useful guide to what you should be spending on this important purchase.

Spend Three Months’ Salary

Some say the purchaser should spend about three months’ salary on the ring. That’s like saying that if a man makes $80,000 a year, he should spend $20,000 on an engagement ring! Most people wouldn’t want to start married life heavily in debt, but that ratio might be just fine for someone who has great job security and a healthy savings account or who is independently wealthy.

Meet In The Middle

If one month’s salary seems like too little and three months’ seems like too much, two months’ salary is still a substantial amount that won’t necessarily wreck the purchaser’s finances.

Focus On Quality

If your engagement ring shopping strategy involves finding the largest diamond your budget can buy, you may want to reconsider. The quality of a diamond is far more important than its size. Eiseman Jewels’ master diamond cutter Andre E. Vorster encourages those shopping for an engagement ring to focus on cut, clarity and color before size.

In the end, the amount of money spent on an engagement ring depends on the person paying for it. If you think discussing hard figures with your partner takes some of the romance out of it, there are still plenty of more subtle ways to make your feelings on engagement ring budgets known. For example, the next time you’re at dinner with your partner, bring up a newlywed friend or acquaintance. You can say that she wishes her husband would have spent less on the ring and more on the wedding—or that she wishes they eloped so that more money went toward the ring. Then weigh in on the subject and get the conversation started so you’re both on the same page.

As long as you focus on purchasing the highest-quality diamond your money can buy, you’ll find a gorgeous ring to fit both your finances and her tastes. To learn more about what you should look for in an engagement ring, consult a bridal jewelry specialist at Eiseman Jewels in Northpark Center.



wedding checklist

Just when a newly married couple thinks they’re safe from to-do lists, they’re faced with an entirely new set of tasks to tackle once the big day has come and gone. Here’s our quick and easy post-wedding checklist to help you tie up loose ends after your wedding day:

wedding checklist

Eiseman couple, Aaron & Whitney

PRESERVE YOUR GOWN

Whether or not you decide to have your gown preserved, you should at least have it professionally cleaned within six months of your wedding. If you do decide to preserve your dress, ask your seamstress or the store where you purchased the dress to recommend a skilled preservationist. Once it’s been preserved, store the box in a place where it’s protected from heat, moisture and direct sunlight (like an out-of-the-way closet, not the dank basement).

If you decide not to preserve your gown, consider donating it to charity or consigning it to help women with smaller budgets find a gorgeous gown.

WRITE THANK-YOU NOTES

Most couples don’t look forward to handwriting 100+ personalized notes after their wedding, but there are ways to make the task more manageable. As soon as you return from your honeymoon, get a jump-start on writing your thank-you note—especially if there were a lot of guests at the wedding. They’ll take more time to write than you think!

To avoid becoming overwhelmed, calculate the number of notes you need to write and break that number into manageable chunks—say 10 notes a night. Print off address and return address labels on your computer if you can—it’s neater and will save you a ton of time. Finally, get your husband involved! Have him tackle the notes to his friends and family while do yours (though you should each sign your names on every card). You should have all of your thank-you notes in the mail by, at most, two months after the wedding.

TELL EVERYONE YOUR NEW ADDRESS

If you’re moving after your wedding, it’s perfectly acceptable to send a mass email with your new address to friends, family and colleagues. But if you’re going the traditional route, paper moving announcements can be slipped in with your thank-you notes.

RETURN WEDDING GIFTS

Now’s the time to return multiples, items you didn’t register for or things simply don’t like or won’t use. Bite the bullet and return these items within two months of your wedding. You don’t want all those toasters collecting dust for the next six months. Plus, the sooner you return them, the more certain you are to receive their full value back (and possibly receive less of a hassle from retailers). Your reward will be spending the value of the returned items on something else on your registry that you may not have received (or on something else you love!).

CHANGE YOUR NAME

If you plan on taking your husband’s name, there are many forms that need to be filled out, including those regarding your driver’s license, Social Security card, bank accounts and passport. Ideally, you should change all your IDs within 90 days of the wedding.

LOOKING FORWARD

Now that you’ve officially tied the knot, there are a lifetime of birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays to look forward to! Just as we helped you select the perfect ring and bands, the specialists at Eiseman are looking forward to helping you mark all of your milestones as a couple.

Just think: The sooner you check these tasks off your list, the sooner you’ll be able to truly relax and enjoy your new life together!



engagement ring cuts

Whether you’ve been dreaming about your ring since you were six years old or only starting shopping since you got engaged, there’s quite a lot of thought to be put into your engagement ring. And with what seems like an infinite amount of choices when it comes to stone and setting combinations, the ring you do choose says a lot about your style and personality.

