Gem Bug

What is a Rose Cut Diamond?

Romantic, subtle, and full of character, the Rose cut is an antique-style gem cut that is making a revival in modern jewelry, and is a favorite diamond cut found in many of my designs. The Rose cut, first developed during the late 16th century, is fashioned with a flat base (no pavilion) and a dome […]

The Pear Cut: She’s Making a Comeback

Pear shaped gems are a new-found favorite cut achieving popularity with many of our brides.  We find ourselves equally charmed by the pear shape for a number of reasons. We love the fact that pear shaped engagement rings appear to lengthen the finger, and due to their proportions and weight distribution, they often provide a greater amount […]

Diamond + Design of the Week – 2

This week’s Diamond + Design features a stunning 4.01ct Old European cut diamond. It has a touch of warmth- which we love! We’re imagining this beauty in our vintage-inspired Scalloped Buttercup Solitaire with accents of old cuts as well.

Diamond + Design of the Week – 1

Join us for a fun new series! Each Friday we’ll feature a hand-picked, one-of-a-kind antique diamond and one of our favorite designs to highlight it! Let us inspire you to see the beauty of antique diamonds all the possibilities you have when designing a custom piece from our collection. We’re going to start our series […]

What’s the difference: Old Mine Cut vs. Old European Cut

People often ask me, “How did Old Mine Cut get its name and is it the same as an Old European cut?” While they hold equal esteem in my heart, the answer is no, they are not the same. The older, cushion shape cut, known as the Old Mine Cut was seen from the early […]

The “Magical Butterflies” Effect

Being surrounded by so much beautiful jewelry in my daily life, I feel fortunate to treasure each and every experience of “the magical butterflies,” the sensation that comes from trying on a truly special jewel. The kind of jewel that will forever leave an impression on the mind and a longing in the heart.  One […]

Diamonds, why are you so amazing?

I recently enrolled in GIA’s gemology program. For many years I’ve been yearning to know more about the fascinating world of gems and diamonds, and these courses are absolutely amazing for anyone bitten by the gem bug! When I couldn’t stop the urge to spout off random gem facts to friends, family and anyone who […]