Here’s a look at what your favorite engagement ring shape says about you:

engagement ring cuts

CUSHION

You’re a romantic glamour girl who loves the modern-meets-vintage feel of the cushion cut, with its rounded corners and curving sides. It’s softer than the angular princess cut, but not quite round. You’re sophisticated, stylish and like to put your own trendy twist on classic styles.

engagement ring cuts

RADIANT

The radiant cut diamond is similar to a cushion cut with straighter edges for a vibrant and lively square shape. If you sport this multifaceted, ultra-sparkly shape, you love to let the world know you’re little different. There’s never a dull moment when you’re around.

engagement ring cuts

PEAR

Also known as a teardrop, a pear-shaped diamond has a little bit of everything and takes its cues from the oval, marquise and round cuts. This less-conventional look is for the perfect for the romantic bride who likes symmetry and balance in her life.

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ASSCHER

Distinctive and understated, the vintage-inspired style of the asscher cut will catch the eye of women with an appreciation for history and tradition. It’s also a favorite among brides who not only follow trends, but set them. If you envision your ring becoming an heirloom to be passed down to future generations, this 100+ year old style is the way to go.

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EMERALD

An effortlessly chic minimalist, you’re a woman who knows what she wants. Inspired by the asscher, the emerald cut has fewer facets than other shapes. And while it’s an understated cut, it’s also a very glamorous one—its subtle elegance is often associated with royalty.

engagement ring cuts

OVAL

Don’t be fooled: An oval-shaped diamond can have just as many facets as a round-cut stone, giving it sparkle power. In fact, it looks larger than other shapes with the same weight, giving you more bling for your buck. A product of the 1960s, this elegant shape is a favorite among sophisticated brides who want something unique.

MARQUISE

Named for the Marquise De Pompadour, the mistress of French king Louis XV, the marquise shape is made to maximize carat weight. Perfect for those with a flair for the dramatic, marquise-cut diamonds often appear larger than life. You’re strong with a simple, stunning aesthetic. You’ve never met a problem you couldn’t solve, and quality is behind every decision you make—from your friends to your soulmate to your wedding ring.

Finally, it is important to remember that the shape of your finger also determines the ring cut that is best for your hand. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about engagement rings by visiting the diamond experts at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.



modern wedding vows

Weddings today are all about personalization—those little touches that embody who the two of you are as a couple. One way to put your special stamp on the wedding (without spending a penny) is by writing your own custom wedding vows.

Writing your own vows may seem daunting, but you can’t go wrong when you speak from the heart. Here are three modern examples of other couples who added a personal twist to their vows.

modern wedding vows

Short, Sweet and Unique — Gregory to Michelle

“I love you for your beauty, your intelligence, your kindness… and for the way you always know how to make me feel so special. So on top of all the other vows that I will make to you on our wedding day, I also vow to always appreciate how lucky I am to have someone who makes me feel the way you do and to continue to try as hard as I can to make you feel as special as you make me feel, forever and ever.”

Quirky and Rhyming — Asia and Craig

“Yes, we will love with all our heart, from now until death do us part. And we will love if we are rich, and if we’re broke and in a ditch. And when we’re fit, and when we’re sick—oh, CAN’T we get this finished quick? And we will love through good and bad, and we will love when glad or sad.”

Lovingly Humorous — Kendall to Justin

“In sickness and in health: I promise to take care of you, even when you’ve over-indulged the night before. For richer or for poorer: I promise not to spend all our money at Nordstrom.”

Sincere and Slightly Silly — Darcy and Andrew
Darcy: “Andy, with you I feel complete. You brought magic to my life, and I look forward to making each other happy, always. No matter what life brings, I know we will always have each other. Our love is rare. I only wish you had talked some sense into me earlier.”

Andrew: “My sweetie, my bride, wonderful things happen to those who keep trying. Since the first time I met you, I wanted to make you happy, even when you draw those pictures of me that show me with less hair than I like to think I have. Now your happiness is my guide, and I will love you for every second of the rest of my life.

 



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Ask any woman, and she’ll tell you that jewelry is the perfect gift for any occasion that calls for a token of your love. But if you’re having trouble coming up with such an occasion, it may be helpful to learn that August is Romance Awareness Month—and that’s a reason in itself to celebrate.

Whether you’re anticipating a special anniversary or just planning an intimate date night, here are a few ideas for making a little romance this month—and the perfect gift to go with each.

DATE NIGHT

Just to mix things up a little, why not try to duplicate your very first date? If it’s not possible to go to the same places you went on your first date, then focus on creating an experience similar to your first hours together.

Gift for her: An elegant pair of earrings

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Gift for him: Unique cufflinks

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ANNIVERSARY

Anniversaries are marriage milestones that deserve to be celebrated. And whether you take a romantic getaway or step out for a nice dinner, exchanging a few meaningful gifts will just be the icing on top of your anniversary cake.

Gift for her: Updated engagement ring

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Gift for him: Updated wedding band

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SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE

No happy occasion should go uncelebrated, whether it’s a promotion, the purchase of a new home or even back-to-school time for the kids (you survived another summer!). Hopefully you won’t have to think too hard to come up with a good reason to make a toast.

Gift for her: Bracelet

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Gift for him: Pocket knife
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JUST BECAUSE

The best reason to celebrate is no reason at all.

Gift for her: Diamond necklace

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Gift for him: Watch
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Let us help you choose the perfect romantic gift. Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

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.